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Hypnosis is such a natural feature of our being that we routinely go in and out of the hypnotic state throughout the day. Most everyone can learn, in just a few minutes, how to hypnotize themselves and willing others, technically making them a ‘hypnotist’. But does that also make them an effective therapist?

Few people who have learned to hypnotize others have the verifiable skills in therapy required to assist others to heal themselves of emotional issues, unwanted habits and physical ailments. Qualified hypnotherapists on the other hand, can provide verifiable credentials of specialized hypnotherapy training and demonstrate advanced skills in the therapeutic aspect of their work; the use of hypnosis facilitates their therapy.

What is the State of Hypnosis?

Being in the state of hypnosis means that a person has narrowed their focus to a single thought or feeling and allowed other mental functions to fade into the background of their mind. Although the brain is not evaluating new data when one narrows their focus to a specific stimuli or set of stimuli as it would if in the fully alert state, it is not comatose, asleep or anesthetized – it is still operating ‘in the background’.
Therefore, hypnosis is merely a state of mind during which a person has suspended reality. Often it involves relaxation, but we can also be in a deep state of focused concentration when panicked, fearful, obsessively washing our hands, or apprehensively waiting on our doctor to share test results.

Why is it Important to Understand Hypnosis?

Because it’s so easy to induce hypnosis in a willing person, we see thousands of ‘hypnotists’ claiming that they can also help people with all sorts of personal issues.

While hypnosis is not harmful, its allure can separate you from your money if you do not keep in mind that it is the ‘therapy’ undertaken while a person is in a focused state of concentration that will help you achieve your goals, not the state itself. To be an effective therapist, one must have not only advanced training in how to use the state of hypnosis effectively, but relevant experience and skills with life and the specific issues to be resolved; these a practitioner does not acquire in a weekend course on how to induce hypnosis.

Questionable Claims by Poorly Trained Hypnotists

Many hypnotists incorrectly claim that hypnosis has a 90-95% stop-smoking success rate, while failing to define ‘success’. Hypnotists who are unable to recognize and address the underlying root-cause of the habit may well leave behind a non-smoking client with heightened anxiety or a new, equally undesirable coping mechanism to handle ‘stress’. It is very common for a person to stop smoking only to become an emotional eater when the underlying reason for the anxiety and stress reactions are not first dissolved – or worse, to return to smoking more heavily.

Similarly, there are so many variables to be considered in safe weight management that hypnotists without significant experience and knowledge of root-cause issues, GMO’s, nutrition, medication side-effects, depression, anxiety and physical conditions may unwittingly lead a weight-loss client to believe that their weight problems will resolve with hypnosis scripts designed to reduce food intake, even though food intake may well not be the problem.

Beware Exaggerated Credentialing

It is not uncommon to hear of hypnotists, with little more than a few hours training in how to induce hypnosis in another, string all manner of unrelated titles behind their names, hoping to appear to be qualified in the medical and dental use of hypnosis. Many even claim they are ‘hypnotherapists’ despite having no therapy skills and experience whatever. Ethical hypnotherapists do not engage in exaggerated credentialing.

Titles such as Doctor of Divinity, Ph.D of Philosophy, and so on, have no bearing on a hypnotists’ ability to help clients resolve emotional hardships, unwanted habits and health issues and are entirely irrelevant to the field of medical and dental hypnotherapy. No real ‘bricks & mortars’ educational facilities offer doctorates or Ph.Ds in hypnosis or hypnotherapy. As seen in many other professions as well, millions of Ph.Ds and doctorates are acquired from on-line diploma mills by the unprincipled.

Choosing the Right Hypnotherapist

So while it is exciting that hypnosis can be easily induced by most people, confusion can result about which practitioner is best for the prospective hypnotherapy client. Thus the need to question more! What is their training in medical and dental hypnotherapy exactly; have they completed their Master Hypnotist and then Hypnotherapist training, or are they simply taking a few hypnosis courses, getting a handful of diplomas from poorly trained ‘instructors’ and joining one of the several organizations that take a membership fee and cavalierly proffer an important-sounding title without any formal testing or supervision? Have they been supervised by a qualified instructor before being unleashed on the public? Did their instructor have a successful hypnotherapy practice prior to instructing, or did they too just take a few courses and then offer to teach others?


As you can see, practically anyone can be a hypnotist, and any hypnotist can claim to be a hypnotherapist, or appear to have magical powers, but only those who can demystify the hypnotherapeutic process, prove their medical and dental hypnotherapy credentials and support their claims, deserve your patronage if you are seeking to heal yourself physically and emotionally.

Grace Joubarne, CCHt, LAPHP, offices in Ottawa and Belleville, ON, contact:
1-888-390-3553 or 613-422-7027  Verifiable credentials:

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Feb 6, 2013:  Kim Warner, Plainfield Ontario Canada sends along this testimonial regarding her experience with Grace Joubarne, Clinical Hypnotherapist.  With her permission it is shared here:

I started seeing Grace in June.  I was not sure about the hypnosis thing but thought it certainly would not hurt!!  I was dealing with various issues but one of the main ones was the problem of not being able to shut my brain off.  For years my first response to all things in life was to start thinking about what could go wrong.  I spent a lot of energy and time worrying about what could happen.  I have horses and the worry about their health and safety was constant and very tiring.  I found I couldn’t enjoy my time with them as it was always over shadowed by the worry of what ifs….what if they trip and hurt themselves, what if they get out of their pasture and get out on the road, what if they choke on their food, what if their water freezes.  Even riding was a function in nerves and worry about what if they spook at something and dump me on my head and hurt themselves doing it, what if I’m hurt and can’t look after them, what if…what if….!!!  On and on it went every day – it was like I couldn’t shut my brain off.  I would have mild anxiety attacks.  And it wasn’t just the horses, I worried about everything and it was affecting my life and I was becoming more and more reclusive.  I would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to go back to sleep.  Driving in the winter was extremely stressful and when there was bad weather I would stress all day about having to drive home.  I have family that live 3 hours away and trips down to visit them involved days of worrying about the drive down and then for the duration of my visit worrying about the drive back.

 I noticed a difference after the first few sessions with Grace.  At first I started to sleep thru the night and then using the coping techniques she taught me I was able to keep my anxiety from developing into anxiety attacks.  As time goes on I catch myself noticing changes I hadn’t realized were happening because they were gradual.  I don’t have to resort to my coping techniques as often and I handle stressful situations in a more relaxed manner.  I am enjoying my horses so much more and although I’m still properly cautious with them and keeping them safe is still a priority it’s no longer an overwhelming worry.  I have also just realized that winter driving is not the huge stressor it used to be.   I approach it calmly and without the high stress level it used to cause.  You have to put the effort in to it but I have been very pleased with the results.  At the age of 49 I find myself starting to enjoy life again after many, many years – decades even.  It’s even more amazing considering how fast I saw the changes starting!  I am finally looking forward to where my life is going and I do think things will only continue to improve.  Life will always have its stresses but how I deal with these stresses is getting better and better.

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Did you know research is showing that having an abundance of money, good looks and lots of admirers can actually make you feel less happy? As a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I see many clients caught in the web of chasing the wrong goals in life.

According to the latest research, published in the June issue of the Journal of Research in Personality which seems to confirm what Clinical Hypnotherapists have always known, goals are important, but the ones we are traditionally raised to believe are most important to our wellness and happiness often turn out to leave us wanting on a deeper emotional and psychological level.

Researchers studied 147 alumni from two universities during their second year after graduation. The post-graduates (chosen because the 2 years after graduation seem to be the most pivitol to the later success of graduates), were assessed on satisfaction with life, self-esteem, anxiety, physical signs of stress, and the experience of positive and negative emotions.

Respondents also reported on whether they had reached their extrinsic goals (money, looks, etc) and intrinsic goals (helping others, community involvement, deep enduring relationships, etc) and to what degree.

The conclusion was that in accordance with the pscyological belief that the more you are committed to a goal the more likely you are to achieve it, most respondents did succeed in reaching their goals. But the satisfaction derived from the success depended on the type of goal (extrinsic or intrinsic).

Contrary to the psychological tradition which holds that all goals succeeded will result in wellness, this study showed the achievement of extrinsic goals involving money and image-making actually resulted in unwellness and even illness. Materialistic goals resulted in more frustration, anger, stress reactions and the like…all illness-related emotions and behaviors.

In complete contrast, those seeking intrinsic goals (community service, helping others, close relationships) were much more satisfied with their lives. These post-graduates expressed gratitude, wellness, feelings of positive emotion, balance and harmony.

Check out the video about this study: “Money vs.Happiness” video produced by ScienCentral (May 14, 2009).

If you have been conditioned to chase the goals that leave you only temporarily satisfied and want to learn how to connect with your deeper needs and aspirations, contact a competent and qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist. At GracePlace Wellness we guide clients to emotional and physical wellness,by helping them redirect their energies from materialistic goals to more satisfying intrinsic aspirations. This is done through the use of the subconscious mind…the seat of all achievement.

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The Mayo Clinic among many other major IBS research facilities spearheaded countless studies on IBS over the last 20 years and found that it was not caused by dietary/nutritional/bacterial problems and attention to diet has never provided permanent relief. Indeed, one’s doctor would have checked for this as well as for parasites and pathology before settling on the diagnosis of IBS. In fact, research shows that many sufferers have a perfect balance of digestive enzymes and gut bacteria, leaving stress and cortisol the likely culprits.

Dr. Grant Thompson, one of the world’s leading authorities on IBS concluded in his review of drug management of IBS “the sheer number and variety of drugs sold for IBS treatment are testimony to their collective uselessness (Thompson, 1994). There is occasionally temporary relief of symptoms by diet control.

Permanent response of IBS to hypnotherapy treatment is in 80-95% range (studies: Whorwell et all 1984,1987), Palsson et al 1997,2000). They concluded it is a comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable treatment, without side-effects, often resulting in significant improvement or complete dissolution of other problems usually found with IBS, such as headaches.

According to solid data by IBS expert Michael Mahoney, Hypnotherapy has proven highly effective in alleviating IBS symptoms. In his 15 year scientific research, it is shown that it is safe and inexpensive and conclusively shows Hypnotherapy routinely produces positive results in over 85% of the people who use it.

Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, Chair of the National Women’s Health Network in Washington DC stated because of it’s efficacy Hypnotherapy should be the treatment of choice for IBS before drugs or the humiliating treatments are tried.

Journal of Gastroenterology: Dr. Peter James Whorwell, Manchester, UK, a world leader in IBS research, reported significant benefits of Hypnotherapy in all gastrointestinal disorders, particularly IBS. Many studies in pain management at Case Western Reserve University, found Hypnotherapy to be a very valuable and reliable tool.

The BMA (British Medical Association Journal) specialist publication “Gut” reported a long term study of more then 200 IBS patients and found 71% of patients had permanent improvements with 8-12 sessions and that this was faster, more cost-effective treatment then the temporary fixes of medicine and surgery. The UK government operates hypnotherapy clinics for IBS sufferers and their results are phenomenal as well.

Hypnotherapy is not counseling (talk-therapy) in the sense people are accustomed to. Hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind of a person to convince it to normalize body functions. It guides a person into a state of relaxation and lower brain-wave frequency that allows that person’s subconscious to accept direct suggestions about gut function, as well as to help reduce the sufferer’s reaction to stress.

Whether stress is/was the precipitating reason for the development of IBS, stress affects all bodily functions and distorts memory and thought…those are also very well researched facts. People under stress get headaches, irritability, etc. etc., therefore it is not hard to see how stress could impact the way their digestive tract functions. The reason for the stress may be long gone, but the memory of the events may well work subconsciously.

It only stands to reason that if a person is stressed and they hold the stress in, their entire body will be tense. If the entire body is tense long enough, not only their breathing, but other bodily functions are affected…affected long enough, the effect becomes permanent. Just as people subjected to prolonged stress soon become shallow breathers, many people subjected to prolonged stress also develope digestive problems.

The common thread for all sufferers I have worked with is how they have learned to manage stress…many of those who internalized stress ended up with gastro-intestinal issues. There are many forms of stress…physical, mental, emotional. Therefore it is not only the source of the stress, but how the person has learned to manage stress that factors in. There is a great deal of stress associated with having to manage a life with IBS for instance.

My Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) treatment program therefore targets not only the resumption of normal gut behavior, but the sufferer’s reaction to stress. If the stress is emotional and is tied to past unresolved events, then those old memories are neutralized in hypnosis as well, so that they no longer impact the sufferer’s current life.

IBS can start in childhood, as children have even less opportunity to relieve emotional and mental stress. It is not something that starts overnight and it takes years to manifest as full-blown IBS, a syndrome that often gets worse with time, severely interfering with a person’s quality of life and mobility.

In the past it was thought that diet/enzymes, etc. caused IBS, however better information through research is conclusive on that issue now…certain foods can cause a worsening of the symptoms in some people some of the time, but they are not the cause of IBS and attention to this, as many have discovered, does not relieve IBS symptoms.

The program used at GracePlace Wellness focuses on resolving the emotional root-cause of the sufferers anxiety and once that has been completed, attention is directed toward teaching the client new ways to manage stressors in their lives, so that their reactions result in the release of calming hormones into their bodies rather than the damaging stress hormone cortisol.

I see many clients with IBS…always there is ‘stress’ factoring in, whether it is recognized or not. Some may be from past unresolved events and always there is some accumulated from having to deal with this suffering. To heal through Hypnotherapy it is not necessary to believe in hypnosis, hypnotherapy or even agree on the causes….it just works because the subconscious mind is convinced.

Using my emotional freedom program, which targets and resolve the root cause of the high anxiety levels which manifest as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, my success rate has been over 90% .

In the end, it doesn’t matter what the stressor is, the subconscious mind can be convinced to resolve the issue and restore normal gut function and that is what is important. Working with the subconscious mind while a person is in a relaxed hypnotic state is the purview of a competent hypnotherapist specializing in IBS symptom relief….that is why hypnotherapy is fast becoming the treatment of choice for permanent IBS symptom relief world-wide.

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For decades ordinary people have benefitted from consulting with qualified hypnotherapists for drug-free, dignified help with the ordinary problems of life.  The use of the state of hypnosis to enable change at the deepest levels – the subconscious level- has been around for centuries.

Hypnotherapy refers to the therapy done while the client is in the state of hypnosis (the relaxed brain wave state).  In of itself hypnosis (the state of relaxation) changes little.  In well-trained hands however, this state can allow for client self-exploration, self-healing and self-determination.  Every day research is finding increasingly more significant benefits of using hypnosis to heal and help people of all walks of life, and of all ages…from depression and emotional suffering to pain management, weight loss and weight gain.

Anger, fears, resentment, frustration, grief, shame, guilt, addictions to a myriad of substances and activities all seem to find resolution with hypnotherapy for many clients tired of living with the shackles of feelings they neither deserve nor understand.  Even the effects of bullying can be neutralized with hypnotherapy and a competent hypnotherapist can help children overcome their fears of going to school and teach them techniques for managing their situation.

Those who have suicidal thoughts benefit greatly from speaking with a hypnotherapist, because hypnotherapy offers everyone the ability to look inside to find their own answers.  Hypnotherapy can help sufferers of depression and low self-esteem learn that in fact they are an equal creation of the Universe, an equally important piece of the Universal puzzle and without them, the puzzle is simply not complete.

It is a safe, drug-free therapy that strives to empower a client and help them regain control of their life’s journey and gratitude for their lives. If you have any issues that keep you from being happy and content, you can consult a competent hypnotherapist for non-invasive, non-drug self-healing assistance.

NOTE THAT HYPNOTHERAPISTS DO NOT DIAGNOSE, THEREFORE IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE ISSUES THAT REQUIRE MEDICAL ATTENTION, YOU ARE ADVISED TO CONSULT WITH YOUR MEDICAL DOCTOR. Most informed doctors are aware of the benefits of hypnotherapy and you can discuss hypnotherapy as a treatment with them.

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It has been my experience that many PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) sufferers have found permanent relief from having undergone competent hypnotherapy.  After hypnotherapy, most PTSD sufferers seem to feel a calmness and peacefulness that pervades their approach to life.

Many PTSD sufferers feel deep anger, resentment, fear, discouragement, anxiety, depression and various combinations thereof.  But the one symptom that is common is a severe anxiousness.  PTSD is usually diagnosed after a person has experienced a traumatic event; it is suffered by children and adults alike.   In summary, they are truly suffering and many feel a sense of hopelessness and disempowerment as they face relentless periods of severe and uncontrollable anxiety.

I was trained at The Pacific Institute of Advanced Hypnotherapy where a hypnotherapist is taught the techniques that can help relieve such suffering, irrespective of the label affixed by the medical community.  Many of my clients have successfully healed themselves of the deep-rooted emotional causes of the intense and disabling emotions associated with PTSD.  Being piled on top of an accumulation of years of feelings of danger and insecurity, often, the most recent traumatic experience is in effect the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’.

Unfortunately, it seems that many of the drugs prescribed for PTSD seem to intensify the anxiety and the withdrawals add to feelings of being out of control of one’s life.  Hypnotherapy however, carried out by a well-trained, experienced hypnotherapist is drug-free and entirely dignified and self-healing.  This therapy provides a safe and effective way for the PTSD client to connect with the deep subconscious reason(s) for the life-long fear that was confirmed and intensified by the traumatic incident.

It is vitally important that a PTSD client seek out the most experienced and well-trained clinical hypnotherapist possible.  Some hypnotists, without the requisite training and experience refer to themselves as hypnotherapists and thus, without the intensive regression training required, may be ineffective in dissolving the root-cause issues.  A competent hypnotherapist can help a client reach the subconscious mind, help the client become aware of the underlying issues, facilitate reframing of the events that are at the root of the issues and provide direct and indirect subconscious suggestions for calmness, safety, protection, love and worthiness that benefit the client permanently.

While everyone should be consulting their doctor about all health issues they struggle with, it may also be beneficial to ask your doctor about hypnotherapy as a first option for relief of PTSD symptoms.  Many people have found that hypnotherapy should be a first option rather than the last, given that it’s benefits have been confirmed by research and it has no known negative side effects.

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There are many ways to assist your hypnotherapist that costs nothing but helps ensure the hypnotherapist/client relationship is significantly more productive and enjoyable for both parties.  Most are common sense, but others may require awareness.

Hypnotherapy is a self-healing modality.  This is often a strange concept for clients who are use to being told what is wrong with them and how the therapist or doctor will fix it.  And when the authority-figure’s ‘fix’ doesn’t work, they may be told they have a rare genetic disorder or told to ‘try’ yet another unproven treatment…all without much discussion about the true risks and the fact that ‘trying’ implies they are being used as a subject in an experiment.  For too many people conventional treatments seem to disempower and the seemingly unavoidable diagnoses cause panic.

You can help maximize your hypnotherapy experience by:

a.  choosing a hypnotherapist carefully on the basis of their verifiable credentials and track record…do your homework!  This way, you will be comfortable with knowing you are working with someone you are already familiar with, which allows you to trust your inner guide;

b.  being on time, every time, for your sessions and if progress reports are part of the healing program, be diligent with providing your progress reports;  understand that your therapist makes their living at helping others and therefore should be paid fairly for their time and energy on your behalf.  Be certain you have set aside the amount of distraction-free time you need to do the work required to heal yourself.

c.  being a solution-oriented client, not a problem-oriented client.  A solution-oriented client looks for the small positive changes and builds on those.  A problem-oriented client ignores the positive changes and spends their valuable energy and time looking for something in their lives that has not changed yet.  Instead of working to change what has not yet changed, they complain it hasn’t magically fixed itself without their necessary attention to it.

d.  realizing a hypnotherapist cannot ‘fix you’ and has no intention of trying.  A hypnotherapist will help you understand the process and will guide you to self-heal.  A hypnotherapist cannot force you to do anything; they cannot force you to relax, to be mindful of your thinking or to utilize the tools you’ll be provided to help you maximize the benefits of the therapy.  Thus you need to come to your sessions fully committed to healing yourself.

e.  understanding that a hypnotherapist is interested in how you feel about yourself and life and from there can help you bridge your  unproductive and unwanted feelings back to the subconscious reason for those feelings being so persistent in your life.  The best way to help the process is to be as honest as possible about how you feel and what you truly dislike about your feelings and behavior.

In summary, treat your hypnotherapist as you would any other health care professional…with respect, committment to the process and understanding that you need to do your 100% of the work to self-heal.  Full committment to healing oneself is everything…without it, everything is just ‘trying’ and ‘hoping’.

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No doubt the millions of people who have experienced the life-changing benefits of hypnotherapy over the decades would shout a resounding yes, hypnotherapy does indeed work. And what’s more, it works without drugs, surgery or long talk therapy. Even such esteemed research hospitals as the Mayo Clinic have enthusiastically touted the benefits of hypnotherapy for many issues, including pain management and relief. It is equally beneficial for children and adults.

Hypnotherapy is a self-healing modality and anyone who is ready and willing to simply follow a hypnotherapist’s basic instructions will find themselves able to get in touch with the underlying causes of their unhappiness and suffering in life in a dignified, empowering way. In my practice at GracePlace Wellness, approximately 98% of my clients do indeed dissolve the underlying emotional root causes of their present life issues. The other 2% seem to be people who are simply not ready, for a variety of reasons to help themselves. Often this 2% have a ‘secondary gain’ reason for not wanting to heal, are in therapy to satisfy others or are the type who simply have an unproductive agenda, such as wanting to prove that hypnosis doesn’t work, or that they can’t be hypnotized. (more…)

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What happens after hypnotherapy sets the stage for the new relationship a client develops with themselves over the rest of their lifetimes. At GracePlace Wellness, in the 30 days after the first two therapeutic sessions, clients provide weekly progress reports. The goal of the therapy is essentially to help a client recover control over all aspects of their lives they need in order to feel safe and secure in their world.

Progress Reports provide vitally important information to help the hypnotherapist guide the client to achieving 100% benefit from the process of releasing all underlying negative emotional roots. Once the therapeutic sessions (usually only 2 are required at GracePlace Wellness) a client typically feels a significant shift to calmness and feelings of well being and safety.

Although a client may feel calm and non-reactionary to most past stressors after hypnotherapy, they may still be engaged in old negative thinking habits. To this end, the hypnotherapist will help a client change their negative thinking behavior – which always leads to stress reactions and the release of unhealthy stress hormones – by directing attention to dissolving old neural pathways in favor of establishing new neural pathways that provide a calm, controlled reaction. This change is facilitated by the embedding in session of a powerful subconscious anchor for calmness.

Calmness is extremely important in that it provides the client with a delayed reaction between the trigger (stressor) and the subsequent action during which a person can make an objective assessment of the situation. From a place of calmness one can make decisions in their highest good because they have the opportunity to remain objective and because they recognize the situational character of the stressor event. When one automatically reacts to a trigger/stressor from a place of chronic anxiety and stress, one quickly starts engaging in distorted thinking and this thinking creates further negative reaction, all causing a constant looping of unproductive thinking and behavior.

At GracePlace Wellness we have recognized that it is not enough to assist the client to permanently dissolve the long-standing reason for their chronic anxiety and sadness, but to help them take that new found feeling of calmness and wellness to levels of complete control in all areas of their lives. The ability to remain calm without struggle gives all persons the launching pad to health, wellness and happiness we all strive for.

I would like to mention that a client’s success with hypnotherapy is as much a factor of the client’s readiness and willingness to heal themselves as it is the competency of the hypnotherapist. A hypnotist is rarely trained in hypnotherapy and it especially important that you check carefully the credentials of the hypnotherapist you are considering to help you with your journey to wellness. Please do take the time to review Choosing Your Hypnotherapist at my website to avail yourself of many excellent tips on how to find a great hypnotherapist.

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When pharmaceuticals started touting Botox as the slayer of the wrinkle a few years ago, I actually thought people would see through the marketing ploy, take a deep breath and think twice about injecting a deadly substance into their bodies. But by the sounds of things, I guess Botox was just too alluring and vanity won out over common sense. And I lost my bet with a friend who claims that some people will buy into anything and he wishes he could get their names because he has an igloo for sale in Florida.

A few weeks ago I heard on CBC News that some terrible effects (and they skimmed adeptly over the word terrible) were being experienced by people getting therapeutic doses of this poison. The users of Botox found themselves with weakening muscles in areas away from the sites of injection. Now of course, the promoters quickly tried to massage the story down to manageable levels by saying that there is a difference between therapeutic and cosmetic doses and ‘users’ needn’t be concerned if their legs started to feel like their faces..

In the meantime it seems other researchers are saying the exact opposite…that the cosmetic doses were pretty much the same as the therapeutic doses, and indeed there are direct effects in the form of muscle damage being experienced in areas of the body away from the injection site when used for cosmetic purposes.

There would have to be damage. Think of the cumulative effects of injecting poison into any area of the body. Just because you inject it in the face doesn’t mean it’s going to stay in the face muscles…we have circulatory systems and lymphatic systems designed to move things around. Where did people think this Botox was going to go eventually?

What about circulation to the brain and heart (a nice big, important muscle)? Did the promoters of Botox and the many doctors promoting it for cosmetic purposes think that there are little dams in the arteries that allow only certain things to pass on to the rest of the body. And the kidneys and liver have to filter this stuff out of the body…I guess promoters and users figured that a wrinkle-free liver would be a nice accessory.

And to think these doctors went to ‘school’ for years to get this smart!

As long as people are convinced that we can treat the body like a machine, put a part here, remove this part, customize that part and so on, people will get hurt…very hurt. I have no doubt that down the road we will hear many sad stories of Botox users having major heart problems, for starters. I noticed that when the news item mentioned ‘muscle weakness from Botox use’, they did not utter a word about the heart muscle being affected. It may well be that when people start showing up with heart problems they’ll give them a pill for that too and forget to mention the cause of the problem in the first place.

I like wrinkles, I like anything natural…it’s a sign we’ve lived, accepted, participated and earned them. I love smile lines, frown lines and just plain old age wrinkles…tells me a lot about a person…that they are real, have lived real lives and are not hiding behind a mask so I can’t see the real them.

No doubt there will be lots of lawsuits over this…taking more years out of a person’s life. We need to wake up to the fact that pharmaceuticals are medicalizing natural life processes and making us believe they are a disease to sell yet more snake oil…menopause, aging, childhood spontaneity, being poor at math, wrinkles and now of all things, daydreaming…which will be the subject of another blog.

How can a person safely remove this Botox poison from their bodies. My opinion…find a real doctor, with real ethics and heart who is an expert in homeopathic detox. One that I can highly recommend is Dr. Vladimir Topalo, Surrey, BC…he has an on-line consultation service and uses state-of-the art iridology to determine what systems are affected and what remedies are required for the detox.

To quote Dr. Topalo on the subject: “A safe alternative to the Botox is mesotherapy with natural substances that result in a safe homeopathics/vitamins mixture. Hypnotherapy, homeopathy and other natural modalities serve as direct alternatives to Botox. The problem is that North American society is always in search of a quick fix even if it’s only temporary and with side effects. Few want to live the natural way and people fake and substitute everything including their looks in a big way. Since the inner being of human body protests, the conflict then brings depression, anxiety, addictions etc. Media contributes a lot to the problem, heavily promoting celebrities with fake features, many of whom no longer have any single spot of the body left untouched. The bottom line is people don’t want to live naturally, age naturally, be in natural relationships etc and because of this proliferate cosmetic surgery and cosmetic psychiatry.”

Dr.Topalo is absolutely correct about hypnotherapy also being a nice alternative to Botox. I have many clients who have noticed a significant easing of wrinkling after hypnotherapy sessions and I have several clients who book regular appointments for hypnosis relaxation sessions because they realize that when their mind is at ease, their whole body shows it. After hypnotherapy sessions, the face appears calm, with a wrinkle-erasing glowing effect on the skin.

How can a person get happy with who they are just the way they are? I offer hypnotherapy for improved self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-confidence. And it’s all natural, dignified and honors who you really are…and we love your face just the way it is :)

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