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Video About 'The Placebo Effect'
'Did You Know' by Gwyneth McNeil, BCH, CI  

Samples of Recent Research
April 2010 - The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (Volume 58, Number 2 - April 2010)
Hypnosis in the Treatment of Depression.
According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability in the world and the fourth leading contributor to the global burden of disease. Depression, despite its many causes, is established on a foundation of hopelessness and helplessness, leaving the individual sufferer with a crippling sense of disempowerment. Hypnosis has demonstrated a significant capacity for empowering people in a wide variety of ways. Treating depression with hypnosis is both appropriate and timely.

May 20, 2010 - Clinical Studies for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
In these studies of hypnosis versus no hypnosis the average short-term weight loss was 6 pounds for those not using hypnosis and 11.8 pounds with hypnosis. Even more importantly, over the long term the average weight loss without hypnosis remained at 6 pounds, but with hypnosis it jumped to 14.88 pounds – indicating again that the effects of hypnosis seem to compound over time.
What is impressive about these results is that doing hypnosis under controlled conditions is extremely difficult, and to have the research indicate that people are losing anywhere from 2 to 17 times more weight under hypnosis than when they do not use it, clearly indicates that hypnosis should be used by anyone who is serious about weight loss.

April 26, 2010 - Mayo Clinic - Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy Research-Snippets
Problems successfully treated with hypnosis: (1) Anxiety about astham attach (Brown, 2007), Headaches and migraine (Hammond, 2007); Cancer pain (Syrjala et al, 1992); Distress at surgery (Lang, 2006); Surgery pain-adult (Lang, 1996); Surgery pain-child (Lambert, 1996); Weight reduction (Kirsch, 1996); Anorexia (Baker, 1998); Anxiety about public speaking (Schoenberger, 1997); Bulimia (Griffiths, 2000); Asthma (Ewer & Stewart, 1999).

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Archive of Clinical Research Papers
Here is a LONG list of Clinical Research Papers that go way back. Click here to go to the Archive Enjoy!

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Medicine & Psychology Finally Catching Up
January, 2011 - Researchers Michael Yapko, PhD, Guy H. Montgomery, PhD

While more and more research is being conducted on the benefits of hypnosis, graduate schools are lagging behind in incorporating hypnosis training into psychology and medical programs. "The universities have really dropped the ball by thinking hypnosis is a sideshow rather than being relevant to effective psychotherapy," Yapko says. But some are finally catching up. Saybrook University’s Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine in San Francisco has hypnosis treatment classes, and Washington State University, psychology professor Arreed Barabasz, PhD, directs the hypnosis laboratory and teaches graduate-level hypnosis courses and research seminars. Interest in using hypnosis is growing and more psychologists and doctors are learning how hypnosis does help their patients. "Right now, we’re on an upswing."

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Video About 'The Placebo Effect'
Here's an interesting and informative video about The Placebo Effect by Daniel Keogh.

We really can (and DO) create experience and outcomes in our own lives - whether we are aware of it or not!
Click Here to Watch the Video

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"Did You Know?"
Selections From Clinical Research On Hypnosis
Compiled by Gwyneth McNeil

(Author's Note: As US Western Lead for World Hypnotism Day, I originally crafted this article to celebrate the launch of the first World Hypnotism Day event in 2005. Since then the article has been re-published worldwide on many different websites. Because World Hypnotism Day began the year of 2005, much of the selected research included here is a sampling of research available only to that year.)

® As of December, 2004 there were more than 5,000 clinical research studies having to do with hypnosis and its benefits currently being conducted worldwide? (According to: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

® As of December 15, 2004 results from more than 3,000 clinical research studies are available showing positive benefits from hypnosis? (According to: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

® According to studies done at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, suggestions given in a hypnotic state, even once, can produce actions in human beings that are the same type of actions that would have resulted from more long-term conditioning and practice.

® In a research study on Self-Hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users, (Am J Clin Hypn. 2004 Apr;46 (4):281-97), individuals who played self-hypnosis audiotapes "at least 3 to 5 times a week," at 7-week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups.

® In a research study done with 60 college student volunteers (Spring of 2004 at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona), using hypnosis with ego-enhancement suggestions showed "significantly dramatic effects" in brain-wave patterns, subjective sense of self-confidence, and test scores.

® As reported by NewScientist.com news service: "Hypnosis is more than just a party trick; it measurably changes how the brain works," says John Gruzelier, a research psychologist at Imperial College in London. "Hypnosis significantly affects the activity in a part of the brain responsible for detecting and responding to errors, an area that controls higher level executive functions." The finding is one of the first to indicate a biological mechanism underpinning the experience of hypnosis. “This explains why, under hypnosis, people can do outrageous things that ordinarily they wouldn’t dream of doing,” says Gruzelier, who presented his study at the British Association for the Advancement of Science Festival in Exeter, UK. Gruzelier hopes it will also benefit emerging research showing, for example, that hypnosis can help cancer patients deal with painful treatments.

® Research using positron emission tomography (PET) scans, shows that hypnosis might alleviate pain by decreasing the activity of brain areas involved in the experience of suffering. Scientists have found that hypnosis reduced the activity of the anterior cingulate cortex, an area known to be involved in pain, but did not affect the activity of the somato-sensory cortex, where the sensations of pain are processed.

® Clinical trials of therapeutic hypnosis confirm its potential benefits. Christina Liossi, a psychologist at the University of Wales in Swansea, recently conducted a study of 80 cancer patients aged 6 to 16. She found that those under hypnosis experienced far less pain during treatments than control children, who simply talked to the researchers normally.

® According to published results of clinical studies (Am J Clin Hypn. 2004 Apr), the use of hypnosis facilitates a more uncomplicated birth process. In a separate research study done by University of Florida counseling psychologist Paul Schauble, it was also found that women who learn hypnosis before delivering babies suffer fewer complications, need less medication and are more likely to have healthier babies than are women without hypnosis. Schauble's first study involved adolescents getting prenatal care at a public health clinic. A group of 20 patients who received hypnosis preparation were compared with 20 who were given supportive counseling and 20 patients in a control group who received only the standard prenatal care. None of the women who received hypnosis required surgical intervention in their deliveries, compared with 12 in the supportive counseling group and eight in the control group, he said. "Patients who are prepared for labor and delivery in hypnosis are more likely to absorb and benefit from information because they are in a relaxed, highly focused state," he said.

® In an ongoing pilot study being done by University of Florida counseling psychologist Paul Schauble, preliminary results show hypnotized patients with hypertension are more easily able to make lifestyle improvements that can lower blood pressure.

® A study being done by a team of University of Florida researchers is finding that learning self-hypnosis gives a patient greater control over the stress, anxiety and pain of medical operations and childbirth, overall. "Training patients in hypnosis prior to undergoing surgery is a way of helping them develop a sense of control over their stress, discomfort and anxiety," says Dr. Paul Schauble, psychologist. "It also helps them better understand what they can do to bring about a more rapid and satisfying recovery…We've found, in working with individual patients, that they often feel literally stripped of control when they go into the hospital. The surgeon may do a good job of explaining the surgery, but patients' anxiety may make it difficult for them to comprehend. This can result in undue apprehension that can create complications or prolonged recovery."

® "Children make excellent subjects for hypnosis because they spend more time using their imaginations," says Florida counseling psychologist Paul Schauble. "But with practice most adults can learn how to enter into a therapeutic hypnotic state quite easily as well."

® In 1998 Henry Szechtman of McMaster University in Ontario and his co-workers used PET to image the brain activity of hypnotized subjects who were invited to imagine a scenario in which they were listening to someone speaking to them, and who then actually experienced a scenario in which they were listening to someone speaking to them. The researchers noted that the act of imagining a sound, called hallucinating a sound, was experienced exactly the same as real hearing, both being experienced as coming from an external source.

® 18 separate studies found that patients who received cognitive behavioral therapy plus hypnosis for disorders such as obesity, insomnia, anxiety and hypertension showed greater improvement than 70 percent of the patients who received psychotherapy alone.

Hypnosis cannot, and should not, stand alone as the sole medical or psychological intervention for any disorder. Hypnosis should not be used instead of appropriate medical, dental, or psychological treatment, and any individual with a medical or psychological problem should first consult a qualified health care provider for diagnosis and professional advice. Hypnosis should only be practiced by those who have been appropriately trained, who practice appropriately, and within the scope of their training.

Gwyneth McNeil, BCH, CI
Academy of Life Management
Salt Lake City, Utah
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National Guild of Hypnotists; Member of the Year 2005
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