Hypnosis For Children – The Saturday Early Show Takes A Look

A hypnotic spiral with a stopwatch over it

CBS News – March 30, 2002
By Ellen Crean

Children are often better candidates for hypnosis than adults, says one clinical psychologist, and the process can help resolve such problems as pain, anxiety, bed wetting, and asthma.

Robert Shacter of New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine talked about children and hypnosis on The Saturday Early Show. He says children tend to respond to hypnotic suggestion better than adults because they are more in touch with their imaginations.

Children can be hypnotized as early as age 3, he says, adding, “But in my personal experience, I have found that children ages 5 or older respond best to the treatment.”

Here is part of a pre-interview with Robert Shacter. Read the rest of this entry »


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Hypnotherapy changed my life – Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

BBC News – January 4, 2004

Charles Sidi, 34, suffered stomach problems for years before he was cured by a course of hypnotherapy at the only UK centre of its kind at Manchester’s Withington Hospital.

Charles told BBC News Online: “The first time I experienced problems was when I was 18.

“I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and was either going to the toilet all the time or never going at all.

“It could be extremely uncomfortable. I was experiencing quite a lot of bloating, especially in the mornings which could be quite painful. Read the rest of this entry »


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This Is Your Brain Under Hypnosis

The New York Times – November 22, 2005
By Sandra Blakeslee

Hypnosis, with its long and checkered history in medicine and entertainment, is receiving some new respect from neuroscientists. Recent brain studies of people who are susceptible to suggestion indicate that when they act on the suggestions their brains show profound changes in how they process information. The suggestions, researchers report, literally change what people see, hear, feel and believe to be true.

The new experiments, which used brain imaging, found that people who were hypnotized “saw” colors where there were none. Others lost the ability to make simple decisions. Some people looked at common English words and thought that they were gibberish.

“The idea that perceptions can be manipulated by expectations” is fundamental to the study of cognition, said Michael I. Posner, an emeritus professor of neuroscience at the University of Oregon and expert on attention. “But now we’re really getting at the mechanisms.” Read the rest of this entry »


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Hypnosis Reduces Breast Surgery Side Effects – Pain, Nausea and Other Side Effects Mitigated by Pre-Surgery Sessions, Study Shows

ABC News – August 28, 2007
By Susan Kansagra, M.D.

It’s something that’s usually associated with stage performances and helping smokers quit, but new research suggests hypnosis may soon be an important tool in helping patients endure common side effects of breast cancer surgery.

Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York showed that a 15-minute hypnosis session reduced side effects including pain, nausea and emotional distress in patients undergoing breast cancer operations.

The study was published Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Read the rest of this entry »


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Health: Mind Over Medicine

Time Magazine – March 19, 2006
By Sora Song

Shelley Thomas, 53, was wheeled into an anteroom at London’s Middlesex Hospital in preparation for pelvic surgery. A patient going into that operation is usually given a mix of painkilling narcotics and nerve-quelling tranquilizers. But not Thomas. Instead she rested on a gurney, alert and calm, taking deep breaths at her hypnotherapist’s instruction. Thomas counted aloud, “One hundred, deep sleep; 99, deeper sleep; 98 …”

“By the time I got to 95, the words and numbers had all gone,” says Thomas. “It’s quite peculiar. They all go.”

Minutes later, thoroughly hypnotized, Thomas was rolled into the operating room. There she underwent a 30-min. procedure with no anesthetics and no discernible pain. Her hypnotherapist stayed by her side throughout, monitoring her trance state and refocusing her mind when it drifted. Read the rest of this entry »


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Altered States: Hypnosis Goes Mainstream – Major Hospitals Use Trances For Fractures, Cancer, Burns; Speeding Surgery Recoveries

A cutting from the Wall Street Journal – Altered States: Hypnosis Goes Mainstream

Wall Street Journal – October 7, 2003
By Michael Waldholz

Hypnosis, often misunderstood and almost always controversial, is increasingly being employed in mainstream medicine.

Numerous scientific studies have emerged in recent years showing that the hypnotized mind can exert a real and powerful effect on the body. The new findings are leading major hospitals to try hypnosis to help relieve pain and speed recovery in a variety of illnesses.

At the University of North Carolina, hypnosis is transforming the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, an often-intractable gastro-intestinal disorder, by helping patients to use their mind to quiet an unruly gut. Doctors at the University of Washington’s regional burn center in Seattle regularly use it to help patients alleviate excruciating pain. Several hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School are employing hypnosis to speed up postsurgical recovery time. In one of the most persuasive studies yet, a Harvard researcher reports that hypnosis quickened the typical healing time of bone fractures by several weeks. Read the rest of this entry »


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Altered States – Hypnosis can help with problems from anxiety to pain. How it works, and what it does in the brain

The cover of Newsweek Magazine - The Science of Mind & Body

Newsweek – Sept 27, 2004
By David Noonan

At 27, Beth, an Indiana housewife, came down with chronic diarrhea that plagued her for the next three years. “I knew where every bathroom in town was,” she says with a laugh. But it was no joke. “I didn’t really want to go out at night because it’s just not fun.” Doctor after doctor told her it was stress-related. She tried diet changes and medicines, but nothing helped. Then she went to see Dr. Marc Oster, a Chicago-area psychologist. After 12 sessions of hypnosis with Oster, during which Beth explored the traumatic events that preceded her illness (including her husband’s agonizing two-week stay in a burn unit), the problem disappeared. Two years later Beth (who asked that her last name not be used) tried hypnosis during the birth of her second child. Three years after that she went back again, this time to deal with her fear of flying. Could there be more hypnosis in her future? “If the need ever arises, you bet,” says Beth, now 38. Read the rest of this entry »


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