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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Stylish Characters

Well Folks,

I'm starting to get hip deep in the representative shows that were televised on TV.

First off, what is up with pinky rings? Perry Mason, Paul Drake and every character wear these big blocky rings. They have a stone the size of a quarter, and they wear it on their cigarette smoking hand.

These rings are so clunky, they would get stuck in a revolving door! I must admit, that they are a welcome addition to their dark drab suits and skinny dark ties. Don't they say that accessories make the outfit? In mens styling, they sure do.

As we move into the sixties, Mannix is the archetype of the start of the sixties cool. Since he's an iconoclast and a contrarian, he sets the tone. He wears a suit to the office, but no tie. He investigates wearing a glen plaid sport coat and oxford button down. Since every character is wearing brogues, wingtips or cordovans, Mannix, our contrarian, is walking the ground wearing loafers. Not slip ons, but loafers. Basic black, no adornments and in need of a shine.

For his off hours down time, Mannix wears typical lounge wear. He's got on a mustard green mock turtle, made of banlon, brown suede safari jacket, with required epaulets. Frankly, he looks more formal than if he was going to the office. Here's something else I noticed. His shirt cuffs. They were very cool. They weren't the typical barrel style, or french cuff. They were like a modified french - barrel cuff. They were extended tabs over the cuff. The best way I can describe it would be they formed a "T". I have never seen a cuff type like this before. Very, very, cool.

The producers of the show also allow you into the private world of the Mannix character. During his off hours, we get to see his apartment, which is done up in beautiful olive green carpet (NOT!), gold trim, fake cherry wood, wood slat blinds and of course plastic seat covers. Thank the Lord that he still has his fully stocked rolling bar, Barcalounger and 21 in. color RCA, Magnavox or Philco TV console.

So far, the early and mid sixties are starting to rev it up. Can't wait to get into the Summer of Love, in this the winter cold!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

IBS - A Complementary Medicine Alternative

Hypnotherapy has in fact been proven successful at reducing or even eliminating most Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms. This is based on over 15 years of scientific research that has demonstrated hypnosis to be an effective, safe and relatively inexpensive choice as a therapy. 

It has been so overwhelmingly successful in this regard that the chair of the National Women's Health Network in Washington, DC, Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD,  has said that hypnosis should be the treatment of choice for Irritable Bowel Syndrome cases which have not responded to conventional therapy. Since the "conventional therapy" offered to most IBS patients ranges from doing nothing at all to a lifetime prescription of semi-effective anti-spasmodic drugs, this statement is the closest thing to an endorsement that an alternative and complementary therapy can get relief. 

For Irritable Bowel Syndrome, one of hypnotherapy's greatest benefits is its well-established ability to reduce the effects of stress. Your state of mind can have a direct impact on your physical well-being, even when you're in the best of health. If you're struggling with IBS, the tension, anxiety, and depression that comes from living with an incurable illness can actually undermine your immune system and further compromise your health. 

Hypnosis can effectively reduce stress and its negative impact by placing you in a deeply relaxed state, which can effectively promote positive thoughts, develop personal coping strategies, and manage most negative attitudes. 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome in fact is almost uniquely suited to treatment by hypnosis or self-hypnosis, for several reasons. First, as just noted, stress-related attacks can be significantly reduced. Second, one of the most impressive aspects from hypnotherapy, and of tremendous benefit to IBS sufferers, is its well-documented ability to manage virtually all types and degrees of pain. Finally, because most IBS is more of a syndrome, relief and symptom management can be developed. The underlying causes may still be present but if you manage your bodily sensations appropriately with the right messaging, you will be able to have control of the symptoms. This outcome is a definite possibility from hypnotherapy treatments. 

As with other alternative therapies, though there is solid evidence that hypnotherapy can provide lasting health benefits for many patients, there is uncertainty about precisely how and why the treatments work. Most scientists believe that hypnotherapy acts upon the unconscious, and affects the body's regulation of involuntary reactions that are normally beyond a person's control. Hypnosis puts these autonomic responses under the patient's power. Happily, treatment focuses in on gut-specific imagery and there are no risks or side effects. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Comments on Mental Health and Hypnosis

Hypnosis -- or hypnotherapy -- uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a "trance". The person's attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention -- with the help of a trained therapist -- on specific thoughts or tasks.

How Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis is usually considered an aid to psychotherapy (e.g., counseling or simply therapy), rather than a treatment in itself. It helps with psychotherapy because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. In addition, hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently, such as managing their awareness of pain.
Hypnosis can be used as a suggestion therapy.
  • Suggestion therapy: The hypnotic state makes the person better able to respond to suggestions. Therefore, hypnotherapy can help some people change certain behaviors, such as to stopping smoking or nail-biting. It can also help people change perceptions and sensations, and is particularly useful in treating pain.

What Are the Benefits of Hypnosis?

The hypnotic state allows a person to be more open to discussion and suggestion. It can improve the success of other treatments for many conditions, including:
  • Phobias, fears, and anxiety
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Post-trauma anxiety

Are there Drawbacks of Hypnosis?

Hypnosis might not be appropriate for a person who has psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions, or for someone who is using drugs or alcohol. It should be used for pain management only after a physician has evaluated the person for physical disorder that might require medical or surgical treatment.
As a therapist I do not use hypnosis to recover repressed memories that they believe are linked to a person's mental disorder. However, hypnosis may also pose a risk of aiding to create false memories.  This can occur as a result of unintended suggestions by any therapist. For this reason, the use of hypnosis for certain mental disorders, such as dissociative disorders, remains controversial. As a result, I agree with this position. 

Is Hypnosis Dangerous?

In my opinion, hypnosis is not a dangerous procedure. It is not mind control or brainwashing. A therapist cannot make a person do something embarrassing or that the person doesn't want to do. The greatest risk, as discussed above, is that false memories can be created.

Who Performs Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is performed by a licensed or certified mental health professional who is specially trained in this technique. A Ch.t or any other "title", is not a state licensed mental health professional.

WebMD Medical Referenced