July 6, 2012

Long term stress and your health

Posted in Hypnosis, Medical Hypnosis, Self Hypnosis, Stress Management, Uncategorized tagged , , at 4:09 pm by hypnosiscenterofva

Dr. Anthony Komaroff of the Harvard Medical School wrote in his recent syndicated column that “Long term, constant stress can harm many aspects of your health, including your cardiovascular health.”  It has long been known that stress is related to heart attacks and strokes.  Stress may even cause elevated cholesterol levels.  If you have elevated cholesterol it’s helpful to exercise and eat healthily.  There appears to be a connection between stress and a craving for sugar, salt and greasy snacks.  Eating unhealthy foods leads to a buildup of plaque in the arteries.  This narrowing of the arteries restricts blood flow and a blockage can occur.

Long term stress can cause high blood pressure and the possibility of blood clots due to the blood platelets becoming sticky.  People who are highly stressed are more likely to smoke and they are also less likely to exercise.

Hypnosis is a strategy that can help you to change bad habits into good habits.  It helps you to develop a positive mental attitude.  Hypnosis is very helpful in assisting you to stop smoking and start exercising.    You can learn relaxation techniques which can lead to healthier outcomes for yourself.  Make a positive decision about your health today.

Hypnosis Center of Virginia is a hypnosis certification and training center located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. We offer a Hypnosis Certification program that is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists. For additional course details, visit our website at http://www.hypnosiscenterofva.com/

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May 8, 2012

DON’T BREAK YOUR HEART

Posted in Hypnosis, Medical Hypnosis, Self Hypnosis, Stress Management, Uncategorized at 6:52 am by hypnosiscenterofva

More and more research is finding there is a link between our mental health and our heart health.  “We know that anger, depression and even loneliness release stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol,” says Mimi Guarneri, MD, Director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, CA.   Stress hormones cause the blood pressure to rise.  Adrenaline and cortisol are the “fight or flight” hormones. Not only do these hormones cause stress upon the heart, cortisol contributes to abdominal obesity as well as type II diabetes.  These are well documented risk factors for heart disease according to Dr. Guarneri.  She also says that, “Eighty percent of illness is related to lifestyle and environment.” 

You can make healthy choices and alter a downward pattern in your health.  Did you know that anger is a hazard to your heart?  Recent research published in the journal Circulation found that healthy women who scored high on tests of cynical hostility had higher rates of coronary heart disease and mortality than women who tested high for optimism. 

A study from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD found that medical students who were quick to anger when they were stressed were several times more likely to develop early heart disease than those who were calmer. 

Studies have been done which showed that transcendental meditation which allows the mind to relax,  was associated with a marked reduction in heart attacks and strokes.  The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently concluded that a history of major depression increased the risk for heart disease more than genetics or environment. 

Some people use relaxation techniques (also called relaxation response techniques) to release tension and to counteract the ill effects of stress. Relaxation techniques often combine breathing and focused attention on pleasing thoughts and images to calm the mind and the body. Some examples of relaxation response techniques are autogenic training, biofeedback, deep breathing, guided imagery, progressive relaxation, and self-hypnosis. Mind and body practices, such as meditation and yoga are also sometimes considered relaxation techniques – National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Hypnosis Center of Virginia is a hypnosis certification and training center located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. We offer a Hypnosis Certification program that is accredited by the National Guild of Hypnotists and approved for continuing education credits for RNs and CRNAs.  For additional course details, visit our website at http://www.hypnosiscenterofva.com/

Hypnosis Center of Virginia is affiliated with Healthy Visions. Healthy Visions is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).   Approved for 40 CE Credits Code # 5-133-101.Exp. 7/15/14 

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June 3, 2011

New NIH Study of Secondhand Smoke

Posted in Hypnosis, Hypnosis Training, Self Hypnosis, Stop smoking at 6:26 pm by hypnosiscenterofva

Now there’s even more research to support the dangers of secondhand smoke. In May of 2011 the National Institutes of Health reported on a study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Dr. Arthur Brody headed up a team that studied the affects of secondhand smoke on the human brain.  By using a PET scan they were able to show how nicotine occupies the brain’s nicotinic receptors (nAChRs).  Previous studies have shown that children who are exposed over a long period to secondhand smoke will become smokers. 

Both smokers and non-smokers were tested.  They were put in an enclosed area with secondhand smoke for up to one hour.  The results showed that about one in five of nicotinic receptors in both groups were occupied by nicotine after the one hour exposure.  The group’s smokers had increased cravings for a cigarette after the exposure to the secondhand smoke. 

It was concluded that even limited exposure to secondhand smoke is enough to alter brain function.  This study provides evidence for the banning of smoking in public places.  There is more concern if the smoking areas are small and if there are children around. 

In addition, according to the NIH, a Surgeon General’s Report in 2006 concluded that secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults.

Based these findings, it’s no wonder that more states are banning smoking in all public places.

Click the link to read the entire NIH article:

Study shows how secondhand smoke affects brain function.

Hypnosis Center of Virginia is a hypnosis certification and training center located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. We offer a Hypnosis Certification program that is accredited by the National Guild of Hypnotists and approved for continuing education credits for RNs and CRNAs.  For additional course details, visit our website at http://www.hypnosiscenterofva.com/

Hypnosis Center of Virginia is affiliated with Healthy Visions. Healthy Visions is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).   Approved for 40 CE Credits Code # 5-133-101.Exp. July 31, 2011

Approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 40 CE Credits Code # 32950 Expiration 6/25/2011

November 17, 2009

Virginia Hypnosis Project to Aid Veterans

Posted in Hypnosis, Hypnosis for Veteran's project, Self Hypnosis tagged , at 4:48 pm by hypnosiscenterofva

Hypnosis Center of Virginia is participating in a statewide project to help veterans overcome and release negative associations related to combat and lengthy deployments through the use of hypnosis.  This project is also open to families of veterans who may also need assistant in dealing with similar stresses.  People typically think of hypnosis being used for weight loss or smoking cessation, but these same techniques can also help the subconscious mind detach from these stressors. 

 A group of hypnotists from across the state recently met in Virginia Beach to formulate its program in order to present it to veterans’ groups.  The plan is to roll out the program in the Spring of 2010. 

We’ll keep you up to date in future blogs about this and other events.  Contact us at 757-630-8141 with any questions.