Robin Williams and Joan Rivers are two comedic icons yet live(ed) in two remarkably different worlds. Robin used humor, along with alcohol to cope with and mask depression while Joan used humor to laugh at everyone including herself. I can only wonder how funny Robin might have been if he had been able to remain sober and manage the depression that robbed him of his life and the world of his amazing talent and humanity.
Depression is not a laughing matter. Depression affects more than one's mood. It negatively affects a person's health, their longevity and their productivity. The causes and potential cures for depression are the subject of study and conjecture.
Whether it's the quiet confidence of your doctor whose advice you willingly follow to the self assured financial advisor you entrust your money to or the charismatic confidence of a public speaker, we all admire self confident people.
Self-confidence is an essential element in almost every aspect of our lives affecting everything from our careers to our relationships yet many people struggle to gain it. Sad too is the fact that low self confidence can be a vicious circle as negative outcomes, the result of low self-confidence, tend to confirm a person's low self-image thereby lowering self-confidence even further.
We live our lives in accordance with to our beliefs. Beliefs are the structure of reality… or more accurately, reality as we percieve it. It's our beliefs that control or limit what we we can or can't do or become in life. In fact, your beliefs are so powerful they can either make or break you. Using hypnotherapy, I work every day helping people eliminate their limiting beliefs while creating new, empowering beliefs. The one constant over the years is that we… all of us.. are our beliefs.
Thanks to on-stage entertainers and a wide variety of movies featuring hypnotized cast members acting stupid or worse, being manipulated to do unspeakable things, for many, hypnosis has a bad rep for being little more than pure entertainment.
The truth about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. however, is something completely different. Hypnosis as a healing tool has existed since the 15th century and since 1841 and has been further refined and improved by some of the most capable and advanced psychologists and researchers of their time. While its story has been tarnished by decades of disrepute, since the it's now making its way back into the mainstream.
When the American Medical Association deemed obesity a “disease” it may have done more harm than good. A new study suggests that calling obesity a disease tends to make certain people less likely to eat healthy or exercise. This data was the result of responses from 700 participants who took an online survey.
Type 2 Diabetes in the US is at epidemic levels and it shows no sign of abating. To make matters worse, most studies indicate that adherence to healthy Type 2 Diabetes management practices among Type 2 Diabetics is around 30%. This means most Type 2 Diabetics are slowly killing themselves because they are unable to make the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent the catastrophic complications that accompany this disorder.
The diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes means that your blood glucose levels (A1C) are consistently higher than those of a healthy individual. It doesn't indicate whether a high A1C is due to a poorly functioning pancreas or whether the patient's muscle cells have become so insulin resistant that they are no longer able to absorb enough glucose to keep up with the body's production. Accordingly, the diagnose relates to a symptom, and not an actual cause.
When I tell people that I'm a hypnotherapist, they inevitably ask: Does it work? When I assure them it does, they usually have a follow up question along the lines of “could it help me lose weight, quit smoking, feel better about myself or some other personal issue they are dealing with.” In most cases, I am pleased to tell them that yes, hypnotherapy can be an effective tool for creating that change in their life.
Hypnosis predates carbohydrate and calorie counting by a few hundred years yet this well proven attention-focusing technique has yet to be embraced wholeheartedly by the medical community as an effective weight loss tool. This, despite the fact that hypnosis prestigious hospitals in the U.S. now use and teach hypnosis, such as Stanford University School of Medicine in San Francisco, the Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Since the American Medical Association sanctioned the use of hypnosis, many insurance companies cover hypnosis for some medical and dental uses, including major surgeries.
Hypnotherapy succeeds at creating permanent weight loss where diets don't because it focuses on the real reason people are overweight in the first place. What does it tell you when America has the most serious and ongoing obesity epidemic of any country in the world yet, for years, it's also been the country with more different diet plans than the rest of the world combined? The obvious conclusion is this: DIETS DON'T WORK! Or to be more precise, diets may work for a little while but, in most cases, they don't succeed at creating permanent weight loss.
The reason diets don't work is simple and fundamental. Whether it's fad diet from a book or a prepackaged Nutri-System style food plan, they all address what you eat and how much you eat but they don't get to the core reason people are overweight in the first place and that's why you eat.
A diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes is your body's way of telling you that you've already put off taking care of your body for too long and that you had better get started now. Heed the message and the diagnosis can mark a positive turning point in your life that will result in a longer, healthier and happier life. Ignore it and you could be headed for all kinds of misery such as blindness, amputations and heart disease along with a greatly shortened life to name just a few of the possible complications that can result from poor Type 2 Diabetes management.
While some people have a genetic predisposition to insulin resistance, a primary factor in Type 2 Diabetes, in most cases it's the lifestyle that turns that predisposition into a reality. The combination of poor nutritional habits and a sedentary lifestyle is why obesity and Type 2 Diabetes are at epidemic levels in the US today. There is good news however… you can choose how your Type 2 Diabetes affects you.