Monthly Archives: December, 2008

Stop Smoking Now With Hypnotherapy

There are about 45 million smokers in America, and I would guess that most of them wish that they had never started. Stopping can be tough, and it often takes several attempts to kick the habit for good.

It can be a helpful tool for kicking the habit.

Counseling and medication are commonly used to help break the nicotine habit. Another tool is hypnotherapy. Smoking becomes an ingrained behavior over time, so if hypnosis can subconsciously diminish a person’s desire for a cigarette while strengthening his resolve to stay smoke-free, then he may have a better chance at overcoming those cravings.

The goal is to reinforce the benefits of a smoke-free life, help overcome previous connections to other behaviors (e.g., smoking while drinking coffee or after eating) and establish healthful connections (like going for a walk instead of lighting up).

A 2007 study followed 67 patients who smoked and had heart or lung problems. Half of those who underwent hypnotherapy for smoking cessation and half of those who were treated with a combination of hypnotherapy and nicotine replacement therapy were still smoke-free more than six months later, a better rate than those who were treated with nicotine replacement therapy or who quit “cold turkey.” Hypnosis may be a helpful tool for you, too.

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney


Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

I wanted to share with my readers my favorite hypnotic metaphor regarding Santa Claus.  Enjoy!

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.



Francis Pharcellus Church

“DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
“Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
“Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
“Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

The Original Newspaper Clippping


Merry Christmas!

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

A Brief History of Hypnosis

Prior to the 15th century, disease was often considered to be a punishment from God or gods. Healers of the time, such as shamans, priests and “witch doctors” would induce an altered state of consciousness, to help heal or for spiritual rituals. Sometimes they did this to their “patient”, sometimes to themselves, and sometimes both.

They would use many different techniques. Chanting, drums, dancing, fire and drugs were all incorporated in ritualistic ways.

“Suggestion” in Ancient Healing

A common important element, was creating a “suggestion” that the patient’s conscious and subconscious mind, would “accept”, thus utilizing the patients “power of belief”. Believing that they were being healed, would put their own mind power to work healing them.

Ancient Egyptians had the Temples of Sleep, and the Greeks their Shrines of Healing – both places where patients were given curative suggestion while in an induced sleep.

One of the greatest uses and needs for hypnosis was in the area of anesthesia. Because anesthesia as we know it didn’t exist at all until the mid-nineteenth century.

Mesmer and the Misunderstanding of Hypnosis

Paracelsus had a theory that the heavenly bodies exerted an influence upon disease and healing, working through an all-pervading universal magnetic fluid.

In 1765, Franz Anton Mesmer, stated that man could influence this magnetic fluid to bring about healing. He established salons where patients applied magnets to afflicted parts of their body. Later he moved to Paris where he further developed his theory.

In 1784, Louis XV1 set up a commission of investigation, which included Benjamin Franklin, M. La Guillotin, and La Voisier. They concluded that magnetism with imagination had some effect, but Mesmer’s magnetism theories were discredited, although his Society of Harmonies continued.

Le Marquis de Puysegur, a member of the Society, believed that the magnetic power was produced in his own mind and was transferred to the patient via his fingertips. He found that he could produce a sleep in which the patient would follow his commands – very authoritarian – and introduced the terms, “perfect crisis” and “profound sleep”.

1800s – Surgery without Anesthetic and “Hypnotic Sleep”

In 1837, Dr. John Elliotson, Professor of Medicine at UCH London, conducted public clinical demonstrations of hypnosis and hypnotic phenomena, demonstrating its effects on voluntary and involuntary muscle, somnambulism, analgesia, hallucinations etc., which he attributed to the magnetism theory.

He was forced to resign, and began to edit the journal, The Zoist. There, he reported on James Esdaile, a Scottish surgeon working in India, who had performed several hundred operations painlessly using only hypnosis (mesmerism) as an anesthetic.

Esdaile would produce something like suspended animation, now known as the Esdaile State, by stroking the patient’s body for several hours. Esdaile’s logs indicated that fatal surgical shock or post operative infection occurred in only 5% of cases compared with the then norm of 50%. The medical establishment rejected these claims.

In 1841, the British doctor James Braid saw a demonstration of mesmerism by a French man named La Fontaine. He was impressed, and started using the mesmerism techniques in his practice. He used his shiny bright lancet case to induce his patients to enter a deep “hypnotic sleep”. In that state, his patients would accept his “healing suggestions”.

He thought the reason this worked, was that staring at a bright object exhausted the nervous system, rather than it involving magnetism. He coined the word Neurypnology (literally ‘nervous sleep’), from Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep.

This was the first use of the word hypnosis.

Hypnotic Suggestion?

In 1884, Dr. Ambroise-August Liebeault, of France, proclaimed that he could cure people in a hypnotic state, by “suggestion”. In 1886, he was joined by Professor Bernheim, from Paris, and together they published ‘De La Suggestion’, which further rejected the concept of magnetism.

About the same time, at the Salpetriere Hospital, Jean Martin Charcot was pushing his views that hypnosis was a pathological state akin to hysteria, and that the two were interchangeable. After a falling out, Bernheim’s theories won out over Charcot, and Charcot was discredited. BUT…

In 1890, two of Charcot’s pupils, Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud, changed the approach of hypnosis from “suggesting” away the symptoms, to eliminating the apparent causes. Breuer noticed that hypnosis patients would often recall past events and talking about them would bring about emotional outpouring. Then they would losing their symptoms.

He called this his “talking cure” (such an emotional state would now be referred to as an abreaction). Freud was also experimenting with it, and looking for other reasons behind illness, but eventually stopped working with Breuer, and began developing what would later become psychoanalysis.

Hypnosis for Shell Shock (PTSD)

During WW1, between 1914 to 1918, the Germans realized that hypnosis could help treat shell-shock quickly. It allowed soldiers to be return to the trenches almost immediately. A formularized version of hypnosis, autogenic training, was devised by Dr. Schultz.

After the second world war, Milton Erickson of the US, had a major impact on the practice and understanding of hypnosis and the mind. He theorized that hypnosis is a state of mind that all of us are normally entering spontaneously and frequently.

Modern Medical Understanding of Hypnosis

On the heels of Erickson’s work, hypnosis evolved into a well respected practice, used by doctors, psychologists, business and law enforcement. It’s also used for self help, and self improvement. With the development of self-hypnosis, one doesn’t even need to rely on a therapist any longer.

Hypnosis is a tool, not a cure in and of itself. It is used for stress management, stress related disorders, dental and medical anxiety and anesthesia, even in obstetrics. It is also used for pain management, including pain associated with cancer; as an adjunct to psychotherapy, and in the management of a wide range of phobic, anxiety and other medical and psychological problems.

Hypnosis can also help change your subconscious programming, putting the power of your mind towards improving your life.

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

How To Calculate How Much It Costs To Smoke

To learn how much smokers spend on cigarettes, you can use a calculator at the American Cancer Society’s website. It calculates an individual smoker’s cost per day, per week, per month, and per year.

There is also another calculator that helps an individual smoker see how many cigarettes he or she is smoking over a given period of time. Multiply that by the number of minutes it takes to smoke a cigarette.

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

More and More Women Binge Drinkers Are Using Hypnosis To Stop Alcohol Binges

Hynotherapists are experiencing a significant increase in the number of women using hypnosis to stop binge drinking.

Five years ago it was quite common for around sixty per cent of our clients on this subject to be male. Nowadays the balance has shifted and it is sixty per cent women and just forty per cent men who want to quit alcohol.

While alcoholism is certainly a danger to many people who like drinking, binge drinking is something else altogether. Instead of drinking regularly, a binge drinker may only indulge in the evenings or at the weekend. But when they do, it tends to be in huge and potentially dangerous quantities.

The solution here lays in hypnotherapy. And women who want to try it have two options – they can either go to see a hypnotherapist to help them stop binge drinking, or they can quit alcohol on their own with the help of a self hypnosis audio recording.

Hypnosis is a practical and relaxing way to change your drinking habit. Binging like this can lead to alcoholism later on down the line if you aren’t careful – but making a stand now and using hypnosis to change your habits can make all the difference.

If women are not able to visit a hypnotherapist or they simply want a solution to stop binge drinking that will work without them having to leave home, Dr. Dave Hill has the solution. And it is an easily accessible one as well.

A self hypnosis audio recording can be listened to in any quiet moments at home, he advises. “Most people find they can stop binge drinking reasonably quickly and cut right down on their drink without any trouble at all.”

While the government is trying to find ways to stop binge drinking among both men and women, it is at least reassuring that women are seeking help. Hypnotherapy has already worked for many people – all that is required is to seek the help of a qualified hypnotherapist or invest in one of the self hypnosis audio programs that are available on the subject.

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

Hypnosis Aids Stroke Recovery

As we age, we just naturally become more vulnerable to disease processes such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.  But an interesting case study by two Los Angeles researchers sheds doubt on traditional views about the chances for recovery from at least one of these dreaded diseases – stroke.

Widely accepted medical viewpoints claim that all recovery from a stroke will stop at about six months after the occurrence of the vascular accident.  But using hypnosis, a technique not normally associated with the treatment of stroke, researchers helped a 66 year old woman regain several physical capacities, including limited use of a disabled arm and the ability to walk without a cane.  The hypnotherapy began six months post-stroke and lasted for six months.

Under hypnosis, the patient was guided through imagery that recalled memories of previous abilities, including swimming in a river as a child.  In addition to the hypnosis sessions, the woman was given audiotapes to practice with at home.

Follow-up one year post-stroke showed verifiable improvement in the physical capabilities of the patient.

Researchers Jean Holroyd of the University of California at Los Angeles and Alexis Hill of Permanente Center in Lomita, California speculated that even though therapy for strokes is traditionally viewed as not being useful beyond six months post-stroke, the capacity of the mind to learn new information and processes does not have an end point.

Imagery works on the mind in a way that is not yet clearly understood.  But, as these results show, the ability of imagery to push back traditional limits of effective therapy holds exciting possibilities, and it is an area that merits further investigation.

As an interesting side note, the hypnotherapy was instituted at the request of the patient, after a neurologist had concluded that she would not likely gain any further improvement in her physical condition.  Sometimes, it seems, the patient knows best.

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

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