Monthly Archives: September, 2009

Change your Thinking

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.

One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.

His bed was next to the room’s only window.

The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end.

They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation..

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.

Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.

Although the other man could not hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.’

Epilogue:

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present.’

Change the way you see, Not the way you look!

Author – Unknown

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH
http://www.drdavehill.com

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

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Five Ways Anybody Can Benefit from Hypnosis

Hypnotism has many more practical uses that can benefit your everyday life.

Here are five common, everyday issues that hypnosis can help you with.

1. Insomnia. Hypnosis is incredibly effective for relieving insomnia. Most patients get relief within one session. Even people who have suffered from insomnia for years have experienced immediate relief. Hypnosis can be used to stop the symptom of insomnia and can be used as an ongoing therapy to prevent the return of insomnia.

2. Finding Lost Objects. Have you ever lost an object and been frustrated trying to remember, consciously, where you put it? Then maybe weeks or months later you find it and remember, “oh, yeah, I put that there because…” Hypnosis can be used to access the subconscious mind, which will remember accurately where you put the object. Many people have recovered lost objects this way.

3. End an Unwanted Habit. Want to quit smoking, biting your nails, or some other habit that you just can’t seem to quit through “willpower” alone? The subconscious mind is 88% of our brain’s power, so trying to quit with willpower alone means the odds are stacked against you, 12% against 88%. Your subconscious will not release the habit without intervention, and that is what hypnosis is, intervention for your subconscious mind. Convince your subconscious that you are a non-smoker, non-nail-biter, etc., and watch yourself change.

4. Get Past a Fear or Phobia. Many people have their lives limited by a fear or a phobia. Perhaps you don’t fly home to see family because of a phobia about flying. A fear is a learned reaction to a real event (e.g., a fear of dogs because you were bitten as a child). A phobia is an irrational reaction (e.g., fear of flying when you haven’t had any negative experiences on a plane). Both fears and phobias are quickly resolved through hypnosis, giving you new freedom in your life.

5. Get Relief from Chronic Pain. Pain relief, an anesthetic effect, is a natural property of hypnosis. Before the discovery of ether, hypnosis was commonly used to anesthetize patients for surgery. Even today, hypnosis is being used for dental patients and for medical patients who cannot tolerate chemical anesthesia, and these patients tend to recover more quickly as well. What does this mean in your day to day life? Chronic aches and pains that are not responding to traditional medical approaches can be relieved by using the anesthetic properties of hypnosis. Once a qualified hypnotherapist teaches you how to use hypnosis this way, you can provide pain relief for yourself at any time, anywhere, in any circumstance.

There are many more applications for hypnosis that can benefit you in your everyday life. Many have used hypnosis successfully for weight loss, to improve their memory, to relieve stage fright or performance anxiety, and much, much more. How could hypnosis benefit your life?

Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH
http://www.drdavehill.com

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

FDA: Stop-Smoking Drugs Chantix, Zyban Must Carry Suicide Warning

July 1, 2009
By Rita Rubin, USA TODAY

The smoking cessation drugs Chantix and Zyban must now carry a boxed warning — the strongest type possible — about the risk of serious mental health problems, including depression, behavior changes and suicidal thoughts, the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

These have occurred in people with and without underlying psychiatric illnesses as well as those still smoking, Curt Rosebraugh, head of the FDA office that approved the stop-smoking drugs, said at a news conference. The symptoms linked to the drugs resemble those of nicotine withdrawal.

Rosebraugh emphasized that such events appear to be rare and that for many people, the drugs’ benefits outweigh their risks. “The health benefits of quitting smoking … are immediate and substantial,” he said.

Besides the immediate labeling change, the FDA is requiring the drugs’ makers to conduct a clinical trial to determine how often serious psychiatric symptoms occur in people using them. Earlier clinical trials didn’t uncover a potential psychiatric risk, Rosebraugh said, but “they weren’t specifically looking for it.”

The FDA decided to require the boxed warning after reviewing voluntary adverse-event reports for stop-smoking products, Rosebraugh said.

Chantix was approved in May 2006. In September 2007, a “bizarre” Texas case spurred the FDA to look at adverse-event reports, Rosebraugh said, referring to musician Carter Albrecht, 34, whose girlfriend blamed Chantix for the abnormal violent behavior that led to his shooting death.

In May 2008, a watchdog group posted a study online that linked Chantix to loss of consciousness, lapses in alertness, dizziness and muscle spasms. That led the Federal Aviation Administration to remove it from the list of drugs considered safe for pilots and air traffic controllers.

For Chantix, the FDA has received 98 reports of suicides; for Zyban and bupropion, the drug’s generic name, 14. There also were 188 reports of attempted suicides by Chantix users, 17 by smokers trying to quit with bupropion. Nicotine-replacement products haven’t generated similar reports, Rosebraugh said.

He cautioned “these are crude counts” and attributed the higher number for Chantix to publicity about the drug and its larger market share.

Chantix maker Pfizer and Zyban maker GlaxoSmithKline say they don’t believe the suicide reports establish their drugs as the cause.

“If some of this is nicotine withdrawal, it really doesn’t matter,” the FDA’s Robert Temple said. Smokers trying to quit and their doctors need to pay attention to behavior changes, no matter their cause, Temple said.

Bupropion is also sold as Wellbutrin, an antidepressant. Generic bupropion and Wellbutrin already carry a boxed warning about suicidal behavior in patients who receive the drug for psychiatric disorders.

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Maximum Power,

Dr. Dave Hill, DCH
http://www.drdavehill.com

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

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