Easter’s blue moon is a message from the heavens

During the days leading up to Easter, the most sacred day in Christianity, the heavens have been presenting a stunning light show.

We are able to see five planets with the naked eye: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. And Saturday night – just hours before Easter sunrise services – we are being treated to a blue moon. That’s the name given to the second full moon in a month, something that happens roughly every 2.7 years

Moreover, this Easter’s blue moon is extra special, because it is the second one this year. The next time two blue moons occur in one year will be 2037.

There’s no denying the Bible commonly associates major events with anomalous astronomical and meteorological upheavals. But as a scientist and Christian, I’m always wary about giving too much importance to celestial signs and wonders. I certainly don’t believe in astrology.

That said, the astonishing celestial fireworks brightening this year’s Holy Week inspire me in three ways.

First, they remind me that if people are truly seeking evidence for God’s existence – including atheists, many of whom claim no such evidence exists – they only need to look up at the night sky. As it says in Psalm 19:1: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

It is certainly possible to explain the universe without any reference to a creator; but it’s like enjoying a sumptuous meal without giving any credit to the chef. Today, in an effort to avoid mentioning a creator, scientists are having to believe in unobservable notions such as imaginary time, 11-dimensional cosmologies, and quantum reservoirs that are at once nothing and everything.

How are these any less far-out than believing historical accounts that Jesus existed and rose from the dead?

Second, this week’s eye-popping events remind me that Christianity is the most inclusive and egalitarian religion imaginable. Just as the splendors of the night sky can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere, without any viewing aids, Christians believe God’s love is freely available to anyone, anywhere, without the need of a privileged pedigree, guru, or some exemplary amount of karma.

As explained in the book of Ephesians, “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith … not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Finally, the extraordinary celestial light show that we are in the midst of reminds me that our solar system offers a perfect metaphor for how we are to behave toward one another.

Absent the sun, absent God, we are as dark as the far side of the moon. But just as the desolate, gray lunar surface is able to reflect the light of the sun, we are made to reflect God’s love in the world.

So look up at the night sky and drink in its deep, inspiring message: This Easter, the creator of the universe is calling on all of us – Christian and non-Christian alike – to shine brightly with kindness and compassion and not just once in a blue moon, but every day we are alive.

 

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Michael Guillen  Ph.D., former Emmy-winning ABC News Science Editor, taught physics at Harvard and is now president of Spectacular Science Productions.

Pranks Warning: Risk of Phobia Creation and Anxiety

A single ‘sensitising event’ can cause a lifelong phobia

21% of women and 11% of men have at least one phobia

Phobics are easy targets of phobia based ‘pranks’ with clowns, blood and spiders most common

April Fool’s Day this year takes place on Easter Sunday and  leading hypnotherapists highlighting the dangers of fear-based pranks to the  millions that have a phobia. While most people see April Fool’s as time for fun and harmless jokes, others see it as a horrible day to be endured, as friends and family try to terrify them.

People with phobias routinely find themselves targets of pranks based on what scares them most, which can lead to debilitating panic attacks. The most common phobia pranks are killer clown masks to those with coulrophobia, fake blood to those with hemophobia and spiders to those with arachnophobia.
Phobias are most commonly formed in childhood, so a person can suffer from them for years before seeking help. During this time, they may find themselves the victims of jokes or pranks, like Lisa who was the victim of a prank due to a mild fear of spiders.
Lisa explained “I’m absolutely terrified to the point of tears. When I was about 7 my older brother collected 200 spiders in a jar and decided to put them in my bed. He thought it was funny to watch his sister be petrified. It was like the film arachnophobia. They were everywhere!”

While Lisa’s brother may have found this funny, the extent of this traumatic impacted Lisa into adulthood as the mild fear turned into a fully-fledged phobia. She continued with the phobia until she noticed her young son was also developing a fear of spiders and motivated her to get help. Within a 4-hour spider phobia workshop her phobia was completely cured.
Lisa explained what happened in the short workshop, “I could not be in a room with a spider. There was no way I thought that I could hold a spider. But I held a tarantula! I was so relaxed, I’d never been hypnotised but it was amazing!”

Phobias can lead to more anxiety and can develop into social anxieties and general anxiety disorder. A short hypnosis session can reverse the phobia very quickly. Hypnosis can undo the link between the phobic object and the learned response, meaning people can overcome their fear without difficult or intensive therapy.
Playing a prank based on someone’s fears may seem like just a bit of fun but the nature of a phobia is that they can be caused by a sensitising event. A prank which creates a highly emotive reaction can cause a lifelong phobia, since most phobics don’t realise that a phobia can be cured in just a few hours.

Hypnotherapy could help thousands of people laugh this April Fool’s day, instead of living in fear.

 

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Hypnotherapy reduces pain and anxiety in children with burns

A world-first study has found medical hypnosis can reduce pain and anxiety in children being treated for serious burns.

The University of Queensland’s Child Health Research Centre (CHRC) analysed whether hypnotherapy decreased pain, anxiety, and stress for children undergoing potentially painful changes to their burns dressings.

UQ medical student and PhD candidate Stephen Chester conducted a randomised controlled trial at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital involving 62 burns patients aged between four and 16.

“The children were randomly assigned to either the hypnotherapy or standard care group, and measures of pain, anxiety, stress, and wound healing were taken at each dressing change,” Mr Chester said.

“Children in the hypnotherapy group reported 70 per cent lower pain and 67 per cent lower anxiety scores on average, compared with those receiving standard care before their second dressing change.

“Before the third dressing change, the hypnotherapy group had 90 per cent lower pain and 84 per cent lower anxiety. These results are clinically significant.”

Mr Chester said the parents of children in the hypnotherapy group also reported significantly lower ‘worst pain’ ratings on behalf of their children across all dressing changes.

“Children receiving hypnotherapy had significantly lower heart rates before and after their third dressing change.”

Heart rate is used as an objective physiological measure of pain and stress, with lower rates generally indicating lower pain and stress.

Mr Chester said previous research had shown adults with burns benefited significantly from hypnotherapy through reduced pain and anxiety, lower medication usage, shorter hospital stays, and cost savings.

“Children and teenagers are generally more responsive to hypnotherapy and therapeutic suggestion than adults so we were very keen to investigate medical hypnosis in children with serious burns,” he said.

“We are not replacing pain and anxiety relieving drugs, but examining whether medical hypnosis and medication together can help these young patients who have often been through a very traumatic time.”

Mr Chester, from the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans, Louisiana, trained as a hypnotherapist with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis last year.

“I initially approached it with a certain level of scepticism but soon realised anaesthetists and dentists already use these techniques without labelling them as hypnosis or hypnotherapy.

“One of the great things about it is that it has no side-effects and it’s completely safe.”

Mr Chester said clinical benefits demonstrated in the trial could extend beyond the burns ward.

“Children are often anxious when they’re being treated for fractures and asthma, and about injections and needles.”

“If more clinicians were trained in hypnotherapy we could reduce the stress for many children, their families, and the hospital staff who treat them,” Mr Chester said.

 

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Do plant based diets deprive the brain of an essential nutrient?

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eggs meat are good sources of choline.

A recent article suggests that the growing trend towards plant-based diets may put our brain health at risk. This is because choline, which is an essential nutrient, is largely missing from meat-free eating plans.

An increasing number of studies are unraveling the benefits of plant-based diets. Researchers are encouraging people to consume more and more fruits and vegetables, and more and more consumers are paying heed to this dietary advice. Read more

Plant-based diets are best… or are they?

 

Human healthy diet

People choose a vegetarian or vegan diet for a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s out of concern for the way animals are treated or for the environment. But it’s also common to choose a plant-based diet because it’s considered healthier.

And that’s for good reason. Research over many years has linked plant-based diets to lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers (as compared with diets high in meat and other animal products). Dietary guidelines and recommendations from nutrition experts reflect this, encouraging the adoption of diets (such as the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet) that are heavy on fruits and vegetables and restrict consumption of red meat.

Popular plant-based diets include

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Harvey Weinstein Upscale Lifestyle with Hypnotherapy

To visitors of this upscale Phoenix suburb, one of the main attractions is the Praying Monk, the natural rock formation in the shadow of Camelback Mountain that resembles a holy man kneeling in contemplative repose.

Harvey Weinstein, shown at the Academy Awards in 2016, has spent much of his time in the Phoenix area since being widely accused of sexual misconduct. (Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

In recent months, however, another man has come to the area in search of his own isolation: Harvey Weinstein.

The disgraced movie mogul fled from his haunts in New York and Hollywood four months ago to this stretch of desert as he deals with accusations from more than 80 women who allege he sexually harassed or assaulted them. The once-highflying impresario faces multiple lawsuits and criminal investigations in Los Angeles, New York and London.

Weinstein is no longer part of the glamorous Hollywood inner circle but his exile is indisputably expensive, consisting of high-end hideaways, posh restaurants and even hypnotherapy sessions.

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4 Spiritual Destinations To Cleanse Your Health

Something feels off. You’re can’t focus and you’re feeling out of sync. Not to mention you’re having a major case of cloudy vibes. When you start to feel as if your world is upside down, it may be time for you to take a trip to get your health back on track. You can take a trip to gorgeous destinations anywhere but few can be considered to be the ultimate spiritual destinations that help you reclaim your positive aura.

Spirituality has varying definitions amongst everyone. To some people, spirituality means the ability to be one’s self in every single authentic way and for others, it means being equally in tune in all aspects including body, mind, and soul. Regardless of your definition of spirituality, everyone can agree that spiritual destinations are gems that deserve some recognition. Spiritual destinations are those that enrich the soul, cleans the spirit, and recenter your internal clock. Keep reading to find out the top four spiritual destinations that will help you cleanse your health.

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona, also known as red rock country, is a scenic desert town that’s surrounded by canyon walls, pine forests, and different colored stone formations. It’s the ultimate destination for spiritual awakening where artists, spiritual guides, and healers gather alike to bask in the beauty of nature. Sedona has a little bit of something for everyone, such as healing massage treatments, yoga, hypnotherapy and retreats. There’s even a Sedona Chamber of Commerce Affinity Group called the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association that can serve as a great guide into the spiritual and metaphysical elements of Sedona! If you’re skeptical about venturing into Sedona alone, consider using one of the Sedona guides who can lead you through the vast area while sharing their tribal wisdom as they show you how to be one with the earth.

The infectious energy and inspiration that people feel while in Sedona is said to be caused by the magical red rock and evergreen vegetation. The famous rocks of Sedona have a unique red-orange color that is neurostimulating, which means it can increase creative thinking and problem-solving.

Sedona is the perfect place to visit anytime of year for a spiritual rejuvenation because the plant life stays green year-round with miraculous weather even when other destinations across the globe may be experiencing snow. When you visit Sedona, take a stroll through the trails that offer the perfect spots for prayer and recollection. The most renowned self-reflection spots in Sedona are the vortex meditation sites.

The vortex meditation sites are spots that possess elevated energy that isn’t electrical or magnetic. The tremendous amount of energy is perfect for praying, meditating, and overall mind and body-soul searching. There is no absolute science to the vortexes but people believe the earth is the most alive with energy within the vortexes.

Holy Chimayo

The Holy Chimayo in New Mexico is known to be a place of renewal and healing. The Santuario de Chimayo is a small shrine that was built on a land where many believe a miracle linked to the crucifix of “Nuestro Senor de Esquipulas” happened. Many believe the Santuario was built when a friar performing penances saw a light burst from a hillside by the Santa Cruz River. People travel far to get there hands on holy dirt from the “el pocito” pit in Holy Chimayo. Since the friar discovered a crucifix in the dirt, people believe the dirt has healing powers.

The Shrine of Santa Nino de Atocha was built in 1856 and came into existence when U.S. soldiers and sailors prayed to the Santo Nino during the Bataan Death March. When the soldiers returned to the United States, they started a pilgrimage to Chimayo to be near the statues of Santa Nino, to give thanks for their survival during the march and to remember their suffering. To this day, thousands of people travel to Chimayo.

Every year the Española Fiesta has been held in Holy Chimayo. The festival starts in mid-June with the dubbing of Don Juan and a mass at El Santuario de Chimayo. Many people visit Chimayo every year from across the world to participate in pilgrimages. If you’re looking to balance your positive karma, you can join in on the festival as locals dedicate themselves to spreading kindness throughout the valley by being kind to groups like senior citizens. After all, as the whole adage goes, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” The positive energy you’ll possess from helping others is sure to improve your health.

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta, California is a well-known destination for self-discovery. It’s considered to be the ultimate destination where heaven and earth meet. Mount Shasta has Native American roots and served as an area full of many natural resources for Native Americans of the Shasta, Klamath, Pit, Mordoc and Wintu tribes.

The giant mount will re-connect you to what’s important in life once you get a glimpse at the glacial waters, natural mineral springs, and seemingly endless scenery.

Many spiritual seekers embark on awakening retreats, quests, pilgrimages, and sacred journeys every year on Mount Shasta. Those who have visited the area say it has a certain mystique that’s very enchanting.

If you’re headed to Mount Shasta, be sure to take a trip during the spring when the full moon is in Taurus to participate in the Wesak Celebration. The three-day Wesak Celebration 2018 will be May 11-13.   Mount Shasta is very special to local Native Americans who believe it is the location where God lives and Creation began. Legend says there is a city underneath Mount Shasta, which is a portal in between dimensions. The Tibetan Buddhists say for a mountain to be sacred it must meet 28 requirements. To this day, Mount Shasta is the only mountain in the United States that meets all 28 criteria.

Cassadaga, Florida

I think Cassadaga, Florida is particularly interesting as I happen to be a natural-born Floridian! Psychics, mediums, and spiritually-minded people have lived in this small community in central Florida since 1894. If your idea of spirituality includes the religion of Spiritualism or Wicca, you should definitely add visiting Cassadaga to your bucket list. If you have some unresolved issues with family members who have passed away that may be causing you stress-inflicted health ailments, speaking with one of the psychics in Cassadaga may help you speak to them again to give you the closure you may need.

If you’re in need of healing from a certain health condition, you can join their healing meditation circle on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Andrew Jackson Building, where healers pray for those who are struggling.

Everyone needs to recharge every now then. When life becomes overwhelming and it becomes increasingly more difficult to feel centered, you could be in need of a trip to a spiritual destination. What are your favorite places to regain your health and tranquility? Leave your comments below!

— Laura Jazmin Tolliver

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Hypnosis key to beating junk food addiction

Hypnosis could be the key to eating healthier and beating  junk food addiction.

Junk food can be as addictive as hard drugs

New research has found that the UK has the unhealthiest diet in Europe, with us consuming five times more processed food than Portugal, and four times higher than France, Greece, or Italy. 50% of the average person’s diet in the UK is processed food, which increases the risk of heart disease and strokes.

This kind of processed junk food can be as addictive as hard drugs, with salt and sugar being habit-forming substances that create positive feedback loops in the brain. Eating any food triggers the release of dopamine in the brain, however certain sugars, fats, and processed chemicals can have the same effect as cocaine, flooding our brain with more dopamine than it is used to, thus overriding dopamine pathways to only release the neurochemical when we eat those unhealthy foods, which causes an addiction. This leads to cravings, which are distinctly different from hunger. Hunger is when our body needs sustenance; cravings are when our bodies want a reward. Dopamine is not necessary for maintenance of the body, only as a reward which makes us repeat behaviour. This is why some people eat junk food even when they’re not hungry.

Eating less of these foods can eventually reset our dopamine levels and responses, but this is easier said than done. Fighting addiction is one of the toughest things a person can do, especially when combined with the fact that so much of what we eat is the very thing we’re trying to cut out of our system. Hypnosis can bypass the addiction by tapping into the power of the subconscious mind, meaning people eat less junk food without exerting any effort.

“Foods that are high in sugar or salt are more likely to be addictive, when blood sugar levels are lowered there is a physical craving which is hard to resist. For people with processed food addiction I use hypnosis to help them believe that junk food is toxic or poisonous. People respond to foods differently if they associate them with being dangerous. Since junk food is responsible for so many health issues from obesity to Type 2 diabetes it’s not difficult for the unconscious mind to accept that junk food is genuinely dangerous.

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Hypnosis Hypnotherapy tops the list for treating pain

Hypnosis Hypnotherapy 

It’s an alternative therapy that is used to promote relaxation and induce an alternate state of consciousness. It involves learning how to use your mind and thoughts to manage emotional distress, unpleasant physical symptoms like pain, and also habits or behaviours. It has been shown to be especially effective in repetitive strain injuries and cancer pain.Any intervention or treatment used in place of conventional medicine is termed as “Alternate therapy/medicine”. Alternative therapy, which encompasses a variety of disciplines, including acupuncture, yoga, bio-feedback, massage, mind-body techniques, is becoming increasingly common in managing pain.Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese practice, which involves inserting fine needles into the body, has been shown to be very effective in conditions like fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. WHO currently lists more than 30 conditions that can be managed by Acupuncture. Therapeutic touch and Reiki healing are considered to activate the self-healing processes of an individual. In addition to pain these techniques have also been proved to reduce anxiety and improve stress management.

Mind-body techniques

These include mindful meditation, transcendental meditation et cetera, and have become common outside of their spiritual contexts. These techniques help to reduce pain and manage stress by clearing your mind and focussing on your body’s perception of pain and other signals.

Biofeedback is a pain management technique that teaches a patient to control normally involuntary body functions like blood pressure or heart rate. Electromyography (or EMG) measures muscle tension and is the type of feedback that has been identified to be helpful in pain, especially chronic headaches.

 

Chiropractic therapy

Although widespread, it’s still considered as an alternative therapy. Chiropractic therapy involves studying the relationship between different body structures and altering their alignment, particularly the spine, in order to alleviate pain. It is most commonly used to manage disc and nerve related pains. Massage involves manipulation of body’s soft tissues to influence muscles, circulation and lymphatic systems. Various kinds of massage techniques including deep tissue, sports massage, ayurvedic massage and hot stone massage are now being used to relax the body while relieving muscle inflammation and pain.With an increase in the popularity of alternative therapies it is important to ensure that one seeks proper medical advice before turning to any such therapy.

 

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Hypnosis Hypnotherapy for IBS Looks Convincing

BARCELONA — More patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) reported relief of pain and discomfort after hypnotherapy than after education and supportive care, interim results from a randomized controlled trial conducted at 13 centers indicate.

Most evidence supporting hypnotherapy for IBS in the literature involves highly specialized therapists at secondary and tertiary care centers delivering 10 sessions or more of therapy, said investigator Catharina Flik, MD, from University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands.

“I’m interested in demonstrating its effectiveness in a broader perspective — primary care, for example,” she said here at United European Gastroenterology Week 2017.

In their ongoing 1-year study, Dr Flik and her colleagues are assessing the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.

Hypnotherapy imbues a sense of control and self-efficacy in patients, Dr Flik explained. It changes their cognitions, allowing them to be more open to suggestion from a therapist and increasing their control over autonomic body processes such as how they process pain in the brain and the spine.

The bidirectional pathway between the brain and gut and the evidence supporting the influence of hypnotherapy on gastrointestinal health were recently described in a Medscape Perspective interview with Laurie Keefer, PhD, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Of the 354 patients who were referred by primary care doctors and hospital specialists, 150 attended six biweekly sessions of individual hypnotherapy, 150 attended six biweekly sessions of group hypnotherapy, and 54 received education and supportive care with an audio CD.

Patients were asked: In the past 7 days, have you had adequate relief of your IBS pain and discomfort? Those who answered yes at least 3 of every 4 weeks were considered responders.

At 3 months, adequate relief of pain and discomfort was reported by more patients who received individual hypnotherapy and group hypnotherapy than those who received education and supportive care (40% vs 34% vs 17%; P = .041).

Although the rates reported for the two hypnotherapy types were slightly different, group hypnotherapy was, in fact, noninferior to individual hypnotherapy.

Patients will be followed up for 9 months after the end of treatment.

Similar Study in Sweden

Similar conclusions were reached in a randomized controlled trial of 108 patients with IBS symptoms refractory to standard treatment conducted in Sweden, also presented at the meeting.

 Patients were randomized to attend eight 1-hour sessions of hypnotherapy either individually (n = 51) or in groups of six to eight people (n = 57). All subtypes of IBS were represented in the study cohort, said investigator Jenny Lövdahl, RN, from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

At baseline, about two-thirds of participants reported severe IBS, assessed with the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Severity Scoring System (IBS-SSS). Responders were defined as people who experienced a reduction of at least 50 points in the IBS-SSS score.

After 12 weeks of gut-directed hypnotherapy, administered by Lövdahl, response rates in the individual sessions were not significantly different from those in the group sessions (69% vs 57%; P = .018), again suggesting noninferiority.

Pain intensity, pain frequency, bloating severity, bowel habit dissatisfaction, and daily life interference associated with IBS were all significantly better after treatment.

“There were clear improvements in IBS symptoms after 12 weeks of hypnotherapy,” Lövdahl reported. “And in a between-group comparison, we could not see any differences.”

In addition, on the Short Health Scale questionnaire — used to assess the subjective health of the participants — “we could see clear improvements, with no significant difference between groups,” she added.

“In the future, we want to look for predictors of response to find the most appropriate treatment for each patient,” she noted.

Group sessions might be an effective way to deliver IBS hypnotherapy to more patients at a lower cost, Lövdahl said.

The group approach appears feasible, even if some patients need convincing. “A lot of patients felt, beforehand, that they would not like hypnotherapy in a group,” said Dr Flik. However, acceptance improved with education, and “afterward, they were very glad to have been in the group.”

“Very Good, Rigorously Designed Trials”

“The studies are quite practical. The nice thing is that they were conducted in different settings but had almost the same research question,” said session comoderator Daniel Keszthelyi, MD, PhD, from Maastricht University in the Netherlands

“They are really very good, rigorously designed trials,” he told Medscape Medical News.

There are common misconceptions about hypnotherapy. “Some patients might think it’s Voodoo,” he explained, adding that the “same thing goes for physicians.”

“When I see patients with IBS, I discuss all drug options and psychological therapies at the same time,” so medication and hypnotherapy strategies are presented as equally effective, he added.

“Hypnotherapy, in general, is something that is really, really helping patients,” Dr Keszthelyi said.

He reported that he is planning to uate an online version of hypnotherapy for individuals and groups (conducted over Skype, for example). One goal is to compare the practicality of online and traditional hypnotherapy.

The presenters were both asked by members of the audience what was covered in each treatment session.

“We did only hypnotherapy,” Dr Flik said. “That’s one difference between our results and other studies with group hypnotherapy, because they also do some education and discussion in groups.”

“Our focus was hypnotherapy,” Lövdahl reported. “In some groups, there was a little time left and patients started discussing their symptoms among themselves. That might have helped patients in those groups, but it was not something we directed them to do.”

Session comoderator Philippe Van Hootegem, MD, from AZ Saint Lucas in Ghent, Belgium, asked Dr Flik how responsive the patients were.

“About 10% of the whole population was not hypnotizable, 80% were good enough for the exercises, and 10% were very good and able to concentrate and go to another level,” Dr Flik reported.

Dr Flik and Ms Lövdahl have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Hypnotherapy, in general, is something that is really, really helping patients.

United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Week 2017: Abstracts OP281 and OP282. Presented October 31, 2017.

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