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Why Is Everyone So Surprised?

World News Tonight had a story that was news to the world but for those who are dealing with a life-altering illness, it’s information that has been known for a long while.  The study reported that women who were having breast cancer surgery that had hypnosis just prior to surgery had less bleeding, less complications and less pain.  Why did it take so long for this information to be shared with the public?

The mind-body connection has been in our consciousness for a long time.  The ability to use the power within our mind and all the cells in our body is one of the greatest gifts we can utilize in treatment.  It shouldn’t be a surprise that complimentary therapies are becoming more prominent in our communities.  Kaiser Permanente, one of the larger HMO’s in the country offers Meditation, Qi Gong and Yoga to help support strong bodies and minds. 

Over the past twenty years that I’ve worked with individuals diagnosed with a life-altering illness, the shift in knowledge about complimentary therapies has increased and patients have been giving rave reviews to their medical practitioners.  One of the changes we see is the number of medical practitioners who themselves are utilizing these modalities to heal themselves from stress, burnout, compassion fatigue or sheer exhaustion.

I guess these modalities will receive validation with these news stories and that’s a good thing, but what else will they deliver a news that we’ve all known for a long time?


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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