Welcome to the May / June newsletter. I hope it finds you all doing well.
I was recently reminded of this tenuous grip we have on life and of our mortality. Not mine, but someone I care for very deeply. This Newsletter is dedicated to my Tom. I believe there will be a happy ending, but it did remind me once again that as much as we all may feel that we need to pay attention to our future, our security and the security of our families, we also need to remember that our time here is limited. Focusing always on some far off goal or the opposite of that, thinking constantly of past mistakes or holding onto anger, thinking about the wrongs that we have suffered at the hands of others does nothing to make our lives, our “present” any brighter, happier or more positive.
Of course, we all need and should have goals, they help to guide us, keep us heading in a direction of our own choosing and moving forward. And also yes, we do need to remember past mistakes. Believe me when I tell you that I am an expert (perhaps even the queen) of past mistakes, having made some amazingly bad choices and mistakes in this life, but it is important to remember and to think about those past mistakes as a means of learning, not obsessing and dwelling on them. Learn the lessons so as not to repeat negative or destructive behavior patterns over and over again. And besides, some of those mistakes have been the most fun I’ve ever had!
The timeline imagery sessions and workshops that I have been developing and focusing so much of my time on recently are about releasing toxic emotions and the triggering events of those emotions and releasing old baggage that we tend to carry around with us. By keeping our thoughts always focused on either the far distant future or the mistakes of the past and hurt inflicted on us, causes us to lose our present; the actual life that we are living right at this moment, and this life can be so fleeting, but it can also be so wonderful, if we just allow ourselves to actually live it in the moment. Live it without all the old baggage, without carrying around our shield of toxic and negative emotions. We all need to remind ourselves of this every now and then.
Remember that what we think about, where we focus our thoughts is what we bring into our lives. In addition, by hanging onto Anger, Hurt, Fear and Guilt we not only bring more of that into our lives, we bring into our bodies physical and emotional illnesses. I have included in this Newsletter an article written by me that discusses the mind/body connection and the direct link between our emotions and the illnesses that we encounter. This is one of the hottest fields of research in clinical psychology today.
You can control and direct your thoughts and in doing so change your life forever, not only your present but your future. You can breathe life and energy, health, happiness, joy and love into your present, your future, your dreams and your goals. Timeline imagery is one way (and the most effective way I have discovered to date) to accomplish this.
So read, enjoy and I hope learn something from this "Beginning of the Summer" (at least in the northern hemisphere) Newsletter.
The Connection between Our Thoughts and Physical Well Being
Do our emotions, our thoughts directly affect not just our spiritual well-being, but our physical health as well? Research suggests that holding onto anger, hostility, hatred, resentment, hurt, fear and guilt has specific physiologic consequences such as increased blood pressure and hormonal changes that are directly linked to cardiovascular disease, immune suppression and possible impaired neurological function and memory. Studies have tied chronic anger to diseases linked with weakened immune systems (perhaps resulting from anger’s escalating effect on stress hormones), coronary disease, cancer, suicide, and even increased workplace injuries. In addition, chronic anger may trigger bad habits such as smoking and drinking, and can lead to serious food addictions, eating disorders, alcoholism, drug abuse and depression.
One study examined 20 individuals in happy relationships matched with 20 in troubled relationships. The latter group had higher baseline levels of cortisol (a hormone associated with impaired immune function) which level shot up even further when they were asked to think about their relationships.
By forgiving, releasing and letting go of the emotions associated with unforgiveness, you aren’t excusing the other person or reconciling with them or condoning their behavior. You are letting go of your own suffering, but even more importantly, you are tapping into the mind’s power to heal.
Researchers at UCLA have found that in studies of HIV-positive men, optimism is associated with stronger immune-cell function. And research at Harvard suggests that the relaxation response which can be achieved through yoga, meditation, imagery and hypnosis can help counter the effect of chronic stress. The body produced more nitric oxide when deeply relaxed and this molecule acts as an antidote to cortisol and other potentially toxic stress hormones.
But what happens when one does not succeed in dealing with negative and toxic emotions that are buried or repressed. They will affect the body in some way or another. This has been proven by Dr Ryke Geerd Hamer, a German physician, with the help of 20,000 scanners of the brain. Dr. Hamer demonstrated that when one does not deal with a painful emotion and instead represses and buries that emotion, the brain will react by triggering a very specific illness in the body associated with that said buried emotion. For example, cataracts frequently appear where a person does not want to see something painful in his or her life.
Another example can be seen with lung cancer, which seems to be triggered by an unconscious or buried emotion of fear and perhaps even more specifically, fear of death. In most cases of cancer, emotional suppression has become unconscious and severe. Why would unhealed emotional injuries lead to cancer? The body speaks its own truth. We already know that under great stress we get sick more often and illness is the body’s way of trying to tell us that we are doing something wrong, something out of alignment with our true purpose.
The immune system cannot function when under a lot of emotional stress and the body must have a strong immune system to fight cancer cells. Of course there are many factors involved in cancer as in all disease, including diet, pathogens, chemical exposure, etc. but emotional suppression is a vital part of the growth of cancer cells. Releasing and purging toxic emotions is one way to help reduce stress and open up space for healing to occur. Studies conducted in China have shown that this type of therapy can actually reduce tumors while strengthening the immune system.
The role of emotions in relation to the biological reaction of the brain triggering a specific mechanism of illness or a specific mechanism of healing is most interesting and challenging, perhaps even revolutionary.
Of course, in addition to nurturing your mind, taking care of your physical body becomes even more crucial. Avoid refined carbohydrates (sugar, white flour, etc), synthetic food additives and large quantities of animal products (which in our modern world contained so many steroid growth promoters, vaccines, pesticide and/or herbicide residues as to be almost toxic by themselves); and feed your body what it needs to heal. Try to eat organically grown (if at all possible) fruits and vegetables, emphasizing as many raw foods as possible, whole grains, fish and other sources of low fat protein such as legumes and tofu.
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
It's not cockeyed to be an optimist. In fact, looking on the bright side can help keep you feeling strong and steady.
One study after another has found that an optimistic attitude can help people avoid illness as they age. But the benefits of an upbeat attitude don't stop there. Even if something bad does happen — say a broken hip — optimists are more likely to bounce back, while others may slide into frailty. So if anyone gives you a hard time about always looking on the bright side, shrug them off. And enjoy the last laugh.
Up your intake of the cancer-fighting vitamin D during gloomy winter months.
Cloudy winter days may leave you deficient in vitamin D, an important cancer-fighting nutrient that your body can manufacture using sunlight. Research shows that vitamin D may help reduce the risk of colon, breast, prostate, and ovarian cancers. Seek out fortified cereal and dairy products or a supplement to help ensure you get the optimal amount.
Vitamin D enhances immunity, helps the body utilize calcium, and may help reduce the risk of many cancers.
Your skin manufactures vitamin D with help from the sun so you may be deficient in this vitamin during months when sunshine hours are fairly short and the weather brings more clouds. You're more likely to be deficient in vitamin D if you live in extreme northern locales or have darker skin. Make up for the lack of sunshine by including ample amounts of vitamin D in your diet. Food sources of vitamin D include Atlantic mackerel, eggs, and fortified cereal and dairy products.
Adding pomegranates to your fruit bowl may protect your health on several fronts.
Pomegranates may inhibit the growth of breast and prostate cancer, improve blood vessel function, and protect the heart, preliminary results of several studies suggest. The fruit contains very high levels of polyphenol antioxidants, compounds that protect against a host of diseases.
Think orange, yellow, red, and green to protect your DNA.
Carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene may help prevent the kind of DNA damage that contributes to cardiovascular disease and cancer. Bright orange, yellow, red, and green fruits and veggies are good sources of these carotenoids, so pile your plate high with carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, red bell peppers, spinach, and kale.
Sometimes the strangest looking vegetables offer the biggest health rewards. Case in point: the thistle-like artichoke.
With their spiky leaves and prickly centers, artichokes don't look very user-friendly. But don't let that stop you from developing a huge taste for them. Your pancreas will thank you, as artichokes are rich in folate, a nutrient that may help thwart pancreatic cancer. Cook up a fresh whole artichoke to get 61 delicious micrograms (mcg) of folate. Or save time with a jar of prepackaged hearts — 43 mcg per half-cup.
Fiery peppers may hold cancer prevention powers.
Capsaicin, the compound in chili peppers that gives them their heat, may help protect against liver cancer, according to a recent study in which capsaicin helped kill cancerous liver cells. Use hot salsa made with chili peppers to flavor your favorite foods, such as omelets, mixed vegetable dishes, and burritos.
Stock up on Brassica vegetables at the grocery store for some of the best disease-fighting food options around.
The group of Brassica vegetables includes broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. Adding a few servings of these vegetables to your menu each week may help you live a longer life. Recent research has revealed that Brassica vegetables are rich in allyl isothiocyanate, a compound credited with inhibiting cancer cell proliferation.
Sulforaphane, the cancer-fighting nutrient found in broccoli, needs a tender touch when cooking.
Sulforaphane may help fight cancer by increasing detoxification enzyme activity, and cooking broccoli stimulates production of this powerful nutrient. However, research shows that heating broccoli to over 158 degrees Fahrenheit will decrease levels of sulforaphane, so steam broccoli lightly to about 140 degrees.
Add chopped cabbage to your salads once a week to help reduce your risk of lung cancer.
Each year lung cancer affects almost 175,000 people, of whom as many as 15 percent are non-smokers. Research suggests cabbage may be a good preventive measure for those people.
A Rainbow of Cancer Protection.
Is your plate green, orange, and yellow? If not, you may be at higher risk for a certain kind of cancer. A diet rich in colorful vegetables, particularly green, yellow, and orange ones, was associated with a 50 percent reduction in pancreatic cancer risk in a recent study.
Eat your beans to guard against a common cancer.
Eating beans at least twice per week may reduce the risk of breast cancer, a new study of women reveals. The fiber, flavonols, and other beneficial phytochemicals in beans may explain their cancer-fighting powers. Good choices include black or red beans, garbanzo beans, and soybeans.
The teeny pea may pack a mighty anticancer punch.
Pack your pantry with bean, pea, and lentil soups to warm you up all season long. Peas, lentils, and beans contain a compound that a recent study revealed may help protect you against cancer. The compound, inositol pentakisphosphate, inhibits a key pathway in cancer cell growth. The discovery may one day lead to new cancer-fighting treatments.
Pairing veggies with avocado may help you get the full power of your produce.
Healthy fats in avocados aid carotenoid absorption, a recent study reveals. Carotenoids are the bright red, orange, and yellow pigments of colorful fruits and vegetables. These carotenoids have antioxidant properties that may help decrease the risk of heart disease and certain kinds of cancer.
Reach for juicy apples for a healthy dose of disease prevention.
Apples provide your body with quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant that protects cells against wear and tear that can contribute to chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer. Just don't peel them; most of the quercetin found in apples is in the skin, so it's best to wash the fruits well and eat them whole.
That handy yellow fruit with the slippery peel could help keep your kidneys healthy.
New evidence suggests that eating bananas regularly may help reduce the risk of kidney cancer. Women in the study who ate the most bananas had the lowest risk of kidney cancer. Root vegetables, such as carrots and beets, and leafy green vegetables also appeared to have a protective effect.
Olive oil isn't only a boon to heart health. New research shows it may have other powers, too.
Oleic acid — a healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil — may help disarm a gene that prompts breast cancer cells to grow and divide, a recent study revealed. Add this health-friendly fat to your diet by sautéing veggies and other foods in olive oil instead of butter. Choose an olive oil-based dressing for salads, too.
Get a health blast by stocking up on the season's freshest strawberries.
Experts agree: a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk of chronic diseases. And strawberries are one of the healthiest fruit choices around. In addition to delivering a high dose of heart-healthy vitamin C, strawberries are packed with phytochemicals and flavonoids that have been credited with cancer-fighting powers.
A diet high in fiber-rich vegetables may be a boon to male health.
Men whose diets were highest in fiber in a recent study had an 18 percent lower risk of prostate cancer compared to men in the study who ate the least fiber. Mainly fiber from vegetable sources appeared to be beneficial. Fiber-rich vegetables include cabbage, broccoli, and peas.
Controlling your sweet tooth could help reduce your risk of cancer.
A diet that includes an overabundance of foods that rapidly boost blood sugar, such as sweets or sugary soft drinks, may boost colorectal cancer risk, according to research. In a study, women who had an abundance of these foods in their diets had almost a three-fold increase in colorectal cancer risk.
For extra anti-cancer benefits, spice up stir-fry dishes, soups, and fresh fish with ginger.
Ginger possesses two anti-carcinogenic compounds, 6-gingerol and 6-paradol. Studies show that these compounds may help inhibit certain cell transformations that could lead to cancer. The 6-gingerol content of processed ginger may vary greatly, so choose fresh ginger whenever possible.
Eating an orange a day may be one of the secrets to living younger longer.
According to study results, a mere one extra serving of citrus fruits each day may reduce the risk of cancers of the mouth, larynx, and stomach by as much as 50 percent. Researchers credit the antioxidant properties of vitamin C-rich citrus fruits for the possible cancer-fighting benefits.
To get the most health benefits out of your fresh garlic, toss it into your recipes at the last minute.
Garlic is an excellent source of allicin, a plant compound that has been shown to inhibit the growth of certain cancer cells. However, overcooking garlic may destroy some of its beneficial compounds. Toss chopped, fresh garlic into your cooking just a few minutes before it's done to retain more of its nutrition.
Nipping even a mild case of the blues in the bud could help you avoid illness-promoting inflammation.
In a study, people reporting only a few symptoms of depression had higher blood levels of interleukin-6, an inflammatory protein that has been associated with increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Be sure to schedule extra time for mood-boosting activities whenever your spirits start to sag.
If you're eating tomatoes to protect your prostate, keep the whole fruit in mind.
Several studies have suggested that the lycopene in tomatoes can help protect the prostate from carcinogenic cell changes. However, choose whole tomatoes over lycopene pills or supplements. A new animal study revealed that it may be the whole tomato — not just the lycopene in it — that is beneficial to prostate health.
Faithfully taking your multivitamin daily may bring anti-cancer benefits down the road.
The latest cancer research reveals that people who take a daily multivitamin may reduce their risk of colon cancer. In the study, after 10 years of multivitamin use, people experienced as much as a 30 percent reduction in colon cancer risk compared to people who skipped multivitamins.
For extra cancer-fighting power, add cooked barley to your soups, stews, and side dishes.
Barley is an excellent source of selenium, and research suggests that selenium may have cancer-fighting powers. In cell studies, the nutrient not only inhibited the growth of colon cancer cells, but it also appeared to reduce cancer-causing cell damage to skin cells. Other good sources include turkey and mushrooms.
A few short, brisk walks each week may be enough to help you ward off breast cancer.
In a large study of older women, breast cancer risk was reduced by almost 20 percent in women who walked briskly for about an hour and a half each week — the equivalent of three 30-minute walks. To see if you're walking fast enough, try talking; conversation should be more difficult when you are exerting yourself.
Whole grains aren't the only way to get your fill of fiber. You can sneak more fiber into your diet with vegetables such as broccoli, too.
A cup of boiled broccoli contains about 4.5 grams of fiber. Studies show that doubling the fiber intake of people with low dietary fiber intake could reduce colorectal cancer risk by as much as 40 percent. Other high-fiber veggies include peas, artichokes, and winter squash.
- Getting a good night's rest may be an important part of cancer prevention.
A recent study revealed there may be a connection between poor sleep quality and cancer incidence. Poor sleep appears to disrupt the patterns of certain hormones that may influence cancer cells. These hormonal disruptions could reduce a person's defenses against the development or worsening of cancer.
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
Finally I am so very excited to announce that I will be conducting healing weekend workshops starting this June. At this time, there are three separate workshops schedule on four weekends (Releasing Workshop is scheduled twice).
- “Releasing – Make Your Dreams a Reality”
- “Losing Weight and the Power of Your Subconscious”, and
- “Relationships— Bringing Love, Fun and Excitement Back Into Your Life”.
These workshops utilize powerful timeline imagery, Lindwall Freedom Through Releasing imagery and guided imagery as well as hypnosis for an experiential weekend that will make powerful and lasting changes in your life and allow you to pick an area of your life that you want to focus on such as career, relationships or health and give yourself the gift of transformation. They are going to be held at a healing retreat in Tehachapi, California (2 hours north of Los Angeles) called Healing House.
Workshops have been scheduled as follows:
Releasing — Make Your Dreams a Reality
June 3-4 and June 17-18
Weight Workshop — Losing Weight
and the Power of your Subconscious
Relationship Workshop — Bringing Love
Fun and Excitement Back into Your Life
To read more about these workshops, visit my site at www.newhypnotherapy.com and
for even more information about the workshops and this new and amazing Healing House or to register for any of these workshops, visit www.ahealinghouse.org
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Linda Simmon, C.Ht.