Today we’d like to introduce you to Suzanne Swearengen.
Suzanne, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
grew up overseas where natural remedies were our first course of action when we did not feel well.
Visits to GPs, specialist clinics and assorted therapists were all in vain – nobody could find an obvious physical cause or offer effective treatment.
Sometimes the excruciating, stabbing pains seemed to be triggered by stress or tiredness or alcohol but at other times those factors had no effect.
SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Minnesota hospitals are blazing a trail when it comes to integrative medicine. Only two hospitals in the nation offer acupuncture in the emergency room.
St. Francis Regional Medical Center started practicing the traditional Chinese medicine in its emergency room in April, following Abbott Northwestern's lead.
Doctors in the United States have been reducing the amount of opioids they prescribe for pain as the nation grapples with a deadly addiction epidemic. The frequency of opioid prescriptions written in Maryland dropped 13.3 percent from 4.2 million in 2013 to 3.6 million in 2016, according to MedChi, the state medical society.
In July, a new state policy will require doctors to get prior authorization in certain cases to prescribe opioids to Medicaid patients. The hope is to get doctors to look at others ways of treating pain. One alternative form of...
The traditional Chinese technique of acupuncture was around long before it became popular for lifestyle bloggers to post photos of themselves looking like Pinhead from Hellraiser—3,000 years, give or take.
Not that long ago, though, it was illegal for acupuncturists to practice in Texas without a medical degree or supervision. Tiong and Nancy Ling of Peking Acupuncture, near Bellaire and 610, helped change that.
Vitaly Vodyanoy isn't a common name, and it's not an easy name. But it might be a name to remember if the Auburn University professor turns out right about what he has found. Along the way, that discovery could finally show how acupuncture really works. And it could lead to a long human lifespan. Much longer.
Vodyanoy has used his own patented microscope system to confirm the existence of a new vascular system...
Chiropractors and acupuncturists who have lobbied for a bigger role in treating pain have won a preliminary endorsement from federal health officials.
The Food and Drug Administration released proposed changes Wednesday to its blueprint on educating health care providers about treating pain. The guidelines now recommend that doctors get information about...
Tried meditation and didn't like it? Just not the type to commit to daily sessions for the rest of your life? You might be able to tap some of the same rewards with hypnosis.
Some people just don't get meditation. The devotion, the time commitment: Meditation asks a fair amount of you—though the payoffs in stress relief and improved health make it worthwhile. But if you're not the meditating type, don't lose hope: Hypnosis may offer an alternative.
Coined by English physician James Braid, who studied the practice during the 19th century, hypnosis gets its name from Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep. The practice uses guided relaxation and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness, sometimes referred to as a trance. (Check out the nine things you need to know about hypnotherapy.) "They lie on a sofa or sit in a comfortable chair and we talk to the subconscious mind and deliver a script that puts them in a state of relaxation," says Orlando, Florida-based hypnotist Richard Barker.
A new wltz employee puts hypnosis to the test, but what he finds brings him success
Meet Bradly Tarver.
He is new to the WLTZ First News team, and wears several hats at the station.
He works in master control and in production.
Sometimes even someone with strong willpower just can't seem to quit a negative habit, release pain or conquer a phobia. If this sounds familiar, you might want to give hypnosis a try. Through the subconscious mind, hypnosis can treat psychological and physical problems. It can impact sensation, perception, thoughts and behavior. It can even help you remember a previous life. In the end, hypnosis will help you feel more relaxed, calm, happy and empowered.
My role as a hospital massage therapist includes educating the medical community about the benefits and positive outcomes of hospital massage for patients...
Osteoarthritis is a painful joint disorder involving inflammation and the loss of healthy cartilage in one or more joints. By far, the most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is also known as degenerative joint disease...
An Edmonton dentist has a new remedy for patients who dread the sight of a needle or drill...
It's called "hypno-parenting" and those parents say it works! Some local parents swear by it, saying hypnosis therapy has really helped their child overcome big fears they thought they'd never get over...
A large randomized controlled, pragmatic trial involving 1445 patients with allergic asthma found that an integrative medicine approach in which acupuncture is added to routine care demonstrated improvements in both quality of life and physical and mental health for those receiving acupuncture..
Vermont's opiate crisis continues to be one of my priorities. The Legislature has heard from patients, doctors and other professionals about the need to use alternatives to opiates to treat chronic pain...
Electroacupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine navel paste outperforms drugs for alleviating post-stroke constipation. In a controlled investigation, acupuncture plus topical herbal medicine had a higher total effective rate and a higher complete recovery rate than drug therapy...
Western medicine in the 21st century is turning to ancient knowledge and techniques to alleviate many conditions and pains that have eluded even the most highly developed medical and pharmacological treatments. ..
The nondrug back-pain treatments that people in CR's survey often described as helpful are, unfortunately, less likely to be covered by insurance...
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – About 50 flight surgeons from 21 countries wrapped up a day of training at an international medical conference here this week with matching gold-plated studs set in their ears...
Imagine this: You're lying on your stomach or back. Someone gently prods points on your body looking for a tender spot, then swiftly taps in a thread-thin needle before slowly working it deeper, a millimeter at a time...
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Military aerospace medical experts from around the Kaiserslautern Military Community and allied countries gathered on Ramstein to discuss various topics surrounding aerospace medicine...
If the word "hypnosis" calls to mind swinging clocks and party tricks, sorry to burst your bubble. According to Scott Sandland, CHt, a clinical hypnotherapist in Newport Beach, Calif., the mind control misconception is actually the exact opposite of what hypnotherapy strives to achieve...
When you hear the term 'hypnosis', you may picture the mysterious hypnotist figure popularized in movies, comic books and television.
Hypnosis is often misrepresented as one person being under the control and dominion of another, but that's not the case, says Roger Boucher.
Postmenopausal women who reported bothersome hot flashes experienced a similar reduction in symptoms when assigned to antidepressant therapy or hypnosis, whereas a combination of the two therapies yielded no greater benefit than the individual treatments, according to findings from a pilot, proof-of-concept study.
(ThyBlackMan.com) If there is one thing, we humans excel in, it is harnessing the qualities of every and any thing and putting it to use for our betterment. Hypnosis, no matter how fancy and mysterious, is no exception. The benefits of hypnotherapy are not hidden from anybody and millions all around the globe are being healed by it.
In the procedure, the brain regions which are responsible for the tremor were electrically stimulated, causing the tremor to be effectively suppressed so the patient can for example eat and write again undisturbed...
Many people have an incomplete or erroneous understanding of what exactly is hypnosis, and how it may be used in the treatment of cancer. This article will take a cursory look at hypnosis and where it may be used to offer an alternative and side-effect–free management of several aspects of care that can be beneficial to patients with...
With this new ad, Walmart aimed to strip away all those layers of adulthood and enlisted hypnotist Chris Jones (who made his name on America's Got Talent by helping famed germophobe Howie Mandel shake hands) to do it. ...
From celebrity diets to crazy fitness trends, people are willing to try anything to get healthy and lose weight. I know this because, for so long, I've been one of those people — one of the millions of Americans who struggle to meet the unrealistic beauty expectations of our culture. When my normal routine wasn't working for me anymore, I decided to ditch the diet books and try hypnosis to get...
Sciatica is leg pain that originates at the nerve roots on either side of the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back. These nerve roots then course through the sciatic nerves, which run the entire length of each leg from the buttock to the...
The three year old girl presented with eczema, said Miranda, 49. Her mother, Norma Alcontara, said that they had been to doctors, dermatologists, pediatricians and dieticians. The family had tried...
For those who seek help to correct their thoughts and modify their behaviour, Positive Changes Hypnosis in Hamilton offers hypnosis and hypnotherapy to empower patients to overcome a broad range of...
You are getting sleepy … you are getting in touch with your subconscious … you are going to skip the dessert table at your company's holiday party … in fact, you do not even like desserts.
Are you concerned about holiday weight gain? Looking to relieve seasonal stress? Forget the conventional diets and new gym memberships. Many people, it seems, are turning to hypnosis to tackle wellness and...
I've seen it countless times driving from Calabasas to Los Angeles on Highway 101—a sign that reads "HMI, College of Hypnotherapy" right before an exit for Tarzana. For years, I wanted to take that exit. This past fall, I finally did. The self-hypnosis class I took was not only one of the most relaxing Wednesday nights I've had in recent memory, but it got me thinking about using self-hypnosis as a supercharged version of meditation. Looking at it that way, could we hypnotize ourselves into changing the way we think, and in turn, the way we act on our goals? GOOD spoke with seasoned hypnotherapist and HMI instructor John Melton about just that...
We all know that beginning to live a healthy lifestyle is almost certainly going to require some sacrifices. It's also going to take willpower and determination, and the ability to consistently maintain these eludes most of us.
Some of us can't stop eating too much at every sitting. Some of us eat well but never feel motivated to exercise. Some of us eat a balanced diet but still constantly crave sweets. It's our overindulging in our bad habits that gets us in trouble, so wouldn't it be nice if those urges simply went away?
With the new year just around the corner, have you thought about making a New Year's resolution? If you are, then you're not alone. A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that approximately half of the population will resolve to do something that will make their lives better in some way. That same study, conducted at the University of Scranton, found that only 40 percent will stick to their resolution of up to six months. Why is it that those who embark on a New Year's resolution are likely to encounter failure?
SALISBURY, Md. - Recently the CDC published some guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
One of the guidelines recommends doctor's really educate patients about the possible risks involved with opioids.
The guidelines really encouraged using alternatives such as physical therapy and acupuncture.
JACKSONVILLE, FL - A study of 89,000 acupuncture patients treated in 2014 and 2015 within a managed care network of licensed acupuncturists found high rates of satisfaction, exceeding national benchmarks' averages. These results were recently released by American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH), a company that develops and maintains managed care plans for specialized care services such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathy, and physical therapy.
A report by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) cites evidence supporting the efficacy of hypnosis for relief of chronic pain in cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, and tension headaches. The October issue of the Annals of Palliative Medicine includes a review of relevant findings and techniques.
In recent years, clinical hypnosis and modified states of consciousness, like meditative states, have become significant topics of researchers in psychology, philosophy, medicine, and neuroscience," author Maria Paola Brugnoli, MD, from the Department of Surgical Sciences, Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Therapy at the University of Verona in Italy, told Clinical Pain Advisor.
Considering its origin story, it's not so surprising that hypnosis and serious medical science have often seemed at odds. The man typically credited with creating hypnosis, albeit in a rather primitive form, is Franz Mesmer, a doctor in 18th-century Vienna. (Mesmer, mesmerize. Get it?)
Mesmer developed a general theory of disease he called "animal magnetism," which held that every living thing carries within it an internal magnetic force, in liquid form. Illness arises when this fluid becomes blocked, and can be cured if it can be coaxed to flow again, or so Mesmer's thinking went. To get that fluid flowing, as science journalist Jo Marchant describes in her recent book, Cure, Mesmer "simply waved his hands to direct it through...
It is that time of year again, a wonderful time with much to be thankful for and celebrate. Along with the holiday season come the many temptations of tasty treats and delicious drinks.
For many people, indulging in these delectables carries consequences such as indigestion or aggravating existing digestive conditions such as Peptic ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). It is possible to enjoy the holidays with some simple remedies and guidelines without depriving oneself.
Many of us look forward to this time of year. A time to reflect on times past, hold gratitude for the good in life, and celebrate with loved ones. For some, celebration translates into an eating frenzy of delectable holiday goodies and succulent family recipes.
This is a wonderful time of year that should be fun, but can be stressful with added engagements and obligations. This leads to a hectic schedule, which results in emotional eating habits. We are often lured into consuming high calorie foods and beverages when the emotions come into play.
'Tis the season...cold and flu season that is. Along with the wonders and joys of the holidays, come the cold and flu viruses to spoil the spirit. Fear no more, there are plenty of proven remedies to help you feel better, faster.
The holidays are a fun time of year, but the changes in eating habits, added responsibilities of shopping for gifts, and attending parties can leave us susceptible to bacteria and viruses. These are all factors that contribute to the function of our immune system.
There is much discussion about making healthy choices for a healthy body, but what about the brain? It does in fact govern the body. It too requires the right fuel to remain sharp and healthy throughout our lifespan. As with many medical topics, research is still in progress, but there are some confirmed findings of completed studies.
The basics of brain fitness involve food choices, cognitive stimulation, and stress management. If this sounds familiar, then you have noticed a trend for general well being. The top foods known to optimize and preserve brain function should be consumed as much as possible:
Statistics show that stress increases during the winter Holidays. The added responsibilities and commitments can create a demanding schedule. This leads to a compromised lifestyle with poor eating and sleeping habits. Healthy food choices take a back seat to favorite holiday goodies at work, parties, and family gatherings. Longer days with less down time infringe on sleep. After a short time the body starts to weaken, leaving a persontired, irritable, and more susceptible to colds or flu. To fend off the effects of stress and avoid being a scrooge, incorporate the following recipe to help maintain sanity and health during a potentially hectic season.
Birth control pills have been in use in the United States since the 1960s. Over the course of time and continued research, many questions have arisen about the long term health effects they have on the body. There are some contradicting opinions regarding this class of drug and thehealth benefits and/or risks they may present. Some say they increase the potential for developing cancer, as where others say there is an inherent decreased risk of cancer associated with oral contraceptives. The only way to answer to this debate for oneself is to consider the facts and the role they play in the factors at hand.
Here in the United States, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is commonly viewed as a last resort when Allopathic medicine has failed. This is when patients learn that Acupuncture truly works and what it is like to feel healthy. Once their current health issues are resolved, patients take advantage of what they have discovered and focus on staying well.
Prevention is a vital component to good health. Lifestyle and diet are two key factors for longevity; coupled with Acupuncture, one can efficiently fend off illness to keep the body performing at its best. Various questions arise with this topic, such as "How does Acupuncture work?".
A new season upon us brings many problems for individuals prone to allergies. Allergies stem from an inappropriate reaction by the immune system to a substance that is not normally harmful. In the US, 40 to 50 million people are affected by respiratory allergies.
These environmental allergenscan make daily life challenging. Here is good news for those who suffer from such allergies - there are solutions to control allergies without side effectsassociated with medications. For minor allergies, a simple and effective practice at home is to flush the nasal cavity with saline solution. One can use a Nedi Pot or a nasal flushing syringe.
The concept of treating arthritic conditions naturally has begun to strike an interest amongst healthcare practitioners and individuals afflicted with arthritis. Therefore, more attention and research has been focused on finding alternatives to drugs. The recent discovery of severe risks involved with taking medications that treat pain associated with joint diseases have been the driving force behind this movement.
More than 50 million people suffer from some form arthritis. This includes the two most common conditions, Degenerative Joint Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Gout is another type of arthritis, which affects an estimated one million people. Onset is usually after the age of forty, except in the case of Juvenile Rheumatoid arthritis, which can occur as early as eleven years of age.
Whole-body Wellness are the latest buzzwords used in and outside the medical office. Society has gained a new awareness. This has encouraged people to take an active role in gaining optimal health. In recent seminars, we learned that there is more to wellness than reducing stress, eating well and regular exercise.
This concept brings new light to wellness and balanced living. The Five Pillars of Health is a philosophy that encompasses all aspects of life, and is the true definition of Wellness. This vision stems from Isamu Masuda, the founder of Nikken, a leading developer of health and wellness solutions.
Five years ago I was in the best shape of my life until I hurt my back ironically during a workout at the gym. The injury kept me from exercising and I quickly gained 50 pounds. I have struggled unsuccessfully to shed the extra weight trying pretty much every diet on the market. It was frustrating.
Four weeks ago I had my first session with Shawn. To be honest I was skeptical and didn't expect much. I was so wrong! The session was wonderful, relaxing and completely enjoyable. I left feeling rejuvenated; I actually felt like I had been on a mini vacation.
By: Suzanne Swearengen, DOM, AP
Here in the United States, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is commonly viewed as a last resort when Allopathic medicine has failed. This is in part due to the lack of understanding of how/why Acupuncture works. Interestingly, it is widely accepted that pills work, even though the average person does not know how they work. With the growing number of people who have experienced the benefits of Acupuncture, scientists have begun implementing new technologies that are allowing us to determine how stimulating Acupuncture points affects the body.
Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy are ancient Chinese methods used for the treatment and prevention of disease. These systems are as ancient and effective as any other medical techniques used in the world today. They have been practiced consistently for the past 5000 years in the Orient.
Holistic Medicine is a system of care that considers the needs of the whole person. Rather than focusing only on the malfunctioning body parts, it also explores the broader dimensions of the patient's life; physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, and spiritual. This branch of medicine is aimed at treating and curing the client and requires looking at the mind-body connection. Technology has made extraordinary advances in modern medicine, yet most primary care providers will admit that the most sophisticated medical care can fail if the client, as well as the disea...
By: Jacqueline Andriakos, Health.com
At the summer games in Rio, Olympians are decorating themselves with medals, Swarovski crystals, and...circular bruises? Yep, those round purple marks on the bodies of many competitors (including swimmer Michael Phelps and gymnast Alex Naddour) are the result of cupping therapy, an ancient Eastern medicine practice that's used to treat all sorts of ailments...