Saturday, 26 February 2011
So here’s the bad news. The NHS has released figures this week that show that the number of people admitted to hospital in England for obesity-related reasons rose by more than 30% last year.
Any good news? Well, NHS statistics also show the increase in obesity rates in adults may be flattening out in recent years. But what the figures don’t show, and it is too early to say, whether obesity rates are likely to decrease.
So what are the figures? The number of bariatric hospital procedures (weight-loss operations) carried out in England rose by 70%, from just over 4,200 in 2008/09 to just over 7,200 in 2009/10. A staggering 80% of these operations were carried out on women. And this is true pretty well across the board in England although more were carried out in the East Midlands and London than any other regions.
A glimmer of light on the horizon is that the NHS estimates that between 2008 and 2009, the percentage of obese men fell from 24% to 22%, while in women the figure went from 25% to 24%. But this still means that one in four adults in England is obese. And the health watchdog NICE recently advised that more cases of serious obesity should be treated in hospital putting more burden on the NHS. And this is at a time when hospital admissions topped 10,000 for the first time in the last financial year.
The obvious answer to reducing obesity is to tackle weight control before hospital admission is necessary. Andy Cox clinical hypnotherapist at Assured Effects Hypnotherapy in Poole, Bournemouth, Dorset explained how hypnotherapy can help “Using hypnotherapy we can ask the subconscious to modify your lifestyle without undue stresses or distress. Factors such as old behaviours, feelings and emotions, habits and exercise level can be altered during the hypnotic process. This is achieved through the use of hypnotherapy and teaching self-hypnosis, so that you can continue to succeed for the rest of your life. If you know what you should be eating and what exercise you should be taking you don't need to be educated on how you should eat and exercise to lose weight. Hypnotherapy simply removes the subconscious programming getting in the way of your success”.
Friday, 25 February 2011
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Thursday, 17 February 2011
The BBC reported today that "A patient's belief that a drug will not work can become a self fulfilling prophecy, according to researchers.
They showed the benefits of painkillers could be boosted or completely wiped out by manipulating expectations.
The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, also identifies the regions of the brain which are affected.
Experts said this could have important consequences for patient care and for testing new drugs.
Heat was applied to the legs of 22 patients, who were asked to report the level of pain on a scale of one to 100. They were also attached to an intravenous drip so drugs could be administered secretly.
The initial average pain rating was 66. Patients were then given a potent painkiller, remifentanil, without their knowledge and the pain score went down to 55.
They were then told they were being given a painkiller and the score went down to 39.
Then, without changing the dose, the patients were then told the painkiller had been withdrawn and to expect pain, and the score went up to 64.
So even though the patients were being given remifentanil, they were reporting the same level of pain as when they were getting no drugs at all"
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
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Friday, 11 February 2011
Ouch! That hurt! But if it will hurt less if you look at! That’s the amazing finding of Patrick Haggard at University College London. When you knock your elbow, graze your knee, bruise your finger, or - wait for it - even have an injection, if you look at the site of the pain it will hurt less.
This amazing finding will turn traditional advice on its head. And what’s more the harder you stare at the affected area, the more your mind is capable of turning down or reducing the feeling of pain. The good news continues - if you magnify the image of the site of the pain then this has the effect of reducing the feeling of pain still further.
During Patrick’s experiments on 18 participants his team found that when applying pain to hands using a painful laser, if the participants could see their hand then they actually felt less pain. And when their hands were magnified using mirrors, the pain reduced still further. Conversely reducing the image of their hand increased the pain experienced.
This has marked implications on the traditional advice given to patients “to look away” when they need an injection. But for those of you who still don’t feel brave enough to look at the needle then the advice is to view a thing of beauty such a picture of a loved one or a favourite scene, as this will have a pain reducing effect. Distracting or overloading the senses with video games and tasty treats will also help reduce the experience of pain.
The above research helps to support the growing body of knowledge that the power of the mind alone can be the perfect anaesthetic agent. In hypnosis we can focus the mind to change or modify our feelings on a temporary or permanent basis. For example, hypnotherapy is very successful in dumbing down our “emotional” pain from past events. Equally, it is used very successfully to manage acute “physical” pain situations such as when experiencing dental work, natural birthing, and minor or major surgery.
Andy Cox, clinical hypnotherapist at Assured Effects Hypnotherapy in Poole, Dorset explained “We have known for centuries that the mind has the remarkable ability to control pain. What I love about this recent research is that it demonstrates we all have this innate ability to turn down our or remove our discomfort, but that few of us choose to use it, and society encourages us not to! During my hypnotherapy sessions I train my clients to use self-hypnosis and this is instrumental in them controlling both acute and chronic physical pain, and the accompanying anxiety that goes with it.”
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
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The BBC reported today that "Walking for 40 minutes a few times a week is enough to preserve memory and keep ageing brains on top form, research shows.
Moderate exercise increased the size of the hippocampus, an area of the brain that makes memories, in 120 volunteers.
The year-long trial, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed performance on memory tests also improved.
Exercise may buffer against dementia as well as age-related memory loss"