March 4, 2007 - Victoria Advocate Article Title: Burned Out by Louise Popplewell
People are trying different methods to put away the nicotine for good.
PHOTOS: T.C. BAKER/ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Four years ago, Edna car salesman John Dean walked into Nancy Pavlicek's office to get hypnotized as a means to help him quit smoking. After his first session, Dean had no cravings and now dedicates more time to working out. Many others have turned to medication such as Chantix and quitting cold turkey.
"Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times."
Once upon a time people didn't smoke in church, but many lit up as soon as they were out the door. Women did not smoke on the street because, at best, it was considered unladylike, but anywhere else was acceptable. There were ashtrays in hospital rooms, courtrooms, offices, restaurants and even the White House.
Smoking was such a central activity in movies, that it's surprising there was time to make so many great ones. Lighting up in stores didn't raise any eyebrows and there were ashtrays in cars! Then came the studies showing the dangers of smoking and the added danger of secondhand smoke and the revolution was on.
Today, there is yet another incentive to quit: the cost. With the 2007 tax increase of $1 per pack set by the Texas Legislature, $5 gets you a pack of smokes and a few cents in change.
It isn't hard to find people who have quit using a number of methods, and unlike Mark Twain, they've stuck to it.
John Dean, an Edna car salesman, smoked two packs a day for 20 years. "I probably quit 50 times," he said. "Everybody wants to quit, then 10 days later they're back doing it again." About four years ago he decided to see a hypnotist and turned to Nancy Pavlicek of Victoria. Dean had two sessions with Pavlicek, but said he really didn't need the second one.
After that first session, "I drove back to Edna and I really wasn't thinking about a cigarette. I really didn't want one," he said and added, "I can't remember any harsh reaction. But, it's something you have to really want to do it, that's everything. It was something I had to want, it's no miracle."
At 47, Dean said although he has worked out all his life, "I'm more dedicated now that I don't smoke. At lunch today, I ran for 30 minutes and I ran hard."
Florence Williams of Seadrift also turned to Pavlicek for help. "Back in the '80s I quit for four or five years and got hooked again. I went to a hypnotist because it worked before."
After one of two sessions, Williams said, "I had made up my mind to quit. I took the cigarettes out of my purse, turned on the water in the sink and held them under it. I haven't had one since." That was four months ago.
Williams, a retired bank employee, said she was a pack and a half smoker since she was a teenager.
After quitting, "I feel fine, but I don't have the energy I thought I would," she said. "After the first week or so, the desire to smoke decreased greatly. It's there first thing in the morning, but not bad enough to get a cigarette, I certainly won't start again."
She said little things like tossing ashtrays in the trash helps. She said the two sessions cost more than $100, "but think what cigarettes cost.
Williams said she highly recommends hypnosis for anyone trying to quit. "I'm trying to get my brother to go."
Pavlicek said her success rate is about 80 percent. The two sessions cost $140 and come with a video. The sessions include an interview in which she is looking for typical smoking patterns, helping the client learn relaxation skills and focusing on the benefits of being a non-smoker.
She may be reached at 361-574-9400.
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August 5, 2007 - Victoria Advocate Article Title: Relax your mind by Rebecca Holm
More people are turning to hypnosis to overcome addictions and anxieties.
"You're getting very sleepy ..." Those words and a swinging pendulum are images often conjured when someone mentions hypnosis. Once largely regarded by the public as taboo, the alternative medical therapy is seeing more and more patients seeking hypnosis as a way to cure addictions and anxieties. That's also the case for Dennis Eisele, who went to see a hypnotherapist about four years ago.
"I was having problems flying; I was having fear of flying," said the 55-year-old Victorian. He wanted to eliminate the anxiety attacks he was having, so after seeing a TV series on hypnosis, he opened the phone book and picked out the name of hypnotist Nancy Pavlicek.
After several hypnosis sessions, Eisele said that Pavlicek gave him a tape of the session, advising him to listen to it before he flew. The tape was a summation of the sessions that, when listened to, put the listener in a suggestive state of mind and relaxed him.
"I've found that with time it helped me greatly and now I don't have any problem with it at all," he said, noting that he would recommend the treatment to others.
"I can fly perfectly; I have no problems whatsoever," he said. His job as a chemical engineer has him flying quite frequently.
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October 7, 2003-Wall Street Journal
Article Title: Altered States: Hypnosis Goes Mainstream
Many hospitals Use Trances For Fractures, Cancer, Burns; Speeding Surgery Recoveries
Hypnosis, often misunderstood and almost always controversial, is increasingly being employed in mainstream medicine. Numerous scientific studies have emerged in recent years showing that the hypnotized mind can exert a real and powerful effect on the body. The new findings are leading major hospitals to try hypnosis to help relieve pain and speed up recovery in a variety of illnesses…It can involve just one session, but often it takes several - or listening to a tape which a therapist guides an individual into a trance-like state. Whatever the form, it is increasingly being used to help women give birth without drugs, for muting dental pain, treating phobias and severe anxieties, for helping people lose weight, stop smoking or even perform better in athletics or academic tests….
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October 27, 2003-The Dallas Morning News
Section Title: Health Roundup
"Hypnotherapy's benefits for bowels found to last"
Hypnotherapy appears to provide long-lasting benefits for people with irritable bowel syndrome, a common condition marked by abdominal pain and bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. Noting that the treatment has proved helpful over the short term, researchers from University Hospital of South Manchester in England surveyed more than 200 patients who had completed a course of specialized hypnotherapy to see how they had fared over several years. Among the 71 percent of patients who had immediately benefited from hypnotherapy, four in five had maintained that improvement, and most of the rest reported only slight deterioration in symptoms… Critics may charge that hypnotherapy is expensive, the researchers write in the November issue of 'Gut,' … because of its sustained effects in the majority of patients, costs of treatment could be rapidly offset by the ensuing reduction in cost of medication and other healthcare demands.
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February 2, 2004 -Business Week
Article Title: There's Entrancing News About Hypnosis
It's gaining credibility as a treatment for a multitude of troubles, from nicotine addiction to post-traumatic stress disorder. By Kate Murphy
Hypnosis helped James Williams cut back on his drinking eight years ago. So when he developed a fear of flying after September 11, he again sought hypnotic relief. "I had always thought hypnosis was a stage show kind of thing. But I've found it incredibly effective at getting me to focus on what I want to accomplish…today he travels by plane without anxiety.
Although still not well understood, hypnosis has gained credibility in the past five years because of research using the latest brain-imaging technology. PET, MRI and EEG scans show that hypnotized subjects have altered sensory perception-and they're not just pushovers, play-acting, or highly imaginative, as once thought. Studies show how hypnosis can help treat a multitude of disorders from asthma to warts.
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September 27, 2004 - Time
Article Title: Mind & Body
Hypnosis alters how people perceive and process reality.
A growing body of research supports the ancient practice as an effective tool in the treatment of a variety of problems from anxiety to chronic pain. Rather than taking away one's control, it enhances a person's control, teaching them how to control aspects of their body's function and sensation that they thought they couldn't. Hypnosis is a form of highly focused attention - an induced state of mind that enables people to alter the way they perceive and process reality.
Studies using positron emission tomography (PET) have looked at what goes on in the brain during hypnosis. In one subject their hands were immersed in painfully hot water, but were told it was comfortably warm. This not only altered their perception of the pain but also altered blood flow in pain related parts of the brain.
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November 2004 - Discover
Article Title: Hypnosis may have the same supercharging effect on a patient that a world record has on athletes: It changes their sense of the possible.
Over the years, a number of rigorously controlled studies have proven that hypnosis reduces pain, controls blood pressure, and can even make warts go away. But because very few studies have attempted to find out how it works, most scientists are skeptical of its power. Critics suggest hypnosis is not different from the placebo effect. They both use the power of suggestion to get the mind to heal the body; both are no substitute for medicine. That skepticism has driven Spiegel (Herbert Spiegel psychiatrist) and other researchers to take a hard look at what happens in the brain during hypnosis. Trance, they've found, opens a window onto the nature of imagination. Through it, we are beginning to glimpse how the mind distinguishes daydreams from reality…"I think it should be based on data, not on belief," Spiegel says, "But in the end it doesn't matter why it works."
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January 18, 2005-Dallas Morning News
Article Title: What a RELIEF!
Concerned about problems with painkillers? Alternative treatments may be your answer.
"You can learn to change the perceptions of pain," says Dr. Andrew Weil of the University of Arizona. A federally funded clinical trial is exploring whether hypnosis and other nontraditional therapies can ease muscle tension in children with spastic cerebral palsy. Studies suggest a benefit from hypnosis for patients with many different types of pain, including low back, tension headache, osteoarthritis and chronic back pain.
HYPNOSIS IN THE NEWS
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