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Help for Erectile Dysfunction following Prostate Surgery | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2014

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A wife writes that her husband is having problems with erectile dysfunction, following his prostate surgery of 13 months ago.  She wonders about help in dealing with sexual frustration, disappointment and fear of this never going away.
She writes:
My husband had surgery for prostate cancer 13 months ago. Although the doctor said the nerves were spared, erections simply don't happen. Do you have anything for erectile dysfunction? Thanks!


How to Short-Circuit Self-Sabotage | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2014

Hello Belleruth,

I have been in college for quite some time. As an adult, I went back to school at a later age. I recently discovered I have PTSD and have been using your guided imagery for that with great success.

However, I have another problem. It seems as I get closer to graduating I get increasingly more self-sabotaging. So, do you have any guided imagery tracks that can help with self-sabotage? I mean preventing it! Thank you.

James D.

Nice Guys Really Do Finish Last | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 17 March 2014

This 5K happened last summer, but the hero is awesome and the story is timeless.  It takes a very special kind of person to let go of striving to win, right smack in the middle of a competition, in order to look after a kid.  Check this out. Here’s the piece from the Huffington Post.

While running in The Jeff Drench Memorial 5K in Charlevoix, Mich., Lance Corporal Myles Kerr stopped to help out a young boy struggling to finish the race. Kerr, 19, put aside his ambition to beat his fellow Marines and instead helped motivate 9 year-old Brandon Fuchs, who lost his party during the race, to make it to the finish line.

According to the 5K results online, the Marine ended up with the slowest time in his age group.

How to Help Anxious, 17-Year-Old Musician Facing High-Stakes Auditions | Print |  E-mail
Sunday, 12 January 2014

Dear Health Journeys,

I used your pre-surgery CD a couple of years ago with great success (especially significant since I have PTSD around medical things & hospitals, after so many horrible experiences there when my chronically ill late husband was dying, over many years.) Thank you!  

Now my question:  a colleague of mine has a son who is a gifted musician, now 17 & auditioning for prestigious conservatories.  He is having problems with the stress of these auditions impairing his performance.  Have you anything that might help him?


A Seven-Yr-Old Orchestra Conductor Nails It | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 16 September 2013

A friend sent me this enchanting video footage of a 7 year old boy conducting an orchestra in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  The orchestra is accomplished, and this wonderful kid, who definitely looks like somebody’s idea of Christopher Robin, has talent and aplomb.  Check it out. The music is as fabulous as it’s familiar.

Do You Have Any Peak Performance Imagery for Tennis-playing Kids? | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 16 September 2013

Hi. I am a former professional tennis player. I would like to know if you have any tennis CDs for kids.  I would like to help them attune their minds to have fun with tennis.  We all learn a system of technique – the footwork and strokes and so forth. But I would like to teach kids a system for playing from the heart, tranquil, happy, relaxed and joyful.

By the way, thank you for your CDs.  i just replaced my hip and the Successful Surgery was a big hit with me. Thank you for that. 

Please let me know about the kids.  Take care.  

Emilse Longo (Ed. Note:  We only use the writer’s actual name when specifically told that it’s okay to do so, as we were told by Emilse)

Cognitive Training Improves Memory, Attention in Aging Population | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 26 August 2013

Investigators from Maastricht University Medical Centre in The Netherlands reviewed the efficacy of cognitive intervention studies with the aging population, assessing earlier reviews by taking into account the methodological quality of the studies.
They performed a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCT) and clinical studies published between August 2007 and February 2012 in Pubmed and PsychINFO. The quality of the included RCTs was assessed according to the CONSORT criteria for RCTs. A total of thirty-five studies were included; twenty-seven RTCs and eight clinical studies.
The content of the intervention studies differed widely, as did the methodological quality of the included RCTs.

Guided Imagery Helps College Students with Anxiety | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 19 August 2013

BR got this note from the mom of a college sophomore at The University of Chicago, who suffers from anxiety but who was very skeptical of guided imagery as a self-regulation solution for her troubles.

Hi, Belleruth,

I learned so much from attending your workshop on Healing Trauma in Bethesda a few weeks ago! Thank you for an interesting, information-packed presentation. Little did I know that shortly after this workshop I would get my 19-year-old daughter to try your imagery. Over Thanksgiving she was home from the University of Chicago where she is a sophomore. Where she goes to college probably tells you what kind of person she is--smart, driven, perfectionistic, etc. etc.

Guided Imagery Helps during Transition from Military to Civilian Life | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 22 July 2013

We love it when active and retired military personnel find some benefit from our imagery recordings.   We still hear from those who serve(d) in Afghanistan and Iraq, but they’re also really useful for transitioning service people.  

Being newly civilian can make a person feel like a fish out of water.  Naturally, it’s weird to go from functioning within a fairly firm structure, with lots of rules and regs, guidance and accountability, authority and support (for whatever the mission or task at hand is), to then be awash in the relative freedom and loosey-goosey chaos of civilian life.

It’s natural to lose confidence and self-esteem when we don’t yet know the ropes – especially when we’re used to knowing what we’re doing.  Sometimes a little support is just the ticket.

So it was great to read what Donna posted on our feedback page under our imagery for Self Confidence and Peak Performance.

Guided Imagery Career Transition Program Shows Higher Re-Employment Success | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 02 October 2012

A study tests the effectiveness of a guided imagery-based career transition program, and finds it is associated with higher rates of return to full time employment and greater perceived control over the job loss.

This randomized study examined the effectiveness of a guided imagery-based career transition program as compared to a placebo control condition in promoting reemployment in 52 unemployed business people recruited from four different outplacement firms in seven locations in California (60% male, 83% Caucasian, mean age: 46.8).

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