Sep172012

BLOOD SUGAR, TESTOSTERONE AND HYPNOTHERAPY

     If you are a man who has low testosterone, be aware that blood sugar levels are linked to testosterone.  In this country, one out of every four men over the age of 30 has been identified as having low levels of testosterone.  And obviously because the United States population is aging, it is likely this number will rise significantly.  Among the symptoms of low testosterone are: weight gain, muscle loss, erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis and bone fracture, decreased physical performance, insomnia, depression and heart disease.

     A paper presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society, in June, 2009, in Washington DC found that testosterone is linked to blood sugar levels.  In the study, three groups of men were given a sugary solution to drink and then had their testosterone levels tested.  Forty-two of the men had normal blood sugar, twenty-three were pre-diabetic and nine men had type 2 diabetes.  For all three groups, after drinking the sugary solution, blood levels of testosterone dropped by as much as 25 percent.  These readings remained low even after two hours.  In addition, it was found that 15 percent of the men with normal testosterone levels dropped so low after the sugary solution drink that they had levels low enough to require taking a hormone supplement.

     This study shows that sugar consumption is a major factor in lowering testosterone levels.  This helps to explain why hypoganadism (testosterone levels low enought to require taking the hormone) is continuing to rise.  The obvious solution to help lessen your risk for all the major medical issues listed above is to eliminate sugar from your diet.  This can be a real challenge for someone who has a strong habit for snacking on sugar or feels like they are a "sugar addict".  Hypnotherapy can be a very valuable tool in changing bad habits that are no longer working. If you value your health and your sex life, contact a hypnotherapist to get rid of the sugar in your diet. 



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May032012

HPNOTHERAPY FOR MARIJAUNA USE WITH TEENS

Published by Jennifer Johnson at 7:36 AM under Addiction | Hypnotherapy

     A report by the Partnership at Drugfree.org was released yesterday on a survey that more teens are smoking marijuana.  Nearly one in ten teens surveyed reported smoking pot 20 or more times a month.  That rate went from five percent in 2008 to nine percent in 2011.  That means about 1.5 million teens are smoking marijuana frequently.

      The report also reported on the use of harder drugs including cocaine and methamphetamine.  The use of those has stabilized according to the report.  Abuse of prescription medicine is still high but may be easing among high school students.  The big drug use growth was definitely in the four percent increase in  past-month usage of marijuana.

      Hypnotherapy can be a valuable tool to help teenagers quit smoking marijuana.  Like all substance abuse issues, the user must want to stop.  If you or your child is ready to stop smoking marijuana, explore hypnotherapy as a way of making that change.   



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Jan132012

SUGAR ADDICTION

      Recent animals studies indicate that sugar is more addictive than cocaine.  It is consumed by Americans in large amounts and people suffer withdrawal symptoms when they try to restrict their use of sugar.  This is a problem because of sugars affect on health.  Consuming sugar in large amounts can affect insulin and other hormones and can be linked to diabetes.  Sugar-intake can also be linked to dementia, osteoperosis, suppressed immune system, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides which increase the risk of heart disease, obesity and cancer.

     The average American consumes about 142 pounds of sugar in a year.  Much of that is "added" sugar which is added to processed foods or added in preparation of food at home.  Contained in almost all processed foods, another big source of added sugar people consume is in regular soft drinks.  Even foods we consider healthful like fruit drinks and yogurt are often sweetened with added sugar.

     Although almost all of us enjoy a sweet treat occasionally, sugar addiction causes cravings, causes consumption to increase over time and causes withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, depression and irritability.  If you are concerned about increased consumption of sugar or about possible health affects caused by sugar, it's time to change.  Hypnotherapy can be a great tool in releasing addictive cravings for sugar.   



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Jan132012

SUGAR ADDICTION

      Recent animals studies indicate that sugar is more addictive than cocaine.  It is consumed by Americans in large amounts and people suffer withdrawal symptoms when they try to restrict their use of sugar.  This is a problem because of sugars affect on health.  Consuming sugar in large amounts can affect insulin and other hormones and can be linked to diabetes.  Sugar-intake can also be linked to dementia, osteoperosis, suppressed immune system, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides which increase the risk of heart disease, obesity and cancer.

     The average American consumes about 142 pounds of sugar in a year.  Much of that is "added" sugar which is added to processed foods or added in preparation of food at home.  Contained in almost all processed foods, another big source of added sugar people consume is in regular soft drinks.  Even foods we consider healthful like fruit drinks and yogurt are often sweetened with added sugar.

     Although almost all of us enjoy a sweet treat occasionally, sugar addiction causes cravings, causes consumption to increase over time and causes withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, depression and irritability.  If you are concerned about increased consumption of sugar or about possible health affects caused by sugar, it's time to change.  Hypnotherapy can be a great tool in releasing addictive cravings for sugar.   



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Sep262011

Video Gaming and Addiction

Published by Jennifer Johnson at 10:51 AM under Behavior problems | Addiction

     If you have a child in your life who plays video games, you may be concerned if that child seems out of balance - spending too much time and energy in gaming while other areas of life are neglected.  Yours is a legitimate concern. There are 45 million children between the ages of 8 and 18 in the United States and 88 percent of them play video games. A study done by researcher Douglas Gentile of Iowa State University and director of research at the nonprofit National Institute on Media and the Family reported that 8.5 percent of American youths age 8 to 18 who play video games show multiple signs of behavioral addiction.  In addition, four times as many boys as girls were considered pathological gamers.

     Gentile adapted diagnostic criteria for pathological gambling into a series of questions about video game use, which became part of a 2007 Harris Poll of 1,178 children and teens.  If the gamers reported at least six of the eleven symtoms the gamers were deemed pathological.   Several symptoms were identified.  They included:  spending increasing amounts of time and money on video games to feel the same level of excitement, escaping problems by playing video games, lying about the length of playing time, irritability or restlessness when game play is scaled back, skipping chores or homework to spend more time playing games, stealing games or money to play more and escaping problems through playing video games.

   Gentile found that children considered pathological gamers had trouble paying attention in class, did worse in school and reported feeling "addicted".   In addition, they were found to be twice as likely to report ADD (attention-deficit disorder) or ADHD (attention-deficit  hyperactivity disorder)

     Not everyone agrees with Gentile's findings.  Michael Brody of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry believes, "I think kids use this just the way kids watch television, the way kids now use their cellphones.  They do it to relieve their anxiety and depression. It's all a matter of balance."

     The key word here is "balance".  According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, all screen time, including computer and video games but also television should not exceed one to two hours  day of "quality programming."  If a child you love is exhibiting the smptoms described above or is struggling, without success, to cut back gaming time, that child may need help through therapy to lead a more balanced life.

    

  



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