Depression and diabetes

In a study from Northwestern University reported that depression may cause diabetes in some elderly patients. If you have many of the symptoms of depression they you are 60% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who are not considered depressed. This is even after lifestyle effects are take into account.

It’s another example of research backing up one of the principles of EFT, the idea that mental difficulties can end up being expressed in the body as physical issues.

Yet another reason to find ways to be happy.

Depression raises risk of diabetes in elderly – New Scientist

The Panic Room

I just watched The Panic Room on BBC 3, it’s a documentary about a ‘radical’ way of treating extreme phobias. It’s radical television alright! It looked like a cross between systematic desensitisation and The Weakest Link. Put some very scared people in a locked room (101 perhaps), show them fancy graphics and videos of the objects their fears and watch them squirm to portentous music. It’s an excellent example of suffering as entertainment, but is it the best way to deal with phobias?

I don’t think it is, in fact I think it perpetuates some very unhelpful ideas about phobias and how to overcome them:

  1. Phobias are difficult to resolve and require courage in facing down your fears. I don’t think so, these people aren’t suffering from a lack of courage, they have an excess of fear! Phobic reactions can be quickly reduced in a variety of ways using EFT, NLP and other techniques. If you reduce the level of irrational fear you don’t need to face it down.
  2. Touching a snake followed by some hyperventilation and swearing counts doesn’t look like a complete resolution of the phobia to me. It’s one thing not to run screaming from the room if there phobic stimulus is presented. I would take a person being completely comfortable in the presence of the trigger as being proof of a successful resolution of the phobia.
  3. The Panic Room setup is very elaborate, I can’t imagine these services at a NHS centre near you. Is this form treatment only available if you want to appear on television?

If you are curious about how you might easily reduce a phobia without going through all that palaver watch this short video of an EFT treatment of a rat & mouse phobia. (EFT in Action Fears & Phobias). You don’t have to suffer unnecessarily to resolve these problems.

Here are some examples of phobia and anxiety work that I’ve written about before: Fear of heights Fear of heights (video) & Fear of flying.

If you live in the North East want to sort out a phobia without all the lights, music and terror, give me a call. Or visit the AAMET website to find your local EFT therapist.

New introductory EFT video

Gary Craig has produced a new introductory video to EFT. It’s a stylish introduction to a tiny proportion of the possibilities of this approach.

If you can’t see it on this page, then visit You Tube to watch the video.

UPDATE

After I posted this, I received an email newsletter from Steve Wells and David Lake at EFT Down Under. He compliments the video and then makes an excellent point that I didn’t make

Whilst the video is impressive I feel it is important to insert a cautionary note here, particularly when using EFT for physical issues and diseases. We’ve seen too many people in our workshops who thought they could just “tap away” their physical symptoms without even knowing what they were really dealing with. Some, with our prompting, reluctantly sought a medical diagnosis and found to their surprise that they had something that could be easily corrected medically; others found the physical pain was coming from a larger challenge than they first suspected. Yes, use tapping but please please please also ensure that you obtain a good diagnosis so that you know what you are dealing with. And don’t ever be closed to the life-saving aspects of appropriate well-managed medical intervention by caring, well-trained professionals. Yes, they do exist, and some of them may just save your life.

Excellent advice. EFT Down Under is an excellent source of articles, with a particular Auzzie take on EFT, and their free newsletter is entertaining and useful.

Practical Wellbeing on Squidoo

Squidoo is a website consisting of pages, or lenses as they are called, about a huge variety of issues and interests. The lenses encapsulate some interest or information about a subject that’s close to the writer’s heart. They can contain text, articles book recommendations, video clips and lots more.

In some ways the Practical Wellbeing lens is a one page summary of the work that I do and this blog. I’ll be adding more articles and suggestions to it as time passes. Like this blog it’s a work in progress. As I find interesting and useful lenses on Squidoo I’ll blog about them here. There’s a huge amount of useful information out there, when I find it I’ll let you know.

'Home Delivery' EFT Training

As you probably know I offer public EFT trainings. For some people coming into a group of strangers isn’t very comfortable and they would like a gentler friendlier environment in which to learn EFT.

If you are the kind of person who would rather learn this in a small group of friends then I’m offering a ‘home delivery’ service. Get six or more of your friends who would like to take an EFT Level 1 course, and I will come and deliver the training at your home, or venue of your choice.

This course is the same full EFT Level 1 course as presented in the public trainings. It will equip you with the skills to use EFT to work on your own issues and those of your family and friends. It’s a hands-on training with lots of supervised practice, you’ll soon be using EFT for yourself, and you may be surprised at just how quick, effective and painless it can be.

The cost for the EFT Home Delivery Training is £60 per person. If you would like to know more call me 0191 478 2726 or email andy@practicalwellbeing.co.uk. I’m able to deliver these trainings in the North East of England

Coffee shop suffering

In my favourite coffee bar you need to stand in line to be served, then you can find your seat; if you are alone that is. It’s one of my pet peeves that I can standing patiently waiting my turn and a couple can walk in, one takes up station in the back of the queue the other plonks themselves down on the chair I was seconds from occupying once my cappuccino was ready.

On this occasion I was lucky, I managed to get my preferred seat and settled into a pleasant caffeine fuelled scribbling session. After a little while the shop got busier and a queue began to form. Two middle aged women came in, one dropped her bags in one of the free chairs and herself in another, while her friend joined the queue.

Even though I had my chair, the unfairness of it rankled. The moment she put her bags down I began to dislike her, once that judgement was made my mind went on a mission to find other things to dislike about her. In a very short space of time everything about her was beginning to rankle: the (imagined) contents of her fancy shopping bag must be trivial, the way she fussed about was annoying, her clothes, her hair style ….

Suddenly I had one of those peculiar moments of clarity where you can see the workings of the mind while it is going on, which is the aim of meditation. Unfortunately at moments like this what you notice isn’t very appealing. I had uncovered a pattern that began when I judged the women for the first time. Then I started to look for things to justify my judgement, which fuelled my resentment. The growing resentment encouraged me to look and find more (ridiculous) reasons for more resentment and so on.

A unpleasant and pointless loop of judgement, resentment and justification. The results were quite unpleasant for me, it was a very nice example of what Buddhists would call suffering, a self inflicted distress that has very little to do with the outside world. The process is a very familiar one and doesn’t just happen in coffee shops, and I don’t think it’s just me. I’m pretty sure that just about everyone from time to time goes in search of evidence for the prosecution, feeling both justified and unhappy at the same time.

I was reminded of a quotation I once saw on the wall of a Buddhist monastery during a meditation retreat which sums this up.

In a moment’s judgement, heaven and hell are set infinitely apart!

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