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Book Review: The Hypnosis Treatment Option: Proven Solutions for Pain, Insomnia, Stress, Obesity and Other Common Health Problems by Dr. Scott D. Lewis

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The Hypnosis Treatment Option: Proven Solutions for Pain, Insomnia, Stress, Obesity and Other Common Health Problems by Dr. Scott D. Lewis is an excellent wellness tool utilized to manage chronic stress, anxiety, over-medicating and the post surgical recovery process.

According to Lewis, hypnosis is a heightened state of self-awareness with externalities dimmed. At the end of the session, the hypnotist may provide a hypnotic prompt to help change perceptions or behaviors more permanently. Hypnosis transcends relaxation in order to probe the area of visualization so that the patient can feel less pain.

Lewis cites studies that show that hypnosis can change allergic and inflammatory reactions, control seizures, boost the productivity of cells involved in immunity, provide some relief for asthma patients and enable hemophiliacs to control excessive bleeding. In addition, hypnosis has been used to increase the helper T cells in HIV patients. Hypnosis has helped to reduce flashback and panic symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lewis explains how to locate a good hypnotist through The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, The International Journal for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and The American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts. The author cautions patients to avoid age regression therapy, unsupported miracle claims, discontinuance of medications and lengthy time commitments.

The book explains how hypnosis can lessen generalized anxiety, performance anxiety over test-taking, public-speaking phobias and fear of flying or falling. At bottom, hypnosis can help patients conquer fears without too much medication. Since hypnosis can help control stress and panic, it is used successfully in lessening the stress from the onset of an asthma attack. Hypnosis has helped in reducing the anxiety and fear during pregnancy and labor.

Lewis mentions eight ways that hypnosis can reduce chronic pain. Examples are overriding pain signals, changing pain perceptions, reducing catastrophizing, decreasing muscle tension, improving sleep and building up confidence.

Lewis provides a directory of conditions helped by hypnosis. The list is exhaustive. Some of the classic chronic conditions helped by hypnosis include allergies, bulimia, burns, post-chemotherapy, cystic fibrosis, depression, difficulty in swallowing, hemophilia, immunity, impotence, multiple sclerosis, peptic ulcers, post-traumatic stress disorder, urinary incontinence and warts.

The Hypnosis Treatment Option is a helpful supplement for your existing medical treatment regimen. When used in the proper context, hypnosis can be a helpful modality for reducing pain under highly controlled conditions in coordination with your physician. Hypnosis is not a cure-all. For instance, patients with an imploding gallbladder, burst appendix or gross calcifications should seek immediate surgical attention to remove the source of the pain while medical intervention is still possible.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.
  • Rob

    It’s a fantastic book, before reading I had no idea about the ways in which biology can be effected by hypnosis (asthma, cell production etc.)

    I reccomend it as a must have for anyone studying hypnosis or hypnotherapy

  • You are very welcome. I believe that your book does much to advance the public understanding of hypnosis. There are also huge advantages for hypnosis in containing health care costs.

  • Thank you, Dr. Maresca, for this review!

  • Hypnosis is a good non-medicinal treatment which can be helpful if done professionally. Some people simply cannot learn how to relax on their own and hypnosis is helpful in these contexts.