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Hypnosis News on TV: Health Benefits of Medical Hypnosis

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hypnosis news health benefits of medical hypnosisFrom time to time a major network will do a news story on hypnosis and hypnotherapy and every time it generates business for our office and for yours. With that in mind, I'm glad to see the topic covered in this way.

Here is a mostly positive news story that came from Fox News Channel talking about the benefits of using hypnosis for a number of medical and other issues. But, as you will see, there are some significant problems with the information provided. First the good news…

Dr. Richard Firshein, who was interviewed in this news segment recommends hypnosis for:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Pain
  • Smoking
  • Asthma
  • Drug Addiction

I hope you will take a look at the program. The doctor recommends that his patients see a "Certified Hypnotherapist" but, then goes on to say that it is not a "certified specialty." That is confusing for the viewers (heck, it confused me).

Here is a link,

Then, of course, there is the misinformation… He also goes on to say that he recommends that most of his patients go to people who have been trained in doing hypnosis. That was an extremely strange statement. I wonder what percentage of his patients should go to untrained hypnotists?

Plus, does this doctor know that many doctors who call themselves hypnotists have much less training that is provided by the National Guild of Hypnotists certified hypnotists. I doubt it. Many physicians consider themselves adequately trained after just a weekend workshop, but, see those who specialize in the use of hypnosis, and have hundreds of hours of training as "lay" persons.

As if that was not bad enough, most of these doctors will not take the time to actually do the work themselves because they can make much more money practicing medicine. So, if they don't want the hypnotists like us to do the work and they will not take the time to do the work, then, who will?

This is where, in my opinion, the medical establishment needs to change. Doctors need to consider referring their patients to Certified Consulting Hypnotists, or Certified Hypnotherapists, in the same way that they now refer their patients to Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists.

Have a look at the news video and leave a comment below. What did you think of the story? Did you think it helps the profession? What was most positive about it? What did you not like about the story? logoYou can learn much more about hypnosis by going to our hypnosis information page on www.Hypnosis.ORG. Please "Like" us below so we can share this information.

8 Reader Comments to Hypnosis News on TV: Health Benefits of Medical Hypnosis

  1. Reg Pyrke April 11, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    I agree, recommending a certified hypnotherapist and then intamating that it should be an MD is confusing. I still think that it is good publicity and intend to link it to my site. I suspect that many will just hear that Hypnosis Helps!

  2. crank hypnosis April 12, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    I strongly recommend a certified hypnotherapist for the patients for their safety .. But does it really helps cancer patients ?? If so rather taking chemotherapy, radiation and surgery we can go to hypnotherapy!!

  3. Celeste Hackett April 12, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Bravo Cal! I am so excited that this doctor braved the TV cameras and talked about hypnosis, but would love to see the changes you mentioned! GREAT blog!

  4. Cal April 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    You are all “right on”. I think that coverage like this is a benefit for everyone in the profession (even if it was a bit confusing at times). ūüėČ

    Let’s do GREAT things together!

  5. Brisbane Hypnotherapy April 19, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    I simply adore this website of yours. Just like you, I am also a proponent of hypnotherapist to cure and help several diseases and even relationships. More power to you!

  6. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH April 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Thanks for your praise of the website. However, I take the stand that hypnosis does not cure any disease. When hypnosis is used it only helps the body do what it naturally does.

    Thanks again for your comment!

  7. yildiz September 2, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    I don’t understand your last comment. I have always believed that the mind has a program to cure any disease – it’s just that it has to be triggered?

  8. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH September 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    I don’t¬†necessarily¬†believe that the mind has a program to cure any disease. ¬†But I do believe that the body is programmed to heal itself. ¬†When we removed blockages to healing then the body heals itself. ¬†Hypnosis can remove those blockages. But I still stand that hypnosis, in and of itself, does not heal anything.

    With you on the Path,

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