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Xenical and Alli May Cause Liver Damage, FDA Warns

http://www.examiner.com/x-21373-LA-Womens-Health-Examiner~y2009m8d27-FDA-warns-weight-loss-drugs-Xenical-and-Alli-may-cause-liver-damage

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the weight loss drug orlistat, marketed as Xenical and Alli, may increase the risk of serious liver damage.

Between 1999 and 2008 the federal agency has received 32 reports of serious liver injury in people who were taking orlistat. Of those injured, 27 required hospitalization and six had liver failure.

Orlistat blocks the absorption of fat in the stomach and small intestine, and by doing so reduces calorie intake. The most common side effects of Xenical and Alli are oily spotting, flatus with discharge, fecal urgency, fatty/oily stool, oily evacuation, increased defecation, and fecal incontinence, which is another way of saying that the drug can cause uncontrollable greasy diarrhea. For those who take the drug, this side effect is a powerful incentive not to eat fatty foods. It’s also likely why orlistat has not become a blockbuster weight loss drug.

As orlistat blocks absorption of fat, it also blocks absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E and beta carotene. Women who take orlistat are advised to take a multivitamin.

Early Warning Signs of Liver Damage
One of the few clear early warning signs of liver damage is jaundice, a yellowing of the whites of the eyes and the skin. Other symptoms of liver damage can include weakness, fatigue, irritability, headaches, fever, brown urine, light-colored stool, an ache under the right rib cage, and itchiness on the palms of the hands and bottoms of the feet.

The simplest and safest way to lose weight is free, and free of harmful side effects: eat moderate amounts of wholesome food and get regular moderate exercise.

Women taking Xenical or Alli who experience side effects should report them to the FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

Weight Loss and Hypnosis…What the Research is Indicating.

hypnosisMany studies have been conducted to understand the effect hypnotherapy has on a person’s ability to lose weight and their ability to keep it off in the long-term. In 1998, a study involved 60 obese participants. The patients were randomly divided into one of three groups. One group received hypnosis for stress reduction; another group received hypnosis for limiting portion sizes, and the third group received only conscious dietary advice.

Researchers studied the percent of body weight lost at 7 different follow-ups from 1-month to 18-months after the treatment. At the 3-month follow-up, all participants in the three groups had lost 2-3% of their baseline body weight. However, at the 18-month follow-up, the group receiving stress reduction hypnotherapy reported continued significant weight loss compared to no change in the other two groups. This study shows that when hypnotherapy is used in combination with stress management suggestions, weight loss is significant in the long-term (Stradling, Roberts, Wilson, & Lovelock, 1998).

In a meta-analysis of two studies involving hypnotherapy and weight loss, Kirsch (1996) found a significant difference in amount of pounds lost comparing participants who received hypnosis and those who did not receive hypnosis. The initial follow-up showed the average weight loss to be 6.00 pounds in the non-hypnosis group and 11.83 pounds in the hypnosis group. The last follow-up conducted with the studies showed that the non-hypnosis group lost an average of 6.03 pounds and the hypnosis group lost an average of 14.88 pounds. This meta-analysis showed that use of hypnotherapy more than doubles the pounds lost over time.

These studies indicate that hypnotherapy is a valid form of weight loss treatment and has lasting effects in the long-term. Hypnosis is an effective, natural method of losing weight with improved likelihood of keeping it off.

Sources:
Kirsch, I. (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments: Another meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64(3), 517-519.

Stradling, J., Roberts, D., Wilson, A., & Lovelock, F. (1998). Controlled trial of hypnotherapy for weight loss in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorder, 22(3), 278-281.

Another Woman Hypnotized to Think She has Gastric Band Surgery – Loses 55 pounds!!

http://www.naturalnews.com/026796_hypnosis_hypnotherapy_natural_health.html

A woman lost 55 pounds after undergoing hypnosis to implant memories of a gastric band surgery in her head.

“I’ve tried every other diet and exercise plan the world has to offer,” said the woman, Marion Corns. “Now I am able to shed up to three pounds a week because I believe I’ve had a band fitted into my stomach. Bizarrely, I can remember every part of the ‘procedure’ – including being wheeled into theatre, the clink of the surgeon’s knife and even the smell of the anesthetic.”

Corns underwent the hypnotherapy at the Elite Clinic in Spain, which was recommended to her by a friend who had gone there to quit smoking. The therapy involved a number of sessions in which she was familiarized with the procedure of a gastric band surgery, including a real surgical gastric band and stomach model. She then underwent several sessions of hypnosis, in which every stage of the surgery was narrated to her. She was made to touch the gastric band, while a recording of surgical tools played in the background. The hypnotherapists also pumped smells into the room to simulate those found in the operating and recovery rooms of a hospital.

After her first hypnosis session, Corns began to lose weight, just as if she had undergone the real surgery.

“Now if I try and eat a large portion I feel a pulling sensation in my tummy as if my stomach is stretching,” she said. “I simply cannot eat large portions of food any more.”

Clinic owner Martin Shirran said that health insurance should cover the gastric band hypnotherapy as an alternative to true surgery and with fewer side effects.

Jacqui Lowdon of the British Dietary Association cautioned that such therapy is not without risks, however.

“If this works and people can achieve the same kind of weight loss without surgery, it is important they are getting the correct dietary advice as well,” she said. “It is also important to have a target weight and to know what your ideal weight is.”

Sources for this story include: http://www.foxnews.com.

Woman Hypnotized to Think She had Gastric Band Surgery for Weight Loss – Loses 56 pounds So Far!

The Power Of HypnoTherapy!

virginia-n3.jpgIs listening to a CD as powerful as having a one-on-one session with a present therapist? Note the purposeful use of the word Present. There is nothing worse than having a session with a therapist whose mind is elsewhere. That said…today I’ll talk about one-on-one, interactive sessions. That means that you and your hypnotherapist are in intentional communication with the goal of resolving some obstacle holding you back somehow. I typically use interactive sessions with clients who’ve been overweight since childhood, have more than sixty pounds to lose, and/or are running self-sabotage systems. In these populations there can oftentimes be found deeper underlying issues to get past, before they can embark successfully on the transformational journey of weight loss.

The first two are self-explanatory, but let me illustrate the third – The Self-Saboteurs. This is the gal (or guy) who says she wants to lose weight but can’t give up cookies – NO MATTER WHAT. Now I actually had a client tell me that, about chocolate chip cookies. She started our first session with this statement, “I’ve been through loads of counseling, and even had fights with my therapists – no one is going to make me give up chocolate chip cookies. No one!” This gal was in her fifties, an educated woman (most of our clients are professional people – this lady was a teacher), she had about seventy pounds to lose, and she had emotional strings to cookies. In her case, as it was rather severe, I didn’t believe listening to CDs alone was going to cut it. I DID have her listen to CDs, mostly (at first) for the repeated hypnosis conditioning, creating that supportive cheerleading section in her head, and continued positive reinforcement for the work we were going to be doing.

In our one-on-one hypnosis work, we found out that when she was a child – it almost always goes back to childhood – her mom was manic-depressive. Back then (1940’s-1950’s) people didn’t get on psych medication so easily as they do now. Since her mom was not on any medication her vicious mood swings posed a real threat to her five children. For example, on several occasions when fighting with dad, this mom threatened to kill the kids – IN FRONT OF THE KIDS! She was almost always mean to everyone, except for once in awhile, when she was feeling good, and during those times she showed her motherly love by baking…(sing out in unison) Chocolate Chip Cookies.

My poor client cried hysterically as she dug up a good portion of her emotional damage. As a result of her mom’s strange behavior (well not so strange for a manic-depressive) my client had emotionally associated chocolate chip cookies with all kinds of warm and fuzzies – love, calmness, kindness, acceptance, safety, security. Scary stuff, huh? You might wonder if my job entails hearing scary stuff like this all the time – YES. More often than you’d think.

Back to the client. By revisiting the cause of her obsession, we were able to dissolve the hold it had on her. Imagine the hidden cause as a an angry BOIL, festering like an evil abscess inside her psyche, making her behave in ways that made no sense to the outside world. Nor even to herself, for that matter, for she had no conscious recollection of what was leading her to obsess on cookies. She thought she was born a cookie monster. Now, imagine the work we did was equivalent to lancing that boil. We went through a lot of muck and mire but you have to squeeze it clean. Then it can heal, good as new. That day, after the tears were dried up, I gave her a particularly powerful CD to rebuild her self-esteem and raise her feelings of self-worth. Now cleansed, the CD would be the ointment to strengthen ego, and quicken healing.

She returned the following week and happily reported she hadn’t had a cookie all week! We have a saying, You can’t un-see something until you’ve seen it. I hope you’ve read enough so that the saying makes sense to you. She didn’t know what was there, then she understood, and that transformed the thing into gold. I call it turning lemons into lemonade. I should know. I myself had to go through intense one-on-one sessions. I’m not going to get into my core issues right now, but suffice it to say I was unconsciously holding on to my fat. I had massive hidden fears about becoming smaller, more vulnerable in an unpredictable, threatening world.

Now, would listening to CDs alone have helped lance the boils? Maybe, but it’s unlikely. One- on-one intervention speeds up the process so people like me and my client can get past the ”rewards” of overweight behaviors and get busy losing weight.

There, you have a clue to the difference between listening to CDs and interactive therapy sessions. Hope it moves you closer to your weight loss goals.

Till Later!

Hypnotically yours,

Gina Fox, CHT