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Grow Your Marriage by Leaps and Boundaries Featured on Prime Time Health’s Healing Talk Radio and TV Show

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Salem, UT – June 2012 – The Prime Time Health Talk Show Series announced today that Dr. Jerry L. Cook author of Grow Your Marriage by Leaps and Boundaries was the featured guest on the Healing Talk Radio and TV Show hosted by Licensed Professional Counselor, Trauma Specialist, Diana Hoffman. Listen and watch live on Utah Valley Live and KHQN 1480 AM. Watch the show rebroadcast here.

According to Dr. Cook in his Healing Talk interview with host Diana Hoffman, the art of creating life-long marriages is disappearing at an alarming pace, largely because couples do not fully understand where (or how) to “draw the line” in a way that strengthens the relationship.

“These lines drawn are the boundaries that, when created the right way, show each spouse they are more important to the other than anything or anyone else,” said Jerry L. Cook, author and guest on Prime Time Health. “Grow Your Marriage by Leaps and Boundaries provides the tools for you to effectively create boundaries with technology, words, and body language.”

Diana Hoffman, LPC, Trauma Recovery Specialist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, owner of Lightspring Counseling Center and host of the Prime Time Health’s weekly Healing Talk Show, she says she believes Cook’s new book will inspire readers to evaluate how they prioritize their marriage, and to make changes when needed. A common theme is that the boundaries are most useful when decided upon by the couple themselves; dialogs are provided to help readers create, maintain, and negotiate boundaries with their spouse and others.

“None of us are perfect, but our marriages can be perfect for us,” says Jerry L. Cook, author and guest on Healing Talk. “Sometimes we underestimate the power of a positive marriage, and outsource our best selves to those things that are least important.”

Jerry L. Cook has a doctorate in family and human development and now serves as an associate professor of family and consumer sciences at California State University-Sacramento. Jerry and his wife co-authored The Parent’s Guide to Raising CEO Kids

This program will be broadcast live on KHQN 1480 AM on June 22nd, 2012 from 5 to 6 p.m. MT and will simulcast via live streaming video on healingtalkradio.utahvalleylive.com.

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Licensed Professional Counselor, Trauma Specialist, and host of Healing Talk on Prime Time Health, Diana Hoffman


About Prime Time Health’s “Healing Talk” Radio/TV Show hosted by Diana Hoffman: The “Healing Talk” Radio and TV Show hosted by with Diana Hoffman broadcasts live every Wednesday from 5-6 pm Mountain Time. Diana Hoffman’s show explores the best of current research and resources for healing mind, body and relationships. Diana Hoffman is an experienced talk show host, and a licensed professional counselor, LPC, Trauma Recovery Specialist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and owner of Lightspring Counseling Center in Salem, Utah. Please visit her site at http://www.healingtalkradio.com/ or email her at healingtalkradio@gmail.com. Follow her on Facebook here.
Watch the Prime Time Health video simulcast of “Healing Talk” with Diana Hoffman at healingtalkradio.utahvalleylive.com.

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Come visit Diana Hoffman at her LightSpring counseling office in Salem.

Nina Isaacson, Mother of Seventeen Adopted Children, Offers Her Insights on Mothering, Love, Resilience, and Never Giving Up.

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Nina Isaacson, Mother of Seventeen Adopted Children, Offers Her Insights on Mothering, Love, Resilience, and Never Giving Up.

Twelve years ago Scott and Nina Isaacson were featured on the Oprah Winfrey show for adopting seventeen children, many of whom were older and traumatized. Now, with not one failed adoption, Nina Isaacson shares insights on their journey as a family.

Salem, UT – February 17, 2012 – Nina Isaacson will be the featured guest on this week’s broadcast of Healing Talk Radio.

Twelve years ago Scott and Nina Isaacson were featured on the Oprah Winfrey show for adopting seventeen children, many of whom were older and had been abused and traumatized.

The Isaacsons, unable to have biological children, did not start out intending to adopt seventeen boys and girls. In the beginning they adopted a single newborn, and then another infant. In time they became acquainted with three sibling children who need to be together. The Isaacsons fostered these children and then adopted them. Gradually the number of adopted children swelled to 9, and the Isaacsons thought they were done.

Then they became aware of a family of eight children who were being separated in the foster care system because no one could be found who was willing to take on so many children at once. In an astonishing act of sacrifice and compassion, Scott and Nina chose to adopt them all and kept the children together.

The reaction of the community was mixed. Some, like Oprah, praised them for their heroism and compassion. Others thought they were naïve, or just crazy. A few predicted dire consequences.

Now, twelve years later, with not one failed adoption, with three sons on LDS missions simultaneously, four children still at home and thirteen grandchildren, Nina Isaacson will appear live on Healing Talk Radio to talk about her journey:
Join us as Nina shares what she did to create healing and stability for many of her children who had survived trauma and abuse; what she did to cope with the amazing level of stress and frequent crises of having seventeen children under fifteen years old; how she handling the logistics of so many meals, so many homework assignments, so many soccer games and so many personal needs, and hear her special message to parents of troubled children.

About “Healing Talk” Talk Radio Show: The Healing Talk Radio Show explores the best of current research in emotional and relationship healing. Host of the weekly “Healing Talk” Radio Show, Diana Hoffman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Trauma Recovery Specialist at LightSpring Counseling in Salem, Utah. Healing Talk is broadcast live on KHQN 1480 AM every Friday at noon in Utah. The program is simulcast by video streaming to healingtalkradio.utahvalleylive.com. Healing Talk is syndicated to Planetary Streams Talk Radio, Web Campus World Wide Radio, and Shoutcast. Past programs are archived at healingtalkradio.com. Contact: healingtalkradio@gmail.com or visit the website, www.healingtalkradio.com.

Talk About “Trauma Therapy with Acupuncture: The NADA protocol on Healing Talk Radio Hosted by Diana Hoffman

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Salem, UT – November 011 – Planetary Streams Talk Radio Network today announced that Diana Hoffman, Trauma Recovery Specialist, owner of Lightspring Counseling Center and host of “Healing Talk” radio show, will be joined by Nina Isaacson, Master of Oriental Medicine in a discussion of “Trauma therapy with Acupuncture: The NADA protocol”

The idea that poking someone with needles could relieve stress and trauma symptoms appears rather surprising to most of us, unless the fundamental principles behind this unusual PTSD treatment are understood.
Recent brain imaging and neuroscience research indicates that anxiety conditions and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are created when fear-housing neurons in the deep brain link together and form neural networks. These networks become more and more extensive as traumatic experiences accumulate. As the networks grow, trauma responses are more easily triggered and are progressively more intense and painful.

These neural networks of fear and anxiety cannot be destroyed, but they can be neutralized if they are linked to neural networks of calming and soothing experiences, particularly calming sensations–as sensation is the primary “language” of the part of the deep brain that houses traumatic associations.

Acupuncture tends to produce feelings of deep relaxation and well-being–in part because many acupuncture points specifically trigger the release of endorphins. Thus acupuncture becomes a soothing experience and, when repeated can build a neural network that neutralizes traumatic associations.

Although this theory and insight about trauma treatment is very new, this approach to successfully trauma treatment with acupuncture has been going on for over thirty years. The most well-known and widely used technique for trauma is the technique advanced by the National Acupuncture detoxification Association (NADA).
The NADA protocol is a very efficient, inexpensive PTSD treatment that involves placing needles in five acupuncture points in the ears. The procure is quick, can be done in a chair, and the client can remain fully clothed.

The NADA protocol was first developed in the 1970s at Lincoln Hospital in New York City by Dr. Michael Smith. It was designed originally as a drug detoxification program. The protocol was based on the understanding that anxiety and PTSD treatment is fundamental to successful addiction treatment.

Research on Veterans using the NADA protocol demonstrates that the protocol reduces pain, decreases stress, improves sleep, reduces anxiety and irritability, and diminishes hypervigilance, flashbacks and nightmares.
Join us on Saturday November 12 as acupuncturist Nina Isaacson joins us to explore the research and applications of the NADA protocol for PTSD treatment on Healing Talk Radio. This program will stream at 9 am Mountain Time and will replay three times daily for a week on Planetary Streams Talk Radio, Web Campus World Wide Radio and Shoutcast.

About “Healing Talk” Talk Radio Show: The Healing Talk Radio Show explores the best of current research in emotional and relationship healing. Hosted by Diana Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor and Trauma Recovery Specialist in Salem, Utah. Listen every Saturday at 9 a.m. on Planetary Streams Talk Radio. Listen to internet replay daily at 9 am, 5 pm and 2 am Mountain Time on http://www.planetarystreams.com, http://www.wcww.com and http://www.shoutcast.com. Contact: healingtalkradio@gmail.com or visit the website, http://www.healingtalkradio.com.

Talk About The Tragic Impact of Untreated PTSD in Veterans on “Healing Talk” Radio Hosted by Diana Hoffman This week’s Talk Radio Topic is The Tragic Impact of Untreated PTSD in Veterans

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Salem, UT – Planetary Streams Talk Radio Network today announced that Diana Hoffman, Trauma Recovery Specialist and host of “Healing Talk” radio show, will discuss “The Tragic Impact of Untreated PTSD in Veterans. According to Diana, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in veterans is a problem of enormous proportions.

The long lasting effects of ptsd in veterans are illustrated by the soldiers of the Vietnam war: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one third of the nation’s homeless population is comprised of Veterans, a majority of them Veterans from Vietnam. Tragically, the number of homeless Vietnam Veterans is now greater than the number of soldiers who were killed in Vietnam. They are homeless because of the dysfunction, addiction and mental illness caused by their war experience.

Various studies place the lifetime occurrence of PTSD in combat veterans at somewhere between 10 and 30 percent. It is estimated that 20 percent of military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in the last 6 years have PTSD. That means over 300,000 soldiers are affected.

According to the Times Free Press, the Veterans Administration reports that about 1,000 veterans a month try to commit suicide.

A study published in JAMA show that Veterans with PTSD are more likely to abuse alcohol. They have an increase in health problems, and struggle more with anger and violent behavior. This violence is often directed towards family members.

Unfortunately, many Veterans do not want to admit, either to themselves or others that they are experiencing post-war trauma. Admitting there is a need for treatment has often been viewed by soldiers as a sign of weakness. This is an attitude that perpetuates a great deal of suffering. Untreated PTSD can often create a downward spiral of stress, addiction, damaged relationships, mental illness and physical deterioration.
It’s important to help our Veterans to understand that release techniques can be learned, painful emotions can be discharged safely and gradually, and soldiers can return to being normal civilians. Trauma therapy has been dramatically transformed in the last ten years by a wealth of brain imaging research and new techniques. It is now possible for many severe cases of PTSD in Veterans to be resolved, and for severely-impacted combat veterans to “get their lives back”.

About “Healing Talk” Talk Radio Show: The Healing Talk Radio Show explores the best of current research in emotional and relationship healing. Hosted by Diana Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor and Trauma Recovery Specialist in Salem,Utah. Listen every Saturday at 9 a.m. on Planetary Streams Talk Radio. Listen to internet replay daily at 9 am, 5 pm and 2 am Mountain Time on http://www.planetarystreams.com and http://www.wcww.com. Contact: healingtalkradio@gmail.com or visit the website, http://www.healingtalkradio.com.

Talk About Five Common Mistakes in Couple’s Communication on Healing Talk Radio Hosted by Diana Hoffman

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Planetary Streams Talk Radio Network today announced that Diana Hoffman, Trauma Recovery Specialist, owner of Lightspring Counseling Center and host of “Healing Talk” radio show, will discuss “Five Common Mistakes in Couple’s Communication. These common errors include:

Escalating a disagreement after partners have become upset creates damage to the relationship and has no benefits. When either partner has become angry or feels threatened or intimidated, the body’s arousal has changed, creating some level of flight, fight or freeze state. In any of these states, circulation to the brain is significantly reduced, particularly in the cerebral cortex. Reduced blood and reduced activity in the cerebral cortex means partners will be unlikely to really hear and understand each other, and will be unlikely to make fair-minded or thoughtful decisions. When the discussion becomes heated or emotional, good couple’s communication has come to an end.
If spouses will learn the skill of taking turns reflecting what is being said, neutrally and honestly, typically most of the energy in disagreements will subside, and spouses will be able to hear each other, compromise, or agree to disagree. If a conversation begins to heat up, spouses need to take a “time out” until they both are calm and can hear each other fairly.

Punishing a partner in an attempt to change their behavior is amazingly ineffective, and amazingly common. Punishment as a deterrent to bad behavior is marginally effective at best. Punishment as a motivation for good behavior is consistent failure. In a marriage, punishment is an abandonment of the equality of the partnership, and an attempt by one spouse to become the “parent” of the other. This always harms the relationship, as equality and respect are essential.

Spouses should handle each other’s problematic behaviors through negotiating, expressing feelings calmly and respectfully, explaining boundaries and taking essential actions. Spouses also need to accept their spouse as a unique individual, and recognize that marriage does not entitle them to “remodel” another person.
Rigid Thinking occurs when a partner assumes that his or her way of doing things is the only right way. Individuals grow up in a family culture that they usually assume represents a much larger culture. Thus it is a starting assumption that “my family was normal and average and correct in their way of doing things.” Although most individuals of marriage age have identified some things in their family culture that they want to change, there is typically a great deal more that they unconsciously accept and assume to be the “right way” to handle various aspects of married life.

Whenever there is a disagreement about how to handle a situation, spouses need to start with the assumption that their partner’s position has some validity behind it. Both partners need to listen carefully and understand their partner’s way of doing things, and work to find compromises, or else alternate between choosing “his way” and “her way” so that each partner’s preferences and family culture become part of the new marriage and effective couples communication.

Criticism is closely related to punishment. Both are based on the idea that an individual has the right to overhaul or remodel their partner. Although it is true that individuals will always have to make some changes to facilitate a marriage partnership, partners should be very respectful about requesting a change, and should focus a great deal more energy and time on noticing and admiring a partner’s strengths and qualities.

Expressing gratitude for any increments of change and improvement is a much more effective way of changing behavior than criticism or punishment. This approach also strengthens the relationship instead of weakening it.
Triangulating involves turning to a third party to try to resolve tensions between spouses. Common forms of triangulating in couples communication involve talking to a relative or family member to get them to influence the spouse in some way; sending messages through the children; punishing the children to demonstrate anger against the spouse; gossiping or broadcasting a spouse’s weaknesses to do others, or complaining to a marriage counselor to get him or her to “fix” the spouse.

Conflicts, frustrations and disagreements between the couple should be resolved by conversations between the couple. Children should be kept entirely out of parent’s conflicts. Unskilled third parties should also be avoided. A skilled third party such as a therapist may be helpful to act as a referee and teach advanced communication skills. However, spouses should talk to each other directly about their concerns, even in a counseling session, rather than communicating their frustrations indirectly by talking to their therapist in front of the spouse to make sure the partner hears, or by meeting alone with the therapist and trying to get the therapist to “fix” the spouse.

About “Healing Talk” Talk Radio Show: The Healing Talk Radio Show explores the best of current research in emotional and relationship healing. Hosted by Diana Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor and Trauma Recovery Specialist in Salem, Utah. Listen every Saturday at 9 a.m. on Planetary Streams Talk Radio. Listen to internet replay daily at 9 am, 5 pm and 2 am Mountain Time on http://www.planetarystreams.com, http://www.wcww.com and http://www.shoutcast.com. Contact: healingtalkradio@gmail.com or visit the website, http://www.healingtalkradio.com.

Talk About Common Myths About Letting Go of the Past on Healing Talk radio show.

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Talk About “Common Myths About Letting Go of the Past” on “Healing Talk” radio show. This week’s Talk Radio Topic is “ Common Myths About letting Go of the Past.”

Salem, UT – Aug, 25, 2011 According to Diana Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor, Trauma Specialist and Clinical Hypnotherapist, brain imaging research and neuroscience in the last decade have opened up a great deal of information about how emotions are stored in the brain, and how they can most effectively be resolved. Even so, a number of prevalent myths continue to shape our attitudes about resolving emotional pain.

Myth # 1. The way to let go of the past is to talk it to death. Putting feelings into words doesn’t access the language of the deep brain, and can bringing up the pain of the past over and over without producing the needed feelings of resolution and safety.

Muth #2. The best way to release anger is to vent and get it all out (anger catharsis). Every reliable outcome study to date shows anger catharsis makes people feel and act worse True emotional release usually leads to discovering what is beneath the anger, and involves dissolving the anger as well as resolving the underlying emotions.

Myth #3. Changing attitudes and beliefs about painful events is the best way to change painful feelings. This approach sometimes helps with guilt, shame and identity issues, but with trauma emotions it tends to puts the cart before the horse. The parts of the deep brain that store traumatic emotions do not respond to words or logical reasoning. However, when the deep brain emotions are released using appropriate techniques, consciously-held attitudes and beliefs often change spontaneously as a result.

Myth #4. If I just keep my focus on the present, the past will go away. Research show the past doesn’t go away. Trying harder and harder not to think about it or feel it produces a host of “distraction behaviors” such as overworking, addictions, thrill-seeking, or trying to overwhelm the conscious mind with constant noise from radio, television and computer activities. Yet in spite of all these distractions, the unresolved traumas from the past persist, frequently producing substance abuse, depression and health problems even fifty years after the events occurred.

Myth #5. Repressed events must be remembered to be released. This belief has been the foundation of a lot of “age regression” therapy, which is often unnecessarily traumatic. Now it is known that emotional pain can be effectively released without ever knowing what caused it. Repressed pain can be accessed through affect bridging or by identifying a somatic expression of an emotion–and can be permanently and completely resolved without recovering memory.

Myth #6. Traumatic events don’t matter if I was too young to remember them. Trauma events in infancy and early childhood are particularly damaging because an infant has so few coping mechanisms to handle pain and stress. Emotional trauma from infancy can persist throughout adult life, causing depression, anxiety and other problems without a consciously-remembered cause.

Myth #7. Emotional release has to involve crying or a lot of intense emotion. Good emotional releases should be paced to unfold gradually and manageably, and should be grounded in enough emotional safety to proceed with relative little distress. The completion of a release requires that pain be replaced with a deep sense of peace and safety.

Myth #8. If I cried about an event, then I must have released it. Many individuals without training or support in release work will cry, but never reach the needed level of safety and resolution. Thus the pain remains, even though crying episodes related to a traumatic experience may happen over and over again.

About “Healing Talk” Radio Show: The “Healing Talk” Radio Show explores the best of current research and resources for healing mind, body and relationships. Hosted by Diana Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor, Trauma Specialist, and owner of Salem Counseling Center in Salem, Utah. Listen LIVE every Wednesday at 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Planetary Streams Talk Radio. Listen to internet replay repeating daily at 11 am , 2 am and 5 pm MT for a week following the live show on http://www.planetarystreams.com and http://www.wcww.com. Contact: healingtalkradio@gmail.com. or visit the radio blogsite, http://healingtalkradio.wordpress.com

“Breathing Out Sadness and Fear—The Art of Living Foundation’s Solutions to Trauma and Depression

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This week’s Talk Radio Topic is “Breathing Out Sadness and Fear—The Art of Living Foundation’s Solutions to Trauma and Depression

Salem, UT – April 2011 – Planetary Streams Talk Radio Network today announced Diana Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Trauma Specialist and host of “Healing Talk ” radio show will talk about “Breathing Out Sadness and Fear—The Art of Living Foundation’s Solutions to Trauma and Depression.”

According to Diana, trauma core symptoms are stored in the brainstem. Modern rapid release therapies directly activate the brainstem in some way, and use sensation rather than words to access and change trauma symptoms. What more effective way to activate the brainstem than by using breathing patterns—as breathing is directly controlled by the brainstem. In addition, research shows that different emotions produce several different—but very typical—breathing patterns. This information is at the heart of a remarkably rapid release therapy called “Sudarshan Kriya Yoga. (SKY)

Research has demonstrated SKY to be impressive in its impact both on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and on all sorts of mood disorders. A recent study compared SKY treatment in 240 survivors of the Asian Tsunami who had developed PTSD. The study found that PTSD levels as measured by the PCL 17 inventory dropped from a highly-distressed average of 67 points, to an average of 27 after just four days (a total of 8 hours) of treatment with SKY techniques. This profound change in distress levels (a change of 40 points) compares to the control group, whose distress dropped only four points in six weeks. The SKY group not only maintained their progress but continued to improve after treatment. At the six month follow-up, test scores had dropped to an average of 20. (17 is the lowest score possible on the PCL-17, and a score below 25 is considered normal for civilians) Notable also is the fact that the therapy was delivered to groups of thirty individuals by a single facilitator—making it incredibly inexpensive and efficient to provide the treatment.

The results with depression are equally impressive: A variety of studies on SKY have been published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. In one study, SKY techniques were used for the treatment of melancholic (severe) depression, and were compared with the antidepressant Imipriamine and with Electroconvulsive therapy. All three treatments became effective after about 3 weeks. By the end of the 4 week study, SKY had produced remission in 67 % of the study group, as measured by the Haminlton Depression Scale, the Beck Depression Inventory, eeg measurements, and changes in blood hormone levels. By comparison, Imipramine had produced remission in 73 % of patients, and ECT in 93%. Although SKY was less effective than ECT, breathing techniques are so safe, simple and inexpensive compared to 12 sessions of electroshock, the breathing techniques present themselves as a potent and viable alternative, and there is a very good argument that clients might want to try the breathing techniques first. Like other empowering self-help approaches to depression, SKY treatment generates a low relapse rate and gives the client a tool to use if depression begins to return. In fact, SKY is so helpful in preventing relapse that it is also being studied as a follow-up treatment for more conventional depression therapies. (In contrast with ECT, which is estimated to have a relapse rate of 50% or higher in the first six months, if not followed by other support treatments.)

Healing Talk Radio will feature guest Leslye Moore, a member of the board of directors of the Art of Living Foundation. We will also be joined on the show by Archana Thiagarajan, from the Salt Lake chapter of the Art of Living Foundation. Learn more about this remarkable recovery tool, and the huge, volunteer-based international organization that promotes and teaches it in 150 countries around the world.

About “Healing Talk” Radio Show: The “Healing Talk” Radio Show explores the best of current research and resources for healing mind, body and relationships. Hosted by Diana Hoffman, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and owner of Salem Counseling Center in Salem, Utah. Listen LIVE every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mountain Time on KSTAR 1400 AM. Listen to internet replay starting the Saturday after the live show, and repeating daily at 11 am and 2 am MT for a week on http://www.planetarystreams.com and http://www.wcww.com. Contact: healingtalkradio@gmail.com. or visit the radio blogsite, http://healingtalkradio.wordpress.com

Talk About Trauma-Free Childbirth in a Hospital Setting on Healing Talk Radio Show

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This week’s Talk Radio Topic is Trauma-Free Childbirth in a Hospital Setting

Salem, UT – April 2011 – Planetary Streams Talk Radio Network today announced Diana Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Trauma Specialist and host of “Healing Talk ” radio show will talk about “Trauma-Free Childbirth in a Hospital Setting.”

According to Diana, fear and tension have a profound effect on the anatomy and physiology of birth. The uterus has two muscle layers with different roles. The outer muscle layer includes long, vertical muscle structures that move the baby downward. The inner muscle layer has horizontal bands that encircle the lower portion of the uterus, keeping closed and holding the baby in place during pregnancy. When labor begins, an emotional state of calm, safety and relaxation allows the horizontal muscles to relax and open, allowing the baby to emerge easily. A state of fear, tension and anxiety causes the horizontal muscle to remain tense and tight. This is the mechanism that allows an animal in the wild that feels threatened to delay giving birth until it can get to safety.

Fear and tension delay labor, slow it down, or stop it entirely. Or if labor does start or is artificially induced, fear and tension make it very painful as the longitudinal muscles push against horizontal muscles that are resisting rather than opening. This is also much harder on the baby, and so raises the chance of fetal distress. That increases the likelihood of a c-section. This factor alone may be the biggest contributor to the US C-section rate of 31%.

America is steeped in a culture of fear about childbirth that greatly exceeds that of most other nations. Unfortunately, standard hospital procedures in the US tend to intensify that sense of fear. Consider the psychological impact of the birth procedures. Trauma research has shown that fear is negotiated in the brainstem, which does not process words, is not logical, and responds primarily to sensation and associations.

A mother in labor may be immediately put in a wheelchair. She is then extremely likely to be put in a hospital gown, shaved over her pubic area, given an enema, given an IV, vaginally examined repeatedly, and hooked up to a fetal heart monitor. Food will be withheld, and even water. If she is thirsty she will be given some ice chips.

If all of this invasive sensation, and associations with emergency conditions convince her brainstem that she is not in a safe place then it is likely that her labor will progress less and her pain will increase more. So far the answer of modern medicine has been pitocin to accelerate labor, and an epidural so she won’t feel the pain of pitocin-induced contractions.

As c-section rates rise, maternal survival rates and infant survival rates in the US have fallen behind 38 other countries. The system isn’t working. Across the nation women have begun various movements to change the climate of childbirth. Growing numbers of women believe its time for the medical community to acknowledge the connection between emotions and physiology, and to address what goes on in the mind and heart of birthing mother.

Healing Talk radio will explore various childbirth movements, ways to release and replace fear, resources for finding supportive providers, and approaches for asserting personal needs childbirth preferences within the medical system.

About “Healing Talk” Radio Show: The “Healing Talk” Radio Show explores the best of current research and resources for healing mind, body and relationships. Hosted by Diana Hoffman, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and owner of Salem Counseling Center in Salem, Utah. Listen LIVE every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mountain Time on KSTAR 1400 AM. Listen to internet replay starting the Saturday after the live show, and repeating daily at 11 am and 2 am MT for a week on http://www.planetarystreams.com and http://www.wcww.com. Contact: healingtalkradio@gmail.com. or visit the radio blogsite, http://healingtalkradio.wordpress.com

Talk About “Competing ‘In the Zone’: Performance Enhancement Hypnosis” on “Healing Talk” radio show.

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This week’s Talk Radio Topic is ”Competing ‘In the Zone’:  Performance Enhancement Hypnosis.”
KSTAR 1400 AM & Planetary Streams Talk Radio Network today announced that Diana Hoffman, Clinical Hypnotherapist,  Licensed Professional Counselor, Trauma Recovery Specialist, and host of  “Healing Talk” radio show, will talk about “Competing ‘in the Zone’:   Performance Enhancement Hypnosis.’”

According to Diana, competing “In the Zone” is a common expression among elite athletes.   It refers to a state of self-hypnosis that is commonly sought to improve performance skills.  A collegiate distance runner described his first experience of achieving “the zone” with these words:  “I was running easily, fluidly, with a very high level of focus, I felt more energy than I usually had in a race, and a lot less pain.   And I did really well in that race, my time was faster than usual.”

The advantages of performance hypnosis are so significant that at today’s level of competition, most world-class athletes in a great variety of  sports must learn to take themselves “into the Zone”  in order to order to be competitive.

Using self-hypnosis by entering the Zone is not a new skill.  Many individuals who have studied martial arts have learned this high level of focus and mental discipline.  This skill is in fact thousands of years old.  This underscores the fact that Performance Enhancement Hypnosis is a skill that is learned, not a procedure that is done.   Alert hypnosis training involves activating specific areas of a brain, including several parts of the cingulate gyrus.   This center of “higher focus” is then utilized to direct and enhance brain functions in the deeper brain–the limbic system, midbrain and brain stem.

Performance Enhancement Hypnosis involves several essential skills.   These include:
1.  Learning to optimize stress levels so that there is complete focus, complete balance and readiness, with no wasted effort on muscle tension
2.  Eliminating fear blocks and fear symptoms, particularly fear of failure.
3.  Vividly revisiting memories of success, confidence and achievement.   This effectively floods the consciousness with the neuropeptides that are specific to feelings of success and confidence–a great advantage during competition
4.  Focusing on the level of relaxation/readiness that allows reflex-trained skills to take over, so that the body does what it has been trained to do, what it knows how to do, without interference or override from a nervous consciousness.
5. Visualizing over and over the details of a successful performance or competition.
6. Eliminating self-defeating beliefs, distorted thinking, and negative emotional patterns that interfere with performance
7. Using hypnosis to assimilate the skills of a masterful role model.

These skills have proven to be invaluable to a great variety of competitors and performers, from golfers to bullriders, singers to drag racers.

About “Healing Talk” Radio Show:  The “Healing Talk” Radio Show explores the best of current research and resources for healing mind, body and relationships.  Hosted by Diana Hoffman, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Licensec Professional Counselor, and owner of Salem Counseling Center in Salem, Utah.  Listen LIVE every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mountain Time on KSTAR 1400 AM.  Listen to internet replay  starting the Saturday after the live show, and repeating daily for a week on http://www.planetarystreams.com and http://www.wcww.com.  Contact: healingtalkradio@gmail.com. or visit the radio blogsite, http://healingtalkradio.wordpress.com

Fabulous Talk Radio Host Line Up!

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Fabulous  New Line Up of Talk Shows on Local KSTAR 1400 AM and Syndicate Internet Radio Network sites!

5 New Talk Radio Shows Offer Listeners Candid Solutions from age management, to business and health and wellness on Wednesday and Thursday Weekly!

New Talk Show Hosts by order of time slot include:

Diana Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Hypnotherapist and owner of Salem Counseling Center in Salem, hosts “Hypnotic Health” talk radio show from 11-12 p.m.

Christine Heathman, globally renowned skin age management expert and owner of GlyMed Plus headquartered in Spanish Fork for 17 years, hosts “What Gets Under Your Skin?” talk radio show from 12-1 p.m.

Glenda Christiaens, PhD, RN and President-elect of the American Holistic Nurses Association hosts at “Glenda the Good Nurse” talk radio show from 2-3 p.m.

Thursdays!

Laura Jacobs, renowned natural health expert and owner of local Herbs for Health store in Pleasant Grove for over 15 years, hosts “A Healer in Every Home” talk radio show from 10-11 a.m.

Kim Power Stilson, eMedia strategist and author of the “Ten Buck Solution for 21st Century Success” hosts  “Healthy! Wealthy! How?” talk radio show from 11-12 p.m.

Listeners can join the discussion locally by tuning in every Wednesday and Thursday  from 10-3 p.m. on KSTAR 1400 AM.  All five talk show hosts offer replays of their Talk Shows originally live on KSTAR 1400 daily for easy-access listening on the following Internet syndicate stations.

Listen Daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the following syndicate sites:
Planetary Streams Talk Radio Network — http://www.planetarystreams.com
Web Campus World Wide Talk Radio Network — http://www.WcWW.com
SHOUTCAST Radio Network — http://www.shoutcast.com

About “Hypnotic Health” Talk Radio Show:  Live every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on KSTAR 1400 AM, Hypnotic Health hosted by Diana Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Hypnotherapist, invites listeners to explore the relationship between emotional well-being and physical healing.  Contact: hypnotichealth@gmail.com

About “What Gets Under Your Skin?” Talk Radio Show:  Live every Wednesday from 12-1 p.m. on KSTAR 1400 AM, What Gets Under Your Skin? Join “Legend” Medical Master Aesthetician and skin age management expert, Christine Heathman, and her weekly guests as they discuss the outrageous skin care claims and sales ploys shared by today’s advertisers.  Visit http://www.christineheathman.com

About “Glenda the Good Nurse” Talk Radio Show:  Live every Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. on KSTAR 1400 AM, Glenda Christiaens, PhD, RN invites listeners to explore integrative healing options with interesting guests who discuss current issues in healing and wellness.  Contact:  Glenda@Glendathegoodnurse.com

About “A Healer in Every Home” Talk Radio Show:  Live every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. on KSTAR 1400 AM,  A Healer In Every Home Live like you never lived before and learn to health yourself with Laura Jacobs, renowned natural health expert and founder of “A Healer in Every Home” global campaign.  Contact:  ahealerineveryhome@gmail.com

About “Healthy! Wealthy! How?” Talk Radio Show:  Live every Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. on KSTAR 1400 AM, Kim Power Stilson, eMedia strategist and author of the “Ten Buck Solution for 21st Century Success” talks with guests who share their success stories.  Feature host Debbie Cluff. Contact:  Kim@wcww.com