A Bad Do from Bandoo!

October 11th, 2011

I’ve owned a PC for about 15 years now. It has become such an essential part of my life that I literally don’t know what I’d do without it. As a hypnotherapist, my clients will often tend to contact me via email or through the contacts page of this website. As an OU lecturer I receive student essays via the computer and usually deal with their problems via email. A good deal of the research I do, whether connected to my therapy work or my teaching, is done online. Those are only three of the uses, but they are central to my work, so if the computer breaks down I’m in real trouble.

I don’t usually have too many problems with viruses, maleware and the like. I don’t download a great deal nor am I the most intrepid web surfer. But the other day I realised I had a problem. Read the rest of this entry »

It is a most regrettable fact that absolutely anyone can advertise their services quite legally as a hypnotherapist without any formal training whatsoever. Moves towards government regulation were set in motion a few years ago but a change of government and recent cutbacks have moved regulation firmly off the agenda.

This state of affairs is deplorable for many reasons. If a person has not received an adequate level of training then they will not be able to offer an acceptable service to their clients. They will not be eligible to membership of any serious professional body or therapist’s register and, therefore, will not be bound by any agreed code of ethics. The National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists has such a code of ethics, to which all members are bound, and it is there not only to offer protection to clients but also to assist therapist in the pursuit of their practice. Read the rest of this entry »

The Tyranny of Facebook

October 6th, 2011

“The Future of your Business lies on Facebook – whether you like it or not!”

I can’t remember where I read that bossy comment. Or maybe I heard it somewhere or saw in on television. Maybe someone said it to me. I really can’t remember. But I hear similar statements and opinions all the time. The future lies with Facebook. Whether I like it or not. OK: Here I declare, publicly and openly, that I don’t like it! Read the rest of this entry »

Does Stress cause Cancer?

October 5th, 2011

Take a group of 25 children and adolescents, of both sexes, ranging in age from 3 to 17. All of these 25 children have cancer. How do you set about investigating whether and to what extent stress might have caused or contributed to the particular illness of these children?

In a paper published in 1980, entitled Life Events and the Occurrence of Cancer in Children, Theodore Jacobs and Edward Charles assembled a group of 25 child cancer sufferers and sought to compare them with a matching group of 25 children drawn from a general paediatric unit. Jacobs and Charles interviewed the families of these two groups over a two-year period, using questionnaires and interviews based upon the famous Holmes and Rahe stress scale. This latter is a list of 43 life events which are conducive to stress. They are ranked in order of severity, the top two being Death of a Spouse and Divorce, the bottom two being Christmas and Minor Violation of Law. Read the rest of this entry »

On the 3th of October 2011, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were cleared of any involvement in the murder of the British student Meredith Kercher. They had previously been found guilty of this murder and were sentenced to 26 and 25 years respectively. On appeal, the convictions were quashed and the two were released.

Media coverage of this incident was sadly predictable. Attention has focussed almost entirely on Amanda Knox, as she has the media-friendly combination youth and physical attractiveness. The male of the pair has been overlooked. The front page of every newspaper of October 4th carries a picture of a distraught and crying Knox. Television news channels repeatedly show footage of the young woman, sobbing and barely in control, being led from the courtroom. Read the rest of this entry »

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