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Hypnotherapy for the Health: Does it Work?

Author: Heather Brown

A lot of people often think of hypnosis as nothing more than a magician’s trick or a sideshow act at a carnival. And who can blame them? Because after all, these are the two places where they hear about it and see it being done. However, what they do not know is that hypnosis — or hypnotherapy as it is also called — has some very real health benefits. It can help people accomplish simple tasks such as remembering names and it can also change their lives completely. To know more about the benefits associated with hypnotherapy, read below.

Hypnotherapy can treat addictions — Addictions are really quite hard to quit but introducing hypnotherapy can make quitting easier. It doesn’t matter if you are hooked on smoking, drugs, or food because by undergoing hypnosis, your body gets the help it needs to get rid of physical addictions. And what is nice about hypnotherapy is that there is solid proof that it can permanently get rid of addictions and lessen the chance of a relapse.

Hypnotherapy for weight loss — When you want to lose weight and all the diets and exercise in the world just don’t bring you the results you want, it may be a good idea to add hypnotherapy to the mix. Research has shown that it is about 30% more effective in promoting weight loss as compared to diets. Medical experts believe it is because hypnosis or hypnotherapy helps people who have a tendency to overeat to prevent doing so. This is what helps them lose excess weight.

Hypnotherapy for chronic pain— Chronic pains can be quite troublesome and though they can be managed with medication and therapy, adding hypnotherapy to the whole treatment may just bring about the very best results. In fact, when all the drugs and therapy in the world just aren’t doing anything to eliminate your pain, it may be time to turn to hypnotherapy since nearly all experts agree that it works when drugs fail.

In a nutshell

Those are just some of the many benefits hypnotherapy can bring to you so try it out sometime. However, you need to keep in mind that there are occasions when it might not work since for hypnotherapy to work, the person undergoing it has to crave real change and want real results. And furthermore, you have to remember that several sessions are needed before any significant results can be seen, because contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not magic and will not perform miracles overnight.

The Most Bizarre Things Found Floating in Space

Author: Heather Brown

Think of what you know about outer space— stars, planets, asteroids, black holes, and space junk. Those pretty much sum up what the average person knows about what is floating out and about in outer space. But take note, the universe is a vast and immense space, making it possible for it to harbor strange things that you wouldn’t believe exist. To get to know some of these bizarre things, read on.

Quasars. Quasars are beacons of light that shine on our planet and are believed to be located right at the very edge of the universe. Most scientists believe they are massive black holes found in the hearts of very distant galaxies. . What is so fascinating about them is that they tell scientists exactly how the universe came to be. Another amazing thing about quasars is that the amount of energy they release equals to more than the energy released by a hundred galaxies put together. The picture of the quasar provided above is that of 3C 273 and was taken way back in 1979.

Cannibalism. Just like some plants, animals, and people on earth who eat their own kind, galaxies can “eat” one another as well and thus evolve over time. One example is Andromeda, a galaxy near the Milky Way Galaxy that is currently making a meal out of one of its satellites. This galaxy is not a very neat eater, though, because all around it are dozens of star clusters that are remnants of her past meals.

Exoplanets. There was a time when the only planets everyone knew about were the ones found in our solar system. However since then, more and more planets have been found by astronomers, and to date, they have found more than 500 exoplanets scattered all over the outer space. What makes these extra-solar planets interesting is that they range from being gas giants that are bigger than Jupiter to being tiny rocky planets that orbit around red dwarfs.

The outer space is literally infinite. However, with the leaps and bounds made in technology, who knows what scientists may discover in the next several years? But without question, they are bound to be exciting! And whatever they will be, we can be sure the people of planet Earth are in for great discoveries.

Top 5 Strangest Phobias

Author: Heather Brown

A person may feel extreme fear caused by various triggers. When a person has adverse reactions to a fear trigger, this may be the person’s phobia or extreme and irrational fear. Here are 5 of the strangest phobias:

Phobophobia – Phobia is having extreme fear of something. Then there’s phobophobia which the fear of having a phobia or something to fear. Compared to the other kinds of phobia which are caused by stimuli, there are no fear triggers in the observable environment which may trigger this, but a person has this psychological state where he or she fears having a fear so much that this phobia has developed.

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia – This is the fear of the number 666. There’s Friday the 13th for which another phobia called araskavedekatriaphobia, but fearing the number 666 is more terrifying to some not just because of “bad luck” but because of the devilish roots of this number. In the Bible, the book of Revelation has associated this number to the devil.

Pteronophobia – The fear of being tickled with feathers. Feathers are usually very soft and are generally harmless. But being extensively tickled using feathers especially during childhood or infancy may lead to negative associations with the experience such as feeling trapped or having difficulty breathing. This then triggers the phobic reaction to feathers and being tickled by them.

Hylophobia – Is the fear of forests, woodlands, and trees, and even certain wooden materials. The fear is most probably caused by a negative experience in the woods which has ingrained itself to the memory of the person, causing this phobia. Also, simply being hit with a piece of wood, or being attacked or lost in the forest can lead to a person’s having hylophobia.

Taphophobia – Is a fear that anyone can actually have and is a somewhat rational fear for any person to have. This is the fear of being buried alive. This happened back in the days when people were incorrectly pronounced as dead and they were mistakenly buried alive! Throughout the course of history, a lot of people were accidentally buried while they were still alive, and this phobia was then born along with the instances.

Phobias are usually caused by an extreme negative experience with a stimuli, or are simply irrational yet extreme fears of something which the sufferer cannot explain. There are a lot of other strange fears out there, but imagine being scared of being scared or being scared with harmless feathers?!

Amazing Oddities of the Human Body

Author: Heather Brown

There are more than 6 billion people on this planet and for the most part, everyone is pretty much average with a few special talents here and there. Some might be taller than others, while others may be shorter than normal but every so often, a person is born with some pretty amazing oddity. These people have conditions that make them stand out and while some conditions are more apparent than others, they are all indeed a wonder to behold. Below are some of the more bizarre and amazing human oddities recorded throughout the years.

1.  Wolfman - most men (and some women) have to deal with a little facial hair and it’s is no big deal for the most part. A shave or a wax deals with that beard and gets rid of that mustache. But if you are Julia Pastrana (1834) or just one of the 50 people ever recorded to have suffered from hypertrichosis, hair is a big problem. Hypertrichoses is a condition where hair grows everywhere- even on the face. In the case of Julia Pastrana she grew long luxurious black hair not just on her head, but her whole body and only her palms and the soles of her feet didn’t have hair.

2.  Tree man of Java - there have been stories and movies about the Elephant man but what most people do not know is that in the island of Java, they have Dede Koswara who is known as the Tree man. He developed bark-like growths all over his body which are actually warts. He has a very rare condition called Lewandowsky-lutz dysplasia which is an autosomal recessive skin disorder that also happens to be genetic. It is associated with a high risk of carcinoma. He had a procedure done back on 2008 to remove the bark-like growth on his arms and legs but has since suffered a setback when the old papules and warts started growing again.

3. “Man of the a golden arm” - this isn’t a story about some guy that turns objects into gold because it is about James Morrison a man from the land down under who has a rare antibody in his blood that helps babies with rhesus disease. He has donated about a hundred pints of blood and has saved about 2 million babies to date. His blood is so precious that his life was insured for a cool million dollars the day he started donating when he turned 18. He is now 74 and plans to donate even more blood.

Five Strangest Experiments

Author: Heather Brown

The phrase “mad scientist” came to life not without good reason. Scientists are often know to think out of the box, but sometimes they just really go beyond what is normal and imaginable!

1.  “Would you go to bed with me tonight?” - In 1978, psychologist Russel Clark with the help of his students conducted an experiment to see which gender would be more willing to receive sex from a stranger of the opposite gender. “I have been noticing you around campus. I find you to be attractive. Would you go to bed with me tonight?” was the question asked, and 75% of guys accepted, while not a single woman did.

2.  Hanging studies - In 1905, Nicolas Minovicis, a forensic scientist was able to persuade an assistant along with other willing participants to be hanged for 12 times to see what would happen to the human body when a person is hanged. While fully aware of the dangers, he had the participants hanged up to two from the ground!

3.  Human corpse electrification – Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein may have gotten her inspiration from the 1780’s experiement where Luigi Galvani electrocuted human corpses. The experiement first made use of animal specimen, but became more and more bizarre until a human corpse was used. The most noted demonstration was on January 17, 1803 when a 120-volt battery was used to electrocute the executed murderer named George Foster. This also brought to life researches on trying to revive dead bodies with electricity since corpses seemed to show signs of life and movement while they were being electrocuted.

4.  Stanford Prison Experiment – Philip Zimbardo had a group of students play prisoners and guards in a mock setup in order to see why prisons have become such violent places. Results were observed fast an on the first night, the prisoners had a revolt while the guards felt threatened and exercised hard control of their power. The prisoners had negative experiences while the guards enjoyed this power they had. After just 6 days and even having thought of going to the real police for help, the experiment was cancelled because of the adverse effects observed.

5.  The Obedience Experiment - Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiement was conducted at Yale University where the main premise was to test whether the participant of the experiment would acquiesce to the researcher’s demand—even if it meant having to kill the subject. The subject was just an actor being “subjected” to electrocution and a shockingly disturbing obedience of raising the voltage higher was noted even when the subject was already “dead.”

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