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Private Addiction Treatment in London Now Offered by a Pilot Scheme from South London and The Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts

The Addictions Clinical Academic Group at South London and The Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust today announced a new pilot scheme offering private addiction treatment in London from their team of experts.

Nationally recognised as some of the UK’s leading addiction experts and part of the National Addiction Centre, the Maudsley team currently provide expert advice to a number of professional bodies including the GMC, the CAA, and National Air Traffic Control amongst others.

The new scheme will utilise some of their specialist addiction Consultants who will work with the private provider Clinical Partners to offer treatment to private patients in central London.

The new service will accept self-referring patients as well as referred privately funded patients from both NHS and Private Doctors and referrals from private companies. Clients are seen by the Maudsley clinicians at the Clinical Partners Wimpole Street and City consulting rooms. This is the first time that many of these distinguished clinicians have been available for patients to see privately.

The new outpatient services allow patients to continue to work while receiving the treatment they need, as well as referring those needing inpatient care to a choice of NHS and private providers. The team of Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Therapists are able to help with a wide range of addictions including alcohol, drugs, prescription medication, party drugs and sex, spending or gambling.

Mark Allen, Service Director at the Addictions Clinical Academic Group said “We’re delighted to bring some of SLAM’s expertise to this innovative new partnership between the private and public sectors.”

Barny Guthrie, CEO of Clinical Partners, said “Clinical Partners is very happy to be able to offer our clients access to some of the UK’s top addiction specialists. The Maudsley Hospital is host to a huge amount of talent and expertise and we are extremely pleased that SLAM has chosen to work with Clinical Partners.”

For further information about private addiction treatment in London or to arrange an appointment please visit http://www.clinical-partners.co.uk/how-can-we-help-you/addictions-clinic/partnership-with-maudsley-hospital

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Brain Imaging Shows Analgesic Effect Of Meditation

Research published in the Journal of Neuroscience indicates that meditation has more potent pain-relieving effects on the brain than morphine or other pain-relieving drugs that reduce pain by 25 per cent. This study is the first to show dramatic reduction in both the brain activation related to pain, and the experience of pain itself.

“We found a big effect – about a 40 per cent reduction in pain intensity and a 57 per cent reduction in pain unpleasantness,” said lead author of the study, Fadel Zeidan, Ph D and post-doctoral research fellow at Wake Forest Medical Centre.

During the study, 15 healthy volunteers without prior experience of meditation attended four 20-minute classes on a type of meditation technique called focused attention. In this type of mindfulness, practitioners attend to their breath and release distracting emotions and thoughts.

Utilising arterial spin labelling magnetic resonance imaging (ASL MRI), the researchers examined participants’ brain activity. ASL MRI captures longer interval brain processes, including meditation, than a regular brain function MRI scan. Scans done before and after meditation training showed activity in the primary somatosensory cortex of the brain significantly dropping from very high to undetectable; this area creates the sensation of intensity and location of a painful stimulus.

The participants had pain induced in their right legs with a device that heated a tiny patch of their skin over 5 minutes to 120° F, a temperature painful to most people. Scans done on participants after meditation instruction showed decreased pain ratings in every participant, with a reduction range of 11 per cent to 93 per cent.

Interestingly, meditation caused increase in activity in the anterior insula, orbito-frontal cortex and the anterior cingulate cortex areas of the brain. Robert Coghill PhD, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist and senior author of the study said, “These areas all shape how the brain builds an experience of pain from nerve signals that are coming in from the body.”

He explained that increased activation of these areas by meditation corresponded to improved pain reduction. “One of the reasons that meditation may have been so effective in blocking pain was that it did not work at just one place in the brain, but instead reduced pain at multiple levels of processing.”

Speaking about the huge potential of meditation for use in clinical settings, Zeidan and his associates highlighted the briefness of the training needed to cause a dramatic pain-relieving effect. “This study shows that meditation produces real effects in the brain and can provide an effective way for people to substantially reduce their pain without medications,” said Zeidan.

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Women’s Level One Weekend Mindfulness Retreat, Rome, GA: June 17-19, 2011

“It’s almost normal today to feel as if you have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). We’re all suffering from stimulation overload and sensory exhaustion” says Pamela Barge, MS, LPC, NCC, Director of Personal Coaching & Psychotherapy Associates, LLC dba Personal Coaching & Psychotherapy for Women. This is what led Pam to put together her special weekend mindfulness retreats which she offers to professional colleagues as sanctioned continuing education programs as well as to the general public.

“These special weekends are offered as a special time away…a time to check out from the world and into ourselves for a time”. With sunrise and candlelight yoga, tai chi, delicious plant based meals, mindful consideration of what the Buddhists call ‘Noble Silence’, opportunities to practice sitting and walking meditation as well as stimulating group discussions with like-minded folks, this may be just the ticket to slow things down and to become more connected with yourself and with life.

Pamela Barge, LPC, has a background as a marketing executive and independent entrepreneur. This business background together with her training as a therapist and her own practice of mindful meditation gives her therapy and coaching practice its unique flavor. The theoretical foundation of her work is founded upon the tenets of mindfulness and the evidence-based works of such folks as Jon Kabat Zinn, PhD, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts, Thich Nhat Hanh, world renowned and revered Buddhist monk who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Sharon Salzberg of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama.

Each retreat is limited to fifteen attendees. For more information, to see an individual retreat schedule as well as her 2011 Retreat Calendar or to make a reservation, visit her website at www.womenscoaching.biz or phone Pam at 678-230-8127.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched StrengthofUs.org, a new online community where young adults living with mental health concerns can provide mutual support in navigating unique challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18 to 25.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Launches Social Networking Site for Young Adults

Developed by young adults, StrengthofUs.org is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers, share personal stories, creativity and helpful resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups and sharing videos, photos and other news.

The site offers resources on issues important to young adults, including:

• Healthy relationships
• Family and friends
• Campus life
• Independent living
• Finances
• Employment
• Housing
• Mental health issues

“Young adulthood is an exciting challenge, but also a confusing and stressful time for anyone,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, NAMI executive director. “Life can throw things at you fast.”

“Mental illness affects everyone. StrengthofUs.org is intended not just for young adults who have a mental illness, but for anyone entering adulthood that has a friend, parent or other family member facing a mental health problem.”

“Most of all, StrengthofUs.org is an interactive, fun space where young adults can share experiences and other information to empower each other, build relationships and offer peer support.”

StrengthofUs.org is about helping and inspiring each other,” said Alex M. White, age 23, a member of the advisory group of young adults who helped develop the Web site. “I would not be alive today if it had not been for the love, care and support I received from family, friends and loved ones.”.

About NAMI
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

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Top British Hypnosis & NLP Trainer Jonathan Royle Exposes The Hypnotherapy Conmen

Hypnosis is both an increasingly lucrative and rapidly expanding form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAMS) and also a hugely popular form of Stage Entertainment thanks to people like Paul McKenna.

Top British Hypnosis & NLP Trainer Jonathan Royle Exposes The Hypnotherapy Conmen

But shockingly what most Hypnotherapy Practitioners won’t tell you or dare to admit is that the so called healing and therapeutic power of Hypnosis is nothing more than an elaborate Placebo Effect combined with basis suggestion and classical psychological conditioning akin to Pavlov’s Dog.

What’s even more alarming is the fact that the majority of Comedy Stage Hypnotist’s don’t even realise that whilst what they are doing works due to nothing more than Social Compliance, Basic Human Psychology and Devious Manipulation of their volunteers combined with simple suggestion and the Placebo Effect, that in actual fact what they are doing is potentially dangerous to their subjects as they are messing with people’s Belief Systems and Expectations for the entertainment of others which can have potentially very damaging side effects.

Now for the first time ever British Hypnotist Jonathan Royle has decided to lift the lid on this “Snake Oil” industry and save people potentially thousands of pounds in wasted treatment fee’s or training course payments, whilst also helping them to avoid falling prey to the rapidly growing number of badly trained, illegal, unlicensed, uninsured and potentially dangerous amateur Street Hypnotists messing with peoples mind on a street corner near you!

After years of research and real world experimentation Royle, aged 34 of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England is so confident of his findings and conclusions on how so called Hypnosis actually works and his statement that “There’s No Such Thing As Hypnosis” that he has become the first Hypnosis Trainer to offer a 100% One Year (365 Day) Money Back Guarantee on his Home Study DVD and Multimedia Diploma Training Package.

Today Royle said “Hypnotherapist’s and Stage/Street Hypnotists who study this new package are literally Guaranteed to become Safer, more knowledgeable and more successful in their work or else I will give them their money back!”

Royle wants to stop people getting conned out of thousands of pounds for long winded Hypnotherapy and NLP Courses which brainwash them to believe in something that actually does not even exist and that’s why he has just released a Free 80 Page PDF Report entitled “The Seven Biggest Secrets of The Famous Name Millionaire NLP’ers – Life Coaches & Hypnotists” at http://www.magicalguru.com/freereport/

Royle who is one of Britain’s Leading Hypnosis Expert’s as illustrated at http://www.magicalguru.com/roylesresume/ explained that despite the fact that Hypnosis Does Not Exist and actually is nothing more than an illusion of truth combined with The Placebo effect, when this is fully understood by Alternative Practitioners and utilised to treat patients in the manner he teaches in his unique Home Study and Live Training Courses that dramatic changes can still occur!

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An International Panel Of Physicians Reports About A Special Way Of Healing On The Spiritual Path

An extraordinary series of lectures will be held in Fairfax, VA (near Washington, DC) and Los Angeles, CA in May, 2009. Seven Medical specialists from four countries will report about a free special way of healing for everyone. Medical doctors, veterinarians and psychologists from Europe, America, Asia, Australia and Africa have formed the Medical Scientific Group of Specialists (MWF). The task of this group, which belongs to the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends, is to record and verify healings the spiritual way. A compilation of more than 200 concise healing reports can be found on our web site: www.bruno-groening.org/english/ under the link Healings.

The international panel of physicians includes:

G. Blaettner, M.D., Germany,Board Cert. ENT
M. Galante, M.D., USA
L. Colizoli, M.D., USA, Board Cert. Psych.
K. Winchester, M.D.,USA Board Cert., Opthal.
Prof. G. Beketova, M.D., Ph.D., Ukraine, Board Cert. Pediatrics, Prof.Univ. of Kiev
R. Friewald, M.D., D.V.M., Germany
F. Gringinger, M.D., D.O., Austria, Board Cert. Family Prac.
R. Leo, USA

They will speak about their experiences on the following dates.

Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 3 – 7 pm 
(incl. 30 min. break):

George Mason University, 
Fairfax Campus
Lecture Hall, Room 1
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Contact: Mrs. Heidi Gewehr at 571-313-0267 or h.gewehr@web.de
*Sunday, May 3, 2009 ~ 3 -7 pm 
(incl. 30 min. break)*:

Anderson School of Management, UCLA 
(park in structure 4)
Korn Convocation Hall – C Building 
110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Contact: Chris Runge at 323.394.4691 or chrismwf.info@yahoo.com

During these lectures, physicians will talk about persons who have experienced healing and freedom from long lasting, severe and chronic diseases in a miraculous way. Medical documents will be presented; the experts will explain the intricacies of a superior healing power that has been widely forgotten in modern medicine. The teachings of Bruno Groening (1906-1959), who became world famous due to extraordinary healings in the fifties, are taken as a basis for the lectures. Bruno Groening said time and again: “There is no incurable – God is the greatest physician”. He spoke about a higher power that he called the healing stream, life power or divine energy. This power is abundantly available for everyone. The knowledge about how to make use of this power is passed on free of charge in the worldwide non-profit, volunteer based organization of the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends.

The work of the MWF is supported by some well-known people in the United States, e.g. Dr. Christiane Northrup and Dr. Carl Simonton. Link to information online: http://www.bruno-groening.org/english/lectures2009.htm.

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Wrongful Convictions Of Physicians By Department Of Health (NYSDOH) Linked To Patient Mortality

The proliferation of wrongful convictions in New York State prompted the NYS Bar Association to create a Blue Ribbon task force to study its systemic, procedural and statutory causes, and to propose solutions. Indeed, a report by the Innocence Project found New York State to be the national leader, outpacing all other states in its rate of wrongful convictions. The Blue Ribbon findings, embodied in a document entitled “ Final Report of the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Wrongful Convictions” was unanimously endorsed by the Association’s House of Delegates on April 4.

The findings of the Task Force provide a disturbing commentary on flagrant errors by the New York State judicial system, leading to convictions of innocent individuals. In over 50% of cases, the failures of government practices – such as misconduct by prosecutors – were to blame for the wrongful convictions.

Wrongful convictions do not solely implicate the New York State criminal justice system. They are reportedly rife in the legal practices of the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH), known for ignoring due process and abusing power in its disciplinary actions against physicians. Several bills aiming to redress these inequities were all vetoed. Reported among many of these due process violations is the denying of witnesses for phy sicians’ defense, the use of tainted judges, and the coaching of plaintiffs by prosecutors to lie – indeed, “winning” cases is vital for their career advancement. Especially targeted in these malicious prosecutions are physicians practicing complementary medicine. One physician who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution remarked, “Convicting doctors is a cinch: just don’t allow them any witnesses; then the Department is free to make up whatever it wants.”

The tragedy of wrongful convictions in matters of health care affects far more than physicians. The plight of patients suddenly obliged to forgo the continuity of their medical care by the forcible removal of their long term physicians via the challenging of their license is illustrated in press and Internet releases entitled, “Patient Mortality Linked to Judicial Errors.” Noted are certain fragile patients who, “vulnerable, sick, alone, frightened and suddenly deprived of their main lifeline (their physician), became acutely demoralized, refused referrals to other doctors or failed to bond with them, eventually giving up their will to live and neglecting their medical needs.” One physician reported the untimely deaths of 7 patients, including one from suicide, the rapid decline of 8 Alzheimer’s and the relapses of 12 psychiatric patients leading to their serial hospitalizations.”

In response, petitions have now been forwarded to agencies concerned with patient20welfare, calling for independent impact studies on state-ordered patient abandonment. Agencies contacted include the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. The petition has also been sent to Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, NYSDOH.

This landmark study, of major interest to medical, psychiatric and medico-legal communities and the public at large, would aim to show that abruptly severing medical and psychiatric services by state agencies has serious and sometimes fatal consequences for patients – especially patients who are disadvantaged, infirm, chronically ill or psychiatrically disabled. It would also suggest remedial action. Indeed, if state agencies assume the power of terminating the basic care to patients provided for by their physicians, they presumably also should accept the responsibility for adequately supporting said patients through crisis, by providing them with life-saving continuity of care.

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