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-534-7991

Emotional Freedom Technique

Imagine for a moment a healing modality that, in less than 20 years, has become highly valued by thousands of medical doctors, psychologists, chiropractors, physical therapists and other members of the healing profession around the world. 

Imagine also that this technique involves no drugs or equipment, has no harmful side effects and provides an almost immediate reduction of intensity and symptom relief.   What if the technique was so simple to learn that even a child could learn the basics in a matter of minutes? 

It may sound too good to be true, but such a healing modality does exist: EFT.

With EFT, change does not need to be painful and you do not need to understand or re-live the event in order to change or release it. EFT is a simple and comforting formula that can help with:

The theory behind EFT is that the cause of all distressing emotions is an imbalance in the body's energy system.

Since the subtle energies that course through our bodies along meridians (energy pathways) are the basis for acupuncture, EFT can be considered a psychological version, or cousin, of acupuncture.   However, rather than correcting imbalances by stimulating the meridians with needles, EFT uses your own fingertips to tap on selected points along these energy pathways.          

The tapping causes a correction in the energy imbalance and a simultaneous collapse of a negative emotion that the person tunes into while tapping. The emotional charge rapidly releases.

Usually a statement related to the emotion is repeated to help a person focus on the problem. As people experience EFT, most report a profound release of their stress-producing emotions as they rapidly come into balance.  While traditional therapies often take years, cost thousands of dollars and may include drugs with unwanted side effects, energy based techniques such as EFT have an astounding success rate in a very short time. 

Even though EFT is based on sound, scientific principles, it is so dramatically different from what we are used to that it is consistently, and understandably, greeted by skepticism.  Western medicine tends to focus on the chemical nature of the body and has not paid much attention, until recently, to the subtle but powerful energy flows. Our beliefs are very powerful, so ideas about healing that differ from our current beliefs are usually met with skepticism.  

Learning & Using EFT

Fortunately, you don't have to believe in EFT for it to work! People make improvements in spite of themselves.  EFT is simple and easy to do.  It is safe for people of all ages, including young children.  As a therapeutic technique there is little else to equal its simplicity and effectiveness.  Many people succeed in resolving troublesome issues by simply following the basic procedure as described in Gary Craig's free manual. 

To learn more about EFT or download a free manual go to www.garythink.com 

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 You can do no harm by trying EFT on your own.  You cannot say the wrong things when you tap, just as you cannot say the wrong things when you pray.  But some issues, especially those that evoke strong feelings or painful memories respond better when working with a trained practitioner.  Sometimes problems are not straightforward and finding the root cause is much like peeling away the layers of an onion.  Working with a practitioner experienced with EFT will insure that you learn the procedure correctly and end each session in a positive and calm emotional state even if there is more work to be done later.

EFT may be used alone or in conjunction with hypnosis or guided imagery.  I usually teach it to clients during their first appointment. 

 Fixing emotional issues and even many physical symptoms with EFT can be compared to a home fix-it project.  Some lend themselves well to a do it yourself effort, while it makes better sense to call in a professional for others.  So, you decide.  If you'd prefer to work 1:1 with an experienced EFT practitioner please feel free to contact me at 847-534-7991. I am a certified EFT practitioner (EFTCert-I) with six years of experience. And as Gary Craig suggests:   Try it on Everything!

The Menacing Mathematics of Multiple Meds

By Gary Craig
 
 There's something scary about drugs that concerns a growing number of physicians 
 and should wobble the knees of every patient on the planet.  It's obvious to any 
 mathematician but somehow has escaped the general scrutiny of the health 
 industry.
 
 It has to do with combining meds.
 
 Ever since I can remember I have been fed the perception that drugs are 
 governmentally evaluated and thus are safe if taken under the guidance of 
 competent physicians. However, even if we accept the presumed safety for the 
 ingestion of one drug, we must ask ourselves how might that safety change if we 
 take multiple drugs?
 
 For safety assurances, proper testing should be done for every drug combination 
 we are advised to take.  If we take Prozac and Tylenol, for example, we should 
 be presented with all the possible benefits and consequences before allowing 
 these two foreign substances to mix with the chemicals our bodies already 
 create.  Same thing goes for combining Paxil with Viagra or Interferon with 
 Lipitor.
 
 The list of possible problems here is monstrously long because there are a 
 b'zillion drugs and mega b'zillions of combinations.  Nonetheless, I've never 
 seen or heard of any studies that test any of these combinations ... have you?
 
 Thus, if you take two drugs, the odds of their combination having been 
 adequately tested for safety are skimpy at best.  But if you take 3 or more 
 drugs the danger possibilities multiply even faster.
 
 Here's how the mathematics work: If you take 3 drugs then adequate safety 
 testing of the various combinations require 7 separate tests.  If you take 4 
 drugs the combinations require 25 separate tests.  If you take 5 drugs it 
 amounts to 121 tests.  If you take 10 drugs the number of required safety tests 
 total 362,881.
 
 The conclusion here should be obvious.  Namely, there is questionable safety 
 testing if you take 2 drugs and nominal, if any, safety testing if you take 3.  
 Beyond that you are clearly into the land of, "I have no idea what these 
 combinations of drugs will do." 
 
 To me, this tosses our dedicated docs into a tenuous position.  They have 
 patients with problems who aren't willing to exercise, eat right, do EFT for 
 emotional issues or much of anything else to  help their own health.
  Instead, the patients hope the physicians will produce a 
 magic pill (or pills) to make their problems go away.
 
 I have met many patients who are on several drugs and take some drugs to 
 counteract the effects of other drugs.  As a non-physician I look at this with a 
 shudder.  These folks are being fed chemical cocktails with little or no safety 
 testing behind the combinations. Maybe I need some help with my perceptions here 
 but, to me, they are playing drug roulette.
 
 I don't know if lawyers have picked up on the simple, but compelling, math here.  
 But I do know that I wouldn't want to be a doctor in court facing these clear 
 facts.
 
 In the 15+ years I have been involved in the health field, I have had the good 
 fortune to count many physicians as my personal friends.  With few exceptions, 
 they agree that it is our lifestyles, diets and emotional stresses that cause 
 most of our health problems ... and ... the vast majority of these problems 
 would vanish if people would live common sense lives.  Yet patients repeatedly 
 abuse their bodies and ask for more and more "miracle drugs" as the convenient 
 solution.  I don't envy the docs at all as I often hear them complain that this 
 is a highway to NobodyWinsVille.
 
 Maybe what we really need are good salespeople to persuade folks to take care of 
 themselves.  I suspect that, if truly persuasive, they would do more good than 
 the ocean of drugs at our disposal.
 
 Love, Gary
  

NOTE: Another fantastic EFT resource is www.eftuniverse.com 
  

The  State of EFT Research

EFT has been researched in more than 10 countries, by more than 60 investigators, whose results have been published in more than 20 different peer-reviewed journals. These include distinguished top-tier journals such as Journal of Clinical Psychology, the APA journals Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training and Review of General Psychology, and the oldest psychiatric journal in North America, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

EFT research includes investigators affiliated with many different institutions.

In the US, these range from Harvard Medical School, to the University of California at Berkeley, to City University of New York, to Walter Reed Military Medical Center, to Texas A&M University, to JFK University. Institutions in other countries whose faculty have contributed to EFT research include Lund University (Sweden), Ankara University (Turkey), Santo Tomas University (Philippines), Lister Hospital (England), Cesar Vallejo University (Peru), and Griffith University (Australia).

The wide variety of institutions, peer-reviewed journals, investigators, and settings that have, in independent research, found EFT to be efficacious, are one indication of the breadth of existing research results.

The next frontier of EFT research is replication of the studies that have not yet been replicated, and investigations into the physiological changes that occur during EFT, using such tools as DNA micro-arrays (gene chips), MEGs (magnetoencephalograms), fMRIs, and neurotransmitter and hormone assays. A partial listing of EFT research is provided below.

Outcome Studies

Outcome studies compare outcomes, e.g. levels of pain, degree of depressive symptoms, either between two groups, or between the same people before and after EFT. The headings below tell you, in alphabetical order, the conditions for which data was gathered in the trials below them.

Anxiety

• Efficacy of EFT in Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety: A Randomized Controlled Trial

• Pain, Depression, and Anxiety after PTSD Symptom Remediation in Veterans

• The Effect of Progressive Muscular Relaxation and EFT on Test Anxiety in High School Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial

• Tapping for Success: A Pilot Study to Explore if EFT can Reduce Anxiety and Enhance Academic Performance in University Students

• Is EFT Generalizable? Comparing Effects in Sport Science Students Versus Complementary Therapy Students

• The Effect of a Brief EFT Self-Intervention on Anxiety, Depression, Pain and Cravings in Healthcare Workers

• Pilot Study of EFT, WHEE and CBT for Treatment of Test Anxiety in University Students

• Psychological Symptom Change After Group Application of EFT

• Psychological and Physiological Symptoms of Psoriasis After Group EFT (S)

• Psychological Symptom Change in Veterans After Six Sessions of EFT: An Observational Study

• Reducing Anxiety in Dental Patients Using EFT: A Pilot Study

• Self-administered EFT in Individuals with Fibromyalgia: a Randomized Trial (S)

• Can EFT be effective in the treatment of emotional conditions? Results of a Service Evaluation in Sandwell.

• Assessment of EFT: An Alternative Treatment for Fear

• Can Matrix Reimprinting Be Effective in the Treatment of Emotional Conditions in a Public Health Setting? Results of a U.K. Pilot Study

• Methodological Problems in Waite & Holder (2003) Preclude Meaningful Interpretations About EFT

• The Effectiveness of EFT for Optimal Test Performance: A Randomized Controlled Trial

• The Effects of EFT on Long-term Psychological Symptoms

• The Treatment of Combat Trauma in Veterans Using EFT (S)

Athletic Performance

• The Effect of EFT on Athletic Performance: A Randomized Controlled Blind Trial

• The Effect of EFT on Soccer Performance: A Randomized Controlled Trial

• A Re-Examination of Church's (2009) Study into the Effects of EFT on Basketball Free-Throw Performance

• Preliminary evidence for the treatment of type I 'yips': The efficacy of the EFT

• Sports Confidence and Critical Incident Intensity After a Brief Application of EFT: A Pilot Study

Depression

• Brief Group Intervention Using EFT for Depression in College Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial

• Pain, Depression, and Anxiety after Remediation of PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

• Can EFT be effective in the treatment of emotional conditions? Results of a service evaluation in Sandwell

• Depression symptoms improve after successful weight loss with EFT: A randomized controlled trial

• The Effect of a Brief EFT Self-Intervention on Anxiety, Depression, Pain and Cravings in Healthcare Workers

• Psychological and Physiological Symptoms of Psoriasis After Group EFT (S)

• Psychological Symptom Change After Group Application of EFT

• Psychological Symptom Change in Veterans After Six Sessions of EFT: An Observational Study

• Self-administered EFT in Individuals with Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Trial (S)

• The Effects of EFT on Long-term Psychological Symptoms

• The Treatment of Combat Trauma in Veterans Using EFT (S)

Pain & Physical Symptoms

• TBI Symptoms Improve After PTSD Remediation With Emotional Freedom Techniques

• Effect of EFT on Perceived Stress, Quality of Life, and Cortisol Salivary Levels in Tension-Type Headache Sufferers: A Randomized Controlled Trial

• Self-administered EFT in Individuals with Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Trial

• EFT as an Effective Adjunctive Treatment in the Neurotherapeutic Treatment of Seizure Disorders

• The Treatment of Combat Trauma in Veterans using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques): A Pilot Protocol

• Can Matrix Reimprinting Be Effective in the Treatment of Emotional Conditions in a Public Health Setting? Results of a U.K. Pilot Study

• Neurophysiological Indicators of EFT Treatment Of Post-Traumatic Stress

• Pain, Depression, and Anxiety after PTSD Symptom Remediation in Veterans

• Psychological and Physiological Symptoms of Psoriasis After Group EFT

• The Effect of a Brief EFT Self-Intervention on Anxiety, Depression, Pain and Cravings in Healthcare Workers

Phobias

• Evaluation of a Meridian-Based Intervention, EFT, for Reducing Specific Phobias of Small Animals

• EFT Reduces Intense Fears: A Partial Replication and Extension of Wells et al. (2003)

• The Immediate Effect of a Brief Energy Psychology Intervention (EFT) on Specific Phobias: A Pilot Study

PTSD

• A Controlled Comparison of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Two Psychological Therapies for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: EMDR vs. EFT

• Psychological Trauma Symptom Improvement in Veterans Using EFT: A Randomized Controlled Trial

• CAM and energy psychology techniques remediate PTSD symptoms in veterans and spouses

• Single Session Reduction of the Intensity of Traumatic Memories in Abused Adolescents: A Randomized Controlled Trial

• Efficacy of EFT Provided by Coaches vs. Licensed Therapists in Veterans with PTSD

• Neurophysiological Indicators of EFT Treatment Of Post-Traumatic Stress

• Post-Earthquake Rehabilitation of Clinical PTSD in Haitian Seminarians

• The Impact of EFT and Matrix Reimprinting on the Civilian Survivors of War in Bosnia: A Pilot Study

• Psychological Symptom Change in Veterans After Six Sessions of EFT: An Observational Study

• Six Trauma Imprints Treated with Combination Intervention: Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and Thought Field Therapy (TFT) or EFT

• Telephone Delivery of EFT Remediates PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

• The Treatment of Combat Trauma in Veterans Using EFT

• Psychological Intervention Including Emotional Freedom Techniques for an Adult with Motor Vehicle Accident Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Study

Weight Loss, Cravings & Addiction

• A Randomized Clinical Trial of a Meridian-Based Intervention for Food Cravings with Six Month Follow-up

• Clinical Benefits of EFT on Food Cravings at 12-Months Follow-up: A Randomized Controlled Trial

• The Effect of a Brief EFT Self-Intervention on Anxiety, Depression, Pain and Cravings in Healthcare Workers

• The Effect of EFT on Psychological Symptoms in Addiction Treatment: A Pilot Study

• Quitting Smoking: How to Use Emotional Freedom Techniques

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