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Want to lose weight, quit smoking, reduce stress?

Hypnosis seminars coming to the area

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 12:53 p.m. CDT

Leslie Reynolds, CH, in conjunction with the non-profit organization Health Awareness Clinics, will conduct two free hypnosis seminars to the public. The first free seminar (a $5 donation is appreciated) will be Sept. 4 at the Bureau County Metro Center, 836 Park Ave. West in Princeton. The second seminar will be Sept. 5 at the Landing, 210 Cromwell Drive in Henry. Both seminars begin at 7 p.m. Anyone 16 and over is welcome to attend. There is no pre-registration — just arrive 20 minutes early and sign in. Support materials will be made available. For information on hypnosis and hypnotherapy, visit

According to the Surgeon General Dr. Satcher and the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 400,000 Americans die every year from illnesses directly caused or worsened by being overweight. Approximately 65 percent of all adults are overweight or obese, as are nearly 33 percent of our children. These rates have steadily risen over the past decade and continue to rise. According to a recent report from CNN, this weight problem is not confined to just the United States; other countries throughout the world are reporting a significant increase in their population’s weight as well.

According to the USA Today (Oct. 4, 2003) scientists are reporting how obesity leads to shorter life spans. Overweight people who are non-smokers lose three years of their lives; obese people who are non-smokers lose seven years of their lives; and obese people who are smokers lose 13.5 years of their lives. Both the Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control agree that smoking is blamed for 435,000 deaths a year. That’s over 800,000 Americans who die every year from preventable deaths. The Washington Post published (June 2004) a report that smoking cuts your life span by 10 years.

The good news is that it is possible for many to get those years back by stopping smoking and/or losing weight. Hypnosis has been recognized by the American Medical Association since 1958. In fact the AMA now recommends and endorses hypnosis.

Reynolds, one of America’s leading hypnotherapists states, “Aside from being completely safe, hypnosis is the easiest and most effective way to stop smoking and lose weight.” Hypnosis is a mental process, not a physical process. Don’t look for something you can feel or touch. It’s very similar to a meditative state. A hypnotist goes from talking to a subject’s conscious mind, which makes up approximately 12 percent of his/her brain, to their subconscious mind which makes up the remaining 88 percent. This process is also called by passing their critical faculty. Breathing, blinking, your heart beating is all covered by your autonomic system, your subconscious mind; that’s the main reason hypnosis has such an incredibly high rate. Hypnosis works with your subconscious mind. By doing this it takes willpower out of the equation.”

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