Thursday, June 26, 2014

Falsified research led to the "low-fat heart-healthy" guidelines

Dietary fat is NOT the enemy

As journalist Paul John Scott (not to be confused with John Paul Scott, the only Alcatraz inmate to conclusively reached San Francisco during an escape attempt) writes in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota bears the blame for the wrong-headed low-fat diet that has been promoted by the FDA: We embraced the erroneous low-fat paradigm because a University of Minnesota-based expert named Ancel Keys had a gut feeling that saturated fat caused heart disease; collected carefully chosen data from dietary practices in Greece and Italy to back up his hunch, then brushed off all contrary evidence. Keys quickly developed alliances at the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health, on Capitol Hill and at the USDA — with the help of an eager and unquestioning health press much like that of today.

 Okay, so Minnesota isn't really to blame, but rather Keys and his ilk. Scott goes on to further describe how Keys's well-meaning — but misguided — efforts to get people to eat less animal and especially saturated fat hurt rather than helped us.

Many of these points come from the book "The Big Fat Surprise," by investigative reporter Nina Teicholz. She argues that the data to support a low-fat diet doesn't exist, as CNN reported: Take the 30-year follow-up to the landmark Framingham Heart Study, for example. It is one of the largest epidemiological studies evaluating the roots of heart disease in our country. In the follow-up, scientists found that half the people who had heart attacks had below-average cholesterol levels. In fact, scientists concluded that "for each 1 percent mg/dL drop of cholesterol, there was an 11 percent increase in coronary and total mortality."

 Not everybody agrees, however. Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, told CNN that replacing saturated fats with healthy fats improves blood lipids, and in turn reduces heart disease. But both sides would probably agree that a shift from a diet high in animal fats to a diet high in simple carbohydrates like sugar — a pattern seen in the United States — isn't healthy.

 To make up your own mind, check out the book yourself here, and read reviews of Teicholz's tome at the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Sun-Times, and on

  This article originally appeared on Popular Science

Monday, June 2, 2014

Ribbon Cutting Event at ChangeWorks/Midwest Hypnotherapy Academy

ChangeWorks/MHA "One of the best things to happen in Apple Valley," says Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland.

Yesterday, Monday, May 19th, we held our ribbon cutting event with our clients, the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the City of Apple Valley and Minnesota Representative Anna Wills. The ceremony marked the expansion of ChangeWorks Hypnosis Center into it's new, larger space in Apple Valley, and the official launch of the Midwest Hypnotherapy Academy, a state of Minnesota licensed school.  Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland and Ed Kearney of the Apple Valley Chamber were delighted to have another education institution in the City of Apple Valley, and many were present to welcome us into our new home.

Learn more about the Midwest Hypnotherapy Academy at

Wish you could have been here to celebrate with us!  Enjoy the pictures of the day below!

Cindy Locher (right) and a full house!
Cindy Locher (right) and a full house!
Ed Kearney, Cindy Locher, Jody Kimmell, Mary Hamann-Roland
Apple Valley Chamber President Ed Kearney, Cindy Locher, Jody Kimmell, Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland
Cutting the ribbon!
Cutting the ribbon!

Allan Kohls, our door prize winner of the Schwinn bike!
Allan Kohls, our door prize winner of the Schwinn bike!
Jody Kimmell with Ed Kearney
Jody Kimmell with Ed Kearney
Cindy Locher with Mayor Mary
Cindy Locher with Mayor Mary

A full house!
A full house!
Cindy with State Rep. Anna Wills
Cindy with State Rep. Anna Wills
Dan Locher and Jody Kimmell
Dan Locher and Jody Kimmell

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Photo on 3-11-14 at 9.48 AMIt's OFFICIAL!   We are now a Minnesota State Licensed Private School and so after several months of hard work and more hard work, our application with the Minnesota State Department of Higher Education has been approved and our license is here--suitable for framing, even! Now begins more hard work, but the fun stuff really.  Now we can legally let you know what our curriculum will be, advertise and market and accept students! We'll be teaching our first modules in the fall of this year, 2014.  Learn more about the curriculum we'll be teaching at our hypnosis center website here:

Friday, January 10, 2014

Neurofeedback, addictions program, & the Midwest Hypnotherapy Academy

Screen Shot 2014-01-10 at 2.55.25 PMHappy New Year!

Jody & I hope that your holiday season was full of love and laughter, and wish you abundance and fulfillment in the New Year! We have a lot to be grateful for here at ChangeWorks.  I know I haven't sent out any emails or updates lately, so I wanted to share what we've been up to and what you can expect in 2014!

New Midwest Hypnotherapy Academy opens in 2014!

First, we are well on our way to becoming a Minnesota State licensed school of hypnotherapy!  The legal name of the school is the Midwest Hypnotherapy Academy.  We'll be opening our classes in 2014.  No dates yet, but we're excitedly planning and preparing a comprehensive, in-depth certification training.

The complete offering will allow students to take up to 200 hours of training, which will enable our students to become members of the most prestigious hypnotists' professional associations and provide the solid base of knowledge and experience needed to be successful in the field.  Learn more about the Midwest Hypnotherapy Academy here.  If you know of anyone who is interested in learning hypnosis, becoming a hypnotherapist, or adding hypnotherapy to an existing practice (social workers, therapists, and nurses), pass this information on!

ChangeWorks Center chosen to participate in model addictions program.

We're excited to have been selected from a field of hypnotherapy providers to be part of the integrative model addictions program at the Justin Kukowski center in Burnsville.  The Mitakuye Oyasin Chemical Dependency Support Program is a 12-week,  integrated chemical dependency post-treatment after care program committed to helping you achieve a lifetime transformation through the use of complementary alternative medicine. We're honored to be a part of this advanced program serving the community!

Neurofeedback coming to ChangeWorks in 2014!

After several years of researching, we have pulled the trigger and are adding neurofeedback/biofeedback to our services in 2014. 

What is it? Neurofeedback/Biofeedback is non-invasive and uniquely effective with few contraindications. It can quickly teach your brain how to attain a pleasant state of relaxation, or how to improve your attention and focus. It can retrain the brain to ignore or eliminate signals that create chronic pain, and to "rewrite" signals that cause cravings, even addictions. By allowing you to attain freedom from your body's habitual physiological reactions, biofeedback can help alleviate anxiety, improve sleep and manage chronic pain, reduce or improve symptoms of a range of situations such as ADD/ADHD, Asperger's, chronic pain, fears/phobias/anxiety and more.

 We're busy integrating this exciting new service into what we do now.  Look for more information in the coming weeks!

Lastly, Cindy's new book has been published, Creating Resilience: Ego Strengthening Hypnosis Scripts

Creating ResilienceCindy's been working for quite a long time on a book of hypnosis scripts for other professionals in the field of hypnosis.  It's finally done!

Here's a picture of it, and it will be available on as a print book in about 6-8 weeks and it's currently available as a Kindle download.

 These scripts have been specially written to create and deepen your clients' ego strength and the characteristic of personal resilience, which is recognized by the American Psychological Association to be a fundamental personality trait in healthy and successful individuals. Here you will find scripts to create readiness for change, to transform your client's past, to install a belief in the "failures" of the past as being valuable feedback, to create stronger decision making abilities, to build confidence, and more. Also included are scripts on weight release and libido enhancement that incorporate the principles of ego strengthening. The book is 100 pages long in the print version.

The Kindle version is available here; the print version will take a few more weeks to get through the publisher's processes.

  We hope your 2014 is off to a wonderful start, and wish you all health, happiness and prosperity in the year to come and beyond!

  Cindy Locher & Jody Kimmell,
  ChangeWorks Hypnosis Center & Midwest Hypnotherapy Academy

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Harnessing neuro-plasticity with hypnosis

Science now knows that our brain can re-wire itself, sometimes quite extensively, throughout our lives. This gets great press involved in such wonders as people who have brain injuries who relearn skills such as language, writing, and walking. But did you know that it's the same process involved in learning or unlearning any behavior? If you create a new habit in your life, you form new neural pathways. If you extinguish a habit, your brain rewires the old pathways, and creates new ones to support the new behavior.
Join Cindy in a hypnotic exploration of three distinct ways to engage process to accelerate the changes in behavior that you desire. Come to this session with an idea in mind of a new behavior that you want to create in your life. (Not a habit you want to get rid of, but a new behavior that you want to do, or do more of.)
Note: the second half of this program is hypnotic in nature and should not be listened to while driving or operating machinery, or while performing any task which requires your full consciousness.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Insomnia leads to fears & phobias

Worse than Halloween? Check your diet & get sleep!

I know that if you have insomnia, you want it fixed.  I know, because I've suffered from insomnia and I know how much it affects your life, your work, every aspect.

But did you have any idea insomnia can directly lead to anxiety and phobias?

I was taught how this works in my training at HMI, and I've seen this over and over again in clients. Here's what happens.

Your brain runs on glucose (blood sugar), and your brain primarily takes up blood sugar while you're getting deep, restful sleep. It can take up a bit when you're awake, but nothing to the extent that it does while you're getting good sleep.  This is really your brain's time to "tank up" on fuel for the following day.  It's one of the primary reasons why mammals sleep. So, if you're not sleeping well, your brain doesn't get the blood sugar it needs to feel alert and awake the next day.  (This also leads to cravings for foods that convert quickly to blood sugar, such as sweet foods and simple carbs like bread, which explains the connection between insomnia and obesity.)

When your brain doesn't get enough blood sugar at night, you crave these foods the following day and tend to eat poorly.  This leads to blood sugar spikes and drops during the day.  Because your brain runs on blood sugar, if blood sugar drops significantly and suddenly, that is perceived as a threat to survival--you could pass out.  It's also an uncomfortable feeling, often accompanied by feelings of vague to intense nervousness, even nausea.

The brain, always working to make connections between how you are feeling and what is happening in your environment, scans your surroundings to determine what is creating these bad feelings, and links the bad, nervous feelings to that.  An example of this is a client I had who, all of a sudden, developed a fear of elevators that was rapidly developing into a fear of all enclosed spaces (claustrophobia).  Upon examining this, we found that he'd been trapped in a conference room all morning with nothing to eat but donuts, and about an  hour and a half later had gotten into an elevator--just as his blood sugar was dropping.  The day was 9/11, and with his already heightened emotional state, the link in his mind between the bad feelings and being in the crowded elevator was created.  As he anticipated those feelings the next times he got onto elevators, wondering if he would feel that way again, and why it was happening, the link was reinforced and from there, as anxieties will do, began to spiral outward.

Unless you're diabetic, you've probably never been taught proper blood sugar management, and the impact your blood sugar can have on your mood and how improperly managed blood sugar can lead to insomnia, weight gain, obesity, diabetes, anxieties and more.

It's well known that anxiety and insomnia often go together, and this is one of the reasons why that is so (there are others, too.)  If you suffer from insomnia or anxiety, fears or phobias, the good news is that hypnosis can help.  I've helped hundreds to regain their sense of control over these issues and I'm certain I can help you as well.  If you're ready, I'm here to help.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Hypnosis: Anxiety Solution?

The short answer is absolutely.

Hypnosis is a powerful tool for many issues, such as anxiety, stress, phobias and illnesses that have emotional roots. Did you know? Hypnosis for anxiety is one of the most  widely accepted, effective uses of hypnosis. Let’s discuss anxiety first. What is anxiety, and what is making you anxious? Is it a new feeling or something that occurs sporadically?

First, realize that you’re not alone. Almost 4 million Americans suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (or GAD), which results in physical symptoms like muscle tension, restlessness, excessive worry, trembling, frequent urination, nausea, trouble falling (or staying) asleep and trouble concentrating. Anxiety causes people to dread every day life as they worry about everything from money and work to friends, family and health. It can be a major disruption to getting daily things accomplishment.
It’s hard to live to fulfilling life if you’re struggling with excessive worry or anxiety.

The good news is there is help. One of the most effective ways to treat anxiety is through hypnosis. In fact, until the late 1950's, early 1960's, hypnosis was the most prescribed treatment for anxiety and panic, prior to the development of pyschotropic drugs.  Many healthcare professionals are now returning to hypnosis as a first approach to anxiety issues due to the efficacy and the lack of negative side effects.

If you’ve never used it before, hypnosis is easy and powerful. It is a natural method with no known side effects. Of course, it’s advisable to contact your doctor first and discuss your treatment options. Your doctor can write a referral to a trained hypnotherapist to help treat anxiety.

If you’re already suffering from anxiety and worry about using hypnosis, you may feel like you are in a catch-22 situation. You may start to be concerned about its effectiveness or how you’ll feel. First, remember, it is a medically recognized treatment option. Second, it’s good to discuss any concerns or fears with your hypnotherapist. He or she wants you to be comfortable and confident about hypnosis. You should develop a trusting relationship with your therapist.

During hypnosis, you will be guided into a state of complete relaxation. Your hypnotherapist will decide on the best methods to use during your sessions. During this state of relaxation, you’ll be able to let go of negative beliefs and calm your mind and body.

It’s difficult to pinpoint how many times you’ll need to visit your hypnotherapist, but studies have shown that hypnosis treatments are far less than traditional therapies. Most people leave their session with greater calm, relaxation and focus than they’ve ever experienced before.

While the session itself is calming, your therapist will help you address negative thoughts or limiting beliefs that may be contributing to your anxiety. You’ll feel an increase of self confidence and self worth. Your therapist will probably give you self help tools to relieve any tension you feel between appointments.

With any unknown venture, there can be worry or concern. If anxiety is destroying your life, take the opportunity to find relief. You’re worth it. You can reduce or eliminate your anxiety. You can live a happy, fulfilling life. Call me, and I’ll be happy to discuss how hypnosis can reach success.

Looking for more? Check out the page on Panic and Anxiety or listen to the Hypnosis Today Radio broadcast on the use of hypnosis for anxiety by clicking the links.