SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Forgeheraptric bypass
surgery, because the new key to losing weight could be as easy as spending a few hours a week
in an artificially induced trance resembling sleep… Better known as
hypnosis. “It doesn’t hurt. It’s me - he’s going to
be talking to me on the inside,” said Sondra Lambert, a hypnotic lapband patient.
Certified Hypnotherapist using the power of
suggestion. The minds of
patients are able to convince their bodies that they’ve experienced the lapband
The result has people eating less and
dropping pounds without the scarring or the large medical bills.“The idea that hypnosis can convince people to eat less is very intriguing,”
said Pattie Freeman, a certified hypnotherapist in Scottsdale. Take Debrah Herber for instance. She’s down 58 pounds since starting the
hypnosis. “It doesn’t feel like a temporary measure
this time. It feels more like a lifestyle change, like something I can live with and I can
continue,” said Herber.
However, doctors who perform the surgery
aren’t convinced yet. Dr. Peter Liao said he wants
overweight people to have options, but he also wants to see more clinical
data. “We need to see how well does it work in the
long run so patients really understand when they make these choices - yes, this is zero risk,
but what is the benefit?” asked Liao.
To that, Freeman responded, “You don’t
have to believe in hypnosis. You just have to believe in
yourself.” If you have less to lose, maybe just
15 pounds, Freeman has a plan for you too. It’s a series of three sessions that have been
scaled down, and comes in at $400.