Teenager who spent years living on bizarre diet of LEMON CURD sandwiches is finally cured of unusual eating disorder thanks to hypnotherapy

  • Jodie Brown, 17, had spent years battling with selective eating disorder
  • She felt embarrassed, had low self-esteem and was picked on at school
  • She ate lemon curd sandwiches and felt sick if she had something else
  • But after a visit to a hypnotherapist she has overcome her fear of food

A teenager who spent years living on a diet of lemon curd sandwiches has finally been cured of her eating disorder – thanks to hypnotherapy.

Jodie Brown, 17, had spent years battling with selective eating disorder (SED) and struggled to eat other foods without gagging.

She felt embarrassed, had anxiety problems and was teased at school for her peculiar diet.

But, after the visit to the hypnotherapist, she has finally overcome her fear of food and will start at university soon with a new-found confidence.

Jodie Brown, 17, had spent years battling with selective eating disorder (SED) and struggled to eat foods other than lemon curd sandwiches 

Jodie Brown, 17, had spent years battling with selective eating disorder (SED) and struggled to eat foods other than lemon curd sandwiches

While she could nibble at bland foods such as toast, lemon curb sandwiches made up the bulk of her diet

While she could nibble at bland foods such as toast, lemon curb sandwiches made up the bulk of her diet

Jodie, from Wolverhampton, said: ‘I was only one or two when it started.

‘Ever since I was little, all I can remember is eating lemon curd. My whole life has been spent eating lemon curd sandwiches, day in and day out.

‘It got to the stage where I couldn’t even bear to eat them anymore – but although I was desperate to try new things, I just couldn’t put anything new in my mouth without gagging.’

While she could nibble at bland foods such as toast and chips, lemon curb sandwiches made up the bulk of her diet.

She explained: ‘I couldn’t physically keep food in my mouth – I couldn’t chew anything, as soon as it went near my mouth I started retching.

‘Even if I just thought about trying new foods, I would get very worked up and anxious.

‘Everyone said I would grow out of it, but as I got older they realised it wasn’t just a fussy phase.

‘It was so embarrassing. People at school would always ask questions, because my lunch looked so peculiar.

‘A lot of people found it really funny, but it wasn’t for me and it got to me a lot. I didn’t take jokes very lightly – it would make me really upset.

‘I was very nervous about things like going to birthday parties and going out for dinner – often I would try and avoid it altogether.’

She added: ‘I always dreaded things like Christmas dinner, when we were all sitting around the table as a family. All eyes were on me – I used to attempt to try things, but then I’d start gagging and retching and I’d hate having everyone look at me.

‘Any social event or party would be ruined through sheer anxiety.’

Jodie explained: 'I couldn't physically keep food in my mouth - I couldn't chew anything, as soon as it went near my mouth I started retching'

Jodie explained: ‘I couldn’t physically keep food in my mouth – I couldn’t chew anything, as soon as it went near my mouth I started retching’

But after visiting hypnotherapist and life coach David Kilmurry, Jodie has finally found the confidence to try new foods.

He introduced her to basic foods such as fruit and vegetables and then to more flavorsome dishes such as olives and fajitas.

She said: ‘Until now, I haven’t been able to imagine my life without an SED.

‘I’ve been to restaurants and eaten the same things as everyone else, which is something I never thought I’d be able to do.

‘There’s still a lot of anxiety, but the initial fear of food is completely gone, and that was the main thing in my way.

‘I’ve got a bit of a way to go, but I’m a hell of a lot better already. I’m going to university soon, so I’m glad I have the confidence to try new things – I’m growing up and I need to be able to look after myself.

‘Now I’ve tried so many new foods I can’t even bear to look at lemon curd sandwiches anymore.’

After visiting hypnotherapist and life coach David Kilmurry, Jodie has finally found the confidence to try new foods

After visiting hypnotherapist and life coach David Kilmurry, Jodie has finally found the confidence to try new foods

Jodie dieted on lemon curd sandwiches and felt sick if she had something else

Jodie dieted on lemon curd sandwiches and felt sick if she had something else

Her parents Carol, 52, and Jon Brown, 54, are delighted she has finally overcome her problems.

Her mother said: ‘I must have bought thousands of jars of lemon curd over the years – there were always at least a couple in the cupboard. For Jodie to be trying new things now without gagging or retching is just unbelievable.

‘I never thought she’d get to this stage – she’s seen the doctor numerous times, but we were always told it was just fussy eating and she’d grow out of it.

‘It’s been a struggle, but she’s done so well and I’m so proud of her – she even eats my cooking now.’

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Could hypnosis get rid of my sugar addiction? Find out what happened when we ‘went under’

Can hypnotherapy really curb your sweet tooth? Carla Challis and her saccharine-loving molars took a course of hypnosis to find out.

Hypnotherapy

By Carla Challis

Last updated: 09 June 2016, 19:21 BST

I can put it away. Sugar that is. Give me anything sweet and I’ll eat the lot – in one go.

I can plough through a family-sized bar of Dairy Milk in a mere whisper of time and still crave more; I’ve been known to eat a whole angel cake in one sitting followed by half a packet of chocolate biscuits.

I know what you’re thinking. Glutton. Pig. Get some willpower. I’d say that too. You see, it’s not that I do it all the time, but it’s certainly more than at Easter and Christmas, when that kind of behaviour is a little more acceptable.

I’ve even had to ban sweet snacks at home – I can’t think of anything else if I know there’s a packet of biscuits in the cupboard or a few chocolate bars languishing around. And usually before I know it, I’ve not only eaten some but the whole lot.

So yes, a sweet tooth is definitely something I’m lucky enough to possess. My willpower is reasonably strong on most things but sugar isn’t one of them.

I’d say I was a ripe candidate, then, to try hypnotherapy to see if it would help me quit sugar.

I was secretly wondering whether I’d find myself in the middle of a Derren Brown-style situation where I’d be leaping around the room clucking like a chicken. Or was hoping at least that I’d unearth some buried, dark reason why I love the sweet stuff.

Unfortunately, I’m not that deep. I just really like it.

Thankfully, the Derren Brown scenario didn’t happen either.

Instead, it was all rather relaxing.

In a basement room of a gorgeous old building off Chancery Lane, I met with Aaron Surtees, Director and Clinical Hypnotherapist of City Hypnosis.

After a quick chat about my sugar-lovin’, I bombarded Aaron with a ton of questions.

Would I cry? What if I can’t relax? What if I can’t go ‘under’? Will you tell me I’m feeling very sleepy?

Maybe, you will, everyone does and no, I won’t, he said.

I was, in all honestly, a little nervous. I was mainly worried I simply wouldn’t relax enough for it to work but true to his word, Aaron, who treats clients with hypnotherapy for everything from weight management to gambling addictions, had me feeling pretty zen in a matter of minutes.

As I reclined in the comfy leather chair, Aaron spoke into a microphone attached to a pair of headphones that I was wearing – which he would do for the next 30-40 minutes.

With my eyes closed, Aaron’s soothing voice soon relaxed me – I possibly even nodded off at one point. I wish I could tell you exactly what he was saying as I lay there practically comatose, but I was so chilled out I barely remember a thing.

One thing I do remember were the visualisation exercises Aaron asked me to. I had to imagine a lift with buttons. With every button I pressed I became more and more relaxed. Even typing this is making me feel a tad sleepy. Don’t ask me how, but it worked.

Hypnotherapy is all about the power of positive persuasion, and at one point Aaron planted the seed of thought that I’d rather tuck into fresh fruit or vegetables than a chocolate bar.

The minutes just whizzed by. By the end, when Aaron was telling me to open my eyes, I didn’t feel dazed or confused but completely and utterly chilled out. That night, not only did I not fancy any sugar, but I wasn’t even particularly hungry. After a dinner of a small chicken salad, I made myself a peppermint tea which tasted so crazily sweet I couldn’t even finish it.

Over the next few days I noticed that I wasn’t reaching for any snacks that weren’t fruit-shaped. Even with cakes and biscuits scattered around the office, I was quite happy with a banana and water.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day and my sugar addiction wasn’t going to be cured with just one session. A week later, I was back in Aaron’s office ready for another 40 minutes of lying down and doing absolutely nothing.

Following the same routine as the first session, I found myself drifting even further this time. I can only liken it to the moment you feel just before you fall asleep, where you’re still vaguely aware of what’s going on around you but not really taking any notice of it. You’re there but you’re not there, if that makes sense.

Aaron even noticed I had gone further (hopefully I wasn’t grinding my teeth like I normally do before I nod off).

Again, 40 minutes went in a flash and again, I felt the same post-session. Did that feeling last? Well, yes and no.

While I felt like I didn’t want any sugar whatsoever following both sessions and for a few days afterwards, my cravings have, annoyingly, come back.

What has worked though is that I’m able to resist sugary treats more than I was and I’m even able to eat a little at a time rather than scoffing the whole lot.

As one friend said to me, you need some willpower in the first place for this to work and they’re right; but it’s that willpower that made me make the appointment to go in the first place. I want to stop eating so much sugar and I feel like Aaron’s work has ignited that little flash of willpower I do have in me to say no – OK, not every single time but a lot more than I used to.

Which has got to count for something, right?

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Mom Uses Hypnosis as a Parenting Tool

You’re getting very curious: Scientists discover how hypnosis actually works

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Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 | 4:57 PM ET

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The word “hypnosis” might conjure notions of the supernatural, or of parlor tricks and con men, but real hypnosis is a clinical tool frequently used by psychiatrists. Now scientists are catching a glimpse of how it affects the brain.

About two-thirds of people show some susceptibility to hypnosis, and the technique has been used to treat pain management and anxiety, among other conditions.

A group of researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine just used brain imaging to see what was actually happening to people while they were under hypnosis. The team gathered 57 people, some of whom were highly susceptible to hypnotic trance states and others who were not hypnotizable at all.

They placed the participants in brain imaging machines, and played various sets of prerecorded instructions—two sets were meant to induce hypnosis, and two others were given other instructions.

The images captured the regions of the brain that were most active and most dormant while the participants were hypnotized. The team saw changes in three regions in the hypnotized patients.

They saw decreased activity in a region known as the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, a region known to be critical for evaluating contexts, which aids in deciding what to worry about and what to ignore in a particular situation. Reducing that activity shows hypnotized people are able to suspend judgement and immerse themselves in something, without thinking of what else they could or should be attending.

The second change appeared in some of the parts of the brain that give people the ability to separate the thoughts in their heads from the feelings in their bodies.

People in hypnosis “can picture something that makes them stressed, but they can imagine that their bodies are floating and comfortable,” said the study’s senior author, Stanford psychiatry professor David Spiegel, in an interview with CNBC. “So, when you are thinking about something, you can better control how your body responds to that thought.”

The third region affected is located very deep in the brain and involves self-consciousness. “People who are hypnotized tend not to be self-conscious, and so they will do things they wouldn’t normally do,” Spiegel said. “That has therapeutic potential. You can get people to shake up the way they react to problems and approach them from a different point of view.”

The team published its findings Thursday in the journal Cerebral Cortex.

Spiegel hopes the research will push forward the use of hypnosis as a clinical technique.

“This is showing that hypnosis is not a parlor trick or a magic show,” Spiegal told CNBC. “It is a neurobiological phenomenon.”

He added that hypnosis is underutilized in health care, and that hypnosis can be a viable alternative to the use of painkillers, which have proven to be addictive to millions of people.

“I think this illustrates the reality of hypnosis as a phenomenon,” he said, “and the fact that this is not a way of losing control, as a lot of people fear. It is a way of teaching people to enhance control over their brains and bodies.”

Original Source: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/28/youre-getting-very-curious-scientists-discover-how-hypnosis-actually-works.html

Diplo Trolls Interviewer, Claims He Needs Hypnosis To Deal With Stress Of Fame

Can Hypnosis Improve Kids’ Health?

By Cari Nierenberg, Live Science Contributor | August 9, 2016 06:29pm ET

Can Hypnosis Improve Kids' Health?The active and vivid imagination that children naturally possess may help make them receptive to the alternative-medicine approach known as hypnotherapy, or medical hypnosis.

Hypnosis may help kids who are experiencing certain health or behavioral problems, such as stomach pain or anxiety, said experts who have studied hypnotherapy in children. But they note that much more research is needed to better understand how the technique might work, and which children it might help.

“It is much easier to get kids into a hypnotic state — to bring them away from the here and now and give them therapeutic suggestion — than it is with adults,” said Olafur Palsson, a clinical psychologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders.

Can Hypnosis Improve Kids’ Health?
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The active and vivid imagination that children naturally possess may help make them receptive to the alternative-medicine approach known as hypnotherapy, or medical hypnosis.

Hypnosis may help kids who are experiencing certain health or behavioral problems, such as stomach pain or anxiety, said experts who have studied hypnotherapy in children. But they note that much more research is needed to better understand how the technique might work, and which children it might help.

“It is much easier to get kids into a hypnotic state — to bring them away from the here and now and give them therapeutic suggestion — than it is with adults,” said Olafur Palsson, a clinical psychologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders.
AdvertisementPalsson has developed hypnotherapy programs for children and teens who experience stomach pain and intestinal complaints. Reviews of the scientific literature show that “hypnotherapy may be a helpful treatment” for people with irritable bowel syndrome, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “Several studies of hypnotherapy for IBS have shown substantial long-term improvement of gastrointestinal symptoms as well as anxiety, depression, disability, and quality of life,” the agency said on its website.

Children are extremely responsive to imagery, which is a key aspect of hypnosis, making it easier for a therapist to hypnotize them, Palsson explained. The NIH defines hypnosis as a practice that “involves the power of suggestion, by a trained hypnotist or hypnotherapist, during a state of deep relaxation.” [9 Weird Ways Kids Can Get Hurt]

Kids have very active imaginations, and they can quickly enter into a state of heightened imagery and focus, Palsson said. In this hypnotic, or trance-like state, children’s senses are engaged, and the hypnotherapist can weave therapeutic suggestions into the imagery to help the child achieve a goal, such as reducing pain or changing a behavior.
How hypnotherapy works

For children, hypnotherapy may often take the form of a story — possibly an adventure story.

For example, a young child might be asked to imagine that he or she has found a magical object like a stone or a diamond, and be instructed to hold it in his or her hand, Palsson told Live Science.

He said that the child might then be asked to imagine that the magic stone melts into his or her hand, turning it into a magical, healing hand that gets lit up by a shining light. The hypnotherapist might then recommend that when the child experiences stomach pain, he or she should imagine putting that magical, healing hand on his or her stomach to feel more comfortable, Palsson explained.

For an older child with abdominal complaints, such as a tween or early teen, Palsson said that he might use imagery that imbues a child’s favorite drink with superpowers, and when this drink is sipped, it makes the child’s insides feel comfortable and soothed.

Palsson said that the use of hypnotherapy in children offers some of the best clinical evidence for the treatment of functional abdominal pain — a stomachache that is not linked with any known physical problem — as well as for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.[10 Scientific Tips for Raising Happy Kids]

Another area where research has found hypnotherapy in children to be effective is its use in reducing the pain, stress and anxiety that accompany uncomfortable medical procedures, such as bone marrow aspirations, Palsson said.

Besides helping to reduce pain from procedures or disease-related pain, a small study published in the journal Pediatrics in 1987 found that children ages 6 to 12 who had migraines, and who were taught a self-hypnosis technique that they practiced at least once a day, had fewer migraines after three months than did children who were given medication or a placebo.
Why hypnosis helps

Hypnotherapy can be very helpful in children when stress-related reasons might be a major cause of their symptoms, said Dr. Ran Anbar, a pediatric pulmonologist (lung specialist) who provides medical hypnosis and counseling to children and teens at Center Point Medicine in La Jolla, California.

For example, teaching children to do self-hypnosis to calm themselves down during an asthma attack can be very effective at helping them to breathe easier, said Anbar, who has studied the use of hypnotherapy in children with asthma and other breathing difficulties. He explained that hypnotherapy can help break the cycle of fear and panic that may set in when children with asthma feel short of breath.

Hypnotherapy also works well for vocal cord dysfunction, a common stress-related problem in teenage girls in which the vocal cords close down and make it difficult to breathe, Anbar told Live Science.

There is less research on the use of hypnotherapy in kids for psychological and behavioral issues than there is for physical problems, Anbar said. But he has provided medical hypnosis to children to help treat bed wetting, phobias and anxiety

Anbar said that he approaches medical hypnosis with kids who are ages 5 to 12 with imagery that is different from what he would use for a younger child, but the goals are similar: to engage the child’s imagination and weave in therapeutic suggestions. [Top 10 Controversial Psychiatric Disorders]

For example, Anbar said, if he is working with a boy or girl who stutters, he might ask the child to pretend that he or she is a singer who does not stutter when belting out a song.

Anbar said he sometimes works with children for a few sessions in his office to create the right story and therapeutic suggestions to address the child’s problem, but the goal is for the children to practice these self-hypnosis techniques at home on their own, perhaps with the aid of a recording or a parent who is reading the story.

Palsson said that he has found that hypnotizability peaks in children between the ages of 7 and 14, when kids may be most open and receptive to this mind-body approach. Anbar said he has provided medical hypnosis to children as young as 3.

Hypnotherapy may work in both kids and adults because the brain and body are interconnected, Palsson said. When people are experiencing sensations in their body, such as the perception of pain or fear, undergoing hypnosis is a great way for them to help access these sensations and also to become aware of them — which may help them learn to regulate the nervous function that makes those sensations, he explained.

However, much more scientific research on hypnosis must be done, so that evidence of its benefits for particular medical and psychological conditions can be gathered, Palsson said.

Originally published on Live Science.

 

Is Hypnosis All in Your Head? Brain Scans Suggest Otherwise

You are getting sleepy. Very sleepy. You will forget everything you read in this article.

Hypnosis has become a common medical tool, used to reduce pain, help people stop smoking and cure them of phobias.

But scientists have long argued about whether the hypnotic “trance” is a separate neurophysiological state or simply a product of a hypnotized person’s expectations.

A study published on Thursday by Stanford researchers offers some evidence for the first explanation, finding that some parts of the brain function differently under hypnosis than during normal consciousness.

The study was conducted with functional magnetic resonance imaging, a scanning method that measures blood flow in the brain. It found changes in activity in brain areas that are thought to be involved in focused attention, the monitoring and control of the body’s functioning, and the awareness and evaluation of a person’s internal and external environments.

“I think we have pretty definitive evidence here that the brain is working differently when a person is in hypnosis,” said Dr. David Spiegel, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford who has studied the effectiveness of hypnosis.

Functional imaging is a blunt instrument and the findings can be difficult to interpret, especially when a study is looking at activity levels in many brain areas.

Still, Dr. Spiegel said, the findings might help explain the intense absorption, lack of self-consciousness and suggestibility that characterize the hypnotic state.

He said one particularly intriguing finding was that hypnotized subjects showed decreased interaction between a region deep in the brain that is active in self-reflection and daydreaming and areas of the prefrontal cortex involved in planning and executing tasks.

That decreased interaction, Dr. Spiegel said, suggested an explanation for the lack of self-consciousness shown by hypnotized subjects.

“That’s why the stage hypnotist can get a football coach to dance like a ballerina without feeling self-conscious about what he’s doing,” Dr. Spiegel said. He added that it might also explain, at least in part, why hypnosis is an effective tool in psychotherapy for getting people to look at a problem in a new way.

The researchers screened more than 500 potential subjects for susceptibility to hypnosis and then compared brain activity in 36 who scored very highly on tests measuring susceptibility to hypnosis and 21 who had very low scores on those tests.

Brain activity during hypnosis was also compared with activity during resting periods and during a memory task, for both high and low susceptibility groups.

In the hypnosis task, the subjects were guided through two guided procedures for hypnotic inductions: in one, they were instructed to imagine a time when they felt happiness; in the other, they were told to remember or imagine a vacation.

All the subjects were asked in the study to rate how deeply hypnotized they felt during the inductions.

Although some researchers continue to argue that hypnosis is a state produced by people’s expectations, not by biology, Dr. Spiegel said, “At some point, I just think it becomes a kind of self-fulfilling word game.”

“I see hypnosis as a kind of app you haven’t used on your cellphone,” he said. “It’s got all kinds of capacity that people are just figuring out how to use, but if you haven’t used it the phone doesn’t do that.”

URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/30/science/hypnosis-brain-changes.html?_r=0

Breakdown of how hypnosis can help you change unhealthy habits

Rosa Smith-Montanaro, Rochester 12:49 p.m. EDT July 7, 2016

Hypnosis puts you are in trance. While in a trance you can communicate directly with the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is where all your mental reprogramming occurs.

Hypnosis is fixating your mind on one thing to the point of eliciting trance. The trance puts you in an alpha brain state or deeper and while in that state your subconscious mind will grab empowering suggestions without judgment and apply them to your life.

Here is the breakdown of the process as it applies to breaking bad habits:

All habits are rooted in the subconscious mind and will stay there until replaced by another habit.

The mind can’t tell the difference between an imagined event and one that really occurred.

Habits are the result of conditioning. It takes at least 21 cycles of an experience for a habit to be rooted in the mind.

While relaxed, the mind is in an alpha state, also known as trance. It is not evaluating what is occurring at the time.

Just Imagine…

Vividly imaging yourself replacing the old habit with the new habit during trance will help install the new habit.

Visualization or vividly imaging while in hypnotic trance bypasses the critical gatekeeper and conscious mind’s resistance going directly into the subconscious mind.

The subconscious mind believes you have conditioned a new habit, accepts it and implements it into your daily life.

The subconscious mind changes the filter that is being used by the gatekeeper and conscious mind looking for all of the ways to fulfill your expectation.

You begin to notice that you are making changes in your daily life much like the ones that you envisioned while in trance. Many times you realize it after it occurs.

I hope this is clearly outline, ask me questions. I want to help you use this powerful process to change your body and your life.

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Sky’s the limit for Alex after hypnosis cures his fear of flying

Before he tried hypnotherapy, Alex had vowed never to set foot on a plane again

Alex Moldovan is now flying high after hypnotherapy

A man is flying high after hypnosis cured his fear of planes and is now planning to travel the world.

After vowing to never step foot on a plane again 34-year-old Alex Moldovan has managed to again after just two hypnotherapy sessions.

Alex – who is based in Maynooth, Co Kildare – explained how his phobia of flying came about.

He said: “I used to be fine on planes and even managed a trip from Tokyo years ago, no problem.

“Over the last six or seven years something changed and it just got worse and worse.

“It was a gradual thing but it reached breaking point on a flight from Mexico to Ireland last November.
“We went through massive turbulence on the way back.

“I just had panic attacks and I didn’t eat or sleep or do anything at all for those ten hours.

“Afterwards I said I would never get on a plane again.”

Alex was so crippled by his fear that he drove home twice to his native Romania.

The journey is over 3,000km long and non-stop driving Alex reckons it takes about three or four days.

When friends were planning a trip of a lifetime to Thailand, Alex even started mapping out the driving route but realised he might hit a problem getting through Burma.

Restaurant owner Alex said a friend intervened and booked him in with renowned hypnotist Jason O’Callaghan, who is based at The D4 Hypnotherapy Clinic in Blackrock, Dublin.

Alex admits that he was apprehensive about what to expect from his first session in May.

He said: “I didn’t believe it would work, I’d heard different stories about hypnotherapy but I’d got to the stage that I had no choice but to try it or I’d never travel by plane again.
“I didn’t know what it would be like or what would happen.

“At first he just asked me general questions and I had a funny feeling where I was so relaxed, like I was going to sleep.

“Then he asked me to lie down and just listen.
“There was no major thing but everything he said just clicked.

“He recorded the session and I listened to it every night for half an hour.”

Alex had a top up session recently before he braved a flight home to Bucarest.

He said: “As soon as I sat on the plane I listened to his recording on my headphones and slept all the way.”

Alex is hoping to travel on a long-haul flight to Argentina later this year and says he is glad hypnotherapy will help to see the world.

He said: “I’m 100% sure it would have held me back, I would have never got on a plane again otherwise.”

The D4 Clinic does online packages to help people cure their fear of flying.

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