Saturday, 19 October 2013

Did You Know?
Millions of Californians continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke at work and home.

Secondhand Smoke Is Toxic

Mind if I Smoke?
The research is overwhelming - with over 7,000 chemicals, at least 70 of which are cancer-causing, even brief exposure to secondhand smoke is dangerous. 1
Secondhand smoke is both the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar and the smoke that is exhaled by smokers. It can stay in the air long after a cigarette has been put out and can be involuntarily inhaled by nonsmokers.
Secondhand smoke kills tens of thousands of Americans every year and causes serious life-threatening illnesses to thousands more. In 2006, the California Air Resources Board classified secondhand smoke as a "Toxic Air Contaminant" in the same category as asbestos, cyanide and arsenic2 - all of which can lead to serious illness and death.2

The U.S. Surgeon General says there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. In fact, secondhand smoke exposure can cause asthma in children who have previously not had any symptoms.2 Other health effects on children from secondhand smoke exposure3 include:
  • Low birth weight and lung problems in infants
  • Acute lower respiratory tract infections (bronchitis and pneumonia)
  • Middle-ear infections
  • Chronic respiratory symptoms or problems
Secondhand smoke is also a serious health threat for nonsmoking adults. It causes lung cancer in those who haven't previously smoked and increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and chronic lung problems.1

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Friday, 18 October 2013

Why Do Stutterers Not Stutter When Singing

by Bob Bodenhamer
Over the years I have been asked many times, “how is it that a PWS does not stuttering when singing?” I have heard several explanations such as the value of “cadence” in the music makes it possible to structure the PWS’ voice with the beat of the song and this helps fluency.  I have heard others speak about the “flow of air” through the vocal cords while singing that permits fluency.
There may very well be truth in both those replies, but the following one makes more sense than any that I have heard:
“Why don’t British singers sing with a British accent?”
“Why stutterers don’t stutter when singing?”
I just found quite by accident a very interesting article entitled “Why don’t British singers sing with a British accent?”
By Joram on “Answering squeebs’s question”
It is found at:
I have copied and pasted the full article below (Bold & italics Bob’s):
“Because singing forces the singer to pronounce “true” vowel sounds.
English vowels are the same, no matter where you’re from. Speaking employs gliding vowels…transitions from one to the next. Singing is phrased such that vowels are held longer (to the note), which more or less erases regional accents. In singing, vowels tend to sound more like their true sounds (monophthongs), rather than diphthongs.
“Imagine the difference between accent disappearance in, say, an Andrew Lloyd Weber song, vs. a Cake song, if sung by the same person. The Weber track (Memory, to take an annoying example) would almost entirely mask any accent because vowels are held for a relatively long time. In Comfort Eagle, on the other hand, the words are barely sung…almost spoken over the music. Any regional accent would come through quite strongly.
“And of course, it’s possible to maintain or manufacture an accent when you sing (anyone who’s ever heard Charlie Daniels or Randy Travis knows that). But it may take some effort. The Proclaimers are a particularly egregious example pointed out by one commenter on the topic.
(Bob says, Randy Travis is a country music singer. He is from Marshville, NC about 60 miles from me. We have very similar accents when we talk. I sure wish I could sing like him.)

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Gil Boyne-----Hypnotist Extraordinaire

GIL BOYNE, 1924-2010

Clinical HypnotherapistTeacher • Trainer • Author

Gil Boyne
Santa Fe, NM - 2004

“Gil Boyne, you have single-handedly created a new profession in America;
the profession of Hypnotherapy!”

William Unger, Asst. Director, California Council for Secondary Education


Milton Erickson is known for helping to popularize the use of hypnosis to reach the subconscious in psychiatry. Part of his genius was his ability to rapidly assess the needs of the client and work within the client's map of reality.

Dave Elman had no formal training in medicine or psychology, yet he taught Hypnotherapy to more physicians, dentists, anesthesiologists, and psychiatrists than any other instructor in modern times.

Gil Boyne has made numerous original contributions to the contemporary practice of hypnotherapy. He has brought to the counseling professions an awareness of the “inner wisdom” of the human psyche. He teaches that the “inner creative mind” not only knows all the questions but knows all of the answers as well.

During his almost 50 years of Hypnotherapy practice and teaching, he created Transforming Therapy™, a pragmatic methodology that focuses on rapid results, instead of attempting to prove theories. His commitment is to the client's internal problem solving ability.

Boyne's Transforming Therapy™ facilitates the clients discovery of their spiritual nature, and teaches them how to direct their creative intelligence to solve their own problems and conflicts.

There are many practitioners who feel that Boyne's greatest achievement has been the thousands of Hypnotherapists worldwide who began their career by training in his courses.

What Other Professionals Say

About Gil Boyne, from Recognised Leaders and Experts in the Hypnotherapy Profession...

Thoughts and Feelings about Gil Boyne
As an individual who is passionate about a life purpose of coaching individual and community development, I have immersed myself in the teaching of masters in this field.
When I decided to pursue my fascination with Hypnotherapy, I spoke to a few of my peers. My criteria was "who eats, sleeps, walks and talks hypnotherapy?"
Gil Boyne's name came up most often and those who mentioned him, with much certainty, assured me that he was number one in the world.
With these referrals I embarked on the most magical journey. Unlike most of those on the Diploma course, I had not received any formal training from a school of Hypnotherapy and I was amazed to discover how many practitioners of long experience found Gil's teachings led them to feel they had been somewhere between underperforming and short-changing their clients.. I was mesmerised by Gil's integrity, for here was a wise man who, had been doing what he does for many years, with evidence-based results and still loving it, passing on his wisdom to me, a young and passionate apprentice.
I continue to use what Gil shared with me to compliment my existing skill set. The greatest added value came from being in the presence of a true master and having the certainty of his beliefs touch me to carry into my own life and career.
I am truly blessed and grateful for all that I have shared and continue to share with Gil Boyne's teachings. I continue to connect with our collective bliss and to inspire young people to realise much more of their true potential.

Harry Singha
Founder and Chairman
Youth Coaching Academy
University of East London
London, England

Words cannot describe the gratitude I feel toward Gil Boyne. Approximately 20 years ago I attended his classes in hypnosis/ hypnotherapy. Without a doubt, studying with Gil Boyne was a true turning point in my life. His knowledge, ability and ease of style are incomparable. He is indeed the Teacher of Masters and the Master of Teachers. Most of the best known and successful workers in our field started with Gil Boyne. The investment that I made in his courses has come back to me in millions of dollars. For anyone looking to build a solid foundation in hypnosis/ hypnotherapy, make the pilgrimage and study with Gil. You will thank yourself for the rest of your life.

Marshall Sylver
Hypnotherapist, Motivator Author-"Passion Power and Profit" Las Vegas, NV.

There are only a few people in each generation who are willing and able to confront the current anachronistic psychological models with original and radical thinking. Gil Boyne is one such person. Since the early 1950s he has applied his genius to helping others transform their lives through the "renewing of their mind." For nearly fifty years, Gil Boyne has shown us that change is most effectively accomplished when we use the trance state to contact and direct our "inner creative intelligence."

His hypnotherapy training and instruction has provided thousands of students with the essential knowledge and skills required for success as as contemporary clinical hypnotherapists. I am personally grateful to Gil Boyne, for his training and continuing mentoring. His instruction and his advice on developing a practice and marketing my services helped me to become a highly effective practicioner. I feel that every serious student and practicioner of hypnotherapy should have the opportunity to study with Gil Boyne, the creator of modern Hypnotherapy.”

Tim Simmerman
Director, Hypnotherapy Academy of America, Sante Fe, New Mexico

“I highly recommend that anyone who has never taken a course with Gil Boyne to take advantage of his trainings in Santa Fe. Gil is one of the few true Living Masters of the work today. To watch him work is to see the culmination of almost 50 years of self-developed knowledge and skill brought together in a ballet of highly effective teaching. For many years, Gil Boyne was, and in many eyes still is, the finest instructor in the work. This is an opportunity to acquire special knowledge and wisdom from an individual who is truly a pioneer and innovator in our work. Gil has tremendous knowledge and insight in our profession that can be gained only through many years of experience and many thousands of hours of individual and group sessions. He has created many of the therapeutic interventions we use daily in our work today. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a Master!”

Gerald Kein
Director of one of the most successful Hypnotherapy Training Institutes in the USA.
Omni Hypnosis Center, Deland, Florida

“Nearly half a century ago Gil Boyne began molding the field of hypnotherapy into something much greater than it had ever been. He learned from early pioneers in hypnotherapy including Elman, and trained with Fritz Perls, developer of Gestalt Therapy, as well as pioneers of other forms of therapy. His brilliance goes far beyond his early instinctive recognition and integration of many of the most profound insights in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. What has emerged is the incredible speed and effectiveness of his "Transforming Therapy."

Gil Boyne has had an immeasurable impact on the profession of hypnotherapy. The range and depth of his influence is astonishing. Beyond his therapeutic breakthroughs he has revolutionized the profession with his instant induction techniques. He created the first registration and certification program for hypnotherapists. He founded and developed the first hypnotherapist organization with serious standards for training, the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. He created the first International Annual Conferences for hypnotherapists. Time and again he has led the charge throughout the United States to defeat attempts at restrictive legislation.. He created the first publishing company devoted exclusively to hypnotism books, Westwood Publishing Company.

I was fortunate to take Gil Boyne's hypnotherapy training in 1968. As I developed my practice, he was exceptionally generous with his guidance and wisdom. After ten years of a practice, I founded one of the first state-licensed hypnotherapy schools in 1978. My therapy and teaching is strongly influenced by Gil Boyne, as are my books, Become the Dream and Regression Hypnotherapy. His live therapy films are an important part of an advanced level of my classes and I am grateful for his mentoring over the years.

Gil Boyne is one of a few in history to have had a profound impact on the field of hypnotherapy. I urge all hypnotherapists who have not yet studied and trained directly with Gil Boyne to seize the opportunity to attend his courses and experience a great teacher and leader who has so powerfully affected the world of contemporary hypnotherapy.”

Randal Churchill
Director, Hypnotherapy Training Institute,
Corte Madera (San Francisco area), California
President, American Council of Hypnotist Examiners

“Gil Boyne is a Premier Therapist and a Teacher's Teacher, who. also trained more hypnotherapists in America than any other teacher to date. I received my early training with Gil when I was a graduate student, and vividly remember the demonstrations at his Hypnotherapy Institute in Los Angeles.

Gil resurrected and republished the lost work of Dave Elman to share with the rest of the world. Charles Tebbetts was a 72 yr. old sign painter when he went to Gil to overcome insomnia. Charles went on to train with Gil, then to work for him and eventually became widely known for his Training Institute in Seattle and for his books on hypnosis.
In a career spanning almost fifty years, Boyne has become America's best known and loved hypnotherapy teacher/trainer Gil has evolved as a special kind of personal therapist, and teaches his unique model of "Transforming Therapy"worldwide.

Throughout the USA as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei and Tokyo many physicians and therapists remember him as the man who introduced them to the world of hypnotherapy. You may train with other teachers, but Gil is the one you will remember most.”

Ed McClelland
Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner
New York, N.Y.

“Gil Boyne's Master Course in Clinical Hypnotherapy has been a memorable experience. Boyne, who has become a a living legend in the hypnotherapy world, takes his students on a journey of true emotional and spiritual transformation in just six weekends. Gil is the only therapist who has videotaped a comprehensive library of his successful hypnotherapy sessions and follow-up interviews. The videos are shown to students on a giant screen and interspersed with Gil's insightful commentary. Gil's unique "Transforming Therapy," shows its potency in liberating clients from a wide range of emotional traumas and physical ailments. I have trained in many forms of counseling and therapy, yet I found this course especially worthwhile. Gil's personal magnetism and belief in “Transforming Therapy" is worth far more than all the gimmicks, techniques, and theories of hypnosis which abound. The videotapes, sets of audiotapes, books and manuals given as class materials made this course an incredible value. This is one training course that I can recommend with absolute confidence. Details available on the Internet at or email

My best regards,
Don Robertson
Clinical Hypnotherapist
Harley St. London, UK

“Gil Boyne is a Master! He is and always will be my main Hypnosis mentor. He made a powerful and lasting impact on me, both as a teacher and as a friend. The professional and social time I spent with him many years ago continue to be highpoints in my life. His brilliance continues to be felt globally through his personal work and the work of his many gifted students."

George Bien
is one of America's most renowned hypnotherapists, He teaches and practices in New York City and teaches Hypnotherapy throughout Southeast Asia on a regular basis.

Dear Gil,
I think of you every day and your pictures in my office keep me humble. They are a constant reminder that no matter what I achieve you are still the greatest Hypnotherapist there ever has been! Your professionalism will always be the level to which I aspire. I can never thank you enough for all the help and inspiration you have been to me over the years. Training with you has been *the* major highlight of my life. God bless you and all my fondest love,

Arone Eldan, BA. CHT.
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

My training was with the legendary Gil Boyne & Dr John Butler, PHD, principal instructor for the Hypnotherapy Institute of Britain and Medical Lecturer at King's, Guy's & St.Thomas Medical Schools.. Gil is one of the true pioneers of Clinical Hypnotherapy training with 55 years of experience in the field and having trained over 15,000 hypnotherapists world wide. He has worked with many stars of the entertainment and sports worlds including Sylvester Stallone, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and many more...
Gil has also worked with the U.S. Special Forces (Green Berets) on a special mission, "Operation Velvet Hammer". His development of 'Transforming Therapy' and his subsequent book takes you on a journey of true emotional transformation. His teaching methods, based on video taped real therapy sessions, often left me breathless. There seems to be a sense of wonder in the air when Gil walks in a room. He is truly a "World Class 'Master"who while in his eighties still attracts people from around the world to his Master classes I am proud & privileged to be his protege.

Andrew Hughes
Hypnotherapist, Chesterfield, U.K.

Gil Boyne is a living legend -- almost a cult figure.
In 1980,Gil Boyne founded the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners which has become the largest State Chartered non-profit organization of its' kind. He has worked with numerous state legislatures to fight restrictive laws and was the first to structure an in-depth training program that focused on regression to cause. He has been the consistent inspiration in leading the profession to upgrade its educational standards. If it were not for his legislative work the profession may not have survived intact to this day. As well as creating a new approach to hypnotherapy practice, Gil Boyne has been the right man at the right time and the entire profession will be forever in his debt.
Gil Boyne has the most profoundly laudatory testimonials from the leading professionals in the field I have ever seen.

Professional Credentials

Director, Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles
Founder and CEO, Westwood Publishing Company
Founder and Director, Hypnotherapy Counseling Center
Co-Founder, British Council of Hypnotist Examiners
Executive Director, American Council of Hypnotist Examiners

Awards & Honours

1959: Technical Director on feature motion picture film, “The Hypnotic Eye.”

1960: Writer and Technical Director for television pilot fim, “Above and Beyond.”

1961: Writer and Technical Director for television pilot film, “The Eleventh Hour.”

1981: Doctor of Humane Letters - honorary degree awarded by Newport University, Newport Beach, Calif., for his lifetime achievement in Mind Sciences.

1982: Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree awarded by the University for Humanistic Studies in San Diego, Calif., for his exceptional contribution to the Humanistic Sciences.

1990: “Lifetime Achievement Award”awarded by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners.

1992: Doctor of Philosophy, in Transpersonal Psychology honorary degree awarded by Westbrook University, New Mexico.

1992: “American Eagle Leadership Award” given in recognition of Thirty-Five Years of Exceptional Leadership to the Profession of Hypnotherapy awarded by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners.

1996: Named as One of Glendale's 100 Most Influential Citizens (Glendale News Press, Feb. 28) Honoring individuals who had the ability and the courage to effect change in education, religion, charity, sports, law enforcement, and politics.

1997: Honorary Life Member awarded by the New Zealand Hypnotherapists Association.

1997: Fellowship award for distinguished service awarded by the Australian Academy of Hypnotic Science.

1998: Post Graduate Diploma of Psychotherapy awarded by the Australian College of Clinical Hypnotherapy

April 8, 2000: Gil Boyne was inducted into the International Hypnosis Hall of Fame, at Valley Forge, PA. He received the special award, “MAN OF THE CENTURY.” This award symbolizes global recognition for his innovative genius in the therapeutic and healing applications of Hypnotherapy.

June, 2000: Awarded Fellowship by the National Council for Hypnotherapy (UK)

May, 2003: “Lifetime Achievement Award,” by the Royal Hong Kong Hypnotherapy Association

2007: Honorary degree "Doctor of Religious Education" awarded by Lorland University, Bakersfield, CA

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