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Veterans offered hypnotherapy through grant program

Armed forces veterans will have the opportunity to relieve stress, lose weight and stop smoking by attending a free hypnotherapy clinic Tuesday, March 16.

Dean Reiter Detachment 887 of the Marine Corps League in Kingman is sponsoring the clinic, which will be held at American Legion Post No.

14 through a grant from New Life Clinics Foundation.

Foundation executive director Robert Dean recently joined the Marine Corp League and suggested the clinic as a fund-raiser.

Veterans and their family members are welcome.

A $5 donation is asked, but anyone attending will undergo hypnotherapy with or without making a donation, Dean said.

"We feel a lot of veterans can gain from this clinic and that more may come out of it than weight reduction and to stop smoking," said Ralph Destiche, commandant of Dean Reiter Detachment 887.

"Hypnosis is useful in treating the after effects of Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm and the war in Iraq.

Veterans and their families can rid themselves of some of the psychological problems of those conflicts."

Destiche said he hopes 100-125 people will attend the clinic.

Donations may be made by cash, check or credit card and will go toward Marine Corps League scholarships of between $250 and $500 each for deserving high school seniors in the Kingman area.

New Life Clinics is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation that is publicly funded, Dean said.

Dean holds a PhD in clinical hypnotic therapy from American Pacific University in Hawaii.

He is a board-certified hypnotherapist with the American Institute of Hypnotherapy, a master hypnotist and certified union hypnotherapist with Local 472 of the AFL-CIO and member of the American Counseling Association.

Registration for the clinic March 16 begins at 6:30 p.m.

There will be two 50-minute sessions starting at 7 p.m.

with a 20-minute break between them.

The first session addresses stress relief, while the second enables people to change behavioral patterns that will lead to weight reduction and smoking cessation, Dean said.

Many smokers quit immediately after the session, while overweight people will reduce clothing one to three sizes in six weeks.

"Every human being, unless insane or stupid, has been hypnotized several times in their lifetime in one of two ways," Dean said.

"You may have driven down a freeway and been so deep in thought you missed your turnoff because you became oblivious to your surroundings while you were in a light trance."

"In the second case, you may have been at a movie that made you cry.

You were not aware of your surroundings but got deeply into the plot line and became part of the movie."

Between 9 and 12 percent of people can't be hypnotized and those individuals fall into one of three categories, Dean said.

"The first group includes mentally challenged people with an IQ below 50 that just can't focus," he said.

"Another is refractory people who argue for the sport of it as a way to gain self-esteem."

"People with deeply-seated psychological disorders like paranoid schizophrenia are the third type that can't be hypnotized."

Dean estimates the number of veterans and family members who will attend the clinic at about 200 and that it will help raise between $1,500 and $3,000 for the Marine Corps League as some attendees will donate more than $5.

Anyone wishing more information on New Life Clinics may call Dean at 692-9594 or visit the website at

"We don't embarrass anybody, unlike stage shows that use hypnosis to cause a temporary behavior change," Dean said.

"We go after life-threatening disorders and take hypnosis seriously."

Proof of active duty military service is not required as everyone is taken at their word, he said.

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