November 22, 1990 |
A federal court panel in Philadelphia has dismissed a civil suit filed by two former Ridley High School students who claimed they suffered adverse effects from a classroom demonstration of hypnotism. Named in the suit were hypnotherapist Joseph Scott, Ridley School District, Superintendent John S. Cochran, Ridley High School principal Theodore Beck and Edward Bradway, a psychology-class instructor. "After four years of grief and a lot of legal fees, I feel vindicated," said Scott, 57, a certified hypnotherapist and operator of A Better Way Hypnosis Center in Norwood.
November 5, 1989 |
Two Ridley High School graduates have filed suit against the Ridley School District and a Norwood hypnotherapist, contending the two graduates suffered adverse effects from a free demonstration of hypnotism given at the school three years ago. Media attorney Jon Auritt filed the suit Tuesday in Delaware County Court on behalf of Robert Heist Jr., now 19; Lisa Caggiula, 20, and their parents. The families reside in the Morton section of Ridley Township. The suit seeks more than $20,000 in compensatory and punitive damages each for the former students and their parents.
May 15, 1988 |
Hypnosis. Trance. To some people, these words still conjure up old movie images of a watch on a chain swinging mesmerizingly back and forth, or of a dark, menacing figure whose hapless victims turn into mindless zombies after gazing into his glittering eyes. OK. Maybe you know that this is the stuff of comic books, but maybe you have heard that hypnosis can make a four-pack-a-day die-hard quit smoking or cause the compulsive overeater to lose weight. Forget it, says clinical psychologist Joseph P. Primavera, for trance is not a magical state and hypnosis is not a miracle cure.
January 5, 2009 |
Want to lose weight? Quit smoking? Overcome your fears? Wendy Merron believes hypnosis can help both longtime strivers and people who recently committed to New Year's resolutions. A dozen people gathered at Congregation Or Shalom in Berwyn yesterday afternoon to learn about the technique from Merron, a certified hypnotist, and other instructors on the fifth annual World Hypnotism Day. Proponents of the technique established the day with the aim of debunking misconceptions about hypnosis and promoting its benefits.
April 19, 1989 |
You sit on a tray that slides you, head first, into a giant donut of steel. Once inside, lying flat on your back, the clearance between you and the massive apparatus is about 3 inches. Say it's a brain scan that brings you inside the magnetic resonance imaging machine (MRI) that produces more detailed diagnostic information than X-rays. The helmet, something out of Capt. Video, is over your head. You'll be here for about 20 minutes. It sounds as if you're inside a trash can someone with a hammer is beating on. It's so daunting that an estimated 5 percent of patients who go in for MRI scans can't get through the procedure, said Christine Rhoda, of Graduate Hospital's Imaging Center.
June 23, 1987 |
The Supreme Court, ruling for the first time on the growing use of hypnosis in criminal cases, concluded yesterday that states may not ban the hypnotically enhanced testimony of defendants. The court also eliminated the last vestiges of the mandatory death penalty, declaring that a murderer who is serving a life term without possibility of parole and who commits another first-degree murder may not be automatically sentenced to die. In a third case involving criminal law, the court ruled that jurors may not be forced to testify about allegations that they used alcohol or drugs during a trial.
January 15, 1986 |
Without a single "look deep into my eyes," the case of the hypnotic challenge was temporarily laid to rest in a Burlington County courtroom yesterday. Marianne Waylock, formerly of Cinnaminson and now a licensed hypnotic therapist in California, lost her suit to claim $50,000 that had been offered by The Amazing Kreskin, a nightclub performer and mentalist from Essex County. Kreskin had extended the offer to anyone who could prove that such a thing as a hypnotic trance exists. Kreskin says he believes that hypnosis has never been scientifically proved and that results allegedly achieved through hypnosis can be achieved in a conscious state.
August 11, 2002 |
You must . . . play this hole . . . below par . . . And watch . . . a 22-minute hypnosis video . . . that will improve your golf game. Hypnovision, a Cherry Hill company, is trying to revolutionize the hypnosis field with do-it-yourself video sessions, promising to "unleash the powers of your mind. " The company now offers three Hypnoconcepts programs, which sell for $39.99 each, to improve sleep, sexual pleasure, and golf games - the latter one its best seller. "Golf is a mental game.
September 10, 2010
Q: After reading your column about the older woman's loss of sex drive, I'd like to add an additional idea, one that I use to create deep long-lasting pleasure for the lady: Have you ever tried hypnosis? If the loss of sex drive is for emotional rather than physical reasons, then hypnosis might help a person become less anxious or whatever. But five or 10 orgasms in an evening? I'm not buying that. Now, look into my eyes . . . Steve: Hypnosis has been used by some clinicians in treating sexual dysfunction, but I wouldn't try it at home.
July 11, 2011 |
NORTH PORT, Fla. - High school principal George Kenney acknowledged using hypnosis to help people: students who needed to relax before tests, a basketball player having trouble making free throws, even school secretaries who wanted to quit smoking. But now, the popular 51-year-old educator's future at North Port High School is in question since it came to light that he had hypnotized two students before their separate suicides this spring. There is no indication their deaths were any more than a tragic coincidence.