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Holistic Self-Care for Post-Traumatic Stress and Dissociative Identity

By Grace, Cindee, Dr.

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Title: Holistic Self-Care for Post-Traumatic Stress and Dissociative Identity  
Author: Grace, Cindee, Dr.
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Psychology, Post Traumatic Stress
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Cindee Grace, B. D. (2008). Holistic Self-Care for Post-Traumatic Stress and Dissociative Identity. Retrieved from

Cindee Grace has written a treasure trove of healing wisdom, inventive, user-friendly technique and mind-body-spirit methodology for people wrestling with posttraumatic stress and dissociative identity. An intimately written insider’s healing memoir, as well as a brainy, professionally grounded self-help manual, this book will be a godsend to scores of survivors of even the worst kinds of trauma and abuse. Belleruth Naparstek, LISW author of Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal Holistic care provider and survivor of childhood abuse and life-threatening illness, Cindee Grace offers holistic healing solutions that have served her and thousands of her clients and students through trauma recovery, as well as serious imbalances in body and spirit. This book is a compendium of priceless information and a must-read for anyone who has survived trauma and those who love and treat them. Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression Holistic Self-Care for Post-Traumatic Stress and Dissociative Identity is an excellent resource for patients, no matter when they were diagnosed with these dissociative conditions. Dr. Grace makes the subject clear and understandable. Her writing style is easy and engaging – alive with facts, recipes and personal experiences. This book is probably the single best resource for patients wanting a true, thorough naturopathic approach to posttraumatic stress and dissociation. I heartily recommend this book to both patients and practitioners. Dr. Lesley Manson, Psy.D, Clinical Psychologist, trauma recovery emphasis We – patients, families, friends, community members and service providers – all need the multidimensional self-help knowledge Dr. Grace’s ground-breaking book explores and documents so well. Her book is an empowering, intriguing page-turner and I recommend it highly! Marienne Pennekamp, PhD, author of Social Work Practice

Getting Started Congratulations on your courage to open this book! No matter when you were diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), you’ll find remarkable information within these pages. You can use it to start feeling better today – as I have done. Not sure you have PTSD or DID? Please read this entire chapter. It has definitions for PTSD/DID – and much more. Then decide if you’d like to read further. If you don’t have PTSD or DID but survived or witnessed a trauma (serious illness, violence, significant loss, etc.), you’re welcome here, too. This book is geared to assist anyone with the aftershocks of surviving or witnessing trauma - whether the person has diagnostic labels or not. If you’re a person of color or in an oppressed group, (gay, non-Christian, etc.), this book can be valuable. Even if your group’s most obvious oppression occurred generations before you were born, that oppression can traumatize you. For example, Drs. Eduardo and Bonnie Duran investigated “multi-generational PTSD” affecting present-day Native Americans that originates from the genocide of their ancestors. The daily risk of prejudice can create PTSD symptoms. If you have loved ones/clients who survived trauma, or if you do progressive activism against violence, read on! You might have “compassion fatigue,” “common shock,” vicarious traumatization. Much of this book applies to your self-care, to prevent “burn-out.” Might you have Media Induced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“Mean World Syndrome”)? Do you have one of more MIPTSD risk factors? * You usually think the world is a dangerous and mean place. * You think that violence is usually the best solution to world problems. * You tend to categorize people as good or bad. * You fear one or more groups of people and feel no commonality with them; you are part of “us,” the feared group is “them” (social categorization). * You watch more than two hours of U.S. mainstream television daily. The more you watch, the greater the risk. The more violent the shows or news programs are, the greater the risk. If you have a MIPTSD risk factor, aspects of this book can help you free yourself of artificially-induced fear and let you reclaim your own discerning mind. For any reader, you’ll spot warm-hearted humor blossoming in unexpected places within the book. I also avoid graphic trauma details. Your intellect will be reassured by the numerous reference endnotes (that you can pass by or read). endnotes: The Resiliency Advantage (chapter 12 footnote 8) cites: Duran, Eduardo, and Bonnie Duran Native American Postcolonial Psychology (New York: State University of New York Press, 1995), SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology. Being alert each day to warning signs of prejudice and discrimination is hyper-vigilance, in my opinion. Our bodies and minds weren’t designed for such constant, intense vigilance. Unfortunately, such vigilance is a survival necessity for many oppressed populations. “News Media and the Mean World” by David A. Gershaw, Ph.D., For social categorization: “Active Nonviolence: Heroes for an Unheroic Time” by Carol Estes (Yes! Magazine, Spring 2006). Social categorization (with extensive bibliography): “Of Badges, Bonds and Boundaries: Ingroup/outgroup differentiation and ethnocentrism revisited” by Johan M.G. van der Dennen, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, paper presented at the fifth Annual Meeting of the European Sociobiological Society, St. John’s College, Oxford, U.K. (Jan.5-6, 1985), at outgroup%20differentation%20and%20ethnocentrism.htm (accessed Dec.19, 2006).

Table of Contents
Chapter One: Getting Started p.1 Chapter Two: Nutrition p.16 Chapter Three: Bilateral Body-Mind-Spirit Weaving p.49 Chapter Four: Herbs, Sleep, Homeopathy and Aromatherapy p.72 Chapter Five: BBMSW for Deeper Emotional Healing p.103 Chapter Six: Breath, Exercise, and a Great Hiccup Cure p.120 Chapter Seven: Holistic Self-Hypnosis and More – Part 1 p.146 Chapter Eight: Holistic Self-Hypnosis and More – Part 2 p.173 Chapter Nine: Acupressure, Massage and Intimacy p.190 Chapter Ten: Spirituality – Part 1 p.212 Chapter Eleven: Spirituality – Part 2 p.239 Resources p.262-273 ILLUSTRATIONS Figure 1. Yin (front) view Figure 2. Yang (back) view Figure 3. Chakras Figure 4. Self-Hypnosis Pendulum Figure 5. Heart 7 Figure 6. Shenmen ear point (Heart 7 section) Figure 7. Heart 9 Figure 8. Large Intestine 4 Figure 9. Lung 10 Figure 10. Pericardium 6 Figure 11. Conception Vessel 24, Governing Vessel 26 Figure 12. Governing Vessel 20 Figure 13. Kidney 1 Figure 14. Stomach 44 Figure 15. Spleen 3 Figure 16. Blood Pressure Groove (ear) Figure 17. Reflex 4, Reflex 5 Figure 18. Animal-Human Heart-Based Communication


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