Hypnotic Gastric Banding – a case study

A lady came to see me recently to enquire about losing weight – let’s call her Angela. In her mid-50s, she was happily married, had a good job and enjoyed life to the full. Her hobbies included eating out and entertaining – and therein lay the problem! Angela loved food and found it very hard to lose weight. She recognised that, as the years pass, it is more difficult to shed those extra pounds, and was determined to do something about it. She had tried various diets with differing degrees of success and took regular exercise in the form of walking.

Investigations and conversations with Angela’s unconscious revealed a number of traumas in her life, but no past life issues to be dealt with. These current-life traumas were dealt with in a separate, very emotional session (see separate post on Soul Retrieval), as the parts of her that had been left behind were found and brought back into the fold, into the warmth of the heart. In this way, Angela became “whole” again.

The “operation” went very well, and this was followed with strong suggestions that Angela would eat less and eat more slowly, while still enjoying her food and eating enough for her body to remain healthy.

After each session, Angela reported having a really good night’s sleep and feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. In the first week after the “operation” she lost 6 pounds, and a steady, healthy rate of weight loss continues. When I saw her earlier this week, she was positively glowing and looking great!

A hypnotic gastric band is not for someone who just wants to lose a couple of pounds, or eats too many bars of chocolate.
In the first session, I always go through the client’s medical history and, where I feel it appropriate, I will ask permission to discuss the situation with the client’s medical professional. But for people like Angela, who are otherwise healthy, with no issues with blood pressure and so on, it is a great option. A local private hospital charges around £5,000 for a physical gastric band operation – a surgical procedure that does not take any account of emotional or past life issues that may be responsible for the patient holding onto weight. I charge £495 as a package price to include all of the sessions and the actual “operation” – in Angela’s case it was three sessions, but it can sometimes run to four or even five, depending on the issues to be cleared prior to the “operation”.


You can’t open the papers nowadays without reading about the national scandal that is obesity.

For me the scandal is not the rising levels of obesity but the total lack of focus on the underlying emotional reasons or other possible reasons why people hold onto excess weight.

In my (extensive) experience, peeling the emotional onion and finding out what is going on at the unconscious level, influencing behaviour, is just as relevant. Perhaps a past life trauma and a couple of spirit passengers too . . .

I’ve seen a few TV programmes recently where the subjects (or victims, perhaps) have pinpointed the time in their lives when they started to pile on weight – the death of a good friend, their parents’ messy divorce or whatever – and yet this is ignored. Why? We as individuals know our own bodies better than an outsider – we just need to learn to listen to and understand what it’s telling us.

Before you get drawn into the latest national scandal – take a gentler approach and get back in touch with the real you, the one that is in there trying to get out. Call me on 07597 020 512.


The papers and magazines are full of the headlines, aren’t they – “New Year, New You” – just join the gym and buy the fashionable crop top and cut-offs; follow the new faddy diet and buy the juicer / shredder / cookery book; or buy the branded products that will help you achieve the figure the media say you should have.

But actually, rather than searching for a new you – wouldn’t you rather re-discover the real you? The one that has been buried under excess fat, or fears and phobias, or behaviour patterns that no longer serve you?

Wouldn’t it be much more fun to step into your own power, to find that fabulous person lurking inside?

Working from the outside in, peeling the emotional onion, we can uncover all those real reasons why you’re holding onto weight or the issues that are holding you back.

We might need to look at a past life, or some spirit passengers.
We might need to re-visit the life between lives, to remind you of your true life’s purpose . . .

So if you would rather find the old you, the real you, than looking for a new you – give me a call on 07597 020 512!

What’s Weighing You Down – College of Psychic Studies talk tomorrow

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I’m really looking forward to giving a talk tomorrow about my “weird but it works” way of looking at why people hold on to excess weight. It will look at the various emotional reasons why we hang on to that weight – protection, comfort and so on – and I will talk about the role of past life traumas and even the possibility of a sweet-toothed or downright greedy spirit “passenger” too!

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There has been much noise in the media recently as the Government considers providing bariatric surgery (gastric by-pass and gastric band operations) to people with Type 2 Diabetes. Let’s look at some of the facts and figures, shall we? First, definitions. Body Mass Index is defined as weight divided by height squared, or kg / m2. Originally devised by a Belgian mathematician almost 200 years ago  as a social study into average body build, it has come to be adopted as the medical industry norm. The scale has changed over time, the current settings being as follows: Below 18.5             possibly underweight 18.5 – 24.9             healthy 25.0 – 29.9            overweight 30.0 – 34.9           obese 35.0 – 39.9           very obese 40.0 and over     morbidly obese While I feel there should be a better way of measuring obesity (see my separate post on BMI), there is no escaping the fact that far too many people today are seriously overweight and this is impacting their health in many ways. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence tells us that –

  • 25% of adults in England are obese (ie have a BMI of 30 or more) – that’s 1 in every 4 adults.
  • A BMI of 30 – 35 (obese) cuts life expectancy by up to four years.
  • A BMI of 40 or more (morbidly obese) cuts life expectancy by up to ten years.
  • Obesity costs the NHS some £5.1 billion every year.

The people at NICE say that very low-calorie diets (less than 800 calories a day) can be used in the short term to prepare people for surgery or to meet criteria for fertility treatment, but admits that while diets are increasingly popular, they do not keep weight off in the long term.  NICE guidance states that “regaining weight is likely” but that this is not down to the failure of either the client or the clinician. We have reached the stage where around 8,000 people a year are currently receiving bariatric surgery on the NHS – let’s have a look at a few other facts & figures about that too. One person in 200 who has a gastric band fitted will die as a result of the operation. If you think that’s bad, the figure for death following gastric by-pass is just one person in 100. Such operations can result in dramatic weight reduction – often up to 1/3 or even 1/2 of body weight prior to surgery – and this can create another problem in the (not very attractive) shape of folds of excess flabby skin that often needs further surgery to remove it. I work a lot with people who are would be defined as overweight or various stages of obese. Rather than berating them for eating too much or not doing enough exercise, I work from the inside out, focusing instead on the underlying emotional reasons why they are holding onto excess weight. This can be traced back to any number of reasons – abuse or bullying as a child; rejection or pain in a relationship; a past life when the client starved to death; or even a spirit “passenger” with a sweet tooth. If, having resolved these issues, the client still feels that he or she needs “belt and braces” reassurance, then I will “fit” a hypnotic gastric band. The procedure is totally non-invasive, and does not carry any of the risks of actual surgery. And of course it means that, having dealt with the real root causes, the client can move on with his or her life, whereas with conventional surgery, if those underlying reasons have not been dealt with, the operation “won’t work”; the client will find ways around. It is also far less expensive. The NHS puts the cost of bariatric surgery at anywhere between £3,000 and £5,000. A private hospital close to me is currently charging £6,145 for a gastric band operation. I charge £395.00 – yes, that is just under £400. Just think how much that could save the NHS! My number is 07597 020 512 – feel free to call me if you would like to know more.

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Your Body Mass Index is the number that defines whether you are normal, fat, obese or morbidly obese. With the latest news that the Government is looking at bariatric surgery (gastric by-pass or gastric band operations) for those suffering from Type 2 diabetes, the BMI is being quoted as the measuring stick – almost a magic wand – to ascertain who qualifies for such surgery and who doesn’t.

But let’s take a closer look at the BMI. Where did it originate from, and why? You may think it’s a modern development, by medical professionals keen to monitor the health of the general public. Think again. What is now called the BMI was actually invented in 1832 by a Belgian called Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet. A mathematician by profession, he specialised in statistics and was among the first to try to apply statistics to social science. As part of his study into the concept of “the average man”, as defined by variables that follow a standard mathematical distribution curve, he came up with  a simple measure for classifying peoples’ weight relative to an ideal weight for their height. A person’s Body Mass Index – following Quetelet’s formula – is defined as their body weight divided by his / her height squared. Nowadays this has been translated to a measurement of Kilograms per metre squared (or, for the more technical among you, kg/m2).

The formula devised by Adolphe Quetelet was never meant to be used in the way it is now by the medical profession for defining obesity: it was purely a method of defining standard proportions of the average human build. In fact, Quetelet himself specifically warned against using his Index for individual diagnoses because of the many variables.

However, in the early 20th century, as the insurance industry came into its own, underwriters looked for a method of classifying people for health insurance and life assurance policies – and found the BMI, which is still also called the Quetelet Index. Et voilà – a social science formula became increasingly used as a medical industry measure. In 1972 a physiology professor and obesity researcher called Ancel Keys published “Indices of Relative Weight and Obesity”, the result of a study of some 7,400 men in five countries. Having compared various height-weight formulae, Keys decided that Quetelet’s kg/m2 to be the most accurate and so Quetelet’s Index became the Body Mass Index.

Because it was a simple formula, it allowed researchers – especially those in the insurance and obesity industries – to go back through back data and define what they perceived to be past levels of obesity. There are many obvious reasons why the BMI as currently based on Quetelet’s formula should not be the magic measuring stick for defining obesity.

For instance, it doesn’t take into account relative proportions of fat, muscle and bone in a person’s body. Bone is denser (and therefore heavier) than muscle, and about twice as dense as fat. People who go to the gym and work out a lot build strong, dense bones, lean muscle and have low fat – and yet they are frequently classified as overweight or obese! This shows that someone who is health conscious and very fit can score just as high on the BMI scale as someone who is genuinely obese because of wrong eating, lack of exercise or serious health issues.

There is no such thing as “an average man” any more than there is “an average family” with 2.4 children. Gender, age, ethnicity and body frame size can all influence the BMI figure – and yet these are rarely taken into account.

Over the years the classifications have changed too – the figure at which someone is now labelled “obese” seems to get progressively lower. There are many websites offering “find your BMI” charts. You can see for yourself how just that one more gram pushes you from overweight to obese; how just a couple of centimetres makes a big difference.

I am a good example of how it doesn’t work. I fall easily into the Obese bucket on the BMI and yet recent blood tests at my local health centre gave me a completely clean bill of health: liver and kidney both working perfectly; cholesterol and blood sugars fine, and blood pressure absolutely fine, thank you very much. I’m not saying that I’m totally saintly – I should eat smaller portions – but I am a big lady, with big bones and broad shoulders (and broad hips to match, dammit!). I had a sister who was 6 ft 3 ins and in my prime I was 5 ft 9 ins (I’m down to 5 ft 7 1/2 ins now, I’m told!). Totally different to someone of the same height but thin as a beanpole – and different again to someone from a different ethnic group, or 20 years younger . . .

There is no denying that obesity is a growing problem in the UK. But if the best measurement we can come up with is a 200-year-old formula devised by a mathematician for social science studies, then (in my humble opinion) we need to address that too.

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There’s something ironic about having “feedback” on a workshop that’s all about food and eating and weight, isn’t there?

But nothing ironic about what the ladies on the “What’s Weighing You Down?” workshop at Claridge House shared (yes, sadly no men this time round). Stories emerged of less-than-happy childhoods with harsh parents and punishments, lack of love and nurturing, and a sense that they were “in the way” or “not good enough” or even “not wanted”.

Digressing slightly, that reminds me of an incident when I was in a local supermarket a few weeks ago. A young boy – maybe 6 or 7 – was trying to find a particular newspaper or magazine. The display was not good, and inevitably, some other papers slid around, out of place. Instead of just putting them back, this poor young boy started telling himself off:  “you never do things right, you. You’re always breaking things. Why don’t you take more care?”
My heart went out to him. If that is what has been drummed into him already – as it obviously had been – what sort of life is he being set up for, bless him?

Back to weightier issues …. we talked about the many and varied reasons why we hold onto excess weight – anything from childhood abuse (yes, I would call verbal tongue lashings and lack of emotional nurturing “abuse” as much as physical beatings) to relationship problems, even silent mourning for the loss of an interrupted pregnancy or the loss of a new-born baby.

These reasons can often be traced back to past lives, and I shared examples of clients I have worked with over the years who were amazed when they discovered they had had a past life at all, let alone one in which they starved to death or were always having to beg for food.

We also talked about spirit passengers, literally little lost souls who can sometimes “hitch a ride”. I explained what that was all about – nothing spooky or witchy, just totally natural – and gave a very recent example of a young lady I worked with. I found a spirit passenger with her and removed it. The session was on a Saturday and early the following week she sent me a text message to say she had lost her craving for cakes and biscuits and chocolate! You can hear her telling her story on a recorded testimonial here on the site.

Then we talked about the brain in the gut. Officially called the Enteric Nervous System, I call it Eric for short – although it’s anything but short, it’s about nine metres long, actually! Eric exerts enormous influence on our overall health and wellbeing. Once the links are made, the dots are joined, it’s easy to see why we have a gut reaction, or butterflies in our stomach, or feel gutted . . .  We learned about Ghrelin the Gremlin that makes you feel hungry and PYY the “I’m full” messenger.

And then we talked about bariatric surgery, complete with diagrams showing gastric by-pass and a gastric band – good job we had had our coffee break by then! Did you know the official rate of people dying after a surgical gastric band operation is 1 in 200, and for a gastric by-pass it’s 1 in 100? Not to mention the huge amount of excess flabby skin that accumulates after a by-pass operation because the weight loss is so fast – that often entails another serious operation too.

And you see – however successful these bariatric operations seem to be – if the emotional root causes have not been tackled, then the patient is still going to be suffering . . .

I honestly believe that the process I follow – discover the root causes, resolve the issues and (if necessary) fit a hypnotic gastric band – is by far the best, and my clients seem more than happy to agree!

Workshop: “What’s Weighing You Down?” Tuesday 3rd June, Lingfield

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The three main topics in this half-day workshop are:

***    The emotional reasons why we hold on to excess weight – this will cover “spare tyres” serving as protection from abuse and bullying; avoiding hurtful relationships and so on as well as the impact of past lives and spirit “passengers”.

***  The Brain in the Gut – learn more about the Enteric Nervous System (I call it Eric for short!) and how it affects your emotional and physical health and wellbeing.

***  Bariatric Surgery and Hypnotic Gastric Banding. One in 200 people die following surgical gastric banding, and for surgical gastric bypass the odds are 1 in 100. Hypnotic Gastric Banding is safe, non-invasive – and very cost effective too.

Everyone is welcome – just give me a call on 07597 020 512 to let me know you’re coming.




I deal primarily with clients who have serious weight issues. Some are seriously obese, some have been refused bariatric surgery – and they all have problems with food.

One of the challenges for clients who have worked with me is the way their eating habits change. They don’t want so much food, they lose their cravings for “bad” foods and they have a renewed sense of their own worth and who they really are.

Listen to these clips of clients who have gone through this process and experienced these life changes for themselves.

“Trish” loses her craving for chocolate

“Trish” on portion size

“Trish” changes her eating habits


I am currently compiling some testimonials from clients who have been to see me for issues ranging from constant, nagging pain to obesity. Listening to these people and reading their emails makes me smile. Not only because I am delighted that I have helped them, but because of some of the phrases they use.

One lady who came to see me because she had been suffering for years with debilitating back pain, wrote:”I have used the relaxation disc you gave me most days and I have gained great benefit from it. ”
This is from a lady who had never experienced hypnotherapy before and was quite skeptical of the whole process but who, after the first session, said she was very relaxed and yes, the pain decreased with each session, allowing her to enjoy walking for several hours around a large shopping centre without having to take a pain killer or sit down for a rest.

Another young lady, who came to see me in order to have a hypnotic gastric band fitted, giggled with delight after each session. “That was weird, really weird,” she would say – “but it works!” In her first session, a spirit “passenger” was released – and immediately after that, the client lost her cravings for cakes and biscuits. In the second session we explored a past life in which she had died hungry. Following that, her obsession with food faded, and she began having healthy, salad lunches. And when the hypnotic gastric band had been fitted, she immediately began to lose weight at a steady, healthy rate.

With another lady, who came to see me initially because she was seriously overweight, we did a lot of work on “peeling the emotional onion” and re-discovering her true self, building up her inner strength. We uncovered and resolved a number of deep-seated emotional issues which lightened her load enormously. Her comment was, “I’ve had counselling in the past, Jude, but it was nothing like the work you do!” She went on, “the counselling I’ve had before seemed to go round in circles – with you, we’ve sorted out the problem and I feel so much better!”

Now that’s what I like to hear!

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