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Weight Loss: An Integrative Medicine Approach
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Lyla Blake-Gumbs, MD

  • Wellness Institute
  • Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Cleveland Clinic

Kellie N. Kirksey, PhD

  • Center for Intregrative Medicine
  • Cleveland Clinic

Controlling your weight can be a struggle in today’s society. Managing your hunger while trying to keep off or loose the pounds is especially difficult on restrictive diets that can lead to binge eating from fear of deprivation. Integrative Medicine approaches weight loss differently by using holistic psychotherapy techniques such as hypnotherapy, mindfulness, relaxation and yoga. These techniques empower you to manage both your hunger and your weight by addressing body, mind and spirit. This can help you to adopt a brand new relationship with food.

Through use of mindfulness, relaxation, and yoga techniques you can reduce stress eating, abandon yo-yo dieting and overcome food addictions. These techniques will also allow you to change the inner programming that can make sustained weight loss a challenge. This approach can help you re-regulate your metabolism to burn “hotter,” releasing unnecessary weight.

Additionally, these techniques can also help you identify and release feelings that promote cravings and unhealthy eating behaviors. You will learn to identify what you are truly hungry for, and to work on attracting that into your life.

Hypnotherapy is used to help you shrink your stomach to its normal size. This will help you feel satisfied with smaller portions. Hypnosis also helps eliminate the desire for foods that poison your body. Hypnotherapy is also used to pair any triggers for binge-eating behavior with unpleasant associations in your subconscious.

About the Center for Integrative Medicine
At the Center for Integrative Medicine, our holistic psychotherapy clinicians specialize in the treatment of physical illness and disease, emotional issues, family dynamics, stage of life issues, work-related issues, sexual abuse, trauma, addiction (substances, food and unwanted behaviors), and stress and anxiety. It does not take the place of traditional medicine, but does work in conjunction with it to help the healing process. Holistic psychotherapy primarily looks at specific areas of the body from an emotional, spiritual and energetic perspective and is designed to help heal the origin of the disease.

About the Speakers
Dr. Lyla Blake-Gumbs is an integrative medicine specialist with an interest in energy balance and chronic illness. She is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine. A graduate of Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, she went to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas to train in Family Medicine.

Dr. Blake-Gumbs came to CWRU (Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio) as a training fellow in the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. She then earned a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics there. Dr. Blake-Gumbs did medical missionary work in the Amazon basin in Brazil. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Kellie N. Kirksey, PhD is a certified Heart Centered Hypnotherapist and a Licensed Clinical counselor with more than 25 years of experience counseling and teaching both nationally and internationally. A long-time advocate of healing through creative avenues, she is a Holistic Psychotherapist with the Center for Integrative Medicine, as well as the Director of The Live Happily Foundation.

To make an appointment with Dr. Blake-Gumbs or any of the other specialists in our TRIM-LIFE program at Cleveland Clinic, please call 216.448.8611. To make an appointment with any of our specialists in the Center for Integrative Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, please call 216.986.HEAL (4325). You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/integrativemedicine

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