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Seven Minutes to Natural Pain Release: WHEE for Tapping Your Pain Away Pain
by Daniel J Benor   

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Publisher:  Wholistic Healing Publications ISBN-10:  098197290X
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Copyright:  2008 ISBN-13:  9780981972909

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This amazing book will transform your life! Daniel Benor, MD, shows you easy, quick, yet potent and deep methods to relieve physical and psychological pains of all sorts, and to replace them with positive feelings, thoughts and awarenesses.

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WHEE for Pain Relief

Daniel J. Benor, MD, has done what no other therapist has done before. In this remarkable book he explains how we develop our pains, how they serve us in many ways, and how we can choose to let them go or keep them. Though pain affects millions of people daily, until now it has been one of the most mysterious and hard to- treat conditions. Pain often defies the most advanced treatments in modern medicine. WHEE promotes painless healing on all levels of a person’s being. It’s hard to believe so much relief is possible so quickly, even when pains have endured for years; yet WHEE produces amazingly rapid shifts routinely. Dr. Benor’s money back guarantee has been claimed only once in seven years.

Dr. Benor, a pioneer in Energy Psychology, is greatly respected as the developer of WHEE, which is the fastest method of self-healing. In this warm yet authoritative book, he gently yet thoroughly guides the reader through a process of self-discovery. Readers find the simple self-treatments of WHEE shift their blocks to releasing pain. For anyone with pains of any sort, 7 Minutes to Natural Pain Release is a godsend. More importantly, the personal growth that results from emotional healing leaves us with a legacy of happiness that lasts long after the pain has gone.

In this book you will find detailed discussions in easy to read style on how pain is created; how it is maintained and perpetuated by the unconscious mind and higher self; and how it can be released through the wholistic self-healing of WHEE: Whole Health - Easily and Effectively®
AKA Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR and EFT

WHEE is a potent self-treatment for pain, yet simple to use and easily learned. Within minutes it can reduce physical and psychological pains, even when these have been present for decades.

WHEE is also helpful with stress and distress that often contribute to pains and make them more painful and less tolerable. These, too, can be released within minutes.

WHEE addresses spirit, relationships (with other people and the rest of the world), mind, emotions and body (as matter and energy).


Excerpt

If you think you cannot do something that you can, the belief itself prevents you from accomplishing the task, either because you never try it in the first place or because you have blocked yourself by your beliefs.
—Deena Zalkind Spear

Welcome to the WHEE method for potent, quick, and easy pain relief. In opening this page in your life, you are entering a doorway to deep transformation on all levels of your being.

This book will be an enormous help to you if you feel that you are up against a wall of pain, frustrations with medications and other treatments, and the anxieties, annoyance, anger, and depression that often accompany pain. It will also help you with any other issues in your life that you would like to feel better about. You are joining the many people who have used WHEE with astounding, rapid relief of physical and psychological pains—even those that have been present for a long time.

WHEE gives you the skills to transmute pain and suffering on any and all levels of your being. The more you explore the uses of WHEE, the more you will grow to be the person you want to be, and to leave behind whatever you wish to release.

If you are a therapist who uses other Energy Psychology techniques or EMDR, you will also find this book helpful because you can easily shift to using WHEE or might choose to adapt many of the approaches I have learned from using WHEE to complement your own methods.

If you are a caregiver new to these innovative methods of helping people to heal themselves, you will find it pleasantly easy to learn this potent, rapidly effective method for self-healing. You will likewise find it satisfying to be able to help people in your practice to learn and use WHEE.

WHEE is elegantly simple. People who are successful in shifting issues that have plagued them for years will often say, “I still can’t believe I’m free of that problem. I don’t understand how a method that is so simple could achieve complete pain relief when nothing else was able to help me over the long, long time I’ve suffered with this issue!”

At a conference in Zurich on healing, a woman volunteered to demonstrate to the audience how WHEE worked for pains in both shoulders that had limited her severely in raising her arms for two years. Within minutes, she was free of these pains and a bit incredulous about this. Asked what she would like to do, now that she could move her arms, she said, “I’d like to give you a big hug! And then a hug for my husband, who is sitting over there.”

WHEE is so effective because it helps beyond the direct release of pains. WHEE quickly identifies any blocks or resistances to releasing pains. These blocks are meta-rules we develop out of anxieties and fears about releasing hurts that lie buried in our unconscious mind. These beliefs persist, telling us that we still cannot handle or tolerate the feelings we buried at the time we experienced them. WHEE helps to dismantle these beliefs so that they no longer block the release of the buried hurts. Much more on this in Chapter 3.

We all know the experience of pain. It hurts! We don’t like it and will do just about anything to avoid having it.

Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge we make promises only; to pain we obey.
—Marcel Proust

You might be surprised to know that pain is actually an extremely complicated subject. Numerous factors can initiate, perpetuate, worsen, or lessen your perceptions of and responses to your pain. These range from your genetic and cultural inheritance through many types of physical and psychological factors. These are discussed in Chapter 1. Spiritual ways of filtering and dealing with the experience of pain are discussed in Chapter 6.

Your body and mind are intimately linked with each other. You may find the same pain to be a very different experience, depending upon your perceptions of it in various contexts. You may have noticed that if you stub your toe on the foot of your bed in the morning it may not hurt as much as if you stub your toe on the exact same place at night. When you are fresh and energetic, looking toward a new day of activities, the pain in your stubbed toe sits within different frames of reference than when you are tired and ready for sleep.

Not only is the physical perception of pain a variable factor, but your psychological relationships with your pain can change its intensity and your interactions with it. Chapter 2 explores varieties of psychological factors that may influence your pain.

Pain is often a message from our inner self, spoken through the symptoms of our body. Physical and emotional pains, along with other experiences of adversity, are sometimes signals chosen by our inner wisdom to pause and reconsider what we are doing or not doing with our lives. Many have told me that as much as they would not have chosen to have their pains, the experiences of dealing with the pains have actually helped them in many ways. They have reassessed their priorities, goals, work commitments, relationships, and leisure pleasures, treating themselves more gently and generously than ever before. Many have also found themselves calling upon and connecting with a higher power in their lives, finding that this not only helps with the pains, but is deeply satisfying and enriching—beyond anything they had ever anticipated or experienced before. Chapter 6 shares some possibilities of ways that you can invite more of this deeply satisfying personal spirituality into your life.

“Sally” came to me recently for help with her right thumb, which she had injured in a snowmobile accident a month earlier. There was no fracture and the pain continued to be excruciating when she was writing.
Dialoguing with her pain, she came to realize it was telling her to listen more to her intuition. The accident had occurred after she followed her husband across a lake, despite her inner feeling that this was unsafe.

Sally had already started listening to this message, though this was not a conscious awareness. Shortly after the snowmobile accident, her husband was driving with her as passenger. He wanted to pass a truck, and Sally (uncharacteristically for her) strongly urged him to hold back. He heeded her suggestion and they avoided what would have certainly been a serious head-on collision.

Sally’s pain was significantly reduced from this dialogue. (More on this in Chapter 4.)

People often ask me, “But how can something so simple work so deeply and quickly and thoroughly, even clearing pains that have been present for many years?” Theories to explain WHEE are considered in Chapter 7.

I developed WHEE as a system for dealing with pains and stresses of all kinds, including tension headaches, migraines, backaches, pains after injuries and surgery, arthritis, stomachaches, irritable bowel syndromes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, cancer, and more. Chapter 4 details how you can use WHEE for rapid, deep, and often permanent relief of pain. If you have chronic pains, however, I caution you to read Chapter 1 before jumping in to use WHEE.

Pain may be a signal from the body that we are “uptight” over a stressful situation and are in distress. We may be unaware of what it is that is stressing us, and this is the way our unconscious mind chooses to grab our attention to seek out and deal with our distress. Chronic pain may take on a life of its own, leading us to behave in ways that actually perpetuate or even increase the pain and make it difficult to release. It is important to consider such possibilities carefully before working on removing the pain. Chapter 5 considers these and many other issues around the treatment of pains—acute and chronic.

Grateful people who use WHEE report that in addition to helping with pain, it also has helped them with emotional pains; anxieties; fears; phobias; post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSDs); angers; insomnia; reducing side effects and the need for medications; dealing with cravings —for sweets, food, drugs, thrills; motion sickness and morning sickness of pregnancy; allergies; and weight loss. Relationships, social issues, performance anxieties, low self-confidence, and low self- esteem have all responded to WHEE, as well as family members’ anxieties and distress.

I, myself, am as grateful as anyone else for the benefits of WHEE. This method has helped me deal with various stresses, including the stress of working in medical systems that severely limited my scope for helping people. It has helped me with my own headaches, post-injury and post-surgery pains, and pains that arose from my unconscious mind as messages to explore deeper, unconscious issues.

WHEE was born from my frustrations as a psychiatrist. I have always been passionate about doing psychotherapy. I studied psychology as an undergraduate, then endured the challenges of medical school, with a year’s break for a National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) research fellowship in psychiatry and for regrouping my battered energies. I trained as a psychiatrist from 1967–1973, when psychiatry was mostly psychotherapy (with two intervening years in the Air Force during the Vietnam War). Since then, managed care has squeezed psychiatrists towards medication management and away from psychotherapy.

While I resisted prescribing medications exclusively, it is pretty difficult to do much psychotherapy in a 15-30 minute medication visit once a month—the amount of time allowed in the US under managed care. I constantly sought to develop ways of providing psychotherapy along with the medications, but was unable within my limited timeframe to use the psychodynamic approaches I was taught as a psychiatric resident. These were fine when I had had 50 minutes once or twice a week, but impossible to use in the much more limited timeframes I was allowed under managed care.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was a blessing to me as well as to my clients.1 This very simple technique involves alternating right and left stimulation of the body, back and forth, while focusing on feelings (often attached to an experience or issue) that one would like to change. Doing EMDR repeatedly can reduce and eliminate negative feelings fairly quickly if they are associated with a single traumatic experience. EMDR will also help with traumas such as chronic abuse, but this may take weeks, months, or years, depending on the severity of the traumatic experiences. Once the negative feelings are released, a positive statement is installed, using a similar process, to replace the negatives that have been released.

I was able to use EMDR with clients who had anxieties, phobias, and even with PTSDs. I also used EMDR to de-stress myself.

It is recommended that EMDR should be done only in the therapist’s presence. This is to prevent being overwhelmed by intense emotional releases that can occur during treatment. This was a severe limit on the benefits I could offer my clients with EMDR.

I then learned to use the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) developed by Gary Craig2 and other Meridian Based Therapies (MBTs). In EFT and related therapies one taps or presses a finger at a series of acupressure points on the face, chest, and hand, while reciting an affirmation. Similar to EMDR in its effects, the negative feelings are released as one repeats this process. Classical EFT does not install positives to replace the negatives that have been released. Because it does not evoke intense emotional releases, EFT can be used as self-healing outside the therapist’s office.

EFT was very helpful to those who used it. However, many complained that they could not remember the long series of acupressure points they needed to use in EFT. This was all the more problematic if they were upset, because when they were anxious and flustered they had even more difficulties recalling the procedure.

The Basics of WHEE
In an introductory workshop by Asha Nahoma Clinton on Matrix Therapy, she observed that alternating tapping the eyebrows on either 2side of the bridge of the nose while reciting the affirmation works just as well as the entire series of EFT points. I realized immediately that this is the same as the right-left body stimulation of EMDR. Ever conscious of my time limitations, I immediately started exploring this hybrid approach, which combines aspects of EMDR and EFT. I now call this the Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR and EFT, or WHEE. A more user-friendly name is Whole Health—Easily and Effectively.

EMDR suggests the use of a “butterfly hug” as one of its self-treatment interventions, particularly for children. To do this, one’s arms are crossed so that the hands rest on the biceps muscles, tapping alternately on each arm. I often have children and parents use the butterfly hug with the affirmation instead of tapping at the eyebrows. Many find the self-hug comforting, in addition to being highly effective in combination with the affirmation.

Affirmations are another important feature of WHEE. Here is a generic one, adapted from EFT:
“Even though I have this [pain/anxiety/stress/other symptom], I wholly and completely love and accept myself [or use whatever strong positive statement suits you best at the time you need it].”

Prior to and following each use of WHEE, it is helpful to assess the strength of the negative feeling you want to address. The most commonly used assessment is the Subjective Units of Distress Scale (SUDS), in which the feeling is located along a scale from zero (not bothering you at all) to 10 (the worst it could possibly feel).

After tapping for a few minutes, check the SUDS again. It will usually go down. Repeat the assessing and tapping until it is zero.

Once the SUDS level is down to zero, it is helpful to install a replacement positive statement to take the place of the negative issue that has been released. For instance, if you have released an anxiety over your next doctor’s visit, you might start tapping and say something like: “I can have my examination, any tests, and treatment and feel comfortable and good about it, and I love and accept myself, wholly and completely.” Prior to starting to install the replacement positive, and after each round of WHEE to strengthen it, you will find it helpful to check how strongly you believe the replacement positive statement to be true, where zero is “not at all” and 10 is “it couldn’t be stronger or firmer.” This is the Subjective Units of Success Scale (SUSS).

I find the combination of EMDR and EFT more potent and effec- tive than either alone. Chapter 3 will introduce you to WHEE in much more detail, and will explain further about its many user-friendly benefits.
• WHEE has been hugely successful and enthusiastically accepted for several reasons:
• WHEE is elegantly simple and easy to learn.
• WHEE takes a fraction of the time that EFT and other MBTs require.
• WHEE can be taught in groups of any size in person, and in groups of up to ten on a telephone conference call. In the group setting participants can maintain privacy around sensitive issues they are working on, disclosing only the intensity of the feelings around issues they are addressing.
• WHEE allows for great flexibility in working on target problems within the session because it is so rapid. If a person has difficulties in lightening their pains and other problems, there is plenty of time in a session to explore alternative target symptoms or alternative methods of addressing these.
• WHEE is better accepted and the compliance outside the therapy room is much higher because of its rapid action and simplicity.
• WHEE is marvelously successful and rapidly effective for pains of all sorts, including tension headaches, migraines, stomach- aches, irritable bowel syndromes, backaches, pains after injuries and surgery, arthritis, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and more.
• WHEE is excellent for allergies, though it may take several days to be effective for these.
• WHEE is tremendously empowering, as it is so simple and so rapidly effective in self-healing. People are very pleased to be able to help themselves, not having to rely as much on medications or interventions of a therapist, although the guidance of a therapist may facilitate the self-healing uses of WHEE.
• WHEE is a wholistic healing method that helps on every level of our being: body, emotions, mind, relationships (with other people and with the environment), and spirit.

Many more details for using WHEE will be discussed in Chapter 3, and further explanations for the success of WHEE are detailed in Chapter 7.

I suggest that you explore for yourself how the various elements of WHEE work for you.

WHEE is so simple that you can follow the descriptions in this book and discover and enjoy its benefits immediately. You can know in your innermost being whether what I suggest is true and helpful for you, as it has been for countless others who have explored and benefited from WHEE.

My personal experience in six years of using WHEE has been that there is virtually no issue of feelings or thoughts that will fail to respond to the WHEE protocols. This is not a magic wand. It is, rather, like a vacuum cleaner that allows you to clear out old, dusty emotional and cognitive junk from the inner filing cabinets and closets where you stored them at times when you didn’t want to deal with them or felt they were more than you could handle. At times, this old junk may resist your removing it. With practice, you will learn to understand your resistances and will then be able to address them through some variation of WHEE practices. This is not to claim that WHEE is a cure-all, but that it can at least ease nearly every issue and can completely alleviate the discomforts of many.

Numerous case examples are presented to illustrate various aspects of the WHEE process. Names and details have been altered to protect the anonymity of those described.

To illustrate how WHEE has helped me personally, I will share a series of clearings of my own residues of issues from my relationship with my mother. This illustrates a variety of WHEE applications for the same problem, and clarifies how a deep issue can be peeled, one layer of the onion at a time, as aspects of that issue rise to the surface of awareness.

No one shoe fits all, and no single approach is suitable or effective for addressing every type and variety of pain. However, in five years of offering a money-back guarantee in workshops in many countries around the world, I have only had one person claim a refund on the basis of having experienced no benefits whatsoever.


WHEE is adaptable to your specific needs and preferences. It is a scaffold that you can construct from the elements in this book to support and enhance your personal way of being. Choose those suggestions that feel right and which you find are helpful in reducing or eliminating your pain. Be aware, however, that an element that doesn’t suit you today may be just right next week or next year.

WHEE will help you convert worries that feel unmanageable and burdensome into concerns that you can address appropriately.

One further clarification about WHEE here: WHEE is not going to help you forget anything negative that you have experienced. WHEE helps to release negative feelings and beliefs about what you have experienced. While the memories may remain, they will no longer have a negative charge to them when you replay old tapes of experiences and bring them up on the screen of your awareness. Many people do find that the intensity of the memory fades as the negative emotions and beliefs connected with the memories are reduced or eliminated. When this happens, some report that it is then difficult to bring the memories up on the screen of their mind. They commonly report, “It’s like the colors and sounds have faded and it’s hard to see or hear them any more.”

You may find yourself drawn to skip around in this book to whichever chapters interest you most. This is fully in line with the spirit of WHEE, which encourages each person to adapt the WHEE methods to their own individual situations and needs.

Many of the observations about WHEE presented in this book are equally applicable to other Energy Psychology therapies. The fact that WHEE is such a rapidly effective intervention has made it easier to sort out the various elements that produce changes in this form of self- healing treatment.

There are further helpful references at the end of this book, as well as a glossary to help you with unfamiliar terms. If you are interested in further reading, you may wish to explore the WHEE workbook after reading "Seven Minutes to Natural Pain Release," (both are available on my website). I also offer personal phone/skype consultations and experiential phone and in-person workshops to teach WHEE.




Professional Reviews

Seven Minutes to Natural Pain Release: WHEE for Tapping Your Pain Away - The Revolutionary New Self-Healing Method, by Daniel J. Benor, MD
Reviewed by Eric Leskowitz, MD, Advances, Fall 2008, Vol. 23, No. 3, p. 26-27.

This book review starts with the disclosure that I am not an unbiased reviewer, having known Daniel Benor, MD, personally and professionally for many years. But that’s not why this review is so positive. Dr. Benor has written a very important book. I have long admired his scholarly work in assembling an encyclopedic, 4-volume collection of research on energy healing, psychic phenomena, and other such boundary-stretching topics. But I did not fully realize until reviewing this book that, in addition to being a noted researcher, editor, and teacher, he is also a gifted clinician. Seven Minutes to Natural Pain Release is an important synthesis of his clinical work and his research endeavors, focusing on the notoriously challenging syndrome of chronic pain.

Mind-body medicine practitioners have long known that chronic pain is the archetypal disease for illustrating the connection between mind and body. Chronic pain clinics have been the breeding grounds for many of the most important breakthroughs in the field of mind-body medicine and have featured the use of multidisciplinary teams, with the focus on self-management and empowerment rather than clinician dominance. They also led to early acceptance of now-established techniques like meditation, hypnosis, and biofeedback. However, an important ingredient has been missing from many of these approached to chronic pain, and Dr. Benor’s book helps provide the key – explaining the emerging field of energy psychology (EP).

In traditional Chinese medicine, life energy (or qi) is understood as the link between mind and body. In Dr. Benor’s expanded model of energy psychology, this vital force becomes the bridge between thoughts, emotions, body, and spirit. He’s developed a simple technique that works on all these levels, and this book is a primer for its use. His technique is called WHEE, the acronym used to describe the Wholistic Hybrid of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). The latter 2 are the 2 best known energy psychology techniques. WHEE is a distillation of Dr Benor’s 40+ years of experience in holistic medicine. His book provides an easy-to-understand outline of what too often is presented as an esoteric topic, and the book is further sharpened by his focus on pain management as the single clinical issue of concern.

Dr. Benor offers several dozen vivid clinical vignettes to illustrate key points, and, as the story unfolds, the picture he paints becomes all the more compelling. Furthermore, his willingness to describe how he has used these techniques to facilitate his own inner growth is inspiring and clearly illustrates the importance of putting into practice the somewhat clichéd notion of healing the healer. Best of all, the techniques are presented in such a way that the reader is drawn into self-experimentation, the most powerful way to experience the unusual impact of deceptively simple energy therapies like WHEE.

The array of topics covered in this book is large, ranging from more traditional (and popular) psychological approaches like inner-child work and transactional analysis to the science of psychoneuroimmunology and the research basis of EP. The section on how to implement WHEE is particularly thorough and highlights the pitfalls most likely to be encountered by the beginning practitioner. Dr Benor utilizes the notion of pain as feedback from the unconscious mind to show how we can learn from pain and trigger our personal growth. He even makes bridges to such potentially controversial topics as past-life memories, group consciousness, and surrogate healing with a form of open enquiry that unfolds naturally and effectively. I particularly appreciated his chapter on using EP to connect with one’s own personal spirituality, a section that included such provocative topics as “Death Has a Bad Reputation,” “The Pain Body,” “Love and Compassion,” and “Forgiveness.”

I do have a few caveats. The book is quite text-heavy and would have benefited from more diagrams and illustrations of various modifications of the techniques and the different ways they can be implemented, as well as depictions of the energy mechanisms that are thought to be involved in their action. Perhaps an MRI image or 2 could have been included to illustrate the known impact of energy psychology techniques on brain function.

Clinically, there could have been a clearer breakdown of patients according to their specific diagnostic category. His vignette subjects were typically described as having general conditions like fibromyalgia or chronic pain of a certain limb. More specific diagnostic labeling would have been useful, especially since different pain syndromes-such as myofascial pain, complex regional pain disorder, and phantom pain-seem to be associated with specific types of energy blockages.

Last, I found the book’s cover design a bit distracting in its use of 6 different fonts for the title alone, but obviously this is only a trivial quibble about a very important book.

I’ll finish this review with 2 final comments: first, I now teach WHEE to all my patients in the pain management program where I work; second, I wish that I had written this book!

Dr. Eric Leskowitz, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with the Pain Management Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. He has an appointment with the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School and directs the hospital’s Integrative Medicine Project.





Seven Minutes to Natural Pain Release: WHEE For Tapping Your Pain Away, by Daniel J. Benor, MD
Review on www.myshelf.com, February, 2009.

Pain is ever-present in millions of individuals’ lives. For many, it is a constant companion, preventing them from experiencing a fulfilling life. Hope and healing come in the form of Daniel J. Benor's Seven Minutes to Natural Pain Release: WHEE For Tapping Your Pain Away, where he introduces his healing energy touch method known as WHEE. The acronym WHEE stands for Whole Health Easily and Effectively. In his book, Dr. Benor shows how WHEE can eliminate any type of pain in as little as seven minutes.

This book is composed of seven chapters. Each one is easy to understand and apply. The one that really made the book a "must have" was Chapter 4, which discussed dealing with acute pain and adapting to chronic pain. I felt this one chapter captured the true beauty radiating from this book's message. It allowed me to fully appreciate all that WHEE was able to accomplish.

I have a background in healing touch and I was very excited to learn about Dr. Benor's WHEE technique. I found that it was easy to understand and master. WHEE is known as an energy psychology, for it allows a person to get relief from both physical and psychological pain. It has been very successful in treating conditions such as depression, headaches and fibromyalgia.

My first experience with it was treating a friend of mine with fibromyalgia. She was literally in tears as I finished the session. She stated that she had never felt so good in such a short session. She felt blessed that I was able to discover such a book that could bring much relief to her condition. I was very humbled by this experience. To think that a book and my own hands had the ability to provide relief to someone who was suffering was very amazing. Very highly recommended.


7 Minutes to Natural Pain Release by Daniel J. Benor, M.D.
Reviewed by Kam Aures for RebeccasReads (12/08)

“Seven Minutes to Natural Pain Release” by Daniel J. Benor, M.D., details the self-healing method of WHEE. The author himself developed this method combining, elements from both EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Dr. Benor calls his method “the Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR and EFT, or WHEE. A more user-friendly name is Whole Health – Easily and Effectively.” (p.17) By combining the two methods, Benor has developed an approach that is simple, effective, and takes little time.

“Seven Minutes to Natural Pain Release” begins with an introduction on the basic aspects of the WHEE approach. Then, Dr. Benor presents information allowing us to better understand pain, and addresses the psychological factors involved in pain. After establishing this basic foundation, he goes on to elaborate on the WHEE method in detail, including a section on theories to explain why WHEE is effective.

I don’t want to go into detail as to what the WHEE method actually entails as I don’t want to take away from the premise of the book. I will, however, say that the approach is extremely simple and pretty much anyone would be able to perform it. It is also safe and you can do it on yourself at home. Pain relief doesn’t get much better than that!

The case studies for the effectiveness of the method are truly remarkable. For instance, “In a WHEE workshop in Mexico, a woman asked for help with her arthritis. Her hands were so affected that she had not been able to bend any of her fingers for many months. We did an experiment, having her focus the WHEE on her right index finger. Within minutes, she was able to bend that finger but not any of the others.” (p.27)

One of my grandmothers has arthritis and I think that by using the techniques in this book she may find some relief. One of the most intriguing aspects of the WHEE approach to me is that the time involved in the process is so minimal. As you can see from the story about the woman in Mexico, the results are almost instantaneous.



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