"Picture all that extra fat, the 30 pounds, just falling away, like some gray blob, floating off into space..."

daniel nester finger in noseThe latest in St. Rose professor Daniel Nester's series of trial experiences: hypnotism for weight loss. From the recent piece on Salon:

He is not a doctor. He does not dangle a pocket watch in front of me. He is what is known in the trade as a "lay hypnotist." I found -- let's call him Gary -- by Googling "hypnotism" and my hometown, "Albany, NY." His business card bears a sentiment along the lines of "hypnotism really works." The letters after his name are "CH," for "certified hypnotist." According to Dwight F. Damon, president of the National Guild of Hypnotists, there are somewhere between 8,000 and 9,000 dues-paying certified hypnotists in his organization in the United States, and 12,000 worldwide in 72 countries. Hypnotism is routinely covered by HMOs; for my stand-alone hypnotism treatment, however, I pay $160 out-of-pocket for an initial visit, or a package of $295 for a three-session course of treatment.

Does it work? Well, he reports it probably has a better chance than the "man corsets" that made him feel like "a flatulent sausage."

photo: Joe Putrock

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