Ian Cleary

Thought Suppression – Don’t think about it

“Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.” Dostoevsky 1863   While you are not thinking of polar bears, whatever you do now don’t think of dancing jellybeans. And definitely don’t think that embarrassing thought […]

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Take Back Control – Podcast

TAKE BACK CONTROL – Lightning Process Podcast I recently did an Interview with Bev for the Living Fabulously Website about my work & the concept of taking back control of your health & life. LISTEN HERE

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The perception of threat

May 18, 2016IanDepression, anxiety and other conditions, The Stress ResponseComments Off on The perception of threat

We give our brain far too much credit for being ‘smart’. Its real focus is PROTECTION. Good health requires the brain to have an accurate perception of what’s going on outside the skull (in the body and around the body). The accurate perception of threat is critical  and it is often way off. If you […]

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Norwegian Medical Journal – Lightning Process – ME/CFS

March 21, 2016IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, In the News & Research, Lightning Process, The Stress ResponseComments Off on Norwegian Medical Journal – Lightning Process – ME/CFS

The Lightning Process has been available in Norway for many years now and was recently written about in the Norwegian Medical Journal. (English version) http://tidsskriftet.no/article/3463468/en_GB Chronic fatigue syndrome and experience with the Lightning Process – Norwegian Medical Journal

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Stress? Coping well vs just not doing it. You CHOOSE.

You may know the boiled frog experiment. Put a frog in a pot of warm water and it will detect the warmth and jump out. But the bizarre thing is if you put it in a pot of water at room temperature then heat it slowly, the frog can’t detect ANY change and will stay there […]

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CFS and getting sick

August 18, 2015IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, The Stress ResponseComments Off on CFS and getting sick

“Personal sickness behaviours can be a trigger for years of ME/CFS. So it makes sense to address these as part of one’s recovery plan. Why get well only to get sick again?” We all have unique sickness behaviours – habitual ways we respond to being sick – physically, emotionally and behaviourally. There is a spectrum […]

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Cancer Fatigue

July 31, 2015IanChronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, Success Stories, The Stress ResponseComments Off on Cancer Fatigue

I don’t work with cancer but fatigue is a major medical issue for those going through cancer treatment. This video from Dr Mike Evans is a nice over view of both cancer fatigue and some practical solutions to address it.  

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Trauma and the brain

Why do we remember anything? We clearly don’t remember everything. So why bother remembering anything at all? It’s pretty clear life would be difficult and potentially dangerous without memories. Memories play an important role in keeping us safe. We learn from a bad experience so we don’t make the mistake again. So while many of […]

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Look at that Hamster go (nowhere)

June 12, 2015IanDepression, anxiety and other conditions, Lightning Process, The Stress ResponseComments Off on Look at that Hamster go (nowhere)

Seeing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a dysfunctional Autonomic Nervous System allows people to look at the role stress hormones may play in onset and maintenance of the condition. This opens up many potential factors which therefore requires the Lightning Process to be a broad and personalised approach. People who take on the training need to be […]

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The day I broke my back

June 4, 2015IanChronic Pain/ Fibromyalgia, Neuroplasticity, The Stress ResponseComments Off on The day I broke my back

Back pain can be debilitating. I know. I’ve been there. I remember waking up one morning with horrific pain shooting through my back. The sort of explosive pain that stops you breathing and feels like a full body explosion. I lay there for hours until I realised I needed to get help. I slowly rolled […]

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