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Using EFT

Using EFT for Muscular Dystrophy

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

EFT Master Dr. Tam Llewellyn-Edwards of the UK takes us through the successful use of EFT for both emotional and physical issues related to Muscular Dystrophy.

Hugs, Gary

By Dr. Tam Llewellyn-Edwards, EFT Master

In this case the diagnosis was clear – the patient undoubtedly had Muscular Dystrophy (Facioscaulohomeral Muscular Dystrophy to be exact) so I knew what I was dealing with – or did I?  It is never a good idea to accept the diagnosis given by the patient as the problem may often be not the disease but an issue brought up by the disease (eg. Some aspect of living with the disease).

The patient was a man – we shall call him Cecil (not his real name) – in his early 40’s and he had been recently diagnosed by a series of tests, including an EMG (a test for electrical activity in the muscles).  However, he had known the diagnosis for some time as he had seen his father and older brother develop the disease and had been aware of the developing symptoms for a while.

When Cecil arrived at my office he was visibly upset and apologised for the state he was in but did not wish to discuss the cause.  I would have liked to just tap on it, whatever the cause, straight away, but felt that to do so would have lost rapport with my patient so I judged it was appropriate to leave it until later.

I had expected to be working on the physical symptoms or on feelings of guilt or blame for him having the disease (which is inherited genetically in an autosomal dominant pattern).  However, all he wanted to talk about was the poor service he had received when attending his local hospital for diagnosis.  So talk about it we did.  It seemed that the specialist doctor simply told him he had muscular dystrophy – which he already knew – and said that it was untreatable.  The Doctor then handed him a number of leaflets and left. 

Clearly this was a case for EFT.  We did a number of rounds sometimes using the 9-gamut procedure and we covered all aspects of the anger, fear and general feeling of abandonment which stemmed from that diagnosis and the way it was delivered.  We ended up with a use of the Movie Technique covering the whole of Cecil’s interview with the doctor.  By the end of that section of the session we had completely reframed the situation and were laughing about the doctor who probably knew no more about the disease than his patient and was embarrassed by not being able to offer any help or solution.

The patient was happy and the job was done – or was it? 

I remembered the state he was in when he arrived, so that was the time to bring the matter up again.  “What was the problem earlier this evening?”, I asked.  “Oh! It was that petrol station attendant who thought I was an idiot”, he answered smiling.

This form of muscular dystrophy affects the muscles of the face and Cecil was having difficulty pronouncing some words, especially those containing sibilants.  He had used Petrol Pump 6, but had been unable to say the number of the pump when asked and the attendant had treated him as a mentally deficient fool.  This had reminded him of his interview with the doctor.  All the fear, anger and feelings of abandonment had welled up inside him. Our session had cleared the root cause of those feelings and he could now talk openly about it without emotion.  This was an excellent test that the session had really cleared the root problem completely.

However, Cecil still could not say “Six”. So we worked on that.  I used the set up statement “Even though I cannot say ‘Six’ I am quite normal and can fully and completely accept myself anyway”.  I then continued tapping randomly around his points rambling on with such phrases as “I cannot say ‘six’ “ I do not care if I can say ‘six’ or not. I will just do the best I can and say ‘six’

Of course Cecil could not actually say ‘Six”, but got as close to it as he could and we laughed and laughed.  However, as we tapped on his pronunciation of ‘Six’ became clearer and clearer, and he was actually shouting, “Six, six, six ,six”, with me when he suddenly realized he could actually say it clearly.  Other words he had difficulty with were his name – ‘Cecil’ and ‘Christmas’.  Soon I had him shouting, “Cecil will be sixty six at Christmas”.  Not true but clearly annunciated!

It was clear that the nervous tension of ‘knowing’ he would trip over words containing sibilants was making his pronunciation more difficult and EFT was the ideal tool to calm that tension.  I sent him happily away with the short cut of ‘under the eye – collar bone – under the arm’ to use should he feel the tension building up again, but he was happily making up silly phrases with words loaded with sibilants just to show he could say them.

A very pleasing and uplifting case.

Dr. Tam Llewellyn-Edwards


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