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Barb St. Dennis had severe Hepatitis C but now has completely normal blood tests

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Note: This article assumes you have a working knowledge of EFT. Newcomers can still learn from it but are advised to peruse our Free Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tutorial™ for a more complete understanding.

Hi Everyone,

Read this engaging account by Barb St. Dennis. She was sick, broke and learned EFT by herself. She says, "I got on the website and downloaded the manual, ordered the training DVDs, and tapped my hands and body until I was sore! I tapped on every specific symptom of the Hep C, including the fear of dying, the shame of having such an awful disease and the guilt that I might have given it to someone else. I tapped on my anger at my abusive childhood..." Please consult physicians on all medical issues.

Hugs, Gary

By Barb St. Dennis

Hi Gary,

6 years ago, although I had been feeling very unwell for many years, my symptoms seem to get worse fast. I had severe headaches, almost constant nausea, joint and muscle pains, an inability to concentrate very well and terrible, interrupted sleep. I was also an emotional wreck, severely stressed, very reactive, and angry. Some days I would feel a little better, do some shopping or housework, and then often be wiped out for days. I could rarely plan anything, since I never knew how bad I would be feeling that day. Divorced and alone, I was living by the help of friends and family and lying on the couch, crying a lot.

I finally felt so much pain in the upper right quadrant of my abdomen that I figured I had colon cancer and got really scared. I prayed very earnestly to find out what was really going on so that I could begin to address it, and the phone rang, literally mid-prayer. It was my son, asking some questions and chatting. He ended the phone call with a comment about his dad, "Oh Mom, did you know Dad has Hepatitis C?" I had been to doctors and healers for years and no one could ever tell me what was wrong and here it was.

Bingo! I got up, went and got tested, and sure enough, I had Hep C. I also had one of the most virulent forms of the virus, and had an intuition that I was one of the ones for which the standard therapy, interferon, would not work. I had had two heart attacks by this time that my doctor thought was caused by a virus, and here it was. I also had symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. I continued to pray for help, and within a few months I was in a workshop with Donna Eden, learning her techniques. During the five-day workshop, her husband, David Feinstein, PhD, demonstrated EFT. He collapsed a woman's serious phobia of snakes in minutes, and I was blown away. It was so outrageous that I didn't believe it.

But a few months later, at a women's luncheon, the speaker, Jan Noyes, again demonstrated EFT and this time I could see where she was tapping and understood that these were acupuncture points. I knew from many years of studying Chinese medicine that the meridians held or related to emotions, and that balancing the meridian energies could also balance emotional difficulties.

I knew that a serious disease like Hep C had a traumatic emotional component, and I knew from my history that it was old and deep. I first got sick with Hep C in 1974, soon after the birth of my first child, but I had battled emotional pain and illness from a very difficult childhood for many years before that. My history had led me to study healing, psychology, bodywork, and to eventually have a holistic practice that incorporated body, mind and spirit. So I knew what I was up against and knew it would take truly holistic healing to resolve it.

From the very day of my second exposure to EFT, I went to work. I got on the website and downloaded the manual, ordered the training DVDs, and tapped my hands and body until I was sore! I tapped on every specific symptom of the Hep C, including the fear of dying, the shame of having such an awful disease and the guilt that I might have given it to someone else. I tapped on my anger at my abusive childhood and I tapped on every aspect of everything I could identify that might have contributed to my disease. I knew that the virus only inhabited tissue that was already inflamed with a negative emotion.

Chinese medicine links anger with the liver, and wiser heads than mine suggested that the anger, in addition to being against the abuse I experienced, was also toward myself. The core wound seemed to be a self-hatred, or disgust, a feeling that I was deeply unclean, flawed, or wrong, unlovable and bad.

I had no EFT therapist to work with; I was broke and knew no one in the area that did EFT. I did this work on my own, tapping through every DVD that Gary produced, over and over again. Although EFT was the main daily therapy that I used, it was sometimes augmented with loving treatments from friends for my symptoms and the wonderful Daily Energy Routine that Donna Eden teaches. EFT helped me to raise the level of my consciousness to a self-accepting, happy and loving state where my liver and immune system could completely heal as they are designed to do.

Some of the most powerful tapping that I did went after the layers of shame and self-loathing that I ran almost constantly in my mind. I would do the setup like this:

Even though I have hated myself all these years, and have put myself down unmercifully, I now love and accept myself completely.

Even though I have been so hard on myself, and I am beating myself up now around getting so sick, I love and accept myself anyway, just as I am right now.

Even though I feel so stupid that as a healer I couldn't figure this out sooner, I love and accept myself and I am so grateful to be learning these lessons.

The rounds would go:
EB Hating myself for so long
SE Putting myself down
UE I feel so stupid
UN I can't believe I let this happen
Ch I did this to myself
CB This is all my fault, always has been
UA I've been so cruel to myself
TH I feel so bad about myself

This tapping would bring up floods of tears and then finally I realized that I was not running those negative thoughts any more. In fact, something dumb, like stubbing my toe, became a test, as I found I no longer beat myself up and could forgive myself immediately when things went wrong. My mind was finally on my side, not against me.

It was a complete validation of my earlier studies that EFT truly worked holistically. I got better physically as I got better emotionally. I came to accept and love, rather than judge and reject myself. My spiritual walk developed and strengthened as compassion for myself and others became a reality.

Last year I got off disability, joined a gym, got my physical strength back, and am now working nearly full time. My blood tests are completely normal and I am free of pain, confusion and emotional distress. I did help myself with a number of simple supports for the liver, but my main therapy was EFT and I continue to teach and use it in my practice. I cannot express my gratitude and appreciation strongly enough. EFT literally saved my life.

Barb St. Dennis


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