Oct 20 2016

How Hypnosis Can Change You

Hypnosis is a method of changing thought patterns to support the positive changes a person wants to make in their lives. It is a method that is eligible for anyone who want to change an aspect of their lives. Are you looking to quit smoking, loose weight or be more confident in public speaking? Continue reading for information on how hypnosis can help you accomplish this.


You’ve either tried it or seen it – How hard it is to quit smoking. Even with all the remedies available, people still can’t quit. But what about hypnosis? Hypnosis is a proven effective method for quitting the cigarettes. Through a relaxed state of mind, hypnosis will open the channels of communication between you and you, making you able to reach your subconscious level and thereby change the way you think. Through hypnosis you become willing to accept the suggestions that leads you to a non-smoking life.


Loosing weight is hard for so many people, even in spite of all the diets, pills and gym classes that are so highly talked about. But have you tried a mindful approach of managing your health? Hypnotherapy will enable you to reach a relaxed state of mind, where you will be able to reach your subconscious level and then change the thought patterns that haven’t served you any good. Through different session you will build your self-esteem, decision-making skills and motivation. You will be able to let go of the bad habits that stopped you from losing weight, and far more importantly, move forward by developing new habits and new beliefs.


Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety or nervousness several times through their lives, but for some, it becomes intrusive. Public speaking is especially a terrifying situation that can bring out a lot of nerves. Hypnosis can help you control those nerves, reduce your anxiety and make you feel more in control. It can help to boost self confidence and to build a belief in yourself. Via hypnosis, you can create a strong visual image of yourself being calm and self-assured in your upcoming event.

May 19 2016

Let’s Call A Cigarette A Cigarette

I applaud the FDA’s recent ruling to ban e-cigarette sales to minors and require safety reviews for vaping products. Like traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain nicotine, an extremely addictive substance. And e-cigarette products have been found to contain harmful chemicals than can cause respiratory disease. So should we be asking the public to “pick their poison” or should we be educating them that no matter what type of cigarette they smoke, they are putting their health at risk?

Brian Santangelo, owner of three Liberty Vapor stores said, “We’re fighting the fight to get people off nicotine,” yet vaping products contain nicotine and young people are becoming addicted to nicotine through vaping at alarming rates. According to this newspaper, federal data demonstrates a 900 percent increase in young adults smoking e-cigarettes. So because vaping doesn’t cause cancer and merely causes addiction, we should be OK with it? I don’t think so.

Bill Godshall, executive director of Smokefree Pennsylvania, says it is about “harm reduction.” E-cigarettes are OK because they don’t cause cancer. I prefer to focus on “harm elimination” and “bad habit elimination.” If we want to live healthier and be healthier, we need to act healthier. Not somewhat healthier, but healthier! This means no cigarettes of any kind. I couldn’t agree more with the California legislator quoted in your editorial as saying, “The e-cigarette is nothing more than a new delivery system for toxic and addictive nicotine.”

According to a recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a group of scientists tested 51 types of flavored e-cigarettes and liquids for the presence of diacetyl, acetoin, and 2,3-pentanedione, two related flavoring compounds thought to pose a respiratory hazard. At least one of the three chemicals was detected in 47 of the 51 flavors tested. The study concluded that due to the associations between these chemicals and respiratory diseases observed in workers, urgent action is recommended to further evaluate this potentially widespread exposure via flavored e-cigarettes. No surprise there!

In a career spanning more than three decades I have helped more than 40,000 individuals quit smoking and beat their addiction to nicotine. It isn’t easy and it isn’t without hardship. It isn’t just science; it’s common sense. Smoking causes cancer. Nicotine is addictive. Vaping chemicals can cause respiratory disease. Pick your poison? I’d rather opt for picking your health!

Dr. Steven Rosenberg, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist practicing in Elkins Park, Pa. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Rosenberg has helped more than 40,000 people quit smoking.

Jun 4 2015

Business Coaching

Entrepreneurs, find your link between great ideas and business success

Does your brain overflow with creative ideas that – as sure-fire as everyone believes them to be – you can’t seem to develop into successful money-making ventures? Are you afraid that you may be one of those innovative thinkers who needs someone else – or a whole herd of “someone elses” – to implement your concepts and achieve the results you want?

If you are listening to all the trending business gurus and trying every rational technique to move your business forward – but success still eludes you – maybe you need to pause, examine what is holding you back and reconnect to what motivates you.

Business Coaching - Dr. Rosenberg

And hypnotherapy can help. As a tool that lowers stress and allows you to zero in on what is most significant, hypnosis clears away the mental and emotional clutter that many times prevents creative thinkers from bringing the same high level of creativity to the implementation phase.

A half dozen advantages

These six common benefits of hypnosis can directly and positively impact what operational capabilities you bring to your business every day, starting right away:

  1. Improves concentration and focus
  2. Improves memory and recall
  3. Relieves insomnia and helps you wake more refreshed
  4. Lowers stress and anxiety
  5. Enables you to more fully develop your innate abilities
  6. Helps you learn new skills and concepts more efficiently

As you experience the mood-enhancing, objective-clarifying and stress-reducing impact of hypnosis, you’ll discover how to go deeper to tap the wellspring of your business innovation for the success you’ve been dreaming of. It’s all there within you – and hypnosis serves as a tool to aid you in accessing it.

Dr. Steven Rosenberg can answer all your questions about hypnosis and how it can help you create the life you were mean to live. You can reach him here and at his website, Quit It Now.   

May 29 2015

Bring mindfulness to your weight-loss efforts

Do you have a love-hate relationship with your body image? Do you “live to eat” rather than “eat to live”? Are you disgusted with your lack of willpower to avoid the foods you know will put on the weight, mess with your energy levels and provide less than optimal nutrition?

Are you pretty certain you’ll run for the hills if one more television personality, news article or exercise guru tells you that “all you have to do” to lose weight is exercise more and consume fewer calories?

As if you didn’t already know that. As if you hadn’t already lost weight doing that – and gained it back again.

If you feel that you’re at the end of your rope, maybe you need to retool what you know about dieting and weight loss.

Maybe you need to completely change the way you think about food.

Getting your ‘inner decider’ to cooperate

Getting a grip on your weight is a matter of two things: knowing what to eat and choosing what to put in your mouth.

Weight Loss Dr. Rosenberg

Most of us know what we should be eating, and that generally doesn’t change no matter how heavy or skinny we are: lean meats and fish and vegetable protein, deeply colored vegetables, fruits, grains in their least processed form, moderate amounts of healthy fats. And we know what we should be avoiding: processed foods with long lists of unpronounceable ingredients and almost all but the most unprocessed of sugars (and even those in limited quantities).

It’s the choosing part that trips us up. Are you going to walk away from that tray of cookies in the break room when the 2-hour meeting made you miss lunch and you’re on the verge of the shakes from low blood sugar? Not likely. Or say “no, thanks” to those incredible craft beers when the guys offer to take you out on your birthday? No way!

Mindfulness and self-awareness

No matter how much you want to lose weight, first you have to examine just how your relationship with food traps you into picking the wrong path to comfort and reward – and then zings you with guilt and self-recrimination.

And that means education and awareness: learning what is in the food in front of you and staying mindful of how eating it will impact your goal weight.

QuititNow Weight Loss

Through careful research of diets, trends and how our bodies utilize food, as well as his work with hundreds of patients over the years, Dr. Steven Rosenberg discovered a simple foolproof formula for achieving and maintaining an ideal weight while living a healthy, happy, low-stress life. He calls it “the 15/150 Secret.”

15/150 Secret to Simple Dieting

Dr. Rosenberg’s formula combines mindfulness – assisted by easy self- or professional hypnosis – and gradually adopting a daily practice of eating 15 grams of fat and 150 grams of carbohydrates from healthy sources. No rigid rules, no tedious counting of points or calories, no regimented meals or special foods to eat or always shun, no strict exercise requirement.

He and Bobbie Freiberg, a patient who used his formula successfully, even wrote an easy-to-read book about it: The 15/150 Secret to Simple Dieting includes a guided meditation, an entire section describing Bobbie’s experience and dozens of recipes. You can order your copy online and even download it to your e-reader.

If you want to learn more about Dr. Rosenberg’s 15/150 secret, go to the book’s website: The 15/150 Secret to Simple Dieting. He and his associate, hypnotist Cindy Reese – who lost 50 pounds on the 15/150 plan – can answer all your questions. You can reach them here and at the website, Quit It Now.

May 26 2015

A Hypnosis Primer, part I

Hypnosis isn’t a new technique…in fact, research finds evidence of hypnosis as far back as Egyptian dream temples. At the same time, it is as modern as today’s most innovative tools and practices.

And yet, despite this long association with humankind’s history, many misunderstandings and myths surround it.

Let’s examine these perceptions one at a time to clarify what hypnosis is – and isn’t.

Miracle or magic?

Well, neither. After centuries of mixed reviews for hypnosis and its nicknames – somnambulism, trance – hypnosis began to emerge as a science. In 1958, it was accepted by the American Medical Association, which led to more rapid advancements in methods and our understanding of the technique.

According to the Mayo Clinic, hypnosis – or hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion – is a trance-like state in which the subject has “heightened focus and concentration.” Some experts characterize hypnosis as a state of human consciousness that involves focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness, resulting in an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion and alter perceptions.

Dr. Rosenberg - Hypnosis

Nor is hypnosis accurately considered a “cure.” It is a tool or technique, one of many in a medical professional’s arsenal of learned practices that may be used to achieve improvements in a patient’s condition. The results aren’t guaranteed – human minds and bodies have too many variables for any technique such as this to promise absolute outcomes.

What about self-hypnosis?

If hypnosis, as the American Psychological Association describes it, is “a cooperative interaction in which the participant responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist,” then it stands to reason that a willing participant could be trained to give herself the desired suggestions and carry them out.

Some professionals believe all hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis, especially since hypnotizing a subject requires the cooperation of the person being hypnotized.

Dr. Steve Rosenberg, psychotherapist and hypnotist with more than 35 years of professional experience, notes that he used a form of self-hypnosis decades ago to successfully quit smoking. He avers that in general, most of the benefits of hetero-hypnosis – in which the hypnotist gives suggestions to another person – can be achieved through self-hypnosis.

“I’ve come to believe that the simplest but most important benefit of self-hypnosis comes from learning to relax,” he says. “And virtually any person of normal intelligence who is willing to apply himself can learn self-hypnosis.”

Like hetero-hypnosis, self-hypnosis can also develop self-confidence, control habits, overcome shyness, relieve insomnia, develop latent talents, improve memory and concentration, and put more order into life and work. In other words, help you make your life more of what you want it to be.

Dr. Steven Rosenberg can answer all your questions about hypnosis and how it can help you create the life you were mean to live. You can reach him here and at his website, Quit It Now.   

May 15 2015

Is it time to review your habits?

Well, that sounds a bit daunting. After all, some of our habits are sure to be “bad.” Seriously, who wants to jump into that? Don’t we have to get to a meeting or take the car to be serviced?

Oh, right – procrastination.

Everyone has habits and not all of them can be detrimental, so first let’s look at those things we do repeatedly that are beneficial. Have a few come to mind?

Quit It Now - Bad Habits

If we instantly envision the kale smoothies we’re hooked on, the large carafe of filtered plain water within reach at all times and our daily lunchtime walk, kudos to us for some pretty impressive healthy choices.

But even if we tend toward the questionable “drink 3 cups of high-test before noon” or “eat a bag of baby carrots every day since quitting smoking,” we can learn a lot about ourselves by inventorying what we do, when and why.

Plus, we may just identify some habits that we continue to indulge despite having outgrown the original need or impetus.

That’s what happened when one person was about to meet Dr. Steve Rosenberg the first time.

“Knowing he’s the Habit Doctor was intimidating,” said she who will not be named. “Suddenly, I could see all my habits in a line reaching back for miles, and it seemed every one of them was undesirable. Starting with biting my nails.”

Have you ever felt that your hands were beyond ugly? That you should do the world a big favor and spend the rest of your life with them in your pockets? Then you understand the anguish.

Not surprisingly, the thing at the front of her mind came flying out of her mouth during the meeting. “I bite my nails! Even when I’m not stressed!”

And an amazing thing happened. Dr. Rosenberg said, “Well, you won’t do it anymore.”

“I won’t?”

“You won’t. Now that you’ve drawn so much attention to it” – there were two other witnesses to her confessional outburst – “you’ve made yourself aware of it and can break the habit.”

That was nearly two months ago. The fingernails are not only growing nicely, but they are frequently filed, buffed and polished for the first time in their ten little lives. They aren’t long – after decades of short to nearly nonexistent, this gal would probably hurt herself if she maintained fancy long nails.

It’s a small accomplishment but a huge opportunity for personal clarity. When we shine a light on our habits, we have a chance to examine those little and big tics that make us tick, for good or evil.

And if we need a hand exorcising those that no longer serve us well, Dr. Steve Rosenberg is available to provide professional assistance, whether it’s quitting a toxic habit like smoking, reframing our approach to food so we can maintain a healthy weight, drawing on our inner peace to create a balanced life free of stress – or dealing once and for all with some more obscure personal habit demon that’s keeping us from the life we are meant to lead.

Talk to Dr. Steven Rosenberg to find out more about eradicating undesirable habits and creating the life you want. You can reach him here and at his website, Quit It Now.   

May 6 2015

This ‘magic bullet’ reduces stress fast, without gimmicks or pills

Stress. Anxiety. Stress and anxiety. By now, we all recognize what a number stress and anxiety can do on our quality of life, blocking us from leading the life we deserve.

Trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night, frequent intestinal upsets with no underlying medical cause, inability to remain focused and effective through the completion of a task at work or home, impatience over issues that never bothered you before.

While some of these symptoms can certainly have other causes, they are often the result of the stress we carry, day in and day out.

Stress Anxiety Relief - Mindfulness

National Health Service Direct estimates that 1 in 50 people will suffer from a generalized anxiety disorder at some point. Ask the person next to you in line or at the movies or on a bus and you’ll come to the conclusion that everyone experiences feelings of anxiety and worry many times throughout their lives. After all, these are normal reactions to the daily pressures of life.

But normal or not, these feelings can be so intrusive that they begin to impact your daily life.

Don’t you wish you could wave a magic wand and erase the anxiety that wakes you in the middle of the night or has you snapping at your kids, coworkers or spouse? Wouldn’t it be great to know a quick and easy way to bring yourself to a state of mindfulness where you, your thoughts, your reality and your experiences are all aligned in peaceful acceptance – so you can get on with that big project, achieving the next step toward your career goals, finishing your degree, living the life you’ve dreamed of, or just enjoying a fun evening at home with your family?

I have a secret to share with you. There is a sort of magic wand that can eliminate anxiety and restore mindfulness, and I can show you how to make it work for you!

No pills, no lengthy classes or programs, no complicated recitations, no costly props. With my One-Minute Mental Tune-Up™, you can clear your mind and lay the foundation for the good thoughts and experiences to fill your life to the brim. If you feel yourself becoming a little overwhelmed, a minute with this personal mental tool – shown to work in case after case – will put you back where you want to be.

I can teach you a technique – based on Buddhist mindfulness mediation – that shows you how to process stimulus and respond in a new, healthier way. It allows you to actually alter your brain chemistry. In only one minute a day – or whenever you need it – you can achieve the same benefits of clarity, relaxation and wellness that you’d expect from a daily 20-minute meditation. And you can learn how in just one session with me.

Let me help you live the life you are meant to live. Let me show you how easy it is to become the fully mindful human being you were born to be. You deserve it!

Learn more about quitting stress and achieving mindfulness with Dr. Steven Rosenberg here and at his website, Quit It Now.   

Apr 14 2015

Why is the FDA giving e-cigarettes a closer look?

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products will hold its third and final public workshop to collect data on electronic cigarettes and public health this June 1 and 2. But you don’t need to attend the workshop: through July 2, the FDA invites you to submit comments online here regarding e-cigarettes and public health if they’re supported by research and data.

Those who follow “vaping,” either as enthusiasts or as scientists studying the phenomenon, anticipate this call for input will bring heavy regulation to the manufacture, sales and use of e-cigarettes.

So why is the FDA getting into e-cigarettes now, when it has left them unchallenged since they were introduced to the U.S. some eight or so years ago?

electronic cigarette vs traditional cigarette

Because the data that has been coming in is scary! What appeared initially to be a wholly harmless way to curb or quit smoking is now looking dangerous – and glamorous. That latter element, some anti-smoking advocates fear, could undo all the progress to date that makes smoking unacceptable to young people and pushes smokers to the fringes of society – or at least to the loading docks.

Let’s first say that the government, medical professionals and researchers haven’t a lot of incontrovertible data that long-term use of electronic cigarettes – which dispense nicotine via a smokeless vapor – are creating a public health issue. But enough studies linking e-cigs to asthma, lung inflammation, MRSA infection risk and exposure to harmful chemicals let us know that e-cigarettes certainly aren’t harmless.

How do they work? Take a tube. Add a rechargeable lithium battery. Insert a cartridge that contains nicotine, flavoring and chemicals like glycerin or polyethylene glycol – and maybe additional ingredients that don’t need to be named, since e-cigarettes aren’t regulated yet. An atomizer in the tube consists of a heating coil that heats the “e-juice” (nicotine cartridge contents) to a vapor you suck into your mouth, throat and lungs. A sensor notes when you take a drag and activates the atomizer as well as an LED light that glows at one end to look a little like a burning cigarette. The e-cigs starter kits range from around $30 to $100; a cartridge provides roughly the “smoke” of a pack of tobacco cigarettes but costs about a fifth of the real thing.

Is there anything in that description that bothers you? Quite a bit catches my eye. Here are my concerns:

  • We don’t know fully how the chemicals in the vapor affect a person’s health over the long term.
  • The nicotine cartridges are poisonous, labeled with warnings to keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • There have been reports of e-cigarettes exploding when the lithium battery is overcharged.
  • And hey, who are we kidding? With e-cigarettes, you’re still putting nicotine – a proven toxic substance – into your body.

Vapor Electronic Cigarette

This is what I know to be true because it is backed by real research conducted by real scientists and by my own professional experience:

  • Using tobacco products in any form is bad for your health.
  • Ingesting nicotine is bad for your health.
  • Many adults would quit smoking if they thought they could – and if they “knew then” what they “know now,” they would not have started.
  • One safe, sure way to quit smoking or other tobacco or nicotine use – and far safer than replacing the unhealthy substance with nicotine and additional potentially dangerous substances – is to undergo a focused overhaul of your habit system.

If you want to quit smoking without taking the risks that come with e-cigarettes, save yourself the cost of the kit and cartridges and let me guide you through a personal journey of connection to your best intentions.

For that is what hypnosis is: you working with a professional who assists you to reframe your habits and routine practices to make your life more of what you want it to be. And that is a lot more glamorous and satisfying than an e-cigarette, any day.

Learn more about quitting smoking with Dr. Steven Rosenberg here and at his website, Quit It Now.   

UPDATE: Electronic cigarettes have been getting more coverage in the news recently! Check out an article from the New York Times by clicking here and another article from The Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

Oct 20 2014

A Sore Throat Could be Mistaked for Throat Cancer

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and diminishes a person’s overall health. Millions of Americans have health problems caused by smoking. Throat cancer, also known as laryngeal cancer, is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the larynx, leading to the formation of a tumor. Tobacco use is by far the most common risk factor for cancers of the mouth and throat. Both smoking and “smokeless” tobacco (snuff and chewing tobacco) increase the risk of developing cancer in the mouth or throat.


Smokeless or chewing tobacco is linked with cancers of the cheeks, gums, and inner surface of the lips. Thirty-six percent of people diagnosed with throat cancer are expected to die within 5 years after diagnosis. Signs of throat cancer may be difficult to identify in the early stages of the disease. However a number of symptoms may include; a sore throat, ear pain, difficulty breathing, pain/difficulty when swallowing or a lump or mass in the neck. Five years after you quit smoking completely, the risks of cancers of the mouth, throat and oesophagus are halved.


Treatment for laryngeal cancer can involve radiation, chemotherapy and in some cases surgery. To have a lower risk of developing throat cancer, smoke less and with the help of great services that Dr. Rosenberg has provided for past and current patients.

Sep 22 2014

Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease

Cigarette smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smokers are at a greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels. Most people associated with smoking can cause lung cancer, along with major other side effects but a major cause is heart disease for smokers, both men and women. Almost 20% of all deaths from heart disease in the U.S. are directly related to smoking.


Nearly every organ in your body is harmed from smoking. To be specific your eyes, lungs, mouth, gums, bladder, bones, blood vessels, reproductive organs and your heart. Even people who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day can have early signs of cardiovascular disease. Smoking damages blood vessels and can make them thicken and grow narrower. This makes your heart beat faster and your blood pressure go up.

Cardiovascular disease refers to any disease that involves the heart and the blood vessels. Smoking increases blood pressure, which in turn decreases exercise tolerance and increases the tendency for a blood to clot. A heart attack occurs when a clot blocks the blood flow to your heart. When this happens, your heart cannot get enough oxygen. This damages the heart muscle, and part of the heart muscle can die.


It is estimated that nearly 70,000 nonsmokers die from heart disease each year as a result of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. For decades the American Heart Association has been working to reduce the number of deaths of cardiovascular disease from cigarette smoking. Once you stop smoking, the less likely chance of you being diagnosed with cardiovascular disease will decrease. Take action with Dr. Rosenberg’s help and guidance along the way.