Here are some postings from other sources regarding feedback for the IBS Audio Program hypnotherapy treatment for IBS - this program works for the majority of folks who try it - it is not a cure, but is very helpful in addressing the mind-gut aspect of IBS as well as anxiety and 20 various IBS symptoms. Sometimes it takes some time for the program to be fully effective - and for folks like myself, an additional round or 2 may be needed. But MOST people do find the beginnings of some relief within the first month or so - remember, everyone is different, has varied degrees of severity and longevity of IBS, so we can't always compare progression evenly. Just know that others have had success in feeling better, and there is hope!
Feel free to post here if the program has been helpful to you - Positive feedback here only, please - for questions or concerns, please make a new thread.
I have tried not to duplicate feedback that is already in the featured success thread - but there may be a few repeaters here and there - please pardon!
Hope this will provide a bit of encouragement ...
From April 2005:
I want to go on record as one of those helped by Mike's tapes. I followed the printed schedule completely two times and found them most helpfulin getting rid of the pain and discomfort. They were worth the time I spent listening to them.
I'm glad others in the medical profession are encouraging the use of hypnotherapy. I'm using Mike's tapes right now and I have very high hopes for them.
I'm on session 3 so far, and I am a LOT less stressed out - when IBS kicks in, the chances of me having a panic attack or just getting really nervous over what will happen...has gone down a lot.
Still have the symptoms of IBS although I think they are slightly changing...IBSD with constant cramping and pain...but now it seems the pain is getting worse (or I'm possibly just noticing it now?) but the cases of D are definately getting lower...so I feel I'm headed in the right direction...
Sorry for rambling on there about my progress, but I'm very thankful to Michael Mahoney for really caring about IBS sufferers and for the hypnotherapy tapes he's created, and I'm glad doctors are taking IBS seriously and trying to find something that will work to make us all feel better.
Posted May 25, 2005 by Johndee:
This is the best for IBS
I have had IBS since I was a teenager, I have tried every medication,test and specialist out there. I found out about the IBS audio program 100 through this site and all I could say is WOW! I am on day 25 and my only regret is that I wish I would have heard about this sooner. I finally fully have my life back, IBS no longer makes my decisions for me. Even if you are skeptical like I was you have got to try this. .... It's quite remarkable. It has certainly helped me tremendously. Good Luck!
Dee May 18
Very relaxing and helpful!
This CD set was a great help to me. When I first started using it, my symptoms actually intensified for about a week. But then things started to get much better. Michael Mahoney has a very soothing voice and makes the listener feel at ease about the condition. I found I could use visualization and relaxation to ease my symptoms when they popped up. I also have noticed that I don't have as many problems with IBS as a result of listening to this set of CDs.
Taken from a thread on the discussion forum.
Every time I read your posts, I think "that was me!!!"
Please believe this ... when I first found this BB in summer '99 I could have written
the exact same post as you, except I had been in that horrible place for years, not
And what "did it" for me was the Hypno Tapes ... as well as helping to reduce my
symtoms by around 80%, within a couple of weeks (tho I think this is an unusually
quick response) I was getting out of the house, and feeling perfectly calm and
relaxed in doing so. I felt mentally normal for the first time in a very long time. All
the "what ifs" and the "I can't do that becauses" just disappeared as if by magic.
To this day I still don't fully understand why this happened - I can get a hold of why
and how the tapes work on the physical symptoms, but it's like I just woke up one
morning wearing my "old" head again.
From Scotcat-UK, 2001
About a year ago I was suffering very badly with IBS-C and was in constant pain. (I'd
suffered on and off for many years but never with continuous pain lasting many weeks)
After finding this website, I phoned up for the IBS tapes and spoke to Mike personally.
Although I was very sceptical that they would work, I was getting so desperate that I
would have tried anything!
It must have taken about three weeks before I started to feel any real benefit from the
tapes, although I was enjoying doing them anyway as it gave me some time through the
day to switch off and relax. I finished the tapes in late September and, by then, all my
IBS symptoms had gone. Before I started the tapes, my IBS used to flare up when I
would go round to friends' for a meal. I had even been known to resort to lying down flat
in their bathroom in an effort to get some relief from the pain. Now I can enjoy my
evenings out without worrying any more.
In the 6 months since I have finished the tapes, I have had only occasional, mild
cramping, but it has always gone after a day or so. I've even had a major holiday to
Florida without any symptoms. When I'm feeling stressed at work or home, I make time
to listen to my favourite session(s) again, and that always helps. What I'm trying to say
is please stick with the tapes if you are trying them. It might not be instant but it certainly
does work. I'd also like to say thanks to Mike - you've turned my life around.
I finished Mike's tapes about a month ago and I have been feeling wonderful! I was seeing some results while doing the tapes, but since I have been finished I have been doing much better. I didn't connect all of this together until my wonderful husband commented on how good I have been recently...I know that Mike's tapes have played a positive role in my feeling better. I know that I am much less tense about going places and that I don't constantly fear being sick.
Just thought I would share....
...I think the most subtle change that snuck up on me was that I wasn't thinking about it first thing in morning, you know like what was today going to be like good or bad. I just get up and get on with the day. ... I'm just rushing through this getting ready to leave for holidays. That's another thing, I'm not worried about sharing a bathroom with 6 people for the first time in years! Always the damper on my holidays. I feel I am continuing to improve and look forward to listening to the tapes now and then when I feel like it. I highly recomend them for IBS, the way I look at it is, If you have tried everything else without success, what have you got to lose?
Mike, I have recently finished your hypnosis program and would like to thank you for allowing me to be medicine free and feel great after 35 yrs of suffering from IBS/D.
The anxiety level is very low and I've been much more relaxed lately! From reading other posts I know it will only get better. I still listen to side 3 at bedtime because it is so relaxing and lets me sleep like a baby.
Keep up the good work, Norb
Some further encouragement to show that hypno works long term - I put Norb's post from 2001 previously - here is a post from him a year ago!
Just thought I'd tell everyone that it has now been 3 years since starting Mike's tapes and I am still totally symptom free and like a new person.
I have been having some other health problems lately and it appears that I will have my Gallbladder removed. The HIDA Scan yesterday to check for Gallbladder function took two hours of laying still under a Gamma-ray camera, something I could never have done while still suffering IBS/D problems.
I sure suggest that anyone suffering IBS symptoms give themselves what I consider my best gift. Get Mike's tapes and start on the path to a better life.
From past post of "Andie" in 2003 ~
...It is so refreshing! I really can't get over how effective hypnotherapy is in general and I have to credit Mike with his program in particular. It's amazing to me! I may occasionally listen to certain sessions in the future - we'll see what my need is. I do encourage anyone who wants relief from IBS to invest in Mike's program. I am as much a skeptic as anyone and as reluctant to spend $ on something that may not be helpful as anyone, but this was well worth the time and money invested. Feel free to share my comments...
Dear Dr Mahoney,
I’m sure it cannot be a rare event for you to receive letters of thanks, but I just felt the need to add my voice to the throng!
I was diagnosed as having Irritable Bowel Syndrome in June 2004, following a sudden onset which I can pinpoint precisely to a highly stressful event in the January which certainly seemed to be the trigger in my case - although I appreciate that stress is not the ‘cause’ per se.
I eventually consulted my GP to find an explanation for the crippling abdominal pain I had been experiencing intermittently for the previous 5 months - frequent episodes of which almost always led on to bouts of tearful and exhausted vomiting. The antispasmodic tablets prescribed by the GP were of little help. I gave up my part-time teaching post as a direct consequence of the condition, focussing instead on my role as an on-line tutor. I would frequently sit at the computer sweating with the pain but of course in this context at least my students didn’t know!
I was lead to your IBS [Audio Program] 100 hypnotherapy programme... and by the time I had completed it my symptoms had reduced by what I considered then to be a miraculous 70 - 80%. The relief from the dreadful symptoms was sustained and the improvement continued after I had finished listening to the CDs. I can now report that I have been COMPLETELY symptom-free for the past 3 months
I suffered from IBS symptoms for less that a year. It horrifies me to read in the literature of people who are enduring this syndrome for year upon year upon year - and it grieves me to think that for 80% of these people relief might be merely 100 days away if only they knew! I’m happy for you to use my name and the content of this letter in any way you deem appropriate to help ‘spread the word‘.
Words are simply inadequate to express my gratitude for the time, effort, and determination you have brought to the cause of bringing relief to IBS sufferers.
From Barb in FL:
"About ready to do my 4th session with the CD's. I'm really loving that 30 minutes. Already feeling less stressed and sleeping better..."
From Cristopher in New York:
"I totally agree...i have been using them for a while for both IBS, stress reliever, as well as helping you train your mind to focus on specific sources (or not focus at all)...great tapes."
I did the tapes about 2-3 years ago? I cant remember seems like a lifetime ago. My IBS rarely bothers me at all now thanks to the hypnotherapy, its definitely worth a shot...what have you to lose? you only have control to regain in my opinion!
Also I was happy to notice that at my local hospital they do hypnotherapy not just for IBS but for inflammatory Bowel Disease too, so its good to see its use spreading into general medical practice
I am on day 43 of Michael Mahoney's CDs. I am supposed to take today and tomorrow off from listening to them. I really hate to miss a day. Somehow it just seems reasonable that the more I listen to them, the faster I will get better.
"My suggestion, strictly from the professional therapeutic viewpoint, is to consider getting the IBS CD's from Michael Mahoney in Cheshire. (No, I do not work for him or have anything to gain from this recommendation.) Anyway, they are about the price of one trip to a psychologist but worth so much more! They are specifically designed to help with symptomatic concerns, anxiety, etc. They are more than relaxing and by design more beneficial than many CB therapists.
As a therapist, and a VERY skeptical one at that, I was reluctant to make the investment. But, here I am, a few years later and as I've been quoted on another board, "If my house was burning down around me, I'd be clutching my tapes." They are self-hypnotherapy tapes but no subliminal messages, nothing contradictory to any religious beliefs and no threat of stage show hypnotherapy.
Here's the BEST part for you!! You may also get a "companion" CD that fully explains your condition to a "loved one"...It is so worth listening to and should certainly open (other's) eyes to what you are trying to cope with in the here and now!!
I know, from experience,the tapes/CD's work for many people to relieve symptoms etc. and create a peaceful, anxiety free existence; and, the "companion***" CD is an invaluable tool to help others know what you are feeling."
---- *** The IBS Companion (CD recording) comes with the CD version of the IBS Audio Program
(*Note - the program is now ONLY available in CD format)
am two weeks into the IBS audio 100 cd's and I am finding that I need to say my prayers BEFORE I start the sessions because even if they don't put me to sleep, I am "frozen" still and close to sleep at the end. I never thought I could be that relaxed and still awake - I realize now that I was never relaxed and that I was probably passing out - not really drifting off to sleep before. I would just stay up as long as I could keep my eyes open and then crash when I couldn't keep them open any longer. So I am SLEEPING MUCH BETTER NOW. Also during the day when I begin to feel an attack coming on I don't run to the bathroom as I used to and I don't break out into a cold sweat. It's weird - the thoughts lately have been : "Ok, here it comes, but that's good because I do need to go and it will be over soon." And sure enough, it comes on ( but it doesn't hit me like a ton of bricks now ) and I get through it and feel much better afterward. I also don't feel like my life is over because of this IBS - I truly didn't think that I would be thinking positively as a result of only 2 weeks listening to mail order CD's - but thank GOD I tried it. I pray that I will continue to heal!" Piper
Later follow-up post by Piper:
"Ok - sorry in advance for the play by play but I just have to tell SOMEONE!!! I am in the middle of session 3 of the Hypnotherapy tapes and have seen an incredible change in my attitude toward not only IBS but life in general. I am once again optomistic and actually living my life which I had given up hope on just a few months ago. I still have symptoms of course but they are fewer, shorter lived and I don't get the anxiety attacks, I just focus on anything BUT IBS as it is happening and soon enough it passes and life goes on. Where were you, Michael, 2 years ago?????
"I am now on day 48 of IBS 100 and like you whenever I got stressed about my IBS the symptoms were worse... thought I would let you know a little about how I have got on so far...
I have had some of the best nights out (in terms of little thoughts of IBS and just relaxing whilst away and eating out)... IBS was always on my mind before - I could never fully relax - the more I focused on it the worse my symptoms were. I have been out and focused on my fiance and friends as opposed to on my stomach (!) and they have commented that I seem happier and more relaxed (and they don't know that I am doing this programme)...
Last week I had a couple of days of IBS symptoms (it was the time of the month and my hormones always seemed to make it worse any-way!). I was away from the house and normally I would start panicking, feel hot, feel sweaty, feel my heart pounding, my breathing increase - these two days I managed not to rush to the loo immediatly - I carried on talking to my collegues (even though my stomach cramps were present) then went to the loo - did what I needed to do and only had 1 loose bowel movement (normally I would be on and off the loo for the rest of the day!) - I then got into the car and drove home without any panic thoughts!!! Totally unheard off - I have also cut down on my loperamide (from 6 some days to maybe 2 - 4 a week - I ended up taking some last week as I knew my hormones were making things worse!)...
I know for sure that I am not "cured" but I can definatly see some positive changes and I still have another 50 days plus of the programme to go!
Sorry this is a long post (and probably does not even address your concerns) but I hope that it encourages you to persevere...
"If anyone who knows Michael, let him know his audio program CD for family and friends of the IBS patient really saved me.
I had a family wedding in a distant state of a distant cousin. Of course, the entire extended family was attending, except me, due to IBS.
THe family was not amused. But I sent them copies of the CD that explained IBS and all of them wrote back apologetically, saying they did not realize what an IBS person goes through.
Good work, Michael.
From Staffa: What a relief!, September 9, 2005
I'm only part-way through the Programme, but it's already having a great impact on my state of mind and the control I feel. I would definitely recommend this to anyone suffering with IBS. It gives you back some control over your life, instead of having to rely on pills and other things.
Well, today is day 50, I am officially half way through Mike's IBS Audio Program 100. The results I am seeing already are simply AMAZING. If my house were to catch fire Mike's Cds would be the first thing I would grab, after I was sure my wife was safe, of course.
Each day just keeps getting better and better. Depression is still gone and I am so pumped up about how I feel I can't imagine being able to get depressed. As far as anxiety goes it has not shown its ugly face in over 2 weeks, no flare ups or panic attacks at all. My BM's are down to 1 every morning and there is no more urgency to it, I will have to go in the morning at some point but I now have full control as far as when. The stools are no longer loose and watery, every day they continue to firm up more and more.
This past Sunday I was feeling so good that I came up with a test to try Monday morning. I got out of bed at about 7:15am, went to my office opened a Coke and had a couple of cigarettes, about 7:45 "I DECIDED" to go to the bathroom, had a good BM, took a shower, shaved, and got dressed and at 8:15 I walked out my front door got in my truck and drove away. I finished my errands and was home around 10:00 and I felt like a million bucks. Now this may not sound like much, but, I don't remember being able to leave the house before 11am in almost 4 years. Whenever I need to make an appt to see the doc or someone else my auto-response has always been "afternoons work better for me".
Because of the success of my test I think I am going to start desensitizing myself to leaving the house and driving, and if I don't have anywhere particular to go I will just pick a direction drive out for a while, turn around and come home. Then the next thing to work on will be being able to be a passenger.
I reported in another post that it was around day 32 or 33 when I noticed that I was starting to feel better, well, last night my wife told me that she had already been seeing subtle changes in me before that day.
Now, like everything else we have tried, this program may not work for you or it may take longer for you to see results, some people have had to go through the program more than once to see results. But, with more than an 80% success rate in clinical trials your odds are better than anything else available as long as you go into it with an open mind, have a positive attitude and keep telling yourself it "WILL" work for you.
Hope this helps
I just want to add my thanks to Mike for this program (and to Marilyn and everyone else for writing all of those posts that encouraged me to try the CDs)!
I just finished the 100 days on 12/12/2005. When I first started, I had had IBS-D for 13+ years and it was getting progressively worse. I've tried lots of things and I should have bought stock in Immodium - there was a time I was on 6-8 a DAY, every day, for 4+ YEARS. Then, though my pharmacist swears you can't get sensitized to it, it stopped working - even the prescription strength. So, on to bigger and better drugs like Elavil, Dicyclomine, and Librax. Plus, OTC supplements like fiber, digestive enzymes, DigestiveAdvantage - you name it! I got no better, and I definitely got worse. I swear without exaggeration that I was ready to march into the gastroenterologist and demand a colostomy because at least then I could have a life!
Instead, I (thank you God!) found Mike's CDs. I ordered them after reading all the positive posts on this and other websites (I figured if they could help Marilyn, they could help me!). I actually cried all the way through the first two days of listening, because I was so stressed and tense over the whole IBS thing. Gradually, I could feel myself relaxing and my Symptom Rating Chart (included with the program) showed that on day 27 I could already rate my progress at 1-2 points better in all areas. This may not sound like much, but when you're at the top of the scale (9-10 is very severe), you have nowhere to go but down to lower and better ratings. And I had done this after only 4 weeks! I rated myself again at day 50 and saw even more improvement.
The biggest thing I noticed initially was that I could actually get in my car and drive to work (a 40-45 minute one-way commute) without my stomach (and other parts of me!)clenching and gurgling and fighting me the whole way. Believe me I know where every bathroom is in town and I used to leave for work early so I could make pitstops along the way.
Gradually, I could eat lunch at work and not have to run to the restroom for half the afternoon. I also slowly stopped running to the restroom for half the morning when I first got to work.
I did add Citrucel in September, just after starting the CDs, and GSE and calcium at the beginning of December, to supplement the program and to help with some additional stresses I've been faced with in the last month (besides the holidays, which are stressful enough).
Since the beginnig of December, I've had even more improvements...I can eat tomatoes again! I have small amounts of dairy now with no problem. I had a Christmas cookie party right before I finished the program and never went to the bathroom once during it (usually the anxiety of hosting it would set me off)!
Another improvement: after only getting part way through the program, I could feel my stomach start grumbling and tell myself "I don't have time for this right now, you'll have to wait 20 minutes" (or however long) and 9 times out of 10 I could make it until then. Now, even if I can't last the entire time, I can wait a few minutes, then calmly walk to the restroom without issues. And that's the end of it! (The visualization of the wheel slowing down really helps a lot). My problem right now, is that it's been so long since I've been normal, I don't remember what it's like, so my (wonderful, supportive) husband keeps reminding me that (as Mike also says) not every digestive symptom is IBS.
Anyhow, sorry to ramble, but this program has helped SO MUCH when I think of how my life was even just 6 months ago! I urge anyone who is sitting on the fence, not sure if they should try Mike's CDs, to do yourself a favor and order them NOW (Oh, BTW, I am not paid to say any of this - it's all straight from the heart!) Thanks so much for giving me my life back!
"...I am one of those people who have done Mike's tapes, benefitted from them greatly, and have improved my IBS 85%, if not more. Marilyn said, "Many of the original posters on this BB who did Mike's CDs have left because they no longer have a need for the BB as IBS is not uppermost in their thoughts anymore." This is very true for me and the reason why I took quite a while off from posting here. I don't have a lot of problems any more - just occasional flares due to stress. I can eat what I want, I can go out to lunch without worrying about needing a bathroom, accidents are a thing of the way distant past, I have my life back, and I have Mike and his hypno tapes to thank for that!"
A few Amazon reviews:
From PAS - 2/23/2006 :
"IBS Audio 100
This system of treatment requires a commitment, but is worth the effort. I suffered with IBS A (Alternating between D and C) for years. After 1 1/2 years I am symptom free. I believe it is worth every penny."
It has been at least 5 or 6 years now, since I used Mike's hypnotherapy program and am still doing great. IBS is a shadow now, it is in the back of my mind rather than dominating my life. I function very well day to day. Sometimes I am surprised to realize I haven't thought about IBS for a while, or find myself in a situation that used to put me in a panic. I think about the "what ifs..." once in a while, which was a huge problem before, but now I am able to get rid of the thought as soon as I recognize it.
I still get D on occasion, but I can usually figure out why...consuming alcohol and allergies will always trigger an attack. I can shrug it off easily with "It's just my allergies, it's not the IBS returning." I guess mainly I have learned to under-react to IBS symptoms. I realize these are CBT techniques. I tried using them for years before I used Mike's program, but without the hypno to help me change my way of thinking CBT was not enough.
There is life after IBS. I wish you all the best.
Posted by: D. Anderson (Newark, DE)
***** Best product for IBS!, May 18, 2006
I believed I may of had ibs for all of my life, however I really noticed it after getting off a well known medication. After searching for over two years I finally found something that really works for the long term. My underlining problem though is anxiety (social) and that really is what causes my ibs. But this cd helps with anxiety as well. For the price of this cd it's well worth it for your health. Although I'm not 100% healed I am able to live my life comfortably with less anxiety and less ibs symptoms....
Posted by: Robin L. Mcdorman (SAN CLEMENTE, CA )
***** great product, March 21, 2006
I have finally found something that has helped my IBS. I recommend it to anyone suffering.
The First Year- IBS, March 1, 2006
Reviewer: Mary H. Wright "Children's book author" (Houston, TX USA) -
"Having just been diagnosed with IBS, but realizing I've had it for some time, I ordered this book and found it to be extremely helpful. It reviews Dr. Michael Mahoney's hypnothearpy CDs which I bought and have found to be just the ticket. I would heartily reccomend this book for anyone with IBS."
***** Better than any drug helped, June 19, 2006
I have been diagnosed with IBS and am on a prescription that helps but my problem is the anxiety which still causes problems with my digestive system. I am only part way into the Audio 100 and am already noticing a big difference in the way I feel when I leave home. I highly recommend this program!!
***** Haven't felt this good in years!, June 6, 2006
Reviewer: Jenks (Orange County, CA) -
After trying every medication/diet imaginable over the last 7 years, I tried the IBS 100 CD's and have finally found relief! The hypnosis program has worked wonders for me. Over the last 6 months I have gone off all of my medications and am far less sensitive to stress and diet triggers. Hypnotherapy really works! It has helped me to manage stress in my life so that it doesn't affect me the way that it used to, and I can eat the foods I havent been able to eat in years. I highly recommend this product!-------------
Another 5 star rating on Amazon:
***** Calming and peaceful, July 31, 2006
Reviewer: shannon (Belfair, Wa USA) -
"I am only on the second cd but i can tell you this, i am calmer and able to handle stress better, and my stomach problems are better too. I still have some issues with my stomach but as i said before that i am only on the second cd. Most every night i fall asleep to the relaxing voice of Dr. Mahoney, he says you don't have to stay awake to have the message work and he is right after the first night i notice a change in the way i handle stress."
a few remedy find reviews:
posted by 'PAS' Cary, NC
This system of treatment requires a commitment, but is worth the effort. I suffered with IBS A for years. After 1 1/2 years I am symptom free. I believe it is worth every penny.
posted by 'nessmu' Denver, CO.
I use IBS audio 100 every night.
i bought ibs audio program 100 full of doubt - i thought it was expensive and i didn't "believe" in hypnosis... but i was in severe pain and desperate.
80 days later and not only am i 90-100% IBS-free, but i am more relaxed and easy-going in general.
Just posted on ibsgroup:
I've gotten up into about 1/2 way through session 4 of Mike's tapes. The improvements I have noticed in my IBS-D are:
pretty much complete "regularity" now
pain/cramping is now much more rare occurrence
easier & faster recovery from occasional times I do have any IBS problems
Other things I and other people have noticed:
I'm a LOT less anxious overall
I sleep WAY better
I have lost my fear of going out almost completely
I'm generally feeling less moody and more relaxed
Now, I have to admit that I have also made dietary changes - I have cut out all gluten and drastically cut down on caffeine and sugar, but I haven't needed my anti-spasmodics in a long time, and I decided that I didn't need the anti-depressants after all. Also, I just got back from over a weeklong trip to Europe. Normally the very idea of getting on a plane would have me so terrified I wouldn't be able to think (or even walk)straight, let alone the idea of being in a strange country where they might not have available toilets. Not only did I make the whole trip - 8 - 10 hours one way going either way AND during a terrorist alert - with NO anxiety, I took multiple day trips while out there, including one on a boat with NO toilet available - all with NO anxiety or relapse. I even tried to talk my brain into being afraid on one of the plane trips and it just wouldn't listen. I don't know if the IBS 100 Program was entirely the reason for this huge turnaround for me, but I really feel that it has helped a whole lot not only my IBS, but my overall ability to deal with stress. Even my husband who doesn't have IBS likes to listen to the tapes with me because they completely override his chronic insomnia. I like the program a lot! 2 skinny.
OK - that's a few for now - hope that these are encouraging!
All the best to you in your journey to feeling better and healing the brain-gut connection of IBS...
it has literally changed my life.
My Journey and Success with the IBS Audio Program Hypnotherapy Program: www.helpforibs.com/messageboards/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=hypnotherapy&Number=224850