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Documentary film OPERATION: Emotional Freedom offers "The Answer" for treating veterans with PTSD

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My guest today is Eric Huurre, director of Skywriter Communications and an award-winning producer with over thirty years under his belt. Welcome to OpEdNews, Eric. I'd like to talk with you about your latest project, OPERATION: Emotional Freedom - The Answer. Please tell our readers a bit about this documentary.

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your questions about OPERATION: Emotional Freedom The Answer.

The documentary feature-length film and the other videos that will result are my effort to build awareness of energy psychology and its applications. Since first finding EFT and other energy techniques, I've been documenting their application in many places around the world including working with the orphans survivors of the genocide in Rwanda, Africa; to a pediatric cancer ward in Oaxaca, Mexico. Needless to say, what I witnessed with my cameras has impressed me to share these stories with the world.

Profiling PTSD and trauma victims among volunteer combat veterans and how they would respond to EFT was another application that struck me as a high visibility way to bring this important tool to the interested public. Teaming up with Gary Craig and a small team of dedicated practitioners to work with veterans has been a two and a half year effort. Phase one was the therapy itself. Phase two was an extensive follow-up with the veterans in the film. Would the healing they experienced hold? How would life become different for them and their families? What this project has proven and what I hope my film illustrates is yet another positive, irrefutable example of how energy psychology can help where other interventions have failed to make a significant difference.

What has also been important is to be seen as promoting something that is complementary to other protocols and care givers. It is easy today to create controversy and to criticize the work of others. As a filmmaker, my own goals to entertain and attract attention needed to be put into check to help explain and spread a message that looks to unite, not divide. I am proud of what the documentary reveals and how it does that without resorting to alienating important allies. In a world of often bad news, OPERATION: Emotional Freedom The Answer does offer a positive answer.

Now that the film is in circulation among the therapy community, the next step is to promote this story among the wider veteran's and interested health care and public communities. A fall launch of a formal publicity campaign and outreach effort is planned. Meanwhile, I am fielding questions and sending out DVDs wherever there is an expression of interest. People from all over the world are finding that this story offers hope and solutions beyond the needs of PTSD-affected combat veterans. It's a case of "if this can work for something as severe and entrenched as wartime PTSD, it can likely help me and my clients, too." That was always my goal. To show the technique while attracting interest through the pressing need for solutions to caring for hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women.

The film's official website is constantly updated to reflect events and stores relating to this project. On the site are trailers from the film so that people can sense what this story contains. I invite everyone who is interested in energy healing or cares about veteran's health care to consider supporting our efforts. Share the story with others and you will be helping to bring awareness to the epidemic that is PTSD among veterans and their families while offering a practical solution.

What exactly is energy psychology/EFT and where did they come from?

Well, I'm a film producer, not a trained therapist, so my answers are purely from personal observation.

That said, energy psychology is the use of the body's innate energy to affect changes in health and healing. Einstein proved that everything is really just energy, so if you want to affect a change you have to change an object's energy. EFT comes from that truth and borrows from Chinese acupuncture, using the body's energy points to access and rebalance blocked energy that leads to ill health.

Gary Craig and others developed "touch" techniques to do what acupuncture needles do and combined it with affirmations, or positive statement and questions about physical and emotional issues. Medicines, surgeries and other "traditional" health care protocols treat symptoms, not the energetic root causes of any issue. That is why drugs, in particular, are typically not effective in the long term while energy psychology, if fully applied, eliminates the core energy imbalances that led to the physical and emotional issues that show up as pain, allergies, weight control, or emotional upset, etc.

EP approaches health and healing from a different paradigm, but one that is rapidly catching on even among medical professionals.

A 2008 Rand Corporation report states that "as many as one in three service men and women develop post traumatic stress disorder" and that "the cost to treat veterans diagnosed with PTSD is estimated at $6.2 billion over the next three years alone." This is a huge and costly human problem that has not been amply addressed in the past. There are veterans from Viet Nam and Korea who, all these years later, still suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, and other debilitating symptoms of PTSD that have inhibited their reentry as productive members of society. What can EFT offer these vets?

In a word, energy psychology offers healing. There can no longer be any question of that. Even if you ignore the testimonials and transformations documented in my film, you cannot ignore the test and study results. Veterans treated with EFT reduced their complex PTSD symptoms to non-diagnosable levels. This research will make the difference. Now it's only a matter of time before EP is standard practice in the treatment of PTSD and trauma.

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