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

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Welcome back for the second half of my interview with filmmaker Eric Huurre. Earlier, we were discussing the emotional and physical changes that EFT [Emotional Freedom Technique] can bring about. Time has passed since Gary and the team started working on the vets featured in your film. How much of the positive changes from EFT are still in effect, a year or more later?

The original filming took place in March, 2008. A second intensive with younger volunteers took place in November, 2008. All of the vets featured in the film were revisited from six months to a year or more after their sessions. All had experienced gains during their intensive week. Those gains were maintained and improved upon over time. What stands out, over two years later, is that the vets and their families are doing much better than even after my first follow-up with them.

They learned that tapping is a lifestyle they need to follow if they want to keep improving. No one went through the introduction and didn't suffer some set- backs when they returned home to the environment and routine that had been where they were energetically trapped before learning EP [Energy Psychology], but, within a few weeks or months, they took up the practice and tapped their way back to doing better again. This is significant. Healing is a journey, not a simple straight path. If you want to remain well, you have maintenance work to do constantly because life throws issues at us that can lead to more blocks if they aren't cleared.

The other significant thing about our pilot project is that the three wives of the married vets in our story also improve significantly. PTSD is a condition that affects families.

That's an understatement! What haven't we talked about yet, Eric?

Connecting the themes of combat veterans and energy psychology into one film has been a challenge, but one that I took on for a very clear reason in order to bring greater awareness of the techniques and successes that EP offers, it was imperative to include subjects that newcomers to the concepts would find of interest. Three years ago, the topic of PTSD was not in the public's mind to the extent that is today, but the increasing numbers of reported cases of PTSD in returning veterans and the cost projections to treat vets with PTSD suggested that the topic would only gain in importance. That has turned out to be an understatement. The documentary and our follow-up reach and testing are coming out at a critical time for addressing that issue.

Since the Presidential election in the US, increased awareness of veterans' care and the inadequacy of the current system and resources have also invited OPERATION: Emotional Freedom into this topic. In spite of public outrage at what often appear to be futile war efforts, most people now hold veterans as heroes and innocent victims of a situation not of their own making.

It's been a goal of the film to better inform the public of just how pervasive trauma and stress disorders are among combat personnel. This has remained a "secret' for far too long, while individuals and families suffered in shame and confusion behind closed doors. The film is sometimes blunt and graphic in an attempt to sample for audiences unfamiliar with post-war trauma just how intrusive the memories and feelings become after discharge from the military. If audiences of the film take away nothing else, I hope they gain a better appreciation for this condition and, as a result, more compassion and acceptance of those who served.

The second goal of the film is to show newcomers to energy healing an Answer. Other films have dealt with the tragedy of war, this one offers an example so extreme in its severity of symptoms and consequences that audiences are led to see a solution for not only veterans but as an aid in their own lives. Illness, pain and emotional upsets are not different in veterans than in the general population. Any time that stress, conflict, fear or a combination of these is unresolved, you can expect some physical and/or emotional "dis"ease to appear. War isn't the cause of PTSD, it's the reactions and beliefs that veterans carry forward after their time in the service that bring about the symptoms of PTSD. The same can be said for accident victims, or people who have experienced what are severe cases of abuse, fear, embarrassment, guilt or anger. If these emotions are not dealt with in a healthy, rebalancing way, they go on to affect the body and mind negatively. Medications will reduce symptoms. They do not address the cause behind the symptoms. This can not be stated any clearer and the film offers the evidence and context for that Answer to better health.

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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