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GASTRIC BAND WEIGHT LOSS with Hypnosis or What Do You Have to Lose, but Fat.

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As a Master Hypnotist, I have heard over and over again about people who have decided to lose weight through Gastric By-Pass surgery, having tried everything else, without the positive effect they were hoping for.  During the last two years, I have been developing a Gastric Band Weight Loss Program through hypnosis, which has proven to be successful and safer than “going under the knife.”

This Gastric Band Program is conducted over a four-week period. The four one-hour sessions are designed to bring about a permanent change in a your eating habits and focus on the person you want to be. This is not a short-term fix. Creating new habits will get you where want to be and to enable you to remain there.  It will generally take 28 days.

Hypnotic Gastric Band Weight Loss is non-invasive and has excellent results. Recently, I had an opportunity to work with Sheila Granger, who specializes in Gastric Band Weight Loss in the UK, to enhance my program. As four sessions are suggested, they can be accomplished in person or through Skype/FaceTime. For a free consultation, please get in touch with or (905) 377-8585.  What have you got to lose, except fat.

Drop by Drop Essential Oil Blending Guide

drop-by-dropThis is NOT your ordinary, everyday Aromatherapy book.

This IS all you need to create therapeutic essential oil blends easily, effectively and most importantly, safely.

Drop by Drop Essential Oil Blending Guide is perfect for both the beginner and professional Aromatherapist.  This straightforward 400 page reference guide provides over 85 Essential Oil Charts and 245 Charts of the most common Symptoms/Conditions.

The ability to cross reference Symptoms/Conditions with the best choice of essential oils is what Aromatherapy is all about.  This Aromatherapy reference book contains detailed instructions of how EXACTLY how to match the health condition with the correct essential oils, along with How to Use Essential Oils, Safety Precautions and Blending Worksheets.

With more than three decades worth of experience in the field of Aromatherapy, Mary’s latest endeavor will without-a-doubt be a valuable resource for up-and-coming True Aromatherapists.   Sandra G. Topper, Professional Aromatherapist @

Master Healer, Mary McCandless, is a Professional Aromatherapist and an active member of the IFA, International Federation of Aromatherapists and the NAHA, National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists, residing in Cobourg, ON Canada.

Taxes & Shipping: Applicable taxes and shipping are included in the cost of the book.

To purchase a copy of Drop by Drop Essential Oil Blending Guide visit  If you prefer to purchase and pick up the book for $45, contact or call 905-377-8585.

What is NLP?

Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) is a unique model describing how people learn, motivate themselves and change their behaviour to achieve excellence in any endeavor. Every person is unique and has a distinctive understanding of their life and surroundings, a personalized language or map of their life.

NLP is used to help you learn how to become fluent in the language of your own mind. With this knowledge, you can program your subconscious mind to reflect and support your goals.

NLP will enable you to get control of your mind, helping you to overcome fears and unwanted habits in just minutes.

Change your personal history, change the way you remember your past, turn negatives into positives, reframe your life, re-parent your inner child, eliminate fears and phobias, mend a broken heart, build self-appreciation and self-confidence and love yourself.

NLP lets you model or copy, human excellent in any form as it promotes positive change that generates new possibilities and opportunities.

If there was one thing you could change, one habit you could break, what would it be?

“You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do, except the limitations of your own mind.” D. P. Kingsley

A Practitioner of NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming), Master Healer & Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless is a Certified Graduate of the National Federation of Neurolinguistic Programming, located in Northumberland County at the Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis.

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Experience Fibromyalgia Pain Relief With Hypnosis

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The never ending pain of Fibromyalgia can be overwhelming and if you haven’t ever experienced it, be thankful. It takes all of the joy out of your life. This continuing chronic disorder is recognized as widespread pain in the neck, spine, upper back, joints and knees, shoulders and arms and can be totally debilitating, physically and emotionally. Some report that it feels as if it’s moving from one place to another in the body.

As a Master Hypnotist, my experience has shown that hypnosis is indeed the perfect way to help reduce your stress, which is believed to increase production of the stress hormone, cortisol, increasing sensitivity to pain.

The deep relaxation experienced from hypnosis is excellent for reducing your body’s pain, regardless of the origin and increases a sense of comfort in your body, while improving your mood, naturally.

Fibromyalgia pain often causes sleep disorders, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety and although it is not the same as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the symptoms may be similar.

Hypnosis will help you feel instant relief by lowering your chronic pain levels, enabling you to feel more peaceful, calm and relaxed, energized and ready to face the day.

If you have any questions or concerns about hypnosis, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. And, when you’re ready to move forward in your life and overcome your pain click here to book a free 30 minute consultation or an appointment with Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless, at the Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis in Ontario. Or, connect in person with Mary at 905-377-8585.

Overcome Fear with Hypnosis


I love the ocean and everything about it; swimming in it, feeling the spray on my skin, hearing the sound of the waves, seeing the endless colours or just breathing it in. And having spent the last month in the Hawaiian Islands, I am reminded of my very first experience with hypnosis.

I was newly married and visiting my husband’s family in Ann Arbour, Michigan, for the first time. Anxious to fit in, when it was suggested we should all see one of the most popular movies of the summer, I agreed. It wasn’t until we were approaching the theatre that I realized the movie was Jaws.

I had seen the trailers with severed limbs floating down through the water and I knew myself well enough to know that this was definitely NOT for me. After much cajoling, I gave in to peer pressure. From the beginning, I knew it was a mistake. For me, it was indeed off the chart horrifying.

The day after the movie, it was decided we should go for a swim in the lake. As the others rushed ahead, I found myself exceeding anxious about going into the water. Willing myself in, my feet attempted to move through the uneven floor of muck, seaweed, old pieces of wood and discarded bottles, which only increased my anxiety. Again, my new “friends” told me I was being silly. There definitely was nothing to be afraid of, especially in Lake Michigan. I could not be convinced.

Later that summer, I found myself in the office of a Hypnotist. I don’t really remember how this came about or who he was. However, after a few exercises to engage my imagination and quiet my conscious mind, I was ready.

It all seemed pretty easy. And, as I became more and more relaxed, positive suggestions were introduced to help me overcome my fear. I left the session feeling peaceful, calm and hopeful. The next time I visited the lake, I managed to get down the stairs on the dock and touch the water, but was still extremely frightened.

After two more visits to the hypnotherapist, I was able to not only enter the water, but swim. All in all, hypnosis became an extremely positive experience, one that enabled me to return to something I loved.

As a Master Hypnotist, I’ve had the opportunity to help others overcome their fears or phobias. All real, all terrifying; from dentists and needles, heights and flying, dying and sleeping, claustrophobia and panic attacks, public speaking and fear of success, and yes, even fear of terrorism.

My own experience and that of my clients, continues to fuel my enthusiasm for helping people heal naturally through hypnosis.

And as for Jaws, I say “Bite me.”

If you have any questions or concerns about hypnosis, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. And, when you’re ready to move forward in your life and overcome your fears, click here to book a free 30 minute consultation or an appointment with Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless, at the Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis in Ontario. Or, connect in person with Mary at 905-377-8585.


Let Love In…with Hypnosis


At some time in our lives, we create a protective wall around us because we have been hurt and are afraid. We create a mask to prevent people from seeing how wounded or vulnerable we actually are. We are afraid others will find we’re “not worthy” or “loveable” And, we begin to believe what we tell ourselves.

These feelings are based on irrational fear, so we push others away. We like to give the impression we are strong, confident and in control of our lives and we “don’t need anybody, thank you very much”.

From time to time, the mask may begin to slip, because holding it in place is exhausting.

No matter how long you have lived with this habit or pattern of telling yourself you’re not “good enough”, now it’s time to reconnect with the inner goodness you were born with and celebrate your innate capacity to love and “be loved”.

Through hypnosis, anything is possible. And when you’re ready, I can help you.

Click here for more information or to make an appointment or free consultation with Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless, Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis.



Looking outside, everything is vibrating with new life as the snow has finally disappeared. The magnolia tree has begun the resurgence of fuzzy buds, reminiscent of pussywillows. The redbud tree is starting to pink up, the daffodils are indeed beginning to surface through the chicken wire and the clematis, I thought was dead, shows signs of resurrection. Ah, Spring, when a young girl’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love…of gardening.

Searching the garden for anything that will give me an excuse to get out and “root and snort”, there it is. The sign. A teeny, weenie violet is the first to show its sweet little face, right there in the middle of a pile of decaying leaves.

As I head inside to gather my tools, I hear my beloved JO (the Infection Control Specialist) reminding me, “Put something on your feet and don’t forget your gloves!”

Like my sister, my Mother and her Mother before her, I am happiest in the garden. It is my sanctuary. I just can’t wait to get my hands in the dirt, feeling the warm soil between my fingers. Gloves?

Well, in truth, a well-fitting pair of garden gloves, whether they come from the dollar store or the local garden center, allows the same feeling of closeness with nature, but helps protect you from all the germs present in the soil. Germs?

Just think, some animal in your neighborhood has used your lovely garden as a litter box and many intestinal worms are now call it home. Yuck! My beautiful garden doesn’t feel quite so inviting.

While gloves cannot protect your hands 100% from these ever present germ hitchhikers, they may spare your tender skin from ten minutes of being scrubbed with a brush to get the dirt out from under your nails. Yes, we’ve heard of scraping a bar of soap with our fingernails to help prevent the collection of dirt, but who really does it?

What kind of bugs are we talking about? Well, we’re talking about lots of different gut pathogens (disease causing germs) that come from the feces (poop) of wild and domestic animals; squirrels to chipmunks, raccoons to birds, cats to dogs.

There are also parasites present in dirt, like pin worms and toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is a parasite very dangerous to pregnant women that may infect the baby. Pin worms on the other hand are often discovered in children who like to eat dirt.

Skin scratches from rose bushes and other thorny vegetation can readily become infected with various dirt carried pathogens.

Gardening is good exercise and a great stress reliever, but don’t neglect to keep your hands and feet clean. Yes, your feet. Shoes are a must as well.

Cracks or wounds in your feet allow germs and tetanus can get in. Tetanus is not fun and lockjaw is unattractive. Tetanus is infection of the nervous system with a potentially deadly bacteria which may remain inactive in the soil, but can remain infectious for more than 40 years.

Germs found in dirt can contaminate wounds that you may get in the garden, especially if you step on your rake, not to mention being hit in the head.

But, perhaps the best reason to wear gloves and shoes is to maintain your manicure.

For a healthy and happy “diggin’ in the doit” kinda day; grab a bottle of water, sunscreen, take your hat and gloves and go outside. Breathe deep, sing loud and enjoy what nature has to offer.

And, if your garden is overflowing with things to share, call me.

Paraffin Candles vs Beeswax & Soy Candles

This holiday season when your thoughts turn to gifts of candles, it would be good to be a little better informed about those scented candles that look so pretty in the jar and smell like warm apple pie.

Paraffin found in regular candles, is a grayish-black sludge by-product of the petroleum refining process. To make candles, the paraffin is bleached, textured, coloured and scented using carcinogenic chemicals. When burned, the carcinogens fill the room with toxins that coat the walls, furniture and the inside of your lungs.

Beeswax candles, however, produces a multi-level vibration that calms the inner senses while it sweetens the room with the pure scent of honey.

Beeswax emits a negative ion when burned. This is a GOOD THING. Negative ions circulate the room neutralizing the positive static charges that keep contaminants airborne. When this charge is neutralized, the contaminants (dust, odours, mold, pollen, viruses and other toxins) fall to the floor.

Beeswax candles burn hotter, brighter, longer and cleaner than conventional candles. Beeswax is also non-toxic and non-carcinogenic.

Soy candles, like Beeswax candles, are clean burning and non-toxic. Made of 100% Soy Bean Wax, a renewable resource, Soy candles are virtually soot-free, making them perfect for candle enthusiasts with allergies, asthma or other respiratory sensitivities.

Normally, Soy candles are made with 100% cotton core wicks with no lead or zinc and will burn longer and cooler than candles made from petroleum.

An excellent gift for your Vegan friends, Soy candles are environmentally friendly, biodegradable and do not increase the CO2 level in the atmosphere.

So, if you like the idea of giving the gift of light this holiday season, look for Beeswax or Soy candles that are naturally scented or scented with pure essential oils. And, if you really like the scent of warm apple pie, pick one up at the bakery before you visit your friends.

Acupuncture Facelift

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Acupuncture Facelift Treatments

Regardless of age, what woman doesn’t want to look her best?

I recently visited a dear friend’s mother, Nana, who wasn’t expected to be with us very much longer.

There she was hunched over in her wheelchair holding court with a pink foam roller in her hair. One lone roller. When I asked her about it, she giggled and replied, “A girl always needs to look her best as you just never know who will be visiting.” Nana is 96, yet inside she feels 17.

Recently, I had the opportunity to experience a series of ten acupuncture facelift treatments which I was able to purchase through Trade Business Exchange (TBE), a company specializing in Barter. Otherwise, I would not have spent the money.

An acupuncture facelift is really not something I ever had considered. To be honest, as a woman of a certain age, I’m quite happy with who I am and how I look, with the exception of perhaps of wanting to lose a few extra pounds, but then again who doesn’t. Trust me; they will not be putting “Weighed 158” on your tombstone.

A natural facelift. It was the word “natural” that really caught my attention.

Willingly allow someone to stick needles in my face? It sounded like a new age form of old age torture. Yet, like Nana, what girl doesn’t want to look her best?

I’ve always been game to try something new and so I placed the call, ventured forth and met with the Doctor of Acupuncture to get a better understanding of what was involved and discuss all the pros and cons of becoming a human pin cushion.

A professional Doctor of Acupuncture, he spoke with me about his training, his credentials and answered all my questions. What exactly is an acupuncture facelift and what were the benefits? It is a non-surgical procedure that will help rejuvenate and revitalize your whole body. It will improve blood and energy, circulation, nourish your skin and increase collagen production to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and dull skin.
Were the needles new? Yes. Smaller needles were used for the face and they were indeed new and disposed of properly after the treatment.

Was it painful? (My Aunt Jane had once said, “It was painful to be beautiful,” as I sat in my Grandmother Kerr’s kitchen with a Tony Home Perm running down my neck.) Painful? No, it was only a small prick initially as the needle was inserted.

Needles would also be placed in my hands and feet, at special points along acupuncture zones, which would improve my circulation, energy and sense of well being.

Should I expect any adverse reactions to this treatment? No. Occasionally, however, one might experience a very small bump or slight discoloration where a needle was inserted, after the fact. Applying a small ice pack would easily take care of this.

How soon would I see the results? Normally, about week five. It wouldn’t be dramatic, but people would begin to notice or comment on “something different”.

Twice a week, the needles would be administered and I could just rest for an hour and “let the magic happen.” These were my words, not his.

I felt quite confident and comfortable with the Doctor and decided to schedule treatments to begin the following week.

At my first appointment, I lay on a massage table remaining fully clothed (with the exception of my shoes and socks) and the Doctor proceeded to insert the needles into my face.

It was a little alarming at first, but after the first couple of needles, I calmed myself and decided it was more the idea that the actual pain that I was experiencing. There were a couple, however, that felt a bit like bee stings.
I continued these treatments and after my third visit, I began to notice there was something different about my appearance, aside from the occasional red bump or slight bruising.

After my sixth treatment, I decided to add a few extra days in between visits as I had developed a sensitive spot and a nasty bruise at the corner of my eye, that appeared as if I had gone two rounds in a local bar.

Initially, I found it difficult to relax for the hour after the needles had been inserted. Apparently, most people are able to rest and often nap during this period. My quiet time was filled with sporadic twitching and legs that never ceased to move, making me feel crazed and claustrophobic.

Upon discussing this with the Doctor, he began adding another small needle to the top of my head, which did indeed enhance a feeling of calmness and well-being.

During this process, I happened to mention to a few close friends that I as doing this. I thought it would be fun if they were able to share in this adventure in living. They were a bit horrified and carefully scrutinized my face suspiciously. “Why would you do this to yourself, you certainly don’t need it.” I decided to keep this experience to myself in the future.

It was recommended that upon completion of the ten treatments, a once a month visit would be sufficient to sustain the effect. The Doctor also mentioned that quite often women would stop by on their lunch hour for a treatment after their initial experience.

The end result? Well, I did notice a difference although I can’t really tell you what it was.

Did I continue the once a month follow-up treatment? I planned to, but truthfully, I decided that I was quite happy with the way I looked, wrinkles and all. My face after all is a life map.

Would I recommend it? Only if it would make you feel better about yourself.

Personally, I believe that it’s more important to take care of the inner package than the outer. After all, beauty does indeed come from within.