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From LSU SportsHOOVER, Ala. – Second-ranked LSU (48-8) faces Alabama (33-24) at approximately 12:30 p.m. CT Wednesday in the SEC Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.The game can be heard on the affiliatesMore >>
Second-ranked LSU faces Alabama at approximately 12:30 p.m. CT Wednesday in the SEC Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.More >>
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A simple glance at the box scores will tell you LSU's Rachele Fico pitched two games against UL-Lafayette this past weekend and lost them both. They were a pair of defeats that ended the Tigers' seasonMore >>
As Fico grunted and launched strikes to UL-Lafayette batters Saturday and Sunday afternoon, she knew her father's longtime battle with cancer was likely nearing an unhappy end.
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Two people are wanted for questioning in connection with the use of a stolen credit card.LSU Police say three suspects took the victim's wallet and phone during an armed robbery on April 27th.The robberyMore >>
Two people are wanted for questioning in connection with the use of a stolen credit card.More >>
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A key piece of evidence in a Baton Rouge drunk driving case has been tossed out of city court. The ruling could have a major impact on future DWI trials. Baton Rouge attorney Cliff Ivey took one of hisMore >>
A key piece of evidence in a Baton Rouge drunk driving case has been tossed out of city court. The ruling could have a major impact on future DWI trials.More >>
At the corner of Plank Rd. and Scenic Highway sits a Chevron gas station. It's off I-110 near Memorial Stadium. Around 10 p.m.Sunday, a family stopped here to get gas. "Upon our arrival, we located threeMore >>
A man said he, his wife and his daughter were all punched because they were in the "wrong neighborhood" when they stopped to get gas at night. More >>
Imagine being able to instantly zap all your stress and anxiety away with just a simple touch of your fingers. Sounds too good to be true, right?
Promoters of a new form of psychotherapy called "tapping" say it works, though. They claim it relieves stress, phobias, food cravings --- even post traumatic stress.
The popularity of this alternative therapy is skyrocketing, too. But many licensed mental health counselors are skeptical.
Christine Cramer used to suffer from such severe anxiety she was unable to perform simple tasks like doing her taxes or driving over bridges.
"I became paralyzed with fear," she said.
Brittany Watkins suffered from emotional food cravings that were ruining her life.
"Every time I was stressed or emotional or upset I would always look for sweets to make me feel better," Watkins recalled.
Now both women say they're living free of their fears thanks "tapping," which goes by the scientific name Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT. The practice involves stimulating certain acupressure points on the body while you focus on what's stressing you out. It can be done with the aid of a therapist or alone during a moment of anxiety.
"It tells your body that that stressful thought you're having isn't a real threat to your survival," said Dawson Church, the research director at the Foundation for Epi Genetic Medicine. "And once you break the association in your mind between the stressful thought and the fight or flight response one time, it stays broken."
EFT was introduced in the 1990s. But recently its popularity has surged. This year, more than 500,000 people signed-up for the World Tapping Summit.
"I believe within a few years we'll see it in many hospitals, many mental health clinics," said Church.
But the question remains: Does it work?
Church and fellow tapping practitioners have published many small-scale studies showing positive results. In fact, one is being published this month in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease which finds that stress hormone levels dropped 24% after tapping. No drop was found in the control group.
"So their internal stress biochemistry changed as their emotional states changed, as well," Church said.
But not all researchers are convinced.
A study out of Canada found that while tapping acupressure points did show a significant decrease in anxiety and fear, tapping other parts of the body --- or even a doll --- offered similar results.