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EBT is uniquely effective because it is based on learning emotional techniques that quickly move you through stress to joy.

Here’s how EBT works: There are 5 different emotional levels in your brain (#1 through #5). You learn one technique for each emotional level. The techniques are highly effective, so you feel much better right from the start.

At that point, you’ll probably notice times when you get stuck, triggered, stalled, hungry or overwhelmed. These experiences are caused by stress circuits. You rewire these circuits that stress you out, and transform them into circuits that bring you more joy.

EBT works (see a list of studies below) because it gives you the power to rewire stress circuits, the root cause of most problems. As circuits vanish, problems fade. Health and happiness improve.

EBT users discover that they have the power to be at Brain State 1 more easily and more often. EBT is a new paradigm in health care that puts you in charge – and becomes a wonderful way to live your best life.

EBT Research

EBT vs. Mindfulness (University of Kentucky) – EBT was compared to mindfulness program (n=33). The EBT group alone decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure, perceived stress, and symptoms of food addiction at post treatment (7 weeks), and only EBT sustained improvements in body mass index at 14 weeks, whereas no significant changes were sustained in the mindfulness group (Webber, et al., accepted for publication Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Accepted 2016. In Press).

EBT vs. Behavioral Therapy (University of Kentucky) – EBT was compared to a behavioral program (n=49), with both programs producing significant changes at post- treatment (10 weeks), but only EBT showing sustained improvements (20 weeks) in body mass index, blood pressure, depression, perceived stress and quality of life, whereas improvements in the behavioral group were only sustained for BMI and depression (Webber, et al., 2015).

EBT Public Health Study (UCSF and Maryland State Department of Health) – EBT was compared to a wait-list control group (n = 33), with significant improvements in the treatment group in perceived stress, depression, positive affect, negative affect, self- efficacy, food dependence and BMI at post-treatment (7 weeks) (Mellin, 2013).

San Francisco Community Study (UCSF) – A follow-up study of EBT participants in the UCSF community (staff, faculty, neighborhood) (n=22) showed significant improvements at follow-up (24 months) for blood pressure, weight and exercise, with reported improvements in mood (91%), relationships (86%) and work coping (86%) (Mellin, Croughan, & Dickey, 1997).

Smoking Study (UCSF VA) – A randomized smoking cessation trial of veterans (n=244) studied a range of strategies with the EBT tools showing the highest use over time for successful quitters (Simon, Duncan et al., 2009).

Adolescents (UCSF) – A controlled clinical trial of adolescents (n=66) in Northern California showed significant improvements in depression, self-esteem, behavior and weight at post-treatment (3 months) and follow-up (15 months) (Mellin, Slinkard, & Irwin, 1987).

Pregnant Women (UCSF) – A feasibility study of EBT and mindfulness (n=48) in low- income pregnant urban women showed significant improvements at 8 weeks for stress and depression for both conditions. EBT showed significant improvement in positive reappraisal, and attendance and retention were higher in the EBT group (Laraia, et al., manuscript submitted for publication).

EBT Survey – A 2014 survey of participants conducted by The Solution Foundation, 78% of respondents reported they would be “very disappointed” if they could not use EBT. Enrollment data showed that 74% of participants who completed the basic eight-week telegroup continued their membership, with a mean length of membership for continuers of 12 months (TSF, unpublished report).

Medical Students (UCSF) – In a survey of students who participated in an EBT elective, 100% agreed or strongly agreed that “there is a need for this work,” and they were “better able to deal with stress in my life” (Igor Mitrovic, MD, unpublished survey).