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Jeff Lazarus, MD, FAAP

My mission:

Empowering kids to help themselves from the inside out.

My philosophy:

Helping kids help themselves.

After 20 years of experience in treating children, adolescents, and adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional abdominal pain (FAP), functional dyspepsia (FD), abdominal migraine (AM), and cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS), this program incorporates the three techniques that I have discovered work best to treat these conditions:

  • Medical Hypnosis
  • TEAM-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TEAM-CBT)
  • Powerful Motivational Techniques

My driving philosophy is always to discover which treatment works best for each patient, and I have witnessed firsthand how effective these approaches are.

Not only does medical hypnosis help patients manage their anxiety, it is also extremely effective in treating the physical symptoms of these gut-related symptoms, such as:

  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

The combination of medical hypnosis with powerful motivational tools
and CBT (the gold standard for treating anxiety) helps patients achieve
meaningful gut pain relief much more quickly than other approaches.


Why I created this program

A couple years ago, I met with Ken Cox, MD, the Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and the Associate Chair of Pediatrics at Stanford University Medical Center.

He was familiar with the research that supported medical hypnosis for patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders, such IBS and FAP, and had referred some of his patients with those symptoms to me for hypnotherapy.

Dr. Cox also knew about my other home video program, Keeping the Bed Dry®, for patients with bedwetting, and he encouraged me to develop a similar program for patients with IBS and FAP.

He suggested that I also meet with two of his colleagues, Kathy Cox, RN, PNP, and Kaylie Nguyen, RN, PNP, to discuss this, and I was excited by this opportunity.

And so, Controlling Your Gut Feelings was born. It combines medical
hypnosis, TEAM-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Strategies, and powerful motivational techniques into a cost-effective, time-efficient online video
home program for kids with a wide range of functional and organic
gastrointestinal conditions.

* Vlieger, A., Menko-Frankenhuis, C., Walfkamp, S.C.S., Tromp, E. & Benninga, M. (2007) Hypnotherapy for children with functional abdominal pain or irritable bowel syndrome: A randomized controlled trial. Gastroenterology (November)133,5,1430-1436

My background

I’m a board-certified pediatrician who received my training at the Stanford University Medical Center, and have practiced general pediatrics for more than 25 years and medical hypnosis for 20 years.

I specialize in treating medical conditions with medical hypnosis and have become an internationally recognized expert on the subject of the use of hypnosis for patients with gastrointestinal conditions. I have written articles and chapters and have taught workshops and lectured to other medical clinicians in esteemed organizations around the world, including the:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • International Society of Hypnosis
  • European Society of Hypnosis
  • Medical Chamber of Slovenia
  • International Congress of Arab Medical & Surgical Pediatrics, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Stanford University Medical Center


Years as Board Certified, Stanford Trained Pediatrician


Years of Medical Hypnosis Practice


Years of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training*

*Lectured nationally and internationally on Dr. David Burns’ unique approach, TEAM-CBT, and its application for children and young adults.

My work with TEAM-CBT and David Burns, MD

For the past 11 years, I’ve had the privilege of studying under and working with David Burns, MD, at Stanford University. Dr. Burns is the author of Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. Not only is he one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, but he’s generously allowed me to incorporate the use of his technique, “The Magic Dial,” into Controlling Your Gut Feelings. Visit his website to learn more about his TEAM-CBT approach.

Healing begins today.

Controlling Your Gut Feelings is the simple solution to your child’s gut issues that provides quick, lasting relief.

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