Frequently Asked Questions About Gut Pain

Frequently Asked Questions About Gut Pain


Children, adolescents, and young adults with digestive issues who are motivated to gain control over their irritable bowel syndrome, functional abdominal pain, functional dyspepsia, abdominal migraine, and cyclic vomiting syndrome do very well with medical hypnosis. It is also important to determine if there are physical conditions that could be contributing to the problem. An evaluation by either a primary care clinician or a gastroenterology specialist can rule out any physical conditions that may inhibit success with this program.

Absent an organic (physical) condition at the root of your child’s symptoms, the primary factors that determine success in this program are positive expectations and personal motivation to get well. Children who see the best results tend to be committed, coachable, and creative.

While the benefits of this program can be achieved by a broad demographic, it isn’t for everyone. Specifically, your child may not be right for this program if she:

  • Does not want to get better.
  • Is not willing to change.
  • Is not willing to do the homework.

Controlling Your Gut Feelings Program is appropriate for children as young as 8 years old, as well as adolescents and adults. The language is intentionally designed to be simple so that people of all ages can easily grasp the concepts and quickly implement them.

Although the program was initially designed for children, adolescents, and young adults, Dr. Lazarus uses the exact same approach for adults of all ages.


Yes. When Dr. Lazarus sees patients with these two conditions, he teaches them the same techniques that he teaches his patients with irritable bowel syndrome, functional abdominal pain, and functional dyspepsia, and they are able to find relief from their symptoms. This same approach is taught in the video program.

Yes. Research supports the use of medical hypnosis and cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These therapeutic tools have been shown to decrease the number of outpatient visits to the emergency room and to doctors’ offices. 

Many of these patients not only have an organic (physical) disease, but they also have a functional component to their condition, which is rooted in anxiety. Regardless of the cause, the physical symptoms are very real. And though Dr. Lazarus cautions that Controlling Your Gut Feelings Program will not cure underlying organic inflammatory disease, he believes this program can benefit these patients as it pertains to the anxiety-related causes, which often results in significant relief.


No. Because there are no medications used in this program, there are no side effects. However, Dr. Lazarus likes to say that the two main side effects are increased self-confidence and increased self-esteem!  😊

Rather than simply taking pills, which only provide temporary relief, this program teaches your child skills that can be used throughout her lifetime.

The videos in the program are designed to be watched once a week for 4 weeks.

These videos can be viewed on all the major internet browsers. For optimal playback quality, we recommend using the latest versions of either Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, which are all free. Please note that slower internet connections may require more time for the video to buffer for viewing.

No, at this time, the program is not available in DVD format. The program is accessed through the website using a login and password that you create. Upon purchase, you have unlimited viewing access.


It seems that at any age, the harder we push, the harder people push back. This is true whether you’re 5 or 95 years old. That said, there are a few ways you might encourage your child to access their internal motivation.  

Sometimes children don’t want to practice because they feel like they aren’t very good at it. You might gently remind them that just like any skill they have learned—playing soccer or the piano, for instance—the more they did it, the better they got and the easier it became. And the better they became, the better results they achieved. Helping children make this connection often helps them to see the visualization practice in a different way.

However, if your child simply refuses to do the work, this may be a sign that he is not yet ready to put in the time for this program. Since personal motivation is a key factor in this program’s success, it is important not to force your child. The process is different for every kid, so meeting her where she is along the way tends to lead to greater success in the long-term.

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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