New treatment for 'White Collar disease' - the scourge of the century.

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According to the American Institute of Stress, businesses now spend more than $150 billion on stress-related expenses and on average, companies spend $73 270 on stress-related disability payments for employees who are unsuccessful in overcoming their problems.

Every year, 550,000 cases of sudden cardiac death from stress related conditions are reported, leading the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to rate occupational stress as one of the ten leading work-related diseases.

17, February 2000, Honolulu, Hawaii US

Stress is only one symptom of many that make up what S. Cameron Meredith, Director of Professional Services of America, calls 'White Collar diseases.'

"My interest in WCD began when my own father began to have trouble remembering how to get home from his office," said Cameron. "One year into his illness, his symptom list grew and he spoke openly to me about his concerns, including his inability to continue working.

"I really believed he was heading for senility, so I made up my mind to spend as much time as possible with him - before it was too late."

Over the next seven months, Cameron made it a point to visit him two to three times a week and started what turned out to be a twenty-three year research project into the causes and treatment of lifestyle diseases such as professional burnout, nervous breakdown, stress, panic attack, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, depression, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

During those visits, Cameron began applying a rough form of what today has become known as ACLTM; (Applied Conversational Logic). Her father recovered and returned to work, free from Alzheimer's symptoms. To the day he died twenty years later, he remained physically active and mentally alert.

With the ever increasing number of professionals developing a White Collar disease, she believed her discovery would eventually lead to the cure for them. "We are the only ones who dare to offer a permanent solution to what is considered an incurable problem in our society; namely White Collar diseases," Cameron said.

"The program is best described by what it is not; ACLTM; gives no medicines, no vitamins, no food supplements, no bodywork, no counseling, no advice, and no training. Instead the PSOA team of facilitators use an exact step-by-step scientific procedure."

Dr Lydia Foster is a physician who had been disabled by a challenging set of White Collar diseases: professional burnout, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain and a severe case of Epstein Barr virus. Foster comments, "I was an invalid for six long years. That first day with the facilitators I was able to move on my own from the bed to the couch. Three mornings later, I was up early trying to find things to do with my new found energy!

"The whole ACLTM; (Applied Conversational LogicTM) process felt as if I were having a stimulating discussion with a friend. Although it still puzzles me how those conversations stopped pain and fatigue, I do know from personal experience that ACLTM;

has no peer."

Cameron's program has helped professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds to overcome their WCD. Her team of facilitators have worked with sports figures, concert and recording artists, actors, movie and television stars, war correspondents, computer software creators, key executives, design engineers, fashion models, commercial photographers, physicians, surgeons, airline personnel, psychologist and even one victim of a political situation.

The results speak for themselves - a three-year study of those who have undertaken the 21-day program reveals that:

        81.0%     - felt better than before

        14.5%     - were equal to what they were prior to their illness /problems

              2.5%     - had improved

         1.5%     - reported no change

         .5%     - were unavailable for comment

Actuarial/Benefits/Compensation firm Sobeco Ernst & Young (Canada) undertook a survey studying the disability management practices of thirty medium to large size employers in both the public and private sectors that covers eight industry sectors and more than 250,000 employees. (The industry sectors represented are manufacturing, financial services, education, retail, mining, petroleum, health care and municipalities.)

"The trick is to recognize the problem and solve it in its earliest stages,'' notes Guest.

Early detection and treatment of chronic stress syndrome and other White Collar Diseases can salvage a career that would have otherwise been destined for burnout, chronic illness and possibly sudden cardiac death.

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