Robert Kilen

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I May Actually Be The Oldest Man Alive With Braces

Yes sir, it’s all true folks. Your old boy here Bob Kilen may actually be the oldest man alive with braces, and I don’t mean the kind around my elbows or knees! That’s right I’m talking about good old orthodontic braces, the kind put in by my top notch orthodontist located in Edgbaston, Birmingham. The kind suitable for an old man who still has most of his teeth within his jaws.

Now, when I made the decision to get some cosmetic dentistry treatment at the age of 67, I must say that my peers laughed so hard I think some of them had their teeth fall out. Talk about poetic revenge. In this blog post I’m going to take you, my dear reader, down the rabbit hole that is Bob Kilen’s decision making process that has led him be given the endearing nickname of ‘Metal Mouth Bob’.

Let’s begin from when I was a wee boy, shall we?

The Kilen Childhood Years: Crooked Kilen

I must have been born with crooked teeth. Even when I didn’t even have my first adult tooth yet, I already knew that I had a destiny of crooked teeth. You should have seen my childhood smile; all positivity and earnestness undercut by a bunch of stalactites and stalagmites in a cave. This soon earned me the nickname ‘Crooked Kilen’, which would be cool if I was a hustler in a big city, but I wasn’t. So it wasn’t cool, at all.

Was I cool with this nickname? Hell no, I wasn’t. I spent many a night crying tearfully in my bed; bemoaning my ugly smile destiny. But my parents didn’t raise me to be a sissy boy. Boys don’t cry; well, at least not where anybody can see them.

So I endured. I pretended their taunts and insults bounced off me like bullets off Superman. I faked it, but as the saying goes, my pretense soon became my reality. I really wasn’t bothered at all. I started dishing it back with a vengeance. I got involved in the manliest sport of all; wrestling. Soon my crooked teeth were only matched by my crooked cauliflower ears. Looks didn’t matter anymore; I was a gladiator, a warrior! After a year on the team and a meet almost every week during the season, no one messed with me anymore.

Trapped By My Own Mentality – Why I Didn’t Get Orthodontics Sooner

Sometimes the walls we build can also entrap us. This was the reason why I didn’t get orthodontic treatment in my teenage or adult years, where in the latter, I could easily have afforded it myself. The walls that trapped me were the walls of identity; the identity that I wasn’t defined by my looks, the identity that my warrior mentality was all that mattered and that looks were irrelevant.

I had reduced the importance of straight teeth so much in my mind that I didn’t even bother fixing a simple issue. To do so would have been contrary to the identity I had forged for myself, a defensive mechanism built by a boy relentlessly pounded by taunting.

But after my ayuhuasca experience with the shamans in Peru last year (I’ll tell you guys all about this one sometime soon), I began to see new perspectives. I saw that I was just trapping and limiting myself with the egoistic image of myself as a warrior; an image that somehow precluded paying any importance to aesthetics.

My Current Braces Wearing Life

So how it is now as a retiree wearing braces? Well, to be honest, it’s not much of a change for me, at least not yet. I go in monthly to my orthodontic centre to get my braces tightened, which is not a pleasant experience. But then again, it’s no big deal for me. I also stay away from foods that get caught easily in my braces. The hardest to give up so far; and I still fail many a time, is bacon, that food of the gods.

In exactly 11 months’ time, my braces are due to be removed. Then ol’ ‘Metal Mouth Bob’ will emerge, much as a butterfly emerges from the chrysalis. And then we’ll see who will have the last smile.

How I Cured My Smoking Addiction Through Hypnotherapy (And You Can Too)

I’ve been smoking since I was sixteen. I was a smoker for over five decades; that’s fifty years puffing on those cancer sticks. It’s a miracle I don’t have cancer, but I can’t say the same for my persistent cough and shortness of breath that still plagues me to this day, although I quit smoking two years ago.

How did I quit smoking, you ask? Well, like most smokers I’ve tried many times over the years to kick the habit. Nicotine patches, cold turkey… you name it, I’ve done it and failed. But about two and half years ago, a friend told me about another method, and it was the one that finally worked.

And since I know many of my friends and family are still trying to kick the smoking habit, today I would like to share it with all of my readers. Hopefully it helps you just as much as it did me.


How Hypnotherapy Helped Me Kick My Nasty Smoking Habit

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a step by step process where a hypnotherapist assists a client to solve problems by use of hypnosis. These issues could be emotional – such as the fear of heights, behavioral – such as smoking or overeating, or physical – such as chronic pain or tension. Effects of addiction could range from suffering from a deteriorating physical condition and mental stability to financial and legal problems. The problem with addiction is that it can be caused by multiple causes which can be rooted deeply into an individual’s mind.

So, as it relates to smoking, hypnotherapy can benefit someone wanting to quit in some ways. When a person is in a profound trance, you can make post-hypnotic suggestions about “not liking the taste of cigarettes, hating the smell of cigarette smoke, coughing whenever you light up a cigarette and so on.” Hypnosis for smoking cessation and can be quite useful depending on the subject’s willpower and the level of openness of the subconscious.

Kicking the smoking habit is a tough decision for a smoker to make, and even if the person is willing, the addiction sometimes has too firm a hold on the person. For such people, using physical methods of slowly weaning a person off of the smoking habit through nicotine replacement therapy alternatives might not work.

Trained professionals administer the process, so it is not advisable for an untrained person to try and administer smoking cessation hypnosis. The process is a scientific method and should be conducted step by step to allow the patient to progress out of the addiction.

However, this does not mean that addiction cannot be treated. Various psychological therapies are integral along with physical treatment to fully cure a person of their problem. One such method is the use of hypnosis or hypnotherapy, and this can be effective in 3 known ways.

1. Relax

For hypnosis to be effective, it is a must that the person be in a calm state of mind. This allows them to enter into this hypnotic trance where there is a significant change in metabolism, breathing and even thought patterns.

It is in this state when a person will be able to explore how their addiction works. By understanding how it flows through their system, they can gain a better understanding of how it can be overcome and formulate a strategy to beat the cravings. A relaxed state of mind can allow for such developments in the person while doing away with thoughts that can hinder the process of stress, anxiety, and guilt.

2. Avoid the Addiction

Sobriety is a must in the hypnotherapy session as it makes deep concentration a possibility. With that in mind, it is a must that one removes any substance in their system for a few days first before attempting the session. In the same line, it is essential that one seeks help so as not to ingest addictive substances while still in therapy.

Concentration is the foundation in hypnosis and substances that can alter the mind when ingested as drugs and alcohol can also limit the effectiveness of the session. In most cases, any person who has not removed the substances from their body while attempting hypnosis will only feel frustration and confusion in the process.

3. Seek Expert Help

Overcoming an addiction with hypnotherapy will require the help of someone who is an expert in hypnosis. In fact, how efficient the process can be will depend mostly on the one carrying out the method. However, hypnosis is something that cannot be done by anybody else which means extensive research regarding hypnotists is a must. This also goes without saying that you need to determine which are legit hypnotherapists and not.

It is also important to realize that level of expert help required will depend significantly on the addiction. For those recovering from their addiction to substances like alcohol, an essential therapist is more than enough as hypnotherapy for this level is more accessible to perform. For advanced forms of addiction like dependency on drugs and mind-altering substances, a far more experienced hypnotherapy expert is a must. For me, it was the best hypnotherapy in Reading, Berkshire that ultimately cured me.

Overcoming one’s dependence on substance can be treated if one is willing to explore all available options. With hypnotherapy, one can quickly found themselves back to a healthy and addiction-free life.



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