Ever since he can remember, 15-year-old Ben Simpson has eaten only sausage.
His limited dietary preferences began when his mom, Wendy Hughes, began weaning him off breast milk. Soon, his pickiness gave way to several years of consuming only breakfast-style sausages and water, three times a day, every day.
Hughes, 55, told SWNS that she was at her wits’ end by the time she called a cognitive behavioral hypnotherapist who believed he could shake the teenager’s bizarre eating habits — a clinical condition called avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).
As a child, he ate only “finger food,” such as French fries, his mom said. This had a profound impact on his social development: At parties, “he would just sit there, crying, or he would refuse to go where the food was,” she recalled.
“If we went to a friend’s house, he just wouldn’t eat anything,” Hughes added. “He’d say he wasn’t hungry and it was just a nightmare.”
Before Kilmurry’s treatment, Ben was up to four or five sausages per meal, as Hughes, who lives with her son in Swansea, Wales, spent approximately $75 per month on a specific brand of skinless “bangers.”
“I get fed up with buying them,” she said. Meanwhile, it became apparent that his health might be deteriorating, indicated by his frequent “complaining that he is tired,” and falling behind in school.
It’s also no comfort to the desperate mom that her son doesn’t eat sweets or drink soda. After trying doctors, nutritionists and other specialists, she would have liked him to eat anything else.
When a family friend suggested having the boy hypnotized, Hughes decided to get in touch with Kilmurry, whom she discovered through Facebook. The distance between them prohibited an in-person session, but it was worth a shot to try a video call, they agreed.
“I didn’t think it would work,” she admitted. But after an initial two-hour session as well as a follow-up, the mysterious treatment has exceeded Hughes’ expectations.
By using “subliminal wording” and “neurological seed drop” to create a positive emotional association with new foods, Kilmurry said he was able to “open the mind” to trying them, so that the idea of new flavors will feel “exciting,” and mitigate anxiety over potentially “yucky” tastes.
“Now, if I give him something, he will pop it straight into his mouth,” Hughes claimed.
But the real proof that the hypnosis had worked? Seafood.
“Yesterday, a video of him eating fish said to me that he’s cured. He has responded to the hypnosis beautifully,” said Kilmurry.