Complementary Alternative Therapy

Image Rehearsal Therapy as treatment for nightmares –


Following a Script to Escape a Nightmare –

Prazosin, a blood pressure medication, is often used to stop nightmares for those suffering with PTSD. Image Rehearsal Therapy is a non-medication treatment for doing the same.

Pharmaceutical Company to Cash in on Medical Cannibis in Utah

Prescription bag medical cannabis

Utah hospital will use cannabis extract to treat kids with epilepsy :: The Salt Lake Tribune.

A potential new prescription medication to treat seizures in children, Epiliolex, manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals, will cost parents upwards of $15,000.00 per year. Their competition, Realm of Caring, charges less than $200.00 per month for a product not made in a laboratory with higher success rates in controlling seizures.

Like it or not, medical cannabis is here. I attended a psychopharmacology conference in DC this month and one of the lectures was on medical cannabis. He said the industry is changing so rapidly it’s impossible for anyone to stay current on the subject.

Turmeric, the Golden Spice – Herbal Medicine – NCBI Bookshelf

Turmeric, the Golden Spice – Herbal Medicine – NCBI Bookshelf.

antiinflammatory spices

Asian Spices

“…antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, and anticancer agent…” — what more can we ask for in a supplement? Asian countries also have some of the lowest incidences of Alzheimer’s in the world, and yes, they consume a lot of curcumin.

Adding a daily supplement of turmeric to your diet can only be beneficial. It’s widely available at health food stores and not expensive.

This NIH article’s references are mostly from the past 10 years so I feel it’s worthy of bookmarking. Excellent article with a lot of valuable information.

Psychiatry’s Stigma In The Medical Profession

The stigma of becoming a psychiatrist.


Today’s GML (Great Medical Link) has my brain wheels turning, so here’s my first 2014 post:

While working one of those long 12-hour shifts I used to pull while on staff at a university teaching hospital in SC as a registered nurse back in 2001, I found myself once again sitting with my patient/client/charge (nomenclature dilemma is fodder for a future post) just… talking. Excessive talking with patients isn’t smiled upon by the bean counters.

“You know?” my RN colleague said to me then. “Have you ever thought about becoming a psychiatric nurse? I think you’d be really good at it.” Hmm. No, not really. (more…)

To Cut Abuse, FDA Is Altering Painkiller Label Rules –

To Cut Abuse, F.D.A. Is Altering Painkiller Label Rules –

On a different note, but similar topic, I’ve been reading here and there about the push to have naltrexone readily available in communities. Naltrexone is the drug used to reverse narcotic overdoses and is used in hospital settings. I haven’t witnessed it being used, but I’ve heard it’s like having ice water poured on someone’s face that’s sound asleep.

I’m all for this. I’m all for new labeling and education on narcotics, too.

Repost: The Turning at Labor Day –

IMG_1130The Turning at Labor Day –

This piece written for the NYT today, The Turning at Labor Day, spoke to me. It’s about the season changing from summer to fall, with its various nuances. Labor Day is a little like New Years Day; a time to reflect on what was, and what’s to come. New beginnings. Looking back. Realizing what happened yesterday can’t happen again, and we don’t really know anything about tomorrow, or if it will even come.

The leaves on the trees where I live have started turning those magnificent oranges, reds and yellows. On a recent hike I watched the leaves filtering down from the trees, landing on the earth beneath my feet, on the hard-pack dirt trail. The green that was so emerald when those leaves first emerged in spring, that surrounded me when I stood next to my car high up on the Blue Ridge Parkway back in April, have shifted gears, and are turning back to where their lives began, under the forest floor.

Fall was definitely in the air this weekend. It’s a nostalgic time for me, almost bittersweet. But I welcome it, because I know soon I’ll be putting on my blue down jacket, my warm, black boots, and my knitted hat, to go out walking with my dog in the cool October air.  And Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

What does this have to do with nursing or healthcare? Nothing, really. It’s just about life, and trying to remember to be present. Something we as nurses need to remind ourselves to do. Asheville has a love affair with bumper stickers. One I saw recently said “Wherever you are, be all there”.