Can You Tax A Prescription?

As a result of the Spokane Superior Court decision, we’re likely to see many medical marijuana businesses try to demand sales tax refunds from DOR for amounts paid throughout the proceeding years…

Another reason why medical cannabis is so expensive is the taxes.  Funny, I never paid a single cent of tax on Vicodin, Oxy, and Xanax.

Artists we’ve lost to overdoses and suicide

I was visiting the “The 1951 Club” blog, did a quick search, and found this page on the IMDb website entitled “List of People who died tragically” (which said that Robin Williams was born in 1951).  And since I didn’t know that Brittany Murphy (Girl, Interrupted) had committed suicide, I thought we could all use a reminder of those we have lost to drug overdoses and suicide.

Robin Williams
Died age 63, hung himself using a belt in the closet.

River Phoenix
Died age 23, drug overdose

Jonathan Brandis
Died age 27, suicide by hanging

Heath Ledger
Died age 28, drug overdose

Anna Nicole Smith
Died age 39, drug overdose

Kurt Cobain
Died age 27, suicide by gun shot in the head.

Sylvia Plath
Died age 30, suicide by breathing in carbon monoxide from the kitchen oven.

Natalie Wood
Died age 43, was drunk when she drowned.

Brittany Murphy
Died age 32, was found dead in her shower from drug intoxication.

Anissa Jones
Died age 18, drug overdose.

Judy Garland
Died age 47, drug overdose

Marilyn Monroe
Died age 36, mysteriously died from a drug overdose.

Brad Renfro
Died age 25, heroin overdose.

Amy Winehouse
Died age 27, long battle with drugs and alcohol.

Jimi Hendrix
Died age 27, drug overdose.

Janis Joplin
Died age 27, drug overdose.

Carole Landis
Died age 29, suicide.

Dana Plato
Died age 34, suicide.

Spalding Gray
Died age 62, suffered from depression and committed suicide by jumping off the ferry.

Lupe Velez
Died age 36, found out she was pregnant and thought she couldn’t handle having a baby, she later committed suicide by taking sleeping pills.

John Bonham
Died age 32, died from his own vomit.

Pete Duel
Died age 31, suicide by gunshot.

Hervé Villechaize
Died age 50, suicide by gunshot.

Mary Kay Bergman
Died age 38, popular for playing South Park’s Wendy and Cartman’s mother, Bergman died by shooting herself in the head.

Brian Keith
Died age 75, after knowing that his daughter committed suicide, Keith later committed suicide 10 weeks after.

Ian Curtis
Died age 23, suffering from deep depression, he eventually hanged himself.

Mindy McCready
Died age 37, suicide by gunshot along with her dog who she shot before her death.

Vincent van Gogh
Died age 37, famous painter suffered from depression and killed himself.

Elvis Presley
Died age 42, was discovered on his bathroom floor from drug abuse.

Elizabeth Hartman
Died age 43, killed herself by jumping out from the window of her 5th floor apartment.

Laurie Bird
Died age 25, suicide.

Viveka Babajee
Died age 37, hung herself.

Richard Jeni
Died age 49, shot himself in the face.

Andrew Koenig
Died age 41, hung himself in Stanley Park.

Daniel Pollock
Died age 22, suicide by a running a train.

John Belushi
Died age 33 from drug abuse.

Ernest Hemingway
Died age 61, famous American writer committed suicide by gunshot.

Whitney Houston
Died age 48, was discovered in the bathtub from heart disease and cocaine use.

Lee Thompson Young
Died age 29, suicide.

Cory Monteith
Died age 31, heroin and alcohol overdose.

1 (800) 273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish

Negative Effects of Cabbage

Cabbage belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family and provides a myriad of nutrients, including fiber, folate, calcium, potassium and vitamins A, C and K. Cabbage contains phytonutrients that act as antioxidants to reduce your risk of certain cancers. However, eating large quantities of cabbage can cause negative side effects, such as flatulence, diarrhea, medication interactions and hypothyroidism…

Cabbage contains significant quantities of riffinose, an indigestible sugar. This sugar is a type of complex carbohydrate that passes through your intestines undigested and can cause flatulence. Other symptoms associated with flatulence that may result after eating cabbage include belching, abdominal discomfort and bloating…

It’s at times like this that I’m glad I live alone. 🙂


“I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.” Jonas Salk

Nightmares can be extremely unpleasant, causing fear and anxiety and affecting quality of your sleep. This can lead to physical tiredness and mental stress. However, it’s important to understand the cause of your nightmares before you can begin to treat them. Start with Step 1 below to understand the source of your nightmares and take steps to to prevent them from recurring…—-and-how-to-stop-them

And interestingly, he argues that nightmares are as bad as they are in order to help us cope with more realistic adversity.

Evolutionary psychology aside, the most proximate cause of nightmares is not known. Neuroscientists still need to develop a more sophisticated model of consciousness and the dream-state to make this sort of determination. What they do know, however, is that high frequency nightmares tend to run in the family, which could indicate a possible genetic link…

And indeed, it is well established that people suffering from the effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild head injuries have more nightmares than average. In fact, the heightened frequency of nightmares in these individuals can result in a chronic condition…

One technique that’s increasingly being used is “imagery rehearsal treatment” where individuals are encouraged to alter the endings of their nightmares while they’re awake. It’s a form of cognitive therapy in which people can create an alternative, less distressing outcome to their dreams. Follow-up studies have shown that these kinds of therapies are effective, with upwards of 70% of people claiming to have experienced benefits (including people with PTSD and insomnia).

Similarly, chronic bad dreamers are told to write down the details of their nightmare, or to draw or paint them. They’re also encouraged to talk in fantasy to the characters of their dreams. And in all cases, they are told to imagine a more pleasant ending…

Selby and his collaborators believed that this association could be explained by what they called the Emotional Cascade Model. In this model, negative emotional experiences during the day can contribute to nightmares made worse by two processes. First is rumination, or going over things again and again in your mind. Rumination keeps the pain of those negative experiences fresh.

The second process is catastrophizing, in which you imagine the worst possible outcome from a negative experience. As you do, the magnitude of the experience skyrockets beyond its original negative impact…

Scientists wanted to find out the reason why people with PTSD can’t sleep and dream normally. One theory comes from Matthew Walker, a psychology researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. His particular interest lies in rapid eye movement, or REM. It’s the time during sleep when a lot of dreaming occurs.

It’s also a time when the chemistry of the brain actually changes. Levels of norepinephrine — a kind of adrenaline — drop out completely. REM sleep is the only time of day when this happens. That struck Walker as a mystery. “Why would rapid eye movement sleep suppress this neurochemical?” he asks. “Is there any function to that?”

Walker’s theory suggests that in people with PTSD, REM sleep is broken. The adrenaline doesn’t go away like it’s supposed to. The brain can’t process tough memories, so it just cycles through them, again and again…

They argue that PTSD develops when the person believes they are still seriously threatened by the trauma they have experienced. Why should someone assume they are still endangered by an event that happened months or even years previously? Ehlers and Clark identify two factors.

First is a negative interpretation of the trauma and the normal feelings that follow, for example believing that “nowhere is safe”, “I attract disaster”, or “I can’t cope with stress”. These interpretations can make the person feel in danger physically (the world seems unsafe), or psychologically (their self-confidence and sense of well-being feel irreparably damaged).

Second are problems with the memory of the trauma. Partly because of the way the person experiences the event, the memory somehow fails to acquire a properly developed context and meaning. As a result, it constantly intrudes. Ehlers and Clark liken the traumatic memory to “a cupboard in which many things have been thrown in quickly and in a disorganised fashion, so it is impossible to fully close the door and things fall out at unpredictable times”.

PTSD can be treated with antidepressants or various kinds of psychotherapy, including prolonged exposure therapy and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing. However, a recent meta-analysis of 112 studies conducted over the past 30 years found that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) was the single most successful type of treatment…

Most importantly, the benefits lasted: 40 weeks after entering the study, about two-thirds of the CBT patients were still free from the symptoms of PTSD. The therapy isn’t easy – it confronts highly distressing events and feelings, after all – but it works.

Gratitude In Purple

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  William Arthur Ward

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.”  Lionel Hampton

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  John F. Kennedy

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  Albert Schweitzer

“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.”  Jacques Maritain

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”  Gilbert K. Chesterton

“We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.”  Bill Vaughan

(Photo taken 4/5/2015.)