February 9th 2014 Sleep Talks posted on YouTube

February 9th, 2014 was a wonderful, informative afternoon on sleep from three experts in different disciplines.

Calgary photographer and videographer Neil Speers videotaped the event and created three videos, one for each speaker. 

Please check out Neil’s website and if you like the videos send him a thank you. He volunteered his time ! http://www.albertaportrait.com/

Maureen McQuarrie, the editor of my manual sent me a wonderful summary of the three talks.  Sleep presentations feb 2014 Click here to read Maureen’s summary.

Click here to access all three talks. They are posted on YouTube.

Dr. Diana Monea is an Optometrist graduating from University of Waterloo in 1978. She manages, owns and actively works in 3 optometric practices in 2 provinces, Saskatchewan and Alberta. She consults as an independent consultant with legal firms and the Associations of Optometrists in Canada. She has been a member of the E- team since it’s origin. Dr. Monea talked about the impact of blue light on eye health and sleep. Her webpage is: http://www.eyehealthcentres.ca/calgary/eye-doctors/diana-monea.html

Click here to take a closer look at Dr. Monea’s slides.

Click here to view Dr. Monea’s presentation.  

Dr. Jerome Alonso MD is a certified sleep physician having trained at the world renowned sleep clinic at Stanford University. He is the owner/operator of Canadian Sleep Institute located across from the Foothills Medical Centre. He talked about: 1. The sleep changes he has seen in patients with ME/CFS and FM 2. When someone should consider getting a sleep study and 3. Strategies to improve sleep.

Click here to take a closer look at Dr. Alonso’s slides. He didn’t include all of his slides in this power point.

Click here to view Dr. Alonso’s presentation.

Dr. Chris Carruthers PhD, with Alberta Health Services – Knowledge Management, also offers health consulting services for those with cancer and other chronic illnesses. She has clearly seen that changing unhealthy sleep patterns can help resolve so many common symptoms you may experience. She is completely recovered from 7 years of ME/CFS, and her workbook, “Sleep Well Tonight” outlines three simple steps that can help you sleep better quickly. Dr. Carruthers shared her holistic approach to healing and gave a lot of hope to those attending. Dr. Carruther’s website is: http://www.chriscarruthers.com/

Click here to view Dr. Carruthers’ presentation.


New Paper Posted

Overcoming challenges in therapeutic relationships with patients with ME/CFS

This paper, 3 years in the writing is a contribution towards improving the notoriously problematic therapeutic relationships between patients with ME/CFS and health care practitioners. My patients continually tell me of problems they encounter with other practitioners (and I’m sure sometimes with myself).

Eva Stormorken a nurse and PhD candidate who runs groups for ME/CFS and myself have listened to our patients and colleagues and have highlighted the most common challenges that arise. We then formulated solutions to those challenges. Dr. Bengt Karlsson, a nursing academic, helped us find language to describe our patient centered, collaborative approach.

Like the Psychiatric Guidelines paper I wrote in 2005, we submitted this paper to several journals and it was declined by all. Likely this is in part due to it being a theoretical paper and not research based. We feel having a strong therapeutic relationship is an essential prerequisite for good clinical care.

We hope the paper will be widely read and the hypotheses tested by others. 

Click here to read the paper.


How to improve relations between patients and practitioners … New paper posted on publications page.

This paper, 3 years in the writing is a contribution towards improving the notoriously problematic therapeutic relationships between patients with ME/CFS and health care practitioners. My patients continually tell me of problems they encounter with other practitioners (and I’m sure sometimes with myself). Eva Stormorken a nurse and PhD candidate who runs groups for ME/CFS and myself have listened to our patients and colleagues and have highlighted the most common challenges that arise. We then formulated solutions to those challenges. Dr. Bengt Karlsson, a nursing academic, helped us find language to describe our patient centered, collaborative approach. Like the Psychiatric Guidelines paper I wrote in 2005, we submitted this paper to several journals and it was declined by all. Likely this is in part due to it being a theoretical paper and not research based. We feel having a strong therapeutic relationship is an essential prerequisite for good clinical care. We hope the paper will be widely read and the hypotheses tested by others. Click here to read the paper.