Vitamin E & A1 for youth

Written by: Billy Staggs Cahill (LGBT Therapist / RN Nursing Student) 

All pictures by: Billy Staggs Cahill 

When it comes to skin, we must know that aging is natural and it’s going to happen. There are NO magical potions from Eden, that will reverse time. We must find what helps us best — and with that — something healthy for our skin. I have found three creams that help the most: Vit E, Vit A1 and Promedics. 

First off, I have made my own mixture to form one cream, and I find it works amazingly (especially soon after you apply it). 

Here goes, the recipe to my cream:

Vitamin E

Vitamin A1 (Retinol)


Brazilian camu camu oil

Smells good, lush, works wonders and ingredients are easily obtained from Target, Beauty Supply Stores, Burlington, Macy’s or anywhere oils and creams are found locally. 

You can use either a facial pad, sponge or facial cleanser (electronic) to apply the mixed creams. It’s very easily applied and dries pretty quickly! However, you may want to rub in the cream very well until comfortable with how it feels and looks. 

I find the best time to apply it, is after showering or early in the morning. You could even apply it before going to bed, but your pillow may be a little greasy in the morning depending on how much you apply. 

Good Luck! 






Transmission between neurons

Psychology and Neuroscience 101

Transmission between neurons

In this post, we will look at how two neurons send a message between each other.

Just like two people can be said to share a chemical attraction, the process of two neurons sharing information is also a chemical affair.

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The synapse occurs at the point where the terminal button of one neuron meets the membrane (dendrite or soma) of another neuron.


The is a small gap between the synapse and the membrane known as the synaptic cleft. Information travels through A’s synapse, across the synaptic cleft and into the receptors on neuron B.

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Synaptic transmission

Synaptic transmission basically refers to the delivery of a message via a synapse.

Synaptic transmission is a chemical process (as mentioned above) that deals with neurotransmitters.

Here is the process of what happens during synaptic transmission: Shot 2016-06-07 at 22.31.14


Let’s take a closer look at exactly what happens at step 7, when…

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Critical Care: Basics of EKGs

RN Student Peer Mentor


  • 1 small square = 0.04 seconds horizontally and 0.1 mV vertically
  • 1 large square =  0.20 seconds horizontally and 0.5 mV vertically

To calculate heart rate (HR), there are 3 methods:

  • Count the number of R waves in a 6 second strip (30 large squares)
  • Count the number of large squares between two QRS complexes and divide into 300.
  • Count the number of small squares between two QRS complexes and divide into 1500

The process of interpreting a rhythm:

  1. Look for the P wave – is it upright or inverted? is there one for every QRS? are there flutter of fibrillatory waves present?
  2. Measure the PR interval – is it normal or prolonged?
  3. Measure duration of QRS complex – is it normal of prolonged?
  4. Assess the ST segment – is it flat, elevated or depressed?
  5. Note the T wave – is it upright or inverted?

Overall, you want to…

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Medical-Surgical Nursing: The Basics

RN Student Peer Mentor

Med/Surg is like the meat and potatoes of nursing, with Foundations being the dinner plate and Assessment being the mashed potatoes. It’s important to get a grasp of the general med/surg content, concentrating on:

  • pathophysiology of certain conditions and clinical manifestations
  • nursing interventions R/T the pathophys
  • related medications and treatment options
  • patient teaching

The Lewis textbook does a great job of organizing the content in a comprehensive and flowing manner. The chapters begin with basic pathophys related to a certain disease process followed by clinical manifestations. By now, much of the terminology used should be familiar post-Foundations. It’s important to differentiate specific clinical manifestations with a specific disease, because there are quite a few that overlap with other conditions. For example, nausea and vomiting may be a common symptom amongst several GI conditions, but a symptom like pain relieved by food is more specific to duodenal ulcers (as opposed to…

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Intro to Math for Medications

RN Student Peer Mentor

Medication math involves simple algebra and competence in certain formulas and conversion rates that you will be required to know for the exam, which you need to make a 90%+ in order to pass (in our program at least). Here, I’m just going to go through the basic info you will need. KNOW THESE:


  • 1 teaspoon = 5 mL
  • 1 tablespoon = 15 mL
  • 1 ounce = 30 mL (therefore 1 ounce also = 2 tlbs or 6 tsps)
  • Roman numerals – V(5), X(10), XV(15)
  • 1 kg = 2.2 lbs
  • 1 grain (gr) = 60 mg; 65 mg for Tylenol
  • 1 L = 1000 mL
  • 1 mg = 1000 mcg
  • 1 gm = 1000 mg


  • AC = before meals
  • PC = after meals
  • PRN = as needed
  • q2h, q4h … = every 2 hours, every 4 hours
  • BID = twice daily
  • TID = 3x daily
  • QID = 4x…

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Enchroma Glasses – Seeing Color through a Different Lens


Color blindness, which is also called color vision deficiency, affects approximately 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women, worldwide. Although most cases are genetic, there are other reasons people may lose their color vision, such as diabetes, aging or medication. Most people suffering from color blindness can see objects clearly, but are unable to see red, green or blue light distinctly. Extreme cases, in which the person cannot see any color at all, are possible but extremely rare. Likewise, there are very mild cases, where the affected individual may be unaware that they are color blind. The majority of those affected can see certain colors but are often unable to tell similar colors apart.

In 2010, Andrew Schmeder and Don McPherson founded Enchroma Inc., to perfect technology which could be used to enhance color, for those previously unable to see it. They created lenses by combining optic technology…

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