Britney and Lithium

I read Britney Spears’ full statement to the court regarding conservatorship. Many people were alarmed by the statements about an IUD or being forced to go on tour. But the statement that stood out for me seemed less important to others…it was the small statement about lithium.

She said she no longer wanted to be on tour and so was switched to lithium. This seems to have been a form of punishment or coercion. But lithium is a dangerous drug if administered unproperly and particularly in combination with other drugs like risperidone. According to studies, 6% of lithium patients in wards exhibit negative reactions to the drug. These reactions can range from headaches, nausea, diarrhea to something even so severe as lithium toxicity or death. Lithium toxicity or lithium poisoning is a real issue in psych wards with 1 million people a year estimated to be involuntarily committed. This is not the type of drug you unsupervise or introduce rapidly at high doses. There is also large weight gain with lithium and potential for longterm brain damage or tardive diskenesia, a permanent involuntary muscle spasming of the body. Lithium patients with longterm use can have renal and adrenal failure leading to early demise usually by 10 to 20 years.

A psych doctor would know these things which is what alarmed me about her statement of feeling “drunk” after going on the lithium. She may have been exhibiting adverse reaction to it. Lithium toxicity is a very real thing. If you don’t believe me, look up lithium toxicity on YouTube and the videos of survivors.


Dogs Like The Mandalorian

For the past two weeks, for every lunch break from work, I head home and greet the dogs. We grab some snacks like a soda and some chips. Then we pile onto the couch together to munch on chips and watch The Mandalorian. My dogs wag their tails very excitedly when I toss them some chips and grab the remote to start Disney+.

It has been awesome.

Today, we finished the finale of Season 2. Wow. It actually brought tears to my eyes when someone special shows up to rescue Grogu. I won’t give the ending away for anyone that hasn’t seen it yet.

But yes, it was very awesome.

I think the dogs enjoyed it too. In fact, I was reading about The Mandalorian Season 3 online and found several recent articles related to scientific research findings about dogs watching The Mandalorian. According to all these articles, scientists put heart monitors on dogs and had them watch a series of 8 or 9 shows. They studied the dog anxiety levels and found that the research dogs were most at calm and happy when watching The Mandalorian with Stranger Things as a close runner up. According to the research, dogs appear to like dramatic shows with big special effects.

For more info on the fascinating canine love for Star Wars, here’s a link to one of these interesting articles with the scientific charts and data: