The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    A 3-step program to manage belonephobia

    Many people dislike needle-sticks. But once the fear becomes persistent, excessive, and unreasonable, it’s a phobia (belonephobia, needle-phobia, trypanophobia). Although not well recognized, belonephobia affects up to 10% of people.

    In a Medscape article, Dr. Mary Muscari, who is Professor and Director of Forensic Health/Nursing at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, discusses the signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments — which emphasize CAM.

    Step 1: Recognition and relaxation.

    • Identify those at risk and discuss procedures to help alleviate fear of the unknown.

    In people with a score of greater than 3 on a 10-point anxiety scale, the following treatments are recommended.

    • Cognitive behavioral therapy
    • Counseling
    • Distraction
    • Relaxation
    • Hypnosis

    Step 2: Control and preparation.

    • Encourage participation in decision-making and to find the best ways to relieve tension.

    Step 3: Graded exposure.

    • Use toys, diagrams, and graphics to illustrate the procedural steps, graduating to medical equipment.

    Finally, medications might be useful for some individuals.

    5/8/07 20:47 JR

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