David Mielke teaches psychology and sociology in a California high school, where he educates young men and women in the truth about psychiatry. Many of these high school students are taking psychiatric medication, many are diagnosed with ADHD, and some have been told they are too disabled to do routine projects like taking notes from a board. He gives vivid examples of the disabling effects of the diagnoses and how they push young people toward learned helpless and self-doubt. He describes how the principles of good teaching run smack into the bad teachings of modern psychology and psychiatry. He explains how teachers can empower students to learn and to have more confidence in themselves. This was a very interesting hour for me and should be so for everyone interested in our nation’s youth and in education.
After I give a 15 minute introduction about how the FDA may be doing more harm than good, Kim Witczak, consumer representative on the FDA Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee, joins me to delve deeply into how the FDA too often betrays its mandate to serve and protect the public, and instead serves and protects the drug companies. Specific topics include the recent unprecedented FDA action of removing a lengthy Black Box warning from the smoking drug Chantix about its severe psychiatric adverse effects including suicide; and the FDA’s present consideration of drug company requests to allow them to market drugs to doctors for purposes that are not approved by the FDA. We also talk about direct to consumer advertising. Evermore, we cannot trust big government; evermore we cannot trust big business; and we cannot trust the legal system either. This hour examines evil without finding an easy way to combat it. On the bright side, it offers inspiration in Kim Witczak and her work as a self-made, highly dedicated and effective reformer!
My guest, Reality Therapist Robert Wubbolding EdD, and I address how to make choices for a better year ahead in 2017. Bob offers practical steps to ensure your choices come out well and we both give examples of good choice making. We also talk about what stops us from making rational choices, both the outside impediments and our internals emotional blocks. It's about the freedom to choose. This hour can help you to make and keep your New Year’s resolutions, and improve all your future decision-making. Happy New Year to all my listeners!
Peter Gøtzsche, MD, an extraordinary physician and researcher, talks with me about the self-deception and denial rampant in psychiatry as we ask, “How can our colleagues behave in this way?” We look at the mountain of money, power and authority looming over our reform efforts and ask, “How can we succeed?” A heartfelt conversation about the disaster of modern psychiatry and our personal and professional efforts to come to grips with it. We look at the plight of patients whose doctors do not listen to them and indeed the plight of psychiatrists seemingly compelled to do harm regardless of the truth and any efforts to stop them. This is the final in a marvelous series of four consecutive conversations with Peter about the state of psychiatry and what can be done about it, available on prn.fm and on breggin.com. I can think of no better introduction to psychiatric reform than listening to these four dialogues.
Involuntary treatment has led to untold numbers of individual abuses, rampant torture in state hospitals, ECT and lobotomy, neurotoxic drugs, gross offenses against constitutional and human rights, and crimes against humanity. At the Nuremberg Doctors' trials, involuntary psychiatric "euthanasia" would be described as an entering wedge into the Holocaust. Esteemed Danish medical researcher Peter Gøtzsche, MD, and I confront the horror of involuntary treatment from personal, ethical, scientific, constitutional, and political perspectives. This could be the best and most lively discussion of coercion in psychiatry you will ever hear. Extremely important for understanding the menace of psychiatry. Please tell others about this important hour, the third of four consecutive talks with Peter Gøtzsche.
Extremely provocative and yet absolute true: Psychiatric drug-induced violence and suicide, and the underlying evil that drives pharmaceutical cover-ups! Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD, Danish researcher, joins me for the second of four one-hour examinations of what he calls “Deadly Psychiatry and Organized Denial.” Drawing on the most recent research, this discussion left me nearly shouting in my outrage over what is routinely taking place in psychiatry and the Pharmaceutical Empire, and its rampant abuse of patients. Listen to all four weekly discussions with this brilliant, dedicated, ethical physician, starting December 7, 2016.
This is the first of four consecutive hours with Peter C. Gøtzsche MD, author of Deadly Psychiatry and Organized Denial. Dr. Gøtzsche is an internationally esteemed scientist from Denmark who became appalled when he began to examine psychiatric research and clinical practices, independently coming to many of the same conclusions as I have. He documents his work with a fresh, insightful scientific approach. In this hour, we examine the enormous gap between how psychiatrists perceive their patients and how their patients perceive themselves, and how the drive to drug corrupts prescribers, making them unable to appreciate or understand the people that they are treating.
An astonishing hour with classicist Michael Fontaine PhD relating Greek and Roman tragedies to madness, psychosis, the oppression and liberation of women, the impact of Elvis and the Beatles, and the fear that men have of women and of slaves. Truly a rich and thoughtful conversation about psychology and life, now and in the past, and its common themes of conflict and injustice.
Kim Witczak lost her husband to antidepressant-induced suicide and has become a powerful advocate speaking truth to the Pharmaceutical Empire. Hear her astonishing story of one person’s impact in Washington, DC, including her recent appointment as the Consumer Representative on the FDA Advisory Committee that makes recommendations about approving psychiatric drugs. Learn about the new drug company thrust to undermine Black Box warnings on drugs about suicide and violence. A very informative and inspiring hour with a great consumer advocate. A real glimpse into the corruption rampant in government/industry relationships.
Dr. Peter Breggin Talks About the Trump Victory
I spent this hour addressing the grief of American progressives and the dismay of many Europeans over the defeat of Hillary Clinton and the election victory of Donald Trump. I draw on my book, Wow! I’m an American! How to Live Like Our Heroic Founders and present what I call the Primary Principles of living a good life. No one knows how Trump will act as President but many of us hope he will, at least to some degree, promote the great principles that founded this nation. I hope that sharing these ideas on the radio, at this time of grief and anger for many, will help to heal the rancor and to help those who feel grief and rage to understand those of us who have more hope for the future of America.