Archive Page 2

John Read PhD is a psychologist who has taught and researched in Great Britain, Australia and the US.  He has taken on many of the most important mental health issues of our time:  the role of neglect and abuse in all so-called mental disorders, the role of trauma in hearing voices, the dreadful impact of long-term exposure to antidepressants, the harm of ECT, and the best approaches to healing emotional suffering, including family interventions.  John ‘s voice is positive as he keeps us in touch with the most encouraging innovations, including the growing strength of the movement of voice hearers.  A very good show!

00:0000:00

The best one-hour discussion about nutrition available anywhere.  Nutritionist Pam Popper PhD discusses why people now have so many medical problems that barely or never existed before modern times, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease, as well as seemingly infinite numbers of immune disorders. The answer is nutrition:  we humans no longer eat what evolution prepared us to eat.  From there we discuss the general relationship between poor nutrition and emotional problems.  Finally, in detail, we talk about the best science-based diet now available, one that’s inexpensive enough to eat on food stamps. This is an amazingly important educational hour.

00:0000:00

I start this hour by describing an extraordinary attack on my free speech that is currently unfolding surrounding the Michelle Carter suicide-by-texting trial.   Please keep track on my Frequent Alerts on www.breggin.com.   Then Stefan Ecks, PhD, provides us with information that no one else in the world possesses.  It concerns the marketing and consumptions of medications, including psychiatric drugs, in India and other less developed societies. His fascinating information gives insight into the workings of Indian society and also into the dangers of free-for-all marketing almost without regulation.   For those of us believe in a relatively free market, it is a grim reminder of what happens when industries and “professionals” are controlled neither by shared ethics nor by regulation.  

00:0000:00

Robert E. Wubbolding, EdD is a practitioner of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy developed by psychiatrist William Glasser, who was a close ally and a friend of mine in his later years.    Bob is doing a great job worldwide spreading Reality Therapy.  He shares with me his wisdom and experience about how to help people from coaching to intensive psychotherapy, and also about the personality of Bill Glasser.

00:0000:00

Marriage and family therapists Kermit Cole and Louisa Putnam  do a wonderful job sharing experiences as family therapists.  They have the unique perspective of a couple who works as a team in helping other couples.  They bring a broad social perspective.  They are also remarkable in their lifelong devotion to psychiatric reform and their leadership in key reform organizations such as Mad in American and The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.   Their way of life is informative, admirable and fulfilling. 

00:0000:00

Kim Olver, psychotherapist and William Glaser Institute director, talks with us again and in more depth about psychotherapy—the basic principles, how to relate to people we are helping, and how to train people to help others.   Both of us believe that mental health services can be delivered better and much less expensively by training good people to be therapists without requiring extensive prior schooling and professional degrees.   By making training and certificates more easily available, many people could become fine therapists, providing services at much lower costs as trainers or coaches.  You can meet Kim Oliver, Bob Whitaker and myself at a Kim’s conference next weekJuly 26-July 28, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina.   Our Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy is cosponsoring.   For more information, go to www.breggin.com and click on Upcoming Events on the drop-down menu.

00:0000:00

Terry Lynch is an Irish GP who became a psychotherapist and now devotes himself to helping people through his practice, his books, and his courses for professionals and the public.  On the air on my radio show today, I listened to him amazed at how similarly we see the human struggle and how to help people with it.  He puts important ideas into words that mirror my own thoughts, only said more clearly, and with a lovely Irish accent.  If you care about people and about understanding their struggles, this show will inspire, entertain and educate you. Thank you, Terry!     

00:0000:00

My guest Dr. Michael Guy Thompson is creating a radically innovative home for people with serious emotional suffering in San Francisco.  Called Gnosis Retreat, it breaks completely with the medical model and views distress as a part of being human.   Michael and I talk about friendship and love in recovery and in life.  We examine the necessity of helping people “off the grid” to  avoid government and psychiatric interference.  The problem is not the “high cost” of good approaches because some of the best like Michael’s are the least expensive.  The best help often requires relatively little professional involvement and no expensive options like doctors, drugs and hospitals.  The supposedly high costs of mental health care are not about the services needed by struggling people.  The high costs are about feeding the bloated Pharmaceutical and Medical Empires.  

00:0000:00

A wonderful hour with psychotherapist Michael Cornwall as we talk about helping people in “extreme states.”   These are people, in Michael’s words, who get “medically cursed” instead of helped.   We explore the true nature of extreme states and helping these people without diagnosing and drugging them.   Extreme states can lead to new growth and learning.  But artificially inducing them with psychoactive drugs like LSD, in my view, is too dangerous an approach; and I emphasize the risks of treating them with marijuana or its active substances.   Michael is so experienced, so dedicated, and so genuine, it is a pleasure to share him with you. 

00:0000:00

My guest is British Aristocracy. Luke Montagu is the heir to Mapperton, the finest manor house in England, and is slated to one day become the Earl of Sandwich. But it has not been a charmed or fairytale life and antidepressants almost destroyed him. Instead of retreating into dreams of becoming an Earl, Luke has become one of the most compassionate and caring people I have had the honor to interview on the Dr. Peter Breggin Hour. He puts efforts in supporting the spirituality of the Dali Lama and in developing and distributing programs to teach compassion and forgiveness in schools. Beyond that, he manages to devote himself to the seemingly diverse task of bringing scientific sanity to psychiatry and mental health. I enjoyed and benefitted from having an hour with Luke Montagu. You will, too.

00:0000:00

Loading Downloads
329Episodes