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Tony Stanton, MD is a child and adult psychiatrist who has been in the field almost as long as I have, and like me from the beginning knew that drugs were not the answer.  For more than two decades, Tony ran a program in California that took the last resort children of the state, those who had “failed” everywhere else, often in broken families with parents in jail.  He successfully helped them to come off their multiple medications and to gain a sense of worth and their place in the community.  Safety, engagement and predictability, along with empathic listening, are the principles Tony promotes.  Tony has transcended his profession to become a beacon of wisdom and understanding.  He can help you to have a more fulfilling start to your New Year.  

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Probably the deepest, most far-ranging discussing on “personal responsibility” you will ever hear, beautifully shared with my guest in a single hour. Brian Russell, a lawyer and psychologist with wide-ranging interests, focuses with me on what it means to take responsibility for living a rich, full, principled and loving life.   Politics, religion, personal relationships—nothing is off bounds in our attempt to understand and apply this critical principle of successful living—that we must never flinch from being in charge of ourselves and the outcome of our lives, while doing so in a positive manner.   No more complaining, no more moaning, no more giving up!   No more eating ourselves up with hate and resentment!  Instead, we work to be grateful for life, while learning how to live by taking personal responsibility for ourselves. This hour can change lives.  

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My guest Dr. Michael Corrigan is an extraordinary man in many ways.   He has a big heart and a giant brain!  And he devotes it to the task of advocating for children through scientific projects, educational campaigns, and whatever else is possible.   In a rousing discussion we talk about what in the world can we do to get our ideas across to the public!   This is one of the most important questions we can ask and we even come up with some new ideas.  We also hear about a project that could change how professionals view children.  A great show.

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My guest again is Peter Gøtzsche, MD, the remarkable Danish physician and researcher who has written the stunning book, Deadly Psychiatry and Organized Denial. Our theme is “How Psychiatry Uses Force Against Its Patients and Its Critics.”   This impassioned conversation will give you a deeper look into how the two of us think about our scientific and reform work; and about the real depth of the depravity expressed throughout the history of psychiatry right into modern times.   You will hear momentary silences as we struggle to find the words to explain the harm that psychiatry perpetrates against its patients and all of society.   This show moved me personally.

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James Moore has “lived experience” with the harm caused by antidepressants and the difficulties of withdrawing from them.   He reveals his own personal struggles in order to encourage and inform others.   James reminds us that doctors in the US or Great Britain know very little about the difficulties of withdrawal and instead blame these reactions on the patient’s “mental illness.”  James is finding ways to promote and empower projects that stand outside the current system.  He describes several useful resources for those who are trying to withdraw and for those who are trying to help them.   James gives us an excellent introductory hour for anyone interested in psychiatric drug withdrawal.   You can keep up with his great pod cast on MadinAmerica.com.   

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According to my guest, investigative journalist Jon Rappoport, the opioid epidemic is much more than an epidemic--it is a criminal conspiracy.  

He describes how the US Congress, FDA, DEA and Justice Department have systematically refused or failed to deal with the sources of the flood of pain medications knowingly over-produced and misdirected into the addiction market by the Pharmaceutical Industry.   Listen to what Jon has to say and you will a better informed if even more disillusioned citizen.  The political and industrial behavior he describes fits the pattern that I am familiar with--a Pharmaceutical Empire and medical profession devoted to profits and not to people, and a government that aids and abets them.

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My guest Bonnie Burstow PhD is an amazing researcher and scholar, and one of the world’s leading activists against psychiatric abuse, including electroshock. Bonnie's creativity is boundless, and describes the courage it took to write her new novel about ECT called “The Other Mrs. Smith.” She does a reading from her book on the air that is incredibly moving. Bonnie will educate, inspire and stir you up. In another arena, for the first time ever, Bonnie has made “antipsychiatry” a legitimate field of scholarship at a university by establishing and personally endowing a scholarship for advanced studies in antipsychiatry at her University of Toronto. Being with Bonnie is a privilege you will enjoy.

 

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My marvelous guest is Pam Popper PhD who is devoting her life to informed decision-making in medicine, which includes informed nutrition and informed mental health.   You can meet me and Pam in person next week in Columbus, Ohio at her conference, November 10-12.  I’m cosponsoring and have invited the great Danish critic of psychiatry, Peter Gøtzsche, to be there, too!   Meanwhile, this is an incredible radio hour about nutrition and good health, and how the establishment corrupts these vital services.   A blue ribbon for Pam!   Conference information is available at www.breggin.com or www.wellnessforumhealth.com

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Wayne Douglas is a benzo survivor who has gradually recovered over many years and who helps to organize the annual World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day (W-BAD).  He has a great deal to teach us about both the harms and recovery from these highly addictive drugs that cause so much harm to mental functioning.  His life story is inspiring as well in exemplifying how individuals can overcome environmental disadvantages and the cruelties of modern psychiatry.

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Journalist and educator Patrick Hahn joins me to share a theme that has increasingly drawn my attention—the industrialization of our lives from before birth to after death.    The Pharmaceutical Empire along with the medical/psychiatric industry thinks nothing of poisoning children in the womb with drugs that cross the placenta to harm fetal development and that after birth cross through the mother’s milk to keep the deadly process going.   The giant food industry pushes substitutes for mother’s milk and the intimacy of nursing, and then continues from childhood on selling poisonous, expensive foods to make our children obese and to send them as adults into chronic illness and early graves.   Patrick does a great job focusing on his special interest, the psychopharmaceutical industry; but we also look more broadly at how much our physical and mental lives are shaped by soulless profit-making industries in collaboration with big government.  

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