Archive for March 2018

My guest and colleague Caroline Leaf PhD is reaching millions of people around the world with a message that your brain does not control you and instead you control your brain and to a great extent your body and your environment. From hard science to philosophical speculation, Caroline and I share an inspiring conversation.  She leaves in shambles the claims of the Pharmaceutical Empire that your head is filled with chemicals that can and should control you and, beyond that, she makes a strong argument that we have free will.  She emphasizes how these ideas give hope, motivation and guidance to people who want to improve their lives. Caroline's life and work embrace the clinical to the political and religious.  You will benefit from getting to know Caroline, much as I am doing!  

Replay from 7-1-15


About my newest book, Guilt, Shame and Anxiety:  Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions.  These self-defeating emotions are primitive instincts built into us by evolution, but we can achieve emotional freedom from them. 

In the hour preceding this particularly great hour of my own radio show,  I watched myself flicker across the screen of a Dr. Oz television show titled “Is There a Link between Psychiatric Drugs and Violence?”  Oz gives me a few seconds to say that the FDA confirms that antidepressants cause “hostility and aggression,” and then cuts me off as I’m going to continue that the FDA also specifies “violence” in the Medication Guides for antidepressants.  So today’s Dr. Peter Breggin Hour opens with me passionately, and with some frustration, expressing my limited satisfaction and enormous disappointment in the Oz show.  But in many ways it was a highpoint in my reform work, because Dr. Oz raised the issue of psychiatric drug-induced violence in the title of his show and at one point held up a lengthy list of mass murders involving psychiatric drugs—a sight that will stick with millions of viewers. Then, as glorious fate would have it, my guest for my own show on this day is Thomas Moore, one of the world’s premier experts on the scientific study of adverse drug effects, and the author of key studies on violence induced by prescription drugs.  Our dialogue is packed with information.  This is a don’t-miss hour.

Replay From 04.20.16

Kelly Brogan MD is a shining star of a psychiatrist!  You will want to know her!   Coming through the establishment, she broke free to treat patients the way she would want to be treated, and from there, to a deeper understanding of life from the menace of the psychopharmaceutical ideology to the worth of what we both call psychospirituality. You are guaranteed to benefit from spending time with her.

Leah Ashe PhD and I “sit at the kitchen table” so-to-speak and have a lovely conversation about the knowable and the unknowable in life, starting with our relationship to food, and to then to the animals that most of us eat, and then to each other and the unknowable and knowable we find in and with each other.  I enjoyed this surprising and unexpected conversation that went everywhere except where we had planned.   It left me more comfortable than I am when trying to apply reason and science to everything to find an answer.  It felt more real than drawing conclusions.  Come join Leah and me meandering about life at the kitchen table.  It was a good, enlightening experience for me and perhaps for you, too. 

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour
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