Archive for May 2018

Patrick D. Hahn is a genuine scholar of the history of psychiatry who leads us through the turns and twists of psychiatry's struggle with its untruths from the Nazi doctors led by Ernst Rudin to the field of psychotherapy led by Sigmund Freud.  It's an endless tale of ignoring what people really suffer from--abuse and rejection in growing up, followed by abuse and rejection in most of what passes for mental health treatment.  This is a very thoughtful hour about psychiatry and psychoanalysis that everyone should know about and rise above.   


What if I told you that the pharmaceutical industry has very little to do with the epidemic of opioid drug overdoses and deaths in America?  What if I told you that escalating opioid deaths have very little to do with bad prescribing practices?   What I told you that these deaths stem more from drug trafficking from China than from overproduction by giant corporations?  What if I told you that government efforts to restrict opioid prescribing is a disaster for genuine pain patients?  And finally, what if these increased pain-killer drug deaths ultimately reflect the culture of despair afflicting our youth?   I can guarantee you new insights into these issues from one of my best-informed guests, Richard Lawhern, PhD. 

I wish everyone in the world could listen to this hour.  I learned a huge amount.  Yet it’s a topic many find unbearable because it requires rethinking ourselves and society.  My friend and colleague Jeanne Stolzer PhD explains the transformative importance of the first few years of life.  Did you know that infants nursed into early childhood grow up much smarter, healthier and happier?  Did you know that mothers who nurse have little or no post-partum depression and instead thrive mentally and emotionally?  Did you know that a mother's milk is unique and never the same from moment to moment, hour to hour? Want to know why?  Jeanne is a true scientist and she has the data on this and more for a truly radical and informative hour of conversation.  If you listen, you are guaranteed to be informed in a new way about who you are.  You will be stirred into thought about how far human society has gone away from what sustained, nourished and informed us for 99.9999% of our evolution.

Kim Witczak is the consumer representative on the FDA’s psychopharmacology committee.  That’s the mostly “professional” group that recommends for or against new drugs to the FDA.   Other than Kim, the regular participants are mostly drug company flacks.  When you read that the FDA’s committee approved a drug 11-1, the one dissenter is probably heroic Kim Witczak.  No one can give you better insight into what goes on in the regulatory agency.  Learn about the latest menace recently unleashed on neurological and psychiatric patients, already causing hundreds of deaths!   

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour
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