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A very good Open Mic Wednesday, which takes place every last Wednesday of the month at 4 pm NY time.   The number to call from anywhere is 888 874 4888.  Today, calls varied from how to live life without drugs to surviving as a good therapist in professional communities that push drugs.  I also talk about the secrets to life.  The last Wednesday of the month focuses on callers, but you can call my talk radio show at 888 874 4888 at 4 pm NY time any Wednesday while you listen to the show on<> or its app.

My guest is British psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff for whom I have deep respect for remaining a caring, pioneering professional and a writer of important books while participating in “the system,” in this case the National Health Service of Great Britain.   We examine the differences between US and British psychiatry, especially the seemingly greater opportunity for divergent opinions and at times improved care in the British system, which none the less remains deeply flawed and damaging.  We share experiences and ideas on psychiatric drug withdrawal and what people really need to overcome their psychological problems as well as the harm done by psychiatry.  A good solid discussion about current psychiatry and the harms of its drugs, as well as ECT.

An absolutely amazing show with guest and friend Pam Popper, physician and nutritionist, as we discuss our reactions on returning from the recent conference in Denmark inaugurating Peter Gøtzsche’s brand new Institute for Scientific Truth.  I conceived of the Institute and conference to bolster Peter’s morale after I learned that he was coming under such heavy attack from the European medical and scientific establishment that he would probably lose his academic and medical positions, as he eventually did.  The conference was a great event and clearly re-inspired Peter.  Pam and I made enthusiastically-received presentations and many attendees were there to hear us in particular.  Every speaker turned over new scientific rocks with creepy crawly evildoers crawling beneath.  The corruption is mind-boggling.   In the service of big government and big industry, bad science everywhere pushes out good science.  On the radio, Pam and I have a cutting edge, robust and at times truly remarkable conversation ranging over corruption throughout all the medical sciences down to some mind-bending specifics surrounding the vaccine controversy.   Many of our observations were surprising and enlightening to me.  It was so good we didn’t stop to take callers.  With all the dismal stuff, the show was fun!

Today's hour is the deepest I have gone in talking about empathy as an intentional listening to, acceptance and understanding of another person.  It is open mic Wednesday, which is always the last Wednesday of the month, and I began the hour by focusing on empathy and so did my callers.   If you want to understand how to find friends, to start relationships, and to make them grow, this is the hour for you.   In response to a lonely caller, I talk about all that she, or anyone, needs to do to quickly begin finding people who want meaningful, caring and even loving relationships.  Then I explain how the same empathic approaches and attitudes can change your life for the better, along with lives of almost everyone you know.  Find out what it means to experience "empathic self-transformation"-it could change your life.   The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour is every Wednesday at 4 pm NY Time on<>.  Call in live to be on the show any Wednesday at 888 874 4888.  Go to the PodBean archive on<>.

My guest is Los Angeles psychiatrist Judith Orloff and as I predicted in my Frequent Alert before the show, it was an astonishingly inspiring and educational hour about the empathic side of us human beings, and especially about those of us who are empaths and who very deeply experience the people and the environment around us.  I talked more than usual about my wife Ginger, who is a profound empath, or "highly sensitive person," and continued to understand her better through Judith's words.   What better endorsement can I give to Judith and to her work!  I spoke about the special dangers of psychiatry and psychiatric drugs to highly sensitive, empathic people.   We also had great callers, and at one point my connectivity to my own show broke down for several minutes, but Judith and the caller stayed engaged on the continuing live show without noticing my absence.  Exciting!  One of the best programs we've had.


My guest Andrew Thibault is the film maker who made Speed Demons, one of the best documentaries ever on how psychiatric drugs drove a real-life highly intelligent, kind and caring young man into a violent killer.  Unlike most of these films, Andrew gives us a sympathetic close-up, personal look into the life of the medication victim who then becomes a psychotic perpetrator.  Andrew Thibault is also an independent researcher into the relationship between psychiatric drugs and violence, and has made himself into a fountain of interesting and exciting information.  If you have any interest in these topics, you are guaranteed to learn from this episode of the Dr. Peter Breggin Hour.

Between Terry Lynch MD and me, I think we have a hundred years of experience working with patients or clients, and that is what our show is about.  Terry, who lives and works in Ireland, began as family physician and became disillusioned with the psychiatric approach being taken to people with emotional suffering.  He bypassed psychiatry completely-an act of wisdom and courage-and became a psychotherapist.  He is a leader in the field of how to help people and I always find it useful and inspiring to talk with him.  Join Terry and me for a discussion that begins with a focus on love and moves on to broader issues in psychology and psychiatry, with many practical suggestions about how to help oneself and others live a more fulfilling life.  I benefitted and I think you will, too.

This was such a great show, I had to reassure my wonderful audience that every single caller was spontaneous and as surprising to me as it was to them.  This was Open Mic Wednesday, which occurs every last Wednesday of the month.  Topics covered were successful psychiatric drug withdrawals, building relationships when you feel emotionally unstable and lacking in confidence, handling anger, and brain nutrition.  For me, it was an spontaneously delightful and informative hour.   The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour is every Wednesday 4-5 pm NY Time.  Calls can be taken during the live hour itself at 888 874 4888.  The archives are on<>.


Repeat of 04.12.17. Robert Whitaker calls himself a journalist but I believe he is one of the most important scientists in the world today based on his scientific analyses of the flaws in what passes for research in psychiatry. He is also an insightful social critic. More than that, he is a major figure in the promotion of genuinely therapeutic approaches. For this hour, Bob and I especially examine the larger psychological, moral and social damage done to individuals and institutions, and to society itself, by what Bob calls “the psychiatric narrative.”

My guest Kim Witczak represents consumers on the FDA committee that makes recommendations to the agency about drug approval.  Kim lost her husband to suicide while he was taking the antidepressant Zoloft.  She is a remarkable example of surmounting tragedy to make a real contribution to society.   Kim is also a fountain of information about shenanigans and trends at the FDA and its partners in the pharmaceutical industry.   She has genuine insider information.  One striking new phenomenon at the FDA is fast-tracking drugs for “treatment-resistant” depression.  In other words, after patients have been poisoned with neurotoxic drugs and made worse, the FDA will help industry come up with new and more neurotoxic drugs to further overwhelm the already injured patients.   This is apparently an agency-wide trend at the FDA, which has recently approved ECT for “treatment-resistant depression.”  Instead of “First, do no harm,” the new motto of psychiatry, the FDA and the drug companies has become “Do more harm!”  You can keep up with many of these issues by subscribing to my free Frequent Alerts on  And remember you can call into my program to make a comment or to ask a question by phoning 888 874 4888 every Wednesday live at 4 pm NY Time.

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