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The Hearing Voices Network is a bright light in the darkness of approaches to people who have seemingly “alternative” experiences that psychiatrists classify as psychosis and demean with diagnoses like schizophrenia.   The centerpiece of today’s show is a marvelous 24-year-old woman, Alison Branitsky, who has been hearing voices since she was a child and who managed miraculously to escape destruction in the psychiatric system as a teenager.  My other guest, the magnificent psychologist John Read, and myself are mainly catalysts to the presentation that Alison makes personally and as a leader in the Hearing Voices Network USA.  I know I have been especially enthusiastic about many of my recent shows; but I can guarantee you will learn from and be inspired by Alison and by the existence of the worldwide Hearing Voices movement.   In you are in the field of mental health, and know little about this movement, please, please, please watch or listen to this show.  If you have any interest in the genuine internal life of us humans, you too should pay attention to Alison Branitsky and the hearing voices movement.   

Jeffrey Masson is an international treasure, one of the most thoughtful people I have ever known.  He has enlightened me about many vastly important issues from Freud’s betrayal of children by denying the existence of child abuse, to the role of Psychiatry in Nazi Germany, on to the importance of animals for their own sake and in our lives.  For many years, his writing has focused on the lives of animals and the meaning of our relationships with them, and today’s show was supposed to focus on his new book, Lost Companions: Reflections on the Death of Pets; but we could not resist covering a fascinating range of topics including those I’ve mentioned above.  This is a very thoughtful and enlightening show, a rare experience that adds wonderment to our lives.   

Attorney Jim Gottstein is a human rights hero.  At grave personal and professional risk to himself, he made public the inside information demonstrating that Eli Lilly & Co was hiding the deadly effects of its so-called antipsychotic drug Zyprexa.   Jim’s new book, The Zyprexa Papers,  is a dramatic and revelatory exposé coupled with an inspirational message that people can and do recover from deeply distressed psychospiritual experiences, including psychosis, without taking drugs that can destroy their health and even take their lives.   Yet there is much more to Jim's career, including many successful cases before the Alaska Supreme Court on behalf of patient rights.  There is no other lawyer in the world like Jim Gottstein.  This is a great discussion between two lifelong reformers. 

Professor John Read from Great Britain is one of the finest, most dedicated mental health professionals in the world.  His work and today's discussion spans from research into the origins of psychosis to the abysmal failure of ECT and the hazards of psychiatric drug withdrawal.   This wonderful hour with Dr. Read is worth sharing with everyone with any interest in reforming psychiatry, psychology and mental health services.  Getting to know this person and his work is a treat.
Psychiatry Unmasked:  Two Leading Critics Talk.  Peter Gøtzsche, MD and I take a head-on look at the essential flaws and corruption that pervade psychiatry.  Dr. Gøtzsche is the outstanding Danish researcher who is the leading European critic of psychiatry.  You won’t find a better overall critique anywhere.  We look at the harm caused by the neurotoxic drugs, the curse of involuntary treatment, the myths of biochemical and genetic causes, and psychiatric resistance to teaching people how to safely withdraw from psychiatric drugs.  We suggest to psychiatrists what they can do to partially redeem themselves and urge them to take the courageous steps! 
Best Dr. Breggin Hour Ever! Virologist Dr. Judy Mikovits makes the most interesting and informative show I can ever remember doing!  Her knowledge about the coronavirus and origins of the pandemic are stunning.  In this second hour with Judy, we delve deeply into where the virus got started in American laboratories, how Chinese scientists were involved way back in time, how it must have been fabricated, and the role that treacherous Anthony Fauci played in allowing if not making this happen.   I have learned more from these two interviews with Dr. Mikovits than from any other interviews I can recall.  For your sake, and the sake of humanity, see this interview with Judy Mikovits, and then watch the earlier one, too. 
My periodic guest team of my friends Pam Popper, PhD (a great nutritionist) and Pinar Miski, MD (a great psychiatrist) have a great time talking with each other and with me about nutrition, living a good life, and surviving the coronavirus.  Enjoy listening to good friends sharing thoughts about being alive today.   It may inspire you to enjoy life more.

Virologist Judy Mikovits PhD is the author of Plague of Corruption about the industrial misuse and abuse of science.  On the Dr. Peter Breggin Hour, we go at intimidating questions others avoid.  Is Covid-19 the product of Anthony Fauci’s policy decision to collaborate with China to make virulent epidemic viruses?  Was Fauci’s decision to push remdesivir wildly misguided?  Should you take hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19?  Did the shutdown work?  Is there hope for a vaccine for Covid-19?  Can vaccines cause autism?  Is it safer and healthier to catch the flu than to get the flu vaccine?   Issues like this are also discussed and documented on Dr. Breggin’s free Coronavirus Resource Center on

The annual World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day or W-BAD is coming up again.  My guest is Wayne Douglas, co-founder of the event, whose life was overwhelmed by these drugs, which include Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin and Serax.  Even when taken as prescribed, the benzodiazepines can ruin individual lives and the lives of their family.  They can lead to abuse and dependence, cause withdrawal reactions, and leave individuals with lifelong emotional and cognitive problems.  We also discuss the broader implications for every class of psychiatric drug, all of which can lead to cognitive decline and loss of quality of life, with many causing or contributing to suicide or violence.  Wayne has been a remarkably effective advocate for awareness of harms caused by these drugs, even addressing the Japanese Parliament, the country in which he received the medications.  The show also includes an amazing description of Wayne experiencing the Fukushima earthquake and the subsequent damage to the nuclear power plant.  Wayne Douglas may inspire you to find a group in your city to join in spreading life-saving information about these drugs. If you have been harmed by the “BZs” you will find companionship and inspiration through joining the reform movement.  You can connect at

Master Sergeant Troy Drasher had the most difficult, emotionally challenging job I have ever heard of inside or outside the military.  When his air force doc recommended he “take a little something to take the edge off,” his life gradually declined into nightmare under the impact of psychiatric drugs.  To the rescue came Dr. Mary Neal Vieten’s Warfighter Advance, one of the best recovery programs I have ever learned about.    You will rarely hear such clarity brought to the difference between psychiatry and genuine help.  Please listen to his story and his recovery.

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour
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