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This radio program brings together leaders in the reform movement in North America to abolish  electroshock treatment (ECT). This Saturday May 12 at noon in Toronto at Queens Park, there is a shock protest and a hunger strike taking place against ECT.  This amazing hour begins with my interviewing Bonnie Burstow, PhD, a leading Canadian, researcher, teacher and writer in criticizing psychiatric oppression.  She is joined by Connie Neil, an 80-year-old Canadian shock survivor who plans to participate in the hunger strike.  Stephen Ticktin,  a Canadian psychiatrist and devoted international activist then comes on the air with us.  He is followed by Don Weitz, a Canadian survivor of insulin coma shock, who has for decades been a leading psychiatric reformer.  Each of them will be at the shock protest.  Finally, we are joined by an anonymous American shock survivor.  

Shock treatment is a crime against humanity that is defended by all the force that can be leveraged by psychiatry, including the shock and drug manufacturers, the psychiatric and medical associations, the media, federal insurance programs including Medicare, and the FDA.   

From the human stories to the politics and the details about how shock causes damage—this is an extraordinary hour.  It was for me a great moment, having so many old friends and reform-minded colleagues together on the air.  When the show started, I had no idea how amazing it would become.   It is disillusioning to hear that such a dreadful abuse as ECT has recently found FDA approval but it is inspiring to hear the progress being made in the courts, including my research and forensic work.  Most inspiring is how survivors of shock treatment like Connie and Don, continue to fight back along with honorable professionals, like Bonnie and Stephen.  

 www.123ect.org

Today, Wednesday, May 1st, is your introduction to a remarkable psychiatrist on The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour.  I am often asked, “Are there any other psychiatrists like you?”   By psychiatrist like me, they usually mean psychiatrists who care so much about their patients that they do psychotherapy and avoid giving them drugs.  They might also mean a psychiatrist who will fight for patient rights.   Well, there are not enough psychiatrists like that, but they do exist and more and more of them are surfacing.  Today’s guest is psychiatrist Gail Tasch from Wisconsin–and today she “came out” on the Dr. Peter Breggin Hour.  There is much to be gained from this hour, including the effectiveness of treating newly admitted inpatients without starting them on drugs or by starting them on minimal drugs or by reducing some of the medications they were admitted on. Working within the conventional psychiatric system, Dr.  Tasch  manages to help people.  Also, we can learn from her journey from more traditional psychiatry into the reality that drugs are dangerous neurotoxins.   An enlightening, lively hour.

This was Open Mic Wednesday, the last Wednesday of the month.  I start out addressing the fact that psychiatric drugs are neurotoxins.  Then I open the mic to six callers in a row who present very challenging problems in their lives or the lives of family members, often complicated by the psychiatric drugs they are taking or took in the past.  No miracles, but you get a good idea about the direction and encouragement I give people when they or their family members are stuck in a bad place and want new and better approaches.

My guest today is the “Best of the Best,” Commander in the US Navy, Mary Neal Vieten, PhD. This psychologist directs a most extraordinary program to help active duty and retired warfighters to reconsider psychiatric medications, to deal with trauma and other blocks to success, and to achieve new goals for themselves. Especially impressive to me is the thoroughness with which she has dispatched the medical model and all the lingo associated with it in order to remove all stigma and to focus on empowerment. Commander Vieten is accomplishing one of the single most important goals we can aspire to—the successful development of non-medical, educational and caring-based programs for people who are suffering from severe emotional stress compounded by dreadful medical diagnoses and treatment. I am deeply appreciative of her work. One of my most esteemed audience members just texted me, “Exceptional episode! One of my favorites.” Commander Vieten’s approach called Warfighter ADVANCE is at the cutting edge of improved services for those who need to be treated as human beings rather than as patients and disease entities.

The second in a row of two great radio hours with Jeanne Stolzer, PhD as my guest talking across a broad range of extremely controversial issues including the biological basis of gender differences, the reality of male abuse of women, and the backlash about toxic masculinity that is crushing the identity of boys and men.   We emphasize the  importance of shared values that defy the concepts of diversity and encourage a unity of basic beliefs in responsibility, mutual respect and love.  Society thrives when one-to-one human-to-human relationships transcend warring diverse groups.  Shared values that empower all individuals are more important than diversity in creating a healthy society. This is an hour that sharpened my own thinking because Jeanne Stolzer is such an astonishing combination of courageous communicator,  devoted scientist, and genuine advocate for freedom and equality.   Join the intellectual and spiritual ride that she creates!

A very challenging show, with my brilliant and enthusiastic guest Jeanne Stolzer, PhD., an award-winning teacher. It is filled with unorthodox but scientific ideas that do not yield to political correctness.  About the differences between women and men built into our bodies by physical evolution, passed on by our genes, and then affected by family and society and our own individuality.  How these differences were used by men in very recent millennia to develop patriarchal societies that enforce the subjugation of women.  But how, on the other hand, the reflexive rejection of these actual biological and evolutionary differences between men and women has been especially harmful to boys and men in recent decades, disempowering and intimidating them.   Is masculinity now a “disease” as the American Psychological Association says, and what does such a concept do to boys and men? How women of course have a right and ought to be free of patriarchy and also to reject traditional roles, but what can society do to support those women who do want to be the primary caretakers of their children?  What are the consequences of not nursing a child and not providing a constant, loving caretaker in the early years of life?    You are not likely to hear a discussion remotely like this anywhere else, making this a unique and important hour of conversation that is critical to all our lives and to where society is going.  It simply would not be permitted at most universities or in the media.

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 www.prn.fm<http://www.prn.fm> 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 www.prn.fm<http://www.prn.fm>.  Call in live to be on the show any Wednesday at 888 874 4888.  Go to the PodBean archive on www.breggin.com<http://www.breggin.com>.


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