"A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom and joy but illuminates the way to true human potential." Paul Rademacher, author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world and practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd, author: Daring To Be Yourself

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Believing In Others

Victor Frankl was a psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor, and author of Man's Search For Meaning, a magnificent book that I have often recommended over the years, and which serves to remind us - just as in the case of Nelson Mandela - that we always have a choice, in particular about the manner in which we react to potentially dreadful events that occur in our lives. In this brief (1972) clip on TED Frankl extols the virtues of believing in others ... of overestimating others in order to promote them to what they really can be!

To watch it on TED instead of Youtube, click here - I was unable to find the embed code on TED.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Marketing of Madness: How Big Pharma Has Made Us Mad & Got Rich in the Process

The DVD The Marketing of Madness, produced by Citizen's Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) Videos is about the history of psychotropic medication and its early - and very rapid - links to marketing hype for profit. At the same time, and this is evidently the much more important aspect of the DVD, much emphasis is placed on the effect this has had on us as individuals, on our brains, and ultimately on our society. Educate yourself, watch this video, don't take psychotropic meds without becoming knowledgable about the topic!

The video can be viewed in segments on Youtube, of which I have embedded the first two here, or can be viewed at the CCHR website:

Part 1


Part 2


Parts 3-18 are here

To purchase the DVD click here

On the CCHR website, this can be read under their mission statement:

At CCHR, we work continuously to educate you on the truth about psychiatry, providing information that psychiatrists would prefer you didn't have. For example, in 2008, Dr. Nada Stotland, the president of the American Psychiatric Association, acknowledged that CCHR "influences our legislatures, our Food and Drug Administration, our schools, and our media as a moving force behind the unwarranted 'black box warnings'" on the potentially lethal effects of psychiatric drugs [emphasis added]. Note that in Dr. Stotland's opinion, warning children, adolescents and young adults that could become suicidal while taking antidepressants--a fact the drug regulatory agencies the world over have determined is vital information--is "unwarranted."

Only by providing all the facts about the risks of psychiatric treatment can we possibly reduce the number of victims who unfortunately learn this truth through personal tragedy.

One of the most important things to know about psychiatry is the complete lack of science supporting its system of diagnosis or its treatments. Take, for example, the psychiatric "billing bible," the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-IV. Not one of the 297 disorders described therein has ever been proven to exist by observable pathology or objective tests. Instead a panel of psychiatrists arbitrarily defined symptoms of each mental disorder and then literally voted on their suitability for inclusion in the DSM. By this system, if a newly defined mental disorder loses the vote, it fails to make it into the DSM. The system is subjective and ambiguous; its terminology is ill-defined or altogether undefined.

In spite of such serious and fundamental flaws, this system is widely accepted as the benchmark for both judging human behavior and determining treatments in courts, prisons and schools. In many countries, the DSM forms the basis of mental health services billings to insurance companies and bogus "mental health screening".

By medicalizing everyday problems, psychiatry has fraudulently labeled millions as mentally ill, and either forced or convinced them to adopt prescription psychotropic drugs as a routine part of their lives. As a result, psychotropic drug consumption has escalated with 100 million people worldwide now taking these drugs, 20 million of whom are children.

CCHR remains dedicated to exposing the scientific myths and hype with which psychiatry has managed to surround its diagnostic system and treatments. We work with medical doctors and other professionals that see it as their duty to ensure that government policy and regulations provide the strongest warnings about psychiatric treatments.

Our work aligns with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which reads, in part:
  • "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,"
  •  "All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law,"
  •  "Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children." 
Psychiatrists violate these articles on a daily basis.

Through psychiatrists' false diagnoses, stigmatizing labels, easy-seizure involuntary commitment laws, brutal, depersonalizing treatments all over the world, thousands needlessly fall into their coercive system every day. It is a system that exemplifies human rights abuse and denies individuals their inherent rights.

Each year thousands of psychiatric victims or their families contact CCHR to report incidents of psychiatric harm. And it's a litany of maltreatment: sexual abuse, brutal institutional treatment and conditions, hospital fraud, false imprisonment, patient deaths and even murder.

Scores of parents are denied the right to choose the kind of education their child should be given, coerced into administering mind-altering psychiatric drugs, or forced to subject their children to mandatory "screening" for mental disorders for which no scientific evidence exists. read more here