Sunday, December 8, 2019

Comments by Mary Saunders

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  • The Supreme Court has not done anything about the weekly death meetings of the executive branch, so I would say it is not a good time to expect SCOTUS to respect human rights.There are at least two justices with histories representing the chemical industry. In my experience as a social worker, years ago, the best support may be the not-psychiatrists in the system. I watched and participated in a meeting that prevented a psychiatrist from placing a person with sexual-abuse trauma in a living situation in an SRO where the risk would have been extreme. There may have been 8 others involved, and the psychiatrist was really jumped. He had to back down and allow a safer housing option. I believe the recovery-through-work practice in Trieste, Italy, relied on line workers to get the socially cooperative businesses going. Line workers often do the work for reasons other than CEO-level pay (pardon my gallows attempt at a joke). In addition, the Open Dialogue practice in Finland has been implemented with cooperative action between line-workers without M.D.’s and M.D.’s who have been able to look at human environments systemically.

  • The industry itself acknowledges the life risks of side effects. As a social worker, the worst one I saw was diabetes, brittle diabetes, and intense weight gain, with people in and out of hospital for these. They have been sued for this, but they require gags to settle, another organized crime tactic. Suicide and homicide risk go up, which is scary also because it mirrors increased suicide from pesticide use. In India, men kill themselves. In China, it is women left to cope with everything in the country as men seek work in cities. Many of the medications are fluoriine-based compounds, so when people take the meds, they are loading on a cumulative toxin that is wide-based in the environment and known to cause endocrine-disruption problems. Understanding the mechanics of these issues is a first step in seeking redress.

  • One of the senators from Iowa went after Joseph Biederman of Harvard when a 4-year old died of a psych med over-dose. It is easy to find information on this. It was Sen. Grassley I believe. There are a few who care about children, and the increased risk of suicide in children is serious and was reported out of Europe a few years ago. This is also the unacknowledged problem with public shooters and with returning veterans. It is getting much harder to hide these things.

  • No, the time for being gentle about murder is done. Robert Whitaker’s book is tame, compared to this new one, but I got hissed announcing a discussion of it at a NAMI event. If we are gentle, we get bullied. These people must be spoken to directly, in the language they have used in selling harm. If you want to see a shocking case, check out Joseph Lieberman, of Harvard, but there are more, all around the country. The chief floggers are called Key Opinion Leaders (KOL’s).

  • My hope is that the new interest in “personal” and “personalized” medicine will help conventional medicine transition to Functional Medicine, where many forward-thinking practitioners are gaining market share.

    Functional medicine assesses where people are at baseline and where they want to go. It is person-centered and function-enhancing in nature, rather than looking to “repair” something “broken.”

    Ancient knowledge has worked from this basis for thousands of years. Yoga and tai chi developed from this outlook, as did Traditional Chinese Medicine and the use of herbs and food to help people improve function.

    I do think it might work better to speak of the details of how and why people die sooner if they take medications. There is increasing attention on the death rate from medications properly taken or over-dosed with outside what calls itself mental-health as well as inside.

    I even heard an M.D. on NPR saying he would not go in hospital or want anyone in his family/friend community in hospital without a hospitalist, who is a person charged with seeing that best practice happens for patients.

    If we change to Functional Medicine and its emphasis on the individual person, we may get over some current issues.

  • Jim, ordinary people who will feel compelled to whistle-blow after you could be made aware of what the companies do by hearing and seeing your story. Kickstarter might be a place to get some funds to get the story out. Perhaps a local producer up there might be interested. Since the story would be about you, but not produced by you, the IRS, apparently working for the company, could not take the funds. Good causes frequently meet their goals quickly on Kickstarter.