The Truth About Depression with Dr Kelly Brogan

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Dr. Kelly Brogan M.D.
February 27, 2017

Today my guest guest is holistic psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, and we’re covering The Truth about Depression. Dr. Brogan is an author of the new book “A Mind of Your Own” [Review Here] and co-editor of the landmark textbook “Integrative Therapies for Depression”.

She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College and has a B.S. from MIT in Systems Neuroscience.

She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine. She has specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. She is also a mother of two children.

Dr. Brogan covers some pretty shocking information about the conventional approach to depression. She explains what the root cause of depression is which is very different from what other psychiatrists are saying. And she discusses a more a holistic approach that is surprisingly similar to what I talk about with addressing skin issues.

Topics discussed today include:

Dr. Brogan had a very traditional medical background and started specializing in women’s psychiatry
While working with pregnant women, she realized she wouldn’t be comfortable taking some of the medications these women were prescribed.  After she had her own baby, she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and she realized there had to be a better way to deal with it.  She consulted a naturopath, and started supplementation and dietary changes.
Within six months, these changes helped her numbers go to a normal range.  The fact that these lifestyle changes put what would normally be a lifelong disease into remission raised some flags with Dr.Brogan.  She began diving into literature about nutrition and pharmaceutical products and psychiatric medications.  Long term use of antidepressants result in worse outcomes than never taking it.  Depression is the number one worldwide cause of disability.

Shouldn’t more treatment mean less disability?  Dr. Brogan started wondering about the effectiveness of these treatments and started asking patients if they would like to wean off of the medication.  That is when she noticed how habit forming these medications are.  She believes people should have all of the information before they go on these drugs, if at all
A Mind of Your Own is 10 years of Dr. Brogan’s research curated into one book.

We discuss SSRI’s, who takes them, and what they are supposed to do
Depression as an inflammatory disorder, symptoms may be there for a reason
Lifestyle interventions that can help with these issues
Eliminate processed foods
Eat organic produce and pastured meat products
Cut out grains, legumes, and soy, especially at the beginning
Meditation – Kundalini Yoga
High Intensity Low Volume Exercise – Once a week
Detox your environment, coffee enemas, skin brushing
Coming off medicine needs to be done slow and strategically

Key Takeaways:

Our bodies are interconnected as a whole. Healthy lifestyle choices can as effective or more effective in treating an array of health issues including depression and inflammation. Dr. Brogan has curated information and evidence supporting this in her new book, A Mind of Your Own.

Mentioned on today’s show:

A Mind of Your Own
Integrative Therapies for Depression
Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
SSRI Stories
Antidepressants and the Placebo Effect by Irving Kirsch

Breaking Away From Stress With Meditation


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Zy Marquiez
July 5, 2016

“Meditation is not like doing reps at the gym.  It strengthens your attention muscle.”
– David Levy

“Give me silence.  Let me ponder my despair.  Where the trees and the birds know no cruelty.  And where I may learn to breathe again.  Without the harsh views of humanity.  Without judgment or jury.  Just me, the trees, the green.  And my silence.”
– Amelia Dashwood

Meditation is a tool that is as great and powerful as its precision of use.

A still mind helps employ this tool and its effect will be proportional to the drive the individual employs in its application.

Calming the mind can help:

Better sleep
Clearer focus
Greater effectiveness
Anger control
Ability to learn faster
Stress release
Less distraction
Better concentration
Reduced depression
Enhanced physical relaxation[1]

Michael Singer, in his book The Surrender Experiment, covers many experiences that expanded his consciousness when he became ready to allow things in life to happen, rather than forcing things to manifest in his own manner.  In his intriguing and thought provoking book he writes:

“Challenging situations create the force needed to bring about change.  The problem is that we generally use all the stirred-up energy intended to bring about change to resist change.  I was learning to sit quietly in the midst of the howling winds and wait to see what constructive action was being asked of me.”

This resounding passage helped me change the path of stress that was chosen by me to a more consciously calming road.

Another effect of reading the above passage was that it was as if the stress-balloon popped, and it was quite shocking at first.  This was due to the realization that change was being resisted by me, and that was one major factor causing stress in my life at the time.  Synchronistically enough, it was after that very moment subsequent to reading that particular passage and making the choice to change that everything in my life began snowballing into positive circumstances once it was decided by me to become proactive, rather than reactive.

Such resounding change wasn’t able to take place until my eyes and mind were open to it, and willing to act on it.

In Meditation For Warriors – Practical Medication For Cops, Soldiers & Martial Artists, Loren W. Christensen not only shows many anecdotal evidence by those in the martial field of the benefits of meditation, but he also offers various ways that meditation can be employed.

As the author notes, one army veteran told him:

“There was a soldier in Afghanistan into the Zen/hippie stuff.  He was always meditating, doing yoga, whatever.  Thing is, he always seemed so calm no matter what was going on.  So I asked him to show me how to meditate.  After a while, it started to make a huge difference on how I mentally dealt with stress in combat.”[3]

Christensen’s friend, Paul McRedmond, who was a long-time martial artist, retired police officer, and avid meditator for nigh five decades, related:

“The nervous system can only take so much dynamic input before it crashes/needs to sleep, etc.  It’s like filling a cup with water.  The cup can actually take more water than just the cup’s measure.  But one more drop can cause more water to flow from the cup than just that one drop.  Loren, you’ve dealt with many, many ‘last straw’ [last drop of stress] people.  With them, a seemingly random event, a single word or a glance can cause emotional upset, panic, screaming, and, sometimes, really stupid actions…There are three ways to empty the cup: You can get a bigger one.  You can dump or drain the water in the existing one, or you can avoid water.  Training, relationships, good nutrition, and exercise all enlarge the cup.  Sleep allows some of the water to drain and vacations get you away from the water.

But, meditation does all three at once.  It expands the capacity of your nervous system by creating coherence [a synergistic pattern of brain wave frequencies across the main 4 quadrants of the brain], it allows for greater restfulness during sleep [draining the water], and [here comes the woo-woo stuff] to eventually become water.”[4]

Essentially, meditation impacts the health of the individual through what are called “stress reduction pathways” within your brain.  As Researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University elaborated:

“When an individual experiences stress, activity in the prefrontal cortex — responsible for conscious thinking and planning — decreases, while activity in the amygdala, hypothalamus and anterior cingulate cortex — regions that quickly activate the body’s stress response — increases.

Studies have suggested that mindfulness reverses these patterns during stress; it increases prefrontal activity, which can regulate and turn down the biological stress response.

Excessive activation of the biological stress response increases the risk of diseases impacted by stress (like depression, HIV and heart disease).

By reducing individuals’ experiences of stress, mindfulness may help regulate the physical stress response and ultimately reduce the risk and severity of stress-related diseases.”

There are countless other examples that showcase what individuals in high-stress environments thought of the regular use of using meditation as a tool.  That convinced me, as an individual, that there could probably be some merit to what they spoke of.  And there was.

After learning how to employ meditation, issues that used to bother me, melted away.

Empty/inflammatory comments people made, affected me no longer.

Stressful scenarios that used to be obstacles became puzzles to be solved rather than detriments on my path.

Because of the above reason, and more, meditation has always been a staple in my life, and always will be.

There are many ways stress can be conquered, and these techniques are up to the individual to figure out what helps them best.  In my case, reading, working out & meditating have always worked best, with the last one netting the most benefits by far.

Whatever tool/technique one decides to choose to deal with stress, it’s of utmost importance not only to refine this tool, but to hone it as much as possible for when it is needed.  The beauty of whatever technique/tool you choose, is that the more you employ it, the more efficient you will become with it.  But its benefits will only accrue by being regularly proactive.

Ponder about it, a perfectly honed tool sitting in the attic of your life most of the time does nobody any good.

Please keep in mind, when the next obstacle in your life arises, it’s not to bring you down.  It’s to test you.  It’s to show you what you’re made of.

But nothing great will happen unless you unleash the power of your mind in its full potential.

As Eckhart Tolle intimated:

“Your mind is an instrument, a tool, a weapon.”

The mind, your mind, is your greatest asset.

Be cognizant.

Hone it.

Employ it.

To sum up, the following quote is left for your contemplation:

“The mind can be our best friend and advocate in getting what we want in life, or it can pull the breaks on and be a nasty little foe – the choice is yours – choose your attitude.”
– Rachel Bermingham
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Sources & References

[1] Loren W. Christensen, Meditation For Warriors – Practical Medication For Cops, Soldiers & Martial Artists, pg. 19.
[2]  Dr. Kelly Brogan, M.D., A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression & How Women Can Heal Their Bodies To Reclaim Their Lives, p. 260.
[3] Loren W. Christensen, Meditation For Warriors – Practical Medication For Cops, Soldiers & Martial Artists, pg. 19.
[4] Ibid., pg. 19-20
[5] [5] EurekAlert!, Carnegie Mellon Researchers Reveal How Mindfulness Training Affects Health, February 12, 2016

Taking Antidepressants During Pregnancy Adversely Affects Babies’ Brain Chemistry, Finds Study

[Editor’s Note]

For those wishing for more information about this important subject please read:

A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression & How Women Can Heal Their Bodies by Dr. Kelly Brogan
Toxic Psychiatry – Dr. Peter Breggin

Pregnant women
Source: NaturalNews.com
Isabelle Z.
June 24, 2016

There is now another reason to be concerned about the effects of antidepressant use, particularly if you’re pregnant. A new study out of the Helsinki University Children’s Hospital has uncovered a link between the use of antidepressants by pregnant women, and brain abnormalities in their newborns.

Unfortunately, 15 percent of pregnant women are believed to suffer from depression or anxiety, and around 5 percent of the babies born in the U.S. each year are believed to be exposed to antidepressants in the womb.

Researcher Sampsa Vanhatalo said: “We found many changes in the brain activity of SRI-exposed newborns. Since the changes did not correlate with the mother’s psychiatric symptoms, we have assumed that they resulted as a side effect of maternal drug treatment.”

The researchers are calling for more investigations into the effects of these drugs on fetal brain function. They emphasize the importance of choosing non-pharmacological interventions to treat anxiety and depression in pregnant women.

This study was the first one that directly studied SSRI exposure’s effects on newborn brain activity. It involved 22 mothers who were taking SSRI meds, and 62 controls who did not take any medication.

Some of the effects noted in the electrical activity in the brains of those who were exposed to SSRIs, include weaker synchronization between cortical rhythms, and lower levels of organization in the communication between brain hemispheres.

This study comes on the heels of another recent study that found permanent changes in the areas of the brain responsible for mood and cognition in the brains of mice whose mothers took SSRIs during pregnancy.

Antidepressant use during pregnancy linked to a number of risks

This finding joins a laundry list of other developmental and fetal complications that have already been linked to antidepressant use during pregnancy.

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found a link between antidepressant use and the development of autism. In that study, University of Montreal researchers found that women who took SSRIs during their second and third trimester of pregnancy had twice the likelihood of giving birth to a baby who would go on to develop autism.

Autism is not the only issue mothers who take antidepressants might have to contend with as their children grow. Research from Canada’s McMaster University discovered that the use of SSRI antidepressants in pregnancy was correlated with obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic complications such as fatty liver in adult offspring.

Another potential risk associated with taking antidepressants during pregnancy is premature birth. A Danish study discovered that women who take SSRIs while pregnant have double the risk of giving birth prematurely than do women who do not take these drugs.

How can pregnant women deal with depression safely?

Even women who are not pregnant would do well to try alternative options for dealing with depression first, given the other serious side effects caused by antidepressants, including the tendency to commit suicide and carry out violent acts.

There are several methods that expectant mothers can use to cope with depression that do not have dangerous side effects for their unborn children. Some people are quick to dismiss alternative methods, but a study out of Johns Hopkins University actually found that meditation is every bit as effective as antidepressants in treating depression and anxiety. This is an excellent starting point for pregnant women, as it does not carry any potential risks.

In addition, eating the right foods can help, not only with depression, but also with giving your child the best start in life. This means eating organic fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Exercise and yoga can also help boost your mood, although pregnant women should use caution and avoid exercises that are too strenuous.

Spending some time outdoors connecting with nature is an often-overlooked yet effective method of dealing with depression. A Stanford University study found that people noted a decrease in negative self-talk after a 90-minute walk in nature, and brain scans actually showed less activity in the part of the brain that is active during the maladaptive thinking that is linked with depression.

The best news is that all of these approaches can bring about other benefits for your unborn child. Healthy eating means your baby won’t be exposed to the many toxins found in processed food, while getting more physical activity can boost your overall health.

Read More At: NaturalNews.com

Five Spices & Herbs That Really Work For Treating Depression

Herbal remedies
Source: NaturalNews.com
J.D. Heyes
June 22, 2016

In a hectic world dominated by Big Pharma, it is often tempting for patients and health care providers alike to treat stress and mental issues with medications that oftentimes will only make matters worse.

But the good news is there are alternatives – natural alternatives, of course – to dangerous mood-altering drugs – foods and spices that can boost your mood and reverse even chronic depression.

As noted by the MalayMail Online, a number of studies as well as many nutritional publications agree that certain foods have the ability to improve our moods. For instance, omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish, nuts and seeds, are well-known mood boosters. But other foods can have different mental benefits.

Certain herbs and spices also tend to have naturally occurring antidepressant benefits, which will give mind and body a healthy boost with a variety of flavors. Below is a closer examination of five top ingredients right from your spice rack that will help improve your mood and keep you free from the clutches of Big Pharma:

Saffron: The aroma of saffron alone can take you away to a much better place. In traditional Eastern medicine it is considered to be the spice of happiness and for good reason: A 2015 Iranian study found that saffron may even have the very same effects as a prescription anti-depressant.

In particular saffron is believed to hone in on issues directly related to foul mood and depression, but also food-related behavioral problems like over-snacking between meals. Saffron is frequently used in Indian cuisine, but it is also a prime addition to Spanish paella, Italian risotto and bouillabaisse fish soup from the south of France. Note, though, that it should not be ingested by women who are pregnant and children under six.

Cinnamon: A heady aroma, cinnamon is definitely unique in its ability to generate good feelings. Whether you are using cinnamon sticks or ground spice, it is an ingredient that definitely stimulates the brain. But researchers say it can also heighten concentration, memory and attention. What’s more, cinnamon can be helpful in reducing cravings for unhealthy sugar.

In addition, combine cinnamon with banana and stir into a tea and you get a great sleep aid without the need of pharmaceutical intervention. Here is a great recipe.

Turmeric: This yellow spice not only brightens up any dish it also brightens our mood. While it is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, turmeric also stimulates release of serotonin, which is your body’s natural mood enhancer.

In fact, a 2013 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that turmeric may actually be more effective at reducing depression than common anti-depressant drugs.

Rosemary: It isn’t just a delicious addition to many Mediterranean dishes – rosemary has a great many medical benefits. For instance, if you’re suffering from mental fatigue, burn-out from a job or activity, or depression, rosemary can reliably reverse such conditions. Rosemary also helps reduce insomnia and can calm frayed nerves.

As noted by Medical News Today:

Hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties, we still have a lot to learn about the effects of rosemary. Now researchers writing in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE, have shown for the first time that blood levels of a rosemary oil component correlate with improved cognitive performance.

Thyme: Thyme is a wonderfully flavorful ingredient for many dishes but it is a staple of Provencal cuisine and is often paired with robust tomato dishes. And like rosemary, thyme is great when it comes to alleviating mental stress, insomnia and other depressive conditions. Besides containing lithium, a mineral that possesses anti-depressant qualities, thyme also contains tryptophan, an amino acid that is used to make serotonin, an essential element for sleep.

In addition, thyme stimulates your mind and calms your nerves.

Read More At: NaturalNews.com

Book Review: Toxic Psychiatry – Peter R. Breggin, M.D.

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Zy Marquiez
June 12, 2016

World renown Harvard-trained psychiatrist, author, and researcher Dr. Peter R. Breggin, M.D. unleashes a tour de force in his book Toxic Psychiatry that blows an enormous hole into conventional mainstream medical thought.

Dr. Breggin completely eviscerates the mainstream ‘chemical imbalance’ garbage that has been spewed for decades, and he does so in a logical, caring, and unprecedented manner.

The book to me is highly reminiscent of Dr. Brogans recent landmark book A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About DepressionBoth authors – Breggin & Brogan – in each of their respective books seeks to do the same: destroy the fallacy of “chemical imbalance causes depression” with mountains of scientific evidence while also showcasing some common sense solutions the individual can seek.  For that, each individual should be taken seriously and supported as much as possible.

Moving on, as Dr. Breggins book outlines rather methodically, there is no biological basis for the chemical imbalance theory of depression carried out by the mainstream psychiatric establishment.  This is buttressed by endless data supplied by the author.

In addition, Dr. Breggin sifts through examples of drugs like Lithium, Haldol, Halcion, Prozac & Xanax breaking down study after study after study regarding these drugs and their side effects in a way that mainstream media will never do. After all, Big Pharma pays mainstream media’s bills; who else do you think pays for the tsunami of advertisement we see on TV?

Of course, many folks are on a hair trigger when it comes to solving maladies with pills, and there’s a big reason for this.  Big Pharma/Big Medica has played a megalithic role in how people view drugs, and how people have access to information regarding them.

While in other countries it is downright illegal for Big Pharma to advertise, in America, such is par for the course.  America is one of only two countries in the world that allow this unfortunately.

How does that last fact couple with Dr. Breggin’s book?

As other doctors and investigators have mentioned, it’s no coincidence that there’s been an enormous upswing in how many people take antipsychotic medications over the last few decades.  With over 30 Million Americans taking antipsychotic medications, Big Pharma & the media have been highly instrumental in getting those very individuals asking their doctors for medications.

After all, the Big Pharma advertising engine has created an unprecedented upswing in drug use where Americans now end up taking 1.4 Billion prescriptions yearly.

Disturbingly, as the Dr. Breggin attests, “People assume that FDA approval and the widespread distribution of a drug – with many patients taking it for months or years – means that long-term studies have found it safe in regard to side effects, drug interactions, dependency, addition, and withdrawal.  Thus FDA approval grossly misleads the public, lulling it into an unfounded security.

The PDR admits that Prozac’s effectiveness has not been tested in controlled trials of “more than 5 or 6 weeks” and that “long-term” usefulness has therefore not been demonstrated.”[1]

Statements such as those should make sensible individuals pause.

Of course, many of those prescriptions are still doled out by psychiatrists/psychologists in the tens of millions.

However, this book does not end up pushing a no-medication type of solution.   The author instead strives for a multi-solution approach, where he cites some examples of how other types of alternative care could help individuals if they so chose.

Ultimately, a great component of what the author recommends is fostering an atmosphere of utmost caring, which should have already taken place by now had the system not been so corrupt.

Listening, and doing so patiently would go a much longer way than prescribing most folks more prescription drugs.  Such a simple choice would solve so many inherent issues.

The system that Dr. Breggin expounds upon should be adopted, or at minimum elaborated upon.

After all, if the current Big Psych industry was doing its job, people would be getting cured, drug use would decline and not increase, and overall health would also get better.   However, we know the opposite is taking place.

Ironically, as some have stated, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the very definition of insanity.  To that effect, that’s exactly what the Psychiatric & Medical Establishment have been doing, and health in America has only gotten worse.

Its time for a change.  This book helps lay part of that much-needed foundation.
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Reference:

[1] Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Toxic Psychiatry,  P168-169
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P.S. For those curious about more avenues regarding health, besides Dr. Breggin, other great doctors that might be of interest to many of you would be as mentioned before Dr. Brogan, Dr. Mercola, Dr. Duzanne Humphries, Dr. Sircus, Dr. Natasha Campbell-Mcbride, Dr. Russell Blaylock, Tetyana Obukhanych Ph.D and the work of Sarah Ballantyne PhD. These people all put out very high quality information regularly and are concerned with various aspects of health. But don’t take my word for it, do your own research so you can be better informed.

How The Medical Establishment Is Making The American Populace Sicker

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Zy Marquiez
June 10, 2016

“Probably as much as 75% of the medicine of sickness is unnecessary and its cost can be avoided.”
–  Dr. Ghislaine Lanctot, Author Of The Medical Mafia

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”
–Marcia Angell, MD, New York Review of Books, 2009

The video above delineates the link between the lack of health in our society, and the enormous amount of prescription drugs that people within American society take.

In it Dr. James L. Chesnut speaks about the current state of health of the populace, and how the link between drug use and health isn’t as copacetic as the establishment would like you to believe.

Its only a three minute video, so when you have the time please take a gander at it.

In any case, to further elaborate on the issue in America, there are over 4 Billion medications prescribed per annum, and it wouldn’t be out of the realm of reasonable educated guesswork to estimate that the number has increased.[1]

With Americans taking more medications than any other country in the world, is our health any better?

The evidence states otherwise.

Not only is our corrupt for-health for-profit medical system unsurprisingly the most expensive in the world [2], but our life expectancy is worse than that of a third world country.[3]

Those who have been paying attention to the latest medical studies, and those who have been paying attention longer than that will of course know one of the overwhelming reasons for the above disturbing facts: the nigh endless over-medication of the American populace.

Most people don’t know it’s illegal in all countries but two for pharmaceutical companies to advertise directly to consumers.  Those countries are the United States and New Zealand.[4]

As mentioned in a previous piece:

“Many people do not know this, and for good reason.  The pharmaceutical companies would prefer people not realize what’s illegal elsewhere, because it would quickly show incisive individuals something is amyss.  People would immediately question the veracity of the situation.

Why is this important?  Because that law is in place to protect individuals from the highly specialized, and yet misleading advertising of all drugs.

Misleading because, as Dr. Brogan notes in her landmark book, A Mind Of Your Own:

“…only two studies are required for FDA licensure of most pharmaceuticals, essentially leaving the population to participate in a post-marketing experiment in which adverse effects – casualties – are monitored passively.  It’s a fabrication of science to think these drugs have a place in medicine, what is meant to be the art of healing.” [5][Bold Emphasis Added]

Brogan continues outlining how efficient Big Pharma advertising is:

“It’s been calculated that DTCA [drug-to-consumer advertising] is responsible for nearly half (49 percent) of requests for drugs.  And fully seven out of ten times doctors prescribe based on appeal by patients who learned through their computers and televisions that they have an “imbalance” that must be fixed with a pill.”[6][Bold Emphasis Added]

More disturbingly, there is no extensive long term studies carried out to clear Big Pharma drugs before getting approval.  And these very drugs that have not been tested in any true long term settings continued to be doled out by the Billions per annum. 

Getting to the core of the matter, Dr. Brogan elaborates:

Their patients have never consented to the long-term effects of these medications because pharmaceutical research is, by nature, short term.  There is no incentive on the part of the pharmaceutical  companies to take a good look at what happens to the average individual when she takes a medication for a decade or so.”[7][Bold Emphasis Added]

Furthermore, as has been known for over a decade due to the unprecedented study Dr. Barbara Starfield  named “Is US Health The Best In The World?” and reinforced recently with further studies not long ago by the British Medical Journal, preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. [8][9]

Why is that relevant?  Because people keep popping pills like they are candy without knowing full well the risks they are taking.

Ruminate a bit.  Conservative estimates say preventable medical errors kill [conservatively] 250,000 people EVERY YEAR.  Some estimates go higher than 400,000 and more.

In any logical and reasonable world, that would be an outright catastrophe.

Any other industry killing hundreds of thousands [the car industry, tobacco, food, etc.] would be stormed by the media, politicians and the populace for such a prodigious death rate.

In America, though, that’s “normal”.

It might be time to evaluate what passes for normal in America.

What’s next?  Drug out of vending machines?

Oh wait, we’re there already.  No, this is not a joke.

As if rampant drugs on college campuses weren’t an issue that was hush-hush already, Arizona State University plans on selling drugs out of vending machines.[10]

We can see the drug use will become easier and predictably increase.  Of course, profits depend on it.

But what about the use of [un]common sense?  Will that become easier?  What about seeking reason?  Will that become easier?

Its your job as an individual – your responsibility – to know what world you’re living in.

In the world of profits-before-people, people question nothing.

In a world of sound reason and logic, people question everything. 

Open minded skepticism is the answer.

What world do you live in?

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Sources & References:

[1] http://www.naturalnews.com/037226_drug_prescriptions_medical_news_pills.html
https://thebreakaway.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/the-medical-mafia-the-true-nature-of-health-in-our-country/
[2] http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-22/us-healthcare-snapshot-most-expensive-yet-worst-developed-world
[3] http://www.salon.com/2013/10/22/life_expectancy_in_america_rivals_third_world_partner/
[4] https://thebreakaway.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/seen-any-big-pharma-drug-advertisements-lately-why-individuals-must-be-highly-skeptical-of-big-pharma-drug-pushing/
[5] Kelly Brogan M.D., A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression, pg. 49
[6] Ibid., p. 52.
[7] Ibid., p. 35.
[8] http://www.health-care-reform.net/causedeath.htm
[9] http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i2139
[10] http://www.naturalnews.com/054295_prescription_vending_machines_InstyMeds_college_campus.html