Sunday, October 15, 2006

Monday evening's interview with Robert Whitaker: Mad in America, Bad Science Bad Medicine

Tomorrow night I will be watching like the faithful apprentice, as Pedro interviews Robert Whitaker:
'Bringing Light Into Darkness: Monday KOOP News & Analysis'
hosted by Pedro Gatos in Austin, TX.
Don't Believe Everything You Think!

Please Join us Monday, October 16th , 2006

from 6:00 - 7:00pm CST at KOOP 91.7 FM, Austin TX

Special Topic:

Under the Influence of Business: When Science & Medicine
get Compromised so can the Mental Health Industry

Special Guest Robert Whitaker

Streaming Live by going to our website or to

Monday's show features Robert Whitaker author of Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill and who has has won numerous awards as a journalist covering medicine and science. In the past few years, he has won the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association for Science Writers’ Award for best magazine article (which appeared in Fortune). In 1998, he co-wrote a series on psychiatric research for the Boston Globe which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Please join us to hear a fascinating account of the history of mental illness and the intervention strategies promoted by the drug industry and society. Despite the fact that psychiatry has introduced 'wonder drugs' like Prozac and Zoloft and Zyprexa, why is the incidence of severely debilitating forms of mental illness going up dramatically? This type of provocative question among others, will be addressed as we seek Bring fact-based Light Into the Darkness surrounding the war on "Mental Illness" since the turn of the 1900s.

Don't Be Late!!!!
In pursuit of social justice!

respectfully, pedro gatos


Blogger Lindsay Lobe said...

This is a topic which I have real interest, I am sure you learn a great deal from this man!! I am equally sure he would agree schizophrenia is characterised by severe dysfunction of the frontal lobe area of the brain, that is the executive function that co ordonates all of the other areas. Schizophrenia is a frontal lobe disease.

It seems the most recent development of the brain, the frontal lobes, are quite fragile, and in need of even more tender loving care than was previously understood. A price to pay, you might say for our development, because this richness of an advanced consciousness made available through the operation of the frontal lobes, easily breaks down under extreme pressures.
The development of the frontal lobes occurred late in our evolutionary cycle, causing confusion amongst early communities.

As we learn more of the interaction of the brain, hopefully we will become a more compassionate society.
In a study carried out of large sample of unpremeditated murderers continued in Elkhonon Goldberg’s Book “The Executive Brain" it was found in all cases the offenders had significant damage or poorly developed frontal brain lobes. The frontal lobes are the equivalent of the executive function of the brain. The offenders are able to distinguish easily between right and wrong and hence would be denied an insanity plea despite being incapable of making rational decisions in any pressurised situation.
best wishes

7:50 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Very informative Lindsay! I forwarded it to Pedro as an 'fyi', if he did not know about it already. In this country, they (pharmaceutical companies) make up diseases just to sell drugs, and for those diseases that do exists, little money and research goes into sound alternative healing. Or looking into the connection of,say, genetically altered food and increase in certain diseases. It goes hand in hand with a corporate run in essence country where the bottom line counts, not lives.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Jeremiah Bullfrog said...

Yeh they tried ta gits me ta take thar potions after I told 'em how folks is a tryin ta git me....dang helicopters!

I sed, "All the medicine I needs is GW's stirrin' words right after them thar planes hit them towers....
"Good job Kids. My Pet Goat is a good book."

BTW a nunchuck is:
a) a lethal weapon in the hands of a ninja, or
b) Tossin a sister

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Daniel Haszard said...

I took zyprexa which was ineffective for my condition and gave me diabetes.

Zyprexa, which is used for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, accounted for 32% of Eli Lilly's $14.6 billion revenue last year.

Zyprexa is the product name for Olanzapine,it is Lilly's top selling drug.It was approved by the FDA in 1996 ,an 'atypical' antipsychotic a newer class of drugs without the motor side effects of the older Thorazine.Zyprexa has been linked to causing diabetes and pancreatitis.

Did you know that Lilly made nearly $3 billion last year on diabetic meds, Actos,Humulin and Byetta?

Yes! They sell a drug that can cause diabetes and then turn a profit on the drugs that treat the condition that they may have caused in the first place!

I was prescribed Zyprexa from 1996 until 2000.
In early 2000 i was shocked to have an A1C test result of 13.9 (normal is 4-6) I have no history of diabetes in my family.
Daniel Haszard

3:41 PM  

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