Not taking an action that can provide such benefit in fighting this (opioid) scourge is not only callus and inhuman but also morally indefensible!

May 19, 2017

U.S. Marijuana Party of Kentucky

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Callus and Morally Indefensible!

Mercy Health Hospitals in an Op-ed in the May 11, 2017 Kentucky Enquirer talks about the opioid epidemic and calls for a multi-pronged approach in dealing with it. Their program of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, SBIRT, has screened thousands of patients. Unfortunately they do not give any stats that show the program is effective. They also state we should treat addiction as the disease it is. That is exactly what Nixon’s commission on drugs advised back in the early 70s. Instead we got the war on drugs!

As effective as the Mercy Health approach is, there is a more effective action that can drop the number of opioid overdose deaths by more than half. As reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, States with medical cannabis laws see a 25% drop in opioid overdose deaths in the first year after legalizing…

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Police Misconduct Cases

May 17, 2017

Al Gerhardstein

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Host Sean Harris talks with Cincinnati attorney and OAJ member Al Gerhardstein about police misconduct cases, specifically violations of the fourth amendment.

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Pharmaceuticals suppress symptoms…(and thus lie to us)

May 14, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Western medicine with it’s penchant for suppression is a real political force. In suppressing the body’s cries we are also denying the psyche. One need only look at US political process and our communities rife with racism, sexism and homophobia to see what this denial has created. Pharmaceuticals suppress symptoms and then keep one in the maintenance mode, creating customers for life and guaranteeing no real healing.

Our bodies are mirrors of our minds and psyches. The emotional, physical, biological, mental, spiritual, ecological (everything) is connected and interlinked. We must wake up to this fact if we hope to heal ourselves, but more importantly if we hope to survive as a species on this beautiful planet we call home. Right now we’re on a crash course to total destruction.

Let us learn to heal. Let us learn to listen. Let us be willing to trust in our inherently beautiful nature.

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Topics with Trish – Trauma informed care

May 5, 2017

Patricia McKnight ~~ My Justice

It may be difficult to watch, but trust me is is much more dangerous to survive!!! Please watch and share!!! Trauma Informed Care Training and I’d like to share with you exactly how we become ‘trained’ to either live in these environments, allow our kids to live in these homes, or we see the outbursts and broken behaviors of our friends and neighbors. We need this information to go VIRAL, please watch and share this broadcast to create an informed helpful and interventional path in rebuilding our beliefs and behaviors.

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The IT GETS BETTER SERIES

April 30, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

See the series hereIT GETS BETTER” 

This collection was created with the intent to help those who are currently dealing with the iatrogenic (medically caused) injury from psych meds…so that they might know that we can heal from it all. The series was a weekly occurrence for some time a few years ago now.

The series is also intended to help educate the masses to the realities that so many of us face. Protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal is real. It’s also sometimes gravely disabling. The fact is it’s largely denied in the medical community. We are routinely blamed and told that the experience is psychiatric…this leads to more drugging and sometimes forced drugging with the very drugs that have harmed us. This must end.

We have no societal support when we are coming through this heinous process more often than not…many people have no familial or community support whatsoever. This…

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Psychiatric labels don’t make sense anymore (part 2)

April 30, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

You know what I liked best about the interview I did the other day? (from 2014) I didn’t use clinical terms when I talked about mental distress…and I didn’t do that on purpose…I truly don’t think in terms of psychiatric labels anymore. They are meaningless to me and my language supports that.

a friend responded with this:

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

If you didn’t hear the interview it can now be listened to on youtube:

I speak about my personal recovery process from the severe iatrogenic damage the psychiatric drug withdrawal caused. (see: Monica’s story: the aftermath of polypsychopharmacology)  I also speak to the need for major changes society wide in the delivery of care to those in mental distress as well as the risks involved in not making those changes. We are…

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The worst thing about being a woman

April 22, 2017

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According to Shania Twain, the best thing about being a woman is “the prerogative to have a little fun.” Meanwhile, according to Caitlyn Jenner, the worst thing about being a woman is “figuring out what to wear” (hint: “men’s shirts, short skirts,” apparently).

Somewhere between these two extremes we find the entire range of female experience – or we would, were it not for the fact that female experience cannot be categorised in any way, shape or form. There are infinite variations thereof and to pin down anything at all is to exclude. Hence it turns out even Shania and Caitlyn are on dodgy ground. What about women who aren’t allowed to have fun? What about naturists? Not every woman wears clothes, Jenner, you bigot!

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“Pseudo-Autism” as a result of psych drug injury (another consideration in protracted withdrawal syndrome from psych meds)

April 11, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

This post discusses a very important issue that is simply not widely understood by pretty much anyone in mental health circles…critical or otherwise. I look to these injuries from many different frames and windows…this one comes up again and again for me whenever I encounter autistic folks. 

I found this article at Mad in America quite fascinating and on point. I hadn’t heard the term pseudo-autism but it’s exactly my experience too. I’m sharing the link to the article and my comment in response to the article here. Please go visit Mad in America to read the article:  When Modern Medicine Made Me More Autistic

I left this comment on the post at Mad in America:

oh wow, I love this. Pseudo-Autism…I noticed a long time ago in my recovery process from psych drug injury that I had much in common with folks who identify with the autistic label. I…

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Lindsay Delventhal – History Of Waveland Historic Museum

February 4, 2017

Daniel Boone, who first came to Kentucky in 1767, was one of the few founders of our state. Daniel Bryan, along with his father William and brother Samuel, came to Kentucky to establish a fort on the north fork of Elkhorn Creek in Fayette County. They then returned to the Yadkin River valley and in the fall of that year, the Bryans, in party with Daniel Boone and his family, returned to Kentucky. The Bryans, and many of their neighbors, settled at Bryan’s Station (Waveland State Historic Site). Success with founding and creating new places ran in the family. Boone’s great nephew, Joseph Bryan, created the 2000-acre Waveland estate in 1844 to 1848. The house was built to “please his father,” Daniel Boone Bryan (Infoplease). It is said that Daniel Boone, himself, surveyed the original piece of land prior to it being his great nephew’s. The Bryans came from North Carolina in approximately 1776 and built the Bryan Station fort in 1779. One of them, Daniel Bryan, a grandnephew of Daniel Boone, founded the plantation (Warren).  Bryan and his son, Joseph Henry Bryan, were successful horse breeders.  Not only were there horse stables on their land, but also two race tracks, a gun shop, distillery, gristmill, manufactured saltpeter for gunpowder. The estate also ran a black shop, a paper mill, opened up a Baptist church and a school for females (Kentucky State Parks). Many profitable and successful achievements were made in the early years of the estate. When the slave trade increased, the estate developed slave quarters for their workers to live. The plantation life, compared to various other slave states and plantations, could have been worse. The estate was a small town in itself so it had a different atmosphere. Having workers on this plantation was just another extravagant thing the Bryans owned during the 19th century.

Source: Lindsay Delventhal – History Of Waveland Historic Museum

Facing the shadow, both the darkness within us and that of others…

January 17, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Rage is nectar from the gods. Rage is Kali. We shun her at our peril.

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Healing for me required learning to hold joy and devastating loss together at the same time. Such is life.

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The dialectic — staying safe and getting our feet dirty both — we need to learn to do that. Lately on twitter there has been a meme about being willing to get into “good trouble.” In these times, I dare say, it’s a necessity to our survival. Be willing to get into good trouble!

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It’s very easy to want to turn away from stories like the one I shared the other day. The one about the woman killing her beautiful, young, innocent child.  I’ve looked away from such stories many times…they’re incredibly painful to consider.

We must learn to be willing to look however, because this is a completely preventable story. It also seems that if we…

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