James Davies PhD is a British academic, researcher, therapist, author and political activist in the psychology and mental health arenas. He does it all. To my delight, his activism began when a patient brought him a copy of Toxic Psychiatry! This quickly flowing hour focuses on the politics of psychiatry in Great Britain and the US, its changes over the years, and where it is going now. James is enthusiastic, perceptive and patient-centered in his observations on the mental health field, and his life and work will inspire you.
One of my best hours! With British psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff, this is a must-listen-to show. It is thoughtful from beginning to end about how psychiatric drugs really work by disrupting brain function and how they impair our ability to be “sensitive to complex aspects of the environment, such as other people.” I describe how, in my opinion, they are neurotoxins that reduce the individual’s capacity to care about anything including themselves and other people. Joanna and I do not fully agree on all the nuances of these issues, such as should antipsychotic drugs ever be used, and how common and severe are the long-term effects. These differences provide the listener with a unique opportunity to hear a genuine, informed, scientific, and caring discussion covering broad aspects and concerns pertaining to the whole range of psychiatric drugs.
The movie The Secret kicked off a huge wave of Law of Attraction gurus, some of whom appeared in the movie itself and had already been teaching the concepts involved for many years. The difficulty is that some gurus are better than others at explaining how it all works. This week Joel and Walt talk about their favorite LOA gurus and how they incorporate their teachings into every day life.
Can you get cocky when using the Law of Attraction? Absolutely yes, because being cocky or arrogant actual puts you out of alignment with your source energy, which is where all the bad stuff happens. This week we talk about the difference between “fake it ’til you make it” and “being cocky”, and how to avoid putting your wrong foot forward unintentionally.
The history of psychiatry is filled with fads. A diagnosis quickly gains momentum, is pushed by thought leaders, captures the imagination of clinicians, picks up widespread media attention, and soon attracts word of mouth buzz among potential patients. Rates escalate. New and exciting treatments are hyped. Miracle cures abound. And then it all comes apart. The miracle cures turn out …
I began to run simply as a way to get some exercise. Soon enough, however, I found myself applying certain principles I have learned in a lifetime of meditating. I’ve incorporated these into my book,Running With the Mind of Meditation. To me, the relationship between meditation and running is natural, for one is a training of the mind and one …
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Another news-filled week comes to a close, and “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories is open to hear what you made of it. Call in (888-874-4888) and add your own special intellectual flavor to this delicious, simmering soup of information, opinions and ideas.
America’s refusal to fund and sustain its intellectual and cultural heritage means it has lost touch with its past, obliterated its understanding of the present, crushed its capacity to transform itself through self-reflection and self-criticism, and descended into a deadening provincialism. Ignorance and illiteracy come with a cost. The obsequious worship of technology, hedonism and power comes with a cost. …
Joel Elston ate out of a dumpster. Then he sat on a bench. Then he turned his life around. Well, it wasn’t quite that easy, but it’s a remarkable story nevertheless. This week we welcome back a previous guest, Joel Elston, in celebration of his new book, The Bench, a story of one’s man’s journey to health, happiness, and success, all by applying the Law of Attraction.
In the mid-’90s, the CDC and Kaiser Permanente discovered an exposure that dramatically increased the risk for seven out of 10 of the leading causes of death in the United States. In high doses, it affects brain development, the immune system, hormonal systems, and even the way our DNA is read and transcribed. Folks who are exposed in very high …
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