UPDATE: the bill is doing well – Support the B*e*n*z*o Bill ~ Massachusetts HD.4554

UPDATE from Geraldine: I want to update everyone on the final support we got on HD4554 a bill regarding benzodiazepines here in Massachusetts. We received 36 co-sponsors from both the House and the Senate, Republicans and Democrats to the proposed bill; a very impressive number. From here this will now receive an official bill number and then be assigned to a committee. We are hoping to testify in front of the committee before this legislation ends in July. What we need to happen when we testify is for the bill to pass at that point. That still doesn't make it law if it passes. Once we are at this step, I will update again where it goes from there and how it becomes law.

Facing Life Unarmed

By MATTHEW PURINTON, LCSW -- When I was born, everyone was expecting me to have arms. My father was perched outside the delivery room in front of a circular window framed in 70s seafoam green, and his view was blocked as I was brought into the world. The doctor's mind raced: how am I going to tell this mother and father that their son has hands but not arms? ...

“Pills” – Official Music Video

*** The director, of the below video video, Adam Barnick, shared it with me on twitter. Enjoy. here's another one from a few years ago by Daniel Mackler: Let's move in this direction instead! Let's get outside. Prescription strength, NATURE: *** *it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure... Continue Reading →

Have you been harmed by MDs and western medicine? It’s not uncommon

I have a long history of being gravely harmed by MDs and western medicine. It started in early childhood with multiple courses of unnecessary antibiotics which primed my immune system and gut for later auto-immune disease. Later, as a teenager, my pediatrician told my mother I could only have gotten crabs by sexual transmission. I was a virgin.

Heal with whole foods: transform body/mind/spirit. Heal drug damage too

I'm sharing a book today. Healing With Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition. The reason I was drawn to this work is because Paul Pitchford understands my experience with food as psychedelic and about food "reactions" having correlates in the psyche. Reactions that remain biological and physiological realities that can even be deadly at times. They act like true allergies. Healing requires engaging body/mind and spirit all. I love that this is intrinsic to his work.

Narrative and story

Narrative and story are tools of interpretation. They do not and cannot represent absolute truth. Within the evolving persons life a narrative can change many times. Alternately one might apply a multitude of narratives to a single issue so that in effect one can see themselves simultaneously through many prisms and thus have a more holistic and profound understanding of their experience.

When Self-Care Bites

By Elisabeth Svanholmer -- Yesterday self-care was like looking into the dark abyss – yesterday self-care meant making a painful decision. Only two-three options to choose from and they all sucked one way or the other… My head, heart and gut strongly disagreed on the way to go, so what to do? When in doubt I listen to my gut.

My 6 year anniversary off psych drugs: How I made it through the darkest times

Today is my anniversary off a huge psych drug cocktail I'd been on for 20 years. There are also additional important comments below the video. In the video I speak to the inner resources that kept me going. I want to add here that I also was privileged to have a safe home and 24/7 hour care when I was bedridden and unable to leave the house for anything at all. Both the home and the care were provided for me by my husband. No one else in my life, including most of my close family had a clue what we were dealing with. I have to believe if they did they would have done more. The fact is there is nothing in society to help those who love us to understand what we are going through. ...

Thirty Months Off – Renée is drug free and getting healthier everyday

By Renée Schuls-Jacobson -- It’s been thirty months since I took my last bit of Klonopin, a dangerously addictive medication that a doctor prescribed for me when I was suffered from insomnia. Thirty months since my world flipped upside down. -- These days, I don’t take any prescribed medication. None. And I dumped my psychiatrist. ...

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