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Overpill – When Big Pharma exploits mental health…


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Date: January 12, 2021

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“The US has a highly developed pharmaceutical industry offering treatments for all kinds of mental disorders. Millions of Americans are being medicated for ailments as diverse as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and many others. Even young children are being put on psychiatric drugs. If parents decline such treatment, social services may intervene.

Many patients, who’ve been taking these pills for years, insist that they do more harm than good. They have experienced disturbing side effects such as suicidal thoughts, addiction and even neurological damage. A lot of patients were put on their medication as children and by the time they were legally old enough to decide for themselves, they had already become addicted. They testify that breaking their dependency on the drugs is extremely difficult because, like any habit forming narcotic, they cause severe withdrawal symptoms.

RTD meets some of the sufferers to hear their stories of battling to shake off prescribed medicines. Father of 5, Josh, was given anxiety medication, it caused Akathisia and Dystonia. Both are physical disorders causing involuntary and uncontrolled body movement and have left him disabled.

Olivia’s son was prescribed psychiatric drugs to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD). Olivia soon noticed side effects and refused to continue giving him the pills. He was taken by social services and hospitalised.

Denis from Russia used to work for a pharmaceutical company in the US but after meeting his wife, who had suffered from the side effects of antidepressants for most of her life, he started questioning the necessity for such widespread psychiatric prescribing.

Their claims are supported by lawyers and medical professionals. Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin is a vocal critic of psychiatric medication. He is adamant that the drugs are toxic and that many problems people talk to physiatrists about can be treated without resorting to drugs. His book on how to stop taking psychiatric medicines has helped thousands of patients who have struggled with the challenge. RTD meets a few of them.”

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The Schizoid Personality…


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Date: December 22, 2020

Allegedly, I am a schizoid personality…with a dash of schizotypal…So, I went down the rabbit hold a bit further after stumbling upon videos about these topics, to see what is said about these things…

I am a loner, yes…that’s true…and I only wish I had a solitary, isolated kind of job…I’d probably greatly enjoy it.

…but that second video…they almost make it sound like I’d naturally just “let someone drown if they fell in the pool”…Seems kind of an extreme way of looking at this type of state.

I don’t know how someone like myself even could come off as being indifferent, given how much of my life has been dedicated to ending human suffering.

And who says this is a “disorder”?…

As species evolution goes, one of the biggest strengths any species has is it’s own diversity.

Those who are not always among the crowds act as a sort of survival hedge for any species.

Hermits are less likely to die in pandemics…or public terrorist attacks…or battles in war…because they’re not so much among the concentrated target.

They may have their own weaknesses…but they do offer one branch to our species, which may very well provide a lifeboat to it’s continuation.

As a hedge tactic…hermits…introverts…schizoids…make a lot of sense in the broader picture.

I honestly don’t understand why this sort of thing even is pathologized, or tainted as being some type of “dysfunction”…they do still fill a social niche, after all.

It seems, like so much else…it’s done to force conformity, in order to please somebody else…even when it comes at the expense and detriment, of the one forced into conformity.

What’s wrong with existing in a state, which is harming nobody?…What’s wrong with leaving well enough alone, and letting someone live their life in a state which is most natural, and hence most beneficial, to themselves?

It’s when you start forcing people [and frankly, any animal life] to constantly exist in a way that is not natural to them, that you begin imposing a chronic dysfunction upon them…which often leads to psychological problems, other health problems…and sometimes, extreme social outbursts…extreme anti social behavior…It’s one way we get the people who mentally break and “go postal”.

This world treats [and abuses] so many of us, as if we were all clones, with no personal needs or diversity…You live so much of your life miserable, in service of “the system” and the model of “living a proper life” which it imposes upon you…that if you are insightful, you eventually realize the best potentials and aspects of your own existence have been taken away from you, and used up to serve somebody else’s “grand ambitions”…and you’ve spent your entire life impoverishing yourself, in order to further fatten a predatory system…which cares nothing about you, as an individual…It only cares about “you”, to the extent that you don’t threaten the status quo…And it’s only moral calculation, is how little can it get away with spending on keeping you compliant, before it becomes most attractive to them simply to eliminate “you”.

Possibly the single worst problem among animals, including the human animal…is those who believe they have any right to dominate and punish all others…It’s what causes dysfunction, injury, anger, hatred, murder and wars.

Find me a cure for those schemers who are constantly trying to have other people confined, gagged, shackled and caged…That’s the worst pathology of them all.

They pose the greatest true danger out of all.

01) What is Schizoid Personality Disorder?


“This video describes Schizoid Personality Disorder. Schizoid Personality Disorder is characterized by detachment, being a “loner,” no interest in forming relationships, a deficit in social skills, taking jobs that isolate them from others, no close friends, decreased interest in pleasurable activities, indifference to praise or criticism, cold or flat affect. Clinically significant distress is not required for a diagnosis of Schizoid Personality as stated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Individuals with Schizoid Personality Disorder rarely seek treatment, however, the prevalence is about 3 – 4%. One of the common goals in mental health treatment of Schizoid Personality Disorder usually involves improving social skills.”

02) Schizophrenia vs. Schizotypal vs. Schizoid Personality Disorder: the Differences


“In this video, Dr. Ramani Durvasula breaks down the differences between schizoid personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, & schizophrenia.

In this interview, Dr. Ramani covers…
Schizophrenia symptoms vs. schizoid personality disorder vs. schizotypal personality disorder differences
Which disorders experience symptoms of delusions
Which disorders experience symptoms of hallucinations
Which disorders experience symptoms of psychotic symptoms
Why schizophrenia is so misunderstood
Common misdiagnoses of schizoid personality disorder”

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Stanford’s Sapolsky On Depression in U.S. (Full Lecture)…


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Date: November 10, 2020

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“Stanford Professor Robert Sapolsky, posits that depression is the most damaging disease that you can experience. Right now it is the number four cause of disability in the US and it is becoming more common. Sapolsky states that depression is as real of a biological disease as is diabetes.”

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Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19 [Updated July 22, 2020]…


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Date: July 29, 2020

01) Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19

“Accumulating evidence supports ending isolation and precautions for persons with COVID-19 using a symptom-based strategy. This update incorporates recent evidence to inform the duration of isolation and precautions recommended to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to others, while limiting unnecessary prolonged isolation and unnecessary use of laboratory testing resources.

Key findings are summarized here.

Concentrations of SARS-CoV-2 RNA measured in upper respiratory specimens decline after onset of symptoms (CDC, unpublished data, 2020; Midgley et al., 2020; Young et al., 2020; Zou et al., 2020; Wölfel et al., 2020; van Kampen et al., 2020).

The likelihood of recovering replication-competent virus also declines after onset of symptoms. For patients with mild to moderate COVID-19, replication-competent virus has not been recovered after 10 days following symptom onset (CDC, unpublished data, 2020; Wölfel et al., 2020; Arons et al., 2020; Bullard et al., 2020; Lu et al., 2020; personal communication with Young et al., 2020; Korea CDC, 2020). Recovery of replication-competent virus between 10 and 20 days after symptom onset has been documented in some persons with severe COVID-19 that, in some cases, was complicated by immunocompromised state (van Kampen et al., 2020). However, in this series of patients, it was estimated that 88% and 95% of their specimens no longer yielded replication-competent virus after 10 and 15 days, respectively, following symptom onset.

A large contact tracing study demonstrated that high-risk household and hospital contacts did not develop infection if their exposure to a case patient started 6 days or more after the case patient’s illness onset (Cheng et al., 2020).

Although replication-competent virus was not isolated 3 weeks after symptom onset, recovered patients can continue to have SARS-CoV-2 RNA detected in their upper respiratory specimens for up to 12 weeks (Korea CDC, 2020; Li et al., 2020; Xiao et al, 2020). Investigation of 285 “persistently positive” persons, which included 126 persons who had developed recurrent symptoms, found no secondary infections among 790 contacts attributable to contact with these case patients. Efforts to isolate replication-competent virus from 108 of these case patients were unsuccessful (Korea CDC, 2020).

Specimens from patients who recovered from an initial COVID-19 illness and subsequently developed new symptoms and retested positive by RT-PCR did not have replication-competent virus detected (Korea CDC, 2020; Lu et al., 2020). The risk of reinfection may be lower in the first 3 months after initial infection, based on limited evidence from another betacoronavirus (HCoV-OC43), the genus to which SARS-CoV-2 belongs (Kiyuka et al, 2018).

Currently, 6 months after the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, there have been no confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection. However, the number of areas where sustained infection pressure has been maintained, and therefore reinfections would be most likely observed, remains limited.

Serologic or other correlates of immunity have not yet been established…

…Available data indicate that persons with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptom onset. Persons with more severe to critical illness or severe immunocompromise likely remain infectious no longer than 20 days after symptom onset. Recovered persons can continue to shed detectable SARS-CoV-2 RNA in upper respiratory specimens for up to 3 months after illness onset, albeit at concentrations considerably lower than during illness, in ranges where replication-competent virus has not been reliably recovered and infectiousness is unlikely. The etiology of this persistently detectable SARS-CoV-2 RNA has yet to be determined. Studies have not found evidence that clinically recovered persons with persistence of viral RNA have transmitted SARS-CoV-2 to others. These findings strengthen the justification for relying on a symptom based, rather than test-based strategy for ending isolation of these patients, so that persons who are by current evidence no longer infectious are not kept unnecessarily isolated and excluded from work or other responsibilities.

Reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 has not yet been definitively confirmed in any recovered persons to date. If, and if so when, persons can be reinfected with SARS-CoV-2 remains unknown and is a subject of investigation. Persons infected with related endemic human betacoronavirus appear to become susceptible again at around 90 days after onset of infection. Thus, for persons recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection, a positive PCR during the 90 days after illness onset more likely represents persistent shedding of viral RNA than reinfection.

If such a person remains asymptomatic during this 90-day period, then any re-testing is unlikely to yield useful information, even if the person had close contact with an infected person.
If such a person becomes symptomatic during this 90-day period and an evaluation fails to identify a diagnosis other than SARS-CoV-2 infection (e.g., influenza), then the person may warrant evaluation for SARS-CoV-2 reinfection in consultation with an infectious disease or infection control expert. Isolation may be warranted during this evaluation, particularly if symptoms developed after close contact with an infected person.

Correlates of immunity to SARS-CoV-2 infection have not been established. Specifically, the utility of serologic testing to establish the absence or presence of infection or reinfection remains undefined.

The recommendations below are based on the best information available in mid-July 2020 and reflect the realities of an evolving pandemic. Even for pathogens for which many years of data are available, it may not be possible to establish recommendations that ensure 100% of persons who are shedding replication-competent virus remain isolated. CDC will continue to closely monitor the evolving science for information that would warrant reconsideration of these recommendations.

Duration of isolation and precautions

For most persons with COVID-19 illness, isolation and precautions can generally be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset1 and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms.

A limited number of persons with severe illness may produce replication-competent virus beyond 10 days that may warrant extending duration of isolation and precautions for up to 20 days after symptom onset; consider consultation with infection control experts.

For persons who never develop symptoms, isolation and other precautions can be discontinued 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.”

Speaking as someone who’s had a lifetime of health issues, and who’s taken this Covid 19 thing fairly serious…

…I have to confess…at this point in time…being someone who’s been forced out there “on the front lines” as an essential worker…and being someone who’s fairly clearly had this illness [my cyclical symptoms have matched what the experts have been describing]…and knowing that my last relapse with this was something like six months ago [or longer]…and realizing [if you believe the CDC] that they are [and have been] telling us, that most of us are only contagious for about ten days, after which we cannot pass it on…and even the more serious cases, they only estimate a 20 day period…

…I’m getting really, really, really fed up with being forced to wear a mask, and endlessly breathe in hot air for 8 hours a day…at a physically demanding job…in the middle of the hottest summer on record…knowing fully well, that it is almost certainly doing nothing, other than providing “comforting” optics and public relations…

Everything we know about this virus, is telling us that someone like myself is no longer even contagious…That ship has sailed…a long long time ago…

…And the ridiculous joke in all of this…is that we were all left hanging, out in the open…without any kind of warning about it already being here…or that a lot of us were already carrying and going through it…potentially passing it along to other people, without knowing anything about it…But now that we are six months [or longer] removed from being a danger, we get subjected to mandatory mask wearing…and various legal/employment threats, if we don’t comply.

This whole mess has been so badly bungled…that “the powers that be” are turning even someone like me, into an outraged and angry protestor.

They keep telling us “protect the vulnerable, who’ve yet to be infected”…but does this sanely apply to those of us, who aren’t even contagious anymore?

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The Magic of Mushrooms – A Psilocybin Renaissance…


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Date: June 29, 2020

01) The Magic of Mushrooms – A Psilocybin Renaissance


“Take an introductory look at the founding practices and propaganda surrounding the development and prohibition of psychedelic use in our society. https://www.gaia.com/lp/psychedelica When scientific study and ancient ritual point toward psychedelics as a tool for healing and awakening, why are these age-old plants regarded as harmful?

In this ground-breaking original series, experts explore the history and use of psychedelic plants including political ambitions, the perceived shadow side and the proper environment to experience these substances. From the origins of Shamanism to the spiritual expression of modern awakenings, discover the role of sacred medicine as a gateway to expanded consciousness, and its continued influence on humanity. Watch the full series here:

https://www.gaia.com/lp/psychedelica

I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea here…

…I’m not going to start promoting the use of psychedelics…but I do think it is an entirely valid conversation to have…and knowledge is good.

It’s entirely possible these things have a valid use to us.

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A Waking Nightmare for COVID-19 Patients…


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Date: May 31, 2020

01) A Waking Nightmare for COVID-19 Patients


“COVID-19 survivors who were critically ill describe frightening experiences in the intensive-care unit. “I was positive they were trying to kill me,” one young patient says. She was experiencing ICU delirium.

Citation:
https://www.theatlantic.com/video/archive/2020/05/icu-delirium/611155/

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