Food Poisoning: Is the FDA killing us one bite at a time?

“I never ever in a million years thought that I would go organic but, our food industry is similar to the tobacco industry in terms of both the harm they do to our health and the manner in which the FDA has turned a blind eye . . . What can you expect when senior … Continue reading

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Next week I will have something in common with the family dog and cat . . . well sort of

In a little less than a month I will turn 53 – I will post my address for you to send cards and letters at the end of this article. So why am I telling you this?  Well you see, I have 4 children under the age of 7 . . . I will now … Continue reading

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Does the pharmaceutical industry influence doctor diagnosis of mental illness? (Part 1 of 2)

As I have come to read more and more about you and of course spend some time on your blog I find that you have an edge that enables you to provide a different take on mental illness Natalie. One thing that stands out and on which I would like to get your feedback centers … Continue reading

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Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania is slated to become a major motion picture . . . after listening to my interview with the book’s author Andy Behrman, you will understand why

Bipolar disorder is about buying a dozen bottles of Heinz ketchup and all eight bottles of Windex in stock at the Food Emporium on Broadway at 4:00 a.m., flying from Zurich to the Bahamas and back to Zurich in three days to balance the hot and cold weather (my sweet and sour theory of bipolar … Continue reading

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The Power Within: Are anti-psychotic drugs now obsolete?

“In 1976 I discovered, quite by accident, an amazing idea!  One that has led to the development of an extremely effective tool to elevate positive emotion and mood and permanently change behavior.  Behaviors like unwanted habits, compulsions and even addictions.  A technique so powerful, that with practice, a person can get from a normal mood, … Continue reading

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Limbaugh, Stewart, Maher and the like have come to symbolize lazy journalism . . . so why do we listen?

What’s amazing about the Limbaugh comments – in fact the discussion in general, regarding Ms. Fluke is that the state of the health care system overall has major problems that few seem to be addressing. For example, the prescription of anti-psychotic drugs accounted for the single largest expenditure put through Medicaid in 2006 (the last … Continue reading

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How Real Is the Peanut Allergy Threat?

When I was a kid there were never any restrictions on what we could or could not bring to school in our lunch.  Nor had I ever encountered or even for that matter heard about an allergic reaction to say peanut butter.  So here is the question . . . Are peanut allergies real? According … Continue reading

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e-mails to Bi-Polar patient reveal that Quebec doctor used treatment sessions to solicit (and receive) funds for his investment group

These kinds of things happen to other people is the lament that is usually voiced by the victims of crime while in a state of disbelief or shock that something so bad could happen to them. I have to admit that with more than 400 radio shows under my belt, 3 books and in excess … Continue reading

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Is it time for Canada to abandon socialized medicine?

Maggie Reese’s account of her struggle with Bipolar Disorder in Runaway Mind is on of the most compelling and thought provoking books that I have ever read, especially with the inclusion of corresponding commentaries by those closest to her. Of the many points that stand out in the book is Reese’s account of her time … Continue reading

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A personal journey into the snake pit: Quebec’s ailing mental health care system first requires reformation as opposed to increased funding?

Every year on the island of Montreal, approximately 142,000 people (7.6% of the population) use the mental health services offered through the health care system . . . However, due to a lack of organization in mental health services specialized psychiatric hospitals like the Douglas find themselves obliged to respond to an ever-increasing demand, which … Continue reading

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