The doctor who gave up drugs


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What in the west we call “medicine” is not the only medicine:  there are many ways of practising medicine, some of which are more common and have been around for far longer than western “civilisation”. 

Indeed if you take a pill when you are feeling ill then you are in a minority. Whilst in countries like US and UK an individual will, on average,  take well over 100,000 pills in their lifetime – over 80% of humans will take none.

Taking a pill can be a convenient way of introducing elements that stimulate or help our body to heal itself. It can also be an effective way to gain short term relief from that which ails us [like pain] so that our body can get on with doing what it does while we get on with being busy.

But taking those pretty pills never come without a price that may be greater than the benefits they bring us – taking them may lead to us becoming more unwell.

Medicine is more than prescribing drugs.
What if Doctors refused to believe that the reaching for the prescription pad is all they can do?

And what if as patients we were to look to our doctors for more than pills?

Dr Chris van Tulleken conducts a social experiment, covered in two part documentary by BBC.

Part 1

Part2

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Come into my head – Kimbra


kimbra-come-into-my-headThere’s a fire burning up in here
See the smoke coming out of my ears

“Come Into My Head”

It’s no use
We’re gonna have to fight
You’ve thrown your words
‘Round a thousand times

Like a child who can’t empathize
You don’t speak the language
You don’t read my signs

You wanna know what I really think?
You wanna know what I really believe?

There’s a fire burning up in here
See the smoke coming out of my ears

Oh no, we both know
More trouble’s gonna find us
If we’re all alone
I wanna show you what I really mean
But you’re always
On the outside looking in

Oh, won’t you come into my head?
Come inside, lie down in my head?
Oh, won’t you come into my head?
I just wanna have you up in my head

Look through my eyes
I’m your binocular
And every time you’ll get a shock
You’ll learn

What it’s like to be in my dimension
I’ll be the center of all your attention

Listen to all the sounds I hear
The quiet prose and
The crack in my snare
Make your mark on my territory
Carve your name in every cavity

Oh no, we both know
More trouble’s gonna find us
If we’re all alone
I wanna show you what I really mean
But you’re always
On the outside looking in

[x2:]
Oh, won’t you come into my head?
Come inside, lie down in my head
Oh, won’t you come into my head?
I just wanna have you up in my head

Oh, wanna piece of my mind?
Emphatic and erratic
At the drop of a dime
Oh, want a piece of my mind?
Climatic and dramatic
Like Jekyll and Hyde
Oh, read my mind.
Emphatic and erratic
At the drop of a dime
Oh, piece of my mind?
Dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah

Dah la dah dah. Dah dah dah dah. Dah la dah dah. [x2]

Like the blood running through my veins
It’s my DNA and my chemistry

From the pews of the congregation
You’ll never know the real salvation, now.

You wanna know what I really think?
You wanna know what I really believe?
There’s a fire burning up in here
See the smoke coming out of my ears?

Oh, won’t you come into my head?
Come inside, lie down in my head?
Oh, won’t you come into my head?
I just wanna have you up in my head

Oh, you want a piece of my mind?
Climatic and dramatic
Like Jekyll and Hyde
Oh, you want to read my mind?
Emphatic and erratic
At the drop of a dime
Oh, you wanna piece of my mind?
Dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah

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I want you – Cabaret Voltaire



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Freak yourself: shake it, shake it

Close the door: shake it, shake it
What to do: shake it, shake it
Just hit the floor: shake it, shake it

I Want You – Caberet Voltaire

(I want you to bow your head)

Freak yourself: shake it, shake it
Close the door: shake it, shake it
What to do: shake it, shake it
Just hit the floor: shake it, shake it

Freak yourself: shake it, shake it
Close the door: shake it, shake it
What to do: shake it, shake it
Just hit the floor: shake it, shake it

What they told you is not to be
But what you want comes naturally

Freak yourself: shake it, shake it
Close the door: shake it, shake it
What you want: shake it, shake it
Just hit the floor: shake it, shake it

Freak yourself: shake it, shake it
Close the door: shake it, shake it
What you do: shake it, shake it
Just hit the floor: shake it, shake it

Black them out, kill the lights
Hands are moving through the night

Freak yourself: shake it, shake it
Close the door: shake it, shake it
What to do: shake it, shake it
Just hit the floor: shake it, shake it

Freak yourself: shake it, shake it
Close the door: shake it, shake it
What you do: shake it, shake it
Just hit the floor: shake it, shake it

Freak yourself: shake it, shake it
Close the door: shake it, shake it
What to do: shake it, shake it
Just hit the floor: shake it, shake it

Make some time here, fingers free,
Keep your hands on your chemistry

Freak yourself: shake it, shake it
Close the door: shake it, shake it
What to do: shake it, shake it
Just hit the floor: shake it, shake it

Freak yourself: shake it, shake it
Close the door: shake it, shake it
What you do: shake it, shake it
Just hit the floor: shake it, shake it

Feel at night, seen at night

Watching it again, this potion here
Watch you doing it, explain it here
What they told you is not to be
But what you want comes naturally

Freak yourself: shake it, shake it
Close the door: shake it, shake it
What you do: shake it, shake it
Just hit the floor: shake it, shake it

Freak yourself: shake it, shake it
Close the door: shake it, shake it
What you do: shake it, shake it
Just hit the floor: shake it, shake it

Songwriters: NAPOLITANO, JOHNETTE LIN
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Understanding Trauma – Peter Levine and his Slinky


slinkyPeter Levine’s work unlocks our understanding of how trauma works within us – and how we can heal ourselves and find ways to support others in their healing,

In this short [6min] clip he uses a slinky to demonstrate how what we call “trauma” is when energy gets locked within us during events when we feel threatened, unsafe.

We can easily understand how fight and flight are both highly energetic responses.

The freeze response is just as energetic- but the energy gets trapped within us- for use later.

We understand that both Fight and Flight are survival responses. Freeze is also a survival response our organism storing the energy for use later.

If we’re prevented from using that energy to escape, or fight –
if were are prevented from completing the freeze response – well, the result of that is what we call “trauma”…

And that manifests itself in many ways.

When we are triggered, that can lead to sudden and dramatic release of tremendous energy and we become overwhelmed. Repeated, this can become a vicious cycle leaving us feeling more overwhelmed and our wounds reinforced and deepened.

He goes on to use the slinky to illustrate how healing involves releasing the energy trapped in our bodies in small packets, gradually learning how we can experience situations in ways we can feel safe.

 

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Stella’s Place


Teens often find themselves falling outside of mental health services when they turn 18, so individuals and families with loved ones who struggle are left to fend for themselves and navigate labyrinthine systems that often alienate mor ethan they elcome and support.

Not any more, at least in Toronto.

Now there’s  Stella’s Place.

Stella’s place was founded by a mom who, when her own daughter came to struggle, became frustrated at the absence  of places that could serve a group people who are more and more deeply affected by the pressures of living in this society and who so often come to struggle in ways that get called “mental illness”-  and so she decided start one.

Article below is from CBC. Links at the bottom.

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Stella’s Place, Toronto mental health centre, founded by concerned mom

Downtown centre helps teens and young adults from across the GTA

By Michelle Cheung, CBC News Posted: Sep 21, 2016 

Donna Green, left, is the founder of Stella's Place, a facility that provides mental health services for young adults. Green named the facility after her daughter Stella Green Sanderson, right.

Donna Green, left, is the founder of Stella’s Place, a facility that provides mental health services for young adults. Green named the facility after her daughter Stella Green Sanderson, right. (Paul Borkwood/CBC News)

Stella Green Sanderson was like any other Grade 10 student — she was into sports, and music — until she hit what felt like a wall.

“I just started to fall apart and I didn’t know what was happening or why it was happening and things just became difficult to complete. I was paralyzed.” said the now 24-year-old. What she didn’t know then was that she was suffering from anxiety and depression.

Sanderson’s school took notice of the change and alerted her parents.

Despite hiring Sanderson a private therapist, her mother, Donna Green, said they didn’t know the extent of their daughter’s issues.

Stella Green Sanderson’s struggle with anxiety and depression began in Grade 10.

“We could see that her shift of being awake during the day became being awake in the night. We also knew the paralysis that Stella mentioned: not being able to make any decisions, not being able to get out of bed to take a shower, get to school, and we realized we were into some pretty deep mental health issues and didn’t know where to turn.”

The programs they found in Canada were all emergency based, Green says. They were mostly short-term facilities and because of Sanderson’s age, she’d have to access help through an adult facility

So, Green sent her daughter to the U.S. for treatment for three years.

She says the programs there were focused on psychiatry and drug therapies. What Green believed was missing was peer counselling — someone who’d been through a crisis and could relate to what her daughter was going through.

“We never saw our daughter as a patient. We saw her with issues that needed to be resolved, and how could we help her do that and get back on track with her life?”

When her daughter moved back to Toronto, Green couldn’t find a program that would meet her daughter’s needs. After talking to parents whose kids were struggling with similar mental health issues, Green decided to start her own centre: Stella’s Place.

She says it’s the only mental health centre in the city that serves teens and young adults beyond the age of 18.

“We realized if we could create a program for young folks between the ages of 16 and 29, where so much of this stuff happens, wouldn’t that be something? To create a community, not a hospital, to work in partnership with young adults to really have a voice in what’s best for them…” Green said.

The assessment and treatment centre is located downtown, near Adelaide Street West and Spadina Avenue.

The front doors lead you to a cafe where young people can hang out, surf the internet or speak to a peer support counsellor. But the centre also offers therapies to help young adults cope with mood disorders and tools to train their brains to think differently.

Young people know what supports they need

Stella’s Place has partnered with the Jewish Community Centre to run fitness programs and George Brown which trains peer support counsellors for the facility.

All of this, Green says, is done in consultation with medical experts and young people who’ve been through a crisis.

“They actually are the experts. They’ve walked the walk for this experience. And while we need professional support and evidence based programs, it is the young persons themselves who know best,” she says.

In the few months the centre has been open, Green says hundreds of young adults have come through its doors. Most of them them are from Toronto but she says parents are driving in from Hamilton and Durham Region as well.

“Most of the parents I’ve talked to will do anything to find good support for their kids,” she said.

No teen turned away

In the future, the centre plans to launch an app so young adults can interact with a peer support workers online. And Stella’s Place — launched with private donations and some provincial funding — will not turn away any young person who needs help.

“We feel strongly it should be available to everybody who comes through the door and we’re working those things out in the hopes that we get to say ‘yes’ to everybody,” Green said.

As for Sanderson, she says she’s honoured to have her name on the door:

“I think it’s pretty cool that I can be part of this awesome organization that turned from a small idea from this stubborn, willful and determined lady over here to this really awesome space that people can come and get the help they need.”

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a tiny fragment in the vastness of nature


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The entire world we apprehend through our senses is no more than a tiny fragment in the vastness of Nature.
-Max Planck

We tend to think that what humans see, hear, feel is all that there is. Yet it is only a tiny proportion of the vast spectrum of the energy and information that is out there to be sensed.

What if some of us are already able to sense more of what’s out there to be seen and heard than most of us would dream or that many of us could dream is even possible ?

What if we could all sense more than we do right now, not with technology which can help and enable us to capture the data that went to produce the image above for instance,  but by choosing to hold ourselves open to that possibility…

Nature is full of variation, diversity if you like.

Variation and diversity is not illness, it’s a gift that challenges our belief that human evolution is the end product of a finished project.

 

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I can hear my father’s voice – Sean Penn


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I can hear my father’s voice.

And I can hear a few other voices that have, here since, gone on somewhere.
I have  no concern that I’m gonna lose track of Hunter’s voice.

Sean Penn

Talking of Hunter S. Thompson.

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MADx Friday 25th November 2016


The Rebellion is coming…
So, emancipate yourself and
rebel!
already!
why dontcha?

Join the-rebellion.ca and get your rebel on at MADx in November.
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madx-25th-nov2016-posterMore info
Click the  link below or the image to the right for more info.
https://the-rebellion.ca/2016/09/19/madx-fri-25th-nov-2016/

 

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everything we call real…


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Everything we call real is made  of things that cannot be considered real.
Niels Bohr

Everything is real and nothing is.
It it’s real to you then that’s as real as real gets.

We each get to decide what “reality” is for one person – ourselves.

Anyone who would have you believe that what you experience is not real,
is themselves made of stuff that cannot be considered real.

How real is that?

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