A True American Heroine: One Smart, Brave Lady You Won’t See on the News

Our question of the day:

Why is the ‘mainstream news media’ not shouting from the rooftops, about the accomplishments of THIS particular woman? Easy: they are as married to the legal drug cartel garbage PR machine, as is modern healthcare. 

Dr Kelly Brogan

(Doctor Kelly Brogan, Author, “a Mind of Your Own”)

The Silent Tragedy in Health Care Today

“A silent tragedy in the history of modern healthcare is happening right now in America, but no one is talking about it. We have been told a story of depression: that it is caused by a chemical imbalance and cured by a chemical fix—a prescription. More than 30,000,000 of us take antidepressants, including 1 in 7 women (1 in 4 women in their 40s and 50s). Millions more – maybe you – are tempted to try them to end chronic, unyielding distress, irritability, and feeling emotionally flat – trapped by an exhausting, unshakable inner agitation.

“It is time to let go of this false narrative and take a fresh look at where science is leading us. Before you try an antidepressant, I implore you to read this book. And if you do currently take these drugs, then I have an important message for you, too. Let me give you a primer.

“One of the most important books in the history of psychiatry and natural medicine has been published by HarperCollins who, unique among their mainstream publishing competitors, had the guts to release it completely uncensored.” 

“Believe it or not:

  • In six decades, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.
  • The serotonin theory of depression is a myth that has been supported by the manipulation of data and an echo chamber of industry and media rhetoric.
  • Depression is not a genetic disease. It is an epigenetic syndrome. In 2003, a study published in Science suggested that those with genetic variation in their serotonin transporter were three times more likely to be depressed. But 6 years later this idea was wiped out by a meta-analysis of 14,000 patients published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that denied such an association.
  • Depression is often an inflammatory condition, a manifestation of irregularities in the body that can start far away from the brain and are not associated with the simplistic model of so-called ‘chemical imbalances’.
  • Depression is an opportunity. It is a sign for us to stop and figure out what’s causing our imbalance.

“The human body interacts in its environment with deep intelligence. Your body creates symptoms for a reason. We usually suppress these symptoms with medication, but that is like turning off the smoke alarm when you have a fire going on.

“I get the allure of the quick fix cure via a drug. I used to believe in the magic pill. Then, after my residency and fellowship training, I took a sharp turn.

“I have spent years voraciously researching to find better health solutions for women, hungry for the truth about what works and what doesn’t. In my research and work with patients—people just like you—I’ve been analyzing data and connecting the dots.

“First, we have to ask why you are feeling the way you are feeling, and the sources of your symptoms may surprise you. It may be your food, your gut, your thyroid, or even your go-to pain reliever. I continue to be amazed at the power of the body to heal, after decades of abuse by our lifestyles, within time frames as short as thirty days.

“My goal is to:

  • Help you change the beliefs we’ve all been fed by a system that is not really focused on wellness, but on symptom suppression—and profit.
  • Help you discover your body’s innate ability to recalibrate, reset, and recharge so you can heal.
  • Give you simple, highly practical steps in a comprehensive plan that activates your own healing power so you can start feel freer and healthier in thirty days or less.

Because you deserve to experience a mind of your own.”

(Doctor Kelly Brogan, Author, “a Mind of Your Own”)

Take a peek at the 1st chapter, “Decoding Depression” here.

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‘The Paramedic Heretic’: Care to Learn What EMS is REALLY like?

 

EMS1 LogoEditor’s Note: This is an excerpt from the opening chapter of the “Paramedic Heretic.” The author, a veteran paramedic who has responded to more than 20,000 calls, details how policies often undermine patient care and defines what he calls the “Immutable Laws” that reign supreme in the business of saving lives.

I wasn’t always a heretic, of course. In my salad days I was as blissfully ignorant as interns tend to be, cheerfully willing to chomp onto the shiny, enticing fishhook called ‘rescue’ with no fear of consequence. Newbie’s to most professions, I suppose, are sodden with more limerence than common sense, and those of us who fairly leap into the quicksand of the emergency disciplines can be as career-infatuated as anybody. The rhetoric of disease and cure is, after all, highly seductive. In fact it’s downright sexy. That’s why so many of us do it.

HERETIC COVER 1Dashing from cadaver lab to classroom to library, we surely resembled puppies with our heads out the car window. We were on a mission, we interns, teeming with the zeal of the righteous. We would have gleefully run over grandmothers in a crosswalk to get to a good emergency. It’s that magnetic, isn’t it?

“Hi. My name is Rick. My brother and I have created an extrication device. We’re wondering if you guys on Lifesaver 1 would be willing to field test it and give us some feedback from a paramedic point of view.”
Rick Kendrick, who invented the KED

And so we did.

Those were heady times, for the late 70’s had all the trappings of the Renaissance. We were, after all, the pride of our campus – UCSD School of Medicine – in the chrysalis of advanced pre-hospital disciplines. There were just not many earthlings doing what we were. EMS textbooks were literally being written by the bright folks who whirled around us each day, and many of our own San Diego ideas then, are standard protocols now. The books tucked under our arms were physicians’ books – Taber’s and Dubin and Merck et al.

Among the first medics in the U.S., we were 19 neophytes in lab coats, armed with shiny new stethoscopes, convictions that refused to dwindle and unmatched energies of troopers on point. You could not have stopped us with a freight train. Some of the best-known newscasters in the nation got their start on the same university campus we did. And they often tagged along with cameras to file their rookie news reports on our training adventures, as part of their UCSD Visual Arts Program.

We saw ourselves as warriors, prepping for the nobility of battle. We were yet to learn that rescue medicine – at least the rendition practiced on the metropolitan streets of America – was more warlike than anything we could imagine. It was a war where the most deeply wounded were often, strangely, the caregivers. For the cloistered dimension of EMS was rife with ‘friendly fire’ and grew more so by the year. This of course leads to the logical question of why any normal person would choose the profession. Well, most ‘normal’ citizens do not. But in our unmitigated zeal to get to the meat of lifesaving, it would have served us well to curb our soaring sense of wonder long enough to notice the enigmas of rescue, for they are often confounding. Being of sane mind, we might have at least grown wary of the maelstrom. We might have turned and fled the other direction. The sad truth is that in the beginning it is simply not possible for the bewitched intern to fathom the essence of EMS, nor its undercurrents of sheer madness. For these are kept quite deliberately hidden.

“We suffer from ‘Maximal Response’ disease and red lights and sirens are the symptoms.”
Jeff J. Clawson MD, Author, Principles of Emergency Medical Dispatch

So no, I certainly did not start out a skeptic and I would guess that almost nobody does. In my formative years I was as goofily naïve as anybody. So what is the purpose of the Paramedic Heretic? Simple. It is time for somebody in our field of expertise to shout “gardyloo!” from the belfry. It is time that both citizenry and the medics who serve them – health care’s ultimate consumers – gain the perspective of just how distorted some aspects in our corner of medicine have become. The goal here is entirely uncomplicated.

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‘Res ipsa loquitur’: the Thing itself,  speaks

You will almost certainly have need to call 911 for medical help at some point in your life, so you might want to read up, because Paramedics just don’t think like non-Paramedics. Before this book is finished you will know exactly how we think, which might come in handy on your next personal emergency.

What you have here is a veteran medic’s unvarnished 30-year critique. A professional bloodline; a pilgrimage to heresy. If you are wise beyond your years, you will become a heretic, too. At the very least, when you put this book down you will know – as the marvelous Paul Harvey used to say – “The rest of the story.”

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Doctors Taking Poetic License? Oh Yes. And It’s 100% Legal!

Occasionally we think it appropriate to tip our cap to the thousands upon thousands of physicians in our nation who aren’t the least bit criminal.  In fact, some of these guys and gals have figured ways to be

STETH SMILE FACEdownright upright without committing any crime at all.  They treat their patients with respect; save a few lives and – in their downtime – actually deem to entertain us with some mighty fine poetry.

And God love them. Enjoy these scribblings of scriveners.

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 Off to the Annual Convention

 Oh, we’re off to a medical meeting

Where there’s never a problem with seating

Except in the bar

Where friends from afar

Are exchanging their annual greeting

Since the IRS didn’t complain

When we held our convention in Spain

We’ll talk antibiotic

In someplace exotic

And not in Des Moines or Fort Wayne

If the lectures get too soporific

We’ll steal off to watch the Pacific

And we’ll toss down a few

Tax deductible too!

In a toast to la vie scientifique

So what if we do run up bills?

For dinner with all of the frills

A fine bill of fare

Will help us prepare

To “improve our professional skills”

So we’re off to the annual convention

Eager to turn our attention

To the holy alliance

Of pleasure and science

And sundries we don’t need to mention

(David Goldblatt, MD, University of Rochester)

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The Urinalysis

Some bring their sample in a jar

Some bring it in a pot

Some bring a sample barely ample

While others bring a lot

Some hide it in a paper bag

Some wrap it like a treasure

Some quite undaunted

Proudly flaunt it

As though it gives them pleasure

Some cork it up so tightly that

It’s quite a chore to spring it

Some let it slosh, almost awash

And some forget to bring it

(Richard Armour PhD, Miami)

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Ode to Room 459

They test your blood by pints and quarts

 They fill you up with barium

 And watch your blushing innards flip

 Like fish in an aquarium

They puncture you like needlepoint

They steal your clothes and drag you

From whatsiscope to whosiscope

They pummel, thump and gag you

For there’s a test for every ill

To help the doctor cure it

But few except the well and strong

Are able to endure it!

(Leonard Reeves MD, Gainesville, Florida)

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Have a terrific weekend, readers, and thank you for your support in buying our books.

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