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Unable to Treat ED - Vacuum Therapy System Is the Only Solution

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Are you a victim of erectile dysfunction and have been trying to find a solution for years? Well, then you need vacuum system therapy, this is a method that has helped thousands of user across the globe to get rid of this problem and enjoy their sexual life normally just like any other person. This is a great method which is known for its qualities for solving erectile dysfunction problems and also known for being the safest of all methods that you can try to get the maximum result. This method is a guaranteed way of achieving the results that you want.

Men who suffer from this problem of erectile dysfunction, spend huge amount of money on the treatment, but still are unable to get the result that they want. Most of them try the conventional method of having expensive medicines prescribed by the doctor, which has hardly benefited anyone. Not just a lot of money is wasted on doctor's fee and these medicines, but also there is no guarantee that they would help. In most of the cases they don't. All your time and money is wasted without achieving any result. That's why more people are using vacuum system therapy that gives you the desired results.

The vacuum system therapy is a simple method where a pump is used to create a vacuum around the penis and blood is drawn into the shaft of the penis, this flow of blood increases the size of the shaft, giving you an erect and firm penis. This simple method does, what most of the methods before this could not do. These qualities of vacuum system method set it apart from other conventional methods. The users of this method have gained immensely from this and continue using the therapy to get instant results every day.

Erectile dysfunction leads to various other problems, like acute depression and frustration. There are many married couples who are not able to enjoy the married life due to this problem. But again there are also many couples who have tried the vacuum system therapy and are happy to get the unexpected results from this method. They have revived their life and are enjoying their normal life again, thanks to vacuum system therapy. Since the market is flooded with many products claiming guaranteed result and claim to completely cure the problem. It is understandable why you would hesitate to try another method that you are not sure of.

But there are hundreds of reasons why you should try vacuum system therapy. This method is not only easy to apply, and gives fast results, but also it is very cheap compared to all other products and methods available in the market. This method is also safe to use since there is no side effects of this therapy and the users do not suffers any long term health problems either. This safe and easy method makes it the best therapy that men who suffer from erectile dysfunction can try and make their lives normal again.

Children's Commissioner's Report Says Child-On-Child Abuse Is Shocking

An official report by the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England says that "shocking" sexual violence is being carried out by children against other children. The report says that the perpetrators could be 12 or 13, and rape is seen as "normal and inevitable" in some areas, especially among gangs. It also claims that bullying and sexist attitudes exist across the whole country.

The Research conducted by the University of Bedfordshire into sexual violence in gangs (It's wrong but you get used to it) suggested two-thirds of young people questioned (65%) knew of young women who had been pressurised or coerced into sexual activity. 

The report is the result of a two-year inquiry by the children's commissioner into child exploitation and gangs. It is being published alongside research on young people's understanding of consent to sex, and a study on the pressures on young people who have been raised in gang-affected neighbourhoods. It says legislation is there to protect children but agencies from the police to social services need to become far better at spotting children at risk and providing them with the necessary protection.

Effects of Drug Abuse on Your Emotional Health

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The effects of drug abuse on the body are many and varied. These effects are both physical and psychological. Often there is an underlying mental health condition that has not yet been diagnosed that can be linked to drug abuse. Although using harmful substances may appear to alleviate symptoms in the short term, one of the effects of drug abuse is making emotional health worse. Also, abusing drugs can actually cause certain mental health disorders. This is especially true if an individual has certain hereditary or environmental risk factors that could lead to mental illness. The use of drugs can push these individuals into a mental illness.

Effects of Drug Abuse: The Impact

Overall Effects of Drug Abuse

When an individual abuses drugs over a long period of time, the brain actually changes the way it functions. This is because the drugs have taken the place of naturally occurring chemicals in the body that affect brain functions, including emotions. Drugs attach themselves to certain receptors that work in the brain to regulate mood. Normally these receptors are attached with certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which work in the brain to raise mood and make a person feel good. That can explain the general feeling of euphoria shortly after taking a drug, as that substance works in a similar manner on receptors as the naturally occurring chemicals.

Effects of Drug Abuse on Mental Illness

Approximately half of all people with mental illness abuse drugs. Those who suffer from mental illness have an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, which is why they may turn to drugs as a form of self-medication. Once drug use begins, the body stops producing certain chemicals, as the drugs fool it into believing that enough are already present in the body. When the drug is stopped, the individual's mental illness symptoms are usually worse than before, as the chemicals are even more out of balance than before the abuse of drugs. Alternatively, a new chemical balance could be the result, leading to mental illness where none had previously existed.

Drug Abuse and Emotional Health

When quitting drug use, many withdrawal systems mimic mental illness symptoms. This makes it hard for those who suffer from dual diagnosis to quit, and the effects of drug abuse can be seen very clearly. Dual diagnosis is when a substance abuse issue presents itself concurrently with a mental health issue; this can be very difficult to diagnose and treat. Professional treatment by a provider who is familiar with treating dual diagnosis could be effective, as they will likely be able to treat both disorders at the same time.

Warning Signs of a Drug-Abusing Employee

Saturday, 23 November 2013

As an enterprising entrepreneur you need to have the ability to spot people subtly. At times you find people present a chaotic mix up. I'm afraid you would find it hard to know something going amiss in your employee because of your everyday chores. Or it might be too late. Let's be positive and make a clear thinking. If you ever suspect employees of substance abuse, find out what led you to such a notion? On close observation, you may find fall in performance, absenteeism, risky behavior, unusual physical signs, etc.

Declining work performance
Bodily and mentally fit employees are a boon to your organization because of their productivity. A healthy worker abides by the employee code of behavior set by the organization. However, everything goes awry once your employee's overall performance declines. You might be shocked at such a drop in performance and would be prompted to take it seriously. The employee who was punctual is now a late-comer, and leaves earlier or remains absent for many days, takes long breaks for taking food, likes staying alone, cannot concentrate on work, makes wrong judgments. All this leads to severe drop in performance - a warning sign of substance abuse.

Increased and unexplained absenteeism
An employee stays absent from workplace in a day or during a shift and you do not get a convincing explanation for it. The employee fails to account for because his general disposition becomes unpredictable; may lie to the managers/supervisors and reply awkwardly; finds fault with others including spouse. Such unusual behavior should lead you to suspicion of drug abuse.

Engaged in risky behavior
Another sign is that the employee becomes highly irritable, disregards social manners in the amity of co-workers as well as at work; ignores safety norms; tends to be risky being reckless while at work and thus endangering life of all. He accuses coworkers and superiors for failure or difficulties at workplace.

Avoidance of co-workers
A substance abusing employee shuns co-workers. Puts excuses in case of failure on any count - be it work or home. This is because of the fact that the unusual changes might be noticed by others for which he feels embarrassed. General personal character becomes clumsy. It is a warning sign of substance abuse on the first sight as you find it completely different from what you had seen earlier.

Certain physical signs
Substance abusing employee suddenly starts quarreling, scolding and shouting at others. He ignores personal hygiene, dress code at workplace. There is drastic drop in body weight because of loss of appetite. There is change in the pupils - if the substance is an opiate (heroin, cocaine), the pupils shrink and if it were amphetamine they are dilated. Personal grooming is poor. He becomes tired as the effect of drug ceases.

Necessity of drug testing at workplace
You can't afford to take it for granted if you notice these symptom(s). If you ignore, you expose the health of other employees as well as your business to great risk. It affects their work ethic and ultimately leads to decline in profitability of your enterprise. Strictly and constantly monitor your employees' general and working behavior. As a matter of policy of the organization, make periodic substance check-up mandatory. This is a preventive step.

When you mark these sign(s), you need to be proactive. Consult your human resources managers and take the necessary steps immediately. This is critical as apart from impacting the performance of the individual employees; it is likely to bring out in its wake several legal, health, financial implications and a drop in the profitability and repute of your organization in the corporate world.

How Broken is the Mental Health Delivery System?

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Most psychotherapists agree that the mental health delivery system is broken. Where two or more psychotherapists are gathered together, complaints abound. While this article addresses the broken mechanics is the mental health delivery system, it does not even begin to address the mishandling of individual cases.

People, in general, and psychotherapists, in particular, are afraid to "buck the system." Fear masquerades in a variety of acting out, defensive behaviors, such as anger, denial, criticism, withdrawal and aggression.

This is especially true when discussing the managed care system. Most psychotherapists in the US have chosen to practice as in-network providers for the insurance companies. That means that the therapists have agreed to a discounted fee, in hopes of receiving more referrals, because they are in-network. It also means the therapist usually must have their services authorized prior to seeing the clients.

After all, our present mental health delivery system, which has been around since the early 1980s, has developed inbred power, not only in individuals but in the system itself. I can remember the anger of my clients 25 years ago, when the found their insurance company dictating the amount and kinds of service they could receive, but within five years, as a nation we accepted the managed care concept without a fight.

Therefore, I am challenging a very large, money-hungry system, established to feed on itself, but not adequately supply services that meet the needs of its members or the realistic needs of the health care providers.

So I challenge anyone to deny that our present mental health delivery system is fragile and broken. Here are eight reasons why;

  1. Diagnosis is made by professionals who are not in intimate touch with those individuals who come for help. Insurance companies and third party payers demand a medical diagnosis before they will reimburse for a claim, starting with the first visit. It is unrealistic that under the present delivery system today that most psychotherapists can positively and accurately determine the diagnosis code required.
  2. The diagnosis criteria often change from one edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual(DSM) to the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the psychotherapists diagnostic bible. For instance, a common presenting problem is identity disorder. Yet identity disorder is no longer listed in the DSM, so therapists may have to "fudge" a bit on the diagnosis...if they want to get reimbursed. Further complicating the situation is the fact that not all DSM diagnoses are reimbursible. Because many insurance companies will not reimburse for autistic spectrum disorders, therapists become creative.
  3. Thousands of individuals who need therapy are not receiving it. In these economic times, small businesses are dropping health insurance as a benefit. Because of the high cost of insurance for even large corporations, many are increasing the cost of insurance to their employees, and many benefit packages have very high deductibles and larger co-payments due at the time of visits.
  4. All therapists are not created equal, when it comes to their skills. I recommend that the terminal degree for all psychotherapists (except hypnotherapists) would be a Ph.D., not necessarily in psychology. Many agencies use B.A. degreed graduates or even interns "to do therapy," because they are supervised by licensed clinicians.
  5. Costs of our present mental health delivery system are often prohibitive, while third party payers often offer fewer benefits with higher deductibles for mental health. Mental health still appears in all practicality to be exempt from the Parity Law. My personal clients generally have seen higher co-payments for specialists (mental health is a specialty), while being given unlimited visits. What my clients do not realize is that some of them are paying almost my entire fee, leaving the insurance companies responsible for $10 or $15 per session in many cases.
  6. Managed Care companies often outsource their customer service to India, Argentina or the Philippines, and benefits are quoted inaccurately by people struggling with basic language skills.
  7. Some of the largest managed care companies simply require a completed computerized form to obtain an authorization for service. Upon submission of the form, initial visits or additional visits are granted automatically without any human review. I assume that there is a pre-set criteria, set by the company, that must be met for this to happen. In some cases immediate authorization is not given but forwarded for further evaluation by a live body.
  8. Most important of all, mental health care is not directed by the client and the health care professional. Until 2010, therapists could see individuals for a specific, often limited number of sessions based upon their insurance benefit package and/or the authorization from the insurance companies. Furthermore, many therapists feel that therapy is something that is done to the client, rather than building a partnership for brief therapy treatment planning.

If this does not mean the mental health system is broken, what does?

Health Care Reform is Not Healthy

Monday, 18 November 2013



Health insurance premiums are driven by the success or failure of actual health recovery maintenance and the costs required to deliver of service. Harris L. Coulter, Ph.D., of Washington, DC, and editor of the 8th edition of the HPUS,is an internationally renowned medical historian and author of over 30 books and essays, which include: THE DIVIDED LEGACY, a four volume epochal history of medicine, which covers its origins to present day.

"Society today is paying a heavy price in disease and death for the monopoly granted the medical profession in the 1920's. In fact, the situation peculiarly resembles that of the 1830s when physicians relied on bloodletting, mercurial medicines, and quinine, even though knowing them to be intrinsically harmful. And precisely the same arguments were made in defense of these medicines as are employed today, namely, that the benefits outweigh the risks. In truth, the benefits accrue to the physician, while the patient runs the risks."-Harris Coulter, Ph.D., (Divided Legacy Vol 3)

There is no question we need reform in the areas of disease elimination improvements in Health, better delivery of health care when it is needed and health insurance parity. Personally, am all for reform, but let those reforms ring with the clarity of Truth and illuminate our way through the fog obfuscation.

Overall chemo-therapy and radiation are documented to be an absolute failure in the so-called war against cancer. The long-term survival rate of cancer patients using orthodox therapies remains abysmal and the statistical reportage is obfuscated.

Refer to: New England Journal of Medicine, "Progress Against Cancer," May 8, 1986 by John C. Bailar, III and Elaine M. Smith, and a ten-year follow-up "The War on Cancer" which appeared in Lancet, May 18th, 1996, by Michael B. Spoorn. Therein is published in leading medical journals, but they remain as the only therapies and pharmaceutical companies enjoy federal mandate.
Stated simply you cannot poison a sick person well.

HEALTH CARE REFORM is a meme used to numb the mind and sway political process but has little or nothing to do with health and certainly is neither, reform in the ways the public perceives, nor what they dearly need.

Merely by changing who and how much they profit for health services is only a small fraction of the underlying problem and ultimately it's you who pay. Current Congressional debates will not offer true reform of our systemic disease CARE, but strengthen insurance profits and control.

The fruit of the healthcare tree, while certainly abundant, is altogether rotten, because the roots are corrupted by disease. If the Food and Drug Administration which regulates both FOOD and drugs while having far reaching powers that are beyond the Constitution of the United States of America, is powerless to effectuate the genuine change required to modify the so-called health industry.

Nor can the FDA provide the reforms by its far reaching power and control, then how can we expect it to come from mandates from an under educated over lobbied congress?

Give credit where due, the FDA has been effective in causing millions of tones of ground meat and spinach. A little too late perhaps as the FDA has done nothing to stop chemical companies from pouring oceans of deadly toxic, and known carcinogens on our crops.

"Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans" ~ Jacques Cousteau


We must stop poisoning our earth with unnecessary toxic chemicals, which leaches out the elements and minerals building blocks of the cells of our bodies, and support and teach the farmers on bio-dynamic farming.

Why is there no respect for and replication of how the Hunzas and several other tribes on earth, wholive to be well over 120, and disease free.

These tribes drink the water which comes off of the slow grinding of the glacier across mountain terrain and gives minute quantities of every element and every mineral. Their cells have
access to all the natural building blocks of life and therefore remain impervious to invasion and disease.

Health and Old Age Places with High Longevity: Hunza Pakistan the area of Hunza in Pakistan which has a high level of longevity. A Guide to Shangri-La: The Leading Longevity Sites on Earth

For Americans and the world at large where the crop land is awash in chemicals the minerals and elements are leached out of the soil and the roots of our food crops are have no way to chelate them so that we can digest them into our bodies.

What follows is a well known symptom called pica, and we are constantly looking for something to eat to satisfy the hunger of the cells and this leads to obesity and disease on a national scale.

There are solutions, but the FOOD administration, has done nothing to listen to, study, implement, nor promote the use of Bio-Dynamic Farming, which is proven to produce greater volumes of crops far healthier and do not poison our water aquifers.

One fairly recent proactive move; the FDA and the FTC have enforced the little known Federal Law under USC Title 21 Part 56, INFORMED CONSENT. This activity is evidenced by the too frequent drug commercials and advertisements. To name one example the anti depressant drug, ABILIFY, is known to cause death and suicide.

To our detriment and demise, the FDA has a tunnel vision partisan perspective and always reactive, rarely proactive when a patient actually dies from using an FDA approved drug, they routinely avoid any blame and state "there is no conclusive evidence to prove it was because of the drug." No drug company is ever charged with a crime and no executives, nor doctors, are criminally charged for manufacturing, nor for prescribing the drugs.

WHY? Because the drugs are FDA approved so it would mean they are culpable.

However, when a substance derived and used by another Healing Art, i.e. Homeopathy, is found to be highly effective in combating and eliminating a disease such as cancer, or reversing the side effects of AIDS, a stroke, or Cystic Fibrosis, to name a few, the FDA routinely states there is no scientific evidence to support the claims moves swiftly to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

We must continue to strengthen the education of the public on sound fundamentals of health maintenance.

We must allow for access and coverage to all branches of the Healing Arts. This is known as the ECLECTIC. The allopathic cartel are not the arbiters of truth, nor have they proven to be honorable stewards, nor have they provided viable solutions where other forms of healing arts have been successful, in some cases thousands of years.


The problem is that over the past 67 years, a Federal Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, created in 1938 as an agency to ensure that Food, Drugs and Cosmetics moving in interstate commerce, were pure, unadulterated, contained what was stated on the label and safe for human consumption.

Over the years the FDA has undergone a metamorphosis and has become a threat to the civil liberties and public health of Americans, as well as added incredibly to the cost of the products it regulates.

The FDA has a long history of using the resources of the agency to conduct Gestapo type raids on medical clinics, terrorizing patients, staff and practitioners, seizing quantities of vitamins, manuals and harmless natural products, issues completely inaccurate, indeed, deliberately mendacious publicity releases slandering practitioners, nutritional products and innovative drugs and has so far departed from the purposes for which it was created as to become a menace to both the public's health and their civil liberties.

Under 80 or more years of Allopathic domination, the standardized American health care system is unable to:

(1)Control the resurgence of Tuberculosis in the country;
(2)Control the rising rate of Cancer deaths;
(3)Control the rising rate of coronary artery deaths;
(4)Lower the infant mortality rate;
(5)Find an effective cure for AIDS.

There are available answers to all these deficiencies, but none of them are embraced in Allopathic Doctrine.

The question presented is, if there is any legal control over this vast agency and any way citizens can take legal action to cause the agency to be brought under control and be forced to comport itself in accordance with the intent of Congress in creating it, and the additional question of whether or not citizens who have been harassed by its Ultra Vires activities may sue for damages or other relief.

If such legal action is possible, is such legal action the best, or the sole means which can or should be employed to bring the agency under control.

A further question may be what or who is responsible for the agency getting out of control and what, if anything, can be done to ensure that the agency does not get out of control in the future and once again become a menace to society.


The agency in question, the Food and Drug Administration, is an out of control bureaucracy, undertaking to perform some proper regulatory functions but devoting many of its resources to illicit functions not contained in its enabling legislation and not permissible under the constitution.

The agency [which was] directed by Commissioner David Kessler, M.D, JD, who assumed the position after the enforced resignation of Joe Young, PhD, has done little to change its behavior except put on a fresh face from time to time.

An investigation revealed widespread corruption with many officials, taking large bribes, not to mention every member of Congress who are heavily lobbied by industries it was supposed to regulate, and the entire agency was demoralized and ineffective.

The agency has openly and notoriously formed "partnership" with private trade associations and special interest groups for the purpose of aiding and abetting non-price predation in the health care market.

The agency has lawful jurisdiction over some Foods, Drugs and medical devices which are in interstate commerce and has no jurisdiction over the practice of medicine or other healing professions.

Despite this rather clear distinction, the agency repeatedly attempts to interfere with health care practitioners by means of its enforcement powers and by liaison with state regulatory agencies, and by conducting Gestapo type raids on the offices and clinics of health care practitioners who practice in Schools of Practice other than the Allopathic School and by attempting to suppress the use of techniques of healing and of products for use in health care which are not within its regulatory jurisdiction.


This claim is born of deliberate suppression of health technologies which are non-toxic, effective and inexpensive; to name only a few in critical areas, these include:

EDTA Chelation - Adrenal Cortical Extract

Oxidative Therapies / Hyperbaric Chamber / Ozone
EDTA Chelation
Human Growth Hormone

IAT, Laetrile, L-Arginine, Black & Yellow Salves, Gerson Therapy, 714-X, Homeotherapeutics, Krebiozen, Essiac, Immunostim, anti-neoplastin, Hoxey, Glixoxide, Revicci Therapies and many others, too numerous to mention here.


California (most active)

Department of Consumer Affairs
State Board of Medicine
State Board of Dental examiners
State Board of Osteopathic Examiners
State Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Acupuncture Committee
Food and Drug Branch
Attorney General's Office
San Diego City Attorney's Office

Other States (Generic)
State Board of Medical Examiners
State Board of Dental Examiners
Attorney General's Office

Private Organizations Involved
Pharmaceutical Advertising Council
National Council Against Health Fraud (and affiliated organizations)
National Federation of State Boards of Medical Examiners

Administrative Agencies
NCI - National Cancer Institute
CDC - Centers for Disease Control
FDA - Food and Drug Administration
NIH - National Institutes of Health

Private Organizations
American Heart Association
American Cancer Society
Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute
Mayo Clinic
American College of Allergy
Roswell, et al

In HEALTH UNITED STATES, an annual publication by the federal government, our national death rate from cancer is approximately 2,500,000 people per year and the rate is rising. Assuming a cost of $80,000 to $160,000 per person over the last 20 years, that figure represents $200,000,000 to $370,000,000 per year and 50,000,000 lives, or $4 TRILLION to $7.5 TRILLION dollars funneled from our collective economy into the hands of the medical pharmaceutical cartel. Is it any wonder, then, why we cannot find a cure?

In addition One of the first targeted, the FDA, or "Big Medicine," since the early 1900's, in this country was Dr. Royal Raymond Rife. His powerful evolutionary microscope, capable of shattering cancer cells and viruses with radio frequency vibrations, was destroyed and his books burned by federal authorities and he was imprisoned.

Some other embattled pioneers include, but are certainly not limited to: The healing arts of Ethno botany, Naturopathy Chiropractic and Acupuncture and Chelation, which all met intense resistance and violent opposition by federally protected orthodoxy.

Dietmar Schildwaechter, Ph.D., MD, was invaded in his home office in a militant style by state and federal authorities in the late 1980's for introducing a cure for squamous cell cancer, which was proven in a 20-year study in Germany.

Andrew Ivy, MD, a pillar of the A.M.A., who came back from Germany after participating as a panelist in the Nuremberg war crime trials with a cure for cancer called Krebiozen, had his career shattered.

Bruce Halstead, MD;
Warren Levin, MD;
Vincent Speckhart, MD;
Royal Raymond Rife, MD
Wilhelm Reich, MD;
Jossef Issels, MD; and Max Gerson, MD;
Joseph Gold, MD,
Emmanuel Revici, MD;
Stanislaw Burzynski, MD;
James Privitera, MD;
Ed McCabe, author of Oxygen Therapies, jailed for 547 days; a best selling author.
Hulda Clark, ND;

There too many more which are not listed here. These gifted pioneers brought relief to a suffering humanity and were ruthlessly attacked by medical authorities and scientific dogma. Each paid a high price but distinguished themselves by their courage and resolves to stand up for their convictions, even in the face of overwhelming opposition, loss of license and jail. For a closer look at the inner workings, read: THE CANCER INDUSTRY: the Classic Expose 'on the Cancer Establishment, by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

The FDA regularly approves dangerous, often lethal pharmaceuticals. The side effects of these potentially deadly, or harm causing pharmaceutical drugs can only be fully discovered by wide-spread use. This is despite the average $250-500,000,000 and 15 years to bring these drugs to market, including phase trial tests, trying to prove the elusive "efficacy" requirement of the F.D. &C. Act.

Typically, after one of their highly publicized "wonder" drugs fails, causes death or serious side effects, no FDA official nor PAC member company president, research assistant, corporate official, company doctor, nor testing lab will be subjected to raid, investigation, indictment or jail term.

To the trauma and suffering to the patients and their families and the productive work force, it comes with a hefty price tag.

Both Gaston Naessens and Dietmar Schildwaechter, Ph.D., MD, spent the last 40 years perfecting independent blood tests, which are able to pre diagnose any type of cancer and immune disorders up to two years prior to their onset, with a 1% margin of error. The industrial average false/negative ratio remains extremely high by comparison, yet these new tests are ignored or met with resistance.


The Eclectic Practice of Medicine*

In 1906, Dr. Rolla Thomas completely revised the 1866 teaching manual by John Milton Scudder, and revised it yet again in 1907. This was the culmination of a thirty-year frenzy of published creativity at the Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was the main teaching text at that school until the1930s...the college closed in 1939.

"...it were better for the doctor if he can forget that his patient has typhoid fever, pneumonia, dysentery, or whatever he may have, and study the conditions that are present. This may be wrongs of the circulation, of the nervous system, of the secretions, of digestion, of assimilation, or wrongs of the blood, but whatever the basal lesion, it must be overcome if the patient is to be benefited by medication."


The health care industry during the Progressive Era is well documented in academic studies and can reasonably be accepted as a given here without describing in great detail how or why it occurred. However, it was funded largely by the Rockefeller and Carnegie fortunes and was done to guarantee a dominant place in health care for the products of the petrochemical industry.

The Allopathic School of Medical Practice was picked to become the dominant survivor of the monopolization because it was:

(1) Numerically the largest,

(2) Had no well established system of doctrines which made it antagonistic to the use of a system of therapeutics based on petrochemical therapeutics,

(3) Was represented by a fairly well organized and active Trade Association which was receptive to a take over by the funders,

(4) Urgently needed a large infusion of cash and political influence to stop the growing public acceptance of its economic rivals and competitors,

(5) Had little to offer its members without such an infusion of cash and political influence,

(6) Were headed by a staff which welcomed any help - motivated by absolutely no idealism and almost entirely by avarice, the staff of the AMA was easy to enlist in the monopolization and proved extremely efficient - particularly Morris Fishbein, whose role was pivotal and whose service spanned several decades of the monopolization.

One of the chief monopolization strategies was through take over of medical education and the schools or universities which offered this. There were several hundred which offered a two year course in Allopathic Medicine and granted the M.D. degree, which was the sole credential necessary for practice at that time.

Competitive medical universities operated by Homeopathic and Eclectic interests were fewer, but at least 75 existed - some well established and endowed.

The monopolist could have selected any of these; they were all easy targets, but the Allopathic School of Practice had a void in its therapeutic system which made it ideal for the monopolist and the Homeopathic and Eclectic Schools had therapeutic systems which offered little room for the
incorporation of petrochemical technology.

Many Americans, at least those who could afford to do so, went abroad for their medical education, initially to England or Scotland but eventually to Germany where State supported Universities had better facilities and foreign students who could and would pay tuition to augment the salaries of the faculty were welcomed to the extent that lectures were offered in English as well as German to facilitate and accommodate these foreign scholars.

To a man, the initial faculty of John's Hopkins, the first of the Medical Universities to be established and funded by the monopolists were graduates of German Universities and brought to the University both the medical and the political orientations gained as students at German universities, which they passed on to the students of John's Hopkins, most of whom went out to become the faculties of other American medical colleges and further incorporate both the medical and the political orientations of German universities into the graduates of American Medical Universities funded by the monopolists. Those orientations remain a part of Allopathic medicine in the United States today.

This is primarily important in considering the role of the Allopathic School in genocidal activity, which the German medical profession entered into without protest between 1934 and 1945 under the National Socialist Regime in Germany.

Federal control started in earnest around 1938 with the Pure Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and this became what it is today in 1962 with the Kefauffer Amendments to that Act, which amendments included for the first time, an efficacy requirement which gave the FDA far more power to control both drugs and information about drugs.

The Federal Act was not intended to give the agency any control over the practice of medicine or other health care professions and both its language and many decisions of Federal Courts make that clear. Nevertheless, the agency has made and continues to make increasing excursions into attempts to control the practice of medicine.

Since 1910, a combination of some practitioners and some manufacturers of goods involved in this market has attempted to attain a monopoly in the market to the exclusion of substitutable economic competitors.

Some of the goods in this market, particularly those consisting of synthetic petrochemical pharmaceuticals, are preferentially used by the practitioners involved in the monopolization to the virtual exclusion of other goods.

However, a large amount of the goods involved may be purchased and used by consumers without the recommendation or authorization of health care practitioners and the consumer is free to consult such practitioners or not as he or she sees fit, in most circumstances.

Licensure of health care practitioners is a function of State governments, all of which have a system of examination and licensure of some health care practitioners. There is some variation from state to state in which practitioners are licensed and which are not licensed.

There is universal licensure of physicians and surgeons, osteopathic physicians and surgeons, dentists, chiropractic physicians and there is considerable variation as to the licensure of naturopathic physicians and Oriental medical practitioners (acupuncturists) on a state by state basis.

Despite the state by state variation, all of these practitioners practice in a virtually uniform fashion all have trade associations and specialty societies which are national in scope and all receive fairly standardized training.

Licensure for physicians and surgeons was initially begun around 1890 on a state by state basis at the instigation of the American Medical Association, which is the trade association for the Allopathic School of Medical Practice.

When the process was begun, State Legislatures typically created three separate State Boards of Medical examiners, to examine and license medical practitioners of the Allopathic, Homeopathic and Eclectic Schools of Medical Practice; in many states the Osteopathic School was also given a Board of Examiners.

Initially, the licenses granted to these practitioners was to treat any human disease, disorder or condition by drugs, surgery or any other means and all persons not so licensed were forbidden to undertake such activities for compensation.

Shortly thereafter, other health care practitioners were also given licenses which carried out certain exceptions to the universal licensure of physicians, such as Dentists, Podiatrists, Pharmacists, Nurses, Midwives, Physiotherapists and eventually, Acupuncturists.

The campaign for licensure carried out by the AMA was for the purpose of attaining for its members an exclusive license to practice health care for compensation and to exclude all substitutable economic competitors from the market.

This was not accomplished as State Legislators usually saw fit to license their economic competitors as well in order to maintain competition in the Relevant Service Market.

The campaign to attain exclusive licensure not having succeeded, the AMA next attempted to bring about a merger between the competitive schools of medical practice; that campaign is ongoing and has succeeded in some states to a degree, although all states continue to license health care practitioners who are substitutable economic competitors to allopathic physicians and have clearly articulated policies encouraging competition between different sorts of health care providers, set forth in state legislation.

The AMA and its component state medical societies, nevertheless, continued with unrelenting efforts to monopolize health care and have been convicted of Antitrust violations repeatedly.

The Federal Trade Commission brought an enforcement action against the AMA and its component societies resulting in information concerning anticompetitive misconduct and subsequently a private enforcement action by 4 chiropractors resulted in further permanent injunctions against anticompetitive misconduct.

The later action, Wilk, et al. v. AMA was based upon a campaign conducted by the AMA through its Department of Investigation and Council Against Quackery "to first contain then eliminate Chiropractic".

During the litigation, the Department of Investigation and the Council Against Quackery were hurriedly disbanded by the AMA and files of these organizations were handed over to a private organization which, funded by the Pharmaceutical Advertising Council, continues the anticompetitive campaigns as an ostensible private organization, which is actually an AMA front organization. Its anticompetitive activities have intensified since the injunctions against the AMA were issued and affirmed.

A large part of the plan of monopolization has been and continues to be the suppression of information about health care providers and modalities which are competitive with those of AMA members.

The AMA initially formed a sub rosa organization, the "Health Information Control Council" which had members from several bureaucratic regulatory agencies as members. This was also broken up during the Wilk litigation.

As a part of the Wilk litigation, the Court held that calling a licensed competitor a Quack would constitute an antitrust offense; since that time the AMA front organization has substituted the word "fraud" for "quack" in its anticompetitive campaigns which increasingly are undertaken with State and Federal bureaucrats into whose "hidden agendas" the achievement of monopoly by the AMA and standardization of therapeutics fit extremely well.

During the past 25 years, most of the monopoly activity of this AMA front organization has been with bureaucrats and third party payees, such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which are both private insurers and pay agents for governmental programs such as Medicare.

In these situations, these "insurance companies" do not function in their traditional roles as casualty insurers, but rather as cost-plus contract pay agents and, in this role, their activities neatly interface with both the AMA's monopolization efforts and the "hidden bureaucratic agendas" of regulatory agencies.

It is this combination of the AMA, acting through a front organization, the "insurance" companies who are not insuring but acting as cost-plus contract pay agents and the regulatory agencies involved in a "hidden agenda" which in combination, are bringing about and attempting to bring about the monopoly in health care which the AMA has been engaged in creating since 1890.

This combination has already succeeded in dangerously decreasing the quality of goods and services and astronomically increasing their price in the Relevant Service and Goods Market.

This has been accomplished by bureaucratic activity which is directly violative of the clearly articulated policies of the States and has as its purpose both increasing such costs and decreasing the quality of goods and services, and although it is state action, it is not such state action as is protected from Antitrust scrutiny by the State Action Exemption to the Antitrust Laws.



Thoma Szasz, Ph.D.

Books by Harris Coulter
[1994] Empiricism vs. Rationalism in Medicine by Harris L. Coulter, Ph.D.

Childhood Vaccinations and Juvenile-Onset (Type-1) Diabetes by Harris Coulter, Ph.D

Vaccination and Social Violence by Harris Coulter, Ph.D

Vaccination and Violent Crime by Harris Coulter, Ph.D

Critique of government funded studies--Harris Coulter Ph.D.

SIDS and Seizures by Harris L. Coulter, PhD

Do Vaccines Cause Cot Deaths?---Harris L. Coulter (1996)

An Italian Study Finding Biochemical Markers of Vaccine Damage 1996, Harris L. Coulter, Ph.D.

1972, Homeopathic Medicine

1975, Divided Legacy (Volume I): The Patterns Emerge: Hippocrates to Paracelsus

1977, Divided Legacy (Volume II): The Origins of Modern Western Medicine: J. B. Van Helmont to Claude Bernard

1981, Homeopathic Science and Modern Medicine

1982, Divided Legacy (Volume III): The Conflict Between Homeopathy and the American Medical Association: Science and Ethics in American Medicine 1800-1910

1986, A Shot in the Dark, ISBN 089529463x ---Harris Coulter & Barbara Loe Fisher

1987, AIDS & Syphilis -- The Hidden Link

1990, Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality ISBN 1556430841---Harris Coulter
Medical historian Harris Coulter presents evidence to show that disabilities caused by vaccines are often "disguised" under different names: autism, dyslexia, learning disability, epilepsy, mental retardation, hyperactivity & minimal brain dysfunction. Up to 25% of American schoolchildren suffer from "development disabilities". A classic.

'...It is the thesis of this remarkable book that early vaccinations can result in mild cases of sub-clinical encephalitis which, in turn, may well be responsible -- at least in part -- for the increase in autism, hyperactivity, dyslexia, sociopathy, and developmental disabilities, a rise that roughly coincides with the initiation of infant vaccinations. Coulter suggests further linkages to the increase in adolescent crime and suicide, and the decline in SAT scores.' Stanley Kripner, AHP, January 1993.

1990, The Controlled Clinical Trial: an Analysis

1994, Divided Legacy (Volume IV): Twentieth-Century Medicine, The Bacteriological Era"

Major Holistic Health Therapies

Friday, 15 November 2013

Holistic health is the state in which we are whole, spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally, in rhythm and in harmony with nature and our environment. So where does anthroposophical medicine or Ayurvedic medicine fit into this? What have biochemical tissue salts got to do with my holistic health and why are homeopaths, naturopaths, herbalists, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, osteopaths, chiropractors, cranial sacro therapists so popular? If you've ever had an acupuncture session, done some qi gong or been to a cranial osteopath, you'd know that you feel better all over.

It isn't just women that are enjoying the benefits of a regular massage these days, men have discovered it too.
We're talking about the benefits of holistic health therapies

We all know the benefits of massage therapy - from the gentle stroke of a lover to a mother's loving touch. It can play an important part in easing a wide range of health problems and is appropriate for almost any situation.
Some of the most popular holistic therapies are commonplace these days. Acupressure, aromatherapy, chiropractic, flower remedies, massage and nutritional therapies, osteopathy, reflexology, shiatsu and lymphatic drainage are everyday treatments that some of us consider part of life's necessities. Gone are the days when these treatments were regarded as little luxuries.

In many ways, acupressure is something we all enjoy when our instincts tell us to rub or apply pressure to a painful or injured part of the body. Developing from this basic awareness, the ancient Chinese discovered that there were specific points on the body that could be pressed in order to relieve pain, tension or discomfort.
Aromatherapy is very trendy these days and it is a readily accessible, subtle therapy that uses highly concentrated essential oils from plants and trees that are used to improve well-being on a physical, emotional and metal level.

Chiropractic therapy manipulates the spine and other joints, and so gently encourages the body to carry out its functions in a balanced way as the spine returns to normal alignment.
The 38 Bach flower remedies are gaining an increasingly popular profile - I'm never without Rescue Remedy, the 5 flower formula that has become extremely popular as a non-addictive, gentle medicine for the treatment of symptoms arising from trauma, stress or accident.
With the increasing obesity of the western world, nutritional therapy is in ever increasing demand. We've all heard "you are what you eat" - it is one of the most fundamental strategies we can adopt to improve our sense of health and vitality and beyond that, we can use it as a therapy that can ease the symptoms of illness.

Osteopathy is an extremely popular system of wholistic medicine that focuses on the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connecting tissue) and attempts to establish the greatest potential for health by restoring function and mobility to this system. Osteopaths view the person as a unit in which structure, function, mind and spirit need to be in balance for the maintenance of good health.
Reflexology involves applying gentle pressure to points on the feet and hands. The regulated pressure to certain parts of the feet has a therapeutic influence on those organs, glands and parts of the body that corresponds to the reflex being stimulated.

Shiatsu is a dynamic form of body treatment that uses a variety of different kinds of pressure and stretches to stimulate the flow of energy along pathways (or meridians) that criss-cross the surface of the body. It may be regarded as parallel to acupuncture in that it seeks to rebalance and harmonize the flow of essential energy (or qi - pronounced as chi) throughout the system as a whole and so enhances the body's capacity for self healing

This list barely scratches the surface. The benefits of holistic health therapy vary from person to person and the specific impacts are as individual as we are. One fact remains, we all benefit from it.

All About the Health Fitness Business

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

When you get into this business, you have a lot on your plate. Having a business in general is hard enough but owning your own fitness center can be trying at times.

There is a lot to consider when opening such a business. Some things to know first are:

1. Equipment- Having the right equipment is the important part if you are going to open a health center business. When you invest the money and get good equipment, you won't have to repair it within the year. Those who purchase used equipment are in danger of having many problems.

2. Staff- In the health fitness business it is good to be sure to hire enough staff. It is never a bad idea to hire a big number of employees because there is always a need for a staff member for questions.

When employing your staff, be sure that they have experience in the knowledge of health. When people work out, they want to talk to someone who has been working with the equipment. No one likes to talk to someone who has no clue about the equipment.

3. Money- Make sure that the money is there. You don't want to over extend yourself on equipment and staff. Be sure that you have the right amount of money to see what you want to have happen in your health center.

When the money is there, there is no stress that you have to worry about. In a fitness center, it needs to be a calm atmosphere for people to come and work out.

There are many other things that you need to worry about when you are thinking of having a health fitness business. You may ask yourself, "What happens when the demand falls out?"

The market of fitness will never run out and believe it or not, you can run this type of business from home! Everyone needs exercise in order to survive although a lot of people lack the motivation to get up and exercise.

Food For Health

Saturday, 9 November 2013

For years, I've been trying to convince people I love and care about and a few who were just acquaintances, that food can heal. So far no one has quite believed me. I wouldn't say that I've given up on spreading that truth, I've just decided to go about it a different way.

Our health care system is broken. Our food system is broken. Our society has moved so far away from real food and real health and toward convenience packaged as "convenience foods" and medicines, that it's no wonder most people including doctors and other highly skilled professionals are so out of touch with the healing power of real food.

Rather than try to convince you that food can heal your ills, I'm going to suggest that it's worth just seeing if it can make you feel better. Whether or not you believe food is going to actually cure you, the right foods aren't going to hurt you. Maybe you're experiencing emotional or physical stress. Maybe you're battling a serious illness such as cancer or auto-immune dysfunction. What do you have to lose in changing your diet? What if it just makes you feel better as you deal with your particular challenges? Most medicines today come with a long list of side-effects and warnings. Many cancer medications are still experimental. Medicines get stacked on to combat the side-effects of other medicines. By making simple changes in your eating habits, you can ease the effects of the medications you choose to take.

I personally know four people who have cured their advanced cancer or the advanced cancer of a loved one through nutrition and supplements alone - no surgery, no chemo. I personally know twice as many who have died of cancer or complications from cancer after using conventional treatments - surgery, chemo, radiation, etc. That's a small sampling of people, but enough to convince me personally that it's worth looking into more deeply.

Here are my basic recommendations to help you feel better when facing the smallest to the biggest challenges in life, emotional and physical:

1. Hydrate - Drink one quart of pure water for every 50 pounds of body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds, drink 3 quarts of water a day. If you are a coffee or tea drinker, add a cup to a cup and a half of water to that total for each cup of coffee or tea that you drink.

2. Eat lots of greens - Greens like kale and spinach are considered super foods because of the many vitamins, phytonutrients and antioxidants they contain. At each meal, make sure your plate is at least 50 percent vegetables and most of those vegetables leafy greens (broccoli, kale, spinach, Swiss Chard, Brussels sprouts) - not iceberg lettuce!

3. Cut out flour and sugar. These two are sure to slow you down. Cutting out flour and sugar means cutting out most, if not all, processed and packaged foods. There are so many other delicious foods to eat! Replace that bread with an extra helping of vegetables. Instead of cereal or toast for breakfast, try a smoothie with plain yogurt, fresh or fruits and some greens. Add more greens as you get used to the taste. You can also cut out the yogurt and just blend fruit and greens. If you must eat bread, go for sprouted grain, flourless breads like the ones you can get from Food For Life.

When craving sugary sweetness, discover the natural sweetness of fruits and vegetables. The cravings will go away! Just give yourself a week or two. And please don't switch to sugar substitutes! They are just as harmful to you, and some more harmful, than sugar. If you must, use a little raw honey or maple syrup.

4. Eat fermented vegetables - This is an acquired taste for some. When we first started eating real fermented sauerkraut eight years ago, my husband couldn't stand the smell of it. I'd open the jar, scoop out everyone's servings and close the jar as fast as I could. It took a little time, but we all love it now and don't mind the smell at all. In fact, different blends of vegetables with a little garlic smell great! If you learn how to ferment vegetables yourself, this is a very cost effective way to get your organic vegetables in. Fermented vegetables are packed with vitamins, fiber and enzymes that help with digestion. They are also loaded with beneficial bacteria to help keep your gut flora in check.

5. Eat certified organic vegetables and fruits and grass-fed meats as much as possible. Do whatever you can to reduce the amount of pesticide residue you ingest. Also, unless you're eating organic, you can't be sure that you're not eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The point here is to reduce your body's intake of chemicals, growth hormones, antibiotics, and other potentially harmful substances. You want to keep your system as clean as possible.

6. Consume raw, organic dairy. Milk, cheese, butter. Full fat and raw. Milk is a live food. It's important to get to know the dairy farmer you buy from and get to know the laws surrounding raw dairy in your state. I grew up on regular, store bought milk. Now, I only drink milk raw. It tastes better, feels better in my tummy and doesn't leave the scummy feeling in my mouth. If you don't like the idea of consuming raw milk, I recommend cutting milk out of your diet or consuming just organic, plain yogurt. That is at least free of added sugar and full of probiotics.

For some of you, this may be overwhelming... too many big changes. As I always recommend, make just one change at a time if it's too much for you at once. Others will find it easier to just make all the changes whole hog. There are always ways to improve your diet. There are always healthier alternatives. Don't expect your doctor to know about healthy food choices. This is an area where you have do some of your own research and cut through the misinformation to get to the truth.

I hope that some of you will give this a try. Give yourself a month and see how you feel. Try one change and add another a week or month at a time. Maybe do it just for you and add in your other family members as you start to feel great! Find a way to get to better health.

I'm here to support you in your journey! I always welcome your comments and questions and encourage discussion among my readers. Please leave your comments below, and I'll personally respond as soon as I can.

Biographical Note: I am a cancer survivor who came through an easily cured cancer treated with surgery and radiation in 1998. I didn't know any of what I know now. I felt a constant malaise for three years after until I changed my diet. I do know that if I ever have cancer again, I will not go through chemotherapy and radiation. I will turn to food and my mind to heal myself.

Why Choose Organic Gardening?

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Every year there is more interest in organic gardening. It is no wonder why. Organic produce tastes better, it is better for the environment and it is healthier for the people who consume it. But what does it take to garden organically?

There are many different ways to approach organic gardening. Some gardeners choose to go completely organic, while others will start a gradual process of eliminating chemicals from their garden. The point of this type of growing is to bring the garden and ultimately the produce to as natural of a state as possible.

Centuries ago, our ancestors grew their crops in this manner. But as technology progressed, new ways were found to combat insects, fungus, and to help plants grow larger. This new way of growing was embraced and encouraged. As a result, large farms were able to grow more and worry less about crop loss from disease and pests.

However, with the excitement over this new way of growing better crops, no one took into consideration what the chemicals were doing to the soil and the people. It wasn't until many years later that the harmful effects were realized. Many of the chemicals that were supposed to be beneficial to the farmers have turned out to be harmful for the environment. Not only is the soil and water supply suffering, but the people who consumed the food grown this way have faced health problems.

As a result, we have come full circle. Small, organic farms and home gardens are becoming more and more popular as people turn back to growing the way nature intended. But many people are still not sure how to begin growing an organic garden.

You don't need to jump in with both feet to get started. Your first year, begin with a small garden that you will grow without the help of any type of chemical. Now this doesn't mean you will have to put up with pesky bugs and poor soil. By implementing natural pest control and fertilizing methods you will be able to grow delicious produce!

First of all you will want to amend your soil with organic material. This can either be compost or aged manure. Both these will help enrich your soil and allow it to retain moisture and nutrients for a healthy garden. In addition, use organic mulch such as shredded bark, grass clippings, or leaves to help keep the weeds down and hold the moisture in. Using mulch will let you cut back on how much you water the garden which will be another beneficial contribution to the environment!

As far as pest control, there are many ways to combat nuisance bugs in the garden without resorting to chemicals. Usually a simple solution made with water and a mild dishwashing liquid such as Ivory is sufficient to keep many bugs at bay. If this doesn't work, you can use predatory insects such as parasitic wasps, praying mantis, and lady bugs to do the dirty work for you.

Growing a garden organically isn't a difficult thing to do. It is just a matter of changing your mindset away from using chemicals. The delicious produce that you grow is worth the effort!

Natural Health and Energy Medicine

Monday, 4 November 2013

Anyone who has visited one of my websites can see that there are a handful of natural health therapies that I consider the best and most effective for easy, accessible and inexpensive ways to maintain and restore health naturally. I believe that Energy Medicine is one of the most inexpensive, easy and safest ways to restore and improve your mental, physical and emotional health.

Energy medicine is derived in part from the ancient art of acupuncture. Energy medicine uses well-mapped if not entirely well-understood, energy pathways and energy systems that run through and around the body. The energy pathways, called meridians, have been extensively studied and mapped out over the last 5000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The energy that runs through the human body can be measured with scientific instruments and is the basis for western medicine diagnostic tools such as the MRI. The meridians can be likened to the body's circulatory system but instead of carrying blood they carry electrical energy. And in the same way an artery can become clogged, your energy pathways can become congested and stagnant causing discomfort and eventually if left untended, disease.

Energy medicine essentially involves using your fingers to tap on specific acupuncture points on the body, or using the energy in your hands and can be used in a variety of ways. My two favorite ways are Donna Eden's five-minute daily energy routine and Gary Craig's Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

The daily energy routine is a series of 5 or 6 different exercises that just take a few minutes and serve to keep your body's energies humming. Moving your body in ways that help the energy to flow and remove stagnation and blockage will help keep your energy level high, your immune system healthy and increase your health, vitality and clarity of mind. Detailed explanations of the exercises can be found in Donna's Book Energy Medicine. If you are interested in learning more about this interesting way to increase your health this book is well worth reading.

Emotional Freedom Techniques are an effective and fast way to delete, manage and diminish emotions of stress and fear. The basis behind EFT is that most negative emotional issues have an energetic basis. An energy system became stuck or 'short-circuited' at the time of an original trauma and may, without your even being aware of it, cause you to react in a limiting way. Phobias are a good example but there are countless other such reactions that may be less obvious such as weight and eating issues, sleep disturbances and anxiety. You can learn EFT by going to the EFT website emofree.com and downloading the free manual.

If you have serious physical or emotional illness you should of course consult a qualified doctor or professional therapist.

Energy medicine techniques such as EFT and the Daily Energy Routine can help people to overcome self-defeating emotional habits, enjoy greater health and a more balanced and less-stressful life. These natural health therapies are tools that are well worth exploring and I hope you are able to use them and share them as successfully as I have.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - A Viewpoint

Friday, 1 November 2013

Background: Since the late 60s I've followed a progression of fashionable therapies and studied others back to the turn of the previous Century. I've seen little genuinely new. Mostly just repackaging under new authorship. Long before the term "CBT" became popularised psychologists were making full use of it but they simply talked of an "eclectic cognitive restructuring approach" or "behaviour modification techniques." Then there's the question of the effectiveness of one therapy compared to another. There seems to be no dearth of impressive looking research proving that each therapy is superior to each other! And note well: CBT is not really a single therapy or technique.

Katy Grazebrook & Anne Garland write: "Cognitive and behavioural psychotherapies are a range of therapies based on concepts and principles derived from psychological models of human emotion and behaviour. They include a wide range of treatment approaches for emotional disorders, along a continuum from structured individual psychotherapy to self-help material. Theoretical Perspective and Terminology Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is one of the major orientations of psychotherapy (Roth & Fonagy, 2005) and represents a unique category of psychological intervention because it derives from cognitive and behavioural psychological models of human behaviour that include for instance, theories of normal and abnormal development, and theories of emotion and psychopathology."

Wikipedia free dictionary: "Cognitive therapy or cognitive behavior therapy is a kind of psychotherapy used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, phobias, and other forms of mental disorder. It involves recognising unhelpful patterns of thinking and reacting, then modifying or replacing these with more realistic or helpful ones. Its practitioners hold that typically clinical depression is associated with (although not necessarily caused by) negatively biased thinking and irrational thoughts. Cognitive therapy is often used in conjunction with mood stabilizing medications to treat bipolar disorder. Its application in treating schizophrenia along with medication and family therapy is recognized by the NICE guidelines (see below) within the British NHS. According to the U.S.-based National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists: "There are several approaches to cognitive-behavioral therapy, including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy."

The above "definitions" have the practical advantage that they don't really definine CBT; they don't tell us where it starts and ends. For example, there are published on the net results of comparative studies comparing CBT with a number of other therapies. One of those other therapies is "modelling" (I call it monkey-see-monkey do). But modelling would be considered by many therapists, certainly myself, to be ecompassed by CBT and not something to be compared with it. Modelling is how you learned your most vital skills, like driving a car and your most vital occupational skills. It's how your local brain surgeons, bakers, mechanics and airline pilots learned their skills and how the bird in your backyard learned to pluck a grub from under the tree bark. Modelling is so important that it could not be ignored by a therapist on the basis that it did not fit some purist definition of "CBT". But "modelling" is only one psychological phenomenon not encompassed by some definitions of CBT but which are too important to be ignored.

If I am right, and CBT as it is practiced is a mishmash of therapeutic approaches that have always been used in an eclectic approach to psychotherapy then one might wonder why there was any need to invent the term CBT? Well, for a start it justified a book and I suspect it helped American psychologists sell psychotherapy to their relatively new "managed health care" (insurance) system as being "evidence based therapy". It leans heavily on the conditioned reflex idea and has a "no-nonsense-let's-get-'em-back-to-work-at-minimal-cost" ring to it. (never mind about how they feel!)

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be seen as a repackaging and franchising of a group of therapies dating from before the 60s, with some emphasis perhaps on Albert Ellis' ("A guide to rational living," Harper, 61) "rational emotive therapy" (RET) which shares many of the underlying tenets of Buddhism (without the Nirvana and reincarnation), and Donald Michaelbaum's ('70s) "self talk" therapy - (see also "What to say when you talk to yourself", Helmstetter, 1990) in which like Ellis' he holds that we create our own reality via the things we say to ourselves; and the various techniques of attention distraction and use of countervailing mental images as described under the name Neuro-linguistic programming, e.g. "Practical Magic", Stephen Lankton, (META publications 1980) & other books by Bandler & Grinder.

Arguably, other related ideas of the era encompassed by CBT can include Maxwell Maltz's "Psycho Cybernetics" (like a servo-mechanism, we automatically approach increasingly more accurate approximations of our persistent goals) and Tom Harris' "transactional analysis" (TA) which is a simple, pragmatic and non-mystical explanation of psychodynamics. It encourages insight into self and stresses the importance of "adult" rational responses. CBT is even consistent with some "existential" approaches, e.g. of Auschwitz survivor psychiatrist Victor Frankl ("Mans' search for meaning," 1970 & 80 Washington Squ Press) which can involve asking oneself what one would do with ones' life if one knew when one was going to die?

The "behaviour therapy" or "behaviour modification" aspect naturally makes use of the principles of classical and operant conditioning, i.e. associating one thing or behaviour with another - e.g. a reward, or an escape, i.e. the reinforcement. To be effective reinforcement requires motivation, a need or "drive state". Thus a response to the first thing becomes modified, or a style of behaviour becomes "reinforced" and therefore likely to reoccur in specific circumstances. Classical conditioning applies to the reinforcement of autonomic responses, and operant conditioning to reinforcing skeletal responses.

In practice, the "behaviour" part of CBT often involves using Wolpe's progressive desensitisation method (or a variation) which was originally based on the notion (partly false) that anxiety cannot exist in the presence of skeletal relaxation. This method involves a yoga style of progressive relaxation together with graded visualisations of the threatening situation. The client gets accustomed to visualising a low grade example of a threatening situation while staying relaxed, and when this becomes easy, moving on to a slightly more threatening visualisation. When this method is combined, in the later stages with real world exposure to graded examples of the threatening situation (preferably at first in the supportive presence of the therapist) it becomes a powerful treatment for phobias.

What is CBT used for?: Just about everything! The main things: panic, anxiety, depression, phobias, traumatic and other stress disorders, obsessional behaviour and relationship problems.

The procedure. A. In collaboration with the client, define the problem. If the problem is intermittent look for triggering or precipitating factors Try to formulate concrete behaviourally observable goals for therapy."How would your improved confidence actually show to others?" How could your improvement be measured? How will you really know you are "better"?

Lead the client to expect a favourable outcome. This is using suggestion. Doctor's words on medical matters, even their frowns, grimaces and "hmm hmms" have enormous suggestive power and can do both harm and good. Anxious patients are prone to misunderstand and put negative interpretations on what is said to them. Also they may hear only certain key words and fail to put them in the context of the other words which they might not "hear" or understand - i.e. they are "looking for trouble", jumping to the wrong conclusions or to use a term coined by Albert Ellis, "catastrophising".

B. Of course CBT requires all the normal forms of good practice in counselling technique best described elsewhere.

C. According to the exigencies presented by the client's problem and lifestyle, make use of any one or combination of the following:

1. Simple measures like practising slow diaphramatic breathing during panic attacks, getting sufficient exercise and giving attention to good nutrition and adequate social contact. Mental (cognitive) rehearsal: (a) Ask the client to divide a desirable response into a number of steps or stages. (b) Have the client imagine actually performing each desirable step leading to the complete satisfactory response. (c) Set a homework assignment of actually experimenting and practicing in "real world" some or all of the steps drawing upon the imaginary practice for confidence.

2. Client's journal: A diary can be divided into time slots, smaller than a day if necessary. Or the diary can focus on just the significant events. Some headings: (a)The time, (b)what happened, (c)how I actually behaved including what I said, and (d)what I felt. (e)What should have I done/will do next time? Over time the diary or journal can be a valuable learning tool and source of confidence and inspiration for mental rehearsal.

3. Modelling: This is what I call "monkey see monkey do." In its purist form it involves learning by observing and receiving encouragement and useful feedback from someone who is expert in the desired behaviour. Practice and competence banishes anxiety. This is how all vital skills are learned, from surgery and aviation to panel beating. I once sent a timid youth out night-clubbing with another young man who was expert at approaching strangers of the opposite sex, and totally devoid of social fear. Training videos can provide a useful and convenient form of modelling. For example there was a time when South Australia's Mental Health service's Cerema Clinic made use of videos modelling sexual behaviour for sex therapy. Videos on various topics can be helpful to corporate persons with anxieties related to their performances (e.g. speaking up at meetings, or speaking to high status persons - "executive phobia".). Modelling can involve joining a special interest training group, e.g. Toastmasters or the Penguins as part of the homework.

4. Relaxation techniques. These can involve the techniques commonly used with hypnotherapy. The relaxation procedure itself follows closely the format of yoga relaxation. Once a pleasant state of relaxation or trance like state is achieved systematic desentisation can be attempted and so too methods such as encouraging clients to construct or their own mental place of refuge to which they can retreat any time they choose for mental refreshment - it can be simply a room or a castle or whatever pleases the client. A variation or addition to this technique can be the invention by the client of a fictitious guru or teacher. Some religious people are already using this technique in the form of a belief in guardian angels. But literal belief is not necessary.

4. Systematic desensitisation: E.g. for a spider phobia. The patient is guided through a relaxation routine similar or identical to yoga relation and perhaps then asked to visualise a tiny little spider down the end of a long hall, so far away it is hard to see it. When the patient can visualise this without rising tension (patient can indicate tension by raising index finger) the image is made slightly more threatening. With spider phobias I make use of a children's book with the artists' friendly stylised pretty spiders being held up at a distance, and moving up to a documentary book with clear photography, the book eventually being held on lap by the client and browsed. Finally the client keeps and feeds a spider in a jar at home at the bedside, brings it to sessions and in my presence opens the jar and releases the spider. I always try to introduce real-world practice. I have spent nearly 2 hours riding up and down an elevator in Adelaide's David Jones store in Rundle Mall with an elderly lady clinging to my shirt. We were getting strange looks from the store detectives! She was after about 2 hours, able to do it alone while I had coffee in a totally different store 100 metres away.

5. Self talk: Get the patients to identify what they are saying to themselves during episodes of say anxiety or depression and to document the precipitating stimuli. This where the journal or diary mentioned above can be useful. Then the patients are asked to write a better script, more uplifting or productive things to say to themselves during such times. This is where Albert Ellis' (mentioned above) ideas can be useful. He points out we make ourselves miserable by catastrophising, and by expecting too much of the world. It is not reasonable to expect to be liked by everyone. A failed dinner party is a trivial matter not genuinely "ghastly", "horrible", or "terrible"! We should do what we can to make a bad situation better, but worrying beyond that is wasted emotional energy.

Does everyone agree CBT is a good thing? No. Arthur Janov of "The primal scream" fame (70s) saw these methods as a symptom of a useless, superficial "let's get ourselves together" approach that ignored the inner realities, the neurological concomitants of neurosis. Simon Sobo, in his Psychiatric Times article (July, 2001), "On the banality of positive thinking", sees CBT as a symptom of economic rationalism and the whole "cookie cutter" one treatment fits all approach to both psychological diagnosis and treatment. Again he argues that the patient's realities get ignored. But one does not have to totally discard all the concepts of analytical therapies. Throwing the baby out with the bathwater would be a big mistake. For example it would be a massive mistake to dismiss the importance of symbolism just because symbolism is a feature of Freudian and Jungian psychology. We are symbol using animals. These very words are symbols. The psychology of symbolism is not alien to stimulus-response psychology because it is precisely via the processes of reinforcement that things and events acquire their symbolic value. http://www.psychologynatural.com

If you look at books on CBT you will see that it is recommended that patients keep a journal with many headings. A great many of patients suffer depression. Depression patients lack energy and are procrastinators so about 30-40% of them never get as far as even buying a little book to write in. Others don't bother because they are quick to see that the CBT procedures or "homework" being recommended are irrelevant to their situation. For example some of my depression and panic patients are women who are trapped in a marriage with a husband they despise but at the same time are dependent on. There often seems to be a passive-aggressive lose-lose aspect to their behaviour as refusing to drive a car, or spending husband's entire pay packet or credit card limit on the "pokies" in hotel gaming rooms, or getting arrested for shoplifting.

I'm inclined to agree with Sobo. CBT has been packaged and marketed in a way to make it agreeable to the USA's managed health care system - and of course to health insurance systems generally. So we therapists go on doing what we've always done but with attention to the required nomenclatures and of course we try to bring in some positive results at the stipulated price. The bottom line is that unless our patients/clients have access to substantial health insurance benefits then all we have is a cottage beer money industry, which has been the case in Australia until November 2006.

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