Friday, March 30, 2012

Finally - a ray of sanity as regards the psychiatric DSM

Bill HR0898 introduced into the Illinois General Assembly calls into question the vast network of psychiatric diagnoses established by the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Yay.

For too long this FICTIONAL diagnostic guide has been perpetrated. It has grown to the extent that any human behavior can be called abnormal.

You can read the bill on the Illinois General Assembly website at this address:

by selecting the clickable text: Full Text. It's only five pages long and very clearly written.

I hope that Illinois supports this bill.

To find out more about the DSM, go to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights site: and watch their well-documented videos.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The big mind-altering drug experiment and its consquences

I don't know whether anyone is listening or will get this post, because I post my opinion so infrequently, but I feel I have to say this:

I think that we are in the middle of a big experiment being conducted by the drug companies and psychiatrists (and others who can prescribe drugs) that is having continual very harmful consequences.

Just yesterday, a soldier in Afghanistan walked into several Afghan villages neighboring his barracks and shot (deliberately murdered) men, women and children. And no one knows why. And of course our relations with the Afghans are ruined.

The act (s) was unjustified and unexplained. There will be a lot of "why-finding." But I believe that I know the reason.

That soldier was mostly likely on one of the psychiatric drugs meant to handle what is being called PTSD. And if so, this will be hushed up, or, at best, not seen as causal.

A week or so ago, a high school student pulled out a gun in the cafeteria of his school before school and started shooting his fellow students. No one could discover why. The students he shot at seemed to be random. They hadn't been bullying him. Several died.

These are just the latest in a long series of unexplainable events.

If you find yourself puzzled by these random acts of violence, I suggest that you go to the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights website ( and read some of the investigatory information on that site. Very interesting.

I also suggest the article in Freedom Magazine ( called "The Peril and Tragedy of Drug Solutions" because it contains actual cases.

I hope this post will reach some people and that you will follow up.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Answering Up

Recently there was a very sad story on the news. A large cruise liner full of happy vacationers just starting out on their cruise was mishandled by her captain's orders and crashed on the rocks. Some of the passengers died, trapped in the ship. The passengers had not yet gone through a lifeboat drill, and the captain is alleged to have "jumped ship" or "fallen" (depending on whose story) into a life boat.I wrote a poem expressing a viewpoint. I have updated it to include suggested changes and I post it here.

Answering up

Poor man
I say, watching the TV,
police leading him away
humped back, bent head.

Poor man?
you say. He
jumped ship — no,
into a lifeboat,
left hundreds to die.

But who,

I say, has not jumped ship
in the face of danger?
or held his tongue
when he knew better?

Who has not put on,
that cloak of invisibility
called shame.

Not everyone,

you say
sets himself up
as the captain of the ship.

Why not?
I think, (holding my tongue).
. . . Poor man.

 Pam Blehert

On the face of it, I would appear to be excusing Captain Francesco Schettino's behavior. Look again. There is a more complex viewpoint. I may not (and you may not) have been responsible for the loss of the liner, but did we, on the other hand, ever step up to the challenge of leadership? Or were we ever ashamed of our deeds/ misdeeds/ or lack thereof?