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Monday, February 26, 2018

from the heelers emails

To Senator Joan Freeman.

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From: James Healy
Date: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 10:16 PM
Subject: Re: from James Healy
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Dear Senator Freeman.
Chuffed again to hear from you.
The initiative with the coroner has something. You are advancing on an intellectual front and I think the truth favours your advance.
There are vested interests who do not favour the truth however and who will oppose it even when it is intellectually demonstrated.
Even if I prove tomorrow beyond a reasonable doubt that anti depressants are poisoning people and that people don't need to take them, there will still be a billion dollar industry invested in the currently prevailing medical malpractice.
The profit motive notwithstanding, I can certainly understand that for many, the convenience of the anti depressant or anti psychotic drug as a means of control, as a means of making someone bearable, and as a means of supposed treatment is very persuasive.
The challenge to us is to proceed on the intellectual front, and on the front of demonstrable truth, and on the front of ascribing dignity to people who suffer mental pain, and on the front of personal testimonies showing people dealing with their pain, and on a hearts and minds front, and at the same time, oh I don't know, at the same time to lead by example.
I think you have been leading by example Joan, with the Pieta House initiative.
I am always a bit careful about the use of the term "talk therapy" (or cognitive therapy) to describe the solutions proposed by those of us who have seen through the monstrous wrong turn medicine has taken in ascribing human mental suffering to genetics or biochemistry.
Genetics and bio chemistry are the superstitions and mystifications of our era with doctors in the role of pagan druids terrorising the primitive tribesmen with the notion that their every experience is destined and preordained in their molecules, and can be resolved only with a magic potion.
It is the antithesis of Christianity.
I mean I don't want to go casting no aspoyshuns.
Talk therapy is a very limited conception of the healing methodologies we are identifying.
The phrase "dynamic interventions" captures our perspective and argument and proposed solutions a little more truly. 
I want to say again that your action in leading by example on these matters is most powerful.
A bookseller remarked last week on my purchase of another ten copies of Robert Whitaker's Anatomy Of An Epidemic. I said: "If I was a famous man, I would be shouting loud about this in film and television. As it is, I am trying to play my role, one heart and one book at a time."
Be blessed.
James Healy


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