Saturday, May 28, 2011

Can you Die from Lack of Love?

YES. A young actor died today. A friend said it was due to too many prescription drugs. And I thought, gee, there are so many ways that we die from lack of love; dying in a car accident after driving drunk. But let’s concentrate on this very sad tale of the actor from Grease who need massive amounts of pain killers.

The drug companies have found molecules, say for serotonin, that we manufacture ourselves; or should I say, “ought to” manufacture ourselves. Prescription drugs mimic what the body and brain produce, all things being normal. But all things are not normal. We are learning that life before birth (the title of my new book) has such hazards and can imprint such devastating pain that we are drained of our normal painkillers before we are even born. Then add to it a birth with heavy anesthetics and then no one around immediately afterwards to hug and kiss the baby. As a bonus, we add to the mix parents who are emotionally indifferent, emotional stones who have no idea about feelings, and we get an actor who overdoses on drugs.

All he is doing is trying to make up for the deficit, the epigenetic deficit. That means the damage done all along the gestational and birth epoch produces a lack of what we absolutely need to feel comfortable in life. A lack of repressive capacity due to “leaky gates.” This results in ADD, the need to drink and take drugs, impulsive behavior. It means constant malaise,discomfort and the inability to sleep properly. Leaky gates sees to that. I hope most of you have read my work and know what leaky gates are. But the gating system that helps keep pain at bay is faulty when overtaxed. It was not meant to withstand assaults during gestation of a mother taking drugs and drinking alcohol. It was not meant to combat a carrying mother who is chronically depressed. It is the same system as in apes. They have different problems but not always what we have.

So the actor who died was only trying to be normal; to have a normal amount of painkillers in his system to get along comfortably in life. And of course, his doctor and friends were warning him of the dangers; but his system only saw “normal and comfort” not the dangers. He overdosed because he was largely “under-dosed” while living in the womb and afterward. No one could see it but we knew it from his behavior. No one stuffs drugs into her system if she doesn’t need it. We need to get away from our abject morality. That is what is immoral; depriving humans of their needs.



    Unless and until the following points are accepted by current psychiatric conventional wisdom, the prognosis is dire.

    1. The mind is the most important human organ – the leg is the organ for walking, the mind for socialising.
    2. Intent is the most important human attribute
    3. Trust is the most important human asset

    4. Fear is the primary psychiatric pathogen
    5. Fear stops cognition – whence all irrationality – daren’t look, so cannot see, think or believe
    6. Fear keeps child terrors ‘alive’ in the head today – time to get rid

    7. Fear-free zones eliminate mental distress [aka insanity] 100%, just as intact sanitation eliminates cholera 100%
    8. Verbal definitions always go awry – pain, fear and intent have maximum meaning, but zero definition, which is why trust is so important as in Truth, Trust and Consent
    9. Emotions fall into two varieties – adult, and infantile – eliminate the latter, the ‘infemotions’, and you’re guaranteed 100% relief [aka cure].

    10. We are all born Lovable, Sociable and Non-Violent and can/need to return there.

    Sunday, 29 May 2011

  2. Sometimes, in adult life, dealing with responsibilities, we become robbed of what we are supposed to have in order to function correctly on and off the job and elsewhere as an adult. Art is right , in that the actor was looking elswhere to compensate for the love he wasn't receiving. I have to train myself, at times, when things get rough on the job, or elsewhere. In many ways, the actor was smart, but just compensated in the wrong way, maybe he just didn't know what else to do; just like a person putting a choke chain around around another person (as though they could); thinking it will help situations, but really doesn't know what else to do (when confronted with difficult situations). The actor didn't realize what he was doing. He compensated and felt better, but he didn't show too much self awareness and if he did, his idea of self awareness didn't work. As we try to be better and compensate, self awareness also helps. Maybe to compensate for the lack of love, some people have to show self awareness to themselves. It just makes one realize that when caught up in the hustle and bustle of this world or having the feeling of a "choke chain" around one's neck at times , we must still maintain a sense of self-awareness or at least try recapture it in that moment of "pressure". It's important and definitely not selfish or being overly concerned with ones self. Having a sense of self-awareness can save lives, make people happy, content, secure and find a peaceful existence. What happened to the actor is very sad.


Review of "Beyond Belief"

This thought-provoking and important book shows how people are drawn toward dangerous beliefs.
“Belief can manifest itself in world-changing ways—and did, in some of history’s ugliest moments, from the rise of Adolf Hitler to the Jonestown mass suicide in 1979. Arthur Janov, a renowned psychologist who penned The Primal Scream, fearlessly tackles the subject of why and how strong believers willingly embrace even the most deranged leaders.
Beyond Belief begins with a lucid explanation of belief systems that, writes Janov, “are maps, something to help us navigate through life more effectively.” While belief systems are not presented as inherently bad, the author concentrates not just on why people adopt belief systems, but why “alienated individuals” in particular seek out “belief systems on the fringes.” The result is a book that is both illuminating and sobering. It explores, for example, how a strongly-held belief can lead radical Islamist jihadists to murder others in suicide acts. Janov writes, “I believe if people had more love in this life, they would not be so anxious to end it in favor of some imaginary existence.”
One of the most compelling aspects of Beyond Belief is the author’s liberal use of case studies, most of which are related in the first person by individuals whose lives were dramatically affected by their involvement in cults. These stories offer an exceptional perspective on the manner in which belief systems can take hold and shape one’s experiences. Joan’s tale, for instance, both engaging and disturbing, describes what it was like to join the Hare Krishnas. Even though she left the sect, observing that participants “are stunted in spiritual awareness,” Joan considers returning someday because “there’s a certain protection there.”
Janov’s great insight into cultish leaders is particularly interesting; he believes such people have had childhoods in which they were “rejected and unloved,” because “only unloved people want to become the wise man or woman (although it is usually male) imparting words of wisdom to others.” This is just one reason why Beyond Belief is such a thought-provoking, important book.”
Barry Silverstein, Freelance Writer

Quotes for "Life Before Birth"

“Life Before Birth is a thrilling journey of discovery, a real joy to read. Janov writes like no one else on the human mind—engaging, brilliant, passionate, and honest.
He is the best writer today on what makes us human—he shows us how the mind works, how it goes wrong, and how to put it right . . . He presents a brand-new approach to dealing with depression, emotional pain, anxiety, and addiction.”
Paul Thompson, PhD, Professor of Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine

Art Janov, one of the pioneers of fetal and early infant experiences and future mental health issues, offers a robust vision of how the earliest traumas of life can percolate through the brains, minds and lives of individuals. He focuses on both the shifting tides of brain emotional systems and the life-long consequences that can result, as well as the novel interventions, and clinical understanding, that need to be implemented in order to bring about the brain-mind changes that can restore affective equanimity. The transitions from feelings of persistent affective turmoil to psychological wholeness, requires both an understanding of the brain changes and a therapist that can work with the affective mind at primary-process levels. Life Before Birth, is a manifesto that provides a robust argument for increasing attention to the neuro-mental lives of fetuses and infants, and the widespread ramifications on mental health if we do not. Without an accurate developmental history of troubled minds, coordinated with a recognition of the primal emotional powers of the lowest ancestral regions of the human brain, therapists will be lost in their attempt to restore psychological balance.
Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D.
Bailey Endowed Chair of Animal Well Being Science
Washington State University

Dr. Janov’s essential insight—that our earliest experiences strongly influence later well being—is no longer in doubt. Thanks to advances in neuroscience, immunology, and epigenetics, we can now see some of the mechanisms of action at the heart of these developmental processes. His long-held belief that the brain, human development, and psychological well being need to studied in the context of evolution—from the brainstem up—now lies at the heart of the integration of neuroscience and psychotherapy.
Grounded in these two principles, Dr. Janov continues to explore the lifelong impact of prenatal, birth, and early experiences on our brains and minds. Simultaneously “old school” and revolutionary, he synthesizes traditional psychodynamic theories with cutting-edge science while consistently highlighting the limitations of a strict, “top-down” talking cure. Whether or not you agree with his philosophical assumptions, therapeutic practices, or theoretical conclusions, I promise you an interesting and thought-provoking journey.
Lou Cozolino, PsyD, Professor of Psychology, Pepperdine University

In Life Before Birth Dr. Arthur Janov illuminates the sources of much that happens during life after birth. Lucidly, the pioneer of primal therapy provides the scientific rationale for treatments that take us through our original, non-verbal memories—to essential depths of experience that the superficial cognitive-behavioral modalities currently in fashion cannot possibly touch, let alone transform.
Gabor Maté MD, author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction

An expansive analysis! This book attempts to explain the impact of critical developmental windows in the past, implores us to improve the lives of pregnant women in the present, and has implications for understanding our children, ourselves, and our collective future. I’m not sure whether primal therapy works or not, but it certainly deserves systematic testing in well-designed, assessor-blinded, randomized controlled clinical trials.
K.J.S. Anand, MBBS, D. Phil, FAACP, FCCM, FRCPCH, Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Senior Scholar, Center for Excellence in Faith and Health, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System

A baby's brain grows more while in the womb than at any time in a child's life. Life Before Birth: The Hidden Script That Rules Our Lives is a valuable guide to creating healthier babies and offers insight into healing our early primal wounds. Dr. Janov integrates the most recent scientific research about prenatal development with the psychobiological reality that these early experiences do cast a long shadow over our entire lifespan. With a wealth of experience and a history of successful psychotherapeutic treatment, Dr. Janov is well positioned to speak with clarity and precision on a topic that remains critically important.
Paula Thomson, PsyD, Associate Professor, California State University, Northridge & Professor Emeritus, York University

"I am enthralled.
Dr. Janov has crafted a compelling and prophetic opus that could rightly dictate
PhD thesis topics for decades to come. Devoid of any "New Age" pseudoscience,
this work never strays from scientific orthodoxy and yet is perfectly accessible and
downright fascinating to any lay person interested in the mysteries of the human psyche."
Dr. Bernard Park, MD, MPH

His new book “Life Before Birth: The Hidden Script that Rules Our Lives” shows that primal therapy, the lower-brain therapeutic method popularized in the 1970’s international bestseller “Primal Scream” and his early work with John Lennon, may help alleviate depression and anxiety disorders, normalize blood pressure and serotonin levels, and improve the functioning of the immune system.
One of the book’s most intriguing theories is that fetal imprinting, an evolutionary strategy to prepare children to cope with life, establishes a permanent set-point in a child's physiology. Baby's born to mothers highly anxious during pregnancy, whether from war, natural disasters, failed marriages, or other stressful life conditions, may thus be prone to mental illness and brain dysfunction later in life. Early traumatic events such as low oxygen at birth, painkillers and antidepressants administered to the mother during pregnancy, poor maternal nutrition, and a lack of parental affection in the first years of life may compound the effect.
In making the case for a brand-new, unified field theory of psychotherapy, Dr. Janov weaves together the evolutionary theories of Jean Baptiste Larmarck, the fetal development studies of Vivette Glover and K.J.S. Anand, and fascinating new research by the psychiatrist Elissa Epel suggesting that telomeres—a region of repetitive DNA critical in predicting life expectancy—may be significantly altered during pregnancy.
After explaining how hormonal and neurologic processes in the womb provide a blueprint for later mental illness and disease, Dr. Janov charts a revolutionary new course for psychotherapy. He provides a sharp critique of cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis, and other popular “talk therapy” models for treating addiction and mental illness, which he argues do not reach the limbic system and brainstem, where the effects of early trauma are registered in the nervous system.
“Life Before Birth: The Hidden Script that Rules Our Lives” is scheduled to be published by NTI Upstream in October 2011, and has tremendous implications for the future of modern psychology, pediatrics, pregnancy, and women’s health.