Thursday, September 29, 2011

How Long Will I Live?

I have always maintained that we can get along without therapy with the use of tranquilizers and pain-killers. The only problem with that is that we can cut off the message of very early remote memory to the prefrontal cortex with medication but the imprint goes on rampaging throughout the system. Now, we have some supporting evidence. In the Psychiatic News (March, 2009. “Mortality with Antipsychotic Use in Alzheimer Disease.” Page 25) they discussed a study in which mentally ill patients received antipsychotic medication, and others who did not. (Haldol, Thorazine) The probability for survival was high in those who took no medication. After two years those who continued to use medication had only a 46 percent chance of survival, while those who took no medication had 71 percent chance.

In other words, being on drugs can kill you; and can kill you much faster than not taking drugs, given approximately two groups with the same mental health problem. Yet not being on drugs can kill us in a different sense; producing ineffable misery. Thus, drugs simply suppress pain, leaving its force intact. And, as I have said many times over, repression is the number one killer today because it underlies so many different kinds of diseases. Pain-killers put more pressure on the

system by adding to repression. So here we have a self-deluded state; a person out of touch with what he is feeling, and doctors add to that delusion by helping the patient deny his feelings. Long-term drug therapy can be dangerous to our health.

There is other evidence. There is a greater risk of stroke in those taking medication; an obvious conclusion when we are busy holding back pain and feelings; the pressure has to go somewhere, and the brain is an obvious choice because that is where we focus our mental efforts.


  1. this may be a bit off-topic, but have any PT patients had any success with orthomolecular medicine, ie taking large doses of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, omega oils, etc, etc?

  2. Art:

    I see...and have seen...this up close and personal.

    My mother got electro-shocks and Thorazine until she was in her 50s. No one wanted her to feel her feelings, lest they feel THEIRS. Then she got Lithium, without therapy to access her feelings. Her immune system was so weak by that time that when she visited her institutionalized father (finally!) she contracted pneumonia...then died within 24 hours of spinal meningitis.

    She always said she'd die when she was 60...and did.

    Now? I live with a guy whose parents literally tortured him. The mother had 12 kids, only 6 of which survived. She didn't kill 6, just lost them during childbirth (Maybe God knew?). She herself had been severely abused growing up.

    All her kids are "impaired." One now "cares" for her and her 90-year-old husband. They are neglected big-time. The caregiver (my landlord) was diagnosed at near-50 (by the family doctor pressed by Protective Services) as "bipolar."

    He's at near toxic levels of Lithium now, takes care of little in the house, and has put on 100 pounds in a year. He has kidney and other "issues" now but believes drugs are The Way. He is perhaps the worst guardian of others.

    I see it as karma, him now neglecting parents who'd once abused him.

    State monitors are nincompoops. They see nothing...and do even less.

    I don't expect the guy to live to 55. He still talks endlessly, is the epitome of disorganization, and doesn't take care of basic bills, food, laundry, necessities, etc.

    I've tried to help him "feel" but he refuses, seeing it as weak. He won't watch films that show emotions. He only watches action and splatter films. Yet he can't sleep without the computer and TV on...and often lights.

    As I said state monitors are clueless. And the workers who tend to his mother (84 and dying...ever so slowly) see nothing...not even that her arthritic-handed, artificial-knee'd, early Alzheimer's husband has to piss outside because his "caregiver" son, in a fit of mania, destroyed the bathroom (to be renovated...without money to do so).

    I'm a "leaky gate" neurotic who, at 63, looks 40. As effed-up as I've felt many times (a stranger in a strange land), I KNOW my ability to FEEL keeps me alive and young. So I watch my landlord (who've I've tried to help "feel") laugh and mock me while I watch HIM age years every week.

    You are right. As was the late, great, wonderful, loving Alice Miller. The body DOES know if one has accepted truths or not.

    Symphony conductors live long lives because they listen to both soma and psyche. They meld passion with physicality.

    Feelings are our friends.

    And, of course, there is a BIG difference between true expression and faux. Between primal feelings and abreaction. Mock PT showed me many "screamers" died young or live limited, crazed lives.

    Keep on keepin' on.

    I would just suggest that you pitch your therapy as "unburdening" instead of "feeling pain." What suffering person wants to feel MORE pain? You need to show that by feeling, with ample support, feelings we are afraid of we can liberate ourselves.

    Like a good coach tells a child not to give up just yet when the weights feel heavy, but try maybe one or two more lifts.

  3. Grumpy:
    I have never checked it out. I take D3 and calcium. Art.

  4. A poem by a reader:
    The last alive will be primal patients
    Nothing else can survive

    My god how I wish I was with you
    To be into the tears and tears and tears
    To understand all I have is fear
    And that I deny all

    I will never be able to take this therapy
    It is the only way to survive
    It is I m m o r t a l i t y
    I really should do whatever it takes to get involved

    From jimmy
    I just wanna be a little kid
    Love to all past present future


  5. i was hoping my earlier comment might generate some feedback; has anyone had success with, or been helped by, vitamins and/or supplements? i notice when i take B and C, as well as niacin, it lessens my need for alcohol.

  6. HI Grumpy,

    I love yeast extract and I notice I crave it and it makes me feel better. Marmite on toast.

    I love brown fish and I notice I crave it and it makes me feel better. Mackerel, sardines, salmon etc.

    I also get off on hemp seed which the Russian peasants used to mash into butter and spread on black bread.

    Lastly I love green veg, raw or cooked. I crave it and it makes me feel better when I get it. The more bitter and dark green the better. Watercress IS the one with all the trace minerals in.

    Nutrition is important IF you want to be fully conscious and active.

    Best Regards

    Paul G.

    Paul G.

  7. thanks Paul, i'm going to check out the items you mention, watercress in particular.


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