Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Some of you may wonder why I am regularly interviewing scientists who research psychedelic medicine.
The primary reason for the frequency of these specific programs is that our elected government, the United States government, has legally prohibited research of psychedelic medicine for over 50 consecutive years. Only recently has our government allowed an extremely small amount of such scientific research to take place and the scientists who enter into this arena jeopardize their careers.
On Mind Body Health & Politics, I have interviewed most of our country's leading scientists in the area of psychedelic medicine.
As some of you may recall we have talked with Dr. Dave Nichols of Indiana University, on LSD, Dr. Roland Griffiths of Johns Hopkins University on Psilocybin, Drs. Dennis McKenna and Steven Beyer on Ayuahuasca, and Dr. Michael Mithofer on MDMA, to name several.
If you missed these live interviews, go to our MindBodyHealthPolitics.org and listen to the archives.
The United States government's 50 plus year prohibition against scientific research on psychedelic medicine is reason enough for me to shed light on this topic. There is another, equally important reason for why I conduct these interviews.
The American pharmaceutical industry's production of psychoactive medicines aimed at treating emotional disturbance, is a huge financial success while at the same time, with certain exceptions, a treatment failure. Big pharm succeeded and we the people have suffered mightily. Some brave souls, such as Robert Whitaker, through his book, Anatomy of an Epidemic, have had the courage to bring us evidence that a certain class of psychoactive medicines, the selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors, aka SSRIs, actually cause mental disturbances instead of reducing or healing them. My interview with Robert Whitaker, is also on our web site.
On the other hand, there is evidence expressed by scientists interviewed on this program, that certain psychedelic medicines are powerful psychotherapeutic tools and others may serve to cure physical illness and disease. It is imperative that we give the scientists a voice.
We owe it to ourselves:
to speak the unspeakable, let no topic be taboo,
to learn the unknowable, let us learn as much as we are able,
to see the invisible for who is to say what can and cannot be seen.
Within clear parameters of doing no harm, it benefits all citizens to allow the study and investigation of every single topic our avalanche of curiosity brings us to.
Let us leave, to the history books, all our prohibitions against scientific inquiry, be it for investigating:
the world as round not flat,
the earth as revolving around the sun and not vice versa.
It has been said that the greatest revolution a person can participate in is the change of one's own consciousness. But how does one engage in such a revolution? How do the poor survive? How do the obese learn to self regulate? How do the tight loosen up? How do the rigid become flexible? How do the haters become lovers. How do the alienated become connected?
I reference my recent interview with Father Sean O'Loaire during which he said that the ultimate solution for mankind must go beyond symptoms to a real change in human consciousness.
Given the dramatic enhancement of perspective that psychedelic medicines offer, they may be one of the best hopes mankind has for learning how to live in love and harmony instead of the present system of aggression and domination.
If we are to survive, clearly it is love, not fear which must prevail. Surely we all agree that if nothing else love is more fun then fear.
And so, dear friends and neighbors, we frequently shed light on the topic of psychedelic medicine, both because it has been censored and prohibited and because it offers hope.
Our most recent guest, Dr Martin Ball, has spent his entire adult lifetime, researching psychedelic medicine for the purposes of discovering new paradigms on the nature of consciousness and ultimately The Self. The podcast of this interview will be posted soon on MindBodyHealthPolitics.org.