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ILKI (Important Little-Known Info for the Public)
... (Formerly called Coda-Plus)

NOTE: The following can use some updating, since it's 18 years old now, but it should do till I get time to update.

U R Responsible for Ur Own Actions

    ILKI Lessons, Abuse Book, Cooperation, Persuasion To Yes, Regression, M Scott Peck, Discipline


2004 L Kinder

Welcome to Coda-Plus! [Formerly]

We have 20 years of experience, but some folks learn more or less in 20 years than average. While it's necessary to have established procedures for efficient action, it's also necessary to avoid getting into ruts, so the status quo has to be questioned constantly (almost). This is part of Responsibility, which is the only means to Prosperity for all.

Our mission is to do all we can to promote world peace, freedom, cooperation, love and prosperity for all. Love means caring.

The ILKI Lessons will help to get started.

And the Online Book, Ending the Abuse of Power [another thread], gives lots of evidence of the extent of abuse in society and some methods to help reduce and end abuses. How can there be meaningful prosperity when abuse continues to be widespread [and largely unrecognized]?

ALOHA! L Kinder






REQUIRED READING (I'm exaggerating)
Two books should be owned by everyone:
1. The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, from AA [called the 12 & 12]; and
2. Parent Effectiveness Training, by Thomas Gordon [also called P.E.T.].
Read especially Step 4 on Moral Inventory in the first and the Chapter on Active Listening in the second.

Responsibility is doing what needs to be done in order for everyone to have a better life.
Each person's responsibility increases with experience. At birth we have no responsibility at all.
As we learn to crawl and talk and walk, we're given much more responsibility for moving ourselves around and for verbalizing our needs and wants.
As we learn to do small tasks for ourselves, we're given those responsibilities too.
And we're happy to do them, because they're part of growing up and being like an adult.

EDUCATION (John Holt: Instead of Education)
How is it that after a few years in school, most of us begin to dread the responsibilities of learning?
Is it because we're not ready for some of those "learning" chores yet?
Are our studies too fast for us, or too slow?
Do we need more time Playing with what we've learned so far already?
Are our more advanced learning Games [lessons] too complicated, or senseless, or "boring?"
Has school become too confining? Do we lack freedom, excitement, or affection?
It seems that only a few students enjoy school, but most of them too seem frustrated often.
As we're hurried along thru the grades, do we become "mind-numbed robots?"
Do we learn to take on new responsibilities when we're not really ready?
If so, are we really being responsible, or just pretending?
Do we give up being really responsible for ourselves and learn to let authorities, or others, or whims, or moods, make our decisions for us?

War prisoners pretend to be dumb around their captors in order to seem too incompetent to do tasks.
Acting dumb gives them some freedom from undesirable responsibilities.
Dominant classes naturally come to believe their captives really are dumb, as well as lazy and mischievous.
This is how dominant classes become racist or classist toward captive peoples and regard them as inferior.
It's also how adults come to see some kids, when treated like prisoners, as dumb, lazy and mischievous.
Kids and other captives, who are forced in this way to act incompetent, in trying to get out of undesirable tasks, often come to see themselves as truly inferior, or incompetent, as well.

INSENSITIVITY (M. Scott Peck: People of the Lie)
Anyone experiencing misery for long periods becomes insensitive to one's own and other people's suffering.
Lack of freedom, excitement, or affection for long periods produces misery and probably insensitivity too.
For many kids, home or school probably seems like prison and makes them miserable and insensitive.
Most adults who were raised similarly are then insensitive to kids' and others' misery and even their own.
Insensitivity means lack of awareness, so abuse is done to oneself and others unknowingly.
Abuse is any guardian's, or one's own, actions that harm a person physically, mentally, or morally.
Neglect may be considered abuse if it results in similar harm.
Guardians are those in authority over someone, regardless of age.

We're responsible for doing for ourselves what we can and for taking care of ourselves.
We're responsible for doing for others what we can, that they need but cannot do.
We're responsible for helping ourselves and others to become more responsible [improvement].
We're responsible for not harming ourselves or others, as far as possible.
We're responsible for taking on proper responsibilities as we get ourselves sufficiently prepared.
We're responsible for being sensitive to our own feelings and those of others.


2. Lesson 2. SENSITIVITY

Sensitivity tells us when something is right or wrong with ourselves or others.
Sensitivity means sensing how we feel ourselves or how others seem to feel.
If we had no feelings at all, emotional or physical, we'd all soon let ourselves die.
There'd be no reason to avoid harming ourselves or others.
We wouldn't care, because it wouldn't hurt and we wouldn't care if anyone died or left us.
Natural pain helps persuade us not to harm ourselves or our loved ones.
Natural pleasure helps persuade us to improve ourselves and our surroundings.
As was stated in Lesson 1, when long exposed to misery, people become fairly insensitive.
We don't become completely insensitive usually, but fairly insensitive.
Our conscious minds can only hold relatively small amounts of experience.
Our subconscious can hold much more, so any repetitive experience tends to become subconscious.
That is why repetitive or ongoing misery makes us insensitive to the suffering of ourselves and others.
We can access much of our subconscious feelings, but it generally requires guidance and much practice.
Moral inventory of the 12 Step program can help access the subconscious.
This and similar practices can help restore our sensitivity to better understand ourselves and others.

MALE & FEMALE CULTURE (Deborah Tannen)
It is said that male and female culture tend to differ quite a lot, tho some members of each have traits of the other.
The male culture is said to have been occupied largely with hunting in ancient times.
The female culture is said to have been involved with gathering food or gardening and with home life.
Effective hunting required that males be quiet and stealthy and suppress emotions so as not to scare prey off.
The home life of females benefited from talk and emotional sensitivity.
The frequent talk of women helped to keep away predators and pests.
Their emotional sensitivity helped women better care for the kids and adults of the group.
Males learned to cooperate thru hierarchy and competition, with the most experienced being dominant.
Females learned to cooperate thru sensitive talk and equality, but with some subtle hierarchy based on experience.
Male hunting abilities seem to have led them to learn war against other tribes, and to learn domination.
The traits of ancient times seem to remain largely in effect in modern time, but are in great need of modification.
It is responsible for everyone now to learn emotional sensitivity and try to understand each other's differences.
It is responsible for guardians to be sensitive to the conscious and subconscious feelings of dependents.
Parent Effectiveness Training and Moral Inventory greatly help to develop such sensitivity.

SENSITIVITY DIALOG (Thomas Gordon: Parent Effectiveness Training)
Love would cure much of the world's suffering.
Love means respect and respect means being sensitive to others' concerns and feelings.
This requires meaningful dialogue, but it doesn't mean solving other's problems.
Respectful dialogue usually helps others start their own solution process.
Acrtive listening is a simple way to show and build our own sensitivity and practice respectful dialog.
It is used when someone expresses, verbally or nonverbally, a negative emotion of fear, anger, sadness etc.
It involves paraphrasing what the concerned person expressed and avoiding roadblocks to communication.
Active Listening helps build understanding.
Effective Sharing is similar, but expresses our own feelings to others.

Roadblocks to communication with someone are roadblocks only when that person has a problem.
When the person doesn't have a problem, the same kinds of communication are less likely to be roadblocks.
Some of the Roadblocks are: criticising, blaming, name-calling, questioning, reasoning, advising, commanding.
When a kid is frustrated because another kid won't play what he or she wants, you can say by Active Listening:
-Are you sad [or "frustrated," if old enough to understand] because X won't play your game?
-or: You seem sad because X doesn't want to play your game with you.
The formula for this kind of effective dialog is: paraphrasing The person's Feeling + What it's about.
This is called Active Listening and it can be in the form of a question or a comment.
Active Listening as a question is different from the questioning that becomes a Roadblock.
Questioning that doesn't follow the Active Listening formula is a likely Roadblock.
That is if it doesn't ask the person's feeling or what it's about.
Roadblock question examples would be: Why don't you find something else to play?
-or: Do you want to hear a funny story? -or: Who died and made you King?
Active Listening shows sensitivity, while Roadblocks show insensitivity.
Most of the time it takes only one Active Listening response to "solve" a kid's problem.
That's because their problem is mainly fear, which is due to lack of affection.
And Active Listening shows sensitivity, which shows affection, respect, love, or caring.
Much of the time adults aren't in the mood to be sensitive to someone else.
We're in a hurry to get something done and don't want to be interrupted.
Having grown up fairly insensitive, we don't appreciate the value of sensitivity to others.
To be responsible as adults is to be sensitive to ourselves and others, but it takes practice.
Adults [and kids] can have practice sessions pretending to have problems and using Active Listening for them.

LOVE IS POWER. (Jean Liedloff: The Continuum Concept; & Alcoholics Anonymous)
Emotional stress is fear; and Fear is a feeling and false belief of insecurity, which is confusion.
Affection, or love, is security and shortage of affection is insecurity, which is confusion.
The emotional or feeling part of fear is a warning that false belief is present.
Stress, or fears, or false beliefs of insecurity, can be relieved via moral inventory (12 Steps, Step 4).
Stress, fear and confusion are due to shortage of affection and are overcome by sufficiency of affection.
This is the Power of Love.
This is why it's necessary to come to believe in a loving higher power (Step 2).
Groups caring about individuals are expressions of such higher power.
The love of an individual is insecure, because individuals are mortal.
The love of a higher power is secure love, because higher power is immortal.
A group is a higher power than is an individual. A family or a class is a group too.
Loving Groups whose love survive thru generations are sources of secure [immortal] affection.

HIGHER POWER [William James: The Varieties of Religious Experience] [Step 2]
A Religion, charity, self-help group, caring organization [or God] can be one's higher power.
By sensing such secure love we get a realistic sense of security.
The sense of such higher power helps relieve stress, which helps clear up confusion.
Remember, "higher power" doesn't have to mean "God;" it's each person's choice.
Reducing confusion means clearer thinking, which make it easier to recognize and correct false beliefs of insecurity.
All negative emotions involve false beliefs of insecurity, which is fear.
Such false beliefs of insecurity cause us to condone wrongdoing.
Unselfish affection inspires us to correct our wrongs.
Fears tend to make us irresponsible. Affection tends to make us more responsible.
Sadness or depression is a false belief of aloneness.
Higher power is always with us, so we are never alone.
Fear of our higher power is due to false impression of our higher power [See LONELINESS in Lesson 3].
Religions sometimes call false beliefs darkness, while the truth is called light.
Seeing false beliefs as false then is shining light into darkness, so the darkness of false belief disappears.
This is what we can expect from doing Moral Inventory, described in the 12 Step program.



Stress, esp. emotional stress, is the number one cause of poor efficiency in any group.
This is because stress often interferes with task-related thinking, performance, physical and emotional health etc.
Effective stress reduction therefore increases efficiency, productivity, morale and prosperity.
Unhealthy and ineffective responses to stress include abuse of substances and abuse of power.
Power Abuse ranges from physical or emotional abuse to crime [and war]
Power abuse is common among both Substance Abusers and Co-Dependents.
Co-dependents are those who are psychologically dependent on or submissive to abusers.
Co-dependents are estimated at over 90% of the population.
Signs of potential power abuse include traits of frequent insults, criticisms, or anger, pride, grandiosity, selfishness, jealousy, demands, threats, hatred, violence, chronic stress, excessive drinking or drug use.
Signs of potential co-dependence are traits of submissiiveness, tolerance of abuse, over-dependence on others, being irresponsible while pretending to be super-responsible, perfectionism, naivete', fearfulness, nervousness, worry, phobias, substance abuse [which includes junk foods, esp. carbohydrates], exhaustion, facade, shyness, unassertiveness, self-disrespect, confusion, or dishonesty.
Most power abusers also have some degree of co-dependence.

CAUSES OF STRESS [Dr. Clancy McKenzie:]
The cause of stress is any subconscious false assumption or insecurity about dangers, identity, or relationship
These assumptions usually begin in childhood, when we're very naive.
If such false assumptions were not subconscious, they would be easy to correct and the stress would end.
As was said in Lesson 2, continuous misery tends to go into the subconscious, and so do the underlying assumptions.
Most people have traumas in early childhood, which cause these false assumptions of insecurity.
Separation trauma in early childhood is just as serious to kids as is major combat trauma to soldiers.
Such traumas tend to recur in later life, if similar events recur, such as losing a loved one, esp. thru a breakup.
When people understand the repetitive nature of early trauma, they're usually able to cope much better.
Early traumas often recur in adolescence as Schizophrenia, Major Depression, or earlier as Autism.
The kinds of trauma that can lead to these conditions include:
physical or emotional problems of the mother during pregnancy, birth problems, circumcision, separations due to sickness etc, emotional separation due to parent's problems or diverting attention to another sibling, problems worsened by sickness, injury due to accidents or drugs or medical treatments, e.g. vaccines containing mercury etc.

Preventing Power Abuse, Substance Abuse and Co-dependence requires reducing stress [i.e. insecurity].
There are many stress reducing techniques, but only a few, at most, deal effectively with the causes of stress.
This is the key to permanent stress reduction and increased group and individual efficiency.
Subconscious false assumptions underlying stress can be made conscious by asking questions.
Ask questions about your negative emotions, because these emotions are created by stress.
The negative emotions include fear, worry, anger, loneliness, boredom, shame etc.
Emotional feelings are like physical feelings: both are signals that either harm or healing is occurring.
While physical pain or irritation signals harm is occurring to the body, emotional pain or irritation signals harm occurring to the mind.
Pain and irritation can also occur during healing, but it should be diminishing over time.
Pain killers should be used very little, if at all, as they make us unaware of harm that may be occurring.
Subconscious false assumptions cause mental harm and emotional pain, much like harmful physical conditions cause bodily pain.
So subconscious false assumptions are harmful mental conditions.
Becoming aware of the falsehood behind emotional pain makes it easier to find the truth, which is simply opposite of falsehood.
And the truth automatically restores mental well-being and sets us free of emotional pain.

A good way to proceed with stress reduction is with these short steps.
1st, check for tense muscles in the body and relax them and breathe more deeply.
[Step 4a] Stay alert to negative emotions or stress and occasionally stop to think about it when it strikes, or sometime during the day when there's time, and write briefly about the following.
[4b] Name the primary negative emotion that comes with the stress.
[4c] Ask what assumption, belief, or view is connected to this emotion [Check under next section: General False Assumptions].
[4d] Ask what there is about this assumption that's likely to be false.
[4e] Consider what is the opposite of the false assumption that is probably true.
[Step 7] Ask your subconscious to let go of the false assumption and remember the opposite truth.
[Step 10] Repeat the process as long as stress continues to return.
The subconscious false assumptions should become clearer with each practice of this procedure.
The following pointers may help you recognize your false assumptions.

The several classes of negative emotions involve general false assumptions that are typical of most people.
Reading this below can help clarify subconscious assumptions involved in your stress.
The classes of negative emotions most common to stress are fear, anger, loneliness, boredom, shame and guilt.
Sometimes more than one of these emotions are involved.
FEAR - is the primary negative emotion, as it is usually involved in other negative emotions as well.
It includes worry, nervousness, fright, confusion etc, in other word, Insecurity.
The main assumption we make when we have fear is that something may cause us unbearable harm or pain, which would result in disaster.
What's wrong with this assumption? 1] Nothing is truly unbearable; 2] all pain can be relieved or prevented.
The main reason we think pain can be unbearable is that we have felt alone and unloved.
This will be covered further under "Loneliness."
We can find safe ways to face the false assumptions behind our fears to see that they are false.
The opposite of the assumption that pain can be unbearable or unpreventable is the fact that all pain is bearable and or preventable.
Note to subconscious, "Pain is not unbearable or unavoidable, so take away my exaggerated fear.
Help me learn to prevent the harm or pain I fear. Let me be at peace.
Start by relaxing all of my unduly tense muscles. Let me get whatever help I need."
Since feeling loved reduces pain appreciably, we can seek to feel loved by God, or a higher power, or by associating with loving people.
ANGER - includes feelings of hatred, resentment, frustration, irritation, annoyance, impatience, revenge, jealousy, bitterness etc.
The general assumption with anger seems to be that we've been cheated and that we deserve or need to get even.
The fear behind anger is that we will experience unbearable harm or pain, if we don't get even, or right a supposed wrong.
The false aspects of anger assumptions are, either that we've truly been wronged, or that we need to right the wrong in a way that hurts someone else.
The truth, which is the opposite, is usually that we aren't really so easily wronged, or that we need not hurt someone in order to right a wrong.
Note to subconscious, "Let me not readily feel wronged over trifles and let me not think a wrong can be righted by hurting someone.
Let me find healthy ways to right wrongs."
LONELINESS - includes sadness, depression, despair, aloofness, blues, blahs etc.
The assumption behind loneliness is that we are alone or separated from loved ones.
The opposite of this is that we are never alone. God or good and or loved ones are always with us.
The fear is that getting too close to God or love will cause unbearable pain or discomfort.
If we believe in God or good, we may fear that, if we get too close, God won't let us have any fun or relaxation.
The opposite of this is that our "higher power" wants us to have fun and peace so we can better share love with others.
HP wants to be our best friend and to give us the best advice we can get, not to be our dictator or prison warden or slave driver.
Note to subconscious, "Let me know that I'm never alone, that love is always with me and always ready to provide comfort and friendly, wise, helpful advice."
BOREDOM - which may go as far as sadness, depression, and or despair, has the assumption that we are in need of excitement.
The fear is often that nothing may be truly exciting, or that nothing is meaningful.
What is usually false in such assumptions is either, that we really need so much excitement [it can easily be a crutch to avoid other subconscious fears], or that a physical feeling like boredom may become permanent and unbearable.
The opposite of this, which is often the truth, is that anything can be exciting, or everything can have meaning.
This feeling of boredom is often a result of poor eating habits which don't provide good nutrition, due to too much junk food, or drugs, or abusing substances, or not enough pure water.
Meaning in life can be hard to detect if our brains are in a fog from bad habits.
Also, meaning can often be found by doing more for others and dwelling less on our own obsessions.
SHAME - includes feeling ashamed, embarrassed, degraded, violated, shy, guilty etc.
The main assumption in shame etc seems to be that we appear to others to be unacceptable in some way
And our reaction is to try to escape as quickly as possible.
The fear is often that we will be reduced in status and be less appreciated or loved by others.
Anger often accompanies shame, especially when we feel degraded.
The false aspect of these assumptions is that we are unacceptable.
The opposite, which is the truth, is that we are always acceptable, even if our bodies are unattractive or we have a moral debt that we need to pay.
GUILT - is one negative feeling that can stem from either false assumptions or from truth.
False guilt is based on any false assumption, which claims that we are guilty of something, when we're not really guilty of that. Someone has wrongly persuaded us of our false guilt.
Instead of being guilty of that thing, we're guilty only of having false guilt.
But we need to be careful about guilt, because real guilt tells us we're guilty of something that we really are guilty of.
And when we find we're truly guilty of some wrong, we need to make every effort to right that wrong as soon as we are emotionally healthy enough to do so.
If we have fear about making amends for wrongs done to anyone, we need to address that fear before we can carry on with effective amends.
Many of us find that the one we've wronged the most is ourselves and the way to make amends to ourselves is mainly by letting go of our subconscious false assumptions.

Regression is reverting back to emotional false assumptions.
Does every vocation and every group and institution need the 12 Steps to prevent people's regression?
They probably need the basic elements of the 12 Steps, especially moral self-exam and amends.
Self-exam and amends are as important for entire groups as for individual members of groups, according to Peck.
Groups also probably need problem-solving or conflict resolution dialog with all groups with whom they have any social relationship, in order to prevent power abuse.
One of the best methods of problem solving seems to be the P.E.T. Type 3 method.
Consensus decision making also seems to be important, because it prevents majorities from dominating or abusing minorities.



Lesson 3 on Stress Reduction and the 12 Step program will help end or prevent Substance Abuse.
But it helps as well to have countermeasures against negative Peer Pressure.
Intervention and Positive peer pressure seem to be among the best such countermeasures.
Positive peer pressure includes 12 Sterp groups and CodaPlus groups etc.
The FUN PROJECT is an experimental effort to provide positive peer pressure in other settings.
Everyone in the public eye is a potential role model for young people.
Society and groups need to discourage negative role models and reward or encourage positive ones.
Groups need to develop leaders to be positive role models [See LEADERSHIP in Lesson 10].
With mass education, popular peers increasingly have become role models.
And the role models for these popular students are increasingly media celebrities.
Schools and parents can and should have positive influence on popular students.
Teachers may request that these students become co-Founders of CodaPlus groups to learn responsible leadership.
These groups should have adult supervision, like AlaTeen groups have by Al-anon members.
The meetings should include guest speakers from AlaTeen, Al-anon, Coda, AA, NA and like groups.

What is Substance Abuse?
It is taking an amount of a substance that does harm, physically, mentally, or morally.
Moral harm is deceptive thinking that causes one to be less responsible.
Many substances can cause such physical, mental, or moral harm, even some foods, especially processed carbohydrates.
Addictive substances are those which give a deluded sense of pleasure, or high, or which numb pain.
Common early childhood traumas tend to predispose many or most people to substance abuse, esp. if either parent was a substance abuser.
Lack of sufficient freedom, excitement, or affection causes the pain for which addictive substances are abused.
Providing proper freedom, excitement and affection helps much to prevent or end substance abuse.
For addicts it's usually necessary to have a change of environment, as in a treatment center, for some months.
CodaPlus, 12 Step groups, P.E.T. and the FUN PROJECT can greatly help fulfill the above needs.



Co-dependence is an emotional disorder or "disease" stemming from the addictive process.
The addictive process is an emotional disorder involving compulsion to relieve stress or insecurity by harmful means.
Harmful means of relieving stress are substance abuse, power abuse and co-dependence, which is self-abuse.
Co-dependence and the addictive process stem from unfulfilled social and emotional needs.
These needs include especially freedom, excitement, affection, and cooperation
Shortage of any of these produce stress and insecurity.
Addictive substances tend to produce a false sense of fulfilling the above needs.
Co-dependence produces a similar false sense of fulfillment, but without addictive substances.
The illusion of fulfillment appears to be produced partly by chemical reactions in the brain.
There is no substance abuse or delusion that can really fulfill the above emotional needs.
Only emotional health and healthy relationships can fulfill those needs, as via the 12 Steps.

Following are many of the characteristics of co-dependence. [Schaef: Co-dependence, p. 42ff]
-dishonesty about or denial of one's emotional problems,
-projecting one's faults onto others,
-frozen or distorted feelings due to fear of certain feelings,
-holding on to feelings, like anger, resentment, instead of getting over them,
-being controlling of others,
-confused thinking due to fears,
-obsessive thinking out of desperation for control,
-selfish, naive and immature thinking due to insecurity,
-perfectionism, negativism, judgmentalism, or grandiosity as means to control,
-identifying with other/s due to self-hate
-deceiving others to control their impressions of oneself,
-overdependency on others for security or self-confidence,
-rigidity or stasis due to fear,
-Depression or immorality out of hopelessness,
-caretaking others to feel needed,
-getting sick to get sympathy,
-gullibility due to lack of self-confidence.
Behaviors that trigger or perpetuate co-dependence include:
=urge to control,
=interpreting others,
=comparing self or loved ones to others,
=blaming others,
=not taking responsibility,
=binary thinking.
=focusing only on the addict's disorder,
=consulting co-dependent "professionals,"
=wanting to solve others' problems, instead of one's own.

Checking the above characteristics of co-dependence can help in the recovery process. [Step 1]
The 12 Step program should be followed, preferably with support of a 12 Step group.
Al-anon is more numerous than CODA, and is generally just about as good for any co-dependents.
If you start or join a CodaPlus group, this can help with the 12 Steps too.
Each CodaPlus group should maintain contacts with numerous nearby 12 Step groups.
A list of these contacts should be made available to all members of the group.
The 12 Steps involve having a caring higher power, taking moral self-exam, making amends for wrong-doing, praying, and telling others about the program.
The higher power can be anything that feels caring and potent, even if it's a "higher self," etc.
What the 12 Steps do is increase moral maturity or wisdom, which is self-improvement.



As explained earlier, prisoners find they must act dumb around captors in order to get some freedom.
Dominant classes naturally tend to think their subordinates really are dumb, lazy and mischievous.
They don't realize that captivity or domination itself forces subordinates to act this way.
Teachers and leaders don't realize most kids' "dumbness" is an escape mechanism from lack of freedom etc.
Most dominant classes become racist or classist toward subordinates, regarding them as inferior.
Those in power come to regard themselves as responsible and superior and they develop false pride.
Pride blinds us to our own flaws, increasing our insensitivity to others.
Insensitivity makes it likely that those in power will abuse others.
Insensitivity is irresponsibility and domination is coercion, which is power abuse.
It is irresponsible to show disrespect toward, and unnecessarily limit the freedom of subordinates.
Such mistreatment makes subordinates act and feel irresponsible.
It is irresponsible and immature for those in power to demand respect from subordinates.
Authorities must first have and show respect for subordinates in order to get and teach respect.
Having respect means treating others as equals, not inferiors.
Dominant classes, those most "successful" and privileged, become the most proud and insensitive.

Dominant classes are the most prone to being classist, racist and abusive, but usually unknowingly.
"Big Business" is the world's most dominant class. It owns and controls much of the media.
This dominant class has the most influence on government policies, like the IMF [Int'l Monetary Fund].
IMF austerity programs abuse poor nations by putting bankers' interests ahead of those of the common people.
They place more importance on people paying bankers huge interest rates on loans than on people's survival.
Free Trade, Privatization and De-Regulation of public services similarly abuse the common people.
Such policies of the dominant class are thus responsible for much of the world's suffering.
The dominant class's major media obscure these abuses, by rationalizing or by silence.
In the U.S. our media help make us ignorant of most of the suffering in the world.
We become insensitive to others' suffering through ignorance or denial.
When we are ignorant or unaware of someone's suffering, we can't be sensitive to it.
Ending Power abuse requires reducing ignorance and insensitivity and doing Intervention.
Intervention includes recommending Group Inventory to other groups.
Interveners should practice Group Inventory before recommending it to others.



Groups do great evil due to insensitivity. Groups which are successful usually develop false pride.
As was said earlier, Pride blinds us to our own flaws and makes us insensitive to others.
Failing groups also try to rally members with false pride.
They blame outsiders for the group's failings in order to build group loyalty.
Many or most groups abuse people unintentionally, but the effects are just as harmful.
National or group pride has led to the fall of nations and even civilizations via wars, greed and laziness.
No group is immune to the dangers of false pride.
Overcoming class pride, or group pride, insensitivity and power abuse requires Intervention.
Intervention is any communication that helps insensitive groups become aware of their own dangerous flaws.
Insensitive communication with insensitive groups is ineffective and is not interventive.
Sensitivity training or experience is necessary in order to learn sensitive intervention communication.

The 12 Steps teach individuals to do periodic moral self-examination, called moral inventory.
12 Step Organizations also encourage their groups to do similar group self-examination, or inventory
To do inventory is to estimate the good and bad effects the group has on members and outsiders.
Groups do periodic group inventory in order to correct fatal flaws and retain sensitivity.
Inventory is followed by making amends, when appropriate.
The 12 Step program of groups like Alcoholics Anonymous explain inventory and amends well.
This process helps to relieve stress, prevent substance or power abuse and improve relationships.
Power abuses by dominant classes threaten the world's freedom and prosperity.
People and groups can cooperate to draft and elect conscientious, knowledgeable politicians to end power abuses.
We can also provide dominant groups with Intervention literature, or other communication.



Prosperity means everyone having an abundance of things needed to fulfill everyone's needs.
Basic needs include freedom, excitement, affection, cooperation and physical survival needs.
Sensitive Political Action is necessary to provide sufficiency of freedom and physical needs.
This political action focuses on providing for the general welfare of all the people.
It promotes education that fills needs for freedom, excitement, affection, cooperation and truth.
It promotes science that does objective research for truth, free of manipulation by special interests.
It promotes media that are sensitive, objective, honest and fair, unmanipulated by special interests.
It promotes Intervention for all groups to increase sensitivity and responsibility.

Sensitive cooperation is the most effective means of achieving Prosperity.
Effective cooperation involves establishing or joining groups and promoting responsibility.
See prior Lessons for details on responsibility.
Cooperation should include making decisions by consensus, rather than majority rule.
Group rules should include starting and ending meetings at pre-specified times.
They should ask all members to speak only when designated by the leader or facilitator.
A timer should be used to limit each person's speaking to a pre-specified number of minutes.
The position of group leader or facilitator should rotate among experienced members.
It's often best for the group to divide into committees on desired subjects.
After each committee decides on proposals, the group should then vote on each proposal.
The proposal may be modified or made temporary to help reach consensus.
Objectors should be asked if they would agree to give a proposal a try despite doubts.
Active Listening and other P.E.T. methods should be used to improve everyone's sensitivity.
All members should be encouraged to learn the 12 Steps and P.E.T. and join a CodaPlus group.
Groups should do Group Inventory once a month, or every 2, 3, or 4 months. See Lesson 7.



It is Irresponsible to remain ignorant of basic matters on any important subject.
It is Irresponsible to be insensitive to anyone who seeks to communicate, except in emergencies.
In becoming more responsible, we must seek the best media for truth and knowledge.
We must also seek to advance truth and knowledge thru our associations.
Truth importantly includes facts about people's suffering anywhere on earth.
It also includes sensitive discussion of how best to remedy such suffering most effectively.
Every group should attempt to advance such truth and other knowledge effectively.
This means group members share truth and knowledge with each other.
It means groups also share truth and knowledge with other groups.
Knowledge includes science, history, economics, law, language, arts, personal experience etc.
The best knowledge to share is that which has the greatest potential to help the common good.
When groups meet, all members should be given about 5 minutes to share truth or knowledge.
If time is too limited, just one or a few members may be chosen to share at each meeting.
Different members should be chosen for each meeting, so all get a chance to share.
An alternative is for members to print out what they want to share and give other members copies.
Everyone should be free to decide themselves what seems to be truth and knowledge.
Everyone should also be encouraged to comment sensitively pro or con on what is shared by others.

Do good media exist that disseminate important truth and knowledge?
Most media cover some such matters, but most also slant much of their coverage for special interests.
The most important subjects may be Politics, History, Science, Health and Education.
Most media on all these subjects are slanted and considerably dishonest, due to pride and insensitivity.
Science, education, health science and history are very distorted due to special interests.
Our nation [and probably all nations] is like an addict, i.e. like a person addicted to power and substances.
That describes much of the dominant class of any society.
The lower classes of a society are like the addict's family members.
The addict is insensitive and denies doing anything wrong.
The family members are co-dependent and try to cover up for the addict to appear normal.
Sometimes a co-dependent family member will rebel, which upsets the other co-dependents.
Most rebels tend to become addicts or power abusers themselves.
Can you see how various groups in society behave like addicts, co-dependents, or rebels?
Since truth and knowledge are so distorted, much work needs to be done to make it right.
Will you help us do that and help bring humanity prosperity in the process?



For kids it's responsible to have few responsibilities, but for adults it's responsible to have many, if properly developed.
Most of us adults did not have properly developed responsibilities, so we remain largely irresponsible.
P.E.T. and the 12 Steps are the best ways I know of to develop responsibilities properly.
Such responsibilities are fun again the way they were in our early childhoods, when we liked being more capable..
When we're not having much fun, we should take inventory, because something is wrong with us.
It may be that we're taking on more responsibilities than we are yet able to handle.
Many of the kinds of responsibilities we try to take on are things we should not really be doing at all.
Perfectionism, false guilt and senseless traditions often cause us to accept such responsibilities unwisely.
In our inventories we need occasionally to review our responsibilities and discard the unwise ones.

LEADERSHIP [M. Scott Peck: People of the Lie]
The most responsible people are leaders and not followers.
Many leaders are immature, but they have the confidence, courage and discipline to think for themselves and to lead.
The most responsible leaders effectively encourage their followers to become leaders.
They encourage followers to develop confidence, courage and discipline for independent thinking and leading.
This is proper leading, which promotes sharing leadership among all members of the group.
This is promoting equality, cooperation, mutual respect, consensus decision making and group inventory.

Discipline is ordered routine that produces effective and efficient action.
The 12 Steps and P.E.T. are among the best disciplines for developing responsible people.
Other important disciplines include nutrition, exercise, tidiness and reading for knowledge [See KNOWLEDGE SHARING].
Is discipline supposed to be fun, since it's another responsibility?
I would say YES on the basis that fun is anything that feels rewarding.
So how can these disciplines come to feel rewarding?
Doing things in groups is often more rewarding than doing them alone.
So it's likely to be helpful to brainstorm with others to find ways to do some disciplines together in fun ways.

The last of the 12 Steps is practicing recovery and carrying the message of recovery to others who still suffer.
Recovery in this case means regaining emotional health, which allows one to become more responsible.
Each person who begins to become responsible is responsible for carrying the message of recovery to others.
All are free to do this however seems best, but cooperatively is usually better than individually.
Physical, psychological and emotional problems heal quicker when we're more loving toward others. [McKenzie]
Helping others and encouraging them to help yet others is an important way to love they neighbor and heal thyself.
No matter how serious our ailments are, we need to help others in order to help ourselves best.
Fear of ill-health is counterproductive and must be countered with love and faith in the healing process.
Negative emotions must be released, as by moral inventory, and positive ones must replace them to promote healing.
Is this enough responsibility you've gotten us into? Are we having fun yet?


11. LESSON 11.

Why do kids in Western culture cry, fight and misbehave? Are these portents of doom for society?
Some people point to declining morality, increasing promiscuity and such, as signs of coming doom.
But the facts that kids cry, fight and misbehave are seldom thought of as similar signs.
Jean Liedloff did not consider them signs of doom, but did see them as signs of a sick society.
This view was forced onto her by circumstances in her travels some 30 years ago.
She came to live for a time in a jungle village with Native Americans in South America.
It impressed and amazed her to find that the kids there practically never cried, fought, or misbehaved.
This seemed so odd to her, that she said it seemed like living among aliens from another world.
She couldn't help but wonder if this might be how kids are when they're raised naturally.
The villagers shared in the care taking of each others' kids.
The youngest, especially those under 8 months old, were held constantly, usually by those who were active.
This fact led Jean to suspect that all kids may need this kind of constant human touch and frequent activity.
To these people there was little or no difference between work and play. All was like play.
In 1975 she wrote a book about the experience and her thoughts, called The Continuum Concept.
In this village, kids experienced abundance of affection, excitement, freedom and cooperation.
I believe these, along with knowledge and physical needs, are basic needs for healthy societies.
12 Step groups, P.E.T. et al are very helpful at providing these needs.

Dr. Clancey McKenzie [] did and studied extensive research in the 90s and before, which very much tended to confirm much of Liedloff's "continuum concept" ideas.
He found that kids under age 2, who are separated from their primary caregivers for some hours or days, tend to experience their separations or aloneness as traumatic.
He found that the brain function patterns in these kids are quite like those of soldiers who experience major trauma in combat, which resurfaces later in flashbacks called PTSD, i.e. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Similar flashbacks of early childhood traumas occur when kids enter adolescence or early adulthood.
When traumas occur before age 2, the flashbacks in later life are called Schizophrenia.
If traumas occur between about ages 2 and 3, the flashbacks involve symptoms of Major Depression.
If traumas are less severe, or occur later in childhood, flashbacks seem to involve Co-dependence.
McKenzie's research shows that aloneness is just as traumatic for young kids as is combat for adults.
In both cases the person fears that their life may be actually about to end.
Human young are very dependent on elders for survival, so aloneness naturally means grave danger to them.
Traumas become subconscious and form the basis of many fears and unhappiness in later life.
Kids who are not subjected to the trauma of frequent aloneness and similar misfortunes grow up happy.
Many co-dependents and addicts using the 12 Steps uncover their childhood traumas and begin to heal.

Probably unlike Jean Liedloff, I do consider kids' unhappiness as a potential for society's downfall.
That's because a society that doesn't know how or want to raise happy kids to become happy adults is one which is likely to produce many mean and power-mad adults who will find happiness by destruction.
A co-dependent society is unhealthy and if it does not get into recovery the disorder can prove fatal.
The disorder of co-dependence is basically one of trauma-based fear.
All negative emotions are based on fear, even anger, which is fear of getting less than one deserves.
Fear causes anger, confusion, despair, recklessness, not caring about others, and these can spell disaster.
To get a better sense that co-dependence really is fear, ask yourself if it makes sense that all of these characteristics of co-dependence [See Schaef's Co=dependence] could be produced by fear.
Fear [of harm] leads to dishonesty or denial about emotional or relationship problems in oneself or significant others?
Fear [of feelings] leads to frozen, or distorted, feelings, or confused thinking?
Fear [of responsibility] leads to selfish, naive, or immature thinking, or gullibility?
Fear [of change] leads to rigidity, stasis, or holding on to negative emotions?
Fear [of death] leads to hopelessness, depression, carelessness, or immorality?
Fear [of worthlessness] leads to self-hate to identifying with others, living vicariously, or idolizing others?
Fear [of worthlessness] leads to self-doubt to overcaretaking others, or to putting on a facade to hide behind?
Fear [of abandonment] leads to sympathy seeking by pretended ailments, or making oneself sick etc?
Fear [of responsibility] leads to over dependence on others?
Fear [of powerlessness] leads to seeking control by obsessive thinking, grandiosity, perfectionism, negativity, judgmentalism, blaming, projecting one's faults onto others?
Fear [of pain] leads to eating disorders, or overmedicating?
It can then be asked also if fear leads to the characteristics of Power Abuse.




We co-dependents destroy relationships, institutions and people unwittingly.
Civilization may be on the brink of self-destruction by war and devastating economic depression.
We co-dependents are primarily to blame for these trends, which may climax soon.
I'll explain how we seem to do this first, then how we can stop doing it and hopefully keep society intact.
We destroy in all of the following ways, collectively, not individually.
We must face these facts if we are to change them and heal ourselves and society.
First, we consistently deny that problems exist in ourselves and others, because we repress our feelings.
-Can problems be corrected if we deny or fail to see they exist?
2nd, our thinking is confused, selfish, naive, immature and gullible.
-Isn't this a welcome matt for corruption, scams, frauds and other parasitic power abuse?
3rd, we wish to avoid change; we're rigid, static; we cling to our negative emotions.
4th, we succumb to hopelessness, negativism, carelessness and immorality.
Immorality is action or inaction that does harm to others.
-Can we end corruption and power abuse if we rigidly avoid change, or give in to hopelessness about it?
5th, we pretend to be unwell and we make ourselves sick to get sympathy or advantage.
-Isn't this selfish advantage seeking a basis of corruption?
6th, we doubt or hate ourselves, living through others and putting on false fronts to hide our "real" selves.
-Can anyone trust us, if we're dishonest, deceptive, or self-hating?
7th, we waste ourselves in obsession, grandiosity, perfectionism, negativity and judgmentalism.
-If no one behaves realistically, conscientiously, or responsibly, can we expect society to survive?
8th, we harm or waste ourselves with eating disorders, overmedicating, risk-taking, gambling, overspending.
How much self-ruinous behavior can exist in society without destroying society?
9th, in the ways listed above, we accept corruption, abuses and self-destructiveness in society.
In The Seriousness of the Addictive Process below, I show that 40% of adults are likely severely irresponsible.
Can a society of corrupt, abusive, self-destructive and greatly irresponsible people survive?

Anyone who has power is a potential power abuser, i.e. one who uses power to harm or deprive others.
The greater the power one has, the easier it is to abuse power and the harder it is to be stopped.
The easier it is to abuse one's power, the likelier a person is to do so.
Those who have little power cannot well imagine how easy it is for the powerful to abuse power.
Those who have less power are called dependents or subordinates.
Those who seek to share power responsibly with dependents and subordinates are called authorities.
Those who seek to hoard power and prevent others from sharing it are called authoritarians or dominators.
Subordinates are obliged to act inferior around dominators to avoid confrontations.
Dominators, due to pride, willingly believe that subordinates are inferior and don't deserve to share power.
When we see others as inferior, we automatically see ourselves as better than they, which inflates our egos.
Dominators are thus proud to be dominant and dominance gives them a sense of greater self-esteem.
This false pride is fertile ground for racism, fascism, authoritarianism, oligarchy and much power abuse.
Healthy relationships with others depend on each being sensitive to the feelings and concerns of the other.
Dominators fear sensitivity, because it seems to undermine pride, self-image, self-esteem, or power.
They fear that sensitivity would make them weak or vulnerable to domination by others.

Power abuse is every culture's greatest danger from its own power structure and from outside powers.
Power abuse is the most tangibly dangerous of the 3 Addictive Process disorders.
Co-dependence is the most insidious disorder of the 3, which supports power abuse by denial, dependence, etc.
Addictions are among the more visible symptoms of the societal disorder, called the Addictive Process.
Substance abuse is most common among power abusers, as it helps numb fears and guilt.
Most nations are in serious danger from these three disorders of the Addictive Process.
Fear, greed, jealousy, anger and hatred, especially racism and classism, are the worst power abuses.
To grasp the harm these disorders inflict on society, think first of the millions of substance abusers.
There are over 20 million known alcoholics in the U.S. and many more alcohol abusers.
There are several million other substance abusers, and many more abusers of medical substances.
More than any are those with eating disorders. These addictions reduce physical and mental health in the U.S.
Co-dependents number the most of all and they suffer from varying forms and degrees of fear.
Power abusers probably include over 50% of adults, serious abusers maybe 10%.
Co-dependents include over 90% of adults, of which 30% are probably severe.
Substances abusers, not counting eating disorders, include about 20%, with 10% or more being severe.
Eating disorders, common among co-dependents, amount to about 80%, with about 25% being severe.
The TOTAL of the severe cases is then about 40 to 50%, i.e. about HALF of adults in the U.S.
10% are power abusers; 10% are substance abusers; 30% are severe co-dependents.
Eating disorders are common mainly to co-dependents; half of us may have severe eating disorders.

The public has gradually accepted the reality that spouse abuse and child abuse are common.
When these abuses were first reported in the early 80s, they were widely disbelieved by the public.
People thought: How could there be so much abuse without everyone knowing about it?
Now we know it's possible, because abusers and victims are often in denial, or are naive or deceptive.
Power abuse is widespread, and every major field of human endeavor is corrupted by dominators,
Government, business, health care, science, law, education, and media are seriously corrupt.
How can society function, if there is so much corruption?
It functions because a majority continue to be fairly responsible and honest.
But among the leaders in each field, there is much greater corruption than in lower echelons.
The abusers skim their profits off the top, like the mob does, taking in a few percent.
They know how to keep society functioning despite their thefts, assaults and manslaughters.
The film, JFK, shows very good evidence of high-level corruption behind the murder of JFK.
There was corruption in the murder itself and more corruption in covering up for the real murderers.
Robert Kennedy promised, if elected president in 68, to get to the bottom of his brother's murder.
He was murdered before the election. Martin Luther King was murdered two months earlier.
King's family and friends believe the real murderers of King were also covered up by the government et al.
After Nixon's resignation in 74, Congress investigated the CIA and FBI and found extensive corruption.
Since leaders of other countries are often corrupt, it should not seem absurd to think many of our leaders are too.
Suspicion of widespread corruption should not be taken as an excuse for despair, or fear.
If we look honestly at history, we can see plenty of reason for optimism.

The history of western civilization is checkered with triumphs over power abuse.
Greece was the known source of our civilization, which developed ideas about science and government.
Jesus and Paul promoted government for the common good of all - called agape', or Love thy Neighbor.
St. Augustine, 400 AD, revived and explained the idea of agape'.
Charlemagne, 800, formed a nation independent of church dominion and formed alliances with Muslims.
The Renaissance, 13-1500s, was a movement to revive and increase knowledge to improve people's lives.
Joan of Arc, 1431, inspired the government of France to fight for the common good of its people.
Louis XI, King of France, 1470s, gave possessions of Nobility to the people and favored the common good.
Henry VII, King of England, 1490s, followed some of the example of Louis XI.
Treaty of Westphalia, 1648, established principles for ending and preventing wars.
William Shakespeare, 1590s, inspired the public to wisdom through plays.
Cardinal Nicolas of Cusa, 1600s, promoted principles of science for improving human conditions.
American Colonists, 1600s, established framework for Constitutional government.
Ben Franklin, 1700s, organized Colonists in support of an Independent Republic.
Alexander Hamilton, 1790s, developed economic principles to benefit the common people.
John Quincy Adams, 1840s, opposed U.S. corruption and helped Latin America.
Abraham Lincoln, 1860s, saved the nation from secession and ended slavery.
Czar Alexander II of Russia, 1870s, freed the serfs and instituted policies like those of Lincoln.
Thomas Edison, 1900s, advanced scientific methodology for humanity.
Franklin D Roosevelt, 1930s & 40s saved the world from fascism and advanced humane economics.
Bill Wilson, 1930s to 60s, founded AA, which has led many to recovery from addiction and co-dependence.
Martin L King & John F Kennedy, 1960s, worked to end racism and improve conditions for the oppressed.
Thomas Gordon & Jean Liedloff, 1970s, explained the need for sensitivity in human relations.
Numerous amateur and professional historians, in the 1970s & beyond, explained power abuse among upper classes. Some came to appreciate and promote FDR'S and JFK's ideals regarding the common good..
Anne Schaef, 1980s, explained co-dependence and how it enables power abuse.
Most of these people overcame tremendous opposition to achieve success to improve the human condition.
They are all models on which we can base our own efforts to carry on with further progress.



Nearly everyone suffers from some degree of Co-dependence and Power Abuse.
Substance Abuse often starts as a reaction to those with Co-dependence or Power Abuse disorders.
Co-dependents are emotionally dependent on or submissive to abusers of power or substances.
This dependence tends to "enable" or encourage others to act as authorities, which often leads to power abuse.
All immature authorities tend to become authoritarian, which means power abusing.
Power abuse is trying to control others by unnecessary force, threat, or deception.
A common symptom of co-dependence and power abuse is insensitivity, which is also called denial.
Denial occurs as our fears, or insecurity, move out of our conscious minds into our subconscious.

No nation or society is safe from self-destruction until the Addictive Process is overcome.
12 Step programs began the process of societal recovery by teaching recovery from addiction.
Families of addicts later learned to use the same program to recover from co-dependence.
Society has not yet achieved much recovery from power abuse, especially among the upper class.
This is because of persistent denial, which is most common among the most powerful, due to pride.
CodaPlus will try here to help end this denial, so recovery on this front can begin in earnest.
Nearly everyone who is co-dependent also practices some degree of power abuse.
We tend to deny this, because we try to maintain an image of niceness.
But most of us try to control others by deception and this is a type of power abuse.
We also neglect ourselves and others to some degree and this withholding of power is also power abuse.
Neglecting ourselves includes such simple things as holding on to our fears, which neglects our mental health.
Such fears prevent us from learning and doing what's responsible and that's not "nice."
Remember, signs of potential power abuse include frequent insults, criticisms, or anger, pride, grandiosity, controlling, selfishness, jealousy, demands, threats, hatred, and violence.
And remember that actual power abuse is any effort to control others by unnecessary force, threat, or deception. And how many of us have not been guilty of one or more of these behaviors?

It is not power abuse to use power to take care of young kids or others in need.
Power abuse is unnecessarily depriving anyone of freedom, excitement, affection, cooperation, knowledge, or other needs.
We need to be aware of the dangers of the Addictive Process, but we also need to avoid false guilt.
Although power abuse is rampant in society, co-dependence is much more common.
Ending co-dependence must come first, because co-dependence "enables" power abuse.
Co-dependents need to learn the difference between false guilt and real guilt.
We co-dependents must stop tolerating our own abusiveness and then stop tolerating that of others.
To do this, we must stop denying co-dependence and power abuse in ourselves and in society.

How much more could we do for good, if we had courage, instead of fear?
Isn't it obvious that courage would help us to triumph in many situations that otherwise fail?
I stated before that Love is Power; this power is the best source of courage.
This power is by way of supportive friends or loved ones or higher power that encourages us.
Just being accepted in others' company and being shown respect is largely what love means in this case.
12 Step meetings, and the like, can provide this kind of respect, which gradually builds our self-confidence.
One 12 Step member said he was an obedient victim, so when he was told to go to meetings, he did.
This was one case in which obedience paid off, so be like him and obey good advice.
But begin relying less on others to make your decisions for you, as you gain confidence.

Use the 12 Steps to relieve stressful emotions and to end power abuse.
Then carry the 12 Step message to other power abusers who still suffer.
Study literature on Intervention, such as Vernon Johnson's book, I'll Quit Tomorrow.
CodaPlus will work on getting the best available information on intervening in power abuse.
Material on spouse abuse, child abuse and violence prevention should be helpful in the mean time.
Group inventories can also help to end groups' power abuses.

See Lesson 7 for pointers on inventory; further ideas for group inventory follow.
Start group inventory by listing from 3 to 10 of the worst current flaws in your group.
List how the group mistreats members and non-members.
Ask other members and non-members to list the flaws they can think of too, without consulting your list.
Meet with willing members et al to discuss the combined lists to determine which are the main flaws.
Determine and list with the main flaws what amends may need to be made.
Present findings to group leaders and request admissions and needed amends, if any, need to be made.
Read the 12 & 12 on Steps 4 through 7 to see what are some advantages of doing group inventory.
12 Step Groups -- CodaPlus groups -- Families -- Friends -- Partners -- Religious groups -- Charities -- Businesses and Business groups -- Political Action groups -- Federal, State and Local Government Departments -- Military groups -- Organizations -- Dependents groups

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U R Responsible for Ur Own Actions

    CodaPlus Lessons Abuse Book Cooperation Persuasion To Yes Regression M Scott Peck Discipline


2005 by Lloyd Kinder

1 BELIEVABLE, Lloyd Kinder et al
- REVISING OPINIONS - A Second Brief Morality Play, LK
- THE TOXIC MIND: The Biology of Mental Illness and Violence

2 COMMON ABUSE, Anne Marie Aikins

3 EXPERT ABUSE, Anne Marie Aikins et al




- NUTRITION & HEALING, Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Disaster, Dr. Jonathan Wright
- ALTERNATIVES - Over Half of Conventional Health Advice Is Wrong, Dr. David Williams
- THE HEALING DOCTOR - Expensive Useless Treatments, Dr. Richard Foxx






They say cognitive dissonance is having 2 or more contradictory thoughts in your mind at once. And some say this is so uncomfortable that most people automatically reject any new thoughts that are dissonant.
Do you think it's a good idea to reject new thoughts that disagree with other thoughts you have? Is it really so uncomfortable to have inharmonious thoughts in your mind? What are the odds that the older thoughts you've had are always the best and new thoughts are bad?
Doesn't it make more sense to judge thoughts by whether they make the most sense, instead of by whether they're too different? How many old ideas have you let go of in the past in exchange for better ideas?
Did you ever believe in Santa Claus? Did you believe, because your parents, relatives and friends said it was true? Did you stop believing when your friends told you it wasn't true? Was that cognitive dissonance for you? Was it uncomfortable to think people had fibbed to you in the past? Did you forgive them, because Santa Claus was a nice fairy tale for kids to hear?
Does it make sense to believe in ideas, because most people believe in them? That would be believing in public opinion, which is called conventional wisdom. How often does conventional wisdom pick the best president or other politician?
In the stock market those who follow conventional wisdom lose money, because what most people think are the best buys are the ones that cost the most and, what people think are the worst, cost the least. Paying less usually brings more profit than paying the most.
Do you think your country, your religion, your sports team, your doctor, your teacher, your politician and your boss are the best in the world? Do you think those who have different countries, religions, sports teams, doctors, teachers, politicians and bosses are all wrong in thinking theirs are the best?
To most people I think religion is the most important belief they have. It seems that perhaps all religions have some members who are gung-ho and believe almost everything their religion says, while some are less gung-ho and believe most of their creed, but not all, and usually don't tell others this, and the rest don't care much about the creed, but just like their friends in that religion and give only lip service to the beliefs. The same seems to hold true with respect to belief in people's countries and politicians too. If every religion has gung-ho members and only one religion is the best or most correct, then there are a lot of gung-ho people who are partly wrong.
Pride is a much greater danger than cognitive dissonance; isn't it? So isn't it much better to think over new thoughts or ideas and see what makes the most sense, instead of automatically rejecting new ideas?
Most people are pretty decent and have good-will toward most others and want what's best for all of humanity. But most people are also a little abusive, usually not realizing it much. Some are very abusive and may not realize it, or don't care.
All of this abusiveness adds up and prevents us all from having a much better, more civilized society.
.We still have wars and major conflicts around the world.
.We still have secretive manipulative people in intelligence organizations in many countries who try to manipulate foreign and domestic peoples covertly via terrorism and many other tactics.
.We still have greedy people in big businesses who try to manipulate the government for their own benefit and not for the benefit of the common people.
.We still have international drugs and arms smuggling and organized crime.
.We still have way too much corruption in nearly all circles.
For lack of knowledge the people perish. This book is about abuses in society and knowledge of how to end abuses. When abusiveness is much diminished, humanity will prosper, spiritually and physically. Don't you think that's true?

When we have gotten acquainted with anyone over a period of time, we get a somewhat fixed mental picture of them that is hard to change. We get similar static mental pictures of people whom we know of only via the media. And we get static mental pictures of groups, organizations, movements and nations too. We also have such pictures in our minds about the media itself.
These pictures, or ideas, are called opinion or Public Opinion. Many people distrust the views of the media, but we still get many of our views from them anyway. Some of us get our views from alternative media, but many distrust them too.
Of what value are such opinions? The best way to view opinions is probably as works in progress. Sometimes they're pretty accurate, but usually they're too sketchy.
Pride causes us to view our opinions as virtual facts instead of as what they are: sketchy works in progress. If children were as afraid to let go of their opinions as many adults are, they'd become adults who believe that Santa Claus is a real person; that storks deliver babies; that crossing their fingers brings good luck; and that they're the center of the universe. Pride in opinions, such as that one's group, country, race, or religion is the center of the universe, leads to conflicts, hardships and terror. Pride is immature and ignorant; does it make sense to be proud of our immaturity or ignorance?
Can parents be proud of their kids? When pride is meant in the sense of admiration for others, it can be healthy. But if it gives a sense of superior merit over others, it's unrealistic. Such pride easily leads to abusiveness.
This book is a wake-up call. Most people will have some trouble accepting some of the writings herein as possible or plausible. But consider this. How likely is it that our media, which are owned by the wealthy upper class, mostly Republican & Democrat, mostly white Protestant, Catholic & secretly Pagan, are interested in the best interests of the common people, rather than upper class interests of maintaining wealth and power? And how likely is it that the highly educated, intelligent and independent thinkers, who've written the articles in this book, are all wrong?

Authoritarianism is domination of others by force, threat, and or deception. Irresponsible authorities are authoritarians.
All people have basic needs for affection, freedom, excitement, cooperation, knowledge etc. Authoritarians deprive others, as well as themselves, of many ot these needs.
Authoritarians prefer that people be subject to authority instead of having individual freedom. To be subject is to be under domination, control, or influence. Domination is rule, often arbitrary rule, i.e. capricious, whimsical, unreasonable, oppressive, despotic, autocratic, or tyrannical rule, and abuse of power.
Youths and other dependents require guidance by authority of their elders. But all human beings have needs and rights, regardless of age or dependency. These needs and rights include well-being, affection, freedom, excitement, cooperation and knowledge. Authorities have responsibility to provide sufficiency of these needs without jeopardizing dependents' well-being.
Domination is due to fear of being dominated by others. The most dangerous fears are: fear of being dominated, or of losing power or control, or fear for one's group losing power, when these fears lead to domination of others; and fear of being outnumbered, or of overpopulation of enemies, when this leads to racism, oppression, or genocide. These fears are especially dangerous, because they lead to abuse of power, especially to secretive schemes of abuse, aggression, cold wars, and covert genocide.
Business, government and associations are often used as covers for abusing power in these ways. Careful study suggests that the most dangerous abuses in modern times are the following:
1. IMF austerity programs for third world countries and others;
2. Upper class promotion of fascism and tyranny over lower classes, even in democracies, such as by parts of the Patriot Act and federal guidelines on prosecution of crime etc, which result in unjust imprisonment of many basically innocent people from lower classes;
3. Government, media and business promotion of dangerous medical therapies, especially vaccinations, dangerous drugs and expensive, unhealthful treatments;
4. Child abuse, verbal and physical abuse and neglect, bigotry and racism;
5. Contamination of air, food, water, drugs, supplements and of containers or packaging for these things;
6. Miseducation and misinformation by the media and education system; and
7. Suppression of science, technology and prosperity economics.

The Biology of Mental Illness and Violence - Elnora Van Winkle - Murray Hill Station, POB 893, NY, NY 10156 - Permanent relief from mental, emotional and mood disorders etc.
Suppressing anger causes toxic amounts of neurochemicals to accumulate in the brain along neural pathways where memories of parents are stored.
Anger is usually misdirected toward mostly innocent parties, including oneself.
Pent up anger from childhood needs to be directed toward mental or physical images of one's childhood abusers, not the actual persons, by pounding on something soft and yelling at the remembered image/s in private.
This helps healing by preventing further accumulation of toxicity in the brain.

Shocking Statistics You Should Know: Prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse - See
Sexual abuse touches every life when violence and crime occurs when there are disorders like eating, weight gain, substance abuse, suicide, promiscuity/ ****, psychiatric issues. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse lose their trust, self esteem, and develop shame, guilt and depression.
. 1 in 4 girls is sexually abused before the age of 14 (1).
. 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before the age of 16 (1).
. 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in America today (3).
. 95% of all victims know their perpetrators (4). With girls, 29% were relatives and 60% were acquaintances(5). With boys 16% were relatives and 44% were acquaintances(5).
. 15% of students will be sexually abused by a school staff member during their school life (6).
. The median age for reported abuse is 9.9 for boys and 9.6 for girls (7)
. Only 1 in 10 tell (9): 42% of women and 33% of men never disclose the experience to ANYONE (7). Young victims may not recognize their victimization as sexual abuse (10). 79% initially deny abuse or are tentative in disclosing. Of those who do disclose, approximately 75% disclose accidentally. Additionally, of those who do disclose, 22% eventually recant even though the abuse occurred (11). Fabricated sexual abuse reports constitute only 1% to 4% of all reported cases. Children only fabricate 1/2% of the time (12).
"More than 80% of sexual abuse cases happen when an adult is alone with a child: Page 5, Bureau of Justice Statistics, (2000) Sexual Assault on Young Children as reported to Law Enforcement; US Department of Justice, Office of Justice programs, Washington DC, p.5, "A recent survey showed that only 29% of parents ever mentioned or discussed sexual abuse with their children..."
Victim Statistics - Child Abductions by Non-Family Members 150,000 per year; Child Abductions by Family Members 340,000 per year.
. 1 in 3 girls will have sexual contact with an adult.
. 1 in 5 boys will have sexual contact with an adult.
. 300% increase in Child Sexual Abuse since 1980. 44% of abuse is neglect, 24% physical, and 15% Sexual.
. 30% of women in prison were abused. 90 to 95% of teen prostitutes were abused.
Schools identify the majority of cases. Disabled children are more likely to be abused.
Abuser Statistics - Most sexual abusers victimize over 100 victims before being caught. 40% of offenders in prison and 75% of serial rapists were once victims. 20% of abusers are adolescents. Almost all sexual abusers are heterosexual men.
6 Steps To Preventing, Recognizing, and Reacting Responsibly to Child Sexual Abuse - A Guide for Responsible Adults - What is child sexual abuse? This, of course, includes sexual contact. And it also includes non-contact acts such as exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, voyeurism and communicating in a sexual manner by phone or Internet. An agonizing and traumatic experience for its victims.
.Step 1. Learn the facts. Understand the risks. Realities-not trust-should influence your decisions regarding your child.
.Step 2. Minimize opportunity. If you eliminate or reduce one-adult/one-child situations, you'll dramatically lower the risk of sexual abuse for your child.
.Step 3. Talk about it. Children often keep abuse a secret, but barriers can be broken down by talking openly about it.
.Step 4. Stay alert. Don't expect obvious signs when a child is being sexually abused.
.Step 5. Make a plan. Learn where to go, who to call and how to react.
.Step 6. Act on suspicions. The future well-being of a child is at stake.
"My school has a program to teach children about sexual abuse prevention - but what about adults? Shouldn't they be more responsible than a six-year-old?" A child's safety is an adult's job. ... Coaches, teachers and parents are authority figures children feel they can trust. Yet, a large percentage of those who sexually abuse children come from this group. These are adults who have the opportunity to "groom" children with affection and attention, making it difficult for children to identify certain attention as abuse. And they know that children have been taught to "mind" them. This is why child-focused prevention programs must be supplemented with programs that focus on adult responsibility.


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2. COMMON ABUSE, Anne Marie Aikins

As the owner of AMA COMMUNICATIONS Anne Marie Aikins provides freelance media training, writing, editing and profiling. After working in the anti-violence movement for 18 years, she started writing full-time in 1998 and her work has been published in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and Macleans Magazine. Anne Marie is the Editor and Senior Writer for Your Time Magazine and writes regularly for WORD Magazine, Rabble webzine and Health Connection. She specializes in social justice and health-related issues, as well as entertainment and humour. The author of two books, Anne Marie is an award-winning writer and dynamic and informative speaker.

For more than sixteen years I was a vessel for pain, working at a **** crisis centre. People, mostly women, but lots of men and children, called to tell their stories of **** and abuse. Each one unique but with so many similarities: powerlessness, self-contempt, self-blame, a fruitless search for justice, overwhelming shame, isolation, secrets never told.
Every time I thought I had heard it all, a new spin on depravity would reach across the phone lines - (!!!) Incest, Pedophilia, ****, Bestiality, Mutilation, Multiple victims (I refuse to use the civilized words, like molestation, domestic abuse, fondling). The continuum of violence morphed beyond the imagination of even the most depraved, [as victims included:] (!!!)A six-week-old baby, An 88-year-old woman, A disabled teenager, Hundreds of aboriginals stolen from their homes, Twenty-two foster children, Fifteen alter boys, Ten patients, Six students. No one is safe, ever.
And sometimes the fog made me look at every man as if he had a beast hiding within - The police officer, The doctor, The lawyer, The teacher, The repairman, The lover, The friend. Sexual offenders conceal themselves so well, even as women, all hiding behind their deviance, or culturally derived motives.
After the government took the funding away from our centre, the files were shredded. All that remained was millions of illegible strips of paper sent to a garbage heap someplace in southern Ontario. As if their lives, their stories didn't matter, like it never happened. Poof! It was all invalidated.
In spite of all the forensic evidence, the judge dispensed justice by dismissing the charges against the monster. He said the children's fragile memories, caused by paralyzing fear, created reasonable doubt.
I struggle most days between trying to erase the hundreds of images of people reaching out to me for help and agonizing over every detail of every call I answered, as if forgetting were criminal.
I have stopped telling my own story of ****, which brought me to this work over 20 years ago. Speaking out to anyone who would listen helped me survive and released me from the strain of keeping a secret. As did fighting, naively it appears, for equity within an unjust system more committed to the sin of denial. .Lately, as a writer, I blow off steam by exposing, as if it were ever hidden, the systemic failure of police to investigate sex crimes (as they like to call them - like sex had anything to do with it) in a manner that is free of gender and race discrimination.
Resist turning away and listen, please, like our collective survival depends on it. Because if we can't live with the truth, its chains will bind us forever.

THE BOY CODE - By Anne Marie Aikins
If aliens were to arrive on earth and watch a newscast, they would no doubt return to their homeland believing we are a world in a whole lot of trouble and the male gender was chosen to lead us to battle. The tragic events of Sept. 11 has created a platform for our men to thump their chests as they jump on the war bandwagon, eager to seek justice or revenge. Women too have been supportive of the retaliatory violence and are occasionally even elected as leaders, but generally it's the men, through centuries of patriarchal conditioning, who are still very much in control throughout the world.
This gender conditioning, as described in the groundbreaking book Real Boys' Voices by Dr. William Pollack (Owl Books 2000), demands that boys: Stand on their own two feet; Always be independent; Separate from Mom and all things female or feminine; Never show feelings except anger; Use sex as a conquest; Never show fear of violence; Be macho and tough; Always be on top and in the limelight. Pollack names this male conditioning the "boy code", which he says perpetuates a terrible injustice, not only for boys who are denied their full range of emotions and capabilities, but for the women and girls who love them.
Education Wife Assault (, a group based in Toronto "whose sole purpose is to prevent violence against women," describes male violence as a learned behaviour occurring in all classes, races and cultures. Their members believe it is a choice and a belief about male roles that contributes to violence. Boys grow up believing it is okay for men to use force to get their power and it is acceptable to express anger with violence. We don't have to look to Afghanistan to see the impact sexism has on the lives of boys and girls.
Canadian mothers are often encouraged to stop breastfeeding early, so as not to make their sons dependent. Parents are compelled to abandon their weeping five year old at the steps of his school to help make him into a real man - God forbid he be a sissy. Boys witness their fathers abuse their mothers. "Big boys don't cry", we tell our sons. All these sexist parenting myths create a gender straightjacket never allowing boys to be their authentic selves.
Sexism teaches mothers to have misgivings about forming close bonds with their sons and encourages and in some cases insists [on] early separation. When boys appear sad or afraid during this forced premature separation from their mother, most cultures make them feel ashamed of themselves. This shame haunts many boys for the rest of their lives, eroding their self-confidence and leaving them disconnected emotionally.
Early sexism follows many boys into their adulthood, causing depression and loneliness and turning them to alcohol, drugs and crime. It is also thought to be a major reason why so many men **** and abuse women. Men learn early on to connect with people, especially women, by controlling them, rather than through an emotional bond. This connection is unreal and the more fragile it becomes, the more he must control her. His control often escalates to physical violence, when his wife becomes pregnant and as the juries in the Gillian Hadley and Arlene May inquests have heard, to murder, when she attempts to escape his abuse.
Many would argue we are a much more evolved society today, the gains of feminism making sexism less visible. Parents and teachers are more informed and often give boys the message it is okay to cry and be sensitive. We talk more openly about sexism, racism, homophobia and other discrimination and we celebrate diversity, supposedly. The boy code still reigns supreme though, in many playgrounds, classrooms and living rooms and boys are left feeling confused and isolated.
New research described in Dr. Michael Thompson's [book], Speaking of Boys - Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons (Ballantine Publishing, 2000), is finding boys are doing worse in school than in the past, have remarkably low self-esteem, and the rates of depression and suicide are on the rise. Boys (especially black boys) are more than twice as likely to be labeled as "learning disabled", more often diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and prescribed potentially harmful medications. Under Ontario's tough Safe Schools Act, boys are being disproportionately punished for breaking tight new rules.
Under this Act recently, a Scarborough boy was expelled for bringing a ceremonial native hatchet to school. On the flip-side, Bill 101, another piece of Tory legislation that is supposed to protect students from being sexually exploited, only recommends teachers, accused, or convicted, of sexual abuse, be separated from the students. Something is terribly wrong, as both Acts fail in their goal to promote safety.
In spite of all the anti-violence initiatives and law and order agendas pushed by eager politicians, the victimization of women and children continues at epidemic rates, with 3-6 women being murdered by their partners each month in Ontario alone. The vast majority of violent offenders are men. Clearly the preventative measures we have taken to date have failed to address the root cause of and men's propensity towards violence.
Much work still needs to be done to make life safer for girls. Empowering boys to find their real selves will make boys less likely to feel the rage of internalized shame as they mature. Replacing the boy code will allow boys to express themselves more authentically and less likely to become men who use their positions of power to commit violence, whether towards the women they love, or a country they despise.

Julian Falconer, the feisty Toronto lawyer with a reputation for fighting for human rights, is representing two **** women, who are suing the RCMP and Metro police. Their lawsuit, which the RCMP tried to block from being heard in court this past winter, alleges the police failed to act on women's sexual assault complaints. This ultimately allowed, the women claim, Melbourne Lee, a man with a long history of violence, including murder, to be free to commit more violent crimes. If successful, this unique civil case will be one more step to publicly recognizing that woman abuse is a community problem and provide the restitution necessary to rebuild the survivors' sense of order and justice.
For third party lawsuits to be successful the plaintiffs must provide evidence the defendants failed in their duties, due to gender discrimination, callous disregard for the public's safety, or negligence. Though these types of cases are relatively uncommon in Canada, Lee's victims are not the first women, who have survived ****, to seek recognition and restitution within the civil courts.
Last year, the British Columbia department of Corrections Canada settled out of court with a 40-year-old woman who was **** in 1998 by James Armbruster, a career criminal who was a resident of a halfway house. The civil suit was resolved just before a three-week trial was scheduled to begin. The woman received $215,000, most of which she must pay back to Workers Compensation and to her lawyer.
The woman, known only as Beulah, was disappointed the matter would not be fully disclosed in open court, as she claimed her lawsuit was launched to prevent cases like hers from ever happening again. Armbruster had a violent past, including a conviction for raping his own grandmother, and should have been declared a dangerous offender and never released from prison, she said.
In 1988, a young Barrie, Ontario woman was held captive at gunpoint and **** by Jim Jones, a repeat violent offender who had walked away from a halfway house in Toronto. "Mary" sued Corrections Canada and the National Parole Board - the first lawsuit of its kind in Canada and went public with her claims in an attempt to create awareness of the dangers of releasing violent offenders without adequate supervision.
Corrections Canada again settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money in 1996. Jim Jones was declared a dangerous offender and therefore jailed indefinitely. The parole board is once again considering his release, seemingly undeterred by the lawsuits. "I can't believe they didn't learn their lesson", Mary said.
In 1991, another Ontario woman was **** and nearly murdered by Philippe Clement, a violent offender who walked out of Beaver Creek, a minimum-security prison in Bracebridge. Her lawsuit in 1994 against Corrections Canada was the first to go to trial, resulting in a payout of over $300,000.
"Jane Doe," a Toronto woman, successfully sued the police for failing to notify her of a serial rapist in her neighbourhood, who later brutally attacked her. She was awarded a quarter of a million dollars in 1999 and Toronto City Council acted swiftly, ordering an audit of the Toronto Police and their handling of sexual assault investigations.
Abused women traditionally seek accountability within the criminal courts, but increasingly some are looking beyond this less-than-perfect system. Survivors often speak publicly about their dissatisfaction with insensitive police investigations, long waits for trials, judges' inadequate sentences and the lack of treatment and supervision within correctional facilities. Consequently, many are choosing to hold the systems accountable in addition to, or instead of, reporting to the police.
Though many women have been successful in their lawsuits, this strategy has seemingly failed to encourage the government, or police, to change their discriminatory practices. Violent men, like Melbourne Lee, are still able to prey on innocent women and children, even when their victims have filed police complaints. Some officers are reluctant to arrest abusive husbands and often treat women like manipulative liars. Crown attorneys are not given the resources needed to keep violent offenders behind bars. Judges and correctional officials often fail to adequately deal with the issues of treatment and supervision. And politicians pay mere lip service to the issues. But these lawsuits have given a clear message to police and others: you will be held accountable for your neglectful mistakes.
Government tax cuts have resulted in a steady erosion of social programs and services in this country, including those that prosecute, incarcerate, treat and supervise our ever-increasing prison population. Police budgets continue to receive an escalation in their funding each year, but this has done nothing, it appears, to prevent woman abuse.
Though it may seem futile to encourage abused women to hold systems accountable, it serves to draw much needed attention to the changes required to make women's lives safer. It also helps survivors feel empowered and provides for financial compensation, the recognition and restitution they deserve. "This was the only time I felt in control since the day Jim Jones **** me," Mary commented in a recent interview.
Maybe as the lawsuits from brave survivors pile up and the financial awards escalate, the police, Corrections Canada and our elected officials will pay attention to women.

After spending the past 18 years working as an advocate with sexual assault survivors, my mind is at times overwhelmed by the memories of the courageous people, mostly women, I have worked with. Their faces will creep into my thoughts sometimes unexpectedly, bringing me back to a courtroom, a hospital treatment centre, or a group session, where I witnessed the reliving of their ****, or abuse.
A memory of one particular woman, I will call her "Eve", made me cry recently, after I read in a Canadian newspaper about British scientists whose research validated recovered memories of traumatic events and partially debunked the false memory theory. This theory has been used to promote the view that therapists and counselors are able to implant false memories of abuse in their clients', or patients' minds, making them think they were abused, when in fact they weren't. Articles about the theory have been published in newspapers, magazines and periodicals all over the world and testified about at many sexual assault trials, creating doubt in judges' and juries' minds about the truthfulness of victims' claims.
A group of parents and accused people in the United States created an organization called the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, in response to the influx in the 80's of adults coming forward, claiming abuse as children. Their theory was undocumented and unproven, but it didn't stop them from testifying about false memory "syndrome". It didn't seem to matter that the vast majority of survivors always knew they were abused, like Eve, but only began exploring their secret memories as adults. And it didn't seem to matter that their propaganda was hurting many legitimate victims of violence and discouraging them from seeking help or disclosing.
Eve sought my assistance in 1992 [at] the height of the false memory debate, when she came to the **** crisis centre I founded after I was ****. She had begun to remember how it felt, when her father sexually abused and **** her, when she was a very young child. After attending group and individual counseling, Eve decided she needed to confront her father and stop him from abusing any other children. She reported her abuse to the police and he was subsequently charged.
At the trial, the defence introduced evidence of false memory syndrome and the jury bought the theory, finding him not guilty. Eve's father is not the only accused person to be acquitted of sexual assault charges as a result of this "expert" evidence. Eve, like many other survivors, was devastated by the outcome and immediately began to doubt her memories. Her mother began to pressure her to reunite with her family and pleaded with her to put it all behind her. Believing her memories were "implanted" and there was no abuse was enticing to her and Eve eventually returned home, all forgotten and forgiven once again.
Eve's denial was so strong, she allowed her father to baby-sit her three-year-old daughter, until one day the worst was discovered. Her daughter disclosed to her that her grandfather had been sexually abusing her. I will never forget the desperate phone call from Eve. Her voice sounded like a wounded and powerless child.
Eve collapsed into a black hole, a place she never found her way out of, and she eventually killed herself. Her parents never attended her funeral.
My own grief makes me wonder what kind of difference the British research could have made in Eve's life: could it have prevented her tragic death?
I am convinced these new findings must be comforting and validating to other survivors, who have been diminished by false memory mythology. I am hopeful that it encourages more people to disclose their secrets. And I will be outraged if any other judge allows this type of evidence into sexual assault trials ever again.
I only wish the news made the front page of every newspaper for all the Eves in the world to see.


3. EXPERT ABUSE, Anne Marie Aikins et al

The consequences of sexual abuse, including ****, incest and child sexual assault, are devastating, impacting women and children at epidemic levels. To hear about the trauma requires us to face both human vulnerability and our capacity for evil. As bystanders to the pain, it is vital that we share the burden of the pain and take action.
Sexual abuse often results in what physicians and therapists refer to as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which includes three stages. The first is shock and lasts from two to six weeks, making the person feel numb, unable to really comprehend what has happened, and leaving them unable to sleep, eat, think clearly, or perhaps remember in [any] great detail. The second is the feeling stage, where victims are flooded with all the emotions triggered by the crime, such as terror, sadness, grief, anxiety and guilt. It can last indefinitely, depending on a person's background and support system, and causes individuals a variety of debilitating consequences, such as insomnia, phobias, chronic hyper-arousal, appetite disturbances, disconnection, distrust, flashbacks, dissociation, depression and suicidal thoughts. The third stage of PTSD is resolution and sadly does not come for all survivors of sexual abuse, especially if they do not receive appropriate counseling and advocacy, or [if] there was no justice for the atrocities they endured.
The consequences of sexual abuse are exacerbated when the offender is a person the community entrusted with special powers such as physicians, teachers and police officers. The public often provides little support for people who accuse trusted professionals with abuse, as there is widespread denial from governing institutions and the courts. This results in most victims suffering in silence, with a very small percentage ever having the courage to report to the police. Research has shown, the more trusted a position the offender holds, the less likely a victim will report the crime. Victims' reasons for not speaking out include: they won't be believed; they will be blamed; and nothing will be done about it. Sadly, their instincts bare the truth of an ignorant society still in denial.
These entrusted professionals are often given responsibility for the lives of their patients, students, or the public and, when that trust is abused, it results in a more complex PTSD. Survivors' feelings of self-hate may be so intolerable they develop self-harming behaviours to regulate them, such as: eating disorders; substance abuse; or self-mutilation. They often require more specialized and intensive therapy to survive and restore their shattered self-esteem.
Just as PTSD has three stages, so does recovery. If the abuse was prolonged and repeated, which is often the case in professional abuse, the treatment can be more complicated and is often not straightforward. Survivors may vacillate between stages, when symptoms become too overwhelming to bear.
The first stage's main task is to re-establish safety in the victim's life, keeping in mind the person is in shock and often needs to see a medical professional. This may be very difficult in cases of doctor abuse; therefore, it is recommended that a support person attend appointments with the survivor. Abuse survivors' power and control has been taken away so it is important to restore this at the onset of therapy - an overwhelming task when the offender is a professional.
The second stage is often the most prolonged and difficult, given the central goal is remembrance and mourning. It is at times difficult to witness and it is vital that helpers have their own support system in place, to prevent them from defending against the unbelievable by withdrawing or rescuing. Remembrance means telling the story, identifying and naming the problem, and confronting the past. Mourning requires the survivor to attach the feelings to the memories and grieve all they have lost. This is usually the longest and most painful, but restorative, an extraordinary example of the capacity of human survival.
The third and final recovery stage is referred to as reconnection, as the survivor faces the task of creating a new future, often with the assistance of group therapy, or political action. The trauma changes a person forever and, by this stage, survivors have learned that their post-trauma symptoms were normal reactions to an intolerable situation - they responded to the danger and they survived. They understand the effects of their victimization and now are ready to incorporate these lessons into their lives.
This is often when survivors make a conscious choice to report the abuse to the authorities, which is why so many victims wait to call the police, or medical association. Given the confrontive and unsupportive nature of the reporting mechanisms for survivors, this process often triggers all the symptoms of PTSD, as they are forced to relive the trauma and face a judgmental public.
Creating a protected space, where victims can speak out, is vital to the recovery process, especially for individuals harmed by trusted professionals.

SUE THE BASTARDS, By Anne Marie Aikins.
Black community leaders in Toronto have voiced their desperate plea to government officials, to call an inquiry into the recent deaths of young black men to gun violence. Even police acknowledge the "crisis," though they strongly deny the problem, or [that] their inability to solve the murders has anything to do with racism.
Chief Julian Fantino called a news conference to express his concern at the "spade of killings", an unfortunate faux pas, to provide assurances to the community the police are doing everything possible to analyze the "common elements and trends" in the "hot spots". Fantino has a history of being an advocate of collecting race-based crime statistics and continues to blame the black community for the failure of the police to solve the recent murders. He then used the tragedies to make a shameless plug for more funding for his rank and file. Even Mayor Lastman placated the community with his bullshit "I hate guns" rhetoric, which once again focused the blame on everyone else's shoulders.
The community doesn't need yet another expensive inquiry, or government commission, to examine the causes of the violence, which will result in yet another useless report and ignored recommendations. It is understandable that black leaders are struggling to get someone to listen. They must feel like powerless bystanders in a war against their community and they rightfully demand accountability.
Research has long ago proven that economics, which is largely influenced by racism, is directly connected to crime and violence. The have-nots, the disenfranchised will try to take that which is rightfully theirs. And anyone doubtful that black communities are disproportionately affected by poverty need only take a walk around Toronto. Economics is also influenced by other forms of oppression such as sexism, therefore, black women face dual discrimination and are doubly impacted.
The root causes of economic disparity and, therefore, violence lie within government policies and reversing the resulting mayhem will not be achieved by spending money on another toothless inquiry, or hiring more police. Reparation and change will only come when the government is compelled to compensate the black community for the consequences of their failure to recognize and uphold their constitutional right.
Black leaders should immediately file class action law suits against the federal, provincial and municipal governments on behalf of all the families who have lost loved ones, asking for billions of dollars for the loss of affection and economic security, citing the following evidence:
Destruction of employment and pay equity laws, removing access to jobs and lowering wages, while increasing working hours;
Failing to promote affirmative action measures, which would encourage redistribution of the wealth, power and income;
Slashing of welfare rates and toughening qualifying criteria, causing escalating poverty;
Eliminating rent controls and abandoning affordable housing plans, resulting in the homelessness crisis;
Increasing police powers while reducing accountability, making accused persons more vulnerable to abusive officers and of being wrongfully convicted;
Reducing legal aid budgets, minimizing citizens' access to justice;
Pushing racist law and order agendas, which target the poor and black communities;
Creating an education crisis through under-funding, resulting in elimination of programs directly aimed at empowering disenfranchised communities;
Promoting xenophobia through discriminatory immigration policies;
Failing to support child care programs, making it impossible to gain employment for many poor families;
Building more jails, which has criminalized our youth, instead of treating the reasons for criminal behaviours;
Privatizing our health care system, making programs and services less accessible to vulnerable people;
Institutionalizing our social services, such as anti-violence programs, making them less accountable to users and unable to provide meaningful advocacy services;
Closing community centres, libraries, swimming pools and other services directly aimed at supporting young people
These are only some of the reasons the government is culpable for the violence recently affecting the black community. The increase in murders is only a reflection of years of conservative "common sense" policies that are increasing economic disparity and making a mockery of our constitution.
During the civil trial, jury members should be taken on a tour to view the evidence of racism and how it is linked to economics, and therefore government policies. They could visit schools in Rosedale and Regent Park to see the racial distribution of students. They could attend a Raptor game and see the colour divide between the expensive and cheaper seats. They could sit in on a meeting at Queens Park, the Metro Toronto Police Board and City Council to witness the predominately white male faces that hold decision-making powers.
And finally, they could visit the gravesites of all the young black men who have succumbed to the racism. Any responsible and compassionate jury will have no choice but to compensate the grieving families.

The adversarial system in our FAMILY COURT has encouraged "professional abuse" of the process by lawyers, psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors and others. Why is it that so many professionals are drawn into family disputes, which end up in the Family Court?
Many will do so, more often than not, out of empathy, or an eagerness to please. Most do not fully understand the ramifications of their actions, and have little or no understanding of the real issues.
In one notorious case, a female psychologist, a doctor no less, was moved to write a report and make recommendations, based entirely upon the word of a mother, who had visited her place of practice over a short period. This report was given to the mother's lawyer, who subsequently annexed the report to a sworn affidavit on behalf of the mother, and given to the Family Court.
Upon reading the report, the father made a complaint to THE PSYCHOLOGISTS BOARD OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA. In its finding on the complaint, the board found in favour of the complainant {the father} and made the recommendation that the registrar of the board should write to the PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY, based in Melbourne, asking that the society devote space in its periodical, "Psychologically Speaking", educating its members of the dangers of such a practise.
In this case, the psychologist not only made a report after hearing only one side of the story, she never witnessed or observed the child and the father together, and evidently, NEVER saw the child either, yet felt so moved to write about the "serious affect upon the child" and described the father as "a stranger to the child". To do this, the psychologist acted unprofessionally. Mention in the report by the psychologist of "concerns for the child's safety" went beyond unprofessional conduct and came into the realm of the criminal.
This is not an isolated case. Psychologists continue to act in this way, and are only brought to heel upon complaint. Who knows what effect these "reports" have upon a presiding judicial officer, judge, or magistrate? Who knows the effect on access, or the child's ability to continue a relationship with their caring and loving father?
Unless this "evidence" can be tested by the writer being present in the court, it should be ruled as being inadmissible by the Family Court.
ABUSE BY LAWYERS. The lawyer concerned in the above case, was the subject of an adverse finding by The Legal Practitioners Complaints Committee, a statutory body set up under legislation by the State Parliament.
DO NOT SUFFER THIS OR SIMILAR ABUSE BY THOSE WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER. Make your complaint to the relevant body, then bring that finding to the attention of the Attorney General.
It seems that many in the legal profession have not yet got the message. Allegations continue to be made, which are without foundation, without evidence of any kind and are so made to inflame the parties and broaden the issues.
This is an ABUSE of the court process and it MUST stop! In the event of an allegation being made by a lawyer, and after proper investigation by the authorities {the police}, there is found to be no substance to the allegation, the lawyer responsible should be brought before a Committee or Tribunal and made to explain on what basis the allegation or allegations were first made. In the event that the lawyer is unable to make a reasonable case, it should be open to the committee to find against the lawyer and issue a sanction, which would include: A reprimand including a written apology; A suspension and or fine; A disbarring of the lawyer from practise. If the above were to be implemented, unfounded allegations and other abuse by lawyers would be almost unheard of.
The ugly side of humanity is often revealed by its underbelly. Many Family Court lawyers prey on the unsuspecting, deliberately setting the parties against each other, for the benefit of their own pocket, and create issues, which need not otherwise be raised.
Every Family Court lawyer knows that, with a mother, they have a winner and, with every father, they have a looser. The real question is by how much?
End this abuse and demand that lawyers should no longer be a part of family and or relationship breakdown resolution.



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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2017, 06:21:47 am »

I grew up in a modestly politically conservative family. My folks didn't discuss politics a lot and didn't seem to have clear views, but Dad used to suspect politicians of being Communist. He must've been influenced by McCarthyism. Mother and Dad were both concerned about atheistic communism, as they were and are very religious [Mom, Lutheran; Dad, Catholic]. Dad even called LBJ a Communist, even though LBJ greatly escalated the War in Vietnam supposedly against the spread of Communism.
In High School my views were influenced by both my science teacher and my civics teacher. The former tended more to the Republicans, the latter to the Democrats. But even the civics teacher showed the class a film about numerous American organizations that were said to be Communist fronts. This was after JFK's assassination. He also discussed some of the assassination conspiracy theories, which I also read about in magazines. I tended to favor more liberal, i.e. progressive, views by the time I graduated, but I wasn't that interested in politics. I seem to have had the idea initially that Nixon was progressive somehow, as I had favored his election.
In both high school and college I was interested mainly in science. In my college sophomore year my new roommate showed me a book he was reading for art class. It was a science book by Velikovs ky. It was fascinating to me, which I'll discuss later under abuse in science. This roommate, John Click, used drugs and later moved off-campus with his girlfriend. Soon he committed suicide successfully via drug overdose, after having tried unsuccessfully before I met him. That was a terrible waste, which I wish I could've helped prevent.
John subscribed to a magazine, which I inherited from our mailbox after he died. Following is a list of the literature I've read over the years that influenced me the most. My views have been all over the place and I respect most people's views and don't think there's as much disagreement among people as they think. I think the major media intentionally try to divide people against each other.
Ramparts [ca. 1969-74, via John Click] - Socialist magazine re Conspiracy by the wealthy. Articles on Foundations as conspirators were very impressive. 2 articles on vegetarianism, The Vegetarian Manifesto and Beefed up Drugs in the Meat Industry, persuaded me to become vegetarian in 1973 until 2000.
The Match! [1973-76?, via Ramparts, by Fred Woodworth of Tucson, AZ]- Anarchist newspaper against government oppression. It claimed that all government is based on force, which is inhumane. I still agree that most use of force is inhumane and abusive, but I don't believe that governments must use abusive force.
Free Ourselves [1973-74, via Ramparts or The Match] - Anarchist book by Art Aaron [of Albion, CA?] for grassroots organizing. This convinced me that fighting is not the way to end oppression, but spiritual organizing at the grassroots level.
None Dare Call It Conspiracy [1976-77, via Oahspe people] Book by Gary North on Conspiracy by the wealthy. This showed that both Communist and Capitalist countries were controlled by the same wealthy class.
Vote Scam [ca. 1995] - book by Jim Collier on vote fraud in Florida and Ohio. Jim ran for public office in Florida around 1972 against Claud Pepper, when Janet Reno was Attorney General. He and his brother found that some of the voting machines were rigged. They tried to get Reno to look into it, but she wouldn't help. They later found vote fraud in Ohio too. The League of Women Voters they said counted the votes however they wanted to. They said after JFK's assassination the news media were told they could determine elections how they wanted, i.e. the owners, not the anchors. The media are said to manipulate the vote by their own reporting. [ca. 1996-2004] - website on Conspiracy for death camps and enslavement. This is Alex Jones's site. Jones is another radio or tv talk show host, in Texas. He shows more evidence of government agents run amuck, as in the ca. 1998 Seattle WTO Conference, during which police allowed masked men to huddle in a government building and to destroy property during demonstrations, apparently with intent to incite riots. [ca. 1996-2002] - website on Conspiracies by corrupt government authorities. I think Skolnic, who's disabled, has a Chicago cable tv show on which he reports government abuses regularly. He has many articles on conspiracies.
Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola [1997 via Art Bell Radio Show], Healing Codes [ca. 2000], Death in the Air [ca. 2002] - books by Len Horowitz on Conspiracy for genocide. I'd been skeptical about major conspiracies by the early 90s, but Hoagland's and Horowitz's literature convinced me that major conspiracies were real. Horowitz showed that AIDS was a man-made virus created under Nixon's biological warfare scheme and that it was designed for genocide. He also showed that the people behind this scheme were fascists associated formerly with Hitler's Nazis, who were in the 1920s to 40s also supported knowingly by the wealthy in the U.S. and Britain mainly. Since the Nazis and others were major powers conspiring for world domination via war & genocide, it has to be admitted that such conspiracies are not implausible.
Waco: Rules of Engagement [ca. 1997 via website?] - video on government crimes at the Waco compound near Waco, TX in 1993. G. Gordon Liddy, one of the Watergate burglars under Nixon, who was previously a lawyer and FBI agent, and later a radio talk show host, said the ATF agents and the FBI Hostage Rescue Team were rogue government agents run amuck at Waco. This murder and abuse of innocent people led many to fear the government and to prepare to fight. See Walter Williams' article, Government Abuse and the Rise of Militias, below.
Compromised [ca. 1998 via internet] - book by Terry Reed on CIA smuggling drugs into the U.S. Reed was a pilot for the CIA, but, when he found out they were smuggling drugs etc into the U.S., he quit and tried to expose them. His friend, Bobby Sands, who claimed to have evidence against George Bush's sons using ****, was killed when he was to testify in court. Bill Clinton was said to have known about the drugs too. In the beginning of the book Reed quoted former president Harry Truman as saying, when he sponsored the bill creating the CIA, he didn't intend for it to engage in espionage or black operations. Someone said the CIA used a legal loophole in the law to assume authority to do these things. Allen Dulles, the Nazi-lover who worked for the Rockefellers previously, was, I think, CIA Director at that time. He is also likely to have been involved in JFK's assassination.
Losing Your Illusions [1999 via internet] - book by Gordon Phillips on most taxes being not for citizens. Gordon showed that the income tax, employment taxes and FICA taxes are not required to be paid by U.S. citizens, but that government agents during WW2 made it appear that way, so the secret controllers of the government would have access to Americans' wealth. He showed what the internal revenue laws actually say, and he appears to be entirely right. A website,, which was connected with Gordon, appears to have been jammed by the government lately. The Patriot Act, which has unlawful provisions within it, is probably an excuse they use to disable websites etc. Some sites refer to fascist government agents as jack-booted thugs.
The Biggest Secret [2000 via friend at First Amendment Rights meeting, a meeting I held in St. Louis] - book by David Icke on Conspiracy for world domination. David said he used to be president of the Green Party in Britain, until he found that it was controlled by major big business polluters. He studied Zecharia Sitchin's literature and many others and concluded in his own weird way that there's a race of lizard people from another planet that control all of the world's governments. He thinks they use hypnosis, like some reptile species do, to make people unaware of their lizard-like features. His theory is really absurd, but among the silly conclusions there are also some interesting facts mentioned. There's a chapter on Satanism that shows that Satanists apparently had a lot of influence in the Catholic Church and other Churches, especially in Europe, at least in earlier centuries. But major figures in European Royalty appear to be still connected with Satanism. Prince Bernard and I think Prince Phili were Nazi SS members and the Nazis were certainly Satanists.
The New Satanists [ca. 2000 via Icke's book?] - book by Linda Blood on Satanic cults. Linda was a member of a Satanist group that founded the Temple of Set. It had some connection to Michael Aquino, a high-level military officer, who was accused of child abuse and who was involved in much secret army psychological operations on mind control. Satanists are said to have infiltrated much of our military. Timothy McVeigh is said to have been under their influence.
Treason in America [2000 via Icke's book] - book by Anton Chaitkin on covert British Imperialist Conspiracy for world domination and genocide. This book I found in the bibliography of Icke's book, The Biggest Secret. Chaitkin showed that Britain's imperialists continued to attempt to gain control of the U.S. after the American Revolution and were the major influence behind slavery, the secession movement, the Civil War, the assassinations of our presidents and of leaders of other countries, like Russia's Alexander II, our Sixteenth Amendment for Income Tax and the Federal Reserve System, the World Wars, Communism and the Nazis, the Vietnam War, JFK's assassination etc. The Lyndon LaRouche movement concurs with these claims and I find most of their claims credible. They claim the U.S. and other Republics were founded on the biblical principle of Love thy Neighbor, as expressed in statements about the General Welfare of the People. Imperialists on the other hand oppose human rights except for the ruling clas.
The New Federalist [2001-4 via Chaitkin's book] - newspaper on the American System of Freedom. This is LaRouche's newspaper, which has a lot of interesting information with good political, economic and philosophical analysis.
Plot to Sieze the White House [ca. 2001 via internet article] - book on Gen. Smedley Butler's whistle-blowing on big business plotters against FDR. In the 1930s Butler was our most popular general. Agents of big business, including that of J.P.Morgan and Reynolds Firearms, plotted a coup against FDR, like the coups that brought Hitler and Mussolini to power at the same time in Europe. They had half a million men ready to usurp power from FDR. They asked Butler to lead the coup, because of his popularity. He pretended to play along for a while, so he could try to find who was behind it. Then he went to FDR and Congress and told what happened. The Congressional Record recorded his testimony. FDR planned to prosecute all of the big businesses that were involved in helping Fascism before and during WW2 after the war ended, but he died too soon, apparently murdered [Why else a closed casket?].
NSSM 200 [ca. 2001 via New Federalist] - memo by Henry Kissinger promoting genocide in Africa. This is a secret very long memorandum proposing that the U.S. needed to keep Africa politically unstable and in poverty so rich countries would have acces to its rich mineral resources. [2003] - website on right to travel without a license. As with taxes, license laws appear to be a similar fraud by those in power. The right to travel by any means that doesn't harm the public is real, but denied by government obfuscation. Travel as of Right - book on same from the same website.

GOVERNMENT ABUSE AND THE RISE OF MILITIAS, By Walter Williams [Reprinted from Issues & Views Spring 1996]. Review by Lloyd Kinder [I disagree with a lot of Williams' views, as I'm more progressive, but I think he's pretty correct in this article on government abuse - LK.]
About 2004, 12 members of an Arizona Militia, called the Vipers, were arrested by federal agents for allegedly conducting exercises using explosives in practice against government agencies and local media. Williams asked, "Why has there been a remarkable growth in anti-government militias?" He said, "The Freemen aside, it is my impression that most militia members are not common criminals, who rob, **** and murder. To the contrary, at least the ones I've seen are working, churchgoing, patriotic family men and women. They, like most other Americans, are becoming increasingly fearful of their government. What distinguishes them, misguided or not, is a willingness to prepare to resist a government seemingly hell-bent on making a mockery of our constitutional guarantees."
"Much of the cause for increased government distrust and hate in our country is a direct result of an increasingly intrusive and abusive government ...[,] making a mockery of our constitutional guarantees and violat[ing] simple standards of decency. ... Think about it. Would you be angry if the Corps of Engineers fined you $300,000 for "destroying wetlands," [by clearing] a backed-up drainage ditch on your property? -or if the Fish and Wildlife Service ordered you not to use 1,000 acres of your land and this cost you $1.8 million in income? -or if you were prevented from clearing dry brush near your home to make a firebreak and your house burned down because you lacked that firebreak? -or if building a deck on your house brought you a fine of $30,000 for casting a shadow on a wetland?"
"In these true cases and many other cases of government abuse, citizens have little legal recourse. Their justifiable anger can make them militia recruits, or sympathizers to militia agendas. ... While we have the time, we'd better take steps to reduce American fear and hate of our government. ..."
Some of the References for Williams' article:
1. Shattered Dreams: 100 Stories of Government Abuse (National Directory of Environmental and Regulatory Victims, 4th Ed), by Gretchen Louise Randall, et al 3. Feeling Your Pain: The Explosion and Abuse of Government Power in the Clinton-Gore Years, by James Bovard
8. Fraud, Waste and Abuse in Government: Causes, Consequences and Cures, by Jerome B. McKinney, Michael Johnston (Editor)
12. The Abuse of Power: The Permanent Government and the Fall of New York, by Jack Newfield

Rep. Billy Tauzin, who was instrumental in passing the new Medicare prescription drug law, has resigned from his powerful position of chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is considering taking a new position as head of the lobbying operation of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA.
Watchdog groups have expressed concerns over a potential conflict of interest. Tauzin was deeply involved in making legislation involving drug benefits and the groups are concerned that he was having discussions about his potential new job, while still heading a committee that crafts legislation for the same industry.
PhRMA represents major drug manufacturers such as Eli Lilly and Co. and Merck & Co., and Tauzin has acknowledged interest in the job.
The Desert Sun February 4, 2004
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
Billy Tauzin is the Louisiana congressman who was instrumental in passing Medicare prescription drug legislation. He is now leaving Congress and may be heading straight for a VERY large paycheck from the drug companies.
Now that he is leaving Congress, and if he accepts the job, he will be earning somewhere around $2 million for betraying the American public. The drug companies are no strangers to conflicts of interest either. Why isn't there some law against this? This is the exact type of moral corruption that people will not tolerate any more and one of the reasons this site exists, to facilitate a transformation of this fatally flawed and corrupted paradigm.
This Web site, which was founded on the basic principle of providing the public with honest, comprehensive, and well-researched guidance on the best nutrition, medicine, emotional therapy and lifestyle choices that you can make to achieve total health and wellness, has become increasingly popular as more and more people become aware of the dangerous habits and techniques used by the traditional medical system.
That said, we will soon be forming an alliance with other groups that have similar missions and share our desire to take control of our own health and no longer want to rely on drugs and surgery to survive.

Read the following list of abuses listed in the U.S. Declaration of Independence. See if you think Americans have become too tolerant of government abuses in the ensuing 200 plus years. And think about how we can reduce and end corruption and abuse in government without using abusive measures. - LK

In this list of abuses I've also shown in caps & brackets what the corresponding rights would seem to be. - LK
When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their solemn duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present king of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
1. He has refused his assent to wholesome laws, necessary for the public good.
2. He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
3. He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
4. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
5. He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasion on the rights of the people.
6. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
7. He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations here, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
8. He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
9. He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
10. He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent here swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
11. He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.
12. He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to the civil power.
13. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
a. for quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
b. for protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
c. for cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
for imposing taxes on us withouit our consent:
d. for depriving us in many cases of the benefits of trial by jury:
e. for transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
f. for abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies:
g. for taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our government:
h. for suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
14. He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
15. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
16. He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
17. He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
18. He has excited domestic insurrections among us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
19. Our repeated petition have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.



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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2017, 06:22:57 am »

I did well in grade school and high school and graduated second highest of only 33. But I took the hardest courses and the Valedictorian took easy ones. I loved learning things, but hated the prison-like atmosphere of school since about the 3rd grade. I hated being forced to do boring things, especially homework. I learned things pretty quickly without taking notes much at all. In college I didn't take notes either, but I couldn't keep up with all the info and I got lower grades. I learned to take much better notes over the years. I use my own shorthand. In 1969 I got disillusioned with college and dropped most of my classes. That left me with a lot of time, which I spent reading a lot of science magazines. I learned more that way than from classes. I joined the Air Force that year to avoid the draft. It was about ten years later that I got interested in educational methods. Here are literature that impressed me most.
[1980] Instead of Education - book by John Holt for home-schooling. Holt described his own teaching efforts, in which he tried to make learning fun and effective for students. But he found that, no matter how well he explained things, most kids learned poorly with little understanding. Finally he realized the problem] was that kids cannot learn so well in a prison-like environment. About all they can learn is how to be good prisoners. When anyone is forced to be in a place, even if it's called school, it's really a prison. Prison is not conducive to learning much about how to live in a free society. Holt later founded the magazine, Growing Without Schooling, which had a lot of influence on the home-schooling movement.
[1980]Growing Without Schooling - magazine for home-schooling. It had many inspiring articles for improving kids' learning and a national directory of home-schoolers.
[1980] The Continuum Concept - book by Jean Liedloff on natural child rearing. This was one of the books sold by Holt's magazine group. Liedloff lived for a while with South American Indians in the jungle and felt like she was living with aliens from another planet, because the people were always happy and the kids never cried, or fought with each other, or misbehaved. Eventually it occurred to her that it wasn't them who were aliens, but our own society. It's us who have been reared with too much estrangement or aloneness and we become fearful and always unhappy. She offered ideas on how to improve child-rearing.
[1982] Children of Dreams, Children of Hope - book by Raymundo Veras on curing mental retardation in children. Dr. Veras was from Brazil. His son had a diving accident in which his neck was broken and he became paralyzed. The Dr. brought him to the U.S. to look for treatment. With prayer he "accidentally" found in Philadelphia the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, which helped brain-injured kids to recover from all kinds of mental problems. Dr. Veras was able to help his son a lot and he started a similar treatment program in Brazil. He found there that it was also able to help Down's Syndrome kids to become normal and even superior in intelligence.
[1992] The Five Leonards Book - book by me for kids. I was forced to write a book for a college children's literature class I was taking. So I put this together. It has rhymes for all the words that have gh, so kids can pronounce them right. It has a perpetual calendar of my own invention. It has some geography. It's five books in one. When I tried to write on a single subject, I couldn't come up with much. So I got the idea to combine several subjects together. When I did that, the project went from painful to fun.
[2004] I started my website, [now here], on how to be happy and prosperous. It's hard to believe the site has only been up for a year. It seems like years. I met a webmaster in St. Louis via a LaRouche meeting in 2003. Since he was willing to put up a site for only $30/month, I had to accept the offer. I include on the site 11 lessons [now 13] of recovery from co-dependence and similar ways to get happy. Liedloff's ideas are mentioned. So are Dr. Clancy McKenzie's. His research supports Liedloff's ideas, showing that aloneness and abuse in early childhood lead to autism, major depression, schizophrenia and the like. He found that aloneness is often as traumatic for young kids as is combat for soldiers and the trauma is basically equivalent to PTSD, i.e. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

There is much more abuse in society than we realize. All of us are abusive to ourselves and others in ways we don't usually think of. In order to end abuse and attain happiness in our families and communities, we first must become aware of what is abuse. Abuse is any careless harm done to the body or the mind. Abuse hampers emotional maturation and it reinforces and perpetuates abuse and public misery. The following article is meant as a source of potential insight about abuse in one institution, though nearly every institution is affected to some degree. [LK]
Public Schools, by Butler Shaffer - See - Review by Lloyd Kinder
"School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is." - Ivan Illich
"From their earliest years, students are taught the importance of centralized authority ... [and they] come to accept that [authorities] will select what is of interest to learn, when and how they will learn, and will judge the value of what they learn. ... [They] are slowly conditioned in the importance of obedience to authority, and without daring to question the sufficiency of their claim to such authority. ... Various punishments are meted out to those who fail to meet [authorities'] demands and, for the student who persists in pursuing his or her own agenda, the ultimate stigma is attached to their very person: they are labeled "hyperactive," or suffering from "attention deficit disorder," and drugged into quietude with Ritalin, Prozac, anti-anxiety drugs or other medications."
"... At a time when so much concern is expressed about the evils of child abuse, it is remarkable that so few people have directed their attentions to the government school system as constituting the very essence of child abuse! Children have a proclivity for learning; they eagerly seek to understand the world about them; and they pursue it with the same inner spirit and excitement they bring to all their activities. ... It has been the purpose of government schools to change all that; to bring children into that condition of intellectual submission that will make it easier for them to be controlled by the state. ... Is it any wonder that children who were bullied into subservience by a system premised upon ... obedience to state authority might years later find it justifiable to join the Army in order to bully the residents of another nation into submission to the authority of their state?"
"... Like their conscript clientele, many decent teachers are caught up in a corrupt system over which they have little influence. Fortunately, there has been a decided shift of interest away from government schools. Parents who have been able to transcend their own experiences with such schools, and who love their children more than they do the interests of the state, have been turning to private schooling and or homeschooling by the tens of thousands.
"... You might want to read Diane Ravitch's recent book, The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn. In one ongoing effort, the State of Massachusetts has focused its powers on a homeschooling family, insisting that the parents submit their educational plans, and subject their children to a system of standardized state testing to make certain that children are learning what the state wants them to learn. ... If the statists were truly concerned with the learning quality of homeschooling - which they are not - they need look no further than some reported ACT test scores and other studies that showed homeschooled children generally performing at higher levels than government-schooled children."

SCHOOLS FORCE PARENTS TO DRUG THEIR KIDS [Press Release: Over 500 Parents Say Schools Coerced Them to Administer Psychiatric Drugs to Children] - Mrs. Patty Weathers, president of Parents for a Label and Drug Free Education - See
The top 5 states for psychiatric drug coercion are: California, New York, Georgia, Florida and Maryland.
More than 500 parents from across the nation have signed a petition in support of federal protections after being coerced into administering psychiatric drugs to their children, according to Parents for a Label and Drug Free Education. The grassroots parents' rights group wrote the petition in support of "The Child Medication Safety Act" which would protect parents and children against this coercion. In May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Act by a landslide vote of 425 to one.
Mrs. Patty Weathers, president of Parents for a Label and Drug Free Education, says, "We realize that the Senate is extremely busy now; however, hundreds of parents continue to report that school personnel are forcing them to give their child powerful psychiatric drugs. The government spends nearly $1 billion a month to fight the war on drugs, yet millions of prescriptions for ****-like stimulants are written for children each year and government-funded schools are forcing kids to take them. Children who have been forced onto these drugs have died. Passage of the Child Medication Safety Act could save children's lives." Mrs. Weathers' website, lists the names of parents who report
they've been coerced through schools to drug their child. Listed by their city and state, it also cites the title of the school personnel responsible for the coercion. The top five states for drug coercion are California with 41 cases; New York, 36; Georgia, 29; Florida, 26; and Maryland 25. Mrs. Weathers says that the 500 signatures on her website reflect only a small portion of the parents forced to drug their children, as the only promotion for the petition has been through referral from visitors to the website. Mrs. Weathers' own son, Michael, 8, was forced onto psychiatric drugs through his New York school, only to later find his problems stemmed from never being taught phonics.

Parents for a Label and Drug Free Education is an independent parents organization comprising parents who have been pressured to put their child on psychiatric drugs for educational failings. Log onto

JOHN KENDALL ON THE SUZUKI METHOD - The following interview set me up for a fall in 1996 by building up my hopes for teaching, only to have them dashed 2 months later, when I started my student teaching courses, but didn't finish. The main climax of this interview is at the end, but there is more than one climax.
Interview with John Kendall, SIUE Music Teacher, about June 24, 1996, for Class CI 200, by Lloyd Kinder
L: When did you start teaching and how long have you been retired?
J: I started teaching when I was 15 years old, ... so that means I've been teaching for ... 60 years. That's long enough to get a few ideas about it. I retired officially from the university in 1987, because at that time they had mandatory retirements at 70, but I'm still teaching, so I'm not completely retired yet.
L: Have you taught other things besides music, or just music?
J: Well, I've taught what we called a humanities integrated course for about 15 years in one college. It was an integrated course involving visual arts, music, drama and literature. And I enjoyed that tremendously, because it brought music into the total sphere of activities, instead of being an isolated art. ... I started doing that in 1941, after I'd taught music for a couple of years. ... I started experimenting with that course. And then after the war, after I went to the second college, I instituted a second course called "The Arts" and I taught that from '46 to '60. ... I went right from my ... graduating at Oberlin ... into a college teaching job, which is not the usual pattern today.
L: How long had you played music before teaching it?
J: Well, yes, I started playing violin when I was 8. And according to modern ideas that was pretty late. They begin kids at 3 or 4 now.
L: Who or what influenced you toward music and teaching?
J: My mother was a fine singer and played piano, but she had a very dear friend who played violin. He used to come out to our house on Sunday afternoons and played violin with my mother playing piano. ... He was a neighbor. ... They started sending me to public school string class, which was taught by a trombone player, who didn't know anything about strings at all. So they could see that after 6 months of that I wasn't getting anywhere, so they took me to a private teacher at the college in our town, who gave me private lessons starting when I was 8. ... That was in Kearney, Nebraska. That's where I grew up. That was one of the old forts on the Oregon Trail.
L: How did you discover the Suzuki Method?
J: In 1958 I was attending a meeting of the American String Teachers Association in Oberlin, my old Alma Mater. And after the meeting was over, one of the teachers said, "Say, I have a film here of some Japanese students playing. Would you like to hear it?" So three of us went in and sat down in this darkened room and listened to a film of 750 Japanese children playing a very difficult Bach concerto. And I was very impressed, but sort of skeptical about it.... I was the first American teacher to go to Japan to study this. ... By February of '59 I had gotten ... the two grants, [which] interestingly enough, were [from] the Bach and Presser Foundations, both in Philadelphia.
L: Can you describe the Suzuki Method?
J: Well, Suzuki calls it the Mother tongue method, because he says it's the same method which children all over the world use to learn their native language. They learn it, not by reading, not by a formal system, not by a set of rules, but by observing and listening and by being in a language environment, where they're encouraged to speak gradually and learn with their parents. So he tried to simulate those same conditions in teaching violin - [to] start early when the child's from the ages of 2 till 6; his brain is increasing in size at a fantastic rate; he's absorbing everything in his environment, including his language, with great facility. And he does it by listening. So Suzuki made a series of recordings of the pieces he wanted the children to learn in sequential order. And they started listening to those over and over the way they would a language. Then he introduced a step by step method, always with an environment of encouragement and the parents participating and encouraging, and the results were quite phenomenal.
L: Is it the best method for learning music?
J: Well, I suppose, if you really believe in this idea, it's the best method for learning anything. I mean, it's creating a learning environment, a can't fail environment, and that's what we're all trying to do in teaching.
L: What percent of people have musical genius potential?
J: 100 percent! That's Suzuki's idea. I said to him once, "Dr. Suzuki, do you think you could take a kid off the streets of London, or South Africa, or anywhere, and teach him to play, let's say, the Vivaldi concerto:" He said, "Yes, I could, if I could control the environment from the ages of 2 till 6." ... I think it's closely related to learning other motor skills. But, we'd have to say that music is much more than a motor skill - emotional and personal aspects that aren't involved in a motor skill.
L: Do you think [the Suzuki Method] should be tried in such areas ... as math [and] reading?
J: Yeah, absolutely - and it is being experimented with. In Japan they have a whole kindergarten school and there are several articles by a math teacher who uses the Suzuki approach to teaching math with considerable success.... I think kindergarten was emphasized. ... I'm a strong believer in Waldorf educational methods; ... the conditions are so conducive to support group development.... But there's another thing to be said about the Suzuki Method. It's not an isolated one-to-one thing, ... but as an auxiliary thing, the Suzuki Method has group performance and group rehearsals, which gives that sense of collaboration and working together, which is a wonderful support. And it helps create a confidence in public presentation, which for an individual child is somewhat daunting at times. When you get up and play the Vivaldi concerto with 20 or 30 or 50 kids, it's a real ... confidence experience. ... Teacher training ... is one of the primary responsibilities of our universities and I don't think they're doing their best at all. I think our universities need to do a much better job of training teachers.
L: And do you think something like the Suzuki Method could help in teaching teachers?
J: Yes, I do. I think one of our big drives right now in the Suzuki Association is to improve our teacher training and to set up standards for them and to help them do observation and experience their own performance.... And I think that constant effort to develop and upgrade teaching is something that should characterize every group of teachers. But it takes a lot of inducements to keep a teacher going to improve their own work.



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Every year approximately 200,000 die from prescription drug reactions.
Another 80,000 die from medical malpractice.
[Combined, that's over 6 times as many as who die in traffic accidents]
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What is wrong with our focus on the "drug war" when 200,000 die each year from prescription drugs, yet approximately only 20,000 die as a result of illegal drug use? Billions of dollars go into illegal drug issues in this country every year even though far more are dying from legal drugs. Everyone is asking, "Where is the FDA?" Busy approving another new drug? And how many more will die from that one?
A two-year Los Angeles Times investigation published in December, 2000 found that the seven drugs approved since 1993 have been withdrawn after reports of deaths and severe side[-effects]. In the article written by Times Staff Writer David Willam, it states, "The FDA approved each of those drugs while disregarding danger signs or blunt warnings from its own specialists. Then, after receiving reports of significant harm to patients, the agency was slow to seek withdrawals."
Morton Mintz, a former Washington Post reporter, and a Nieman Fellow who won the Raymond Clapper award for reporting the thalidomide tragedy, published a book in 1965 entitled, THE THERAPEUTIC NIGHTMARE. His warnings heeded then, and the warnings coming from many other men of great integrity since then, could have spared us the agony we have experienced from the drug tragedies since that time and those we are engulfed in today. He begins with, "Here we shall see that there have been instances when our excessive trust in certain Corporate Consciences has been rewarded with inadequately and even fraudulently tested drugs, with useless drugs and inferior versions of good drugs, with protraction of illness, and with waste of our money. In order that sales may begin and continue, regardless of whether we are healed and spared pain, evidence of serious and even lethal effects has been withheld from the responsible government agency and concealed from the medical profession and the public." (p.xiv)
We wish to honor him here (and those who have followed in his footsteps) in their unending efforts to warn us of these serious problems associated with the drugs we have come to learn to blindly trust. This site is to assist us in making sure that trust is no longer a "blind" trust. We must take the responsibility to educate ourselves about what we are putting into our bodies and brains.
Some of the most popular drugs on the market today are those that increase serotonin levels like the diet pills that were just pulled from the market. Originally Fen-Phen & Redux were thought to be so safe that 18 million people took the drugs. Now we know that they were so dangerous that those who took even one pill have been advised to have their hearts checked. If these drugs could be among the most popular on the market and touted as "the thing" for weight management for a two-year period, leaving a backlash of victims that attorney's offices cannot even begin to handle, what other mistakes will we wake up to tomorrow? What are you taking right now that could be just as dangerous or as damaging as these diet pills? What do you know about the medication you are currently taking? What do you know about the dangers of taking the drugs you are taking in combination with one another? Even more frightening to ask is "What does your doctor know or not know about the answers to these questions?"
Drugs like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Effexor, Serzone, Anafranil, etc. are some of the biggest money makers ever for the pharmaceutical companies. Yet are you aware that the use of Prozac among children from ages 6-12 went from 41,000 in 1995 to 203,000 in 1996. The number of new prescriptions written increased almost 400% in just one year?!! This is a very powerful mind-altering drug that has not been approved for use in children and yet our children are popping it like candy! Just Prozac's affect upon cortisol levels alone should frighten parents to death. One 30mg dose has been shown to clearly double the level of cortisol! (PROZAC PANACEA OR PANDORA?, p. 168) Increased cortisol impairs the development and regeneration of the liver, kidneys and muscles. It also retards linear growth. How many parents are given that information? How many doctors are aware of it themselves?
The study being used to gain FDA approval of this medication demonstrates that the rate of mania (a terrible form of insanity including symptoms of sexual compulsions, criminal behavior, alcohol cravings, rages leading to domestic violence, delusions of grandeur - often mistaken for increased self confidence, wild spending and varied types of criminal behavior) among children taking Prozac was three times higher than it is for adults. Three out of 100 had to drop out of the study due to this devastating complication which developed within a short eight week trial! The most logical question to ask is "Why do this to our children when there are many safer natural options that work as well without serious side effects?"
Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, a Ph.D. in Health Sciences with the emphasis on Psychology, is the director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness. She has specialized for 14 years in treating adverse reactions to serotonergic medications (such as Prozac, Sarafem, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Serzone, Anafranil, Fen-Phen, Redux and Meridia) and has testified before the FDA and congressional subcommittee members on Prozac. She has testified since 1992 as an expert witness in Prozac and other SSRI related court cases around the world. Her first book on the issue was published in 1991. During the last twelve and a half years she has participated in innumerable radio, television, newspaper and magazine interviews. We know of no one with such extensive experience and expertise on all of these issues surrounding the SSRI antidepressants as Dr. Ann Blake Tracy. You can learn a lot about these medications from her latest book on the Prozac family of antidepressants: PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA? (2001). The book is the product of many, many years of intensive research, and the cases of approximately 1,000 patients on a long-term basis.
Dr. Tracy also has an hour and a half long audio tape/CD, "Help! I Can't Get Off My Antidepressant!," which explains the safest withdrawal methods from these antidepressants and how to rebuild the body and brain after the use of these drugs. She has spent the last thirteen years working with patients coming off of these antidepressants. That experience has helped her to know much about the serious and very dangerous withdrawal effects and how to avoid those in coming down off the drugs.
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The hearings were wonderful!!!!!
As the FDA Advisory committee was reaching the conclusion of their statement yesterday, I had to leave the room several times to step out into the hallway to jump and shout for joy! BLACK BOX WARNINGS!!!! We got black box warnings on ALL antidepressant medications for children!!! I had begun to wonder if we would ever see this day.
But beyond that, they have also agreed to study the violence issue associated with antidepressants. And the Senate now wants to begin their own investigation into these drugs!!!!!
So now, we have not only Congress, but the Senate as well, looking into possible cover-up and criminal actions by all those whose responsibility it was to protect the public, and most especially our precious children who were to be our future.
What a bittersweet victory this has been in the warnings coming so many years too late!
Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, Ph.D

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The drug industry knows how to market their drugs. For the big named drugs they spend billions of dollars on consumer advertising, but to sell medicines that treat schizophrenia the companies focus on a smaller group of customers, the state officials who oversee treatment for patients with mental illness. These patients make states among the largest buyers of antipsychotic drugs.
Past evidence has shown, since the mid-1990s a group of major drug companies had campaigned to convince state officials that a new generation of drugs--with names like Risperdal, Zyprexa and Seroquel--was superior to older and much cheaper antipsychotics. The campaign has led a dozen states, including Texas, to adopt guidelines for treating schizophrenia, which in turn made it almost impossible for doctors to prescribe anything but the new drugs, which resulted in transforming the new medicines into blockbusters.
To adopt the guidelines, major drug companies wined and dined different state officials and urged them to follow the lead of Texas, according to evidence found. Evidence written in a report also showed that in May 2001, as Pennsylvania was deciding whether to adopt the Texas guidelines, a pharmaceutical company paid $4,000 to fly two mental health officials to New Orleans, where they ate at an elegant restaurant with the company executives. These reports show a lot more money was given out to other mental health officials at different times.
With all this evidence floating around, it started to stir up some concerns about the drug companies new generation of the drugs, called atypical antipsychotics, used to treat a variety of mental illnesses. The concerns were coming from a joint panel made up of the American Diabetes Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the North American Association for the Study of Obesity who said, mental patients who take these drugs may be increasing their risk for obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol--all which lead to heart disease.
The joint panel has issued a statement asking doctors to screen all patients on these medications for signs that could lead to any of these diseases, stating there is considerable evidence from studies conducted.
New York Times February 1, 2004
DR. MERCOLA'S COMMENT: These new antipsychotics are loaded with side effects. Four medical groups, including the American Psychiatric Association, have warned that the new drugs could increase a patient's risk of heart disease by increasing:
Obesity, Diabetes, High cholesterol: This NY Times article details how the drug companies have manipulated and influenced state governments to purchase even more of these expensive side-effect riddled drugs. Questions have multiplied about the many ways that the drug industry tries to influence the medical information that determines its products' success or failure.
This makes perfect sense to me. Drugs are in no way, shape or form the answer for mental illness. They may control symptoms, but they do so at quite a significant price, and one that many people are not willing to pay. Why exchange one set of horrible side effects for diabetes? This makes no sense to me, unless you are the drug company--and then it makes perfect sense.
Fortunately, we do have some natural options. Dr. Stoll is the director of the psychopharmacology research lab at Boston's McLean Hospital and assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He discusses the use of omega-3 extensively in his book The Omega-3 Connection. He reviews the new evidence supporting the use of omega-3 oils for mental illness.
The book is excellent, but Dr. Stoll is seriously misinformed about cod liver oil. This is especially true in terms of schizophrenia, which seems to respond particularly well to therapeutic doses of vitamin D.
A study I posted in 2002 strongly connected the dots from not enough sunshine and subsequent vitamin D to prevent schizophrenia. Optimal exposure to sunlight can provide enough vitamin D, but for most of us the winter provides a major lack of sun exposure and our levels fall in the dirt. Fortunately, cod liver oil can be used to replace this level to near ideal ranges. My favorite source of both omega-3 and vitamin D happens to be Carlson's cod liver oil. If you can't find this brand in your local health food store we carry the Carlson's brand in our Recommended Products section.
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TOWARD RESPONSIBLE HEALTH CARE - Listen to Alternative Practitioners
Some Alternative Doctors are listed. Read their Warnings about problems with conventional medicine. Once you understand the nature of Co-dependence and Power Abuse in our society, it should not be hard to suspect that these doctors are right in their warnings. When we investigate other professions and institutions closely, we find the same dysfunctional patterns in almost all of them. Science and government are among the most important institutions that appear to be unfortunately as corrupt as is medicine. I'll provide evidence of this, and links to other such evidence, as well as information on intervention. My background was originally in nutrition. - LK
Here are some Alternative Doctors' Health Newsletters
- Dr. Bruce West's - HEALTH ALERT, 5 Harris Ct N6, Monterey, CA 93940-5753,
- Dr. David Williams' - ALTERNATIVES, Mountain Home Publishing, POB 61010, Rockville, MD 20859-1010,
- Dr. Jonathan Wright's - NUTRITION & HEALING, POB 925, Frederick, MD 21705-9913,
- Dr. Julian Whitaker's - FEARLESS HEALTH, 7811 Montrose Rd, Potomac, MD 20854,
- Dr. Robert Rowen's - SECOND OPINION, POB 467939, Atlanta, GA 31146-7939,
- Dr. James Balch - PRESCRIPTIONS FOR HEALTHY LIVING, POB 467939, Atlanta, GA 31146-7939
- Dr. Al Sears' - HEALTH CONFIDENTIAL FOR MEN, 702 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201,
- Dr. Richard Foxx's - THE HEALING DOCTOR, 350 Fifth Ave #3304, NY, NY 10118-0069,
- Loren Biser's - AFTER EVERYTHING FAILS HEALTH REPORT, POB 1106, Dayton, VA 22821,
- Dr. Wm. C. Douglass' - REAL HEALTH, 819 Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
- Dr. Joseph Mercola - [Schaumburg, IL]

ALTERNATIVE DOCTORS' WARNINGS - Here are titles of some recent articles, followed by 4 complete articles.
How the Media Swallow Drug Company Lies
2. NUTRITION & HEALING, Dr. Jonathan Wright
a. Many Drugs Are Too Dangerous to Use
b. Hormone Replacement Therapy [HRT] Disaster
c. Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Another Disaster
d. Drugs for One Ailment Cause Other Ailments
e. Government Corruption Represses Alternative Treatments
f. Gallbladder Surgery Warning
3. ALTERNATIVES, Dr. David Williams
a. Over Half of Conventional Health Advice Is Wrong
b. Cholesterol Theory Is Wrong
c. Status Quo Hampers New Discoveries
d. The Next Billion Dollar Health Scam [Re Prostate Tests]
e. The Blinding Truth About an Aspirin a Day!
f. Conventional Medical Malpractice
4. SECOND OPINION, Robert Rowen, M. D.
a. Dr. Rowen's Battle for Safe Alternative Medicine
5. FEARLESS HEALTH, Dr. Julian Whitaker
a. Conventional Medicine Is a Fear Factory
b. FDA Persecutes Alternative Doctors
a. Lost War on Cancer
b. AARP Bias
c. Soda Company Schemes Hurt Kids
d. Organ Transplant Schemes
7. REAL HEALTH, Dr. William Campbell Douglass
a. Junk Medicine
b. DDT Lies Cause Genocide
c. Breast Cancer Frauds
d. Medical Frauds That Hurt Men
e. How to Recognize Medical Myths
f. Carbs and Fats
g. Dangerous CPR, Antibiotics & Mammograms
8. THE HEALING DOCTOR, Dr. Richard Foxx
a. Expensive Useless Treatments
b. Dangerous Drug Side Effects
a. Medical Establishment Flaws
b. Medical Ignorance Harms Men
10. E-Healthy News You Can Use, Joseph Mercola, D.O.

2. NUTRITION & HEALING, Dr. Jonathan Wright
Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Another Disaster - Dr. Wright uncovers the surprising secret that makes dangerous cholesterol drugs look silly. Cholesterol drugs may poison your liver, but at least they prevent heart attack - right? Not so fast. In one of medicine's strangest ironies, it now appears that cholesterol-lowering "statin" drugs may weaken the human heart. In a recent series of clinical studies, top-selling statin drugs were found to: Raise blood pressure; Lower levels of lifesaving HDL [good] cholesterol; Increase an important measure of blood clotting, linked to heart attacks. Of course, all these things increase your risk of heart disease, but here's the kicker. As Dr. Wright warned his readers years ago, all statin drugs block your body's production of coenzyme Q10. And this nutrient is so critical to your cellular "energy engine," your heart can't beat without it!
Dr. Wright has found a common substance [that], when independent researchers tested it against costly statin drugs, it proved seven times better. ... [The substance is a non-carbohydrate] sugar cane extract. ... When scientists tested it for any ... bad side-effects, it proved even safer than the placebo! ... Yet this is just an instance of how his astonishingly simple new solutions are making synthetic drugs obsolete.
Drugs for One Ailment Cause Other Ailments - Could those costly new pain-killers be causing back pain? - Side effect documented by manufactures! It's really happening. You go to your doctor for back pain and he prescribes the widely hyped new drugs, Vioxx, or Celebrex. But despite all those merry commercials, singing Celebrate! Celebrate! your pain actually increases. Are you just imagining it? No! This nifty little side effect has been documented by the drug firms themselves. In a significant number of cases, both these new Cox-2 inhibitors are linked to back pain. ... Even the ultra-conservative Journal of the American Medical Association warns that new studies "raise a cautionary flag...." ... In plain English, Watch out for heart attacks. One of these studies involved 23,407 people. Heart attack rates for those taking Vioxx and Celebrex were so much higher, it couldn't be a coincidence. Finally, the FDA asked the maker of Vioxx to caution doctors. But who's telling the patients? Dr. Wright, that's who! ... He broke the shocking news that even when they don't kill, these new drugs work no better than the humblest, cheapest pain-killer in human history.
Government Corruption Represses Alternative Treatments - How one courageous doctor overcame ridicule, hostility and even armed gunmen to change the future of modern medicine. ... He even braved 24 gunmen to save his patients! With guns drawn, tow dozen heavily armed thugs kicked down the door of Dr. Wright's clinic. One of them stuck a revolver in his receptionist's face. And for 14 hours, they held Dr. Wright and his staff at gunpoint. They ransacked the clinic, destroyed medical equipment and pawed through confidential patient records. It was like some terrorist nightmare out of Afghanistan or Kosovo. But the truth was even scarier. The terrorists were wearing government badges. They were sent to harass Dr. Wright by the FDA. And what was his "offense?" Was he selling drugs illegally? Giving out phony prescriptions over the internet? Oh no. He was using preservative-free B vitamins. That's it - B vitamins. Of course, no charges were ever filed.

3. ALTERNATIVES, Dr. David Williams - Over Half of Conventional Health Advice Is Wrong. It's just a matter of time before doctors announce, "Sorry, we were wrong about cholesterol." ... Cholesterol doesn't cause heart disease. Your efforts (and money) are being wasted. You can expect doctors to announce an official reversal, but it may not come for quite a while.
Fact: Over 50% of today's health advice is wrong and obsolete! This bulletin alerts you to 7 current health notions that are so far off-track, they're dangerous. I'm giving you this early heads-up because the official news probably won't come for many years. Here's the story. Health knowledge is changing so fast that many of medicine's sacred cows and pet theories have already been slaughtered and laid to rest. Hormone therapy was good, now it's bad. Low-fat diets were "in," now they're "out." Eggs were a no-no, now they're okay. Mammograms and PSA screenings save lives, or do they? It's no fun discovering that something you've been doing for year to stay healthy is suddenly useless, wrong, or even dangerous. But, brace yourself. A barrage of new medical "about-faces" is on the way! In the pages ahead, you'll read about 7 medical theories that have been proven obsolete, yet doctors still haven't changed their treatments. For example, have you heard the latest about heart disease?
Cholesterol Theory Is Wrong - The cholesterol theory of heart disease has been dead for 20 years. It was shot full of holes when scientists showed that the majority of people who suffer heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels. This makes cholesterol-lowering drugs irrelevant and useless. ... 13 million people in this country remain on cholesterol drugs, and millions more are being urged to start taking them. It will be a long time before an official about-face comes. Tragically, hundreds of thousands of people will go to their deaths following this old-school advice in the false belief they're being protected. I've been waving a red flag about cholesterol-lowering drugs since August, 1991, when I first discovered they are not only ineffective, but potentially deadly. They can rob the heart of an important nutrient , CoQ10, that powers its beating.
Status Quo Hampers New Discoveries ... The history of medicine is full of setbacks and about-faces. About-faces like these are common in health and medicine, because ours is not an exact science, but one that is constantly evolving. That's how progress is usually made. But here's the problem: In a perfect world, you'd learn about these new discoveries right away so you could quickly benefit. Yet, this rarely happens. Instead, the news is delayed as doctors debate among themselves, greedy special interest groups fight any change to the status quo, and public health officials drag their feet through "official channels."
The Next Billion Dollar Health Scam [Re Prostate Tests] - Men, watch for a big new push by doctors to pressure you into having a PSA test for prostate cancer. Why? "Early diagnosis saves lives" is their response. But don't be buffaloed. The facts say that early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer does little, if any, good. That's because prostate tumors grow so slowly that most men die with the cancer, not from it. A 10-year study found that untreated men with prostate cancer had the same survival rate as men who got treatment. Huh? If early diagnosis and surgery don't lengthen a patient's life - and often result in incontinence, or sexual dysfunction, or both - what's this all about? The answer is money. With 25 million American men now over the age of 50, there's a fortune to be made from prostate screenings.
The truth is, this new campaign is little more than another money-making scheme. Unless you know the facts, you could end up in adult diapers and longing for the days when you had a sex life. What would really make a difference is more funds for preventing prostate cancer and exploring alternative treatments. That would make this disease all but vanish. And we would save many of the 30,000 men who die from prostate cancer every year, whether they get tested and treated, or not. Brace yourselves, men, for the barrage of scare tactics. And arm yourselves with the facts. Look at the statistics and you'll see that, right now, natural therapies are saving lives. But the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry don't appear interested. Obviously, there isn't enough money in it.
..The "Sex Pill" They Don't Want You to Know About - ... Millions of dollars in advertising have every red-blooded American male believing that "the little blue pill" is the gold standard for sexual performance. Don't you believe it. The secret those drug-makers don't want you to know is that there's a much cheaper - and safer - way to giver your love life a boost of amorous oomph. It's with L-argenine, an amino acid that works the same way their popular pill does, but for pennies, instead of their $10-a-pop price-tag. ... Even though L-argenine is absolutely harmless, the pharmaceutical industry isn't exactly rallying to support its use. It's easy to see why. If word ever got out, sales of the little blue pill would surely suffer.
Autumn 2003 - Dr. David Williams' Alternatives -
The Blinding Truth About an Aspirin a Day! - Doctors are urging millions of Americans to take an aspirin a day to prevent stroke and heart attack. But studies show this can actually increase the risk of these two conditions! Even worse, new research finds that an aspirin a day can slowly destroy your eyesight, resulting in blindness later in life. Expect doctors to announce an official reversal, but it may not come for quite a while. ... Other reversals are on the way too. ... How many of these Switcheroos caught you by surprise? "Butter is bad." I've spoken out against this misconception for over 15 years. Butter is actually a healthy food with lots of benefits. Eating it can even protect you from skin cancer. Margarine, the so-called "healthy alternative," on the other hand, is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes. The trans fatty acids in it are poison to your arteries, yet most people still believe margarine is good for them. "Stay away from eggs." "experts" claim the yolks will arise your blood cholesterol levels. Not true. Dietary cholesterol can't do that. Besides, egg yolks are loaded with lutein, a nutrient which can save your eyes from macular degeneration. I've called eggs a perfect food since 1985. Finally, the experts have changed their tune. "Nuts are fattening." That's crazy. Some nuts are an excellent weight-loss food because they digest slowly and satisfy hunger longer. What's more, two large studies show that eating nuts can reduce your heart attack risk by 65%. reason? Nut oil is especially beneficial for your arteries. I've maintained this since 1989. "Keep out of the sun." I felt like the Lone Ranger when I first stood up against this baloney back in 1991. Statistics clearly show that people with healthy tans have 50% less breast and colon cancers than lily-whites. That's because the sun is actually good for you - it's our main source of [producing in the skin] vitamin D, a proven cancer fighter. Sunscreen, on the other hand, may be causing skin cancer [due to toxic ingredients]. "Fat is unhealthy." This hooey is actually making people more overweight. That's because the human body needs fat for peak performance and appetite appeasement. But it's got to be the right kind - and we're just not getting enough of these good fats. ... One fat is even essential for losing weight.
Conventional Medical Malpractice - Advance Notice to the Healthcare Community - Malpractice! - The Foot Draggers Don't Like Us - ... The big U.S. [medical] journals are often vicious in their attacks on members of the wider global medical community, most of whom eagerly welcome: natural methods; natural substances; cures proven by hundreds ... of years of experience; carefully compiled statistical reports of real results by actual working physicians. Such things are typically despised and ridiculed by the establishment that controls most medical schools, pharmaceutical laboratories, journals, and the ... FDA. Yet, millions of doctors around the world are more realistic and open-minded about new methods and cures.

8. THE HEALING DOCTOR & THE M.D. WELLNESS HANDBOOK, Dr. Richard Foxx - Expensive Useless Treatments - "I Don't Worry About Cancer...." ... The Harvard School of Public Health calculated that [only] 2 to 3% of those with cancer benefited from chemotherapy. - Stroke(s) ... and ... Heart Attacks - ... Around 530,000 people a year perish from them. Sadly, the vast majority of heart attacks could have been avoided if you took certain simple steps. ... Get Rid of Backaches for Good without Relying on Expensive Drugs or Doctor Visits. ... We do original, unique reporting ... Warning You About Phony Tests & Therapies! Scams, needless tests, costly doctor visits for nothing. The medical maze can steal your money and leave you in pain. There are useless remedies out there - and I can spot them! ... Finally Getting Better - Without Costly Drugs!
Dangerous Drug Side Effects - Daring Doctor Speaks Out: More than 15,000 Americans die each year due to the side effects of common pain relievers! ... Prescription drugs are expensive and dangerous. ... Don't take dangerous and risky drugs before you try these safe and natural alternatives! When you take a prescription drug, you are putting chemicals and toxins in your body. You could suffer serious health problems years from now. These can include liver damage and heart problems. You see, dozens of prescription drugs approved by the FDA have later been banned. These drugs were supposed to be perfectly safe, but years later, they were found to cause serious health problems! ... Today, more than ever before, many people ... are throwing away their prescription drugs and choosing natural healing alternatives for better health! ... Being a medical doctor and knowing first hand how the medical industry is today, I want you to see there is a higher, more effective and natural way of healing.
Allegra - Allergy drug - side effects ... are headache, cold, back pain, flu, nausea, menstrual pain, drowsiness, hives, sinusitis, dizziness, coughing, accidental injury, insomnia.
Celebrex - Arthritis drug - ... side effects include discomfort, ... gastrointestinal bleeding, skin rash, ... weight gain or edema, anemia ... rare cases of severe hepatic reactions, including jaundice and fatal fulminant hepatitis, liver necrosis [liver tissue death] and hepatic failure; ... bleeding, ulceration and perforation of the stomach, small intestine, or large intestine can occur at any time; ... minor gastrointestinal problems, such as dyspepsia, are common and may also occur at any time.
Lipitor - Cholesterol-lowering drug - side effects include gas, stomach pain, indigestion, flatulence, dyspepsia, constipation, neck pain, ulcers, edema, chest pain, dry mouth, colitis, vomiting.
Prescription drugs are outrageously priced - even with good insurance, it can be hard financially. The good news is that ... ailments ... can be treated by alternative low-cost remedies that can replace thousands of dollars in side-effect-causing drugs [and] keep you healthier longer. ... Live a life with drastically reduced dependency on medication. These days, most doctors are quick to prescribe prescription drugs because that's all they know about. And, unfortunately, many people are finding out the hard way that certain drugs can have deadly effects! In fact, more than 100,000 people die every year from adverse drug reactions, according to the American Medical Association.



Here are some titles of articles at Dr Mercola's website,, the second most popular, if not the most popular, health site on the internet, followed by the complete article of the first title. There's a SEARCH box on his homepage in which to look up these articles, or others on many health subjects.
- Drugs and Doctors May be the Leading Cause of Death in U.S. [See below]
- Drug-Company Influence on Medical Education in the USA
- Medical Journals Aim to Curtail Drug Companies
- The Mirage Of Peer Review
- Drug Industry Lies About New Drug Research and Development
- Uneasy Alliance -- Clinical Investigators and the Pharmaceutical Industry
- FDA Advisers Tied to Industry
- The Pharmaceutical Industry -- To Whom Is It Accountable?
- The Tightening Grip Of Big Pharmaceutical Companies
- Government and the Flu: A Short History
- Drug Company Lies About Celebrex in JAMA
- Odds Are The Drug Industry is Paying Off Your Doctor
- Drug Industry Using Senior Group Fronts to Promote Own Agenda
- Are Doctors Happy?
- Call to Ban Drug Companies From Sponsoring MD Education
- Medical Research or Drug Company Secrets?
- More Drug Company Conflict of Interests
- Most Media Coverage of Drugs Highly Biased
- Conflicts of Interest and the Public Trust
- Industry-Funded Medical Research Skewed Toward Industry
- Drug Company Gifts May Affect the Way Doctors Practice Medicine
- 3 Drug Companies Face Fraud & Bribery Charges
- Drug Companies Triple Money on Direct-to-Consumer Drug Ads
- Shame: A Major Reason Why Most Medical Doctors Don't Change Their Views
- America is Running Out of Doctors and Nurses
- Even Doctors Have No Faith in Conventional Medicine
- Four Steps to Reduce Your Drug Expenses by Up to 80% Now 12/17/03 These drug prices are hyper-inflated for one reason alone: drug company greed.
- Health Site Rankings 2/4/04 ... to dazzle and deceive, to continue inventing medical agendas and need through glitzy and smooth-talking sites, toward their usual underlying motive: greed ...
- New Arthritis Drug Approved But Beware ... It is important to remember that any time you are dealing with numbers that large there will inevitably be corruption, greed and negative influences ...
- Who is Responsible for Your Health? 7/9/03 ... Mercola has effectively pointed out in this newsletter may be the case with the pharmaceutical industry whose goals have mutated into downright greed ...
- Baby Formula Supplies 'Violate Code' and Kill ... This is a tragic example of how the drug model is frequently based on greed. ... Greed is a powerful ruling force in this world. ... baby_food_kills_millions.htm
- Is Fluoride Really As Safe As You Are Told? 2/9/02 ... Want to read a first-hand story about lies and greed and disregard for human health and crooked deals between government and industry? Read Dr. Foulkes ...
- The Real Dangers of Soda to You and Your Children 7/9/03 By Dr. Joseph Mercola with Rachael Droege. How many sodas have you had today? How about your kids? ...
- Why Are Drug Prices so High? 7/9/03 By Dr. Joseph Mercola with Rachael Droege. The population is aging, prescription drug use ...
- The American Medical System is Nearing Collapse 8/21/02 ... The disease is caused by conflict of interest, tainted research, greed for big bucks, pretentious doctors and scientists, lying, cheating ...
- My Vision ... By doing so, and by exposing the dishonorable motives - usually greed - that form the basis of the current establishment's methods, I hope to help...
- Why Trust Me? A site that, startling as it may be with all the greed-motivated hype out there in health care land, is truly for you.
- Hepatitis B Vaccine Continues to Kill Infants 7/9/03 By Dr. Joseph Mercola. The 2002 immunization schedule encourages the routine use ...

DRUGS AND DOCTORS MAY BE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN U.S., By Joseph Mercola, D.O. - At one time, the main title of my Web site read: Doctors are the Third leading Cause of Death. Many of you reading this have read or seen this in many places other than my Web site. This article, available on my home page, was widely circulated on the Internet and was one of the reasons why my Web site was initially popular. What you may not realize is that I am the one who made this analysis and popularized it. The original study was published by Dr. Starfield, a full professor of public health at the most prestigious hospital in the United States, Johns Hopkins. Her study never had the headline in it, but instead listed the published research documenting the various causes of deaths that doctors contributed to. I simply added them all up and compared them to cardiovascular diseases and cancer and came up with the above headline, which was widely circulated on the Internet.
Interestingly, when I contacted Dr. Starfield by e-mail she disagreed with the headline I had come up with. She did not feel that doctors were the third leading cause of death, but thought they were the number one cause of death because of their failure to inform their patients about the truth of health. Now this might be a bit too harsh, as, even if people understand health truth, they have freedom of choice and can choose to use sugar, soda and drugs (legal and illegal) to compromise their health and longevity.
However, JAMA actually published a study a year earlier that could support that doctors may be the leading cause of death in the United States. This finding is more of a speculation though, so below I have provided some other studies to support this assertion.
In 1994, an estimated 2 million (1,721,000 to 2,711,000) hospitalized patients had serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and 106,000 (76,000 to 137,000) had fatal ADRs, making these reactions between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death. JAMA April 15, 1998;279(15):1200-5, BMC Nephrol. December 22, 2003
Medication-related problems (MRP) continue to occur at a high rate in ambulatory hemodialysis (HD) patients. Medication-dosing problems (33.5 percent), adverse drug reactions (20.7 percent), and an indication that was not currently being treated (13.5 percent) were the most common MRP. [Of] 5,373 medication orders [that] were reviewed ... a [medication-related problem] MRP was identified every 15.2 medication exposures [i.e. one out of every 15 uses of medication produce significant problems]. Nurs Times. December 9-15, 2003;99(49):24-5.
In 2002, 16,176 adverse drug reaction reports were received, of which 67 percent related to reactions categorized as 'serious.' Pharm World Sci. December, 2003;25(6):264-8.
Medication administration errors (MAEs) were observed in two departments of a hospital for 20 days. The medication administration error rate was 14.9 percent. Dose errors were the most frequent (41 percent) errors, followed by wrong time (26 percent) and wrong rate errors. Ten percent of errors were estimated as potentially life-threatening, 26 percent potentially significant and 64 percent potentially minor.
Serious and Fatal Drug Reactions in US Hospitals - Drug-related morbidity and mortality have been estimated to cost more that $136 billion a year in United States. These estimates are higher than the total cost of cardiovascular care or diabetes care in the United States. A major component of these costs is adverse drug reactions (ADE).
About 0.05 percent [one out of 2,000] of all hospital admissions were certainly or probably drug-related. Incidence figures based on death certificates only may seriously underestimate the true incidence of fatal adverse drug reactions. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. October, 2002;58(7):479-82
In a survey of over 28,000 patients, ADRs [bad drug reactions] were considered to be the cause of 3.4 percent [one out of 28] of hospital admissions. Of these, 187 ADRs were coded as severe. Gastrointestinal complaints (19 percent) represented the most common events, followed by metabolic and hemorrhagic [bleeding] complications (nine percent). The drugs most frequently responsible for these ADRs were diuretics, calcium channel blockers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and digoxin. J Am Geriatr Soc December, 2002;50(12):1962-8
DR. MERCOLA'S COMMENT - As health reporter Nick Regush said last year:
"There is no way to be nice about this. There is no point in raising false hopes. There is no treatment or vaccine in sight. There is no miracle breakthrough on the horizon. Medicine, as we know it, is dying. It's entering a terminal phase. What began as an acute illness reached the chronic stage about a decade ago and progression toward death has been remarkably swift and well beyond anything one could have predicted. The disease is caused by conflict of interest, tainted research, greed for big bucks, pretentious doctors and scientists, lying, cheating, invasion by the morally bankrupt marketing automatons of the drug industry, derelict politicians and federal and state regulators - all seasoned with huge doses of self-importance and foul odor."
Currently, the United States spends about 1.5 trillion dollars for healthcare, and the projections are that it will double in less than 10 years. The sad tragedy is that we are spending all of this money on disease management focused on drugs and surgery, and our return on this investment is profoundly poor. More and more people do not have the energy they need to get through the day, while millions of others are suffering with painful crippling diseases, because they have violated basic health principles.
Often, negative health and lifestyle choices are made because of a lack of knowledge, and it's my passion to increase the public's awareness of the health tragedies facing the nation. I will give you, the consumer, the tools to become a major force for good health and to alleviate disease and suffering.
At, we have been steadily working to introduce innovative software that will accelerate this process, but finishing the manuscript of my book pushed the project back a bit. The beta version will be released shortly and I hope to have the full version out very soon. The software will help all of us to transform the system together.


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These next 8 book reviews are of Anne Schaef's books. I have read Co-dependence and When Society Becomes an Addict. The former helped confirm my suspicion in the late 1980s that our society is seriously unhealthy. By our society I mean most of the world, but especially cultures based on greed and domination. Jean Liedloff's The Continuum Concept and John Holt's Instead of Education had previously given me my initial clues about society's ill health. They showed that how we raise and educate kids is abusive. Immanuel Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision, in its chapter on Collective Amnesia, also had provided me notions that the original trauma for humanity came from global catastrophes in ancient times. And humanity seems to have insanely become habituated to the trauma, so that it has repeated ongoing self-made catastrophes ever since then in the form of wars and greed. To live without trauma apparently came to feel unnatural to humanity. Like Liedloff and Holt, Schaef offers helpful ways for possibly overcoming our urges for trauma. Remembering the past is usually part of the healing process in my opinion. - LK

Living In Process - Recent Release
"Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process."
-- The bestselling books by renowned writer and lecturer Anne Wilson Schaef have helped millions attain a healthy measure of calm in today's chaotic world. Now, in Living in Process, Schaef offers us a bold, new way of engaging in life--by shifting our obsession with "product" to a mindful participation in "process." Schaef teaches us an action philosophy that will reconnect us with our deep, long-forgotten spirituality - filling our souls and setting our spirits free.
What is process? It is the way of doing, not what is done. It is the tone of voice, not what is said. It is living life in three dimensions, from the inside, instead of trying to control it from the outside. It is a living, moving, evolving energy . . . a shift in our perception of reality...the interconnectedness of all things in the nonlinear motion of the universe. It is deeper than thought, more concrete than concept, more fluid than facts.
Drawing on inspiring real-life stories, the experiences of professionals worldwide who have participated in her Living in Process training, and her close association with native peoples from around the globe, Schaef shares her evolutionary model for maintaining our balance in the midst of life's seismic upheavals. With her inimitable wit and charm, she guides us to a larger spirituality and a rediscovery of our personal power. For Living in Process is a moment-by-moment revealing of, and reveling in, our life as mystery - and an honoring of its challenges, truths, and joys.

Beyond Therapy, Beyond Science: A NEW MODEL FOR HEALING THE WHOLE PERSON [1992]
-- Excerpts from the author's Preface: "This book is my attempt to describe a way of understanding ourselves that goes beyond psychology as we know it. It is my attempt to articulate a theory and practice of healing that is integrated with a holographic scientific paradigm.
"The fields of psychotherapy, medicine, counseling psychology, psychiatry, social work, ministry, and even education have all attempted to improve the human condition and truly help people. Unfortunately, their helpfulness is limited by the very concept of science on which they are built. As many scientists are warning, this mechanistic, reductionistic scientific model is reaching a state of entropy. It is beginning to turn on and devour itself. The time has come for psychology and psychotherapy as we know them to change dramatically.
"My hope is that this work will allow us to begin to leave behind psychologies and even psychotherapies themselves that have, indeed, done some good but have kept us locked into a worldview that is destructive to all life and that ultimately cannot be healing."

Co-Dependence: Misunderstood, Mistreated [1992]
-- According to Schaef, there are "millions of persons in this country affected by the diseases of addictions and co-dependence and these diseases are reaching epidemic proportions...producing early death and unhappy, destructive, and destroyed persons."
What is co-dependence? Originally a term for the disease that affects people involved in a close relationship with an alcoholic or a chemically dependent person, co-dependence, Schaef proposes, is just one form of what she calls "the addictive process," an underlying generic, primary disease whose assumptions, beliefs, and lack of spiritual awareness are openly supported by the society in which we live.
In CO-DEPENDENCE, Schaef discusses the impact her theory will have on the fields of mental health, chemical dependency, family therapy, and the women's movement. And she traces the history and development of the concept of co-dependence and discusses its often confusing, overlapping definitions.

Escape From Intimacy: the Pseudo-Relationship Addictions - Untangling the "Love" Addictions, Sex, Romance, Relationships [1989]
-- Excerpts from the author's Introduction: "As a society, we are involved, I believe, in a very crucial process of learning about the range, focus, and impact of addictions on individuals, families, institutions, and entire cultures. We are beginning to understand that since we live in an addictive society, we have all been exposed to and trained into an addictive process. This addictive process is not a normal state for the human organism. It is something that we have learned.
"We have also learned that addictions rarely, if ever, exist in isolation. After we have faced off against our favorite addiction, the one that is killing us or destroying our lives the fastest, and have attained a modicum of sobriety with that addiction, we discover our next most favorite, the one that is killing us the next fastest. We must move in our recovery from one addiction to another for two major reasons: first, we have not recognized and treated the underlying addictive process, and second, we have not accurately isolated and focused upon the specific addictions.
"In my experience, the chemical and/or ingestive addictions have been the first to be confronted both historically and individually. Then, in order for recovery to proceed, one must also confront the process addictions in which one is addicted to a process. These are addictions, for example, to work, money, sex, relationships, romance, religion, exercise--in which the focus is not upon the ingestion of a chemical or other substance.... We must understand them and treat them with as much concern as we do ingestive addictions."

Native Wisdom For White Minds - [1995]
-- What is a white mind? As Anne Wilson Schaef learned during her travels throughout the world among Native Peoples, anyone raised in modern Western society or by Western culture can have a white mind. White minds are trapped in a closed system of thinking that sees life in black and white, either/or terms; they are hierarchical and mechanistic; they see nature as a force to be tamed and people as objects to be controlled with no regard for the future.
This worldview is not shared by most Native Peoples, and in this provocative book, Anne Wilson Schaef shares the richness poured out to her by Native Americans, Aborigines, Africans, Maoris, and others. In the words of Native Peoples themselves, we come to understand Native ideas about our earth, spirituality, family, work, loneliness, and change. For in every area of our lives we have the capacity to transcend our white minds--we simply need to listen with open hearts and open minds to other voices, other perceptions, other cultures.

When Society Becomes An Addict [1987]
-- From the book's introduction: "Our society is deteriorating at an alarming rate. As we watch the news and read the newspapers, we are increasingly made aware of corruption in high places, financial collapse, and a lack of morality in settings ranging from preschools to meat packing plans. Our planet is being destroyed by acid rain and pollution. Hunger and wars rage over the planet.
"As a society, we are responding not with action but with a widespread malaise. The market for antidepressants has never been better. Apathy and depression have become synonymous with adjustment. Rather than looking for ways to change, to save ourselves, we are becoming more conservative, more complacent, more defensive of the status quo.
"Those few individuals who notice and draw attention to these growing problems are met with massive denial. When they run for public office, they are not elected. When they confront us with what they know, they are ignored, dismissed, or discredited."

Women's Realty: An Emerging Female System In A White Male Society [1992]
--This book is about a reality--a reality perceived, explored, and expressed by women whenever they are free to do so without fear. It is about who we are as women. When we understand and accept who we are, we become in turn more understandable and accepted.
This book has three purposes: liberation, sharing, and communication. It is intended to liberate women from an unnecessary oppression based on myths. It is intended to share and legitimate what all women know--some of which they are willing to admit to themselves, and some of which they are willing to admit to others. It is intended to communicate in the "female idiom."

The Addictive Organization - co-authored with Diane Fassel - [1988]
-- Even though there is a plethora of books about organizations and corporate life and millions of dollars each year are spent on consultants and packages designed to "fix up" what is wrong with organizations, corporations continue to search desperately for models that will reverse a slipping economy and enliven a poorly producing work force. Individuals look forward to weekends so that they can recover from their "crazy-making" experiences at work only to find that they must face the same dynamics on Monday. Often, persons who come from dysfunctional families find their organizations repeating the same patterns they learned in their families. Even though these patterns feel familiar, they do not feel healthy. Though consulting packages seem to alleviate some problems for a few days or a week, those same problems reemerge with even greater force and tenacity. Even after our favorite committees have had workshops on communications skills, breakdowns in communication, dishonesty, isolation, anger, and withdrawals continue. What is going on? What are we missing?

The following sites and books on ritual abuse strongly suggest that society is indeed very sick. Ignoring the sickness is part of the sickness. Closing our eyes and ears to such horrible experiences that way too many people suffer only makes the abuse more widespread and entrenched. When societies fail to heal, they die. Let's not sit idly by, but take action to heal us all. - LK
Here are 27 Websites On Ritual Abuse [It's now Oct. '07. All of the links worked 2 years ago, but now most of them no longer work. That's very suspicious to me. Some likely terminated as websites and webpages normally terminate, but there may be foul play involved in many cases.]
1. Members.Aol.Com/Smartnews/Index2.Html
Smart's Ritual Abuse Page & Newsletteritual - The Purpose Of Smart Is To Help Stop Ritual Abuse And To Help Those Who Have Been Ritually Abused.
2. Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA): Aka Cult Related Abuse, Ritual Abuse, Ritualized Abuse, Sadistic Ritual Abuse, Organized Sadistic Abuse.
3. FBI 1992 Study Of Childhood Ritual Abuse... Allegations Of Ritual Abuse Began To Surface Circa 1983.
4. Www.RA-Info.Org/RAhome, Www.Ra-Info.Org/Index.Shtml
Ritual Abuse, Ritual Crime And Healing
5. Www.Ritualabusetorture.Org
Persons Against Ritual Abuse-Torture. Global Map Of The Prevalence Of Ritual Abuse-Torture.
6. Www.Ritualabusefree.Org
Ritual Abuse Free Home Resources On Ritual Abuse, SRA, Cults, Freemasonry, Healing, Bible Studies, Apolpgetics, Fraternities, False Religions. Followers Of Jesus Christ Ministries.
7. Www.Ritualabuse.Net
Ritual Abuse, Satanic Ritual Abuse, Cults, Dissociation, Mind Control ... Links, Resources And Articles On Ritual Abuse And Mind Control.
8. APSAC.Fmhi.Usf.Edu/Paritual.Html
APSAC Fact Sheet: Ritual Abuse - APSAC Published This Fact Sheet On Ritual Abuse As A Service To Members And The General Public In December, 1996.
9. [ERROR - I listed an incorrect site.]
10. Www.Atlantaapologist.Org/Satanism.Html
Atlanta Christian Apologetics Project... Satanism And Satanic Ritual Abuse. A Basic Introduction. Robert M. Bowman, Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) Theory. ...
11. http://Www.Rickross.Com
The Hard Facts About Satanic Ritual Abuse - By Bob And Gretchen Passaintino.
12. Www.Suite101.Com/Welcome.Cfm/Ritual_Abuse
13. Human-Nature.Com/Odmh/Ritual.Html
Ritual Abuse - Online Dictionary Of Mental Health... The Santa Cruz Ritual Abuse Task Force - A Grassroots Organization Striving For The Well Being And Safety Of Survivors Of Ritual Abuse.
14. Www.Victimsofviolence.On.Ca/Research339.Html
Victims Of Violence, Ritual Abuse Of Children - There Are Many Forms Of Child Abuse That The Law And Society Have Had To Come To Grips With In The Last Few Decades.
15. Home.Mchsi.Com/~Ftio/Ritual-Abuse.Htm
Ritual Abuse, A Safe Place For Finding Information For Healing Ritual Abuse, Mind Control, Sexual Abuse, Living With Dissociative Conditions, And Finding Biblical Truth.
16. http://Www.Geocities.Com/Hotsprings/1872/Ritualabuse.Html
Ritual Abuse. Please Be Safe While Accessing These Links - The Ritual Abuse & Healing Home Page.
17. Truthbeknown2000.Tripod.Com/Truthbeknown2000
Advocacy For Victims Of Ritual Abuse... I Am A Psychologist Who Has Been Profoundly Touched By Victims Of Ritual Abuse And Mind Control Whom I Have Treated In Therapy Or Befriended As An Advocate.
18. http://www.Ritualabusetorture.Org
Definitions, Persons Against Ritual Abuse-Torture.
19. Www.Freemasonrywatch.Org/Drstephenkent.Html
Mind Control Interview: Dr. Stephen Kent On Masonic Ritual Abuse - Kent Specializes In Studying Abusive Cults And Accounts Of Ritual Abuse.
20. http://www.Rickross.Com
1992 FBI Report - Satanic Ritual Abuse, Lanning, Supervisory Special Agent Behavioral Science Unit National Center For The Analysis Of Violent Crime.
21. Www.Healthyplace.Com/Communities/Abuse/Safeline/Ritual_Abuse.Htm
Ritual Abuse Info: Safeline UK - Ritual Abuse Info For Survivors, Supporters.
22. Www.Healingroads.Org/Ra_Index.Html
Ritual Abuse Resources, Healing Roads Was Created To Provide Information And Encouragement To Survivors Of Ritual Abuse.
23. Www.Healthcyclopediabusecom/General-Support-Groups/Ritual-Abuse.Html
Support Groups - Ritual Abuse. Health Information.
24. Www.Cu.Quik.Com/Truman
Ritual Abuse, What Is It Like To Survive Ritual Abuse? Can We As Survivors Live Normal Lives? Can We Develop Trust In Those We Love? Will We Ever Feel Honest Love?
25. Www.Survivorship.Org
Survivorship Home Page... Reading About Ritual Abuse Can Evoke Very Powerful Feelings, Both Positive And Negative, Especially If You Are New To The Memory Of Your Past.
26. http://Www.Kalimunro.Com
Indicators Of A Ritual Abuse History - From A Study By Caren Cooka.
Stone Angels Conference - A Masonic Ritual Abuse Survivor. Last Week, We Heard An Interview With Dr. Stephen Kent Talking About Ritual Abuse Allegations Against Freemasons.

And here are 39 Books About Ritual Abuse from Amazon.Com
1. Drawn Swords: My Victory over Childhood Ritual Abuse, by Jeanne Adams
2. Breaking Ritual Silence: An Anthology of Ritual Abuse Survivors' Stories, by Jeanne Marie Lorena (Editor), Paula Levy (Editor)
3. Safe Passage to Healing: A Guide for Survivors of Ritual Abuse, by Chrystine Oksana (Paperback)
4. Ritual Abuse: What It Is, Why It Happens, and How to Help, by Margaret Smith
5. Reaching for the Light: A Guide for Ritual Abuse Survivors and Their Therapists, by Emilie P. Rose
6. Spirit Alive: A Woman's Healing from Cult Ritual Abuse, by Jadelinn
7. Breaking the Circle of Satanic Ritual Abuse: Recognizing and Recovering from the Hidden Trauma, by Daniel Ryder, Jane T. Noland (Editor)
8. Satanic Ritual Abuse: A Therapist's Handbook, by Dee Brown
9. Out of Darkness: Exploring Satanism and Ritual Abuse, by David K. Sakheim, Susan E. Devine (Editor)
10. Don't Make Me Go Back, Mommy: A Child's Book About Satanic Ritual Abuse, by Doris Sanford, Graci Evans (Illustrator)
11. Blessed: Reclaiming My Life from the Horrors of Ritual Abuse, by Rosie Daymore
12. Satanic Ritual Abuse: Principles of Treatment, by Colin A. Ross, Elizabeth F. Loftus (Contributor)
13. The Politics and Experience of Ritual Abuse: Beyond Disbelief, by Sara Scott, Sarah Scott
14. Other Altars: Roots and Realities of Cultic and Satanic Ritual Abuse and Multiple Personality Disorder, by Craig Lockwood
15. Double Vision: A Travelogue of Recovery from Ritual Abuse, by Anna Richardson
15. Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through Childhood Trauma: The Psychodynamics of Recovered Memories, Multiple Personality, Ritual Abuse, Incest, by Lawrence E. Hedges
16. The Extent and Nature of Organised and Ritual Abuse: Research Findings, by J.S. La Fontaine
17. In the Shadow of Satan: The Ritual Abuse of Children (Journal of Child and Youth Care Special Issue 1990), by Gerry Fewster (Editor)
18. Ritual Child Abuse: Discovery, Diagnosis and Treatment, by Pamela S. Hudson
19. Ritual Child Abuse (How & Where to Find Facts and Get Help), by Robert D. Reed, Daniel S. Kaus
20. Where the Rivers Join: A Personal Account of Healing from Ritual Abuse, by Beckylane
21. Secret Survivors, by E. Sue Blume
22. The Ultimate Challenge: A Revolutionary, Sane and Sensible Response to Ritualistic and Cult-Related Abuse, by Gayle M. Woodsum
23. Treating Survivors of Satanist Abuse, by Valerie Sinason (Editor)
24. Ascent from Evil: The Healing Journey Out of Satanic Abuse, by Wendy Hoffman
25. Uncovering the Mystery of MPD: Its Shocking Origins Its Surprising Cure, by James G. Friesen
26. Satan's High Priest, by Judith Spencer
27. Stripped Naked, by Lauren Stratford
28. Abused Beyond Words: The Healing Journey of Reclaiming Our Inner Power and Peace, by Speaking the Unspeakable Truth, by Moriah, et al
29. Satan's Child: A Survivor Tells Her Story to Help Others Heal, by Laura Buchanan
30. The Me Nobody Knows: A Guide for Teen Survivors, by Barbara Bean , Shari Bennett. page 50: "... families belong to religious or satanic cults that use sexual abuse as part of the rituals. These cults may include extended family members ..."
31. Parenting 911: How to Safeguard and Rescue Your 10 to 15 Year-Old from Substance Abuse, Sexual Encounters....and Other Risky Situations, by Charlene C. Giannetti, Margaret Sagarese
32. Public Inquiries into Residential Abuse of Children, by Brian Corby, et al
page 46: "... paedophile rings, ritual abuse and child **** ..."
33. Surviving Child Sexual Abuse: A Handbook for Helping Women Challenge Their Past, by Liz Hall, Siobhan Lloyd
page 1: "... disgusting objects; The child is forced to be involved in ritual abuse (Black Magic, witchcraft, or systematic torture) ..."
34. Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, by Lynne D. Finney. page 30: "... an infant, forcing a child to kill another child in ritual abuse, mutilating genitals ..."
35. Dialogues with Forgotten Voices: Relational Perspectives on Child Abuse Trauma and the Treatment of Severe Dissociative Disorders, by Harvey L. Schwartz, Ph.D. page 7: "... describes being buried alive, by a group of seriously disturbed ritual abuse perpetrators and left in a box in the ground, cold ..."
36. **** and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis, by Philip Jenkins
37. Drugs, Addiction and Initiation: The Modern Search for Ritual, by Luigi Zoja, et al
38. Celtic Myth & Magick: Harness the Power of the Gods and Goddesses (Llewellyn's World Religion and Magic Series), by Edain McCoy. page 13: "... tenets of Paganism, feel free to coerce others into **** rituals which make them uncomfortable. In order to do this they use the same manipulative tactics that they were coerced by as children. This constitutes ritual abuse and, if recognized, should be immediately stopped ..."
39. Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse: Practical Self-Help for Adults Who Were Sexually Abused As Children, by Carolyn Ainscough, Kay Toon. page 30: "The physical acts of abuse described in chapter 2 ... also involve animals, group sex, rituals and torture. Sexual abuse can occur on a regular basis ..."



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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2017, 06:28:32 am »

Here are 15 books and magazines that influenced my spiritual views.
Singer in the Shadows - book by Irving Litvag on Patience Worth, a "spirit" who wrote beautiful literature through a ouija board
Oahspe - Spiritualist book by John Newbrough on spiritual community
The Faithist Magazine, Kosmon Unity - Oahspe magazines
Life Beyone the Grave - Spiritualist book on the spirit world
Encyclopedia of Biblical Spiritualism - by Moses Hull on spiritualism in the bible
Health for the Millions - book by Dr Herbert Shelton on raw food diet [about health rather than spirituality]
Life Science - magazine on raw food diet [also about health rather than spirituality]
Biological Transmutations - book by Louis Kervran on natural transmutation [about biology rather than spirituality]
A New Science of Life - book by Rupert Sheldrake on cause of form [about science and consciousness] - website on Sheldrake's research
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions - book by Alcoholics Anonymous on spiritual program of recovery from alcoholism
Co-Dependence - book by Anne Schaef on addiction-like dysfunctional behavior common in our society;; - websites on Panin's findings of Hebrew and Greek Bible's [i.e. the original Old and New Testaments] supernatural intelligence via complex mathematical patterns - website that says the bible is mostly about how to live on earth, not just preparing for an afterlife
Hidden Messages from Water - book by Masaru Emoto on spiritual healing via love, gratitude and apology as shown in effects on water structure

Any position of power carries with it the temptation to abuse that power. The abuse of power typically disguises itself as something noble. But the root of power abuse is woundedness.
In all my years as a journeyer, psychotherapist, and spiritual midwife, I rarely heard anyone address the epidemic abuse of power, disguised as healing and spirituality. When I have known it to be addressed, it has usually been allotted only a few sentences in a seminar, audiotape, article, or at most a chapter in a book.
I experienced misuse of power personally; and second-hand in many ways, including viewing videos featuring entertainers, writers, medical healers, psychics, and others, purporting to have the training and skill to work with people as spiritual healers. They may teach distortions of truth; they may teach truth in a manner that is abusive; they may model for thousands of people the abuse of power and people in the name of something righteous.
No one is immune. You could be harmed by abuse of power. You could even misuse power yourself. Learn to recognize signs of misuse and abuse of power in order to protect yourself from becoming either a victim or an abuser of power. If you are a leader, [my] workshop can help you come to healthy and wholesome use of the power intrinsic to your position of leadership. It can help you to heal, if you have been injured by inappropriate use of power in recovery, therapeutic, or spiritual circles. What you learn can be carried into other areas of your life: home, school, church, business, community.
Become part of the human evolution toward taking responsibility for effects of even the unconscious wounding our human condition leads us to cause.
Any position of power carries with it the temptation to abuse that power. The abuse of power typically disguises itself as something noble, even though the root of power abuse is woundedness.
I have felt called for years to bring my gifts of knowing and clear sight to the task of healing "abuse disguised" in our world. Those who know my work as a psychotherapist, spiritual midwife, workshop leader, trainer and supervisor, know me as a passionate and grounded authority on this subject.
Now, filled with these years of experience, I am ripe to help in the healing of this tragedy in our world. Our world needs this healing, since September 11, more than ever before. Of course consciously we all want the terrorism to end. We do not all understand that, only if we deal with the abuses of power within ourselves, we will be able to make a truly positive contribution, rather than secretly feeding psychically the monster of terrorism in our world. And with the recent revelations of abuse of power in the Catholic Church, and in other arenas in our world, the call for The Emperor Has Nothing On At All Workshop grows louder and more insistent.
I also envision The Emperor Has Nothing on At All Workshop as a summons to leaders in all areas of life. It will inspire them to meet, face, and heal themselves when tempted to misuse or abuse their power. Ultimately, my hope and vision is that it will be a call and guide to the right use of power by anyone in a position of influence--in the church, government, education, business, helping professions, and the family.
Judith Barr is currently working on a manuscript for a book on this subject.
Judith's commitment to and passion for this work calls her to work with groups and individuals to help heal the abuse and misuse of power. She is available both to schedule individual appointments and personal intensives and also to lead workshops on this theme. Judith will be glad to explore the possibility of offering a workshop for your group, center, institute, church, company, or community.

THE POWER CYCLE: GENDER, POWER AND LEADERSHIP, by Norma Cook Everist of Wartburg Theological Seminary, Iowa - See - Review by Lloyd Kinder
The Power Cycle explains how power abusers typically attempt to maintain monopoly on power and prevent others sharing power. The power cycle is observed in domestic violence in a small way, but in major institutions in a big way. That includes especially big business and government. I explained in Lesson 11, I think, why abuse is more likely in positions of greater power than in those of lesser power. I have yet to explain ritual abuse and secrecy. It is widely known that plenty of people are afflicted with megalomania. It's well-known that there is much secrecy in government and in big business. It's also known that big business is a special interest that holds far too much influence over government, to its own benefit and at the expense of the public interest.
It seems to be largely forgotten that our government was created for the public interest, not private interests, as is explained in the Preamble to the Constitution. It seems to be generally denied that much of big business and other groupings of the upper class, the wealthy, are corrupt with greed, racism, classism and power madness. Those who grow up in families of privilege and power come to expect that these are their rights and their duties, that only they know how to run things for the public good, that what's good for them is good for the public. It seems to be seldom considered that domestic violence and other abuse are as much a part of upper class families as any other. After all, it's not often that we hear of the wealthy being prosecuted for crimes or misdemeanors. In reality, abuses may easily be more widespread in the upper class, because of the greater privacy they maintain and because of the greater power they wield. They have a wide choice of options on how to exercise their power, including very secretive ways that prevent abuses being easily discovered. And the major media that they own are paid to divert suspicion of criminal abuses away from themselves and onto the less or least powerful.
It is not well known that ritual abuse is perpetrated on many people each year. This is abuse that involves torture, sex abuse, or murder in a ritualistic or ceremonial way. Such abuse appears often to be used as a means to increase loyalty to the group and to exercise mind control over the members, as cults do, with fear, guilt and possibly an evil kind of pleasure in observing, or participating in, sadism, degradation, or killing. Of the first hundred books from a search on ritual abuse at, 39 appear to be actually about ritual abuse and acknowledge it as a serious problem. 15 appear to deny that it exists or that it is serious. The rest appear to be mostly about sex abuse and similar abuse. There are several internet sites that explain ritual abuse in detail. These books and sites were reviewed in the previous chapter, "Addiction to Trauma." Many people are superstitious and follow rituals as a way to gain various benefits and these rituals can be very abusive of someone, especially children, even their own.

NCE feels that only through confession of societal and personal wrong-doing [repentance] can the person and society transform for the better. She says she is committed to aiding all people's empowerment in shared power partnerships for world peace and justice. Following is a summary review of her explanation of the Power Cycle and How to End it.
Authoritarians seek to keep others subordinate. The changing relationship between authoritarians and those seeking to share power is called the power cycle.
The power cycle involves 5 stages:
1. Authoritarians ignore the oppressed;
2. They trivialize the oppressed;
3. They ridicule the oppressed;
4. After the oppressed begin caucusing, authoritarians try tokenism; and finally
5. They seek to eliminate the oppressed, or seek to eliminate the institutions or processes that tend to empower the oppressed.
1. In stage 1 authoritarians ignore the oppressed as long as nothing comes to their attention as a possible threat or concern.
2. The oppressed usually have some indirect power, but not direct power.
Authoritarians seek to denigrate any indirect power of the oppressed by calling it manipulative and illegitimate. They also trivialize the oppressed by calling them ignorant, though authoritarians are the more ignorant. Patriarchal societies keep authoritarians in ignorance of conditions of the oppressed, which leads to crises, due to intolerable deprivation among the oppressed.
Authoritarians trivialize through lack of full attention, or describing the oppressed in childish terms, or treating them as if they're immature. Being trivialized intimidates some of them.
3. Authoritarians ridicule subordinates to prevent them from sharing power.
Ridicule often intimidates subordinates to avoid using power in their own way.
Ridicule is violence. Authoritarians assume subordinates will want all the power, rather than to share power. When authoritarians ridicule, how can one avoid a one-down or one-up position? One can say: It's only fair that everyone share power without trying to have more than their fair share; isn't it? The key for the oppressed is to believe in oneself, not in the ridicule.
4. When trivialized and ridiculed, it is best for the oppressed to caucus with peers. Caucuses tend to frighten authoritarians. To minimize this, they can offer to let authorities to listen in. Explain that the purpose in meeting is to support each other, since authoritarians are unable to provide the needed support.
Despite legislation there is still much segregation and discrimination, due to fear of takeovers. The token stage is dangerous for the oppressed. It can lead to efforts to eliminate the perceived threat of a take-over.
5. When there is conflict in a group, the least powerful is usually pressured to give in or leave. No one can be given power, but the oppressed can be allowed or encouraged to take power. The oppressed must claim power and authorities must relinquish some power and avoid the power cycle. Everyone involved must accept responsibility for working on shared partnership.

Creation, by Norma Cook Everist - Review by Lloyd Kinder
Ms. Everist says that 3 important themes in Man's fall from the Garden of Eden were: "They hid themselves (Gen. 3:8). They were afraid (Gen. 3:l0). They blamed (Gen. 3:12-13)." She suggests that these traits have plagued humanity ever since. "American civil religion has no room for confession and atonement, only for chosenness, glory and pursuit of happiness." She notes the hypocricy of "U.S. pursuit of its own happiness at the expense of others." Churches that play along "deprive their 'audiences' of the power to deal with the real challenges of a violent society." She references the book of Acts chapter 2 in explaining that sharing power with others does not reduce our own power but increases it. The chapter shows that it is possible to share "all things in common" thus reducing poverty and discord. Her advice for ending abuse then seems to be for each person and group to end pride, to confess wrongs, to make amends or restitution for those wrongs and to share power with all members.
I'm sure she would also agree with Emoto's findings in Hidden Messages from Water [and from Jesus' gospel] that Love, Appreciation and Apology are important ingredients to a healthy society.

2005 by Lloyd Kinder
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