Dr. David Naimon hosts an Interview with Charles Barber about his book "Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation." Barber explores the ways pharmaceutical companies exert pressure on Americans to medicate themselves, how America has come to account for 66% of the global consumption of antidepressants, and how without an industry to promote them, non-pharmaceutical approaches that have the potential to help millions, are tragically overlooked.
Large drug companies use various means to create an artificial need for their expensive (and highly profitable) products, then rush in to fill the orders. Drug marketers intentionally blur the distinction between everyday problems and what used to be considered serious mental illness in such a way that people under the daily stress of modern life can be easily persuaded that a quick fix for stress lies in a pill bottle. Direct-to-Consumer advertising plays a large role, as well as the time and expense related to non-drug therapeutic options, in convincing consumers to request medication in cases that just 10 years ago would have considered drugs to be inappropriate treatments.
Host Per Fagereng speaks with Robert Parry, award-winning investigative journalist for Consortium News. Parry's books include Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & "Project Truth;"Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq; Secrecy and Privilege: the Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and "Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush," written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat.. His recent pieces include "The Danger of Keeping Robert Gates" and "Obama Risks Clinton-Era Mistakes," which states: "After a masterful campaign, Barack Obama seems headed toward some fateful mistakes as he assembles his administration by heeding the advice of Washington's Democratic insider community, a collective group that represents little 'change you can believe in.' ..."
Eva Lake is hosting Art Focus this week. Her guest is Storm Tharp who currently has a multi-media exhibition up at PDX Contemporary Art in NWPortland through November 29th. See more images at: http://www.pdxcontemporaryart.com/arm-arm
On Presswatch with the "news you're not supposed to know" host Theresa Mitchell questions the validity of the bailouts and sees a grim future for those of us who draw a paycheck for doing real work. The tidal wave is bearing down.