In the introduction I give you a little bit of my background, my experience with benzodiazepines and discuss some of the topics I would like to tackle moving forward with the podcast.
An Interview with Dr. Josef Witt-Doerring
In this episode I have a very frank interview with Dr. Josef Witt-Doerring. Dr. Witt-Doerring is a psychiatrist and former FDA medical officer/pharmaceutical physician who now treats patients with drug injuries. If you're interested in what he has to say you can find out more about him over on his website WittDoerringpsychiatry.com or YouTube channel at Witt-Doerring Psychiartry. He is the type of psychiatrist I wish we all had run into. I hope someday, every psychiatrist runs their practice the way he and his wife do with full knowledge, kindness and true caring for helping a person to heal.
Austin - Disabled to Becoming a Nurse
This was one episode I wanted to do for a while, but due to computer problems back in September of 2021 and then both of our lives getting hectic, I’m just now getting back to doing this unbelievable story which I feel will give so many hope of a full recovery.When I interviewed Teryn in Episode 22 she talked about the other woman she met in the benzo groups who was as sick as her. Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Austin who is that person. Like Teryn she had become so physically ill her first husband had to stay home to take care of her. Benzo illness can lead to so many tragedies and triumphs. Her marriage ended in divorce. Austin is now happily remarried with five children, four of which she had after she recovered and has become a Registered Nurse.At the end of the podcast I make announcement about my new job. You can find me at cohealme.com.
RECAP SHOW 2022
It's been six months since we did our last podcast, so in this episode I'll talk about how the past year has gone for me, we check in with Lisa on her very slow symptom guided taper. We talk to Mellie who is fully recovered now, and we talk with Jim Thompson who we have been following with his Benzo taper now completed and his journey off of his antidepressant. Finally, I'll give some great updates with others that have we have interviewed in the past that you will want to hear. I hope you all enjoy the episode.
Medical Prescribers LISTEN to your Patients
This is an episode I’m doing by myself addressing medical professionals to be more informed and cautious when prescribing. I list reasons people were put on benzos from a survey years back. I list books and websites for them to educate themselves and I ask them to take responsibility for their lack of knowledge and harm they have caused.
Melissa Bond, Journalist - A Decision to Hold on a Taper
Melissa Bond is a narrative journalist and poet. In the years of her dependence on benzodiazepines, Melissa blogged and became a regular contributor for Mad in America. ABC World News Tonight interviewed her for a piece in January 2014. Melissa is a respected writer on the perils of over-prescribing benzodiazepines and has been featured on PBS Story in the Public Square, Radio West, the podcasts Risk!, IGNTD, and Psychology Unplugged. The Salt Lake Tribune and the New York Post have both done features on Bond's book Blood Orange Night, her memoir about becoming dependent upon and the withdrawal process coming off of benzodiazepines. Blood Orange Night was published by Simon & Schuster in June 2022. Learn more at MelissaABond.com
Jennifer DeGuilio: A Positive Attitude Through Tapering
Jennifer DeGuillio is a wife, mother of four and a health coach, who specializes in ketogenic living, nutrition, health and wellness. She has coached hundreds of women, who have successfully sustained a healthy lifestyle. Jennifer loves sharing knowledge and helping others. She is a passionate person who will go the extra mile and over-deliver.When an Iatrogenic illness to benzodiazepines took her by surprise, she used this same healthy lifestyle and positive attitude to approach her taper. She is proof, not everyone has to suffer when tapering a benzodiazepine.https://linktr.ee/JenniferDeguilio
The Best Benzodiazepine Show on Apple Podcasts
Having suffered benzodiazepine dependence, withdrawal, and relapse over the course of 17 years, I can write with confidence that this is best benzodiazepine-related podcast that I have found. It's tragic that there aren't more podcasts or resources like this show, given that people have been deeply struggling with benzodiazepines for many decades. I have found that discussing benzodiazepines online can be tricky; almost as if there are algorithms trained to 'cancel' accurate benzodiazepine content. The guests that appear on this show are a blessing for anyone enduring benzodiazepine issues, whether you're the sufferer or someone close to the sufferer, as they accurately relate the multifaceted aspects of dependence and withdrawal. Some of the best support in healthcare is peer support, so being able to hear guests' stories helps one to feel that they aren't alone and will heal one day. Losing loved ones, such as my Dad, was a difficult experience, but nothing in my entire life comes close to how difficult benzodiazepine issues are. This world is severely lacking in awareness about this subject which is why this podcast is so valuable and needed. Geraldine is an extraordinary and compassionate host. I thank God for her every time I listen to this podcast. I wish you all Love, Light, and Healing. You're going to be ok.
Geraldine keeps me going every day!
Geraldine Burns is a calm and dedicated benzo savior! Thank you for caring enough about those healing from benzo dependency and creating a supportive community to develop awareness in our communities, in the medical community, and help those trying to taper off these meds. The withdrawal symptoms are too difficult to do alone. You are a kind support to those trying so desperately to get off these medications!
Geraldine is amazing. The amount of love and care she puts into each episode is evident. I feel comforted hearing her voice and get so much great information from this podcast. If you or someone you know is suffering from Benzo use or withdraw you should listen.