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.
To Sue or Not to Sue: An Interview with Attorney Michael Mosher
In this episode I interview Attorney Michael Mosher who has 30 years of experience. Mr. Mosher has an extensive background in pharmacokinetics, the adverse reactions of various drugs as well as the proper administration of each psychotropic drug including anxiolytics (eg. Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin), hypnotics (Halcion, Dalmane, Restoril), stimulants (eg. Ritalin, dexedrine, Adderall), anticonvulsants (eg. Tegretol, Depakote, Neurontin), antidepressants (eg. all the SSRIs, Effexor and the tricyclic antidepressants), and neuroleptics, (eg. Zyprexa, Risperdal, Seroquil, Abilify).
Mr. Mosher has also settled numerous cases against doctors and drug companies involving illnesses and damage due to addiction/dependence via the use of Xanax, Klonopin and other benzodiazepines as well as injuries resulting from SSRIs.
Rose Yesha - Trapped in Psychiatry After One Panic Attack
Rose Yesha at age 17 had one panic and was prescribed an antidepressant. Within a week she had a severe reaction to the antidepressant and was put on benzodiazepine. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems with a concentration in Health Informatics and Behavioral Health Analytics. Listen to her story of how she got caught in psychiatry and is now working to get her life back along with her advocacy work to inform others.
(Benzo Warrior Community)
https://www.madinamerica.com/2020/07/one-panic-attack-led-15-years-psychiatric-drugs/ (Mad in America blog detailing my personal story with psychiatric medication)
In today’s episode we catch up with Jim Thompson to see how his taper is going and how his group is doing during Covid. We also get an update from Lisa who is working with Dr. Gary Kracoff, check in with Ken to see how he is doing since he was prescribed a benzo during Covid, and Melli who we talked to when she was benzo free day one. Then I’ll read updates on a few others past guests of the show.
Kim: A Short Term User - Goes from disabled to living a full life again
Kim was a married, working full time and the mother of one child at the time she was prescribed a benzodiazepine for neck pain. Within a short time she developed symptoms of tolerance and withdrawal and actually became very disabled to the point she had to return to her parents to be cared for. Listen to her story of suffering and recovery. She eventually goes back to work and has two more children. Recovery is possible!
Phil Eichinger - 30 Years on Benzos Who Heals to Total Health
Today we are doing our 30th show and I am so pleased to bring this interview with
Phil Eichinger who was on Ativan and other medications for 30 years. He is not only TOTALLY recovered, but says he is healthier than ever. If you ever thought your body couldn’t heal, or you were on too long and you can’t get better, this is the story of hope you need to listen to.
Ep. 29 Surviving the Holidays in 2020
Last December I did a Surviving the Holidays Podcast and said what I did to get through each year till I was well. Try to listen to that one before this one. But this year being more stressful with Covid-19, I thought I would bring you some things I’m thankful for and some suggestions for this time of year.
Interview with Jennifer
I just listened to the podcast. I must say, you and Geraldine did an excellent job with this. The Q and A was exemplary, and the interview was presented in a way that was most engrossing, keeping the listener craving more information as you went along. The rapport you and Geraldine have is profound, which made for a great presentation. I learned so much more from this than what I already knew.
The chronological account of you and your daughter's relationship was especially moving and expressed the insurmountable love you have for her. I hope that someday she will realize that what you did was in her best interest, and did it out of unconditional love for her.
I am sure that people listening to this podcast would find this to be a prodigious learning experience, and wake-up call, if they are considering taking a benzodiazepine. I believe that this interview would also be valuable in educating the prescribers of benzos, indicating that they are harmful, and that they should think twice before prescribing them.
I believe that the podcast would have a profound impact on the medical profession and should be included in all teaching files at hospitals, medical centers, clinics, and private practices.
I congratulate you and Geraldine on doing an outstanding job with this podcast.
I needed this
Thank you ! I , personally have struggled w mental health issues most of my life. The last ten + years my doctors have prescribed me Xanax, which led to Klonopin. At the end of 2019, my beloved psychiatrist retired & I was left without a prescribing doctor. My primary care doctor refuses to write the rx despite my begging & pleading & even for a referral. I’ve argued about how sick I am & pleaded to even have a safe medical weaning if they aren’t comfortable writing the script. I’ve been to the emergency room twice & searched for a new doctor to no avail. The emergency room will provide a one day supply. I’ve been breaking what pills I can get from those visits & a friend or even drug dealers. Down from 6mg total a day to .5 in a day. I’ve cracked a tooth grinding them .. I never realized what an addict I had become bc of these pills. If I had any idea, I would have pulled myself off of these years ago.
I made choices like not using drugs like heroin etc bc of what it does to users & how it owns them .. I see myself now in the very same grip only .. bc I obeyed my doctors orders and did what I thought was best.
I’m so angry w the doctors who just flippantly write these prescriptions & never really educate people about what they are truly getting into.
I’m so angry that they just dropped me despite all of the dangers & it feels like health don’t care.
Hearing your podcast made me feel like , at least I’m not alone & maybe I will get thru this.
What you need to know
Geraldine is delving into territories that so many of us need to know about and that can save lives. So many of us trust and go along with prescribed medications with absolutely no idea about the rabbit hole of addiction that can follow. Kudos to Geraldine for making a difference and her unwavering passion to inform and educate.