Derek Beres is a multi-faceted author, media expert, and fitness instructor based in Los Angeles. On the EarthRise Podcast, he discusses movement, neuroscience, psychology, mythology, technology, and music, sometimes alone, sometimes with guests.
93: Medicating Normal (with Angela Peacock & Wendy Ratcliffe)
Medicating Normal follows the journeys of a newly married couple, a female combat veteran, a waitress, and a teenager whose doctors prescribed psychiatric drugs for stress, mild depression, sleeplessness, focus, and trauma. The subjects struggle with serious physical and mental side effects as well as neurological damage that resulted from taking the drugs as prescribed and also from attempting to withdraw.
Angela Peacock, MSW, is a US Army veteran, benzo survivor, member of BIC’s medical board, and a tireless advocate for those who struggle with PTSD and psychiatric drugs. Her story is highlighted in Medicating Normal.
Wendy Ratfcliffe was associate producer for the documentary Beyond Measure by Vicki Abeles. Medicating Normal is her first feature film. She has been involved in regenerative agriculture and alternative education for two decades. She has a B.A. in History from Yale University and an MBA from Duke University, and a diploma in Waldorf Education.
92: Predicting the Pandemic (with R.P. Eddy)
RP Eddy served at the White House National Security Council and as a senior US diplomat. He was Chief of Staff to US Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke, Senior Adviser to Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson, and Senior Policy Officer to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, where he served as an architect of the Global Fund to Prevent AIDS, TB, and Malaria. He is the CEO of Ergo, a strategy and geopolitical intelligence firm. Ergo is behind the COVID-19 Intelligence Forum, a team of public health officials, epidemiologists, and immunization experts, including HR McMaster, Reince Priebus, and Richard Clarke, a former Special Advisor to the President for Cybersecurity. Eddy co-wrote the 2017 book, Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes, with Clarke.
91: Do antidepressants create more mental illness than they cure? (with Robert Whitaker)
Robert Whitaker is an American journalist and author who has won numerous awards as a journalist covering medicine and science, including the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association for Science Writers’ Award for best magazine article. In 1998, he co-wrote a series on psychiatric research for the Boston Globe that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. His first book, Mad in America, was named by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of 2002. Anatomy of an Epidemic won the 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for best investigative journalism.
90: Lack of Grace
I came across this article today and had to respond. This melding of “wellness” with right-wing conspiracies is really disturbing. Specifically, I discuss implicit bias and white privilege in the context of the following paragraph.
“There seem to be many incongruences with the black man who was murdered, was he really who he said he was, did he actually die, was that man really a cop, did they really work together, why was his casket closed, why was there even a big funeral allowed with politicians & celebrities when people all around the world are being denied funerals right now, why were protests suddenly allowed to happen when a week earlier we were told NOT to go outside, why were there riots, why were there 2 groups (peaceful protestors vs. destructive riotors), where did the rioters come from, why were bricks planted everywhere…..so many things being said about the situation of what is true and what is not true.”
89: An Honest Conversation About Race (with Dax-Devlon Ross)
Dax-Devlon Ross has led a career as an educator, non-profit executive, equity consultant, and journalist with a focus on social justice. His recent investigative journalism has appeared in The Washington Post, NY Times, and The Guardian. In this episode, we discuss his recent essay, “A Letter to My White Male Friends of a Certain Age.”
We had a number of problems with Zoom, so I apologize for the audio quality. This conversation is too important to not release.
88: The Kelly Brogan Effect & Red Pills (with Matthew Remski and Julian Walker)
Matthew Remski and Julian Walker join me to discuss the many suspect medical claims made by Kelly Brogan and Sayer Ji. We also talk about Julian’s new essay, “The Red Pill Overlap.”
Read Matthew on Brogan and Julian’s essay.
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Three cheers for journalism at its best
I very much enjoy Derek's podcast, his insightful guests and his attention to the critical topics of our time. I deeply respect his dedication to keeping the ethics of journalism alive. I know with all the half-baked dissemination of information (I won't call it all news) out there, I can turn to Derek and his colleagues for the values that journalism is meant to uphold. I began my college career in journalism and switched to an English major in creative writing. Listening to Derek inspires me on a deep level, having such an affinity for journalism and how important it is to the fabric of our world. ~ Diane, host of Urban Siren Podcast
Love the Kelly Brogan episode
Kelly Brogan is wolf in sheep’s clothing. How do I know? I’ve participated in her programs and met other women who’ve had negative experiences under her “care.”
Kelly entices vulnerable people into her care with feigned flattery, understanding, and validation. She works with people who’ve had difficult, even life-threatening, experiences with medicine and doctors, indoctrinates them into her natural living “philosophy,” then shames them through victim-blaming, shunning, and verbose spiritual gobbledygook and inaccurate science when they ask critical questions and inquire about why they’re not feeling better.
The woman is running a cult. Her employees are patients. She’s a greedy narcissist and this podcast was one of the first sources I found that was calling it.
Thank you for your service.
Consistent intelligent discussions
Each conversation is relevant to the guest, yet relates back to several themes that run through all the episodes. He'll weave in a lot of the same points and facts, so you end up getting several perspectives on the same topic. He is well prepared and manages to ask at least one question that surprises the guest and forces them to really pause and consider their response.