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Psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, MD believes you can make a marvelous life. Great guests, callers, and conversations to inspire you.

Psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, MD believes you can make a marvelous life. Great guests, callers, and conversations to inspire you.
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Psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, MD believes you can make a marvelous life. Great guests, callers, and conversations to inspire you.




The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 10.18.17

Journalist and educator Patrick Hahn joins me to share a theme that has increasingly drawn my attention—the industrialization of our lives from before birth to after death. The Pharmaceutical Empire along with the medical/psychiatric industry thinks nothing of poisoning children in the womb with drugs that cross the placenta to harm fetal development and that after birth cross through the mother’s milk to keep the deadly process going. The giant food industry pushes substitutes for...

Duration: 00:59:00

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 10.11.17

Pam Popper, ND, PhD is the nutritionist who has vastly improved my life and my wife Ginger’s life. We have a wide-ranging talk about the similar problems in medicine, psychiatry and nutrition, most of which are driven by industrial profit making instead of sound ethics and science. Pam and I share our mutual critiques and our vision for how it should be in these life-saving fields that too often ruin lives. Hear about our cosponsored conference November 10-12, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio,...

Duration: 00:59:44

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 10.04.17

My guest is Dr. Jeanne Stolzer, professor of child development and a dear friend, who has opened my eyes to new ideas since I first met her. Our conversation epitomizes where my thinking is going—toward the integration of nutrition and relationship as the keys to human life, going back to the unborn child in its mother’s womb and then the nursing infant and mother. From the start of life, relationship and nutrition are inextricable. In earlier societies, relationship and nutrition were...

Duration: 00:58:26

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.27.17

A potentially lifesaving show where I talk in the second half hour about nutritional changes you can make that can improve your physical health dramatically The first half hour briefly describes our upcomingcombined nutritional and emotional well-being conference, starting on November 12 in Ohio. ( Then I am joined by my guest Peter Gøtzsche, the marvelous, heroic Danish physician, and critic of psychiatry who will be speaking at the...

Duration: 00:51:41

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.13.17

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – replayed from 12.21.16 Involuntary treatment has led to untold numbers of individual abuses, rampant torture in state hospitals, ECT and lobotomy, neurotoxic drugs, gross offenses against constitutional and human rights, and crimes against humanity. At the Nuremberg Doctors’ trials, involuntary psychiatric “euthanasia” would be described as an entering wedge into the Holocaust. Esteemed Danish medical researcher Peter Gøtzsche, MD, and I confront the horror of...

Duration: 00:57:02

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.20.17

Lawyer and cardiologist Brant Mittler MD is man of enormous insight into the problems of monitoring and evaluating medical and psychiatric treatment, and brims over with enthusiasm for critically intelligent conversation. We talk about a psychiatrist Brant reviled in his medical training, and how I was later an expert against the same doctor. The psychiatrist was abusing his patients and when they complained he would send them to Harvard for lobotomies. Here about the remarkable outcomes...

Duration: 00:58:51

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.06.17

John Read PhD is a psychologist who has taught and researched in Great Britain, Australia and the US. He has taken on many of the most important mental health issues of our time: the role of neglect and abuse in all so-called mental disorders, the role of trauma in hearing voices, the dreadful impact of long-term exposure to antidepressants, the harm of ECT, and the best approaches to healing emotional suffering, including family interventions. John ‘s voice is positive as he keeps us in...

Duration: 00:59:22

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.30.17

The best one-hour discussion about nutrition available anywhere. Nutritionist Pam Popper PhD discusses why people now have so many medical problems that barely or never existed before modern times, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease, as well as seemingly infinite numbers of immune disorders. The answer is nutrition: we humans no longer eat what evolution prepared us to eat. From there we discuss the general relationship between poor nutrition and emotional...

Duration: 00:59:16

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.16.17

I start this hour by describing an extraordinary attack on my free speech that is currently unfolding surrounding the Michelle Carter suicide-by-texting trial. Please keep track on my Frequent Alerts on Then Stefan Ecks, PhD, provides us with information that no one else in the world possesses. It concerns the marketing and consumptions of medications, including psychiatric drugs, in India and other less developed societies. His fascinating information gives insight into...

Duration: 00:59:33

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.09.17

Robert E. Wubbolding, EdD is a practitioner of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy developed by psychiatrist William Glasser, who was a close ally and a friend of mine in his later years. Bob is doing a great job worldwide spreading Reality Therapy. He shares with me his wisdom and experience about how to help people from coaching to intensive psychotherapy, and also about the personality of Bill Glasser.

Duration: 00:58:56

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 08.02.17

Marriage and family therapists Kermit Cole and Louisa Putnam do a wonderful job sharing experiences as family therapists. They have the unique perspective of a couple who works as a team in helping other couples. They bring a broad social perspective. They are also remarkable in their lifelong devotion to psychiatric reform and their leadership in key reform organizations such as Mad in American and The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. Their way of life is informative,...

Duration: 00:58:44

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 07.12.17

Kim Olver, psychotherapist and William Glaser Institute director, talks with us again and in more depth about psychotherapy—the basic principles, how to relate to people we are helping, and how to train people to help others. Both of us believe that mental health services can be delivered better and much less expensively by training good people to be therapists without requiring extensive prior schooling and professional degrees. By making training and certificates more easily available,...

Duration: 01:02:16

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 07.19.17

Terry Lynch is an Irish GP who became a psychotherapist and now devotes himself to helping people through his practice, his books, and his courses for professionals and the public. On the air on my radio show today, I listened to him amazed at how similarly we see the human struggle and how to help people with it. He puts important ideas into words that mirror my own thoughts, only said more clearly, and with a lovely Irish accent. If you care about people and about understanding their...

Duration: 01:00:04

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 07.05.17

My guest Dr. Michael Guy Thompson is creating a radically innovative home for people with serious emotional suffering in San Francisco. Called Gnosis Retreat, it breaks completely with the medical model and views distress as a part of being human. Michael and I talk about friendship and love in recovery and in life. We examine the necessity of helping people “off the grid” to avoid government and psychiatric interference. The problem is not the “high cost” of good approaches because some...

Duration: 00:58:17

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 06.28.17

A wonderful hour with psychotherapist Michael Cornwall as we talk about helping people in “extreme states.” These are people, in Michael’s words, who get “medically cursed” instead of helped. We explore the true nature of extreme states and helping these people without diagnosing and drugging them. Extreme states can lead to new growth and learning. But artificially inducing them with psychoactive drugs like LSD, in my view, is too dangerous an approach; and I emphasize the risks of...

Duration: 00:58:19

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 06.14.17

My guest is British Aristocracy. Luke Montagu is the heir to Mapperton, the finest manor house in England, and is slated to one day become the Earl of Sandwich. But it has not been a charmed or fairytale life and antidepressants almost destroyed him. Instead of retreating into dreams of becoming an Earl, Luke has become one of the most compassionate and caring people I have had the honor to interview on the Dr. Peter Breggin Hour. He puts efforts in supporting the spirituality of the Dali...

Duration: 00:59:15

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 06.07.17

Kim Olver is a coach, counselor and director of the William Glasser Institute. My organization is cosponsoring a great conference with her July 26-29, 2017, including a full-day workshop on July 26 with me and Bob Whitaker (, click on Upcoming Events). The show with Kim focuses on what people really need to have good lives and then progresses to how a person can become a well-trained certified counselor or coach without going through too much unnecessary and often...

Duration: 00:58:34

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 05.31.17

My guest Pam Popper, PhD, ND, believes in informed medical decision making and this has led her to partner with me in delivering educational materials and now clinical services aimed at making science-based nutritional, mental health, and medical services widely available. Together, we aim at vastly increasing the available of both the information and the services that people need for healthier minds and bodies. We also preview our upcoming joint conference on nutrition, medicine and...

Duration: 00:58:39

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 05.24.17

“The FDA does more to legitimize drugs than to monitor them!” That’s what I conclude while talking with my guest, courageous Kim Witczak, who lost her husband to a Zoloft suicide, and who has gone on to be a Consumer Representative on FDA Advisory Committees. Kim is your eyes inside the FDA and every show with her is enlightening.

Duration: 00:57:19

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 05.17.17

Did you know that ADHD kids have smaller brains? The esteemed British journal Lancet and 80 plus authors say so, and the media has spread the news. We must be grateful to my guest, Michael Corrigan, EdD, an educator and researcher, for debunking the study, and looking at what is really going on with this fraudulent diagnosis. Claiming that ADHD children have smaller brains fits into a long history of racist and misogynistic claims about white men have larger brains. [...]

Duration: 00:58:37

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