interview with Alan Cassels, co-author of 'Selling Sickness: How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All into Patients'
In May 2006, the cross Canada Healthy Mind Body Planet Tour reached Victoria, B.C. While there, one of the people interviewed was Alan Cassels. This episode is that entire interview, with questions from Angela Bischoff of Greenspiration! and Kelly Reinhardt of boilingfrog.
(0:00 - 0:58) intros
(0:59 - 2:18) what was the inspiration for the book?
(2:29 - 3:25) disease mongering is not new
(3:25 - 4:34) there is no evidence to suggest someone who is depressed is serotonin deficient
(4:35 - 6:25) why do doctor's buy into it then? it's the marketing...
(6:26 - 8:53) who's driving the research and education?
(8:54 - 10:06) in a seven minute doctor visit all you'll usually get is a prescription
(10:07 - 10:55) is there a public role in studying and promoting alternative therapies?
(10:56 - 14:32) what impact has the book had?
(14:43 - 17:26) you wonder what side the government regulators are on
(17:27 - 20:57) social anxiety disorder - an award winning marketing success story, creating markets that didn't exist before
(20:58 - 25:21) more clever marketing strategies - old drugs for new conditions, cashing in on side-effects
(25:22 - 26:21) doctor's as pushers, the addictive nature of drugs
(26:22 - 28:53) what can we do? what drives change?
(28:54 - 29:56) riding a bike is good for mental health! let's put $ into bike lanes
(29:57 - 30:44) extro
Available Now with a minimum donation of $25, the Limited Edition HMBP Presentation DVD, complete with the live presentations and videos that toured Canada coast to coast in the spring of 2006. An excellent information package created to inform citizens about the dangers of anti-depressant drugs and how the pharmaceutical industry manipulates us.
All donations will fund a feature length tour documentary 'Off The Rails'. Description and Mailing address at bottom of this page. (easily accessed by pressing Ctrl End)
For more on the Healthy Mind Body Planet Tour read Angela's blog (Tooker's widow) and the Depression Expression tabloid at Greenspiration. Previous HMBP Series are listed below. As well stay tuned to rabblevision for further HMBP Tour videos.
Please spend some time at Greenspiration to learn more about Tooker's, and his widow Angela Bischoff's ongoing work for social justice and the environment.
Dr. Abram Hoffer interview
From his office at the Orthomolecular Vitamin Information Centre Dr Hoffer explains how ortholecular medicine began, it's successes and the opposition to it from the medical establishment.
On the Farm with Percy Schmeiser
Percy highlights potential dangers of eating GMO's (genetically modified organisms)
Communal Health: Can we de-toxify our society?
HMBP Series / Episode 8
Corporate Control: Why modern medicine is killing us?
HMBP Series / Episode 7: During the Healthy Mind, Body, Planet multi-media tour, boilingfrog presented two video Modules, “Corporate Control” and “Communal Health”. These modules used excerpts from a variety of audio, visual and printed mediums. Many of these excerpts represent fabulous pieces of work that should be experienced in their entirety and are listed below. Other excerpts that are not identified below have been taken from tv news and corporate messages. These divergent media sources have been woven together to reflect our awakenings. Albeit overwhelming at times, we’ve tried to be fast-passed and entertaining, to expose the dilemma of the conscious mind, close your eyes and stay happy or dig deep, take action and avoid burnout.
Alternative Exposures: Montreal, Killaloe, Ottawa
HMBP Series / Episode 6: While on the HMBP Tour, Angela, Kelly and Bridget make their way to Montreal, Ottawa, and Killaloe where professionals and citizens speak out about health issues. See how whistle blower Dr. Michele Brill-Edwards fights for better health care. Hear the story of healer Gastone Naessens and how citizens are teaching themselves to be healthy.
Playing with Democracy (remix)
HMBP Series / Episode 5: A short remix of the hit video, 'Playing with Democracy' from the 2000 Toronto Mayoral campaign. See why Tooker Gomberg was the best candidate, and learn about some issues that affect everyone, everywhere.
HMBP Series / Episode 4: A short remix of the 1991 video that Tooker Gomberg produced to highlight the growing concern about environmental degradation, and his favourite solution - the bicycle.
HMBP Series / Episode 3: In Halifax, the Healthy Mind Body Planet Tour spends time on the bridge where Tooker breathed his last, and visit with the Justice Ministers staff and the Chief Medical Examiner calling for an inquiry into his death.
HMBP Series / Episode 2: On April 1, 2006 the Healthy Mind Body Planet Tour begins at Union (yoga) Station in Toronto, Canada. By train and car we aim for Halifax, Nova Scotia.
HMBP Series / Episode 1: Introducing boilingfrog’s presentation on the Healthy Mind Body Planet Tour, April 3 - June 20, 2006. What have drug companies accomplished? Why are alternatives inaccessible?
and listen to our other audio podcasts from the Healthy Mind Body Planet Tour:
Friends of Tooker, Halifax
Critical Dialogue with Dr. Michele Brill-Edwards
Fredericton 2: up close in the Underground
Fredericton: Stories from the Underground
Critical Dialogue with Dr. David Zitner
WARNING: There may be drugs in your food.
Elsipogtog Speaks Out
Launching the Healthy Mind Body Planet Tour
Support the HMBP tour documentary 'Off The Rails'.
Send us $25 towards the doc and we'll send you the Limited Edition HMBP Presentation DVD, jam packed with information and complete with live presentations and videos that toured Canada coast to coast in the spring of 2006.
other Extras on the Limited Edition DVD include:
- Depression Expression tabloid (20 page colour pdf document)
- Treatment for documentary ‘Off The Rails’ (text summary)
- 12 Audio files including interviews with Dr. Michele
Brill-Edwards, Dean Fergussen, Dr. David Zitner, gripping testimonials, and two songs – Le Monde a
Bicyclette and Now is Well.
- 6 Videos including interviews with Dr. Abram Hoffer, Percy
Schmeiser, breathtaking scenery, and three HMBP tour shorts.
(Note: many of the extras on the DVD are also available here. see links above)
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