Peterson interview tells all!
Described as the closest thing psychology has to a rock star, Jordan Peterson rose to celebrity status after his opposition to Canadian “Bill C16” which cost him his teaching job. His criticism of Socialism and Communist ideologies made him both a hero of the Right and a target of hatred from the Left.
Peterson’s lectures often utilised archetypes and well known stories to convey his lessons, so it is interesting to see how his own life-journey parallels that of Gandalf from Lord Of The Rings.
Much like the wizard’s arrival in various Middle Earth locations, Peterson’s lecture tours are greeted with equal amounts of anticipation and suspicion.
To the Left he is a harbinger of evil, and to a Conservative like this author, he is the bringer of common sense and logic; a ray of light in a darkening world.
Like Gandalf, Peterson fell into darkness battling a seemingly invincible demon. Gandalf’s demon was the Balrog. Peterson’s demon was benzodiazepine.
The timing of Peterson’s fall into darkness seemed to coincide uncannily with the fall of the whole world into the COVID-19 pandemic and all it’s “Lock Step” initiatives, with the orchestrated protests and riots (ostensibly triggered by the George Floyd incident) heaped on top.
But now, just as per the LOTR “death and resurrection” narrative, Peterson is back, “at the hour of greatest need”, ready to shine the light of reason into a world gone mad.
Clearly, Peterson has much healing still to do, but as the following interview shows, despite his tired body, his intellect is as sharp as ever.
The following are links that may help elucidate some of the topics we discussed in this episode:
Paradoxical reaction to benzodiazepines – a condition dad was diagnosed with https://www.acep.org/how-we-serve/sec… – Akathisia – something dad really really really suffered from – https://w-bad.org/akathisia/ – “Many medical professionals don’t recognize akathisia or that it’s a drug-induced state. Instead, they write off the symptoms as a “worsening of mental illness” or other condition. Sometimes they even raise the dose of the offending drug and when the patient’s condition worsens as a result, they may prescribe more medication which can sometimes further exacerbate the problem or that fail to offer relief. If the medical professionals you encounter are ignorant about akathisia or attempt to blame it on “something else”, present them with medical information on the condition or search until you find a knowledgeable physician.” – Catatonia and benzo withdrawal – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8835707/ – Suicidality and benzodiazepines – https://www.psychiatrist.com/PCC/arti… – “The majority of studies identified in this review report a positive correlation between prescribed benzodiazepines and attempted or completed suicide.” https://www.healio.com/news/psychiatr… – Dependence vs. Addiction – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSdYl… – Benzodiazepine use and dementia risk – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti… – Benzo prescription rates: “More than one in eight U.S. adults (12.6 percent) used benzodiazepines in the past year” https://www.psychiatry.org/newsroom/n… – Examples of severe benzo withdrawal from prescribed benzos: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakin…http://www.benzo-case-japan.com/my-st…https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti… – A particularly heartbreaking experience http://www.zakstein.org/for-meghan-te… –
Celebrity deaths involving benzos:
Anna Nicole Smith, Whitney Houston, – https://www.thestar.com/life/health_w… Heath Ledger – https://edition.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/… Michael Jackson – http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article… Philip Seymour Hoffman – https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsul… Amy Winehouse – https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/270… Tom Petty – https://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea… – Benzos and early death: The study’s results state the statistically significant chances of early death double with the prescription of a benzodiazepine. https://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g… – Overdose risk of benzos with opioids: “Yet over 30 percent of opioid-related overdoses also include benzodiazepines. One study published this year showed that using benzos with opioids increases overdose risk five-fold compared with using opioids only.” https://www.upmc.com/media/news/opioi…https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics… – Warnings for benzodiazepine usage: “If benzodiazepines are needed daily, people shouldn’t take them for longer than two to four weeks. If used long term, then it’s best only to take them two to three times a week.” https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/02/antia… – The Ashton Protocol – how some people get off of benzos – not something Dad could tolerate given his paradoxical reaction and akathisia https://benzo.org.uk/manual/ – Collecting duct carcinoma – the cancer mom miraculously recovered from – https://www.currentoncology.com/index… – Sodium metabisulfite allergy symptoms – the original cause of the benzodiazepine prescription – https://foodallergycanada.ca/food-all… – Other links about benzos: https://medicatingnormal.com/benzodia…https://www.theinnercompass.org/learn…https://www.benzobuddies.org