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Green Time TV: Environmental and Other Problems with Psychotropic Drugs

on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 9:33am

Nowhere are problems with medical interventions more clear than with psychotropic drugs.Factories for drug manufacture create effluent which poisons rivers and streams.Huge amounts of unused drugs get flushed down the toilet and go into sewers.

When medical treatment is unnecessary, the environment is damaged without anyone receiving benefit.The sickness industry is responsible for mining and processing the raw material that goes into equipment and buildings that provide diagnoses, treatments and hospitalizations.Some of these do not help us or even leave us in worse shape than we were before.Construction and parking lots for insurance and other medical-related buildings contribute to storm water runoff and overproduction of cement, one of the worst causes of CO2 emissions.

Green Time TV shows in January 2013 take a close look at psychotropic drugs and alternative approaches to emotional and behavioral problems. On January 5, Don Fitz interviews Dr. Larry Kiel who specializes in treatment for trauma.Dr. Kiel explains that medications cannot teach people how to deal with life challenges.He discusses successful approaches, including cognitive-behavior therapy, exposure therapy and perspective-taking therapy.


On January 12, they switch roles, with Dr. Kiel interviewing Don Fitz.Dr. They discuss environmental harm from manufacturing drugs and the dubious claim that psychological problems are caused by chemical imbalances.

All January Green Time shows include portions of The Marketing of Madness: Are We All Insane?This documentary provides an in-depth analysis of the many problems of psychiatric medication.

The number of children and teens being prescribed these drugs has shot upwards in recent years.Particularly worrisome are reports that young people are more likely to consider and commit suicide if they are medicated.On January 19, Anita Collins of Our Children’s Children addresses the concern that there could be massive overmedication of this age group.

The January 26 episode features Dr. Larry Kiel explaining problems with relying on psychoactive medications.Labels often warn users that the drugs can actually cause many of the problems that they are supposed to be curing.Most important, people with emotional difficulties need to form new ways of thinking about their problems and new behavior patterns.Dr. Kiel believes that interpersonal therapy, and not drugs, can help people work out solutions.

Green Time now airs on KNLC stations in four Missouri areas.It appears at noon on Saturdays in St. Louis on Channel 24-1 and at 8 pm on Mondays in St. Louis on Channel 24-2, Springfield on Channel 39, Joplin on Channel 36 and Marshfield on Channel 17.

January Green Time programs air on Saturdays, Mondays & Wednesday s on these dates:

  ·January 5, 7 & 9: “Not a Drug Therapy;”

·January 12, 14 & 16: “Psychotropic Drugs & the Environment;”

·January 19, 21 & 23: “Are Too Many Psych Drugs Going to Kids & Teens?”

·January 26, 28 & 30: “Emotional & Environmental Costs of Psychotropic Drugs.”

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