2016 ONLINE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Yoga, Recovery and the Path to Wholeness
Dr. Joseph Lee
Recovering My Kid: Insights on Recovery for Young People
A Life Beyond the Ravages of Sugar
Sex, Drugs, 12 Steps and 12 Traditions
Dr. Jesse Hanson
The Road Back from Trauma
Thursday, Feb. 18
Dr. Gabor Mate
Your Pain: The Call to Healing
Meditations on Intention and Being
The 6 Tenets of Recovery
The Primal Blueprint: Food and Recovery from Addiction
A Survivor’s Guide Home to the Breath
Friday, Feb. 19
The 30-Day Sobriety Solution
Rewired: Changing Your Brain, Behavior and Life
Distraction & Separation: The Root Addictions
Dr. Blaise Aguirre
The Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Yoga Philosophy and Recovery
Saturday, Feb. 20
Myth, Storytelling and the Healing of the Soul
Addiction, Spirituality and Human Development
Secrets from a Yoga Master for Living an Authentic Life
Kundalini Rising: Connecting with the Divinity within
One Life at a Time: Wisdom from the Path
Sunday, Feb. 21
Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Approach to Healing Addiction
Practicing Our Way into Grace, Union and Freedom
Shadow and Light: Integrating All Aspects of the Self
Cutting Edge Approaches to Teen Recovery
“America is only 5% of the world’s population but we consume 75% of the world’s pharmaceutical drugs.”
Pharmaceutical companies are addicts – “profit addicts.” The companies used to be led by scientists and doctors. Now they are headed by businessmen who want to line their pockets and keep their stockholders happy. Even more frightening is the amount of money that Big Pharma spends lobbying Congress. Turns out it’s $422,000…per Congressman. And now there is a new “fast track fee” where the pharmaceutical companies can pay the FDA to okay their drug in a shorter time. You know, like how you slip the bouncer a $20 to cut to the front of the line…
This is the TED talk I mentioned during the Life is Prana discussion on the Power Hour, In The Rooms last night when subbing for Tommy Rosen (jan 2016).
“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.”
writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories.
… a story about a rep who had recently spent a day doing a “preceptorship,” a practice in which a drug company pays doctors to let a rep shadow them while they see patients. This rep was shadowing a high-prescribing psychiatrist at a med-check clinic. Med-check clinics are extremely busy sites where psychiatrists see large numbers of patients in quick succession, mainly to make sure that their medications are in proper order. At one point during the day, the rep said, a cheerful man in a wheelchair rolled into the office. Barely looking up from the stack of charts on his desk, Dr. C started quizzing the man about his medications. After a few minutes the man interrupted. “Look at me, Dr. C. Notice anything different?” Dr. C pushed his glasses up on top of his head and looked carefully at the patient for a few seconds before replying, “No, I don’t. What’s up?” The man smiled and said excitedly, “I got my legs cut off!”
Read more …
by Carl Elliot. As America turns its health-care system over to the market, pharmaceutical reps are wielding more and more influence—and the line between them and doctors is beginning to blur
There’s a saying in educational circles: white kids get diagnosed, black kids get disciplined. Poor and brown kids, too, disproportionately get suspended, expelled, transferred to “continuation” schools, or even arrested for behavioral problems as mild as swearing. White kids, especially if their parents have money, health insurance, and access to lawyers, are more likely to have even chronic discipline problems treated as symptoms needing investigation and assessment. Read more in this article
I am so honored to be on faculty for NIROGA Institute: Transforming Lives and Cultivating Compassionate Communities – Creating healthy, peaceful, and compassionate communities through universal access to Dynamic Mindfulness. I’ll be teaching two modules for their Yoga Therapy training – Ayurveda and Yoga of Recovery weekends there again next year. Please enquire with them to attend the full training or come to the public workshops available every weekend of the training on Sunday 1-4pm.
This is scientific indication of why Ancestor Rituals are part of Yoga of Recovery training …
Researchers have shown that certain fears might be inherited through generations, at least in animals.
Scientists at Emory University in Atlanta trained male mice to fear the smell of cherry blossom by pairing the smell with a small electric shock. Eventually the mice shuddered at the smell even when it was delivered on its own. Despite never having encountered the smell of cherry blossom, the offspring of these mice had the same fearful response to the smell – shuddering when they came in contact with it. So too did some of their own offspring.
On the other hand, offspring of mice that had been conditioned to fear another smell, or mice who’d had no such conditioning had no fear of cherry blossom. The fearful mice produced sperm which had fewer epigenetic tags on the gene responsible for producing receptors that sense cherry blossom. The pups themselves had an increased number of cherry blossom smell receptors in their brain, although how this led to them associating the smell with fear is still a mystery.
“I drank to drown those voices, because I wanted the bravado of a sexually liberated woman. I wanted the same freedom from internal conflict that my male friends seemed to enjoy. So I drank myself to a place where I didn’t care, but I woke up a person who cared enormously. Many yeses on Friday nights would have been nos on Saturday mornings. I had wanted alcohol to make me fearless, but by this point I was scared all the time. Afraid of what I’d said and done in blackouts. Afraid I would have to stop. Afraid of a life without alcohol, because booze had been my trustiest tool.
I needed alcohol to drink away the things that plagued me. Not just my doubts about sex – my self-consciousness, my loneliness, my insecurities, my fears. I drank away all the parts that made me human, in other words, and I knew this was wrong. My mind could cobble together a thousand PowerPoint presentations to keep me seated on a bar stool. But when the lights were off and I lay very quietly in my bed, I knew: there was something fundamentally wrong about losing the narrative of my own life. …”
from new book “Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget” by Sarah Hepola