Not As Crazy As You Think Podcast

Not As Crazy As You Think Podcast

Mental Health is attainable for anyone--especially those labeled with mental illness. Join artist, memoir writer, and bipolar psychiatric survivor, Jen Gaita Siciliano each Wednesday at 6pm, as she challenges our world's current limited understanding of mental illness in interviews with artists, healers, educators and shamans, who offer fresh perspectives on mental health and creativity. Episodes also include Jen's personal writing on living as a bipolar creative, as well as news commentary that exposes psychiatry as an incompatible paradigm with the true landscape of the human mind. If you are ready for a new narrative on the mental realm in a place that celebrates crazy and cool without penalty, then Not As Crazy As You Think is for you!

Episodes

October 1, 2021 36 min

Not As Crazy As You Think Podcast (S2, E24), Special Edition On Location: 2021 Essential Music and Art Show in Bushwick with Jen Gaita Siciliano and Todd D. Goldfinger (S2, E24)
   
In the first "On Location" episode of Not as Crazy As You Think Podcast, Jen Gaita Siciliano and guest co-host Todd D. Goldfinger head down to Wyckoff Ave in  Bushwick, Brooklyn to the yearly Essential Music and Art Show.  Three artists join the ...

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In the episode, A Reading From My Memoir: Chapter 6, "Mahander" (S2, E23), with my physical illness worsening, my new cabbie, Mahander rushes me to the Delta airline agency so I can purchase an emergency flight ticket home, then ushers me back to the Grand Western Regionale Hotel, where in fear and overwhelm I make deals with God on my knees in broken-hearted cries. Just as I’m about to lose all hope, I hear the whisper of ...

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In the episode, A Candid Interview with Todd D. Goldfinger on Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Psychedelic Medicine (S2, E22), musician, podcaster, and talk show host on mental health, Todd Goldfinger, openly shares his own personal journey with mental illness, suicide, and psychosis, as well as his road to recovery. An advocate of psychedelic medicine in the field of psychiatry, Todd's story makes a compelling case for DMT i...

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In the episode, "The Medicine of Cannabis: An Overview for Medical Professionals and Policymakers, with Dr. Lynn Parodneck (S2, E21)," Dr. Lynn shares the whitepaper she and her colleagues worked on that was presented to Washington and published by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and the NCIA Policy Council. She reviews the history behind criminalization, which has racist roots, and how things are changing...

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In the episode, "#FreeBritney Means Freedom From Psychiatry, The Uncredited Conservator" (S2, E20),  I review the deepest problem about Britney Spears' abusive conservatorship, which is how the psychiatric institution has set-up a system where this kind of exploitation can thrive. In its ability to convince others, and even the court, that they are the medical experts on human behavior, psychiatry has the last word on w...

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In the episode, Alternatives to Psychiatry: Healing from Mental Distress with Chaya Grossberg (S2, E19), intuitive healer, author, and psych meds withdrawal counselor, Chaya  Grossberg joins the conversation and shares her personal story of dropping out of the psychiatric system and choosing a new way. Driven by her own disabling experience as a young person forced to take psych meds, she made it her life mission to help others. Un...

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In the episode, "American Eugenics, the Immigrant Degenerate, and Systemic Racism (S2, E18)," I share more of the ideology of Eugenics, or the practice of selectively breeding humans to achieve a better race, which has been taught in America since the early 20th century. Is it superior genes that excludes poverty from someone’s experience? Or the ability to afford an education? In the belief that defective genes run in fami...

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In the episode "Creating a Fit Lifestyle: Exercise and Nutrition for Maintaining Mental Health with Eric Krawetz (S2, E17)," Eric and I discuss how exercise is not only beneficial for physical strength and flexibility, but also mental health, especially in dealing with depression.  Steadfastly committed to his workout regimen and nutritional choices, Eric offers keen insight on how to get started with making a lasting lifes...

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In the episode "Dogmas of Science Part 2: Gene-centered Inheritance or Sheldrake's Morphic Resonance? (S2, E16)" I share Genome-wide Association Studies (GWAS) that are analyzing genomes of the bipolars and the "genetically depressed." I ask the question, where is this science taking us if one doesn't subscribe to the materialist worldview?  This research only supports the theory that the mind is inside the ...

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In the episode "Dogmas of Science Part 1: Rupert Sheldrake, Consciousness and the Mechanistic Biomedical Model (S2, E15)," I share what materialist scientists believe is true about human consciousness, and how it relates to the biomedical model in psychiatry.  Scientist Rupert Sheldrake in his book The Science Delusion, presents an alternative perspective about the human mind and consciousness as he shares how the scientifi...

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In the episode, "The Shamanic Journey: Making Meaning  and Breaking into Reality Through Psychosis (S2, E14)" I share the process of madness inside the shamanic journey that so many bipolars and schizophrenics enter with ease but never learn how to navigate. In shamanic cultures, the dreamwalker is not viewed as mentally ill but as healer, the gifted one who can access information from the other side to help those afflicted...

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In the episode "Retrieving the Beautiful Brain I Was Born With: My Psych Meds Withdrawal Journey Begins (S2, E13)," I share the start of my withdrawal journey from psychiatric drugs. After being on forced brain meds for 27 years,  I take on the challenge and face the dangerous path of removing my psych meds for good. After reviewing the experience of what the institution took away from my life through changing my brain, I s...

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In the episode, "The Creative Learner: Expressing Mood Through Music and Art with Musician Tom Bitondo (S2, E12)," musician and piano teacher Tom Bitondo shares his insight on what it means to live with purpose through a creative mind. Whether it be in his own music or connecting with his students, Tom's depth of knowledge and passion for music tell a lyrical story that inspires. We chat about how kids are learning the ...

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In the episode "Cannabis Talk with Dr. Lynn Parodneck: New York Recreation and What's Next for the Plant That Heals (S2, E11)," I interview  expert in the field Dr. Lynn Parodneck, a medical doctor with over 20 years of experience. Lynn branched out into community based medicine and now offers her skills in helping patients with medical marijuana treatment. We chat about the healing cannabis plant, as Lynn shares New Yo...

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In the episode, "The Imperialist Global Mental Health Movement and a Reading of Chapter 5: A Sentence to Bear (S2, E10)," I share how the global mental health movement gained some traction in 2018 with the release of a report published by The Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development, which was presented at a lavish summit hosted by the UK. Jhilmil Breckinridge from the Bohr Foundation in India, ...

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In the episode, Transhumanism is the Future--Whether We Like It Or Not; Part I: Are You Terran or Cosmist? (S2, E9), I give an introduction to the beginnings of transhumanism philosophy, which will shed light on our current race towards the singularity, as the biotech explosion is affecting every area of our future. The Transhumanism agenda is growing steadily and reaching a charging  momentum. Are we ready? The conversation needs ...

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In the episode, "CRISPR, Germline Editing, and Market-based Eugenics: A Glance at Modern-day Science Ethics (S2, E8)," I share the history, non-ethics, and worldwide scandal of the troublemaking CRISPR along with its off-target philosophy.

With the 2020 Nobel Prize honoring two women in Chemistry last year for their co-discovery of the gene-editing technology CRISPR, the world of medicine is set on the brink of change. But ...

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Show Notes:

A reading from my memoir, Not As Crazy As You Think
Chapter 4:      The Taj Mahal

Along the 7-hour bus ride to the Taj Mahal, Aneesa from South Africa becomes my traveling companion, while a Bollywood-wannabe tour guide shares every detail about the most beautiful monument of love yet to stand on the face of this earth. The triumphant Taj Mahal reveals to me the kind of breathtaking beauty I never knew existed.

But after o...

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In the episode, "On TikTok and Mental Health: A Non-Professional Conversation from the Heart with Kailey Bartholomew (S2, E6)," Kailey and I analyze a commentary in an article highlighting the mental health creators on TikTok and discuss why the informal conversation on mental health needs to take place even more now than ever before. Opening up about her own personal experience on therapy, labels, meds, and alternative hea...

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Show Notes:

In this episode I read the third chapter "The Brahman Class," from my memoir, Not As Crazy As You Think. In 1994, I arrive in New Delhi, India to visit an old college friend, who was born into the royal Brahman Class. After meeting Sumit's parents, I learn how this highest class believes they’ve earned their lucky place in the caste system at the top of the evolutionary pyramid through the principle of Karma....

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