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In this episode, Mikhaila hosts Beverley Thomson, a psychiatrist and author. They delve into mental health and the problems with pharmaceuticals. Beverley enlightens us about the increasing number of people on antidepressants, the brain changes that result from extended exposure, how to get off prescription drugs safely, the problem with generic drugs, and much more. They both share their attempts at navigating a ghastly health care system, and Mikhaila talks about Dr. Peterson’s awful experience going through akathisia. If you suffer or know someone suffering from antidepressants, this episode is for you.
Beverley Thomson, is a writer, researcher, and speaker with a focus on psychiatric medication like antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and ADHD drugs. Beverley has intensely studied how these meds work, their history, side effects, the potential for dependence, and the effects of withdrawal.
Beverley has worked with the British Medical Association, the Scottish Government, and the UK Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry. Her book Antidepressed: A Breakthrough Examination of Epidemic Antidepressant Harm and Dependence, is available now.
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133. Finding God | Jonathan Pageau - MP Podcast #133
1:23:19This episode was sponsored by -NordPass. Get 50% off a 2-year plan + a free month at https://nordpass.com/TMPP or with code “TMPP” -Schwank Grills. Visit https://schwankgrills.com or use code “JP150” now for $150 OFF an American-made, 1500-degree grill + grill cover. In this episode, Mikhaila hosts French Canadian symbolic thinker, YouTuber, editor of the Orthodox Arts Journal, and icon carver Jonathan Pageau, an explorer of how (underlying) symbolic patterns emerge, develop, and then manifest in religion, art, pop culture, etc. Mikhaila and Jonathan discuss finding God, the Protestant church (and the Reformation), human compassion, ways to go to Heaven (and Hell), the Protestant people (or: Purgatory denial), Christianity for mystics, the Bible, and—not least—the story of Purgatory. If you enjoyed this conversation, be sure to subscribe and hit the bell button! ———————————— Find Jonathan on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/JonathanPageau Twitter https://twitter.com/pageaujonathan Learn more about his carvings http://pageaucarvings.com/index.html https://patreon.com/jonathanpageau and carving classes https://jonathanpageau.thinkific.com/... ———————————— Follow Me On ———————————— All Platforms: https://linktr.ee/mikhailapeterson Facebook: https://facebook.com/mikhailapeterson Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikhailaAleksis Instagram: https://instagram.com/mikhailapeterson Telegram channel: https://t.me/mikhailapeterson ———————————— Show Notes ———————————— [00:00] Intro [01:30] Pageau’s background [02:33] How he got into symbolism [03:33] Pageau’s pattern, explained [06:56] Why the pattern matters [09:44] Mikhaila finding God [23:05] Mikhaila’s church-hunt [24:31] Prayer & life’s extremes [26:13] "Moderating with prayer and worship is part of it… Giving up success to something above you so it doesn't carry you too high" - Jonathan Pageau [28:19] Sharing beliefs with family [28:39] Mikhaila’s demon-experience [35:22] Bridging the story world and psychology with religion [35:47] "If a literalist [or] uneducated person says ‘don't do that, you'll go to hell,’ they're usually telling the truth" - JP [36:06] "There are things you can do, and there are ways you can be, and there are ways you can engage with others that will tend you toward hell, you could say. Where you will have the worst experiences, and then there are ways to be, ways to engage with others which will bring you up" - JP [37:48] Transforming suffering into God's compassion [42:59] "Who's the person helping people who suffer? It's usually someone who has suffered, and so there is a way that you can see that. Like it really is this image of transforming into blessing, transforming suffering into something else, which is actually manifesting God's compassion in the world through us" - JP [43:56] Why do some find God so easily? [47:49] Differences in Christian Religions [51:21] Pageau's book recommendations [54:53] "The Protestant Church is really a fruit of the modern world… whereas the catholic and orthodox church are more like a stream coming down from millennia" - JP [56:54] Pageau’s church-advice for Mikhaila [01:00:23] Different protestant churches [01:01:24] The Reformation & Protestantism [01:07:04] Pageau’s misgivings re: the Reformation [01:08:44] Purgatory: Origins [01:09:26] "The reformers say if it's not in the bible, it's not true, and it's like OK, but that wasn't the standard before" - JP [01:10:19] "The Bible is a good means to prevent chaos. But the reality is more linked to the actual body of people and their connection to Christ through generations, who transmit not just books but a way to be and a way to pray and of seeing and engaging with God" - JP [01:11:39] A mystical understanding of Christianity [01:14:00] How do people parse reality from tradition? [01:15:59] The fear of joining a church gone sideways
132. Opposing Views: Is Home-Schooling Better? | Dr. T Jamerson Brewer & T. J. Schmidt - MP Podcast #132
1:15:14This episode was sponsored by: - BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at https://www.betterhelp.com/peterson and join over 2M people who have taken charge of their mental health In this episode of Opposing Views, Dr. T. Jamerson Brewer, T. J. Schmidt, and I discuss homeschooling: home vs. public education, socializing kids, curriculum ideology, factors to academic success, ideology, and much more. T. Jameson Brewer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Social Foundations. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the U of Illinois. T. J. Schmidt earned his Juris doctor from Oak Brook College of Law. As an HSLDA attorney, T. J. helps people with legal questions and challenges surrounding homeschooling. If you enjoyed this, please subscribe! - Find T. Jameson Brewer at @tjamesonbrewer https://twitter.com/tjamesonbrewer And T. J. Schmidt at www.HSLDA.org ———————————— Follow Me On ———————————— Facebook: https://facebook.com/mikhailapeterson Facebook health groups: https://linktr.ee/mikhailasupportgrou... Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikhailaAleksis Instagram: https://instagram.com/mikhailapeterson Telegram main channel: https://t.me/mikhailapeterson Discussion group: https://t.me/mikhailapetersondiscussion ———————————— Show Notes ———————————— [00:00] Intro [2:30] Introducing T. J. Schmidt [3:00] Why homeschool? [4:30] “We made the decision because we both had a great experience growing up homeschooled" - T. J. Schmidt [05:00] Main arguments against homeschooling [05:30] TJ retells a day of homeschooling with his family [08:00] States where homeschooling is illegal [10:00] Is every parent qualified to teach? [11:00] “Homeschooling isn’t easy [or] for everyone, but anyone can homeschool regardless of background" - TJ [12:30] Homeschool, isolation, and echo chambers [13:00] Do people who homeschool make more on average? [15:30] Typically, “homeschool families aren’t as well off as their neighbors" - TJ [16:30] Combined schooling methods [18:30] COVID & hybrid homeschooling [20:30] Home vs. public curriculum [21:30] “Most states [have compulsory subjects] It is up to the parent, however, what material they use to teach that" - TJ [23:30] How expensive is it? [26:00] Ideology & teaching [27:30] Parents & trickle-down opinions on (potentially touchy) subjects [28:30] “Homeschooling isn’t about [religion]" - TJ [30:00] Wrapping up [32:30] “We are doing [it] because we love our children and we want them to be successful" - TJ [33:00] “There's no research on homeschooling being any more dangerous" - TJ [38:00] Brewer's take on homeschooling [38:30] “It’s the quintessential iteration of school choice and it's also one of the oldest forms of schooling" - Jameson Brewer [41:00] “As a parent, I have the option to homeschool. And I have specifically chosen not to because I don't believe [it’s] the best way" - JB [42:30] Public school: Origins [43:00] Should certain educational guidelines be endorsed by the government? [43:30] “In almost every state, it is exceedingly easy [to homeschool]" - JB [47:00] Brewer’s data-plea to the homeschoolers [47:30] Efficacy of public vs. homeschooling [48:00] Based on self-reports, homeschooled kids “are doing better than their public school peers" - JB [49:30] “Homeschool families typically [make x2 or x3 the] household income" - JB [50:30] Religion, politics, and other homeschool rationales [51:00] Is socialization a problem? [52:30] Public & Homeschooling: 2 shades of echo chamber? [57:00] Should we get to choose what we learn? [58:30] Lower-income households & the value of a quality education [1:02:30] CRT (critical race theory) in public education [1:04:30] Could homeschooling gain cred via compulsory, standardized testing? [1:05:00] “Testing for the sake of testing… isn’t typically beneficial" - JB [1:05:30] How can people return to a system they don’t believe in? [1:07:30] “I think the media has certainly played a role in hyping up the myth of the failed school" - JB [1:09:00] How is the curriculum chosen? [1:10:30] Curriculum differences [1:12:30] Closing thoughts [1:13:30] “We need to understand that public schools [are] the better opportunity… better than a child kept at home" - JB [01:15:00] Farewells Congratulations to Salissa Souto for successfully guessing today's episode in the telegram group! - https://t.me/mikhailapeterson #Homeschooling #Parenting #Education #EchoChambers #CRT
131. Rollo Tomassi on the Mikhaila Peterson Podcast
2:03:32In this episode, Mikhaila has author and influencer from the manosphere, Rollo Tomassi, on the podcast. Rollo has used Mikhaila as an example in videos about women, including a fairly direct comparison between her and a murderer. After quite directly detailing her issues with that portrayal, Mikhaila steers into a longer conversation about Tomassi's theories on men and women—the same ones he offers in The Rational Male book series. Check out Kill to Party, the 4-hour-long video that provoked this meeting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYO-gVaTzLs Rollo Tomassi is the author of several books, The Rational Male series being the most renowned. His data-focused views revolve around modern men and women, dating, family life, evolutionary psychology, and "red pill" theory for men. If you enjoyed this conversation, be sure to subscribe! ———————————— Follow Rollo on Twitter @RationalMale https://twitter.com/RationalMale Instagram @rational_male https://instagram.com/rational_male And check out his books at https://amazon.com/Rollo-Tomassi/e/B00J2165RA%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share Or his Youtube Channel #https://youtube.com/channel/UC8eLDzfH6YfZRDbDuMsNWiA ———————————— Follow Me On ———————————— All Platforms: https://linktr.ee/mikhailapeterson Facebook: https://facebook.com/mikhailapeterson Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikhailaAleksis Instagram: https://instagram.com/mikhailapeterson Telegram channel: https://t.me/mikhailapeterson
130. Opposing Views: Are Vaccines Safe? | Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Amesh Adalja
1:32:20This episode is sponsored by: —Masterworks: expand your investment portfolio with fine art. Visit https://www.masterworks.art/mp —BetterHelp: get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/peterson and join over 2M people who have taken charge of their mental health In this episode of Opposing Views, I was joined by Robert F.. Kennedy Jr. and Amesh Adalja to discuss the safety of vaccines, more specifically the Covid19 vaccines. We covered a range of topics including childhood vaccination, the recommended vaccine schedule in the US, vaccine types, safety, additives, and injuries, and much more. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the chairman and founder of Children’s Health Defence. He’s the author of a new book: The Real Anthony Fauci. He is also the son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy. Amesh Adalja is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His work is focused on emerging infectious disease, pandemic preparedness, and biosecurity. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to hit subscribe! - Find more Robert F. Kennedy on Twitter @RobertKennedyJr https://twitter.com/RobertKennedyJr Find more Amesh Adalja on Twitter @AmeshAA https://twitter.com/AmeshAA
129. Woke Narratives Debunked | Kenny Xu
1:00:25This episode is sponsored by NordVPN. Grab your holiday season deal at https://nordvpn.com/tmpp or by using code TMPP and get up to 73% off your NordVPN plan + a bonus gift! Did you know that, if Harvard didn’t limit enrollment, 43% of their students would be Asian American? In this episode, Mikhaila hosts Kenny Xu, author of the new book An Inconvenient Minority. Xu is likewise the President of the race-blind advocacy group Color Us United, and the host of the Inconvenient Minority podcast, where he battles elite "woke" narratives with groundbreaking discussions about race, identity, and culture that challenge the Left and the Right. Mikhaila and Kenny Xu cover the shift in incentives that have been taking place in the public education system, which Xu sees as revolving around two conflicting terms: meritocracy and critical race theory. As an Asian American, Xu’s own university experience is a testament to how a fixation on equality of outcome has led to trivializing curriculums, the cheapening of hard work, and terms as outlandish as “inclusive math.” If you enjoyed this conversation, be sure to subscribe! ———————————— Follow Kenny Xu on Twitter @kennymxu https://twitter.com/kennymxu Instagram @kennymxu https://instagram.com/kennymxu And check out his book at https://amazon.com/Inconvenient-Minority-American-Excellence-Meritocracy-ebook/dp/B08MQN8J6D Or podcast, at https://open.spotify.com/show/55ekFVCuR11ChwIj04nwgw ———————————— Follow Me On ———————————— All Platforms: https://linktr.ee/mikhailapeterson Facebook: https://facebook.com/mikhailapeterson Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikhailaAleksis Instagram: https://instagram.com/mikhailapeterson Telegram channel: https://t.me/mikhailapeterson ———————————— Show Notes ———————————— [00:00] Intro [2:20] Welcoming Kenny Xu [03:15] Defining meritocracy and critical race theory (CRT). How have they entered public education in the US? [03:20] “Meritocracy is the idea that no matter your background, you should be judged based on your merits, skills, and [what] you can contribute" - Kenny Xu [04:12] “CRT subdivides people into categories of privileged or oppressed based on their race. Whites are at the top… and people of color at the bottom" - KX [06:07] “I just use Asian Americans as an example to prove it's not race [or] skin color that creates their position in society, but where they are culturally, what merit they have, and what they bring to the table" - KX [06:34] The origins of CRT [08:15] What is the end goal of CRT? What does teaching it ultimately accomplish? [09:52] “The goal of CRT is to deconstruct society and build again from the ashes" - KX [11:19] What’s CRT’s plan for our existing societal system? What are some common teachings? [13:46] What is “white adjacency”? [15:44] “The term... refers to the benefits of being white leaking onto those that act more ‘white,’ like successful Asian Americans" - KX [17:11] What were Xu's initial reactions in college as he was taught CRT? A long history of hard work, dismissed [21:33] Are there better solutions or theories than CRT? [22:12] “We need a ban on racial preferences in all colleges, schools, and universities because [they provide] all the wrong incentives" - KX [23:33] The history of race-based preference at Harvard [29:27] Xu shares his personal experience as an English major turned math major. Why race-based schooling is more racist than meritocracies [30:13] “I believe you could have just as rigorous of a philosophy curriculum in universities as a math or science curriculum. They purposely dumb down these majors because universities [care about] good graduation rates" - KX [33:21] “In an effort to be anti-racist, [CRT] actually ends up becoming racist" - KX [33:31] Poor Asian immigrants challenging the boundaries of the education system [34:51] They have “a willingness to go outside the bounds and limitations of the public education system" - KX [37:05] Has CRT made its way into almost every form of education by now? [38:47] The creation of industry to support new CRT material [38:54] What was Xu's main goal in writing An Inconvenient Minority? [42:35] China, the Soviet Union, and what happens when education follows a political agenda [46:54] What on earth is inclusive math? [51:20] How can we give young people a pathway to success? [54:07] The value of a smart mentor [55:26] What's next for Kenny Xu? [57:31] Wrapping up #MikhailaPeterson #KennyXu #AntiCRT #ColorUSUnited #Meritocracy #EqualityOfOutcome
128. Opposing Views: Are Vaccine Passports A Threat? | James Lindsay & Arthur Caplan
1:35:47This episode is sponsored by: - Shwank Grills - Go to https://schwankgrills.com/ and use code MP for $150 off a Schwank 150-degree grill - Paleo Valley 100% grass-fed beef sticks - Go to https://paleovalley.com/ and use code MP for 15% off In this episode of Opposing Views, I was joined by Arthur Caplan and James Lindsay to discuss COVID-19 Vaccine passports (I.D.cards). We covered a range of topics like proposed vaccine passports, current restrictions in different US states, the impact of creating more I.D. on governmental control, and social credit systems. Arthur Caplan is a professor and founding head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He focuses on ethics, bioethics, research ethics, transplantation, and health reform. James Lindsay is an American author, cultural critic, and mathematician. He has spent considerable time in the “woke'' culture, especially in the written community. During that time, he studied the main tenets of woke literature and gained a broader perspective on related social changes, both domestic and abroad. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to hit subscribe! - Find more Arthur Caplan on Twitter @ArthurCaplan https://twitter.com/ArthurCaplan Find more James Lindsay on Twitter @ConceptualJames https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames ———————————— Show Notes ———————————— [0:00] Intro [02:00] James Lindsay’s background and career [02:17] “It's actually pretty hard to give a brief background of who I am and what I do" James Lindsay [08:00] Are vaccine passports the end of COVID? Or the beginning of a new, more terrible stage of restrictions? [09:29] “[It’s] something like a health passport. That passport becomes the gateway to a digital I.D. that's connected to your ability to participate in society, so it’s the beginning of a social credit system" James Lindsay [11:18] The pandemic is being used to install social control" JL [13:28] What is James' response to people who believe that the social credit system is a convoluted conspiracy theory? [18:24] What could be the reason for a more global social credit system? [23:01] “Safety from everything” as the main claim prompting mandatory passports [28:33] Details on the proposed vaccine passports and early preparations in NY State and LA [31:06] More literary references [34:37] Details of US eviction moratorium. Restructuring government and its interaction with the public to maintain the power balance in a new age [37:13] How do you restructure western society on a global scale? Change needs to start with nongovernmental sectors buying into an idea or set of rules [54:25] "How do you sleep at night?" Mikhaila Peterson. "You get really tired and then you just black out and have bad dreams" JL [54:34] Farewell to James Lindsay [58:40] Intro to Arthur Caplan [1:03:10] What’s the ethical impact of a vaccine passport? [1:03:15] "You're gonna need to have some way to prove you're vaccinated if we're gonna have freedom to travel. The biggest reason to get a vaccine passport going is because many countries are saying you can't come in here unless you are vaccinated" Arthur Caplan [01:03:57] Travel options for people who don't want to be vaccinated? [01:05:45] Addressing the concern that passports are the start of a social credit-type system [01:06:15] "In the middle of a plague, we need these vaccine passports. When the plague goes away, the passports go away" AC [01:07:00] "People are constantly saying to me that they don't want a vaccine passport because people will know where they are. You know what this cell phone does? It transmits every minute where I am to a slew of people" AC [01:08:00] What are the current COVID-19 restrictions in NYC? [01:11:59] Are there valid concerns with using a vaccine that was researched and developed so quickly? "Warp speed" manufacturing after the promise of guaranteed payment from the US government [01:13:59] Having short-term passports until cases decrease [01:16:15] What's the expected social impact of the vaccines? [01:19:15] Do vaccines reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms? [01:20:52] How does natural immunity play into mandate exemptions? [01:22:55] "I think it's a three-shot vaccine" AC [01:24:00] "We were in such a hurry to get these things out there, and they worked. At least they stopped the initial wave of COVID... If the three shots give you immunity for three years, or five years, that's what you want" AC [01:25:15] Financial liability for those who partake in social situations, work, or school while knowing they’re COVID positive [01:27:15] How do vaccine passports work with privacy laws about healthcare information? [01:32:15] Alternative medicines and approaches to COVID-19 [01:35:15] Wrapping up #MikhailaPeterson #VaccinePassports #Covid19 #Boosters #Restrictions
127. Unintended Consequences of the Opiate Epidemic | Sally Satel & Peter Pischke
58:44For 25% off your first Aurate purchase, go to https://auratenewyork.com/mikhaila and use promo code “Mikhaila”! In this episode, Sally Satel and Peter Pischke join Mikhaila to talk about dependence-forming medications, the opioid epidemic, and the prescription-drug system that’s partly to blame. Sally Satel is a psychiatrist and addiction medicine writer. She is a lecturer at Yale School of Medicine and the author of ‘PC MD: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine.’ More recently, she co-authored ‘Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience.’ Her articles have been published in The New York Times, the New Republic, and The Wall Street Journal. Peter Pischke is a journalist and health and disability reporter. He hosts The Happy Warrior podcast and has been on many top podcasts and TV shows. As a journalist who’s struggled with chronic pain, he aims to educate people and raise awareness about issues as important as the opioid crisis—which is discussed at length in this episode. ———————————— Find Peter Pischke on Twitter @HappyWarriorP https://twitter.com/happywarriorp or hear him host The Happy Warrior Podcast at https://anchor.fm/happywarrior There’s more Sally Satel on her website https://SallySatelMD.com and Twitter @slsatel https://twitter.com/slsatel Useful resources for people with chronic pain: https://nationalpain.org https://nationalpaincouncil.org https://painnewsnetwork.org ———————————— Follow Me On ———————————— Audio - https://linktr.ee/mikhailapeterson Twitter - https://twitter.com/MikhailaAleksis Instagram - https://instagram.com/mikhailapeterson Facebook - https://facebook.com/mikhailapeterson... Lion Diet - https://linktr.ee/liondiet Telegram - https://t.me/mikhailapeterson ———————————— Show Notes ———————————— [0:00] Intro [02:37] Introducing guests Peter Pischke and Sally Satel [05:59] What is the opioid crisis? How did it get started? [09:07] “Just between 2020 and 2021, we've hit our highest number in a year yet for deaths, which was about 90,000 related to opioid addiction” - Peter Pischke [11:02] Peter shares his personal story of addiction and recovery from opioid use [14:25] Mikhaila shares her experience with painkillers for childhood arthritis and the difficult choice between using a habit-forming drug or feeling miserable day in and day out [15:21] "It's like woah, I'm in a lot of pain, I full-on have an autoimmune disorder and there's a reason I need these pain killers, and in the moment it's the difference between being in chronic pain or sleeping but being on a pain medication that is dependency forming" - Mikhaila Peterson [15:54] Sally’s experience working at a methadone clinic in Washington DC [20:36] “Some of our patients say they can't handle this on their own and get on a replacement medication for the opioids. And this is not the right medical analogy, but metaphorically it might be like taking insulin: it's just a medication you take every day. Some people do get off completely, but those are the more rare cases"- Sally Satel [21:02] “It takes a long time to repair your life, and people use drugs for a reason” - Sally Satel [22:40] The mixture of drugs in many cases of overdose. The difficulty in prescribing necessary meds post-2016 legislation restricting doctors’ ability to prescribe certain drugs [34:39] The extreme pressure on doctors to see more and more patients. Its effect on prescribed patient care [39:35] Dependence-forming medications [44:05] American culture and the constant war between addicts and legitimate patients in legislature and treatment [51:53] “It could well be that many people on high-dose opioids today didn't need to be on that high of a dose [...] That's all true, but once you’re on a high dose that’s working, and you want to stay on it, to me it's unconscionable that doctors would take you off of it” - Sally Satel [52:16] A message from Peter for those struggling with chronic pain [54:43] A message for people who may be using or considering using [55:21] Wrapping up #MikhailaPeterson #Addiction #OpioidCrisis #MedicalSystem #ChronicPain
126. Opposing Views: Climate Change | Alex Epstein & Dr. Andrew Dessler
1:22:47This episode is sponsored by - - Paleo Valley Beef sticks - go to https://paleovalley.com/ and enter code MP for 15% off your first order. - Rabbit Air Purifiers - go to https://www.rabbitair.com/ for quality air purifiers. In this episode of Opposing Views, I was joined by Alex Epstein and Dr. Andrew Dessler to discuss climate change. Alex Epstein is a philosopher, author, and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress. His NYT bestseller The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels argued that human flourishing actually requires the use of fossil fuels. Dr. Andrew Dessler is a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M. He wrote The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate, explaining how science is (mis)used in politics. - Find more Alex Epstein on Twitter @AlexEpstein https://twitter.com/AlexEpstein Follow Dr. Andrew Dessler on Twitter @AndrewDessler https://twitter.com/AndrewDessler or find his book Introduction to Modern Climate Change at http://andrewdessler.com ___ [0:00] Intro [04:25] Intro to Alex Epstein [05:50] Epstein's views on climate change and the impact of humans [07:15] “The current benefits of burning fossil fuels outweigh the negative side effects" Alex Epstein [09:30] Should we be transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy? [11:20] “The modern anti-fossil fuel movement that says that rising CO2 levels are an existential threat, deliberately excludes nuclear and hydro. Why is that? It's my view that this is philosophical, [that some energies are seen as more natural,] and that's why they favor certain renewables and exclude others" Epstein [12:00] “There's this idea that human impact is bad and we have to stop it, and that's a philosophical view. I think our goal should be to advance human flourishing" Epstein [14:41] On the modern environmental movement, "it's all about the morality of eliminating human impact, and not at all about actually being concerned with reliable energy" - Epstein [15:28] What caused the Texas 2021 power grid failure? [17:31] “Wind dies down when it's cold most of the time and when it's really hot and that is part of why it's a very bad source of energy" - Epstein [19:00] Is natural gas subsidised by the government? [20:29] Climate-related disaster deaths are actually down 98% in the last hundred years. So we are actually safer from climate than ever" - Epstein [22:40] What is the validity of the claim that rising CO2 levels are going to lead to more human deaths through natural disasters? [23:02] “We should only trust predictions about the future from people that acknowledge the reality of the present" - Epstein [26:10] Epstein's views on carbon taxes and who really is producing the most CO2 [28:14] Is Alex an industry plant advocate? [29:06] What impact that humans have made is worse for us and the planet so far? [32:51] ”Anybody that thinks nature is their friend hasn't seen horse flies in Canada. They shouldn’t exist—they’re huge and bite chunks out of you" Mikhaila Peterson [34:37] Wrapping up with Alex Epstein [41:32] Introducing the second guest - Dr. Andrew Dessler [42:47] Is climate change real? What are the primary causes? [43:03] “Climate change is definitely occurring, I think there's very little argument of that at this point" Dessler [44:00] “Carbon dioxide since pre-industrial (or before 1750) when humans started burning fossil fuels, has gone up [by] 40%, and that’s entirely due to human activity" Dessler [45:15] What’s the best way to stop or slow climate change? [46:37] Are green energy sources more expensive for the consumer? [48:45] “There is no reason to continue a fossil fuel economy except for the power that fossil fuel producers have in our political position" Dessler [49:20] Is nuclear power viable? [50:35] What caused the Texas 2021 power grid failures? [53:15] What about claims that carbon taxes will mostly impact the middle and lower class in America, making them less financially stable? [57:50] “There are some businesses where the very rich owners are not going to be able to recover from switching off of fossil fuels and those are the people who object" Dessler [58:00] What % of bad CO2 emissions are coming from America? Are we the bad guys in terms of CO2 produced? [01:00:15] Is renewable energy easy to store? [01:05:00] Is climate change responsible for the natural disasters in recent years? [01:10:06] What happens if we really put all our efforts behind switching to renewable energy now? [01:11:30] Climate change is no laughing matter [01:13:48] Which countries are doing the best to combat climate change? - https://skepticalscience.com/ [01:18:45] Using hydrogen fuel cells to store energy [01:20:05] Most renewable energy source? [01:21:50] Wrapping up with Dr. Dessler - https://skepticalscience.com/ [01:22:00] The question is not ‘were fossil fuels good’—of course they were. The question is what future do we want to live in?" Dessler #CO2 #ClimateChange #FossilFuels
125. Addictive Psych Meds | Beverley Thomson
58:54This episode is sponsored by - - Aurate, get your jewelry at https://auratenewyork.com/mikhaila for 25% off! - Paleo Valley, go to https://paleovalley.com/ and use code 'MP' for 15% off your first purchase! In this episode, Mikhaila hosts Beverley Thomson, a psychiatrist and author. They delve into mental health and the problems with pharmaceuticals. Beverley enlightens us about the increasing number of people on antidepressants, the brain changes that result from extended exposure, how to get off prescription drugs safely, the problem with generic drugs, and much more. They both share their attempts at navigating a ghastly health care system, and Mikhaila talks about Dr. Peterson’s awful experience going through akathisia. If you suffer or know someone suffering from antidepressants, this episode is for you. Beverley Thomson, is a writer, researcher, and speaker with a focus on psychiatric medication like antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and ADHD drugs. Beverley has intensely studied how these meds work, their history, side effects, the potential for dependence, and the effects of withdrawal. Beverley has worked with the British Medical Association, the Scottish Government, and the UK Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry. Her book Antidepressed: A Breakthrough Examination of Epidemic Antidepressant Harm and Dependence, is available now. If you enjoyed this conversation, be sure to subscribe! ———————————— Find Beverley Thomson's book Antidepressed: A Breakthrough Examination of Epidemic Antidepressant Harm and Dependence at https://amazon.com/Antidepressed-Breakthrough-Examination-Dependence-Antidepressan/dp/1578269237 Follow Beverley on Twitter @T_A_Psupport https://twitter.com/T_A_Psupport Antidepressant Management: RxISK www.rxisk.org Inner Compass Initiative/The Withdrawal Project https://www.theinnercompass.org/ Surviving Antidepressants www.survivingantidepressants.org
124. Opposing Views: Is Bitcoin The Future? | Peter Schiff & Robert Breedlove
1:43:57This episode is sponsored by NordVPN, go to https://nordvpn.com/TMPP and use code TMPP for 73% off + a bonus gift! In this episode of Opposing Views, I was joined by Peter Schiff and Robert Breedlove to discuss Bitcoin. We covered a range of topics like decentralization, the US dollar, and the risks involved with cryptocurrencies becoming increasingly popular. Both guests gave their opinion on whether Bitcoin is better than gold as a value standard - a prickly question because you have to consider, among other things, market forces, security, scarcity, inflation, and the potential for a new financial crisis. Peter Schiff is an American economist, stockbroker, financial commentator, and author. He is one of the few unbiased investment advisors (not committed solely to the short side of the market) to have correctly predicted the current bear market and to have positioned his clients accordingly. He's also renowned for his accurate forecasts on the US stock market and economy, as well as the mortgage meltdown, credit crunch, and subprime debacle. Schiff is the CEO and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc. You may also recognize him as a frequent guest on national news or as the host of the Peter Schiff Show Podcast. Robert Breedlove is an ex-hedge fund manager, philosopher, podcaster, and advocate of cryptocurrencies - especially Bitcoin. He describes himself as a freedom maximalist whose mission is to "cast light on the corruption of money." Breedlove is the CEO and founder of Bitcoin consulting firm Parallax Digital. He also hosts the "What is Money?" show, where he engages in deep conversations with some of the world's most prolific thinkers. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to hit subscribe! - Find more Peter Schiff on his Podcast the Peter Schiff Show: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIjuLiLHdFxYtFmWlbTGQRQ Also check out his asset management company if you are so inclined, at https://www.epacfunds.com Find more Robert Breedlove on Twitter @breedlove22, and check out his podcast the What Is Money Show at https://www.whatismoneypodcast.com/ ———————————— Show Notes ———————————— [0:00] Intro [02:08] Introducing guest Peter Schiff [06:05] What is the current state of the US Economy? [09:42] Is cryptocurrency partially responsible for the inflation of the US dollar? [13:02] Is there a way to make crypto a practical, spendable currency for the average person? [13:17] “The real case use for any cryptocurrency right now is as a gambling token. People don't buy it to spend it, they buy it as an investment to see it appreciate in value." - Peter Schiff [18:44] Would Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency be a viable solution for a country with an unstable fiat currency to control inflation? [24:44] Exploring the possibility of a gold standard cryptocurrency [27:50] Peter Shiff's advice for people considering Bitcoin as an investment [41:09] What value does Shiff place on the decentralized aspect of Bitcoin's construction, not needing a governing center to regulate supply through inflation [43:05] “People thought they were going to get rich off of beanie babies. Once you get in a bubble you stop seeing reality.” - Peter Schiff [46:52] Wrapping up with first guest Peter Shiff [52:12] This episode is sponsored by NordVPN, go to https://nordvpn.com/TMPP and use code TMPP for 73% off + a bonus gift! [53:51] Introducing the second guest Robert Breedlove [55:12] What Bitcoin is from Breedlove’s perspective. Is Bitcoin at a disadvantage not being a physical item like gold, which can be used for its physical properties? [01:01:23] How did we transition from gold to paper money? [01:06:53] Why does Bitcoin not need to backing by something like a gold standard? [01:09:18] History of the US gold standard in the 20th century [01:13:47] Volatility of Bitcoin, a serious problem? [01:17:37] “The complex relationship of humanity to money, this is the one lesson we keep having to learn again painfully. Every three generations we seem to forget that we can't print money to solve our problems.” - Robert Breedlove [01:18:30] What is Robert's stance on the future of Bitcoin? [01:23:18] How can people use Bitcoin effectively for real-life transactions? [01:26:25] What are the fees associated with using Bitcoin networks for transactions? [01:30:05] Robert Breedlove's opinion on the effects of inflation on the US economy in coming years [01:33:50] “Fiat Currency is a pyramid scheme. Those with access to the recently printed money first get rich at the expense of those who get it later and last.” - Robert Breedlove [01:36:32] Examining the possibility of governmental regulation of Bitcoin transactions [01:39:22] Are the beginning stages of Bitcoin really only reasonably accessible to a certain group of people? [01:42:30] How does Breedlove feel about cryptocurrencies like Ethereum? [01:43:07] Wrapping up the episode with Robert Breedlove #MikhailaPetersonPodcast #RobertBreedlove #PeterSchiff #Bitcoin #Crypto