Part 4 of 10: Refuting Dr. Kelly Brogan’s “A Mind of Your Own”

Major Limitation#4:

Dr. Brogan Promotes Unnecessary Fear and Fallacies About Western Medicine, the Same Field from Which She Profits:


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The good in the highest degree you can do today is practice common sense and sound judgment based ~ward current science.” (page 204).


In her part “A Mind of Your Own,” Dr. Kelly Brogan is a cherry-picking machination theorist who promotes non-credible references. Aside from these greater limitations is the fact that Dr. Brogan spends every part of 293 pages of her book completely bashing the tract of land of Western Medicine, an ironic and contradictory choice considering that she profits from this rule. Her entire book promotes unnecessary awe and misconception about Western Medicine, or the “medicinal industrial complex” as she refers to it. Additionally, Dr. Brogan insults entirely psychiatric patients by referring to them to the degree that “pill popping patients” (page 125) adhering her self-proclaimed mission “to perform duty as a gatekeeper, keeping [women] from the psychiatric pill mill” (serving-boy 97).

Dr. Brogan spends nearly her unmitigated book bashing the pharmaceutical industry with cherry-picked points that inflate the risks and completely sap the foundations of the benefits of a variety of life-preserving medical interventions. She states “I am in the present life to tell you that saying yea to yourself begins with saying not at all to the medical-agricultural-industrial intricate web “(page 277) and then goes in c~tinuance to refer to modern medicine similar to an “attack” and a “danger” to our bodies (boy-servant 94). The thing which stands through the most about Dr. Brogan’s book is that she offers nothing modern to the conversation of psychiatry. There is nothing ground breaking about her book at entirely yet she proceeds to bash the sort medical industry which agrees with her that anti-depressants don’t evermore address a patient’s issues and that they are ofttimes over-prescribed. Rather than partnering by other great minds in her scope, Dr. Brogan chooses to subscribe to a pinched theory that gut composition leads to low spirits while completely ignoring the extrinsic, irrepressible facts which may lead to despondency as well.

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Without ~ one evidence, Dr. Brogan states, “…conventional healing art can make grave mistakes, something the pharmaceutical perseverance is more than happy to stimulate.” (pave 14) It’s in ~ degree secret that the Instutitute of Medicine (IOM) reports that up to 98,000 preventable deaths occur eddish. year in hospitals. However, the Centers during Disease Control (CDC) reports that in that place are over 35.1 million Americans discharged from hospitals both year, so while 98,000 may be seen like a large number, it’s as a matter of fact far less than 1% of totality hospitalizations.  Further, pharmaceutical companies be delivered of nothing to do with this termination, leaving Dr. Brogan’s one-sided statements to autumn on deaf ears as she completely ignores the risk which can be associated with holistic healing art. “It is my grave transaction that this power has been co-opted ~ dint of. a paternalistic system that seeks to generate fear and control by coercion and mine a woman’s inner voice ~ dint of. suggesting that science has cracked the code of the human condition. A combination of parts to form a whole that turns a blind eye to wholly the times science and medicine be seized of been in error. That we being of the cl~s who a society have let fear outstrip us down a shameful path.” (boy-servant 276)

Holistic medicine is not on the outside of its faults or dangers. For model, a Canadian couple is currently up~ the body trial for treating their infant son’s meningitis with maple syrup and not taking him conducive to prompt medical attention, which ultimately led to his dying. It’s worth noting that so much as the child’s naturopath recommended that he have ~ing taken to a Western hospital further the family chose holistic treatments immersing conventional, proven approaches to treating meningitis. In a different example, a 12-year-old came to the ER through pancreatitis which was brought on by her mother’s self-prescribed diurnal routine of taking over 200 supplements to enjoyment her “Lyme disease,” a class which she didn’t even hold . A Norwegian study also demonstrated that cancer patients who conversion to an act alternative medicine die at a estimate of 14% higher than those who conversion to an act just their recommended oncology treatments. (It’s typically frowned relating to to use an abstract as testimony but since the numbers are clearly settled in this abstract, it is gratifying as peer-review).

Dr. Brogan states, “Personally, I regard no intention of ever returning to a lifestyle that involves pharmaceutical products of some kind, under any circumstances.” (page 16) The problem with this account is that there are some moneyed condition in which medications are needed in adjust for the patient to remain not dead. Dr. Brogan details her own actual trial with the diagnosis of Hashimoto’s (page 96), a form of hypothyroidism, and how she healed herself by visiting a naturopath. This is a dangerous story to share with readers being of the kind which forgoing the necessary medication (synthroid) a passive with hypothyroidism is prescribed is extremely ticklish and can lead to serious complications and exactly death.

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 “Drug-based remedial agent makes you sick. I will fashion as far as to say that hospital care makes you feeble,” she states (page 16). When tribe sustain life-threatening injuries, they accept to hospitals which save countless lives every year so implying that hospital care makes the million “sick” without any references is a aggravated injustice on the part of Dr. Brogan. In real existence, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), here and there 700,000 people die in hospitals every year, which is far less than 1% of entirely of the 35.1 hospital discharges each year.  Further, antibiotics have saved some estimated 2 million lives since Sir Alexander Fleming made the leading discovery of penicillin in 1928. it would have the appearance that Dr. Brogan’s statements couldn’t have existence further from the truth.

Dr. Brogan describes the event that patients feel that “doctors apprehend that they are doing” as the “Western Medical Illusion” is a “corrupt system that ushers you into lifelong patron status, dependent and disempowered.” (page 13) She also makes similar generalizations in the absence of evidence: “…it appears that they be favored with a personal or family psychiatric relation (though doesn’t that include the plenary population at this point)” (serving-boy 116) Dr. Brogan proudly proclaims that she specializes in psychology, now she dispenses advice which in quality is purely oncological, gastrointestinal and nutritional, regular to name a few examples, in place of referring her patients to these specialists that is the customary practice in the battle-~ of medicine. Further, patients must furnish out an application and pay hefty employment fees before even being seen ~ means of Dr. Brogan, which sounds to me like a “lifelong patron status” she accuses Western Medicine of promoting. Additionally, she admits not crooked in her book that she’ll discharges her patients if they don’t come every step of her protocol (boy-servant 89), an action which would certainly farewell her patients feeling “disempowered” forward their journey toward holistic psychological curative.

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Dr. Brogan states “The therapeutical industry isn’t selling a corrective. They are selling sickness.” (page 42). If this were true, sooner or later “Big Pharma” wouldn’t promote vaccines. Vaccines are one of the smallest profitable components of the pharmaceutical industrial art and treating vaccine-preventable diseases themselves is alienated more profitable. According to the CDC, vaccines be the subject of not only saved millions of lives, on the other hand they have saved over $295 billion in advancing eastward costs a total of more than $1.3 trillion in societal costs.

“While I give credit to that a doctor’s role is to part the tolls for self-healing through a patient, I also believe in discovery your healing team,” Dr. Brogan states. However, she goes adhering to encourage her patients to ignore the word of their Western Medicine doctors with respect to whom regulatory agencies are in abode in favor of professionals who are not regulated or nationally recognized ~ means of any professional associations.  “I am each avid supporter of a variety of practitioners and give in charge widely…craniosacral therapists, neurofeedback specialists, acupuncturists and through vigor medicine modalities from sound healing to bodywork to homeopathy.” (serving-boy 238). Dr. Brogan orders thyroid and A1C tests up~ the body patients which are typically within the space of practice of an endocrinologist. Should the persevering present with symptoms which need to have existence followed by a specialist in endocrinology, it doesn’t appear to be that Dr. Brogan would make this commendation based on her list of peculiar references and her own touting of her naturopath. There is solitary one word which comes to sense here: dangerous.

Dr. Brogan makes generalized, untruthful statements about medications without any testimony to back up her claims:

Dr. Brogan states on pages 92-93 of her book that “antibiotics…have never been adequately carefully read for safety.” This couldn’t have existence further from the truth. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has any of the most stringent drug approval processes in the undivided world. There have been so people studies detailing the effectiveness and close custody of every class of antibiotics that it would take me months to infer them all. Here’s a brochure about the safety of antibiotics produced from the Association as antidote to Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

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Dr. Brogan states, “optimal soundness is not possible through medication.”  (page 13) I’d like her to maxim that to the type 1 diabetic who depends ~ward insulin to make it past the pristine year of his/her life to persevere into adulthood, or the child by Cushing’s syndrome who depends put ~ steroids to live his life.

Dr. Brogan states, “I request my patients to…shed their terror of infection that has little luck of killing a health individual and to provide for their system through…diet…and the appliance of natural antimicrobials…” (page 93). There’s a friendly reason why people have a be solicitous of infection: it kills people! Infections in the same state as meningitis can claim someone’s life in the compass of 24 hours of exposure. You can use all the “natural antimicrobials” the same would like, but the reason why hospitals use alcohol-based sanitizers in the room of “natural antimicrobials,” what one. Dr. Brogan does not elaborate with in her book, is because the ground of belief demonstrates that they are effective.

Dr. Brogan discusses the effects which proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have power to have on the gut bacteria, claiming that they leave lead to “dysbiosis” in the strait (page 94) but she completely ignores the thing done that some patients have no frugal but to take these medications. “The point to be solved with acid-reflux medications is that they can render you deficient in B12, what one. can put you on the way to depression,” she states (serving-boy 124). Patients who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) rely on PPIs to dependent on a day-to-day groundwork and Dr. Brogan’s “miracle” diet may not exist appropriate for him/her; it’s full of risk to suggest that the patient have done with taking these important medications when she could just prescribe a vitamin B12 supplement suppose that the extensive blood work she requires of her patients demonstrates that the levels are cheap.

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Dr. Brogan explains her allow struggles with her diagnosis of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, each autoimmune disorder in which the carcass destroys its own thyroid tissues. Dr. Brogan states, “I too know that there are clear, make manifest-based strategies for restoring thyroid occupation, no prescription needed.” (page 97). Her choice of wording in explaining how she dictum a “wonderful naturopath” who “ushered me into the courteous, hopeful world of self-repair” (boy-servant 97) as if to tell patients that whether or not it worked for her, it be possible to work for them, too. For a therapeutic doctor who has greatly criticized the consumer-based standard of advertisement, she sure knows for what cause to write one and charge one adequate price for both her part and her sessions. “Given that thyroid hormones are essentially the metabolic lifeline against every cell in the body,” Dr. Brogan states attached page 99 of her book, it’s especially alarming that she would brag in regard to her dangerous choice to forgo the recommended treatment of her doctor and continue against two years to solve her thyroid upshot “naturally” (page 97). In that brace-year span in which Dr. Brogan personally chose to ignore the earnest persuasion of her medical professionals and forgo her synthroid medication, a quiet surely could die from lack of having life thyroid hormones which are responsible notwithstanding many functions in the body.

When discussing SSRIs, Dr. Brogan states that “I was not taught to taper.” (page 270). This is of itself not plausible considering that she took advanced pharmacology menstrual discharge in med school and then experienced how to care for patients in her residency; permanent at least once patient needed to have ~ing tapered off medicines in the decade it took her to change to a psychiatrist and complete her residency. If my nursing place of education pharmacology course was sure to hold the importance of tapering medications of that kind as steroids and SSRIs, then it would steadily appear within the curriculum of a medical program.

Throughout her book, Dr. Brogan bashes the Western Medical theory which she profits from and promotes life-minacious choices to forgo necessary medications prescribed ~ means of other medical specialties because they don’t fit into Dr. Brogan’s narrow, limited prodigy plan for solving depression.

Stay tuned instead of tomorrow when we demonstrate the #5 restriction with Dr. Brogan’s new part: she promotes a limited, narrow look on of depression which only applies to the patients she selects as being.

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Angela Quinn, BSN, RN is a registered promote on Long Island, NY. She is hasty about nursing and public health and is involved by a number of projects which encourage life-saving vaccines. Angela volunteers during the time that an Executive Board Member in Vaccine Advocacy in quest of Nurses Who Vaccinate, is the go to the bottom of this blog, Correcting the Misconceptions of Anti-Vaccine Resources and is the the supreme original. of Future Nurse Abby.

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