Why ECT is the last resort of drug warrior scoundrels
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I hate to blow my own horn, but let's face it: I am the only anti-Drug War pundit who has ever pointed out that Drug Warriors are responsible for the use of the brain-damaging treatment known as electroshock therapy in America. By demonizing and criminalizing the many powerful psychoactive medicines from Mother Nature, many of which are custom-designed to change lives for the better when used responsibly in therapeutic settings, the Drug Warrior has left the severely depressed with no options for relief other than ECT, a "therapy" that can only win Pyrrhic victories over depression by partially destroying the mind in its attempts to save it. ECT may be great at making a patient more tractable from a caregiver point of view, but it has no power whatsoever to help the "patient" achieve self-actualization in their life, a shortcoming which has been starkly demonstrated in the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Nor is the movie's depiction of Randle McMurphy's fate a fictional exaggeration, as I have learned through my own personal experience thanks to the mental health challenges of my extended family.
Why then do professionals in the medical community still stubbornly support this brain-damaging treatment to this very day? For the same reason that 12-step groups still basically just tell their members to "grin and bear it," rather than advisedly using any of the godsend psychoactive medicines of Mother Nature to help them change: because American doctors and psychiatrists have fallen so far under the spell of the plant-demonizing Drug War that they accept the tyrannous status quo as a natural baseline, as if nature's psychoactive medicines did not exist from the point of view of American science. That's why they can still champion a procedure that purposefully damages the brain: because they console themselves with the mistaken belief that ECT is being used only as a last resort, that it is still an important treatment in cases where everything else has failed. But they can only cherish this illusion because they have accepted the Drug Warrior lie, mendaciously championed by the DEA to this very day, that nature's psychoactive medicines have no therapeutic value whatsoever.
But, of course, that conscience sop is a lie. There is massive anecdotal evidence dating back thousands of years regarding the life-changing power of nature's psychoactive medicines. Indeed, the entire Vedic religion was founded in praise of one such medicine. The clinician can only throw the switch on his or her depressed patient with a clear conscience because they ignore all such evidence (from the Eleusinian Mysteries to the MesoAmerican mushroom cults) in dutiful obedience to the know-nothing party line of the Drug Warrior.
This is why I say that the Drug War is responsible for the use of brain-damaging ECT in the modern world, because it has not only criminalized hundreds of plant-based alternatives to such therapy, but it has so demonized the plants in question as to make their use literally unthinkable in the scientific community, which would much rather see their patients addicted to SSRIs for life than to have anything to do with the plant medicine that Drug War propaganda has been so childishly demonizing ever since the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914.
This is why, in a sane world, anti-drug-war protestors would show up outside a clinic or hospital in advance of a scheduled session of electroshock therapy, in the same way that protestors who are opposed to capital punishment currently show up outside prisons in advance of an execution. Such protests would finally alert the world to a so-far unrecognized cost of America's Drug War: namely, the way that it keeps godsend medicines out of the hands of the psychologically needy, all in the name of protecting us from the plants and fungi that grow at our very feet.