Victim Of Gaslighting

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If you’re unfamiliar with the word gaslighting you’re definitely not alone. Whilst it’s a technique utilized by sociopaths and narcissists everywhere, not many people know about it, even if it’s been practiced on them before.

What is gaslighting? The word originates from an old-fashioned 1940s movie in which a husband wants his wife to feel as though she’s losing her rationality, so he begins manipulating specific aspects of her reality until her mental state starts to break down.

Gaslighting isn’t always apparent at first and it’s not always practiced by a spouse or meaningful other, so it’s good to be informed of how it begins and what it looks like.

Here are five signs that you or a loved one are being gaslighted by a toxic person in your life.

If a person in your life is continually making choices for you and seeking to dictate the emotions that you’re feeling, there’s a good possibility that they’ve been gaslighting you for a lengthy time. You don’t require somebody to talk for you when it comes to how you think and what you want out of life.

When you’re being gaslighted, your natural abilities typically raise a flag that something is amiss. Gaslighters who always put you down, make you feel vulnerable and attempt to destroy your spirit aren’t exactly the kind of people you want to chat about with people who really care about you.

If you’re ever withholding aspects of the relationship from others because you know that it’s bad, that’s a clue something is amiss. Not to mention, this is precisely what gaslighters want, to separate you from the people who care about you so that you come to completely depend on them.

Gaslighters lie, manipulate, contradict and lie about every minute aspect of your world. They’re never liable for anything that bothers you and never admit to any wrongdoing on their part. They will flat-out refuse things ever occurred and will deceive and manipulate to make you feel as though you’re the one in the wrong, not them.

Finally, you begin to examine whether or not the reality you’re seeing is really real.
At a certain point, you recognize that everything you say the narcissist uses against you, therefore you begin to believe that you’re better off just staying quiet. Feeling suffocated and miserable in your space is a good indication that you’re being gaslighted.

When the last thing you want is to be scolded and disparaged, it’s easy to simply tell lies. If you have even the tiniest idea that the truth will set the gaslighter off on some cynical rhetoric, why not just tell them what they want to hear? You shouldn’t need to lie all the time in order to make a relationship work.

It’s a genuine burden being with a gaslighter, it’s really hard work since they are so abusive towards you and you will not flourish being with a person like this. Their sneering comments will get you down and they will ridicule you as much as they can, like ferrets that strive to ransack your brain.

They profit from your suffering with their supremacy and you are their drug but Narcissists actually have a personality disorder in which there is a long-term design of unusual behavior identified by excessive feelings of self-importance, an extreme demand for respect, and a lack of perception of others’ emotions.

People affected by it usually consume a lot of time speculating about gaining control or authority, or about their appearance. They usually take advantage of the people around them. The behavior typically occurs by early adulthood and transpires across a diversity of situations.

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Hitler needed to make others suffer and required supreme authority and this was defined by his long-term design of strange behavior, with extreme feelings of self-importance, an intense desire for admiration, and a lack of understanding of others emotions.

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The cause of narcissistic personality disorder is unknown. It is a personality disorder classified inside cluster B by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The examination by a healthcare expert examining the person in question.

The condition needs to be distinguished from insanity and substance use disorder.

Treatments have not been well investigated. Treatment is usually hard as people with the disease often do not think themselves to have a problem. The personality was first reported in 1925 by Robert Waelder whilst the modern name for the condition came into practice in 1968.

Approximately one percent of people are thought to be affected at some time in their life. It seems to happen more frequently in males than females and affects young people more than older people.

People with narcissistic personality dysfunction are recognized by their defined grandiosity, total need for attention, and a contempt and lack of perception for others. These people normally display overconfidence, a sense of power, and power-seeking behaviors.

Narcissistic personality dysfunction is different from having a great feeling of self-confidence, people with NPD typically consider themselves over others to the degree that they ignore the feelings and desires of others and demand to be treated as superior despite their actual status or accomplishments.

In addition, people with NPD may display delicate self-esteem, an inability to endure critique, and a tendency to disparage others in an effort to confirm their, supremacy.

Sounds like many politicians!

According to the DSM-5, people with NPD have most or all of the following traits, typically without commensurate characteristics or achievements:

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Grandiosity with prospects of superior treatment from others. Fixated on illusions of control, authority, intelligence, attractiveness, et cetera. Self-perception of being unique, superior and associated with high-status people and institutions. Requiring continuous recognition from others. Feeling of entitlement to special treatment and compliance from others.

Exploitative of others to obtain individual gain. Resistant to sympathize with others’ emotions, desires, or requirements. Deeply jealous of others and the belief that others are equally jealous of them. Pretentious and superior attitude.

With the victims of Narcissism, we frequently come across the profound psychological wounding that spouses or parents have caused. There are many kinds of psychological attack that one can experience but they tend to fall into 2 behavior divisions.

The first kind of assault on a person where another person manipulates the mind, values, expectations and reality of the victim toward some end that helps the agenda of the narcissist or attacking party.

This is a particular assault against oneself by the attacker and has been coined gaslighting.

Each time this crime plays out we see the gas-light street light outside the home go dark. This comparison signifies a sinister darkness fall over the home and also that the wife or partner’s consciousness is dimming through the sustained mental and emotional degradation she is feeling.

The husband or partner attempts to bend and distort his wife or partner’s reality, that in the end, she will accept she is going crazy and as a consequence, will actually go insane. The ultimate purpose of the narcissist is either to break you down, or have a breakdown, so they can control completely or get rid of you in a way that you end up losing your credibility.

The reason they want you to lose all credibility is that they fear you may expose them for all their negative and callous deeds once you escape them. So what they try to do is to destroy you first in the process of disengaging from you.

Gaslighting is a kind of psychological abuse practiced by narcissists in order to instill in their victim’s an acute feeling of fear and uncertainty to the point where they no longer believe their own mind, thought or judgment.

The methods used in Gaslighting by the narcissist are comparable to those practiced in conditioning, cross-examination, and torment that have been practiced in psychological combat by intelligence operatives, law enforcement, and other organizations for decades.

The purpose is to, in a systematic way, target the sufferer’s mental stability, self-confidence, and self-esteem so that they are no longer equipped to operate in an independent way. Gaslighting requires the abuser to constantly and regularly keep accurate knowledge from the prey, and restoring it with incorrect knowledge.

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Because it is subtle, this clever Machiavellian behavior is a profoundly dishonest collection of manipulations that is hard for anyone to work out, and with time it ultimately threatens the mental balance of the victim.

That is why it is a kind of abuse. The emotional destruction of Gaslighting is immense on the narcissistic prey. When they are exposed to it for long enough, they start to forget their understanding of their own self.

Helpless to trust their own decisions, they begin to doubt the existence of everything in their life. They start to see themselves second-guessing themselves, and this makes them become really vulnerable around their decision-making, even around the tiniest of decisions.

The sufferer becomes discouraged and isolated, they become completely reliant on the abuser for their understanding of reality. In effect, the gaslighting turns the sufferer’s existence on its head.

As you can observe, this Gaslighting is a kind of psychological counterinsurgency that is both deliberate and continuous in character among one person (the gaslightee) and another (the gaslighter).

The Gaslighting Effect involves a dishonest set of psychological manipulations that are carried out sequentially in degrees, and duplicated time after time, in order to undermine the mental stability of its prey.

It is truly a convoluted dance, where eventually the innocent gaslightee thinks that they are going insane. Anybody can become the prey of these gaslighting tactics, age, ability, sexuality, and doctrine is no restriction against narcissistic persecution of this kind.

It does not only occur in romantic relations, it can happen in all various kinds of relations, among parent and child, siblings, friends, and work partner. Actually, it can occur among any two people in any position of life if the plan is there.

The gaslighting, as a harassment technique, begins with a set of mental mind games that deliberately rifles on the gaslightee’s poor capacity to endure uncertainty or doubt. This is done in order to undermine the prey’s confidence in their own understanding of reality and understanding of self, therefore ending in uncertainty and confusion for the prey.

Even when the victim is confused and left questioning, “What just happened there?”, there is a hesitation to see the gaslighter for what they are. It is this dismissal that is the foundation of the gaslighting relationship.

Narcissists are puppet masters who manipulate their offerings for individual profit. With accuracy, they are capable of pulling the strings of their victims without discovery and render them incapable.

In order to understand how a person can become a victim of a narcissist in the first place, it is necessary to know that the narcissist has several faces. Many faces are needed by the abuser as they lead the relationship through various stages: The Idealization Stage, Devaluation Stage, and the Discard Stage.

The great discovery is that the gaslighting does not occur all at once, it occurs in degrees, which suggests that if one speculates, in the early stages that they are being gaslighted, they can defend themselves by walking away, physically or metaphorically.

Nevertheless, one must be told as to what those stages look like, in that way, the person will be able to recognize and distinguish what is occurring at these various stages. With this knowledge, one will be able to detect if they are being gaslighted in any interpersonal relationship, whether it is at home, work or socially, and defend themselves by holding the narcissist out of their current area.

Throughout the first idealization stage, the narcissist puts on their best face in order to fashion their prey into a symbiotic relationship with them as their narcissistic stock. In the beginning of the relationship the narcissist showers the prey with attention, they are kind, sweet, flirty, dynamic, interesting, and excellent fun to be with.

They seem to be so comfortable and involved in the relationship, and the innocent prey relishes every minute with their current charismatic companion. They like how the narcissist is so wonderfully intense and how they get high on life, and they too want to absorb this potion with them.

Emotional bonding starts for the prey, and ignorantly, they further assume that the companion thinks the same way about them, that the relationship is mutual, however, this is the narcissist’s greatest trick.

Caught up in this alluring state of happiness, the prey becomes hooked by the gaslighter’s enthusiasm and grand fantasies. In this sort of relationship, victims are known to experience biochemical alterations in the body and structural modifications in the brain.

These exciting hooks produce a discharge of chemicals (endorphins) in the brain, and it is these endorphins, or pleasure substances that make the prey sense the elation in the first stage of the relationship. Like any addict, they become addicted to that high, and pretty quickly they find themselves hooked emotionally to their narcissistic suitor.

Nevertheless, this honeymoon period is only an illusion, all smoke, and mirrors. Having expertly ascertained the victim’s strengths and vulnerabilities, the Idealization Phase is over, and it is time for the devaluation stage of the gaslighting to start.

From here on in, the narcissist appears to become distant, cruel, and even bitingly harsh.

The relationship has now turned into the devaluation phase, and it is as if a deadly freak cloud has settled over the relationship. Virtually overnight the narcissist grows decisively distant and uncaring. The prey’s fall from grace is a hard one, they cannot seem to do anything right anymore, the narcissists admiring words turn to critique, everything the victim tries ends in an adverse effect, and they find themselves depreciated at each corner.

Completely disoriented, the prey has no conception of what is occurring, and they become increasingly stressed, miserable and discouraged with the circumstances. The roller-coaster relationship leaves the prey in a position of perpetual confusion as if always walking on eggshells.

All their strength is focused at justifying themselves, therefore the narcissist is not getting the concrete recognition that they need, this is likely to be the point when the narcissist begins to look for a new provider of narcissistic supply.

The narcissist gas lighting is presently at its crown, and there is no rationalizing with them. Frustrated by the narcissist’s strange conduct, the prey struggles harder and harder to satisfy their abuser in the hopes of getting the relationship back to where it was at the start when it appeared innocuous.

Stripped of their narcissistic drug, the sufferer is quickly forced into extreme withdrawal manifestations. They are distraught with fear, turned inside out with confusion, and robbed of what they thought they had, a soul-mate.

In order to cope with the misery of this profound wound of abandonment and rejection, they escape into a realm of inanimate defense mechanisms, a blend of rationalization, juvenile reactionary patterns, cognitive conflict, trauma bonding et cetera.

Lonely and detached from the physical world, these behaviors becomes their only way of enduring the narcissistic exploitation, and the gaslighting they are now encountering. No matter what they do, they simply appear to produce narcissistic insult to this outsider, and each time they do that, they unwittingly release an almighty wrath down upon themselves, without even knowing how they are doing it.

By simply engaging in these survival tactics, the prey becomes the prisoner that is overly reliant on their captive (Stockholm Syndrome), where unpredictability and ambiguity are the order of their day.

As a consequence, they are now caught in the grotesque masquerade with the narcissist’s pathological flamboyant self, where hell rules best, and they sink into juvenile reactionary patterns of behavior (Regressed Infantilism).

At this stage, they are most likely experiencing the outcomes of Narcissistic Victim Syndrome (NVS), where they are diminished to an obscuration of their past self. Ultimately, they are at the mercy of the whims and desires of their puppet master.

The narcissist hates who their supply person has become, they see them as weak, mediocre and useless victims, however, at the same time, their worthless victim is giving them a generous measure of narcissistic supply.

Therein generates the mistake, the more the prey displays their pain, the more they become narcissistic supply for the abuser, and the more valuable and important the abuser gets to feel. The more valuable and important the abuser appears the more obvious their verbal and physical brutality becomes.

This pull-push situation leaves the narcissist performing in a way that says, “I hate you, but don’t you dare leave me or I will kill you”. They will respond to any seen movement away from them as a threat to their narcissistic supply, consequently, any act of self-determination by the prey will certainly be decreased.

The narcissist is cruel in the way they depreciate the prey. Devaluation of the prey can be achieved through several varying designs and levels of assault, through the sufferer’s own attachment needs, their intellectual skills, physical body, passion, creativity et cetera.

By this time, like Pavlov’s dogs, the prey has been trained and looks to the external world that they are active associates in the narcissist’s convoluted dance. Even if they do succeed to flee from that narcissistic person, they are at great danger of future re-victimization and deception with other narcissists, since they are primed in a way that other narcissists can recognize.

In this period, the tournament comes to its ultimate end. What started out as the magnification of a victim by the narcissist, is fated to die with the glorification of the narcissist by the victims over dependence.

Once this occurs, the narcissist passion for the game has watered, in their eyes, they have already won the game, and the game is over. By this time, the narcissist is completely impervious to any needs or wishes that the prey may have, in effect, they no longer exist in their mind.

Not so for the prey, they are left bewildered and raw with emotion and are anxious to uncover answers in order to fix the failing relationship. Nevertheless, the narcissist opposes all efforts to save the relationship, they will dominate with silence, or if there is any sort of acknowledgment, it will be fiercely indifferent.

In effect, the prey has become worthlessly inferior to them, they know they have drained the victim dry, that they have now outlasted their value, and presently it is time for the narcissist to move on to the next source of supply.

Any attempt to get them back by the sufferer will only feed the narcissist’s self-esteem, and further provide them with a temporary source of narcissistic supply.

Gaslighting is an intense form of emotional exploitation used by the narcissistic gaslighter to manipulate the innocent prey. The consequences of gaslighting are so dishonest, that they can lead to the sufferer losing all trust in their own judgment and reality.

The prey’s first response to the gaslighting behavior is one of total disbelief, they cannot understand the abrupt transition towards them or indeed the reality that they are being gaslighted in the first place.

All they know is that something very strange appears to be occurring in the relationship, however, they cannot figure out what it is that is occurring. Of course, this is exactly what the abuser requires, after all, it would not work if the prey knew what was occurring.

The techniques used by the narcissist in the first idealization stage of the relationship advances in such a way that it practically ensures that the prey will become hooked entirely and exclusively to their narcissistic abuser.

Blinded by their love after been completely seduced, the prey generally, trusts genuinely that their love is reciprocated, but of course, this is wrong and a complete lie. Where once the abuser’s conversation with the victim had been open and stayed inside the relationship, it has now become blocking and redirecting.

All they know is that where the narcissist had previously held them in good heart, they have now become very critical of them. The comfort and care that had been free have now turned to hatred and hostility.

When the prey wants to rationally examine what is occurring in the relationship, they are faced with reserve, or worse, they discover that everything that is being spoken is bent or trivialized.

It is necessary to understand that the gaslighting does not need to be severe in order to have drastic results on the prey, it can be as subtle as being told that “you are so sensitive”, or that they should not do something because “you are not able to do it, leave it to me”.

Even though the prey can reason that these comments are wrong, slowly their confidence is being eroded away to such an amount that they cannot trust themselves. Gaslighting strikes, such as moving objects from place to place, and then the abuser disputing that they had removed the article actually generates enormous confusion to the prey.

Or saying something, then later denying that they had said such a thing. All of this psychological combat has the effect of making the prey question their own mind or understanding of events. Desperate for the gaslighter’s support and reassurance that they are not going insane, the victim becomes extremely dependent on their narcissistic abuser for a sense of reality.

At this stage, the victim still has enough of their self to resist and protect themselves against the gaslighting manipulation. Nevertheless, the narcissist’s gaslighting is starting to do what it is designed to do, that is, to drive the victim off-balance by producing self-doubt, distress, confusion, and guilt.

This emotional damage causes the prey, over time, to lose their sight of reality and understanding of self. Becoming lost, frustrated, and powerless to trust their own abilities and memory, they tend to separate themselves slightly because of the guilt they feel.

Before long their psychic strength becomes worn, and they are left helpless to protect themselves from the terrible gaslighting effect. At this stage, the person’s whole system may feel that it is in danger of annihilation.

From birth, nature creates inanimate defense mechanisms and adaptive responses in order to defend the child from annihilation from early trauma, and these same defenses continue during life whenever we are exposed to very stressful encounters that threaten us with annihilation.

When the child begins life, they encounter the world as a scary place, so in order to overcome their anxiety, they must create an emotional connection with somebody in order to overcome their fear and concern.

They recognize and bond with their chief caregiver, normally the Mother, and of course, they are pretty likely, at some time in the future, to encounter her as their first aggressor. A mother can be encountered by the child as being both threatening and kind, and this appears to lead to the child turning to emotional bonding for survival.

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This psychological state is known to-day as “Stockholm Syndrome”. It is seen to occur everywhere in situations where people find themselves to be held captive and in fear of their lives, as in abduction, hostage situations, and narcissistic abuse.

This phenomenon of trauma bonding with the narcissist offender can be seen in Narcissistic Victim Syndrome. In Stockholm Syndrome, the victim adjusts to the traumatic situation by automatically going into a regressive mode, where they revert to childish juvenile patterns of response (Regressed Infantilism), and bond with their captor as they did with their mother earlier in life as a defense against annihilation.

In order to cope with the pain of living within such insanity, the victim’s motivational drive gives a way that they can reason to overcome the conflict they are feeling (Cognitive Dissonance). For the therapist to learn the dynamics of all these defense mechanisms, they will then be able to understand why victims stay in these narcissistic abusive relations, as it is a smart, but difficult unconscious self-survival strategy.

By this stage the prey can barely identify themselves, they are fast becoming a shadow of their past self. Living under oppression within a war zone where they are dominated, physically and emotionally battered, helpless to make choices, reduced to endless rages, sucked dry, shredded of dignity and safety, they live a dreary life.

They start to believe that they can’t do anything right anymore, they don’t believe that they can trust their own judgment, and they withdraw with a skewed reality of what is actually taking place. They disappear into the darkness.

Many sufferers will also go on to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The investigation of PTSD can be performed based on specific markers being present, and these markers fall into three sections:

Reliving: Flashbacks, rude symbolism, dreams, fear et cetera
Avoidance: Avoiding people, situations or feelings, emotional numbing, loss of interest, hopelessness et cetera.
Arousal: Trouble concentrating, anger, outbreaks of violence, restlessness, hypervigilance et cetera.

With Narcissistic Victim Syndrome, sufferers are taken to a place of annihilation and destruction on various levels of self, whilst encountering gaslighting behavior in their narcissistic relationships.

When a journey of rehabilitation, the person as an individual needs to know what was happening to them as their story unfolds.

People constantly battle with a collection of responses, from confusion to mistrust, great sorrow, blame, guilt, resentment, anxiety, thought, separation and a host of physical manifestations, such as panic attacks, flashbacks, anxious negative thoughts, weakness, eating disturbances, severance, abreaction et cetera, but they further display release at ultimately knowing what had been going on in the relationship, and the number of losses they were dealing with.

It is also astonishing how surprisingly flexible sufferers are and all our strategies for surviving are amazingly brilliant and each and every one of us is a mentor for our knowledge and perception of what has happened to us.

When this occurs, it allows for all the fragmented pieces of the soul to return home where they become like special patrons at a grand Feast, one uniting the whole, assembling at the Table of Recovery.

When a therapist encounters this work, they will honestly understand and appreciate the profound pain those victims have gone through every day. The fact that these people have endured the torturous effects of the chaotic narcissistic personality disorder is in itself a marvel and a testament to the human spirit.

Because a sufferer has had their self-esteem consumed by the endless gaslighting, they live in dread of doing the incorrect thing and making their situation even more precarious for themselves. They constantly find themselves questioning “what if”, and constantly attempting to second guess themselves.

This usually affects how they problem-solve and make choices in their life.

Projection and guilt are the trademarks of gaslighting, and the prey becomes hyper-sensitive to the endless humiliation of their abuser. They hear many times that they are too sensitive, that they quickly start to accept the distortions.

As a consequence, they look for approval before doing something, afraid that they will make more blunders that will end in more humiliation. This kind of gaslighting makes the prey question everything about themselves, so they continually question, “Am I being too sensitive”.

Living with the narcissistic Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the sufferer finds themselves constantly apologizing for never doing things right, they even apologize for their very existence, it is a way of avoiding more conflict with their aggressor. An apology is not simply something the sufferer does to be kind, it is a powerful approach for staying protected whilst in the war zone, and a means to pacify the wrath of the gaslighter.

Most importantly, the power of an apology is that it can take the guilt off the narcissist and redirect it towards the prey, consequently bypassing some of the narcissist’s anger.

If one lives under the perpetual oppression of the gaslighting narcissist, they can expect heights of malignant hatred. Many sufferers go through the physical and mental pain that can induce them to suffer a character conversion, leaving them feeling bewildered, alone, scared and miserable.

Frequently they proceed to take this grief with them, even after they escape from the abuser.

Sufferers endure great embarrassment about their circumstances, they get weary of attempting to cover up their exploitation as they go along. When well-meaning friends and family members tell them they are being abused, they evade the problem, and quickly they learn to reserve giving more information in order to evade more opposition.

The importance of guilt in narcissistic exploitation is a complex issue, however, it’s not too hard to accept that the atrocities of the gaslighting narcissist brand the prey to their very essence. Their guilt is a natural response to the social failure they so frequently feel as a result of their exploitation, exempli gratia, the embarrassment of being powerless to defend themselves from their exploitation.

This embarrassment can be viewed as defensiveness and withdrawal by others. The relationship between embarrassment and social supports is too complicated to dispense with here.

The purpose of gaslighting is to dominate and control the existence of the gaslightee. It only works when the sufferer is oblivious of what is actually occurring. The more the prey questions their own existence or ability, the more reliant they become of the abuser.

It is a cruel cycle of events that is completely baffling to the prey, and that is precisely what the gaslighter requires.

To be entangled in the narcissistic entanglement of deceit and deception is comparable to being a house fly caught in the spider’s web. When entering the web, does the prey know that it is about to be wrapped up and swallowed alive any more than the fly?

The response is no. Nevertheless, the narcissistic entanglement is akin to the disintegration of the person, the prey, under the threat of constant danger, creates a psychic connection with the abuser in order to evade fragmentation of the individual.

In creating that relationship they are forced to adapt themselves to their idealized abuser’s wishes and surrender their true potential. Having to ask for approval to do anything, not being permitted to have their own mind, never allowed to win the argument, continually being punished and shamed, compromising their own beliefs, preferences, wants, and belief.

Naturally, caught in this trellis they lose all freedom, even their capacity to make choices for their own self.

You have the feeling that you used to be a rather different person, more positive, more fun-loving, and more carefree: In order to survive, the prey starts with what is termed the narcissists dance.

This is an oblivious defense tool which serves to keep the prey protected, but in so doing they practically lose themselves by satisfying, complying, and pacifying. This becomes part of their way of being, a great pleaser with everyone.

Unless this unconscious dance, in therapy, and the prey is taught about narcissistic behavior, they are actually left exposed to becoming Narcissistic Supply yet again. The understanding is that they are conditioned, like Pavlov’s dogs in a way that makes them a target for other greedy narcissists, who are always on the pursuit for new stock and are ready to find those primed already.

What had previously appeared like paradise has now turned into a hell. There is no harmony or happiness in this place, just panic, and destruction. Life loses all confidence as if the light has been turned off.

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All that survives is the thick black vapor of depression. Furthermore, the sufferer is compelled to exist in a state of acquiescence in order to survive. Their thoughts of reality are constantly threatened by the gaslighting pretense, so they end up losing faith in their intuition, thought, or thinking skills.

They are spun deceptions, distortions that tell them that they are over-sensitive, imagining, stupid, ridiculous, over-reacting and that they have no right to be disconcerted. Listening to this time and time again, their existence is turned inside out, and they start to think that this may all be correct.

The narcissist’s form of psychological injury has succeeded to instill in their prey an acute feeling of fear and uncertainty to the point where they no longer believe their own mind, thought or perception. In this situation, they are definitely a prisoner.

Nevertheless, many succeed to get the strength to break loose, but this is normally after many extreme efforts. However, when they do eventually escape, in time they may find their way to a therapy room.

The role of the therapist is to not just to do the rehabilitation work with them, but further to educate them about the characteristics and outcomes of narcissistic abuse. That way the therapist can give them back their existence and control, and they will be in a position to be able to recognize the narcissist at work and be equipt to defend themselves against additional re-victimization.

Never undervalue the power of rehabilitation of these people, the fact that they have endured such severe injury is a testimonial to their strength and courage. Never fail to be amazed at the flexibility of the human spirit.

The narcissist chooses people because they are the torch to their obscurity and they will suck out a person’s life. They don’t choose them because they are vulnerable. When they gaslight them they are projecting their own madness on to their victim.

It serves to mask their narcissism when they tell their victims that they are crazy, bad or irrational. They actively endeavor to reduce the moral gap between the abuser and their prey.

Politics, Not A Reality TV Show

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The media must understand that politics is not a reality TV show. Choices this government exercises transforms people’s lives in a heartfelt way. It’s time the media quit handling politics like a sport and did its position of familiarizing people correctly regarding what this government is doing and what we will do differently.

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Jeremy Corbyn is not going to stand down, he has no intention of doing so, and when questioned he said that the media are fixated and that if the media reported what they were really doing then they wouldn’t be so obsessed and that it’s the media’s duty to make certain that the opposition voice is understood as well as the government’s voice.

We appear to have a misleading and unproductive media enterprise mashing public debate. At least Jeremy Corbyn is getting up there and telling it. However, numerous people in the United Kingdom have to make do with screaming at their TV.

It’s shocking that the media are happy to let people suffer and die at the hands of the Tories whilst they dominate over immaterialities and spin to keep down the opposition who are working to address the pressures.

It’s fabulous seeing Jeremy Corbyn on form like this. He’s a profound demonstration spokesman. Sadly he doesn’t always come across well during discussions, and he does at points, although who can criticize him, grow pretty defensive.

Nevertheless, here he absolutely hammers the performance of what he states and puts that passion and frustration to great use.

It’s all a practical play to the media and they should consider resigning from their positions. They are a dwindling breed whilst they leave a rather offensive odor behind them. Most of them are contemptible and should wash their mouths out with soap, they should purge themselves because they are barbaric animals getting readying for their ensuing feast.

Jeremy Corbyn is an inspiration. The reason why a lot of people don’t like him is through blindness owing to media prejudice. Most people cannot even justify why they don’t like him and end up getting all personal, which fundamentally implies they don’t have a clue at all.

They are so against Jeremy Corbyn because they are afraid. He is revealing the truth about the government and calling them out for what they are. Jeremy Corbyn is not the dilemma. He has never been the problem. And there are a lot of people out there that want what he is selling, but the establishment has an enormous problem with that.

In other nations, such as Norway, Jeremy Corbyn’s job is reflected as dull, unremarkable, run of the mill political democracy, however, in the United Kingdom he is defined as a loonie lefty agitator, but when the media fails us this badly, democracy succumbs.

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Nevertheless, we find ourselves trapped in a place where the right-wing media will not be reined-in without a new left-wing government and we are powerless to get a left-wing government in, due to the control over public opinion the right-wing media has.

It is very frustrating to see people vote against their own best interests owing to lack of information.

There are numerous people out there that think that Jeremy is not a real leader, but perhaps they should be promoting him more. He’s not an extremist, he is simply somebody who wants to lead his people into a better life, and I would say that is somewhat noble of him.

The problem is, will the media let him truly do that since all they actually appear to be doing is make him the scandal of the century. All I can say is that Jeremy Corbyn is not a defeatist, and he will not go down without a fight.

The media are toxic and I actually do pity Jeremy since he’s working so hard to do the right thing. Whilst his far left politics might not be everybody’s cup of tea, he is at least a moral and principled man, who seemingly doesn’t have a hope in hell of becoming Prime Minister, but at least his heart is in the right place.

He is a man of principle, a leader, who stands toe-to-toe with his party. A man of opinion, a leader, who is the voice of his party, he is the last one standing, and he isn’t simply partly committed, he is totally committed to what he believes in.

However, we seek a society in which people are empowered and involved in making the choices which influence them. Control should always be answerable, consensus-driven and honest, and we should deny the hierarchical formation of leaders and followers.

The criticisms of Corbyn’s former front bench co-workers have become a discord. A majority of no confidence was precipitated and obtained by them. Corbyn has never seemed more exposed.

Granted that Jeremy Corbyn was elected overwhelmingly by grassroots constituents to seek a fresh and unconventional way of doing politics, so, perhaps we should permit him to resume his leadership technique and give him a real opportunity at succeeding.

Pictures of people swarming to receive and support the Labour leader outside parliament has been pretty amazing.

Mr. Corbyn has been undermined by the media but still, he appears to be the center of attention, where he’s been seen as embodying the situation more clearly, as the servant versus the establishment. Here is a leader the public can identify with, for them, it is his critics who have lost their perception.

What does this tell us about his critics say make a great leader? Should Jeremy Corbyn have made others believe in something he didn’t, or at least not to the degree needed, by sugar coating an emotion?

How does that rest with honor and authenticity in politics? It doesn’t because we want a ruthless leader who is not made out of clay and will not crumble when things go awry, but will drive the people of this nation onto the right path.

We require a leader who is fair and honest and is for the people, not somebody who simply wants to fill their pockets with wealth that they can steal from the taxpayer, and if our leader can’t be honest with the people of this nation, then they are not deserving and should not be leading this country.

The purpose of a government and its leaders is to create a perfect society, to build fairness, and to assure domestic tranquility, and to provide for its people, not take from them, and people are entitled to their personal freedoms, but presently it appears that this is being taken away from them.

Who is really calling the shots and what gives them the ability to do so, and how are they going to restore this country back to how it once was? Since this country clearly requires some improvement and perhaps the public should not be listening to false promises, they simply want the truth.

It might appear unimportant to some, however, this is our home, this is where we exist, and we all need to get on together, people and government and we have the right to freedom of speech since it is the people of the United Kingdom that keep this country operating.

Without the people, this country would come to a standstill. That’s why there are plenty of rich political personalities, and people who like spreading fecal discharge from their mouths. They want to cut our welfare, tax credits, and they want us to work for the smallest salary.

Before long they will just give us a fridge and basic home devices, that of course many of us take for granted. They make the people of this country look like they are parasites of the nation, but what they are really worried about is that if they give us more it will generate a culture of empowered beasts.

That is all we are, beasts of burden to them, and the last thing they want to do is empower us, they simply want supremacy over us. There is a perception, them and us and they are the celestial bodies, and to them, we are not worthy.

We the people are undeserving and that’s not particularly complimentary.

They have the capacity to do anything they want with us, and it is their perception that we are different and that is slightly unsettling. Therefore, we must be confident and strong against a government that believes we are nothing more than livestock.

It’s actually shocking when you consider it all since we are a pretty expressive country and we are in an age where we should be able to articulate to the government what we need and require, not the other way round because in all fairness it’s the people of this country that make the wheels go round.

So, what if the people that make minimum salary or less simply quit working, even if it was for 4 or 5 hours, what if they just quit working?

Would this create an economic crisis? Most probably. Would people get sacked? Of course, they would. Nevertheless, doing this for several days to a month would show the government that without us, they are primarily up the creek without a paddle.

But what if everyone decided they were not going to go into work one day, the country would come to a halt, nothing would happen, nobody would have food, there would be confusion on the roads, and there would be anarchy on our streets.

Would politicians then understand that they’re supposed to work for everyone in the country and not just those who line their pockets?

I do pity those politicians that have no compassion for their fellow human beings who manipulate us like memento’s, throwing us communications that we have to work harder for less pay, why don’t they just get the lash out while they’re at it, and whip us for not doing as we are told?

It’s a badly put together and spur of the moment approach motivated by a montage of ridiculous people, but all in all, I believe it’s worth doing if the point is gotten across, but then they could always replace us with robots.

Big Pharma

Big Pharma is contributing millions to close down medical marijuana, and drug companies are concerned because marijuana is an alternative to painkillers. The producers of the painkiller Fentanyl contributed $500,000 to oppose marijuana legalization in Arizona.

Fentanyl was linked to Prince’s passing. They’re not the only ones. Purdue Pharma (Oxycontin), Janssen (Nucynta), Reckitt Benckiser (Nurofen), also fund anti-marijuana activism. In fact, drug companies spent more than $880,000 million on fighting marijuana over the past decade.

In 2013, the 17 states with medical marijuana saw painkiller prescripts fall. It’s time for pharmaceutical corporations to take accountability for the opioid crisis. However, that’s America for you, where pharmaceutical corporations determine what is medicine whilst their citizens die for money.

Prescript medication that people are given by their doctor frequently has side effects that can have extremely unfavorable consequences on the patient, from being depressed to suicidal, and countless patients become simply a statistic.

It’s so sad that the millions these companies are getting aren’t going towards education, teaching, infrastructure and everything else that’s productive.

Big Pharma paid out a reported 880 million dollars to prevent legalization and no one finds that as proof that it’s a natural medication? When are people going to quit calling this a drug and start being honest with themselves?

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Meanwhile, children die from alcohol poisoning every single day, and no one bats an eyelid. The only reason pharmaceutical organizations are fighting against marijuana is because they know that it is a natural cheap relief that has no negative effects on the body. These organizations are way to greedy.

How in the world did we all manage to live with pain 50 years ago before Pharmaceutical companies and doctors began elbowing their miracle pain relievers on anyone that said they hurt.

There has been an increase in the prescribing of drugs by outpatient doctors, motivated somewhat by the pharmaceutical corporations that market those drugs. Between 1999 and 2010, selling of these opioid analgesics, medications like Vicodin similar to (Codeine), Percocet similar to (Paracetamol), and OxyContin similar to (Morphine), quadrupled.

By 2010, the United States, with about five percent of the world’s inhabitants, was using ninety-nine percent of the world’s hydrocodone (the narcotic in Vicodin), along with eighty percent of the oxycodone (in Percocet and OxyContin), and sixty-five percent of the hydromorphone (in Dilaudid).

As narcotic prescripts grew, so did mortality from opioid analgesic overdoses, from around four thousand to about seventeen thousand. Investigations have revealed that patients who take narcotics for chronic illness are less inclined to improve function, and are less liable to go back to work.

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The possible side effects of prescription narcotics include constipation, sexual dysfunction, cognitive impairment, dependence, and overdosing. When patients take narcotics for a long time, they can even become more susceptible to pain, a malady called hyperalgesia.

What’s more, no medication reliably reduces pain in all patients, and narcotics are no exception. Furthermore, there isn’t much data that the prescription of narcotics to manage chronic, non-cancer pain is productive over a long time, most studies of prescription drugs last just twelve to sixteen weeks.

The use of prescript narcotics and the difficulties associated with them are so pervasive that, the Food and Drug Administration suggested tightening regulations for how doctors prescribe some of the most regularly used narcotic painkillers.

How did doctors, who promise to do no wrong, let the management of prescription narcotics get so out of hand?

Not long ago, doctors in the United States prescribed narcotics principally for short-term pain, similar the kind that people encounter following surgery, or for pain associated with cancer or to the end of life.

Then came two small reports in medical publications that helped set the foundation for an increased capacity for prescript narcotics. The first, a hundred-word letter to the editor published in 1980 in the New England Journal of Medicine, stated that less than one percent of patients at Boston University Medical Center who took narcotics whilst hospitalized became addicted.

The second, a study issued in 1986 in the journal Pain, concluded that, for non-cancer pain, narcotics can be safely and effectively prescribed to selected patients with relatively little risk of producing the maladaptive behaviors which define opioid abuse.

The authors urged prudence and stated that the drugs should be utilized as an alternative therapy. They further asked for longer-term investigations of patients on narcotics, they are still waiting for these to be done.

At about the same time, the corporations that made these narcotics, including Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, and Endo Pharmaceuticals, started to aggressively sell their goods for long-term, non-cancer pain, including neck and back pain.

They sold their prescript narcotics to doctors through advertisements in very respected publications, and through continuing education courses for medical professionals. They further financed non-profits such as the American Academy of Pain Management and the American Pain Society, the latter previously overseen by Dr. Russell Portenoy, a co-author of the Pain study and a proselytizer for extended narcotics prescribing.

The American Pain Society issued guidelines that supported doctors to increase their control of prescript narcotics to reduce pain.

In 2005, a medical doctor in Wichita, Kansas, noticed a group of deaths that were very similar in character, in three years, sixteen men and women, amid the ages of twenty-two and fifty-two, had died in their sleep. In the hours before they lost consciousness, they had been inactive and dopey, fighting to stay conscious.

Several had complained of chest pain, and that they couldn’t get their breath. All of them had taken painkillers prescribed by a family practice called the Schneider Medical Clinic. The clinic was in Haysville, a working-class neighborhood of Wichita. The principal enterprises in the area were aircraft and plastics, neither of which was doing well.

A mile south of the clinic, there was little except wheat fields. The principal doctor was Stephen Schneider, a fifty-one-year-old osteopath with sandy hair and dimples. He attended the county commissioner and the chief of police, gave examinations to the boys at the Haysville high school, and did rounds at district nursing homes.

One of his patients, Jeffrey Peters, said that Schneider reminded him of the kind of family doctor we had forty years ago when he was growing up, a doctor who will sit down and listen to you and joke around and make you feel comfortable.

On September 13, 2005, Schneider arrived at work to discover the clinic cordoned off with police ribbon. He called his wife, Linda Atterbury, a blond, peppy forty-seven-year-old nurse, who was at home with their two youthful daughters, and told her to come to work.

Agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration led Schneider into one of the clinic’s fourteen exam quarters and questioned him as to why he had been prescribing so many opioid painkillers.

He replied that sixty percent of his patients experienced persistent pain, and few other doctors in the district would attend them. The agents recorded, that he tries to believe his patients when they describe their health problems and he will believe them until they prove themselves wrong.

When questioned how many of his patients had died, Schneider stated that he didn’t know. After the raid, fifty patients endorsed a petition that stated, “We stand united in support of Dr. Schneider.”

A receptionist hovered an emblem on the exterior of the clinic, and patients scribbled friendly notes on it. The Schneiders further received many letters from patients. One wrote, “I believe that you have saved my life many times. Sometimes just by listening.” A woman with a connective-tissue disease revealed, “If you have never lived with chronic pain, you have absolutely nothing to say. . . . Chronic pain changes who you are. Without the medications I am on I have no life left!”

Schneider hadn’t considered of becoming a doctor until 1979, when his three-year-old daughter, Leigh Anne, caught pneumonia. She was restricted to an oxygen tent for a month. He believed the hospital was a neat and fantastic atmosphere.

At the time, he was next in line to become the handler of the meat department at Dillons, a local grocery shop. He had imagined working there with his first wife, who was a cashier, for the rest of his life.

However, once his daughter improved, he enlisted at Wichita State University and, in 1983, became the first person in his family to graduate from college.

Following his first wife leaving him, Schneider married Atterbury, who was drawn to what she described his animal heart, his kindness to pets, children, and the elderly. She inspired him to apply to medical school, even though she worried that a professional that high up he may get a big head.

At the University of Health Sciences, a school of osteopathy in Kansas City, Schneider felt antagonized by what he called the Dr. God feeling. He found some of his attending physicians demanding and demeaning to patients and nurses. His daughter, Leigh Anne, who is now a doctor, said that her father was never comfortable with the level of status that came with the position.

After Schneider had worked for the clinic for thirteen years, Riverside was purchased by a bigger hospital operation, and he and his new employer couldn’t agree on a contract. In 2001, he set up a temporary office at an optometry clinic. It was so tiny that people would bring lawn chairs and wait for their appointments in the parking lot.

He was at the optometry clinic for only a few months before he and his wife took out a two-million-dollar loan to establish a bigger medical center. Atterbury, who would run the office, stated that she obtained an architect to build her dream for her husband.

The clinic, which had its own X-ray room and blood lab, was designed in the Pueblo Revival manner, with tan stucco walls, two fountains, and a sky dome. Schneider requested a Catholic minister to bless the property and sprinkle the area with holy water.

He envisioned an alternative to the emergency room, the clinic would be accessible seven days a week, and all patients could be seen the day they called. He obtained three physician assistants and a family doctor, as well as a cardiologist and a spine surgeon, who would attend the clinic once a week.

The Haysville Times highlighted a photo of the mayor of Haysville, the chief of police, and Schneider, in white construction helmets, standing in front of a billboard that said, “Future Site of Dr. Schneider.”

Schneider was one of the rare doctors in the region to willingly accept Medicaid, which, he stated, compensated less than a fifth of the cost of his appointments, and he immediately drew in a huge group of patients who were on disability.

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Many suffered from lower-back pain following years employed constructing aircraft machinery. In medical school, Schneider had been shown that opioids were so addictive that patients should not be prescribed them except if they were dying, however, the thought in the profession had unfolded.

Doctors started using opioids more liberally in the seventies, following the appearance of the palliative-care movement, the first branch of medicine to make the change of the suffering it’s main aim.

In the eighties, physicians managing patients who had cancer, whether or not it was terminal, prescribed opioids more unobstructedly. A 1989 report in the New England Journal of Medicine declared, “To allow a patient to experience unbearable pain or suffering is unethical medical practice.”

By the nineties, this ethos was being used in all varieties of pain. In 1995, the American Pain Society, an organization of health experts across disciplines, suggested that doctors examine pain the fifth vital sign, observing it as frequently as they measure pulse.

Schneider stated that, when he opened his own practice, pharmaceutical reps came in and told him that it was okay to treat persistent pain since there is no actual cure. They had all kinds of comparisons confirming that the long-acting medications were suitable.

In 2002, soon after the clinic began, a pharmaceutical agent from Purdue Pharma, which manufactures OxyContin, arranged for Schneider and Jon Parks, a pain doctor in Wichita, to have a meal at a steak house.

Parks described his practice and gave Schneider a copy of his pain management contract, which expected his patients to yield to urine tests. Schneider gave the agreement to his own patients and, with limited training, started treating chronic pain.

When a Wichita druggist asked Schneider if he would be prepared to take all the pain patients of a neighborhood family doctor who had recently died, Schneider replied, “Sure, just send them over.”

Similar to most doctors, Schneider asked his patients to measure their pain on a scale from one to ten (pain as bad as it can be). Several patients marked their pain a ten or ten-plus and complained that they felt crippled or incompetent, and frequently discouraged.

The aircraft business, like any trade, wears out its people. However, he did find himself questioning why his patients seemed to have become wimpier. They were no longer prepared to tolerate any pain, they wanted it immediately annihilated.

Schneider occasionally introduced them to physical therapists or anesthesiologists, but for the most part, he gave them the relief they asked for. In a letter of gratitude to Schneider, one patient wrote, “I call you the pick-up doctor, why? Because after these other doctors screw your life up from negligence in surgery (like the disc on my back), they do not want to bother with you anymore. So you get referred to Dr. Schneider.”

Pain is badly managed, especially amongst the underprivileged and the mentally ill, in part since there are lingering uncertainties about whether such a personal experience is equal or real.

The system is not well designed to manage patients. What you end up with is a primary-care doctor who is stuck desiring to do something for his patients but doesn’t have the means to do much of something but sign another prescription.

Although nearly a hundred million Americans experience constant pain, according to a report by the Institute of Medicine, medical schools dedicate, on average, just nine hours to pain, and barely around four thousand physicians are board-certified as pain experts.

There are few doctors in Wichita who were ready to accept all the hassle and uncertainty associated with chronic pain. Schneider was trying to do the right thing.

His patients’ numbers fell on the pain scale, however, their capacity to perform usually did, too, many left their employment, applying for disability with Schneider’s assistance. When family members challenged a number of opioids that their loved ones were taking, Schneider reassured them that everything would be fine.

A recent college grad who had accompanied his depressed mother to appointments stated that he frequently questioned if she should see a psychiatrist. Schneider told him, that the depression would wane with the pain, and that there was light at the end of the tunnel.

The patient finally killed herself. Her son stated that the difficulty wasn’t that Schneider was dishonest, it was that he was so flipping happy.

Almost a dozen sales delegates from pharmaceutical corporations came to Schneider’s office each day. They took him out for meals, sent him to seminars and conferences, and gave him generous samples and giveaways.

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Schneider’s cluttered office included a Lexapro clock, Viagra pens, and a cup highlighting the logo for Nasonex nasal spray. The clinic never had to purchase its own tissues, since drug organizations provided boxes marked with their name.

Atterbury questioned how physicians could stay grounded when the pharmaceutical agents were forever glorifying them. They treat the doctors like they are above everybody else, attending to them, catering to them, dressing well for them, stating, ‘Where do you want to eat tonight?”

After hearing presentations by the group Cephalon, Schneider became one of the rare family doctors in Wichita to usually prescribe Actiq, a raspberry-flavored lollipop that contains fentanyl, which is eighty times more powerful than morphine.

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The Food and Drug Administration has recommended Actiq just for severe cancer pain, but Cephalon’s pharmaceutical delegates, who called themselves pain care specialists, informed Schneider that it worked well for all kinds of pain, especially migraines.

While it’s legal for doctors to prescribe medications for treatments that have not been certified by the F.D.A., pharmaceutical corporations are banned from selling drugs for such purposes. According to whistleblower actions later filed upon the corporation, and settled, in 2008, for more than four hundred million dollars, the pain care specialists sought out doctors who did not treat cancer.

They were told to answer to issues about the off-label usage of the drugs by stating that they are designated for cancer pain, but wouldn’t you admit that pain is pain. The company sent Schneider’s physician assistant to New York for an Actiq consultants meeting, it paid for her to stay at the W hotel and to ride a boat on the Hudson.

In 2003, Schneider was sent to an Actiq convention in New Orleans, advocated by Cephalon. He was told that he could stick multiple Actiq lollipops in his mouth and his butt and he still wouldn’t overdose, that it was clinically impossible.

Three years after his clinic started, Schneider visited the first conference of the Sedgwick County Pain Society, a collection of doctors and law-enforcement officers working to reduce the misuse of prescript drugs.

Schneider was one of the first people to talk, and he asked if anyone would be prepared to take some of his Medicaid pain patients since all the doctors in the district had taken the good insurance patients, and given him the unwanted ones. The ones with various illnesses and unreliable histories.

marijuana

Marijuana is a drug. Nevertheless, apart from that, it is one of the most natural out there, and it’s an excellent medication. The reason man made prescriptions is to make us sick and addicted. Technically our bodies are only supposed to ingest natural medicines.

There are several types of tablets that some people require and we are not talking about painkillers or mood stabilizers like Xanax since marijuana can be a replacement for both. Marijuana is listed in the same class as heroin which is not accurate.

You can overdose on Fentanyl, as well as heroin. Marijuana isn’t a gateway drug, and Marijuana is considered to be very safe because of the lack of overdose risk. Whilst prescript painkillers generate thousands of overdose mortality each year, no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose.

However, is it even likely that anyone would overdose on Marijuana? The response is no, and here’s why, because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not found in the brainstem regions regulating respiration, fatal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not happen.

In other words, marijuana and opioids influence different pathways of the body. Opioid pathways, further known as receptors, are present in regions of the brain that regulate breathing, and as a consequence, taking too many painkillers can induce a person to cease breathing.

Marijuana works on a totally separate set of pathways. These pathways are termed cannabinoid receptors and they do not alter respiration. Therefore, marijuana cannot induce somebody to stop breathing, no matter how much they ingest.

It may be impossible to die from a marijuana overdose, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t take too much of it, and huge doses of marijuana can lead to adverse manifestations, such as anxiety and paranoia.

This happens more frequently in amateur users who are unfamiliar with dosing. Taking marijuana in the form of edibles further poses a higher risk because the effects are delayed and therefore more difficult to predict.

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However, with all that said, the adverse manifestations of a marijuana overdose are simply brief and should wear off in 24 hours. Unlike other drugs, taking too much marijuana won’t take your life.

How many people have died overdosing on marijuana? The short answer? No. Unsurprisingly to marijuana enthusiasts throughout the world, there has yet to be a single recorded mortality associated with a cannabis overdose. In fact, you would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times your normal dose isn’t marijuana to kill you. That would be about 1,500 pounds of marijuana in 15 minutes.

That’s not to say that taking 40,000 hits is the single way to risk death whilst under the influence of marijuana. Smoking 800 joints in one sitting would put you in danger of dying from carbon monoxide poisoning. However, that isn’t exactly the plant’s fault.

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In their conclusions on overdose mortality, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) revealed that drug deaths are on the increase in the United States. Most prominently, mortality induced by heroin and benzodiazepines, prescript anti-anxiety drugs such as Ativan or Xanax with 6 and 5-fold increases since 2001.

What’s missing from NIDA’s 2015 report? A single report of a deadly cannabis overdose.

Statistics on mortality from marijuana overdose are strangely missing from U.S. national drug reports.

However, the recent 2015 United Nations World Drug Report had a few remarks warning global citizens against the plant.

According to the report, a number of people are admitting themselves for treatment because cannabis use disorders are on the increase. The data implies that more drug users are suffering from cannabis use disorders and there is increasing proof that cannabis may be becoming more dangerous.

How can that even be feasible?

To maintain that marijuana is becoming more harmful speaks to the concern regarding high-THC strains in mainstream society and medical communities. The higher the THC content in the strain, the more inclined a person is to admit themselves into an emergency room or seek treatment for marijuana use.

Unlike its counterpart CBD, THC by itself raises anxiety and paranoia in some people. After a night, or maybe several nights of smoking some top-shelf herb, some users can find themselves feeling a little confused, anxious, or neurotic. This is what we’d describe as a real THC-overdose.

This sort of overdose might make some people uncomfortable for a little time. However, there is still no account of anybody ever dying after smoking some high-potency bud.

With all the confusion about the safety of the cannabis plant, the World Drug Report neglects to report any marijuana mortality. In fact, the report reveals that most drug-related mortality is due to opioids, including heroin and prescript drugs such as Morphine.

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Opioid overdoses make up 40.8% of global drug deaths.

By now, the total lack of marijuana deaths should be an enormous neon sign when it comes to the politics of drug legalization. By contrast, 80,000 people die from alcohol-associated diseases periodically.

Over 25,000 Americans died in 2014 alone because of drugs prescribed to them by their doctors. On top of that, over 18,000 Americans died from legally prescribed pain-killers.

With years worth of data on drug deaths, it would appear like common sense to step back and question if no one is dying from marijuana, why is it still banned? Sadly, we still appear to live in a society that’s a little more than stupid.

It’s banned not because the government can’t tax it because they can. It’s taxed in all the legal states, but because a lot of the money they get is from pharmaceutical corporations that make the medication.

If it was legal the government would lose a bunch of money, since marijuana is non-addictive, unlike all hardcore drugs like Xanax, Oxycontin, Morphine et cetera, which keeps the consumer coming back to get more and more, giving the government more money.

However, it’s not regulated yet, indicating that there is no way to calculate what the content in the blood is, therefore, there’s no way to determine how high somebody is to establish a legal limit.

There are some very narrow-minded people out there that believe that marijuana is bad for you, but that is complete rubbish if used with guidelines like you would do the same with prescription medication.

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The only thing that would be dangerous is the tobacco that you roll with, however, you don’t have to be a genius to know that tobacco is harmful to your health, but then, so is breathing air.

Nevertheless, cannabis can be consumed in other ways, for example, ingested, using a bong, so you don’t have to smoke it.

The reasons for legalizing the drug entirely revoke the reasoning against it, and people are being extremely naive if they can’t see this. Firstly, marijuana is far less toxic and physically damaging than tobacco or alcohol, and it is inconceivable to overdose.

It has so many medical advantages which the governments disregard, and it isn’t physically addictive either, and for countless people using the drug recreationally and in moderation is actually quite propitious.

For numerous people getting high with their friends at the weekend is the safest and simplest way to unwind following a week of hard work and pressure without much consequence like a crippling hangover or offensive conduct which alcohol tends to cause.

For those that appear to be more open-minded, and know a lot more, perhaps the remainder of those people should go do some research?

Israel’s Medical Field

 

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A sick person is simply a person. Money, rank, nothing matters. Illness is the grand equalizer, and Israel’s public health care system is a type of real commonality among Arabs and Jews. It could easily be a model for other areas of life.

Of all government positions, Arabs achieve 6.8%, in the government healthcare scheme, they fill 12.4% of jobs, in nursing studies, including geriatric, 42% of students are Arab, pharmaceuticals has become recognized with the Arab population, 38% of druggists are Arab, at the Superpharm drugstore chain, 62% of the pharmacists are Arabs.

Furthermore, in medicine itself, the balance of Arabs is about similar to their dimension in the community. In 2015, 16% of all medical undergraduates were Arab, at the Technion medical school, Arabs were 38% of students and at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 31%.

There are many reasons why medicine is a reachable career for Arabs, one being the continual call for doctors. Also, once you’re in, you’re in for life, while in technology, you’re considered old before your whiskers turn gray. Also, medicine is a reputable career.

Another reason Arabs select it is that the healthcare structure gives the chance to gain work exceeding the confines of Arab civilization, to become part of the Jewish community, which is usually out of bounds. In Arab culture, becoming a doctor is a trend and it’s an open profession, without a smidgen of security problems.

Somebody who studies electrical engineering or electronics, and wants to work in some organization that handles security matters, will have difficulty locating work. In Israel, doctors have no such difficulty. They are received with open arms.

What’s the intrigue of the healthcare structure? How do Arabs and Jews work side by side, including throughout wartime, without abrasion? One of the unwritten regulations is that politics is out of bounds, to the point of prohibition.

Burning matters of the day won’t be the subject of conversation over an operating table.

The instructions are straightforward. They are there, treating patients and saving lives, whoever comes, a soldier, civilian, or terrorist. Everyone is occupied saving lives. They clearly do not hearten political conversations at the hospitals.

Hospitals are not the place. And of course, you can’t control what other people speak about, so long as it’s just a couple of people just interchanging their beliefs, it’s a free country.

Although, in truth, as a structure, they do not permit it to affect conduct and treatment of patients. Although employees are not permitted expression of political beliefs.

One of the doctors wrote something, the doctor informed her, that he didn’t care about her political views, and that nobody did. She was a civil servant, and he required her to be a doctor and a human being with empathy, and that she should not have the pretension of being a judge.

She was told that if she did not remove it, then she was going into combat with the other doctor. She erased it and serves there to this day.

Another fact is that the structure of the hospital is shared, egalitarian, and promotion is founded on rank and skill, and everyone is treated equally, doctors and patients. Barricades descend. It isn’t that the Jew is the boss and the Arab is the cleaner, and everyone is equal when it comes to saving a life.

The sense of justness is the grounds for the good relationships between Arabs and Jews at the hospital. The nurses are all the same in salary, dignity, conditions and everything else. That’s not the case outside but it should be.

Doctors battle with life and death on an everyday basis. They fight together to protect life, not the other way round. That lofty common objective brings Arabs and Jews together in the profession. Perhaps we are a little naïve, but we would like to believe there is a special unity connected with the world of medicine.

They’re in the same camp, with a common adversary before their eyes, death, and disease, nevertheless, this suggests that the proportion of the issues they see on an everyday basis puts other things into proportion.

Fortunately, these relationships not only break stereotypes, they can extend beyond work. It’s a job they do daily without preconception, and in a growing society anything is feasible, there is no contempt or scorn when looking after patients that really require assistance.

If we can put our ideas and notions to one side when looking after the sick and dying, then that means there must be light at the end of the tunnel, which means that Jew’s and Arabs can exist as one, in a community, with each other in peace.

An ex-army officer who first came to lessons in uniform, with his firearm, now he takes breaks together with his counterparts, and now they go out to eat with each other. Arab doctors and nurses do not feel their cultural origin hampers promotion. They do not see a glass roof.

Clearly the system is an ambitious one, however, it doesn’t feel that the system attempts to trip anybody up, and the first female Bedouin doctor in Israel, says her being a Bedouin was less of a difficulty than her being a woman.

Still, this idyll at best lasts as long as they’re in uniform, and in the position of employment. At work, and in uniform, with a name tag, they are received as human beings, and nobody believes they’re up to no good just because they’re Arab.

Nevertheless, when they finish work and stroll down the street in a normal dress, they’re perceived differently, and it’s hard. In the hospital where they have some type of power. They can give something to people, and assist them.

In the street, people are worried. Perhaps they should saunter around with their uniforms on, or amble around conveying a sign saying that they don’t mean to do anything mean or bad to anybody.

Keeping Our Children Safe In Schools

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It has been found that the bulk of schools in England aren’t putting the right policies in place to keep children with long-term medical conditions safe. Every school should have a policy in place to look after children with health conditions.

There are schools in the United Kingdom that don’t have those policies in place and parents are feeling so powerless. Some parents have terrible experiences in the schools because the schools don’t know what to do.

Numerous schools that don’t have a policy in place aren’t aware and what must happen is OFSTED must check these schools have got a policy in place, they must check the policies are working and the department for education must support these schools as well.

Keeping children safe in school should be the biggest priority. They should be safe, healthy and happy. Parents and families entrust their children to school each day, trusting the school to provide a safe environment in which their children will thrive.

There should always be a key qualified member of staff, appointed to manage first aid and there should always be somebody there who is qualified to give medication to children with health conditions.

If a child is in school that has a health condition, there should be somebody there to make certain that child has either somebody there to give the medicine or be with them whilst they take their medicine, for instance, if a child has diabetes and has to inject themselves with Insulin.

No child should have to suffer in silence because there is no proper structure. Children rely on their teachers to assist them when there is a need, and if there is nobody there to assist them, this could hinder their treatment which could make them sick.

We need to recognize that children do get ill, or they are already ill and require medicine. So, what happened to the school nurse that everyone shunned when you had to go for your inoculations, what happened to the nurse that came in and sorted through your hair to make sure you never had nits?

Taking away nurses from our schools is a stain on our school policy.

Every school in the country should have its own school nurse. Not only are nurses uniquely equipped to detect early warning indications of illness, but nurses are empowered to keep their communications with pupils private, and so the same child who visits frequently with a stomach ache may form a trustful bond with the nurse and feel able to open up to the nurse about their concerns, which may be separate to their stomach.

Nurses further have varying agendas, working conditions, and work-related requirements to teachers, and therefore may be better situated to get to know the children in the school in a completely caring function.

For teachers and school nurses to be able to perform their roles, the government must examine the wider remit of schools and know that staff members are only equipped to do so if they have enough time with each pupil to get to know them well and provide adequate care for school administrators.

Teachers and nurses deliver a diverse part in caring for their students, and a child’s well-being is of the most interest since if their health is not great, then they can’t study as well in the classroom.

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Picture human head lice. Nasty little buggers weren’t they. However, how did we fight such an obnoxious adversary? This was a job for Nitty Nora, the Bug Explorer!

 

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I am of course referring to the lady in the white lab jacket who came every so often to your school to check the hair of each child looking for head lice, or nits as they are more commonly known. Her name presumably wasn’t Nora, but her appearance struck fear into every kid’s soul.

Each school group took it in turns to line up before Nora, who would then check your hair by pulling it about checking for both nits and, more importantly, their eggs. This wasn’t normally too bad for boys, but for girls with long hair, it was much more of a task, as they usually had to have any plaits et cetera took out first, which meant that the younger girls were then walking about for the remainder of the day with tangled disordered hair.

The worst thing was she wouldn’t tell you that you had nits, if indeed you had. That was announced at the end of the day when an envelope was given to every kid with nits to take home to their Mum.

This was probably more embarrassing for each child in the class as saw you receive your envelope. It didn’t matter how much you complained that nits only lived in people with clean hair, you were then called a fleabag for the next week or so, and no other children wanted to play with you because their parents had ordered them to keep their distance, just in case.

If you did end up with one of the letters that made you a social fugitive, then it was time for a voyage to the chemist to purchase a bottle of that nasty smelling shampoo. It actually had a ghastly odor and it was made worse by the reality that it had to be applied and then left for ten minutes before it could be removed.

Following that, your Mum would go through your hair with an incredibly fine toothed comb to get out all the dead nits and most importantly the eggs.

Sadly, Nitty Nora has hung up her lab coat and no longer keeps the nation’s children head lice free. Apparently, she was removed since her role was considered to be an invasion of privacy and possibly even assault.

If this is the situation, then it is certainly yet another indication of a world going mad. So what if a few children had their hair pulled a little. At least they wouldn’t create an eruption of nits throughout the whole school.

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There are also reports that nits have become immune to the many lotions and potions formulated to destroy them, so there’s, even more reason to get rid of them as soon as possible.

Nitty Nora is well and truly alive in the minds of so many and even though they are not normally positive thoughts, we should now call for a restoration of the odious Nitty Nora. But bring her back in what manner?.

If a chemical company has anything to do with it, she will be brought back as a bottle of medicated shampoo.

Soaring Quantities Of Sugar And Caffeine Can Exacerbate Underlying Heart Problems

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For too many teenagers and young adults, energy drinks have become necessary for getting through the day. However, they carry a dangerous chance of unexpected mortality. Energy drinks are the cause of numerous unexpected cardiac deaths in young, healthy people.

The chief interest is that these drinks can quickly increase underlying heart problems. Because of their large quantities of caffeine and sugar, serious arrhythmias can quickly grow in the hearts of young people who drink them.

Countless people now balk at the large quantities of identified caffeine on these drinks. The difficulty is that there are many additional sources of caffeine that are masked by the labeling.

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Ingredients such as guarana, ginseng, and taurine have caffeine concentrations that are similar to, or greater than caffeine found in coffee. Ingesting large doses of any of these substances can be extremely bad.

About 31% of teenagers from ages 12 to 19 drink energy drinks on a daily basis. An even larger number of people use alternatives to these drinks, such as gums or inhalers. The large amounts of caffeine in all of these products are creating serious harm.

Of the 5,448 caffeine overdoses recorded in the United States in 2007, 46% of them happened in people below the age of 19. The problem is, how can we stop this trend of overconsumption by young people?

It is imperative that we prevent the consumption of these beverages because ultimately, we will have people coming into the emergency rooms of which are already congested and understaffed. Like alcohol there should be an age limit on these drinks of 21 or over that can buy these drinks, and like over the counter medications such as paracetamol, they should only be permitted to buy so many cans at one time.

This will not stop it altogether because they will get their mates to go and buy drinks for them, but it will considerably reduce the volume that adolescents can get their hands on.

One can (250 mL) of an energy drink per day is safe for most healthy adolescents. Energy drink consumption before or throughout sports training should be dodged, and teenagers with clinically associated underlying medical infirmities should consult cardiologists before drinking energy beverages. Extreme energy drink consumption concurrently with alcohol or other medications, or both, can lead to adverse outcomes, including mortality.

Warning physicians to the risks of energy drinks are very important.

It is essential for physicians to understand the absence of regulation in caffeine content and other ingredients of these high-energy drinks and education and information are essential to implementing safety for young people.

Actually, these drinks should be taken off the market for people’s protection but we know that’s never going to happen since these corporations that market energy drinks are extremely uncooperative, and they will lose too much money.

We presently see teeth having to be removed, gum disease, heart attacks, and total disabilities because of these pumped up sugar/caffeine beverages. Perhaps they should be banned clear and simple since any drink that offers the prospect of death really should not be allowed.

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But then you would have to combine alcohol and tobacco in that prohibition as well because they are all life threatening. When a can of branded energy drink comprises 20 teaspoons of sugar, you have to question why they have not already been outlawed. The increase in the heart rate, the increased blood pressure, the inability of the liver to take the hit are all grounds enough to stop production and traffic of these suicide drinks.

No wonder there is an obesity dilemma.

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Originally there was only one energy drink available and that was Lucozade, and that was only available in chemists. It’s way out of control now, and as far as heart conditions go, there are more aortic dissections now, and arrhythmia conditions, than there ever was.

Maybe it’s the unregulated distribution of energy drinks that’s the cause of the chemical contents activity which is similar to that of Viagra. It opens the arteries so that blood can flow faster, unrestricted, during vigorous exercise and it excites the heart in pumping harder and increases blood pressure to only the limit the arterial walls can endure, in a strong healthy body.

Any vulnerability, whether in the aorta or other important arterial membranes, is destined to crash causing immediate death or seriously endanger life-giving vessels exceeding their natural strength.

Drinking something which stimulates the heart and its role, the bodies biological and physical makeup, as in excess alcohol, it puts pressure on those blood vessels not intended for such an event and the result is catastrophic.

Same as everything else that is bad for us, for example, smoking and losing weight should be done slowly since cutting these things out completely can likewise be hazardous for our well-being and this includes caffeine based beverages as well. Stop them gradually, because cutting them out abruptly can be dangerous.

Self-Confessed Womble

 

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A Self-confessed womble picked up a gun he obtained in the street since he assumed it was an inoffensive BB gun, a court learned.
Michael Harding, 33, of no established residence, was detained in London Road, Basildon, following a stop check by police who were looking for a knifeman, just after 11.40pm on October 6.

Michael Harding is facing a compulsory prison punishment of up to five years after he admitted possession of a gun at a hearing in January. Judge John Lodge, at Basildon Crown Court, is presiding over exceptional circumstances hearing, into if the decision should be decreased.

The court learned that displaced Michael Harding found a red drawstring bag on the pavement bordering the Barge pub, in High Road, Vange, and kicked it. Noticing it was heavy, Michael Harding peered within and saw the handle of a gun, a t-shirt, gloves and an exhausted shotgun cartridge, which he believed was a Clipper lighter.

He put the bag within his own black holdall with the purpose of maybe selling it later, but he was stopped by police five minutes later because he resembled the description of a wanted man. Michael Harding was detained and originally maintained he had not looked inside the bag. A Stanley knife was found in his possession at the police station but he was not charged and he is not alleged to have been the man police were looking for.

Mark Savage, mitigating, asked Harding if he had ever been associated with selling items seen on the street and requested him to explain skipping. He replied it’s where you go round and look for discarded items in skips. They call it wombling.

Mr. Harding rejected knowing the gun was real and stated if he had made it home he would have called the police.

Cyrus Shroff, prosecuting, asked Harding why he picked up a bag that did not belong to him. Harding replied, why not? It was heavy so I picked it up. It was nobody’s bag, it was just on the path.

One should be more concerned on whose gun it was in the first place since obviously whoever it belonged to must have had the intention of using it in some sort of crime, and the police should be examining on where the gun came from in the first place, just in case this person that the gun belonged to has any other guns that they will use to perform a crime.

Obviously, it is an offense that Michael Harding committed, however, it’s not the crime of the century. Of course, Michael Harding should get some sort of non-custodial punishment, but his crime is not an atrocity, and he did not take the gun with the intention of shooting anyone, he just took it with the intention of selling it on.

Clearly, selling the gun on to somebody else could have had consequences, like a ripple effect, but Michael Harding did not think of that at the time, in fact, he did not think at all.

Michael Harding stated he was quite glad he chose to pick it up since it could have got into the wrong hands. He is certainly right, it could have got into the wrong hands, however, obviously his plans were to sell it on, therefore it could have got into the wrong hands anyhow.

Nevertheless, 5 years jail time for simply plucking up a bag from the street that he had no inkling what was in it, is a lengthy punishment, reflecting that his activities were simply an act of carelessness and ignorance.

Michael Harding’s testimony might be incredibly suspicious, and we know that he’s extending the truth to save his own skin, nevertheless, jail time isn’t invariably the answer, rehabilitation is. The case continues.