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My diet book:

My diet book will never sell as its only one paragraph long so I have to post it for free. It revolves about a gland we all have, the thyroid. The thyroids purpose is to regulate our metabolism. It is the master gland and controls just about everything else in the body. It’s sole purpose is to resist change.  It does this to keep us alive. Other animals like reptiles when it’s cold they get cold and when it’s hot they get hot. They take on the temperature of the environment where people are always internally the same temperature 98.6 no matter what is going on outside.  It is the same with everything else inside humans and it is all controlled by the thyroid. How this pertains to diet is THE BIG SECRET! It isn’t ever mentioned in any diet book or plan yet it’s the most important piece of information ever that is not told and that people don’t realize. 


What this means is that any diet one does, especially those made for rapid results, the thyroid rebounds. It takes away the initial loss and then throws in some more. This is why ALL DIETS FAIL!  The more effective the diet the larger the rebound! The thyroid thinks “OH MY GOD there’s a drought, we are starving! Conserve calories!!! The metabolism then slows and you put on weight.  Again, the more efficient the diet the larger the rebound!

The way around the thyroid is don’t diet. Life style change. Any positive changes you do, healthy balanced diet and exercise, after 5 months the thyroid says “OH this is the new norm and it resets to accommodate and then, and only then, the changes will last.  As my friend said after losing 15 lbs after some significant life style changes, “and I have to do this every day for the rest of my life?” YES! YOU DO.


End of book!

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My Self Help Book:

This book is only 1 sentence!   Why should you be happy?  

The constitution says you have the right to peruse happiness. It does not say you have a right to happiness!     The current generation has been brought up due mainly to advertising campaigns to believe they have the right to happiness. They do not expect suffering or failure to be normal human affairs, except for poor or ethnic people.  

My parents’ generation didn’t expect to be happy so they worked hard to make a better life for their children.  Their children expect to be happy so they take medications and drugs to be happy instead of expecting to work hard to better their circumstances. Sometimes this is caused by, they don’t need to work as hard as their parents because their parents provided them much of what they were working hard for.  But mostly unhappiness or discontent is caused by a skill deficit and expectations.  What are you doing to deserve to be happy? 

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A friend is writing a column on the long-term effects of antidepressants,and about cases where people start taking them to help get past a specific trauma,but never go off. She wondered who needs them long term and who is just hurting themselves? 

She wonders about antidepressants causing withdrawal, dependence? She wonders about Dr.’s leaving people on them for life even after depression is resolved.  

The problem is in the marketing. People have no idea what antidepressants do or how they really work. There really is no such thing as an antidepressant that’s marketing bullshit.  No legal medication can make you happy. Happiness is a transient state, the result of some behavior – or should be. Ecstasy and such bypasses this but the happiness or oblivion they cause can’t last. You can say antidepressants secondarily help with depression.  

Medications can’t reformat your brain, when you stop them the brain goes back to the way it was before you took medication. 

Serotonin antidepressants can best be describes as turning the brains gain down decreasing sensitivity and distortions. This is primarily right brain activity.      

Norepinephrine antidepressants can best be described as turning up specificity or attention. This is Left brain activity. They give energy, alertness, sharpness or more accuracy.  

Thus, after people feel better and decide they don’t need medications anymore and go off, most people relapse into symptoms again after a time as they are who they are. 

Even on antidepressants people still need skills and counseling. In fact, antidepressants alone with no skill acquisition, in studies after 10 years of use, people are worse off than when they started the medications. Medications don’t make good life decisions for you and feeling better is not related to being better.  It takes skills to make good life decisions in alignment with one’s intent. 

Now feeling and empathy, the right brain, is 12x faster than left brain data and common sense. Thus, even with 40-year worth of skill building (as i have known people to have had) without medication the brain works so instantaneously they have reacted and behaved before they ever realized to use a skill.  So, without medications people don’t and can’t use the wonderful skills they have acquired.  Medications give that 3 second pause when you can choose. They allow left brain common sense based on data to catch up with the right brain emotional impulse.  This is why medications are often necessary for a lot of people their whole life.   

Humans are emotional based critters and that is for survival. You don’t need to be accurate to survive you just need a gist then react. Over kill is ok. Paranoia is a survival thing. Kill them before they kill you such and such… Survival is why we are built this way but it doesn’t work as well in a crowded 9-5 culture. You can’t just kill the person at the next desk.   Although these days that’s getting way more popular. 

An interesting story regarding all this:  A person I know was on Zoloft for 20 years   but had to be changed due to developing a side effect, muscle movements.  Some interesting occurrences happened with different medications.  

On Wellbutrin they felt better, more alert, more energy, more sexual, but changed their religion to a more conservative one as they got really into ritual and detail and the brevity of depth to their previous religion had started pissing them off. Only their obsessiveness and perseveration of thoughts (why they were on Zoloft) over time returned.  

Next was Cymbalta (adding serotonin back) and the obsessiveness went away. They changed back from the new conservative religion to the previous more liberal religion. The details of conservative ritual which makes up much of their old religion became cumbersome and bored them.  Who they were as a person, their needs and desires, changed with medication. 

It is fascinating that personality can be changed and adjusted.  This of course is freaky but good as off medication they get bogged down with obsessive thinking and can’t function well despite having had many years of skill building. It just doesn’t matter off medication as they can’t use the skills. With medications you feel how you feel until you don’t feel that way.   

My friend next asked about artists. Do you think effectiveness of medication is vocationally affected?

Meaning on medications will artists who often use angst as a muse cease to be productive? And what about artists who drink? Is it safe with medications?  

Mixing alcohol and antidepressants is always a bad idea. People want to numb out with alcohol so you don’t then want to numb out with medication. What drugs people take should always inform what medications are chosen as medications often target the same chemicals and receptors people fall into via self-medicating but with treatment you want to always target an overall balance. Self-treatment street drugs or marijuana often is like a torpedo for one side of the brain vs a pebble to push the balance to open up the other side to make better decisions.  

Other doctors often do not think or practice this way. They do not consider left right balance, they won’t mention things like the brains gain. That’s all me for now but newer info coming out does look at this. The current paradigm is wrong, the DSM one.  A lot of Dr’s know this but we are forced to talk in the old system due to insurance and politics. 

As far as effectiveness of medication vs. vocationally affected?  –  This has been disproved scientifically. Angst isn’t needed to create but a paradigm shift has to occur and the type of art a person might make would definitely change.    Artistic ability doesn’t go away without pain but one might not write dark pain driven shit. They might instead make the new marry Poppins?    

The have to channel one’s pain shit is a myth. If one is on the right medications they should still be able to feel joy and create from that joy.  Medications shouldn’t numb one, only help in creating balance. Many doctors enable people to feel numb, fire that doctor. They are not helping you toward the bigger picture or you’re potential.  

The need for dis-inhibition and dis-control is also a myth. Creativity doesn’t come from dis-control. It can be volitional.    

Again if you have been numbed out your treatment provider didn’t know what they were doing or communication was poor.  This is an important point.  

A friend asks what’s better in the long run, self-control, or medication? 

Dr. Brilliant Cliché replies:

“One might need the other to exist.  At the level of master yogi maybe not but in the real world; medications, exercise, nutrition, healthy positive friends, and good books, are all one together.    Taking medication regularly can be a form of self-control.  Shot gun self-treatments like marijuana (yes I went there) isn’t.    I admit there might be medial use for CBD but THC, nope, not. It’s a torpedo.  Never a good idea.  “

The Granny Dr. makes a Cameo appearance with this comment:

All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.”― Pope Paul VI 

This quote from Pope Paul turned on a lightbulb in regards to why many artists eschew antidepressants, even if life is easier with them.

It’s not because of the myth of the “suffering artist” and that misery is necessary for creation.

It is because the struggle with the bipolar nature we are born with is as much a part of artistic development

as the struggle of developing a master’s thesis out of a swirling mass of ideas is to someone attaining a doctorate.

If you pay someone to do it for you, you ain’t learned nothing. And when it’s done, and you’ve learned, it’s over.

Otherwise, it’s never really over, is it?”


Dr. Brilliant Cliché replies:

Within boundaries this is true but can fail as did Rothko and many others in suicide. “Too much of a bad thing is a bad thing.” – Dr. B.C. 2018

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Memory is just a story, individual and collective.

A client felt lost and no meaning to anything. He was just surviving day to day.  Upon asking what he did all day he said he watched 100’s of Vietnam movies as he himself was in Vietnam.  The problem is that history is told via an interpretive lens that is made in the political ovens of the day.  The Vietnam lens, the way the story is told, is that of just surviving. No greater meaning just lost and trying to survive.  He had learned to tell his story the way his story was being told. 

I told him to instead watch WW2 movies as the lens there, the way the story is told, is different. WW2 is told as a higher purpose, greater meaning and often hero story.  It would change everything if he learned to adapt this lens on his story and defy cultural pressure.  Memory is just a story, individual and collective.

Today the political lens, our story, is most often a blame the victim lens. Look at Trump vs. his many concubines, Kanye West blaming the slaves, A popular imam blaming concentration camp Jews, The Me-too backlash blaming women.  I wonder how this will affect our views on life and ourselves in the next 40 -60 years?

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On Line reviews:

Are on line reviews, like Yelp, of service providers the same as on-line reviews of products? Are they reliable? Not in the least. First let’s look at how to read product reviews. The prevailing wisdom is start from the bottom as the top 5 at least are often fake reviews from people who have received free products or been company hired. Look for poor English and if they are glowing but non-detailed.  The verified buyer thing doesn’t really mean much.

For service providers the onion had an article recently that summarizes the issues. Regarding doctors “Oh my on line reviews are down I have to give out more Adderall!” says the DR.  The only people who generally write reviews of service providers are those that have had issues. In my experience it is people you have said no to their agenda.  Like in the article no you can’t have klonopin or Adderall.  A friend and fellow service provider gives this example.  He has an eight year old. “If I gave my eight year old candy, chocolate, and a steady diet of junk food I would be the best parent in the world according to him; But am I?”  The fact that it made it to a political parody web site must mean it is a universal Doctor experience.

Using myself as an example regarding on line reviews, my on-line reviews really suck; 1 out of 5 possible stars, the worst! In all but 1 of about 16 on line reviews over about a 3-year period.   If you would go just by these you would run for the hills before seeing me but let’s look at the bigger statistical picture. In this period of 3 years I have seen about 9,000 people.  16 bad reviews are a .18% bad review rating. That’s a tad under for every thousand patients 2 go out of their way to complain on line which is consistent with another statistic.  1-2% of the American population has a completely miserable personality with a diagnosed severe personality disorder. They are not only unhappy no matter what you do but the mere fact that you saw them pisses them off.       In a psychiatric practice the concentration due to selection (people send their unresponsive to treatment patients to psychiatrists) is higher.  In a psychiatric practice severe personality disorders are found in about 20%.  So, 16 awful reviews, .18% is statistically normal background noise for the general population.  It is about nothing for a psychiatric practice.  In fact anything less than this would indicate the reviews are fake, manufactured.

Doctors with all glowing reviews, 100% are often of large practices that hire companies that generate good reviews. This is an expensive service so usually found in larger practices but anyone can do this. Again, if there are no negative reviews for any service provider the reviews are fake.   It is improbable if not impossible to satisfy every customer.

So how to evaluate useless reviews, look to what the person disagreed like their diagnosis or was said no to.  Look for ranting and raving, defensiveness, self-righteousness, childish or exaggerated bizarre statements.

Overall subjective opinions about people just aren’t very useful.  A product has a specific purpose and either does it or does not. Service especially medical service is a lot more ambiguous despite what insurance companies or pharmaceutical sell as expectations.


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How to make people happy:

In order to make someone happy you have to act within the role they have ascribed to you. That’s why you can’t make everyone happy as its impossible to act with multiple different roles at the same time. Therefor don’t try to make people happy. Just be consistent to the role you ascribe for yourself and over time that is what people with expect from you. That has the potential to make people happy.

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You are being manipulated:

The onion had a great article the other day where it showed  two photo’s of the same teenage woman. In one she was just herself as is, pleasantly normal, Average. In the other she was photo shopped, glamoured and looked like a supermodel.  The point is that for this teens whole life whenever she looked at or saw any media depiction of women she saw an untruth that doesn’t exist in nature and she thinks that is the mean, or average that she compares herself to.  This is a recipe for forever unhappiness and discontent and a large product bill which is the purpose of the untruth in the first place.

Last night I saw the movie Dean and in it there was a unsavory male character that picked up women by first saying something demeaning, like your hair is unruly, I like that you don’t care about that.  Then he would follow by some rescue positive statements.  The purpose is making the woman feel vulnerable and insecure then bolstering her up. This was in fact a very successful technique perpetuated by social media that men actually used successfully to get woman to sleep with them. It worked as it is the same technique used to get woman to buy make up and other feminine products.

It is also the same technique used to elect public officials. You advertise something that makes you feel vulnerable or fearful then offer the solution. Like there are rapists crossing our borders and I will build a wall to protect you.  These are all classic advertising human behavior manipulating techniques.

WE and our children are constantly being manipulated and it is imperative that we recognize it and learn, teach, and roll model skills in order to see through the mist. Allowing oneself to be lied to and manipulated cannot bring happiness. It caters to and reinforces our lowest self, shame, fear, and vulnerabilities.

The fact that advertising works reinforces its use. But the more it is used the worse the human living situation becomes as it is all based on lies, exaggeration and false hope. If you are promised the Garden of Eden and Heaven, you will accept no less and it diminishes what you have here and now.

What you have here and now whatever they be are tools that if used wisely can bring happiness and success. Learn the art of limitations on you tube Embrace the Shake | Phil Hansen | TED Talks.

What you do not have as a self comparison can bring envy, emptiness, and shame,  leading to anxiety, depression, migraine, auto immune disorders via the slow demise of your immune system. All of which get you to buy, buy, buy, and consume. The purpose of our culture as it has evolved to be currently.

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Too big to fail:

Most of human life is determined by social convention. We believe what we believe because we were taught these things are true and the way it is and we look at the world through this lens from then on.  Reality self-perpetuates via tradition.  Because so much of life revolves around social convention or tradition these traditions become in of themselves self-sustaining entities that resist change.


In medicine this is called a facilitated segment. An injury causes a change, the area around that change adapts to protect it or compensates for it then the rest of the body adapts around this adaption. When the injury heals the changes can’t resolve on their own as the whole body has adapted and sustains the changes as if the injury is still there. The body doesn’t know it is healed and can’t function as healed. Because the adaptive change self-perpetuates itself.


An example in culture recently was the banking collapse. Banking as the system functions currently supports the system as it is currently.  Even though banking took a huge hit, the system had to support it despite the injury in order for the whole system not to collapse. Thus, the system self-sustained the system for no other reason but because it is the system despite it clearly being a dysfunctional injured system.


Another example in my field is the DSM5, our classification of disease entities in psychiatry. It was created to be able to allow psychiatrists to talk to each other and do consistent research but when that research which it now has shown the whole thing to be malarkey misguided it is too late. The system is as it is based on this book and it is now too big a system to be able to change easily. Insurance reimbursement is based on the system as it has been created so despite it being shown to be malarkey we have to force people to fit into it because the system is the system, self-perpetuating.


Religion, economics, medicine, marriage, sexuality, how we define ourselves, our groups, and nearly everything else follows these same phenomena. Once created then defining our lives it becomes tradition i.e. social convention and too big to fail or change.  This creates the phenomena of most of what we think we know and how we live our lives and base our feelings on is just not true. It just is social convention.  Anyone challenging the system becomes an outcast to the system and a threat to it. The system as a self-perpetuating entity resists change and sees these reformers not as good but misguided or evil.


Although it can be done, it is very difficult to create enough energy or support to break a facilitated segment and reintroduce adaption and change and create a new norm.  People see the world the way they were trained to see the world. They don’t realize they have these glasses on.  Tradition often flies in the face of common sense but again that doesn’t matter as reality as we know it is social convention not facts that readjust moment to moment and day by day.   Social convention even if is bad for us or unhealthy is often just too big to fail.

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Shame/demoralization can manifest as anxiety, depression, or in hypervigilance (ADHD) and is not respondent to medications.  

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