Archive for May 2013

The New DSM5 Diagnostic Manual for Mental Disorders: Creating New Illnesses

Dr. Charles Gant has practiced integrative,functional medicine and more recently genomics for over 35 years. He is best known for his work in treating mental and substance use disorders. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia Medical School, and his Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia Pacific University. For two decades, Dr. Gant pioneered many nutritional, metabolic, neurotransmitter and hormonal balancing, and detoxification treatments for a variety of mental disorders. He currently practices functional medicine and mindfulness-based psychotherapy at the National Integrated Health Associates in Washington, DC and teaches these methodologies at the Academy of Functional Medicine, Dentistry and Psychology.

Dr. Gary Greenberg, PhD is a practicing psychotherapist and medical journalist in Connecticut and the author of important works debunking modern psychiatry and the DSM diagnostic manual. He is a major contributor Mother Jones, a contributing editor for Harpers, and appears in The New Yorker, The Nation and Rolling Stone.  He is a recipient of the prestigious Erik Erikson Award for mental health reporting, and his recent book is “The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry.”

Charles Eisenstein is an independent scholar who writes about civilization, economics, transpersonal psychology and the evolution of human cultures.  In the past he has taught at Goddard College, Penn State, and lived and worked as a translator in Mainland China for many years.  Charles has degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale and he has been active with other visionaries to develop progressive models of business and charity based upon a deeper ethical standard. His two most important books, “Sacred Economics:  Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition” which deals with the topic of the invention of money and abandonment of the barter and gift economies. His most recent book  is “The Ascent of Humanity: Civilization and the Human Sense of Self.”

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Michael “Mike” Konczal is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a non profit organization dedicated to the creation of a New Deal in the 21st century.  His work focuses on financial reform, unemployment, inequality and progressive solutions for restoring the economy. Mike’s blog, Rortybomb, was named among the top 25 financial blogs by Time Magazine.  His writings have appeared in the Boston Review, the American Prospect, the Nation, Slate and Dissent, and he has been guest on PBS Newshour, with Rachel Maddow, Marketplace and others.

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Andrew Ross is a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis New York University where his research focuses on labor and urban studies, social and political theory, ecology and cultural studies.  He is a leading organizer of Strike Debt, a national organization that emerged from the Occupy movement in order to build resistance to all forms of debt imposed upon citizens by banks, and earlier help found the Occupy Student Debt Campaign.  And has been active in the anti-sweatshop effort since the mid-90s. Andrew has written or been the editor of over fifteen books, the most recent being “Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City” at Oxford University Press and “Nice Work If you Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times” published by NYU Press.

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