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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews -- For those who like their news and truths frank and sharp

Yes, We Can Stop

Countless individuals have proven that you can kick any habit.

In ‘honor’ of the upcoming World Drug Day, a licensed psychiatrist did us a great disservice by writing a book claiming we need to live with addictions. Prevent disappointment. Set your goals low. Quitting is an illusion.

If he really wanted to depress us, he could have included egotism, war, and hate. How to discourage and disempower the population. But, I guess that he also set the bar low for trying to make us give up on ourselves.

Psychiatry is one of the main physical polluters of the human brain today. Their psychopharmaceuticals drug us into inertia so well that typically, their intake diagnosis is still valid decades later. They don’t notice that this doesn’t sing the praise of the mind-benders; it shows their ineptness.

Don’t believe them. Save Your Soul. Just Say No. No to coffee and sugar. No to hashish and chocolate. No to alcohol and tobacco. No to opium and heroin. No to tranquilizers and pep pills. No to anti-depressants and sleeping pills. No to aphrodisiacs and party drugs, and no to pain killers. (If you got hooked already, seek medical guidance on how to quit safely.)

The following alternatives don’t cost money and have no dangerous side effects. They are not propagated since no dime profit is made off of them. Babies and small children around the globe use these alternatives—until they are overpowered by grownups who always know better. Not.

When feeling hurt or things don’t work out, you cry to get over the hurt.

When feeling scared, you make fun of it to make you shiver until it’s over.

When feeling embarrassed, you laugh until you can connect with ease.

When feeling confused, you express your thoughts until you’re with it.

When feeling stressed, bored, or ill, you yawn until you’re relaxed.

When feeling you have no future, remember that it will get better.

So, we don’t ignore emotions, but also won’t let them dictate our options.

NB: These approaches hardly work when we’re drugged!

No need to poison ourselves because others feel stressed about our tears!

NB: Psychiatrists pretend that our distress is a medical condition. However, don’t refuse antibiotics, vaccinations, or any other medical intervention for real ailments that you really need to stay safe and heal.

Listening to psychiatrists may be bad for your mental health.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1550 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people who don't deserve that. He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust, and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. He loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having an original peek outside of your cultural bubble.
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