Welcome to Through the Mind, Discovering Mental Health, an exploration of discovery into our Human Minds, our Human Bodies and our Human Spirits.
This is our first episode... an introduction to your host, Matson Breakey and his reasons for staring this new journey of exploration.
In this episode you will learn about Matson's background, why he is starting this new project, how Sheltering in Place and COVID-19 inspired the project, why the psychiatric industry makes him angry and what he has in store for future episodes.
April 18, 2020
Podcast, Episode 1 of Season 1
Through the Mind, Discovering Metal Health
My name is Matson Breakey, welcome to Through the Mind, Discovering Mental Health.
This is episode number one (1) of season one (1) the inaugural episode, the first one at the beginning, the pilot.
This hopefully is the start of something amazing. It is an amazing trip for me and hopefully an amazing journey for you.
Why this podcast? Why Through the Mind? Why do I hope you will join us, and listen and share this adventure with me?
Well, first a little about myself. As I said my name is Matson Breakey. I am an Entrepreneur. I am a Businessman. I am a Marketing Guy. I am a Sales Guy. I am an Event Coordinator. I am a Graphic Designer. I have done all kind of stuff in my life.
Currently, I am a part of a company that is fairly successful based out, just out of sight of Sacramento. has about a 70,000 square foot building where we manufacture parts for Jeeps and off-road suspension, all that kind of fun stuff.
It’s been a fun ride, 12 years doing that Company now, and it’s been great. You know, some of the most amazing people I have met in my life. it has benefited me. Great opportunity, and um, allowing, me, and my amazing wife and my three kids to enjoy the life that we have. I feel truly blessed, by the opportunities that it has afforded me.
My history is that I have gone down many different paths and tried many different skills and careers, and I have enjoyed all of them. I have been an accountant. I have designed websites. I have done, if you could think of it, I’ve probably tried it because that is who I am and that’s what I enjoy doing. So, I like new projects. I like new challenges.
Back in the, back in my twenties, which was a very long time ago, not to age myself, back in my twenties I spent a lot of time doing volunteer work, probably more time volunteering than earning a living, and part of that, one of the things I worked a lot in was the Medical Health Field, I did. So, as a member of an organization whose primary goal was to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights, they do so around the world. I was working outside of the Sacramento office here. It was an extraordinary time for that short period of time that I was working with them. I saw things that would make most people cringe. I learned about how the human mind was just being exploited and by, this big pharma industry whose primary goal is money. I mean, I understand that maybe there are people that work for big pharma who really are trying to help; but let’s face it, big pharma is big industry, big industry is big money.
These companies are publicly traded for the most part. And what do they depend upon? They depend upon the Stock Market and their Stock Price and everything that capitalism, that I love about capitalism, don’t get me wrong, I am true and true a capitalist; but that is what they depend upon. That is the motivating factor. and to that point, many of times it doesn't matter what their drugs may actually do. I mean quite frankly, if you watched a commercial for any sort of antidepressant or any other sort of anti-anxiety pill or just about anything, gosh I don't care what the, the drug or medicine is, is being published on TV these days. When they get to that end point where they start listening to side effects, if anybody actually paid attention to the side effects, you wouldn't want to take that medication. I mean come on like they might as well say you take this, you might die but Hey, take it anyway because we have really cool people on and this commercial is really cool and you'll feel better cause you will take this drug.
So, there is a, a problem with the industry that I simply can't allow to exist. So, when I was looking at what I was going to do next, what was my next major project? You know, this is April 16th, when I am doing this episode is April 16th. We have now been sheltering in place for a month. I've been fortunate, more fortunate that the rest of my family and that because my operations over there at our company is considered essential because it is automotive parts. And we do a work on vehicles including, vehicles for the local Sheriff's department. We, um, I've been able to get out of the house every day, go do our operations. We are running a skeleton crew, but I've been able to go do that, whereas my wife and my kids haven't. And so, we come back, we do walks, we do things that we can to make sure that we can get out and enjoy life, while also paying attention to the requirements of sheltering place.
But it also gives you a chance to think, because I'm a hugger, I love to come up to somebody and man, it's so good to see you. I'm going to give you a big bear hug. I'm a big guy. I'm six foot three. Um, I thankfully don't weigh the 270 pounds, I used to weigh. I'm down to about 220 right now to a, a combination of different, diets from a keto experiment that I was doing, um, to a, to currently actually on a plant-based experiment. I like to experiment. I experiment with different things we do for our company. I experiment with different things I do for marketing and that's why I'm doing this podcast. It's an experiment, um, to see if we can achieve something together, if we can learn together. And so, the but I like to, I like to come up and give you a hug, give you a handshake.
Really just, you know that, that one Oh, one physical contact of man, I am so glad you are here. And it's a very Western thing. I spent many of years overseas and in, in Japan, and where that physical contact is not as readily accepted, right? There's a distance there and it's just part of a culture. And it's one of the reasons probably why Japan and places like that already have a lessening of an impact in their region from this COVID-19 is probably because they're already conditioned to not just give up and give somebody a bear hug. Um, there are flip sides of that. Something I can talk about later. I don't really want to talk about that and how, but try to ride a train on early morning commute and you're packed in literally by by people pushing you in conductors pushing you in and shove you in by a bunch of sardines.
So, you go from having this desired space between people to this, you have no choice. You're now shoved with your elbow into somebody else's groin. You know, it's just, it's, it's a very weird environment in that. But here we're very much Western. We're very much about the handshake. We're very much about the bear hug. We're very much about that physical contact. And that's that person I am. So even when I get a chance to be out from the house and out with my co-workers, with my employees, it's still a certain amount of isolation. And that's something we'll talk about in the next episode. So, this, this episode is a primer. It's an opportunity to tell you a little bit more about why I'm doing it and what I expect to get out of this show; but in the next episode, our very first real episode, isolation and depression is a subject we're going to tackle.
Anyway, why am I doing this? Who am I? So, my time working in the Mental Health Field really brought about a passion in me to try to help people. So many years ago, I started a radio show called ‘Through the Mind’, the same name we're using here now with this podcast and that radio show, it was a local show, a hundred watt station with a Black Chamber of Commerce. Um, that, that allowed me to come in. God bless him for letting me do it. Come in and do the show. And it was a half hour show, maybe one these days. I'll actually publish some of those shows as, as retrospective episodes for the Through the Mind podcast. But we tackled every week, not only the news of the week, which could have been anywhere from a public shooting to something being brought up about mental health, but we tackled the news of the week. We also tackled subjects of the week, and I had a great time doing that because it was a chance to expose what I saw as some lies and hypocrisy within, an industry that again, sometimes cares more about the money being procured than it was about the cure being provided.
So, this Through the Mind is my next project and I hope that you will join me in this journey because this is a journey of education for myself as well as for you. I'm not a doctor. I don't try to pretend to be one on the internet. I don't know everything about mental health. I'm not coming to as an expert, I'm coming to you as a friend that wants to have a conversation and that conversation is going to be about the things I'm learning and the things I want to share with you and hopefully about the things you can share with me.
See, I get upset when I watch TV and I see these commercials from big pharma talking about how with this little drug you can, you can achieve happiness. Oh by the way, if this drug doesn't work and if your, if your antidepressant isn't working, try this drug to enhance the antidepressant and let's use this drug to do that in the strict and that and all of this list, the side effects, all based on some things that I think are preconceived notions that do not really add up for me. So, I get upset with Big Pharma making billions of dollars. I get upset with psychiatry killing people. You don't hear about it too often. You don't hear about it too often. But when back in the 20 I'll tell you a little story. Back in my twenties where I was working with this organization. There was a story that came across our desk from a local County here just North of Sacramento, a young man, a young man who was born with half a brain. He was born with half a brain and yet he was a B student an A student. He was a successful individual. He had made it through his life as a, as a teenager. He was successful. He was doing good in school. He was doing good in sports. He was front-end purposes, a great son. There was an episode, I don't quite remember what caused the episode, but there was an episode, something set him off. Father and son were yelling at each other. The authority showed up. The kid was taken away for 51 50. What's a 51 50? 51 50 is a code for an involuntary commitment - 72-hour hold. The law still exists in the books here that the authorities can take somebody who considered to be a danger to himself or others. If it's a mental illness issue, they take them down a County Mental Health Clinic, drop them off for 5150 a 72-hour hold.
They could take them to other facilities as well. In fact, that's one of the interesting things that I've learned is, is you can go down to our private [inaudible]. I met the marketing director at one of the private facilities here in, in Sacramento years ago, and he told me his goal is to keep 80% of the beds full. So how does he do that? He networks, he networks with the Courts. He networks with the Police Department. He networks with the Ambulance Companies. He networks to encourage them, Hey, if you're bringing a 5150 just, just come down to my location. Just, just come down to where we're at. Because his goal is to keep those beds full. That's his job at 80% they're making a profit. At 70% they're not! So, he encouraged them anyway. A 5150 is his involuntary commitment. So, this young man who didn't have any other history but went into this episode that was condemned a psychotic episode or that he was a danger to himself or others was taken to a Mental Health Hospital. 48 hours later he was dead.
So our organization did an investigation in conjunction with some other organizations whose, who were patient advocates to look into the situation, to find out what happened and what it was, was drugs were given to him on top of drugs, were given to them on top of drugs, were given to him on top of drugs, were given to him, and he died. Unnecessary, unnecessary death! What happened? Oh, the report came out on and hands were slapped. Hands were slapped and nothing really came about it.
So yeah, I get upset about psychiatry killing people about big pharma killing people. I get upset because ECT, Electric Shock Therapy is still in use, in this day and age. Can you believe that! That something that was invented with a cattle prod is still used today to quote and quote fix the human mind? You see, I get upset that people actually believe and try to sell the use of this machine on the on the innocent, on the undereducated, on those that don't know any better. Now it's supposedly safer than it used to be. One flew over the Cuckoo's nest. Great, great movie shows the dark side of ECT; but if you actually go and watch that movie, that dark side of ECT is simply what happens when you shove electricity through your brain.
Autopsies is shown that the brain is actually damaged from that damaged. Yeah, rewiring anything you not adjusting the chemicals, you're damaging the brain and yet ECT is a little bit safer now because they put you under certain medications to make your body less likely to convulse, but it's still available.
So, I get upset about the fact that they'll still use something like Electric Shock Therapy. I'm a little depressed. Hey, let's fry your brain. You'll feel better. I get upset cause Medico's the Medical Profession, the MDs, the doctors, the guys we go to, our family practitioners don't take the time to learn the truth. Every day they're sold by Big Pharma on new drugs to use and most of them don't really understand. You know how it's possible. I don't know. I get that there's so much to learn. I get the doctors have a lot to learn, but that's what they signed up for.
You know, most manifestations of mental illness, and it's not just me saying this, most manifestations of mental illness have an underlying physical cause. It's become more and more true and more and more apparent, and we'll talk about that in future episodes. Papers have been written on this. I even found in my research and extension course, you know, for continuing education credits for psychologists that was focused on that one subject, how much they miss, how much the medical, the mental illness industry misses underlying physical causes when they're making diagnoses. Why? Well walk into a Psychiatric Hospital, walk into a Psychiatric Hospital where they had people held in beds and say, Hey, do you have a medical doctor on? No, no, no, I don't. I don't. I don't want a psychiatric doctor. Do you have a medical doctor on staff?
Someone who takes blood tests when they walk in. Who does a complete workup to see if there are underlying medical causes to the psychotic episode that may have just occurred? The answer is a resounding no. You see, let me use my wife as an example. My wonderful wife, before we were married, we'd been together for a few years, so she knew my proclivity towards psychiatry. She knew my opinion and she was smart enough. When she walked to in doctor's office, she was having some episodes that can be best described as anxiety, front-end purposes you'd look at and go, she's having an anxiety attack and this woman never had those and all of a sudden they started up in the supermarket other places she'd shake violently, so she went to the doctor. What's wrong with me, doctor? What's wrong? He looked at her, looked at her symptoms, took two seconds, said here and prescribed her a pill, an anti-anxiety medication.
Now she was smart enough, God bless her, I love her. She was smart enough at that moment to go, Whoa, wait a second doctor. I don't want that. Aren't you going to do a blood test? Aren't you going to do a workup? She insisted on a blood test. She insisted on getting a physical. She insisted on getting a workup and thank God she did because then we discovered the roots of most of her issues had to do with her thyroid.
Thyroid problems represent a vast majority of many of the things that we look at and go, Oh, that's classified as mental illness. Now it may be manifesting itself as that, but it has an underlying physical cause. So, over this journey, we will discuss those over this journey. We will learn that together, over this journey we will pay attention to what's going on in the human body, in the human mind, the human spirit. I say human mind, human body and human spirit, and maybe in some people that's an overused phrase, but I'm using it specifically for Through the Mind for this podcast, for one very important reason, spirit, spiritual spirituality. It is my firm belief that you are not a body. You are not a brain. You are a spiritual being. You are not your legs. You are not your bones. You are not your heart. You are a spiritual being. You don't have a soul. You are a soul who has a body, who has legs, who has bones, who has a heart, who has a brain and that is going to be a fundamental focus of this podcast forever.
If you agree with me, fantastic. If you don't agree, take the time to learn. Maybe we can learn about that together, but that is my basic philosophy in anything I look at. Can you imagine for an instance, can you imagine for an instance if science, if scientists had to look at man as a spiritual being in determining the results of their studies? because most scientists, for all intent purposes, especially those dealing with the human body, have to deal with the human body as if it is simply the body of an animal. It is flesh and blood, bones, brain, grey cells, the body of animal. So, all the diagnosis, all the hypotheses, all the theories, all the conclusions are drawn based on you and I being nothing more than animals. I don't believe that to be true.
Can you imagine if scientists had an inkling in their work that man is a spiritual being and as a spiritual being, he is affected differently than just his body or his brain, and that they used that concept for a second in their studies, the conclusions they may draw the, the decisions, the theories that they may ponder that [inaudible] that they may put forward could be completely different. I mean, it's a wet dream, but gosh, if we could do that.
So, in this podcast, that's how I'm going to approach it. I want to approach things we look at. I want to approach these different subjects about Mental Health from the idea that you, my friend, are a spiritual being that I am a spiritual being. We're going to do shows about a number of different topics, different types of categories.
We will do shows where we're simply clearing up a particular misconception about mental health and mental illness. Meaning we could take a subject; we could take a single subject like depression and break it down like quote and quote bipolar disorder. Break it down. What is the truth? as I see it. We're going to tackle mental health issues in the news. Guys, look right now, right now, what all of us sheltered in place, depression has gone up. Suicide rate has gone up. All you hear now in the news is this negative, negative, negative, fear, fear, fear.
Some stations like CVS being called out because they've been showing the most horrific images only to discover that many of those images were fake or taken from some out of context or never checked the interview was never checked to see if it was the person who was telling the truth or not. That fear-mongering, creating these greater levels of depression, where we can't do anything about it. So, what do we do? Well, when you can't fight back, you internalize when you internalize depression, onsets, fears about the future, suicide rate goes up. This is the kind of stuff we're going to tackle.
Next week's episode isolation and depression specifically because that's what I'm seeing in the news. So, I want to tackle that with you. I want to, I want to explore it. I want to see what we can do about it. We're going to break down mental health industry lies. I'm going to take on subjects. If I'm lucky, I might be able to actually get some people on the show to debate about this. I mean wouldn't that be awesome? Be able to bring them on industry professionals who would probably waive their doctorates in front of me and wave their resumes in front of me and go, who are you? Cause you're just a guy asking a bunch of questions but ultimatum, I'll take them on. Why not? It's a learning process. Communication is learning, and whether I win or lose doesn't matter. What matters is learning. Is taking on the opportunity to challenge them and see if we can all learn something out of it.
I'm going to do book reports. I'm a voracious reader, so one of the things I've decided to do is start diving in not only to all the books I have read about mental health industry, but even some books that I normally wouldn't touch. Books, written memoirs written by people who had claimed to have had schizophrenia memoirs by people who are pro mental industry, pro psychiatry and books written against it. I'm going to tackle those books. I'm going to share them with you. We'll get authors on this show to talk about their books, which also leads to what I really want to do with these long form interviews. Long form, meaning not a half hour, but maybe an hour and a half, maybe two hours. Really digging in and discussing with people who have been through life's issues, who have been through maybe an incident with a psychiatric industry, maybe, who have current health issues that they're trying to solve, any number of, of, of possibilities. Authors, um, industry professionals. Um, those who have been out there on the front lines, some of my old friends and best skin in exposing psychiatric violations of human rights will bring them all together. We'll have interviews with these guys. That's my plan. That's my goal and hopefully you guys can send messages to me and say, Hey, why don't you bring this person on her? Check out this Booker. Can you tackle this particular subject? I'm going to love to hear from you guys. We will talk about solutions. I don't want to just talk about problems because just talking about problems puts us in the same boat, the same situation, the same way that the media is what the media is doing to us right now. Problem, problem, problem. What? What do you do about, Oh, we don't have any solutions, but these are the problems that we need to know about. You need to know about these problems. Yeah, but give me a solution. All you do is feed me problems, that all you're doing is making my life worse.
You know the media, we're going to have an episode in the future called merchants of destruction. It's going to be all about the media because that's who they are. You know, alertness is not a political statement, whether you're one side or the other of the political spectrum. It is simply a statement about the media and how mainstream media does an incredible job of attracting eyeballs when they talk about the most destructive possibilities.
They try to balance it out with these little uplifting stories about people, but that's not what attracts the eyeballs. It's the scary headlines. It's the crash. You know, we, we as humans just tend to do that. Like, you know, you watch it, you watch a road race and you're waiting for the crash is when everybody gets excited about, we don't want the crash. We don't want anybody get hurt. We don't want anybody to die, but the crash is what everybody stands up to see. The media knows this, the media brings it in and the media wants a show you every day a crash, so you'll be glued to them; but when all they're doing is feeding you negative and not give me any solutions. It doesn't make your life better.
So, here we're going to be talking about depression. We're going to be talking about anxieties, we're going to be talking about fears, we're going to be tackling things you might be feeling right now, but we're going to talk about solutions. We'll talk about nutrition, exercises, alternative medicine, alternative ways of, of solving these problems that we are dealing with every day and I even have a plan to have a little therapeutic episode, a little therapeutic exercise at the end of every episode. Something we can all do. What I'll do is we'll do that episode. We'll do that therapy. I'll tell you guys how I did with that last exercise. I'll share with you the winds, the realizations, the benefits I got from doing that exercise and I hope you guys will take the time to share with me.
So, I hope I've, I've given you an all a sense as to who I am, what the show's about and expressed my passion for the subject and why I'm looking forward to this journey with you. I am thankful personally to each and every one of you for taking the time to listen to me. I'm thankful to each and every one of you for taking the time to join me on this podcast. We're going on a journey of discovery and learning. If you want to follow us, you can follow us at Through the Mind on Facebook. You follow us at Instagram? Join us on a private Facebook group. We just set up that you can share your stories, look for advice and support. I'll be sharing my stories. We'll share other stories and we'll, we'll look to support each other through this journey, not only in ideas and topics, but personal experiences.
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Thank you, my friends be well.