Author Archives: Gary G. Kohls, MD

Why I skipped Super Bowl Sunday this year

It’s just a football game, people!

A surprising 50% of the US population didn’t watch the 9 hours of TV coverage of Super Bowl Sunday this year. I confess that I was one of them. And it wasn’t the first time that I have intentionally skipped the over-hyped, often tiresome Super Bowl extravaganza, reportedly the day when there is more domestic abuse than any other day of the year. I suppose such an act will be counted as heresy among some of my friend, but so be it. Continue reading

The suicide of Robin Williams: Why we need a grand jury inquest to investigate it

On July 2, 1961, an American icon, Earnest Hemingway, committed suicide at his beloved vacation home in Ketchum, Idaho. He had just flown to Ketchum after being discharged from Mayo Clinic’s psychiatric ward where he had received a series of electroshock “treatments” for a depression that had started after he had experienced the horrors of World War I as an ambulance driver. Continue reading

Trying to feel patriotic on the Fourth of July

Since the assassinations of Jack Kennedy and Martin Luther King (and the Vietnam War that had much to do with both), it has been hard for historically-literate and open-minded Americans to generate much patriotic fervor on the Fourth of July. But they should have been skeptical long before those idealism-shattering events. Continue reading

The 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

June 28, 2014, was the 100th anniversary of the infamous political assassination in Sarajevo, Bosnia, that was the spark that started World War I, the war that was widely called “The War to End All Wars,” because of the unendurable mutual mass slaughter of an entire generation of young European men (on all sides of the war). Continue reading

What did you do in the war, Daddy?

“What did you do in the war, Daddy?” was the title of a wonderful book written by Sabine Reichel. Reichel was born in devastated post-war Hamburg in 1946 to Nazi-collaborator parents who were respected in their post war community but had never talked to her about what they had done during the war years. The truth only came out during Reichel’s young adult years. Continue reading

Are drugs causing the dementia epidemic?

Since the introduction of major tranquilizers like Thorazine and Haldol, “minor” tranquilizers like Miltown, Librium and Valium and the dozens of so-called “antidepressants” like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil, tens of millions of unsuspecting Americans have become mired deeply, to the point of permanent disability, in the American mental “health” system. Continue reading

It’s déjà vu all over again

The Balandi, Afghanistan, massacre and the lessons not learned from My Lai

Well this is the anniversary week of the infamous My Lai Massacre, March 16, 1968. 1968 was the year that “everything happened.” Continue reading

Believe your eyes. If you see something, say something

“See Something, Say Something” was last year’s fear-based media campaign to popularize an initiative of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) called the Nationwide Suspicious Activities Reporting (SAR) Initiative (aka NSI). The NSI codified the actions of our nation’s spooks (FBI, local police, the CIA) who had, ever since 9/11/01 and the infamous Patriot Act, already been aggressively targeting and infiltrating nonviolent antiwar, peace and justice activist groups with spies, even stooping so low as to provoke violence by their agents provocateur in order to discredit them in the eyes of the public. Continue reading

Our society punishes human rapists & plunderers, what about our non-human corporate offenders?

The infamous decision of the neoconservative, pro-corporate, anti-democratic Supreme Court “Gang of Five” in their Citizens United decision has further strengthened the already powerful and over-privileged status of the corruptible multinational corporations that control most everything in the United States. The Gang of Five has made into law the absurd notion that corporations deserve the same rights as individual human citizens. Continue reading

America’s mental illness and dementia epidemic: It turns out that the drugs are the problem

Tens of millions of innocent, unsuspecting Americans, who are mired deeply in the mental “health” system, have actually been made crazy by the use of or the withdrawal from commonly-prescribed, brain-altering, brain-disabling, indeed brain-damaging psychiatric drugs that have been, for many decades, cavalierly handed out like candy—often in untested and therefore unapproved combinations of drugs—to trusting and unaware patients by equally unaware but well-intentioned physicians who have been under the mesmerizing influence of slick and obscenely profitable psychopharmaceutical drug companies, a.k.a. Big Pharma. Continue reading