I have the day off, thank goodness. One radio interview @ 2 for the book. Good thing, too: Yesterday I saw 13 people, 10 of whom were unemployed and mentally ill, and three of whom were in a locked, inpatient unit suffering from depression and psychosis. The last person I saw, a man in his twenties, began to respond to auditory hallucinations while we spoke. That’s unusual and frightening. Heroin, he said, makes them go away.
For me, it’s a pot of coffee, walks with the two Bernese mountain dogs, a three mile run, and a sandwich: Then the voices go away. What voices, well you might ask. That’s a metaphor. Gee. Let’s not be so pragmatic. I mean, simply, that nonverbal, physical activity, along with caffeine and food, have a calming effect.
You stay in your cave, you come out of your cave, you build a fire, you hear the baying dogs come closer.
Kundera had it right, ironically: The unbearable lightness, though, should not be seen as “unbearable,” but a relief.
You can get in a huff, for example, about any number of things, but at the end of the day all we have and know is visceral. That is: If we are lucky ducks.
Take the sugary soda story. Sugar is bad, water is good. Well, that’s happening now: The big soda companies are buying up water and they’ll sell it back to us at a tidy profit. Until that happens, the real story isn’t the sugar in soda, but the private sector public health folks who are paid massive sums to advise the soda companies on how to sell their story to the public. It’s the same old, same old: Follow the money.
Here’s what I mean: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2009/10/american-academy-family-physicians-coca-cola-.html.
But will Coca-Cola make the voices go away? That’s what I want to know.