Recently, several radio show hosts have broached the idea that America is being "Zombified" by various parties. One of the biggest sellers of this concept makes continual references to the 1986 movie, The Serpent and the Rainbow. This Wes Craven film gave us a vivid picture of the work of various Haitian shamans and bokors, practitioners of an animistic science our media insists upon calling "Voodoo." In this movie, a corrupt policeman used the dark side of the Voudon religion to strip the souls from human bodies, effectively rendering them to be Zombies (once again, a Hollywood change, as the term should be spelled Zombi). It was only after the hero destroyed the containing vessels that the Zombis could return to a normal life. It is unfortunate that the people promoting the Zombification concept did not trouble themselves to purchase a copy of The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist's Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic. It would have enlightened them considerably.
Dr. Davis explained in his book about the work of Dr. Nathan Kline (a well-known winner of the Lasker Prize), Psychiatrist and the pioneer of a field now known as psychopharmacology (p. 22). Dr. Kline was one of the first to theorize that many psychotic illnesses were nothing more than "chemical imbalances in the brain that could be treated with medication." The first of his discoveries was a substance called reserpine, refined from the Indian snakeroot. It has been used in Vedic medicine for centuries. A 1954 issue of Time Magazine claims that Ghandi took it every day to calm his nerves. While reserpine is rarely used today in psychiatric medicine, other similar medications are. Dr. Kline's approach was not universally accepted in his field. Some of his critics called the bag ladies of New York, "Kline's babies." Despite these objections, Dr. Kline was considered by his peers to one of the greatest psychiatrists in American History. After he died, the Rockland Research Institute in Orangeburg, New York was renamed the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in his honor.
Psychopharmacology became very popular with the drug companies who now make billions off the countless psychotropic drugs doctors of all types employ in their practices. In their drive to sell their medications, their sales-people have "educated" literally thousands of people on the benefits of their psychotropic drugs. These days, even schoolteachers with little or no medical training, now prescribe various drugs for their hyperactive pupils. While it may be the medical/nurse practitioner signing off on the prescription form, it is the teacher who effectively makes the diagnosis, not the doctor/nurse. In most of these cases, the drugs are some form of tranquilizer designed to deaden the brain activity of the patient. This "teacher effectively practicing medicine" is a situation that even Dr. Kline would likely object to, were he alive today.
Every time a doctor prescribes a psychotropic drug; that tranquilizing drug deadens the level of brain activity in that person. When that happens, the doctor has effectively begun the zombification process. While most people do not feel like they are being tranquilized when they take these drugs, countless medical studies have documented how these psychotropic drugs, just like alcohol, slow down a subject's ability to react in certain situations. Other researchers have found even more profound side-effects.
Expose someone to psychotropic drugs over time and the person becomes effectively zombified. They lose their ability to make decisions, think through problems, and have normal feelings. In many ways, they are having their souls extracted from them medically. At that point, they become easily manipulated by others and often forced into bad situations.
Evil spirits often find drug and alcohol-consuming people easy targets for possession and eventual control. Unless the evil spirit is a glutton for attention, they usually lay low in a person, working on them to believe they are just "part of their soul." They fool people into believing that their actions are the actions of their own mind, will, and emotions. In the end, they become "sleeper agents" or "Manchurian candidates" who commit horrible acts of violence, to the surprise of all their friends and their communities.
Alcoholism and drug addiction have been scourges to Western society for centuries. It has become too easy to solve problems by giving people pills rather then probing for the real problem. When it comes to mental or emotional problems, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers need to look at the soul of their clients. That is where the problems lie. Throwing pills at a sick soul does not solve mental problems any more than politicians throwing money at a economic problem is likely to solve it. We need to realize that the main motive of a drug company is profit. That means they have to sell more and more profitable pills if they want to increase their earnings and keep their stockholders happy. Even the U.S. Government has admitted in the past that over 90% of mental health cases never improve.
It is time that we studied the soul and begin to learn what it is and how it works. We need to quit using it as a euphemism for a human being and understand that it is a separate and distinct entity working to keep our bodies put together. We also need to see it as our connection between the physical world and the Divine. Once we understand these concepts, we stand a chance of actually curing people instead of turning them into zombis.
P.S. When I was doing my research on this subject, I was horrified to listen to one man bash Dr. Sigmund Freud as a cocaine-addict. Had he taken the time to read the rest of the Dr. Ernest Jones' excellent biography, he would have learned that Dr. Freud realized that cocaine caused more problems than it solved. Dr. Freud's work on curing cocaine addiction has even written up in an article in the famous British medical journal Lancet condemning the use of cocaine and telling his fellow physicians how to free their patients from the throes of the drug. While I do not agree with Dr. Freud on a number of issues, his warnings on the use of drugs as a quick-fix for psychiatric problems is something I agree with and wish other practitioners would take his warnings more seriously.Click here to read Part II: