Thursday, December 22, 2016

Great Martyr Anastasia the Deliverer from Potions

I had planned to go to Liturgy at a parish in my eparchy on the Julian calendar today to celebrate the Conception by Saint Anne of the Most Holy Theotokos, but there didn’t seem to be the usual morning Liturgy at that parish, so I went to my home parish a few blocks south. On the Gregorian and Revised Julian calendars today, we commemorate the Great Martyr Anastasia the Deliverer from Potions, also known as Anastasia the Healer. While I chose today to post my previous blog due to today’s feast on the Old calendar, a secondary topic of my recently revised book is very relevant to today’s commemoration of St. Anastasia on the New calendars.

St. Anastasia received the honour of “Deliverer of Potions,” or Φαρμακολύτρια (Pharmakolytria), due to many healings from the effects of potions, poisons, spells and other harmful substances through her prayers and intercessions. Not only is the root of Pharmakolytria, φάρμακον (pharmakon), the origin of the English word pharmaceutical, there’s only an iota of difference between the beginning of St. Anastasia’s name (Ἀναστασία) and the origin of word anesthesia, ἀναίσθητος (anaisthetos). While the root of St. Anastasia’s name, ἀνάστασις (anastasis) means “resurrection from the dead,” the origin of the word anesthesia, ἀναίσθητος (anaisthetos) means “without feeling or perception.”

When Electric Shock Treatment was rebranded and marketed as Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), one of the changes was the addition of anesthesia and muscle paralyzers to mask the horrendous effects of an electrically induced grand mal seizure. The addition of these pharmaceutics increased the seizure threshold, which meant even more electricity had to be used to induce a grand mal seizure, thereby increasing the severity of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that is seen as therapeutic by psychiatrists. Many ECT survivors describe the experience as “having their soul raped” and the effects of this TBI as making them into zombies (i.e. living dead). St. Anastasia would be very relevant to such persons.

Although the main topic of my book is the Roman Catholic system of annulments, the topic of psychiatric diagnoses and treatments is included due to a common misuse of Can. 1095, 3° in the Code of Canon Law to annul marriages: “The following are incapable of contracting marriage: […] those who are not able to assume the essential obligations of marriage for causes of a psychic nature.”

The illegitimacy of such annulments would be apparent to any former patient of psychiatry who now identifies as apsychiatric survivor” and those who advocate and defend these vulnerable persons in society. It becomes immediately obvious to any one familiar with pro-life issues that debating and arguing against the psychiatric system is met with the same defence:

Here is a quote from my book, which received a few edits and additions with the latest revision:
It has been suggested that many annulments have been granted, at least due in part, to psychiatric diagnoses. The actual treatments used by psychiatrists can also be a major factor as they prevent a person from thinking clearly and can make a person more easy to control. ECT is particularly damaging in this regard as it induces a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which leaves a person docile and easy to manipulate. Some believe that this treatment has somehow become safe since the time it was still called Shock Therapy, but the drugs used to mask the obvious physical effects have actually made it more dangerous. Some also believe that ECT is no longer used, but it is still, if not more, prevalent, even in Catholic hospitals. Unlike most psychiatric medications, ECT can be abruptly stopped; although, it takes more than half a year to make an initial recovery with full recovery highly unlikely, particularly with no support or acknowledgement of the TBI. The granting of an annulment based on such pseudo-science is bad enough, but it may also appear that a marriage tribunal is cooperating in ongoing abuse.

This becomes more evident when the underlying theory of these diagnoses and treatments is looked at more critically. The basic theory is that the mind is physically defective in some way. While Eve’s [a character in the fictitious narrative used in the book] case is quite clear that this was not so, the stress, trauma, and abuse in most other cases also becomes very apparent when it is examined, but there may be great reluctance on the part of the ill person and those involved to honestly admit the underlying problems. However, the idea that the mind is physically defective is actually incompatible with Christianity.

An easy way to realize this is to ask a few simple questions. Where do thoughts take place? Where are memories stored? Where are emotions created? Psychiatry, for the most part, suggests that these all take place in the physical brain; although, some suggest that the heart and other parts of the body also have a similar function. The question to the Christian than is: when you are dead and your body and brain are decomposing in the grave, are all your thoughts, memories, and emotions decomposing too? Do you hope to be a blank soul in heaven with no connection to your life on earth?

The key to this last question is the word “soul.” Thought, memory, and emotion are all functions of the immaterial soul, or in Greek, the psyche; although, the physical body does have a major part to play as we are psychosomatic creatures. To believe that the psyche is material is part of the materialistic heresy condemned by the First Vatican Council at the end of the 19th century. The suggestion that the psyche is mortal and dies with the body was also condemned by the Fifth Lateran Council; although, in the context of a collective soul rather than in the context of materialism. The Fifth Lateran Council happens to be the Ecumenical Council before the Council of Trent in the 16th century, which was the one that dogmatized the indissolubility of marriage. Not only could it be argued that a marriage tribunal basing its decisions on such theories is guilty of injustice and possibly culpable of cooperating in abuse, it could be argued they ascribe to a heretical belief and should be excommunicated from the Catholic Church. It could even be argued that they have incurred a latae sententiae excommunication due to Canon 1364 §1. Fortunately, ignorance absolves culpability.

This in itself is quite alarming, but when the history of what is now called psychiatry is examined, the alarm becomes even greater as the development of psychiatry is intrinsically connected with the eugenics movement. The eugenics movement facilitated the modern acceptance of abortion and contraception, which Blessed Paul VI foretold would have very negative consequences on families and was referred to by Saint John Paul II as symptoms of the Culture of Death. While the Catholic Church has been quite adamant about the evils of abortion and contraception, and their destructive nature towards families, the modern field of psychiatry has been damaging and destroying families with little notice. This damage of families by the Culture of Death has not only crept into Catholic hospitals and medical facilities, but also Catholic marriage tribunals.

The involvement of a psychiatric diagnosis in an annulment case makes it even more complicated as any evidence may be seriously biased due to heretical and abusive beliefs. More importantly, the marriage tribunal would be just as obligated to assist the person under psychiatric “care” as a person contemplating the “care” of an abortionist.

My wife is a big Celine Dion fan. Me? Not so much. My wife’s appreciation of Celine Dion’s music and my appreciation of Dr. Seuss’s books resulted in my first parody video late one night when I couldn’t sleep due to being very sick from cancer. My wife was thrilled to discover my appreciation of Celine Dion’s song ‘Loved Me Back to Life.’ After writing the song featured in my previous blog post, ‘Love You Slow,’ I decided to write another song for my wife based on the dubstep beat drop feel of this Celine Dion song. However, the resulting ‘Crazy Daisy Deadhead’ ended up more like Moby’s ‘Extreme Ways,’ particularly when I finished it for the following video based on my professional training in electrical theory and safety:


  1. You should also take a look at the pro-abortion stance of pro-psychiatry activists like Pete Early. This writer/speaker/activists believes pregnant women with psychiatric diagnoses should be forced to have abortions (even without their consent!) to ensure med compliance.

    By eliminating the euphemism "ect"=electro-convulsive therapy" from our vocabularies, and replacing it with the far more accurate >ELECTROCUTION TORTURE<, we are telling the TRUTH, unlike the LIES of the pseudoscience drug racket known as "psychiatry".

  3. PS: I REALLY liked your videos! Thanks for posting on >madinamerica<....

  4. PPS: Carrie Fisher died today, and it's the first I've heard about her own Electrocution Torture, which she seems to have actually *volunteered* for.... So sad, another life cut short....