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New Transforming Trauma Episode: Trauma-Informed Transformational Medicine with Dr. Carrie Griffin


In this episode of Transforming Trauma, we hear from our guest, Dr. Carrie Griffin, an osteopathic family medicine physician and addiction medicine specialist with advanced training in maternal child and reproductive health. Dr. Carrie has been practicing obstetrics and addiction medicine where she became interested in trauma, which led her to training in NARM. Becoming a NARM Practitioner transformed her work and she now practices and teaches on trauma-informed care in medical settings.

Throughout the episode, Dr. Carrie shares about her own healing journey and how that led her to do the work she does now. She also shares about the different ways NARM informs her work both when she works with people one on one in her private practice, as well as in the clinical medical visit setting. Her training in Complex Trauma supports the expanded range of her work including more recent training in psychedelic medicine for healing trauma.

We invite you to listen to the whole episode to learn more about Dr. Carrie and the wonderful work she does!

You can listen to this episode on the Transforming Trauma website, on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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At least up here in Canada, the pharmaceutical industry profits from the continual sedation and/or concealment of ACE-trauma's symptoms via tranquilizers and/or antidepressants. And I wouldn’t be surprised if industry representatives had a significant-enough say in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual’s original composition and continue to influence its revisions/updates.

From my understanding, only a small percentage of physicians are integrating ACE-trauma science into the diagnoses and (usually chemical) treatments of their patients.

Also, I don't believe it's just coincidental that the only two health professions’ appointments for which Canadians are fully covered by the public plan are the two readily pharmaceutical-prescribing psychiatry and general practitioner health professions? Such non-Big-Pharma-benefiting health specialists as counsellors, therapists and naturopaths (etcetera) are not covered a red cent.

And even with such chemical treatments, whenever a Canadian federal government promises the populace universal generic-brand medication coverage, indeed itself a rare commitment here, the pharmaceutical industry reacts with ultimately successful threats of abandoning their Canada-based R&D (etcetera) if the government goes ahead with its β€˜pharmacare’ plan. Why? Such a plan would affect the industry’s huge profits.  

People's health apparently comes second to maximizing profits, in particular those amassed by an increasingly greedy pharmaceutical industry. Resultantly, we continue to be the world’s sole nation that has universal healthcare but no similar coverage of prescribed medication, however necessary. 

A late-2019 Angus Reid study found that about 90 percent of Canadians β€” including three quarters of Conservative Party supporters specifically β€” support a national 'pharmacare' plan. Another 77 percent believed this should be a high-priority matter for the federal government. The study also found that, over the previous year, due to medication unaffordability, almost a quarter of Canadians decided against filling a prescription or having one renewed.  

Not only is medication less affordable, but other research has revealed that many low-income outpatients who cannot afford to fill their prescriptions end up back in the hospital system as a result, therefore costing far more for provincial and federal government health ministries than if the medication had been covered. Ergo, in order for the industry to continue raking in huge profits, Canadians and their health, as both individual consumers and a taxpaying collective, must lose out big time.

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