Peterson Family Update - February 2020 

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Jordan Update February 2020
Hi everyone, it’s been months since we’ve given an update on Jordan and my family’s health and it’s time for one so here goes.
The last year has been extremely difficult for our family. Dad was put on a low dose of a benzodiazepine a few years ago for anxiety following
an extremely severe autoimmune reaction to food. He took the medication as prescribed. Last April when my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer, the dose of the medication was increased. It became apparent that he was suffering from both a physical dependency and a paradoxical reaction to the medication. A paradoxical reaction means the drugs do the opposite of what they’re supposed to. These reactions are rare but are not unheard of.
For the last 8 months he’s been in unbearable discomfort from this drug, made worse when trying to remove it, because of the addition of withdrawal symptoms, stemming from physical dependence. He experienced terrible akathisia, which is a condition where the person feels an incredible, endless, irresistible restlessness, bordering on
panic, and an inability to sit still. The reaction made him suicidal.
After several failed treatment attempts in North American hospitals, including attempts at tapering and micro-tapering, we had to seek an emergency medical benzodiazepine detox, which we were only able to find in Russia. It was incredibly gruelling, and was further complicated by severe pneumonia which we’ve been told he developed in one of the previous hospitals. He’s had to spend 4 weeks in the ICU in terrible shape, but, with
the help of some extremely competent and courageous doctors, he survived. The decision to bring him to Russia was made in extreme desperation, when we couldn’t find any better option. The uncertainty around his recovery has been one of the most difficult and scary experiences we’ve ever had.
So: Finally Dad is on the mend, even though there’s a lot of physiological damage that he needs to recover from. He’s improving, and is off the horrible medication. His sense of humour is back. He’s smiling again for the first time in months, but he still has a long way to go to recover fully.
It appears that we are going to get through this by the skin of our teeth.
So let me make a couple of things clear:
1. Neither our family nor the doctors here believe that this is a case of
psychological addiction.
2. Benzodiazepine physical dependence due to brain changes can occur in a matter of weeks. It can be made even worse by paradoxical reactions that are difficult to diagnose, and can be extremely dangerous.
3. We’ve been told and hope that Dad will recover fully but it will take time and he still has a ways to go.
4. We are extremely lucky and grateful that he’s alive.
The next update will come from him directly. Thanks again for all the support.
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American Patriot
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I have known of Jordan for a couple years now and have been subscribed for a time, but am really, just now, learning of his teaching. I am extremely grateful for your thoughts
Cody Ritner
Cody Ritner Klukkustund síðan
Get well soon Jordan, your wife needs you by her side. Stay strong Peterson family.
Marek Kołodziejak
Marek Kołodziejak Klukkustund síðan
I'm glad to hear that you're getting better! I'll be happy to hear from you soon! Be well!
Expat Jack
Expat Jack Klukkustund síðan
Dr Peterson, your rationality has challenged me to improve my thinking. Your thoughtfulness about our human nature has helped to prod me into examining my inner self. And your moral courage has been an inspiration to me. God bless you and your family.
Julie Rouse
Julie Rouse Klukkustund síðan
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. You have opened my eyes, doors in my mind as well as many others in many areas of knowledge and thought. You are Essential to this world we are currently in. "If you're going through hell keep on going." You are an inspiration and truly loved by many!
bluewolf19z Klukkustund síðan
Prayers to you Peterson and your family... Hope to see you healthy soon
TheAktmcc Klukkustund síðan
Godspeed JP’s recovery. Love and health to a man who has brought love and health to so many. 💚🙏🏽
debunkingdebunkers Klukkustund síðan
Sounds like a run of the mill addict to me, except he has money to hide and run to other countries for drug treatment. I know you guys can't admit it because you've probably criticized addictive behavior in the past. He's a grifter and I don't wish him the best.
Marlo Webster
Marlo Webster 2 klukkustundum síðan
Sending prayers of comfort & love for Dr Peterson, your mother and you. I truly feel for you and your family at this time. I’m a mental health and substance misuse nurse and know a benzodiazepine detoxification is not easy and takes much longer than a opiate or alcohol detox. Lots of love from the 🇬🇧
Irena Marczak
Irena Marczak 2 klukkustundum síðan
Well, your father predicted this... Try the treatment of dr Ewa Dąbrowska since you are relatively close to Poland why not to give it a try. She helped so many people with various diseases also of immune system and her methods (diet treatment mainly) are non orthodox but very reasonable, and what is most important - they work. The second thing - pray for your father, make others pray for him, buy him a rosary and teach him to say it. Just like this. He is now paying the price for the order, God's order, he tries to (re)implement in the world that has lost its track.
Michael Dicks
Michael Dicks 3 klukkustundum síðan
good News … Looking Forward to hear more
RNR 3 klukkustundum síðan
We all wait for your next video.
Crossmoor Mafia
Crossmoor Mafia 3 klukkustundum síðan
if u think that this story makes sense u must be a jbp fan 😄
John Leiter II @Krusheasy
John Leiter II @Krusheasy 3 klukkustundum síðan
You're in our thoughts & prayers.
Paul Salow
Paul Salow 4 klukkustundum síðan
get well Jordan, you are an inspiring person and have helped me to make changes in my life.
tatiana de buch
tatiana de buch 4 klukkustundum síðan
From Madrid, I send all my respect and love to the Peterson family! One of my nowadays heroes, Jordan Peterson will be on my daily prayers and every week I will light a candle for his recovery. God bless you all.
Exposed Planet
Exposed Planet 4 klukkustundum síðan
Get well Dr.Peterson I love your work, you help me straight my mind and impowerd my will power, your important to the world.
Irvin PT
Irvin PT 4 klukkustundum síðan
I pray for Mr. Peterson's complete recovery and wellness. Love from the Philippines 🇵🇭
Mike Khachikyan
Mike Khachikyan 5 klukkustundum síðan
Get well JP.
Patrick Stuivenberg
Patrick Stuivenberg 5 klukkustundum síðan
Get well soon doctor, your family needs you. Best wishes.
Alex Yaremchuk
Alex Yaremchuk 5 klukkustundum síðan
Hold there!
Malachi Mitchell
Malachi Mitchell 5 klukkustundum síðan
Praying for your father, your family and you.
Gozer33 5 klukkustundum síðan
I pray JP's health improves. Also, I extend my sympathy to his supporting family and friends.
P. Sosin
P. Sosin 5 klukkustundum síðan
Truly at the edge of chaos. Hopefully this will bring JP back stronger and sharper than ever. Thank you Mikala for the updates. JP tell us a joke! #edgeofchaos
Space Monkey
Space Monkey 5 klukkustundum síðan
OMG I hope Dr. Jordan Peterson gets well soon. I feel really, really bad right now for him. The world needs people like Dr. Jordan Peterson.
Dim VW
Dim VW 5 klukkustundum síðan
Thanks for the update. Lots of love from Belgium!
Stay EZ My Friends
Stay EZ My Friends 5 klukkustundum síðan
This is why I generally don't do drugs, even if the drug dealer is called a "pharmacist." Aside from antibiotics, I scarcely see evidence of any drug that has been a net gain for humanity.
Anti Dimaryp
Anti Dimaryp 6 klukkustundum síðan
We are here for you, sir Jordan. Yes, we have to carry our crosses. But it does not mean we have to carry on our own. We will carry this burden together, through prayers or anything possible.
Djuan Eastman
Djuan Eastman 6 klukkustundum síðan
I don’t care for Petterson, but that is horrible. I hope he gets better soon and God heal the lasting trauma.
Black Alien
Black Alien 6 klukkustundum síðan
She's reading a script.
Pedro Masset
Pedro Masset 6 klukkustundum síðan
We love you, Jordan. Keep strong!!!
Pete Pure
Pete Pure 6 klukkustundum síðan
Any news about your dad?
___ 6 klukkustundum síðan
Weird dress choice for the occasion....
Scott Gibson
Scott Gibson 7 klukkustundum síðan
😢 stay strong Jordan . 👊 Keep fighting sending love to you and your family and friends.
Thabang Ledwaba
Thabang Ledwaba 7 klukkustundum síðan
Thank you for the update. I pray for his speedy and full recovery. Last year between November and December, God woke me up at about 3am. He told me to pray for Mr Jordan Peterson with an Audible voice. Then without questions I proceeded to pray for him, because I believe in praying for someone first and ask questions later to avoid subjectivity. I prayed intensively for you Jordan and your family as a whole. So when I was done I asked the Lord about the reason for the prayer, I mean I didn't know anything about Jordan accept me following his lectures and intriguing interviews. To cut the story short, satan is attacking you because of what you stood for regarding the Bill C16. You stood against the "statue" of baal the statue of the LGBTQI.. the Lord told me to tell you that you should come closer to Him, because you mostly stand for what's righteous and upright. With just a word, come to Him.
ALP 7 klukkustundum síðan
I was just listening to your father's audio book. He is a good man. I and many people are thankful and stay with him. Speedy recovery.
Nora Keating
Nora Keating 8 klukkustundum síðan
My prayers go out to you and your parents. Has your mom looked into alternative cancer treatments? This fellow interviews many cancer survivors with sometimes "incurable cancer"
Sarah Welch
Sarah Welch 8 klukkustundum síðan
Is she reading from a script? Just curious
robert fripp
robert fripp 8 klukkustundum síðan
wow zizek got him bad..
Pawel Zmyslowski
Pawel Zmyslowski 9 klukkustundum síðan
Thanks Misha for this update. Wishing dr Petersen and the whole your family All the best. Waiting patiently for dr P talking to us again!
Joan Mcbagel
Joan Mcbagel 9 klukkustundum síðan
Dear Dr Peterson & Family, Sending you all the positive vibes ⚡️⚡️⚡️✨ May all this universal love strengthen your body and spirit. Amen, 🙏🏼❤️🌻 💪🏼✨💪🏼✨⚡️
Benjamin Andersen
Benjamin Andersen 9 klukkustundum síðan
My heart bleeds for Jordan❤️🙏
Steve Lee
Steve Lee 9 klukkustundum síðan
Mr.Peterson is a true King.
Mike F
Mike F 9 klukkustundum síðan
2:10 “so let me make a couple of things clear (to you idiots). Both our family and our doctor (whom we pay) are saying this is NOT a psychological addiction but rather a physical addiction due to an autoimmune reaction to food....” to admit Jordan has psychological issues would not be great for book sales and would render his endorsement of my Lion Diet in which he claims a strict diet of beef, salt and water is the cure for autoimmune disorders and mental health issues.... and 12 Rules is the antidote to chaos 🙈
Daniel Herbert
Daniel Herbert 10 klukkustundum síðan
I can’t imagine eating just beef has helped him either. Antidepressants was a really bad experience for me.
mitchcraft 10 klukkustundum síðan
The problem is that Benzos only last a while before they reach a point where you need to either increase the dose or move on to a stronger Benzo. To be put straight on to clonazepam is an extreme move as it is one of the strongest. You really should start with something like Valium at a dose of roughly 10mg per day then either get off before your body gets used to it which when this happens you will start to have the opposite effect that it is meant to produce or be ready to up the dose by another 10mg. Usually Dotors will go as high as 30mg per day then move on to something stronger like lorazepam then nitrazepam etc. By starting on clonazepam that ability to go on stronger versions has been robbed. It's like opium for example. Imagine being given something like morphine without even trying something like Dehydrocodien first. Russia sounds like a good place for benzo treatment seeing as they created Phenazepam, one of the strongest effecting benzos per mg out there!
Charging Banana
Charging Banana 12 klukkustundum síðan
Thoughts and prayers, I hope Jordan gets better and your family can rest easy
Alejandro Saavedra
Alejandro Saavedra 12 klukkustundum síðan
Sending you, Jordan and your family an abundance of light and love.
Keep It Simple
Keep It Simple 13 klukkustundum síðan
Jordan is one of the great thinkers of our time, and badly needed right now more than ever. Incredible the impact one man can make. Speedy recovery Jordan! We need you, we love you, we thank you, and we look forward to having you back in action shortly!
Noel Bomander
Noel Bomander 13 klukkustundum síðan
Your father is an amazing man who helped me through a very rough time in my life. I feel bad that there is nothing I can do to help him now. I hope that all of your family will be good soon!
Meus 13 klukkustundum síðan
Yo!! Dr Peterson !! We love you bro !!
CoachPiuze 14 klukkustundum síðan
love to all of you! Get back strong!
4tech69 14 klukkustundum síðan
Vincent Fletcher
Vincent Fletcher 16 klukkustundum síðan
Sending love to the Peterson family. I hope the outpouring here is of some help or value.
Sam Ozzimo
Sam Ozzimo 16 klukkustundum síðan
MY sincerest empathy to your family and your dad. Obviously you will have received wide-spread information on this situation, I personally have gone through this nightmare that is benzo withdrawal, it's a crime against humanity for any doctor to negligently prescribe this medication for an extended period of time. The bad news is protracted withdrawal syndrome is no laughing matter, and will linger for an unknown amount of time after cessation of the drug, It took me at least nine months after a ten month taper for the symptoms to calm down enough to return back to a manageable level for my work/life balance. The good news is this will certainly heal, it is a brutal and unforgiving process as the symptoms can vary in severity at any given moment for random intervals of time. Your looking at a 6 month to 3 year recovery on average, a lot of down-time will be required for the brain to adjust to this injury and return to normal. Rehab and all those kind of things I tried at my most desperate phase of this recovery won't do anything for you, the only thing you can do is wait... and wait.... and wait... until GABA levels go from being down-regulated back to normal. In the interim, I'd advise forcing exercise and any kind of distraction you can find, as the isolation and boredom of obsessing about the symptoms tends to drive people borderline suicidally insane. My prayers are with your family, you will get through this. Take care and never give up!
Ri Gu
Ri Gu 17 klukkustundum síðan
Jordon, I thank you as you have added reason and honesty to my life and I thank God for your presence. Godspeed in recovering , you are strong.
Tracy Adams
Tracy Adams 17 klukkustundum síðan
I will pray for him and your family!
Rebecca Lawson
Rebecca Lawson 18 klukkustundum síðan
He is a wise voice in the wilderness of humanity - wishing all the best for his full and speedy recovery.
Star 18 klukkustundum síðan
Now imagine someone who is not as strong of a person and without means trying to get off a drug like that? Makes one wonder how many people has this drug victimized...
Fenix Fenix13
Fenix Fenix13 18 klukkustundum síðan