May 29, 2012

The Dr Phil and Fred Williams saga

I’ve been following the Dr Phil show on and off since the show first started, and every time I tune in there is Dr Phil with the crack addict Fred Williams and his wife, Cathy trying to get the couple rehabilitated. Dr Phil usually gives a crack addict a chance to tell his story and then gets tough. He does not play around with the seriousness of the topic and will tell an addict what he thinks and what has to be done. All nice and wrapped up with the results three months later when the rehabilitation period is over.

In the case of Fred Williams the almighty Dr Phil has been lied to left and right by Fred Williams and still persists in listening to the lies, sending Williams off to rehab, following Williams’ progress, being lied to again. Any other addict Dr Phil would have read them their rights and sent them packing. I wondered why the favoritism, the money which was being spent, and the time Dr Phil had invested in one guest.

This morning I tune in to the program and there is Fred Williams sitting on the nice couch with new teeth in his mouth, a new haircut, new clothes, shoes, and his wife, Cathy in new garb also, with sparkling white teeth in her mouth, a snazzy hairdo with blond streaks and decent clothes. They had become celebrities for being liars and crack addicts. When Williams saw his wife enter the set, a tear appeared in his eyes. When Dr Phil reminded him and showed him a video of an earlier program some months back, Williams admitted he told all the lies and was laughing and having fun at all his attempts to get clean.

Is anyone kidding? We all know that addicts are liars and that we cannot take their word. Instead, Dr Phil sat on the opposite side of Williams and told him that he believed in him all that time. A video was shown of Williams sitting on the set. The video showed Williams entering rehab, staying six days, coming out of rehab and quite proudly marveled as he told how he had used crack and lied to Dr Phil all the time. They were almost buddies as he told the big host how he had turned to robbing and stealing cell phones and doing crack. Dr Phil was proud of him. He had taken a man out of a tent and given him respectability. He was showing his largesse. Get real, Dr Phil. Three months from now we are seeing William again. Imagine how many other addicts could’ve been helped with all that money spent. I guess one has to think out of the box all the time and think of the ratings.

Getting rid of a mean headache

Often people get headaches from not having enough sleep. Don’t underestimate the healing benefits of sleep. There are many kinds of headaches and often all it takes is a good night’s uninterrupted sleep, drinking lots of water and eating the right foods to get rid of them or not have headaches at all. It is also wise not to eat late at night and then go to bed with a full stomach. It can cause indigestion and nightmares and you can wake up feeling jumpy.

Kind of headaches

There are cluster headaches, migraine headaches, tension headaches, pressure headaches and so many of them that they have names. To speak generally most of them come from not having enough sleep, binge drinking, and hangovers. There are also migraine headaches where the pain is so persistent that it becomes worse when there are blinking lights flashing from the television screen, loud noises, or there is too much light in the room. A person who has had these headaches persistently knows what to do; he draws the curtains or the blinds to suffused light, switches off the radio and television and goes to sleep.

Determining what kind of headache you have

Tension headaches seem to be the worst and the sufferer feels a dull pressure behind his eyes and numbness down the side of the face. This can be quite scary if it is the first time you are experiencing it and the numbness can make you think it is a stroke. Migraine headaches can be frightening too as you can vomit and sometimes also have a problem with vision. These headaches are often caused by food reaction, hormonal changes and stressors. Try meditation. Have aromatherapy if you like it. Try a massage, get lots of sleep, and eat properly before you run out for headache tablets.