Ep. 8: Exploring Sovereignty – Part 2 of Journey to being an Accidental Advocate with Kim Witczak

Trigger warning for this show– sensitive topics like suicide will be discussed on this episode. Kim Witczak is a deeply compassionate human who works as a Drug Safety Advocate, Consumer Representative on the FDA Advisory Committees Reviewing New Drugs Coming to the Market, after becoming the accidental advocate and co-founder of Woody Matters non profit on top of a long portfolio career in advertising, marketing and communication. Kim joins this episode of Exploring Sovereignty with Elizabeth to further unpack her journey toward sovereignty where she finds herself in conversation with Washington University medical school and other medical schools and doctors to unpack the spider web they find themselves within when prescribing drugs to consumers aka patients. This web includes the pharmaceutical companies, the advertising world, PR, Ghost Writing, Key Opinion Leaders, Astro Turfing, and so much more. NEED LINK TO SLIDES In her first show with us Kim delves into her journey of grief, curiosity and intuition when she and her brother in law ask the question of why her husband, Woody, took his own life five weeks after starting a sample pack of Zoloft to address his sleeping difficulties. Her courage brings her through the process of a lawsuit with Pfizer that releases documents that Woody’s death is not an isolated event nor were his symptoms and led to her advocacy with the FDA and other regulatory agencies, the creation of the black box warning on antidepressants which is only the tip of the iceberg–all to make change so Woody and others deaths are not in vain while raising the collective consciousness that a pill is not always the answer and why the fine print matters. Kim’s expertise in the advertising world makes her an astute advocate for how pharmaceuticals, western medicine, and advertisement work to create a dangerous cocktail of medicine. Kim and Exploring Sovereignty with Elizabeth are pro transparency, pro information and pro risk benefit analysis. Twitter: @woodymatters Website: www.kimwitczak.com Substack: acceptablecollateraldamage.substack.com Listen to the first show at: www.am950radio.com/exploring-sover…witczak-part-1/