Patrick Kennedy Jr. & National Institute of Mental Health Director Respond to Dr Parvin’s Questions @ Chicago Ideas Week

Patrick Kennedy Jr. & National Institute of Mental Health Director Respond to Dr Parvin’s Questions @ Chicago Ideas Week

  • Posted by DRP
  • On June 4, 2017

Dr. Parvin's relevant question/comment on genetics was very complex. The moderator Shannon Heffernan (who did an excellent job at this panel presentation) cut Dr. Parvin's question out and dubbed her own voice in for whatever efficacious reasons.  Be that as it may, her inserted question does not truly represent the depth or breadth of what was asked either academically or expressed in a humanistic way that required such a sophisticated response from the Dr. Insel, which resulted in his response being featured on the Chicago Ideas Week Website.  This was a value-added event that allowed for impact factor interactions i.e. questions and responses. 


Dr. Parvin's Question Paraphrased:

"He started out with being mindful of how amazing it was that he was actually speaking to one of the Kennedy family, something his father only dreamed of doing and now he is completing that generational loop. Then moving on to the hard question point of the reason why he was there.

(Dr Parvin took a 1/2 day off to just be able to drive over 1 hour to Chicago and find parking as well as make it to the event location in ample time. No one paid Dr Parvin to make this value-added effort. Dr Parvin did this to help advance the causes espoused by the Honorable Patrick Kennedy, Jr i.e. contribute cogently to the discussion about The State of Mental Health in America.)


If we really want to make a huge impact factor on The American Health Care System with Respect to Mental Illness, then we really need to consider genetic testing of medications right from birth. Just like we test for PKU and other illness from birth. The NIMH has the tools to research and develop genetic testing process so it could go national. Pharmacies, Doctors & Hospitals all over the country could have access to a National Database that would give us Red Flags immediately. This would help decrease the hundreds of thousands of Medication Errors that occur every year. This means significant reductions in pain, suffering, mortality and the potential for billions of health care dollars we could save just from this simple process. This would even help save lives in surgical procedures since the FDA has a black box warning for DEATH regarding codeine with patients who have an ultra-rapid 2D6 metabolizers status. How is any American Citizen ever able to know that they are an Ultra Rapid Metabolizer at Cytochrome 2D6 if they have never been genetically Tested"?   What is preventing the NIH from making this test readily available and free to all US Citizens just like other neonatal tests at birth. This action alone could save Billions upon Billions of HealthCare Dollars, Pain/Suffering and Death.


After Thoughts:  Furthermore, this testing could help reduce Geriatric HealthCare Costs adding up to Billions upon Billions of HealthCare Dollars, Pain/Suffering and Death. Not only that, it could provide an avenue for Geriatric Patients to have better health and wealth i.e. bring them back into the workforce so they can generate more financially, contribute more to reducing our deficit and taxable income that provides services to everyone like schools, fire/police services etc… They can be healthy enough to volunteer in our Parks Systems and other places like tutoring. We could generate so much revenue from this untapped resource that has become marginalized in our modern times. This will not affect people at the end stage of their lives. That small population of individuals has their own realities. It can reduce their pain/suffering possibly. However, someone said Insurance Companies would be against this and put obstacles in the way since they do not want to have to pay out to the geriatric population. Also, that living longer will generate greater healthcare costs. Not true, if we are able to help 15-30% of Geriatric patients return to the work force who have Mild Depression, Anxiety or focus attention problems, then would be creating a huge source of financial stability for our economy that until now has been a burden on the young. Rather than make it a burden, let’s make it our pleasure to help recycle the lost revenue and contributes to our societal wellbeing and wealth of knowledge.


Does it make sense to let a human being drift off to oblivion who has a treasure trove of knowledge and skills that they could share with the ignorant youth that is striving to become learned? Does it make sense to squalor potential contributors to a process that could reduce our national debt. Does it make sense to marginalize a huge group of US Citizens that have years upon years of ability to provide free or low cost public services? All we have to do is set up trial centers around the country where geriatric citizens can do free tutoring or educational classes or other services at lower costs. Create competition or have an alternative place people with financial problems can go to and receive training. Imaging a geriatric university center where people could go for free, learn and earn actual degrees. Wouldn’t that be worth the investment. Geriatric theaters or health care facilities where old physicians do free service.  WOW! The answer is here right under our own noses. Let’s have a national debate about how to really make a difference in our State of Mental Health and State of Wealth. It is an interlinked value-added fact something that is not personal like feelings and thoughts.







Chicago ideas week State of mental health in America







Dr. Parvin later talked with Patrick Kennedy and sought guidance

how he could do communty outreach with him via,

The Kennedy Forum or other value added resources as well as listened to

Dr Insel insights and shared his own concerns regarding regarding the state of genetic testing in Illinois.



The State of Mental Health in America

This is the orginal webpage advertisement presented by the Chicago Ideas Week.

You can see the highlighted text below has Dr Parvin's Question on Pharmacogenetics Features on the CIW Website.

One in five adults in America experience a mental illness. Yet the national conversation on mental health is often shrouded in secrecy rather than illuminated by medical fact. CIW invites experts to dive into the realities of mental illness and its impact on the individual and the community.

What to expect: Patrick Kennedy on how his own struggles with mental illness shaped his view of public policy; Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia on using her experiencing as a clinical psychologist to lead the Cook County Department of Corrections;

Dr. Thomas Insel, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health, on the link between genetics and mental illness ( <– Dr. Parvin's Audience Question Featured )


Patrick Kennedy
Founder, The Kennedy Forum & Co-Founder, One Mind


















Executive Director, Cook County Department of Corrections













Thomas Insel,
Director, National Institute of Mental Health








Shannon Heffernan  Reporter & Producer, WBEZ









































































































Nneka Tapia,