The physical, psychological, and economic costs of selling one’s plasma in the USA w/ Kathleen McLaughlin

selling plasma in the us

[Episode 103 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast]

Paul Krauss MA LPC and Kathleen McLaughlin talk about the financial, psychological, and physical costs of selling plasma in the United States as well as how the blood industry’s current business model affects our society’s overall health. Kathleen discusses the information she has learned from her own personal experience using plasma-based treatments, as well as her work as a journalist interviewing people who sell their plasma to supplement their income and researching the industry both domestically and abroad. Although it may seem at first glance that this subject has little to do with psychology or philosophy, this podcast explores the connections between the health effects, Blood Money has the potential to influence all of these things, including the psychological results and our overall vision of the kind of society and world we want to live in.

Award-winning journalist Kathleen McLaughlin covers the effects of economic inequality all across the world in her reporting and writing. The reporting of McLaughlin, a regular writer to The Washington Post and The Guardian, has also been featured in The New York Times, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, The Economist, NPR, and other publications. She has received numerous accolades for her work on labor in China and was a former Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. Her debut book is titled Blood Money.

Blood Money: The Story of Life, Death, and Profit Inside America’s Blood Industry with journalist Kathleen McLaughlin.

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Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, an Approved EMDRIA Consultant , host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Paul has been quoted in the Washington PostNBC NewsWired Magazine, and Counseling Today. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

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Original Music:

”Alright” from the forthcoming album Mystic by PAWL (Spotify)

“A & W” from Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd by Lana Del Rey (Spotify)

“Bored In The USA” from I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty (Spotify)

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