Monthly Archives: January 2011

Undrugging: Antidepressants to Fat


  The Joslin Center has a reputation for really evil patient relations, so I went on a search and found a better dietician, quite possibly someone Dr. Steve Wechsler sent me to.  We met every month or two—not half as often as … Continue reading

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Doctor-Controlled Diabetes


During the drugging years I had been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, type II; the doctor had said, “Over weight and over forty.”  It was diet controlled, that is, I progressively kept eliminating from my diet all the things that were pushing … Continue reading

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Doctors with Potent Alternatives: The Chiropractor


There’s a green space in the Valley where your spirit can rest.  The sign out front says Network Chiropractic and the doctor inside is Stephen Wechsler. I pop the front door open, tilt my head past the doorway into the treatment … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part XI)


            Physicians began to actively—very actively!—dislike me.  You are supposed to be “compliant,” i.e., sit in the chair, agree with the physician and take the drugs he prescribes.  I no longer could.  I questioned.  In fact, I asked questions to … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part X)


            Paul Cohen, Ph.D., tried to prevent me from expressing anger to doctors.  He said I needed them and couldn’t afford to alienate them.  What I figured out was that doctors were hurting me.  Getting angry with them would make … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part IX)


            All the doctors who knew what they were doing in the treatment of nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (both of them) continually iterated “Drink to your thirst.”  As long as you drink enough to stay fully hydrated, you don’t need to worry.  You … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part VIII)


If I took the Ativan then I did not breath while I slept; if I did not take the Ativan then I would spend half the following day sobbing in mental agony.  Dr. Ghaly did acupuncture, which would give me a few hours … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part VII)


            I battled the system for proper treatment—said treatment now consisting of things like aide service, a shower chair and a tray table.  The nurse/case manager was from a religious order and I was required to call her “Sister” even … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part VI)


The neurologist, Dr. Nabil Aziz, took my complaints seriously but, upon examination, could not find anything neurologically wrong with me.  Nevertheless, he ordered a ton of blood work.  The anti-gliadin antibodies test came back positive:  I have celiac sprue, an autoimmune disease … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part V)


            I was repeatedly admitted to inpatient psychiatry for treatment of suicidal depression.  Several times in the decade that had elapsed since Dr. Rich had poisoned me, I had approached her while I was an inpatient.  Each time she told … Continue reading

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