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 I … 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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CPEP: Syracuse’s Gitmo (Part II)


            Next, after you walk into CPEP (Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program) everything you have is taken away from you.  Your cell phone, telephone/address book, sweatshirt and Weekly Reader—all taken away from you and locked up.             You are now, unequivocally, in … Continue reading

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CPEP: Syracuse’s Gitmo


            On February 5, 2009, the Post-Standard published a letter that read in part “[CPEP]was filled way beyond capacity, with patients lying on chairs, floors, anywhere they could find space. It was quickly clear to us that it was understaffed, dealing … Continue reading

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Inventing “Citizen Power”


            “The Civic Literacy Project was begun in September 1976 to assist citizens in addressing their concerns regarding the future of metropolitan Syracuse.  This pilot project was funded for twenty-four months by the . . . Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and … Continue reading

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Sex, Drugs, and Pheromones: What’s Wrong with Your Love Life?


What would you do if the drugs you are taking are the cause of your lousy love life? I was socially and sexually active from the ages of 18 to 28.  From age 28 until 54, I didn’t have a … Continue reading

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