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Taking the Fear Out


Bob Savage, night nurse. I cannot see his face but his large, dark bulk appears out of the night’s darkness in my room at Crouse Hospital. He moves swiftly and silently, leaning over my bed to whisper “What do you … Continue reading

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Trying to Talk to the Doctor (Part II)


Dr. Kelly, Back to your first email—I have been worked up by three allergists and four rheumatologists in the Syracuse area. The allergists all say “This is beyond my area of expertise—out of my territory.” The rheumatologists tell me there … Continue reading

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The Mind without the Spirit


(I have no idea why this won’t post in 12-pt. font.  Sorry ’bout that.) In Dr. Andrew Weil’s 7-page paper, “We Have Happy Pills, Anxiety Drugs, and Therapists Galore: So Why Are We More Stressed and Depressed than Ever?” he … Continue reading

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Sitting Down


The story, as told by my grandmother, was that her younger brother Dick drove home from the swimming hole at dusk in an open buggy, wearing a wet wool bathing suit.  He caught a cold that turned into pneumonia, and died … 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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My Friend, Not on Drugs


My friend—who is one of the most laid-back people I know—is angry.  He went to a new doctor for a routine annual physical.  His blood pressure was high, so the doctor—a young man—prescribed blood pressure medicine.  When my friend went … Continue reading

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Depression: What Your Psychiatrist Doesn’t Know or Won’t Tell You (part I)


Depression is anger born of powerlessness and turned inward by people with a certain genetic predisposition. Depression is not your fault but you can beat it.  It is triggered by an interaction between your genes and your world—“depression via a … Continue reading

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