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Open Letter to Erica Zelfand

or at least to her gatekeeper

by Ballard Quass, the Drug War Philosopher




June 29, 2024

i, folks.

Is there any way that I can communicate with Erica Zelfand1? I'm a 65-year-old veteran user of antidepressants and I am going to get off during a year with the help of psilocybin, San Pedro cactus, and other drugs, including, eventually ayahuasca.

I have written hundreds of essays on this topic and would really like to share my feelings as someone who has been on the receiving end of psychiatry's nostrums for 40 years.

To me, the common sense way to get off Effexor in a year would be to get the "meds" compounded such that each successive pill contains 364/365th dose of the previous pill.

This is common sense, but my latest psychiatrist wants to do 37.5 at a time and then make me count pilules!

Where can I find someone who will compound the drug for me? Why do psychiatrists insist that I do what's best and easiest for THEM, not for myself?

Also, it makes psychological common sense that I can get off Effexor by using psilocybin, not just once, but in the microdosing recommended by Paul Stamets.

This makes perfect psychological common sense and yet my psychiatrist is less than interested in it.

As you can tell, I have issues with psychiatry because of its focus on what's easiest for the psychiatrist.

But no one I write to on this subject responds to me, so I'm not sure why I'm trying.

Hope to hear from Erica, though.

Thanks,

An eternal patient thanks to the psychiatric pill mill.

PS Also, I'm tired of the talk about mushrooms not being "proven" yet. They have been proven for THOUSANDS OF YEARS. I should not have to wait for materialist science to catch up with common sense.


Author's Follow-up: June 29, 2024

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I fear this letter is a little terse, but that's what happens when you're ignored long enough: your frustration starts to seep into your prose. It's partly because I composed this letter while thinking about the way that I was basically blown off by my new psychiatrist.2



Notes:

1 Erica Zelfand, 2024 (up)
2 Quass, Brian, What the psychiatrist said when I told him I wanted to get off Effexor, 2024 (up)



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