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Heal Thyself: A Doctor at the Peak of His Medical Career, Destroyed by Alcohol--and the Personal Miracle That Brought Him Back Paperback – December 22, 2009
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“You have discovered the treatment for addiction.” ―Jean Dausset, M.D., winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Medicine
“This is not your usual memoir of addiction, degradation, and redemption.” ―The Boston Globe
“Brave, insightful and sure to be significant.” ―Publishers Weekly
“In this remarkably candid memoir of crippling alcoholism, cardiologist Ameisen's passion for curing addiction is palpable, at times gritty, and, in the end, hopeful.” ―Booklist
“WOW! . . . This is a wonderful book . . . Ameisen may be responsible for making a signal discovery much like, but better than, that of George Cotzias, [the first to show that L-dopa could alleviate Parkinson's disease,] in that so many more patients may be involved.” ―Jerome B. Posner, M.D., George C. Cotzias Chair of Neuro-oncology, Department of Neurology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
“This book is . . . the story of the dazzling discovery of a cure that could soon be within reach of all. If you or someone close to you suffers from alcoholism or drug dependence, you must read this book.” ―David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D., author of The Instinct to Heal and Anticancer
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The premise of the book is that after years of struggling with an addiction that lead to the voluntary closure of his medical practice, Dr. Ameisen begins to look for off-label solutions to his sickness. Believing that AA and rehab were not complete cures - attending 2 meetings a day for 7 years to only temporary success - he hears of a obscure drug called baclofen that has made some progress curing alcoholism in rats. He begins to self-prescribe the drug at very high doses, following the scientific method and recording the results when he can. High does of baclofen led to an almost immediate end of all craving and achieved 9 months of sobriety. An open minded editor of a medical journal agreed to publish his findings and this potential cure has been slowly making it's way through the medical community. Unfortunately, doctors are prey to the same entrenched dilemmas that all businesses are and they have been reluctant to experiment further with his ideas, despite the promising signs. Ameisen, thankfully, has remained sober since.Read more ›
My own doctor told me that baclofen is a safe medication and that if it works for people the way it worked for the author and the other patients he talks about, it wouldn't be trading one addiction for another, but like the author says, would be like taking medication for any chronic health problem. It is fascinating to learn that baclofen works differently in the brain from the medications that are usually prescribed for addiction, and that it may also be good for anxiety and depression.
In addition to the help that baclofen could provide, I think this book will strike a powerful chord with anyone who's been affected by addiction, whether directly or through someone they know, and also with anyone who has struggled with anxiety or depression. And I bet that any doctors who treat those things and want to understand their patients better will gain a lot of insight from it.
This book has answered my questions and revealed baclofen to be a potentially powerful weapon in our treatment of addiction. My frustration, which is shared by the author is that because baclofen is an off patent medication there is no profit motive for drug companies to support clinical trials that would demonstrate its efficacy in treating addiction. Hopefully doctors can be encouraged to read the book and go ahead with some off label prescribing that will eventually create bottom up pressure for government agencies to fund the needed studies. I will certainly be encouraging the doctors I work with to read this excellent and courageous book and to act on its conclusions.
Dr. Ameisen demonstrated what many of us have suspected- alcoholism is a biochemical imbalance, which ceases, along with alcohol craving, when the underlying biochemical imbalance is corrected. Anxiety, often caused by genetically transmitted glutamic acid dehydrogenase deficiency is one of the biochemical causes of alcoholism. Off label generic prescription Baclofen medication effectively treated Dr. Ameisen's alcoholism, when more widely accepted psychiatric and addiction treatments failed.
Baclofen can powerfully lower anxiety, especially in patients with muscle spasms or cramps. Although generally safe and nonaddicting, Florida Detox and Wellness Institute has learned Baclofen can be addictive, and Detoxing from Baclofen is very difficult, since there are essentially no other GABA B receptor agonists. Florida Detox has eliminated alcohol craving with Baclofen and when it works for patients they enthusiastically tell friends about it.
Neurotransmitter profiling could have detected excess glutamate or norepinephrine and deficient GABA neurotransmitter levels, years before Dr. Ameisen, swam against the current and persuaded open minded physicians to prescribe Baclofen off label, for his disabling alcoholism.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read and very informative about the unheard of drug baclofen which i am now using myself although at much lower doses the Dr. Amiesen reccommends.Published 4 months ago by Windwalker
I had already read this gripping, well written, informative personal account of treatments and purchased to give to one of my co workers in the field of addictions.Published 5 months ago by Janis Brodie
"[This book is] the story of the dazzling discovery of a cure that could soon be within reach of all . . . you must read this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jon Slater
I have myMHS in Addictions and have been a counselor, DUI evaluator, Instructor, recovery coach etc... Read morePublished 9 months ago by colleen
Good to get the message out about the possibilities of a promising treatment. However, the author comes across as rather 'helpless,' i.e. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer