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Health Update for Sasha

April 17, 2014

Dear People,

First, my apology (yet again) for the long silence. I’ve been dealing with pain control for months, due to a bad left hip joint which can’t be dealt with by surgery, and –- as many of you know – pain tends to diminish energy, and writing takes energy. Things are gradually improving, with the help of good doctoring by Dr. Paul Abramson, and here I am.

It’s not just because I’m feeling better that I’m communicating with you today; it seems to me that the full story of Sasha’s health has to be shared with you right now, since all of you have – miraculously – helped to keep him safe and well cared for at home, and you deserve to know what has developed within the last few months.

You know Sasha has mild dementia, which means that he talks and laughs and creates marvelous puns, but can’t remember what he had for breakfast, or even that he actually had a breakfast. He remembers old friends, but can’t easily remember the names of his care-people, who have been with him for over a year. It is because of the dementia that I have not told him what I am now telling you, which is that he has recently been diagnosed as having liver cancer. It is absolutely painless, thank God, and we hope it’ll continue to be so. He has lost a lot of weight and is beginning to weaken, but the girls keep him exercised and walking so that he can visit his favorite Starbucks and interact with the group of nice elders who gather there every day.

We have the help of Hospice, which is wonderful. There isn’t much, yet, for them to do except take his vital signs once a week, but they are there when and if we need them.

If Sasha were mentally clear and able to understand fully what the situation is, I wouldn’t hesitate to tell him, but as it is, he would take in the information and forget most of it, but the images and fears would be there when he woke in the morning and he would spend a lot of time wondering what was wrong and why he felt anxious, and we would spend all this precious time with him trying to explain over and over again and reassuring him and wishing we’d kept quiet and allowed him to enjoy these months. After all, he is happy most of the time, and I want him to remain happy. He will be 89 years old in June, and we will celebrate his long and fruitful and loving life with all our hearts and he will remain at peace.

I thank all of you, yet again, for having helped us so much during these past years, and believe me when I tell you that we are grateful for every five dollar bill (and there have been many) as well as every one hundred dollar bill. Not many people have such friends and such compassionate and caring acquaintances, and so many people expressing gratitude at the end of their lives. Thank you.

Blessings — Ann

 

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 Photo by Greg Manning

Donate toward Sasha’s health care costs!

 

Dirty Pictures Documentary Now on DVD

And now… the moment we’ve all been waiting for… Dirty Pictures is now available on DVD!

So far, unless you live in a major city and attend indie film festivals, or go to SXSW, you may not have had an opportunity to see Dirty Pictures, the award-winning documentary about the Shulgins by Etienne Sauret. Now you can order your own copy online:

Get the Dirty Pictures DVD at Amazon.com
If you’ve already seen the film, go to Amazon and write a review!

Watch the Trailer:

Dirty Pictures at SF DocFest

The award-winning Shulgin documentary, Dirty Pictures, will open San Francisco’s 10th annual DocFest on Friday, October 14. The San Francisco Documentary Festival is an annual festival devoted to documentary cinema.

Dirty Pictures Q&A at SXSW World Premiere – March 2010

Fri Oct 14 – 7:15 PM: Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St., S.F.
Sat Oct 15 – 9:30 PM: Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.
Tues Oct 18 – 7:15 PM: Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St., S.F.

Friday Oct 14 screening followed by an Opening Night Party at CellSpace (2050 Bryant at 18th). Featuring Siamese StereoPlacentaur, and DJ Violent Vickie. $6 or Free admission with your Dirty Pictures ticket stub. The party is 21up.

About the Film:
From a lab in his California home, using himself and wife Ann as test subjects, Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin is on a quest: to unlock the complexities of the human mind…with psychedelic drugs. Targeted by some and revered by many, this genius “rogue chemist” has synthesized and researched over 200 compounds, including his most famous: MDMA. Great scenes, from cutting-edge neuroscience facilities to Burning Man, add to Sasha’s considerable star power, illustrating the many sides of our great drug debate.

Tickets and more info: sfindie.com

‘The Shulgin Index’ Book Signing Draws a Crowd

Last Saturday, June 18, friends and fans of Shulgin research turned up in surprising numbers to the UC Berkeley campus bookstore for a signing of The Shulgin Index, Vol. I.

University of California neurobiologist David Presti introduced the authors, Sasha Shulgin, Tania Manning, and Paul Daley. After a reading from the book and a brief Q&A session, the authors greeted guests and personalized copies of their latest work.

The audience was peppered with notable researchers amongst the supporters. Chilean psychologist Claudio Naranjo, a pioneer in the use of MDMA and other psychedelics in therapeutic work (and longtime friend of the Shulgins), was introduced. He was received with warm applause.

Transform Press reported a record number of one-day sales at the event. Proceeds from books purchased will directly support further Shulgin research and publications.

Watch Video of the Event:

Shulgin Book Signing – Univ. California Berkeley (June 18, 2011)
from Charles B Shaw.

June 18: ‘The Shulgin Index’ Book Signing at UC Berkeley

Join us for a gathering for personal greetings and signing of the latest book by Sasha Shulgin, the world’s most prolific explorer of the chemistry and effects of psychedelic drugs:

The Shulgin Index, Volume One:
Psychedelic Phenethylamines and Related Compounds

by Alexander T. Shulgin, Tania Manning and Paul F. Daley

First edition, first printing, hardcover copies of The Shulgin Index and other Transform Press titles will be available for purchase.

Saturday, June 18 · 2:00pm – 4:00pm
UC Berkeley Campus Bookstore / Cal Student Store
Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley Campus, 108 Martin Luther King Jr.
UC Berkeley Official Events Calendar

Please join us… and help spread the word – invite your friends!
The Shulgin Index Book Signing on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=171883576206082
The Shulgin Index on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/ShulginIndex