No Retirement Plan For Wizards: The Shulgins Are In Trouble

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Alexander Shulgin, a genius chemist who has made unfathomable contributions to the psychedelic community, and our culture at large, needs help. Via Teafaerie.org:

To All Concerned,

I am writing this letter in an attempt to inspire right action. As many of you may already know, Ann and Sasha Shulgin are currently suffering from financial distress largely due to Sasha’s increased medical expenses. This lamentable state of affairs is well within our collective powers to redress, and I feel that it is high time for the the psychedelic community to shower our heroic pioneers with a tangible demonstration of our everlasting gratitude.

Everybody knows who the Shulgins are. It’s pretty much impossible to overstate their collective contribution to psychedelic culture, and indeed to the very fabric of human society at large. They not only brought us most of our favorite alphabetamines, they tested them on themselves and published their extensive notes so that the rest of us could benefit from their groundbreaking discoveries. Sasha is the greatest psychopharmacological chemist who ever lived. Ann is a pioneer in the field of empthogen-assisted therapy. Their love story has inspired millions of people. And that’s just for starters. Plus they’re also about the kindliest little old couple you’d ever be ridiculously honored to meet! On the few occasions when I’ve had the pleasure of visiting with the Shulgins, I have been deeply moved by the warm affection that flows so palpably between them, as well as by their consistently graceful interactions with awkwardly starstruck admirers like myself.

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  • Dick

    Hope Sasha is OK! What medical expenses did he have? You’d think someone thats contributed as much to the world as sasha would have money.

  • Dick

    Hope Sasha is OK! What medical expenses did he have? You’d think someone thats contributed as much to the world as sasha would have money.

    • http://twitter.com/BannedintheUSSA Forbidden Fruit

      He’s had a couple strokes I believe and is now dealing with some form of vascular dementia (correct me if I’m wrong). Something was wrong with his foot a while back as well.

    • http://twitter.com/BannedintheUSSA Forbidden Fruit

      He’s had a couple strokes I believe and is now dealing with some form of vascular dementia (correct me if I’m wrong). Something was wrong with his foot a while back as well.

  • jnana

    Mr. Matt Staggs,
    tried contacting you via “Contact”, but it wouldn’t send. Is it possible for me to contribute articles to the site, self-written and/or anti-copyrighted

  • BuzzCoastin

    here’s my contribution:
    insurance companies never ever pay the medical bill in full
    Uncle Homeland usually only pays 40% of the bill for Medicare
    insurance companies usually only pay about 60% on average

    my first recommendation would be to not pay at all
    and second, if you do pay,
    pay at the care providers adjusted reimbursement rate
    and in any case, not more than 50% of the bill

    • emperorreagan

      It’s curious to think about the fact that if medical providers know they’re getting reimbursed at 40-50%, then they’re pricing things to turn a profit at that level.

      So 100% pricing on some patients lets them write down unpaid bills to hide profits.

      • BuzzCoastin

        > then they’re pricing things to turn a profit at that level

        correct, but hospitals are feeders of victims to the parasites
        they don’t have to make a profit
        Big Pharma, Big Medicine Machines, Big Medical Supplies
        make the Big Money
        doctors are next in line
        then comes everybody else
        the hospital corps are usually last in line
        except Big Hospital Corps

        insurance companies are investment trusts
        they calculate the risk, double it, collect it as premiums
        pay less than 1/2 in claims, invest the rest
        the profit from the vig of investments

    • InfvoCuernos

      and if at all possible, leave your ID at home when you go in and give a fake name-illegal alien style. I try to avoid hospitals all together when possible as this is where sick people gather and not a healthy place for you at all. If you look at an itemized bill you’ll see they usually mark it up by more than 3X. I saw a bill once that listed a whole roll of transpore tape for affixing an IV in place on your arm-they usually only use about an inch of tape- as costing $8, when it only costs $1.50 (retail, at the local pharmacy). And that’s just the material, any mechanic will tell you that the real bill rape takes place in the labor. The medical situation in the US is so rotten.

    • InfvoCuernos

      and if at all possible, leave your ID at home when you go in and give a fake name-illegal alien style. I try to avoid hospitals all together when possible as this is where sick people gather and not a healthy place for you at all. If you look at an itemized bill you’ll see they usually mark it up by more than 3X. I saw a bill once that listed a whole roll of transpore tape for affixing an IV in place on your arm-they usually only use about an inch of tape- as costing $8, when it only costs $1.50 (retail, at the local pharmacy). And that’s just the material, any mechanic will tell you that the real bill rape takes place in the labor. The medical situation in the US is so rotten.

      • BuzzCoastin

        it’s even stranger to be on the other side
        the first year or two of my cancer treatment biz
        I lost my shirt because of
        unexpectedly low reimbursement rates <50% of expected revenue
        extremely complicated reimbursement codes
        unclear and imprecise instructions from the insurance hoes & UH

        no one in the cancer biz chases a dying patient for the difference
        they count on that

        and yes
        I wouldn't be caught dead in a hospital
        once you've seen the Wizard naked
        it's hard to buy into the purely Hollywood hype
        of the wonder of modern "medicine"
        100 years from now people will be aghast at those barbaric practices
        called modern medicine

      • BuzzCoastin

        it’s even stranger to be on the other side
        the first year or two of my cancer treatment biz
        I lost my shirt because of
        unexpectedly low reimbursement rates <50% of expected revenue
        extremely complicated reimbursement codes
        unclear and imprecise instructions from the insurance hoes & UH

        no one in the cancer biz chases a dying patient for the difference
        they count on that

        and yes
        I wouldn't be caught dead in a hospital
        once you've seen the Wizard naked
        it's hard to buy into the purely Hollywood hype
        of the wonder of modern "medicine"
        100 years from now people will be aghast at those barbaric practices
        called modern medicine

  • http://www.facebook.com/vpankov Val Pankov

    There’s a number of web-sites where a crowd-sourcing campaign can be set up, like:
    http://crowdfunding.com/

  • Sean A Duncan

    I need to make myself economically viable, then you get showered with Fed Notes. I guess five pounds of flax does you no good today.