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My daughter was in a medical crisis when we first came to the Institute for Progressive Medicine. She had a lifetime history of seizures, both petit mal and grand mal. Since having a bout of meningitis at 5 month of age she also gradually lost her hearing and became totally deaf at age 16. In the past 6 years, Elisa was in and out of hospitals for neurological problems and psychiatric wards for uncontrollable behavior.

In 2007, at age 22, Dr. Sosin recommended that we detoxify her from the many drugs she was on. At this point, Elisa was depressed, suicidal and refusing to eat or take medications anymore. After weeks at Pür Detox, a drug free detoxification program, and treatment with Dr. Sosin, my daughter is now drug free for the first time in her life. She is eating regular meals, is happy at her school for the deaf and has found reason to live again. We would like to thank Dr. Sosin and his staff for giving my daughter back to us. It is indeed a miracle that Elisa is doing well without prescription drugs. Thank God for Dr. Sosin and the Institute for Progressive Medicine!
- J.F.

A 66 year old man arrived at Pur Detox, a unique residential drug detoxification facility that we see patients for.  His plan was to end his dependency on oxycodone, an oral narcotic.  The drug had been prescribed for him by his physician five years earlier, to treat his neck and back pain.  That was not his only medication.  He was also taking seven other drugs, for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a blood disorder, as well as an antidepressant, a mood stabilizer, a tranquilizer, a sleeping pill, and lastly, a drug for apparent early Alzheimer’s disease.  The total was 13 drugs, every day, all prescribed for him by physicians. He was lethargic, complaining and uncomfortable.  He offered a very limited, involuntary history.  He looked old and dull.  Perhaps he did have Alzheimer’s disease.

The five oxycodone pills would be terminated over five days.  He received oral and intravenous nutrients, and a physical assist program.  Our plan, in addition, was to extricate him from every other drug affecting his brain function.  That is our plan with every patient.  We believe that is the only way to achieve emotional and cognitive freedom.  

Over his initial protests, the antidepressant, tranquilizer, mood stabilizer and sleeping pill were tapered and discontinued.  One morning he climbed out of bed and passed out.  He had done this before, he said.  His blood pressure was very low when he stood up.  We stopped one of the blood pressure medications, known to also have sedating effects.

The next day he was stronger and more alert, and the next, and the next.  His conversation was spontaneous and incisive.  There was no trace of dementia.  The drugs, the many drugs he had been given, had created something that looked like Alzheimer’s disease.  Now he was different.  We told him to stop the Alzheimer’s drug too.  His physicians, who had created his dementia by drowning his brain with chemicals, had missed the cause.

“There must be others like me,” he said.  Amen, I thought, millions of them.  Millions of people, young and old, drowning in stimulants, sedatives, pain killers, antidepressants and antipsychotics, legal but awful drugs, as damaging as the street drugs they are often intended to replace. 

“This isn’t right,” he said.  It isn’t right, not for physicians to make their patients sick with drugs, or to injure their minds.  It is, indeed, the medical profession that must bear some responsibility for the enforcement of chemical restraints, the artificial suppression of anxiety and emotional pain, the erasure of any possibility of discovery and growth.

-Allan Sosin, M.D.

I came to the Institute for Progressive Medicine after I had been on medication for pain and depression. For at least seven years my life was not worth living. I am not a young person, I have great grandchildren, so I should have known better, but some doctors will give you what you ask for. I felt hopeless and helpless, with no way out. Now after spending time here I feel like I am starting life over. I thank God for sending me to this special place.


  • This information is provided for informational purposes only. Never add, change, or discontinue medication or treatment without first consulting your doctor. To make an appointment with a doctor at the Institute for Progressive Medicine, please call 949-600-5100.