"My first appointment with Dr. Cohen was in January of 2014. At the time I was taking Lisinopril for hypertension; my blood pressure would often be 155 over 95, or worse. I was also on Simvastatin for extremely high cholesterol levels, this being further complicated by the fact my fasting glucose measurements had reached the levels of Adult Onset Diabetes. While I was fit and active, I was without a doubt overweight as well.
But none of these issues were why I was in Dr. Cohen’s office that day. I was there because of pain. The degree of pain I was experiencing at that time is almost impossible for me to describe. And after contending with it for thirty years, it was now beginning to leave me totally incapacitated. I had been on all the typical pain medications: oxycodone, diazepam and huge amounts of ibuprofen, as well as a significant number of cortisone injections in my spine. Now I was sitting in Dr. Cohen’s office in the desperate hope that Cannabis would help me some with this problem.
At this first meeting, Dr. Cohen surprised me. This is something that is very difficult for a doctor to do. I know doctors, for during all those years that I had struggled with pain I had seen a very large number of them. But Dr. Cohen is not one of these doctors; he is something very unique and very special indeed. For example, Dr. Cohen spoke to me very openly about his own experiences and explained how his experiences related to me and my struggles, something no doctor has ever done before. He then he told me, to my huge surprise, to read two books, WHEAT BELLY by William Davis, MD and GRAIN BRAIN by David Perlmutter, MD.
It all came to this. On one of the last days of December, 2014, eleven months after the first, I had my second appointment with Dr. Cohen. The intervening eleven months, between the first and second appointments, had seen nothing less than a miracle. Now my glucose levels are best described as low normal, my blood pressure is that of a healthy 20 year old - I’m 74 -and I no longer take Lisinopril. Further, I am off Simvastatin with cholesterol levels I could brag about. And I have at the same time lost around forty pounds, almost without even noticing. On top of all of this, believe it or not, I am pain free, totally pain free for the first time in over thirty years. And although Cannabis was truly a life saver when it came to pain management initially, I only very rarely use it now.
I told Dr. Cohen during that second appointment that he was my hero, and I meant it, he is! But I know have a question for all of those many doctors who preceded him — Why did not one of you even mention those very things that Dr. Cohen brought to my attention and so thoughtfully explained? Perhaps you all need an appointment with Dr. Cohen. I for one, think so." -A.P.