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 The steroid ith(rapy _used:severe, intense dep_ssiot_:_ by_:abri_tp.t mood
 shifts, Throughout, the spas)s continued and Pa_fler"s limbs re_ained out of
 control. The doctor insisted that ACTH was the only therapy likely to be of any
 :_. help xith tJ_ _)˘Iple sclerosis, despite Its adverse effects° Another, oral,
 _-.-:_st_fd was eventually substituted.
 22. One day Paufler became seml-c)tatonic while sitting in his living
 room at home. He was rushed to the hospital emergency room° He nearly died°
 Lab reports indicated, among other things, a nearly total lack of potassium i_
 -liCe body. He _as given massive injectCons of potassium im.the emergency room
 and placed on an oral supplement° Paufler resolved to take no more steroids.
 2). From time to time, prior to this point, Paufler had smoked
 marijuana socially with visiting friends, seek some relief from his _isery i_ a
 temporary "high_ He non began ssoking marijuana more ofte_ After some _eeks
 _r: he Found that he could stand and then _alk _ bits His doctor dismissed the idea
 that marijuana could be helpful _ith multiple sclerosis, and Paufler, )imself,
 was skept!cal at first. He began dlscontin_i_g it for a _h!le, then r_su_i_go
 24. Paufler found that when he did not smoke marijuana his condition
 worsened, he suffered more intense spasms _ore frequently. When he smoked
 marijuana, his conditlo_ would stab!liz_ and then l_pr_ve; spasms _ere _ore
 controlled and less severe; he felt better_ he regained control over hls limbs
 and could _alk totally unaided. His vision, often blurred a_d un/ocused,
 improved. Eventually he began smoking _arij_ana on a daily basis. He ventured
 outdoors. He was soon _alking half a block. His eyesight returned to normal.
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