Elias Dakwar - Ketamine and Chemical Mindfulness

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Today I have Elias Dakwar MD on the New Health Club podcast. He is an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has conducted laboratory and clinical investigations of the use of Ketamine infusions and mindfulness training to treat addictions. Ketamine is a medication mainly used for starting and maintaining anesthesia where it induces a trance-like state while providing pain relief, sedation, and memory loss. As we speak, Ketamine is being researched and used as an antidepressant and as a tool to support the outcome of psychotherapy. Scientists from Yale call it a “game changer” for psychiatry and mental health, the company Field Trip from Canada has successfully opened legal Ketamine clinics. I talk to Elias how Ketamine works, why it triggers reactions in your cortex that enable brain connections to regrow. We also talk about the possibility of a chemical mindfulness and how Ketamine can be a future tool for mental health treatments.

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