Must-Watch Episode 33: Dr. Pamela Kryskow On A Revolutionary, Community-Oriented Model For Psychological Healing


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Hi everyone,

I’m very excited to release this eye-opening episode. While only an hour, this felt like three or four because my special guest Dr. Pamela Kryskow — a psychedelic researcher and medical doctor — presents a powerful model for collective healing of psychological issues such as depression and PTSD.

As someone interested in new solutions for mental health crises, I was quite moved by her community-oriented model where healing is not individual but communal — and uses the incredible power of psychedelic medicines. Dr. Kryskow shares her experience working with end-of-life patients and the positive results she has seen. She emphasizes the importance of doing the necessary work alongside psychedelic therapy and the need for ethical therapists. She also highlights the time and effort required for healing and the importance of creating a safe, ceremonial space for psychedelic sessions. She emphasizes the value of progressing at one's own pace and the benefits of having a community that holds individuals accountable to their healing.

Dr. Kryskow also explores the potential for healing in relationships and the generational impact of psychedelic therapy. She explains the process of accessing psychedelic therapy through referrals and Health Canada approvals. The effectiveness of ketamine for PTSD is discussed, along with the role of psychedelics in trauma healing. The importance of timing and safety in psychedelic experiences is highlighted, as well as the need for a solid therapeutic team. Dr. Kryskow distinguishes between challenging experiences and bad trips, emphasizing the importance of proper preparation and support.

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  • Psychedelics can play a significant role in palliative care, helping patients with end-of-life distress and improving their quality of life.

  • Psychedelic therapy is not a magic wand and should be seen as a tool in a holistic healing process that includes healthy lifestyle choices and personal growth.

  • It is crucial to work with ethical therapists who have a strong foundation in therapy and have done their own healing work.

  • Healing takes time and effort, and integration of psychedelic experiences is essential for long-term benefits.

  • Creating a solid ceremonial space is crucial for creating optimal psychedelic sessions. Integration and community support are crucial in psychedelic therapy, allowing individuals to progress at their own pace and hold each other accountable.

  • Healing in relationships and communities can have a profound generational impact, fostering trust and connection.

  • Accessing psychedelic therapy often requires referrals and Health Canada approvals, with different medicines being suitable for different individuals.

  • Ketamine has shown effectiveness in treating PTSD, and other psychedelics can also be powerful tools for trauma healing.

  • Timing and safety are important considerations in psychedelic experiences, and a solid therapeutic team is essential for proper support and guidance.

  • Challenging experiences in psychedelic therapy can provide valuable insights and opportunities for growth, while bad trips may result from inadequate preparation or support.

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00:00 Introduction and Background

03:01 The Role of Psychedelics in Palliative Care

07:31 Results of Psychedelic Therapy for End-of-Life Patients

14:59 The Role of Psychedelics in Holistic Healing

16:10 Understanding the Limitations of Psychedelic Therapy

23:38 The Importance of Ethical Therapists

26:18 The Time and Effort Required for Healing

32:17 The Roots to Thrive Program and Protocols

36:31 The Importance of a Solid Ceremonial Space

36:51 Integration and Community Support

39:02 Healing in Relationships

41:03 Accessing Psychedelic Therapy

43:11 Effectiveness of Ketamine for PTSD

44:09 Psychedelics and Trauma Healing

47:46 Choosing the Right Medicine for Healing

49:50 Timing and Safety of Psychedelic Experiences

55:26 Building Safety and Readiness for Psychedelic Therapy

59:11 Challenging Experiences vs. Bad Trips

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The Illusion of Consensus
An independent podcast by Dr. Jay Bhattacharya and Rav Arora devoted to dismantling weaponized "consensus" in science. Weekly topics include Covid policy, online censorship, holistic medicine, mental health, and well-being.