Ketamine is well- known to be the quickest acting anti-depressant, with profound effects after 40 minutes. While helpful, it is also known that ketamine has significant toxicity and questionable duration of effect. Mounting research shows many natural compounds that may affect the body’s biochemistry in a way that can mimic the positive effects of ketamine.
Dr. Peter Bongiorno will explain the mechanisms of ketamine action, and review the animal and clinical research showing the use of lifestyle modifications, supplements and Chinese herbs that can have similar effects. He will also review how genetic predisposition, toxic exposure from environmental toxins and products of internal processes (such as beta amyloid, glutamate and quinolic acid) can affect these pathways. The attendee will leave with specific knowledge of natural medicine recommendations that Dr. Bongiorno finds effective in his patients.
- Participants will be able to discuss the efficacy and toxicity of ketamine to treat depression.
- Participants will be able to describe the mechanisms of ketamine to relieve depression.
- Participants will be able to discuss natural remedies (lifestyle, foods, supplements, herbals) that can mimic ketamine mechanisms.
- Participants will be able to discuss how to use natural remedies in combination to create ketamine-like effects to relieve depression.