Three and a half years ago, on my 62nd birthday, doctors discovered a mass on my pancreas. It turned out to be Stage 3 pancreatic cancer. I was told I would be dead in four to six months. Today I am in that  rare coterie of people who have survived this long with the disease. But I did not foresee that after having dedicated myself for 40 years to a life of the law, including more than two decades as a New York State  judge, my quest for ameliorative and palliative care would lead me to marijuana. Continue reading

A Year’s Worth of Suicide Attempts in Four Weeks’

The costs of the government responses to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic have been severe. New evidence suggests they could be even worse than we imagined.

An ABC affiliate in California reports that doctors at John Muir Medical Center tell them they have seen more deaths by suicide than COVID-19 during the quarantine.

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Can Ketamine Help with Depression?

Ketamine is a medication mainly used for starting and maintaining anesthesia. It induces a trancelike state while providing pain relief, sedation, and memory loss. Recent studies have shown it can be effective to treat depression, anxiety, and pain. David welcomes Steven Reichbach, M.D., a strong advocate for its use in treating these disorders. Find out the real truth about this controversial treatment.

Listen to the interview here: https://www.unityonlineradio.org/david-essel-alive/can-ketamine-help-depression

COVID-19 What We’re Doing to Help Our Patients During This Time

As the concern for the coronavirus continues to grow, we want to do our part to inform our patients on what we are doing to help keep you safe and provide continued treatment options during this time.

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Can Depression Cause Headaches?

Up to 80 percent of adults experience tension headaches throughout their lives — sharp throbbing pains that can occur throughout multiple regions in the head. Occasionally, people with depression experience headaches caused by their condition. Continue reading

5 Techniques and a New Treatment That Can Help The Symptoms of Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom limb pain, sometimes referred to as just phantom pain, is a form of chronic pain that feels as if it’s coming from a part of the body that is no longer there. Once believed to be simply a psychological phenomenon brought on after an amputation, but recent research proves that it is real pain originating from the brain and spinal cord. Continue reading

The 2 Types of CRPS and How You Can Find Treatment

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic neuro-inflammatory disorder that typically affects one specific limb after an injury, believed to be caused by damage to the nervous system. The pain is usually out of proportion when compared to the initial injury. Often, the initial energy is a musculoskeletal or nerve injury. Continue reading

Dual studies highlight Ketamine’s potential to treat anxiety and addiction

Two new studies suggest the psychiatric benefits of ketamine treatment may extend beyond just the targeting of depression. The research demonstrates ketamine may be helpful in targeting both anxiety- and substance abuse-related depression. Continue reading

Intranasal ketamine as effective as fentanyl at relieving acute pain in kids

Intranasal ketamine is noninferior to intranasal fentanyl at relieving pain in children with acute extremity injuries, a new study found. Continue reading

Highlight: Ketamine: A New (and Faster) Path to Treating Depression

Source: Carlos Zarate, M.D., Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch, NIMH

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