Healing Trauma, Depression, and Your Brain with Psychedelics

Our brain has the ability to adapt, change, and grow new neurons through a concept known as neuroplasticity. Compounds in psychedelics are finally being recognized as powerful tools to change the wiring of the brain which means we’re not doomed to become a statistic and lose our minds as we get older or carry destructive trauma in our bodies for the rest of our lives.

In this episode, Dr. Hyman speaks with Dr. Andrew Huberman, Dr. Sara Gottfried, and Paul Stamets about what exactly neuroplasticity is and how psychedelics like ketamine and psilocybin may be a helpful treatment for depression, trauma, addiction, and more.

Dr. Andrew Huberman is a McKnight Foundation and Pew Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Cogan Award in 2017, which is given to the scientist making the largest discoveries in the study of vision. His lab’s most recent work focuses on the influence of vision and respiration on human performance and brain states such as fear and courage. Work from the Huberman Laboratory at Stanford University School of Medicine has been published in top journals including Nature, Science, and Cell and has been featured in TIME, BBC, Scientific American, Discover, and other top media outlets.

Dr. Sara Gottfried is a board-certified physician who graduated from Harvard and MIT. She practices evidence-based integrative, precision, and Functional Medicine. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University, and Director of Precision Medicine at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health. Her three New York Times bestselling books include: The Hormone Cure, The Hormone Reset Diet, and Younger. Her latest book is called Women, Food, and Hormones.

Paul Stamets is a speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher, and entrepreneur and is considered an intellectual and industry leader in fungi: habitat, medicinal use, and production. His breakthrough research has created a paradigm shift for helping ecosystems worldwide. He has received numerous awards, including Invention Ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Mycologist Award from the North American Mycological Association (NAMA), and the Gordon & Tina Wasson Award from the Mycological Society of America (MSA). In 2020, Paul was inducted into the Explorer’s Club. He has been awarded myriad patents in the field of mycology. Paul is the founder and sole owner of Fungi Perfecti, LLC, the maker, and marketer of the category-leading myco-supplement Host Defense line.

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