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Jul 31, 2020

Today I’m joined by an incredible physician and anesthesiologist, Dr. Ken. Dr. Ken is a Board Certified Cardiac Anesthesiologist as well as the Founder and Medical Director of Illumma. At Illumma, he conducts ketamine infusion treatment, which is becoming increasingly popular for treating chronic mental health conditions and pain syndromes.


What you may not know about ketamine is that it is a medication that has been used around the world for over 50 years and is viewed by the World Health Organization as an essential medicine. Studies have confirmed its benefits for the treatment of depression, anxiety, inflammatory pain, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and more.


What we know as ‘recreational drugs’ are being utilized more and more in a clinical setting. And when it comes to depression and other chronic mental health conditions, it is incredibly important that we are aware of the vast array of tools and options out there for us as individuals. I hope you’ll join Dr. Ken and me in this episode to learn more about the incredible therapeutic use of ketamine to see whether it is an option for you in your own journey!


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Topics Discussed:

[:35] About today’s episode with special guest, Dr. Ken!

[1:49] Jumping into the conversation with Dr. Ken.

[3:48] Dr. Ken shares his thoughts on the war on drugs.

[7:19] Why the dysregulation of drugs and the puritanical society we live in leads to more drug-related deaths.

[9:55] A brief history of LSD, MDMA, mushrooms… and the importance of dosing.

[11:58] Dr. Ken shares some facts about ketamine; why it was created, why it’s used, and its therapeutic usage.

[16:25] How they administer ketamine at Illumina and how their clinic is set up.

[17:47] How ketamine infusions help with Dr. Ken’s clients’ depression and what the overall experience looks like.

[22:33] What being in a “K-hole” really means and how it can help patients in a clinical setting.

[27:11] How Dr. Ken helps his patients work through this dissociative state to overcome trauma.

[28:28] Where Illumma is located.

[29:07] How ketamine treats depression and why you may need return/periodic treatments.

[33:35] The art of finding the toolkit that works for you.

[36:21] What ketamine microdosing looks like at Illumma and how it helps.

[38:02] Benefits of ketamine in treating suicidal ideation, eating disorder, OCD, and much more.

[39:48] Dr. Ken elaborates on the experience they’re trying to create for clients at Illumma.

[41:10] Thanking Dr. Ken for joining the podcast!

[42:00] Where to get in touch with Dr. Ken and find Illumma online.

[42:22] Tag Dr. Ken and me online and let us know your thoughts on this podcast!


Mentioned in this Episode:

Dr. Ken’s Bio

Timothy Leary

“FDA approves Johnson & Johnson’s ketamine-like nasal spray for depression”


“What is Ketamine Infusion Therapy?” — Illumma

“New Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression: Guessing Right on Ketamine” NIH

“How Ketamine Relieves Symptoms of Depression” NIH



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