March 2, 2008
Thank you, Gina Piccalo, for an amazing piece on ayahuasca ("Strange Brew," Feb. 3). Quoting Dr. Charles Grob of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and pharmacologist J.C. Callaway was wise, as their comments give some credibility to this powerful substance. At the same time, Skeptic magazine editor Michael Shermer's comments encapsulated the reticence of those who are wary of treatments such as this. I think it was a fair, nonbiased and extremely enlightening article, and I'm grateful that you brought this information to the masses.
April 11, 2005 |
People dying of incurable diseases are often crippled by depression, fear and anxiety. But the drugs that offer relief for those problems can be overly sedating, making patients mentally foggy. A long-outlawed treatment may be the answer. Within the next few months, a group of late-stage cancer patients will be given an illicit party drug to see if it can help them come to terms with their situation. That chemical is MDMA, better known as Ecstasy.
January 13, 2003 |
The recent approval of Prozac for children and teenagers means more of them are likely to be treated for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It also means that many could be treated inappropriately. The Food and Drug Administration's decision to allow the drug to be prescribed for kids 7 to 17 will encourage more primary-care doctors, pediatricians and family-practice doctors to prescribe the antidepressant. That could especially benefit children who lack access to psychiatrists.
September 7, 2010 |
The psychedelic drug psilocybin, the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms," can improve mood and reduce anxiety and depression in terminal cancer patients, Los Angeles researchers reported Monday. A single modest dose of the hallucinogen, whose reputation was severely tarnished by widespread nonmedical use in the psychedelic '60s and ethical lapses by researchers such as Timothy Leary, can improve patients' functioning for as long as six months, allowing them to spend their last days with more peace, researchers said.
February 3, 2008 |
In an affluent corner of Encinitas, just north of San Diego, a young medicine man named Lobo Siete Truenos sits cross-legged on the polished wood floors of a backyard temple. Here in this suburban sanctuary, behind the gates of a faux-Spanish villa, just past the manicured lawn and an artificial lagoon, he's carefully unpacking a collection of stones, feathers and oils that he'll use for an all-night spiritual odyssey that will kick off after sunset. If all goes as planned, Truenos' nine participants--all seeking his psychedelic "doctoring"--will sip a murky, foul-tasting potion and then wait, eyes closed in the dark, for it to take effect.
August 8, 1992 |
To kill one's children--then take one's own life--violates such powerful societal and moral taboos that such cases seldom occur. To see two murder-suicides within 15 miles of each other in the same week is extraordinary, say mental health experts.