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Depressed after his wife’s death, this Minneapolis man turned to ketamine therapy for help

When traditional antidepressants failed, he found an Eden Prairie clinic that uses ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.

Psychedelics Reform Update From Several States In The Union

Members include Dr. Ranji Varghese, a psychiatrist utilizing ketamine in his practice who praises the importance of raising awareness and educating the general public; and Stefan Egan, a veteran to whom psychedelic mushrooms have helped deal with his treatment-resistant mental health problems.

What role can psychedelics play in mental health?

The Minnesota Department of Health started the Psychedelic Medicine Task Force out of the most recent legislative session to look into how hallucinogenic drugs, commonly known as MDMA, magic mushrooms and LSD, are talked about in legislative legal, medical and policy decisions. 

MN task force on psychedelics: State reviews use of mushrooms, LSD, MDMA for mental health

The 2023 legislature established a task force to advise members on the legal, medical, and policy issues surrounding the use of these drugs by doctors.

Lawmakers discuss the future of an illegal drug as a “breakthrough therapy” for Hoosiers

With veterans and first responders in mind, lawmakers are studying the use of psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin for people whose other interventions for mental health conditions have failed. 

Indiana lawmakers hear about potential mental health benefits of psilocybin

How far is Indiana willing to go to address the mental health problems of its residents? State lawmakers on an interim study committee Wednesday were encouraged to push the envelope by allowing the use of psilocybin to treat certain mental health conditions. Psilocybin is a psychedelic compound found in “magic mushrooms” and has hallucinogenic effects.…

It’s Not About the Sex: Core Roots and Sustainable Healing with Mariya Javed-Payne and Andrew Susskind

In this episode Mariya Javed-Payne, LICSW visits with us from her program located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Not only does she share valuable and comprehensive information about healing from ritualized self-soothing activities but she also embodies a heart-centered, relationship-focused approach. Mariya is a Brainspotting trainer as well as owner of Awaken Consulting Services and co-owner…

Visual Surround Suppression and Perceptual Expectation Under Psilocybin

​Dr. Ranji Varghese serves as a co-investigator for the first psychedelic research study in Minnesota. This study uses psilocybin, the active agent in “magic mushrooms”. He has a keen interest in studying psychedelics for those struggling with cancer and death-related anxiety

What are the benefits of a “sleep divorce”?

Many struggle to sleep at night, and it's often not their fault. That's led to a trend called "sleep divorce," in which couples stop sharing a bed. What are the benefits of sleeping separately? And is this the best solution for couples?

Ethical Ketamine Treatment with Dr. Manoj Doss

Ethical ketamine treatment involves understanding the bio-psycho-spiritual aspects of care. Join Dr. Manoj Doss of the Institute for Integrative Therapies in exploring holistic treatment and the future of care. Watch the video or read the highlights from the interview here.

Clinic founders tout the promise of psychedelics for mental illness; observers urge caution

Since the introduction of SSRI antidepressant medications in the mid-1980s, there has been little significant change in the treatment of mental illness, said Manoj Doss DO, co-founder of the Institute for Integrative Therapies (IIT), a Twin Cites-based clinic that offers psychedelics as a part of mental health treatment. To Doss and his colleagues at IIT, it seems like the contents…

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder Gets a Textbook: Carlos H. Schenck, MD

Doctors in other departments were asked if they were interested in practicing some sleep medicine. Since much of sleep medicine and sleep science involves neurophysiology during sleep...

Minnesota companies capitalize on America’s sleep problems

It's not just you. A large percentage of Americans are not getting a good night's sleep, in many cases because of a sleep disorder - and a growing number of Twin Cities companies are developing new technology to treat the issues.

Nightmare finally ends for St. Cloud teacher cured of rare sleep disorder

There is a broad swath of the population that says, 'It's just a nightmare,' " said Dr. Ranji Varghese, a psychiatrist and medical director at HCMC's sleep disorder center, which handles about 4,500 patient visits a year. "But if left untreated, nightmares can severely impair a person's ability to function normally."