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TRIP Panel Keith Heinzerling Daniel Kelly Françoise Bourzat
December 31, 2020

Combining Psychedelic Science and Wisdom at TRIP │A PNI Panel

by Anthony Effinger

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Episode 11: Show Notes

After decades of stigma, psilocybin from magic mushrooms is being rediscovered as a powerful treatment for alcoholism, drug addiction, and depression.

This comes as no surprise to people like Françoise Bourzat, who has been guiding people on psychedelic journeys with psilocybin mushrooms for over three decades in Oaxaca, Mexico, where they are legal and considered sacred.

Dr. Keith Heinzerling, an addiction medicine specialist and director of the new Treatment & Research in Psychedelics (TRIP) program, was impressed by stunning results in these settings as well as at other institutions. With Bourzat as a consultant for clinical trials using psilocybin, TRIP experts will guide patients on five-hour psychedelic experiences in controlled, supported sessions.

Addiction is a stubborn disease, but research shows that a single psychedelic session can bring about the epiphanies that move many addicts to finally stop the abuse, provided there is adequate preparation and integration after the journey. Same for depression. In many cases, single sessions integrated into an overall treatment approach, appear to get patients unstuck and help them see through the gloom.

Together, Dr. Heinzerling, Ms. Bourzat and the TRIP team hope to safely meld science and spiritual wisdom to help patients overcome grief and other mood disorders that have dogged them, in many cases, for years. Their conversation is moderated by PNI Director, and neurosurgeon Dr. Daniel Kelly.

About Dr. Keith Heinzerling

Keith Heinzerling, MD

Dr. Keith Heinzerling practices internal medicine and is an addiction medicine specialist at the Pacific Brain Health Center, Pacific Neuroscience Institute. His clinical and research focuses are on the treatment of alcohol, drug and substance use problems, with anti-addiction medications. As director of the TRIP program, he is involved in the development of psychedelic-assisted therapies for those suffering with addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. 

About Dr. Daniel Kelly

Daniel F. Kelly, MD

Dr. Daniel Kelly, a board-certified neurosurgeon, is the Director and one of the founders of the Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Director of the Pacific Brain Tumor Center and Pacific Pituitary Disorders Center, and is Professor of Neurosurgery at Saint John’s Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Considered to be one of the top neurosurgeons in the US, he is a multiple recipient of the Patients’ Choice Award, and has been awarded the Southern California SuperDoctors distinction 15 years in a row. 

About Françoise Bourzat

Francoise Bourzat Headshot

Françoise Bourzat, MS, is a Somatic Psychologist who has specialized in guided explorations with entheogens since 1987. She uses a variety of psychedelic-assisted therapies and techniques to access expanded states of consciousness and promote profound healing. A guide, teacher, and author, she has a passion for furthering this work through seminars for professional therapists, university lectures, and local and global conferences. She is an adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in California.

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About the Author

Anthony Effinger

Anthony Effinger

Think Neuro host Anthony Effinger is an award-winning health journalist who is fascinated with neuroscience and the workings of the brain. He won 1st Place in the 2006 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, from the Association of Health Care Journalists, for Playing the Odds, a piece on the various strategies used to treat prostate cancer.

Last updated: December 31st, 2020