My Experience with the Science of Ketamine and NAD Treatments

Ketamine is known by many people aas a club drug. It’s called specialK or just K. Historically it has been used as a horse tranquilizer and sedative of all types. In fact, some may know it was used in the successful rescue of the teenage soccer team in Thailand from that underground flooded cave.

Recently it has shown promise as a treatment for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. This is exciting news for the countless people that suffer from treatment resistant depression in this modern world we live in. It offers hope that maybe one day people could get their lives together and not be on prescription pills forever.

Combined with the pattern blocking drug, NAD+, it is able to help patients change problematic patterns and unlock ways of dealing with stress in their life.

I started exploring this topic specifically because I saw it have such a dramatic effect with my wife Haley. Haley had been suffering with treatment resistant depression and anxiety for nearly 7 years. After the birth of our second son, the postpartum depression never seemed to leave and things that never bothered her before were causing real stress and anxiety.

She described to me how she knew many of the things that caused stress were not a problem but that she couldn’t stop thinking this way. She was doing a lot of work to help herself too. She was doing therapy. She was working out daily. She ate well. She had a good social network of friends and family. She was doing “all the things” so to speak. The problem seemed to be in her head – a wiring problem that had sent her down a loop of bad thoughts. We needed to break the pattern.

That is when she hit a bottom. Her brothers scooped her up at this down time, a time when she thought she was just a burden to everyone in her life, and took her to see Dr. Koniver in Charleston SC. She did a one week treatment of ketamine with them there. She spent time between sessions with family, meditated, walked on the beach and just tried to wind down. In the meantime, I organized the house, got things sorted for when she returned.

While she was there, she had an amazing breakthrough. She explained that she remembered that she wasn’t a burden to everyone and that life was such an amazing experience to get to live through. She seemed to realize she was just viewing it all wrong and it went straight to her heart.

This wasn’t a magic bullet but it gave her hope and when she came home, she was close to the person I fell in love with. Over the course of the next 3 months, we got better and better. We grew stronger.

In the end, I wanted to make a video explaining the procedure. Like many of my videos, I do it myself, so Haley and I spent a week in Charleston doing the treatment. It was an amazing experience even for me, someone who wasn’t chronically depressed or suffering from treatment resistant depression.

I hope you enjoy this short overview:

Written by Rob Nelson

Rob is an ecologist from the University of Hawaii. He is the co-creator and director of Untamed Science. His goal is to create videos and content that are entertaining, accurate, and educational. When he's not making science content, he races whitewater kayaks and works on Stone Age Man.

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