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The Longevity & Lifestyle Podcast

Jan 31, 2022

Today’s episode is a panel conversation with some of the incredible Roots to Thrive team - Dr. Pamela Kryskow, Dr. Laura McLean, and Andrea Lemp on psychedelic medicine, mental health, and groundbreaking therapy methods for healing and wellbeing.  My first guest is Dr. Pamela Kryskow is a medical doctor with a strong interest in psychedelic medicine, mental health, and chronic pain. She is a founding board member of the Canadian Psychedelic Association. Dr. Kryskow is actively involved in research related to psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine, mental wellness, chronic pain, and neurogenesis. Co-investigator on the largest microdosing study which is ongoing with 14,500+ enrolled participants. Dr. Kryskow is a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia and an Adjunct Professor at Vancouver Island University. As the medical lead on the Roots To Thrive Ketamine Assisted Therapy program which treats health care providers with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and addiction. In real life, she loves foraging in the forest, ocean kayaking, growing kale, and daydreaming in the hammock.

My second guest is Dr. Laura McLean, a physician whose background includes practicing internal medicine, respirology, and critical care, and for the past 9 years, primarily sleep medicine. Most recently, Dr. McLean has been working as a consultant in sleep disorders in a multidisciplinary lifestyle medicine clinic in Canada. Her connection with the Roots to Thrive program started as a participant in cohort number 3, and she has now become a team member, currently in the role of a co-facilitator/mentee.

My third guest is Andrea Lemp who has been leading health and wellness programs in Vancouver for over 30 years. A specialist in Community and Hospital Mental Health and Addictions, Andrea has practiced and led in diverse Specialty Hospital and Community settings. She is a graduate of BCIT’s Psychiatric Nursing and Registered Nursing Programs and a graduate of UBC’s Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing Programs. Andrea concluded her 30-year hospital and community career, shifting from the limits of conventional psychiatry, she now supports individuals, groups, and leaders to recover their full health and unlock their true potential in body, mind, and spirit. Addressing the root cause of disease, this approach represents combining the new fields of Psychedelic and  Functional Medicine. 

In this episode, we dig into:

  • Addressing the root cause of disease,
  • Mental health including for anxiety, depression,
  • Psychedelic medicine and groundbreaking ketamine-assisted therapy method,
  • The Roots to Thrives program,
  • What role psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine, mental wellness, chronic pain and neurogenesis play,
  • The importance of a holistic approach to treatment,
  • and much more.

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Past guests on The Longevity & Lifestyle Podcast include Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Amy Killen, Sergey Young, Dr. Dale Bredesen, Dr. Kristen Willeumier, Dr. Louise Newson, Dr. Kien Vuu, Dr. Carolina Reis, Nikolina Lauc, Mohamed Massaquoi, Dr. Pamela Kryskow, Nick Potter, Dr. Pamela Kryskow, Dr. Julia Mirer, Isabella Channing, Dina Burkitbayeva, Mario Chamorro, Mariko Bangerter, Dr. Stephanie Manson Brown, Dr. Mohammed Enayat, Helen Reavey, Elena Letyagina, and many more!