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The club crowd calls it “Special K.” Neurobiologists and psychiatrists call it Ketamine. The club crowd likes the way it makes them feel. The docs like the almost immediate positive effect it has on people suffering from severe depression.
Dr. Henry Wall, respected oral surgeon and author, doesn’t like it all. His father, former state senator, Dr. W.H. Wall, while serving an 18 month sentence at a federal medical prison facility in the early 1950’s, received Ketamine and other psychotropic drugs during a secret CIA experiment known as the MK-ULTRA program. Thanks to the lethal cocktail, Dr. Wall, Sr. suffered from violent - and debilitating - psychotic episodes for the rest of his life.
“Recent studies indicate Ketamine can rebuild the synaptic connections in the brain,” says Dr. Wall, author of the recently released memoir, From Healing to Hell. “That is good news for people with depression. But when combined with drugs like LSD, it can have a devastating effect. My father, and others like him, are prime examples.”
Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks candidly with Dr. Henry Wall about his families ordeal.