The Doctors: Can LSD Lower Anxiety?
The Doctors kicked off their show by talking about a new study that says LSD can help lower anxiety. Scientists in Switzerland are reporting results in testing LSD to lower anxiety. It’s the first controlled study of LSD in more than forty years. Most of the subjects had terminal cancer nearing the end of life. The study reported a 20 percent decrease for those who took a full dose of LSD.
Dr. Travis Stork said that a hallucinogen alters your perception of reality and if you’re facing terminal cancer, maybe it would help reduce stress. Dr. Andrew Ordon agreed. “For those people, I mean, the quality of their life is not very good. What do we really have now to offer them that’s going t help them get through that period? So if we’re able to come up with something good, then I think that’s very worthwhile,” Dr. Andrew Ordon said.
The Doctors: Should Terminal Cancer Patients Be Given LSD?
I have to disagree with the panel here. I think it’s deplorable to have terminal cancer patients to trip their minds out in order to reduce their stress. I mean, it’s one thing if the patient chooses to do that and it’s another to advocate for it. Of course these patients are stressed. They have terminal cancer. Maybe instead of finding ways to take their mind to another plane of perception, these research scientists should be in the lab working on cures.
“We often talk about people taking drugs and becoming addicted to them to escape reality. Well, if your reality was, you’re in pain everyday and you knew the end was near, and yet you still wanted to have some blessed moments with your family, maybe there is a place for this. If we do it in the right way. And I hope we have an open mind toward this,” Dr. Travis Stork said.
Nope, sorry, Dr. Travis Stork. I still don’t have an open mind. This isn’t a solution. It’s a hallucinogenic band-aid.
The Doctors: Chocolate Weight Loss Trend
Can you eat chocolate to lose weight? It turns out that you can. New research says that eating chocolate every day can help you eat less. The catch? You have to eat the chocolate in moderation and the darker, the better. Look for 70 percent cocoa content or higher. In some stores, you’ll find it as high as 100 percent. Twenty minutes before and five minutes after both lunch and dinner is best.
Dr. Travis and Dr. Rachael both said they do this every day to help satiate their hunger. It also has high levels of antioxidants. Dr. Rachael said she would eat a little bit of chocolate and imagine herself to be thin, but that was before the research came out. Dr. Jennifer Berman cautioned that high cocoa chocolate is bitter, so if you do this, be prepared for the taste. Dr. Travis said he adds some peanut butter to his dark chocolate to make it more palatable.