In an open letter addressed to President Trump, published in the NY Times, Mike “Zappy” Zapolin and Pat Baker urge the president to consider psychedelics as a treatment for the current addiction and overdose epidemic, and mental illness.
In the letter, they outline the ineffectiveness of what currently masquerades as treatment for addiction: the prescription of a drug called Suboxone. Rather than truly heal, Suboxone only serves to perpetuate the cycle of addiction as a means of continuously putting money into the pockets of a billion-dollar industry.
Zappolin and Baker go on to detail the tremendous benefits of substances like Ibogaine…
The reason Ibogaine works is that it is a gentle detoxification from opioids and other drugs. The drug experience also allows people to see their trauma in a non-emotional way, to accept what happened to them in the past, and re-connects them with their inner-self, which they have been trying to suppress through a variety of drugs and destructive behaviors. Ibogaine immediately provides a rapid detoxification of the patient. They emerge completely free of cravings for heroin, pharmaceutical opioids, cocaine and alcohol.
People report that they have a new appreciation for how incredible life is. Over the next several days if they receive proper aftercare and lifestyle training, they can maintain their transition to sobriety and remain free from the bondage of addiction and the torturous daily life of drug and alcohol dependence. These people are now in a state of mind where they can be immediately productive members of society, restoring their families, and their faith in God.
.. as well as MDMA, psilocybin, and ketamine, which have been and currently are studied in clinical trials:
The FDA recently approved phase three clinical trials for the psychedelic, MDMA (ecstasy) for the treatment of PTSD. Johns Hopkins University recently proved that Psilocybin from psychedelic mushrooms is a highly effective way to treat patients with terminal cancer, who are dealing with end of life awareness. The FDA just fast tracked Ketamine for treating depression, and the Cleveland Clinic called it a top 10 medical breakthrough. We need to use our common sense, modern scientific knowledge, and the proven medical facts, to begin to integrate these powerful medicines into our healthcare system. You single handedly have the ability to do what no administration has ever done before, by making plant medicine a part of our medical protocol for drug addiction and mental illness (depression and PTSD).
All the while, their rhetoric tactfully massages Trump’s comically oversized ego. Even so, I can’t imagine Trump’s most visceral instincts being concerned with anything other than profit. Nonetheless, the fact that this letter was published by the NY Times, where enumerable people who are unaware of these alternative healing modalities can learn about them in this easy to understand letter is extremely significant and exciting.