Dr. Erica Zelfand specializes in integrative mental health and functional medicine. Dr. Zelfand is a ketamine prescriber, facilitator of therapeutic psychedelic experiences, trainer of psychedelic facilitators, acclaimed international speaker, and medical writer.
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Dr. Erica Zelfand is the CEO of Right to Heal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering people around psychedelic healing and other life-saving techniques that conventional medicine has ignored.

Dr. Zelfand’s training and skill set span the spectrum of both conventional and natural approaches. She treats people of all ages and stages of life, from newborns to those approaching the end of life. Areas of focus within her family practice include: autoimmunity, endocrinology, and integrative mental health. She is deeply committed to patient-centered, root-cause-oriented, nature-honoring approaches to healing.

Dr. Zelfand loves sharing her knowledge, her reverence for nature, and her zesty sense of humor with her colleagues, her patients and clients, and audiences of all sizes worldwide. She is also a fan of dark chocolate and group hugs. To learn more and connect, please visit http://www.DrZelfand.com.

A zesty sense of humor is an understatement – Dr. Zelfand was so much fun to talk with. She is such a positive person and had what seemed like an endless amount of information on this topic. I really enjoyed her passion in the science behind how these chemicals work in our body to help and in some cases, it could lead to a bad experience or even a worse situation. 

Dr. Zelfand and I are on the same page in not believing in a magic pill. The big takeaways for me are stacking and 1A/2A receptors. Stacking (adding positive mental health practices with micodosing) is something I have done and others have talked about doing, but it was by accident. It has me wondering what other coping mechanisms or positive life practices I can stack to make those moments and experiences better. 

The 1A/2A receptors is a cool concept too. I am still reading about how these compounds attach to the 2A and assist with unlearning or learning new ways around psychological problems instead of connecting to the 1A. Most SSRIs are compounds that will attach to 1A receptors. They will help you endure more discomfort or increase your psychological resilience. 

I hope you all find this chat interesting and informative!

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