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A New Way to Treat Teens and Adolescents with Depression and/or Suicidal Tendencies: Ketamine Mar 5th, 2021

Although research continues to be published in regards to the growing benefits for ketamine infusions in adult populations, there are still few studies in adolescents. This is NOT because the treatment may not be as beneficial, but this is mainly due to natural progression of evidence based science. Almost all research, clinical...

New advances in the treatment of Refractory Chronic Migraine Headache Feb 9th, 2021

Migraine headache. The mere mention of which has been known to provoke anxiety in even the most stoic of individuals. For many of us, migraines are a debilitating malady that haunts our daily lives, often without warning and frequently without relief. It can have a profound effect on our social,...

Helping Fight the Pandemic with COVID-19 Vaccines Jan 28th, 2021

The pandemic is like nothing most of us have ever seen in our lives. As a physician working in the hospital, let me tell you, it is not over yet. Life in the hospital and around the world has changed. According to the World Health Organization1, over 96 million people have...

The fight against COVID-19 and Vaccine Choices Jan 25th, 2021

Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, has affected over 24 million Americans and caused over 408,000 deaths as of January 21, 2021.1 There is hope, as there are 2 main vaccines out and a third is on the way; however, given the backlog and shortage, it is estimated that we...

Stay Healthy in Greater Cincinnati Jan 14th, 2021

We are all so done with 2020! We hear the word COVID or pandemic and we start to cringe, turn the tv off, turn the radio off or close our web browser. So we ask, how do we maintain our physical and mental health? Especially since millions of us are NOT traveling, how do...

Neurologic Effects of COVID-19 Nov 10th, 2020

COVID-19 has changed life as we know it. The pandemic has affected so many lives and continues to do so. I have seen first-hand the potential devastating effects of this infection as a neurologist practicing in the outpatient and inpatient settings. Two new research studies have looked into the neurologic...

COVID-19 and The Holidays Oct 27th, 2020

The “COVID-19” holidays are just around the corner, and we all must remain vigilant! The National Institute of Health (NIH) and Center of Disease Control (CDC) recently released recommendations to have a safe Thanksgiving. Lower Risk Activities Small dinner with people in your ‘CoVID Bubble’ or family household. Having a...

Ketamine Therapy for Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health Disorders Oct 27th, 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, has affected over 8.7 million Americans and caused over 225,000 deaths as of October 26, 2020.[1] Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading US infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases, declared this morning that we are...

StrIVeMD Wellness & Ketamine Sep 22nd, 2020

As with all things in life, change happens. The name RevIVe Wellness & Ketamine has been good to us for a little over a year now. However, as our services have evolved, we do not feel it properly describes who we are and therefore feels the need for change.  Our...

Adolescent Mood Disorders During CoVID Jul 31st, 2020

Well, this is the new normal, for our foreseeable future. As Americans, we do a GREAT job of adapting to stressful circumstances. That being said, this is a life stressor for ALL of us around the country. Especially our youth. Pediatric and adolescent patients NEED structure. They need a regimented...

The Stress of a Pandemic Jun 18th, 2020

Fear and anxiety about a new disease and its repercussions can cause overwhelming emotional responses to the people affected. In the case of CoVID-19, we are ALL affected. Our way of life, our freedom, our daily functions, really it’s been everything. Social distancing and other public health actions are necessary...

Taking Care of our Mental Health By the StrIVeMD Wellness and Ketamine Team Jun 15th, 2020

Is 2020 over yet? Well, we are more than halfway to 2021 thankfully, and it probably can’t come sooner our mental health may just depend on it. The riots made us forget about COVID-19 for about a week, and with phase 3 underway, it’s refreshing to see more people walking...

PTSD Increases Stroke Risk in Young People By: Danny Park, MD Jun 2nd, 2020

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is unfortunately a very common mental health disorder. People can develop flashbacks, insomnia, anxiety, etc after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event. If these feelings last more than a few months, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder1 and it may be time to seek help. This can...

2020’s Devastating Impact on Mental Health By Syed Ali MD MBA Jun 2nd, 2020

Can you believe it’s June 2020 already? Yeah, us neither- and we are ready for it to go away. Let’s talk about some of the badness that has happened this year so far1 – Australian Fires- 72,000 square miles burned and over ONE BILLION animals died.2 President Donald Trump impeachment trial...

The Psychiatric Effects of Reopening After COVID19 May 30th, 2020

The novel coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID 19 has been ravaging the world for several months. And, it will likely have a lasting effect for even longer. For how long, no one truly knows. One thing for certain though is that life has changed because of it, but to what...

Vomiting after Marijuana Use By Syed Ali MD May 24th, 2020

Recreational marijuana was legalized on January 1, 2020, making Illinois the 11th state in the country to do so. Purchasers of marijuana must be 21 years old and can buy marijuana with or without a medical card. At this time, only dispensaries equipped to sell medical marijuana are allowed to sell...

The Benefits of a Medical Marijuana Card By Danny Park, MD May 20th, 2020

Marijuana is becoming more accepted in this country as time goes on. As of April 20201, there are approximately 11 states plus the District of Columbia that have legalized recreational marijuana and 12 states that have not. The remainder of the states have legalized marijuana solely for medical reasons, although some...

StrIVeMD Wellness and Ketamine Chicago Benefits of Marijuana May 18th, 2020

Marijuana or Cannabis has such underreported benefits due to the stigma that unfortunately it was given back during the anti-drug campaign of the 1980’s. Due to the politicizing nature, health professionals were discouraged against studying the benefits and indications for certain medications, such as Cannabis. Cannabis contains CBD which is...

Medical Cannabis and its Indications By Syed Ali MD May 12th, 2020

Recreational marijuana was legalized on January 1, 2020, making Illinois the 11th state in the country to do so. Purchasers of marijuana must be 21 years old and can buy marijuana with or without a medical card. At this time, only dispensaries equipped to sell medical marijuana are allowed to sell...

May is Mental Health and Wellness Month May 2nd, 2020

May is Mental Health month, and it has never been more important than this year in the midst of our global pandemic. Historically resources and information have focused on the one in five individuals who have a mental health concern in any given year. However, this year IS different. In...

COVID-19 – Light at the End of the Tunnel By Syed Ali MD MBA Apr 24th, 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, is a viral disease that allegedly originated in a lab in Wuhan China. Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, body aches, loss of taste and smell, and cough. The world has 2.6 million cases, with the USA having over 800,000 cases, the most...

A Day in the Life of a Neurologist During COVID-19 Apr 24th, 2020

This is an unprecedented time. The novel coronavirus 2019 pandemic has become a time that will be recorded in history, similar to the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 or the SARS pandemic of 2002- 2004. The Spanish Flu pandemic reportedly caused 500 million infections and over 50 million deaths, worldwide.  SARS...

The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 Apr 10th, 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, is a viral disease that originated in China. Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, body aches, and cough. The world has over 1.45 million cases, with the USA having nearly 400,000 cases, the most reported cases in the world1. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading...

Suicide and COVID-19 Apr 7th, 2020

Due to the recent coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, the death toll is rising. We hear about many patients who are getting sick with COVID-19 and developing significant health consequences, and unfortunately in many cases not making it out of the hospital. Another, maybe less reported way that this pandemic is...

COVID-19 and PTSD Apr 6th, 2020

As the new Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the human population, the focus is on containing the spread. As a society, we have to be socially responsible and continue social distancing. This is key to flattening the curve. Despite our precautions, we continue to watch as...

Increasing Depression in the setting of COVID-19 Apr 4th, 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, is a viral disease that originated in China. Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, body aches, and cough. The USA has passed 5600 deaths and has over 236,000 cases1, with the USA having the most reported cases in the world. Dr. Anthony Fauci,...

Immunity Strategies in the age Coronavirus COVID-19 Apr 1st, 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, is a viral disease that originated in Wuhan China. Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, body aches, and cough. The case fatality rate worldwide up to the date of this article is 4.6%. The USA has passed 3100 deaths1 and has over 164,000 cases2, with the...

Why are we so scared of the new Coronavirus? By Danny Park, MD Mar 19th, 2020

With all the hysteria regarding this new invasive virus, it is hard to know what is true and what is simply hysteria. So many things are closing, including schools, extracurricular activities, concerts, and sporting events. Products are running low in stores, such as toilet paper, canned goods, hand sanitizer, and...

Recession Depression – How Financial Market Fluctuations can Lead to Increased Anxiety... Mar 15th, 2020

Recession Depression – How Financial Market Fluctuations can Lead to Increased Anxiety and Mood Disorders Investing is emotional. Although experts try to drive decisions with data, analytics and evidence, regardless there is emotion fueling much of the financial markets. With that same premise, we know that changes in the market,...

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for Alcoholism Jan 20th, 2020

Drinking is a norm in our society. With the holidays, this is a very common thing to do with friends and family. It’s definitely possible to have fun without drinking (I like Red Bull) but drinking is a CNS depressant and causes a feeling of relaxation. As we get older,...

Vomiting after Marijuana Use Jan 18th, 2020

Recreational marijuana was legalized on January 1, 2020, making Illinois the 11th state in the country to do so. Purchasers of marijuana must be 21 years old and can buy marijuana with or without a medical card. At this time, only dispensaries equipped to sell medical marijuana are allowed to...

Potential Treatment of Neurodegenerative disorders: Antioxidants Jan 10th, 2020

Neurodegenerative disorders are abundant but treatments are far and few between. These disorders are highly associated with the detrimental effects of reactive oxygen species from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is the imbalance of the creation and elimination of reactive oxygen species or free radicals that results in damage to cells,...

Why Does Ketamine Work for Depression and Other Mood Disorders? Jan 8th, 2020

When an individual suffers from depression, chronic pain, and other related illnesses it may be beneficial to receive ketamine infusion treatments. This therapy is considered an alternative based treatment to traditional medications with long-lasting side effects. Often times ketamine infusion therapy works better, faster, and safer than conventional treatments. Ketamine is NOT a...

No One Wants to Be Sick – Vitamin C Infusions Jan 5th, 2020

This is a story familiar to all of us during the winter. Frequency and duration can vary but at some point in time, everyone seems to get sick. Whether it’s a tickle in the throat, a mild headache, or just feeling run down, the common cold is very difficult to...

Migraine and Gut Health: What you Need to Know Jan 5th, 2020

Most people who have migraines also experience nausea and vomiting during an attack, but what if that connection goes deeper – into the gut? What if there is a link between migraine and gut health and by taking care of your gut you may be able to better manage your...

What is Glutathione and its Benefits? Dec 30th, 2019

Glutathione is a potent antioxidant found in our red blood cells and is made in the liver. It is responsible for neutralizing reactive oxygen species (ROS) like free radicals that can cause damage and death to cells. It is found in one of two forms- reduced or oxidized. Typically, more...

Dehydration: Prevalence, Dangers, and Effective Treatment Oct 14th, 2019

According to studies, Seventy-five percent of all Americans are dehydrated EVERY day. Although the study showed that most people had, in fact, drank 8 glasses of fluids per day, they still had net fluid loss, leading to chronic dehydration. This is due to the domination of caffeinated beverages (Too much Starbucks,...

Hangover: Most have suffered but no one truly understands Oct 7th, 2019

Alcohol can be a good thing and a bad thing. In moderation, according to the Mayo Clinic, there is some evidence that it can help lower your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, or stroke. Their definition of moderate drinking is one alcoholic beverage per day for women of all ages...

The Sad Truth about Antidepressants Sep 16th, 2019

We see a lot of patients with chronic disease in clinic. Most of our patients have depression as well, that they attribute to their chronic disease. We are not psychiatrists, and don’t manage antidepressants, but we do have to be aware of side effects and potentially dangerous drug interactions with...

Ketamine and Suicide: How an anesthetic, once used recreationally is breaking the mold... Aug 26th, 2019

Ketamine and Suicide: How an anesthetic, once used recreationally is breaking the mold and saving lives. Could this be the cure for depression you’ve been looking for? Suicide. It’s not a dirty word. But you’ve likely heard it spoken more times than you’d like. You may have even uttered those...

Post Concussion Syndrome, PTSD, and Neuro Inflammation: Is there a Link? Aug 15th, 2019

Injuries to the head are very common, unfortunately. From athletes of all ages, work place accidents, fender benders, and head butts from grandchildren while rough housing, I have seen all sorts of head injuries that resulted in a stereotypical constellation of symptoms in my neurology practice.  According to the Mayo Clinic,...

Ketamine for Mood Disorders Jul 23rd, 2019

There has been a lot in the news regarding Ketamine and its use and potential benefits in a variety of mood disorders,- including major depressive disorders. This includes a 2017 article in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggesting Ketamine may be effective in treating suicidality, and subsequently hundreds of articles...

The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting Jul 11th, 2019

Intermittent Fasting, or IF as many call it, has been catching on the past few years as a great way to lose weight. There is even a Reddit thread for beginners. So, what is it exactly, is it hard, and does it work? There are a lot of fad diets out there,...

Magic Hangover Relief for Your Bachelor or Bachelorette Party Jul 11th, 2019

You wake up and it hits you. Dry mouth. Opening your eyes makes you flinch – it’s just too bright. And when you do sit up, how is it that you feel hungry and sick at the same time? How many drinks did you have last night? And why didn’t...

Intravenous Ketamine Infusions For Migraine Headaches Jul 10th, 2019

Headaches are almost ubiquitous. You talk to your neighbors or family members and, more than likely, almost one quarter of them will have migraine headaches. These severe headaches are bad enough, but some people even have chronic migraines, which are defined by the International Headache Society as fifteen or more...

Sleep Hygiene Jul 9th, 2019

Who could use more sleep? I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who would say no to that question. I think as a whole, most of us are sleep deprived, whether it is lack of time to sleep or just poor quality. Sleep is very important for brain function. I...

Ketamine Guidelines, Administration and the Link Between Pain and Depression Jul 1st, 2019

This is a summary of Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Chronic Pain from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists July 2018. This is the first time that a multidisciplinary consortium of experts have published consensus...

Ketamine for Post traumatic Stress Disorder Jun 26th, 2019

Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, has been described as “complex somatic, cognitive, affective, and behavioral effects of psychological trauma.” PTSD symptoms are characterized by flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, avoidance of reminders of the original trauma, and sleep disturbance that lead to social and interpersonal dysfunction. Triggers of PTSD include: War and...

Depression and Suicidal Behavior Jun 19th, 2019

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States and the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide claimed the lives of 47,000 people. This is the highest it has been in at least 50 years according to government records. It was the second leading...

Psychological and Physical Health – Ways to Help Mood and Memory Jun 9th, 2019

Did you know depression alone can cause what looks just like dementia? When not controlled, depression can cause memory problems, poor concentration, personality type changes, sleep issues, apathy, etca. And not just major depression. You want to make sure you’re recognizing and then treating even milder depressed moods, as it...

Ketamine: Prolonging Effects for Treatment of Mood Disorders Jun 7th, 2019

The sun is shining. The temperature is warm. No clouds can be seen in the sky. And you have plans to meet with friends at the beach. Sounds like the potential for a great day, right? But if you suffer from depression, despite the sunny blue skies, you tend to...

Not Just the Blues: The Truth About PTSD and Depression Jun 5th, 2019

Your partner or friend has said they’re worried about you. Maybe you can’t stop reliving the traffic accident you were in a few months back. You’re struggling with mood swings and low self-esteem. Or you’re avoiding social situations, and spending more time on your own – concentrating solely on work,...

PMS: I Just Want To Be Myself Again May 27th, 2019

Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is something all women know. PMS is characterized by the presence of both physical and behavioral symptoms. The most common behavioral symptom is mood swings. Other frequent symptoms include irritability, anxiety, depression, and diminished interest in activities. The most common physical symptoms are bloating and extreme fatigue....

Ketamine and Other Viable Treatment Strategies for Depression May 24th, 2019

Depression, or Major Depressive disorder (MDD), is a common mental health disorder in the USA. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 7.1% of all US adults, or 17.3 million people, had an episode of depression in 2017. The prevalence of depression was higher among females...

Headaches: Don’t Suffer in Silence May 22nd, 2019

Headaches are ubiquitous. I have never met someone who has never had a headache in their life. As a neurologist, I see a lot of patients specifically for this disorder. The World Health Organization estimates that about 50-75% of adults in the world aged between 18-65 years have had headaches in...

Don’t Forget to Check on the Strong Ones – Mental Health Awareness Month May 20th, 2019

Robin Williams’s friends: “He was always happy. Everyone adored him…” Kate Spade’s dad: “I just talked to her an hour before and she was planning a trip. She was like her brand- happy, cheerful and full of color.” Anthony Bourdain’s best friend: “He loved his life and had this extraordinary...

Low Energy and Concentration – Are You Struggling with Burnout? May 13th, 2019

Everyone gets stressed, right? Just a fact of life when you work hard for a living. But do you feel: Like nothing gives you joy – even hobbies and activities you used to enjoy? As though it’s difficult to concentrate on the simplest tasks? Constantly that you’re in a bad...

4 Ways to Get Ready for the Beach – Without Crash Dieting! Apr 23rd, 2019

The flights are booked, the hotel reservations made, and you’ve planned the itinerary – or embraced the lack of one! You’re looking forward to the soft sand and blue waves. Except… you’re looking in the mirror and you don’t like what you see. You’ve been working hard and not taking...

Hangover or Jet Lag? Why You Feel Terrible – and How to Feel Better! Apr 15th, 2019

It’s spring, and you’re probably thinking about all the traveling you’d like to do now that the warm weather is finally here. Or you’re looking forward to enjoying a drink, while sitting outside in the sun with friends. You could even be considering an exotic getaway, sipping cocktails by the...