In a recent post, we talked about the impact of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) on the prolific development of neuronal synapses, or nerve connections, in the brain. BDNF is like a rich, organic compost that spurs dense growth. And we talked about how IV ketamine turbo boosts brain compost and multiplies the connections in your brain that improve your mood and sense of well-being.
Ketamine Turbo Boosts Brain Compost to Improve Your Mood
We described how BDNF creates an environment like “compost” for increasing these synapses to upgrade communication throughout the brain. It stimulates neurons to grow and branch out, and it increases the complexity and density of these branches. It’s like stimulating little saplings to develop into strong, complex riotous oak trees. BDNF increases the density of the forest and the density of the forest canopy. When the synapses are weakened, thinning out, and breaking down in the brain, depression and suffering is usually involved, one way or another.
So, if you want to clear out your darkened mood, then you need to clear out weak and broken down synapses. Replace them with healthy neurons loaded with abundant branches, which are called dendrites, and loads of connections, called synapses.
You’ll need to take a proverbial rototiller to your “brain garden” and clean out the deadwood, weeds, and broken roots. Mix in new soil, fertilizer, mulch, and compost, and let new tender neurons begin to leaf out.
That heavily “treed” neuronal forest will just naturally bring bright thought patterns and stimulation, just like all that new soil, mulch, and fertilizer would bring new growth and beauty in a garden. Because brain derived neurotrophic factor – BDNF – “brain compost” – improves your mood by providing a rich growth environment for your neurons and synapses. The more healthy synapses your have in your brain, the better you will feel.
BDNF on Steroids
In that previous post, we also featured the extraordinary result of IV ketamine on our “brain garden,” and that rich “compost” seemed to multiply the BDNF like gangbusters… which fostered remarkable multiplication of synapse connections…as if in a fast-motion animated cartoon.
That rich and deep synapse vegetation results in a high-speed and dramatic improvement in exchange of information throughout the brain:
- improving cognition
- relieving depression
- removing thoughts of suicide
- and equipping the brain to ‘reset’ itself with brighter and better thought processes, mental and emotional hygiene, the adoption of exercise, and more productivity going forward.
Since BDNF helps neurons and their connections grow, like fertilizer helps plants do the same, they become stronger and healthier. But even more dramatic is the appearance of new branches that that emerge, proliferate, and multiply, especially in the hippocampus and pre-frontal cortex.
Picture a bean plant you gently cover with fertile soil. You add a little water and set it in the sun. When you wake up the next morning, you hope and expect to see a tender shoot already poking through the earth…right?
We do, too. But we try to be patient, and give it several days, at least.
Take a Look at Your Beanstalk, Jack!
IV ketamine treatment is so powerful in its effect on BDNF that it’s as if your brain wakes up and within days you begin to have a dense forest growing where that little bean plant was.
BDNF obviously contributes dramatically to the “landscape” of the brain, and IV ketamine gives it a turbo boost.
But then, does that change as time goes by?
Ramshackle, Rundown Garden
We’ve made the point that IV ketamine puts BDNF on steroids — increasing the density and complexity of neuronal branching in the brain and increasing the number of connections between one cell and another.
But what happens to someone who’s depressed and has been stressed for a long time? Then BDNF is depleted, the dendrite branches get severely pruned back, the synapses break down, and and the hippocampus shrivels.
That’s a serious state, and a perfect description of what it’s like in the brain of someone with chronic depression. What it’s like in your brain if you’re chronically depressed.
It feels like a wasteland.
IV ketamine treatment can change that.
IV ketamine infusions work in a number of different ways, but the most striking thing they do is increase the rich compost of BDNF–to proliferate neurons, leaf out dendrites, increase synaptic connections, and re-establish a rich network of communication in your brain that can return you to your best self.
In some people, a series of IV ketamine infusions will return their “brain garden” to its optimal state … and they may not need further infusions.
But others may find after a time that they feel depression or other symptoms returning — their neurons and synapses have dwindled and shriveled again — and they need a new infusion to breathe new life into their garden of connections.
It’s Individual…One Size Doesn’t Fit All
No one knows in advance what will be needed, but to find a way to bring their brain to life is such a rejuvenating joy that most are beyond delighted to tap into this wonderful opportunity for energy, connection, and hope. For new growth.
And how about you?
How is your brain garden?
Is it prolific with verdant life and freshness?
Or does it need a turbo boost?
Unlike your bean garden, we can actually test your DNA to help determine the likelihood that you’ll benefit from IV ketamine.
Come join us to learn about you, and what can help you be the best YOU you can be. Contact us so we can give you a thorough evaluation. It’s the kindest thing you can do for yourself.
To restoring you to your best self,
Lori Calabrese, MD