Sunil Kumar Aggarwal
Integrative Rehabilitation and Palliative Care physician
Aggarwal is a hospice and palliative medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and medical geographer. His primary clinical work is as an Integrative Pain, Palliative Care, and Rehabilitation physician in private practice at AIMS Institute in Seattle, and as an on-call MultiCare Palliative Physician and Associate Medical Director of MultiCare Hospice in Tacoma. He previously ran the palliative care medicine consultation service at the MultiCare Auburn hospital and regional cancer center. His medical geographic scholarship interests are in geographies of access, delivery, and development of cannabinologic and psychedelic integrative medicine, especially as they pertain to development in pain management, hospice and palliative medicine, and rehabilitation services. Aggarwal is also interested in global health equity, social medicine, and health and human rights, and uses a political ecology of health and disease approach to understand psychoactive biotic commons enclosures, seed sovereignty reclamation, depathologization movements, and related therapeutic landscape formations.
Psychedelics and Our Mental Health
Psychedelics, like Ketamine, LSD and Psilocybin, have been shown to be effective in treating many mental health conditions. Ketamine was approved by the FDA, and it's likely that more psychedelics will be legalized in the coming years. While they may offer new hope for people who have not responded to traditional treatments, there are many concerns about safety and a lot of questions to ask.
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