On February 24th, 1960, the very first benzodiazepine was approved in the U.S. 60 years later, they are still some of the most popular drugs on the planet. Join us as we explore the history of some of the world’s most fabled, and vilified drugs.
In today’s episode, we look back at the past 60 years of benzodiazepines and hope that through knowledge we can finally learn from our past. We also have a benzo story from Florida, discuss the variations of mindful movement practices, and introduce a new section of the podcast.
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14:40 Benzo Story
20:02 Smile Story
28:40 FEATURE: History of Benzos
50:32 Moment of Peace
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“What is Associative Awareness Technique?” - https://theptdoctor.com/what-is-associative-awareness-technique/.
FEATURE: The Story of Benzos
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