Updated: Mar 22
Questions lead us to answers. Comments provide us insight. And stories connect from all corners of the globe. Your input is the heart of the Benzo Free Podcast, and it’s about time we dedicated an entire episode to that wonderful resource.
In today’s episode, we explore the effects of benzos on our sense of taste, we learn about the benefits of yoga nidra for sleep, and we evaluate the use of sauna therapy for withdrawal. We also hear three wonderful stories from New York, New Zealand, and Japan.
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In today’s intro, I talk briefly about being back from the road trip, a bit about the weather, a bit about Thanksgiving, and a few other things.
QUESTION: Taste Sensitivity in Benzo Withdrawal– Frank, from White Plains, New York, asked about foul tastes in benzo withdrawal.
QUESTION: Sauna Therapy – Rubaiyat, from Denmark, asked about Sauna Therapy for withdrawal.
COMMENT: Yoga Nidra for Sleep – Denise, from New Mexico, mentions the benefits of yoga nidra for sleep.
Today we had three stories to share from:
Cathy (Phoenix, Arizona)
Linda (Christchurch, New Zealand)
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