CTK (Combined TMS and Ketamine) is a patented therapy developed by Dr. Best at The Neuroscience Center, which has proved hugely successful for a number of his patients who were faced with otherwise treatment-resistant depression. Here are some short quotes and longer excerpts from patients who have enjoyed the success of CTK.
“I’m very thankful to have found Dr. Best who administered the CTK treatments, as they have improved my quality of life immensely.”
“It's as if the benefits of a full week or more of rTMS are packed into a single day of CTK”
“It is my opinion that Dr. Best and his CTK treatments saved my life.”
“I have now gone without combination CTK therapy for over 1.5 years and continue to experience a “normal” life without any debilitating depression and anxiety.”
“After CTK, I’m able to laugh and smile and focus on the present moment. I’m also able to better navigate relationships and I handle situations with more resilience. My life feels more purposeful.”
“I cannot point to a single more influential or life changing experience than CTK. Everyone on medication who is merely surviving through the endless cycles of depression deserves to experience true recovery in this way.”
Comparing CTK with other therapies:
“I had 38 ECT treatments over a period of time and, while effective, they were taking a toll on me. rTMS was effective, but it took many treatments before the results persisted. I tried CTK and found it more effective than just rTMS. I need fewer treatments and can go longer between them”.
(Comparing CTK with ketamine alone) “The analogy between the two would be the difference of working with fine grit sandpaper versus a plane, if one were trying to trim a door. An IM dose of ketamine has a very minimal effect on me and in some instances, I found counterproductive versus CTK treatment has always been like removing yet another layer from the disease and restoring normal brain function.”
Long-term benefits of CTK:
“Compared to the gradual onset of rTMS, the effects of CTK are rapid: the alleviation of my symptoms of depression are felt with the initiation of treatment and continue during the days after treatment, leaving the me with pre-depression cognitive abilities.”
“Maximum prolonged benefit (with rTMS alone) occurred when I would be treated everyday or every other day for a number of weeks or months… (but with CTK) the positive effect of the treatments would last longer. Two or three treatments a week for a month could provide an elevated mood for up to six months.”
Experiencing the CTK treatment:
“CTK treatments are not as taxing on the body and the process is much more enjoyable (compared with rTMS alone).”
“The common side effect of headaches (when treated with rTMS) is not an issue when combined with ketamine. During the few minutes the magnet is powered before the medication is administered the sensation is not desirable, but not unpleasant, but the benefits reaped by the combination of the therapies has been beneficial to me. CTK seems to me to be the icing on the cake.”
“During the CTK infusion there is an almost immediate absence of the mental pain from depression and anxious thoughts. I feel in a state of calm that is similar to, but more pronounced than, meditation. Over the course of the infusion this feeling gradually gives way to a mental fog. This fog is not unpleasant, but it does feel like my powers of cogitation are dimmed. The second phase entails the lifting of the fog. Over the next two days post-treatment, the fog and fatigue continue to disappear, leaving me at peak levels of mental endurance and completely free of depression symptoms. My mind feels clean and refreshed; absent is the mental and physical fatigue that comes with rTMS alone. It's as if the benefits of a full week or more of rTMS are packed into a single day of CTK.”
“After the (CTK) treatment there is a recovery period of an hour or two, during which I am unsteady on my feet and sometimes I have a feeling of numbness during that time. I have always felt relief from depression immediately after a (CTK) treatment. After a good night's sleep, I have always felt able to go to work the next day.
Some patients offered their stories of how CTK has transformed their day-to-day lives:
“I have been seeing therapists and psychiatrists since childhood. I had mood swings, terrible anxiety and periods of depression. I was abusing various drugs, involved in many unhealthy relationships and had no direction in my life. I entered a residential program and they gave me 13 psychiatric diagnoses. After that program I went and saw Dr. Best, who recommended CTK treatments for me.
Since those treatments, my mood stabilized, I no longer abuse substances and have experienced the longest period of mental stability in my life (it has been over 7 years). I also had issues with pain that were resolved. As a result I was finally able to make productive use of psychotherapy in order to help me manage my transition into adulthood. I am striving to work on becoming involved in healthier relationships, I am not impulsive and more to the point I have started a successful career. I would never have imagined this could be possible. It is my opinion that Dr. Best and his CTK treatments saved my life.”
“As I reflect on memories of my life prior to treatment, much of them are obscured within the the depths of depression. It was only after CTK that I’d been able to fully realize the severity of my depression and its nearly twenty-five year grasp on my life. Though I’ve certainly experienced depressive and manic symptoms in the years since undergoing my first round of CTK, I’ve never plummeted to the once-baseline trenches I lived in prior to it.
With medication and therapy alone, my depression and suicidal thoughts became less intense, but nevertheless persisted with a regularity I’d always understood to be normal. In retrospect, I see that I never truly recovered from these episodes, and was instead merely surviving. Now, even at the precipice of my moods, I no longer think about suicide in a serious way.
On a more spiritual or metaphysical level, ketamine has also instilled me with an ability to perceive more widely. When I wasd depressed, I ruminate obsessively upon the meaninglessness of my existence. The Ego-death experience of ketamine positions me to reframe my thinking and to let go of this anxiety more easily.
I cannot point to a single more influential or life changing experience than CTK. Everyone on medication who is merely surviving through the endless cycles of depression deserves to experience true recovery in this way.”
Patient A suffered with their illness for 20 years before being treated with CTK 6 years ago and continues to be well today.
“Prior to becoming a patient of Doctor Best and receiving treatments of CTK, I was, to put it bluntly, a mess. My job was going nowhere and my work environment had become very toxic. During my worst days, I would barely make it home from work before sobbing uncontrollably. I also started to have panic attacks. My only outlet was boxing class which I did obsessively. I felt isolated and hopeless, even though I had people who loved and cared about me.
After finishing the CTK treatments, I returned to school and received a Master' Degree in healthcare. I’m able to laugh and smile and focus on the present moment. I’m also able to better navigate relationships and I handle situations with more resilience. My life feels more purposeful. I’m very thankful to have found Dr. Best who administered the treatments, as they have improved my quality of life immensely.”
“Having PhD degree, and decades of experience as part of ‘Global Big Pharma’, I can report my CTK treatment experience from the viewpoint of a medical scientist. With markedly increased job requirements in the last two years, I succumbed to the corporate stresses and I was initially diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Major Depression with a tendency toward paranoia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as well as transient insomnia (present on initial visits) by a well-recommended Psychiatrist using standard classic psychiatric methods. My condition was refractory to the various drug regimens prescribed.
My CTK treatment regimen was on a near monthly basis and always provided an immediate relief (with a day) from my depression, and generally maintained this relief for a 2-4 weeks. I have now gone without combination CTK therapy for over 2.5 years and continue to experience a “normal” life without any debilitating depression and anxiety.”
“Having travelled many times to Japan, I liken myself to the broken hand painted ceramic bowl which in Japan is not thrown away as it is in the West, but instead mended with precious metals, such as silver, gold or platinum. The term for this process is Kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi, which means “golden repair”). In this ancient art form it’s about the power of transforming broken ceramic pottery into beautifully resurrected masterpieces. Bowls repaired in this manner are considered even more beautiful and valuable than their original unbroken state. The power of CTK, like Kintsugi, is transformative in its effect, and one which is shattered, can come out of the process somewhat different, but nevertheless even better than before.”