Dr. Kenneth L. Koch is a practicing physician, professor of gastroenterology at Wake Forest University, and professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He’s been on numerous institutional, divisional, and national committees and boards, and has authored hundreds of papers and book chapters during his career. His latest book is called, Nausea and Vomiting: Diagnosis and Treatment, which he co-edited and co-authored. Considering iboga is commonly thought of and experienced as purgative, I thought it imperative to know what happens to our bodies when we vomit in general, but more importantly, while during iboga experiences. Topics of our discussion include: what happens to the body when one eats wood; how the notion of disgust from taste and smell can cause nausea which can lead to vomiting; the gut as a primitive and protective warning system; how the body chooses from which end (e.g. mouth or anus) to expel noxious foreign agents; iboga is commonly referred to as a medicine, so how does the body know whether something is a medicine or a toxin; “optokinetic nystagmus” phenomenon and how psychedelics likely produce states similar to motion sickness, which lead to vomiting. Also, visit my Podcast Supplements article regarding afterthoughts of Kenneth and I's conversation (https://amhouot.com/65-ep2-6_the-root-of-vomiting_kenneth-l-koch/).
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