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2011-02-14 11:11:51 by jordan jake smith
All about Dr. Martin Polanco
All about Martin Polanco, MD

The Iboga Insurrection (Pt.1)

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by Charles Shaw

Polanco was a fixture in the ibogaine underground for many years, particularly in Mexico. He is credited with breaking open many heads, including Rocky Caravelli, the owner of the “Awakening in the Dream” ibogaine therapy house in Puerto Vallarta. Pinchbeck did his second journey with iboga at Polanco’s, where he met Randy Hencken of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), who had just started overseeing a MAPS ibogaine program and would later collaborate with Polanco on a study, only to have things go terribly wrong.

MAPS tapped Valerie Mojieko to design the study and sent her down to undergo the treatment. Unbeknownst to her, Polanco was developing a bad reputation for being a provider who gave poor-quality treatments. Consequently, Mojieko had a very stressful and unpleasant experience, at one point believing she was having major heart complications. Her bad trip was made worse by the language barrier of Polanco’s staff and, ironically, their lack of training in how to care for people having difficult psychedelic experiences, a major focus of Mojieko’s work. Shortly thereafter someone died while being treated by Polanco, and the clinic had to be shut down. The MAPS study was dead in the water.

Around that same time Clare Wilkins came to Polanco for treatment and she had a similarly alienating experience. Although as an addict she respond well to the medicine, she was unable to connect with either the setting or the treatment staff on hand. None of them were addicts, and none of them had ever taken ibogaine.

“I was left completely alone when I did my treatment,” Clare says, making sure I understand how un-kosher this is. “I was the only person in the clinic at the time. It was terrifying. I didn’t want to ever see another addict go through that if I could help it.”

Intending only to volunteer for Polanco in order to have at least one other addict present who knew what the patient was going through, Clare, who has no formal training in addiction, psychology, or medicine, ended up buying the Ibogaine Association from Polanco when he ran into trouble. A chance meeting with MAPS founder Rick Doblin at the 2006 Burning Man festival led to a renewed relationship with the organization, and a new study.

Clare proved to be an autodidact, an honorary Ph.D in addiction like Howard Lotsof, but she also knew that if she really wanted to understand this medicine she needed to reach out to Lotsof in person, to pay her respects to the Godfather.

Dr. Martin Polanco, MD
209 North Wilton Place
LA CA., 90004
(650) 283-5571

3 Responses
2011-02-19 16:43:40 by Martin Polanco
I understand and value all relevant concerns regarding the quality of the services facilitated at the clinic. I take my work seriously so feedback is important to me. However, there are several statements made in your letter that do not represent the truth.

First, I was not the operating director of the clinic, nor was I the ibogaine provider at the time these treatments took place. As the owner, I do accept full responsibility for what happened at the program, however, some of the statements in the Ibogaine Insurrection article are completely false. I can confirm that Clare was not left alone during her treatment, and she will verify this.

Second, I ask that you consider the context and circumstances of the incidents you have mentioned above with respect for the dynamics of the medicine, the psychology of the patients involved, and the challenges that are faced in providing ibogaine in a medical environment.

The truth is that my work and the valuable work of my colleagues is tremendously helping people reclaim power and sanity in their lives, as this medicine has a profound effect on helping patients recover from addictions that are beyond my control. They often come to treatment near the edge of death and in extremely ill condition. The nature of this medicine is intense and deep, and it does come with some risks for people who are already in poor health. We take this medicine very seriously, and precautions are taken in pre-screening patients to make sure that this treatment will be as safe and effective for them as possible.

If you have further specific concerns you wish to discuss with me directly, please contact me directly and I will be happy to answer any appropriate and relevant questions you might have.


Martin Polanco, M.D.
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2016-01-21 05:30:27 by Simon
I have been treat by Dr. Polanco and I cannot speak highly enough about his practice. You have to understand that people who undergo this treatment are taking a risk. But the risk of not getting treated is almost certain far more grim.

Martin is a kind, compassionate guy - I have seen this enough to know. Phycoactive medications will produce reactions in many people that don't feel great - don't think under the influence of Ibogaine that your reality is going match that of other people. I had very ranging experience but they were not due to the environment.

The staff are great. It's a 13/4 hour journey into your own mind and what you experience is unuique - the results are that's it's your best shot at getting out of the death sentence you signed up for.

You can get negative reviews no matter what you do. I could write a scathing review about the Betty Ford clinic. But I won't as they do there best.

Martin save lives - I know many people who would be dead if not for his work.

The nature of addiction is scary. How was it back in the day ? I don't know- but it's been perfected now in terms of environment - but it's your journey - did it work ? It worked for everyone I know.

Did they all have good experience - no. Some had great ones in the same room as other who had some disturbing ones. Few of us recall the same thing - all of us recall it was a shitty experience before & life's good now.

You can't expect a treatment like this to be easy but I don't think you can knock the clinc, great staff & great results.
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