Dr. Ken Stoller —Using Oxcytocin to Navigate the Grieving Process

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Dr. Ken Stoller

12.12.11 Using the ‘Love Hormone’ – Oxcytocin to Navigate the Grieving Process with Dr. Ken Stoller FACHM, President of the International Hyperbaric Medical Association


Grief is the most painful human process…


“For I feel there is something that could be exceedingly helpful to those who have lost a loved one -especially parents who have lost a child, the worst grief of all – in navigating through this difficult time…”

— K Paul Stoller, MD


Dr. Stoller is a  board certified pediatrician and board certified in hyperbaric medicine. I have been helping brain injured children, such as those with cerebral palsy, autism, traumatic brain injury, and fetal alcohol syndrome, regain significant brain function using hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In his years of providing this therapy, he has observed how the chemistry of the brain affects mood, behavior, and coping skills.

When he lost of his son, Galen in a freak accident that left him devastated as a parent, Dr. Stoller realized he had knowledge of something that could be used to provide assistance to the grieving brain. He had been using the hormone oxytocin, via nasal spray, to help children with brain injury – especially autistic children – cope and feel comfortable during the process of healing. “I tried it on myself just as soon as I had this epiphany and found that it provided a sense of emotional equanimity. It allowed my mind and body a level of relief that permitted my emotional and mental processes to flow without the constant obsessive chatter, anxiety, and even panic that accompanies intense acute grieving.”


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