“The world was simply and sheerly divided into 'the aware', those who had the experience of being vessels of the divine, and a great mass of 'the unaware', 'the unmusical', 'the unattuned.”
― Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
When I was in high school, one book always caught my eye on the rotating rack of paperbacks. It was a well worn copy of Tom Wolf's The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. The cover and the flow of that title intrigued me, until I finally picked it up as a senior and read it. For those of us who have been BioMedHeads to help our kids with autism, there are few treatments that seem "far out"or "freaky" to us. Helminth therapy? Sure. Lupron? Worth a try. (Today Lupron is lauded for kids who may be trans, back 20 years ago the autism community was pilloried for ever considering lowering testosterone levels.)
Psilocybin has been in the news for its use in treating mental illness and below, SafeMinds talks about its potential for helping with autism. Psilocybin is found in fungi - yes, "Magic Mushrooms." Shrooming might help our kids. We've been on this fantastic voyage for a long time, wouldn't it be something if one thing made you larger and the other made you small, and the one's that mother gives you might help autism, depression and all?
SafeMinds Shares has reported previously on psilocybin, a hallucinogenic/psychedelic substance that works by activating serotonin receptors in the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that affects mood, cognition, and perception. Early trials have shown that the psychedelic holds promise as an autism treatment since it supports the microbiome and normalizes serotonin levels. Read more at SafeMinds.