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The Ghost of Special Education Future

The Electric Kool Aid Autism Test

Electric kool aidThe 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?

Extensive Psilocybin Trial Shows Great Promise for Treating Serious Depression
Although Small Number Serious Adverse Events Were Reported

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.


Bully Gates

Why not bentonite clay or cilantro to eliminate horrid neuronal aluminum levels? Why magic mushroom drugs?


"normalizes serotonin levels"
what is "normal" one wonders.


What is the difference in this and Prozac then?
Prozac in children can cause psychosis, depression, anger, and bipolar. Oh, and suicide as well.
I am not sure how significantly statistic those things showed up in the trials for Prozac?
But four of my family members had some kind of reaction to Prozac and one family member related by marriage, and only 14 years old, killed himself two years ago after a short time on Prozac.

Significant nothing on the stats? How can that be? It is a small trial. Anything should be significant?
I am serious - how could they decide this was not significant on such a small scale?

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