🍄 The New Health Club #29 - No Holidays! Here is Alan Watts, Julie Holland and a Psychtech Webinar With the New Health Club!
We have some really nice things for you this week! First of all, I’ll be moderating a panel at PsyTech and I am really honored to be a messenger of the psychedelic renaissance next to Double Blind, The Trip Report and Lucid News! Please join us! This will be great!
This is such an historic time we live in. And not only because Kamala Harris got the Vice President nomination yesterday (which got us really excited!).
I also feel like now is also the defining moment when we can no longer pretend our regular tools and ideas are working. As readers of this newsletter, you already know that the way we think about psychedelics and what their role is in mental wellness. We’re also super excited psychedelics having their transformative moment and what this may mean for you.
The cool thing is that every day psychedelics become more normalized. Yesterday, this hit home again when I talked to Melissa Lavasani in Washington who described herself as “the most normal person ever”, and who is now the chairwoman of Decriminalise DC. She also does a really amazing job in pushing the limits to decriminalise psilocybin assisted therapy.
Melissa will be my guest on the podcast very soon, where we will be discussing what is helping to push the psychedelic movement forward: everything from being “the most normal person ever” to involving as many Republicans in Washington as possible.
Before we’re back next week to launch our first episode of The New Health Club YouTube series, here are two more people I really recommend looking into:
Honestly, I am crushing hard on Alan Watts. He was a British writer and speaker known for interpreting and popularising Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism for the Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began his Zen training in New York. He wrote about psychedelics, life, sex and religion. Thanks to YouTube, you can listen to his insanely entertaining and cool talks. Along with psychedelics, he also goes deep into a lot of cool topics that still hold up today.
How could I not react to book titles like “Moody Bitches” and "Good Chemistry"? Julie Holland is an American psychopharmacologist, psychiatrist, and author. She is the author of five books, including Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER, a memoir documenting her experience as the weekend head of the psychiatric emergency room. An advocate for the appropriate use of consciousness expanding substances as part of mental health treatment, she is a medical monitor for MAPS studies, which partly involve developing psychedelics into prescription medication.
Whether you’re on a beach, mountain, lawn or staycationing at home this summer, please grab some of her books, as they will open your eyes in terms of mental wellness.
See you next week on YouTube!