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The Truth About The Mental Health Industry: Straight, No Chaser

A Heartbreaking Statistic: Roughly 10% of the US Population meets the criteria for Major Depressive Disorder.  I heard this statistic while watching a video of the late Roland Griffiths discussing the results of a clinical trial at Johns Hopkins University testing the effectiveness of Psilocybin as a Treatment for Depression.


What exactly is "Major Depression"?  It's also known as major depressive disorder (MDD) - defined by Chat GPT as a serious mental health condition characterized by persistent and intense feelings of sadness and a lack of interest in activities.


Other symptoms:

  • Persistent Depressed Mood

  • Feelings of Worthlessness or Excessive Guilt

  • Fatigue or Loss of Energy

  • Difficulty Concentrating

  • Recurrent Thoughts of Death or Suicide


The Results Are In:

Psilocybin Relieved Major Depression in 67% of Study Participants


Of the results for the entire group of 24 participants:

67% showed a more than 50% reduction in depression symptoms at the one-week follow-up and 71% at the four-week follow-up. Overall, four weeks post-treatment, 54% of participants were considered in remission – meaning they no longer qualified as being depressed.




Griffiths said Patients Who Received Psilocybin Treatment Reported Increased Psychological Flexibility after this type of therapy.  They feel more empowered to take control of their life, to see their life in a new way and engage with it.


Griffiths was an American psychopharmacologist and a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and a revolutionary pioneer that helped revive interest in clinical research into psychedelic drugs as a potential treatment for addiction, major depressive disorder, and anxiety disorders.


As someone who has struggled with mental health and received a Bipolar Disorder diagnosis in the summer of 2016, I have my personal life experience to draw from. 


I've spent time in psychiatric institutions in both Mexico and USA. Yes, I am an International Mental Health Patient.


I've been prescribed different types of anti-psychotics, SSRI's, and other anti-depressants - deemed ineffective.  I've overcome suicidal thoughts several times with the support of family and friends.


Seeking answers has been a key part of the journey, doing proper due diligence as much as possible on the imperative.  This perspective has molded my decisions and shaped who I am today. 


In my search, I came across respectable sources that were investing significant dollar amounts into the research of the effectiveness of psilocybin as a therapeutic treatment for depression.


I grew up in a conservative household where magical things like psychedelics were taboo, but as time went on, my search for answers intensified. 


And then I did my due diligence on Psilocybin.


It took me a while, but I finally made the decision with a balance of logic and intuition, and I tried a microdose from a trusted source.


I won't bore you with the Mini-Trip Details of My Mini-Dose(s) of Psilocybin but there are a few key points on this subject that must be expressed:


  • During the experience, a weight was lifted from my mind and my heart that I had never experienced with alcohol or other substances, with an uplifting clarity in my spirit.

  • I felt an authentic and profound joy that seemed to have been uncovered from a deeper level of existence.

  • I feel bad for every person that hasn't experienced the bliss of magic mushrooms. (I am not a doctor and don't play one on the internet. Always consult with your doctor before taking any natural medicines which are proven to be effective.)


  • What is a Mini-Dose/Micro-Dose or Microdosing? Microdosing is the act of consuming sub-perceptual (unnoticeable) amounts of a Psychedelic Substance.

What is a Psychedelic? 

  • The term "psychedelic" originates from the Greek words "psyche," meaning "mind" or "soul," and "deloun," meaning "to make visible" or "to reveal." Therefore, "psychedelic" essentially means "mind-revealing."


Conclusion: Psilocybin Mushrooms Reduce Depressive Symptoms and Bring Clarity and Joy


I can wholeheartedly say that I believe The Legalization of Psilocybin is the Answer to the Mental Health crisis in the United States and the rest of the World.


Oregon and Colorado are the states that are leading the way in legalization of Psychedelics in the United States of America.


California passed a bill in 2023 that would have legalized adult possession of Psilocybin, DMT, and Mescaline but it was vetoed by the governor and now he's on the wrong side of history.


We need more people to speak up for those who are experiencing crippling depression and don't have access to the solution which is: Psilocybin


Decriminalize? With the given information and relevant PROOF, it would seem that it is criminal NOT to Legalize Psilocybin Immediately for the Sake of Humanity and Every Single Individual who is Suffering from Depressive Symptoms. And yes, Depression has a direct impact on Human Performance, which has a direct impact on The Economy.


Also, in the United States, the daily rate of suicide is alarmingly high. According to the latest data from the CDC, approximately 48,183 people died by suicide in 2021, which equates to about


132 suicides per day​ (CDC)​​ 




Let that sink in...




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This data underscores the severity of the suicide epidemic and highlights the need for comprehensive prevention efforts. (This was 2023's data, which means that it's very likely more than 132 suicides per day now.)




I have been on a painful journey with my mental health, and now I know why.


In the words of Rihanna, "This is What I Came For."


With Love,

Greta Elizabeth



Questions, comments, rants?


Mental Health Friends Forum - this is an open discussion. We are all in this together and remember, you're never alone. Please Be Kind and Supportive.

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Harvard Psychiatrist Publishes Revolutionary Study that Leads the World Out of the Dark Ages of Psychiatry with The Truth
Dr. Palmer's research is sterling proof that there is hope for the global mental health crisis. 

Why is "Brain Energy" one of the books to be featured in The Longevity Library's First Collection?


Dr. Chris Palmer is a psychiatrist at Harvard who produced revolutionizing research in the field of psychiatry concluded that: Mental Disorders Are Metabolic Disorders of the Brain 


The book cover states that Brain Energy is “A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Mental Health - and Improving Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and More.”


My mental health and I have been on quite the adventure, and the systemic failure of The Dark Ages of Psychiatry was telling me that I had a chronic mental health diagnosis, but after listening to a conversation between Tim Ferriss and Dr. Chris Palmer on a podcast called The Tim Ferriss Show, I glimpsed at the possibility of not having to live with bipolar disorder forever.


If you or anybody you know is suffering from mental health issues - depression, anxiety, ADHD, alcoholism, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, autism, or even schizophrenia - this book contains information that can change your life.

If you are a psychiatrist, a mental health practitioner, or A PHARMACIST or someone who is CONNECTED TO BIG PHARMA it is your duty to read "Brain Energy" by Dr. Chris Palmer. If you know of anyone that works in the field of mental health, please share this article with them. 


NOTE: (I am not a doctor and I don't give medical advice. PLEASE ALWAYS consult your doctor before making any changes to your medication and treatment.)


Dr. Palmer’s shared case studies with Tim that led me to understand that it was possible to make small lifestyle changes, fine-tune my physiology, and elevate my mental health to a level where symptoms were not crippling and even go into remission.

Click to buy on Amazon: 


That’s not to say that I have implemented these changes flawlessly…(see How To Do the Work by Dr. Nicole LePera - also featured in the Longevity Library - for help in taking full responsibility for your choices and your life.) 


I always like to take a peek at the Table of Contents when considering buying a book, so here is "Brain Energy’s":


Part 1: Connecting The Dots 


Chapter 1: What We’re Doing Isn’t Working: Mental Health Today

Chapter 2: What Causes Mental Illness and Why Does It Matter?

Chapter 3: Searching for a Common Pathway

Chapter 4: Could It All Be Related?


Part 2: Brain Energy


Chapter 5:  Mental Disorders Are Metabolic Disorders

Chapter 6: Mental States and Mental Disorders 

Chapter 7: Magnificent Mitochondria

Chapter 8: A Brain Energy Imbalance


Part 3: Causes and Solutions


Chapter 9: What’s Causing the Problem and What Can We Do?

Chapter 10: Contributing Cause: Genetics and Epigenetics

Chapter 11: Contributing Cause: Chemical Imbalances, Neurotransmitters, and Medications

Chapter 12: Contributing Cause: Hormones and Metabolic Regulators

Chapter 13: Contributing Cause: Inflammation

Chapter 14: Contributing Cause: Sleep, Light, and Circadian Rhythms 

Chapter 15: Contributing Cause: Food, Fasting, and Your Gut 

Chapter 16: Contributing Cause: Drugs and Alcohol

Chapter 17: Contributing Cause: Physical Activity

Chapter 18: Love, Adversity, and Purpose in Life

Chapter 19: Why Do Current Treatments Work?

Chapter 20: Putting It All Together: Developing Your Metabolic Treatment Plan 

Chapter 21: A New Day for Mental and Metabolic Health 


For anybody living with a mental health diagnosis or struggling with your emotional state of mind, remember:


- Robert Fulghum


Dr. Palmer's research is sterling proof that there is hope.

Click to Buy on Amazon: 

Here is Tim's interview with Dr. Chris Palmer: It's almost two hours long but it is time well-spent if you are struggling with mental health issues.  


Other books in the collection are:


How To Do The Work, by Dr. Nicole LePera.

4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss

Outlive by Dr. Peter Attia

Longevity by Peter Diamandis

Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss


Each author has touched my life in their own way and the books were selected based on their potential to impact the pillars of Longevity:





Emotional and Mental Health


Feedback and Recommendations for this blog and the Longevity Library are appreciated!


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Elevate Healthspan Team 

The Power of Being Your Own Health Advocate: Why You Should Take Control of Your Well-being

June 9, 2024 

8:47 PM


As a patient, it is crucial to be proactive and take an active role in managing your health. This involves being your own health advocate, which means being informed, asking questions, and making informed decisions about your care. In this article, we will explore the significance of being your own health advocate and provide tips on how to do so effectively.


Why Being Your Own Health Advocate Matters

Being your own health advocate is vital for several reasons:

1. Better Communication: When you are involved in your healthcare, you can ensure that your healthcare providers understand your needs and concerns. This leads to more effective communication and better care.

2. Improved Outcomes: Studies have shown that patients who are actively involved in their care tend to have better health outcomes. This is because they are more likely to adhere to treatment plans and make lifestyle changes that promote their well-being.

3. Increased Empowerment: By taking control of your health, you can feel more empowered and confident in your ability to manage your condition. This can lead to a greater sense of well-being and overall satisfaction with your care.


How to Be Your Own Health Advocate

To be an effective health advocate, follow these steps:

1. Keep a Health Journal: Keeping a health journal can help you track your symptoms, medications, and appointments. This can be especially helpful if you have a chronic condition or are taking multiple medications.

2. Ask Questions: Don't be afraid to ask your healthcare providers questions about your condition, treatment options, and any concerns you may have. Write down your questions beforehand to ensure you don't forget to ask them.

3. Research Your Condition: Educate yourself about your condition by reading reputable sources, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or the American Heart Association (AHA). This can help you better understand your condition and make informed decisions about your care.

4. Bring a Support Person: Having a support person, such as a family member or friend, can help you stay organized and ensure that you don't forget to ask important questions.

5. Stay Organized: Keep all your medical records and documents in one place, such as a digital folder or a binder. This can help you quickly access the information you need.



Being your own health advocate is crucial for ensuring that you receive the best possible care. By being informed, asking questions, and making informed decisions, you can take control of your health and improve your overall well-being. Remember to keep a health journal, ask questions, research your condition, bring a support person, and stay organized to be an effective health advocate. By doing so, you can empower yourself to manage your health and achieve the best possible outcomes.

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