Consider the following opinion of Dr Ellie Sattler, the palaeobotanist from a book I read at least thirty times during my teens, Jurassic Park:
People who imagined that life on earth consisted of animals moving against a green background seriously misunderstood what they were seeing.
That green background was busily alive. Plants grew, moved, twisted and turned, fighting for the sun; and they interacted continuously with animals – discouraging some with bark and thorns; poisoning others; and feeding still others to advance their own reproduction, to spread their pollen and seeds.
It was a complex, dynamic process which she never ceased to find fascinating. And which she knew most people simply didn’t understand.
This distinction is easily missed when discussing ‘natural’ remedies and herbalism. We have a tendency to associate greater spiritual importance to living beings whose consciousnesses more closely resemble our own. (Dolphins, for instance, certainly share our proclivity for gang rape, incest and murder, but have you tried smoking one?)
So… are you so sure that it is you making the decision to consume a substance? Could that not be like saying it is the aeroplane’s decision to allow me to board? Over to Jack:
I do not believe nature displays these properties just so one can have a good time, or simply to cure ills. Rather, it is a form of communication between the plant kingdom and the world we live in. We’ve just yet to see how and why this communication began, in my opinion.
We open with this because even the tiniest amount of experience in this space indicates that our universe is an extremely complex tangle of beings and agendas. Ayahuasca, for instance, falls confidently into that category of spirits that I am certain exists independently of my own head. (As an aside, this is probably the busiest she has ever been since flowering plants first appeared on planet earth. One has to wonder why.)
And if these engagements represent some sort of Pact, then they were signed a very long time ago.
Meet the molecules
Let’s get a handle on what it is we are dealing with here. From The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman:
No matter what we call them, most of us agree that the psychedelic drugs are physical, chemical things. It is at this most basic level that we can begin to understand what they are and what they do.
For readers familiar with other psychedelics, the effects of DMT must sound more or less typical. While the properties are similar in many ways to those of LSD, mescaline and psilocybin, there is something peerless about the spirit molecule. I don’t know if this is because it works so quickly or because it possesses a unique chemical structure. Maybe it’s because the brain is familiar with, and actively seeks out, this endogenous psychedelic.
Similar is right. Check it out:
This is tryptamine. (Tryptamines are really more of a ‘family’ of molecules which includes DMT.) It’s a derivative of tryptophan which you may remember from that warm, sleepy feeling that you got after eating your last roast turkey.
Lose that oxygen atom and add two methyl groups and you get the most powerful entheogen on planet earth, DMT. It is just two methyl groups away from something you can derive from turkey.
Add a single oxygen atom to DMT and you get psilocin, which is what your body turns psilocybin into in order to ball trip. For all intents and purposes, you could consider it orally active DMT. I find this highly significant for ‘meeting the neighbours’ reasons.
Lest you think that entheogens are some kind of artificial molecular configuration that invades and hijacks your brain’s “normal” functioning, I suggest you look at the above shapes again. Your brain is built for these molecules. Built. For. Them. Take it away, Dr Strassman! (Warning: science.)
The pineal gland contains all the necessary building blocks to make DMT. For example, it possesses the highest levels of serotonin found anywhere in the body, and serotonin is a crucial precursor for pineal melatonin. The pineal also has the ability to convert serotonin to tryptamine, a critical step in DMT formation.
The unique enzymes that convert serotonin, melatonin or tryptamine into psychedelic compounds are also present in extraordinarily high concentrations in the pineal. These enzymes, the methyltransferases, attach a methyl group… onto other molecules, thus methylating them. Simply methylate tryptamine twice, and we have di-methyl-tryptamine, or DMT. Because it possesses the high levels of the necessary enzymes and precursors, the pineal gland in the most reasonable place for DMT formation to occur.
The pineal gland also makes other potentially mind-altering substances, the beta-carbolines. These compounds inhibit the breakdown of DMT by the body’s monoamine oxidases (MAO). One of the most striking examples of how beta-carbolines work is ayahuasca. Certain plants that contain beta-carbolines are combined with other plants that contain DMT to make this psychedelic Amazonian brew, which allows the DMT to become orally active…
It is uncertain whether beta-carbolines by themselves are psychedelic. However, they do markedly enhance the effects of DMT. Thus the pineal gland may produce both DMT and chemicals that magnify and prolong its effects.
Descartes considered the pineal gland to be the “principal seat of the soul”. But you already knew that.
The war for your mind
The Ancients had no problem with psychedelics. Indeed, one might speculate that they would entirely reject the term. From The Chemical Muse:
It’s important to remember that narcotics were entirely different “things” in antiquity. Drugs as we know them are a purely modern phenomenon. When Westerners today hear the words cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, they immediately think of substances… things you snort, inject, or smoke… things that can be regulated, banned, and criminalized. Drugs are looked upon as a vehicle of pleasure; and this view forces us to consider their morality or immorality. In antiquity, drugs were just plants and plant parts. Rose oil, pine resin, and juice of the daffodil root were treated equally as useful products of the natural world. Recreational drugs were never deemed good or bad. They had no moral qualifications; they were just part of nature.
Due to the fact that Classical civilization looked upon drugs as just plant parts, the ancient world never felt obliged to distinguish between substances that make you coughing, substances that give you diarrhea, and substances that make you have strange dreams. Greeks and Romans recognized that pharmaceuticals could be used in a variety of ways, but never considered them to have any moral potential. Modern drugs are just the opposite; they are put into rigid, morally charged categories and given a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down, based on the relative degree of their mind-altering capabilities. For example: aspirin is good: It makes you feel less pain but doesn’t mess with your consciousness. On the other hand, marijuana is bad: Though it makes you feel better it also changes the way you perceive things; and because it tends to make its users see things differently, modern society believes it spreads some form of moral taint. In antiquity, societies didn’t care if a drug treated your pain, made you laugh, or caused you to puke. A drug was a drug, and everyone had the right to eat whatever nature provided.
In fact, there was no real problem until the end of the war, and then the whole field was forcibly dropped due to the toxic combination of cold war paranoia, an increasingly-rogue pharma industry, ongoing Nazi experiments brought to allied countries via programmes like Operation Paperclip and the CIA’s 20 years of attempting to weaponise psychedelics. (Those last two are related, by the way.)
In medical school, Rick Strassman did less than a day on psychedelic studies:
Considering the intense pace of human research with psychedelics just thirty years ago, it is amazing how little today’s medical and psychiatric programs teach about them.
Psychedelics were the growth area in psychiatry for over thirty years. Now young physicians and psychiatrists know nearly nothing about them.
By the time I was a medical student in the mid-1970s, less than ten years after the drug laws had changed, psychedelics were the topic of just two lectures in my four years of study.
Even this may have been more information than students received at most other medical schools, because there as a research group performing animal studies at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where I trained.
Even mainstream advisers are now coming round to this hugely missed opportunity. (Some of them even lose their jobs for stating the obvious.)
Scientists should have access to illegal psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin to aid them in brain research, according to the government’s former drug adviser Professor David Nutt. He said that research into the deepest mysteries of the brain, including consciousness and mental illness, had been curtailed by the prohibition of the drugs.
There’s a whole podcast about it here.
Graham Hancock sees something deeply suspicious -something Archonic- about these violent attempts to control the consciousness of the populace. As do I, obviously. He goes into some detail on what he recently described as the best interview and summation of his worldview in decades:
Once you get a large bureaucracy set up with a particular objective and funded with public money that that bureaucracy over a period of time becomes a self-serving, self-perpetuating entity… so we have a huge investment in our society… in a world in which the use of any kind of drug is illegal… which in the Amazon they don’t call ayahuasca a drug. Ayahuasca is a medicine… But our society won’t allow such terms to be applied to such substance… so we have a situation in which the very tools with which we think have been taken out of our hands. And the language itself has been so corrupted and so abused that it’s very difficult to think clearly on these subjects.
What entheogens do
It was a struggle trying to find the best way to present this post. ‘Reportage’ can only get you so far. And reading about personal entheogenic experiences, like reading about other people’s dreams, is boring. (If you ever write a book about your personal experiences with ayahuasca I will hit you with it while yawning theatrically.)
But also, this post series is about radical wellness during the collapse of dominant western narratives, so what entheogens do is more important than forming opinions as to what they are. (It’s a suspect verb for chaos magicians, anyway.)
So, instead, let’s grasp around for the recent, growing examples of what we have observed these molecules actually doing… because it allows us to speculate as to why we may have associations with these spirits and the implications for our place in the universe.
Addiction and depression
Talking to my psychiatrist father, he gave me a little insight into how the world of Pharma has come to look the way it does. Historically, medicine is suspicion of molecules with affinities for multiple sites. And this is the thing about psilocybin, for instance. It may cure your depression, but it also makes you trip balls. Molecules that do one thing move more efficiently through the research/testing/approval/release-to-market funnel we love so well. (If they do more than one thing, they are sent back until they only do one thing.)
So we effectively medicalised almost every other natural substance we could find and now we’re left where I believe we should have begun…. with entheogens. This is, of course, the financial implications. See below.
There is a common denominator to the drugs discussed in this article, and for others for which space does not permit, or which are “me too” drugs. The psychedelics require only a couple of doses to bring about a lasting psychological effect, such as relief of end-of-life anxiety or PTSD. This is in sharp contrast to conventional psychiatric drugs – anxiolytics, antidepressants, antipsychotics – which must be administered at least once a day. How can psychedelics exert an effect that persists for months? One theory is that these agents bring about a spiritual, transcendent change in the personality. Investigators at Johns Hopkins University have been studying this rigorously and found just such a lasting psychological change. However, it is less clear whether such a change in spirituality is responsible for, say, relief from OCD. What is more, asserting that the drugs cause a psychological change only restates the problem: we still do not know what changes a person’s psychodynamic structure on the biological level.
An instant, lasting fix for depression? Anybody know how much Prozac costs these days? (Prozac which is less effective than taking nothing.)
Far be it for me to recommend you do anything illegal, and even further be it for me to provide mental health advice, but permit me to tell you about my depressive episodes over the last fifteen months:
I haven’t had any.
After (legally) self-administering some entheogens, it has completely cleared up. And bi-annual re-administration seems to keep it that way because the effects are extremely long-lasting. If this has tickled your own personal interest, get thee to the Dammage where psilocybin is still legal thanks to a hilarious loophole explained in this video about magic truffles. Because it would seem that they indeed provide lasting personality change.
Moving from depression to addiction, it’s just possible that the most potent addiction interruptor currently known is derived from a root used in West African spiritual ceremonies, ibogaine.
Here’s an old documentary about its use in freeing someone from long term heroin addiction.
And here’s a higher quality documentary on it. Please watch them both. You won’t, but still… please:
What does this look like to you? Put your wizard hat on and tell it to me in woo. What hypotheses might we draw from the observation that ancient spirit teachers -cornerstones of mystery traditions around the world- instantly cure the side effects of living in an archonic reality?
Because those fucking archons, man… they run a reality that makes us sick. And the mental health industry only ‘treats’ its effects. The entire field has been politicised. Consider this observation, about liberation psychology and the implications of exporting a western pharma view of mental health around the world.
How would you react if instead of supporting the American civil rights movement in the 1960s, you were told the major problem was that people were being affected by a mental illness called ‘post-discrimination stress disorder’?
I’m sure it would be possible to come up with a valid and reliable ‘PDSD’ diagnosis that could be agreed upon and would genuinely predict behavioural and psychological distress and impairment – the experience of racism is known to predict mental health problems and the discrimination of the civil rights era was extreme.
Arguing for more resources to be put into treating ‘post-discrimination stress disorder’ when the civil rights movement was almost at breaking point in the 1940s and 50 would lay you open to accusations of ‘putting up a smoke screen’ and ‘making a distraction’ when what was needed was social change, not an attempt to pathologise black people.
The question that you may be asking, and many Latin American psychologists have asked, is whether we should be instead focussing on inequality and violence to improve mental health. The Western focus on disorders, they argue, can distract and blind us to societal problems. Instead of preventing oppression, we pathologise its victims.
This approach was born out of a field called liberation psychology that made exactly this point. One of the founders was a remarkable chap called Ignacio Martín-Baró who was a Spanish priest who trained as a psychologist and worked in El Salvador during the Salvadoran civil war.
He was eventually murdered by a government death squad because of his theories, which at least shows their power if not their popularity. Unfortunately, liberation psychology has become heavily politicised and you often hear variations of “Martín-Baró’s work means you must support my left-wing views” from proponents.
This is a shame because Martín-Baró’s work was often making a more profound and over-arching point – that there is no such thing as an apolitical act in mental health, and, indeed, in health care in general.
We are sick in large part because the world is making us sick. And currently, we are required by draconian, archonic law to turn to the very vectors of our illness for a cure. That is cosmic croneyism of the highest order.
In Fiji, I caught up with the mother of probably my closest childhood friend. She is one of those amazing women who genuinely earns the title of “second mother”.
She’s also dying of cancer.
Or, rather, she was told she was going to die of cancer in three months more than two years ago. I ran into her at the wedding reception. (On the dance floor so, you know… suck it, death!) We got chatting about ayahuasca.
You see, like so many educated westerners, if my second mother has any understanding of spirit, it is buried deep beneath the layers of scorn and ontological booby traps set by the dominant materialist culture. My (actual) mother the psychonaut has provided her with a few meditative tools, visualisation techniques and the like… to little avail. This would be like asking me to sing the Nigerian national anthem or, somewhat more shamefully, the second verse of the Australian national anthem. A lot of background work is required to get decent use out of this tech and there just isn’t enough incarnational runway left for that to be realistic.
So I explained ayahuasca and Dr Strassman’s studies and the circumstantial connections with NDEs and what all that entails. Trouble is… ayahuasca isn’t like having a cheeky glass of wine at 4pm. It’s not in the least bit recreational. You vomit and shit yourself and my second mother doesn’t exactly have much bowel left.
In situations such as this, the solution should be intravenous DMT or psilocybin but both of these are currently illegal (and anyway I would have no idea where to get them in my hometown as I haven’t lived there for half my life).
Because here’s the thing:
Other studies examining the effects of psilocybin in the treatment of anxiety for patients with cancer are currently underway at Johns Hopkins University and at New York University.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins also recently found that healthy people given psilocybin often describe their experiences as among the most meaningful of their whole lives, comparable to such things as the birth of their first child or getting married, reported Dr. Carhart-Harris. (More.)
On a positive note, things are indeed changing:
Both here in the UK and in the US, where I had my surgery, medicine excels at finding cures for disease and saving lives. All that excellence has created a kind of void, wherein treatment of the disease has trumped the human needs of those being treated. My demoralisation is common among cancer patients. We obsess about survival and what the future holds for us. The system isn’t structured to help doctors to help us.
As a result, it’s a good thing for me that after a long banishment from the clinical scene, hallucinogens are making a comeback. Prior to their 1970s prohibition, psilocybin and LSD were prescribed to around 40,000 research subjects, among them people with cancer, alcoholics, and those suffering from depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The results showed remarkable promise in helping people to overcome pain, fear, compulsive behaviours and psychological isolation. Following a dose administered in a proper clinical setting, hallucinogens diminish symptoms and improve therapeutic outcomes for months, even years, afterwards. Many patients undergo a psychospiritual epiphany, wherein they feel a union with the Universe and sense life has meaning beyond what’s happening in the physical body.
Scientists have been waiting a long time for the tide to turn. “We had 30 years to practise exactly what we tell study subjects before their psilocybin sessions,” said Bill Richards, one of the researchers at the BPRU who successfully treated terminally ill patients with hallucinogens at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Centre from the early 1960s until the centre was shut down in 1977. “Trust, let go, be open.”
I thought all this while watching the rather lovely 50/50… the descriptions of feelings when a patient is facing death. Obviously it wouldn’t make for a very good character journey in a film but why not, as early as possible after the diagnosis, provide a mega-dose on entheogens for the patients (and loved ones should the patient wish for journey companions) so the people who actually have to endure the treatment are aware we do, in fact, go elsewhere after death?
This is the account I want my second mother to tell me:
“It was absolutely incredible,” remembers Kossut. “The first rush was a little scary as I realized it wasn’t the placebo. That passed and next I was crossing boundaries of time and space and reality. I felt this weightlessness, this sense of being close to an unspeakable beauty that was unlike anything in my experience. For the first time since my diagnosis, I was not afraid of anything. The wall of depression that was building up day by day, the fear that I was going to die soon, that my daughter is only 8 — all those things disappeared. I wanted to stay there. I wanted it to last longer.”
It did. More than one year after his psilocybin session, Kossut reports greatly improved states of emotional and psychological well-being. “I walked out of the session happy, unafraid of death,” he says. “I don’t know why, but a transformation took place after being in that peaceful place. I relaxed. I started enjoying food again and was able to gain weight. The session taught me to be fully in the present. I’m optimistic. Mentally and physically, just better.” (More.)
And clearly there are implications beyond treatment, there are also palliative applications. Here is an extremely moving account of Aldous Huxley’s death on LSD. (Which I think I found through Jow?)
May I be as fortunate when it’s my time to shuffle off this unnecessarily sturdy meatsuit.
Let’s get down to brass wizards:
An echo of this research appeared in a Fortune magazine column that envisioned a center at which people in business and the professions could, in guided psychedelic sessions, seek solutions and even competitive advantage.
This is different from shamanic journeying how? Or different from shamanic health care how? Paging Steve Jobs… Steve Jobs to the chill out room. (The same Steve Jobs who might be in hell because he wanted to “win” entheogenic journeying. The analysis of the medium in the video seems fairly sound to me, for what it’s worth.)
Moving quickly past something as prosaic as using plant teachers as inspiration for your next sales meeting, it appears that LSD has a positive effect on telepathy and other psi phenomena:
It’s also interesting to note that many people have reported experiencing meaningful psychic experiences with psychedelic drugs–not to mention a wide range of paranormal events and synchronicities, which seem extremely difficult to explain by means of conventional reasoning.
A questionnaire study conducted by psychologist Charles Tart of 150 experienced marijuana users found that 76% believed in extrasensory perception (ESP), with frequent reports of experiences while intoxicated that were interpreted as psychic.
Psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, and psychologist Stanley Krippner, have collected numerous anecdotes about psychic phenomena that were reported by people under the influence of psychedelic drugs, and several small scientific studies have looked at how LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline might effect telepathy and remote viewing.
For example, according to psychologist Jean Millay, in 1997, students at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands did research to establish whether or not the use of psilocybin could influence remote viewing.
This was a small experiment, with only 12 test-subjects, but the results of the study indicated that those subjects who were under the influence of psilocybin achieved a success rate of 58.3 percent, which was statistically significant.
And indeed, the hypothesis that we may use these molecules to communicate with extradimensional beings -a hypothesis I subscribe to- is beginning to get wider academic attention.
Strassman and others have even gone so far as to speculate about the possibility that elevated DMT levels in the brain might be responsible for ushering the soul into the body before birth, and out of the body after death.
But perhaps what’s most interesting about DMT is that, with great consistency, it appears to allow human beings to communicate with other intelligent life forms…
A 2006 scientific paper by computer scientist Marko A. Rodriguez called “A Methodology for Studying Various Interpretations of the N,N-dimethyltryptamine-Induced Alternate Reality” explores how to possibly determine if the entities experienced by people on DMT are indeed independently-existing, intelligent beings, or just projections of our hallucinating brains.
Rodriguez suggests a test that involves asking the entities to perform a complex mathematical task involving prime numbers to verify their independent existence.
I have this half-written post about being trolled by The Neighbours which will one day see the light of day, but you know what I mean. There are vast amounts of magical tech devoted exclusively to extracting truthful answers from whatever spirit beings you happen to encounter because… for one inexplicable reason or another… those fuckers fucking lie. See the beginning of this post regarding my reticence in using words like ‘plant teacher’. Britain and the US allied with the USSR against Hitler, they were not taught by it… though everyone certainly learnt from each other.
Anyway, this line of enquiry fascinates me because in my more paranoid moments I half-believe a methodic neighbourly communication project is actually going on.
Take this example. When the CIA shut down the Stanford Research Institute, that certainly doesn’t immediately mean they permanently closed the book on psi. A couple of years ago, Russell Targ said he “had no way of knowing” if there “was a basement somewhere in the Pentagon” where Remote Viewing research continued but “he certainly wasn’t involved.” It’s a weird statement to make and it’s one that only someone with decades of experience in the employ of the world’s simultaneously best and worst spymasters would make.
Sometimes I think the same thing about The Neighbours. (Sidebar: for any fellow ufology nerds out there, you really have to question the motives of beings who would willingly consent to a technology transfer with the Anglo-American military industrial complex.)
Advice to psychonauts
Let’s make the reasonable assumption that readers of a magical blog will approach any potential magical experience with the requisite respect.
Let’s also make the reasonable assumption that a molecule that your own pineal gland secretes belongs to you. It’s exogenous delivery mechanisms, however, are situationally dependent.
So here are some tips:
- Stay legal: No extra info required.
- Read these books: The Spirit Molecule, Supernatural, The Cosmic Serpent, The Chemical Muse, Breaking Open The Head. (As you know, I’m not overly fond of ayahuasca travelogues, but if you want something in that world, then True Hallucinations.)
- Be situational: Peru, Brazil, Amsterdam. Hit the internet and find out.
- Remember that these things can kill you if you misuse them: Not by overdose or toxicity as both are, for all practical intents and purposes, impossible with the two main molecules we are talking about… but rather through misidentification, spiritual trespassing and idiocy. And actually, I don’t really care all that much if you die whilst exploring this and I hope you take that in the super-nice way it was intended. Better this than a heart attack in an Arby’s carpark.
What all this implies
We have allies in the war for our consciousness -allies whose motives may not be completely clear. But, like the horse, these alliances -and not just with entheogens- could be considered Pacts. Because the relationship between humans and plant molecules is almost entirely undiscovered:
I’m proposing that the accelerating expansion of the neo-cortex was due to a runaway feedback mechanism driven by our own hormone system in combination with the complex plant bio-chemistry provided by our diet. What has been overlooked is the profound effects of flooding our brains 24/7 for thousands of generations with this highly advanced molecular engineering formula. Fruit is essentially a womb-like developmental environment for the seeds and has very unique, highly complex hormonally active chemistry.
Historically, modern magic overhyped entheogens in the short term but underhyped them in the medium term.
Prediction: The next widely adopted magical model will be consciousness-based and supported by the internet-enabled meta-analysis we’ve seen emerging over the past six years.
Let me explain. A number of different fields of enquiry are converging.
- Completely unrefuted telepathy psi effect studies indicate that, if consciousness is not entirely non-local, at the very least it displays non-local effects.
- DMT studies indicate that ‘the place’ these clinical subjects ‘go to’ has an objective reality.
- The tens of thousands of OBE/NDEs amassed by such clinicians as Pim Van Lommel indicate that our consciousness is not constrained by the disabling or destruction of our meat suit.
- Even casual engagements with these entheogenic plant comPACTriots provides lasting, beneficial effects via a molecule that we secrete in ‘the seat of our soul’ that is also responsible for the regulation of the dream state (!) among other life/death functions.
- The few corners of ufology that haven’t collapsed under the weight of their own evident absurdity indicate that sustained, physical extradimensional contact has been a feature of human existence for as long as we’ve been able to communicate.
Whilst the whole ‘primacy of consciousness’ thing might sound so four decades ago, the difference in the last five years has been the potential for meta-analysis. Historically, NDEs, past live synchronicities, UFO encounters and the such have been relegated to the status of anecdote. Either you heard about it in the dying moments of a dinner party after most of the guests had left, or you spoke about it at that dinner party, or your cousin’s aunt has this story about how she was a radar operator in Darwin during the war and there is just no way that objects moving that fast and popping on and off the screen were part of the Japanese Imperial air force. (That last one is mine. Actually, so is the one about being the dick at the dinner party who refuses to leave because he’s managed to steer the conversation toward DMT studies. Don’t invite me anywhere. Seriously.)
That’s not the case today. Now you can quickly stack and amass tens of thousands of incidents from across the planet and be in a much better position to suggest hypotheses.
After that, we can place these fields alongside each other and look at them simultaneously. My suspicion is that they are interrelated. But in all of recorded human history we have never had a better opportunity to subject this suspicion to rigorous analysis. Technology has allowed us to move past the lazy solipsism of the twentieth century counterculture where everyone’s goddamn opinions of whatever were equally valid.
The last time western culture had the opportunity to publicishly apply up-to-the-minute technology with diligent spiritual enquiry was the Renaissance.
We are only just emerging from a Dark Age. More work is needed.
Go forth and do it.
[Disclaimer: This blog mentions ghosts, wizards, aliens, Atlantis, spells and fortune telling. If you consider any of that to constitute medical advice then you need to have a good, long look at how you are living your life.]