Grew up poor as a church mouse. Failed the 5th grade. Barely passed High School. Fought in the Vietnam War as a U.S. Marine 0311. Graduated University of Baltimore Magna Cum Laude. Runs 15 businesses that do ok.
Bob’s business interests run the gamut – from golf clubs and motorcycle dealerships to real estate lending, custom furniture, advertising and video production.
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation was formed in 2012 to reach low-income and underserved populations, marginalized communities and causes often overlooked or underfunded by mainstream philanthropy. Dealing in the areas of homelessness, medical care, at-risk youth, education and the needs of wounded veterans and military families, The Foundation provides transformational gifts to nonprofit organizations that are successfully addressing these issues and can demonstrate and measure the impact of their work.
After returning home from the Vietnam War, Bob realized he was not the same person as before and eventually became aware of his PTSD after years of struggling. During this podcast, Parsons talks about his personal experiences with psychedelic therapy to combat PTSD and heal his trauma. Parsons is currently working with MAPS to help conduct clinical trials of MDMA-assisted therapy for FDA approval, and with Dr. Rachel Yehuda to help with PTSD research, and to train therapists to specialize in treating veterans and active-duty members with psychedelics.
What was once done in secret and thought of as a dangerous drug, top doctors now say maybe the miracle treatment for mental health. Bob Parsons sits down at the Red Table to share his life-changing psychedelic journey.
There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this:
“The tempation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”