Negative-Side-Effects

anonymous asked:

did you really quit weed?

ok here’s the deal. i didn’t “quit.”

I’d smoked nearly every day (never went as much as a week without it) for almost 3 years. For about the first year and a half of those 3 years, it was nothing but a benefit to me. It helped me loosen up, be more socially adept.. even got me to do my homework and stuff. Miracle drug.

It never became anything bad really, but over the last year and a half or so I’ve started to realize some negative side effects, mostly worse-than-ever attention span, terrible short term memory, and just making stupid mistakes around the house and that kind of thing.

I figured, given that I’m on an internship/job hunt and going through the obligatory existential crisis of becoming an adult, it would be a good thing for me to prove to myself I don’t need it.

A year and a half after realizing it was having some negative effects, I was finally in a good enough emotional state where I felt like I could handle the transition. I get really bad seasonal depression in the late fall and winter so it wasn’t going to happen then.. and I also got the benefit of starting a new ADHD/anti-depressant drug at the beginning of March to give me the confidence that I wouldn’t unravel transitioning off of it.

Basically I just made the decision that I wouldn’t buy any more pot or smoke by myself until my birthday (May 18). From the beginning, I decided that I still would smoke if someone else offered to smoke me up or if it was some sort of social occasion because I don’t really drink… and I didn’t think it was smart to simply start drinking because I wasn’t smoking anymore.

Long story short, I stopped smoking cold turkey a little more than two weeks ago…. and it was beyond easy. I can’t even begin to explain how big of a relief it was.. but seriously, no strong urges, no feeling of a dependency when I’m feeling stressed (and let me fucking tell you, it’s been a hell of a two weeks in my life coincidentally since then too).. nothing.

So now, I’m just following through because I told myself I would. I want to prove to myself that I can hold myself to a decision. I’ve been able to get the affirmation that I’m not actually dependent on it, that if I ever needed to quit for a job or whatever that I wouldn’t have any withdrawal or anything like that, and basically everything I’ve wanted to assure myself of. I smoked once with a friend last Saturday a little bit, which means once in about 16 days. (which I’m very proud of because, like I said, it had been an everyday thing for a long time, and smoking once didn’t send me off the rails to want to do more at any point since last Saturday. It’s been 9 days now. 15 out of 16 with ZERO issues.) 

At one point I was thinking about doing what I can to zero out the THC in my system because I hadn’t been at 0% THC since probably 2011. But I’m not so sure that’s necessary at this point, especially since I know I’ll be smoking when I go home to NJ this coming weekend and there wouldn’t be really enough time to completely zero out before my birthday.

And yeah, that’s basically the whole story. I fully plan on smoking again more regularly once the summer starts because I enjoy it and I can. I’m pretty confident it won’t be nearly at the rate I was before I quit because I’m more in-tune with the benefits of not smoking for longer periods of time, and I’ve gotten rid of all anxieties over potentially being dependent.

Ultimately it will probably just boil down to a tolerance break, which will be v v v v v v nice once I go nuts for the first time in a month and a half or so when my birthday rolls around next month.

I hope everyone is enjoying 420 today. It would be lovely to be able to smoke… but the fact of the matter is I don’t need it, and I’m following through with a commitment to myself that I can prove that I don’t have to smoke with any sort of consistency really at all for 6 weeks.

I love pot, I love getting stoned (particularly with friends, but also alone) and I’m very excited to start back up again in a few weeks. But in the meantime, I couldn’t be more okay with not doing it – which is fucking awesome.

Jonouchi popped an aspirin into his mouth and swallowed as he walked into the Cairo airport. He couldn’t believe he had to come all the way out to Egypt to get help for his condition. 

Yet again, destiny called him back to this country. 

He lugged his suitcase behind him and luckily managed to get past security without any issues. He had made a call to Ishizu a few days beforehand and she helped cover his plane fare due to the severity of the situation. He pulled out his phone and looked down at the text he had received from her earlier that gave the address to her residence. God, he hoped he didn’t screw up hailing a taxi. 

Some odd minutes later, he stepped out in front of the house with his suitcase behind him. The aspirin began to kick in but even the strongest pain reliever was only able to dull the constant migraines he got now. 

He grit his teeth, trying not to let the pain show on his face as he raised his hand to knock on the door. After a few seconds, he heard the clacking of locks before the the door was pulled open. 

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How Dangerous Are X-Rays?

Have you ever gotten an x-ray? How safe are they, and should you be worried about possible negative side effects?

JUST A LITTLE IS JUST TOO MUCH! - I’ve been doing really good not to consume alcohol these past few months, I’m trying to keep my diet as clean as possible to get the result’s I’m craving…However last weekend I had two glasses of wine and all was history.It’s amazing how much alcohol can affect your body when you don’t consume it as often (every weekend). I had a splitting headache and just weakness running all over my body. I won’t do it again until maybe my vacation to Jamaica at the end of the month….. -__-

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WEEK 2 (Day 12) Brown discharge.

So I began taking the mini pill 12 days ago, and today I have brown discharge. In the morning it was pale brown. As the day as progressed, it had become more of a dryer, dark brown discharge. Very similar to what I experienced months into having the depo injection!

F***! I’m hoping that maybe the fact that this has happened so soon, means maybe it will disappear sooner too.. but who knows. I’ll keep you updated!

Honestly though, are we never going to talk about the fact that Coulson was actually behind the scenes of the T.A.H.I.T.I project all along????

The project that A) literally involved them drilling into his brain and altering his memories B) violated his agency and consent and C) negatively affected him (side effects???)

We saw through Coulson’s own experience how awful the entire project was. But we’re just going to ignore that he did it to other people?

Israeli app offers alternative to hyperactivity medications

Posted By Viva Sarah Press On April 8, 2015 @ 5:20 am

Forget Ritalin, new Israeli company Myndlift has an app that can improve attention disorders without negative side effects.

The Myndlift team, from left: CEO Aziz Kaddan, customer relations specialist Amr Khalaily, lead developer Hilal Diab and CTO Anas Abu Mukh.

Aziz Kaddan, one of the co-founders of Myndlift, didn’t flinch when asked in front of an audience of global entrepreneurs and scientists at the recent BrainTech conference in Tel Aviv how he plans to go up against the better-funded American companies with his alternative non-drug treatment for attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Myndlift uses neurofeedback, also known as electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback, to train the brain to focus. It’s a computer-based technique developed and tested by NASA to improve attention, focus and learning.

Kaddan, the 22-year-old phenomenon taking Israel’s brain-tech world by storm, knows the path to changing hyperactivity treatment is a tough one but he’s positive his app-based, wearable neurofeedback solution, coupled with specially tailored mobile games that only work through concentration, can increase attention levels with just 10 minutes of play time a day.

“I know that I have a product that has a value to a lot of people,” he tells ISRAEL21c, from his co-working space for high-tech entrepreneurship and innovation at Tel Aviv’s public library.

Myndlift’s idea is to get sufferers of ADD and ADHD off medications like Ritalin, which suppresses appetite and has other negative side effects, and help them focus their minds using a mobile app, neurofeedback and a brain-sensing wearable technology.

“Myndlift brings personalized neurofeedback training to mobile, making it easier for people with hyperactivity, professionals in demanding careers, students, athletes and anyone concerned about brain fitness to improve concentration abilities effectively without prescription drugs, inconvenience to visit specialized clinics and huge bills, thus saving thousands of dollars and tens of commuting hours.

Using wearable and mobile technology, brainwave therapy becomes affordable, accessible, and safe,” according to the company’s elevator pitch.

Kaddan and cofounder Anas Abu Mukh believe their medical technology will not only disrupt current treatment for attention deficit disorders but also impact the wider healthcare market worldwide.

Strokes of brilliance

In 2010, at age 17, Kaddan founded Kaddan Neuro Solutions (KNS) – a company specializing in providing computerized battery tests for ADHD diagnosis in Arabic. Though he moved on, the company is still operating.

In 2013, he joined E4D Mobile as a software engineer, and picked up experience in Android development.

“There’s no importance to race, age, sex or ethnicity in entrepreneurship. My mission is to inspire people,” says Kaddan.

While his father, a neurologist, wanted him to be a doctor, and his friends and neighbors advised him to stay with his well-paying high-tech job, in the middle of last year Kaddan quit his job and formed a startup with his friend, Abu Mukh.

Kaddan and Abu Mukh, both of whom secured computer science degrees by the time they were 19 years old, officially launched their brain-tech startup in 2014.

The Myndlift app.

“We understood that we wanted to do something with more responsibility, something more meaningful,” says Kaddan.

Kaddan’s idea for Myndlift came from two sources: Mostly from watching the negative side effects his brother and sister (now 16 and 21, respectively) had to deal with when taking Ritalin, an amphetamine-like central nervous system stimulant used to treat ADHD.

But he also credits his own lack of focus during a failed job interview at Google as a force to change how the healthcare world deals with concentration.

As the son of a neurologist, Kaddan knew that research on neurofeedback training showed promising results as an alternative for treating ADHD.

“Neurofeedback has existed for more than 20 years and a lot of research shows really high success rates. Yet, you still see parents giving their children ADHD medications instead of giving them neurofeedback training. And the reason for this is neurofeedback is expensive and it’s not accessible,” he tells ISRAEL21c.

“You need to go to the clinic at least 12 times a year and pay thousands of dollars to get the full training. And that doesn’t sound attractive to most parents. What’s unique about our product is that we brought neurofeedback from the clinic to the home. You can train anywhere, anytime.”

Before they even had time to settle into a work routine, the two guys from the village of Baqa al-Gharbiya near Hadera were selected among 128 finalists of more than 1,600 startups to apply to theMassChallenge 2014 Accelerator Program in Boston.

In Boston, Kaddan and Abu Mukh met Dr. Naomi Steiner, a developmental behavioral pediatrician who has helped them develop the product.

“It’s not yet possible to compare their app to the big, professional systems on the market. Myndlift’s software was planned to afford more flexibility, which means that it will be possible to use different hardware systems, so they will be able to integrate improvements in the future as well. This is the way to do business today,” Steiner told Globes.

Before returning to Israel, the Myndlift team – which today includes four team members and a few advisers – was already in hot demand by medical innovation leaders and at brain-technology conferences.

No time to wander off

Myndlift uses a Musebrain-sensing headband and mobile video games that improve focus. The headset will set patients back a few hundred dollars but the app is free, and the premium version of the app is just $15.

While friends urged Kaddan and Abu Mukh to up the price, the two founders believe that to keep this solution accessible it has to stay cheap.

The games they have available so far include a race between two characters – the user’s and the computer’s. The user’s stick figure moves according to the user’s concentration level.

In their short company lifespan, Kaddan and Abu Mukh have already chalked up an interview with the Y Combinator accelerator, though they weren’t accepted, because, as Kaddan says, “they claimed that the solution won’t reach billions of dollars. I disagree, but it is their decision.”

They are now immersed in R&D, developing iOS and Android apps and adding new games– tested by Kaddan’s siblings and 20 pilot participants.

“Neurofeedback is proven,” says Kaddan. “We want to prove that even if you do neurofeedback for shorter sessions on your mobile phone it still gets significant results.”

For more information, click here.

You are becoming trickier! Your foolery! You fooled me excellently! You fooled me,I am experiencing negative side effects,however! I am not a bear! Get out of my homestead
—  Meta Salmhofer

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Cyrus was taking his time as he made his way down the near empty street. It was quarter past midnight, and he wasn’t all that sure of where he was. One of the more negative side effects of jumping in and out of portals. 

He stopped now and then as people pushed by him, hoping that somebody would let him know where, or when he was. He was still just getting used to taking on the guise of Nevermore, and it still caught him off guard that whenever he returned from the Nether, he could be dropped wherever. 

For this reason, Cyrus never took a job anywhere, nor did he make any friends. It was easier that way; but there was something about this place. Something different. 

He spotted a woman walking up ahead of him. Lifting his hand, he shouted to her, “Excuse me - Excuse me, Miss!”

Israeli app offers alternative to hyperactivity medications - Forget Ritalin, new Israeli company Myndlift has an app that can improve attention disorders without negative side effects - 10 April 2015

Aziz Kaddan, one of the co-founders of Myndlift, didn’t flinch when asked in front of an audience of global entrepreneurs and scientists at the recent BrainTech conference in Tel Aviv how he plans to go up against the better-funded American companies with his alternative non-drug treatment for attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Myndlift uses neurofeedback, also known as electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback, to train the brain to focus. It’s a computer-based technique developed and tested by NASA to improve attention, focus and learning.
Kaddan, the 22-year-old phenomenon taking Israel’s brain-tech world by storm, knows the path to changing hyperactivity treatment is a tough one but he’s positive his app-based, wearable neurofeedback solution, coupled with specially tailored mobile games that only work through concentration, can increase attention levels with just 10 minutes of play time a day.
“I know that I have a product that has a value to a lot of people,” he tells ISRAEL21c, from his co-working space for high-tech entrepreneurship and innovation at Tel Aviv’s public library.
Myndlift’s idea is to get sufferers of ADD and ADHD off medications like Ritalin, which suppresses appetite and has other negative side effects, and help them focus their minds using a mobile app, neurofeedback and a brain-sensing wearable technology.
“Myndlift brings personalized neurofeedback training to mobile, making it easier for people with hyperactivity, professionals in demanding careers, students, athletes and anyone concerned about brain fitness to improve concentration abilities effectively without prescription drugs, inconvenience to visit specialized clinics and huge bills, thus saving thousands of dollars and tens of commuting hours.
Using wearable and mobile technology, brainwave therapy becomes affordable, accessible, and safe,” according to the company’s elevator pitch.
Kaddan and cofounder Anas Abu Mukh believe their medical technology will not only disrupt current treatment for attention deficit disorders but also impact the wider healthcare market worldwide.

Strokes of brilliance

In 2010, at age 17, Kaddan founded Kaddan Neuro Solutions (KNS) – a company specializing in providing computerized battery tests for ADHD diagnosis in Arabic. Though he moved on, the company is still operating.
In 2013, he joined E4D Mobile as a software engineer, and picked up experience in Android development.
“There’s no importance to race, age, sex or ethnicity in entrepreneurship. My mission is to inspire people,” says Kaddan.
While his father, a neurologist, wanted him to be a doctor, and his friends and neighbors advised him to stay with his well-paying high-tech job, in the middle of last year Kaddan quit his job and formed a startup with his friend, Abu Mukh.
Kaddan and Abu Mukh, both of whom secured computer science degrees by the time they were 19 years old, officially launched their brain-tech startup in 2014.
“We understood that we wanted to do something with more responsibility, something more meaningful,” says Kaddan.
Kaddan’s idea for Myndlift came from two sources: Mostly from watching the negative side effects his brother and sister (now 16 and 21, respectively) had to deal with when taking Ritalin, an amphetamine-like central nervous system stimulant used to treat ADHD.
But he also credits his own lack of focus during a failed job interview at Google as a force to change how the healthcare world deals with concentration.
As the son of a neurologist, Kaddan knew that research on neurofeedback training showed promising results as an alternative for treating ADHD.
“Neurofeedback has existed for more than 20 years and a lot of research shows really high success rates. Yet, you still see parents giving their children ADHD medications instead of giving them neurofeedback training. And the reason for this is neurofeedback is expensive and it’s not accessible,” he tells ISRAEL21c.
“You need to go to the clinic at least 12 times a year and pay thousands of dollars to get the full training. And that doesn’t sound attractive to most parents. What’s unique about our product is that we brought neurofeedback from the clinic to the home. You can train anywhere, anytime.”
Before they even had time to settle into a work routine, the two guys from the village of Baqa al-Gharbiya near Hadera were selected among 128 finalists of more than 1,600 startups to apply to the MassChallenge 2014 Accelerator Program in Boston.
In Boston, Kaddan and Abu Mukh met Dr. Naomi Steiner, a developmental behavioral pediatrician who has helped them develop the product.
“It’s not yet possible to compare their app to the big, professional systems on the market. Myndlift’s software was planned to afford more flexibility, which means that it will be possible to use different hardware systems, so they will be able to integrate improvements in the future as well. This is the way to do business today,” Steiner told Globes.
Before returning to Israel, the Myndlift team – which today includes four team members and a few advisers – was already in hot demand by medical innovation leaders and at brain-technology conferences.

No time to wander off

Myndlift uses a Musebrain-sensing headband and mobile video games that improve focus. The headset will set patients back a few hundred dollars but the app is free, and the premium version of the app is just $15.
While friends urged Kaddan and Abu Mukh to up the price, the two founders believe that to keep this solution accessible it has to stay cheap.
The games they have available so far include a race between two characters – the user’s and the computer’s. The user’s stick figure moves according to the user’s concentration level.
In their short company lifespan, Kaddan and Abu Mukh have already chalked up an interview with the Y Combinator accelerator, though they weren’t accepted, because, as Kaddan says, “they claimed that the solution won’t reach billions of dollars. I disagree, but it is their decision.”
They are now immersed in R&D, developing iOS and Android apps and adding new games– tested by Kaddan’s siblings and 20 pilot participants.
“Neurofeedback is proven,” says Kaddan. “We want to prove that even if you do neurofeedback for shorter sessions on your mobile phone it still gets significant results.”

For more information,   http://www.myndlift.com/

In the next few days, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to decide whether to accelerate approval of a new drug that might save the lives of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig’s disease. The manufacturer, Genervon Biopharmaceuticals, requested the approval of GM6 in February after finding improvements in patients during preclinical, Phase 1 and Phase 2A trial—with no negative side effects. If the FDA grants the request, patients would gain immediate access to the drug.

-“Dear FDA, Step Aside So We Might Live”

April 2nd, 2015: Day 58

This is the easiest Holy Week I’ve ever had and it still feels like it’s kicking my ass. Today I noticed one of the more negative side effects of HRT: muscle loss. Things seem way way heavier than they used to, and I don’t know if it’s just in my head or not, but I feel like I can’t lift as many grocery bags as I used to (2 trips are for the weak) without hurting myself.