Potential Dangers of Nootropics: What to Consider Before Using Smart Drugs

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“In the past, I used to take drugs to get high; now I take drugs that make me smarter”, says the 40-year-old me.

Of course, smart drugs are not “magic pills”; diet, proper supplementation of vitamins and nutrients and exercise are the primary choice for any health improvements along with a massive dose of positive mental attitude.

There is no way to know what will work for you or not until you experiment it yourself. Nobody can tell you; everyone’s experience is different. It may have similarities in experiences from others who have tried this and that but you’re will be, of course, unique to you.

It is a very entertaining read for the bio-hacker aficionado 🙂

Potential Dangers Of Nootropics: What To Consider Before Using Smart Drugs

20 Life Quotes to Live by

These are 20 life quotes to live by; a work in progress collection of  inspiration and motivation  to share with others ,  the ones you love and put into practice daily.

I’ll keep adding more to this list and continue to apply it in my life.

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*credit to where/whom is due

Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy and Focus by Sandra Bond Chapman with Shelly Kirkland 

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I picked up this audiobook, Make Your Brain Smarter, as one of my long road trip companions. As usual, anything with the words “Brain” and “Smarter” in the title gets my immediate attention. I found this book extensive and complex in exploring the brain’s frontal lobe process (cognitive domains) and enhancing it’s brainpower as your own C.E.O. or Cognitive Entepreneurial Officer. It is one of those audiobooks where you have to start taking notes from the get go and even pause to digest all the information. It deserves a dedicated second listening without any distractions. It covers in- depth how to improve your cognitive performance through strategic thinking ( brainomics) on new learning, content absorbtion, project design and implementation, problem solving, breakthrough thinking and sound desicion making.

  1. Strategic Attention:  focusing on one topic, avoiding multi-tasking and other tasks which depletes brain power. I quickly realized this as one of my crutches since I multi-task my life a lot and which I thought it was one of my best personality asset.
  • Brain Power of none: getting some time alone, meditate and reflect on the task at hand.
  • Brain Power of one: taking one task at the time. Make sequential progress and not multi-tasking.
  • Brain Power of two: selecting two of the most important task at hand.

2. Integrated Reasoning:  incorporating and applying information. I found this insightful in the way I gather information,             facts, solutions and how I set my priorities and goals.

  • Zoom in: getting the facts, do the logistics
  • Zoom out: step back to see the bigger picture, bigger ideas, different strategy.
  • Zoom deep and wide: becoming a tactical thinker; when and when not to do something.

3. Innovation: changing old ways and experimentation. I realized this is my current stage though I must go back and see         everything from a different perspective difined in the book to make sure I stay focused, relevant to my goals and not             running around like a chicken with the head cut off.

  • Imagination: infinate subjects, solutions and concepts
  • Paradox: having the tenacity to follow through and not get stuck. Reflect-Reframe-Learn from mistakes
  • Unknown: Ask-Seek-Be Courious

There is much to do to improve my brain’s health fitness.  I found myself pausing the audio- tracks and even going back to previous chapters to better grasp the material. It pays to give full attention to this audiobook. Better yet, get the book instead 😉

Here is a well written summary  by Lauren O’Neil via Learning and the Brain blog, which does a better job describing what this book is all about. Enjoy!

Source: Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy and Focus by Sandra Bond Chapman with Shelly Kirkland – Learning and the Brain blogLearning and the Brain blog

Simple ways to dramatically improve your brain function

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Have you tried neurobics? Would you like to improve your brain’s cognitive functions?

Do you know your frontal lobe skills?

Read on and make a plan to add neurobics to your daily schedule.

http://www.naturalhealth365.com/exercise_news/the-brain.html

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I came to this world in 1974, leading my life on the edge, on impulse, seeking happiness outside in every way I could. I was living a life in the fast lane with no real sense of direction and purpose. That was my life, until I died. At 40, I was reborn. Like the Phoenix, I died in flames from pain and deceit. Then rose off the ashes, to a better, wiser and stronger version of me. Reaching new horizons that I have never thought possible in my old ways with a renewed purpose of life and what matters most. I learned the most important wisdom of life, to love myself. Realizing that when self love is present, everything in life turns brighter, meaningful. I am a better person today than I was yesterday,  much wiser thanks to my past experiences and growing stronger every day, loving the new version of me.

What Are Nootropics? Why Successful People Are Using Them For Focus

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This is a great post to understand nootropics or smart drugs.
I’ ve been experimenting with nootropics for a while and I can feel the results in attention, focus, energy and stamina.  Currently, I’m tweaking stacks to enhance memory and cognitive  improvement. It takes some time to stack the right combination  especially when taking 38 pills each day and counting, along with other supplements.

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Few to none side effects but still a long term process to get the desired results.
I recommend keeping a journal to record stack combinations,  dosage intake and notes of changes in your body and behavior or any side effects you may notice.

This is a life’s experimentation journey ,  so enjoy the process 🙂

Click here to read full
the article.

http://elitedaily.com/money/nootropics-successful-people-using-focus/1021500/

In Search for a Healthier Beer

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It’s Friday night “healthier beer” showdown: the Irish stout vs. the American lager.  On the left corner elegantly dress in noir, with an impressive score card of 125 cal. and 9.9 carbs. the Guinness Draught. On the right corner with an even lower score card of 95 cals. and 2.6 carbs, the underdog,  Michelob Ultra. 

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Tasting: both light beers washes down well. I don’t feel bloated like a toad and they’re very low on the guilt factor on my waistline for a beer or two. The Ultra goes with anything; refreshing to suit my taste buds. Now, the Guinness flavor is unique. It is a beer for that special occasion with class and body but not overpowering to have me belching my full name in mid sentence.

The verdict:  both are winners on my narrow list of alcoholic beverage selection. They’re  worthy of fridge space in my house for that special occasion or whenever I feel like it 😉

GMAN’S Notes: The Brain’s Way of Healing, Norman Doidge M.D.

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I came across  to  this audiobook as part of a series of books I am researching on Cognitive Behavior, Neuroscience and Brain’s Neuroplasticity. It is, as the title implies,  remarkable in the frontiers of Neuroplasticity.

This is a field that really attracts me. I find everything related to how the brain works and it’s ability to change itself fascinating. I don’t just listen or read about it, I research  it and find out how I can benefit from it.  Over  the years I have been taking information from books, online articles and anything I can find about the subject. Lately, I have been implementing all this information into an action plan to enhance my brain and improve my life.

This plan includes major changes in my lifestyle from changing what I eat, how I sleep, how I spend my time and resources, to the kind of supplements I take,  the quality of material I listen to or watch on tv,  and to the kind of methods and tools I use to hack my  brain and optimize my body.

This book by Norman Doidge  M.D. is the kind of book I needed to expand my arsenal of tools to enhance my lifestyle.  I have taken several notes below, reviewing the material of the book and researching further on the techniques, methods and devices available in the field of Neuroplasticity. I am already into action, taking the next steps, setting up appointments with local centers and professionals  offering these methods.

The notes below are mine taken from the book and from their respective sources and Wikipedia. Credits to where is due and I don’t claim any of it nor I intend to violate  any rights by posting them. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s366/sh/1b869ea2-2945-454e-8e0b-21b28bf76372/7adf2bf23baea4dfe0d49519edee3252

The 11 Spiritual Truths of an Awakened Soul

The “Great Awakening”  is a personal journey that takes a lifetime to understand but doesn’t have to take a lifetime to become aware of it and accept.

It does requires an open mind, developed over time, not clouded with prejudice, judgements or even by our general sociocultural ideologies.

As for me, life has become brighter, optimistic and more meaningful once I became aware and open to accept it and understand it.

Read the full article by the author provided on the link below.

By Paige Bartholomew, a Licensed Psychotherapist, Sufi Master Teacher and passionate advocate for the healing of all souls.
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1) God (All That IS) is our creator.   He is pure love.  He is capable of presenting himself to humans as personal, but He is, at the same time, impersonal, eternal, and unfathomable. He is all that is in every level of existence, physical and non-physical.  God and his creation are ONE.  There is only one being here.

2) God first created humanity, then WE created the world we’re experiencing and all the drama in it. 

3) All of the world that we see is a dream. In reality, we are still with God in heaven – safe – and we are dreaming all of this.

4) Everything we experience in life is a mirror of our own inner beliefs. God does not get involved with this process. He simply allows it to happen as we dream it up.  This is the meaning of “free will”.

5) God doesn’t reward or punish us.  We do that to ourselves by judging ourselves as “good” or “bad”.  God just loves and accepts us in whatever we choose to be, think or feel.

6) Hell isn’t a place – it’s a state of mind.  It is the state of mind we go into when we veer away from the Truth. It feels bad because we (mistakenly) believe we are separate from God.

7) It’s not God’s job to make sure we feel or know him.  God is always present.  God is always revealing Himself to us.  It’s our job to open to his presence.

8)  Prayer is important, but it doesn’t work the way may have been taught.  God doesn’t grant requests.  When we pray for help from God, it opens us to be able to feel His presence.   Things change in our life when we open to His love.  

9)  God is always with us. He does not abandon us.  We are the ones who abandon God. We dream of a world that is scary and separate, forgetting we are in the arms of our beloved at all times. 

10) Just like the traditional religions teach, there are higher worlds than this one. Like the movie, Inception, these worlds look like nesting dolls – a dream within a dream within a dream. 

11)  To move on to the next world after death only takes one thing: forgiveness.  We do not have to be perfect.  We do not have to perform glorious feats of holiness.  We do not have to punish ourselves for mistakes we have made.  We must only forgive.  You’ll know when you’re doing it because you’ll feel acceptance for all things, which brings a feeling of peacefulness.  Forgiveness makes us feel peace.

http://thespiritscience.net/2015/07/12/the-11-spiritual-truths-of-an-awakened-soul/

8 A’s of Effective Parenting – Mark Merrill’s Blog

Affirmation

When we affirm a child’s feelings, it gives them a sense of authenticity. When our children are sharing their feelings or opinions, they want us to listen to them, identify with them, and affirm them. [Tweet This] It would go something like this. Your son comes home and says, “Man! My math teacher made me so mad today, he said I wasn’t trying.” Well, your instinct might be to try to downplay the situation like this, “Oh son, he probably didn’t mean anything by it. Let it go.” Or you might say—before you even address his feelings—”Now son, were you trying? Maybe he had a point.” Or, “You’re a big boy now; you can’t get so upset about things.”

Those are all attempts to control or fix the situation. Instead try, “Son, I am so sorry that happened. How do you feel about it now?” Then just listen, let him know you understand how he’s feeling and thank him for sharing his feelings. In doing so, you are telling him that he can be real and authentic with his feelings and with you. Even when we don’t agree with our children, we can still affirm their feelings and them as individuals.

Acceptance

When you give unconditional acceptance, you give a child a sense of security. This basically comes down to one principle that must be conveyed to our children: “I don’t love you because of what you do or achieve, I love you because you’re my child.” Our love and affection should not be based on grades, behavior or achievements.

Appreciation

When we express appreciation, it gives a child a sense of significance. Appreciation is one of the most powerful motivators for right behavior in our kids. [Tweet This] So the more we “catch” our children doing things right and we express our appreciation, the more motivated they will be to behave better. You can express that appreciation by saying something like, “Thanks for telling me the truth about what happened. I know it wasn’t easy, but I really appreciate the way you are owning and taking responsibility for your actions.” Appreciation can also be expressed by writing a short note of encouragement to your child. Here are 7 Notes You Should Write to Your Child.

Applause

When we applaud our children, it gives them a sense of confidence. As parents, we sometimes get so focused on instructing and disciplining our children that we forget to applaud them. Your applause can literally be putting your hands together for your child at their recital, their game, their school. It can also be with your words. These 6 Short Sentences Your Child Needs to Hear You Say will help you get started.  We must be bold in applauding our children.

Availability

When we are available to our children, it gives them a sense of importance. We can say all we want about how important our children are to us. But if we’re not available to them, our words will ring hollow. Sometimes, our automatic response to our kids when they approach us is, “Not right now, I’m busy.” But our children should come before our TV watching, our hobbies, and our work. So when our kids come to us, our response should be to stop, drop, and listen. Stop what we’re doing, drop to our knees, and listen to them, hug them and play with them.

Apology

When we apologize to our children, it gives them a sense of trust. Over the years, there have been many occasions that I have apologized to my wife, Susan, and our five children. Fessing up about our mistakes, confessing when we are wrong, and asking for forgiveness is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of humility and strength. Trust is earned, and one way to earn the trust of my children is for them to know that I am completely trustworthy and honest. Admitting my error and apologizing for it helps earn that trust. It shows them that I’m the real deal, not a guy who always thinks he’s right.

Affection

When we show our children affection, it gives them a sense of lovability. All children want to feel like they are lovable. If they don’t get love from you, they will get it somewhere else. Here are a few things you can do to show affection. Wink at your daughter across the dinner table. Give big hugs to your son. Develop a bedtime tuck-in routine for your children. Hold your daughter’s hand. Have a special nickname for each of your kids. Wrestle with them on the floor. Give them piggyback rides.

Accountability

When we hold children accountable, it gives them a sense of responsibility and self-control. Children need the disciplines of responsibility and self-control to function successfully in life. As parents, we mustcreate rules and boundaries for our children. Once those guidelines are set, we must be consistent in enforcing them.

http://www.markmerrill.com/8-as-of-effective-parenting?utm_term=markmerrill&utm_campaign=MM+Blog+Post&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20303082&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–U3dG8DxXpldH3cc1S78YdyC75sJkcFSD3Kdt4btP5KucNViSD7GT3NRcAdBJrbJrkGi6NpsQ3bk5mzoAThTwpBwevDQ&_hsmi=20303082