Category Archives: ADHD

fixes for a fear of public speaking

Guarana to help alleviate a fear of public speaking?

Guaranasuppose you can take this anecdotally, it works for me and that’s the only evidence i have. i’m now trying to figure a schedule to consume Guarana 400mg to go along with my daily nootropics. by shear dumb luck after my San Diego AirBnb fellow roommate Greig handed me a few OTC supplements of Guarana, i discovered Guarana 400mg in particular helps to me to overcome a fear of public speaking. however, as a developer happy to be introvert, Guarana 400mg helped to deliver progress on daily morning team scrum meetings. Guarana at 200mg was barely below threshold. i’m on a vigil for some neuroscience news to back this up 🙂 but for now i’m running with it.

 

 

 

Inderal (as Propranolol)

wow! things have changed the past decade when the only suggestions were typified by the response of a friend co-worker professor “take a shot of vodka” – i did just this on one contract site and it almost cost me the job from a performance hit especially as daily scrum meeting are early morning. a Google search for “medication fear public speaking” popped-out Inderal as a top forum favorite.

from Medication for public speaking phobia?,

Propranolol (beta blocker) works great, has very little potential for abuse, is safe, and is inexpensive in the generic form. I use it a couple of times per year when I have to give a presentation. Works like a charm for me. Atenolol is another option and is very similar to Propranolol. I would stay away from benzodiazepines (such as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Librium). posted by alex1965 at 8:41 AM on June 18, 2016 [2 favorites]

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a summary of nootropics and sustainable practices

inspired by a creative nootropic

i was excited this past week to experience a creative and energizing effect of Acetyl L-Carnotine / Alpha Lipoic Acid on Modafinil, it dawned on me to produce a summary of sustainable practices and nootropics as a living post to be elaborated later with references and rationals maybe a book as well.

the nootropic practices i’ve discovered for myself passed a tipping point a half year ago and i was hungry to discovery new nootropics (and foolish rides along with hungry). for example, this summary represents a refinement of creating cold brew coffee after weeks of experimentation. although five or so batches got drained straight into the sink, a few survived well.. a wow test. the cold brew coffee batches started with small two cups of produced quantity and has evolved to a large glass jar in the refrigerator holding a high quality smooth organic light brew that holds well for three weeks – coffee has never ever been this good plus i’ll later be exploring how to avoid molded coffee beans affecting over 50% of all coffees in the United States.

traveling the past nine months caused me to adopt new practices and drop others for example papaya is found readily in a city near the Mexican border but is expensive and less available otherwise let alone the rarity of finding an organic papaya. the practices below are on the farm only.

daily practices

cold brew coffee

days: any

a half cup from large refrigerated jar stash

half coconut and half almond milk

one tablespoon of raw unfiltered honey

two dark chocolates (Sprouts sells 85% cocoa Columbian bars)

reduce stomach acidity

days: nootropic

three cups of spring water

organic carrot

organic celery

reduce stomach acidity even more with a probiotic pill and master cleanse

days: all

one pill of Dr David Perlmutter taken immediately before this drink

one lemon complete with pulp

tablespoon of apple cider vinegar raw and unfiltered

a half-flat teaspoon of cayenne pepper

fill with water or a kale green drink

nootropics

days: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or if needed Monday through Friday

each supplement is taken sublingual

Modafinil 150mg taken at three times 50mg each dissolved sublingual serially immediately upon waking

Alpha Brain

Acetyl L-Carnotine / Alpha Lipoic Acid

Omega 3 and 6 (preferably pharmacy grade)

5-http

cereal

days: on nootropic rest days

1/2 cup oats

1/4 cup of half and half of flax and chia seeds ground

two dark chocolates (Sprouts sells 85% cocoa Columbian bars)

half coconut and half almond milk

one tablespoon raw unfiltered honey

one organic banana or apple

optional: papaya, boiled and refrigerated yam

exercise

days: all

bike quickly to swim at pool

shower

days: all

steps to be applied on entire body

1 pint room temperature water in pump spray

2 pints water boiled an poured into pump spray

spray warm water

apply a water-only wash cloth

optional: apply Dr. Brenner’s Lavender & Hemp soap on a wash cloth (to reduce death of healthy gut bacteria)

spray warm water

dry with 1/4th sized cotton towel

spray aloe vera with extra on head and armpits

shave head with Mach 3 razor

clean and dry edge of razor with folded tissue for razor to keep up to three months

apply skin with a small hand dip of coconut oil applied first to head and armpits as an natural antibacterial.

sprouts

days: all

grown and culled lentil sprouts

with vegan turmeric sauce

kelp 200mg

organic avocado

veggie saute or soup

days: any, optional

fried veggies of

1 jalapeño

1/2 white or red onion

1 garlic cove

2 bell peppers

1 batch of small porteballo mushrooms

1 batch of spinach

for soup include 1/2 cabbage

floss

days: all, 1/2 hour before bedtime

brush teeth with baking soda

tooth brush is 1000x per second Philips

without rinsing,

follow with a hard tooth brush of top of teeth

one heaping tablespoon of coconut oil pulling

night cap popcorn

days: all, one hour before bedtime

air popped popcorn for the tryptophan

two large tablespoons of virgin olive oil

a tablespoon of Emeril’s Original Essence

night cap supplements

days: all, 1/2 hour before bedtime

Melatonin 5mg

a half pill of Theanine Serene

Magnesium Glycinate 400mg

a swig of Qunol Liquid CoQ10

sleep with ear plugs

Foods to avoid

simple sugars

gluten foods

oats are gluten free but i consume only a half cup as oats carry a risk of inflammation

ok grains are amaranth, buckwheat, rice brown or wild, millet, quinoa, sorghum, teff

white rice

excessive alcohol

soy

food from plastic containers when possible

canned foods

long-term sustainable practices

power

use of four 100W solar panels to trickle charge two Deep Cycle Gel and two floating acid 12V batteries.

use of a 1000W inverter to power all AC devices

keep all phantom connections disconnected

use only LED lighting

in particular, my favorite is colorful holiday LED lights strung up through out year in living space

water

consume only 1.5 gallons of water per day total to include use for

shower at 2 pints per day

dish washing

floor mopping

soup

tea and coffee

Plans To:

start of practice to collect rain water or extract water using semiconductor condenser into a cistern

toilet

Plans To:

build a composite toilet to fertilize non-editable plants and trees

weekly practices

cold brew coffee 

12 oz of organic and light roast coffee beans

apply into burr grinder

fill into one gallon glass jar

fill to near top with spring water

leave 24 hours at room temperature

drain with organic hemp cloth bag into pot

wrench hemp cloth for remaining coffee

rinse glass jar

pour filtered back into glass jar

leave in refrigerator

the brew keeps for two to three weeks

popcorn for sleep and spinach for a dopamine reset

a nightcap of popcorn?

i’ve discovered eating less than 1/4 of a cup of air-popped popcorn one hour before bedtime allows me to have a deep sleep. the popcorn is seasoned with tablespoon of mixed 1/8 olive oil mixed with Emeril’s Original Seasoning. sure popcorn is high glycemic but the added tryptophan is amazing for the deep sleep this past week. i avoid the carcinogens of microwavable bagged popcorn or high temperature oil to pop the corn kernels – the oil can easily form free radicals.

the nightly popcorn is in addition to a half pill of Theanine Serine and one Melatonin 5mg pill both taken a half hour before bedtime.

magnesium in spinach to reset dopamine pathways

want to remain sensitized to dopamine for Modafinil or Adderall? if yes, then read on.

magnesium is a critical participant in 300+ human biochemical reactions as an enzyme cofactor. wikipedia for magnesium describes,

“Inadequate magnesium intake frequently causes muscle spasms, and has been associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, migraines, osteoporosis, and cerebral infarction.[6][7] Acute deficiency (see hypomagnesemia) is rare, and is more common as a drug side-effect (such as chronic alcohol or diuretic use) than from low food intake per se, but it can also occur within people fed intravenously for extended periods of time.”

i much prefer food as medicine and spinach ranks as the number one food highest in magnesium, a mineral 80% of Americans are considerable low in. in addition to spinach being my favorite vegetable it’s also highly nutritional. i’ve compressed to two large batches of spinach with low heat and a little coconut oil on my small ceramic pan to be able to store in the refrigerator well. this leave me wanting for a ceramic wok with lid to hold at least one bulk spinach batch. i hunted a solid hour in the suppliments section of Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS only to find Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium Oxide prevalent – no Magnesium Glycinate. a quick search in Amazon shows a bulk container of 500mg for less than twenty dollars. after nearly pressing the buy button, i opted to try foods and spinach was an obvious first option.

in addition, a large inexpensive bag of consumable Epson Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) has instructions on oral dosage per adult of one to two tablespoons per cup of water. i’m simply experimenting even though the Magnesium Sulfate has a low absorption rate maybe the heaping tablespoon will compensate.

later, i’d like to experiment with a night cap of a 400mg Magnesium Glycinate pill to compare.

Mental Health Daily describes “How To Increase Dopamine Levels” as well as avoid depletion of dopamine. also Dr Axe describes “Top 10 Magnesium Rich Foods Plus Proven Benefits” – i’m definitely switching the cracked-pepper to sunflower seeds to pumpkin seeds which i keep in truck to help from dosing off while driving.

how to measure magnesium levels in the body? less than 2% of the body’s magnesium can be found in blood serum so that is not a good indicator (it’s found in bones) and the body’s response to increased dopamine takes days [need reference here]. like taking any pill, for the delivery of magnesium in spinach to be effective in schedule with Modafinil, i’m left desiring to know an effective amount and time of day.

reduced aggression of tryptophan and magnesium

magnesium has an added calming benefit. both tryptophan and magnesium are associated with reduced aggression. Melvyn R. Werbach, M.D. describes the lessened aggression of typtophan and magnesium.

noobie nootropics – a quick brain booster list

 

you want a quick noobie brain boost

to lift a mind fog, improve focus, assemble information quicker, retain info for an elongated period, reduce the likelyhood of anxiety and depression events. my existing three nootropics of being vegan, highly bioavailable turmeric, and Modafinil, i feel, have kicked into high gear this past month practicing this list,

below is a quick brain booster list you can easily follow,

  • eliminate wheat, barley, and rye flour foods: breads, cookies, flour tortillas, cake, pancakes, etc..
  • eliminate sugar laced foods
  • reduce alcohol consumption
  • reduce foods eggs, meats, and dairy milk laced with antibiotics and herbicide glyphosate (Roundup laced animal feed)
  • replace dairy milk with reduced or no added sugar coconut or almond milk
  • replace toothpaste with baking soda and a ten minute coconut oil pulling
  • add prebiotic (food for friendly bacteria already in your gut) and probiotic (replenishing friendly bacteria) microbiota foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, radish, kochumba, etc.. plus when i can find it, a vegan coconut yogurt.
  • stop eating after 2pm and drink only water afterwards

 

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this is your brain on gluten

Dr. David Perlmutter describes the neuroscience of gluten effects in his book Grain Brain. per the publishers summary, “blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.”

i’m happy to have removed wheat, barley, and rye flours from my diet. seriously, who wants to pay $5 for a brain busting cereal? the profits companies rake for manufacturing cereal are outrageous in any case, on pennies on the dollar. there are wheat, barley, and rye flour substitutes and a set of gluten-free foods listed in 15 MUST-HAVES IN A GLUTEN-FREE KITCHEN.

are refined sugar and artificial sweeteners a poison?

the harmful physiological effects of refined sugar consumption is well documented for inducing obesity and diabetes but did you know it also disrupts you gut microbiota? see Diet-Induced Dysbiosis of the Intestinal Microbiota and the Effects on Immunity and Disease where,

“Refined sugars, on the other hand, mediate the overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria like C. difficile[54] and C. perfringens by increasing bile output [55].”

also, it’s even worse with artificial sweeteners. see Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota

alcohol induced leaky gut and a microbiome displacement 

aside from increase neuronal damage reduced focus and productivity, doctors are now just beginning to accept the term “Leaky Gut” where alcohol increases the permeability of the one cell thick gut lining. see Top 10 Myths About the Brain – Alcohol Kills Brain Cells, “.. damage the ends of neurons, which are called dendrites. This results in problems conveying messages between the neurons. The cell itself isn’t damaged, but the way that it communicates with others is altered.”. for a leaky gut, the food you consume can directly enter your blood stream and that sets off a chain reaction to kill the the foreign invading food particles

The Gastrointestinal Microbiome, Alcohol Effects on the Composition of Intestinal Microbiota

How Alcohol Affects the Gut Microbiome

Alcohol & Gut Health: Eating to Restore Balance

eggs, meat, and milk laced with antibiotics traces kill your microbiome

(writing is in progress for this entry),

see, Meet Your Microbiome

eggs, meat, and milk laced with herbicide glyphosate (used in Roundup) traces kill your microbiome

(writing is in progress for this entry),

see, The Microbiota Crisis: How the Herbicide Glyphosate is Killing Microbiomes

for gut bacteria see,

(writing is in progress for this entry),

see,

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – for Life

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ