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the origin of the phrase ‘Suspension of disbelief’

Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1817 in biographical sketches of literary life and opinions,

“In this idea originated the plan of the ‘Lyrical Ballads’; in which it was agreed, that my endeavours should be directed to persons and characters supernatural, or at least romantic, yet so as to transfer from our inward nature a human interest and a semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.”

i’m creating talking music as Stone Aguila where i talk and play salad bowl guitar. it’s been one amazing introspective story tell foray after another and in one story the phrase “suspension of disbelief” came up. the force is strong on this phrase “poetic faith” :).

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two age-reverse and nootropic pills

general info on a new science of an age-reverse to youth and nootropics

thought to share a summary of the science of combining two supplements for age-reverse and nootropics that has emerged the past year. you can search for “Nicotinamide Riboside” and “Pterostilbene” to find a plethora of science based articles. i will be testing both soon.

here is a general introduction to NAD+,

https://greatperformersacademy.com/health/7-foods-that-will-naturally-increase-nad-and-restore-your-youth

and a general science intro,

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/beyond-resveratrol-the-anti-aging-nad-fad/

Pterostilbene

typically compared to resveratrol, for oral ingestion resveratrol has a 20% bioavailability whereas pterostilbene is near 80% at doses of 56-168mg/kg.

https://examine.com/supplements/pterostilbene/

Nicotinamide Riboside

TRU Niagen is made by ChromaDex and is FDA approved is a well reviewed product having Nicotinamide Riboside Chloride 250mg.

here is a probiotic connection to NR, where the author states “probiotic supplementation with Lactobacillus acidophilus La5 and Bifidobacterium lactis Bb12 increased the nicotinamide production”,

“Yeast NAD+ Boosts Cognition, Endurance, Longevity”

https://www.realnatural.org/probiotic-yeasts-stimulate-nad-increase-metabolism-longevity/

my next Amazon order will be,

“TRU NIAGEN – The world’s most advanced NAD+ booster 250mg Per Serving (60 capsules/125mg)”

http://a.co/1UyozBP

“Pterostilbene 100mg Capsules (Third Party Tested) Made in the USA, 60 Capsules by Double Wood Supplements ”

http://a.co/fut9mTw

note: Amazon reviewers for this Pterostilbene product report “focus”, “brighter complexion, less pain in my joints and body, more energy and clarity of mind”, and “greater mental clarity”

ALTERNATIVE NAD+ SOURCES:

Nicotinamide Mononucleotide

at this time most folks know of Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) from marketing, thanks to it’s patent such as in the product Basis by Elysium Health. although NR ingested is converted to Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN) and NMN is converted to the desired co-enzyme Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+). NR is patented and is not found in blood serum. NMN is not patented is found in blood serum.

there was a patent battle in 2017 over the production of Nicotinamide Riboside described here,

“So, why is Basis and Nicotinamide Riboside more well known than NMN? The fact it is PATENTED, which allows for huge profit margins that can be plowed into advertising.”

http://alivebynature.com/basis-niagen-by-elysium-health/

i’m tempted to purchase the lower cost non-patented NAD+ precursor Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN). although, i’ve opted to purchase TRU Niagen 250mg Nicotinamide Riboside because of this review:

By Larry on March 19, 2018

“The mice study that is referenced showed 300mg/kg NMN only increased NAD+ in liver and muscles by 14% for a few hours. This pales compared to a similar study on mice that showed 185mg/kg Nicotinamide Riboside increases 100% for much longer time.”

“Finally, niacin can be converted to NAD, but this, again, involves an inefficient metabolic pathway and taking large doses causes uncomfortable side effects.”

“NMN 250mg Serving Nicotinamide Mononucleotide Direct NAD+ Supplement, Anti Aging DNA Repair & Healthy Metabolism (2x 125mg Capsules 60ct).”
http://a.co/dlAFKG0

as an alternative to products explicitly labeled NMN or NR, i’m left to wonder if this Niacinamide product has NMN or NR in a significant percent. in reviews, folks are reporting less anxiety, depression, smooth skin, and as a sleep aid to be taken by evening only.

this is one cautionary note to avoid taking too much Niacinamide,

https://www.needs.com/product/NDNL-1408-01

“For example, it is well known that NAD can be produced from L-tryptophan (an amino acid found in many foods), but this is an inefficient and unreliable process; the amino acid is likely to be utilized for other functions in the body. Nicotinamide can also be converted to NAD, but too much can inhibit certain critical processes.”

“NOW Niacinamide 500mg,100 Capsules”
http://a.co/6xGp18D

an IQ actualization day

the year 2017 ends today and i thought to post an actualization story.

one morning late last year while leaving my farm to head into town, feeling elated at the elated state of mind from nootropics that morning, i was on the phone with my brother and described my elated state of mind then thought to ask him an actualization question.

what would you do today if you discovered you’d awaken with an IQ of 200? he paused long. “well i’d start doing the things i’ve dreamed about. starting a new career, earn well, finish school, and enjoy my time staying at home.” ok i said. what if you awoke to an IQ of 170? another long pause guess he was imagining where this was going. “well hmm… basically the same. start a new career and go to school”. then i progress to ask him about awakening with an IQ of 150, 120, then finally with the IQ he currently has. mind you, i’m an ardent critic of the nature of means by which an IQ test is administered but it remains a basic assessment of our accumulated knowledge. “ya i guess it’s the same answer”. by then i asked him “so… why aren’t you doing that now?”.

we both laughed it off but the philosophical implication remains stuck like an alien creature attached to my brain. why aren’t i doing that and why doesn’t everyone? it’s been over a year now and i think i found a simple answer aside from the typical response “well i got stuff to do today…” kind of response. the answer for myself is to decide options today based on principal. as a Taoist seeing the value of my day as decisions i’ve made when my head lays to rest is germane to my thought DNA. small decisions based on principals i’ve adopted, as basic as they may appear, form small action steps working toward long term personal goals and shape a purpose to my being.

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]