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The Magic of Mushrooms – A Psilocybin Renaissance…


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Date: June 29, 2020

01) The Magic of Mushrooms – A Psilocybin Renaissance


“Take an introductory look at the founding practices and propaganda surrounding the development and prohibition of psychedelic use in our society. https://www.gaia.com/lp/psychedelica When scientific study and ancient ritual point toward psychedelics as a tool for healing and awakening, why are these age-old plants regarded as harmful?

In this ground-breaking original series, experts explore the history and use of psychedelic plants including political ambitions, the perceived shadow side and the proper environment to experience these substances. From the origins of Shamanism to the spiritual expression of modern awakenings, discover the role of sacred medicine as a gateway to expanded consciousness, and its continued influence on humanity. Watch the full series here:

https://www.gaia.com/lp/psychedelica

I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea here…

…I’m not going to start promoting the use of psychedelics…but I do think it is an entirely valid conversation to have…and knowledge is good.

It’s entirely possible these things have a valid use to us.

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A Waking Nightmare for COVID-19 Patients…


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Date: May 31, 2020

01) A Waking Nightmare for COVID-19 Patients


“COVID-19 survivors who were critically ill describe frightening experiences in the intensive-care unit. “I was positive they were trying to kill me,” one young patient says. She was experiencing ICU delirium.

Citation:
https://www.theatlantic.com/video/archive/2020/05/icu-delirium/611155/

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What (Hydroxy)chloroquine Does To The Body…


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Date: May 24, 2020

01) What (Hydroxy)chloroquine Does To The Body


“These cases are patients who I, or my colleagues have seen. They are de-identified and many instances have been presented in more depth in an academic setting. These videos are not individual medical advice and are for general educational purposes only. I do not give medical advice over the internet, see your own physician in person for that.

References:
[0] Treatment of Severe Chloroquine Poisoning. New England Journal Of Medicine 1988; 318:1-6.

[1] Hydroxychloroquine is much less active than chloroquine against chloroquine-resistant Plasmodium falciparum, in agreement with its physicochemical properties. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2003;52(2):188.

[2] Antimalarial toxicity: a review. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14720085/?from_single_result=14720085&expanded_search_query=14720085

[3] Single IV delivery of chloroquine in the treatment of falciparum malaria: toxicity and immediate therapeutic effects in 110 cases. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 1950;30(4):503.

[4] Taking the “idio” out of “idiosyncratic”: predicting torsades de pointes. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 1998;21(5):1029.

[5] The IKr drug response is modulated by KCR1 in transfected cardiac and noncardiac cell lines. FASEB J. 2003;17(15):2263.

[6] Extracellular potassium modulation of drug block of IKr. Implications for torsade de pointes and reverse use-dependence. Circulation. 1996;93(3):407.

[7] Erythromycin blocks the rapid component of the delayed rectifier potassium current and lengthens repolarization of guinea pig ventricular myocytes. Circulation. 1995;91(12):3010.

[8] The mechanism of toxicity from quinidine and a method of resuscitation: an experimental study . J Clin Invest 1925; 1:497–517.

[9] Chloroquine toxicity. Br J Clin Pharmacol 1983; 15:502–3.

[10] Chloroquine intoxication: two case reports . Forensic Sci Int 1978; 11:177–9.

[11] Experimental assessment of the protecting activity of diazepam on the acute toxicity of chloroquine . J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 1983; 20:271–9.

[12] Treatment of chloroquine poisoning with diazepam: preliminary results of an experimental study. Intensive Care Med 1986.

Chubbyemu COVID-19 Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL26HeTCO57qcOqYV6-5ZB9xleo_PaHxi4

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A TikToker Drank 1 Bottle Nutmeg Spice. This Is What Happened To His Brain…


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Date: April 29, 2020

01) A TikToker Drank 1 Bottle Nutmeg Spice. This Is What Happened To His Brain


“Nutmeg’s not funny. Don’t do it.

These cases are patients who I, or my colleagues have seen. They are de-identified and many instances have been presented in more depth in an academic setting. These videos are not individual medical advice and are for general educational purposes only. I do not give medical advice over the internet, see your own physician in person for that.”

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Balaji Srinivasan: Coronavirus Will Shape This Decade Like 9/11 Shaped the 2000s…


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Date: March 13, 2020

01) Balaji Srinivasan: Coronavirus Will Shape This Decade Like 9/11 Shaped the 2000s


“How should the United States government and the rest of us respond to the coronavirus, which the World Health Organization has just declared a global pandemic?

Balaji Srinivasan, who was on a short list to run Donald Trump’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has some strong opinions on the matter. Srinivasan is a former venture capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz and a serial entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. The genetic testing company he co-founded, Counsyl, helped change the way millions of people prepare for parenthood; his cryptocurrency startup, Earn.com, was acquired by Coinbase, where he served as chief technology officer.

In his prescient and lively Twitter feed, Srinivasan has been ahead of the curve in noting the coronavirus’s potential to cause a global public health crisis and to disrupt our economic and social lives. During a conversation conducted via Skype, he talked about why he thinks the coronavirus may have as big an impact on our way of life as the 9/11 attacks, how the United States government—especially the FDA he once might have headed—has fumbled its response, and why we’re likely looking at mandatory quarantines at the national level.

At the same time, Srinivasan believes that private-sector and nonprofit actors are conducting a “digital Dunkirk” rescue operation that could not just save countless lives but accelerate positive forms of decentralization in our political, economic, and personal lives.”

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Understanding Avoidant Personality Disorder…


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Date: February 26, 2020

01) Understanding Avoidant Personality Disorder


“An essential feature of avoidant personality disorder is a pattern of being socially inhibited, feeling inadequate and hypersensitive to rejection or criticism starting by early adulthood.

This pattern occurs pervasively which means it spreads across all areas of your life. So it’s not something you only noticed after being a bad relationship with someone who sucked your soul and tore you down emotionally. After a relationship like that, you will have some battle wounds that can look like feeling inadequate.

Most of the personality disorders including this one really start to manifest around late adolescence and early adulthood. And with avoidant personality disorder, you can get hints of social awkwardness and insecurity that seem a excessive that the child doesn’t seem to grow out of.

Here’s the criteria. You need 4 or more of the 7.
1. Avoids occupational activities that involve significant interpersonal contact because of fears of criticism, disapproval, or rejection.

2. Is unwilling to get involved with people unless certain of being liked.

3. Shows restraint within intimate relationships because of the fear of being shamed or ridiculed.

4. Is preoccupied with being criticized or rejected in social situations.

5. Is inhibited in new interpersonal situations because of feelings of inadequacy.

6. Views self as socially inept, personally unappealing, or inferior to others.

7. Is unusually reluctant to take personal risks or to engage in any new activities because they may prove embarrassing.

There is a lot of overlap between social anxiety disorder and avoidant personality disorder. However, with social anxiety, the fear and anxiety is limited to social interactions. And you realize your fears are unreasonable at some level but you’re still anxious about it. And you can still have close personal relationships.

With avoidant personality, there’s a deep belief that there’s something wrong with you and because of that, you hyperfocus on subtle cues that people are rejecting or criticizing you. The threshold for seeing something as critical is very low. Meaning it doesn’t take much for you to feel insulted or hurt by someone’s remarks. Your reaction to this is to stay away and avoid dealing with people in any way you can.

The treatment for this is cognitive therapy. There may be some behavioral exercises that a therapist can help set up for you, but generally the approach is addressing your distorted beliefs about yourself.”

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Subtle Signs of the Dark Triad – Dark Personality Examples…


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Date: January 24, 2020

01) Subtle Signs of the Dark Triad – Dark Personality Examples


“This video answers the question: Can I provide some of the subtle signs we see associated with the dark triad? Sometimes these are called the dark triad traits or referred to as the dark personality. The Dark Triad includes includes psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism.
When we think of the dark triad, we think of narcissism as the ‘lightest trait’ and psychopathy as the ‘darkest trait.’ These different traits have characteristics in common like empathy deficits, selfishness, a short-term mating style, as well as being competitive, antisocial, hedonistic, and having antagonism. We can think of antagonism as a low score on the agreeableness trait of the five-factor model.

Narcissism in the dark triad is really grandiose narcissism. We see characteristics like arrogance, being socially dominant, being self-centered, a sense of entitlement, and a tendency to manipulate others (we see this characteristic with all three of the dark triad traits). Psychopathy characteristics include callousness; a lack of empathy, remorse, or guilt; violating society’s norms; being irresponsible; being impulsive; having shallow effect; and superficial charm. The trait of Machiavellianism includes antisocial behaviors, but they’re usually conceptualized as white-collar crime. We also see cynicism, having good impulse control (so this would differentiate Machiavellianism from psychopathy), callousness and being goal-oriented (usually we conceptualize the goal as being negative).”

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