November 2015 update

I started this site because I'm very interested in improvement and growth. But I also started a side project that's doing very well. I'm spending all of my time on it. Hence the lack of posts. The greatest thing about making money is the increase in choices and freedom right? If I write any more Read More…

Struggle. Overcome. Grow. Repeat.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWSZ1DKjNzY Thanks to Fawky for posting this Remember in the last post I talked about how there is beauty in adversity? When your brain struggles with a problem, reviews it, and "processes the feedback"...apparently the best way to grow is immersion into and contemplating a tough problem. Do some recreational math. Process why your previous Read More…

Mastering the CounterIntuitive: My Current Approach to Using Nootropics

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I approach nootropics with the attitude of "use them to bolster what is already there." "Don't use them if you don't have to" is a guideline I follow. You might be thinking, "But this is a blog about nootropics." I'd holla back, "Yeah, primarily. But it's deeper than that. Look closer. Barring modafinil, How much Read More…

Nootropics for diabetes? Noopept might work.

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Noopept's co-creator Dr. Rita Ostrovskaya says it's likely that it and other nootropics can help battle diabetes. This is another "notes" post, from Smart Drug Smarts podcast. This time: a short history and primer on noopept Let's get into it. It was invented out of a desire to improve on Piracetam because... Dr. Rita says Read More…

Aniracetam: a small primer

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It's is a fat-soluble derivative of Piracetam. It is stronger than Piracetam (but weaker than Noopept). Would be best for creative and "big picture thinking" tasks. Things you may notice (anecdotal): Increased perception of visual and aural stimuli Decreased anxiety Increased motivation Better focus Better resilience against stress and depression Examine.com had this to say Read More…

Oxiracetam: a small primer

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It's is derivative of GABA. It seems to be stronger and quicker-acting that Aniracetam and definitely Piracetam (but weaker than Noopept). Would be best for studying math and sciences since a research study showed it caused slight improvement in logical tasks. May improve spatial memory and orientation1 Protects the brain's ability to retrieve long-term memories2 Read More…

Nootropics for Stress Relief and Anxiety Part 2: Ashwagandha

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Ashwagandha is an anxiety-crushing adaptogenic plant often referred to as a "royal herb"1 due to the many rejuvenating benefits it gives the body. It's mainly known for its beneficial effects on stress, anxiety, and depression. I wouldn't call Ashwagandha a true nootropic, more like a "nootropic assister." Meaning the effects it has on the brain Read More…

The 4 Key Habits for Mastery Josh Waitzkin Recommends Everyone Internalize

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If you remember nothing else from this series, internalize these 4 habits. Before he listed these, T. Ferriss asked JW what were some habits, interesting behavior, or rituals of the high-level clients he works with. "An amazing way of deepening the creative process, deepening presence, expanding your energetic relationship to the world, gaining insight, and Read More…

Use ALCAR with Racetams Instead of a Choline Supplement. Here’s Why

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I first learned of this indirect cholinergic action of ALCAR from reading this thread. Here's my take on that article. Thanks to Chrono by the way, for writing that. ... Nearly everywhere you look online someone is telling you to take choline with racetams. I don't think it's needed as much as people think. Chrono Read More…

On Racetams and Nootropics: Notes from Phil Micans’s Interview on Smart Drug Smarts

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These are my notes from Smart Drug Smarts Podcast #10 with Phil Micans. Micans has a Master's degree in biochemistry and is also a pharmacist. The man knows his racetams. Now you will as well. According to Micans: Nous means 'reasoning' "but is beyond the concept of logic and interpretation. It's more as Plato would Read More…