Thanks Eric – not to dispute the potential of LSD-like compounds for psychotherapy as you note (and primary research reflects). Only to note the sense of a circle to square, between your reply citation of ‘both the positive and negative effects’ (. an appropriately balanced emphasis) – and the rosier-sounding, more eye-widening title note, ‘effects of LSD 100% positive’ (. tabloid-like, sensational). My focus of reply goes to the larger, general context of mass media culture of circus-like exploitation. That gets the attention and approval of John Q Tripper, Joe Reader. And we have PT Barnum’s sage advice ‘give the public what it wants.’ Meanwhile, sound well-informed interest in the ‘psychedelic potential’ faces a struggle for legitimacy and wider acknowledgment. Question in view here for me, is how the subject’s frequent tabloid commodification, its ‘high’ exploitation value in narrative – function in such a situation, perhaps fatefully – when final die is cast. Seems a critical issue amid a proliferation of “100% positive” stories being circulated – given the history and trail of events since the 1943 discovery of LSD’s effects. And in general I’d still like to see reply from Principal Investigator(s), when their studies are cited in popular accounts – especially to address any questions of accuracy and validity. Unless scientists and researchers who produce findings amenable to such recourse have some responsibility – to be unaware how their work is cited and utilized in discourse outside their professional communities. I assume the above article was not submitted to Dr Gasser for reply, for him to either affirm or correct (if indicated from his pov as PI) any representation of his work – if he so wishes. Thank you again for your reply Eric, with regards.
As with any activity thought to improve health, researchers are trying to identify the specific characteristics of volunteering that provide the greatest benefit. For example, how much time would you need to put into volunteer work to lower your blood pressure or live longer? In the Carnegie Mellon study, 200 hours of volunteering per year correlated to lower blood pressure. Other studies have found a health benefit from as little as 100 hours of volunteering a year. Which types of volunteer activities improve health the most? No one really knows. Sneed speculates that mentally stimulating activities, like tutoring or reading, might be helpful for maintaining memory and thinking skills, while “activities that promote physical activity would be helpful with respect to cardiovascular health, but no studies have really explored this.”
Effects of steroid withdrawal are known to emulate and kick start many other medical complications as well. Weakness, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea (further resulting in liquid and electrolyte complications), as well as abdominal pain are some of the most common effects that steroid withdrawal is often associated with. Constant decrease in blood pressure which simultaneously causes a person to faint or causes fits and dizziness are other complications the steroid use can cause.
Blood sugar levels are known to have dropped in many people who consume steroids. In women, menstrual changes have been reported widely. Muscle and joint pains, fever, changes in mentality, as well as elevation in calcium levels have been reported in some cases. Gastrointestinal contractions decrease dramatically which may ultimately lead to the swelling of the intestine .