February 1st, 2010 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal
Feb. 1st, 2010
In a pilot study, South Carolina psychiatrist Michael Mithoefer is targeting PTSD with a controversial drug: methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy. He gave MDMA, along with psychotherapy, to 21 participants who had developed treatment-resistant PTSD as a result of experiences with crime or war. Only 15 percent of the MDMA-treated subjects continued to experience PTSD afterward, as opposed to 85 percent of the subjects who received psychotherapy with a placebo. Mithoefer considers the findings especially notable given that 20 of the 21 participants had previously failed to obtain relief from FDA-approved treatments. “The next step is to find out if this can be replicated elsewhere,” he says. The study, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, was the first FDA-approved trial evaluating MDMA’s therapeutic applications. Additional clinical tests examining MDMA-based treatments for PTSD are under way in Switzerland and Israel.
Via Alexis Bright.
11:42 am - » The Psychology of Passive Barriers: Why Your Friends Don’t Save Money, Eat Healthier, or Clean The
Passive barriers are subtle factors that prevent you from changing your behavior. Unlike “active” barriers, passive barriers describe the lack of something, making them more challenging to identify. But once you do, you can immediately take action to change your behavior.
You can apply barriers to prevent yourself from spending money, cook and eat healthier, exercise more, stay in touch with your friends and family, and virtually any other behavior. You can do this with small changes or big ones. The important factor is to take action today.
03:04 pm - Against The Wall
Via Roissy in DC
Sunday, I drove to Zanker Road waste facility aka "dump" to drop off some old carpet and a stinky sofa. On my way there, I passed a huge mega-church that was just letting out. There were so many people that they had police officers out directing traffic.
I was supposed to take a Russian class at noon at the dojo, but the teacher flaked. So we hung out looking up handy phrases on a Russian dating site. Many of the phrases may be correct Russian, but they're terrible game:
When I met you for the first time I understood: it's forever.
I can't live without you.
There's no borders for my love.
After picking up a sofa donated to the Dojo, I stopped at Costco in South San Francisco. Madness! The place was packed. I was also accosted at the end of the checkout to upgrade to the Executive membership. I declined, irritated that they would hold up the line to upsell me. Finally, I went on a date to Plato's in Palo Alto. It's a make your own salad place. Pretty decent salad, but the staff were the friendliest or communicative bunch. Afterwards, we went to Border's and read "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass. LSD: it's a terrible drug.
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