November 8th, 2010


'Magic mushrooms' ingredient may ease end-of-life anxiety

"Terminally ill cancer patients struggling with anxiety may get some relief from a guided "trip" on the hallucinogenic drug psilocybin, a new study suggests.

The study included 12 patients who took a small dose of psilocybin -- the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms" -- while under the supervision of trained therapists. In a separate session, the participants took a placebo pill, which had little effect on their symptoms.

By contrast, one to three months after taking psilocybin the patients reported feeling less anxious and their overall mood had improved. By the six-month mark, the group's average score on a common scale used to measure depression had declined by 30 percent, according to the study, which was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

In follow-up interviews with the researchers, some patients said their experience with psilocybin gave them a new perspective on their illness and brought them closer to family and friends."

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The Rasch family gift exchange "Codes of Conduct"

In which my sister Heather lays down the gift exchange law...


Hello Family!

Since my idea last year of a heart felt letter that you will cherish when you
are 90 years old and the person that sent it is six-feet under and it is the
only way your feeble mind will remember them went over like a lead balloon, it
was suggested we do a materialistic gift exchange instead. So here are the gift exchange "Codes of Conduct"

1 - $50 spending limit
2 - If you "forget" to give your gift, you will be disowned from the family.
3 - Call, email, text the person you are giving a present to find out some ideas
of what they would like. It's ok.:)
4 - If you do not want to be a part of the gift exchange this year, you must let
us know by next Monday, November 15th. Otherwise, see conduct rule #2.
5 - Don't ask me who you have or I shoot you upon arrival in Jerome. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Love you all,

Note to Joey - I included Erin. I figure it is time to introduce her to the
madness that we call our family. Could you please forward her this email?

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Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one of these sugary cakelets every three hours, instead of meals. To add variety in his steady stream of Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Haub munched on Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos, too.

His premise: That in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most -- not the nutritional value of the food.

The premise held up: On his "convenience store diet," he shed 27 pounds in two months.

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