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(Marketwatch)   Brain supplements are for the dumb, the gullible, and the American consumer, the ven diagram of which is just a circle   (marketwatch.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Food and Drug Administration, supplements industry, dietary supplement, Dietary supplement, Dr. Joanna Hellmuth, active ingredients, brain health, dietary supplements  
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2019-03-13 06:23:54 PM  
Didn't House overclock his brain with meds at some point during the series?

/Vicodin is like pushing the Turbo button on an old PC to slow it down.
 
2019-03-13 08:47:10 PM  
Subby needs supplements. It's Venn diagram.
 
2019-03-13 08:48:08 PM  
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2019-03-13 08:48:33 PM  
Whatever subby. My brain supplements raised my IQ from 105 to 79.
 
2019-03-13 08:48:57 PM  
Of course they don't work. If they did Big Pharma would be selling them for 10k a pop.
 
2019-03-13 08:50:15 PM  
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2019-03-13 08:55:48 PM  
Eat fish.

It proves you are smarter than a fish.
 
2019-03-13 08:56:51 PM  

cgraves67: Whatever subby. My brain supplements raised my IQ from 105 to 79.


Are you sure that it isn't just a coincidence? Were you watching political party broadcasts at the time?
 
2019-03-13 08:57:50 PM  
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2019-03-13 08:58:50 PM  
I don't know. Seems to be working so far.
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2019-03-13 09:07:17 PM  
There's a commercial that comes on while I'm watching the Weather Channel early in the morning where the secret to a healthy brain is jellyfish.
 
2019-03-13 09:08:30 PM  
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The only CBS show that wasn't insultingly stupid, so of course they cancelled it. Bonus: Bradley Cooper plays his movie character!
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2019-03-13 09:21:01 PM  
A circle also just so happens to be the average American over-head view profile. Or side profile. We're just bouncing orbs of redundant protoplasm. Mmmm. Orbs. Now, that has me hungry for some corn on the orb!

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2019-03-13 09:21:13 PM  
I bought a multi-vitamin that was supposed to boost my memory, but I couldn't remember to take them. I tossed them a few months after the expiration date.
 
2019-03-13 09:29:44 PM  
The best way to sell something to an American is to tell them that some boring government science types say you shouldn't be able to buy it and that it's a total waste of your money and freedom to spend it how you please.
 
2019-03-13 09:30:11 PM  
I prefer the Brian supplements.
 
2019-03-13 09:34:49 PM  

csny_Hippie: Subby needs supplements. It's Venn diagram.


No I'm doesn't
 
2019-03-13 09:46:28 PM  
Haha, Joe Rogan. You hack.
 
2019-03-13 09:52:50 PM  
A naturopathic doctor's perspective
Marianne Calvanese, a naturopathic doctor at Austin Naturopathic in Austin, Texas, agrees with Hellmuth regarding the problems with dietary supplements that are not backed by quality research.


Fake recognize fake.
 
2019-03-13 09:55:42 PM  
Hey man I need my caffeine, sugar and cannabis to keep my brain running smoothly.
 
2019-03-13 10:09:50 PM  
I'm conflicted here...'brain supplements' have had a huge, amazing, dramatically positive impact on my life.  Depending on your definition of brain supplement.  Part of me wants everyone to know how great it is.

The other part of me knows that the end result is 'everyone' using it and me losing my competitive advantage.

90% of Americans admit to consuming caffeine daily (so I've been told, no source so maybe it's b.s....) and I used to use/abuse caffeine in college all the time.  Then in the working world.  Days when I otherwise would have been less productive, I could get a boost by consuming caffeine.

Now I've got a drug (modafinil) that works very similar to caffeine (from my perspective), only about 10 times better.  I don't admit it in person, naturally.  And I figure nobody on the internet will value my (possibly fictional) story to care online....but it's an amazing drug.
 
2019-03-13 10:25:10 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: I'm conflicted here...'brain supplements' have had a huge, amazing, dramatically positive impact on my life.  Depending on your definition of brain supplement.  Part of me wants everyone to know how great it is.

The other part of me knows that the end result is 'everyone' using it and me losing my competitive advantage.

90% of Americans admit to consuming caffeine daily (so I've been told, no source so maybe it's b.s....) and I used to use/abuse caffeine in college all the time.  Then in the working world.  Days when I otherwise would have been less productive, I could get a boost by consuming caffeine.

Now I've got a drug (modafinil) that works very similar to caffeine (from my perspective), only about 10 times better.  I don't admit it in person, naturally.  And I figure nobody on the internet will value my (possibly fictional) story to care online....but it's an amazing drug.


Oh... modafinil is real alright - the military uses it.  Not sure its really a "brain booster" tho.

I basically shuts off the section in your brain that tells you...you need to sleep.

It's non narcotic and has no recreational value... But if you need to study - it will keep you awake and alert which improves your ability to learn...it basically just keeps you from sleeping... What you do with that time is up to you. . But students do use it to stay awake to study

The military has used it to keep pilots awake on long sorties...  I took it working extended night shifts for the Navy.  Personally i did not find it enjoyable.  It doesn't keep you from being tired or fatigued...it just keeps you from sleeping. .. Its like being exhausted and not able to sleep... Which is a feeling that I don't enjoy
 
2019-03-13 10:36:49 PM  
Well that was Much Ado About Nothing specific
 
2019-03-13 10:38:09 PM  
The word is Nootropics and it's like it's 1985 all over again.
 
2019-03-13 10:49:22 PM  
What brain supplements may look like:

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2019-03-13 10:50:21 PM  
There's not enough studies/money to test alternative medicines. I'd like to see much more on medicinal mushrooms such as lion's mane, personally. I really hate the argument that there's basically not enough evidence about a drug or food when in fact the reason behind that attitude is that there's barely any research. Tell me something is ineffective based on research not based on a lack of research.
 
2019-03-13 10:50:56 PM  

SloppyFrenchKisser: I prefer the Brian supplements.


My brain tumor is back
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You son of a biatch.  You made this happen, didn't you?  DIDN'T YOU?
 
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2019-03-13 11:09:36 PM  
Man, the lengths people will go to in order to not read books.
 
2019-03-13 11:16:14 PM  
I keep all my supplements in my appendix.
 
2019-03-13 11:25:04 PM  
Unfortunately there's a radio connected to my brain.

/obscure?
 
2019-03-13 11:36:22 PM  
I take B6, B12, and a 200mg caffeine pill every morning that replaces coffee/ energy drinks. Keeps me running long enough for the hangover to wear off and accept that I should finish the work day.

I tried every ingredient in energy drinks individualy and those are the main 3. Total cost per day is like $0.26 if you buy in bulk.
 
2019-03-13 11:41:47 PM  

tjsands1118: Hey man I need my caffeine, sugar and cannabis to keep my brain running smoothly.


Don't forget booze and nicotine!
 
2019-03-13 11:58:01 PM  

StatelyGreekAutomaton: tjsands1118: Hey man I need my caffeine, sugar and cannabis to keep my brain running smoothly.

Don't forget booze and nicotine!


Those are assumed.
 
2019-03-14 12:18:44 AM  

Trocadero: [img.cinemablend.com image 600x300]
The only CBS show that wasn't insultingly stupid, so of course they cancelled it. Bonus: Bradley Cooper plays his movie character!
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Is that the chick from Dexter? Man I have a huge crush on her.
 
2019-03-14 12:25:01 AM  
I saw a presentation by an Air Force researcher once where he talked about how to keep aircrews up and functioning for two or three days straight.

They tested all sorts of different drugs, but the best thing they found that didn't cause bad mental or physical side effects was... coffee and donuts.
 
2019-03-14 12:27:36 AM  

Bukharin: Trocadero: [img.cinemablend.com image 600x300]
The only CBS show that wasn't insultingly stupid, so of course they cancelled it. Bonus: Bradley Cooper plays his movie character!
[pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com image 700x393]

Is that the chick from Dexter? Man I have a huge crush on her.


Yep. She does voice over for Catwoman on a new movie, apparently.
 
2019-03-14 12:33:18 AM  
GNC, Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens accused of selling adulterated 'herbals'
This was a few years ago. But they can't make them take them off the shelves. Capitalism!

Injury: These things aren't medicinal at all. Once in a while, they have some benefits. I've taken st. John's wort for mild depression. But not from Wal-Mart.
Insult: They're not even real fake medicine.
Fark: The market for these things is farking huge.
 
2019-03-14 12:35:33 AM  

howdoibegin: The best way to sell something to an American is to tell them that some boring government science types say you shouldn't be able to buy it and that it's a total waste of your money and freedom to spend it how you please.


The best way to get Americans to buy something is to sell it.

Hahahaahaa.
 
2019-03-14 12:43:11 AM  

StatelyGreekAutomaton: tjsands1118: Hey man I need my caffeine, sugar and cannabis to keep my brain running smoothly.

Don't forget booze and nicotine!


Nope, I don't really fark with those.
 
2019-03-14 12:50:51 AM  

Trocadero: Bukharin: Trocadero: [img.cinemablend.com image 600x300]
The only CBS show that wasn't insultingly stupid, so of course they cancelled it. Bonus: Bradley Cooper plays his movie character!
[pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com image 700x393]

Is that the chick from Dexter? Man I have a huge crush on her.

Yep. She does voice over for Catwoman on a new movie, apparently.


She can voice over my heart.
 
2019-03-14 01:05:50 AM  
Her practice involves the use of homeopathic medicines - a very different approach from dietary supplements.

Yeah - dietary supplements usually have something other than water in them.
 
2019-03-14 01:22:55 AM  

FormlessOne: Her practice involves the use of homeopathic medicines - a very different approach from dietary supplements.

Yeah - dietary supplements usually have something other than water in them.


Come on now. Homeopathic is one of the best words on the list of Truthiness.
 
2019-03-14 01:39:01 AM  

Declassify Issue: There's not enough studies/money to test alternative medicines. I'd like to see much more on medicinal mushrooms such as lion's mane, personally. I really hate the argument that there's basically not enough evidence about a drug or food when in fact the reason behind that attitude is that there's barely any research. Tell me something is ineffective based on research not based on a lack of research.


Sure, we'll get right on that.  After all, it's not the responsibility of the person making the claim to prove that it's true, it's the responsibility of the people calling bullshiat to prove that it's false.  While we're at it is there anything else you'd like studies done on to prove they don't make you smarter?  Doritos?  Potatoes?  Magnets?  Being hit on the head?
 
2019-03-14 01:44:54 AM  
Beer....

"Well, you see, Norm, it's like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it's the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine.

And that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers."
 
2019-03-14 03:01:03 AM  

John Hopoate: Beer....

"Well, you see, Norm, it's like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it's the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.


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2019-03-14 06:44:48 AM  
This is one of the better synopses I've seen on supplements.  It is unfortunately about 2 years out of date now, but still probably valuable.  I would love for someone that knows more about the subject to comment on how accurate the information is.

http://informationisbeautiful.net/vis​u​alizations/snake-oil-scientific-eviden​ce-for-nutritional-supplements-vizswee​t/
 
2019-03-14 08:49:28 AM  

Declassify Issue: There's not enough studies/money to test alternative medicines. I'd like to see much more on medicinal mushrooms such as lion's mane, personally. I really hate the argument that there's basically not enough evidence about a drug or food when in fact the reason behind that attitude is that there's barely any research. Tell me something is ineffective based on research not based on a lack of research.


Was going to post something about lion's mane yesterday.
This morning the giggling morning TV crew ran a short piece showing that consuming two or more servings of mushrooms weekly could slash the risk of mild cognitive impairment by half.
Just regular button mushrooms.
 
2019-03-14 09:23:52 AM  

Big Lee: Declassify Issue: There's not enough studies/money to test alternative medicines. I'd like to see much more on medicinal mushrooms such as lion's mane, personally. I really hate the argument that there's basically not enough evidence about a drug or food when in fact the reason behind that attitude is that there's barely any research. Tell me something is ineffective based on research not based on a lack of research.

Sure, we'll get right on that.  After all, it's not the responsibility of the person making the claim to prove that it's true, it's the responsibility of the people calling bullshiat to prove that it's false.  While we're at it is there anything else you'd like studies done on to prove they don't make you smarter?  Doritos?  Potatoes?  Magnets?  Being hit on the head?


/Insert smartass response here.
 
2019-03-14 09:48:32 AM  
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Prevagen has an protein originally found in jellyfish, and as you know, jellyfish are known for their awesome memory. (yea, ok...)
 
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