I have a lot of friends that are on antidepressants. As you’ve probably guessed, I’m really curious and wondered if they were really necessary. I mean something like 10% of Americans take them. It just doesn’t sound right.
Well the other month, I came across a book called, The Emperor’s New Drugs. I couldn’t put the book down!
Here’s the basics:
Antidepressants are no more effective than placebos
The FDA gets about 60% of their budget from drug fees.
It only takes two successful studies to get FDA approval.
The chemical balance theory is BS. It’s not proven.
Ok, so what’s the solution? The author recommends a form of psychotherapy. You can visit a psychotherapist or read a book about it. Another alternative is regular exercise. From what I gathered, depression is caused by defective thinking, which you can usually fix. And without drugs!
If you or anyone you know, is on antidepressants, get them this book!
Happy Fourth of July!
My mind is full of confuzzles. I found this awesome hover bike. Yes, you heard me right! Hover bike! Check it out:
It sorta looks like you’re flying a blender, which is somewhat scary. Check out the guy’s site here. He’s giving away a prototype to one of the individuals that donates to his project. I’m totally in for $10 and a chance to win!
Woohoo! I’ve been waiting for a flying car since I was a little girl and saw Jetson’s re-runs. Check this out:
They’re actually affordable but just not to me! Haha. You can pick one up for about 55,000 British pounds. Here’s more info: Parajet Skycar
Talk to you later. I gotta break open a couple piggy banks.
If the idea of being able to escape handcuffs, pick locks, and survive during a riot sound fun, read on! About a year or so ago, I read the book Emergency by Neil Strauss. He talks about all of the stuff he studied or learned to prepare for the end of the world. Haha. Well, one of the course in the book was an urban escape and evasion course put on by onPoint Tactical.
Then I scraped enough dollars together to take the course. Oh boy! Was it ever worth it! I can’t go over all of the stuff I learned cuz I’d have to kill ya but I did learn a lot. On the second day, everyone was handcuffed, one at at time, and tossed into the trunk of a Honda. Then one of the trainers shut the trunk. Pretty scary! But not if you’re prepared!
It took me about 10 seconds to pick my handcuffs. And another 15 seconds to find the darn emergency open switch. How many of you can say you can get escape out of a trunk while handcuffed. I can!
Here’s a little taste:
I know I’m a little bit crazy but I really, really, really want to fly with a wing suit!! In case you’ve been living in a cave (my next experiment!), you jump off a cliff and open your James Bond like wings. You fly like a bird! Really! A bird!!
The big thing holding me back is that you have to have a lot of parachute jumps under belt before you can start flying. Something like 500 successful jumps. OMG!
Have any of you had any experiences with the Couch Surfing website? It looks pretty awesome. Basically, you search for people in a city you’re looking to travel to. Then you check out their profiles and send the ones you like requests.
From the looks of it, I get the impression it works well. You get a couch or sometimes a bed to sleep in for free, which is always nice. Usually, the hosts will show you around town if they have the time. It’s customary to bring a small gift for the hosts. Or, you could make them dinner or take them out for drinks.
While I haven’t officially couch surfed, I did do some impromptu surfing last summer in Moscow. I was visiting a buddy there. He was out of town for the weekend and scheduled to arrive the day before I arrived. Well, that’s what I thought! He totally misread his train ticket and didn’t realize he was arriving until the day after I arrived. I guess I should have expected that since he’s sort of a Bohemian/hippy.
I waited in front of his apartment for a few hours. Then I grabbed a kebab at a restaurant down the street. Then I waited a few more hours. About a dozen babushkas passed me entering and existing the building. Some with funny looks.
Luckily, a couple in the building asked me if I needed help. Boy, did I ever! They invited to spend the night. And, coincidentally, they lived down the hall from my buddy! We had some drinks and watched movies.
I left the next day but made some cool friends. Here’s their pics: