[ExI] Which nootropics work best?

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Tue Mar 15 21:12:41 UTC 2011

On 03/15/2011 10:43 AM, Kelly Anderson wrote:
> 2011/3/13 Max More<max at maxmore.com>:
>> and even personal experiences, and pointers to evidence-based web
>> resources.
> I'm 47, male. My stress levels have been off the charts for the last
> two and a half years (bless the government and their "helping hand")
> and I've lost most of my mental capacity for concentration and focus.
> I got so desperate that I started taking a prescribed adult ADHD
> medication. I can't remember the name of it right now, which just
> would not have happened three years ago. My brain used to be similar
> in structure, but not quite to the performance level level of Ken
> Jennings. I would read things once, and they are still in there.
> Acquiring new information has become increasingly difficult for me. I
> believe it's mostly stress related, but there is the possibility that
> there is an age component. Anyway, that didn't work, so I don't take
> it anymore.
> I haven't been able to obtain or hold down "regular" employment, due
> to schedule and mental ability. It's been very disconcerting.

My experience was scary some years ago where I had many similar issues.  
Not enough to lose my employment but I was hanging on by a thread.  
Getting a full professional anti-aging workup and follow-up blood work 
for at least a year used to adjust supplements and meds turned a lot of 
that around.  It was pricey over that year (around $10,000 total) but it 
was so worth it - best $10000 I ever spent. In particular in my case a 
major aspect was that the hypo-thyroid meds were at too low a dose.  
Thyroid is one thing that commonly falls down as we age.   But upgrading 
several other vitamins and neurotransmitter related substances was also 
part of it.    And BTW, cognitive declines on average start at age 40.  
They vary in type and severity per individual.

- samantha

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