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I'm glad it has helped you Beth! It also helped me through my studies abroad. Without it I would have stayed in bed all day, or worst case probably tried to end the suffering. I hope politicians and the people in power can stop being bribed, open their eyes to recent studies and start changing how we treat people. We know so much more now.
Reset.me is a portal from the post CNN reporter Amber Lyon, who got PTSD from horrible events through journalism and has now started reporting psychedelics. She cured her PTSD with psilocybin mushrooms.
A great live interview on TV w/ Amber >
I thought this could be interesting to read > http://reset.me/study/study-psychedelics-dont-harm-mental-health
Ok, so here is what I have gathered after reading books written by professional athletes and people who work hard gaining weight ("but she said loose weight?!" Yatta yatta, wait for iit...) I don't focus on fat loss, but weight gaining and muscle building, so please correct me if I am wrong and don't hate! Don't trust anyone blindly and always read up to be certain.
If you want to gain weight you need a surplus of 200 calories above your base level, including the amount expended with activity. So from a rest rate of lets say... 1800, then 2600 cal is required with moderate acitivity, 2800-3000 for weight gain when working out heavy 3x a week. From what I understand, the exact opposite applies for loosing weight. You have to eat "less" to loose weight, but at the same time you cannot let the numbers go too far down as your body stops functioning for one, and secondly it will go into survival mode. Meaning it will hang on to whatever it can to survive, and start to degenerate your muscles for bigger sources of nutrients. So baseline + figure out what you usually would need to maintain your weight, then deduct 200 from that.
I think it has more to do with balancing acids in the body. The less acidic food you eat, the less your body will hold on the fat and the quicker it should go. I might be off here so please correct me. Eating less carbs, more fats and protein, more greens as they don't add any weight, but zero them selves out. Then you'll build more muscles, still have energy converted from the fats and require less complex carbs which otherwise, would be stored as fat, if you didn't require more direct energy. Don't get me wrong, you need carbs, but through greens you get carbs that doesn't add any to your frame.
Also from what you wrote I think you are on the right path. A combination of heavy weights and cardio should do the trick. Just give it time and try to tweak what you are doing. That is always the key to see progression and success with fitness. Drastic changes in program and diet usually won't do any good.
Oh, and by the way. Please please please, if you're going to do crossfit... don't set yourself up for injury with improper form. *cough*, "youtube"
I agree with you on some points, and some I disagree with. I'll agree that they have been banned because people have harmed them selves in the past. I disagree that they did it in the right way. A complete ban is wrong. Stopping studies is wrong. It is neglectful and stupid. We loose a lot of potential medicine and open a world of street drugs. Recent studies show that they DO have healing effects on the brain. First and for most it can help with chronic depression, anxiety, PTSD, but most importantly and amazingly; it can cause brain cells to regenerate and grow.
As far as you say safe, do you mean safe for the brain? Or safe, as in psyche? There clearly is evidence that it does not harm the brain. Much like a low dose of MDMA will not cause any permanent damage and any damage that does happen reverses with time. Obvious problems there is the abuse by teenagers at festivals, clubs, concerts etc. I don't see why someone would add anything to psychedelics like mushrooms before selling as it serves no purpose. With coke, mdma etc yes. I get the part about trained personal. I agree! There is lack of this and this is why I want to see medical centres for people to explore these things in. To have safe environments where it can be used properly with the real stuff, not some street garbage.
I know this will take a long time, but I think discarding their healing benefits because of past abuse is wrong. We need to start with a clean slate and see it for what it really is. When used appropriately They can do amazing things. The war on drugs, is more a war towards people opening their minds. The government, pharmaceutical companies, politicians and the likes have no people in their interest. That should be quite clear by now. Hopefully we can turn things around and help the majority of people that need help. This goes far beyond any substance though.
I agree with cyclinglady on this one. Your body will produce everything except the 11 amino acids that it cannot produce. This is why meats are such a great source of protein, but we don't need to eat as much as most people do. Oviously we can get it from specific plants and other foods like quinoa and so forth (lysine is an example that quinoa is rich off of, which is hard to get outside of meat). All I'm saying that a well balanced meal is required to fill the spectrum, and meat can make it easier. Myself have debated going vegan once I am fully healed due to the fact I can't stand the way our food is being treated. We are so disconnected, and it feels like the stuff just comes out of nowhere. Poor animals...
I believe everything that is "not-so-good-for-you" In moderation is "ok", but if you are in a healing process from celiacs then it is suggested not to. The body will manage to get rid of most toxics and has an amazing ability to filter stuff. Except when your GI tract is broken and you get everything into your bloodstream.
Check out Gluten Summit which is hosted by the wonderful Dr. Tom'o Bryan who has a good grasp of A.I (auto immune) diseases. Thyroid Sessions has a lot of good information too. SCD Lifestyle is run by two who have celiacs and have struggled most of their lives. After figuring out what it was and gotten a grasp on it they became physicians and are now on the road to help more people.
I suggest checking Gluten Summit as they have a list of all the doctors and practitioner they have interviewed. Over 40 who specialise in their own unique part of the body, but all related to A.I or celiacs.
It sounds very much like celiacs. How much water do you drink daily?
I used to have constant tinnitus, constant pains in my bottom abdominal left side, problems with urination (feeling of always having to pee... for years).
The tests can show as negative even though they are positive, but after going through so many tests I am a bit uncertain how to approach it.
In my opinion check:
These guys have some knowledge and I know for a fact they have talked about which tests to take and which not to take, because they are expensive and some yield better results and have a higher score to find celiacs.
If you ever need someone to talk to about this feel free to contact me. Like so many other on this forum I've gone through this for closer to 15 years and I know the pains... It helps to talk about it and get it out of your mind.
Sugar feeds the wrong kinds of bacteria in the gut which is a bad thing. So if you are serious about healing then the professionals suggest that you get off sugar completely until properly healed, but dark honey seems to be ok in moderate amounts.
Dilettantsteph. Let me tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I can tell you have gone through a lot of grief because of these substances. It saddens me so much to hear those stories. It really does.
I see why you don't want people to use these substances, but poor attention to use of anything will most likely cause some negative impact on our bodies. One can abuse anything. I know this argument doesn't hold when people have a higher risk of dying from these substances. You don't die instantly of an overdose from sugar or caffeine. What amazes me is how so many focus so negatively on these substances while alcohol and cigarettes are totally fine. They are the major killers across the globe. So easy to abuse and most people are "ok" with it, not everyone though (thank "god"). "Oooh you just got blackout drunk? Ha ha... so funny...". As if there were no dangers to it. Because, it wouldn't happen to me.
What I am trying to get at is that the person behind the drivers wheel is the one in control. If they can't control them selves with i.e food they will most likely end up obese. If they can't control their substance use they can end up damaged or at worst dead. This can happen with any substance or anything you put into your body. It is a sad state of affaire, but I don't think it is a reason to try and put an end to the psychedelic use. They can do wonderful things, if used correctly in a controlled manner with supervision. This is why I wish there were medical centres where people could go to get help. We have great benefits from them. The problem lies with the street sales considering we have no idea what they really contain. The second problem is that younger kids can get a hold of them like chocolate in the store. Meaning, they usually do not know how to approach them appropriately.
In the past three years I have taken psychedelics two times. With the intention to heal myself from a different level. There is no "falseness" to how I feel. They have changed me for the better. Maybe I am just lucky? I don't know. I personally believe it was not luck. It was what I set out to do. Not to have a joy ride. I have read many stories about such wonders, but I also have read many more stories of people who have not gotten the medical effect of it. The problem is when you start to take them just to get an experience. They shouldn't be used for fun. They should be used as a tool and the amount should never exceed a specific value due to the fact that you loose control over your body and you end up not gaining anything from the experience, but might end up hurting yourself from the lack of control or from the amount of substance. Street drugs is not something I enjoy using and I hope one day it can all be regulated so we know for a fact it is not just poison. Be grown or made in labs. Used by doctors or medical teams who can make sure everything goes well. Hopefully one day make some anti-drug that can pull them straight out if things go bad, but with a guide the bad usually doesn't happen if done correctly.
I am not trying to battle you here, but merely expressing my opinion.
JNBunnie1: Well put I also think marijuana is wonderful when used to treat various illnesses or pain. It shouldn't be used recreationally though. Maybe once every month with friends in a park using a portable vape perhaps, but the habit of abuse is in the picture of almost every user.
Amber Lyon is a journalist whom used to report war on terror and the likes. She healed her PTSD from seeing so much blood and murder in her job with ayahuasca. She saw the benefits and has now turned to psychedelic journalism. Quite interesting if you want to follow the progress.
I do understand where you are coming from and I do keep that in the back of my head. Trust me, I am a bit scared every time I do these things because you never know how it will turn out, and quite frankly my last experience had its downside at the end where I actually thought I broke myself. I was stuck in a very weird place and felt very confused and lost. Luckily I came back to my old self, else I wouldn't be typing here today.
These things do come with their downsides and should not be taken lightheartedly. I learned that the hard way and quite frankly I am a bit afraid of doing it again, but I have decided that if I am to do it again it will be much much less so that I can use it as a tool more than just to get an experience.
Also, I did not attend the ceremony to get rid of my memories, they are all still there. I just couldn't confront the memories. It helped me separate myself from the pain so I could look at it objectively from a new lens, and then it made the past memories seem less bad. It could have been so much worse! I am still alive and kicking! Stronger than ever...
I wish I could wake up to the sunrise across the water and I truly envy you some day...
I am really sorry for the loss of your nephew. It brings tears to my eyes and my throat knots up as I read this. I have lost close relatives myself. The sadness and pain it brings can be so hard to bare and not having a way to understand what actually happened makes it harder. I wish that upon nobody. I hope you have found peace and that he will stay with you. Keep him close to your heart. Hopefully in some new existence after the human body you will reunite.
I do not believe we are our bodies. I do sincerely and whole heartedly believe we are more than this weird meat vehicle that is flying through space on this little rock. Who are listening to our thoughts? Who are feeling the senses that the mind perceives? It can't just be the brain. That doesn't make sense to me. No energy can be born or destroyed. It only changes into new forms. That makes sense. Why shouldn't we? We are a part of the same matter and the same building blocks as everything else.
Lastly, I will be careful and make sure that it doesn't happen to me. I promise.
I just asked for non-judgement in hope that people would not just turn away the second they saw it was related to substances. I know a lot of people that won't touch that subject with a 500-foot pole because they are afraid or just have strong beliefs, and usually without any personal experience.
Regarding the "hippie" term, yeah I guess it was poorly wording on my part because I know that is a word that comes with many connotations that might not be true.
Anyway, I am definitely going to have at least a three month break before I go on another adventure, but I admit that Ayahuasca is something I will probably use for as long as I am alive. It is a great tool to work on yourself to get unstuck when you really can't get further yourself.
Meditation is something I do daily and it has helped me so much, but it can only do "so much" so quickly, and sometimes you want to jolt the process to make some quicker progress. The shamans say having a learning experience every 2-3 month is good, but more than that will do more harm than good.
I can finally appreciate what is as my lens got reset. Like when you were a child and got to explore the world for the first time. It feels amazing...
Thanks for the kind words I truly appreciate it I wish you all the best
Fyi, here is my report from the ceremony if you are interested in reading https://www.dropbox.com/s/l137xqn5ujpx236/No%20Pain%2C%20No%20Gain%20-%20First%20Ayahyasca%20%20-%203%20doses.rtf
I have to share something that I have experienced over the past two months. It has been two of the most amazing experiences of my life, and they changed everything. Please please please! Do not be discouraged and stop reading due to the fact that I am writing about altering substances. If you don't know anything about them, then please hold off your judgement and ego till you have finished reading. Or else you might miss out on something valuable.
*PS - I do not want any of you to approach what I did without a lot of prior experience and a strong mental health (something I did not have at the time). It should be done with supervision with professionals.
Before I begin it is important to know that it was not long ago my weight was 55kg which is little for a 5.9" as a male. I was a walking skeleton. A famine child. It sort of was my fault. I had been putting HUUUUGE amounts of gluten into my system close to a decade. I know this doesn't seem long, but when you have been gluten free from the age of 2 till 17 and then begin, it hurts.
It was the end of 2012 and I had just come back home to Norway from Vancouver after a year of hardcore studying. I was ill the whole year, but managed to get through with medical marijuana. Scored 80% just to prove to you guys that weed is not the sinner you may think it is. It usually is the person using it. Any how, it then happend. I crashed and got so ill that I could not get out of bed for a week straight. I could barely lift my body. I had gluten ataxia, anemia, my bones had deteriorated because my body couldn’t get any nutrient. I also had chronic anxiety and depression plus a ton more of side effects, and had been dealing with it for over two years already. I was in so much pain I thought this was it. I was going to die.
Fast forward and we are now in 2014. It has been two years and I feel a bit better, but I had done nothing but eat, stay at home and work out. That was as far as my energy would allow me. I was still chronically depressed and had deep issues with my thoughts. I kept blaming myself. I knew I could have done differently. I knew it was going to hurt me, because I was told I had celiac disease when I was a small child. The problem was that it came so gradually. I didn't feel the effect till years after. So I got to a point where I was smoking weed every day to cope with the pains and to actually manage to eat. A few years back I had read about something called Ayahuasca. This is one of the most powerful substances on the planet, and it is a medicine, NOT a drug (please, again I ask of you. Trust me on this and hold off your judgement). It comes from the jungle in Peru and Ecuador. This plant, combined with a root creates a drinkable tea like substance which alters your body, your mind and perception. You are totally aware, but it allows you to analyse yourself from a microscope and you have no other possibility than to actually submit and go through it all. To really sit and feel, think, and challenge all your deeper demons. Ayahuasca was the hardest thing I have ever done. It was with a shaman and 22 other people. It forced me to relive all my past horrors. It made me understand. I cannot have good without bad. It put everything into perspective. It showed me so many horrible things I thought I was dying. I felt my ego shattered across the universe and all my atoms just flew to every edge. After this it taught me the most beautiful of things. It taught me so many beautiful lessons I was speechless. And by the end of that night. I felt a bliss I had never felt in my entire life. I felt the strongest connection to the world, the universe, my family, my friends, my pets. Everything made sense. (I have a full report from the whole ceremony if you want to experience the night in a detailed manner).
So I left the ceremony after the first night, even though they had three ceremonies in total. This was a mistake. I had opened gates I didn’t know how to close. It all went from feeling the most amazing I had in my whole life, to the worst I had felt in my life over the course of two days. I just couldn’t deal with it. So I fell back into my old habit. Mary jane. It was my coping mechanism for so long. It felt safe.
A month passed and the weather had gotten beautiful (this was roughly two weeks ago). I had two tabs of LSD laying in a storage space and a friend of mines curiosity had peaked regarding psychedelics. We decided to take one each, and go to the forest with another friend who was there to take care of us. It turned out to become one of the most spectacular events, visually. No solid shapes existed any more. Every person, every animal, and everything else turned into energy. As far as eye could see energy was dancing. This gave me closure. It changed something inside me. It took what I didn’t complete with the amazonian brew, and shut the gate.
It has now been three weeks and I have made a pact to myself to never ever drink again. I am done with smoking weed. I am done with hurting my body and those around me. I am a changed man. My goal now is to spread as much joy and peace as humanly possible. To become wealthy so I can start helping other people who need it. I don’t want to focus on myself anymore (which used to be all I focused on). Ayahuasca will be used again, because it is a medicine and you do not get addicted to it. It is not a joy ride, but an enlightening journey through yourself and something way way beyond what we can explain. Is it real? Who knows, but from what I felt… how could it not be. How can you feel something like that and believe it is all fake. It just can’t be.
So with this I hope you guys can see that there has been an alteration inside of me. I no longer regret my past mistakes. They have been dealt with. I feel reborn. I feel amazing every second every day of my waking life. Regardless of how I actually feel. Because I know that life is beautiful and there is a balance. You will receive equal amounts of bad and good in your life. As long as you keep focusing on the positive and work hard to not fall into your old habits. I wish I could share what I felt with all of you, but I know that these substances are not to be played with and you should NOT do them without experience, professional help or the mental strength to deal with it. Because it can ruin your life, but it can also change it for the better, if use with care.
My last finishing words are that I have been using these substances with care for the past 9 years, and it was not until recently that I saw the healing potential. They can do amazing things. The world is opening up to it and more and more people are writing about them. Maybe one day there will be centres where you can go and do this. Because they make you rest and feel reborn. They can also break addiction or help cope with cancer or other illnesses that are terminal.
Ps. No, I'm not a hippy just a man who wants to experience everything that life has to offer, as long as it yields positive results. I do not jump into things like this lightheartedly. Always with a deeper intention.
I love you all. Be well and stay strong. Together we will make the world a beautiful place
I have a list of foods that are ok and foods that can cause problems. It was a part of leaky gut repair program from SCD that I bought... but I feel that it should be free for everyone. Some foods will be ok for some and not for others, but it was made based upon many thousand individual treatments from the SCD guys.
Getting healthy shouldn't cost a person anything in my opinion, and it should be a much bigger focus in this world. I'll try to get it posted by tomorrow!
This here is more to the ones who have been newly diagnosed and feel a bit lost. Gemini made an amazing post, but there are some things I feel were left untouched, which has helped me go through suicidal depression. You will feel a bit lost to begin with, but just stay strong.
You WILL get through this and you WILL become healthy! Keep those words in your mind. Now, the only thing I ask of you is this: Never give up, and never stop having faith that soon enough you'll be bursting with energy and enjoying life with your children. The road is bumpy, but you CAN do it.
Now, what has helped me immensely is something called Lifeflow, which is a meditation track (10 actually) that puts you into a deep state which otherwise would take you 10+ years to master. Through daily meditation I've managed to eliminate a lot of my painful memories and stopped blaming myself for all the wrong doings in the past. Obviously it has to be done consequently, and preferably every day before the rush starts. It helps your body relax more and in return I'm sure it dampens the inflammation (just a guesstimate) to some degree. It also makes your focus and awareness become much sharper, you'll start to feel brighter, more relaxed, and just more in-body overall. I will never stop using Lifeflow as it has definitely changed my way of thinking. Though, I also went a step further and did an Ayahuasca ceremony with a shaman to fully eliminate the trauma left in my body, but that is an extreme I would not recommend with a light heart. Because it puts you under a microscope and forces you to REALLY look at your own life and doings, and it can be terrifying to say the least. But it was also the best moment in my life as I saw things clearly for the first time and really understood what life is.
I hope you all the best and good luck in your journey. Just breathe. Take one day at a time and allow yourself to feel whatever it is. You can not control it, but you can shift your focus and state. Learn that there is no good without bad, and enjoy life for what it is.
I'm also kinda late, but I can relate. After a long long time of doing research I have wrapped my head around how the body works and how to eat properly to get good gains.
Let me start off with this. If you think you eat enough then let me ask you this. Do you track your food? If you are serious about putting on weight you have to get serious about it. Find a calculator online and figure out how much your calorie consumption is at a base. Up that by about 200 calories, and maybe 300 once you start to lift some weights. As you gain muscle mass your body will demand more calories and you have to keep pushing the limit to make gains. As an example my rest calorie is at only 1500, but I eat nearly 3000 calories to see 0.2kg of muscle gain a week.
Now, you don't need a gym to gain muscles, but it will definitely help unless you can afford some basic stuff like a pull-up bar and a barbel / dead lift bar. I suggest beginning with something like this:
Pushups: There are TONS of variations that make this exercise heavier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkbUOcbxDjw
Squats: Do squats with something held in your hands in front of you. To begin with find a chair and do sitting squats. Basically squat as if you were to sit on the chair, let your behind touch the edge of the chair and go back up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCuGMdLlSn4
Pull ups: Find a set of stairs, a bar of some sorts, a play ground or what ever and do pull ups. You can do negatives if your body does not allow you to do it just yet. Jump up and resist as much as you can on the way down. This will build more stress on the muscle weave than poorly done regular ones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfXuohjylwI
Plank: This is great for your core. You can find it on youtube. It will activate your shoulders, lats, back, your ass, your glutes, your hamstrings. Very very great last exercise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_iG_DWLdN8
If you are so lucky to have a playground somewhere then utilise it! There is a new movement around using it and not going to the gym. Bar brothers for instance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqCojo2O7hw
There is a great website called Ectomorphworkout > http://ectomorphworkout.org/ectomorph-transformation/vince-del-monte-ectomorph-transformation/
This website was put together by Skinny Vinny. The skinny guy saviour. If you really want to learn how the body actually functions I suggest reading his eBook as it will teach you everything from a-z in an easy read. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCixwEZ66AiPF8EP86AqjVJA
I could go on and on, but for now I think this will help a little.
Just make sure to eat good clean foods. Carbs for energy, protein for building muscles and fat helps store vitamins in tissue etc. Drink a lot of water (I drink 3-4L a day on workout days and 3L on non workout). The water will help move your nutrients through your body to help building muscles and help recovery. Invest in a foam roller to massage out the knots and reduce soreness after harder workouts.
If you have any questions then don't be afraid to ask.