Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Limitless has its limits

My mind has a hard time thinking about one specific thing for great lengths of time. I tend to jump from topic to topic at random. It keeps life interesting to say the least. To combat this problem Adderall was prescribed to me a few years ago. It's a very a potent amphetamine psycho-stimulant pharmaceutical drug used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When you take your 'dose' in the morning you feel amazing, alert and focused. It works well and does what it's supposed to. However, no wonder drug comes without side effects. Usually when the mid to late evening arrives you feel like someone just backed over your puppy and Lucy has just pulled the football away yet again. (that puta!). You also can't sleep and when you finally do it's not very restful. If you look at the molecular structure of this drug, it's pretty similar to crystal meth and comes
with most of the same negative effects. People tend to forget to eat, grind their teeth away and have erratic mood swings for no logical reason. I feel like the cons of taking this drug on a regular basis outweigh the pros so a few weeks ago I've decided to cease taking it completely.

So I won't be able to work 9 hours a day then play a 8 hour poker session, but so what? We weren't designed to be alert, productive or happy 24,7.  Ned Flanders can keep that. Since stopping adderall I've felt really good just eating right, exercising and treating my body well.  I don't want to depend on anything unnecessary to live a healthy life from day to day. I'm sure there are people who genuinely need mood modification or drugs of this nature but I don't feel that it's me.

When I was younger I developed an irregular heart bead (WPW). The Dr told me I'd need medication for the rest of my life or to undergo surgery. I started eating healthy and lost over 100 lbs. I'm now off of any heart medication and I did not have surgery. The body has an amazing ability to fix itself if you treat it well and have the willpower to stick to a plan. Also, we can't take everything doctors tell us as gospel. High blood pressure? Take these pills! Or do something about it and find the root cause. Thoughts?