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What we learned about Piracetam in 2018

By Jonathan Roseland  Connect    

This article originally appeared on

In the last year alone there were about 30 papers published about the enigmatic smart drug Piracetam which is especially impressive because it's not a patented drug like Modafinil.

There's not the perverse financial incentive of a pharmaceutical company sponsoring science and trying to get researchers to skew their data.

The Science

It would be an understatement to say that it's been thoroughly studied; in total over a thousand pieces of published research on Piracetam can be found on Pubmed, with over 200 human clinical trials.
This article will summarize the science that's been done on Piracetam in the past 12 months along with some salient insights and knowledge coming out of the Biohacker community online.

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The Nutritionally Deficient Diet Guru

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Nutritionally Deficient Diet Guru

This article originally appeared on

There's an inconvenient misconception about nutrition, specifically that...

You don't need to supplement vitamins and nutrients as long as you are eating a healthy diet.

While eating a healthy diet is really crucial - it's one of the first steps of Biohacking, if you're sick, depressed or unproductive you should optimize your diet first - it's not enough.

  • You could spend two thousand dollars a month eating the finest organic food you could find.
  • You could only eat at the best health food restaurants in your town.
  • You could spend hours in the kitchen every week meticulously prepping your meals.
  • You could never cheat on your diet.

And despite your best efforts and accruing significant expense you would still be nutrient deficient and in none-optimal health.

A critical thinker may reply to this
But that doesn't make sense! Our evolutionary ancestors were healthier than us and definitely didn't take fancy supplements. As long as you're eating a natural healthy "paleo" diet shouldn't that give your body everything you need?

Here's why this isn't so...

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Biohacking Immunity: For Resilience, Prevention and Performance

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Biohacking immunity immune system

This article originally appeared on

'Tis the season to feel a little under the weather.

Every year as the seasons pass and the leaves change colors most people anticipate getting sick but getting through it anyways.

  • They will be sniffling and dabbing their runny nose frequently.
  • Their stomachs will grumble with nausea.
  • Their sinuses will get blocked up with mucus.
  • They'll toss and turn in bed for hours before finally sleeping badly for a few hours.
  • They'll be tormented by migraines.
  • They'll cancel their weekend social plans so that they can sleep extra.
  • If they get sick they'll double or triple dose on the dayQuil, nyQuil or Paracetamol.
  • They'll maybe even spend some long hours kneeling before the porcelain throne.

I'll suggest you can totally avoid this suffering this winter if you spend a bit of attention (and money) fortifying your immune system.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

In this article I'm going to give you some really effective Biohacks for staying healthy during this winter. If you hate getting sick during the winter and losing productive days, you're definitely going to want to implement these Biohacks.

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What we learned about Modafinil in 2017

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Modafinil Science 2017

The Science

It would be an understatement to say that it's been thoroughly studied; in total over a thousand pieces of published research on Modafinil can be found on Pubmed, with an impressive 580 human research papers in the last 10 years alone.
This article will summarize the science that's been done on Modafinil in 2017.
In 2017 alone there were 80 papers published about it but don't worry I'm not going to summarize every single one because a lot of them are not very interesting.

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Withstand Kratom Withdrawal

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Kratom withdrawal

Kratom is a rare herbal biohack with a number of attractive attributes...

  • The white strains have productivity promoting motivational and anti-depressant effects.

  • The green and red strains have a soothing anxiolytic effect that imbues some much need tranquility.

  • It provides pain relief to the suffering.

  • Helps opioid addicts taper off truly self destructive drugs.
  • Pleasant taste and aesthetics.
  • Legal and highly accessible. 
  • It's affordable, low cost.
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How to get Modafinil in the UK

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Modafinil in the UK

Hey mate, trying to get Modafinil in the UK can be bloody pain in the arse can't it?

Just kidding, I'm an American and won't be trying to emulate your parlance anymore, but I do live in Europe so I understand the frustration of dealing with layers of persnickety rules, regulations and VAT taxes. 

The good news is that Modafinil is worth it. As challenging and expensive as it maybe to get your hands on Modafinil, if it's conducive to your neurobiology it really yields a return on investment.
A friend of mine who is a pretty successful business owner told me that he makes at least an extra six figures a year because of his Eugeroics habit.
It is the smart drug that the godfather of Biohacking, Dave Asprey used while he was simultaneously getting his degree at Warton and becoming a millionaire working in a tech start up.

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Your Imminent None-Consensual Genetic Profiling

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I was recently made aware of an alarming hypothesis about the potential liaisons between genetic profiling services (which is a great idea for Biohackers), the +3 trillion dollar healthcare industry, big social media platforms, big data and big government...


So you send a spit sample of your DNA into a firm like 23 and Me and they will provide you with all this useful information not only about your ancestry but also your raw genetic profile data that with a little research you can use to risk profile yourself for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's and a myriad of other medical conditions that you might like to avoid. It removes a lot of the guesswork from the project of self quantification, and allows you to narrow in on the Biohacking strategies that might just save your life. It's a pretty good idea.

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Why a Risk Seeking Biohacker is an Antifragile Biohacker

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Risk Slide 750
Recently I've been researching some Nootropics that you may not have heard of before; Bromantane, Cerebroslyn, Cortexin, Ladastan, Mildronate...

These are from an interesting new vendor that I've vetted, Check out their site and you'll see a number of Nootropics and performance enhancers that are maybe a bit foreign to you. To me at least these are European exotics, they are all branded and manufactured in either Russia or different European countries. I'll explain a little later why this is appealing to me as veteran Nootropics user.

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Full disclosure: I have a mutually beneficial relationship with Almost weekly I am solicited by vendors, manufacturers and marketers of various Biohacking products and 80% of them don't exhibit the basic indicators of credibility of someone I'd like to buy things from that may alter my brain chemistry.

  • There is a real person behind the company, Sergey who seems to be nice fellow.
  • Their products are created in GMP labs, branded and verified by certificate of analysis.
  • Their pricing is very competitive, they offer Noopept capsules, for example starting at $18 and they offer Phenotropil, the famously potent smart drug Phenylpiracetam at just 75 cents/per capsule.
  • They have a phone number you can call.
  • They have solid refund policy.
  • Currently they offer free shipping, on offers over $79.
  • They are crypto-friendly; it's an increasingly good idea to do your biohacking shopping as anonymously as possible. They accept Bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies.

As Biohackers we have a bit of a weak spot for novelty, especially pharmacological novelty, smart drugs that might work a little different than the things we've tried before.

However, pharmacological novelty is not always good and it is not for everyone, amongst Biohackers there's a spectrum of risk tolerance. Similarly, amongst Nootropics and performance enhancers there's a spectrum of risk profiles. Not all Nootropics are equally safe and benign.

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Red Flags of Bad Science

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Like in any other domain of human endeavor there is a spectrum of quality and accuracy in science. Some double blind, placebo controlled human research is excellent and profoundly helpful to us in living better but I will show here that some "science" is tantamount to a ranty, opinionated blog, some is funded by the pharmaceutical industry and really is just marketing masquerading as science.

Antifragile blocksI'll encourage you to not place blind faith in the establishment of science the way that your ancestors likely placed blind faith in the catholic church or whatever their religious persuasion was.
As Nassim Taleb articulates in Antifragile:
the unconditional belief in the idea of scientific prediction regardless of the domain, the aim to squeeze the future into numerical reductions whether reliable or unreliable. For we have managed to transfer religious belief into gullibility for whatever can masquerade as science.
Information is the most powerful tool we have for living well, bad information really can limit us, science is the best source of helpful information, but it's far from a crystal ball that can be stared into to ascertain absolute truth. If you're willing to devote a little bit of extra attention and cognitive horsepower as a layperson you can easily recognize bad science.

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How to Biohack WITHOUT Nootropics?

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I have Biohackers who contact me on nearly a daily basis complaining that their countries make it difficult or impossible for them to get quality, pharma grade Nootropics.

Biohacking without nootropics

Americans who have never lived abroad have no idea how lucky they are that they can Google search any supplement they want, identify a high quality source of it, digitally swipe their credit cards and in 5-7 days it will reliably arrive at their doorstep.

In other countries they have a confusing mess of regulations and laws about what supplements are allowed:

  • You never really know if you're allowed to import a supplement until you do.
  • About a 3rd of the time it will get lost in shipping. The shipping firm almost always charges you some (surprise!) extra fees.
  • Anything health related is more likely to get stuck in customs, sometimes they will release it, sometimes not.
  • There's a 20% - 30% VAT tax.

Recently I ordered some things shipped to Sofia, Bulgaria and after waiting 2 weeks on shipping it was a royal pain in the ass to pick them up at the airport. You have to give power of attorney to a Bulgarian firm to fill out the paperwork to release your packages. It doubled the cost of the items and took at least half a day.

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Kratom Users Don't Deserve Freedom...

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It's been a few years since I took a really serious look at Kratom research...

Kratom studies science

It would be a real understatement to say that I was disappointed to find that after the FDA tried to ban Kratom in 2016 there has been no effort made to fund meaningful Kratom science. Namely, a double, blind placebo controlled human study.

One of the few pieces of scientific literature published on Kratom in 2017 concluded:
"Our data analysis has not determined if biochemical benefits of kratom may prove to outweigh its toxicity and risks. On the contrary, it seems that its potential side effects outweigh the benefits, and severe and real health hazards can, insidiously, lead to death. Kratom clinical, psychological, and medical manifestations can be disturbing."
From the abstract of another 2017 paper:
"...kratom has been reported to be abused together with other illicit substances with high risk of potential addiction. There are also anecdotes of an adverse effect and toxicity of kratom, i.e. tremor, fatigue, seizure, and death. Different countries have distinctive regulation and policy on the plantation and use of this plant when most of the countries banned the use of it because of its addiction problems and side effects."

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The Paradox of Anxiety...

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Heart Stress Anxiety

An illustrative story...

It was early fall in Kiev, I was strolling by Taras Shevchenko park when a beautiful silver Maserati caught my eye. Kiev, Ukraine oddly has the highest concentrations of high end performance luxury cars that I've seen outside of Miami or Los Angeles.
It parked just ahead of me and a muscular, middle aged driver wearing stylish athletic gear got out.

I thought to myself...
I should approach him and compliment his car.
...but of course a bunch of reasons jumped to mind why that was terrible idea.
You have no idea who the hell this guy is! In a city and a country like this with a car like that he might be a real mobster. You're just a solo tourist here. You're in no position to be taking risks! You'll probably annoy him. Just mind your own business! This is not a country where people appreciate strangers starting conversations with them. He might not even speak English.

I pushed those thoughts aside and just started walking towards the guy. I clearly unenunciated in English
Excuse me. That is a beautiful car.
(I do speak enough Russian to say this but I've learned over the course of at least a thousand cold approaches that unless you speak a language fluently, just go with English)

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The Mandela Effect Demystified

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The Malevolent Conspiracy that Explains it...

The Mandela Effect DemystifiedThis has got to be one of the most compelling and unsettling new conspiracy theories that has emerged in the past year. It goes like this...

Large groups of the population distinctly remember certain cultural memes one way, yet a simple Google search will show they are totally different. Significant proportions of the population have false memories about mainstream cultural memes.

Some examples...

Nelson Mandela died in the 1980's in prison instead of in 2013
Darth Vader did NOT say Luke, I am your father he actually said No, I am your father
Sex in the City is actually Sex and the City
Life is like a box chocolates is actually Life was like a box chocolates
The Berenstien Bears is actually The Berenstain Bears
In Field of Dreams If you build it, they will come is actually If you build it, he will come
Mirror, Mirror on the wall from Snow White is actually Magic mirror, on the wall
Interview With a Vampire is actually Interview With the Vampire
Sally Field(s)'s Oscar acceptance speech you like me you really like me was actually You like me, right now, you like me
In the assassination of JFK there was 4 people in the car, nope it was 6 actually

There's bunch of other examples of the Mandela effects...
I encourage you to go through them and I think you'll be surprised to find that you yourself have some false memories of cultural memes, old movies and brands. It's kind of creepy.

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What to think about to go to sleep...

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Sleep hackingThis is going to be little bit different than all these pieces of content about sleep hacking - the supplements, the sleep masks, the orange sunglasses, the apps - in this article I'll address a really common sleep issue that people report - which is that they can't get to sleep because they have all these thoughts running their head.

I've had an lively mind and an over active imagination for as long as I can remember; which has led me to lead a life of adventure and novelty seeking. The unfortunate downside to this is that also for almost as long I can remember I was on the insomnia spectrum; getting to sleep has always been challenge. There is always just so much to think about!

As a teenager I remember wondering what should I be thinking about to go sleep?
This was before the age when you could find a really helpful answer to that sort of question by just Googling it.

I would read these different self help type books which would say that...
Before falling asleep you should think about what you're going to do the next day or write down a challenge you're dealing with.
This really did not help my sleep as I would then spend hours tossing and turning worrying about what I was going to do the next day to overcome whatever I was dealing with.

I had also heard that you may want to repeat a mantra like
Relax... Relax... Relax...
That you want to try to "self talk" hypnotize yourself to sleep
You're going to sleep Jonathan... You're getting sleepy... You're going to sleep Jonathan...
These really did not work for me. I felt really silly repeating mantras or trying to talk myself into falling asleep and then I would get frustrated with myself.

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