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Could THESE BE THE Mushrooms that Lead to New Depression Treatments?

Monday, March 24th, 2014
I took one look at Dr Rick Nauert PhD’s article “Could Mushrooms Lead to New Depression Treatments?” and I could not help to think of all my time spent playing Super Mario Brothers! I was INSPIRED and strangely compelled to draw this mushroom Mental Health Humor Cartoon.
I guess in my mind, this is how I hope mushrooms should look and act, that is if they were alive…Well maybe not pushing me off cliffs or high places as they do in super Mario brothers… All the older versions that is and I haven’t played in a long time. I am certainly sure, without a doubt, well…I truly hope they don’t look like the Mushroom People from “Creature Double Feature (a syndicated horror T.V. show, broadcasted in Boston and Philadelphia areas during the 1970s-80s) They were scary!
I encourage you to read Dr. Nauert’s full article – Here is a snippet:

New research using brain imaging technology helps to clarify how psilocybin — the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms — affects the brain, perhaps paving the way for therapeutic use of the substance as an adjunct to psychotherapy. – READ MORE

PS – this does not mean you go out and get psychedelic mushrooms to try to cure your depression!… Same would go for marijuana for your glaucoma, unless you have a prescription card to buy legally, anyway.  Imagine legally tripping on Psychedelics as med management for Depression…Far out dude.

Are Generic-Drugs Failing Us?

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

If you did not know where your generic meds came from or if you were like me and thought they were made here (in the USA) – You NEED to read this article by Anna Edney and Drew Armstrong: Generic-Drug Failures Spur Concern as FDA Steps Up Action

“U.S. regulators are mobilizing to shore up confidence in America’s generic-drug supply as alarm grows over the quality of products made in India, and the head of the largest U.S.-based maker of the medicines predicted more trouble lies ahead.”

In the the above-mental health humor cartoon:, I focus on the word “mob”-ilizing for obvious reasons. Still, I was a bit shocked to learn that as much as 1/4 of our generic medication/drugs are from India.

Indian companies supply a quarter of the medicines used in the U.S. In 2012, $260.8 billion were spent on prescription drugs in the U.S. with $30 billion for generic medicines, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and data compiled by Bloomberg.

What is even less settling is that over the past nine months, the FDA has banned four Indian plants from selling to the USA.

I need to do more research. I want to know what medication(s) were/are affected. I’m going to start asking WHERE the (my specific) meds are manufactured. I’m sure there are great companies in India. Every time I get a bottle of medication, I get all these papers with each prescription. I’m just wondering where the (generic-brand) manufacturer is listed in all the paper work. If that information is not disclosed, shouldn’t it be?

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