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Eat Simpler, Be Healthier!

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Over the past 30 years, we’ve learned a lot about what food does to our bodies.  It doesn’t just give us energy.

What we eat plays a big role in how we feel and helps determine if we suffer from conditions like hypertension, diabetes or cancer.

Eating fast-food and artificial, chemical laced goo like doughnuts lays waste to our bodies and gets us addicted to sweeteners.

Focus on eating simple, basic foods.  They have surprising health benefits and are what our bodies naturally need.

Tea

Drinking several cups of tea a day may reduce blood pressure and promote a healthy immune system.  Interestingly enough, tea reduces the amount of sugar in your saliva.  It also naturally contains fluoride.  That means it also helps fight cavities.

Eggs

Eggs contain choline, a cognitive booster.  They also provide selenium and Vitamin K, in addition to essential proteins.

They may not be so bad for your cholesterol, too.  Recent research shows that eating more than four eggs a week didn’t raise cholesterol that much.  But as always, when in doubt, check with your doctor.

Honey

Made up of more than 180 compounds, honey contains flavonoids like apigenin and acacetin.  Eating honey may thicken your stomach mucus, reduce acidity, and help prevent ulcers.

Importantly, honey has been shown to reduce the effectiveness of viruses and bacteria, even possibly killing them.

Cranberry

Myricetin and quercetin are among the ingredients that might make cranberry effective in reducing risk of cancer.  It’s also theorized that cranberry can prevent and possibly help cure uterine tract infections.

Research shows that cranberry reduces bad lipids in blood and assists with healthy inflammatory response, both of which help your heart out.

Remember

In having a healthy diet, the key is diversity and simplicity.  Eat meats, fruits and vegetables along with carbohydrates.  Eating fish is good as well.

  • If a food didn’t exist 100 years ago, it’s probably not too healthy.

A good diet can help you feel and think better.  Deficiencies like not enough Vitamin B12 have a real impact on your life.

What is Therapy?

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Do you feel

a) like life sucks or is terrible?

b) overwhelmed or constantly anxious?

c) unable to concentrate ?

    Therapy might be a good idea.  Here’s why.

    We live in a hard world

    Some statistics say one out of four people in the United States suffer from some sort of mental disorder.  You have to ask what’s going on.

    I think it’s partly because we don’t have the support and structure that we used to.  Things have changed.  Life moves at an incredibly fast pace, and the Internet promotes a lifestyle that is superficial, fleeting and perhaps not satisfying.

    Face to face time is replaced with hours spent self-promoting on Facebook and other social sites, trying to be a star.

    We’ve forgotten that the most important and most meaningful thing to do is not be a star – but rather, to be there. There for your family, and there with your family and close friends as you go through life together.

    Because we don’t have purpose anymore, because life moves so rapidly and is more artificial than ever, we’re suffering on the inside.  Therapy can help.

    Therapy

    Therapy can help you deal with your challenges, the things that make you cringe and lose sleep.  It can help you confront your greatest fears, and chart your own course.

    Modern therapy is not like the psychoanalysis of Freud with a couch and years spent whining about your parents.  Instead, it focuses on the thoughts and assumptions which are holding you back or causing you anxiety.

    There are different types of therapy based off different models of psychology, so be sure to pick someone you’re comfortable with.  The best idea is to find a therapist by referral, but if that isn’t possible, make sure to pick someone with credentials and who has experience with the issues you’re dealing with.

    What is Sleep Apnea?

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    Do you snore, wake up often at night, and feel excessively drowsy during the day?

    You might have sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that plays a role in hypertension, diabetes and mental illness.

    What is sleep apnea?

    Sleep apnea is very common.  2-4% of people in North America suffer from some form.

    To test if you have it, take the Epworth sleepiness scale.  A high score indicates some sort of sleeping problem.

    Sleep apnea, logically enough, means that you suffer apnea during your sleep.  Apnea is defined as a cessation of breathing for more than 10 seconds.

    Full blown sleep apnea means that you stop breathing many times per hour, which disrupts the quality of your sleep.  Hypoapnea is a milder form, defined as “only” a 50% reduction in airflow.

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form and is caused by the airway around the mouth becoming blocked because of various physical changes associated with sleep.

    Central sleep apnea, the less common form, is caused by your body not sending the right signals to the lungs.

    Both forms stop your breathing.  Cut off from oxygen, the body briefly wakes up to restore proper breathing, which interrupts sleep.  The problems this causes are serious.

    CPAP is the standard of care

    Continous positive airway pressure machines are the most effective treatment for sleep apnea.  That said, they’re bulky and half of patients stop using them within a year.  But they provide significant increase in breathing and help treat the symptoms caused by the apnea.

    What are Oral Appliances?

    Oral appliances (OA) are very similar to mouth guards.  You put them in your mouth, and they hopefully help you with breathing during the night.

    Patients say OA are more convenient than CPAP, but at the same time provide less symptom relief.  The medical data shows that indeed, OA do provide some relief but CPAP is superior at restoring normal function.

    What are surgical options?

    See here.

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    Link to Mental Disorders:

    OSA is highly associated with mental disorders.  One study of OSA patients found that 21% had depression, 16.7% anxiety disorders, and 11.9% PTSD.

    Treatment of the psychological issues can, interestingly enough, sometimes reduce the OSA, but the data on this is limited.

    How to Fight Insomnia

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    Having difficulty falling asleep?

    You’re not alone, if that’s any consolation.  1/3 of Americans suffer from insomnia or related issues.  Occasional restlessness is entirely natural.

    But serious, consistent difficulty falling asleep over a lengthy period of time might mean its time to see a doctor, or try something new.

    How is insomnia treated?

    Make sure you do the right things to help yourself fall asleep:

    • Go to sleep at around the same time each night
    • If you can’t fall sleep in 20 minutes, get up and do something
    • Don’t drink coffee or smoke before sleeping
    • Use your bed mainly for sleeping and sex, and not for other activities
    • Eliminate distractions and noises in your room

    It’s important to rule out simple physical explanations for your insomnia.  It’d be a shame if the cause of your lost rest is something as simple – so to speak – as  sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome.  Or it might just not make sense to be drinking coffee past 6pm.

    If your difficulty falling asleep is because of a depressed mood or because of anxiety, you may benefit from therapy and/or medications.

    Can hypnosis help?

    Hypnosis literally means “sleep,” but is actually a state of increased awareness and focus.  When hypnotized, our minds are both very relaxed and very focused.  It’s very similar to how babies think.

    Does hypnosis help with sleeping?  The studies on hypnotherapy are mixed.  One study showed 50% improvement over 16 months with just two sessions!  That said, most studies acknowledge the lack of information and avoid what is likely hyperbole.

    Importantly, hypnosis may help with psychological issues that prevent sleep, not physical.  So if drinking ten cups of Joe a day is keeping you up, all the glowing disks and “You are feeling sleepy” statements won’t do anything.

    Simple hypnosis related techniques can help.  One method, progressive muscle relaxation, works to ease you into a state of relaxation.  Guided imagery and other self-hypnosis techniques are also possible.

    Don’t panic!

    Not getting enough sleep every now and then won’t hurt you.

    Also, the exact amount of sleep we need isn’t scientific fact.  If you aren’t getting 8, that isn’t automatically reason to panic.  Yes, you should be getting at least 6, but otherwise, if you feel fine then most likely it’s OK.

    What are the types on insomnia?

    Acute insomnia:  Something new is challenging or stressing you out.  As a result, you can’t fall asleep well.  Because this type of insomnia is in reaction to something, it generally goes away within three months.  Sometimes substance use plays a role.

    Learned insomnia:  Insomnia can become a habit.  People with this type of insomnia have experienced difficulty falling asleep, and so become overaroused when bedtime comes.  They experience “racing thoughts,” and an inability to relax.

    A change of routine or setting may actually temporarily cure this type of insomnia because the new environment isn’t associated with trouble sleeping.

    Condition-related insomnia:  Anxiety or mood related trouble falling asleep.  Often a bit confusing because it’s hard to tell if a bad mood and depression-like symptoms are because of lack of sleep or vice versa.

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    Having difficulty falling asleep?

    Don’t worry, you’re not alone. But what exactly can you do to fall asleep better?

    First, what are the types on insomnia?

    Acute insomnia: Very common. It’s in response to a specific stress, possibly because of substance use. It generally lasts no more than 3 months.

    Learned insomnia: Insomnia can become a habit. People with this type of insomnia have experienced difficulty falling asleep, and so become overaroused when bedtime comes. They experience “racing thoughts,” and an inability to relax.

    A change of routine or setting may actually temporarily cure this type of insomnia because the new environment isn’t associated with trouble sleeping.

    Condition-related insomnia: Anxiety or mood related trouble falling asleep. Often a bit confusing because it’s hard to tell if a bad mood and depression-like symptoms are because of lack of sleep or vice versa.

    How can we treat insomnia?

    Sleep hygiene is one essential step. This consists of a variety of guidelines like:

    Go to sleep at the same time each night

    If you can’t fall sleep in 20 minutes, get up and do something

    Don’t drink coffee or smoke before sleeping

    Use your bed for sleeping

    Eliminate distractions and noises in your room

    If you’re suffering from insomnia, the first thing to do is rule out physical explanations. You may have sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome. Or you may be consuming too much caffeine or others stimulants.

    That said, mood and anxiety related insomnia is extremely common. Treatment for that type of insomnia typically needs to attack the underlying problems. Therapy and potentially medication are common approaches.

    Is hypnosis effective?

    Hypnosis literally means sleep, but ironically it is actually a state of increased awareness and focus. When hypnotized, our minds are simultaneously very relaxed and very focused; it’s a state of learning that is perhaps similar to how babies mind’s operate.

    Studies on hypnotherapy are mixed. One showed 50% improvement over 16 months with just two sessions. Others showed less clear results.

    Critically, hypnosis may help with psychological issues that prevent sleep, not physical. So if drinking ten cups of Joe a day is keeping you up, all the glowing disks and “You are feeling sleepy” statements won’t do anything.

    Techniques like progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery are also very useful potential methods to fight insomnia.

    50 Tips on How to Make Friends

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    Smile!

    “A friend is a gift you give yourself,” – Stevenson

    I wrote this list to help myself, and was surprised when other people really enjoyed it, thought it was helpful, and used it to improve their friendships.

    If you find it useful, bookmarking it or saving a copy might be a good idea.

    And if you especially like it, consider doing me a favor. (Vote for this article on Digg, link to it, leave a comment, and so on)

    1) Listen to people!

    2) Then ask about what they just said.

    3) And make sure to remember their name!

    Once you’ve got that:

    4) Follow up afterwards

    This is extremely, extremely important.  When you meet someone you like, follow up! Send an email, or a quick call or a whatever. Invite them to spend more time with you.

    An interesting way to make it easier for your potential friend to hang out with you is to offer them two options when you initially contact them, like getting drinks or catching coffee.

    If you don’t try to make friends, then you probably won’t.

    5) Be excited to see people

    Train yourself to be excited to meet people.

    6) Treat everyone the same

    To make the previous suggestion happen, think of everyone as being a close, dear friend whom you’re excited to see. Not easy to do, but it will change how you deal with people for the better and make you that much more likeable.

    7) Get involved with clubs

    Like dancing?  Cooking?  Whatever it is – find a relevant club, and get involved.

    8) Get involved with your religious community

    9) Visit someone when they’re sick

    When someone is sick, they need our help most of all. Be considerate and caring; make them some chicken soup or a get well card. The effort means a lot.

    10) Focus on safe topics

    When you just met someone, don’t talk politics!

    11) Don’t be afraid to ask about something more personal, but be gentle and careful

    Some of the best conversations are about the thorniest issues.  Discussing religion, for instance, often gives me a whole new perspective and insights – but I have to be very careful not to be too strong with my own view.

    12) Take ’em into your element

    What kind of environment or activity do you shine in? Are you an avid mushroom picker, or love to take long walks? Invite friends to join you!

    13) Be that guy who starts conversations

    You know the guy I’m talking about. The one who starts talking to a complete stranger like they’ve known each other for years. Be that guy! Talk to people about what they’re doing if it’s reasonable to do so.

    14) Always greet people

    If you can say “Hello” to someone do so, like your neighbors. Even if you never become friends, it’s a great habit to have.

    15) He’s always right

    When you have a fight or misunderstanding with someone, they’re always right. In their mind that is.

    And they have good reasons – or just plain old bad reasons – for thinking so. How come?

    16) Take culture into account

    Different cultures have different ways of relating and expressing themselves. For Americans, a certain form of honesty is essential, and making eye contact. Other cultures have more emphasis on group support, and being more polite.

    These differences can have a big impact on what expectations you have for a social interaction.

    17) What do they like?

    What do your friends like to do? What makes them happy? Make it your business to know.

    18) Lose arguments

    If you have a fight and you’re right, great. But don’t jeopardize a meaningful relationship over something small.

    19) Don’t appease a friend in a moment of anger

    If someone is angry, they might not be thinking rationally. Wait. Even if you want to talk to them right now, it’s best to wait until you’re both calmer and more capable of dealing with it.

    20) Notice tadpole sales

    Does a friend of yours love tadpoles? Then notice that coupon for free tadpole in the newspaper! Making the effort to notice opportunities and things that’ll benefit those you know, means that people will do the same for you.

    21) Defend your friend’s honor

    Don’t let people badmouth your friends.

    22) If he gossips to you

    he’ll gossip about you. This Turkish saying is very true.

    23) Don’t be efficient with people

    Don’t try to rush your interactions with people.

    24) Treat your promises seriously

    If you tell your friend you’re going to do something, do it.  This is essential to build credibility and be a consistent person.

    25) Be yourself!

    Ultimately, people like you for you.  Forget about being artificial, about coming off the right way – just be yourself!

    • “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Bonnie Wasmund

    26) Try sites like meetup.com

    Some social networking sites offer free chances to meet new people.  And its not as sketchy as you think because you meet in public settings.

    27) Take a class

    Educational settings are a great way to meet interesting and smart people – like yourself.

    28) Learn a new language

    This will add millions of potential friends to your life

    29) Remember birthdays

    30) Be friends with your family

    Your family aren’t necessarily your friends – but they can be, and perhaps should be.

    31) Read about friendship

    Inspirational stories give you perspective and motivate you to be a better person

    32) Refer your friends professionally

    If your friend is a graphic designer, and someone you know needs one, why not make the connection?  Both sides will thank you!

    33) Ask people about what they care about

    34) Be positive

    Bring a good energy to your friendships.

    35) Don’t judge

    If someone opens up to you, be respectful.  It probably wasn’t easy.

    36) Test the water

    Before telling someone a deep secret, make sure you can trust them.  Some people just can’t keep secrets.  Try giving a lesser but still juicy secret, and seeing if other people somehow find out about it.

    37) Be nice!

    Just find ways to be nice to your friends.  If you cook something, share it!  And so on.

    38) Use facebook

    Take advantage of facebook’s social features.  It tells you your friends birthdays, for instance, and can help organize and tell you about events.

    39) Join online communities

    Your favorite hobby probably has an online community based on it that you can become a part of.

    40) Join a support group

    41) Make a chore a group activity

    Painting the house?  Cleaning the garage?  Become chore-buddies with someone!  This is great because there’s less pressure to talk and a focus on completing a task, which can create good feelings.  Plus it just makes the chore fun.

    43) Conferences

    Go to professional conferences in your field!  You’ll meet interesting like-minded people.

    44) Make friends at work

    45) Join a gym

    and take classes. You’ll meet some cool new people!

    46) Join a book group

    47) Help friends at the airport

    Traveling through airports is very stressful.  Take the time to see a friend off and help with baggage and so on; they’ll never forget it.

    48) Be ready to help

    Sometimes people ask for help at random times.  Notice what your friend isn’t saying.

    49) Expand your friendship network

    Make friends with your friends’ friends.  Rinse, and repeat.

    50) Join a sports team!

    • “Like wine, a good friendship only improves with age.” – Turkish saying

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    If this post was useful to you, I’m happy.

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    What are Stem Cells?

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    Imagine looking through a microscope and seeing dozens of tiny cells – that you had grown, been feeding and tending for a week – beating together.  The dance of life.

    When I was assisting with research into stem cells of the heart, I had that magical experience.

    But being able to grow cells in a lab and make them beat is a far cry from being able to regenerate someone’s sick heart after a myocardial infarction, what scientists call a heart attack.

    Stem cells may also play a major role in cancer.

    What are stem cells?

    Your body is made up of an amazing variety of tissues. You’ve got a brain, a liver, blood and an immune system. Stem cells are simply cells before they differentiate, take up a specific role and specialize.

    The good news is that your body has the right stem cells to take care of day-to-day living. In your bones, for instance, millions of stem cells are constantly joining the immune system, becoming blood, or a variety of roles.

    The bad news? Your body simply can’t heal certain types of damage, like in your brain or your heart. After a heart attack, the part of your heart that dies because it temporarily didn’t receive blood, will almost certainly never recover. The same is true for the damage to your brain caused by a stroke.

    Research into stem cells aims to solve that problem. While your body on its own might not be able to regrow the right brain cells, it’s theoretically possible to make them in a lab then inject them in. Hopefully, once inside the body the prepared solution will replicate and recreate what was originally there.

    What are embryonic stem cells?

    At one point your body grew everything that’s inside of it. It created its own heart, its own brain. It was able to do so because it contained exceptionally powerful stem cells while it was an embryo, developing inside the womb, and those stem cells are logically called embryonic stem cells (ES).

    The theory is to harvest ES from a fertilized egg just as it begins to grow and does not possess any characteristics that traditionally define humanity. Then, with those cells, we could theoretically create any kind of cell whatsoever, allowing for therapies that treat some of the worst diseases.

    Ignoring the moral issues around ES, several major problems exist. First, is guiding the cells to form into the right tissues. Second, because ES posses such powerful growth capability, it is entirely possible that they could become cancerous. And finally, since ES are derived from someone else, your body’s immune system might react and try to kill them.

    Stem cells and breast cancer

    Over the past twenty years, deaths from breast cancer (BC) have fallen sharply, but 44,000 women still die annually from it. Treatments are hitting a plateau. Once the BC metastasizes, or spreads, fatality rates are still similar to what they used to be.

    Stem cells might offer a way to attack the disease further, and better.

    The old model of cancer development is that it’s random. Cells spontaneously turn cancerous and start growing. That this is possible and happens is indisputable. But it’s also possible that stem cells, because of their growth abilities, are specifically becoming cancerous (cancer stem cells, CSC).

    The CSC model has very important implications. It explains why some BC is so resistant to radiation and chemotherapy. Additionally, it offers new targets for medications, like the stem cell specific Hedgehog, Notch and Wnt pathways. It also impacts how one would detect BC earlier on, and what ideas are good for prevention.

    At the moment, evidence for CSC is based on limited experiments.

    The ONE Secret to Damn Good Marketing

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    I looked at Mark.  What could I ask to stand out, show I was smart?

    Mark was a star business professor, with a lot of experience, including selling a company to Apple.  I was a freshman with roomate troubles, in an advanced class that I had demanded entry to.

    “Mark, what’s an important business idea I might not know?”

    He looked me right in the eye:  “Give people a compelling reason to believe you.”

    His words seemed too simple at first.  With time, I’ve gained perception and understand more what he said.  It’s 100% the key to success at marketing.

    Why?

    There are dozens of blogs on ADHD out there. Most I scan over and forget about entirely. One recently managed to really, powerful interest me in its content. What it did differently was include one magical word. SPECT.

    SPECT, or single photon emission computed tomography, is a powerful imaging technique. Importantly, it’s something that’s real, interesting.  The author clearly knew something others didn’t, and came off as being sophisticated, smart and knowing.

    Mentioning and focusing on SPECT, differentiates his blog and gives a compelling reason to read it.

    Remember, give people a reason to believe in you or your product.

    Another case.  Sam is trying to sell his brand of soap. He could sell it as boring old Sam’s Soap.  Or he could add an ingredient and sell it as Sam’s Soap with patented sud formula. Then his selling point could be how his formula cleans more efficiently, leaves less stains, and means you spend less time cleaning.

    Adding a convincing reason to believe is how we humans fall for things.  In some ways, it takes very little to convince people of things that they want to believe.  How else could all those Nigerian email scams trick the smartest of us, lawyers and doctors?

    What are good selling points?

    Certifications, like ASA or MBA, are important for sure. They can be exclusionary, however. My plumber sure as hell better be certified.

    Awards and results are great, depending on how relevant they are and how noteworthy. If you sell a product, and customers get amazing results, testimonials can be very powerful in making new customer. Case studies can also be extremely effective in conveying what you do and why it matters.  Best of all, in a case study it’s not always you who’s pitching, so it’s even more effective.

    But coming up with an amazing selling point takes more.  It needs to be unique, crafted from the specifics of what you do. You have to dig into your soul, your mind, and come up with a creative way to convey your value.

    A great example of this is Lifelock. The owner is so confident in his service that he widely publishes his social security number.  Talk about a convincing reason to believe his product is good!

    Now, how can you do something similar?

    Some questions:

    1) Have you won any awards or any reviews or positive feedback?

    2) Do you have any significant publications?

    3) What offer can you make that saying “yes” is pretty much the only logical choice?

    4) What makes you different?

    5) How do clients and friends describe your services?

    6) Did anything excite you lately? A work of art, an event or something altogether random? Now connect it with what you do!

    Vyvanse vs Adderall XR – Benefits, Problems

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    Vyvanse Pills

    Vyvanse vs Adderall XR:

    Vyvanse is a new treatment for ADHD and this article compares it to Adderall.

    If you want to learn the 10 most important things you should know about Vyvanse, see here.

    Are you confused by all your medication options?  (Ritalin, Adderall, Focalin, Vyvanse, Intuniv, Metadate, Pemoline – and that’s just getting started!)  Figure things out – a Full List of ADHD Medications tells you what you need to know.

    Now…

    First, it’s important to realize that Vyvanseis Shire’s replacement for their old blockbuster drug, Adderall XR, which is losing its patent.

    If you’re being suggested to take Vyvanse, it’s not necessarily because it’s a better medication.

    Shire wants to turn it into a billion dollar drug, and has unleashed a marketing campaign of that magnitude, aimed at consumers and doctors.

    On the other hand, Vyvanse does have some advantages over Adderall.  It also has a few disadvantages.

    Comparing Vyvanse vs Adderall is made slightly harder because both drugs are amphetamines.  If you take either, you’re getting pretty much the same thing.

    That said, there are some important differences.

    1)Vyvanse is 100% d-amphetamine, while Adderall XR is a mix of 4 different d and l-amphetamines.

    This mix in Adderall may make it more effective, stronger.  But it might cause more anxiety or physical side effects.  See later for discussion of the differences between the amphetamine types.

    The next big difference is that:

    2)Vyvanse is released via digestion, while Adderall is released by bead technology.

    The digestion release may make Vyvanse smoother, last longer, and have less variability.  What you eat might not effect it so much, while Adderall XR may be more effected by, say, having a cup of orange juice.

    This release also means that snorting or injecting Vyvanse provides less of a high.  As many have pointed out, however, Vyvanse can provide a high just by being taken at higher doses.

    Advantages of Vyvanse

    We have a full article discussing the Advantages of Vyvanse.

    Vyvanse has been shown to have effect for a very long time, up to 14 hours in some studies.  While realistically that duration of effect may not happen, it works fairly well for fairly long.

    This is likely because its release mechanism is typically smooth, meaning less variability.

    Finally, Vyvanse is pure d-amphetamine, which may mean less of certain side effects compared to the l and d-amphetamine of Adderall.

    Disadvantages of Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is basically nothing more than extended release Dexedrine.  And while it seems to have fewer side effects relating to anxiety and release, it may cause more side effects like reduced appetite.

    Because Vyvanse is so new, it may be significantly more expensive than other options or not covered by insurance, especially since both Dexedrine and Adderall are available in generic form.  We also simply do not know as much about it as we do about the older drugs.

    Finally, some users feel that it’s not as strong as Adderall, and that it stops working earlier than advertised.

    l versus d amphetamine

    Remember that Vyvanse is pure d-amphetamine, while Adderall is a mix of d- and l-forms.

    The d form may be more effective at reducing impulsiveness and overactivity. Thel form, on the other hand, may increase concentration better, but it may also cause more anxiety.  It is also per molecule less effective than the d form, but such a distinction is perhaps irrelevant.

    The d form may effect more dopamine, as opposed to both noradrenaline and dopamine in the l form.  This theory, however, is not established.  Noradrenaline is involved in anxiety responses, which may explain why Adderall XR seems to be worse for anxiety.

    Adult ADHD:

    ADHD is a lot different in adults than in children.  Hyperactivity, for instance, is not necessarily there or in the same form as in kids.

    If you are over 18 and worried that you might have ADHD, check out an ADHD Test Made for Adults.

    Learn what the 4 Secrets To Success with ADHD are – it could really help you understand what’s going on in your life.

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    24 Simple Life Tips

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    Here’s some pointers on life that I wish I had known earlier.

    1) Treasure opportunities to stand out.

    When someone has a birthday, write them a meaningful card or send them a personal email.

    Always be ready to make someone feel special.  Did anyone ever do something that made you feel wonderful?  Now go and find a way to do that for someone else!

    2) Exercise 2.5 hours a week.

    Exercise has amazing health benefits.  It makes people feel better, improves circulation, and strengthens the immune system.  Make it a part of your routine.

    Yes, it sucks.  But if you want to improve your life, exercise is by the far the best decision.

    3) Promise little, do much

    People hold you to your promises.  If you say something – then don’t do it – you’ve lost credibility.  But when you always meet your word, and exceed it, people know they can trust you.  And they associate you with excellence.

    4) Always think “why am I here?”

    Sometimes it’s hard.  You’re with someone, and you’re just not connecting, or you’re at an event and you’re just standing near the wall.

    Why are you there?  What do you want?

    In all areas of life, being able to think bigger and gain perspective refocuses you and lets you achieve.

    5) Remind yourself why.

    Why are you doing what you do? Let’s say you want to lose weight. Put a picture of a hot celebrity or yourself when you were skinnier on the refrigerator. Use a similar principal to keep your mind focused on whatever goal it is you have.

    6) Listen to music.

    Research shows that listening to music can increase your creativity.  When you do, mix it up!  Try classical, or African hip hop.  It’ll make you cooler and possibly improve your thought process.

    7) Sleep at meetings.

    I heard of a famous economist/mathematician who would always spend meetings with his eyes shut and leaned back. Anyone who didn’t know him assumed that he was sleeping. At the end, he’d lean forward and ask the most penetrating and interesting questions.

    He learned best with his eyes closed, and he wasn’t worried what people thought about him.  Neither should you.

    8) Think of your positive traits, not your bad.

    A study asked one group of people to think of themselves as very smart and competent before taking a test. The other group was told to think negative thoughts.  Naturally, the positive thinking group scored significantly higher.

    Before an important event in your life, stop.  Focus on your positive traits.

    9) Commit yourself to your goals in a public setting.

    If you want to do something, let people know.  Make promises to the people who matter in your life.  It’ll keep you focused, on target.  And being accountable makes you succeed.

    10) Drink tea or coffee.

    Tea and coffee have health benefits.  Additionally, they contain the magical substance caffeine, which can possibly give you a boost and make you perform just a little better.

    11) Do one thing

    Pick one habit you’d like to have, something small and easy.  Now do it, always, without compromise or fail.

    The power of succeeding at one thing has radical effects.  Once you get in the habit of holding yourself accountable, and doing things, you’ll find it easier to face other challenges.  As the Chinese say, the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

    12) Call or email someone who you haven’t seen or spoke to in a while.

    Don’t fall into obscurity!  Reach out to your friends.  Not only is socializing good for your health, it increases creativity and gives you a deserved break.

    13) Present yourself professionally.

    If you provide a service, have business cards.  Have a website!

    14) Use to do lists.

    Each day, write a list of tasks.  Then cross the tasks off as you accomplish them.  This holds you accountable and makes achieving your goals a little more fun.

    15) Give, always give.

    People naturally return favors.  If you are nice to people, people will be nice to you.  Of course, it goes without saying that sucking up and being nice just to gain favors is a bad idea.  Be genuine.

    16) Don’t complain.

    The next time you find yourself about to complain, take a step back.  Focus on a constructive answer, and reframe the issue.

    17) Deal with paperwork once.

    If you can deal with something immediately, do so.  Like if you can deal with an email right away, do so.  This will improve your efficiency and reduce how much time you spend on annoying small tasks.

    18) Be eager to greet people, and do so with a smile.

    19) Humility

    Remember where you came from – a drop. Remember where you’ll go – a grave where worms will eat you.

    And remember what you’ll leave behind – the memories of what you did.

    20) Listen.

    Ask relevant questions, be interested, and listen.

    21) Learn from everyone.

    Everyone has their place and their time.  The most annoying, hard-ass person you know?  Yes, him too.

    22) Have a great photo of yourself

    Having a photo of yourself that looks great will help you out in surprising ways.  Online, for instance, having a great photo in your profile will improve the way people think of you.  Most importantly, it might even help you think better of yourself.

    23) Treasure your family

    No one else loves you like they do.  No one else will be there for you at 2am.  Always put your family first – they’re the only people who really deserve it.

    24) Review your flaws

    We all have negative traits that get us into trouble time and time again.  The great philosopher Maimonides said that the best way to overcome a negative trait, is to do the exact opposite until doing so becomes second nature.

    That might be a bit difficult for us normal people.  But know what your flaws are – and, more importantly, do something to remedy them.