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My Experiences With Modafinil


--Nietzsche, Zarathustra

Modafinil isn't the biggest gain I've made towards peak experiences -- that'd be just basic exercise. It's not the largest gain towards general well-being, which is just a cleaner diet and very good hydration. It's not even the biggest no-brainer of a nootropic, the honor of which probably goes to Piracetam.

But with that said -- wow. It's some pretty amazing stuff.

In this post, we'll cover: 1. The effects and subjective experience, negative and postive, of Modafinil. 2. The routine I built around taking it, through trial and error, for best performance. 3. Some jumping-off points for further research.

Supplements in our diet: my case for Vitamin C

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[caption id="attachment_156" align="alignright" width="300"] Rainbow Chard from our garden...incredible source of VC....and its so beautiful![/caption]

Whole, unprocessed, organic, real food is hands down the most important part of our diet. One cannot live on processed supplements alone, no matter how hard you might try. The move to supplement bars, or instant breakfast meals in a bar/drink are utterly crazy to me, and in my opinion, not good for anything other than a short term fix. I love some of the good bars available only for long hikes or other outdoor activities where a meal is not an option. There are some really good raw bars out there I really like.

However, no matter how hard we try to eat well all the time, supplements do play an important part in our daily regimen. Like our use of garlic, we have staved off many simple colds, and who knows how many other unwanted invasions of good health by a small core of basic supplements. At the moment, we prefer a select few individual vitamins, minerals and a fish oil versus a “multi-vitamin” because you just cannot get enough of the quality ingredients or the highest dose into a capsule when you’re trying to make an “all in one” product. In addition, we do eat very well in our house, with most every meal eaten as a family with fresh, home-cooked foods.

Orthomolecular Medicine is the term coined by chemist Linus Pauling back in the 1960’s describing a form of alternative medicine built around maintaining optimal health through nutritional supplementation; aka vitamins and minerals. Generally, my entire family takes 2 grams of Vitamin C each day….a gram with breakfast, and a gram with dinner. This is a maintenance dose for us especially October through May despite the RDA being only 60 milligrams. We step it up to one gram an hour when a cold threatens. There are virtually no side effects, until you get bowel discomfort, and once you reach that (no one in our family ever has, even our youngest) we know that is the limit and would simply back off at that point.

A close family member was diagnosed with shingles last summer. What an unpleasant and somewhat scary experience. We were past the time window where any pharmaceutical might have worked (successful treatment with most drugs is questionable at best, apparently). After some research, VC was taken at about a gram per hour as long as she was awake. There were some other supplements she took and applied topically, but in the end the shingles was gone…simply gone in under 2 weeks. In fact, what looked like it could have left an ugly, permanent scar had no remains whatsoever just a few weeks after that. Our brief experience with shingles wasn’t fun by any means, but we clearly beat the odds and hope to not see that one again anytime soon.

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