Thanks Eric – not to dispute the potential of LSD-like compounds for psychotherapy as you note (and primary research reflects). Only to note the sense of a circle to square, between your reply citation of ‘both the positive and negative effects’ (. an appropriately balanced emphasis) – and the rosier-sounding, more eye-widening title note, ‘effects of LSD 100% positive’ (. tabloid-like, sensational). My focus of reply goes to the larger, general context of mass media culture of circus-like exploitation. That gets the attention and approval of John Q Tripper, Joe Reader. And we have PT Barnum’s sage advice ‘give the public what it wants.’ Meanwhile, sound well-informed interest in the ‘psychedelic potential’ faces a struggle for legitimacy and wider acknowledgment. Question in view here for me, is how the subject’s frequent tabloid commodification, its ‘high’ exploitation value in narrative – function in such a situation, perhaps fatefully – when final die is cast. Seems a critical issue amid a proliferation of “100% positive” stories being circulated – given the history and trail of events since the 1943 discovery of LSD’s effects. And in general I’d still like to see reply from Principal Investigator(s), when their studies are cited in popular accounts – especially to address any questions of accuracy and validity. Unless scientists and researchers who produce findings amenable to such recourse have some responsibility – to be unaware how their work is cited and utilized in discourse outside their professional communities. I assume the above article was not submitted to Dr Gasser for reply, for him to either affirm or correct (if indicated from his pov as PI) any representation of his work – if he so wishes. Thank you again for your reply Eric, with regards.
I’ve been fighting shingles now for 6 weeks and I’m still suffering from pain where the shingles blisters were located. I started 15 billion probiotics midway thru this and was feeling better. I was taking 5 billion 3 times a day. A friend coaxed me to bump it up to 20 billion. So I did this and by the 3rd day I had a rash all over my head. I’ve since stopped and the rash has gone away. I really want to go back on it, but now I’m stuck with 20 billion capsules. Any ideas on breaking these capsules in half to take half in the morning then again at night? Or should I wait til after this shingle pain goes away? I’m sure I’m in toxic overload with having fibromyalgia and type 2 diabetes. What would u suggest I do? Thank you.
In the UK, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian awarded the film a maximum five stars, calling it "a gripping psychological thriller about big pharma and mental health that cruelly leaves you craving one last fix". He praised the lead performance from Rooney Mara as "compelling" who "lays down the law with her presence. She demonstrates a potent Hitchcockian combination: an ability to be scared and scary at the same time, and Soderbergh's film manages to introduce its effects in some insidious, almost intravenous way".  The . Club ' s Scott Tobias called Mara "superb as the glue that binds this fractured psychological puzzle," and commended Soderbergh's sophisticated direction: " Side Effects screws around in its own thriller architecture, toying with feints of structure and clever bits of misdirection, and otherwise playing the audience like a fiddle. At this point in his career, Soderbergh pulls it off with the unpracticed ease of a maestro."  Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph awarded Side Effects a maximum five stars and also acknowledged its debt to earlier psychological thrillers. He wrote: "There's a lot of Alfred Hitchcock in what follows, but even more Henri-Georges Clouzot , with whose classic spine-tingler Les Diaboliques (1954) Soderbergh's film shares a poisonous tang".  Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised the film's performances, the script and direction, writing "Soderbergh delivers ticking-bomb suspense laced with psychological acuity about a world where mood-altering meds are as disturbingly prevalent as social media".