Friday, June 6, 2008

Survey says...

I'm six months into writing this blog, and I took some time to look at the statistics this morning. I am interested to know what interests all of you readers so that I can provide more of that. It was a bit of a shot in the dark at first, guessing what would bring you in to read my thoughts, but I do have a bit more of an idea as time goes on.

The ten most read pages were about: aspartame, topamax and off-label uses, fish oil/anxiety/anger, fibromyalgia, melatonin and REM sleep behavior disorder, topamax and kidney problems, rozerem and sleep apnea, vinpocetine, wheatgrass, olanzapine/stuttering.

The top ten search terms were: fish oil/anxiety, cellular effects of aspartame, acth/paxil, aspartame/depression, rozerem, rozerem/sleep apnea, epa/anxiety, topamax/binge eating, caffeine/antidepressants, olanzapine/stuttering.

So now I know what people found when they looked for it. What I don't know is...what were you looking for that you didn't find? That is something my statistics won't tell me. But if I know what you all wish to see, I can keep that in mind when I get my monthly pile of research from the Nat'l Library of Medicine.

I'm surprised at how many people not only found this blog, but return for more, and I'm delighted at how interactive it's become. I hope to bring more information to you all, and to be challenged to present science in a fun and meaningful way. Your responses and suggestions will definitely guide me toward making this the best possible resource on the 'net when it comes to psych meds.

Have a great summer weekend everyone!

1 comment:

Rich Murray said...

re “A Few too Many”, Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, long review of hangover research 2008.05.26 — same levels of formaldehyde and formic acid in FEMA trailers and other sources (aspartame, dark wines and liquors, tobacco smoke): Murray 2008.06.05
Thursday, June 5, 2008

methanol impurity in alcohol drinks [ and aspartame ] is turned into neurotoxic formic acid, prevented by folic acid, re Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, BM Kapur, DC Lehotay, PL Carlen at U. Toronto, Alc Clin Exp Res 2007 Dec.
plain text: detailed biochemistry, CL Nie et al. 2007.07.18: Murray 2008.02.24
Sunday, February 24, 2008

formaldehyde and formic acid in FEMA trailers and other sources (aspartame, dark wines and liquors, tobacco smoke): Murray 2008.01.30
Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The FEMA trailers give about the same amount of formaldehyde and formic acid daily as from a quart of dark wine or liquor, or two quarts (6 12-oz cans) of aspartame diet soda, from their over 1 tenth gram methanol impurity (one part in 10,000), which the body quickly makes into formaldehyde and then formic acid — enough to be the major cause of “morning after” alcohol hangovers.

Methanol and formaldehyde and formic acid also result from many fruits and vegetables, tobacco and wood smoke, heater and vehicle exhaust, household chemicals and cleaners, cosmetics, and new cars, drapes, carpets, furniture, particleboard, mobile homes, buildings, leather… so all these sources add up and interact with many other toxic chemicals.

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“Application of the hair of the dog may sound like nothing more than a way of getting yourself drunk enough so that you don’t notice you have a hangover, but, according to Wayne Jones, of the Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Medicine, the biochemistry is probably more complicated than that.

Jones’s theory is that the liver, in processing alcohol, first addresses itself to ethanol, which is the alcohol proper, and then moves on to methanol, a secondary ingredient of many wines and spirits.
[ Just over 1 part in 10,000 = 100 mg methanol per liter -- the same level of methanol as in 2 liters (6 12 oz cans) diet soda ]

Because methanol breaks down into formic acid, which is highly toxic, it is during this second stage that the hangover is most crushing.

If at that point you pour in more alcohol, the body will switch back to ethanol processing. This will not eliminate the hangover — the methanol (indeed, more of it now) is still waiting for you round the bend — but it delays the worst symptoms. It may also mitigate them somewhat. On the other hand, you are drunk again, which may create difficulty about going to work.”

Annals Of Drinking
A Few Too Many
Is there any hope for the hung over?
by Joan Acocella May 26, 2008;
[ more at initial URL ]