Pharmaceutical companies aren’t just inventing cures, they’re also coming up with ways to make the ordinary man better, faster, and stronger just by taking a pill. So the storyline of Limitless, the new thriller starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, isn’t far-fetched: Cooper plays a writer who can’t finish his novel and gets dumped by his hot girlfriend, but gets lifted out of his low-point by an illegal drug that unlocks the potential of his brain, allowing him to be smart, rich, savvy (and even get laid). It all spirals downward from there, as stories centered around are wont to do, but it raises some interesting questions: Are we wasting the unlocked potential of our minds? Could the human brain be even better with the help of pills, drugs, and supplements?
We’re not the first to ask these questions — humans have been using mind-altering drugs and substances throughout history, and they still do. But there are some serious risks involved in trying to become superman with drugs, legal or illegal. Blisstree doesn’t advocate doing illegal drugs (hell, we’re not even comfortable with all the legal drugs so many people are taking), but Limitless made us wonder what the truth is about the pros and cons of the most popular mind-altering drugs. So we asked Brainologist Lee Gerdes, author of Limitless You: The Infinite Possibilities of a Balanced Brain and CEO of Brain State Technologies® to give us the down-low on everything from cocaine to ginkgo biloba. Here’s what he says about how to boost your brainpower:
“Brainologist” Lee Gerdes is the founder and CEO of Brain State Technologies® – a global neuro-network of about 130 affiliated offices that offer Brainwave Optimization™ — considered a “disruptive technology” that may change the way we understand sickness and health. With nearly 30,000 clients and growing, Brain State Technologies has the world’s largest inter-relational database of brain patterns, leading Lee and his researchers to a quick pace of new discoveries. Lee’s invention sprang from his own desperate need to resolve the physical and emotional trauma he endured after a vicious assault. An engineer, mathematician and theologian, Lee has dedicated his life to understanding neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change itself. He is the author of the Limitless You: The Infinite Possibilities of a Balanced Brain.