Topic: cocaine

New Book Alleges Sarah Palin Snorted Cocaine; I’m Not Turned Off

New Book Alleges Sarah Palin Snorted Cocaine; I'm Not Turned Off

In his new book, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, Joe McGinniss reveals something that I’m sure he thought would shock people: Palin has snorted cocaine. Off an overturned 55-gallon drum during a snowmobile excursion, no less. Along with this allegation, he also claims she had her share of affairs and domestic struggles at home. (But let’s stick with the health-indiscretions of doing drugs for now.) Aside from trying to picture Miss Going Rogue herself snorting coke and then attempting to drive a snowmobile (let’s hope she was out in the middle of Alaska’s nowhere), I don’t see how this affects my–or anyone’s–political view of her. More »

This Is Your Brain On Sugar (Hint: It Looks A Lot Like Your Brain On Cocaine)

This Is Your Brain On Sugar (Hint: It Looks A Lot Like Your Brain On Cocaine)

There’s no shortage of evidence that certain foods—mainly those involving sugar and fat—trigger reactions in the brain similar to the ones induced by drugs. Hence our “addiction” to processed food and fast food, sugar “highs” and even “crashes,” too. But a new study out of Uppsala University adds yet another layer to our knowledge of what sugar does to the brain: It stimulates the reward centers, then screws them up. More »

Limitless In Real Life: A Cost-Risk Analysis of 8 Brain-Boosting Drugs and Supplements

Limitless In Real Life: A Cost-Risk Analysis of 8 Brain-Boosting Drugs and Supplements

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? More »

Morning Links: Government Lowers Fluoride Levels in Tap Water

Morning Links: Government Lowers Fluoride Levels in Tap Water

Researchers Find Addiction Vaccine – Scientists have discovered a vaccine that could help humans kick cocaine, thanks to a molecule that turns the body’s immune system against the drug. (Mother Nature Network)

Too Much Fluoride – The federal government is lowering the fluoride level in drinking water for the first time in 50 years, due to adverse side effects like spotting on children’s teeth. (New York Times)

Clean, Vegan Recipe – If you’re trying to clean up your diet this New Year, try these taco bites, packed with quinoa and vegetables. (Green Lemonade) More »