FDA Clinical Trials of Ecstasy

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?   Psalm 27:1

FDA Approves Large Scale Clinical Trials of Ecstasy to Treat Patients With PTSD

Ecstasy (MDMA) is a Class Schedule 1 drug in the US in the same category with heroin. It’s known as a “rave drug” which gives clubbers “a psychotic feeling of happiness.”

According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse –

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/mdma-ecstasy-abuse/what-are-effects-mdma

– a single does can give a person decreased anxiety and a general feeling of well-being within an hour of taking one dose. That’s the good news.

Here’s the bad news:

MDMA can produce a variety of adverse health effects, including nausea, chills, sweating, involuntary teeth clenching, muscle cramping, and blurred vision.

It’s use is often associated with long periods of high physical activity. Here’s the problem with that:

MDMA can also reduce the pumping efficiency of the heart,6 of particular concern during periods of increased physical activity, further complicating these problems.

As if that isn’t enough, MDMA does not metabolize well. In other words, the body does not get rid of it easily.  It stays for some time.  Long enough that the chances of overdose are increased, worsening the toxic effects of the drug.

You’ve heard of the old saying “ignorance is bliss.” From the NIDA site, it seems that’s about how it works.

In the hours after taking the drug, MDMA produces significant reductions in mental abilities. These changes, particularly those affecting memory, can last for up to a week, and possibly longer in regular users. The fact that MDMA markedly impairs information processing emphasizes the potential dangers of performing complex or skilled activities, such as driving a car, while under the influence of this drug.

Over the course of a week following moderate use of the drug, many MDMA users report feeling a range of emotions, including anxiety, restlessness, irritability, and sadness that in some individuals can be as severe as true clinical depression.14 Similarly, elevated anxiety, impulsiveness, and aggression, as well as sleep disturbances, lack of appetite, and reduced interest in and pleasure from sex have been observed in regular MDMA users.

Sorry, but I’m not even at the article yet, so here we go. From the article:

The phase three trial, funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), will involve 230 patients or more…It has been banned since 1986, ranked as dangerous as LSD and heroin.

Well, my first question is just who the heck is Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies; MAPS to their friends and donors? I visited their website – http://www.maps.org/ and the very first thing I saw was a headline screaming the topic of research into MDMA, complete with pictures of WASP-ish individuals, all-American family type folks, and even a family with toddlers. There’s also a picture of some Woodstock-looking scene with a circle of people holding upraised hands.

A little something for everyone.

Farther down the home page is an equally large headline promoting their research into “LSD-Assisted Therapy.” You too can attend their Psychedelic Science 2017 conference in – where else? – Oakland, California.  Even the logo is in psychedelic rainbow colors.

Remember that LSD was the CIA’s drug of choice in their supposedly shuttered MKUltra program.

Also from my series on the book DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral: https://jeffreyhking.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/pirates-of-the-sacred-spiral-part-8/

1940 – Having grown bolder as they continued their work in both genetics and evolution, “They crossed the line into science fiction when they claimed to show the Mendelian inheritance of traits such as feeblemindedness, pauperism, shyness, moral control, nomadism, and shiftlessness.” Page 77

Continuing from there, they publicly promoted the idea that those saddled with serious genetic defects should not be allowed to reproduce. In other words, forced sterilization.

As people began to realize that “serious genetic defects” might be a bit more arbitrary than at first blush, an uprising against eugenics began. They were pronounced guilty by association with the inhumane genetic “improvements” that were being pursued in fascist Europe. This is the year they finally had to officially close their Eugenics Record Office, although they continued their research “underground.”

To connect the dots here, the reference from the above quotation is regarding fairly open attempts at eugenics – essentially what the Nazis were doing – here in the United States of America. In fact, Hitler was heavily funded by the Rockefellers and the Bushes.  Yes, THOSE Bushes  The USA eugenics were aimed very pointedly at Negroes along with the mentally ill and criminal types.  The means were forced sterilization and drug treatments.  Addison’s disease was a research focus due to the tendency of sufferers to develop black skin pigmentation.  They were trying to “cure” society of Negros more than trying to help victims of Addison’s Disease.

Now we have drug research trying to find a way to “help” people with autism and PTSD. These certainly fit the profile of undesirables in a society envisioned by the Rockefellers, Carnegies, and Bushes.

To be a bit more succinct, if cliché, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.”

I would encourage you to read the article for yourself and see what questions you might want to ask.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3986874/FDA-approves-large-scale-clinical-trials-ecstasy-treat-patients-PTSD.html

Battered

And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.    Matthew 10:42

Well, friends, I’ve been lax this week as far as getting articles written. Obviously.  It’s just been one of those weeks.  Not enough hours or me to go around.

Now, lest I come off as “Woe is me,” that’s not what I’m saying. It’s been challenging, and that’s what happens.  A lot of people are challenged infinitely more than I am!

I conversed with a friend this week who is dealing with some family issues, and it’s been a challenging time for him too for more than just this past week. He’s moved, changed his whole life around to meet a family need.  Sacrifice and opportunity seem to be two sides of the same coin here, as he went from seeing all that was given up to seeing all that opened up.

We all get battered, bloodied, and torn. In the grand scheme of things, some of us have it pretty easy most of the time.  It may not look like much to some, perhaps, but if it’s the worst you’ve ever been, who’s to say?  That’s all you know.

My friend made me think that you can tell heroes from their condition. Heroes are the ones who cross the finish line ripped and scratched.  Some are a bloody pulp.

John the Baptist? Hero.  Camel’s hair clothing, wild locusts, and honey for dessert.

Jesus en route to Calvary? Bloody pulp territory.  It’s amazing He could even walk at that point.

Pick an apostle outside of John. Uneducated, persecuted, hounded from every direction.  Peter was crucified.  Upside down.

Histories are crammed with stories of 1st Century Martyrs meeting horrific ends.

Not one would make the invitation list to anyone’s dinner party.

But despite all of their own sufferings, they healed the sick, raised the dead, and cast out demons. They did God’s work to help others in need even as they were in need.

Can you give someone a drink? Buy them breakfast at McDonald’s?  Take a minute to talk to them?  Share Jesus with them?  People who can do that are the kind of heroes Jesus is looking for.  He wants heroes who can do those sort of things while struggling themselves.

Are you dog-tired, but a son or daughter needs you? Be a hero.  Are you upset over an calamity in your life, and a friend calls with a problem?  Be a hero.

Because real heroes can do it with blood and sweat…and a smile God gave them.

Quote for 1/17/2017

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Philippians 2:14-16 KJV

Help from Heaven

The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.    Psalm 68:17

Do you believe that angels exist? Do you believe that they are active in the world today?  You should.  Seeing an angel is not a common thing, but people do see them.  Some coincidences beg a cause, a providence of God and His angels.  They weren’t seen, but their effect was felt.

A recent article from Great Britain shows that seeing angels is more common than we might think: People Who Believe They Have Seen an ANGEL – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3981538/I-just-lying-appeared-two-beautiful-beings-wings-dressed-white-Incredible-tales-people-believe-seen-ANGEL.html

I recently saw a documentary about the Israeli war for independence in the 60’s. They defeated the armies of several Arab nations intent on destroying them and denying Jerusalem to them.  There was no way they should have prevailed, but they did.  History has recorded their magnificent victory, but it has left out the testimonials of the defeated Arab forces.

An entire Arab platoon happened upon a couple of lost Israeli soldiers who were certain they would be slaughtered, caught out in the open. As they steeled themselves for a fight to the death, the Arab platoon laid down their weapons and surrendered.  Why?  Because they saw the Israelis backed up by an army of angels.

This sort of thing happened often in that conflict. What’s amazing is that these eyewitness accounts came from the Arabs who surrendered!

The one thing we need to remember as we acknowledge that angels exist and move in our lives is that they are not the source. Some people tend to worship angels or believe in them, stopping there.  Angels come to us from God the Father.  They are His army for our good.  Salvation does not lie with them.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.   John 14:6

It is good to know ALL of the things God does for us, the entirety of the spiritual world that surrounds us and, indeed, battles over us. We thank God for His love and providence as He sends us His help from Heaven.