Like in any other domain of human endeavor there is a spectrum of quality and accuracy in science. Some double blind, placebo controlled human research is excellent and profoundly helpful to us in living better but I will show here that some "science" is tantamount to a ranty, opinionated blog, some is funded by the pharmaceutical industry and really is just marketing masquerading as science.
I'll encourage you to not place blind faith in the establishment of science the way that your ancestors likely placed blind faith in the catholic church or whatever their religious persuasion was.
As Nassim Taleb articulates in Antifragile:
the unconditional belief in the idea of scientific prediction regardless of the domain, the aim to squeeze the future into numerical reductions whether reliable or unreliable. For we have managed to transfer religious belief into gullibility for whatever can masquerade as science.
Information is the most powerful tool we have for living well, bad information really can limit us, science is the best source of helpful information, but it's far from a crystal ball that can be stared into to ascertain absolute truth. If you're willing to devote a little bit of extra attention and cognitive horsepower as a layperson you can easily recognize bad science.
Eleutherococcus senticosus, is another historical Nootropic known for "invigorating qi and strengthening the spleen, tonifying kidney to relieve mental strain" in traditional Chinese medicine.
It's a classic adaptogen, that modulates our hormones and many subtleties of how our biology responds to internal and external stressors. Commonly just referred to as Eleuthero.
The Malevolent Conspiracy that Explains it...
This has got to be one of the most compelling and unsettling new conspiracy theories that has emerged in the past year. It goes like this...
Large groups of the population distinctly remember certain cultural memes one way, yet a simple Google search will show they are totally different. Significant proportions of the population have false memories about mainstream cultural memes.
Some examples...Nelson Mandela died in the 1980's in prison instead of in 2013
Darth Vader did NOT say Luke, I am your father he actually said No, I am your father
Sex in the City is actually Sex and the City
Life is like a box chocolates is actually Life was like a box chocolates
The Berenstien Bears is actually The Berenstain Bears
In Field of Dreams If you build it, they will come is actually If you build it, he will come
Mirror, Mirror on the wall from Snow White is actually Magic mirror, on the wall
Interview With a Vampire is actually Interview With the Vampire
Sally Field(s)'s Oscar acceptance speech you like me you really like me was actually You like me, right now, you like me
In the assassination of JFK there was 4 people in the car, nope it was 6 actually
There's bunch of other examples of the Mandela effects...
I encourage you to go through them and I think you'll be surprised to find that you yourself have some false memories of cultural memes, old movies and brands. It's kind of creepy.
One thing I really like about this Ginseng is that it dissolves in about 10 minutes in scalding water to make a nice Ginseng tea.
I've used some other Ginseng tablets that don't seem to dissolve so well.
Like other Adaptogens I've used the subject effects are more noticeable when I consume them as a tea.
If you follow my recommendations and pick up a bunch of different adaptogens what you could easily do is combine like four or five of them - it will be delicious and will make you feel like a Greek god consuming ambrosia on Elysium.
This +700 word, $16 book is kind of like a summarization of the +200 interviews that Tim Ferriss has done on his podcast.
So in this review I'm not going to try to just summarize the summarization; I've been living a Tim Ferriss kind of lifestyle for over 5 years now and I'm going to try to add my own experiences and insights to some of the best passage of the book.