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  1. If you don't have an out of state friend to order them and forward to you, here's an alternate method. Go online and set up an account with a private out-of-state mail forwarding outfit that accepts mail addressed to you to its street address (most do) and they will forward it on to you. Rates run around $30 a month, but once you get your spores, you can cancel the mail forwarder. This protects the supplier who has no way of knowing if they're mailing to a mail forwarder, and even if they did, have no way of knowing the ultimate destination. I researched a big mail forwarder in Nevada and wa
  2. From drugwarfacts.com, here's some documentation of what most of us already know on the relative safety of ingesting psilocybin or marijuana. (Lethal Dose by Substance) "The most toxic recreational drugs, such as GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) and heroin, have a lethal dose less than 10 times their typical effective dose. The largest cluster of substances has a lethal dose that is 10 to 20 times the effective dose: These include cocaine, MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine, often called “ecstasy”) and alcohol. A less toxic group of substances, requiring 20 to 80 times the effective dose to ca
  3. It's outrageous that any American should have to substitute industrial gas for medical oxygen, and that brings up all the restrictive oxygen rules that make us jump through hoops. In the summers I travel as much as 10,000 miles around the West researching and photographing for a book. Last fall I started out with 9 E-tanks in the trunk which normally would have been way more than enough. But on the advice of my neuro I had just dumped the lithium and verpamil I had been taking for years. And in just a few days of travel I got slammed by the worst cluster ever. By the time I got to Utah, I bega
  4. I'm not so sure anymore what an individual hit of Imitrex costs either. Last Fall I purchased 90 units through my union health plan for a $50 copay, but they were the new generic version. And guess who makes the generic version of Glaxxo's Imitrex? Surprise -- Glaxxo makes it. There's no question Medicare is heavily infiltrated by Big Pharma which gives millions to Congress in return for getting billions back from Congress by doing their bidding at the people's expense. It's called elder abuse. An even worse practice by Big Pharma comes when their 17 year patent monopoly expires, and they no l
  5. Mine peter out also, but they start acting differently too. Like a spinning top that becomes erratic as it slows done, my headaches become erratic as I come to the end of a cluster. That is they might come at an odd time. If normally I'd get three headaches at night, and then I get one in the daytime, it could be signaling the end of a cluster.
  6. I got clusters at age 55 which is when most patients seem to start losing them. This month I'll be 72 and STILL have them. I asked my neuro, who's a cluster specialist why I still had them at my age. All he could answer is, "What can I say, you still have them." His dad, who was a pioneer in cluster medicine also had clusters, so I asked him about his dad's experience. His dad got them in his 20's and they burned themselves out at age 64. So my question is, am I the oldest clusterhead? Are there any others out there over say age 65 who are still getting hammered by the Beast? And are those
  7. I took Imitrex in pill form many times before I discovered there were alternatives to the pill. My neuro advised Imitrex shots as the fastest acting, but like many others I can take shots with no problem but can't bring myself to do it myself. So the option I took was Imitrex inhalers. We know from recreational drug users the nasal passages provide a quick route for introducing drugs into your system. Anyway, I rarely use Imitrex anymore. For me nothing is quicker in aborting a CH than oxygen, which totally erases a cluster in 4 to 11 minutes. That's not a uniform response to clusters
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