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  1. My weight is about 75 kg. I'm taking just 2g because together with the sodium bicarbonate there is reportedly a better absorption.
  2. What if all the depressed people would work on changing whatever causes their depressions, instead of just changing their brain chemistry with chemical drugs? I believe they (or we) have many of these causes in common. With combined strength and efforts a desperately needed change could be brought about. Why do we allow a minority of rich and powerful to get their way on the expense of the majority? But first we should get our priorities straight. We need balance and stability in the systems, a materialism-, capitalism- and socialism within sensible and healthy limits, and not on the expense of a sound nature and of our true quality of life. __________________ Failure is the mother of success. - Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up. -- Chinese Proverbs Failure is success if we learn from it. -- Malcolm S. Forbes Failure is the tuition you pay for success. -- Walter Brunell If you are not big enough to lose, you are not big enough to win. -- Walter Reuther If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down. -- Mary Pickford The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. -- Sven Goran Eriksson When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves. -- Katherine Mansfield If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless. -- Robert H. Schuller There is No Failures, Only Feedbacks! The only real failure in life is the failure to try. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. -- Colin Powell To err is human. Through trial and error we learn and grow.
  3. Is vegan AST Creatine Monohydrate Good to know that this product is sane! - Jarrow Formulas, Creatine Monohydrate - Country Life, Creatine Monohydrate - Now Foods, Creatine Monohydrate
  4. As far as creatine goes, I would start with 2g plus 1g of sodium bicarbonate - reportedly this way creatine is better absorbed and needs no loading phase - and then slowly increase according to what feels right for you. Reportedly "Creapure" is vegan - and is available inexpensive too. Kre-Alkalyn might be good too - it has already an alkalising agent in it. Your fears are only justified if it is taken in large doses. Of course, an individual doesn't change anything by boycotting. On the other hand, those companies are testing animals only because of individuals, who are buying their products. So which other way than boycott is there to change this? They are far too rich and powerful for change via politics. I understand the positions of both "parties" here, as both have good reasons for their points of view. That's why it is important to respect each others morale. This is not a matter of who's right or wrong, but of personal preference, what feels right and probably even of individual (genetic?) disposition. @ precision female, You deserve the highest respect for your ethics and attitude. It is ridiculous to say that you're being selfish for avoiding the pain of feeling guilty. Doing what feels right is the only way how life works, as it is being truthful towards oneself. Go for it as long as you can bear it. resp. as long as it feels right for you. However, the question is also, what is healthy and where starts a psychosis. I would say, healthy is to stay within a "happy medium" or, we need to worry or to feel guilty for a healthy awareness and conscience. But if you "see and hear those animals 24/7", this is doing you unnecessary harm. It's just as imbalanced and unhealthy as a 24/7 "automatic shut off to not think about things that are too traumatic/disturbing to think about". Both are extremes, which cause a system to become screwed up. Just as some food for thought, there is a quote from a Dan Zadra: "Worry is a misuse of imagination." It would be preferable to treat your impairing PTSD, and to work on the causes of your depressions - I hope you can get an adequate psychological therapy. Are you getting enough sleep and recreation? I may be wrong, but I'm getting the impression that your health is suffering from too much pressure and/or other stresses, either from people around you or from yourself. Could you improve your diet? And what about natural remedies? You should be able to get vegan versions of the following possible antidepressants, e.g.: - St. John's Wort - Mucuna pruriens - Kava - Coca - 5-HTP In possible cases of deficiency - as in situations of stress the body needs some extra nutrients: - EPA - Folate - Iron - Vitamin B12, B5, B6 and D - SAM-e - Phenylalanine - Inositol You probably have to experiment to find out which work for you - unless you can find some sort of a physician, who is into such treatments. More suggestions and information you can find e.g. at http://www.raysahelian.com/depression.html. All the best manoka
  5. I read about the recommendation to drink a lot with the creatine intake, but not as much as 4 Liters. Nevertheless, I'm drinking close to 4 Liters per day - even more when I'm sweating a lot.
  6. Hello, After I started taking 2 g of creatine monohydrate with about 1 g of sodium bicarbonate on 6 days a week, I noticed feeling achy pretty much like with a muscle soreness. Other than this, I did not make any significant changes in my daily routines. Apparently due to this, I have gained some weight, including in muscle mass. Thus I wonder whether anybody has experienced something like this, whether this is normal, and/or whether one can do something to relieve it. Many thanks in advance! manoka
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