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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

This Year’s Ibogaine Effect?

posted by on October 8 at 13:18 PM


AmericaBlog has an interesting theory up about a supplement that John McCain’s been taking, called Neuro1™.

Digging into more articles, we see that these are not your run-of-the-mill Vitamin E supplements, or whatever. Here is how the product, Neuro1, is described:
The ingredients in Neuro1™ have the ability to help people with a variety of challenges, including attention deficit disorder, dementia and Alzheimer’s, as well as depression.

The pills are for, among other things, dementia and Alzheimer’s? Anybody think that’s relevant? If one were predisposed to lying, what a convenient way not to have to divulge that McCain is on dementia and Alzheimer’s medication since officially this is “not” medication - thus no need to divulge.

The blogger theorizes that the mixture of Neuro1™ and Ambien—basically a cocktail of uppers and downers—might be causing McCain’s shortness of breath and erratic blinking, as well as the coke-head-like jaw motions he’s been displaying recently. This rings a bell for me.

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But it comes in mixed berry flavor! YUMMY!!!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | October 8, 2008 1:21 PM

Um, most of this stuff is in fucking Red Bull. Taurine, whoo! All of it is available in any drugstore or supermarket with a decent-sized vitamin section. Q-10, oh no!

Not buying it. And no, it's not what your doctor would prescribe for early-stage dementia.

Face it: he's just an angry old coot. No special meds necessary to bring that on.

Posted by Fnarf | October 8, 2008 1:30 PM

This is the dumbest thing I've seen for a while. God, I'm embarrassed to be a Democrat sometimes. . .

Posted by Jane | October 8, 2008 1:37 PM

The real story here: McCain is stupid enough to believe supplements work?

(but it does complement Reagan's penchant for astrology nicely...)

Posted by meh | October 8, 2008 1:46 PM

@2 and @3: You will recall that Ed Muskie probably never used Ibogaine.
Paul Bobby

Posted by Paul Constant | October 8, 2008 1:48 PM

Well, the McCains do have a history that's a bit reminicent of 'Valley of the Dolls'.

Posted by John | October 8, 2008 1:59 PM

Hunter Thompson was the biggest blowhard bullshit artist of all time. He LOVED to talk about drugs, but he didn't fucking know anything about them, or much of anything else. "I immediately recognized The Ibogaine Effect" is classic Thompson; the precise inverse of his alter-ego Richard Nixon. Their paranoid styles were similar in a lot of ways. He, of course, recognized no such thing, and could not have, because he didn't know what the fuck he was talking about. But he made it sound so conspiratorial that pothead Rolling Stone readers lapped it up like a dog with peanut butter.

Posted by Fnarf | October 8, 2008 2:00 PM

Fnarf, I gotta hand it you - you just made a Palin-esque idiot of yourself by saying Thompson wrote about how he "recognized" the Ibogaine effect.

I'm sure you also know how he "outed" John Chancellor as an acidhead, too, right? Boy, I bet that got you STEAMIN' mad, huh?

Posted by Wow - just wow | October 8, 2008 2:10 PM


In total agreement with you, but, goddamn, but that man was entertaining to read, in spite of, or maybe because of the bullshit artistry. Haven't read FAL '72 in a long time and I'd almost forgotten how funny it is.

"Welcome to G-Man Heaven, son! You'll eat steak-flavored clouds and poop secrets!!!"
- Col. Hunter Gathers

Posted by Billy Nilly | October 8, 2008 2:11 PM

@9: "And you're a tool, boy, a tool! Built for a single purpose by the United States of shut your third god damned eye for a good fucking reason! You can't teach a hammer to love nails, son. That dog don't hunt!"

Posted by Greg | October 8, 2008 2:30 PM

Palinesque, eh? Well, somebody's been into the psychoactives, that's for sure, and it ain't me (recently). I don't think you understand what I wrote. And Thompson's habit of drug-referencing every aspect of society is just incredibly tiresome in retrospect.

Posted by Fnarf | October 8, 2008 2:31 PM

Did you see the ad for the new "Commit" drug/cough drop last night during the debate? At first I thought that it was actually the indecision drug dreamed up by one of those n+1 guys.

Posted by maggie | October 8, 2008 3:05 PM

I'm gay. I'm liberal. I should theoretically be a fan of AmericaBlog. But really, he posts a lot of utterly ridiculous nonsense over there. This is one of the more ridiculous posts I've seen there lately.

Really. It's a useless supplement (I know, that's redundant). In all likelihood it doesn't do a goddamned thing. Like most supplements. Supplements are completely unregulated, and they can make any sort of nonsense claim they want.

AmericaBlog seems to be obsessed with the notion that there is some big conspiracy hiding some grave illness that McCain has, and they're trying to armchair diagnose McCain, much like Frist diagnosing Terri Schiavo. It's an embarrassment to progressives.

Haven't you ever spent any time around old people? McCain is old. Most of his odd twitches, quirks, and grumpiness are completely common characteristics of old people. At his age, it's a huge gamble. He might live out two terms no problem; he might stroke out in the first week. Who knows?

But trying to second guess his medical condition based on second guessing his motivations for taking some useless supplement is completely ridiculous.

Please stop.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | October 8, 2008 3:32 PM

Say what you want Fnarf, but Hunter was a hell of a wordsmith.

Posted by elswinger | October 8, 2008 3:59 PM

Where can I get some of this?

Posted by AJ | October 8, 2008 4:14 PM

elswinger; Fnarf also maintains that The Monkees were the greatest band of the sixties.

Or something hilariously similar to that.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 8, 2008 4:26 PM

@Fnarf: I can't believe you would say that about HST. The whole drug outting was a joke, something he found funny. I think you should watch Gonzo, and you'll understand. Or maybe if you read more of his writting...

He was/is, IMHO, the best American satirist...only one better possibly is Ambrose Bierce.

Posted by Original Monique | October 8, 2008 4:29 PM

@11 - Oh, I understood it fully. You wrote :

"He, of course, recognized no such thing, and could not have, because he didn't know what the fuck he was talking about."

Which implies he was actually seriously trying to start some substantial rumor.

Unless of course you do understand what he was saying, and you just worded your silly little footstamp wrong. Either way, you're a doofus.

When I see you come up with a phrase as good The Million Pound Shithammer, call me. Until then - "Fnarf" - yeah, sounds about age appropriate.

Posted by Even more wow | October 8, 2008 4:44 PM

Fnarf: Jus' move to the U.K. already. Thanx!

Posted by Jennifer | October 8, 2008 10:16 PM

@7: Spoken like a like true Gen RX-er; deeply saturated in rationale, logic and mathematic rigidity, but completely devoid of imagination, soul, or artistic temperament.

Posted by Dick Head | October 9, 2008 11:36 AM

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