tagged w/ Records
Older story, but very interesting case study if anyone is interested.
The strange case of the man who took 40,000 ecstasy pills in nine years
The Guardian, Tuesday April 4, 2006
Doctors from London University have revealed details of what they believe is the largest amount of ecstasy ever consumed by a single person. Consultants from the addiction centre at St George's Medical School, London, have published a case report of a British man estimated to have taken around 40,000 pills of MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy, over nine years. The heaviest previous lifetime intake on record is 2,000 pills.
Though the man, who is now 37, stopped taking the drug seven years ago, he still suffers from severe physical and mental health side-effects, including extreme memory problems, paranoia, hallucinations and depression. He also suffers from painful muscle rigidity around his neck and jaw which often prevents him from opening his mouth. The doctors believe many of these symptoms may be permanent.
The man, known as Mr A in the report in the scientific journal Psychosomatics, started using ecstasy at 21. For the first two years his use was an average of five pills per weekend. Gradually this escalated until he was taking around three and a half pills a day. At the peak, the man was taking an estimated 25 pills every day for four years. After several severe collapses at parties, Mr A decided to stop taking ecstasy. For several months, he still felt he was under the influence of the drug, despite being bedridden.
His condition deteriorated and he began to experience recurrent tunnel vision and other problems including hallucinations, paranoia and muscle rigidity. "He came to us after deciding that he couldn't go on any more," said Dr Christos Kouimtsidis, the consultant psychiatrist at St George's Medical School in Tooting who treated him for five months. "He was having trouble functioning in everyday life."
The doctors discovered that the man was suffering from severe short-term memory problems of a type usually only seen in lifetime alcoholics. But evaluating the full extent of his condition was difficult as his concentration and attention was so impaired he was unable to follow the simple tasks involved in the test.
"This was an exceptional case. His long- term memory was fine but he could not remember day to day things - the time, the day, what was in his supermarket trolley," said Dr Kouimtsidis. "More worryingly, he did not seem aware himself that he had these memory problems."
With no mental illness in his family and no prior psychiatric history, the doctors concluded that his unique condition was direct result of his intense ecstasy use.
"This is obviously an extreme case so we should not blow any observations out of proportion," says Dr Kouimtsidis. "But if this is what is happening to very heavy users, it might be an indication that daily use of ecstasy over a long period of time can lead to irreversible memory problems and other cognitive deficits."
For 10 years, MDMA has been suspected of causing these kinds of effects in heavy users. It is thought to be due to its disruption of the regulation of serotonin, a brain chemical believed to play a role in mood and memory. It remains unclear whether these effects are the result of permanent neurotoxic damage or just temporary reversible alterations in the brain.
A special two-part MDMA study in recent issues of the Journal of Psychopharmacology (available online at sagepub), suggests long-term side-effects may be temporary. The researchers from the University Of Louisiana could find no significant relationship between depression and recreational ecstasy use..
More at link...Older story, but very interesting case study if anyone is interested.... more
Radio personality/video blogger Jay Smooth, of illdoctrine.com, explains to us why Radiohead flipped the game when they released their last album to the internet for free.Radio personality/video blogger Jay Smooth, of illdoctrine.com, explains to us why... more
Records toppled at the 60th annual Primetime Emmys Sunday as period pieces "Mad Men" and "John Adams" made history and a pair of series extended dominance within their categories to an unprecedented six consecutive years.Records toppled at the 60th annual Primetime Emmys Sunday as period pieces "Mad... more
Star couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been named the most powerful people in Hollywood, each in their own right. Star couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been named the most powerful people in... more
The outspoken and never shy rapper, Kanye West, will be opening up a Fatburger in Orland Park, which is located on the southwest suburban area of Chicago, next month. According to a spokesperson of Fatburger Corp., Kanye West's KW Foods LLC, has the rights to develop 10 Fatburgers in the Chicago area and plans to open another one in January at 95th and Western Avenue in the Beverly neighborhood.
Fatburger, which primarily calls California home, is a popular fast-food chain. This will be the first restaurant in Chicago.
In other Kanye news, he is expected to produce the majority of Jay-Z's new album , Blueprint 3, alongside producer/friend, No I.D. The outspoken and never shy rapper, Kanye West, will be opening up a Fatburger in... more
DMX will be starring in his own reality show which has yet to be picked up by any network, but it's said that there are many networks interested. The show will follow DMX’s attempt to resolve a string of legal problems, which include six arrests since May of 2008, the most recent one occurring last week in Miami, Florida.
DMX said in a statement, “In many ways, my life has been an open book,[But] I haven’t always been the one writing the story. With this show; however, people will get to see and hear with their own eyes and ears what really goes on in my life and I think they’ll come to understand me a little bit better with each episode.”
The show, titled "DMX: This Life Of Mine" is being produced by Platinum Entertainment. CEO Ernie Romero said, "“When we were approached about doing this show, we knew right away that we wanted to be involved...DMX is a complex man and this show will reveal his many sides: the street side and the spiritual side, all rolled up in one.”
X feels this is a good opportunity for people to see him in a different light and maybe get some sort of understanding outside what is being pushed in the media lately. His statement was concluded by saying, “After watching this show, people will come to realize that despite all the stories and all the rumors about me, despite how well they may think they know me, there is another side to DMX that they have never seen and hopefully, it will make people question what they see and hear about me in the future."
The show was shot in Arizona and is scheduled for 6 episodes as the series.DMX will be starring in his own reality show which has yet to be picked up by any... more
Suge Knight, the former CEO of Death Row Records, was arrested yesterday in a domestic dispute involving his girlfriend in which he supposedly was wielding a knife. The incident happened at approximately 6:40 a.m. in Las Vegas, Nevada. After officers arrived at the scene of a minor traffic accident, they found Knight hitting a woman in a parking lot off a busy thoroughfare.
"A citizen sees the beating in a parking lot, police get there fast, they see him beating her. It's a good solid case," said Las Vegas police Lt. Chris Carroll.
Although the woman was not stabbed, she was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Police did not release the woman's name or age, but said she identified herself as Knight's girlfriend of three years.
"This is a very large man," Carroll said, estimating his weight at more than twice the woman's. "He was on top of her, actually in the act of violently beating her when the officers arrived, with the knife in his hand."He received felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor charges of possession of dangerous drugs without a prescription and domestic violence. Knight had Ecstasy and Hydrocodone when he was arrested.
He posted $19,000 bail and was scheduled to be released yesterday with a promise to appear Sept. 26 in Las Vegas Justice Court. Suge Knight, the former CEO of Death Row Records, was arrested yesterday in a domestic... more
I've been reading alot about Detox lately--specially since it's supposed to hit stores in the next 30 days, which I highly doubt due to the death of Dre's son (RIP). Anyways, reading about it and checking out the feedback from fans on blogs and message boards one question lingers in the back of my mind.
What's the hype?
Why is everyone anticipating Detox?
Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Dre, The Chronic 2001 was a good album, he's a great producer, and definitely has an eye for talent. But as far as rapping goes, what is he, like top 30?
Is it all the ghost writers he has working on Detox?
Is it the potential collabos with 50 and Eminem that has everyone on the edge of their seats?
I mean, Lil Wayne said he was ghost writing some of Dre's verses, Do you really think you're going to get the same product as The Chronic/2001 from that guy? (Don't front, Tha Carter 3 was a HUGE disappointment).
So what is it exactly that has every god damn hip hop fan waiting for this album like it's the second coming?
Someone put me on to the hype.
By the way, I'm back bitches!, Took a vacation--oh yeah, for the folks that have been on Defsounds for more than year, remember around this time a year ago, we changed everything up?..Guess what's about to happen again..and about to happen again SOON. So if there's something you'd like to see changed..speak now or forever hold your peace.
Oh and one more thing, we recently started posting tracks from Hip Hop's new rainman Charles Hamilton--you know, tryna show some love to the mentally challenged hip hop community. For some reason you folks think we're only posting his bad tracks, umm..we're just posting his latest releases--is it really our fault that they suck? I've been reading alot about Detox lately--specially since it's supposed to... more
With Young Jeezy’s new album, The Recession, hitting stores today, SOHH decided to catch up with various members of the hip-hop community to get their take on our nation’s declining economy and rising gas prices.
When it came time to start recording his third album, Def Jam rapper Young Jeezy wanted to attack a subject matter that everyone in America can relate to, the current economic recession.
“The economy is different, The world is different so I just wanted to address it [and] at the same time still make good music,” he said.
“When you get in a position when you above a lot of things sometimes you don’t take the time to look down. I wanted to deal with it and take it on.”
For Jeezy, the current recession has caused him to take a second look at his extravagant purchases. “What do you need that for? You don’t need it,” he said of his iced out watch. “You can tell time with a Timex really. Basically what I was trying to say is how we spend money in bad times on dumb shit, things that we can do without.”
The rapper says he didn’t hesitate to record those revealing lyrics because he views himself as a regular person. “I’m not looking at it from a rapper’s perspective. I’m looking at it from a man’s perspective, a grown man,” he said. “I mean as far as everyday living, I gotta fill up my gas tank just like everybody else.”
High gas prices are where most hip-hop artists are feeling the pinch. In fact, R&B singers J. Holiday and Bobby Valentino were the only celebrities SOHH spoke with who said they weren’t affected at the pump. “Oh I’m cool. I ain't really worried about it,” said J. Holiday. “I put the right kind in my car so my car don’t eat up my gas.”
Bobby Valentino echoed his sentiments saying, “I’m very blessed to not even look at the high gas prices. I don’t even look at the gas tank when I go pump I just fill it up,” he said.
For everyone else, gas is a major issue. Even Diddy, who raked in a cool $35 million last year according to Forbes magazine, is starting to cut back on his spending. In a recent YouTube video blog entitled, “Gas Prices are Too High,” the mogul revealed that he parked his private jet and was opting to fly commercial instead.
“Gas prices are too motherf*cking high,” he declared as he boarded an American Airlines aircraft. “I’m actually flying commercial that’s how high gas prices are so I feel you. We need to do something about this so tell whoever the next president is, we need to bring gas prices down.”
Like his label head, Bad Boy South rapper Gorilla Zoe is also hoping that the next president will offer some relief. “Listen man, you gotta go vote,” he said. “It ain't no work in the streets and gas is 5 dollars. We need some change. Them folks rape the sh*t out of us, man.”
Mississippi rapper David Banner isn’t optimistic that our generation will do anything to affect change but he did offer some food for thought by drawing a connection between President Bush’s family history in the oil business and current gas prices.
“Isn’t is amazing that we have a president whose family has a vested interest in gas and oil? Isn’t it funny that the year he’s going out of office gas prices are higher than they’ve ever been in history?” he asked. “That’s the kinda stuff I think we should be talking about.”
In addition to urging fans to get out and vote, hip-hoppers also offered some alternative solutions. DJ Unk best known for his hit song, “Walk it Out” shared his creative remedy for recession fever. “I’m riding around in a scooter right now,” he said. “I’m beating the gas prices. Seven dollars will get me up for two days. I’m good right now.”
With Young Jeezy’s new album, The Recession, hitting stores today, SOHH decided... more
Inspired by the Katy Perry hit 'I Kissed a Girl (And I Liked It)', a New Zealand radio network tries to set a new world record for girls kissing girls.
On Thursday, 4th September, the network wants as many girl 'couples' across New Zealand to kiss for 20 seconds. As part of the promotion, one of the couples can win a trip to Melbourne. All participants will be offered chapstick and Hersheys Kisses chocolates.
There is currently no World Record set for numbers of same-sex kissers, though 1,188 Parisians of various genders set the record for most people kissing at once in November 2006, and a London opposite-sex couple set a record for longest unbroken kiss in July 2005 with their 31-hour, 30-minute and 30-second smooch.Inspired by the Katy Perry hit 'I Kissed a Girl (And I Liked It)', a New... more
David Hayes' granddaughter just ask him to hold her Barbie rod and reel while she went to the bathroom. He did. And seconds later he landed the state record channel catfish at 21 pounds, 1 ounce.David Hayes' granddaughter just ask him to hold her Barbie rod and reel while she... more
Usain Bolt of Jamaica broke the world record by winning the 200 meters in 19.30 seconds Wednesday night, becoming the first man since Carl Lewis in 1984 to sweep the 100 and 200 gold medals at an Olympics.
Bolt is the first man ever to break the world marks in both sprints at an Olympics. Not even Lewis or Jesse Owens managed that.
Showing what he can do when he runs at full speed all the way through the finish—something he hadn’t done yet in the Beijing Games—Bolt eclipsed the old record of 19.32 seconds set by Michael Johnson in Atlanta in 1996.
Bolt was an astonishing 0.52 seconds ahead of silver medalist Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles.
Shawn Crawford of the United States, the defending Olympic champion, was third after teammate Wallace Spearmon was disqualified for running out his lane. The U.S. protested the ruling.
The performance marked Bolt as one of the breakthrough stars of these Summer Games, coming on the heels of his victory in the 100 Saturday night. He bettered his own world record in that race by winning in 9.69 seconds—despite slowing down over the final 20 meters to showboat.Usain Bolt of Jamaica broke the world record by winning the 200 meters in 19.30... more
55DSL's Junior Lucky Bastard, Charlene Davies, is hittin' up all of the hottest Hollywood parties to find relief from the sweltering sun in the coolest way possible. Check out Charlene pool partyin' it up with some of Hollywood's hipster elite at the Modular Records' Pool Party at the Standard hotel.
Read about the rest of her adventures here: http://www.55DSL.com/blog
Music by DJ Pandaj: http://www.myspace.com/djpandaj
Featuring DJ KID LIGHTNING: http://www.myspace.com/kidoflightning 55DSL's Junior Lucky Bastard, Charlene Davies, is hittin' up all of the... more
"All Mine" Music Video
featuring Haircut of Now On
Video Produced BY:
VPK Solutions LLC
"where content is created"
www.myspace.com/vpksolutionsPast Due "All Mine" Music Video featuring Haircut of Now On Video... more
Heramb Ashok Kumthekar, 22, holds the record for the most recorded number of fingers and toes in a living person.
Even though Kumthekar, a marketing student from Pune, India, complains about not being able to wear flip-flops or gloves, he is proud of his hands and feet. "I am happy about it because I have something that others don't have," says Heramb.
And showing a full understanding of that old maxim 'Use what you've got' , Heramb goes on to say, "I never had a problem with it and after I get publicity I will be famous because of it."
The extra digits on Heramb's hands are caused by the medical condition polydactlyism, which translates from the Greek for "many fingers". The congenital condition occurs in one in every 500 births and famous holders of extra digits include the beheaded ex-wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, who was rumoured to have an extra finger on her left hand.
Heramb Ashok Kumthekar, 22, holds the record for the most recorded number of fingers... more
Memphis born garage-punkster, Jay Reatard, sits in on the Daily Fix to talk about his recent monthly singles project with Matador Records and why he chose to stray from the conventional album.Memphis born garage-punkster, Jay Reatard, sits in on the Daily Fix to talk about his... more
A Russian mini-submarine reached the bottom of Lake Baikal on Tuesday, setting a record for the deepest dive in a lake, expedition organisers said.
"The Mir-2 has reached the bottom of Lake Baikal at a depth of 1,680 metres (5,512 feet)," ITAR-TASS reported from the barge where the submarine was diving from. The dive "has set a record for submersion in freshwater," Vesti-24 said.
The scientific expedition is being organised by Artur Chilingarov, a pro-Kremlin member of parliament and an Arctic explorer who led the submarine team that planted a Russian flag at the bottom of the North Pole last August.
You remember, the one where they cut in scenes from the film 'Titanic' into the footage.A Russian mini-submarine reached the bottom of Lake Baikal on Tuesday, setting a... more