I received this email yesterday:
I just read your post [on augmented cognition] and found it intriguing. I have been experimenting with a nutritional supplement for the past several years which was designed to treat bi-polar disorder (and it works amazing well for that purpose according to all the researchers who have studied it) and have found my capacity to hold way more information (and not go crazy) and maintain my calmness under pressure is greatly expanded.
Some of the rat research neuro-anatomist guys have regrown frontal cortexes in lobotomized rats fed the product and in blinded microscopic studies of brain slices have determined a 3 to 4 fold increase in dentritic and synapic receptors/connections.
The fellows who invented the product have become personal friends so I treat the drug industry sponsored attacks on them with suspicion. Check out truehope.com
I copied the message directly from my email account, so the mistakes are down to Mr. Helgason and not me.
The miraculous remedy that Helgason refers to, which not only alleviates the symptoms of bipolar disorder, but also acts as a sedative, enhances memory, stimulates neuron and axonal regeneration and upregulates expression of receptor genes is a “nutraceutical” called EM Power+ (or E. M. Power Plus).
TrueHope (aka Synergy), the Canadian company that produces the supplement, have apparently never conducted randomized clinical trials to determine the efficacy and safety of their treatment. There is therefore no evidence that this supplement is in any way beneficial – or safe – for patients with bipolar disorder or any other condition.