Saturday, November 30, 2013


After quitting ADD medication, a cup of coffee can help stablize your system. You can add natural stimulants. While making your morning coffee, add 1/8 of a teaspoon of cayenne powder and a teaspoon of Saigon cinammon directly on top of the fresh coffee grounds in a drip filter. Add water and let it drip. You can also take a bite of fresh ginger with your coffee. This activates your brain. Our pediatrician actually said that caffeine has the same effect as expensive ADD medications. 

After having a bad experience with Adderall, I was prescribed Vyvanse, which I was on for three years.

In August, 2013, I completely quit the medication. I weaned from the Vyvanse by titrating down for four weeks. The first two weeks I opened the 70 mg capsule and sprinkled half of it into my morning yogurt. The last two weeks, I sprinkled one-third into the yogurt so I was taking less and less each day.

Since I believe most dis-ease has an emotional component, even if it is genetically buried through generations of belief, I knew I didn't need to be on this medication. It interfered with my ability to connect and be fully conscious. In 12-step programs they call this 'conscious contact' with your inner self, higher power, or source of life, creativity and being.

And to be honest, I really love my ADD brain. I don't want to rein it in. In primitive times, man had to think on his feet in order to avoid danger. We are not made for long hours in front of a computer, focused only on one task. Some of us are meant to multi-task. It's the "hunter" instinct.

People with ADHD just don't fit into this society so well -- the society that lives in tick-tock mechanical man mode, as the spiritual humorist Stuart Wilde puts it. (R.I.P. Stuart Wilde, my favorite metaphysicst.  Here is a cautionary tale about his sudden death.)

I knew I had to have another catastrophic spiritual experience like I did when I quit drinking 19 years ago on September 11, 1994.

So on August 11, I woke up feeling tortured by guilt that I hadn't honored my one promise to myself: to   finish writing the book series I had started three years earlier when my husband left me for Gene Simmons.

That morning I saw a slim book sitting on my dresser that had been given to me by the inimitable comedy impressario L.G. Ross.  The book is called "The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Creative Battles" by Steven Pressfield.

I opened the book against my will and started reading. I was finished in an hour. I collapsed to my knees sobbing. This book gave me the kick in the butt I needed to finish what I started.

I got up, went to my computer and in two weeks I had finished the BOOK! Actually it's a book, movie and TV series that turns tragedy into comedy.

That day, I forgot to take the Vyvanse. I never refilled the prescription even though I had a few left. I am sending them to the moon on the next Virgin Moon flight. I don't want to pollute the water system. We are all too hyped up.

But in the meantime I am using natural stimulants like ginger, cayenne, cinnammon and yes, coffee!!

Love coffee.


  1. Anonymous11:11 PM

    Stay away from that stuff. Those doctors are nothing but paid pill pushers for the big pharms. The crap they make not only won't cure what ails you but it'll probably kills you.Adderall is just amphetamine. That's all it is. Just like Ridalyn that they give to kids. Sure it helps you focus. But it's also addictive and damaging to the heart. Everyone gives Tom Cruise crap for what he said on Oprah but he was right. Its a racket. They're pumping our kids full of this crap. Soon as a kid can't pay attention in class he's on adderall. Its so prevalent that they give it to each other to cram for exams. Exercise, particularly weight lifting can help with concentration and focus. It causes the release of endorphin's and increases essential dopamine levels. I'd look at lifting weights twice a week. Join a gym. And if that doesn't do it drive down to Denver and visit one of the new pubs and smoke a doobie. That oughta calm ya down :).

  2. Anonymous11:13 PM

    By the way, sad news about Paul Walker. Sure you heard.