Self-administered electroshock therapy at home available soon

“Flow uses 2 milliamps (mA) of electrical current, approximately 10 times less than the amount it takes to power a 30-watt light bulb for 30 minutes at a time over a six-week treatment course. The brain stimulating headset comes with an app designed to coach patients through behavioural changes known to help with depression. For instance, it might prompt you to go for a walk after dinner that day, or go to bed an hour earlier that night. The app will take into account what you’ve already achieved when setting new challenges. Patients will be asked to confirm that they’ve been diagnosed with major depressive disorder before they can buy.”

Read more:
https://www.thedailybeast.com/flow-neuroscience-advertises-doing-electroshock-therapy-on-yourself-at-home-should-you-do-it
https://flowneuroscience.com/wp/

Benzo Buddies members not allowed to eat mackerel

Re: Question about food (Salmon)
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2018, 05:03:23 pm »

[Buddie]

I am ok with Salmon but when i tried mackerel, I had cough so suddenly. and tomato gave me a mouth sore. They contain histamine and other kinds of fishes,too. We get sensitive to chemical things in foods like that during taper,so You should avoid those foods. but as I went lower doses I am ok with mackerel again. so You will be ok with Salmon again.

Benzo withdrawal community member sentenced to 46 months in prison for mail fraud, money laundering charges related to bath salts and synthetic marijuana trafficking ring

Leader of $10 million international misbranded drugs ring heading to prison

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/05/leader_of_10_million_internati.html?fbclid=IwAR3BCkBmwgIt-4VKUQobE-LIn1Dbt7RCyDnY_GXcRIMQrHenPa8Kb5jjzQw

The leader of an organization that distributed more than $10 million in misbranded drugs and synthetic marijuana in the U.S. and internationally is headed to prison for nearly four years.

Paul C. Chomiak, 51, Tuesday was sentenced to 46 months, fined $500 and ordered to forfeit up to $6,448,988 in proceeds from the illegal operation. He will be on supervised release for two years after the jail term.

That was the sentence handed down by U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann on the Bloomsburg resident, who allowed Chomiak to self-report to prison on June 29.

Chomiak, who is frail with sight and hearing issues, was unable to stand during the more than hour-long proceeding. His only comment was to apologize.

He had pleaded guilty in 2014 to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering.

He is the seventh of eight individuals indicted five years ago in the conspiracy to be sentenced. Combined, they are required to forfeit $7,008,965.

Only Dwain Colin Dunwell of London, who ran the international part of the operation, has yet to appear in federal court.

He is in prison in Hungry and is unlikely to ever to be brought back to the United States, Brann said.

Chomiak began selling designer drugs commonly known as bath salts in 2009 and obtained synthetic marijuana from a vendor in the United Kingdom, the judge noted in reviewing the scope of the conspiracy.

As customer interest grew, he started taking Internet orders and hired Lindsay Lee-Lampshire of Michigan to create websites, he said. Lee-Lampshire has been sentenced to 21 months in prison.

The business grew to where he was selling wholesale, Rocktashel said. “He tried to stay one step ahead of the law,” he said.

Chomiak kept doing business despite in 2011 surrendering 400 pounds of bath salts to the Federal Drug Administration and being subjected to a May 2012 search by the Columbia County Drug Task, he said.

People who walked by his two stores in Bloomsburg did not realize in the basements people were packaging misbranded drugs and fulfilling Internet orders, Rocktashel said.

He used locations in Philadelphia to receive products and they would be transported to Bloomsburg, he said.

Although the products were labeled not for human consumption, buyers knew they could high on them like using marijuana and cocaine, he said.

The prosecutor’s comment Chomiak made “an awful lot of money” was reinforced by the judge who cited monetary transfers in the amounts $50,000 and $100,000 to Belize and $215,000 to a lawyer brother in California.

Banks in the Bloomsburg area stopped doing business with him because of the high volume of overseas transactions, Rocktashel said.

Chomiak assembled a staff that included those versed in information technology and logistics to market his products, he said.

Defense attorney Philip Gelso of Kingston, in arguing for a non-custodial sentence due to Chomiak‘s mental health and medical issues, pointed out his client sought legal advice.

One of those lawyers, Clyde Kevin Middleton of Orangeville, was sentenced in March to 18 months in prison and fined $1,000. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to introduce and deliver misbranded drugs.

The indictment also charged four businesses included one operated by Lee-Lampshire but those counts will be dropped, Rocktashel said.

Related

Computer geek gets 21 months in multi-million dollar synthetic pot, bath salts case
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/05/computer_geek_gets_21_months_i.html

“You had something going for yourself but you messed up,” U.S. Middle District Judge Mathew W. Brann told Lindsay Lee-Lampshire after sentencing him to 21 months in prison. Instead, the judge said, those computer skills were used for the wrong purpose.

Lawyer gets 18 months in multi-million dollar synthetic pot, bath salts case
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/03/lawyer_gets_18_months_in_multi_1.html

“I know what I did was wrong,” said Middleton who will lose his license to practice law.

Columbia County men charged in Internet “bath salts” and “Spice” trafficking network
https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdpa/pr/columbia-county-men-charged-internet-bath-salts-and-spice-trafficking-network

The indictment alleges that from September 2009 through the present, Chomiak, Lee-Lampshire, Stein, and Savitski marketed and distributed controlled substance analogues and misbranded drugs, commonly referred to as “bath salts” and “spice,” using Internet web sites and two stores in Bloomsburg operated as Symplegades Requiem and Reflectionz.

Side effects of synthetic cannabinoids
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Aggression and agitation
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Paranoia—extreme and unreasonable distrust of others
  • Hallucinations—sensations and images that seem real though they are not
  • Confusion
  • Respiratory failure

Read more:
http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-facts/synthetic-cannabinoids-spice-k2-facts
https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/synthetic-cannabinoids-k2spice
https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/synthetic-cannabinoids-k2spice
https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/synthetic-cannabinoids-k2spice-unpredictable-danger

Internet doctors at Benzo Buddies advise member to drive into a brick wall at 80 MPH

considering reinstatement
« on: November 26, 2018, 09:27:24 pm »

[Buddie]

it’s been a month since i took anything. I can’t eat i can’t sleep can’t play with my kids. I am basically a walking zombie. I have some many symptoms it would be hard to list them all.

Re: considering reinstatement
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2018, 09:38:45 pm »

[Buddie]

your taper was very very fast and ativan is the worst devil in my eyes..
What you feel now is totally normal. Keep that in mind.
You have 2 options: Ride it out no matter what or reinstate quickly on a benzo like valium hoping to stabilize and do a proper taper according to the ashton manual. Option 2 requires a doctor who gives you the prescription and you do not know if you will really stabilize or feel worse.
All I can say is that this is early withdrawal. 1001 symptoms. The feeling of freaking out. Being half dead, with intrusive thoughts, depression, overwhelming ideas, dreams, insomnia – that is real withdrawal.

My taper from ativan was too fast, too, although I held dosages for weeks and months the cuts were too big. The withdrawal was horrbible but I did not want to reinstate because I was in tolerance from it.

I cannot help you more than telling you that a lot of members have survived what you are experiencing now and that I hope it will get better for you soon. No one deserves this…

Meet the Benzo Buddies Team: Pianogirl

pianogirl

My story starts with a trip to the ER for what were some dizzy, lightheaded symptoms I was having. I remember the day clearly, I had been painting our bedroom and although I had had episodes like this before, this time it was much worse. All the tests were normal and my doctor told me it was a middle ear issue and sent me to an ENT. Unfortunately the doctor was very busy and spent little time with me. He gave me a prescription for Ativan and said that the condition I had would just go away. After 6 weeks of taking Ativan I was dependent but didn’t know it, in fact I didn’t even know what a benzo was, because I’m stupid and have lived under a rock for the past 50 years. I was told to stop it, since it was a very low dose, for a vestibular wellness test, and that’s when I became very ill. Little did I know that I was going through withdrawal. My doctor said it wasn’t the Ativan because I had stopped it 2 weeks before. All the many medical tests came back normal. I was indeed anxious at this point and having so many scary symptoms, rather than keep trying the many sample meds my doctor gave me, which also made me ill, I decided to see a psychiatrist.

After being diagnosed as severely mentally ill, I was put on clonazepam and many antidepressants and other medications that my sensitive system could not tolerate. I began to feel sicker still and went for more tests and procedures. Around this time I started to research my medications, and asked my doctor many times about the safety of taking the clonazepam long term. My psychiatrist was on the right route, he just took a wrong turn. He’s stupid. He had my hormones tested as well as my thyroid because he didn’t see a psychological reason for the anxiety and other symptoms. After changing doctors once again, both my new doctor and I decided the medications were making me ill. I came across the Ashton Manual and we used it for a cross over to Valium since I was finding it difficult to taper from the clonazepam.

I found BenzoBuddies after I finished my taper and as with many here I so wish I had found it earlier. This has been the hardest thing I have ever done, but the most important. I am so much more proactive about my health and knowledgeable thanks to the people here at BenzoBuddies. They provided me a safe, kind and caring place to come whenever I needed encouragement or validation that what I felt was normal for withdrawal. This is a community of believers, believing that recovery will happen, that healing will occur, that Ashton and Colin are our gurus. Never lose sight of the goal to be benzo free, every day is a step in the right direction. I am happier than ever before even though I am not completely healed and I am so happy to be able to give back to those who have helped me so much.

2012-03-27