29 Aug

Modafinil in the News: August 2016

Once again modafinil.co.uk brings you a roundup of the latest stories involving modafinil. In this edition we talk about rumors regarding the probable future president of the United States, disqualified Olympians, and Nootropic startups in Silicon Valley

Olympic athletes affected by Modafinil

A while back this blog talked about athletes who took modafinil and were banned from their sport for doing so. This was even an issue with e-sports, or competitive video gaming. While one of the players we talked about is wearing a gold medal, another one had to sit at home during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Diana Taurasi, a prominent female basketball player for the USA, was suspended for using modafinil in 2011. Since then, however, she’s maintained a clean system since then and was able to participate in this year’s Olympics. The result? A gold freaking medal! The US women’s basketball team is a force to be reckoned with, thanks in large part to Taurasi’s contributions.

Unfortunately for female Mexican fencing expert Paola Pliego, a positive test for modafinil made it impossible for her to attend the Olympic games this summer. She didn’t outright question the tests, but denied responsibility claiming that any violation of the rules was unintentional. The Mexican team placed 7th in the Olympics, and you can’t help but wonder if Paola’s absence cost them a place at the podium.

Silicon Valley embraces Nootropics

Startups are common in Silicon Valley, and many of them fade out within a year of opening business. But Nootropic subscription services Nootrobox and Nootroo appeal to the progressive demographics there. They offer plans where boxes of pills are shipped to you monthly, in what are called “stacks”. Some stacks are geared for concentration, others for alertness, some for mood and still more for staying awake. They use a variety of compounds, some FDA approved and some not.

Subscribers call themselves “biohackers”, and they not only consume but promote the use of nootropics to reach one’s full potential.

Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and Modafinil

Hundreds of Hillary Clinton’s emails were leaked to the press this month, and more continue to trickle in. As is typical in the US election cycle, every potential shred of information is analyzed by individuals, the press, and opponents. The Republican side of the aisle has questioned Hillary’s health after an email showed one of her aides investigated modafinil for her.

Modafinil is approved to treat sleepiness caused by Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Hillary Clinton has at no point in time been diagnosed with either of these conditions and it seems the reaction is considerably overblown.

Whether she took modafinil or not is questionable, but the email highlighted its use in the military for helping pilots stay awake for 24 hours or more.

In her role as Secretary of State, it’s not unusual to have to fly across the world at a moment’s notice to solve a crisis. The world’s issues don’t pause so that you can take a nap. Perhaps her aide was simply trying to keep the foreign policy potentate running at 100%.

It almost makes you wonder if a crisis has been averted by a single pill. We’ll never know, but the fact that the probable future president of the United States knows about modafinil means you probably should too.

That’s all the news for now. As always Modafinil.co.uk will keep you posted of the latest developments in the modafinil world.

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