E for Ecstasy by Nicholas Saunders
Appendix 1: Reference Section
- 7 Xochipilli: a context for Ecstasy, by Laura Fraser, from Whole
Earth Review, 1992
- The author criticises two journalists at a party who said that Ecstasy
causes a loss of spinal fluid and causes Parkinson's disease.
- The journalists were grossly misrepresenting two reports. One concerned
a study of MDMA by Dr. George Ricaurte at Stanford University, who examined
subjects spinal fluid to determine whether there were residual effects of
MDMA. No such effects were found. The other was of drug injectors who contracted
Parkinson's disease after injecting a synthetic opiate from a bad batch
sold on the street that contained the neurotoxin MPTP. Ecstasy was not involved
in any way.
- The side effects of Ecstasy were mild: perhaps the worst was a tendency
to call up ex-lovers and casual acquaintances and tell them how much you
love them. It could also induce inappropriate and unintended "emotional-bond
imprinting". Fraser advises taking some calcium and magnesium before
MDMA to prevent jaw clench and says MDMA should be avoided by those with
heart ailments; glaucoma; hypertension; aneurism or a history of strokes,
hepatic or renal disorders, diabetes or hypoglycemia.
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