ecstasy more prone to disease............

By psyvision2000 · Sep 8, 2005 · ·
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    <TD>Ecstasy users more prone to disease: scientist
    Sep 07 1:43 PM US/Eastern

    By Paul Hoskins

    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Clubbers using ecstasy to keep them dancing through the night may damage their immune systems while those suffering from depression induced by the drug could be more difficult to treat, a neuroscientist said on Wednesday.

    Developed as an appetite suppressant but now used at raves and night clubs to reduce inhibitions, ecstasy has been linked to psychiatric illnesses but Dr Thomas Connor of Trinity College Dublin believes it may also put physical health at risk.

    "Ecstasy has potent immunosuppressant qualities which have the ability to increase an individual's susceptibility to disease," Connor told journalists at the British Association for the Advancement of Science annual festival in Dublin.

    The environment in which ecstasy, also known as MDMA, is taken further increases the risk of contracting infectious diseases, he said.

    "People ingest these drugs in crowded nightclubs full of young people with lots of bugs (germs) going around."

    Connor said evidence so far suggested somebody taking two tablets during a night out would experience a weakening in the body's natural defenses lasting up to 48 hours. Scientists have yet to study the long-term impact on the immune system but the potential was there for damage in hard-core users, he added.

    Connor pointed to anecdotal evidence suggesting a higher risk of illness such as web sites used by clubbers advising that they eat plenty of fruit and vegetables in order to boost their immune systems before taking the drug.

    There had been instances of unusual illnesses in young users such as shingles of the eye and cases of meningitis, which causes inflammation of the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord, shortly after ingesting the drug, he said.

    In the face of evidence that MDMA can lead to depression, anxiety and psychosis, Connor said there were growing signs the physical damage done by the drug reduced the effectiveness of anti-depressants such as Prozac.

    "In ecstasy users the proteins that Prozac works on are greatly diminished in number," he said, cautioning however that results so far were based on studies on animals rather than clinical trials.


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  1. Sick Jack
    Probably bullshit, there are no nuances in this stupid article.

    Cigarettes can lead to lung cancer, and what ? Are they illegal ? No... Having two jobs to be able to eat isn't good for the health, is this illegal ? No...

    Furthermore we don't know the study's protocol, so no idea how the results could have been influenced by the researcher.

    This kind of stinking articles are the typical stupidities that mass medias love to use in order to scare the People.

    They take a real danger and embiggen it in order to make believe that benefits are impossible. Intellectual honnesty has no sense for this kind of "journalists".

    Concretely, there is nothing reliable in this article, but most of the people will be convinced by this vile prose....

    Edited by: Sick Jack
  2. Loser
    how is this an issue? i mean honestly how often do people die from
    mdma? anyways? honestly.. why do we find the small causes of death and
    go all out on them cause they make us feel better and we enjoy them...
    screw ppl and their damn thoughts... this world sucks when it comes to
    having fun!
  3. anj0vis
    Very true that these negative implications are exaggarated and highlighted here, but I think it is still important to learn to know even the smallest possible risks you take when you use mentioned substance. I'd like to see how much this immunological downside is for some use frequency (say once a week, once a month or once a year frequencies). That would be valuable information, so that I could evaluate the risks I take.
  4. sands of time
    This seems like it could be true for any drug. It is obvious that cigarettes and alcohol do the same things, and they are probably much worse.
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