SMIM has been taking a stack of several known Nootropics recently and has been doing tons of research into watch makes the body and the brain tick. He just loves to learn about chemicals and their effects on the body. I have also found that there are almost no side effects to taking some nootropics and overall they seem to be very positive. I have begun to wonder why some of these chemicals aren't common knowledge. How come everyone doesn't take, for example: choline. Wikipedia states that this is a vital element to a healthy brain, escpecially during development (where, "The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that infant formula be made from cow's milk containing choline.") So how come I am just hearing about this now? Do some sites overstate the benefits of some of these drugs? Hace they just not hit the mainstream yet? I amn't concerned with living forever, but he wants to maintain a quality of life for years to come. What do you guys think about this? I am very interested and would love an open discussion on the subject. Also related, SWIM wonders why (mostly reffering to kids) some people dont take care of themselves when they choose to use drugs. SWIM sees other people at college take Adderall and stay up for three nights and eat nothing. He doesn't understand why someone would do this to themselves when you can still take the drugs, get the benefits, but also stay hydrated, force yourself to eat right, take an l-tyrosine supplement and maybe some B-vitamins, and thus take care of yourself and avert some negative side effects. Some people confuse SWIM.....it makes sense to him to take care of yourself,even moreso then normal, if your on a substance. But SWIM guesses that ignorance is what always hurts drug's images.