This is why we need open science – so that people have access to research results which affect them, and results (especially ones that influential companies don't like) don't get censored in academic and publishing elitism.
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Choose your supplements carefully. I've been taking Piracetam because some studies show it has an ability to improve cognitive processes including memory as well as provide some protection against stroke. After a routine blood test showed I had HCT (Hemocrit) and Hemoglobin levels a little higher than normal, I did a little more research. HCT is a percentage of the concentration of red blood cells vs. plasma in the blood and a high level could be an indicator for Polycythemia. Turns out Piracetam has been shown to stimulate erythropoiesis (production of red blood cells) in rats (to which some people would avow that I'm related). None of the research I had done previously had shown any relationship between erythropoiesis and Piracetam, so I didn't immediately make the connection. The standard medical treatment for Polycythemia is Phlebotomy (a.k.a. bloodletting). So here I am, feeling medieval and a pint low but smarter for the experience.
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