Ep 39: Stealth Dyslexia, Cannabis, Positivity, with Alex Shifman

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Writer, Comedian and podcast host Alex Shifman joins us to talk about Stealth Dyslexia, Cannabis and his love of facts! He shares many lovely and awesome facts about helpful drugs, and his experiences with them, answering our many questions and being open and honest. We get his dyslexia origin story and he talks about the unique challenges people with Stealth Dyslexia face, and the amazing ways we can adapt. We also talk to Alex about mushrooms, acid, molly, and their potential usage for helping people with anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health conditions. Andy talks through her recent experience with CBD oil and shares the symptoms she felt and the effect on her chronic pain and we talk about stigmas around drugs.

We also get to talk to Alex about his amazing podcast called “At least there’s this.” The world can be a messy and awful place sometimes, but… At least there are things in our lives that make the world a better place. Each guest talks about something that makes the world beautiful. Listen here: http://www.nerdistschool.com/at-least-theres-this/

Joleen shares her connection with the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and we talk about a TED talk on embracing negativity.

The full TED Talk we listened to: https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_david_the_gift_and_power_of_emotional_courage/transcript

THE CHECK-IN: Andy talks about trying CBD oil/Cannabis for chronic pain, and Joleen talks about being told: “We need to get a weight on you.”


“Just ask for your weight in kilograms and don’t do the math.”

“I love facts! Well, I love gossip and making stuff up!”

“I had no past and there was no future and I couldn’t think of a single memory… ANDY you hit Nirvana. Do you have any idea how lucky you are?”

“I posted on Facebook that I tried CBD and thought, could I go to jail?”

“Nobody liked to smoke weed with me. I just wanted to talk about World War II and Genocide.”

“Usually there’s a dude who gets high and wants to talk about swords.”

“Alex just wikipedia’d sword. Oh it’s a bladed weapon!”

“Buffy was powerful and able to defend herself, and I was drawn to that.”

“There’s so much cool shit about candles.”

“I can’t just choose happy, because there’s so many other emotions!”


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Alex Shifman: At Least There’s This Podcast: http://www.nerdistschool.com/at-least-theres-this/

The signs of Marfan Syndrome: https://www.marfan.org/about/signs

National Alliance on Mental Illness support: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support

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