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Before it was made illegal, MDMA was gaining a reputation among the psychiatric community as a valuable therapeutic tool. People under its influence often report seeing their lives in a whole new light. "I was completely blown away the first time I did X" said the same person quoted above. "I saw some of my problems that I didn't even know I had! All of a sudden, It seemed like the source, nature and sometimes even the solution of all my personal difficulties were completely obvious." Surfacing of repressed memories has also been reported.
Despite the legal risks surrounding Schedule I drugs, some therapists are still using MDMA in their practices. For a report on the subjective experiences and psychological/behavioral sequelae of 20 psychiatrists who took MDMA, see "Phenomenology and Sequelae of 3,4 Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine Use" (Liester, Grob, Bravo, and Walsh) in J. Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol 180, No. 6, June 1992, Serial No. 1315.
Most people find the MDMA state so valuable by itself that it's not clear there's much to be gained from combining MDMA with most other substances (though the combination of of MDMA with '___' seems to have a strong following). Further, combining drugs ("polydrug use" and "polydrug abuse") complicates the medical and behavioral safety picture.
I would like to know more about "bathtub ecstacy" and where you folks are getting your data. There is no evidence that MDMA alone causes death or health problems in humans. The people you mentioned did not die from MDMA. In fact, it was used as a psychotheraputic tool during the seventies before it became a party-drug.
Ecstasy along with other anti-depressant drugs such as Prozac and weight loss pills have ability to stop cancer growth according to researchers at the University of Birmingham.
MDMA is fairly safe relativly speaking...
Its rather naive for anyone (not directiny this at anyone in particular btw) to state that a chemical that modifies the brain's chemistry in such a way is 'safe'. The human brain is complex, as an organ, and the psyche is extremely complex also, and entirely chemically dependant.