|It has been a while since I’ve updated the old blog. I do apologize to our dear readers; we’ve been busy at Mediatrition with people in and out of the office, and I’ve been splitting time between the studio and the office to help pick up some of the slack. I even helped package books the other day! That was my job when I first began working for Doug at the tender age of 16!|
I got an interesting email today from a friend of Doug about niacin working against schizophrenia. Niacin is a B vitamin – Vitamin B3 to be exact. B vitamins are responsible for a number of processes in the body including creating energy, growth, and breaking down food. B vitamins can work with other nutrients too, such as L-tryptophan. When you take pyridoxine (vitamin B6) with tryptophan, it helps you relax and fall asleep. The tryptophan/pyridoxine combo may even help you get off some of those anti-depressants, but that is a whole other blog. B Vitamins are found in a number of healthy foods such as turkey, tuna, salmon, eggs, avocados and Brazil nuts. B Vitamins also happen to be very anti-fungal and anti-mycotic. Doug contends that one reason bread is fortified with Folic Acid (vitamin B9) is because of it’s anti-mycotic properties.
Niacin is of particular interest to me because of an experience I had with this nutrient. (Just so you know, I’m giving myself away as being a bit of an airhead at times by admitting to this story.) A man came up to me at a restaurant once and asked if I wanted to try a new energy drink he was marketing. I agreed, and he handed me a packaged powder that I immediately dumped into my water, stirred, then gulped down. I continued with lunch for a few minutes without feeling anything, but I noticed the skin on my face, neck and arms was beginning to itch and was accompanied by a warm, almost burning sensation. I went to the bathroom and was alarmed to find my skin turning red and blotchy. I walked back over to the marketer and said “Hey man! I think I’m allergic to your mix!” He looked me over and said, “No, I think the niacin is making you flush.” I didn’t know what he was talking about, so I immediately called Doug. I read him the ingredients in the mix. He laughed a little and said, “Yeah it is the niacin. They must have used flush niacin. Most companies use a kind that won’t make you flush. Niacin is a vasodilator, which means it opens up your capillaries, which helps brings more oxygen to your cells so they dump more waste. Your cells must have a bunch of waste to drop Mike – sounds like your kinda toxic.” Gulp. Not good when you’re living proof you don’t always follow your boss’ dietary advice.
Having told that story, if you are on Phase 1 and want to detox, maybe try some flush niacin and sit in a sauna. It would be a great way to sweat out some of those toxins!