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 what is high tech meditation?
i saw a poster that one guru is teaching high tech meditation....i am confused about it and problem is i can not learn it as i am busy....

 How would an osteopath treat diabetes, or other non-infectious diseases?
I've been reading the website of The British Institute of Osteopathy and I cannot find any reference to treatment of non-infectious diseases (i.e. those not caused by a bacteria, virus, protozoa,...

 Will alcohol ruin the effect of Kratom?
I am thinking about getting some powdered Kratom, what will happen if i take alcohol with it?...

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 What can help to ease mild depression?
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 Is it true that natural ingredients?
in vitamins were banned by Europe, and replaced by such things as RAT POISON...?...

 Do you REALLY need a Whole Body Cleanse?
Doesn't your body cleanse itself of environmental toxins (pesticides, food additives, excess minerals and vitamins) itself? Is a store-bought cleanse---colon, kidney, liver, lungs, vascular, ...

 Yes it's the new year and I need some healthy advice???
I want to get back in shape with the good old eating right and exercise. Is there something safe I can take to lessen my hunger for a while? I can eat like a man and I know discipline is also ...

 Tell me your thoughts on this natural cure for cancer.?
Killing cancer cells with high pH therapy. Cesium chloride and cesium carbonate kill cancer cells.
Don't just jump to a conclusion....Google it and give your thoughts....

 Quantum Elbowology - why the negativity?
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 What medicine is most safe?
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 â™¥ Are there any all natural vitamins/supplements that are designed to increase serotonin levels in the brain?
Where would i find these type of products? I did not see anything remotely similar at various Heath Food Stores or in the general Vitamin/Diet area of regular food stores.

Thanks. xoxo ♥<...

 Has anyone tried PrevaDerm?
Does the product work? If you haven't tried it, can you find a site that shows the clinical trials or something?...

 what percentage of homeopaths are deluded and what percentage are just out and out scammers?
(obviously the two figures must add to 100% as there is no other possibility)
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 Weed?? Is it worth doing?? weedweedweedweedweed.?

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 What are the benefits of vinegar?

 Is there a cure for pregnancy insomnia?
It's 3:00am and I have to work in the morning. But I can't get to sleep! I've tried drinking milk, reading for a little bit, etc. Nothing. I'm tired, just can't get to sleep. ...

 Will vitamins in the USA become a Prescription Only items?
There’s a new bill in Congress from the Senator McCain. It is the McCain's Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA).
If it passes, the FDA will have the right to permanently take away any ...

Jamie in hiding
Does the topical application of vitamin B3 (Niacin) have any benefits?
in terms of skin texture and elasticity?

It's probably bunk because the vitamin B in it is extremely likely to be synthetic. However, if the Bs are from a live source, it might be a good treatment. Synthetic vitamins should be avoided and many docs and NDs don't realize this. The work of Fritz Albert Popp has demonstrated this fact. Get your B vitamins from nutritional yeast (not to be confused with bread yeast).

Dr. T
Hmmm... interesting question...

Taking niacin as a supplement (orally) will cause "flushing"... this is a histamine reaction that results in lots of extra blood flow to your skin. The flush usually lasts a few hours and during that time your skin will get very red and tingly/itchy. The flushing effect is dose related, so start with small amounts, like about 30mg, if you're supplementing. (The flush can be VERY intense.)

Because of the extra blood flow to the skin, the flush can help with skin texture and elasticity.

But applying niacin topically... I can't imagine you'd absorb very much (if any, at all.) Off the top of my head, I cant think of any significant benefit.

Last tidbit of info... at very high doses, niacin can be hard on your liver. If you're taking it regularly or at high doses, talk to your doc about it. She may want to check your liver function periodically just to make sure you're safe. :)
The flush lasts longer if you take higher doses. At 30mg, you're likely to flush for about 10 minutes (if you take it on an empty stomach. If you take it with food, you probably won't flush at all.)

If you're taking 500mg, you're going to flush for about an hour. There's some individual variation here.

Also of note - if you're taking the niacin daily, you'll eventually deplete your histamine stores and you wont flush anymore at all. This happens faster at higher doses, because the flush is more intense (more histamine released.)

If you're looking for the skin effects, I'd recommend trying every 3-4 days so you have time to rebuild your histamine stores and you get the full benefit of the flush each time.
Edit #2
Capsasin is, among other things, a "rubifacient." That means that when you apply it to your skin, it makes your skin get red. Physiologically, this has much the same impact as the "flushing" you'd get from the niacin. Again, it makes sense that the extra blood flow would benefit healthy skin.

I've now looked up a few "niacin creams"... they contain herbs that benefit the skin, some oils that are good moisturizers, and some variation on capsasin (rubifacient properties.) I maintain that the niacin itself is not really contributory to the effectiveness of these creams.

Oh - and for the record, when I personally take 1000mg of niacin, I flush for about an hour. It's not at full intensity the whole time, but it takes a long while for the last of the "itchies" to pass.

Dr. T's answer says it all. The only thing I disagree with is the statement that the flushes last for a few hours. It's more like a few minutes.

If you are using B3 for its flushing effect, make sure it's niacin (nicotinic acid) and not niacinamide (nicotinamide). The amide is a different form of vitamin B3 and it has only minimal flushing effect.

Dr T is exactly right about taking it internally (although I also disagree with the time frame of flushing; from my experience, it's usually much less than an hour), but it seems that she hasn't come across a Niacin cream before.
We carry a Niacin cream and I've talked to people that have used it. Generally, it helps to soften the skin and/or smooth the skin. A cream that was pure Niacin probably wouldn't be absorbed terribly well, but Niacin isn't in a creamy form on it's own. That's why there are other ingredients that help the Niacin or other nutrients to be absorbed into the skin (Capsaicin and many other nutrients can help for that).
Most customers that tell me have mentioned that they use it as a cheaper alternative for skin care, especially when compared to some of the stuff in salons (and some of those that I've seen also have Niacin for the same reasons).
Yes, it can specifically help with the skin's texture to help make it smoother and some may get benefits for elasticity, but I would imagine Vitamin E cream would be better for that. Good luck and I hope I helped!

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