Hot Flash-ish

I mentioned a couple months back that I had been looking into non-pharmaceutical ways to deal with anxiety and depression. That is when I started doing some serious research into supplements and I read about Niacin. Niacin, when taken in high doses, causes the small blood vessels of your skin to dilate, causing the flush. But here is the thing that nobody told me. High doses of Niacin has been proven to help with anxiety and depression. Why has no doctor ever recommended it to me? According to research, it can even help with schizophrenia. You can check these facts out online. Or course, WebMD admits it helps but discourages it. Gee I wonder if they are run by Big Pharma? Anyway, I won’t go into the facts and science behind Niacin, you can read it for yourself. For me, it is more affective than Ativan. Did you read that? Yes, more effective than Ativan. It gives me a relaxed feeling similar to when I take marijuana oil but without the feeling of being stoned. So if you deal with anxiety, please try Niacin. I started at 500 mg.

Today I got my flu shot. It is required by my employer. The alternative is wearing a mask all winter long. When my daughter was a baby she was in the hospital a lot. She had numerous respiratory issues so I started getting the flu shot back then. The only time I didn’t get it was the year the swine flu hit. Do you remember that year? The medical people were freaking out because not only was it an especially virulent strain, they didn’t have enough vaccines. They medical people asked that you only get the vaccine if you were high risk, which I wasn’t. One morning I woke up with a bit of a fever and a sore throat. I didn’t think much of it. I didn’t have time to think about because I was catching a plane to Ontario. I ended up being the sickest I had ever been in my life. I have no doubt I gave it to everyone on the plane. I remember driving and being so tired and thinking it would be okay to close my eyes for just a few seconds. I slept almost the whole trip. It wasn’t until I got home and went to the doctor did I find out that I had the swine flu. I was put on anti-viral medication and went home and slept for 2 more weeks. So if you live in Ontario and ended up getting the swine flu it is probably my fault. In the end, they had too many doses of the vaccine and they had to be destroyed.

I finished watching Stranger Things on Netflix and loved it. I was nervous that it was going to be scary. I didn’t find it scary at all because it’s science fiction and the idea of anything like that ever happening is ludicrous. The best part of it was the 80’s feel. I would have been the same age as the main characters were and I could relate to all the music and 80’s genre. Yes, things jump out at you but that can be dealt with by turning down the volume. 🙂

21 thoughts on “Hot Flash-ish

  1. I took niacin back in the 80’s (speaking of the 80’s) and I don’t remember that it did a damn thing for me besides the flush. Should I be taking it again? I may try it.
    I could not watch Stranger Things. Maybe I should give THAT another try too.

  2. I am so glad to hear that Niacin is helping. Long may it continue.
    Quite a number of people here describe their heavy cold as ‘flu’. If they had ever had flu they wouldn’t make that mistake again.

      • I got the flu shot a few months ago. It’s the first time I ever have, but the flu put me in the hospital last year – which cost a fortune. $500 for a 6 minute ambulance ride. Next time I’ll walk.
        The only time I took niacin when when a friend (? really) gave it to me as a joke. My skin was sooo on fire I had to get in a tub of cold water. Doesn’t your flush itch?

      • It was a little itchy, mostly just hot. The itchiness got worse when I scratched. I read that the body gets used to it. That was a mean thing for a friend to do. Let me guess, when you got upset she told you that you were too sensitive? A typical remark for an asshole to justify their mean behaviour.

  3. I’m glad you are finding some relief. Did the pot stop working? I thought it helped

    I just watched the first episode of Stranger Things. Looking forward to the next.

    • It does work really well but I was looking for something that I can use anytime like at work or while driving. The MJ helps in the evening and for sleep.

  4. I used to never get the flu, then I got it two years in a row. That was back in the nineties. I was sick for three weeks each time. Horrible. After that I started getting the flu shot, and I’ve only had it once since then.

    Glad the Niacin is working for you. Hope you don’t have any negative side affects.

    • The problem with the flu shot is it isn’t full proof, you still can get the flu. I haven’t heard if this year!s shot targeted the right viruses or not.

  5. My husband used to take niacin for cardiovascular reasons and he experienced the “flush” as well. I’m glad to hear it helps you! -Jenn

  6. I only got the flu shot once when I was working at the hospital lab and guess what, I had the flu. I was out for a week and a half because of the flu. Pissed me off. From then on I never got a flu shot again. I found out that the flu shots are derived from the old flu strain not the new one. It wouldn’t help you at all if you got it. I’ve been on Niacin since you told us on your blog. It seems to be working for me quite well. Thanks for the info.

    • Health care professionals are adamant that the flu shot does not give you the flu but from the amount of people that have told me how sick they were after getting the shot I beg to differ. I think some people just react differently. How many mg of Niacin are you taking? Do you experience the flush?

  7. Ooh so it was YOU!!! (Lol joking!). We did have a terrible run with that flu. This year everyone at work is sick with the same weird flu right now that no one quite understands. Dry cough that comes out of nowhere and causes respiratory issues for a moment where you feel like you can’t inhale (scary as hell to see it over and over in people’s faces as they realize they can’t breathe). Luckily it only lasts a moment. Then we have a GI outbreak that is keeping staff home for weeks. We have a 48 hour symptom free rule before return to work with GI symptoms but it’s still rampant. We are rescue wiping down offices every night now.

    Flu season is just beginning here too. I hope it calms some but am not expecting much. As long as we don’t have to go back to full on PPE gear and patient isolation making everyone look like we are in a giant hazmat unit….. that wasn’t fun for anyone.

    Antibiotic resistant things are getting effing terrifying. I’m to the point if locking my door and carrying around chlorahmexidine wipes everywhere I go. :/

    Stay healthy my friend. Xx

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