The first water soluble vitamins were numbered in sequence according to priority of discovery. But after their chemical structure was determined they were given scientific names. The third one to be discovered was the anti-pellagra vitamin before it was shown to be niacin. But the use of the number B-3 did not stay in the literature very long. It was replaced by nicotinic acid and its amide (also known medically as niacin and its amide). The name was changed to remove the similarity to nicotine, a poison.
The term vitamin B-3 was reintroduced by my friend Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill Wilson). We met in New York in 1960. Humphry Osmond and I introduced him to the concept of mega vitamin therapy. We described the results we had seen with our schizophrenic patients, some of whom were also alcoholic. We also told him about its many other properties. It was therapeutic for arthritis, for some cases of senility and it lowered cholesterol levels. (more…)
Good sleep is a gift from god. How beautiful it is to wake up refreshed after a sound eight hours of sleep. The day can be tackled full of energy, with an awake and ready mind. Quite the opposite occurs after a sleepless night. How awful to crawl out of bed with a body and mind reeling from no or just a few hours of sleep. The performance of a sleep-deprived mind and body are far inferior to the rested state. 30% of the US population experience sleep deprivation regularly. Imagine the impact, the stress, the worry created by insomnia in this taxing, demanding, instant world? The demanding world feeds more insomnia. More insomnia makes the busy world less bearable. How can we get out of this vicious cycle? What solutions are there to improve sleep?
What do depression (especially the agitated, anxious, irritable type),(1-6) anxiety, (7) suicide, (8) alcoholism, (9) violent behavior, (8) PMS, (10) obesity, (10,11) compulsive gambling, (12) insomnia, (13) carbohydrate craving, (10) SAD (seasonal affective disorder), (10) and migraine headaches (14) all have in common? These seemingly disparate conditions may all be manifestations of a brain serotonin deficiency syndrome according to a massive body of psychobiology research conducted over the past 30 years.
Serotonin is one of the ten or so major brain neurotransmitters; there are perhaps 100 minor neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the biochemicals nerve cells use to talk to each other. (more…)
Question: After reading your report on diabetes, I got tested for insulin resistance. My results were positive and I tried following a low-carb diet, as you suggested. However, I found that my mood was terrible the whole time I was on it. It got so bad I stopped eating that way. I’d really like to go back to it, though, since it helped my blood sugar so much (not to mention that it helped me lose 15 pounds). Is this normal? And is there anything I can do to prevent it?
So often, the humble banana is often overlooked when it comes to providing nutritional and medicinal value. Bananas in fact have a lot to offer us, both nutritionally, as well as in relieving the symptoms of a myriad of physical complaints. (more…)