As for the Niacin, I was told by both my doctor and the very knowledgeable owner of the health food store I go to, that the timed release variety of niacin was NOT the way to go. I'm not sure if that is equivalent to the "non-flush" or not. I started at 50 (mcg or mg?) daily and then would increase to 100 after a week and so on. I didn't get very far (150, I think).
Like I said - I am extremely sensitive to meds/vits and the like, and at that time was just beginning to realize the extent of it. I should have taken more time to increase the dosage than the average time frame, and heeded the side effect, not the schedule. Who knows I may have done much better that way, and may try it again some day. As it was, the doctor took me off of it based on my description of the skin reaction/flushing/burning, which was very intense.
Thanks so much for the curcumin info and links! I will certainly look into it. I believe I may have heard about it for muscle pain, but was not aware of the cholesterol benefit. The change in your numbers is pretty darn good! And I'm all for the natural approach whenever possible.
diagnoses: mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; CEBV 2005; UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds: occasional low dose xanax for sleep, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, ibuprophin (none of which manages the problems very well!)
We cannot avoid the birds of sadness flying over our heads, but we need not let them make nests in our hair.
~~ Chinese saying as quoted by Helen Nearing