Although it doesn’t have anything to do with popularity (except for you can only be popular if you’re alive), I feel that I should write about niacin grapefruit interaction because when I had a severe reaction, I couldn’t find anything on the internet about the topic. I’m not a doctor or a scientist. This article just explains my experience with a niacin grapefruit interaction. Let’s just say it wasn’t fun.
The other day I took a gram (1000mg) of non-prescription niacin (Vitamin B3). I don’t take this vitamin regularly, but I was congested and niacin helps loosen mucus for me. I was a little flushed and had the usual niacin related side effects. They aren’t terribly fun, but I’d dealt with them before.
About an hour later, I ate an entire grapefruit. It was a fairly large one. That started what I can only surmise was a bad niacin grapefruit interaction. I started to get what I thought was the chills. In reality, it was my muscles shaking. I walked down the stairs and was shaking so badly I could barely stay upright. My muscle spasms were so extreme that I was becoming nearly rigid. I talked to my dad who is an EMT and told him what was wrong. By that point, I was getting a little short of breath and could hardly talk. I stood still while he took my pulse, but my entire body was shaking.
My heart was at around 80 beats per minute. While not objectively bad, my usual pulse is close to fifty. I was also beginning to panic slightly because I just could not stop shaking no matter what I tried.
I induced vomiting, then drank lots and lots of water. The shaking slowed down considerably. After a hot bath, lots more water, and a couple hours of waiting, my muscles had largely returned to normal. The niacin grapefruit interaction seemed to have ended. I felt generally bad for a couple of days afterwards too.
If you’re wondering whether you should eat grapefruit or grapefruit juice while taking a niacin supplement, my advice is don’t do it. I can’t prove it was a niacin grapefruit interaction which caused my symptoms. But, given that grapefruit interacts with numerous medicines, it seems to be the case. Although everyone reacts differently, my experience was absolutely horrible. I worried that the reaction would put me in the hospital or even kill me. If you’re taking niacin of any kind, avoid the grapefruit.
Throughout my life I’ve met lots of guys who, for whatever reasons or another, just didn’t like women. Maybe some of your friends or guys you know at work have a hatred for the female sex. Men who hate women feel this way for a variety of reasons. We’re going to address a few of those reasons.
Men Who Hate Women
I don’t believe any reasons are valid for truly hating women as a group. Because if you hate something, that something controls your emotions, and if something controls your emotions, then you aren’t in control of your life.
Notice I am not saying bad women don’t exist, or that they aren’t deserving of negative emotions. Many people know women who are bitter, angry, dramatic, and will take a grudge to an almost irrational extreme. Many people have horrible experiences with their mothers, ex-wives, colleagues, etc. Women can be passive-aggressive and manipulative, especially in divorce proceedings. Even women often have disdain for other women. And, hating an individual woman who has wronged you is totally understandable. There are a lot of jerk women out there (See Why Women Can Be Jerks And Losers Too).
However, applying the behavior of a few women to every woman you meet just shows that the negative women in your life are still controlling your brain. What a lot of guys don’t realize is that when you hold anger toward all women, women emotionally control you, which is actually a sign of weakness.
So, while a man might have had issues with women in the past, he can’t let that dictate his dealings with women in the present. He just appears angry and weak. And, while women respect cockiness, they don’t respect men with unresolved anger issues towards their sex. Below are a few types of men who hate women.
The Butthurt Hater
Many men hate females because they’ve been rejected so many times. They absolutely love women. But, they can’t have a woman (especially one they’ve developed a crush on), so they end up feeling resentment towards the entire sex.
Believe it or not, a lot of “nice guys” fall into this category. When their techniques fail, they feel entitled to a date. And, entitled people end up hating what they can’t get. These beta male women haters have the right impulse (loving women), but can’t get past their bitterness. It’s a “I love her so much that I hate her scenario.”
These guys need to just relax and start being attractive to women. Rather than hoping and praying a woman will change her tastes to suit them, they should start being the type of man she will date. These haters really hate evolution (and its attraction indicators) in the end and refuse to adapt.
The good news is that women are usually attracted to personality more than looks. So, a guy can change his personality and get over this hate.
Momma’s boys sometimes hate women. And, these men are some of the most difficult to deal with. On the one hand, these males, sometimes beta, sometimes omega, feel a great attachment to their mother. On the other hand, they feel emasculated by their smother, er, mother.
Guys who are attached at their hips to their moms often view women they hope to date and befriend in two ways: an ideal domestic servant or a hated, overbearing oppressor. In some cases, they’ll have these feelings at the same time. Talk about a problem!
God help any woman who dates this guy. No woman can win. A woman is a stereotype and label no matter what she does. Until he breaks free from his mother, she can’t expect anything but misery from him. But, that’s OK because he isn’t leaving his childhood bedroom at his mom’s house any time soon.
Guys With Anger Issues
Some guys are just angry and these dudes also hate many other people, things, and places, typically weaker ones (like the mentally disabled, hamsters, and New Jersey). These guys will happily badmouth all women along with all blacks, gays, cats, beautiful people, and anyone else they happen to feel rage towards. Haters gonna hate and these guys aren’t looking to change.
These men need to learn to relax and take it a little easier. Life is way too long to hate everything, although if you experience anger all the time, your life will definitely become decidedly shorter. They are the perfect recipients of the phrase “take a chill pill.” In fact, for these angry young (and old men), the pill should probably be an extra large dose of Valium (or at least Xanax).
So, there are a few types of men who hate women. If you are a woman, beware. If you’re a man, try not to be like any of these (usually dateless and lonely) guys. Women are human beings. Learn to deal with them and laugh at them like you hopefully can laugh at every other human who isn’t perfect. That will provide the necessary perspective so an entire sex isn’t controlling you.
Let’s say you are walking around at a festival and concert. You keep seeing women you are attracted to. You can’t stop looking.
Did you actually have to give it any thought? Or did it just sort of register in your brain? While there are occasional instances where we have to think about whether a person is really attractive, outside of these borderline cases, we know we are attracted (or not) almost instantly.
This is because attraction isn’t a rational process at all. We are attracted to others based on a variety of biological factors and chemicals (those currently circulating in the body and also exposure in the womb), a result of human evolution. In other words, generally speaking we find people attractive who are able to survive and produce and care for healthy offspring.
Men and women have evolved to find certain traits attractive based on survival. For example, women with a waist to hip ratio of .7 have been shown to be the most attractive to men. The theory is that this preference, like all other evolutionary attraction indicators, indicates the woman is able to bear healthy offspring. Women traditionally find men who are providing and protecting leaders more attractive than weaker, follower type of guys.
Also, bodily chemicals are important to attraction. Estrogen and testosterone play a huge role and differing amounts can both affect attractiveness (such as women preferring higher testosterone men) and feelings of attraction (women with higher estrogen often have different tastes).
In addition, specific brain chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and adrenaline play a part in attraction. It’s why the exciting bad boy is like a drug to a woman who inexplicably (to her non-infatuated girlfriends at least) prefers him to the nice, stable, boring guy at work.
Those asking is attraction a choice also have to look at the nurture side of the equation too. It’s estimated that our lives are primarily guided by our subconscious mind. While the estimates vary, anywhere from fifty to ninety percent of our choices aren’t even rationally dictated at all.
This means, when it comes to attraction, that your subconscious mind is a tapestry of various threads from your life. So, a girl might find a boy who looks like her dad who abandoned her attractive. A guy might find a girl attractive because her cologne smells like his first love. A woman may find a guy repulsive simply because he resembles an abusive ex. Etc. Etc.
All of these subconscious thoughts are working overtime when we meet someone. We aren’t even aware of this in most cases. However, it certainly is playing into our level of attraction (if any) to the person that we are meeting or getting to know.
Of course, all of this sounds bad. After all, if attraction isn’t a choice, then are some of us unlucky? In some ways, yes. For example shorter guys and women with naturally poor waist to hip ratios probably have a harder time at winning over admirers. Fortunately, though, anyone can be attractive on a basic level and overcome their alleged deficits.
Things like losing weight, getting fit, smiling more, and being more open can make both sexes more attractive. Women can be more flirty, grow their hair longer, and be more open. Men can develop confidence, change their body language, take on leadership roles, etc.
These kind of changes can at least increase attraction on a visceral, biological level. Of course, the subconscious aspect is a little tougher. Obviously if you remind a girl of her horrible father, that’s beyond your control.
In some cases, it’s also possible to grow on people. Even if the person isn’t attracted to you initially, over time it’s possible to earn that attraction. But, it’s less common because attraction is most times fairly instant, even if the depth of attraction grows later.
So, is attraction a choice? The most recent research and our experience seem to say it is not. But, as with all things, there are exceptions. Regardless, if you want to succeed in love, get out there and find ways to be as attractive as you can.
Have you eaten any beets lately? I can’t stand them, but research shows that a chemical named after them, betaine (pronounced beet’-uh-een) may be an effective way to gain muscle mass while simultaneously losing fat, making it one of the few chemicals to offer both of these desired diet benefits.
Betaine is also known as trimethylglycine (TMG). While I am not going to get too into the science of methyl donation, just know that as a “methyl donor”, betaine may have a variety of benefits, including improving mental function and having liver health benefits.
A number of studies have concluded that betaine supplementation boosts strength and power (see, for example: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, July 2010) .
However, the most exciting research was performed recently at the College of Springfield in Massachusetts.
Researchers had a group of males weight-train for six weeks.One group took 1.25 grams of betaine twice a day, and the control group (also weight training) supplemented with a placebo. The researchers reported in a 2013 issue of the same journal I referenced above that the subjects taking betaine increased muscle mass by four pounds and arm size by ten percent (!), while decreasing body fat by seven percent. The placebo group experienced no increase in muscle mass/arm size and no body fat loss.
Also, another study found increased production of human growth hormone following workouts with 2.5 grams a day of betaine supplementation.
So, while the research is preliminary, supplementing with betaine/TMG may help you see quicker muscle gains and faster weight loss. Either way, other studies show a variety of athletic benefits for TMG. For example, a brand new study shows that betaine helps runners sprint faster.
Note that betaine comes in two forms. Betaine Hydrochloride (HCL) is betaine bound to HCL. The hypothesis is that the HCL in the formula improves digestion in the stomach by making it more acidic. Betaine HCL is 76% betaine, so if you see an amount on a bottle (such as 600 mg betaine HCL), just multiply that amount by .76 to get the actual betaine content (600 mg of betaine HCL contains 456 mg betaine). Betaine anhydrous is often labeled as TMG or Trimethlyglycine. Both are cheap and readily available.
So giving this inexpensive supplement might be worth a try. If you don’t want to take supplements, quinoa and Spinach are particularly high in this nutrient.
If you don’t want to wait to learn why you don’t have money, scroll down to the very last line. The answer is there.
Growing up in a middle-class Christian home, I often heard these sayings a lot, either from family, friends, or teachers:
“Money is the root of all evil.”
“Rich people are evil and must be stopped.”
“You can’t buy happiness!”
“I don’t have time to learn about money; I have my own struggles!”
I can partially agree with all of the above statements. When some people get money, they can become pretty evil. There definitely are greedy rich people who put money over the needs of actual people. I know miserable rich people and happy poorer people. And, I have things in my life that demand my priority too, so I can’t learn all the ins-and-outs of money like a PhD student in economics.
However, the problem with the above statements is that they all show a basic aversion to money and chosen ignorance of making it. I know people who really need more money, who need money for things like house repairs, medical costs, transportation, etc, who have these attitudes. They wonder why they are always struggling.
Imagine if you wanted to exercise and lose weight, yet you believed…
“Health is the root of all evil.”
“Fit people are all snooty and bad.”
“Being healthy won’t make you happy.”
“I don’t have time to learn how to eat healthy and exercise.”
My best guess is with those attitudes, you won’t get healthy. And why would you? Your fundamental approach to the issue tells your brain over and over again that healthy people are bad, and having health is a bad thing and not worth caring about.
I am not saying changing your attitude about money is going to make you money. However, as I mention in all of my books, especially Say It Like You Mean It, every action begins with a thought, so you can’t take right actions if you don’t have the right thoughts.
Here is the thing. Rich people get rich because they care about money, and learn the ins-and-outs of it. You can criticize them as shallow all you want, but…
While you were learning all the stats about Ohio State Football (or any other major sports team), and spending hundreds of dollars to support them, the rich guy next door was using that time to learn about money and spent hundreds investing.
While you were memorizing and downloading every Metallica album, making them wealthy, a rich guy was learning about the music industry and approaching bands about how he can help them make money.
While you were watching every episode of Star Wars, spending hours debating about the canonical status of the various books, a rich guy spent hours watching investing videos, and was debating with a friend about the best way to make money investing in the film industry.
While you were producing 10k tweets over the last year that basically told 100 followers what you were feeling at a given moment, another guy was writing a hundred short stories on Amazon that are now generating passive income.
While you were keeping up with the Kardashians, a rich woman created a brand of reality that others wanted to watch and is now getting her own TV show (which you will likely watch and purchase the merchandise).
So, here is the deal. While I’m not saying it is necessarily easy to get rich, if you hate money and the people that have it, and don’t make time to understand it, you are leaving money in the hands of the already-rich.
Why don’t you have money?
Because you don’t care about learning how to really make money and create wealth.
There are other things in life that matter. I agree. But if you spend your time focusing on gardening, music, football, etc, and don’t have time to learn about how money works and ways to create wealth, don’t be shocked that you have the greenest garden, the biggest MP3 collection, and the best memory for quarterback ratings at your local bar, but no money.
I hate MLM products. I think they are horrible ways to make money. However, people that try to sell them are at least breaking out of the mold of the “work 60 hours a week for someone else until I die miserable and poor before I can retire” mindset. Those people are at least trying, and I find sometimes that can be a good start to actually caring about money.
I started caring in 2002 when I needed to open a credit card. Nobody would give me credit. I learned everything I could about investing and money, and even got my license to sell stocks and bonds.
It wasn’t until 2010 that I started to get the vision of starting my own business as an option to get out of the “trade my freedom to work for someone else” mentality.
This has been a long journey that is still unfolding, but I have saved and made a lot more money that I would have otherwise not made thanks to my knowledge and interest.
So, start learning. One book that absolutely changed my view of wealth was Millionaire Fastlane. I highly recommend it as a book to get started.
The books below are also helpful: