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  1. It would be very cool, I think. But honestly, while most individuals on this site are warm and accepting souls, I'm truly frightened by those few who ...are not. I would not want them to know my real name, where I live, where I work or who my friends are. I know some really good people who have been scared away from this site by virtual threats from....well, I won't say any more. Sad, because this is a SUPPORT forum after all.
  2. Congratulations! The most WONDERFUL news in the world!
  3. Scarface, you were very brave to post your story. Fortunately, it sounds like you are very introspective and THAT will stop you from repeating this negative cycle. We are victims of victims...but we can choose to not pass on those mistakes. The fact that you can post here and share your story...please know that you are helping others and making a difference.
  4. Glycerin use is very common today. In small quantities it is mostly considered inert and used as a compounding ingredient for viscosity adjustments like in eye drops or as an emollient in ointments and creams. The emollient property of glycerin, very simply put, can be explained as a water molecule attractant. It holds on to water and therefore can serve as a moisterizer in creams...and when taken orally and inside the intestines, it "pulls" water to it and acts as a hyperosmotic laxative. The cramping effects are also well documented. Also glycerin is also known as glycerol, an alcohol sugar which may explain its sweet flavor. For this reason it is used to help sweeten those "sugar free" or low-carb foods such as protein bars. For blushing? I very, very much doubt it. Please remember that it is very difficult to make clinical recommendations for human conditions purely based on postulated biochemical mechanisms which are often explained as isolated events without taking the INCREDIBLE hormonal and physiological variations that occur inside the body. Perhaps, theoretically, glycerol may impact certain mechanisms as discussed in the mentioned article...but in vivo, or inside a living being...it may not apply. Just my humble opinion, though.
  5. Hi Princess Sarah! Wonderful to hear from you. Hmmm. A life pre-FB? Considering that I've been a blusher since I can recall...actually like 12 or so...it's hard to say! I was a child before I noticed that I was a blusher. Honestly, I probably have been a blusher my whole life. I guess that I'm proud of the fact that even though I'm a blusher, I've accomplished a lot... And hopefully, I plan to continue battling it out! Sometimes, blushing has gotten me down...but believe it or not, sometimes it has served as an extra challenge for me. Like I have something that I NEED to overcome! Public speaking, for instance, can really scare me. So, I work harder at overcoming it... Overall, I think that Blushing has made me more empathetic to other people's issues. I don't think that it's a bad thing.
  6. OMG! The very, very best of luck! All my good vibes on May 8!
  7. Regulation came into effect April 15, 2009. http://www.govtech.com/gt/articles/639985 The Ryan Haight Bill The Internet Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act counters the growing sale of prescription drugs over the Internet without a valid prescription by (1) providing new disclosure standards for Internet pharmacies; (2) barring Internet sites from selling or dispensing prescription drugs to consumers who are provided a prescription solely on the basis of an online questionnaire; and (3) allowing state attorneys general to go to federal court to shut down rogue sites. The bill is geared to counter domestic Internet pharmacies that sell drugs without a valid prescription, not international pharmacies that sell drugs at a low cost to individuals who have a valid prescription from their U.S. doctors. The Need for Legislation Purchasing drugs online without a valid prescription can be simple: a consumer just types the name of the drug into a search engine, quickly identifies a site selling the medication, fills in a brief questionnaire, and then clicks to purchase. The risks of self-medicating, however, can include potential adverse reactions from inappropriately prescribed medications, dangerous drug interactions, use of counterfeit or tainted products, and addiction to habit-forming substances. Several of these illegitimate sites fail to provide information about contraindications, potential adverse effects, and efficacy. Regulating these Internet pharmacies is difficult for federal and state authorities. State medical and pharmacy boards have expressed the concern that they do not have adequate enforcement tools to regulate practice over the Internet. It can be virtually impossible for states to identify, investigate, and prosecute these illegal pharmacies because the consumer, prescriber, and seller of a drug may be located in different states. The Internet Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act The Internet Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to address this problem in three steps. First, it requires Internet pharmacy websites to display information identifying the business, pharmacist, and physician associated with the website. Second, the bill bars the selling or dispensing of a prescription drug via the Internet when the website has referred the customer to a doctor who then writes a prescription without ever seeing the patient. Third, the bill provides states with new enforcement authority modeled on the Federal Telemarketing Sales Act that will allow a state attorney general to shut down a rogue site across the country, rather than only bar sales to consumers of his or her state. http://www.ryanscause.org/ryan-haight-bill.html
  8. FYI... Be careful with buying controlled substances on the internet. A new law has just passed in the U.S., anyway... There has been a rash of overdoses due to the availability of "online" narcotics like Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin and controlled drugs like Xanax, Valium, etc... So, it was just a matter of time before a new law kicked in. It is basically going after physicians and pharmacies that dispense these meds without physically seeing the patient. http://www.ryanscause.org/ryan-haight-bill.html
  9. I'm a blusher. I believe that I am the opposite of what would be defined as an ADD/ADHD person. In fact, most medications that help ADHD would give me a panic attack and increase my blushing. My brother has borderline ADHD and we are very, very different.
  10. Sorry, but IMHO, I believe that this is totally wrong. If you only admit that something exists based on its recent recognition by the modern scientific community, then a lot of herbal products are bogus too. Until recently, we also believed in "germ theory" or that the earth was flat and the sun revolved around the earth. Science is in a constant state of change and therefore what we believe today or believed yesterday is a matter of perspective and consensus. Psychiatry is still in an infantile stage but we can't negate its valid strives either.
  11. I love Eckhart Tolle! And I believe that Bob Bear's message was totally in line with his teachings. I don't think that a positive, confident attitude is fake mask, necessarily. According to Tolle, most of us basically live on the brink of insanity. This is because our thoughts are running away with our lives. Especially our negative ones, right? It's as though our negativity has "hijacked" our consciousness, our true essential being, and are miscasting us as an "ego", a frightened individual cut off from our quiet depths in a never-ending war. Sound familiar? :shock: Most of us are trapped in past regrets and future anxieties. We are living either in the past or future. Not the NOW. We are constantly either regretting something that happened yesterday or anticipating/dreading an event that might/might not happen tomorrow. I agree that we need to take control of our self-imposed "helplessness" and take life by the horns.
  12. The unbelievable, the "Little Sparrow" Edith Piaf. :? ---> :cry: ----> Non Je Ne Regrette Rien Non, Rien De Rien, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien Ni Le Bien Qu`on M`a Fait, Ni Le Mal Tout Ca M`est Bien Egal Non, Rien De Rien, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien C`est Paye, Balaye, Oublie, Je Me Fous Du Passe! Avec Mes Souvenirs J`ai Allume Le Feu Mes Shagrins, Mes Plaisirs, Je N`ai Plus Besoin D`eux Balaye Les Amours Avec Leurs Tremolos Balaye Pour Toujours Je Reparas A Zero Non, Rien De Rien, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien Ni Le Bien Qu`on M`a Fait, Ni Le Mal Tout Ca M`est Bien Egal Non, Rien De Rien, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien Car Ma Vie, Car Me Joies Aujourd`hui Ca Commence avec Toi!
  13. I find that it is best to slowly build up your exercise intensity. If I go slow, then my face tends to not get as flushed. If I'm not in good cardiovascular shape, a good run can make me flush. On the other hand, If I'm in good shape, then I tend to flush way less with the same distance. Weight lifting (depending on the intensity) will do it too, especially if you do more heavy lifting versus cardiolifting (less intense, more repetitions) Steam saunas make me flush a lot more than infrared ones. I've heard that for rosaceans, it is a good idea to stay away from very hot saunas.
  14. Eeek! Well, just know that in some countries, it is Tuesday the 13th that is considered unlucky! Seriously. Even the title of the horror film "Friday the 13th" is translated in Spanish to "Martes 13". So. You may get lucky, right? :wink:
  15. My thoughts on alcohol...I flush more with darker colored wines and spirits. However, I do know that there is no problem that will get better or go away by getting drunk. :?
  16. A new abstract that may prove interesting for some. This type of study has been done before but still useful. Basically, it proposes that CBT may be as effective as the use of SSRI's (antidepressants) for the treatment of panic disorder. Hope it helps! Is a combined therapy more effective than either CBT or SSRI alone? Results of a multicenter trial on panic disorder with or without agoraphobia. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2008; 117(4):260-70 (ISSN: 1600-0447) van Apeldoorn FJ; van Hout WJ; Mersch PP; Huisman M; Slaap BR; Hale WW; Visser S; van Dyck R; den Boer JA University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. f.j.van.apeldoorn@psy.umcg.nl OBJECTIVE: To establish whether the combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and pharmacotherapy (SSRI) was more effective in treating panic disorder (PD) than either CBT or SSRI alone, and to evaluate any differential effects between the mono-treatments. METHOD: Patients with PD (n = 150) with or without agoraphobia received CBT, SSRI or CBT + SSRI. Outcome was assessed after 9 months, before medication taper. RESULTS: CBT + SSRI was clearly superior to CBT in both completer and intent-to-treat analysis (ITT). Completer analysis revealed superiority of CBT + SSRI over SSRI on three measures and no differences between CBT and SSRI. ITT analysis revealed superiority of SSRI over CBT on four measures and no differences between CBT + SSRI and SSRI. CONCLUSION: Both the mono-treatments (CBT and SSRI) and the combined treatment (CBT + SSRI) proved to be effective treatments for PD. At post-test, CBT + SSRI was clearly superior to CBT, but differences between CBT + SSRI and SSRI, and between SSRI and CBT, were small. PreMedline Identifier: 18307586
  17. CBT is an excellent option, especially for blushers or also social phobics. After all, we may have inadvertantly "trained" ourselves to fear situations that are supposed to be enjoyable...such as parties, family gatherings and social situations. CBT can also help different aspects of your life and aid with undesirable behaviors. There are many resources out there. Good luck!
  18. I hope that antihistamines (AKA: h-1 blockers) do work for you. We had several personal, anecdotal trials here on ESFB a few years ago...if you search you may find the threads. Some individuals also experimented with H-2 blockers (histamine-2) like Tagamet and Zantac. You may find it interesting that it helps some individuals with certain types of flushing...but blushers,not so much, unfortunately. As for me, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) puts me right to sleep. It is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter sleeping medications.
  19. Clonidine is a pretty powerful blood pressure medication. Because of its mechanism, it can be used for other sympathetic system conditions/symptoms. For anxiety and symptoms, I've utilized the 0.1mg about 1 hr prior to the meeting or presentation. I would be hesitant using a higher dose, as I naturally have low-normal to low blood pressure...so please be aware of that.
  20. I doubt it. Estrogen is actually known to increase/improve capillary strength. Studies show that hot flushes tend towards a low or fluctuating capillary strength. A lack of estrogen can be a problem. Women sometimes get hot flashes when their estrogen levels drop. For instance, around menopause...or younger women, when they menstruate (when estrogen levels drop naturally) But hey...the hormonal link can't be overlooked, I suppose.
  21. Good luck, Jamie10. Keeping my fingers crossed.
  22. I see your point... However, on the other hand, there are plenty of blushers who never let their blushing get in their way. (I think that I'm not angry, I'm envious! :oops: ) I have a friend who is dark-skinned. She blushes whenever a guy she fancies comes around to talk to her...and he'll even tease her about "making her blush". I can't SEE anything...I mean, not even a faint shadow of a blush!! Once, I asked her about it. She said that when she "blushed" she felt warm, embarrassed and like fleeing. Amazing, huh? So, I guess that it's really the body language when a person is blushing that "gives you away". So, I feel strange judging someone's nervous reaction to social situation regardless of them blushing visibly or not. It's about how they feel inside.
  23. Sure do! And I guess that I'm lucky to have something to laugh about. :wink:
  24. Do you really think that you're the only one that has had their life completely affected by this?? Why do you think that we are all here? I get it. It SUCKS. Sometimes, you want to die. The point is that you HAVE to go on. What's the alternative?? Have you thought about the possibility that this operation may NOT work? What will you do then? Die? You can't live your life WAITING for it to start. It's here. You've been given challenges/limitations -whatever you want to call them. We ALL do. Some people have life debilitation conditions--some choose to LIVE the best way they can and some choose to throw in the towel. You can't change how you are made...only your reaction to it and your ATTITUDE. You decide and ONLY YOU decide on how you will deal with what life has to give you. That's what I mean. THAT'S what the "F***" I'm talking about. I'll tell you something else. If you are willing to take a risk with this operation, you MUST be willing to face the consequences if it does not work. Period. Keep in mind that if you go to your surgeon in complete desperation and mental anguish, he/she may not consider you mentally stable enough for the operation. Seriously. You have to be realistic about your expectations, that's all. Be ready to have your life change (hopefully for the better) but also be prepared for the other. I'm still wishing you the best.
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