just say Noh
Val, I love it when you give it to us straight!!
"Here’s where the party trick turns mean—ingesting too much of it can be dangerous, potentially resulting in nausea, muscle aches, vision and coordination problems, and even coma and death. Overdosing on vitamin A during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects. Some research suggests that ingesting more than an average of 1.5 mg of Vitamin A a day over many years may affect your bones, making them more likely to fracture when you're older (an issue especially important to post-menopausal women). Bottom-line, says Waldorf: Unless you’re malnourished, adding a “retinol” or any vitamin A supplement to your diet will neither improve your health, nor reduce the effects of aging."
This came after you thoroughly and gloriously entertained us with the Noh, the little bag, and that gorgeous fly-swatter thing.
Dear Val, it was so much fun to tag along virtually on your shopping spree. Love your finds, and that soba extractor is indeed a work of art! I may try to look for one in the West Village Japanese food market near Bigelow’s (not that I make soba often either—actually, not at all; but the exquisite gadget may inspire me!)
Also, big thanks to you and DermDiva HW for the scoop on supplements. Along with taking a B6 Complex that has 400 mcg of Biotin, I’ve also added a Biotin supplement (2500 to 5000 mcg a day) to boost my protein intake for healthier hair and nails.
Since Biotin is water soluble, I haven’t been too concerned about “overdosing.”But recently I’ve become aware that Biotin can interfere with testing of thyroid levels. Results might inaccurately read too high or too low.
Since I also take a thyroid med and have thyroid levels checked yearly, this is something I need to look into before my next physical. Another lesson for me: although supplements aren’t classified as “drugs,” they can have significant side effects that impact our health, and shouldn’t be popped so casually. Even when they come in yummy gummies!
You should be proud. Nowadays, whenever someone mentions anything related to "frozen faces" in my office, I always think about MARC Institute and HNTFUYF. For totally different reasons, but even so.
About the supplements, I love Heliocare and just as the majority of endocrine researches, I think there's still some mysteries to be solved. Albeit, in my opinion, we are headed to the right path - a resourceful conscience.
-P.s. Your granddaughter must be a lucky little girl.
I'm so curious about the effect of neurotoxins making normal facial expression inscrutable. Is there something we subliminally believe to be elegant, mysterious or even empowering about a person whose feelings aren't readily obvious? I mean, look at how much we love the Mona Lisa!
So fascinating about the Noh masks! And so funny that Grammie 2 sent you that picture after your conversation :).
Really interesting read. I’ve only recently discovered this Substack and I’m learning so much. I’ve always ummed and ahhed about collagen. Great to hear how it’s actually broken down in the body. Thanks 😊
So Important to read this! I have been using retinol on my face for decades--started back when I was at Working Woman and then...McCall's and the stuff is great on my skin--but not to ingest! Thanks for pointing out tricky and deceptive marketing can be.