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Improving Your Diabetic Condition with Exercise

The type 2 diabetic condition is brought about by a diet that is too high in carbohydrates and a lack of nutrients, which results in the insulin the body naturally produces becoming less and less effective in keeping blood sugar levels under control and in a normal range.

While change in diet and proper nutritional supplementation have a dramatic effect in controlling blood sugar naturally without the need for drugs or insulin, exercise can greatly contribute to the overall control of the diabetic condition, as can be seen in the following excerpt:

“While many people may begin exercising out of a sense of responsibility – the way children eat vegetables they don’t like – the main reason they keep exercising is that it feels good.”

“Overall, people who exercise regularly are better equipped to carry on day-to-day activities as they age.”

“One of the great benefits is that many people find that when they exercise, they have less desire to overeat.”

“Even though your fat won’t ‘melt away,’ exercise, particularly if you’re a Type II diabetic, is still of value in a weight-reduction program because muscle building reduces insulin resistance.”

“As you increase your muscle mass, your insulin needs will be reduced – and having less insulin present in your bloodstream will reduce the amount of fat you pack away.”

“As a result, your own insulin production gradually becomes more effective at lowering blood sugar.”

Excerpted from Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution
by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein


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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin C?

Benefits of Vitamin C

One of the most important substances in the achievement and preservation of optimum health, as well as the prevention and treatment of disease, is vitamin C.

To appreciate why an optimum daily intake of this nutrient is so essential in the battle against infectious disease and well-being in general, we must remember that our bodies do not make vitamin C.

The question becomes what amount of vitamin C is needed to put a person in the best of health and give them the immune protection against infectious diseases of all kinds, as well as the various degenerative diseases that are now so common.

How much Vitamin C should you take in a day?

To help you understand the truth of “what amount,” here is what experts in the field of nutrition have to say:

“In order to answer this, we must first understand the concept of Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) as formulated by the Food and Nutrition Board.

“Most people interpret RDA for any particular nutrient (in this case vitamin C) as being that specific dosage that leads to the best health for all people. That is, ‘if I take the RDA of vitamin C every day of my life, I will more than likely achieve the best health that can possibly be gained by the intake of this nutrient.’

“This interpretation is quite false!

“The RDA is only the estimated amount that, for most people, will prevent scurvy or death caused by vitamin C deficiency.

“The board’s recommendations were adopted to indicate to the general American public the amount of vitamin C needed [45 mg] in order to avoid scurvy.

“The problem with the board’s recommendations is that the medical profession took hold of them and created a misconception generally accepted by many physicians. This being:

“If there are no signs or symptoms of scurvy, we must assume that there is no deficiency of vitamin C. Therefore no need to take supplements of this vitamin.

“But scurvy is not just a symptom of lack [of vitamin C], but a final collapse, leading to death, via a breakdown and disintegration of our bodies.

“There is a large area, including colds, infections, flu and degenerative diseases that exists between the total blackness of scurvy and death, and the pure white of optimum health and resistance to disease.

“No longer can we be satisfied with the misconception that if we do not have scurvy, we do not need any additional amounts of vitamin C in order to achieve optimum health and resistance to disease.”

Excerpted from Brain Allergies
by William Philpott, M.D. & Dwight Kalita, Ph.D.

Eight double blind studies have been done using between 200 mg/day and 2,000 mgs/day, which have shown an average 44% reduction in illness, thus the RDA recommendation of 45 mg of vitamin C is far too low to provide the protection needed today.


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What You Can Do to Boost the Effectiveness of Vitamin C

In numerous studies, vitamin C has been shown to protect against infection, the common cold, and support a healthy cardiovascular system, when taken correctly.

It’s important to know how much to take and how often to take it to get the full benefits of Vitamin C

How much Vitamin C should you take in a day?

The following excerpts are from studies done using ascorbic acid or ascorbate, two common forms of “vitamin C”.

“Higher levels of vitamin C can be protective against damage to blood vessels, and greatly reduce death rates in the elderly.”

“Blood levels [of vitamin C] increase substantially with a larger dose and these higher amounts are excreted more quickly.”

“A 1,250 mg dose raises blood levels more than a 200 mg dose for the first six hours. Larger doses provide an even bigger increase in blood levels in the first six hour period.”

“For the second six hour period, these and even higher doses give similar blood levels.”

How can this be? How can you take a 1,250 mg dose (or even two, three or four times this amount) or as little as a 200 mg dose and have virtually no vitamin C in the blood after six hours? There is a reason:

Vitamin C has a short half-life in the blood.

A “half-life” is the amount of time it takes for half of the vitamin C to be depleted from the blood stream. The half-life of vitamin C in the blood is 30 minutes.

This means that every 30 minutes there is only one-half of the vitamin C left!

As an example, say you start with 1,250 mg of vitamin C in your blood stream. In 30 minutes you have only 625 mg left. After 30 more minutes you have only 312 mgs. In another 30 minutes you’re down to 156 mg (that’s after only 1 hour and 30 minutes).

If you continue reducing by half every 30 minutes, six hours after you took the initial amount of 1,250 mg of vitamin C, the amount left in your blood stream is less than 0.5 mg. Basically there is nothing left.

“Taking an oral dose will raise blood levels for only a few hours.”

“The benefit of a single dose is short lived. If high levels of vitamin C provide protection against the common cold, then a single multi-gram dose of vitamin C would have little more effectiveness than a 500 mg dose.”

“In the prevention of colds and other diseases, if a single dose of vitamin C raises blood levels for about six hours or one quarter of the day, the person is unprotected for the other three quarters of the time.”

“Five 100 mg doses taken at intervals through the day would raise average blood levels more than a single one-gram dose.”

excerpted from Ascorbate, The Science of Vitamin C
by Dr. Steve Hickey & Dr. Hilary Roberts


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Incredible Edible Egg in a Diabetic Diet

Some years ago a negative ad campaign was run concerning eggs. There were ads on TV and on billboards, with images of four eggs being led into a jail cell, and another ad showing the four eggs behind bars.

This was part of a campaign to tell the public that eating eggs was dangerous and could contribute to heart disease (which turns out to be incorrect). As a result, many people stopped eating eggs or greatly reduced the number of eggs they ate.

Even today, many people still remain afraid of eating eggs or eating too many eggs, due to that false advertising.

Today, what do nutritional experts say regarding eggs in the diet?

“The egg is nearly the perfect food for health and weight loss. It is easily digestible as well as a complete food. Eggs give your liver the building blocks it needs to repair your body. Cholesterol levels are not increased by eating them and you can lose weight by including them in your diet.”

“Eggs contain ingredients to develop a healthy body including nearly all of the essential nutrients such as B-l, B-6, folic acid and B-12. They contain such minerals as calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron. Choline and biotin, which are important for energy and stress reduction, are also found in eggs. Eggs are also complete in all amino acids (protein building blocks), which are found in the yolk.”

“The fat in the egg yolk is in nearly perfect balance. These essential fats are very important in the regulation of cholesterol. This is because the antidote [Definition: something that counteracts.] to cholesterol is lecithin, which helps dissolve cholesterol and the yolk is loaded with lecithin. Make sure not to overcook the egg yolk, as this will destroy the lecithin. These yolk fats in your diet lower the risk for heart disease.”

“Eggs have almost zero carbohydrates and have the highest rating for complete proteins (containing all the amino acids) of any food. Amino acids are necessary for repairing tissue as well as making hormones and brain chemicals.”

“As a side note, many people are afraid of eating egg yolks because of cholesterol. The fact is that most of the cholesterol found in our blood is not there because of what we eat. It’s our livers that make approximately 75% of the cholesterol that exists in our blood.”

“The more cholesterol we eat, the less the body will make. The less cholesterol we eat, the more the body will make. If cholesterol were so bad for us, why would our bodies make so much?”

“The body is an incredible system that knows exactly what to do to create a natural balance. When we consume foods containing cholesterol, we only absorb 1 to 2 mg of cholesterol per pound of body weight per day. So even if we were to eat a dozen eggs each day, we would only absorb about 300 mg of cholesterol, which is, by the way, the recommended maximum daily amount.”

“On a personal note: I have been eating four organic eggs every morning for the past 6 years and never felt better. My cholesterol is also within the normal range (below 200).”

excerpted from Dr. Berg’s BODY SHAPE DIETS
by Dr. Eric Berg

Yes, eggs are a very safe and excellent source of nutrition for the whole family, and should be made a regular part of the diet. But not all eggs are the same, so let’s look at how to choose your eggs from another expert on nutrition:

“You can kiss your fear of eggs good-bye. There have been a number of previous studies that have supported that eggs do not increase your risk of heart disease. So go ahead and have your eggs as they are one of the healthiest foods on the planet.”

“While you are at it, please be sure and purchase healthy eggs as they are not that much more expensive than commercial factory raised chicken eggs. Please be sure to look for ‘free range organic’ on the box.”

“Just as important as where you buy your eggs is how you prepare them for eating.”

“If you want to fine tune eating your eggs, it is best not to cook them. This helps preserve many of the highly perishable nutrients, some of which are very effective at preventing the most common cause of blindness, called ‘age related macular degeneration.’ [Definition – Macular Degeneration: the gradual blurring of the center of your field of vision, which continues to get worse, eventually resulting in blindness].”

“Some may be concerned about the risk of salmonella in raw eggs. [Definition: a type of bacteria which can cause food poisoning.] but I analyzed the risk a few years ago and most people have a better chance of winning the lottery than contracting salmonella from eggs from healthy chickens. Personally I consume three raw eggs nearly every morning as part of my breakfast and believe it has enormously contributed to my health.”

Excerpted from Dr. Joseph Mercola’s comment
on an article appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 80, No. 4, 855-861, October 2004

So, be sure to include eggs as a regular item in your diet for improved health whether it is part of a meal or egg as a main dish.

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How to Tell if Your Doctor Really Cares

A recent issue of the FDA’s publication of Drug Safety published the following survey results:

“When patients feel they might be having an adverse drug effect, doctors will very often dismiss their concerns, a new study shows.”
“In a survey of 650 patients that reported having adverse drug reactions due to taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called “statin” drugs, many said their physicians denied that the drug could be connected to their symptoms.”

Doctors do not read or study the lengthy lists of side effects for the hundreds of drugs they can and do prescribe, nor is it possible that they could remember if they did.

The survey continued… “It was found that physicians seem to commonly dismiss the possibility of a connection, even for those side effects that are clearly stated in the list of side effects that actually come with the medication.”
“The best-known side effects of ‘statin’ drugs such as Lipitor and Zocor are liver damage and muscle problems, although statins have also been tied to changes in memory, concentration and mood, among other problems.”

Because of not knowing what the side effects are, or not feeling they have the time to have a long discussion with the patient, or feeling it’s not a big problem, the doctor often doesn’t pay attention to the patient’s complaint.

The survey continued… “Physician reaction to a potential side effect is vital because the muscle problems [with statin drugs] can progress to a rare but potentially fatal condition if the drug isn’t discontinued.”
“Forty-seven percent (47%) of patients with muscle problems or cognitive problems [Definition: relating to the mental processes of perception, memory and judgment.] and reasoning said their doctors dismissed the possibility that their symptoms were statin-related.”
“Fifty-one percent (51%) of patients with peripheral neuropathy, a type of nerve pain affecting the extremities, said their doctors denied a possible connection with statins.”

The bottom line here is that if you feel you must take drugs or medications, you need to read and understand what the potential side effects are. Do not count on your doctor either warning you of side effects or even knowing what they are.

You can read the drug literature that comes with the medication, or check on line at www.drugs.com or www.rxlist.com.
Both these sites give you all the information and any medication side effects associated with its use.

If you suspect that you are experiencing any side effects, have a drug side effects discussion with your doctor. Insist he listen to you and give you a solution. If your doctor won’t take the time to listen and help you solve the problem or just brushes you off, that doctor is not really interested in your welfare. Fire him! Even if you feel he/she has a “wonderful” bedside manner, immediately replace him/her with a doctor who will listen to you and help work out a solution with you!

If you do not take responsibility for your health and well-being, and the well-being of your loved ones, no one else will!


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Diabetic Medications: Are They Reliable?

The following article reveals the flaw in relying primarily on medical drugs as a means of attempting to handle the diabetic condition:

“Many medical doctors prescribe drugs known as oral hypoglycemic agents. These agents are sulfa drugs called sulfonylureas. They appear to stimulate the secretion of insulin by the pancreas as well as enhance the sensitivity of body tissues to insulin. Some common examples of this class of drugs include:”

Chlorpropamide (Diabinese) Glipizide (Glucotrol) Tolazamide (Tolinase) Tolbutamide (Orinase) Glyburide (DiaBeta, Micronase)

“As a group these drugs are not very effective. After three months of continual treatment at an adequate dosage, sulfonylureas fail to adequately control blood sugar in about 40% of cases. Furthermore, these drugs generally lose their effectiveness over time. After an initial period of success, these drugs will fail to produce a positive effect in about 30% of cases. The overall success rate of adequate control by long term use of sulfonlureas is no more than 30% at best.”

“In addition to being of limited value, there is evidence to indicate that these drugs actually produce harmful long-term side effects. For example, a famous study conducted by the University Group Diabetes Program on the long-term effects of tolbutamide showed that the rate of death due to heart attack or stroke was 2½ times greater for the group that used sulfonylureas than that for the group that controlled type II diabetes by diet alone.”

Excerpted from Diabetes and Hypoglycemia
by Michael T. Murray, N.D.


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Diabetic Diets: The Facts Surrounding Diet Failure

Dieting To Lose Weight?
What are the facts surrounding diet failure?

Frequently, diabetics suffer from being overweight. They often struggle with various diets in an attempt to bring this problem under control. The results are usually a lot of effort and little long-term success. The following article will shed some light on why the usual approaches to dieting lead to failures:

“As a rule, diet books are based on two assumptions about dieting. The first is that diets do not affect the speed at which the body works – the metabolic rate. The second is that the weight lost on a diet is all or almost all fat. These are not true.”

“Much of the weight lost on a diet is not fat; and any initial fast weight loss includes almost no loss of fat.”

“Initial weight loss on a diet is no mystery. The loss consists principally of glycogen (a form of glucose in a water solution), as well as additional water.”

“Diets slow down the metabolic rate.”

“In our minds we know the difference between going on a diet and being subjected to famine or starvation. But our bodies do not know the difference. When we go on a diet we activate the mechanisms in the body that protect us and preserve us in times of famine. And what does the body need to keep it going between times of famine? Fat. The more people diet the more their bodies will protect the stores of fat.”

Excerpted from Dieting Makes You Fat
by Geoffrey Cannon and Hetty Einzig

The solution to bringing one’s weight under control is to adopt an eating program suited to your body’s needs, a dietary program that more closely matches the food that our bodies evolved with, which is a high protein, low carbohydrate diet, which is high in vegetables and salads.

There are also other benefits to a low carb diet – you don’t go hungry, increased energy, cravings for sweets is gone or much less, and sometimes improved moods and mental concentration.


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Underlying Causes of the “Complications” of Diabetes

It is the “complications” that arise from the diabetic condition that cause serious damage to the body of the diabetic. In the following article we examine some medical research showing the cause and solution to one of these diabetic complications:

“Arteriosclerosis is the medical term describing hardening of the arteries. The most common form of this disease, the one that kills more Americans than any other disease, is atherosclerosis. The development of this disease follows this pattern: The inside walls of the arteries start deteriorating in their physical structure and small lesions (wounds) begin to appear. This cellular deterioration of the inner walls of the arteries is fundamentally a result of vitamin B6 deficiency.”

“If the lesions become serious enough and if there is an accompanying vitamin C deficiency (as is usually the case), capillary rupture and hemorrhaging (bleeding) begin to occur. The body then calls for a protective measure to stop the internal bleeding within the artery. This action is termed a blood clot (thrombosis), which seals off the hemorrhaging. At the site of the injury on the artery wall, dead and dying cells, white and red blood cells, continue to accumulate, and actually begin to block the artery. When this happens the blood supply is diminished, which in turn deprives the heart and the brain of life-giving blood.”

“As the injured area cells grow, they attract numerous substances, including calcium and cholesterol. While the calcium and cholesterol deposits continue to grow, they begin to form areas in the arteries called atheromos. The atheromos thicken and blood clots (thrombosis) begin to stick, resulting in a severe reduction of blood circulation to the heart and the rest of the body. As calcification continues, the arteries harden and high blood pressure ensues; circulation of the blood is then greatly diminished and a heart attack often results.”

“The initial arterial damage of lesions, hemorrhaging, blood clots and so on is first caused by specific nutritional deficiencies in the diet. Once the damaged area in the artery walls occurs, then the build-up of cholesterol as well as calcium becomes a secondary problem. But if one treats arteriosclerosis by simply reducing the dietary intake of cholesterol, or for that matter calcium, one is merely treating the symptoms and not the cause of the disease.”

“It has come to be almost an established position that if one wishes to protect against heart disease, one should avoid eating saturated fats. But the evidence shows that a high fat consumption, when accompanied by plenty of the essential nutrients which all cells need, does not cause arteriosclerosis or heart disease….”

Excerpted from Victory Over Diabetes
by William H. Philpott M.D. & Dwight K. Kalita Ph.D.


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Taking Cymbalta for Neuropathy

The drug Cymbalta is manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. Here is what author and investigative writer Martha Rosenberg found out about this drug:

“The first antidepressant to be introduced since FDA investigations into suicide/antidepressant links, Cymbalta itself was marred with suicides before it was approved. Five (deaths) occurred during Cymbalta clinical trials.

“Including previously healthy volunteer, Traci Johnson, who hung herself in Lilly’s Indiana University Medical School lab in 2004.”

“Last May, the FDA ordered Lilly to add a black box to Cymbalta warning about suicides and antidepressants in young adults.”

Here is a quote from Lilly’s Cymbalta web site:

“Patients on antidepressants and their families or caregivers should watch for worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in behavior, thoughts of suicide, anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, restlessness, or extreme hyperactivity. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have thoughts of suicide or if any of these symptoms are severe or occur suddenly. Be especially observant within the first few months of antidepressant treatment or whenever there is a change in dose.”

And here is a quote from the FDA’s web site and what it has to say about Cymbalta:

Suicidal thoughts or actions:  Persons taking Cymbalta may be more likely to think about killing themselves or actually try to do so, especially when Cymbalta is first started or the dose is changed.  People close to persons taking Cymbalta can help by paying attention to changes in user’s moods or actions.   Contact your healthcare professional right away if someone using Cymbalta talks about or shows signs of killing him or herself.  If you are taking Cymbalta yourself and you start thinking about killing yourself, tell your healthcare professional about this side effect right away.”

The investigative writer then went on to state:

“And in October Lilly was told [by the FDA] to “immediately cease” its Cymbalta campaign for diabetic nerve pain –an approved use– which promises “significantly less pain interference with overall functioning.” In a letter, the FDA says the claim “has not been demonstrated by substantial evidence or … clinical experience” nor do the Cymbalta marketing pieces give precautions about liver toxicity or reveal risks for patients with certain conditions.”

Martha Rosenberg is an author and investigative writer that has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Providence Journal, Arizona Republic, New Orleans Times-Picayune and other newspapers.

(If you know of friends or relatives taking Cymbalta, forward this article to them. You just might save a life!)


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The Right Diet Plan for Diabetics

What is the correct diet for a diabetic?

The low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet has been promoted for many years as the healthy diet for both the general public as well as for diabetics. As a result of this ongoing dietary advertising campaign, surveys indicate that America as a whole is now consuming far less fat and eating far more carbohydrates.


What is the result of this diet?

The result is that greater numbers of Americans today, instead of being healthy, are being diagnosed with degenerative diseases. Over thirty-five hundred (3,500+) people are being newly diagnosed as diabetic every day in the United States! Many diabetics who follow the low-fat/high-carbohydrate guidelines, find themselves having to use greater amounts of oral diabetic drugs or increasing amounts of insulin to try and keep their blood sugar levels under control.

The reason this is occurring is that the low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet is not only wrong, it is destructive to your health, and is the basic cause of many of the degenerative diseases that have become so widespread.

Carbohydrates are converted to the simple sugar – called glucose – by your digestive system. Glucose passes through the walls of your intestines and loads up your blood stream with sugar – far more sugar than your body was designed to handle.


What is the best diabetic diet plan?

The true information regarding diet, especially for those who are insulin resistant, pre-diabetic or diabetic, has been researched by medical doctors who are diabetic specialists. What this research shows can be seen in the following excerpts:

“So how much carbohydrates do our bodies really need? The answer may surprise you. Although for years, newspapers, magazines, and television talk shows have told you to load up on complex carbohydrates, like whole-grain breads, cereals, and pasta (because it was thought these foods form the basis of a “healthy diet”). In fact, your daily requirement for carbohydrate is actually zero. You read that right – none!”

“Were you to make a search of all the textbooks in any medical library, you would find diseases caused by both protein and essential fat deficiency, but there are no diseases caused by carbohydrate deficiency.”

“Why don’t you need carbohydrates? Your body – actually your liver – has the ability to take dietary protein or fat (your own body fat) and make glucose from it. The liver can make a couple of cups of sugar each day, which is more than enough to provide glucose for the few tissues in the body that prefer to use it. Most of the body, however, prefers to fuel itself with dietary or stored fat or with ketones [ketones: the natural break-down product of burning fat] instead of glucose.”

“Incredible as it may sound, you could do quite nicely without ever eating another bite of starch or sugar – as long as you had plenty of protein and fat. And that’s just what all humans did for the three to four million years we were around prior to the beginning of farming.”

“We lived by hunting and fishing (the meat, poultry, and fish of our diets today) and gathering what grew wild: roots, shoots, nuts and berries – and a bit of fruit in season. Not a bite of bread, cereal, rice, pasta, potatoes, or sugar.”

“Does that mean you should eat a diet without any carbohydrates? Not necessarily, but you could. And when you’re initially working to correct your health, lose weight, control your blood sugar, or lower your cholesterol and triglycerides or blood pressure, you’ll want to focus on limiting your carbs more tightly.”

“You don’t have to stay on a strict low-carb diet for the long term – it’s merely an effective tool to correct the problem quickly. Once near your goals (in weight or health) you can become more liberal with your carb limits, expand your intake of foods, and enjoy eating an even wider variety of fruits, vegetables, and even some higher-carb foods occasionally.”

Excerpted from The 30-Day Low Carb Diet Solution
By Michael R. Eades, M.D. and Mary Dan Eades, M.D.

If you have not yet already done so, adjust your diet and reduce your carbohydrate intake. Along with taking the correct supplements, it will improve your cholesterol levels, triglycerides and blood pressure.


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