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Truth About the Diabetic Diet

So, if diabetic medications, while sometimes effective at suppressing diabetic symptoms, are not the means of successfully addressing what is causing the diabetic condition, what can be done to address the diabetic condition and the complications that often arise as a result? Here we see a summary of the most recent research into the nutritional causes of the diabetic condition:

“Carbohydrates come in two basic forms: complex and simple. Simple carbohydrates (carbs) are one, two, or at most three units of sugar linked together in single molecules. Complex carbs are hundreds or thousands of sugar units linked together in single molecules. Simple sugars are easily identified by their taste: sweet. Complex carbs, such as potatoes, are pleasant to the taste buds, but not sweet.”

“Most of our carbohydrates come from cereals and grains, both products of the agricultural revolution [which occurred only about 8,000 years ago]. Our bodies are not genetically designed to thrive on large amounts of these fiberless complex carbs. With the popularity of cereal- and grain-based “health diets,” carbohydrate metabolism has been upset in approximately 3/4 of the population which simply cannot handle this large load of carbs. Increased insulin output from the pancreas, over the years, results in hyperinsulinism, insulin resistance and hypertension, dyslipidemia [disorder of fat in the blood serum], atherosclerosis [fat buildup in the large and medium sized arteries] and heart disease.”

“Excess carbohydrates also causes generalized vascular disease. The high-carbohydrate diet which is now so popular causes the pancreas to produce large amounts of insulin, and if this happens for many years in a genetically predisposed person, the insulin receptors throughout the body become resistant to insulin. Because insulin’s action is to drive glucose into the cells, this results in chronic hyperglycemia, also called “high blood sugar.” A large portion of this sugar is stored as fat resulting in obesity. Excess insulin also causes hypertension and helps initiate the sequence of events in the arterial wall which leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease.”

“Adult onset diabetes is known to be greatly benefited by the adoption of a low carbohydrate diet, moderate in fat, which stresses the importance of a regular intake of sufficient protein. You will not hear this advice from the American Diabetes Association, (or from most doctors) since they are still operating on the research as it was twenty years ago.”

excerpted from
Carbohydrates in Nutrition by Ron Kennedy, M.D.


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The Question of Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12 is necessary in human health for the formation of proteins and red blood cells, and for the functioning of the nervous system. It is vitally important in maintaining the health of the outer sheathing (protective covering, also called the myelin sheath) that surrounds nerve cells.

B-12 also participates in a variety of cellular reactions to release energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Vitamin B-12 is found only in animal products; meat, fish, eggs, and dairy products. Most people’s diets do not contain sufficient B-12, and so, over the years, the amount of B-12 diminishes in the body till there is an actual deficiency of this important vitamin.

Absorption of vitamin B-12 from food occurs in a unique way. Vitamin B-12 is released from food by digestion, especially by stomach acid. The vitamin B-12 binds with a special protein that is secreted by the mucous membrane of the stomach called the “intrinsic factor.”

The resulting complex travels to the last section of the small intestine, called the ileum. Ileum cells then absorb vitamin B-12. Absorption is very poor unless the “intrinsic factor” is present.

As the body ages it often produces lower quantities of both stomach acid and the “intrinsic factor,” thus reducing the amount of B-12 that can be absorbed from the diet.

The vitamins and minerals in food are constantly being used to create and support the life processes in the body and must be replenished from time to time.

Because the body’s reserves of B-12 continues to drop as our body ages, doctors often recommend B-12 shots each month for older people.

As most people don’t like shots, they often supplement what they need with vitamin pills, capsules, drinks, etc. Most of these contain a form of B-12 called cyanocobalamin, which is not usable by the body.

A very small percentage of cyanocobalamin is converted into methylcobalamin and stored in the liver. As the body ages, it becomes less and less able to convert cyanocobalamin to methylcobalamin, so use methycobalomin for real results you can feel.

There is no upper limit to the amount of B-12 that you can safely take without any side effects.

The WSN Nerve Support Formula contains the methylcobalamin and other B vitamins you need to nutritionally support your body’s nervous system.


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The Safety of Vitamin B6

Many of our customers often raise concerns on how much Vitamin B6 they are taking as a result of using the Nerve Support Formula.

The Linus Pauling Institute found that adverse effects have only been documented from vitamin B6 supplements and never from food sources.

Therefore, safety concerning only the supplemental form of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, also called pyridoxine hydrochloride) is discussed here.

Although vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin and is excreted in the urine, long-term supplementation with very high doses of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) may result in painful neurological symptoms known as sensory neuropathy.

Symptoms include pain and numbness of the extremities and in severe cases, difficulty walking. Sensory neuropathy typically develops at doses of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) in excess of 1,000 mg a day.

However, there have been a few case reports of individuals who developed sensory neuropathies at doses of less than 500 mg of Vitamin B6 daily over a period of months.

None of the studies in which a neurological examination was performed reported evidence of sensory nerve damage at intakes below 200 mg of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) daily.

To prevent sensory neuropathy in virtually all individuals, the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine set the tolerable upper intake level for pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) at 100 mg/day for adults.


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Are Your Peeing Out Your Vitamins – Vitamin Absorption

The technology of capsule and tablet manufacturing has grown and evolved; considerably more goes into making a good multivitamin capsule or tablet than simply compressing ingredients in a machine.

For example, name-brand and all reputable supplement manufacturers test and re-test their products for acceptable dissolution times and thoroughness under stomach-like conditions.

Then there’s the old wives’ tale about the worthlessness of vitamins because “they just make expensive urine” or “you just pee them out” or other variations on the theme.

It’s not hard to see where this one came from. Anytime you take a multivitamin or a B complex, you’re going to get some vitamin B2 (riboflavin) in the multivitamin. B2 markedly changes the color of urine, usually making it much yellower.

Thus, when someone visits the bathroom an hour or so after taking their supplement, it’s easy to see why they might conclude that their vitamins have been wasted and have not been absorbed.

But neither is the case. Vitamins from supplements are absorbed the same way as vitamins from food; they have the same fate. No vitamin, whether from food or supplements, can go directly from the stomach to the bladder.

The only way vitamins can change the appearance of urine is if they have been filtered from the bloodstream by the kidneys, and the only way that can occur is if the supplement has been absorbed from the digestive tract, and the only way that can occur is if the supplement breaks down easily.

So, contrary to the myth, when you see color changes in your urine associated with your supplement, it’s not evidence of it being wasted, it’s confirmation that it’s been broken down, absorbed and made available to body tissues.

One final point about absorption; faster isn’t necessarily better. Many people spend the extra money for liquid supplements based on a belief that they will absorb faster than capsules or tablets.They might, but the time difference between complete absorption of liquids versus other forms, 20-30 minutes, does not amount to a noticeable advantage or a nutritional advantage with most supplements.

In fact, where higher potencies are concerned, slower absorption may be preferable to fast, sudden absorption. This is because there are limits to how fast and how much of a given nutrient can be absorbed per unit of time. When you overwhelm these absorption pathways, you do waste nutrients.


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How to Know Which Vitamins Are Best for You

Most of the supplements on the shelves of health-food shops, drug stores and supermarkets contain “vitamins” that are man-made chemicals and “minerals” that are ground up rocks or mineral salts.

For example, most of the “vitamin C” sold in the US is ascorbic acid. This is a man-made chemical found nowhere in nature. There is no ascorbic acid in an orange, tomato or broccoli, or any fresh fruit or vegetable.

Ascorbic acid is manufactured in chemical plants by applying heat and pressure and additional chemicals to glucose (sugar), which converts the glucose to ascorbic acid. Not exactly like drinking orange juice, is it?

Ascorbic acid, being a chemical, isn’t absorbed or utilized the same way as food, and can often upset the stomach and digestive tract because it is an acid.

Vitamin C as it is found in nature is not acid – it is neutral! The acid taste in oranges and other citrus fruits is caused by their citric acid content.

Some companies will combine ascorbic acid with other chemicals to “buffer” it (make it less acid). This results in the “sodium ascorbate” or “calcium ascorbate” forms of ascorbic acid.

The bottom line is that these forms of “vitamin C” as well as most other “vitamins” you find on store shelves, are man-made chemicals. They are nothing like the true vitamins found in fresh fruits, vegetables and meat.

Now, let’s take a look at the “minerals” that are available on store shelves. For example, 70% of the “calcium” supplements sold in the US is calcium carbonate. This is factually finely ground up limestone rock, seashells or coral.

Only 4-7% of calcium carbonate taken as a supplement is actually absorbed by the body. Calcium carbonate is sometimes combined with other chemicals to try and improve this very poor absorption rate.

Regardless of the many different chemical forms calcium carbonate can get changed into, none of them are the same as the calcium found in a cabbage. Not even close!

These man-made chemical vitamins and ground up rock and mineral salts are called “USP” vitamins and minerals. (USP stands for United States Pharmacopoeia, which is a set of standards these vitamins and minerals are measured by.)

You may also come across vitamins and minerals that are labeled “food based”. These are USP vitamins and minerals that have been physically mixed in with alfalfa or soy or some other food.

This mixing with food is done in an attempt to increase the absorption of these chemicals and ground up rock into the body. That is why you often see “take with food” on their labels.

Occasionally these “food based” products will be labeled “organic”. This simply means that the alfalfa or soy the USP chemicals were mixed in with was grown organically.

Today you can find vitamins and minerals dissolved in liquid form. If the product is made with USP vitamins and minerals, you’re just pumping man-made chemicals into your body.

When you place a cabbage plant in the ground, its roots grow down into the soil and rocks, and they pull up from the ground calcium and other minerals in a form that you and I can’t eat.

Then through the normal life processes of the plant, it converts these minerals into a part of the plant body itself. Now the calcium has actually become a food we can eat, and our body knows how to absorb and utilize it.

To be effectively absorbed and utilized, vitamins and minerals must be the way they are in food.

Foodform® Minerals and Foodform Vitamin D are produced by mixing the minerals with plant food and feeding it to live yeast organisms or live lactobacillus cultures (the kind of nutritional yeast which is used to make bread or the kind of lactobacillus cultures which are used to make yogurt).

This is the same process performed by all plants where they take up minerals from the soil through their roots. Once the minerals enter the plant cells they become part of the living structure and are turned into food. It is only in this form that minerals can be effectively absorbed and utilized in our bodies.

The yeast or lactobacillus are now harvested and turned into a nutrient rich powder.

Foodform Vitamins are produced by taking USP vitamins in liquid form and then weaving them together on a molecular level with the appropriate protein components.

Then they are integrated into a vegetable, fruit or yeast concentrate that has a natural relationship with that vitamin. For example: Foodform B Vitamins are in yeast concentrate, Foodform Vitamin C is in citrus concentrate, Foodform Vitamin A is in carrot concentrate, etc.

Foodform Vitamins and Minerals, like the calcium in the cabbage, function as concentrated whole foods. They provide the cells of your body with the nourishment they need, for the body to heal itself. This results in improved health and vitality.

At the completion of the above manufacturing processes, Foodform Vitamins and Minerals contain absolutely no USP vitamins and no mineral salts.

As you can see, there is a world of difference between Foodform vitamins and minerals and everything else on the market!


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An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away

As the cooler fall temperatures replace the sweltering summer heat, there is no better time to enjoy this season’s bounty of delicious, juicy apples!

You may be familiar with the expression of eating an apple a day will keep the doctor away. There is growing evidence to justify the health benefits of consuming this shiny, crispy fruit.

An apple is the perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Packed with phytonutrients (helps defend against environmental challenges) , apples can help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Apples have antioxidants that can help reduce glucose absorption and stimulate insulin receptors.

Research indicates that polyphenols* in an apple can have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity and carbohydrate metabolism.

Apples are also an excellent source of the fiber called pectin, which works together with polyphenols and can help reduce triglycerides.

Research suggests that it is best to consume apples in their whole food form. Recent studies compared the intake of whole apples to the intake of applesauce and apple juice. The researchers discovered that less hunger and greater satisfaction was reported after consuming the whole apple.

Additionally, when eating a medium apple about 15 minutes prior to a meal, calorie intake of that meal decreased by 15 percent. Whole apples take longer to chew and eating the skin contributes to a higher fiber intake.

So go ahead and enjoy biting into a great Granny Smith or if you prefer a mouthwatering Macintosh, whatever kind of apple your taste buds like!


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Lowering Blood Pressure: The Medications and the Natural Treatments

The Medications

If you take blood pressure medications to address hypertension, you will need to take a blood pressure lowering drug for the rest of your life. These medications do not change the underlying reason that the blood pressure is high and so you have to take the medications continuously for them to work.

These drugs are attempting to address the reason for hypertension, which is the small smooth muscles inside your arteries that tense up. When these muscles tense up, the arteries become narrower, more rigid and less flexible. These medications will lower pressure by slowing your heart beat, or interfering with nerve impulses to your arteries, or removing water from your body, or blocking biochemical reactions, or preventing calcium from entering the cells that make up the walls of your arteries.

Blood Pressure medications alter basic body functions not only in the blood vessels but other parts of the body as well. Because all of the body’s systems work together, these drugs can create a wide array of side effects.

There are different types of blood pressure medications.

Beta-blockers: Are used to control irregular heartbeats. These drugs limit the ability of the heart to beat faster and as a result they reduce the ability of the person to physically respond to “fight or flight” during an emergency. Fatigue is a side effect. Beta Blockers can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

ACE Inhibitors: Lowers blood pressure by decreasing certain substances in the blood that tighten the blood vessels. It will dilate the blood vessels so the blood will flow more smoothly and the heart can pump blood more effectively using less pressure. Common side effects are violent cough, dizziness, fatigue and flu like symptoms. It can also produce a pounding or uneven heart beat.

Diuretics: Stimulates the kidneys to flush excess fluid and sodium out of the body. Less blood volume allows the heart to move the blood easier. Side effects are loss of potassium, dry mouth, dehydration, and raised blood sugar levels.

Calcium Channel Blockers: Keeps the blood vessels and heart from absorbing calcium, which causes the blood vessels to contract. Common side effects are headache, nausea, constipation, rash, dizziness and fluid retention.

Alpha Blockers: Stops certain nerve impulses to the blood vessels causing the vessels to relax. Common side effects are low blood pressure, dizziness, headache, pounding heartbeat, nausea, fatigue, fluid retention and an increase of the cholesterol levels in the blood.

Vasodilators: Cause the muscles in the blood vessels to relax, preventing the muscles from tightening and the walls of the blood vessels from narrowing. Side effects are headache, nasal congestion, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, pounding heartbeat, fluid retention and dizziness.

It is often recommended to take two or three of these drugs at the same time, which creates even more side effects as a result of the chemical interactions between the medications.

Natural Treatments: Addressing the underlying cause of the high blood pressure

Since blood pressure is affected by the small smooth muscles that line the inside walls of your blood vessels, the reason that these muscles tense up needs to be addressed.

The Reason: The loss of vital minerals by poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, being overweight, alcohol and caffeine in excess, emotional and physical stress and being diabetic results in these small muscles tensing up.

It is the replacement of vital minerals to your body that is essential to the natural and effective control of blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels and making them supple again.

Taking the vitamins and minerals your body is deficient in will naturally relax the muscles, relax the blood vessels and lower the blood pressure.

Magnesium is a key mineral. The body needs a proper balance of potassium, sodium and calcium. When the body is deficient in magnesium, the balance is disrupted.

We can’t get enough magnesium in our food supply as the soil is depleted of magnesium, and other vital minerals. Thus, supplementing your diet with whole food nutrients that will nourish the cells of your arteries will naturally lower blood pressure.

Where can you get these minerals?

How can you lower your blood pressure levels naturally without having to use additional drugs or medications.

The Blood Vessel Support Formula is a medical food specifically formulated for the dietary management of hypertension (high blood pressure). It is a unique combination of vitamins, minerals and herbs in a new and special form, and in sufficient dosage to provide your body with the nutritional support it needs to slow, stop and reverse high blood pressure.

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How Much you Should Exercise and When

Today, the one thing that everyone agrees on is that exercise improves health and can help reverse many medical conditions. Even people who cannot exercise for long periods due to being out of shape or busy lifestyles can now benefit from recent research regarding exercise.
Exercise Programs and Routines

Recent studies show that several, short periods of exercise after eating is more effective than continuous exercise for lowering fat and triglyceride levels in the bloodstream. This new research supports multiple 10-minute periods of exercise that add up to at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week, as a way to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Additionally, if you also want to lose excess weight and/or lower blood sugar levels, the best time to do your exercise time is before breakfast, before lunch and before dinner.
Walking for Exercise

A good type of exercise to start with if you have not been exercising or are out of shape is to begin by just walking. Then as you get accustomed to the walking you can increase your pace, or if you wish, begin a more vigorous exercise regimen.

Take those walks and in one week you will start to feel the difference! In two weeks you’ll be amazed!


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The Dangers of Microwaving Your Food

The Microwave oven is a standard feature in just about every household today. It is as common as the TV, and there are dozens of microwave cookbooks available in any bookshop.

Unfortunately, the more this kitchen tool is looked into, the more it becomes clear they are unsafe and a threat to your health and the health of your family, as can be seen from the following:

“Heating food in a microwave oven is very convenient but recent studies have shown that it may not only impact the nutrition of the food, it also may be dangerous to those who eat the food.”

“According to an announcement about infant bottles from the University of Minnesota in 1989 “Heating the bottle in a microwave can cause slight changes in the milk. In infant formulas, there may be a loss of some vitamins.”

“According to research, cooking food in a microwave may alter the physical make up of the food. It is known that the irradiation process breaks up the molecular structure of food and creates a whole new set of chemicals. These chemicals include benzene [Definition: chemical used in making insecticides and motor fuels], formaldehyde [Definition: fluid used for preserving dead bodies] and a host of known mutagens [Definition: substances that increases the rate of cell mutation] and carcinogens [Definition: cancer causing substances].”

“A study performed by Dr. Hans Hertel of Switzerland found that food prepared in microwave ovens not only altered the food, it also altered the blood chemistry of those eating it.”

“Microwaving food in plastic containers runs the additional risk of the food absorbing dangerous chemicals released when the plastic is bombarded and heated by radiation.”

Dr. J. D. Decuypere


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Neuropathy Drugs Increase Suicide Risk

The FDA just released the analysis of 199 studies done on a total of 44,000 patients who were taking anti-epileptic drugs. The results showed there was twice the risk of suicidal behavior in using anti-epileptic drugs as compared with patients taking a placebo.

Two of the anti-epileptic drugs in these studies were Gabapentin (marketed as Neurontin) and Pregabalin (marketed as Lyrica). Both of these drugs are advertised for neuropathy and are made by the drug company Pfizer.

In 2004 Pfizer was fined by the FDA and paid over $430 million for promoting Neurontin to doctors as a medication for neuropathy, a use for which it was never approved!

So here we have a drug company making two drugs that are prescribed by doctors for neuropathy, one of which was never approved by the FDA for that use, and both are associated with increased risk of suicidal behavior.

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

Drugs can never heal the body as they are an alien substance in the body. They cannot address the root of the problem, which for most people who have neuropathy, are very specific nutritional deficiencies.


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