Hints and Tips
Allergies, Diabetes And Just
Good All-Around General Health
For an ongoing bulletin board of new and exciting hints and tips about allergies and diabetics, check back here often for those tiny little tidbits that could make a major change in your life.
Everyone has grown up their whole life hearing hints and tips from your mother, grandmother, the neighbor, your doctor, the friend, and on and on give helpful little tips and advice that they have learned along the road of their life. From the "don't go outside without your hat, your hair is wet" or the "get your coat on, it's cold out there, do you want to catch a cold?"
Many of these are true, many can be a stretch on the truth, but all have been passed down from friend to friend, neighbor to neighbor, family to family over many years and generations.
So this section is just exclusive for some little hints and tips from others about allergies and diabetics which may be useful for your life. Read over them occasionally and pick and choose the ones that are important to your life. Give them a try, of course with prior approval from your doctor, just to see if maybe this was the one little annoyance you have been trying to get rid of in your life.
May 5,2013 General Health
Information Source: Roger Jahnke, OMD director of the California Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi plus author of several books relating to alternative ways to help your body to get on the correct path to healing
Simple Ways To Feel Refreshed
We've all had those days... you are tired, sleepy, stiff and sore from working to hard, sitting too long (at work), stressed from everything which has been thrown your way for that particular day, hour or even a bad minute. So how can you go about bringing your tension level down
easily and quickly without trotting off to the spa, the masseuse or the shower?
It's pretty darn easy actually. And the best part - it's quick also. This move can be done anytime while you are waiting that one minute for the microwave to beep, waiting your turn at the bank or grocery store in line. If you are standing and have one or two minutes, this simple move can be your new lifesaver.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Do not lock the knees. Twist your torso to the right until it starts to become uncomfortable. Allow your arms, hanging at the side to swing slowly to the right with the body. Make it all just one easy soft slow flow. Return to the center and twist left, keep following the long slow flowing movement.
Build up a little speed and start adding the twist of the neck to follow the twist of your arms, both right and left. Keep repeating this until you are tired or running out of time. Start slowing back down, still moving to the right and left, slower but still calmly and casually. When you have returned to a stop, wait a few seconds before moving again, taking in a few deep breaths.
During the whole time, you should be able to breathe normally, talk normally (if you desire). Do not make this an aggressive workout. It is only a refresher move to get your body back to feeling energized, calm and peaceful. Enjoy it - it will make you feel good!
And for the diabetic, don't discount this as a waste of time. One easy effective way to daily help you reduce those blood sugar levels is to give yourself the chance to relax and energize.
April 17, 2013 Diabetes
Information Source: Abbott Industries
Voluntary Recall On Blood Glucose Meter
Abbott Ind. has issued a voluntary recall on any FreeStyle InsulinX Blood Glucose Meter due to the possibility of misreadings for any individuals with exceptionally high glucose readings (> 1024mg/dL). Speak with your doctor first and make the decision with the aid of your medical team whether it is advisable for you to trade in this unit for another model.
April 4, 2013 General Health
Information Source: General Knowledge
Get It Right The First Time
So, you've listened and heard the news. Yogurt can and does add an appreciable amount of nutrients to your overall health. Why? Because of the word fermentation. Yogurt is fermented dairy products. Our beneficial gut flora (the good bacteria in your digestive system) love fermented foods. It is one way to grow and flourish an entire army of beneficial bacteria with the end result increasing the immune system.
So to the grocery store you go... gotta buy yogurt.
Once there, my gosh but there's a ton of selections. Which ones do I buy? Now here is the trap and every manufacturer knows this. So print this and take it with you to the store.
All yogurt is made with live and active cultures. It doesn't matter what any of the labels say. The difference though, most yogurts are heat-treated after fermentation. It extends their shelf life (means it keeps them from spoiling as easy so it can sit in that store longer). Heat treating though kills all of those friendly bacteria you think you are trying to add to your diet
So this is what you must find on that label:
- active yogurt cultures
- living yogurt cultures
- contains active cultures
Do not ever purchase any product which states it is "made with active cultures". They all are - this variety though has been heat-treated. Remember the caution above... dead active cultures can do your body no good! Don't waste your money!
April 1, 2013 General Medicine
Information Source: Common Sense and Knowledge
Are Your Medications Safe?
Myself, I am a firm believer in many of the capabilities of alternative therapies.
Now understand, that doesn't mean they all work for everybody. Heck, conventional medicine doesn't have a 100% track record - neither does alternative therapies. Unfortunately, neither does life!
But for many people, alternative therapies can and will be an acceptable alternative to many of today's common pharmaceutical medications.
So what angers me personally the most... from listening to many in the fields of medicine, research, the news media, the pharmaceutical industry, the FDA, the CDC and on and on, well they are all constantly telling us how dangerous supplements can be to our health!
Now don't get me wrong. If you are stupid enough to abuse them, well guess what? You get what you deserve.
But good quality vitamins, minerals and supplements are used by greater than 50% of the population each and every day. Unknowingly, many people are even using the "junk stuff" also. Many companies which know nothing about supplementation are now producing bottles of "junk" because they know the market is there.
And to date, how many CONFIRMED cases of death or major injury has there been contributed to the use of any kind of supplements? Absolutely ZERO!
Pharmaceutical medications can't even come close to staying below 500 thousand reported incidents each and every year!
Yes, supplements are another form of medicine. They must be used wisely - not abused, whether that's by lack of experience or knowledge. But to continuously criticize an industry that does help and bring relief to so many, all in the interests of greed by the mainstream medical community, to me, that's the crime.
March 25, 2013 General Health
Information Source: General Information
Soaking Beans and Grains : How Come?
If you've spent almost any time at all in the kitchen doing your own cooking (that is not from a bag or boxed processed goods) you've probably heard about soaking your beans or grains before you cook them. But what many people don't know is how come? Is it really all that important I should do it?
The simple answer - Yes!
Lots of big words and non-understandable logic comes into play here but the simple reason for most of us is it just makes the human body's capabilities of efficient digestion so very much easier. With just 6-12 hours of pre-soaking, your body can eliminate many of the complications of gas and flatulence, you can more efficiently capture and utilize the absorption of the available vitamins and minerals in the foods themselves and many of the indigestible proteins themselves can be broken down so our digestive system can fully utilize them.
Just remember though - before you cook, change that water and start with all fresh water again.
February 21,2013 Allergies
Information Source: Natural News and Dr. Tim O'Shea, licensed physician and author of the book "The Doctor Within"
Why The Rise In Peanut Allergies
It has often been questioned in the medical community, research and testing and among the general population itself, why all of a sudden within the last decade or so is the incidences of fatal reactions to peanuts escalating? What's changed?
Well, this particular author believes he may have stumbled upon one of the possible reasons.
Do you or your children get vaccinations? Breastfeeding mothers and children who receive their childhood vaccinations have actually been injected with peanut oils. It is one of the ingredients used in the manufacturing of vaccines. It is not mandatory though these companies give full disclosure what the exact ingredients are in their formularies.
For more information about this, especially if it affects any member of your family (or yourself) check at Peanut oil in vaccines behind widespread peanut allergy ".
February 8, 2013 General Health
Information Source General Knowledge
Doctor's Orders: Lose The Sugar and the Salt
Many people dread the day they hear this line because the idea is in their head lose the sugar means that spoonful in their coffee. Lose the salt then must refer to the salt shaker they use to salt their food before eating. But the reality is:
The tiny amount of sugar and salt you are getting from using a teaspoon or two of sugar and a few shakes of salt before each meal Is The Least Of Your Worries. These two situations only add up to about 5% of the amounts you take in everyday.
So where's all the rest coming from? Your diet! Yes, all of those trips to the grocery store buying bags, boxes and cans of food, snacks and drinks. Almost every piece of processed food in this country uses some form of sugar as a sweetener and some form of salt as a flavor enhancer or as a preservative (gives the food a longer shelf life). So every time you open any of this stuff, you are chowing down on sugar and salt.
And just because it's not obvious, yes your boxed meat and noodle dinners still have sugars, your loaf of bread is loaded with salt etc.. The only way you can verify your safety is learn how to read and understand the ingredient and nutrition labels.
January 14, 2013 General Health
Information Source: General Knowledge
Sodium Tipping The Scales Too High
If you are on a low salt diet, how many times have you noticed that baked goods seem to be over the top and out of your diet?
And yet, when you check the ingredient label, you don't even see salt (or else it is so far down on the list you know they didn't use much). So what's up? Is flour full of salt?
The problem here isn't the flour. The problem could be one of three things:
- baking powder - 355 mg per teaspoon
- baking soda - 1231 mg per teaspoon
- salt - approx 2325 mg per teaspoon (different varieties may be slightly higher or lower)
So, just by looking at those numbers, it's already obvious why the sodium levels look so high in baked goods.
Now, remember you can always eliminate the salt in any recipe but you can't eliminate baking soda or baking powder and still get acceptable results.
What you can do though, shop around a little more carefully and pick up some sodium-free baking powder or soda for all your baking needs.
November 19, 2012 General Health
Information Source: General Knowledge
Picking And Choosing By Taste And Quality
By now we've all heard extra virgin olive oil is the best of the best when you choose an oil for your own cooking and baking. But why?
Extra virgin olive oil means it has been cold-pressed, thus heat was not used to process it AND no chemicals were added for shelf stabilization or extended shelf life. You are therefore getting the 100% highest quality possible amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to aid you and your ultimate health.
But there is also two problems with extra virgin oil. Number one, it does not withstand high temperatures very well in cooking unless you are familiar how to use it correctly. The number two problem, man (food processing) has figured out a way to cut it down by adding other inferior oils but then labeling and selling it as EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). Why does the food processing industry do this... it's cheaper!
Now it is possible to actually get around both of these problems.
Learning how to use and what to substitute in case of high heat cooking and remembering this number one rule about temperatures.
EVOO does not like extreme cold or hot temperatures. But since it is a fresh product, it does last longer under refrigeration. Always keep yourself a "working bottle" at room temperature so it stays a liquid and place the rest in the refrigerator. The refrigerated bottle should then "harden" to a semi-solid. If your bottle does not become a thick mushy mass of oil then your brand is not a pure olive oil. Next time, choose another company - they are "cutting fillers" into their product.
Information Source: Personal Opinion
Tuesday Could Decide Whether You Enjoy A Long Life Or An Early Death!
Are You Willing To Forward An Email To Help Decide?
I put this exact same information on each of my websites today - IT IS that Important. Please read over it and if you can do anything to help, all I ask is you click a few buttons and forward an email to any resident of the state of California.
Today is November 4, 2012. On Tuesday, November 6th it is election day in the US. We're supposed to pick a president that day. Is that at all important, well - maybe, kind of.
But what is so much more important to every single one of us USA citizens? It's the vote on PROP37 in the state of California.
I don't even care if you live in California. If you know anyone who lives there, I am asking that you forward a simple email. It can and will help to decide our future health.
Here's the website address I wish them to read. It's a simple message from me. But it is so terribly important that the people of California do find out before Tuesday that money, money and more money can and does infiltrate the airwaves with tons of untruths and misrepresentations of the actual truth.
Before you go to vote, just remember that you are actually deciding the fate of your own and your entire family's future life.
Information Source: FDA/Federal Government Safety Recall division
Recall! Recall! Recall!
It's no surprise to anyone that knows me, the value I place on the family pet.
If you as parents ever need a readily available tool to help you work with your children to teach the values of discipline, responsibility, monetary spending and the value of Love and Companionship, the family pet is the perfect answer.
So when danger comes along which affects this also important member(s) of the family, these are the members which are generally totally reliant on us. So here's the information for them also.
By now, hopefully almost everyone has heard of the difficulties Sunland Inc is having because of their peanut recall and the latest bout of salmonella. Since this company is so large it is affecting a major amount of peanut products.
Today, the same crop of peanuts has now been proven to affect the pet bird and small animals line of foodstuffs purchased through the retail/wholesale market in your stores also.
Here is the recent bulletin:
Wildwood Seed & Specialties Voluntarily Recalls Pet Bird And Small Pet Animal Food Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination
10/24/2012 06:20 PM EDT
Wildwood Seed & Specialties, Monroe, Oregon, is voluntarily recalling a limited supply of their Sleek and Sassy brand bird and small animal foods that contain raw in-shell peanuts. These products contain peanut ingredients recalled by Sunland Inc. due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
For detailed information pertaining to this Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts message, please click the link at the beginning of this bulletin.
The link to get further information is :
If you have small pets at home, double check and verify their foodstuffs are not the Sleek and Sassy line first please.
October 24, 2012 Diabetes and Allergies
Information Source: Dr. Mark Hyman, Founder and Director of the Functional Medical Community
Whole Wheat Mania
This next statement, unfortunately it is what we have led our own daily health and nutrition into because of the never-ending desire for the ingestion of any and all products which include wheat.
Two slices of whole wheat bread now raise your blood sugar more than two tablespoons of table sugar. There is almost no difference between whole wheat and white flour here anymore.
The biggest scam perpetrated on the unsuspecting public is the inclusion of “whole grains” in many processed foods full of sugar and wheat giving the food a virtuous glow. The best way to avoid foods that are bad for you is to stay away from foods with health claims on the label. They are usually hiding something bad.
And yes, I happen to be a member of the food industry itself and let me tell you, that last statement is exactly on. When a food manufacturer thinks it is important enough to tell you something right on the front label "how good this product is for you"... the ulterior motive is generally they are also trying to hide something from you they don't want you to stop and think about.
Make it yourself at home as much as you can everyone. You now know exactly what went into the food you place in your mouth.
October 16, 2012 Diabetes
Information Source: General knowledge
Cook Away The Unhealthy Starch In Pasta
Americans especially love their pasta but then so many other nationalities in the world also consider this a staple in their daily diet. But if you happen to be a diabetic, pasta can rapidly get your blood sugars in major trouble.
But for a little help, when you do decide it will be pasta night, learning how to cook it can help you at least strive for a lower final glucose reading.
How can this be done? It's easy, cook it for a shorter time. Read the directions on the package and then back this time up by about 20%. So if your time on the box states to boil it for ten minutes, back this to eight minutes when you cook it.
Always reduce the time a little off the recommended cooking time because the longer pasta cooks, the higher your final blood sugar readings will be.
October 6, 2012 Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. Josh Axe, family physician and certified nutritionist in family practice and sports medicine
Glycemic Load On Fruits
Want to hear a shocker?
Being a diabetic, there's always a list of foods, which we commonly love, and yet we are told it is recommended we kind of
"try to avoid them" as much as possible. Many diabetics believe fresh fruits and one vegetable in particular happens to be on that list.
But if you are an advocate of the dietary lifestyle utilizing the glycemic load charts (many doctors and nutritionists believe this is far superior to the glycemic index charts), then there is some good news.
Fresh fruits (and a popular vegetable) which a diabetic has been warned about, can be back on the menu. Go ahead and enjoy a banana, some fresh pineapple (not canned, it's different), grapes, kiwi, apple, pear, an orange and fresh cherries. Also fresh carrots can be added back into the menu again at a normal serving size.
Each of these items, although high on the glycemic index charts are low on the glycemic load charts. And since the glycemic load is an estimation of how quickly your body can utilize the sugars without spikes, each of these are showing it is actually safe.
In other words, you still need to ignore the white breads, flours, rice and white pasta. These all still spike your blood sugars sky high quite rapidly. But the items mentioned above, since our body processes these differently, we actually get to enjoy them without the immediate spike of the blood sugars.
September 28, 2012 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. Mark Hyman, Functional Medicine practitioner, family medicine, researcher, author, lecturer
Having Problems With Those Sugar Cravings
What is one of the worst things you can do to yourself if you are a type 2 diabetic? It is don't go to sleep.
The human body demands a consistent daily amount of sleep. That means at the same time daily, approximately 7-8 hours each time. Without it, you are constantly fighting increased appetite, higher stress levels, higher blood sugar readings, increased complications and the list keeps going on and on.
But to help stop those gnawing cravings for sugar many diabetics
always complain about, it can be curbed much easier just by getting enough consistent sleep. Sleep deprivation means your body is going to crave more carbs, more sugar as a "feel-good"
mechanism. Getting enough sleep though normalizes these cravings giving your mind and your fingers a rest.
September 24, 2012 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Natural News plus the Canadian Center For Disease Control
Time To Have A Serious Talk With Your Doctor
Remember the avian flu scare of 2009? People lined up in droves to get their vaccinations to prevent this disease in themselves. Boy, did you ever make a mistake, that time.
More and more often now, doctors, researchers scientists and the general public is learning vaccinations seem to have become one great big advertising campaign to make money - for guess who?
It's sure not making the general public any money.
The end take from all of this research which has been carried on - the vaccinated people got the disease more often and in worse cases than the unvaccinated.
And to make matters even worse, the vaccinated people are the ones which infested the unvaccinated. Chances are if you had it and did not get the vaccination, you didn't get it because you didn't have a vaccination. You got it because you got in too close contact with someone who did.
As I said earlier, I think it's a really good time to have a conversation with your doctor. Why does he/she keep recommending a program which is tailored to make you sick?
September 23,2012 Allergies
Information Source: Waste Management and the Environment dtd. 2004
Toilet Paper Making You Sick(er)?
Almost everyone has been hearing the news about BPA, a common estrogen-like imitator compound in the human body which has been linked to a whole host of major diseases. The most widely denounced carrier - all those water bottles
we purchase daily to try to avoid the sugars and chemicals from soda, sports drinks, coffee and teas etc..
But now, according to this agency, a random test turned up the surprising results that toilet paper, every single brand tested also has the compounds BPA, PCB's, phthlates plus others are showing extremely high concentrations of xenoestorgens are all over toilet tissue, thus making it into our ground waters also.
Even more disturbing though, sewage sludge is a common fertilizing agent in many forms of agriculture. Now, scientists are realizing we are exposed to these high levels during use in the bathroom and again when we consume many of the foods we eat on a daily basis.
How to avoid this quandary - at least in the foods we eat, going organics makes your foods safe as it is illegal in this country (USA) to use sewage sludge as a fertilizer on organic crops. To date though, toilet paper we are out of luck on. Xenoestrogens were found on every single brand of toilet tissue tested.
September 13, 2012 General Health
Information Source: General Knowledge
The Biggest Mistake Made On A Diet
Many people know "rabbit food" or the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower and all those other salad makings are low in calories. So when they want to lose weight, the first thing they do is start eating lots of salads.
But just because an item can be found on a salad bar, that doesn't automatically make it low calorie. All those prepared salads like potato, macaroni, cole slaw etc. are anything but low calorie. Then there's the shredded cheese, bacon bits and a few things like that.
But the number one biggest mistake most people make: it's the salad dressing.
Most salad dressings, whether from a bottle, a jar or the salad bar itself have so many calories in them, there was no sense in not eating the cheeseburger and fries and getting it over with. One tablespoon of some of those things are laden with so much sugar, calories, (bad) fats and cholesterol that the alternatives might have even been better in some circumstances.
So, yes, enjoying a raw salad is a great idea if you are trying to lose some weight. Enjoy it right along with your quality proteins and good fats you add to the meal for satiety's sake.
But just be very, very careful what happens when you add your choice of the salad dressing.
September 12, 2012 General Health
Information Source: New England Journal Of Medicine
I'm Safe: Eat What I Want And I'll Exercise It Off
Have you heard that line before?
I'm willing to bet, we've all used it at one time or another. Like that 10 minute walk around the block is enough to work off an entire half of a chocolate cake.
Well, research has now proven just how wrong our rationalizations can be.
So how much damage did we cause? Research has now shown if we splurge just one day by eating a double serving of that chocolate cake (candy bar, 2nd helping of ice cream, you pick the vice), we would have to run a marathon every single day for the next 6 days to work off all the damage that one splurge did to our health.
So from now on, forget the guilt complex over splurging a little. Just enjoy it as a treat to your senses occasionally and realize you do deserve a treat on an occasional basis.
Just remember though, the operative word here is an occasional basis. Don't make it an everyday habit because how many of us can afford everyday running a few consecutive marathons so we can work in all that exercise needed to get rid of our daily splurges. It sure won't be me, and I'm pretty safe saying I don't know a whole lot of people that would disagree with me.
September 7, 2012
Information Source: Diabetes Self Management
Sodium Levels: Raw Vs. Canned
We've all heard that canned goods are higher in sodium than its fresh counterpart. But if we don't see it in actual numbers, the reality of the difference really doesn't set in. So below I have just a couple of common items, most of them many of us use each week in our family's meals, showing the dangers of using canned vs. fresh if you happen to be trying to reduce the sodium levels in your diet.
- Canned Mushrooms for 1/2 cup equals 332mg of sodium
- Fresh mushrooms for 1/2 cup equals 1.5mg sodium
- Green peas, canned & drained of all liquid equals 214 mg
- Green peas (snow peas), fresh, cooked equals 3mg sodium
- Green chili peppers canned, 1/2 cup equals 797mg sodium
- Green peppers, raw, 1/2 cup equals 1.5mg sodium
- Tomato juice, canned, 1/2 cup equals 439mg sodium
- Tomatoes, canned, 1/2 cup equals 178mg sodium
- Tomatoes, fresh, 1/2 cup equals 8mg sodium
Obviously, from looking at these numbers, now you know why a few lifestyle changes is so very important to your future health.
August 23, 2012 General Health
Information Source: Dr Andrew Weil, Integretive Medicine Specialist, author, teacher, and Head Of the Weil Institute of Medicine and Training
Another Myth Hits The Fan
To most people, just mention the word lard and they have fears of one of the worst food sources ever available on the market. Sky-high in saturated fats, (of course the artery-clogging kind) and calories, (can't you see it sticking to my hips now), this word delivers so many bad connotations to so many people it's a wonder it's even still around.
Now the good news, or the bad I guess if you happen to be a free-range pig, pure lard from a free range pig, raised on a diet of grass, not grains, has a high concentration of omega 3 fatty acids, twice the monounsaturated fats as butter, is low in omega 6 fats (the kind you want to keep low) and is not an artery-clogging source of saturated fats (like the man-made stuff we make in a factory.)
So when you add up all of fresh lards benefits, it actually comes out beating the advantages of almost every other group of fats except, extra virgin olive, coconut, avocado and hemp.
And all these years, you have once again believed what the news media has tried to make us believe.
August 7, 2012 Diabetes
Information Source: General Knowledge
Twigs, Stones and Branches
When I first heard about fiber, and then tried it, this is what I thought of it. Who in the world is going to eat twigs and stones for the rest of their life?
Obviously, you can tell I wasn't real impressed.
But the reality, when you actually know what it is, it's not bad at all. Too bad it took me many, many years to figure this out because there was no one out there giving out this information.
Some kind of state secret, I guess!
But nutrition, although we think of it as complicated, it's really pretty darn easy.
So an easy lesson for this time, what exactly does your doctor mean when he says start upping the intake of your fiber.
Two Types Of Fiber
Fiber comes in an insoluble version and a soluble. The difference, one's fast, slippery and speeds through your system
, thus very little blood sugar spikes. This is called insoluble fiber.
The soluble fiber therefore is the slow turtle version. It gets into your system, combines with the digestive juices and forms a thick jell. This is why it moves so-o-o slow. The advantage here though, while moving slowly, this variety also causes very little blood sugar spikes.
So, with careful choices you have actually found an entire group of foods you can enjoy with very little guilt. This is because mother nature herself has managed to give us a built-in processing mechanism which aids the human body in retaining good health.
August 4, 2012 Diabetes
Information Source: Health-e-Solutions
Proper Storage Of Fresh Nuts
Many people are finding out that the healthy benefits they receive from nuts far out-distances the disadvantage of them being rather high in calories. Nuts are reputed to be:
- added daily to the diet they can reduce your bad cholesterol levels
- they are an additional source of high quality fiber, protein and excellent quality fats, all which are needed for good health
- have been a proven factor in reducing inflammation in the body which leads to increased incidences of heart disease
But even with all of these advantages, many people do not realize, fresh raw nuts can easily turn rancid (soured) unless stored correctly during the warmer months or in any warm climates. Nuts , as stated above, are high in oil content which break down rapidly at room temperatures.
For best care and freshness therefore, use the following:
- store nuts for no more than 30 days in room temperatures
- refrigerate nuts in an airtight container for up to 6 months
- greater than 6 months (or anytime after the 30 days), package in smaller servings (as needed) and freeze for up to 12 months before using
Although in cooler climates, nuts can be stored out at room temperature for longer periods, to preserve freshness, refrigeration or freezing is the optimal choice.
July 28, 2012 General Health
Information Source: Dr Daniel Amen, practicing physician, teacher and 4 time award winner from the New York Times bestseller list
Brain Health - Maintaining A Good Solid Brain
Alzheimer's is in everybody's head these days.
I don't mean we all have it. I do mean we all hope we won't get it!
As we age we all start noticing we keep forgetting things. Then more things... and more things. Talk to a doctor, read a book, check the internet, find a library maybe. It doesn't matter. The feeling is there, it's started. How do I get rid of it?
So, starting today, we're all going to try something new, but easy. It's called "Exercises For The Brain." It does not matter what age you are now, whether you're 30 or 80, or anywhere in between (that even means it's not too late if you are pushing the grand centennial mark. Go for it anyway).
And next, no complaining about how these exercises have nothing to with my brain. Because you are so very, very wrong there!
So open up your mind and for once visualize yourself enlarging your own brain's potential as you do these short (OK, slightly more than short for one of them) but sweet actions which all have the power to increase your own brain's power as you advance into older age (and I'm not talking any certain number here. 36 is older than 35 just the same as 66 is older than 65.)
These actions have the power to keep your brain humming along at its strongest regardless what your present chronological age is at this very moment.
- Walking, a minimum of 4 times per week for 10 to 15 minute sessions. Every 5 minutes, "power it up" (means step on your gas pedal). Do a one minute burst of speed (no running, you're still walking). You are firing up more than just a few muscles. Neurons coursing through your entire body are coursing along at a greater speed, more power, faster blood flow, all of this sending more quality power to the brain. Cut back again after one minute and "purr" along again until the next one minute burst of speed.
- Weight training will keep not only your body stronger as you age, it keeps your continually developing brain stronger also, thus reducing your chances of Alzheimer's. This doesn't mean go out and find a new set of barbells and "pump iron" every day. Take it from us gals, guys. Head to the kitchen pantry, pick and choose a can of fruits, veges etc. and use it. As that size can gets easy, work up the weight by increasing the size of your can.
Another easy way, grab one or two empty liquid laundry detergent containers (Clorox bottles etc), fill it up partially with water and increase the level of water as you need more resistance. Instant weight resistance.
- And this last one, make yourself an appointment for it every single day. Sleep...sleep...sleep. Minimum of seven hours of it.
Your brain must have a chance to recharge and regenerate itself every single day. So re-arrange your current schedule if you have to, because just keep reminding yourself, you are doing your part to prevent Alzheimer's in yourself every single day.
July 27, 2012 General Health
Information Source: Dr Daniel Amen, practicing physician, teacher and 4 time award winner from the New York Times bestseller list
Easy Indicator of Good Health
Want an easy way to tell if your health is satisfactory?
With very few exceptions to this rule (a few medical conditions can disrupt the final results), use the following formula and you can quickly and easily see just how well you are doing at trying to maintain a healthy body.
Take your height and change to inches, divide by two and this is an indicator your waist should be no larger than that number.
Example: Height 5'8" equals 68" divided by two = 34".
Only prerequisite here, especially for the men, forget using your belt size measurement. Get the tape measure out and actually measure your waist. Surprise!, you'll find the numbers are not the same.
July 25, 2012
Information Source: Dr. Daniel Amen, Board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, physician, teacher and four-time author of New York Times bestsellers plus site owners personal opinion
Choosing A Doctor: Forget The Yellow Pages
Want a new way to approach the subject when you are trying to pick and choose a new personal physician who is going to be responsible for your health-care?
I recently heard a seminar where Dr. Amen was one of the guest speakers. His recommendations to his patients - forget everything else and ask your possible new physician just one question - "How much sleep do you get every night?"
Now many people may think this is a ridiculous question. But if you are living and breathing anywhere in this world, by now you have got to have heard of the importance of sleep for good health.
So, Dr. Amen's theory is actually quite accurate. His advice to his patients, "If their answer is any number less than 7 hours/night, get up and LEAVE, now. Sleep deprivation means their mind/brain is not healthy. And if their mind is not healthy, their brain is impaired. Do you really want your health in the care of a brain-impaired physician?"
Good advice, I think. Now if we could all just give the same advice to ourselves also. Just go get some sleep!
July 24, 2012
Information Source: Institute Of Medicine
Public Comments Being Accepted Regarding Vaccinations
Do you have any information (or comments) you feel is important to the representation in this country regarding vaccinations?
It does not matter if you have been affected personally, or you are familiar because of another family member or friend. The IoM (Institute of Medicine) is asking for public opinion between now and July 31, 2012 in anticipation of a case study they are doing regarding the current standards on the books about the required vaccination schedules.
If this subject has impacted you in any way, or if you feel you have information you believe is important, please consider taking a moment to add your voice to the IoM's case study by checking here for more details.
July 24, 2012 General Health/Diabetes
Information Source: general information
Picking and Choosing The Right Fats From Nuts
People are slowly beginning to realize, nuts themselves are not the enemy in our diet. They are actually a tremendous boon to our health.
Why is this so?
Almost all nuts are filled with an excellent quality of good monounsaturated fats with a few exceptions. But if you are trying to follow a diabetic alkalinity lifestyle plan you will need to curtail certain varieties.
By adding almonds (the most superior variety for an alkaline diet), walnuts and pecans, you are actually feeding your body numerous healthy benefits plus you receive the advantage of tighter blood glucose control.
July 20,2012 General Health
Information Source: Whitaker Wellness Institute
Leading Cause Of Injury Deaths In The US
This one was a surprise to me because I wasn't thinking of it as an injury. But apparently, in the US medical system, Poisoning is considered the #1 injury killer in this country.
And what is it that makes this rank so high? What are we poisoning ourselves on? None other, than drugs and medications.
See, those little pills you pop, the liquids you drink, the capsules you swallow... if you aren't careful, the results can be disastrous. Pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medications, used incorrectly, can lead to disastrous results.
Follow the directions as prescribed people. If you aren't getting the desired results, don't start doubling and tripling your doses - go see the doctor or talk to the pharmacist again and explain it's not working. You're still in pain (or whatever).
Taking it upon yourself to take two pills instead of one can become a one way ticket to the cemetery.
June 21,2012 Diabetes
Information Source: American Diabetes Assn.
Learning Strategy To Count Carbs
New to the diagnosis and still feeling a bit overwhelmed? Don't worry, take baby steps for now until you can get yourself organized.
One of the handy guides offered by the ADA (American Diabetes Assn) is a carb counting book known as the Carbohydrate and Fat Gram Guide. It is a useful tool to keep handy when trying to decide which food product do I choose.
Alternatively, check at some of the following pages to give yourself a head-start on knowing and understanding why you should be making the choices that you do for better health.
May 31, 2012 Allergies
Information Source:Dr. Michael Greger, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and personal opinion
SIDS and Infant Allergies: Has The Connection Been Found
This information is so new to the public itself it is going to stimulate controversy from all corners of the globe.
But that, I believe is good news. Controversy stimulates minds. It also stimulates the energy to get answers. And SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is just one of those, to date, unexplainable conditions which so easily devastates way too many lives. We need controversy on this particular subject.
So, a recent article in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition has detailed a new theory which may be one of the factors in so many infants' deaths. Personally, from what I know about the subject, I like it. I also can see why and how this could be a possible link. But, remember, that is only my personal opinion.
But if you are a new mother, breastfeeding your child, how difficult would it be for you to make this one sacrifice for a few months to be able to have the chance of preventing your child's possible unexplained death?
It may sound like an inconvenience to many, but then again, are you willing to take that risk now when you may have heard of a possible solution? Check here for some more details. Then go have a talk, repeatedly if necessary, with your doctor.
May 24, 2012
Information Source: WebMD UK Health News
Warnings Issued About Anapen Epipen Use
Any individual using the line of epipens manufactured and distributed under the name of Anapen must stop usage and contact your primary care physician for your allergies as soon as possible. Current warnings issued are:
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 2 alert to healthcare professionals after the product was withdrawn as a precaution by the manufacturer.
For further details and instructions please see the information issued directly from the company itself about an on-going problem that has been discovered in some of the equipment. Please check here for further details.
May 14, 2012 Diabetes
Information Source: www.grannytherapy.com The official site for some of the most famous/well-researched home remedies for Diabetes
Muscle Cramps and Diabetes
For some people, the phrase might as well be synonymous.
If you are a diabetic and you are plagued by muscle cramps in your legs, this is one of those old-wife's tales which many swear does work. So, if you're willing, give it a try. After all, if it works for you - all you've got to lose is the pain. And boy, doesn't that sound good!
Many people who are diabetics also are prone to muscle and leg cramps on a frequent basis. They are there, you don't know why and they just won't seem to let up.
So the next time you have this problem, go fill your bathtub with about 6-8 inches of comfortably hot water, add 8 ounces (1 cup) of apple cider vinegar and soak your legs in it for 15 minutes.
For some other hints and tips which may help you obtain a better diabetic lifestyle, check at diabetes and apple cider vinegar.
May 14, 2012 General Health/Diabetes
Information Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report February 7, 2012
Top Sources Of Salt In The American Diet
Many people believe they just do not use that much salt, thus they aren't getting very much into their diet. But what you don't know (because you don't read the food labels) can sometimes hurt you also.
See what I mean by checking this chart:
Top 10 Sources Of Salt In The Daily Diet
- bread and rolls
- cold cuts(deli meats)/cured meats
- poultry (it's added during processing/packaging as a preservative and flavor enhancer)
- soup (canned, boxed, frozen and any pre-packaged varieties)
- pasta dishes
- meat dishes
- salty snack foods (think chips, pretzels, crackers, nutrition bars, breakfast bars etc)
So think about your daily diet. Do you ever eat any of these? Do you ever use more than one each day?
Reading that food label is so terribly important. All the information you need is right on there to tell you what you must know to reduce your intake of salt.
For some further help in ways to recognize where salt is or how to eliminate some from your diet check at:
May 5, 2012 Allergies
Information Source: Living Without Beth Hillson, professional chef for the allergen community
Cream Of Tartar/Sulfites...Am I Safe?
Cream of tartar, a common ingredient in baking powder, is made from the residue of the grape fermentation process which ultimately means the possibility of some sulfites can be in the finished baking goods and the ingredients themselves. (Sulfites are a naturally-ocurring product in all grapes).
So, if you have a sulfite allergy/sensitivity, many people find they may have trouble eating baked goods which contain cream of tartar or baking powder.
Therefore choosing and finding safe alternatives can get very difficult.
As a safer alternative instead of using baking powder, use 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda and add one teaspoon of white distilled vinegar into the milk ingredient of your recipe.
Return to "Sulfite Free Foods".
April 24, 2012 Diabetes
Information Source: General Information
Diabetes ... and the Family Dog (or Cat)
Do you have a pet who just loves the outdoors... on the end of a leash, that is?
It seems, it has been proven, the family pet is actually better for a diabetic than any help or support you receive from friends or family. How can this be?
Actually there is several pluses to owning a pet:
- the actual act of just walking your dog or cat on a leash gets you up and actually moving. Being a couch potato is probably the worst thing you can do to yourself as a diabetic (even poor eating habits can be neutralized to some degree just by getting a little exercise)
- high blood pressure signs and symptoms can actually be decreased just from the love and companionship of a trusted pet
- but most importantly now, it has been proven that the physical act of walking your pet vs. walking with another person uses more calories and builds more stamina.
How come, when all you are doing is walking?
The reason, many walkers are also talkers. The body has a tendency to slow down to a shorter, slower gait for ease in talking and hearing the other person. With your pet, you are never waiting or wondering what your pet says or answers so you maintain a more steady, rhythmic gait, thus cover more distance, thus you just got some better diabetic exercise.
So, see, here's just one more reason your pet should be deserving of the title "man's best friend".
April 23, 2012 Diabetes
Information Source: General Information
Diabetes...Heart Disease and Dental Health
Does all of this just sound like a laundry list of things to do to keep yourself from not being healthy? You, or a family member already have the diabetes, you sure don't want the heart disease and dental care... that dentist's office is just a pain!
But how are these all inter-related?
It is now a proven fact that people with poor oral hygiene boost their chances of having to be treated for diabetes and/or heart disease by up to 70%* by avoiding the basic details needed to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
So a daily plan of action to facilitate dental care in your mouth is not only a good idea but also one more step you can take to insure you may never have to get that final diagnosis from any doctor. Easy tips to use for a daily dental care routine can be the answer to just one more prayer.
* information courtesy of the Whitaker Wellness Institute, Dr. Julian Whitaker
April 20, 2012 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. Julian Whitaker, Whitaker Wellness Center
Sun Exposure: It's Many Benefits
All over the news is the value of getting some daily sun exposure. All over that same news is slather on the sunscreen first though.
But other than the boatload of toxic chemicals which is in most of those varieties, the whole reason for getting in the sun anyway was too increase your skin's exposure to the sun so you can increase your levels of Vitamin D. So, what's the use of getting in the sun to raise your immune system's level of the important D vitamin if you are going to apply sunscreen which reflects all the sun's rays off?
Sound like one of those catch-22 situations, doesn't it?
The reality here, only approximately 15 minutes (for the light skinned person) to 30 minutes (for the dark skinned person) is needed to get a sufficient amount of sunlight to increase your D levels.
A few other ways to increase your body's availability of retaining those important rays is to add a sufficient mix of orange and yellow vegetables to your daily diet. Another good source is the addition of some Low Sodium V8 juice because of its high levels of lycopene.
Therefore with extended exposure to the sun, use the sunscreen if you want some additional protection if you feel you burn easy. But for shorter time periods, forget the sunscreen and go out and let mother nature give your immune system a daily dose of better health.
April 10, 2012 General Health For Everyone
Information Source: General Information For At-Home Remedies
Fluid Retention: Eliminating The Bloat
Do you feel like the Good Year blimp on some days, you are so swollen and puffed up. The abdominal bloating, swollen fingers, legs and feet are all due to water retention in your system. The most common reasons for this:
- too much salt in your diet
- hormonal changes in the body
- underlying medical condition which is creating the problem
While you and your doctor must work on reason number 3 to find the cause and therapy, the first two signs can usually be curtailed right from your own efforts at home without the use of another medication. Give any of these a try and see what works best for your situation.
- eat a sensible healthy diet full of nutritious foods full of fresh vitamins and minerals
- limit your salt intake, whether that's from reducing the use of the salt shaker itself or read the labels and either eliminate or substitute low-salt versions of your favorite products
- get regular exercise - sweating some of the water away reduces fluid retention
- use one or more of the natural diuretics like black tea (two cups per day), corn-silk tea (two cups per day) or purchase freeze dried dandelion leaf capsules at your local health foods store and use a capsule twice daily. Check the boxes for any further directions or exact dosage requirements.
Maintaining a safe and consistent fluid retention level in your body also reduces your chances of needing to worry about finding some natural ways to reduce your blood pressure.
April 5, 2012 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Site Owner
The Universal Favorite Snacktime Option
Popcorn is one of the most popular snack time options in all of the world and yet many diabetics feel they must avoid it - after all, it is corn which is high in carbohydrates. But popcorn itself usually isn't the big problem here. The problem is what you put on it as seasoning. Be smart, think positively and you can still enjoy popcorn - just not buckets of it and definitely not dripping with butter.
And now that you realize popcorn does not need to be completely off the menu, here is a super simple way to prepare it which is a whole lot cheaper and healthier than all those microwave popping bags (which are actually lined with chemicals which transfers to your food as it heats). So, if the stovetop method or the direct over an open fire is not an option in your household, utilize the microwave anyway the super cheap and simple way.
- Pour 1/4 cup popcorn kernels into a clean brown paper lunch bag and fold the top down twice and crease. Stand the bag in the center of the microwave.
- Microwave on high until the popping sounds slow down to about one pop every couple of seconds. Do not overcook - it burns easily. For most microwaves this takes about 5 minutes. (You will have to experiment since all machines are different)
- Open up your bag and enjoy as it or season to your tastes. For some simple recipes or suggestions what you can do with it, check these diabetic popcorn snacks for some other great ideas.
April 3, 2012 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Site Owner
It's Easter Egg Dye Season Again
It is a time-honored ritual in many people's home - whether they are young or old. The act of dying easter eggs is equal to importance as that dozen of roses is for Valentine's Day.
But to the allergen community, many people are allergic to eggs or even sensitive to the store-bought food dyes. Does this automatically leave all of you out of the festivities?
A really good tip I heard once in relationship to the egg allergen community I want to share here tonight. Obviously, if you are allergic to eggs, the fun of the festivities seems to pretty much be off-limits to you. But a great idea, and to allow you or the kid(s) to join in the fun also is to acquire yourself a heavy duty kitchen wire whisk with bendable tines. Make sure someone not sensitive to eggs loads the whisk (slide the tines apart and put the hard-boiled egg into the center). Carefully wash down the handle in case of cross contamination and then hand the whisk and the dye bath to the sensitive child or adult. A few "dunking" sessions, in different colors if you desire, and this now time-honored tradition can also be practical for the egg allergic also.
For the first time, this individual actually can join in the festivities and dye their own egg. For some safe and all-natural food dyes straight from your own kitchen (forget those chemical dye baths they sell in the store), check here and make your own natural food coloring.
March 27, 2012 Allergies
Information Source: ABC News and personal opinion
So You Think A Chocolate Allergy May Be The Problem
So here you think your problem might just be a chocolate allergy, since every time you eat some your stomach or bowels are churning, you itch or swell a little, you run for the bathroom, or a host of any other small minor symptoms.
But guess what? You know sometimes a few of those closely guarded secrets can get out in any corporation and then the whole world all of a sudden becomes repulsed? The chocolate industry itself has just been exposed!
Further research has been showing many people might not actually have a chocolate allergy. They might be sensitive to the cockroach.
The what? A cockroach!
Yes, it seems the cockroach also enjoys the attributes of the cocoa bean. Being a fresh product direct from nature, of course there is going to be some bug parts included in the harvesting operation. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is well aware of this situation and actually has pre-set levels of contaminants allowed in the finished goods.
But for some people, what's your new opinion of the chocolate bar?
Just remember though, giving up chocolate is really not a rational solution. What about the slice of bread, the dish of pasta, the bowl of popcorn, the fruit and vege smoothie, the glass of milk or ice cream cone... and on and on.
Think about it. Any product which derives an ingredient from nature is going to run the risk of a few extraneous ingredients which we don't really consider part of our normal diet. So giving up chocolate is no solution. You are pretty much going to have to give up everything!
And although pesticides and herbicides to kill off all the bugs might seem to be a viable option, pesticide problems in the human body creates a wider curtain of detrimental health effects than just enjoying a few little bites of cockroach.
March 20, 2012 All Living and Breathing People
Information Source: Dr. Dwight Lundell, retired heart surgeon
Low Fat Lifestyles Are Killing Our Society
A 25 year veteran of the surgical operating room has finally been brave enough to come forward and admit this crazy notion that people need to live a low fat diet to maintain healthy cholesterol levels is totally and vastly wrong. Deteriorating health over the last few decades has been the final result.
The problem here is not eliminating fats. It is eliminating trans fats (saturated fats) and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats from your diet. All of these are a man-made process by the food industry itself. All of these ultimately are a one-way ticket to future higher medical expenses.
But good quality fats high in omega 3's (extra virgin olive oils, avocado oil and virgin coconut oils) and a smaller portion of fats from omega 6's (the corn oil, sunflower and soybean oil) all lead to a strengthening of your digestive system.
Dr. Lundell firmly believes, from everyday experience, that getting back to the foods of our ancestors is the way back to a better controlled health.
March 17, 2012 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: General Knowledge
What Is Junk Food?
Your grandparents and great-grandparents would wonder just exactly what are you talking about if you asked them this when they were growing up. After all, all food was food. It was used as the fuel source to keep you alive. Most foods in those days all had several things in common. Put simply, their motto was “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Nowadays, the food processing industry has changed all of this around. Canned foods, boxed foods, fast-foods, frozen dinners, meal-in-a-minute selections... this list can go on endlessly. But none of them are real food. Some have a little real food in them mixed up with all the chemicals, preservatives and additives, coloring agents, artificial (factory-born) flavors. Then there is other selections which are just plain 100% fake but made to taste, smell or sound like something your grandparent might recognize.
Now, with all of that said, is it any wonder that food allergies and sensitivities are at an all-time high? Diabetes, cancers and heart disease is the nemesis of many. Obesity is now the accepted norm. Many people realize they are 50 to 100 lbs heavier than they used to be. But the excuse I have heard, before they were underweight. Now they've filled out nicely.
No, "filling out nicely" is not normal. It is the gradual acceptance of the abnormal because you have repeatedly failed to get back to normal.
Now, understand, I am not blaming this on the individual either. The food industry also knows, all those chemicals and additives do several things also. They make us want to eat, and eat and eat. They also pack on the lbs. and make changes to the body's metabolic processes so even when trying to lose, the body itself no longer recognizes this attempt. Therefore the lbs. pack on and they are resistant at falling off.
Is there a solution? Yes, it is here already within our grasp. It is known as the whole foods diet.
Now, that isn't some crazy diet plan. It is the way your grandparents and great-grandparents ate every day of their life.
March 11,2012 Allergies
Information Source: Consumer Reports On Health
Are You A Neat Freak?
If you are prone to allergies, many people assume being a neat freak has to be one of the better solutions to help control your allergies. Therefore, maintaining a good clean household, washed cabinets and doors, sterilized countertops and cutting boards should all help to control your allergen(s).
But the reality is, sterilizing a cutting board will not control anything actually. Plain old soap and water is actually a better course of action.
Because the process of sterilization is used to kill off bacteria on surrounding areas. But an allergen is a protein, therefore immune to the sanitizers which are available all over the market. Plain old soap and water being used consistently, and as necessary, showed a marked improvement after testing over the effects of using any type of sterilizer agent.
Save your money - buy a bar of soap!
March 3, 2012 General Health
Information Source: Natural News and site owner (opinion)
Raw Milk vs. Pasteurized Milk
In this country, the United States, the Food and Drug Administration(FDA), the Center for Disease Control(CDC), all federal, state and most local governments all seem to sing the same song - "All hail to pasteurized milk and condemn the raw milk industry".
Why is this when mankind has been drinking raw milk directly off the farm (straight out of the barn) for centuries and centuries? How do you think our grandparents, great-grandparents and on and on got their milk? Are cows today supposed to be different somehow from prior centuries?
The answer, protection for Big Agri-Business in this country comes at all costs to the small farmer trying to make a living with his small scale home-business and operation. And those cows, for shame for them assuming they could actually in this day and age pretend to make a safe and edible food product which is still safe for the average individual.
It's big news in every source of media when it exists there may be a possibility that raw milk has led to a large (or small) scale outbreak of food poisoning. Day one, even before testing to confirm the source has been the raw milk product, it is plastered over every radio, TV and newsprint to warn all of us unsuspecting consumers of the dangers lurking from those fresh raw (milk) cows.
Now obviously, sure cleanliness and safety protocols MUST be followed to confirm a safe and healthy product is to be received, even from the small scale operation. When safety protocols are not followed, sure the risk and possibility is there raw milk can become dangerous to man's health.
But many times, after testing, do you ever hear the outcome of the final test results? Sure, you do. Every single time the tests confirm the bacterial count was so high that the source of the raw milk was the source of the food poisoning.
But when was the last time you heard any media source take days and days, article after article to explain to us consumers that the problem was not the fresh raw milk products, it was something else. Have you ever heard? I sure haven't.
And yet, if you follow the full story, many times the dairy products themselves had nothing to do with the outbreak itself. Often times, it has been confirmed a fruit or vegetable, direct from seed from big business, was the offending culprit. But that's not news the "powers to be" in this country wants you to know. The media blitz against raw milk products is the information they want at the forefront of your mind.
Now obviously, just from my remarks here, it is obvious I am biased towards raw milk. But then I am against GMO's, pesticides and herbicides,food additives, food dyes, and artificial sweeteners and a whole host of other things they put in my foods.
All of these chemical cocktails they insist in placing in our foods is the cause of many of our health problems in this day and age. Get back to the basics and it is amazing how many medical conditions start to clear up and no longer become a deciding factor in your daily health.
I have included a link here where a conscientious source, the Health Ranger releases raw milk infographic comparing fresh raw dairy to pasteurized homogenized dead milk. I wish everyone to take the time to check it, even if you aren't a milk enthusiast. Remember, just because you don't drink milk does not mean this is not being done to your cheese, yogurt, baked goods, casseroles and any other item you eat daily which includes milk. In it, it explains the main differences between raw milk and pasteurized milk. Take a look at this information yourself and use your own common sense (and judgement) which one do you think is actually better for your long-term health.
March 1, 2012 Diabetes
Information Source: Food and Drug Administration
Statin Drugs: Do They Help or Hinder
Controversy has swirled around the use of statin drugs in the market for years. Way too many in the field of medicine believe their use is so over-rated when compared to the benefits these supposedly offer a patient. And yet, statins are one of the most widely prescribed drugs in many countries/nations.
As a treatment plan for high cholesterol, its common adverse reactions include increased chances of muscle failure, liver failure and kidney failure. But now the FDA has issued a release on their website stating stains are also proven to generate memory loss, high blood sugar levels in diabetics and also may lead to the actual diagnosis in a non-diabetic with the start of use. Therefore before statin use, control of your blood sugars could be normal. After starting statins, expect increased blood sugars, thus eventually a diabetic diagnosis.
If you are already on statins or your doctor has suggested them, it is time for a serious conversation with your doctor whether the use of a statin is actually a necessary plan of attack for your better health.
February 22, 2012 General Health
Information Source: Consumer Reports on Health
When's The Last Time You Had A Medication Consultation?
Sounds funny, huh? Believe me though, it's not.
Actually making an appointment with the doctor, or maybe two appointments consecutively so you have enough time, could save your health, reduce unpleasant symptoms you are currently experiencing or maybe even save your life.
Why? Multiple doctors all dispensing prescriptions often do not take the necessary precautions to confirm every medication you use is compatible with every other drug you are using also.
Now I am not saying they are intentionally trying to cause you harm. But the reality, no one person can ever know every contraindication on every medication. There is just too many of them.
Then people have a habit of forgetting to tell the doctor about some. Or people fail to mention the cough syrup they are using, the tylenol, advil or aspirin etc. they are taking. Even supplemental herbs and essential oils can lead to trouble when mixed with other medications if care is not taken to prevent adverse reactions between two substances.
Many people assume over-the-counter drugs and plants don't matter. But they do. Often, they can cause great harm or danger to a patient too, especially when the patient exceeds the dosage on the label.
Or almost every cough syrup has acetaminophen in it. What's that - a form of aspirin. So if you take aspirin per the bottles directions and then take cough syrup, you have just doubled your dosage on aspirin. If the doctor happens to give you something which also contains aspirin in any of its forms - you have now taken a triple dose.
See how this adds up. I'm sure we've all heard the easiest way to kill yourself is to swallow the pills in an aspirin bottle and then just fall asleep. Well, your well on your way there and you haven't even been trying.
Drug overdoses and drug adverse reactions do not only happen to the addict, like a heroin or cocaine addict. It can so easily happen to the normal individual also.
Make that appointment with your doctor soon, especially if you happen to be on a longer list of all different types of medications from a string of different doctors.
Information Source: Natural News and environmental chemist Brian Jackson of Dartmouth College
New Ingredient? - Arsenic In Baby Formula
On-going research on levels of arsenic in many food sources has revealed startling results on the toxicity of many major brands of baby formulas.
Read the label and if brown rice syrup, often considered a better source of natural sugars, is found on the label within the top five ingredients, put it back on the shelf.
It has turned out that prior to 2009 when the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) decided to ban the use of several toxic chemicals being used consistently in farming, the use of these chemicals was phased out but the toxicity levels are still in the soil itself. Anywhere this form of sugar is being grown (even in some farms which have since went organic), the toxins themselves have survived and are being passed onto the new crops which are grown in these fields in successive years.
Brown rice products seem to have the highest concentrations over any other form of rice because the hull itself is left intact before processing.(With white rice, the hull and germ layer are both stripped and discarded before use).
Increased incidences of infant allergies and sensitivities to heavy metals and toxins are therefore expected to be seen more and more at many physicians offices in the upcoming years.
February 18,2012 Diabetes
Information Source: American Journal of Epidemiology
Can't Blame The Fast Food Neighbors
Living near one or an assortment of fast food chains has been determined not to be a factor in the rise in diabetes.
A 30-year study has followed inhabitants all over the world where they have lived within a block of a fast food chain during those years. The final results: having a fast food chain nearby is not a detrimental factor for weight gain.
Actually, by experience, I have been in the food industry for the last 48 years of my life and I can say with certainty, the majority of us employees and management, we all reach this saturation point of the smell, taste and proximity and you no longer want it. You have to work with it, but that doesn't mean we have to eat it.
February 16, 2012 Allergies
Information Source: Gimbal's Fine Candies
Win A "Mountain" Of Gourmet Jelly Jeans
How much would you give for 100 lbs of jelly beans, safe to eat for almost all major allergens?
Gimbal's Fine Candies has announced a contest, grand prize: 100 lbs of assorted jelly beans, all free of the top 8 major allergens.
Gimbal's facilities for several generations now has produced all their products, thus recipes, free of the top eight. Because of this, cross-contamination is not even a concern as it is in many facilities.
So for your own chance, use the details below and get in your entry as soon as possible. The contest runs from February 15th to March 31, 2012.
WHO: Gimbal's Fine Candies
WHAT: Gimbal's Gourmet Jelly Bean Giveaway
INFO: Enter through Gimbal's Facebook Page
http://apps.facebook.com/sweepstakeshq/contests/194310 or call 800-344-6225 for more information.
February 1, 2012 Allergies
Information Source: Allergy Watchdog Group "AllergyEats"
Fast Food Restaurant Changes Can Affect People With Allergies
Recently the franchise Burger King and Wendy's has made what may seem like minor changes to their menus, but if you have an allergy, both of these places may have become an issue for many people with a food allergy.
Wendy's has added a new burger. The bun itself is now buttered and then toasted. Anyone with a dairy allergy can not eat this. But the difficulty though arises because of cross-contamination, even if you do order a former "safe food", your food could now be cooked on the same equipment which toasted that buttered bun.
Ask questions before ordering.
Burger King has now changed their french fries. All of the top eight major allergens (dairy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish and shellfish) are still missing but there has been an ingredient change for some lesser known allergens. If you have food sensitivities, ask questions before ordering.
January 31, 2012Allergies
Information Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Food Recall - Jelly Belly Candy
Jelly Belly Candy has been a proud distributor of gluten free goods to the allergen community, taking great care in making sure their candies are certified gluten free for the gluten sensitive or the gluten allergic.
Recently though, the 9oz/255g packages of Christmas Deluxe Mix with an expiration date of 12/1/12 have been tested out as containing high levels of gluten and some dairy ingredients.
All of the product has been recalled back to the factory but prior sales to customers can still be out there from the past christmas sales.
If you have problems with a gluten or dairy sensitivity, double check the expiration dates on the package and if you have one of the affected in your possession, please contact the company on the information on the package itself.
January 31, 2012 Diabetes
Information Source: site owner - personal opinion
Do you have an upcoming surgery coming up?
How about a family member needing blood and you happen to be the same blood type as them?
Many diabetics believe, because of their condition, they are not capable of donating blood for a worthwhile cause. This though is just so far from the truth in many cases.
Initially, yes a few tests will be run to verify your safety if you do decide to go ahead with the donation. All of your safety checks are very easy though. Blood pressure, temperature, an iron count check etc.. Each of the steps to guarantee your safety can usually be completed in less than 5 minutes total. Do not worry either if you are on blood pressure pills, insulin injections or pills etc.. None of these are a contraindication preventing your donation.
For more information, please see the article Blood Donation - Can I Donate Blood Safely?
January 27,2012 Allergies
Information Source: Dove's Farm Buckwheat Flour
Allergen Alert On Normally Safe Product
Buckwheat is a standard grass (not actually a wheat at all) which is considered safe for the gluten free community. But recent testing has shown Doves Farm Buckwheat Flour has readings greater than 20ppm of gluten in each 1kg bag with a batch code of 2011 and best before date of 12/10/12.
All other products and date codes are shown to be safe.
Currently the company has pulled all the affected product but if you, the consumer, have any of this batch code in your possession, please contact the company for recommendations how to receive your refund. Company contact information is available on the package itself.
January 27, 2012 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Cooking With Dr. Weil
Oatmeal As Medicine
Many people have a problem with thinking and believing the concept "Let thy food be thy medicine"
. And yet, oatmeal is one food which has such an excellent list of credentials going for it, it actually can help you retain better health.
Remember though, those over-processed boxes in round cylinders
(these have a tendency to raise your blood sugars higher and are not considered gluten free) is not true oatmeal. Pick up some true steel cut oats or Irish oatmeal for the best health advantages. And yes, it takes longer to prepare real oatmeal, but just cook (or bake) a large pan once a week and you have a delicious and nutritious treat for the entire week. Add some fresh fruit, chopped nuts, diced dried fruits or some nut milk, hemp milk or soy milk each day to add extra nutrition and keep your bowl of cereal moist and delicious.
High in fiber (to stabilize blood sugars), it reduces cholesterol levels naturally and a great source of B vitamins which gives your body increased energy.
So now that you know why you should be eating it, let's figure out what you should be cooking with it. For some easy selections, also good for your diabetic or just healthy diet, check at diabetic oatmeal cookies or hot oatmeal cereal for some excellent suggestions how to prepare some good tasting oatmeal selections.
January 24, 2012
Information Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Undeclared Allergens: Soy, Dairy and Sulphite Sufferers Beware
The CFIA has directed any person with soy, dairy and sulphite sensitivities to avoid many of the products produced by the Kettleman Bagel Bakery Company. A complete listing of the affected products, (undeclared allergens are not on the ingredient labels) can be found at this location with instructions on what to do if you happen to have already made a purchase. Please check here for complete information.
January 23, 2012 General Health For Everyone
Information Source: Tyler Graham, coauthor of The Happiness Diet
Having A Serving Of Bugs For Dinner Tonight
Is anything from the processed foods industry on your dinner plate tonight?
If it happens to be red in color, chances are very great it is from a crushed up beetle whose shell is, guess what, red when it is all ground up. Many people are allergic to these food products because of the addition of the red coloring. It ultimately always ends up in the food processing industry just for use as a coloring in many of our food products we eat on a daily basis.
Check your ingredients list and if the word carmine is there, I hope you enjoyed your ground up bugs!
For a safer and still easier way to retain the color without the visual reflection in your mind during dinner, preparing dinner yourself from scratch and using some all natural food coloring is the easiest way to enjoy your meal without the extra protein from a few ground up bugs thrown in.
January 22, 2012 Allergies
Information Source: Dr. David Jockers, practicing physician in Kennesaw, Ga.
Aluminum Toxicity and Infant Allergies: Where Do The Two Coincide?
Aluminum compounds are a standard component of almost every vaccine commonly given to our children. The reasons are plenty but the most important, according to the vaccine industry, is its capability of enhancing the total effects of the vaccine itself for a greater return of benefits.
But just stop to think, especially if you have a newborn or a young child, just how many of these vaccines are they continuously giving your child on a rotating basis? Current science, research, and practicing physicians themselves are so divided on the issue of vaccinations, it is really up to each individual parent to decide if you really believe it wise to allow your pediatrician to give just the normal round of vaccinations which are thought to be effective.
Vaccinations have been showing increases in metal toxicity, ADHD, Autism, Infant Allergies, aluminum allergies and a whole host of other difficulties, many of which have been linked back to the vaccine itself.
For starters, as a new or repeat parent, arm yourself with information first and then talk with your pediatrician. An excellent example of some of the eye opening difficulties a vaccine regimen can initiate is shown in this accumulation of studies shown here. This type of information, although common knowledge, is one set of circumstances the pharmaceutical industry itself will never be standing in line to warn you about.
January 17, 2012 Allergies or Diabetes
Information Source: Ezine Author: Site Owner
Are You Ruled By Emotionally Charged Food Cravings?
Food cravings and sugar cravings are the downfall for many people to a healthy daily diet. They try so hard to adhere to a sensible eating plan but then eventually the sight, smell, a pleasant memory or just the touch of any food product can bring back memories which make even the best of us run for more. All of this then usually leads to binge eating.
But bad habits are actually a learned obsession. There is ways to break that cycle therefore also. Starting today, locating and realizing part of your problem is emotionally charged, breaking the emotional food cravings or the intense sugar cravings just takes patience and dedication to the cause.
If the will is there, check the two pages above for a beginning plan - or the road map - to your breaking those ties that currently have you bound up in guilt, denial and a truly unhappy and unhealthy diet.
January 15, 2012
Information Source: Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Mercola
Are You A Victim Of The Drug Cascade?
Do you even know what the term refers to?
Every single person on the face of this earth, if you are taking any pharmaceutical medications, needs to know and understand this term. So. for a brief description and methods to help keep yourself safe, check for your own health and safety at the above location (click the link).
January 15, 2012
Information Source: Site owner
The "Piles" Troubling You?
or more commonly called hemorrhoids at your doctors office is one symptom many people with diabetes say they could do without. But the reality, hemorrhoids is not actually a condition just prone to the diabetic. Anyone can actually get them.
But if you're in the boat now with them, it's probably who cares. You just want to know how to get rid of it. A few changes to your diet and maybe to your day should be all that's needed to avoid the hemorrhoid dilemma.
Information Source: Site owner
Taking The Bite Out Of "Old Man Winter"
Diabetic exercise is not a seasonal philosophy. Just because it turns a little - or a lot, cold outside, is no reason to give up on mother nature occasionally. It just means a few extra precautions should be taken that are not so important during the warm weather months.
Check out some cold weather exercise tips for diabetics and then get yourself motivated to step outside and appreciate the smell of a nice cold, crisp wintry day. After an hour, or just those few minutes if that's all you can take for today, step back in and change up your diabetic exercise routine for just a day or two until mother nature serves up another beautiful winter day.
January 8, 2012 Egg Allergy
Information Source: Bloch's Best Inc. and Food and Drug Administration
Undeclared Eggs On Label Initiates Recall
Bloch's Best has formally initiated a recall due to an accidental change on an ingredient label which has deleted the information eggs are contained within. The item in question is labeled as Laromme Brand Vanilla Rugelach in 14 oz. Round Containers distributed in the states of Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey. The product comes in a 14 oz. round clear plastic container with UPC 87062500954-8. A total of 10 cases, with 18 containers each, were distributed between November 2, 2011 and December 22, 2011.
Extreme care needs to be taken if purchasing this product if you or any family member has an egg allergy. For questions and further information please contact 845 352-8811 and ask for Sam Bloch or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
January 8, 2012 General Health For Everyone
Information Source: Dr. J. Mercola, Naturopathic Physician, WHO
(World Health Organization) and many others in both alternative and conventional medicine
Too Toxic To Work With But Put It In Our Mouth Anyway
Mercury fillings, yes the substance which takes all kinds of precautionary measures to work with, to transport, to even handle or touch and yet we the general public have a mouth full of it if you were a frequent visitor to the dentist over the years.
Many other countries in the world (outside of the United States) are finally seeing and understanding the downside when using this product for general routine care. But some of us still just can't get used to the fact that our environments, and the products we touch, smell, see and inhale can actually lead to poorer health.
First and foremost, healthy teeth and gums are an important component of just general overall good health. The simple reason for this, when you have a problem in one part of your body, that problem will eventually lead to signs and symptoms in other parts also.
Good dental care is therefore of primary importance, especially for the diabetic or food allergic because both of these conditions are dependent on relying on your depressed immune system.
January 6, 2012 General Health
Missing That Great BBQ Flavor?
Some people love summer for one reason only - the food! Outdoor cooking just brings back so many memories of better times, better places, better food.
But just because you may live in a part of the world that's not real conducive to standing beside a BBQ grill right now outside, that doesn't mean you can't copy a little bit of that flavor. Try this dry steak rub the next time you feel in the mood for a nice cut of beef.
Mix or match the quantities a little to get what's most pleasing to your family's taste if you so desire.
- 2 T. paprika
- 2 T. minced onion (or onion powder)
- 2 T. minced garlic (or garlic powder)
- 2 T. sea salt (reduce to 1 if on a low sodium diet)
- 1 1/2 T. ground black pepper
- 1 1/4 T. dill weed
- 1 T. coriander seed
- 1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients and store in a tightly sealed container. To use, coat your meat all over with coconut or olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 T. of rub and brush in. Finish preparing as normal.
For an extra burst of flavor, allow the meat to marinade in rub for 2-3 hours before cooking.
This recipe is also great when used for diabetic BBQ beef or turkey patties, a meat loaf recipe for a spicier blend of meat loaf or anywhere ground beef is added as in a casserole.
January 3, 2012 Diabetes
A Couple Of Sweet Little Pleasures
Being a diabetic at times does require a great amount of willpower
to enable you to not over-indulge in all the wrong foods which are a complete disaster for your diet.
But bypassing those times also requires just a few sweet pleasures to be allowed in your diet at intervals also. If you are running good numbers, try one of these on special occasions to indulge in that sweet tooth that we all have, no matter how hard we try to control it.
#1 - Peel 2 pears (leaving the stem on if desired) and sprinkle with 1 tsp of lemon juice. Place in a microwave safe container, add 2 T. water and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate.
While pears are cooking, place 4 squares of solid dark chocolate in a small dish, add 1/2 tsp coconut oil and microwave on high for 20 seconds. Remove, stir and heat again at 50% power for 30 seconds. Remove, stir and continue in this manner till melted.
Drizzle melted chocolate over each pear, Serve.
#2 - Microwave one cup of vanilla almond milk in microwave till heated, approximately 45 seconds. Add 2 pieces of solid dark chocolate (about 1 oz each) and stir till melted. Serve.
Both of these plus many more quick and easy diabetic snacks can become a normal addition to your daily diet.
January 1, 2012 General Health For Everyone
Information Source: General Kitchen Tips for healthier cooking
Transitioning To A Low-Fat Lifestyle
Is there a whole list of foods you need to throw out of your current diet to make it a low-fat lifestyle instead? Well, probably, there's some which wouldn't hurt. But the reality, low-fat cooking isn't so much the foods you eat but the way you prepare them.
And preparing them quickly, easily and often with no taste or texture changes is possible. You just have to know the ways a chef knows how to work a kitchen. So check here for some quick hints and tips to get you started on the road to diabetic and low fat cooking.
January 1, 2012 Diabetes
Information Source: Prevention Health News
Can This Be Any Scarier Or What?
Many people, not just diabetics, fight daily over the dilemma
regarding drinking soda, sports drinks and fruit beverages. Sure they taste good, but what about all those calories?
But then the alternative, the diet version, they don't taste all that bad either and yet with no calories. But have you read the label to see how many alternative sweeteners are used, and How Much?
Here is just one way to help make your decision a little easier (or harder) depending on your point of view. But once you know the true facts, you can no longer say "well, I only did it because I didn't know."
Every time you open up a 20 ounce bottle of Coke (or almost any other comparable brand), that drink contains the same thing as you walking up to a bowl of sugar, dipping in and filling a cereal spoon and placing it into your mouth 17 times. Now most people, with a good conscience, know better than doing that. But every soda you drink, you've just did it.
But diet sodas, all those chemicals! Now what are you supposed to do?
There is a way, before you drink or eat any packaged food, you can figure out yourself how much sugars (in teaspoons) are contained in one serving. The formula is relatively easy, especially if you have a small calculator along. But after several days of checking, you will get to the point you don't even need the calculator. All that's needed is the nutrition label right on every package.
The formula is "divide the grams of sugar - it tells you the number right on the label - by 4.2 and the results is in teaspoons. A quick example is: one 8 ounce container of fat-free yogurt may container 49.5g of sugar. Divide this number by 4.2 and you get 11.79 teaspoons , or about 12 teaspoons of sugar. So yes, that container of yogurt might be low in fat, but it sure is sky high in sugars.
Obviously, the pattern here, try to pick and choose products with a lower number of grams of sugar per serving. In this manner, when converted to teaspoons, you can actually feel comfortable knowing this snack is good for you too.
December 30, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: General Nutrition
Are You Dairy-Intolerant Or A Diabetic?
Many people believe rice milk is the answer to a milk allergy sufferers prayers. Even the diabetic often tries to avoid full fat milk products (too reduce unhealthy fats) so they opt for rice milk instead of skim milk.
But the reality, as an occasional substitute this item can be great but as a beverage - say No Thanks!
Rice milk is safe for many allergens, the problem though is it is very high in carbohydrates. Therefore weight gain and higher blood sugars is a major concern, especially for the diabetic.
December 29, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: General Information
Learning To Love Fish Just Got A Little Easier
Most people's biggest complaint with fish is the strong fishy flavor. Many openly admit, if I could get rid of that, I wouldn't have any problem with eating it.
Well, for a quick little hint to make exactly that happen, try this the next time you bring fish home.
Approximately 2 1/4 hours before you plan to prepare the meal, place the fish in a low, flat container (something like a 9X13 cake pan). Spread the fillets out so they are not all stacked on top of each other. Now, pour milk until it completely covers all of the fish. Cover with clear saran wrap. Allow to soak like this in your refrigerator for about 2 hours.
After 2 hours, remove the dish, pour off and discard all of the milk (it's going to have a strong fishy flavor if you use it) and prepare your fish as per recipe instructions. Some good suggestions to get you started, check here for some good baked fish recipes which are quick and easy but still have a lot of universal appeal.
December 23, 2011 Allergies
Information Source: Distributor of EpiPen and Epipen Jr.,
Epipen Safety Alert!
Every person diagnosed with a food allergy that has been advised by their doctor or allergist to have an Epipen in their possession at all times needs to be especially careful. The reasons why:
- First, actually have one in your possession. This doesn't mean sitting at home in a drawer, in the car's glove compartment while you are in the mall, or in your purse while you are in the other end of the house. An epipen can only do its job when it is in your possession.
- Second, ask your doctor for a demonstration how it works
(and pay close attention to those instructions). It has been noticed many people are taking the pen and twisting the cap or trying to bend it off. This action will render the pen incapable of injecting the life-saving medication.
The correct procedure, hold the pen vertical with the tip facing down. Grasp the cap and pull it off, STRAIGHT UP! Once the cap is off, then the tip can be placed against the side of the upper leg and the medication from the epipen can be injected.
December 20, 2011 Everybody Is Affected
Information Source: Rodale News, Us government Dept USDA and Tyson Foods
Huge Ground Beef Recall Announced By Tyson Foods
Announced Friday, Tyson Foods is recalling approximately 42,000 lbs of ground beef, all shipped within the United States. The following states are affected by this recall:
Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
If you have purchased any ground beef (only) from a supermarket (or elsewhere) and the package states Tyson Foods, do not use this product. Notify your store of purchase and return for a refund.
December 16, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: General Knowledge
So, You Say, You're Still A Candy-holic?
You have tried, or at least you dreamed you did. But the sweet tooth is still there and you want a quick bite of sugar.
Well, it doesn't really matter what your health condition is, the reality for everyone is it's better to stay away from it. But for some people, that just isn't going to happen.
So, if you must... here's a way to at least lessen some of the damage you are going to do to your body.
How to choose a healthy snack?
Keep these quick little tips in your mind when making your selection.
- Avoid all milk or white chocolate selections which also contain peanut butter or any type of nuts. These are the highest in calories.
- If it has to be chocolates, choose from a chocolate and caramel version or just solid chocolate, preferably dark chocolate over milk chocolate.
- Even better yet, avoid the chocolate and choose a piece of licorice, taffy, lollipop or hard candy. Although these have fewer calories than a chocolate selection, they will promote tooth decay faster.
- Still the best selection is going to be the 70% or greater concentration (of cacao) in dark chocolate. If you must have flavored chocolates, choose a variety with added organic fruits or an organic fruit wrap or granola version.
December 13, 2011 Allergies
Information Source: General Knowledge
A Poinsettia Tale
Many people have always heard the poinsettia plant is toxic to humans and pets alike but the actual truth now it seems is it's not actually the toxicity which is causing adverse reactions in the human, it's an allergy. Anyone with an allergy (or a sensitivity) to latex
is prone to having a skin reaction.
This information does not apply to your pets though. Poinsettias especially are still highly toxic to the house cat (if they ingest enough of the red leaves - yes, those red things are actually the leaves) and even to some degree to a dog. But to reach the toxicity level, a pet must eat so much of them that it is highly unlikely they will bother because of the horrible flavor. Make sure you have all pets shy away though from this toxic plant for their own safety.
December 12, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: General Knowledge
Acceptable Alternative Sweetener
Every one of us has prayed for an acceptable form of sugar. Why? Because we as the human race enjoy the taste of sugar (sweeteners). It is exciting to the taste buds.
So when industry started pumping out all of the alternative versions of sugar, (Equal, Splenda and on and on), our ears perked up and our minds were interested.
But time, research and just normal usage has shown there is a lot of difficulties with many of these sweeteners. Just because our bodies enjoy the sensation of sweeteners, it doesn't mean our bodies enjoy the chemicals also used in manufacturing all those varieties.
So, enter quite a few of the raw, all-natural versions of sweeteners. Yes, raw honey, agave, stevia plus several others are ALL-Natural but even these for some people do create a few difficulties. Namely, that person is the diabetic.
This is because some versions are very high in fructose, (a natural ingredient which tends to easily raise blood sugar levels with too much ingestion). Stevia also, although all natural, tends to inhibit the effectiveness of insulin use in the body. Therefore it is not unusual to cause further metabolic problems for the diabetic.
So, sure, using one of the all-natural sweeteners occasionally is not as harmful as a daily diet of "sugary" foods, but as a diabetic try to get in the habit of going without sweeteners as much as possible. With just 3-5 days of using no sweeteners at all in any of your food choices, your body will adjust and you will notice it does stop craving sugar.
And although sugar is great as an occasional treat, for the diabetic, getting all the sugars your body needs is completely safe and easy just by eating an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
December 9, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Author Kim Wilson, Specialist in allergen and diabetic food recipe collections
The Date Is Almost Here
Tomorrow is the day!
The new ebook, Good and Easy Eats will be available for purchase for your own private collection - or for any friend or family member you know which has the need or desire to eat healthy, allergen-free and diabetic-safe snacks and foods.
Kim has done a superb job in this book explaining in details understandable for the beginner in the kitchen all the way to the expert by outlining great tips and hints to help ease the burden of using a (No Longer) restrictive diet.
Check here to be one of the first in line to own your own copy of this superb reference manual called Good and Easy Eats. I guarantee you, as long as your motives are to eat good and healthy, eat safe - and even if it's in the back of your mind I sure could lose some weight- this is one cookbook you will never be willing to give up.
December 8, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Site Owner
Think Of The Advantages...
If your problem is allergies... food safety is a top priority. If your problem is diabetes... education about the foods you eat and their effect on your body is a must. If you happen to have just one of these or both problems... read on for a must for your own health, safety and sanity.
The hardest part of being told you need to change up your dietary plan is "what, how and why?" We can all figure out the why part but the what can I eat and how do I fix it are always a BIG problem for all of us.
So here I have listed a group of advantages. Read them first... then continue on to answer the next part of the problem.
- are you looking for up to 100% healthy fats which all are guaranteed to add balance and ease to your daily digestion
- need some help how to combine good carbohydrates to mix and match healthier foods to avoid the high impact carbs can have on your blood sugars
- do you need to eliminate any or some of the common food allergens to increase your family member or your own safety
- have you wondered how a plant-based diet with all natural ingredients can actually be good for your body thus create easier and more efficient digestion
- all sweeteners, when used or needed, are 100% pure and natural, direct from the source - mother nature still makes it best
- and the best of all - minimal cleanup because the least amount of pots and pans is used for ease of preparation
What is this wonder of simplicity in your kitchen?
A new collection of recipes is being introduced this weekend (December 10th, 2011) by K. Wilson. These family-pleasing recipes were tested and prepared by a normal everyday family and friends to meet the expectations of all by using no special ingredients or special equipment. Further information will be available on how you can prepare safe wholesome foods you are already familiar with like blueberry muffins, baked beans with oven fries, vegetable stir-fry, chili and cornbread, corn and potato chowders plus many more. All of these healthy foods are also available to you in a collection of recipes for less than what you'd spend for just your own dinner tonight.
December 4, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: General Information
Diabetic Diagnosis But You're A Coffee-Shop Junkie
So you've been given the word you are pre-diabetic or a full blown diabetic but Starbucks still keeps beckoning you every day as you go by.
Well, there is a few ways you can make the transition a little easier and still get to splurge occasionally on that ultra-deluxe cup of coffee. Try a few of these hints to keep that drink just a little more in line with the new dietary plan.
- Order hold the sugar and bring your own packets of Stevia for a sweetener
- Order your absolute favorite no more than once a month - Small size only
- Ask for fat-free milk to be used instead of whole milk or cream
- Skip the whipped cream on top entirely. Over the top in fat and calories
- Instead of sugar, use some fresh-squeezed lemon or lime as a sweetener. It will give your drink just a slightly different twist you may actually enjoy more.
November 29, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: General Knowledge
Hate The Word Exercise?
Many people will openly admit they hate the word exercise. They hate doing it and they resent their feelings of failure because they don't do it, whether that's because of a time-crunched schedule or because they just don't want to.
If you're diabetic and stuck in this unhealthy rut, a little bit of motivation is needed to try a few different ways to get out of it.
Realize first, exercise doesn't have to mean going to a gym, strapping on a pair of jogging shoes and hitting the road - or even the treadmill. Exercise is just "Moving Your Body", thus motion.
Raising an arm to reach the top shelf is exercise - not very effective if it's done just once but it is a start. Bending over to pet your cat or dog is also exercise. Climb the stairs in your house to put something away (or get something out) and take it back downstairs is exercise. All of these simple little things, if you can do them, are exercise.
So, starting today, try to add 5 more times you move your body, whatever the reason. A walk to the mailbox (instead of sending the kid), a walk to the garage, put away the box sitting in your spare room you've been meaning to get out of the way, a walk upstairs to get another pair of shoes (give the ones you wear every day a break) etc.. There is all kinds of things you can do, you just don't bother every day.
If you can get yourself in this habit, you will slowly feel better, your pets will appreciate the extra attention, the house will get a lot of little odd jobs done which you have promised yourself for months to years you'll do, but most importantly, your health will thank you.
Start small but be consistent. The day will come when it all gets easier to actually stand and move all at the same time. I've been there - I know how hard it is.
But let me tell you, the biggest obstacle to overcome is nothing but your own mind telling you that you just don't want to do this. But with time you will be ready to add a few other small steps to your program. Diabetic exercise can actually be enjoyable - the trick is finding some activity you like to do, not just moving body parts for the sake of saying I did my exercises today.
Good Luck from me - but your health is worth the effort.
November 25, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. Mark Stengler, Naturopathic physician
We All Cheat On Our Diets Occasionally
Yesterday was a major holiday here in the United States. Ask any diabetic, and I am sure almost every one of them will say they cheated on something yesterday which isn't a normal part of their intended diet.
Even in everyday life, we all cheat occasionally, some even more than occasionally. Some people make a habit of always choosing the wrong stuff.
So is there some magic formula which makes all the cheating OK?
Well, no! But there is actually something that can make your splurge not quite so harmful to your overall health plan.
Talk to your doctor about the possibility of your using the dietary supplement known as glucomannan. It is a soluble fiber derived from the konjac root which slows the absorption of dietary sugars into the blood stream during digestion.
Common dosages are considered 1000 mg. with a glassful of water (avoid all tablets, use only the powdered form or the capsule).
A cheaper way though, get up and get moving. One 15 minute walk after eating will accomplish the same purpose as the supplement to aid in blood sugar control.
November 23, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Rodale Farm Research Institute
Don't Get Suckered Into Buying The Wrong Variety
When you get to the store and scour the shelves for wild rice, don't make this big mistake...
Many diabetics have heard the advantages of adding wild rice to their diet because it creates very little impact on the blood sugar levels. (The reason for this, it's not a true form of rice. It is a true form of grain from a sect of wild grasses, grown exclusively "wild" in northern United States.
The problem though, most of the wild rice grown in the US comes from California. It is a hybrid seed, planned, invented and marketed by large food co-ops and research thus it can be produced at a much lower cost then sold to the market cheaper than the original grain.
Yes, true "northern wild rice" costs more but it cooks up quicker (about 1/2 the time, 20 minutes against 45 minutes for the Calif variety), softer and more nutritious for the human body. True northern wild rice is only grown and marketed from the Great Lakes region of the United States. It is the only place in the entire world growing the original true form of this gift from nature.
Being a diabetic is hard enough trying to find suitable substitutions which enable you to enjoy your foods and still achieve an optimal diet for health. Adding this true northern wild rice casserole to your diet is just one step towards the right direction in the battle to control blood sugars.
November 22, 2011 Allergies
Information Source:Living Without.com
Cross-Reactivity Problems For The Peanut Allergic
It has been noticed that an increase in peanut allergic reactions has been climbing, especially in Europe. The culprit it turns out is a cross-reactivity problem with lupine flour, commonly being used now in Europe has another source of grains. To date, this particular flour has not shown much use in the manufacturing industry in the United States but that is changing also.
Another component causing an increased incidence of cross reactivity reactions is the supplement fenugreek. This substance, often used in nursing mothers to increase breast milk production, is showing cross reactions in the peanut allergic.
Read those ingredient labels closely people and if you don't recognize a name or substance, consult your doctor first before going ahead with use.
November 18, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: General Knowledge
Why Can't I Just Swallow My Daily Insulin(Pill)
Many people are very nervous, anxious or just plain down-right scared of needles poking into their body. So when they are informed they need to go on insulin, their first thoughts are just pure dread. Then it's "give me the pill version."
But unfortunately, there is no pill. You would think with all the advances medicine can come up with, somebody should be able to figure out a pill, right?
The problem here though is simple.
Insulin is a protein. When taken orally (by mouth) it travels through the digestive system and gets broken down by the digestive juices (enzymes). So, since you have just allowed your digestive system to ingest, break down and then eliminate itself, none of the insulin itself just made it into the tissues of your body where it is needed.
For this reason, insulin must be applied to the body just under the skin so it travels into the bloodstream itself, not your digestive system. Thus, it ultimately gets diffused all over the necessary organs in your body.
In some cases in life, we're just out of luck. Medical science can't change the way our body's were designed to ultimately handle it's own job of digestion.
November 13, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Diabetes Forecast Magazine
Even With Care, Some Foods Need To Be Off-Limits
Many people now realize that with caution and attention to portion sizes, many times most diabetics can still control their numbers while enjoying the foods they believed they would have to give up.
A few examples are white potatoes (especially french fries), hamburgers (or red meats in general), processed meats (hot dogs, sausages etc) and sugary soft drinks. But although small portion sizes infrequently don't seem to cause any red flags around their blood sugars, these items do cause a few problems with your long-term weight control.
Even with occasional use, these types of foods seem to pack on the pounds for most people easier than other high fat items. Nuts, seeds, yogurt and many other dairy products, although high in fats also, don't seem to lean towards as fast a weight gain as the first group does.
November 11,2011 Allergies
Information Source: MSNBC News
Pork-Cat Syndrome: Is It Real?
Can you really have an allergy to cats and pork at the same time? It seems the answer is Yes!
Initially, the few people that noticed something strange - they all believed they were allergic to cats. But every time they eat pork also, they get allergy symptoms. The reason, both cats and pork meat have a common protein called albumin.
But don't be leery if you have never shown symptoms before. Many people allergic to cats are not necessarily allergic to this protein, therefore this is the reason they have never had trouble before. So most people will never be affected by this combination.
But for the several few, if cat dander does get you worked up into a maze of allergy symptoms and if tonight's dinner happened to be pork roast and the symptoms got intensified, it's time to see your doctor/allergist.
November 6, 2011Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: General Knowledge
Do You Wish To Purchase All Organics?
The more information which comes out about non-organic fruits and vegetables plus the burgeoning meat, dairy and poultry industry just makes more and more people pray for the chance to purchase all organics. But sometimes, in some places, this just is not possible.
Enter Green PolkaDot Box - What is it?
A new web site launching this Fall 2011,Green PolkaDot Box is a retailer of organic and non-GMO foods being discounted from 20 to 60% off regular retail rates for all types of food products. Cleaner, safer food is will soon be available to everyone who desires to try and clean up their health and daily diet.
For more information, check here
November 4, 2011
Information Source: Dept. of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science plus the Metabolic & Cardiovascular Disease Laboratory
A Common Fallacy Which Needs To Be Fixed
Saturated Fats - bad for you, right? We've heard it for years in all types of news media, from the doctor, the nutritionists and on and on. But the reality is:
Saturated fats from the world of industrial manufacturing facilities are nothing more than a weight-promoting, cardio-activating, artery clogging type of fat which leads to a lifetime of medical problems. These can be described on the label as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats and oils, no matter what type of oil comes behind it. So steer clear of these health saboteurs for your own safety.
So what's left that's considered a saturated fat then?
What about all of those pasture-fed and raised cattle, poultry and pork products, coconut and nut oils or raw milk dairy products which are still in fact in their natural state? Each of these has not been altered or their compounds transformed by man-made industrial processes.
On-going research is now showing these two types of fats need to be broken down on food labels and separated as the present information is very misleading to the consumer. The amounts shown on the current label shows all fats, whether bad or good, is included in that one number. But a good healthy fat is advantageous to a healthy diet yet someone on a low-fat diet will avoid these products because of the descriptions on that label.
October 27, 2011
Information Source: University of Southern Cal Research Institute
Cutting Back On Snack Foods
Many people feel they have a big problem when it comes to snacking. It's either they eat too much, too often or all the wrong stuff anyway.
Well, one of the theories which was tested out on many groups of people (without their knowledge) was the eating habits of a snacker. The testing followed along these parameters:
When people were placed in a situation they expected to eat a certain type of food, it did not seem to matter if the food was good or not, they ate it anyway. Their mind had already told them it was expected they eat it there.
This theory was tested at a movie theater. One half the group was given freshly-popped popcorn. Obviously, they ate it all. The other group was given old, stale and soggy popcorn. They ate it all also to the surprise of the researchers. All of the participants expected to eat popcorn, their mind never registered the fact it tasted lousy anyway, so why bother keep eating.
When this same test was carried out in a working environment, during a business conference, the fresh popcorn was devoured. The people though served the stale popcorn rebuffed it and none of them even attempted to finish their bag. Here, even though all of these people were confirmed popcorn lovers, the bad popcorn was rejected.
Another test run, again in the movie theater, every person was given a bag of fresh popcorn but they were instructed to use their other hand to eat with. All the "righties" had to eat with their left hand and vice-versa. The final outcome - nobody finished their popcorn. The disruption in their normal eating habits was enough to create too many complications to finish eating.
Our normal habits and environment has a strong pull on what we will do, or not do, on a daily basis. If you are trying to break a bad habit, try taking yourself out of your normal routine and change it up to something else. If your downfall is hot chocolate and danish every morning, start trying a cup of tea and a bowl of cereal instead. Break your usual habits wherever and whenever possible, re-program your normal routines and just maybe you will find your dreaded habits may become a thing of your past.
October 26, 2011
Information Source: Diabetes Forecast
Heart Attack Alert
Don't let yourself start out with the attitude, "I'm not a severe diabetic, I can't have a heart attack". Yes, increased chances of heart disease is one of the greater risk factors of diabetes.
But many times, people get confused by the symptoms. Men or often different than women in the usual signs but most people just assume a searing pain in their chest is the sign of a heart attack.
That's true - for some people. Not for everyone though! Women especially are more prone to the list of uncommon symptoms.
So, some common signs by gender are shown below. If you notice any of these, see your doctor just for safety's sake.
- chest pain or discomfort
- pain in the upper body like the arm(s), back, neck, shoulders etc)
- shortness of breath
Women - might show some of the above signs but can commonly show any of these also
- extreme fatigue over on-going periods
- unexplainable nausea or vomiting
- occasional dizziness or lightheadedness
- sleep problems
Consistent occurrences of any of these symptoms need to be checked by a doctor.
October 24, 2011
Information Source: General tips for a safer future
Eliminating Sulfites From Your Diet
Are you sensitive to sulfites? Or maybe you are and you are one of those people who don't realize what the problem is.
It is vitally important for any asthmatic (or if you have any type of respiratory condition)that you confirm this possibility as sulfite sensitivity aggravates the condition of your respiratory tract. Therefore every time you eat something preserved with a sulfite, you are also aggravating your breathing.
After you receive confirmation, now it's time to teach yourself how to avoid this issue and find sulfite-free foods.
One of the fastest meals in this particular day and age though is stopping at the local deli (whether that is the sub shop or the grocery store) and picking up a quick bite to eat or an assortment of meats for lunches and dinners as needed. What you don't know though, all of those selections were treated with sulfites. It is one of the additives used for preservation.
Two companies though, if available in your area are known as sulfite-free brands. Look for Applegate Farms or Wellshire Farms to choose your deli foods from for a safer alternative.
October 6, 2011
Information Source: Natural News.com
Toxic Foods On Your Grocery List
It's that time again when you need to go get your routine shopping list and the house's staples all filled back on your pantry shelves. Although a chore, you know it's getting harder and harder to feed the family from home. Every time you go for something, we're out of it already.
But have you noticed the family seems to be getting minor aches and pains more often, colds and the flu sets in easier, stomach aches and your bathroom habits are increasing due to digestive disturbances?
Most of us assume it's something we ate, but how come it is happening so much more often?
Take a look at this list of poisons you need to avoid when in a grocery store all sitting so innocently on those shelves beckoning you and your family. Sure, it's stuff you buy and take home all the time. But it is also stuff which is probably the reason for the increased digestive disturbances of the whole family.
Make a copy and take it with you to the store. There is no way you are ever going to remember all those funny sounding names, unless you happen to be a chemist or something.
October 5, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Independent news Rodale.com University of Research and Development For Safe Farm Practices
First Cantaloupes, Now Lettuce....Recall!!
Romaine lettuce is the next Listeria outbreak concern which may be found at your local grocer or restaurant. Check here for full details to get yourself and your family prepared.
October 2, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Naturopathic Medicine home-remedy relief for Diabetes and related symptoms
Adopt A Dog: The Quickest and Easiest Road
To Better Health
Are you having trouble controlling the numbers for your diabetes, especially a type 2 diabetic? Need a guaranteed home remedy solution?
Get yourself a dog - whether you become it's new parent or maybe you would just prefer to volunteer at the local animal shelter instead. Why?
Here's a well-documented list of increased benefits "man's best friend" affords the diabetic
- reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease (keeping your dog healthy requires a daily dog walk. You benefit from that walk just as much as he does)
- lowers your blood pressure
- releases hormones which prevent depression and increase your motivational skills to help you attain better health
- increased amount of social skills if you join a group, a club or just the next door neighbor for the daily dog walk
The list of possible benefits you and your dog both achieve has so many immeasurable benefits, suffice it just to say your responsibility to another living being, whether man or animal, nurtures a basic human feeling inbred within all of us.
October 2, 2011 Allergies or Diabetes
Information Source: Rachael Moeller Gormon, www.cnn.com
Getting More Nutrition From The Foods You Prepare
It does not matter if you are preparing fresh, frozen or canned vegetables, to get the most nutrition from them, never just boil them in a saucepan on top of your stove.
The reason, up to 66% of their vitamin and mineral content leaches out into the cooking water itself. So if you drink all the water your potatoes were boiled in, your asparagus lay cooking in etc., then you retain their nutritional value. But isn't this the part most of us just throw it down the drain after we dig out the food?
Also, a smart move when using fresh garlic, crush it before adding it to your simmering pan. Fresh peeled garlic, many chefs might think it looks pretty in uniform thin slices but the nutritional content of this healthy powerhouse is not released until the garlic has been mashed up. So to receive its all-important antioxidant effect, peel - crush - wait 10 minutes - and then add it to your simmering pot. The additional time, when contacting air, forms a compound known as thiosulfinates which aids the human body in preventing blood clots/clumping.
September 30, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: General Knowledge but very IMPORTANT
When Not To Skip The Insulin Shot
Most people just think it is common sense, but since when you eat your blood sugar rises, they assume if I am not eating (especially when sick), then they should avoid the insulin shots.
Almost all type 1 diabetics balance the amount of insulin they take per meal with the amount of carbs they intend to ingest. Some type 2 diabetics work under this principle for their program also. But if you have the flu or a virus, vomiting and diarrhea, the last thing they want is food. So, commonsense just leads them to believe, no food, no rising sugars. Skip them.
But if you were still actually monitoring your blood sugar levels during this time of illness, you may be surprised your sugars are climbing higher and higher anyway. Some people actually go the other direction and keep getting lower. Why?
When your body is not being supplied it's normal dosages at its normal prescribed intervals, the liver will kick in and start flooding the body with sugars instead. It is all stored glucose in the liver, always releasing small amounts on a daily basis, all without your perception of it even happening. But when you stop your dosages, the liver goes into over-drive, realizing the body is not getting any complementary help from your injected insulins. The final result, ever-escalating insulin levels without you even eating.
Monitoring and taking injections is just as important when you are ill and off of food as it is when you are normal. Don't get in the habit of thinking you can take a break for a few hours.
September 16,2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Rodale Health Institute
URGENT:Toss Those Cantaloupes
Shipping previously from July 29 thru September 10, 2011 into the following states:
New Jersey/New Mexico/New York/North Carolina/Oklahoma/ Pennsylvania/Tennessee/Texas/Utah/Wyoming
the Rocky Ford region of Colorado has distributed fresh cantaloupes which have been determined to be infected with the bacteria known as Listeria. The only method available to the general consumer to kill this bacteria is through cooking, which would not apply when eating fresh cantaloupe.
Listeria contamination is most common to the soil and water of meat and dairy operations. Somehow though, the produce when passing through the distribution channel has developed this possible fatal strain of bacteria.
Common symptoms include miscarriage in a pregnant woman, headaches, muscle and joint pains, stiff neck, mental confusion, loss of balance and possible convulsions.
The only effective therapy in this case to prevent infection is immediately dispose of any prior purchases made which have the following identifiable labels:
- a green and white sticker labeled "Product of USA-Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe"
- a grey, yellow and green sticker which reads "Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords"
- If you reside in one of these states and the produce is not labeled, contact management and ask where their product was sourced.
September 9, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: General Knowledge
Trying To Get More Fish Into Your Diet
We have all heard the necessity of getting more fish into our weekly diet, but who knows what do do with it? And even then, next, who can afford it
If you've decided you want to learn how to cook or add baked fish to a couple of your weekly meals, here's one tip that can make it a whole lot more cost effective.
When purchasing salmon, fresh salmon is no better for you than cans or pouches are in regards to their composition of the heart-healthy omega 3's. So look for some Bumble Bee pouches of wild-caught pink salmon or look for cans labelled as BPA-free wild-caught red salmon.
Each of these can be 50 to 75% lower than the cost of purchasing fresh salmon from the seafood department.
September 9, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Consumer Health Reports
Beware of Diabetes Drugs
Are you on any of the following prescribed diabetes drugs and also over 60 years of age. If so, check with your doctor as new research is pointing to the fact that one of the side effects common to older adults is a greater chance of severe low blood sugars.
A severe low is nothing to take for granted as without immediate medical attention to reverse it, the end result can be a fatality.
Glyburide (Diabeta or Micronase) or Chlorpropamide (Diabinese)
September 7, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: American College of Sports Medicine
Who Says Exercise Can't Be Fun
Do you remember when you were a kid and you had one of those big round plastic hoops, usually with a rolling marble inside? What was it called - the Hula Hoop?
Well, guess what? For a dramatic impact on your weight, your activity levels, your waistline itself and your overall health, for every 1 hour you play with a hula hoop, it is the equivalent of walking four and one-half miles.
Now if that isn't one way to exercise and enjoy it at the same time, I'm not quite certain what's better. The art of mastering the right rhythm to keep it in place and then the art to keep it going to get the most amount of rotations itself is one great party fun game.
Grab your husband, wife, boyfriend, girl friend, a neighbor or whomever and see who can keep that hoop spinning the longest. But remember, this isn't work here - Have Fun with it!
September 6, 2011 Allergies or Diabetes
Information Source: General Knowledge
Use Extreme Caution With Over The Counter Drugs
Many people have the mistaken impression
that because they purchase an over the counter (OTC) drug at the store, they are safe for use in all situations because they did not need a prescription. The reality though - this is so terribly far from the truth.
Accidental overdosing is an immediate threat with these medications. Say you have a cold and take some cough syrup, a couple of aspirins and then maybe an antihistamine for the nasal symptoms. Each of these are all different to an individual and yet to your body, it's all the same. Every one of them has some of the same combination of ingredients. You think you are treating three different symptoms, your body though has just got a triple dose of the same stuff.
This is a possible scenario with many kinds of OTC medications so just because it's all off the shelf, talk to the pharmacist anyway when buying multiple medications and make sure you aren't combining too much of the same kind of ingredients.
August 30, 2011 Allergies
Information Source: The Folk Remedy Encyclopedia
Allergy Induced Asthma
Many people with asthma still haven't figured out why at times their condition flares up for next to no reason at all.
But here is just a few watches to be very careful of because each can trigger an attack in the asthmatic with just the tiniest bit of exposure.
- salad bar or pre-packed salads from any grocery, deli. restaurant etc.
- many alcoholic drinks, especially wines have sulfur and salicylates, both asthma inducers
- fresh seafood is commonly treated with sulfurs as a preservative after catch
- many pain or cold medicines contain aspirin - a natural salicylate is the main ingredient
- many store bought corn, cottonseed and safflower oils, salad dressings, mayonnaise and margarines all contain high levels of omega 6 fatty acids. Each of these are an asthma inducer.
- the 4th of July fireworks may be pretty but all the sulphur dioxide is going to be a killer to your good health
- a chlorine-treated swimming pool on a very hot day may feel like a little piece of heaven but it's just starving for the chance to make your asthma flare up
- many occupations themselves irritate an asthmatic. The chemicals and contaminants which are in the air you breath, the dust, grasses, molds and fumes could be the trigger for an attack.
- your gas stove or gas grill can be the instigator of your problem. Nitrogen dioxide is a proven contaminant for many asthmatics.
August 19, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: General Knowledge Which Every Diabetic Needs To Know
A Potpourri Of Helpful Ideas
In the back of your mind there is always a list of questions you wished you knew the answer to but are afraid (or too chicken) to ask. Here's some of those answers which goes through our minds but we never seem to get around to asking.
- Insulin injections: I hate needles- Actually the insulin injection hurts very little. Ask your doctor to supply you with a prescription for the short gauge needle instead of the long. These needles are so short and thin, if you feel anything, it's kind of like a pin prick. When you notice it's starting to get a little more painful, it means your needle is dull. Change syringes.
- New needle every injection- Very few long-term diabetics ever change to a new needle every injection. Just keep yourself a small container of alcohol available, dip the needle in there first before drawing up your insulin. This keeps your needle sterile with every injection. Re-using needles also allows you to cut a few of the dollars out of diabetic supplies.
- I'll have to re-adjust my whole life- The reality, insulin injections actually just become a routine part of your everyday. It's no more inconvenient than getting a drink of cold water or going to the bathroom occasionally.
- Can I get addicted- Yes, it is a drug but there isn't any type of problem with an addiction. The biggest problem is making sure you get your dosage adjusted correctly for your body's needs to help you maintain a good level of blood sugar control. This can be accomplished with the help of your medical team.
- Why does my doctor do an A1C test- An A1C blood sugar test is actually an average of your blood sugars over a three month time span. Say the day of your appointment you go in and your sugars are running low. That really doesn't tell your doctor anything. So he knows what it is right now. He needs to know what it is in the long term. The A1C does just that. Everybody's sugars fluctuate every hour of every day. They go higher and then lower continuously. It all depends on many influencing factors.
- Why does everyone say this is a dangerous disease but I feel just a little off. What's so dangerous?- This is the hardest one for a newly diagnosed individual to grasp. Yes, most people at diagnosis, all they have is a few inconvenient symptoms. The excess thirst, more trips to the bathroom etc. are a nuisance - but dangerous, no way. Diabetes though is a progressive disease damaging your internal organs. It is causing havoc to your brain, heart, arteries, liver, kidneys, eyes, muscles and nerves plus many, many more. A degenerating amount of signs will progressively keep stacking up the longer you allow your sugars to be out of control. So many people just don't grasp the reality of how dangerous this is to your future health when all they see and feel is a few inconvenient symptoms in their present day.
August 18,2011 Diabetes
Information Source: A generalized listing of "Watches" for good diabetic health
Little Changes = Better Rewards Later
There is always a few people who receive their diagnosis and they are determined they will make this right, whatever it takes. Well, after a few slowly added lifestyle changes and adding a low-impact exercise plan etc., they still have this feeling that "why isn't it getting any better than this?" Below is a list of the small things, often over-looked because we just don't realize the impact of such minute details over time. See if one of these might not be sabotaging all your good efforts.
- Be careful with added sauces and salad dressings.
A small scoop of mashed potatoes you know you can have but what about covering the whole thing now in gravy also. The combination of two high carbohydrate selections is just overload for one meal. Gravies, cheese sauce, hollandaise sauce and any of these, while giving your food good flavor is just too much for your already stressed blood sugars to handle. It's important to learn how to use fresh or dried herbs as a means of seasoning your foods for better flavor.
Salad dressings often can be the same problem. Instead of pouring the dressing on your salad, keep a small dish of it beside your salad. Dip your fork in the dressing first then grab a forkful of salad. Every bite will have the flavor of your dressing without the problem of some bites taste dry and some bites your salad is swimming in dressing. You will ultimately save a lot of calories, fats and carbs by just making this simple little change.
- Soda, fruit juices, latte's, sports drinks... You absolutely need liquids every day but you have to be careful of those high calorie, sugary drinks. If you want that puckering effect any of these give, just use a glass of water with your choice of fresh fruit for the same effect. If you like the carbonated fizz, use seltzer water for the same effect. After all, soda is nothing more than water, flavoring and tons of sugar.
Some people believe sugar free drinks take care of their problem. But the soda industry is big business in this world. Do you honestly believe their marketing agencies are going to truthfully inform you of how many proven difficulties there are which are linked to artificial sweeteners? No, instead they keep silent. When pushed, their answer is generally a moderate amount for a healthy diet.
So, what's a moderate amount, you might ask? One sip or one gallon. That part you are never told.
- To many people, just the idea of adding more fruits and vegetables to their daily diet somehow in their mind equates with "I have to give up meat".
First, the human body wasn't even designed to eat meat so it's not your body that wants it, it's your brain. Guess what - you taught it that. Even so, if you are a confirmed meat-eater, that is fine. But how about giving your body some of the foods it was designed to eat also.
Doesn't it make more sense if you feed your body the types of fuel it was designed for, you get better performance out of it. It works just fine for your car - what makes you think that philosophy doesn't work with your body?
Get adventurous and start adding a few more servings of "Nature's Food", preferably organic, and that change alone will result in better health.
- While you are deciding on which vegetable or fruit you will like to try today, do the same with deciding how you can walk a couple hundred more steps today. Add a few more hundred to every day and those results also will add up in time to a generous increase in health benefits.
Now most of us think all of this common sense stuff is just stupid. You already fit some of this in every day. But, at the beginning of this article you already admitted you were feeling a little better, now if you could add a few more changes over time, can't you see these small little improvements can lead to nothing but better rewards also?
August 15, 2011 Allergies
Information Source: NIAID (National Institute Allergies and Infectious Diseases)
Exercise Induced Food Allergies
Some people actually can be stricken with food allergy symptoms
usually after a moderate to strenuous session of exercise.
The onset of this is usually caused by a specific food which, for some reason, is irritating the body. As the level of exercise increases, so does heart rate and body temperature. Common symptoms noted will then be:
- hives on any part(s) of the body
- itchiness and lightheadedness, feeling you wish to faint can grow quite strong
- anaphylaxis can develop
The type of food (or foods) which trigger this reaction will be different for different people but some of the common culprits are alcohol, fresh or processed tomatoes, cheese, celery or shellfish. Remember though, although this list is common items, you could actually be sensitive to anything.
So if you are prone to this condition, treatment can actually be pretty easy. Just avoid eating anything within two hours before you exercise. This gives your digestive system time to digest your last meal or sack.
August 14, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Diabetic Forecast Magazine
Sea Salt - Is It A Risk?
It's all over the news - Sea Salt. The media has got everyone convinced by changing to sea salt and away from regular salt, somehow you have made a life-enhancing change here. But the reality is:
- All salt is from the sea somewhere back there. It's the nature of the product. The differences are the concentrations of sodium because of the type of and the location it was pulled from for processing.
- Many people believe sea salt is a low sodium version of regular salt. But this is just not true. Sometimes, if your sea salt has a higher concentration of sodium, you can use less than regular table salt to get the same flavor, but that's not going to make your dish lower in sodium.
- Most varieties of sea salt packaged and sold from the regular grocery store are just table salt with a few flakes of added large grain sea salts. All this means is the salt wasn't processed as fine.
Remember, the only advantage of using less sea salt than regular table salt can often backfire because of the higher sodium levels in some varieties. But if you still need a low sodium diet, skip all of the salts and go with herbs and spices for flavorings.
August 12, 2011 Allergies
Information Source: Quick Cooking Tips and Techniques
Kind Of Leery Of Using Those Eggs
Some people just realize immediately, because of the possibility of a lack of refrigeration at their destination, using raw eggs in their salad dressing is just not a good idea
for the day. Raw eggs (meaning non-pasteurized) can easily be prone to food bacteria growth
without refrigeration. But the reality is - ALL Eggs can be prone
to this growth without refrigeration. So, for safety's sake, if you know this is an outdoor picnic and the food will be left sitting out, how about not using those eggs. Here is a couple of easy replacement ideas that can be used instead
Each of these suggestions is a direct replacement for one egg.
- 1 T cornstarch, 1 T. soy milk powder plus 2T water
- 2T cornstarch
- 1heaping T soy powder plus 2 T water
Other than relying on luck or faith that your homemade salad dressing will be safe, following this method pretty much guarantees you won't be the reason for a disaster to happen.
August 10, 2011
Information Source: Jerry Baker's book "Super Foods for Super Health"
Innovative Cold Storage Solution
This is one of those situations where who would have ever thought of it, but once you heard it, the first thing going through your mind is what a fantastic idea.
Do you need a place where you can store your vegetables, fruits etc. for the winter months in a place commonly known as cold storage?
For the unenlightened, this is a place which is cool enough it's almost like refrigeration but it's not cold enough to freeze. Before electricity, everyone had one as part of their home. Summer's crops and meats (which were salted or smoked for preservation - do not do this with fresh meats) were stored here to extend their shelf life. It was how people could enjoy a fresh ear of corn, a sun-ripened tomato or anything else in the dead of winter. So how do you in today's world manage to duplicate this process?
If you have any old chest freezer in your home which no longer works well, remove the motor and the hinges, dig a hole outside as big as the chest and put it in the ground. Refill the dirt around the chest up to about 1" down from the top sides, being sure to slope the dirt in a downward slant away from the freezer. This allows the rainwater to drain away from the chest.
Now you're ready to fill it. Instant cold storage!
August 9, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Alternatives Magazine
Try Using A Little Honey
Many people, especially diabetics are always trying to find ways to avoid white sugar. One of those options is using honey as a sweetener. Although this isn't much better if you have blood sugar problems, with a little care and with infrequent use, if you are a honey fan try a few of these suggestions when cooking.
- reduce measurement of white sugar to honey ratio from 1 cup to 3/4 cup.
- Add 4 T. of flour to your ingredients also when using 3/4 cup honey instead of sugar.
- always reduce oven temperature at least 25 degrees when using honey, sometimes it may demand more.
August 8, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: The Complete Guide To Natural Healing
Better Cardiovascular Health With Olive Oil
Sure you've heard by now the suggestion to get a good quality olive oil into your daily health, but are any of you still wondering why bother. After all, some of the regular vegetable oils do the same job without all that extra expense.
- Extra virgin olive oil is cold pressed in production which means there is no heat source, thus no added chemicals or additives. It is straight 100% pressed olives. No vegetable oil can make this claim.
- 77% monounsaturated fats which aid in the reduction and prevention of placque build-up in your arteries. This ultimately keeps your bad cholesterol lower and your good cholesterol levels higher. If you consistently switch from butter or vegetable oils to using olive oil instead on salad dressings, sandwiches, and in cooking, you will also be able to easier maintain a good triglyceride level
- Olive oil will give you that "slippery slope" effect in your digestive system. This aids in a faster smoother elimination of many foods through your stomach and intestines. This therefore reduces the incidence of stomach aches, gas, bloating and heartburn.
- The antioxidant effect of olive oil helps to reduce the build-up of free radicals in your system. Think of this as a preventative mechanism to reduce the oxidation of rust in your "pipes". Less rusting of your digestive system leads to better health thus less cardiovascular symptoms.
So yes, it costs more - but the advantages of more money spent now is going to lead to an enormous saving later at the doctor's office. Which would you rather do, spend $5 now to buy a good oil, or spend $50 to $100 later just to get a prescription to take one more pill at heaven only knows what more expense per month.
That $5 bottle of olive oil is beginning to look awfully cheap now, isn't it?
August 6, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Philips Health Group, Dr David Williams
Update: Forget That Egg Avoidance Alert
In the 50's and 60's, all the rage all over the media was the absolute necessity of avoiding eggs at all cost if you wished to live to any kind of middle years to old age. Eggs themselves were supposedly going to elevate your cholesterol levels so high it was a guaranteed diagnosis of heart disease in your immediate future. To this day, many people - and some doctors - still believe this myth
If you like eggs, how about having seven of the real actual eggs from the shell per week. Does that sound like a real treat to you? When combined with a high complex carbohydrate, low fat and high fiber diet, the addition of those seven eggs won't affect your cholesterol levels at all.
Research was correct during the testing phase back in the 1960's. Eggs, the egg yolk actually, truly are high in cholesterol. But what they never told us, eggs are also high in choline, a form of lecithin. This part they did not take in account though.
Choline, thus lecithin, is a cholesterol dissolver in the human body. Thus, even with ingestion, the choline actually negates the effect of the cholesterol. What it does not negate though, is the wealth of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids also present in eggs which aids your body in efficient digestive health.
If you are an egg lover, miss them and would love to have them back, check with your doctor first (just to be sure there isn't another reason you need to avoid them) and then ask if it's possible you can add them back into your diet.
August 5, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Consumer Reports
What's The Better Choice
This is a surprise to most people but if you were offered a regular oatmeal cookie or a sugarfree vanilla cookie, which one are you going to choose to retain better blood sugar control?
Most people assume since the oatmeal probably has raisins and it has regular sugar in it, they must stay away. But remember, sugars are not the only important line on that ingredient label. Sugar cookies are also high in fat and high in carbohydrates. They really have no redeeming graces other than they taste so good.
But an oatmeal cookie, even with the sugar, has about the same amount of sugars, but it also has more fiber, less carbohydrates, less fats and a slow release burn on carbs. All of these factors combined yields the oatmeal cookie is a much better choice for good diabetic control.
August 3, 2011 Allergies
Information Source: Dr. X Qin, director of research on the cause of IBD
Mis-diagnosis Of Celiac Disease
IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) has never had a reason for its inception in the human body to date because medical science does not know what causes it. But Dr. Qin set out to find this answer and has come up with some totally enlightening information.
"The artificial sweetener saccharin as well as sucralose (Splenda) may be the hidden culprit behind the development of IBD."
Sacchrin and sucralose, as they have infiltrated the consumer market, has also shown an increase in the prominence of IBD in every country all over the world. The relationship between these items still continues to grow as usage of these artificial sweeteners grows also.
Proven medical historical data shows low to no incidences of IBD in many countries until after the introduction of artificial sweeteners. Testing and trials have confirmed, with the removal of artificial sweeteners from the diet, a corresponding correlation of decreased IBD diagnosis has also dropped exponentially also.
This is just one more danger that artificial sweeteners are being shown to cause but still their distribution is not being halted for further study.
July 31, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: The Organic Center, specializes in research, education and farming methods and controls of the organic community
What's The Difference Between...
People are becoming more and more confused because they have been informed for health's sake, buy organic. But now, it's in the news that organic operations use pesticides also
, so how can it be organic anymore?
A new website which has entered the market explains many of the differences, pros and cons, and general information about the entire field of organics. You can find definitions of terms, what to buy, what to avoid, natural weed killers, organic gardening and farming methods and on and on.
Give these guys a try, The Organic Center and stay current on what all the hullabaloo is in the current press
July 31, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: European Journal Of Nutrition
Can The News Get Any Better Than This
Most of you by now are familiar with the suggestion, if you're diabetic and you want chocolate - Eat It, that is 70% or higher dark chocolate, that is. The message has been thrown around for many years now that dark cacao in high concentrations is actually a health-food when eaten in moderation. It was always suggested 1 oz a few days each week.
But more and more studies are being finalized on this recommendation and the newest news states up to once a day and guess what - you can count dark chocolate as one serving of fruits and vegetables for that day.
The antioxidant content of dark chocolate is so high, it gives you a better return for your health than many of the real fruits and vegetables.
See, some day, people are going to be envious of the diabetic. You can eat chocolate for health! (Remember though, leave the milk, white and lower percentages of dark alone. These aren't health food - they just helped contribute to the problems you already have)
July 30, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. Andrew Weil, Natuopathic physician, educator and author
Gave Up All Sugars But You Still Need Something
So you tried giving up all of the artificial sweeteners and real sugars but your taste buds still want something. Many people ask what about honey?
Honey does have a couple of advantages. One it is sweeter than sugar, so you use less plus if you get Raw Honey (not the kind common in the grocery stores, it does have added vitamins, minerals, enzymes etc. not found in sugar.
But honey also has its disadvantages for a diabetic. It raises your blood sugars very quickly if over-used so moderation is very important. Try to wean yourself off extra sugars slowly just by adding a little less each time you use it over several weeks and months. As your body adjusts to the smaller amount of sweetness, the day will come when you don't even miss it anymore.
July 28, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Scientists and Research Unit of the Medical College of Wisconsin
Alleviating Heart Attacks, Strokes, High Blood Pressure Plus Many Other Diabetic Complications With A Simple Life Change
Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Alleviating many of the common troublesome complications of diabetes with a no-cost, easy to perform, once a day natural alternative to medicine. You don't even have to check your glucose meter, pop a pill, take a shot or any of those other tiresome every day routines to accomplish this treatment program.
How's all this happen?
Sit on the floor (or the recliner if you prefer), cross your legs (if you are on the floor), close your eyes, and just pick a group of sounds or hum a slow rhythmic tune, repeat a short sentence (anything you are comfortable with - many people use the two letters "om")- this is called a mantra. What's all this called - Transcendental Meditation.
Doesn't sound like anything is happening, does it? But the reality of it, two 20 minute sessions of this a day will reduce your likelihood of diabetic complications by about 50%.
This simple act of meditation actually reduces your blood pressure, your cholesterol levels, the thickening of the walls in your arteries, lowers your stress levels thus eliminating/reducing your body's over-production of high cortisol levels, reduces insulin resistance and reduces your chances of having a major heart attack or stroke. Do you notice, all these symptoms are common precursors to Diabetes.
If you wish to step up the benefits a little more, tuck in that daily exercise (take the dog for a walk around the block, weed the garden, play a round of golf, go dancing with your partner tonight - see exercise does not have to be boring either.
All of these low impact life changes affords you a greater than 50% chance of avoiding many of the devastating complications of diabetes.
Now isn't that fact alone worth sitting and humming/or chanting twice a day for?
July 26, 2011
Information Source: FSC Mixed Sources, food energy resource group
Do You Recognize A Whole Grain
This one is a common way to trip up many people because they invariably get one or more of these wrong. Test out your understanding of whole grains and see if you would have got them all right.
This Group Is All Whole Grains
- whole grain
- whole wheat
- cracked wheat
- brown rice
- wild rice
- whole-grain corn/spouted whole grain corn
This Group Is Not Whole Grain
- enriched flour
- corn meal
How'd you do?
July 25, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Rodale Health News
New Rules Governing The Additives In Meat
At long last, there is new rules that look like they may make it into law in the United States governing the packaging and additives which are added to processed meats in your local grocery stores and meat markets.
Many stores, before packaging a fresh chicken or turkey may add a solution of salt water to help keep the bird moist while it sits on the shelf. Ground meats may get added food dyes to enhance the colors. Fresh seafood gets sulfites to help with preservation. This list can go on and on depending on the item and which store you normally purchase from. (Organic meats are exempt from these policies as it is against the law for additives to be given to organic foods.)
But no more is all of this going to be possible without those additives easily being identifiable on that food label.
Many people buying a fresh chicken now have no idea their chicken was processed with added salt. If you are on a low sodium diet and you purchase this chicken, you believe you are staying within your medical boundaries. Unbeknownst to you though, the amount of salt in that one chicken is more than three times the amount you are allowed to have for the whole day.
All concealed additives in many food products like this can and do affect the health of people daily without them even knowing it.
July 22,2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Diabetes 4/6/2011
Will The Tangerine Become A New Therapy For Diabetes Control
Preliminary studies are actually showing that a peeled tangerine actually has the capability of reducing blood sugar levels, bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels and obesity all by just making them a continuous part of the diabetic's diet.
Although it's too early to say if this is going to be a viable treatment program, as of now it sure couldn't hurt to add them to your diet. The boost in vitamin C levels alone is one great big plus to anyone's health.
July 21, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: The Kitchen Collection, Dutch Valley Foods
Buying Plain Old Sugar Is Sure Getting Complicated These Days
Hitting the grocery store aisle now for a sweetener used to be so much simpler. You picked up a 5 lb. bag of sugar and you were done. Now the array is getting more and more endless all the time.
More and more ingredient labels are starting to show organic evaporated cane juice and organic powdered evaporated cane juice as the sweetener of choice. This refers to the method of growing and processing. Both of these are minimally processed and did not go through the bleaching stage (natural sugar is tan at harvest, food processing bleaches it white before we buy it). So by changing to these two varieties in your daily use, you have retained many more of the vital vitamins and nutrients in raw sugar and completely avoid all the bleaching chemical agents used to make pretty white sugar.
July, 18,2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Personal opinion
Keep The Spice Cupboard Up To Date
Because many foods rely on spices to make a good meal for the diabetic, be sure to always make sure your spices are fresh. Discard any spice bottle which has been in the cabinet for more than a year and replace it with a newer bottle to get the full flavor during your cooking.
July 18,2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Personal Opinion
Don't Let Yourself Feel Deprived
Holidays are one of the hardest times for many diabetics because they often feel left out of the food which is served at the festivities. But for a new quick and easy way for them to be included in the fun and reduce the calories, sugar and fats of many desserts, try the following.
When serving a 2 layer cake, frost in between the two layers only and then lightly dust the top with cocoa powder or powdered sugar. Add a serving of fresh fruit in its own juices when sliced and no one will ever realize you are serving the "skinny version" of the cake.
July 16, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. Mark Stengler, researcher, instructor and practitioner of Naturopathic medicine
Reducing Your Odds Of Blindness From Diabetes
A little known fact is diabetes is the number one cause of blindness in people all over the world. The reason for this is the ever-greater increased chances of diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma in a diabetic patient. This increase is furthered along because of the growth of an enzyme known as aldose reductase, common to a diabetic. As aldose reductase builds up, damages to the blood vessels and a continuous build-up causes clouding of your vision ultimately leading to possible cataracts.
So how do you reduce your chances of this enzyme gone wild building up in your system - talk to your doctor first and ask about a compound known as quercitin, a natural bioflavonoid found in some of the fruits and berries we eat. Concentrated forms of it are available from your health food store to be used daily for help in reversing the damage caused by aldose reductase.
July 15, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Multiple Locations and Sources plus general knowledge
Clearing Up The Misconceptions
Today's section is just a general primer with some common misconceptions many people still believe about diabetes, it's control and its practices. Read over these and make sure you are up to date with all the current information about your own condition.
- Can you lower high blood sugar with high fiber foods?
The answer to this is Yes, but it is a continuous lifestyle eating change, not an instantaneous therapy.
If you check your blood sugars and they are way to high, eating high fiber foods now is not going to make a noticeable drop in your sugar levels. But as a diet daily change, yes the addition of fiber actually absorbs many of the sugars in your body, especially when eaten in combination with a good source of protein(skinless roasted chicken breast) and fats (extra virgin olive oil).
So good sources of fiber include apples, grapes, cantaloupe, green beans, sweet potatoes and many other fruits and vegetables.
- Over the counter muscle relaxants are always safe for people with diabetes.
This answer surprises many people but it is actually No. If you have problems with Neuropathy, some of these OTC creams can actually worsen the muscle pain. Any cream with salicylic acid can also aggravate the muscles more causing burning and skin irritation. Check the labels carefully.
- Having your doctor tell you he needs to put you on insulin shots means you have failed at your diabetic control.
This is a common answer many people believe is true. But actually, having to take shots has nothing to do with whether you have passed or failed in your attempts at controlling diabetes.
All Type 1 diabetics currently must take injections. It is just the nature of this disease. Type 2 diabetics can be given either pills or injections. Many of these drugs have different basic principles to healing. So if your doctor feels you that you will get better results with injections, this is what you receive. Having to use one or the other in no way points out the fact whether you are a severe case or an easy case. The choice of pills or shots is only differentiated by which drug will give you better control for your situation.
- Taking Fish Oil capsules (for omega 3's) can make your cholesterol go up.
Our bodies can be a pain at times when we off-set the balance of things. Often, if you add a fish oil supplement and you notice your cholesterol is raising after the next blood test, add a garlic supplement also every time you take the fish oil and the problem has been solved.
July 14, 2011
Information Source: Dr. Mark Stengler, Naturopathic physician, researcher and educator
Two Common Diabetic Symptoms And How To Control Them
Are you diabetic? If so, don't be surprised if, with time, you notice you are slowly having more and more problems with your eyesight and UTI's (urinary tract infections). Both of these do have a link with diabetes. But what if you are noticing troublesome symptoms and you wish to prevent or head off further difficulties
. What can you do?
Check with your doctor first and then give these two a try and see if they may help you.
Many people have heard cranberry juice is good at helping a UTI but what most people don't realize is it is better at preventing them, not clearing it up. Next time, when you already have it, visit your local health food store and try uva ursi instead.
This herbal compound works in three ways. First, it has a bacterial agent to kill off the bad bacteria, second is a diuretic to help flush the infection out of your system and finally it alkalizes the urine which ultimately leads to faster healing time.
The normal dosage is 60 drops 4X daily in tincture form or 500mg capsules 4X daily. Verify these dosages though first with the pharmacist and your doctor for your individual care.
Next computer work, book reading or writing etc. can easily lead to eye strain and tiredness. But by adding the supplement bilberry to your diet, you get the advantage of improved circulation and it also strengthens the capillaries which leads to the eyes. These give you better and more blood flow to the eyes themselves. All of this ultimately equals less headaches or blurry vision from eyestrain in your daily life.
July 8, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: General Common Sense plus numerous doctors, dieticians or anyone in the medical field
Does This Sound Too Good To Be True?
So you are a struggling type 2 diabetic and just can't get your blood sugars under control?
One of the number 1 best therapies in the entire world needs no doctor, nurse, dietician or absolutely anyone in the field of medicine. All it takes is a trip to the local Humane League and adopt a dog as a pet.
The reason --Exercise. Daily, continuous exercise is the number one advantage of getting a dog. But for some of the continual advantages you receive:
- every time you feed the dog, after it is finished eating - take it for a walk. I did not say you open the door and let the dog out. You put the leash on and take it for a walk. It is one of the lowest impact forms of exercise available to mankind and you have just controlled your blood sugar, future weight gain, and the symptoms of heart disease
- the love and companionship you receive in return helps to regulate your blood pressure and relax your cortisol levels, thus reducing blood sugars
- increased safety measures - a dog will learn to love and obey his master in return thus in the event of danger, a dog is often the deciding factor between danger and a thief/mugger leaving you alone
If actually having a full-time pet is out of your capabilities, then donating your time to a local animal shelter for an hour or two several days a week can be a boost to your own health and a god-send to the animal who is patiently waiting for his forever home.
July 3, 2011 Allergies
Information Source: AAAAI (American Academy Of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology)
Who Do I See?
So you suspect an allergy but you aren't 100% sure. Who do I see to try to verify my diagnosis?
Start with your regular general practitioner or family doctor. There is several tests that can be run, questions which need asked and answered, plus a few priorities in your own at home health care which may need to be covered.
Eventually, if your family doctor is unsure or wishes another opinion, he will probably ask for a consult with a doctor of allergies, known as an allergist. The full title of this individual is an allergist/immunologist. With a couple of extra years of study, this doctor has a larger understanding of the specialized problems in allergies, asthma plus the different types of autoimmune diseases.
Up and coming now though, many more people are also visiting the practitioners of alternative medicine and using alternative therapies. This type of therapy tries to find the root cause of your condition and heal the entire condition, not just mask the symptoms so you can feel a bit more comfortable.
Seeing the right doctor at the right time, often can mean the difference between a lifetime of suffering or the possibility of living and managing/eliminating your illness.
July 1, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Prevention Health
Fruit and Diabetes: The Final Verdict
Everyone knows fruit is much higher in sugars so many people assume that means all fruit is off-limits after they get a diagnosis of diabetes. But then more and more here recently, it has been surfacing a diabetic should never avoid fruit, just fit it into your daily diet carefully.
So, since you are the diabetic, in english, what does that sentence suppose to mean to you?
A finalized study of 70,000 women has shown for every 3 servings of fruit a woman eats, she effectively cuts her chances of developing diabetes by approximately 18%. But if the fruit they ingested was fruit juice instead of the actual fruit itself, the numbers reversed and now those same 3 servings will almost double your chances of getting diabetes in the future.
So, if you are at risk for diabetes or already have received the diagnosis, stick to the whole fruit itself for greater chances at better health.
June 29, 2011General Diabetic Health
Information Source: University Of Pittsburgh
Sleeping Difficulties: Help To Turn It Around
At a recent meeting of the Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (known as SLEEP), it has been reported that an often over-looked treatment program for many insomniacs is already at your fingertips every day of your life. If you are uncomfortable living on one more medication trying to get some sleep each day, try Cold Therapy for the head and brain.
Quite simply, this means when certain parts of your brain become colder than normal, the brain slows down and eventually shuts down enough that your body will just curl up and want to sleep. The great part of this also, as long as your brain retains this cool state throughout the night, you will actually stay asleep also much longer than your normal temporary sleep patterns.
A few easy ways to retain this sleep-inducing state for every day use include:
- slide a frozen ice pack inside your pillow case each night and leave it there the whole night. As the ice melts, by morning your brain will come back to normal temperatures, thus allowing you to wake up.
- turn your air conditioner thermostat down lower so the room stays semi-cold all night through. Be careful though, if you go to far and your body stays cold, you have reversed this process. The cold body will not allow you to get comfortable enough to fall into slumber.
- take a cool to colder shower last thing before going to bed. Again you will cool down your head but too cold and you will nullify the effect again. Experiment to find the best temperature for a semi-cold shower.
June 21, 2011 General Health
Information Source: Prevention Health and Wellness
Eliminating The Effectiveness Of Green Tea
Many people have heard of the power of adding green tea
to their daily diet for better health and nutritional support. But what no one ever seems to say is how many of you exact same people are negating all of this compounds benefits by making one big mistake - adding a source of milk to the product before you drink it.
Green tea contains compounds known as catechins which aid in the expansion and contraction of your arteries. But milk products deactivates these compounds until they are useless.
So from now on, skip the tea and milk and opt for a little honey or fresh squeezed lemon instead.
June 21,2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Prevention Health and Wellness
Sleep Is An Aid To Diabetes Prevention?
It may sound funny but yes, actually getting enough good quality sleep everyday can actually aid you in fulfilling your goals
towards better diabetic health. But if you happen to be one of those people that seem to have a horrible time getting to sleep and a worse time staying asleep, this small little trick may help.
Do you remember when you were a kid and Mom always gave you a glass of milk before bed, stating it would help you sleep. It turns out, she was actually right. Milk products have an amino acid called tryptophan, which actually does promote sleep in many people. But recent research has proven that tryptophan combined with a small amount of carbs actually accentuates this amino acids effect even more.
So for a quick, and diabetic friendly bedtime treat, try the following:
- 4 large red strawberries (peaches, blueberries etc)
- 1/2 cup fat free vanilla yogurt, unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon muesli cereal
Layer the berries and yogurt in a small dessert dish and sprinkle the top with muesli.
June 18, 2011 Allergies
Information Source: NIAID: National Institute Allergies and Infectious Diseases
Is It Possible To Shorten A Child's Early Sensitivity To Milk Products
Do not ever test out this theory at home without first checking with the doctor!
A new NIAID-supported study is showing children that have a milk allergy, but can tolerate a little bit of milk in baked goods without an adverse reaction, may be able to grow out of their sensitivity to milk earlier by getting just a little bit of infrequent exposure.
Normally, most children, if they do grow out of their sensitivity will do somewhere between 3-5 years of age. This study is supporting the hypothesis this time can be shortened with minimal and infrequent exposure only from baked products.
Again though, this can not be tested at home without your doctor's prior approval.
June 17, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Consumer Reports On Health
Packaging Tricks With Misleading Labels
The manufacturing industry, because of such limited rules and regulations currently as a standard in the USA, can and do try to mislead the general buying public
with the terminology on their packaging.
The industry has certain buzzwords the general public knows and likes. Words such as "all natural", low fat, low calorie, reduces cholesterol etc. all speak to the consumer in a language media hype has taught them to try and avoid. But the front label of a package will not tell you the whole story. Seeing a label which states low fat on the front of a cole slaw package mix sounds good to the buying public. What the company doesn't tell you though, there is no fats in cabbage.
The food processing industry uses this trick quite frequently on the front label to make the consumer believe they are buying a responsible product. But how about the amount of sugars (carbs) or salt which is in the dressing mix. Do you see that number, which is probably sky-high, anywhere on that front label.
You absolutely must turn that package over and learn how to read the ingredient label and the nutrition label for your own health and safety.
June 17,2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Consumer Reports On Health
The Increasing Value Of Nuts
Adding nuts and seeds to your daily diet has long been regarded as too high in calories to be beneficial
. But many researchers, doctors and clinicians are daily learning this was a big mistake
to warn people away from this type of food product.
The nutritional content of a handful of almonds or english walnuts can not be exceeded by even most vitamin and mineral supplements. Although raw and unsalted nuts are recommended, especially for a whole foods diet, adding dry-roasted or roasted and unsalted do also have a desirable list of quality traits.
As with anything else though, remember that honey roasted, candy coated, toffee flavored and all these varieties do add up very quickly in calories and sugars.
June 13, 2011 Diabetes and General Health
Information Source: Dr. Andrew Weil, leading Naturopathic physician, researcher, teacher and owner of the Weil Institute of Medicine
Stay Away From Unhealthy Fast Food Choices
Sometimes we all get pressed for time
and the drive-in window is the first place you pull into when you just need some food. It's a fact of life, we all need that quick pit stop occasionally. So here is just a few suggestions what you need to steer clear of for your own health
- Do not get the cheese, mayonnaise and tartar sauce on your sandwich or platter. Each of these are high in saturated fats and calories. Order mustard as your condiment or use vinegar as a topping wherever possible.
- Do not ever choose any deep-fried selections (yes, there goes the french fries). Reheated grease continually used over and over causes inflammation in the body which leads to very poor health in the years to come.
- Skip the soda and order water. It doesn't matter if it's a diet or regular soda. Regular is full of sugars and calories which can add up to as many calories as your meal, depending on the size. Diet sodas are known for causing brain fluctuations, gas, bloating and diarrhea in many people from the artificial sweeteners. Many people have problems with their digestive health and have no idea it is just the diet sodas causing many of the problems.
- And finally, the most important, NEVER order the largest version of anything on the menu. If the small is not enough for your appetite, then order the medium.
Restaurants oversize everything and then price them "just right" to get you to "buy up". Unfortunately that "buy up" policy makes you "balloon out" with time.
June 6, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Healthy Directions
Can Red Peppers Become A New Treatment Plan For Type 1 Diabetes
Mild to hot red peppers have a compound known as capsaicin in them which gives them their fiery kick. Research is being carried out now though to prove/disprove that this compound actually has the capability of restoring some or all of the function of the insulin-producing cells in a type 1 diabetic.
Keep a watch for this one. I am sure it will be in the news more and more in the years to come. Other than that, it won't hurt to add them to your diet now if you are a fan. The regular consumption of red peppers has shown to help support better blood sugar control in both type 1 and type 2 diabetics.
June 6, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Healthy Directions
Have You Heard Yet?
Are you a diabetic and your blood sugars always seem to be on a roller coaster ride? Often, for many people, the big problem is snacks. They try so hard to control their meal time offerings but then blow it between meals by grabbing the wrong types of snacks.
So an easy option, no thinking even required - grab a handful of raw almonds. What makes these so great is they do not raise your blood sugars at all. You also get the benefit of their high amounts of Vitamin E and magnesium, protein and fiber plus it is a member of the monounsaturated fats which means it is a healthy fat, like olive oil.
June 3, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Healthy Directions, fit living and wellness journal
Fresh Or Frozen
Eating healthy has always recommended buy fresh. Here in the last few years the recommendation has changed even slightly to Buy Fresh---Buy Organic.
But what happens if it is the middle of winter and you need some fresh green beans? What should you do now?
Surprisingly, the answer could very easily be Buy Frozen--Organic. You may be wondering why! After all, grocery stores carry green beans all year long.
Out of season vegetables and fruits which are fresh in the produce department obviously had to be shipped in, usually imported - from who knows exactly where. The time in transit alone means it could have been one, two or three weeks since this product was actually picked. Then imported fruits and vegetables have very stringent rules and regulations which must be followed to be certain no pests, diseases or harmful substances are accidentally brought in with them. For this reason, pesticides, herbicides etc are used in great quantities to "guarantee" the safety of the incoming produce.
But stop and think, so we prevented the import of a "new worm" not indigenous to this country, but instead you have just ingested extremely large quantities of toxic substances that was used to eradicate that worm.
Do you really feel any safer now, after knowing that?
June 3,2011 Allergies
Information Source: Health and Wellness Clinic
It's Bug Allergy Season Again
Are you one of those people that seem to be instant lunch for every bug or insect every time you step outside?
One of the ways available to help deter the little critters is using some natural repellents instead of all those dangerous chemicals found at the regular store.
Some common ones include clove, peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, neem oil cinnamon and rosemary plus others. Visit your local health foods store or check at healingtreenaturals.com for some safe alternative products that will get you through this season without being someone else's "lunchtime snack".
May 31, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Whitaker Wellness Institute
Real Eggs. Vs. Egg Whites
Current research is not sure yet why but it is now being recommended the average individual should be eating no more seven whole eggs per week plus an unlimited amount of egg whites.
The only stipulation placed on this rule though, ignore this if you are a diabetic!
More research is needed into the decision, but currently a diabetic should stay away from whole eggs. For an undisclosed reason, more documented fatalities are being recorded when a diabetic consistently uses whole eggs as a part of their diet.
For now, enjoy all the eggs you like, just keep them as the egg white, Egg Beaters or any egg white replacer you can find in your grocery store shelves.
March 28,2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Journal From Good Eating, Good Living Publication
Are Stress And Diabetes Control Inter-Related
Many people, during stressful periods of their daily life lose their everyday normal routines so exercise, healthy eating, sleep and self-care all get thrown to the wayside.
Also, even if your life is still on an even keel, but your normal life is one constant rush here - rush there, try to fit too much in everyday, all of this may seem normal to you but to your body it is Stress!
Either scenario is a disrupter for the standard human condition so take some time, STOP, listen to some music, take a short 10 minute walk, read a short story, take a 10 minute powernap or just do whatever helps you to calm down several times each day.
Your blood pressure and blood sugars both will thank you for it.
May 23, 2011 General Health
Information Source: Consumer Reports On Health
Expired Medicines: What Do I Do With Them
This one, I bet almost all of us are guilty of at one point or another in our life. We have some extra medications, old expired medicines, or a prescription which your doctor has changed and what do you do with the old prescription bottle which is trash now?
Most of us either throw it in the trash or dump them in the drain or the toilet. But where do you think they end up - either in the drain(the water supply) or the landfill - the ground. Either way, it all ends up back into our bodies or the food supply at a later date.
So what's the best way to get rid of them?
Place the pills in a bowl and cover with water. Let them get slimey, gooey or dissolved. Mix the slush into some cat litter or old coffee grounds, place that into a ball of newspaper and now throw it into the trash.
It is now out of the sewer system but there's no chance of anyone finding them in the trash and using it.
May 23, 2011 Diabetes/General Health
Information Source: Bottom Line Health Magazine, one of the nation's leading health and wellness consumer groups
The Truth Is Coming Out
More and more information has been coming out in the last few years about salt and its relationship to high blood pressure
. For many years a diet high in salt has been attributed to a decrease in health because of increasing blood pressure levels.
But the actual connection has finally been tracked down and proven.
Lowering your salt intake alone is not actually a deterrent to your blood pressure. In this case: it takes two. Lowering your blood pressure is determined by the regulation of sodium to potassium levels in your body. Together, these two regulate the nerve transmission, cell activity and fluid retention in your body.
Too much sodium with low potassium levels equals high blood pressure. Your body also exhibits symptoms of fatigue, muscle cramps and weakness, abdominal bloating and all of this leads to heart disease.
The standard American diet is high in sodium and low in potassium. These need to be turned around. It takes 5 times more potassium than sodium to achieve a sustainable level for good health. Start by adding some good old-fashioned high potassium foods to your diet daily such as bananas, cantaloupe, unsalted tomato sauce, apricots, beans, potatoes, avocados and seedless raisins.
Remember though, serving sizes count. Many of these are also high in calories and fats so be careful about including these into a sensible diet.
May 22, 2011 Allergies
Information Source: handed down by generations
Instant Relief From A Bee Sting
Did you or someone nearby just get stung by a bee
? Many people, although not truly allergic, can still be very sensitive to a bee sting. Often this can lead to days of pain, swelling and sensitivity to the affected area.
Anyone truly allergic to a bee's sting, can actually have a severe reaction, sometimes leading to death.
So the next time, get pro-active. As soon as you get bit, remove the stinger with a dull knife by scraping it across the skin itself. Next, because of the season, keep some packets of Alka Seltzer close by at all times. Open it, moisten it with water until it starts to fizz and then place this on top of the bug bite.
Alka seltzer contains baking soda, which reduces the swelling and inflammation. It also contains aspirin which alleviates the pain. The fizzing action itself also helps by driving these two compounds into and under the skin so the medication can actually get to the area that has been affected, thus providing almost immediate relief.
May 22, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: The Diabetes Centre:Isala Clinic, The Netherlands
Importance Of Cleaning The Hands Before Testing
It may seem insignificant but washing and drying your hands with plain old regular soap before you check your blood glucose levels is one of the most important steps you can take to get a true and accurate reading.
Some of the common problems are:
- dirty hands can contain oils, grease, dirt and grime etc.. All of these will not be able to give a true reading of the actual quality of your drop of blood. When the prick breaks your skin, what is on the outside of your finger is being pushed to the inside. Therefore the first drop of blood is going to be full of disgusting particulants
- if you do wash but do not dry your hands, you have just forced water into your drop of blood. This will alter the final test results also because you have diluted the concentration of sugars in the blood sample
- unwashed hands, clean but just recently holding some type of food, especially fruit - the higher sugar concentrations in the fruit will actually be on your fingers themselves. Tests have confirmed, depending on the variety of fruit you held, your meter readings can be up to 110 mg/dl higher than what your reading actually should be.
- avoid using hand sanitizers and alcohol swabs as much as possible. Although the test results will not be skewed as badly, you will still not get a true reading. It would be better to wipe off the first drop and test with the second drop of blood which comes out of your skin prick.
Just a few simple safety precautions before your test and you can be more assured you are actually getting a true and accurate reading every time.
May 19,2011 Diabetes
Information Source: USA Today Your Life and Health
Avandia To Be Pulled From Shelves
A year ago (June 2010) the FDA made the decision the diabetes drug Avandia showed too much risk for use in the general population. No further action was ever taken.
Today, it has been announced that the drug still shows the same risks. It was announced today the drug will be removed from retail shelves in November 2011. Very limited access after this date will be available by select doctors, pharmacies etc. after this date. It will also be mandatory that the patient must be advised of all possible side effects (it increases the risk of a heart attack in type 2 diabetics by 40%) and they must sign off stating they fully understand the risks they are taking by continuing the use of this drug.
So, yes, we finally have something "fixed" - 6 months from now - that could have been changed 1 year ago.
My question to the FDA - why does it take 18 months to get a
"killer drug" off the market? What exactly do we have this organization for if from the day of proof (board approval was given in 2010) to approval date of removal is 18 months apart?
Has anyone bothered to count how many more people have been affected during these last 12 months plus the six more to go?
May 31,2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. Whitaker Health and Wellness Insitutue
Real Eggs vs Egg Whites
Research has not decided on the answer yet, but preliminary testing has shown that experts are now recommending up to a maximum of 7 whole eggs per week and unlimited egg whites per person for a healthy diet.
The only exception to this current rule - if you are a Diabetic.
For an unexplainable reason to date, diabetes and whole eggs are showing an increased incidence of fatalities. Until more information is determined, diabetics are recommended to just stay with egg whites, Egg Beaters or another egg white substitute.
May 18, 2011 Allergies
Information Source: Wikipedia
Food Sources and Safety Of Vinegar In A Gluten-Free Diet
The most common sources of vinegar come from four different sources. These include:
- ethyl alcohol
- other fruits, grains or berries
Cider vinegar comes from the apple itself. It is generally recognized as being safe for almost all except those with a fruit allergy or from cross-reactions.
Malt vinegar uses barley or other cereal grains. This is a definite "stay away" source of vinegar for the gluten allergy. It is common to hear the proteins are broken down into peptides but the highly allergic may still have difficulty with this product.
Distilled Vinegar or Grain Vinegar is usually from corn but can also be from other grains. It is imperative you learn the grain source before ingesting this one.
Balsamic Vinegar is made from the juice of grapes. No grains are ever used in the fermentation of balsamic varieties.
Many people who adhere to a gluten free diet have always been informed to stay away from using distilled vinegar or grain vinegar. Even the name of it sounds like it comes from a wheat product.
But current research has been explaining that this type of vinegar Is Safe on a gluten free diet because the gluten peptide itself is too large to go through the distillation process, therefore it is not in the final product.
Talk to your doctor first and see what their opinion is first before using grain vinegars in your diet.
May 15, 2011 Diabetes and Hypertension
Information Source: Journal of the American Medical Association
Does Hypertension and a Low-Salt Diet Actually Have Any Ties In Our Body
A recently released study in the above journal has shown definitive results that a low-salt diet and blood pressure do not seem to have any correlation to each other.
Much of the standard medical community is disputing these findings stating several serious flaws are noticeable in this study and these factors were not taken into consideration.
Other members of the medical community though are stating these same factors were excluded from previous studies though also.
As of now, for the general public, it is still a wait and see scenario. More studies and documentation is needed to sort out the validity of both sides of this argument. Until then, it is highly recommended you continue to follow the directions as prescribed by your doctor.
May 11,2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: General knowledge
Are You A Diagnosed Diabetic With A Food Allergy Also?
Many people in this situation really start to freak out, especially when they go to the grocery store. It's as if there is nothing left in the entire world for them to eat. Read label after label, and it just seems like everything is now off limits.
Have you figured out yet where you are making your mistake? It's simple, really! Get yourself out of the middle aisles and stay on the outside perimeter of a chain store.
This is where you find the fresh produce, fresh and raw nuts and seeds, fresh meats, fresh seafood, and low-fat or nonfat dairy products (or dairy replacements if your allergen happens to be milk.) The only thing you really need to pick up in the aisles is the dried beans and legumes and maybe some whole grains (if you have a gluten allergy).
By sticking to a diet without processed foods, you control what does or does not go into your meals. In this way, you can completely control your new diagnosis safely and effectively.
April 25, 2011 Allergies
Information Source: National GIG (Gluten Intolerance Group)Office
Gluten Free Online Radio
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Special programming is also offered to help the gf individual in their daily life. Check in at www.glutenfreeonlineradio.com for a taste of having your own personal assistant in your pocket to help steer you through this new daily diet. Questions and comments are also accepted at email@example.com if you just need something outside the ordinary gf resources now available. Remember, all of this material is being offered at a no charge basis to the visitor.
April 17, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Personal Opinion
Handy Quick and Easy Tips To Make Your Diabetes Easier From The Kitchen
Many of us are so busy at certain times that the thought of having to go home tonight and make dinner is just so over-whelming. This is when, as a diabetic, most of us make the mistake of avoiding rule number one: skip the junk food from the fast food drive-in
Sure, many of them are trying to convince you that they are trying to make healthy food. They will say skip the burgers and buy the chicken or fish. But a chicken(or fish) breaded (extra calories and carbs) and then fried in the deep fryer (hot oil= saturated fats)is no better for you than just eating the cheeseburger anyway.
So a few quick tips on how to make your own fast food and have it on hand in your own house for those nights when you need a meal in a flash just depends on you owning a refrigerator/freezer. Try adding a few of these ideas to your daily routine for those nights when the recliner sounds a whole lot more comfortable than some full course meal.
- When you prepare any ground meat for tacos, sloppy joes, shepherds's pie etc, always freeze your meat packages double or triple the size needed and prepare it all when thawed. This way you have the meat ready for one or two more quick meals when needed. A few minutes in the microwave when you come home or place a frozen pack in the refrigerator the night before, add a few sides or condiments and you have another meal prepared in less than 15 minutes.
- When you bake a roast (or you used the crock-pot), cut up the leftovers and place in a baggie for the freezer. Later in the week, add some tomatoes, tomato juice and a few vegetables to the pot with some spices and your frozen meat. As the meat thaws, the vegetables cook and you have an excellent pot of homemade vegetable soup. All of that happened in 15 minutes also.
- Do you miss the chance to have a sweet treat every once in a while? You have tried to stay away from the grocery store cakes, pies and cookies. You know if you take the whole thing home, you eat the whole thing. Here's an easier way to solve that by making your own, but single serve.
Take one hour, mix up a batch of cookie dough, maybe some muffin mix, a cake or cobbler mix or anything you consider your favorite. Remember to exchange your fats and oils from their high fat butter and vegetable oil to your low fat unsweetened applesauce or stewed prunes. Reduce the sugars or in many cases you can eliminate them and exchange some of the liquids for fresh juices (which give you liquid and sweetness all in one). Experiment with a few of your favorite recipes until you get the flavor and texture you like.
Now when it's time to bake - fill one single serving dish for each family member and prepare just the one piece. All of the remainder of your batter, portion in separate containers also but freeze. Cookie dough can be scooped into balls and froze in aluminum foil. Many times batters can be frozen for a couple of weeks and baked when needed. This takes a little experimentation also since some batters will freeze well and occasionally some have a harder time (many batters with a milk product do not freeze well). While you are eating your "flash frozen" meal, your dessert can be baking in the oven.
Many people will even bake off all of their batter, muffins, waffles, pancakes etc., use the amount needed for their meal and the balance gets packed and goes straight into the freezer.
- Another easy time-saving and cost saving control is the grains. When you cook rice, pasta, oatmeal or barley, all of these can be cooled, portion-sized and frozen. Pull a bag or two then from your freezer as needed.
April 11, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: General Information
Useful Tips For Better Results At Diabetic Control
Being a diabetic is just down-right expensive. There is no way to get around that if you happen to be a long-term diagnosed veteran to this disease.
But it also can mean many people try to take shortcuts with their supplies to make them last a little longer between purchases. The first and most obvious is syringes, needles and glucose meter supplies.
I have heard many people state they hate taking shots or they infrequently check their blood sugars because it hurts so much. What they don't realize though is re-using your needles, syringes and other supplies, although you have to purchase them less often, you are also using dull, blunt instruments to take your medicines or check your blood sugars. Every time you stick yourself, you are using a blunt object and trying to poke it into your skin.
Double check with your insurance company first because often they do pick up the tab on these expenses. If you don't speak up, you are usually going to end up paying for them yourself at many pharmacies. I learned that lesson the hard way also. I paid for all my supplies for years until I accidentally found out my insurance company will handle it. You have to request it though, for some reason it doesn't seem to be automatic like it is with the medications.
So don't be shy, call or ask your insurance company or at the pharmacy what your insurance is willing to cover on the necessary diabetic supplies so you can try to retain better diabetic control.
April 11,2011 Diabetes
Information Source: AP Wire press release
Want Some Sobering Statistics About Diabetes
Diabetes kills more people
every single year than 12 separate incidences of the World Trade Center attacks.
Now you thought a lot of people lost their life that day. Multiply that times 12 to figure out the loss of life each year to the disease of uncontrolled diabetes. It seems like such a nuisance disease if you have it. And it comes on so slow and the symptoms graduate so simply and easily that people become immune to the possibilities and complications it can yield.
Diabetes is important! It should not be ignored or taken lightly. Your future health, whether that is in 5 years, 10 years or more can be shaped by the decisions you make today.
April 11, 2011 Allergies or Diabetes
Information Source: Executive chef Ken Gladysz, Hotel Hershey, Hershey, Pa. "Chocolatetown U.S.A."
Adding Cocoa To Your Diet Safely
Adding cocoa that is 100% raw, unsweetened and organic to your diet can be a chocoholic's dream. Did you ever think almost everything you eat can be whipped up with cocoa as an ingredient?
Just think, stews, soups, ground meat dishes, vegetables and casseroles, desserts, snacks, baked goods, breakfast and lunch staples... This list actually can go on and on.
Check back here in a few days and the world of food and preparation will become a whole lot sweeter for the chocoholics delight.
April 5, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: University of Rhode Island and the American Chemical Society
Maple Syrup May Be Back On The Menu
Have you ever heard of anything so weird?
It seems, 100% maple syrup, not the store-bought processed jars of breakfast syrup, is actually a proven medical preventative agent and has the capabilities of helping to reduce the severity of diabetes.
Funny, isn't it? A form of sugar will help you combat your complications with sugar.
Recent studies have proven that many of the formerly unknown compounds found in the pure form of this treat can fight some forms of cancer, diabetes and bacterial illnesses.
So, as I say, we may soon be able to treat a problematic "sugar disease" with another form of sugar.
April 3, 2011 Diabetes and General Health
Information Source: Costco Connection
A New Type Of Professional Cheerleaders?
Move over Dallas Cowboys - The "Dream Supremes" are moving in
Springing up all over the country at professional sports programs is a new type of cheerleading squad. Requirements to be a member are slightly unique though. Age requirements are between 55 to 71 years of age. You must be active and healthy enough to withstand a one and a half minute dance and cheer routine for the team of your choice.
Currently available right now, squads are used at the following cities on game night: Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Phoenix are showing the world old age no longer means rocking chairs and knitting needles.
Some of the members, when interviewed and asked what the hardest part of the program is came back with the comment that it's not the physical routines but trying to remember all the moves.
So see, the old adage is still living today when they say you are only as old as you feel!
March 27,2011 Diabetes and Allergies
Information Source: Consumer Reports - Health testing division
Does Every Meal Need To Be Balanced
Newspapers, radio, TV, the doctor, the nutritionist and every magazine continually warns about the necessity of eating a balanced diet. If I strive to eat a balanced amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients every day - does that mean it must be done every single meal?
It is starting to circulate through the news that this new program of balancing every single meal is highly recommended for good balanced health. But the reality is your body does actually have enough reserves (if you eat consistently well) that you can thrive for a while even with some out of balance or skipped meals.
The items which supply your body with energy (fats, proteins and carbohydrates) should be replenished daily but any type of water-soluble vitamin (B vitamins and vitamin C) will last at least 2-3 days without replenishment. Then the body's mineral supply and fat-soluble vitamins (A,D, and E) will last anywhere from weeks to even months.
So some days, sometimes, because of life's pressures,if it just is not possible to prepare and eat a completely balanced meal, as long as your normal daily diet is filled with a good assortment of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains , beans, nuts and seeds on a continual basis, do not worry about the occasional lapse when you are just out of time and you have to throw together a slightly less than acceptable meal.
March 24, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: The Journal of Nutrition and an article by researchers from Loma Linda University (LLU) in California
One More Reason To Add Nuts To Your Diet
Have you heard all the extra press attention being given to nuts in the last few years? Almonds, walnuts and now pecans are being touted as excellent sources of vitamins, nutrients and compounds which are excellent for certain functions of the human body.
This last test has proven the effects of one small serving a day of pecans can actually lower your risk of heart disease and lower your cholesterol levels naturally, without the aid of drugs.
Now obviously, if you are on medications already, this does not give you permission to stop without speaking to your doctor first, but adding a serving each day can only complement the effects, and hopefully reduce your dependency of those medications at a later date.
Remember though, even though nuts are a healthy source of fats, they are also high in calories. So 1/4 cup or less a day is enough to give your body that extra boost of nourishment it needs.
March 23, 2011 Allergies
Information Source: Jelly Belly Candy Co.
Jelly Belly Going All Natural
Select Jelly Belly candy products are now being made with no food dyes, artificial flavors or food preservatives
. All natural fruit juices and colorings are being used to get that great flavor and texture Jelly Belly is noted for.
Check out their line of Jelly Belly Superfruit Mix (jelly beans), Sports Beans jelly beans and Jelly Belly Fruit Snacks. Each of these are also an excellent source of Vitamin C, fat free, gluten free, dairy free and certified OU Kosher.
March 21, 2011 Allergies
Information Source: National Honey Board and Word Of Mouth Appraisals
Natural Remedy and Respiratory Infection Control
Some people seem to be born with one respiratory infection right after another. Or food allergies and sensitivities can plague some people all through their everyday lives.
No immediate and definite research studies have been done to show the effectiveness of the "Honey At-Home Remedy" but word of mouth has sang praises for decades on the benefits of all-natural honey.
Find a local bee-keeper, confirm his product is organic and start slowly adding 1/4 teaspoon to your daily diet. Work up to 1/2 teaspoon after a couple of days and continue until you are using 1-2 teaspoons per day. Stay on this regimen to build up your resistance to contagions passing around.
March 21, 2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Department of Agriculture research and Harvard University
Eating Eggs For Good Health
Eggs today seem to be coming a long way towards advancing your current health.
Recommendations now are showing up to 6 fresh eggs per week in your diet gives you a wide variety of nutrients such as vitamin D, the B vitamins, lutein for eye health, and nerve protection from choline. Some eggs are even bred today to have the advantage of high omega-3 fatty acids.
It has also been determined the low calorie and high protein contents do not affect your cardiovascular health as badly as formerly reported as long as you eat eggs in moderation. It is still suggested though, for better diabetic health, egg whites should still be your egg of choice for the diabetic person.
March 19, 2011 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Personal opinion
Effective Methods To Gain More Produce In Your Diet
Rule #1 in any effective dietary plan is trying to get some more nutritious foods
into your daily diet. But many people find that eating all those fruits and vegetables everyday have no place in their daily program. So how are they supposed to do it?
Actually it's pretty darn simple.
Get to the grocery store, the farmer's market or a neighboring farmer and pick up some of the freshest fruits and vegetables you can find - that you will also eat. Bring them home, give them a good bath with a safe produce wash, and then start proportioning.
What's proportioning? For every 4 hours you are at work, away from home, on the hiking trail, in the car etc. take along one piece of fruit or vege of your choice and eat it. If you work a twelve hour shift the next three days, then while you are at work each day, you automatically have had three servings per day. Add a couple more at mealtimes and you can easily get to the suggested 5-8 servings for each day.
The only rule to this game, you get to take nothing home and nothing gets left behind but the cores. Everything you take that morning has to be eaten before you can leave work or arrive at your destination etc..
March 19, 2011 Food Allergy Recall Alert
Information Source: Stop & Shop Food Stores and Kashi, Inc.
Food Allergy Alert: Egg Allergy
The following product, although completely safe to eat if you are not sensitive to eggs, can be a troublesome source if you are prone to a food allergy reaction when eating egg proteins. The product in question is:
Kashi Southwest Style Chicken, 10 oz. UPC Code 1862729292
If you are sensitive to eggs, please check at the this food allergy alert for complete instructions on how to handle the return of product.
March 19,2011 Food Allergy Recall Alert: Peanuts
Information Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Food Allergy Recall Alert
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has received a report of an allergic reaction to the following:
Chocolately chocolate chip flavour Raw Organic Food Bar
Certain lots of these products have been checked and tested and do confirm positive for the presence of peanuts which are not disclosed on the ingredient label. Please check with the following site's Food Allergy Alert and be certain if one of these is in your possession you follow the instructions to guarantee the safety of you or a loved one.
March 17,2011 Diabetes
Information Source: Penn State Diabetes and Obesity Institute
Contra-Indications At Times For Some Prescription Or OTC Drugs
So you are feeling sick or just out of sorts. After checking with your doctor or pharmacist, they have a couple of recommendations. Any time though you are placed on a steroid medication by injection or given prednisone by mouth, expect your blood sugars to skyrocket. It is a common side effect of either of these medications.
Also, many people do not even think of this one, but when you go pick up any over the counter medication, always check with a pharmacist first. Many of these are high in sugars, especially cough and cold remedies. These will also make your blood sugars start going haywire.
March 17,2011 General Health
Information Source: Michael Roizen, MD Chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic and Diabetes Educator
75% Of Chronic Disease In America Caused By Factors Within Our Control
According to Dr. Roizen at the annual American Association of Diabetes Educators 2010 ceremony, 75% of the patients
currently seen at the typical general practitioners office daily are the result of four causes. These are:
- smoking or other tobacco use
- poor nutrition or large portion sizes
- sedentary lifestyle
As you can tell from this list, each and every one of these is controllable by the individual
itself. Therefore, up to 91% of the prescriptions that are wrote daily are tracked back to a completely controllable condition that with a little motivation and discipline by the individual themselves, the doctor visit and prescription would not even be necessary.
March 16, 2011 Nutrition and Good Health
Information Source: Natural News Correspondent Shona Botes
Think Twice Before Adding Canola Oil To Your Daily Diet
It has been recommended for decades that canola oil and olive oil are both considered heart-healthy cooking oils. Well olive oil has not fallen out of grace but it seems canola oil is toppling
off its pedestal really, really fast.
Canola oil is from a genetically modified form of seed. This alone makes it a pesticide by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standards. It has the dubious distinction that a toxic build-up in your system is ongoing all the time and your body does not have the capability of eliminating it. It has a whole host of unpleasant side effects which eventually develop over time with use.
Commonly found in fast foods, convenience foods, breads, candies, chips, baby foods and formulas, mayonnaise, granola bars, margarine, lunch meats and almost all baked goods. Read those ingredient labels and this is one version you need to start deleting from your diet.
Stick with the olive oil instead or add the newcomer to the market, avocado oil.
March 14, 2011 General Good Health
Information Source: Alternative Medicine Community and ongoing research
A New Approach To Cholesterol Levels
Every time you get a blood test from your family doctor, the cholesterol test is pretty much a standard measure of checking your HDL(good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol) to make sure they are falling into certain parameters which have been an indicator for heart disease.
But many in the field of alternative medicine plus on-going research is now proving that the cholesterol numbers themselves may have little to do with your chances at heart disease. The determining factor on your health is the size of the cholesterol particles in your system themselves.
It seems the smaller the LDL particles are, the greater chance they have of infiltrating into the artery walls, thus forming a plaque build-up. Larger particles can not make it through the walls thus they eventually get flushed out of the system.
Therefore, the next time you get your blood pressure checked, be sure to ask your doctor to test for cholesterol particle size also. It is a better indicator of possible future health difficulties.
March 8, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Patrick Quillan,Ph.D.,RD,CNS
Are You A Fan Of Butter?
Some people just do not want to give up their butter. A few food group changes they can handle, but butter - they just have to have it. So how about keeping it but making it just a little bit healthier
for you. It's actually quite easy.
Bring a stick of butter to room temperature, add an equivalent amount of olive oil and whip together. Transfer to a small container and keep refrigerated. You have just reduced the calories and fats by 1/2. If you happen to be lactose intolerant, you actually may be able to use this blended version now without the adverse symptoms.
January 17,2010 Allergies
Information Source: Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent in London, England
Men, Do You Seem To Be Allergic To Sex?
Often a very rare condition, but growing in numbers, some men just seem to believe they are allergic to sex. While foreplay does not seem to be a problem, after ejaculation, men are stepping forward and explaining how they get visibly sick.
A runny nose, fever, body aches or just general flu-like symptoms
is common symptoms which men complain of after sexual intercourse. Research has decided the problem seems to be some men are actually allergic to their own semen.
Although the numbers are increasing in duration, many believe it is not just because of a combination of greater frequencies, it is just more men are starting to step forward and tell their doctors about their continuous problem.
To date, a sensitivity therapy program (allergen immunotherapy) is the preferred method of treatment. Small amounts of their own liquified semen is injected into the males until their body has the chance to become adjusted to the ingredients contained therein. Over time, the strength of the injections is slowly raised as the patient becomes used to their own semen.
January 17,2010 Allergies
Information Source: Children's Health Institutes of the United Kingdom
Conflicting Health and Wellness Care Again For Newborns and Parents
New research just published is recommending parents do not wait until 6 months to start weaning their newborns onto solid foods.
According to this research, it is highly recommended this transition should start to take place closer to 4 months of age instead. This decision though is based on a child living in an area where medicine, accessibility to modern conveniences and any area considered as a developed country is currently living.
Undeveloped countries and growing areas of the world should continue to breast-feed up to the 6 month limit to assure the child receives all the necessary nutrients for proper growth.
It seems this test is suggesting to forestall an early development of food allergies, starting the transition to solids may be more prudent for the future health of your child.
Conflicting information abounds concerning this matter. Always talk this situation out with your pediatrician before you make any kind of changes to your newborn's scheduled diet no matter what the age.
January 15, 2010 Diabetes>
Information Source: Whitaker Wellness Center plus many mainstream medicinal research giants
Are Statins Necessary For Reducing Cholesterol In Relation To Heart Disease
Repeatedly, more and more often, it is now being reported when your doctor suggests statins, you need to get a second opinion.
Ask more questions first before you place yourself in this dangerous spiral.
Yes, statins (Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor - the most popular ones) do have a great track record of reducing your cholesterol. What is not normally mentioned though is the possible complications of this drug.
All statin drugs decrease the energy quotient flowing through all the major organs and cells in your body. Your heart is the most energy conscious organ in your body. With lowered energy levels available to your heart, this greatly increases your chance of having a future heart attack.
Since statins are usually prescribed as a preventative drug to lower your cholesterol to reduce your chances of a heart attack, you can see how these drugs can ultimately work against you instead of for you in your battle to prevent heart disease.
Diet changes can easily help you to reduce your cholesterol numbers in your battle against future heart disease.
January 14,2010 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source:Press Wire News Release
Remember That "Got Milk" Campaign All Over The News
Do you remember about a decade and a half ago, all over the news, TV, print and anywhere else they could find to put it, celebrities were running around with milk mustaches
Well get ready for another round of it.
It seems the The Milk Processor Education Program Dairy Research Institute has made the stunning discovery that Americans are nutrient deficient, especially in vitamin D, potassium and calcium. So hence, we get to see a bunch more "milk people".
What the news agencies are going to forget to tell you though, probably because they won't be informed either, is processed, pasteurized and homogenized milk has very little vitamin D in it to help the human body.
If you were to supplement with vitamin D, the body requires vitamin D3. This type of D vitamin is easily absorbed by the body (you can get it by standing for 10 minutes in the sunshine- no milk needed).
The dairy industry though supplements processed milk though with vitamin D2. This form the body has difficulty absorbing because it is not what our body requires. Added to that, potassium levels and calcium levels have been further reduced because of the processing method.
If you want to add milk to your diet to raise your nutrient levels, go find a good source of old-fashioned raw milk direct from the farmer's cow. Hold all the growth hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and herbicides your cow is injected with or eats though. Save these for the large corporate dairy farms.
December 31, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Medco Health Solutions Inc.
Don't Let Your Kids Get Caught In This Trap
It seems kids are not meant to be kids any more in this day and age.
Go to your family physician anymore with your child and walk away with a prescription - generally for a medication which is considered to be an adult's dose. Parents actually even accept these little pieces of paper without even questioning the doctor, without even having a conversation about any alternatives.
Yes, kids are more and more showing the effects of "adult diseases". The unfortunate part, most of this is totally unnecessary.
Teach and train your children the importance of a good diet and daily exercise, let them learn by your example, and the majority of these pills (diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol drugs etc.) never even need to be part of their daily life.
December 31, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Prevention Health Care Plan
Rule #1: Do Not Follow Any Fad Diets
Every few years another fad diet hits the news and everyone jumps on the bandwagon
because they notice their family, friends or neighbors all seem to be losing weight.
You've heard the names in the news... Atkins diet, The Zone, Protein Power and on and on.
Everyone of these works... in the short term. But, once you've reached the weight you desire and you slowly go back to a normal diet, all those pounds seem to creep right back on. This is because all you lost was water weight and muscle weight.
Permanent weight loss requires more than losing the muscle (which you need for good health) and water, which your body is going to gain back anyway.
Permanent weight loss requires you to lose the body fat. This is a long slow process. It is why none of these fad diets tell you this. People don't want to start a program which tells them this is going to take time and patience. They want a program which shows immediate results.
Learn to adjust your lifestyle, your portion sizes, add some exercise and concentrate more on the right foods and reduce your dependence a little on the junk foods and you will begin to see results without even using the word... diet.
December 28, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Florida State Research Institute
Enjoy Some Watermelon While Lowering Your Blood Pressure
Preventing many of the side effects of a conventional pharmaceutical drug regimen is a necessary component for many people on standard drug therapy for their blood pressure.
Well, now the Florida State University has shown positive proof that just eating a diet with fresh watermelon consistently has the same ability as many pharmaceuticals.
Because of its high concentrations of the correct type of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, it was possible to obtain 100% success from each and every patient followed during the course of the study.
Although watermelon supplements was used on the study, the same concentrations and effects can be achieved just by adding fresh watermelon to your current diet, per the research.
December 24, 2010 Allergies, Diabetes and General Health
Information Source: Confectionery World.com and personal opinion
Non-GMO Confections Out Of The United States
To Be Available Soon
Many people are becoming more and more concerned about the prevalence of GMO -foods in our daily diets. Research has pointed to a higher incidence of health related problems
all over the world everywhere these products have been introduced into the food supply.
The European Union countries though have consistently been thwarting all efforts to get GMO seeds and products to be used in their part of the world.
The Hershey Chocolate Company has reached an agreement with this part of the world to begin marketing their products exclusively in Europe throughout the chain Asda, the European equivalent of Walmart. Hershey has always been denied access due to the GMO sugar(sweeteners) and soy (soy lecithin) which is used in their products.
To date, now Hershey has now agreed to re-formulate their European goods to eliminate these two GMO versions and change over to the non-GMO equivalent.
Unfortunately for the rest of us in the world, we still have to put up with the inferior GMO version of all Hershey products if we wish to have a small piece of candy from the "sweetest place on earth".
December 23,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Medscape Medical Daily News Release for the medical professionals
Abbott Diabetes Care Recalls Defective Test Strips
Effective immediately, Abbott is advising any consumer who purchased test strips for the following meters to contact the company immediately for lot numbers of affected defective test strips.
- Precision Xceed Pro
- Precision Xtra
- Medisense Optium
- ReliOn Ultima
If you have purchased any of the strips for any of these types of meters, please call the customer service number at 1-800-448-5234 (English) and 1-800-709-7010 (Spanish) to speak to a company representative. Recalled and affected products will be replaced free of charge.
December 15, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source:Duke Mansell, personal fitness trainer and whole foods researcher and trainer
One More Reason To Add Those Fresh Fruits and Veges
Everyone has heard of vitamin C. The first thing in most people's mind is orange juice.
But many fresh fruits and vegetables have a high concentration of this vitamin - thus its nutritional level is incomparable to use as an aid for the human body.
As a diabetes preventative or a factor to aid in the elimination of diabetic complications, fresh fruits and vegetables (thus high levels of vitamin C in your bloodstream) can be one very easy, quick and cheaper method of retaining your health instead of all those pharmaceutical drugs.
Keep adding more and more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet everyday and watch, with the help of your medical team, as the benefits just start stacking up.
December 14, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. Mark Stengler, physician and diabetes educator
Fresh Fruit and Your Diabetic Diet
Being a diagnosed diabetic is not any kind of death sentence when it comes to enjoying a piece of fresh fruit occasionally.
Sure you heard correctly that fruit is high in natural sugars. But the operative word there is natural. Natural sugars do not escalate your sugars as high or as quickly as long as the fruit is eaten during a regular meal. The other foods in your meal actually have the capability of absorbing some of the sugar content so there is no dramatic rise in your blood glucose levels.
Also, the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you receive from these foods are an added bonus for your body and its immune system.
December 14, 2010 Allergies
Information Source: Reuters.com daily newsletter
Don't Make This Mistake
Many people have always heard that a food allergy needs an initial contact
first and then the second time the body comes into contact with that food product a reaction can be staged.
Two common allergies though often do not follow this pattern. Some people can be so highly allergic to peanuts and/or eggs that just the first contact can produce an anaphylactic reaction.
If you are in doubt, get medical help immediately.
December 14, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Kraft Foods Good Eating/Good Living Program
Is Dessert One Of Those Vices You Just Can't Seem To Give Up
Some people are just so darn upset with their diagnosis because it seems like everything that was good in their life
is now off-limits.
But really, almost everything has options where you can find another version of your favorite so it can still be available for your diet. Below is two good examples.
How are you ever going to make it without that stop at Starbucks for that gourmet cup of coffee latte?
Easy, make your own cup of regular coffee, add a dollop of whipped cream from a tub of sugarfree Cool Whip topping and stir it in. Flavor wise it is the same but you have reduced the fats, calories and price to all be within a normal range for diabetes control.
Another easy one is grab a Jello Sugar Free Mousse Temptation, slide a lollipop stick or a popsicle stick through the lid into the container and freeze. You have now just made a frozen pop that can compare to anything Baskin-Robbins can offer any day of the week.
December 13,2010 Diabetes, General Health
Information Source: David Guiterrez, freelance medical journalist plus personal opinion
Just How Good Is Your Memory
It has always been an accepted fact of life among the general population that as we get older, our memory loss is just part of the aging process
But recent research concluded from the last 13 years of following an exclusive group of people yearly and after death (results from an autopsy was used) has concluded that memory loss is not inevitable, if it is even showing then there is some sign of a medical condition causing the problem.
The brain itself does not deteriorate as we age. Certain medical conditions though can cause signs of mental deterioration.
Let's hope this information can start a little more attention to this issue. Many people are willing to give up or accept a few ailments as we grow older, but our memories makes us seem like we are losing ourselves.
December 6,2010 Allergies
Information Source: Jake Richardson for Care 2 Health News
And You Thought It Was A Fruit Allergy!
Effective immediately, the California Department Of Pesticide Regulation has approved the use of a toxic chemical
, methyl iodide, for use in farming in the state of California on yearly strawberry fields and commercial strawberry crops to help control insects, weeds and bacterial growth.
Method of introduction will be by a aerosol spray of toxic gas which will also contaminate much of the surrounding farmlands, water, lakes, streams, wildlife, housing and people, obviously anything which gets in the way of the airborne gases.
Methyl iodide is a known cancer-causing agent in research facilities, impacts the central nervous system from inhalation, causes severe skin burns from contact for long exposure, and then causes a whole host of symptoms such as sleepiness, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain and on and on with low-grade inconvenient signs in the human body.
Many doctors and researchers are stating the undesirable affects of toxic poisons in the human body is leading to more and more occurrences of hormonal, neurological and immune dysfunction.
For you and your children's safety, start choosing organic strawberries only from the state of California when you shop at the grocery store.
November 29, 2010 Allergies
Information Source: General knowledge
Do Not Forget About The Proteins
Being on a gluten free diet has the same possibilities as a vegan diet, losing the grain products (or meat products for vegans) often to many people means losing your main source of protein
in your diet.
Proteins are absolutely 100% essential to good health. Therefore you must add some of these protein rich foods back into your gluten free diet in other ways.
Foods rich in proteins include nuts, cheese, eggs, spinach or broccoli. Several of the alternative flours, such as garfava flour (a combination of garbanzo and fava beans) also will help you obtain enough protein in your diet.
November 25,2010 Allergies
Information Source: Quaker Canada, a division of US based Pepsico,Inc.
Incorrect Product In Incorrect Packaging May Lead To Peanut and Tree Nut Allergy Episodes
Quaker Canada has released a statement recommending anyone with a peanut or tree nut allergy to carefully check their store bought box of granola bars. The following directive was released:
The 14 count Quaker Chewy Granola Bars Value Pack," which should contain peanut-free Chewy Chocolate Chip and Chewy S'mores bars, was found on the two occasions to instead contain Dipps Chocolate Chip and Dipps Caramel Nut bars, the company said in a statement late on Wednesday.
If anyone has a box of this product with a known allergen please double check the contents carefully. Anyone then with questions should call this toll-free phone number: 1-800-267-6287 to speak to a company representative.
November 25, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. Timothy S. Church, director of preventive medicine research at Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center
A New Turnaround In Diabetes Exercise Recommendations
Walking has always been touted as the ideal form of exercise for any diabetic because of its ease of use, low impact and its availability to do almost anywhere with little to no cost.
But recent research has been suggesting otherwise.
Sure walking is still good. But add a little bit of weight-bearing exercises (such as weight-lifting - cans of vegetables or fruits work fine, forget the gym equipment if you can't afford it) to your program also for those 1 or 2 days to speed up the benefits of blood sugar control.
It seems our muscular system eats up the greatest percentage of excess blood sugars when being placed in use, so the more you can use those muscles, the greater benefits you will see from your routine.
November 24, 2010 Allergies
Information Source: Reuters Daily Health News Report
Johnson & Johnson Hit Again By Medication Recalls
The leading consumer division of J&J, hit earlier this year with the massive recall of many Tylenol products
has now been asked to recall some of their Benadryl, Motrin and Rolaids product lines.
Children's Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets (cherry and grape flavors), Junior Strength Motrin Caplets and cherry-flavored Rolaids Softchews formula have been recalled from the wholesale and retail market levels.
According to a company spokesman, it is not necessary for the consumer to have to return any already purchased goods.
November 24,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association in conjunction with several leading research institutes
Here's Another Reason To Get Those Omega 3's In Your Diet
How much do you hate the dentist?
Many people are scared to death of a dentist. But the more you put it off, the worse condition your mouth usually ends up in. Then until you finally have to go, you are even more terrified because of all the major work which now needs to be done.
Well, something at least has come along which can help a little to break this vicious cycle.
Here's another reason to add some of that cold-water fish, an excellent source is wild alaskan salmon, or just add an ounce of english walnuts to your daily diet. The omega 3 fatty acids in either of these products has been proven so beneficial to the avoidance of periodontal disease, or the reduction of this condition, that it has now been published and is being reported as a preventative measure in the field of dentistry.
November 20, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: S.L. Baker, feature writer for health news or updated medicine treatments and my personal opinion
Do You Need Statin Drugs
The possibility exists now, many doctors are mentioning the possibility of placing their patients on statin drugs
to prevent possible future heart disease.
While the concept sounds enticing, remember we are talking prescription medications here. Have you watched any commercials lately and seen or heard the list of side effects or contra-indications for most pharmaceuticals.
Some of the current proven side effects of statin drugs can be quite severe, even possibly deadly. Irreversible liver damage, brain damage, muscle damage and possible eye disorders are just some of the reported complications for many people habitually using a statin drug.
Current testing by the John Hopkins Research Center here in the United States has also proven taking statin drugs without having a history of high calcium deposits in your system is just plain bad for your health.
Testing has proven that a possible connection does exist between the patient with artery clogging calcium deposits prior to their starting on statin drugs. But the patient with no calcium deposits (or minimal problems), the addition of statin drugs to their daily life has the potential to create more severe difficulties over time than to prevent any possibility of heart disease.
If your doctor has mentioned a statin drug to you as a preventative care routine, get a second opinion first before you agree to this new regimen.
November 16, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Excerpted from The Journal of the American Medical Association
Being Overweight Automatically Means You Have Diabetes
This is one of those common misconceptions that has been around forever. Heaven only knows how it got started but it seems it is so ingrained most people assume it is true
without even verifying the facts.
Current up to the end of the year 2009, approximately 34% of the adult population in the United States is obese. This means they are a minimum of 25 lbs. or more overweight. And yet the figures from the same year for diabetics was less than 11% of those obese people are actually diabetic. Sure being fat is considered a symptom of diabetes, but being skinny can be a symptom also.
Poorly controlled blood sugars is a problem with your pancreas, not your weight. Having excess weight will aggravate the symptoms of your diabetes, but it will not start it.
November 16,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: American Diabetes Association
Is Diabetes A Foregone Conclusion If It Runs In My Family?
Many people know diabetes runs in their family so they approach life with the attitude, "well, it's going to happen anyway so why should I try to prevent anything
But this fatalistic attitude is just an invitation for this disease to come knocking and settle in your home (body).
Sure, having a family tree full of relatives with diabetes ups your chances, but it does not mean it is impossible to prevent it.
Start taking better care of yourself now, whether that is 20 years of age or 80 years of age. Foe every one thing you can do to improve your life each and every day, you either improve your chances of preventing this disease or just pushing back any severe consequences due to diabetic complications.
Many of the small little changes you make daily don't even take any kind of sacrifice (we all know how much we dislike sacrificing what we want for what someone tells us we should want). Just make a few of the "healthy" changes to your daily lifestyle and soon they just become a normal habit.
November 13,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Rodale Daily Health Newsletter
Decrease Your Risk Of Heart Disease or Diabetes
Did you ever dream not getting diabetes could be as easy as not putting so much jelly on your peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Actually, the principle here is true
When you have any meal or snack, always combine a source of protein, fiber, good fats and carbs. This mixture is proficient in stabilizing your blood sugar levels even if you do treat yourself to some type of high carbohydrate or high sugar food (thus raising your blood sugars higher).
If you can carefully plan out your meals and snacks to include foods with a low glycemic load (a measurement of foods which shows how quickly that item will cause a blood sugar spike or not), then you have just effectively reduced your chances of heart disease and diabetes by at least 50%.
For a good listing of foods and their published levels for your convenience, go to http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
November 12, 2010 Allergies
Information Source: Rodale Daily Health Newsletter
Reducing The Consequences Of An Allergy Attack
If you happen to be one of those people that your doctor recommends you take some kind of allergy medications daily
then get smart and work with the pill (dose), not against it.
If you happen to be one of those people who wake up every morning and your allergy symptoms are at their worst each day, talk to your doctor and see if they have a problem with you taking your medication at night when you go to bed, not when you have the severe symptoms in the morning.
The reasons are actually several. Number one, almost all allergy medications make you drowsy, what better time to be drowsy except when you are trying to sleep.
Second, if your symptoms are always at their worst in the morning, then by taking your pills at night the medications action will still be working when you get up. This should help to relieve some of the morning symptoms.
November 12, 2010 Diabetes
Information Sourse: Fox News
Possible Cancer Therapy In A Current Diabetic Drug?
One of the most common forms of treatment for diabetes is the drug metformin (glucophage).
It is way to early to believe conclusively, but observations over many years has shown how using metformin as the treatment of choice for diabetes has resulted in much lower incidences of cancer in those same patients than what should be expected.
Now that the and confirmed with other sources also, many more interested research studies should be forthcoming to find out all the why's and wherefore's.
Keep listening for this one because I am sure it will be passed around for years to come.
November 11, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Rodale Daily Health Newsletter
What's The Easiest Way To Reduce Your Blood Pressure
Having one of those days
where nothing goes right, you have been non-stop all day and you are just down-right tuckered out?
Guess what is happening then to your blood pressure - it will be soaring also.
A quick fixer-up comes to the rescue. Stop for 30 seconds, take a really deep breath slowly, calmly and smoothly. Release it the same way. Fit this in six times during that 30 second interval and you have just reduced your systolic blood pressure (the top number) by 10mgHg.
November 11,2010 General Health
Information Source: Rodale Daily Newsletter
Better Quality Of Health Through A Change-Up On Bad Habits
Sitting at a computer, laptop, television screen or any piece of equipment for long periods of time is one of the worst habits you can adopt for your general health. So, since there is times you must do it, make a small change to eliminate this damage
you are daily doing to ruin your health.
Position your laptop, television etc. on a high countertop and stand at the counter to punch your keys or watch the television. For every hour you can reduce your continuous sitting time, you have just reduced your chances of having a heart attack by 18%.
November 10,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Rodale Daily Health Newsletter
Reduce Bad Cholesterol One Easy Step At A Time
Most people love to eat breaded meats. Think of breaded fish, breaded cordon bleu, chicken parmigiana plus many others. But how about losing the bread crumbs and changing this over to a whole grain cereal instead.
Crushed and crumbled, for every extra gram of soluble fiber you add to your diet, you can reduce your cholesterol level by 2mg/dl. So check those boxes nutrition labels carefully and pick a whole grain natural cereal for your next container of bread crumbs.
For every extra serving of beans, peas or citrus fruits (in the skin), you can also expect the same satisfactory results.
November 10,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Rodale Daily Health Newsletter
Easiest Method Yet To Reduce Your Chances Of A Heart Attack
When money is tight, most families automatically skip the yearly family vacation
just to save a few bucks.
It seems just the act of spending the 15-30 minutes planning that vacation and setting up the details can be one of the most advantageous moves you can make for your own health. The positive emotions generated while planning your one day or one week excursion can actually do more for your health than the actual week of relaxation.
November 10,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Natural News Daily Health Tip
An Apple A Day Truly ...
Remember that phrase about "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". We all heard it as we were growing up.
Well it seems science has figured out there is another reason for listening and eating that apple.
With continued use, the incidence of heart disease and complications (such as high cholesterol, blood pressure and even diabetes) can be effectively controlled with much greater ease.
No one is saying that bright crisp apple will eliminate all these conditions, but it sure can go a long ways in trying to help control or eliminate the factors leading up to the eventual diagnosis.
November 9, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Rodale Daily Health Newsletter
Decreasing Your Risk Of Heart Disease and Diabetes
Try making it a habit to include some source of protein, fiber and a small amount of fat with every meal along with your carbohydrate source.
In studies following 32,000 women over an extended period, those women which learned to level the glycemic load with each meal had less than half the chance of developing heart disease symptoms.
For a quick reference chart on learning the values of the foods you eat and their glycemic load value, check at http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
November 4, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: ABC News.com
Increasing Pressure Being Observed For
Mandatory Cholesterol Screening
The rising obesity rates of children seem to be causing another problem previously only common to the adult population.
High cholesterol levels in children seem to be rising exponentially right along with their waist size and the incidences of diabetes.
The only problem here: Statin drugs
Statin drugs have been gaining considerable pressure in the medical community for the last few years because of adverse reactions and future possible medical problems. A big push has been going on to get adults off of statin drugs. Now parts of the medical community is suggesting placing many children on statin drugs also.
Currently many senior medical advisors and the head of the American Heart Association is proclaiming it would be a better use of time and resources if kids were taught the importance of diet, nutrition, exercise and controlling their weight instead of placing them on a treatment program already under fire for its health complications.
November, 4, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: David Guiterrez, Natural News staff writer, the foremost educational publication for the natural and organic way of life.
Recent Studies Suggest Metformin (Glucophage) Can Cause A Vitamin B12 Deficiency In A Diabetic
A recent finalized study on the use of the prescription drug metformin (glucophage) has pointed to extended use has the capability of decreasing a diabetic's available vitamin B12
in their system.
Vitamin B12 is mandatory for maintaining good nerve and red blood cell health. Without a full complement in our system the common symptoms of anemia, fatigue, nerve damage and decreased brain function are prevalent in many diabetics.
Often though, doctors do not even check for this condition because the elderly are commonly seen as being more health deficient anyway.
Therefore, untold numbers of diabetics could be walking around
with a group of symptoms which could easily be controlled with vitamin supplementation.
If your doctor has you on metformin (glucophage), request a blood test yearly to verify your vitamin B12 levels are in the range that is considered safe.
November 4, 2010 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: Anita Khalek, health and wellness counselor for everyday good health
Are You A Firm Convert To Those Cute Little Baby Carrots?
Many people prefer to buy those convenient bags of pre-washed, pre-cut and pre-cleaned little baby carrots from the grocery store. Actually, often, I myself admit I think their flavor is just a little better than the big carrots.
But what we have never been told before by the food industry, all of that pre-cut and pre-clean comes at a price to our health. For extended shelf life, the carrots must be washed in a chemical bath (a chlorine solution) to "cleanse off" the bacteria and plant pathogens which allow more shelf life in your grocery store's shelves.
October 21,2010 Allergies
Information Source: US Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin offices
Soy Adhesive Project Yields A Promised Result
The current adhesive of first choice in the furniture industry has always been a petroleum-based product known as formaldehyde
. Many people have expressed the common adverse reactions such as stuffy nose, sore throats, respiratory irritations etc. from close proximity to this product.
The soy adhesive project, with its excellent results, has developed a new plant-based adhesive with excellent holding ability but derived from tofu and soy milk.
While this may seem like a dream come true for many, what is this going to mean to any person with a soy allergy? Now every time you go to a grocery store you must read food labels. Add to that, any time you purchase any item at all which uses an adhesive, now you are going to have to check if the new soy adhesive was their first choice in manufacturing.
Information Source: Dr. Mark Stengler, Natural Healing publication
What Is Your Allergy: New To The Headlines
If you had mentioned to someone you were allergic to perfumes and colognes ten or twenty years ago they would probably have called you nuts.
But continuous research has proven many people are sensitive or even have allergies to the components in many fragrances.
Many fragrances. soaps, lotions and cosmetics have a carte blanche header term listed on the ingredient label known as "fragrance". (It is much like the term natural flavors on a food label- it can mean anything).
The manufacturing community has been given the right to co-join many combination chemicals under one name and list them as "fragrance" on an ingredient label.
Therefore, if you seem to be sensitive to all the smells or contents of these products, the only solution is avoidance of the product and the vicinity they are in.
September 24, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. A. Getaneh, Diabetes Management Specialist plus my personal opinion
Organ Donation: Am I Allowed To Donate If I Am A Diabetic
In my personal opinion, just that fact you may be interested in donating your usable body parts after your demise, makes you a very special person.
Donation centers are always short on finding suitable donors and viable body parts. Many people expire just sitting on a waiting list because of the lack of available donated organs. Many people also live a long slow arduous life also waiting for the availability of a donated organ. This leaves many depressed family and friends which also have to suffer through the trials of slowly watching their loved one expire needlessly.
Although being a donor is a personal option, the fact you are willing to give one or some of your still usable parts to benefit another living individual makes you an entirely special person.
Now, medically speaking, organ donation is always handled on a case by case scenario.
Yes, being a diabetic has placed undue stress on some of the organs in your body. But there is many other possible organs or parts which are not affected by diabetes. Many of these can be tested and approved for the use of another individual which is in need.
Therefore, tissue, skin, tendons, corneas, veins and heart valves plus others are all just parts to a machine (the human body) which can ultimately save a life or return quality of life to another individual.
So if organ donation is a dream of yours, please notify the responsible authorities, place it in your will, make sure your family members are aware of your decision and now in some states the driver's license has a notation that you have agreed to become a donor after all possibilities of your life being saved has been decided.
September 24, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. A. Getaneh, Diabetes Management specialist
Blood Donation: Am I Allowed to Donate If I Am A Diabetic?
Blood Donation can be managed at any donation center or hospital as long as you follow these guidelines:
- your sugar levels are relatively controlled (remember we are not talking perfect here - no one is perfect all the time)
- you are in relatively good health
- you have consistent blood pressure readings which are not terribly elevated (this gets determined at your appointment)
- you are not tested with low red blood cells the day of your appointment (this is for your own safety)
There is also some other tests (all very simple) and some questions and answers which you must give the blood center (again this is for your protection and the protection of the recipient of your blood).
So therefore, on the day of your appointment, be sure you have a meal some time within a few hours of the appointment, drink a little extra fluids spaced out over the whole day and rest a few minutes if you start to feel light-headed or dizzy.
With these few precautions, you will be able to easily get through your blood donation as required.
September 22,2010 Allergies
Information Source: Pediatrics Journal
Does Your Baby Test Vitamin D Deficient?
The advantages of Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, are daily becoming more and more important to research and study groups all over the world.
Current testing is showing only 5 to 37% of the infants in the United States are showing they have adequate levels of vitamin D in their system.
Part of this problem lies in breastfeeding. If the mother's vitamin D levels are depleted, so will the baby's be also.
This condition gets aggravated then because parents of a newborn are advised to keep their child out of sunlight for his very first six months. Since the human body needs sunlight to generate vitamin D, many researchers are questioning the advisability of keeping these children away from the sun.
September 22,2010 Allergies
Information Source:Live Corn Free
Need To Live Corn Free?
Recent testing because of repeated incidences of allergies and complaints have surfaced showing corn has now been introduced into the diet of many bee farms as a part of their supplemental feeding program. Because of this, the corn allergic individual has been showing reactions and sensitivities that were previously non-existent.
New to this controversy though, is the beeswax also then off-limits?
Common sense pretty much can figure out if the honey itself is off-limits, the beeswax (used for lip balms, chapsticks, lip stick, lip gloss, etc.) is going to be off-limits also.
Therefore, the only solution to this dilemma is find a cosmetic line of products advertised as Vegan and there will be no contaminated beeswax. This is because the term vegan refers to no animal or insect products were used in the manufacture of that product line.
You still need to check the ingredient label though. Just because no beeswax is in it--there could be another corn-based product used also.
September 22,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: The People's Pharmacy
Need A Quick Electrolyte Boost?
Many outdoor workers(during the summer) or year-long in hot weather climates, athletes, or anyone susceptible to cramps is generally hooked on Gatorade as a quick source of electrolytes. As a diabetic though, the sugars (thus carbohydrates) in this drink is enough to send your blood sugars soaring.
Up to now, no one really ever seems to give us a lot of alternatives. We either suffered from the cramps or we suffered every time we took our blood sugar readings and just groaned from the outcome, knowing it was way too high.
Enter fresh unsweetened coconut water. Many people have never even heard of it but it is available at most health food stores.
One serving of coconut water has 15 times the potassium of the sports drinks and more nutrients than two bananas. It is an all-natural, anti-viral, sugarfree, chemical-free and the quickest source of electrolytes known to man at this time.
You can prepare your own straight from the coconut shell itself or buy it pre-packed already at the store. Just be sure to check the label and confirm your selection has no added sweeteners or preservatives.
September 13,2010 Allergies and Diabetes
Information Source: General knowledge, cooking techniques
Mesquite Flour: The New Gluten Free Flour Of Choice
Mesquite flour, generally grown and harvested from the country of Peru, is another new choice of flour for the gluten intolerant diet or an excellent choice for the diabetic in at home baking.
Low glycemic, high in proteins and nutrients, wheat free and gluten free are some of the admirable traits on this newcomer just coming into many markets.
Currently it can be used as a replacement for both white and wheat flour for the diabetic or in a blend for the gluten free diet.
The current crop is commonly grown in conventional farming practices but is generally high in pesticides. It is therefore recommended you purchase the organic variety when available.
Because of the current higher cost because and limited supply and demand, it is recommended you cut the flour 1/2 regular flour to 1/2 mesquite flour (diabetics only) for use in baking and cooking.
If you do happen to find a small supply, give this newcomer a try for your own eating enjoyment.
September 3, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Chicago Tribune
New "Paleo Diet", Healthy Living From Our Ancestors
Upcoming and new to hit the market is a program called the Paleo Diet
which is based on the types of foods we ate during the cave man days. Foods in their simplest form, no processing and limited selection especially from the meats, fruits, vegetable, nuts and seeds are the predominant selections which are available for your use.
Proponents following this program though do report a drop in
weight and blood sugars for better more effective control.
August 21,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Paul Fassa, A trained and practicing polarity therapy practitioner
Canola Oil: Fact or Fiction Over It's Good Healthy Status Recommendation
Read any medical journal, dietitian's notebook, nutritionist guide book or even the overwhelming majority of physician's when asked give the answer about the value of adding canola oil into a diabetic diet.
But ongoing research questions this fallacy because of the plant's GMO status, it's toxicity levels from some standard substances, and it's processing methods which leads to even more toxicity. All of this leads to some dangerous combinations in the human body.
August 20,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: The Alternative Medicine Ratings Guide
Hope On The Horizon For A Type 1 Diabetic
Almost all type 2 diabetics are consistently hearing about possible options that may be open to them for greater diabetic care. But if you happen to be a type 1, what about them?
Research and testing is in an on-going process but the herb known as Gymnema Sylvestre has shown great promise in helping to reverse some of the damage from type 1 diabetes.
A type 1 diabetic has the problem their pancreas is no longer capable of supplying their body with enough insulin for their energy needs. Gymnema Sylvestre seems to have the capabilities of regenerating some of the destroyed cells responsible for allowing the release of insulin.
This study is not an at-home care process yet. It is mandatory you must follow along with the advice and care of a licensed practitioner. But, this remedy has been used for hundreds of years in other parts of the world with amazing success.
Keep your eyes and ears open for the name of Gymnema Sylvestre in the current news for another possible remedy for full or partial relief of your current diabetic health.
July 30, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Mike Adams, Spokesman for Natural News TV
The Controversy: Raw vs. Cooked
Why is it many times we as a consumer are also asked to eat more raw fruits and vegetables? It is something I have heard all of my life - I am sure you have heard it too.
Isn't it OK if I eat plenty of cooked vegetables, why do I need a salad every day also?
Actually if you really would take the time to think about it, the answer is pretty much common sense.
When you cook anything, the heat will change the molecular structure of the components your food product is made from. In the case of fruits and vegetables, this change in the molecular structure leads to a decreased efficiency of that particular food to control the rate or fluctuations of your blood sugars.
In its raw form, nature itself has already built-in safeguards to control your sugar levels. By adding the heat, this changes those bonds which nature has built.
So yes, eating a bowl full of cooked spinach, carrots, zucchini or whatever is still good for you, but mother nature in its raw form has designed a better for you version than we have through cooking.
So,when your daily suggested diet plan calls for 1 cup raw vegetables and 1/2 cup cooked vegetables daily per meal, mother nature is actually doing us a favor by allowing us a natural form of blood sugar control.
July 26,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Riva Greenberg, 30+ years experience as a diabetic patient and coach instructor for the world of the diabetic.
Common Myths About Diabetes
Dispelling some of the common myths many people believe about themselves or the diabetic in general is one of Riva's specialties. Below is some of the most common questions she is asked because many people state they never knew the answers.
- Myth #1 Diabetes management must be perfect or it is all for nothing: The reality is most doctor's hope for the 80/20 rule from their patients. If you can properly control your own treatment schedule at home approximately 80% of the time, the other 20% can be blown off. Reduce your amount of testing for the day, splurge and have something you vowed you would take completely out of your diet, go out for dinner and order what you want, knock off your exercise program for today and go out with a friend to the movies -- whatever your heart desires for a break from your usual schedule.
- Myth #2 Eating too many sweets will give you diabetes: genetic pre-disposition and lifestyle factors led to your type 2 diabetes. An auto-immune condition leads to type 1. Neither of these are totally dependent on sweets. Yes, once you have diabetes, excessive consumption of sweets will aggravate the condition but it is not responsible for giving it to you.
- Eating sweets is now off limits on my diabetic diet: actually eating sweets is no different than eating carbohydrates. Most people are allowed 45-60 grams of carbs per meal. So two slices of thin whole wheat bread and 2 chocolate chip cookies are both 30 grams of carbs. So, to your digestive system, one sandwich, 2 cookies or one 1/2 sandwich and 1 cookie are all the same thing. Mix and match your carb grams however you like.
- Lose that weight for your own safety to prevent future complications: when most people hear these words they picture some ideal dream weight that is about as unreachable as the moon. They know they are never going to get there so what's the use of trying.
But the ideal comment would be to ask each patient to go home and lose 5 to 10 lbs.. Even this small amount will start to reduce your blood pressure, your blood sugars and over time your risk of major complications. At your next appointment, if he asked for another 5-10 lbs. you can actually realize you may be able to fulfill these goals in months or years to come.
- Pump Wear: do you wear an insulin pump and are never quite sure where to put it for convenience and safety's sake? Here is two companies that manufacture a clothing line specifically for holding the pump. Check out www.pumpwearinc.com (1-866-470-pump) for a children's line of clothing or Kangaroo Pump Pockets at www.mykpp.com for some children's or adult varieties.
July 23, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Suzy Cohen, RPh (registered pharmacist)
Avocado Oil: Benefits or A Killer
It has been passed around for many years that avoiding the avocado is the best scenario for your health. This is because it is always stated how high in fats this delicious fruit is in its natural state.
But it turns out avocado's actually are good for you and your diabetic diet. It is even stated that you should be using it consistently on your salads or even for cooking.
This is because with continuous use, the avocado is a powerful liver and pancreas cleanser which can actually aid you in preventing your diabetes from getting worse.
Add some fresh avocado to your diet every day for one more defense against your fight with diabetes.
Information Source: Personal Opinion
How Do I Determine Cooking Methods
Determining cooking methods just happens to be one of the most important aspects of controlling your blood sugars and retaining diabetic health.
Take a chicken and let's prepare it.
Fried chicken is cooked swimming in grease and oil. Generally it is also coated first with a breading mix or flour-based mixture before cooking. The additional calories from the breading mix and the high fats content added because of the cooking oil all make this one of the worst methods of preparation.
That same chicken saute'd in a skillet with non-stick cooking spray, 1 T. olive oil and a tomato based mixture with garlic, oregano, basil and any other spices of your choice yields an exceptional finished result. When serving, remove the skin to reduce the fat content. Even better yet, refrigerate the finished dish first, scrape off any congealed fats (from the skin of the chicken which is generated by the heat during cooking) , reheat and serve -again without the skin- and you now have a low calorie, lowfat, low cholesterol, and low sodium (check the tomatoes label if using canned) version of chicken which is much better for your health.
July 14, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: ADA (American Diabetes Assn) and National Highway Traffic Safety Commission
Mandatory Daily Checking Of Your Blood Sugar
If You Are A Diabetic
The ADA and the traffic highway commission have issued advisories reminding any individual which is diabetic to please be sure to check their blood sugars levels EVERYTIME before you get behind the wheel of a car. Hypogylcemia, or low blood sugars, are a deep threat for any diabetic, especially any type 1 diabetic and any type 2 on insulin. Do not assume you know where and what your sugars are. You can not always tell.
Many people do not show any symptoms if they are going low until they are actually below the threshold of danger, around 70 mg/dl.
Having low blood sugars increases the symptoms of dizziness, your capability to think clearly and even fainting. Any of these behind the wheel of a car is a recipe for disaster.
Current laws in the case of an accident resulting in injury can mean automatic removal of your license and it is very difficult to get it back. If the investigation yields you did not check your sugars and a severe injury or death does occur to another individual, you can be brought up on criminal charges.
Play it safe and check your blood sugars before getting behind a moving automobile for your own protection and somebody else's.
July 6,2010 Allergies
Information Source: David Gutierrez, staff writer for Truth Publishing
Taste #5 Or Umami: A new name for MSG
MSG has long been considered a detriment to many people's health according to many several in the medical community. On the flip side, there is also much opposition to this thinking and very many doctor's feel it is safe and necessary as an ingredient in our processed food industry.
All the while, many people state they seem to have an allergy or intolerance with foods which contain the additive MSG.
Many foods do have glutamate, the chemical name for MSG, naturally-occuring within them. Many meats, dairy products and sauces such as soy sauce or worcestershire sauce are high in naturally occuring levels. The man-made version though was synthesized and is now commonly used as an additive in many processed food items. Over the many years, MSG has actually earned a poor universal rating because of the continuous controversy back and forth regarding its safety or lack of safety.
Now synthesized MSG has been re-named and is starting to show up on ingredient labels as Taste No.5 or umami.
If you have a pattern of difficulty with MSG, try to avoid any product which states Taste No 5 or umami on the label until you can verify your safety.
July 1,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Esther Krug, M.D., professor at Johns Hopkins University and staff doctor at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Md.
Can Low Levels of Vitamin D Affect Your Blood Sugar Control?
During a recent 6 year sudy by Dr. Krug and her team, patients records were studied and tabulated Greater than 90% of the cases showed patients with high or inconsistent blood sugar control also showed very low levels of Vitamin D in their systems.
Vitamin D is nicknamed the "sunshine vitamin". This is because our bodies do have the capability of producing its own just by having 10-15 minutes a day with exposure on uncovered areas of the skin.
Typically, most doctors of today are not even aware of this correlation so no one is even looking or treating for this condition.
For your own health and protection, make time for yourself to get out in the daily sunshine for at least one quarter hour daily.
June 27,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Healthy Day News
Are You On Avandia?
Avandia, a prescription medication which is used to help control the blood sugars on many type 2 diabetics, has come under fire because further testing has shown this medication has the capabilities of increasing the risks of heart attacks, heart failure and strokes
in the over 65 year old population. All of these conditions, because of the increased risk from diabetes alone, are now being compromised further by use of the drug Avandia.
Suggestions for this difficulty arose in 2007 and research to date has shown that it may be true. It seems the company of origin may have already known of the difficulties but pushed for entry into the selling market anyway.
If you are on this drug, please make an appointment with your doctor and have a heart-to-heart talk about your safety and its possible drawbacks.
June 15,2010 Allergies
Information Source: Truth Publishing, staff writer Ethan Huff
Sunflower Lecithin: A New Alternative For Manufacturing
One of the biggest problems for the soy allergic community it seems is if it is a food product and it went through a manufacturing process almost anywhere, then that item is off limits for the soy allergic
. This is because almost every food product uses some form of soy lecithin as an emulsifier in the manufacturing process.
An emulsifier is considered a necessary part of the manufacturing community. It gives the finished product a better consistency and texture for the satisfaction of the final inspector- the consumer. Almost every product on the market though does use soy lecithin though as its emulsification ingredient. This means all people with a soy allergy must avoid this product.
New on the playing field already having won the FDA stamp of approval though is sunflower lecithin. Keep your eyes and ears open because some manufacturers, especially the health food industry, has already converted their product lines over to this new ingredient.
June 20,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Annals Of Internal Medicine periodical
A New Medication For Type 2 Diabetes?
Currently in use on the market, being used as a prescription for the relief of pain in different forms of arthritis, is a medication called Salsalate. This drug is from the genus of salicylates, commonly found in many fruits and vegetables already in the produce aisle of your grocery store.
Salsalate seems to have the capabilities of reducing and maintaining a lower pain threshold in any condition which is affected by inflammation.
In controlled studies, a great percentage of people receiving this medication has shown a remarkable drop in their A1C levels.
Other than the advantage of reducing blood sugar levels, it also shows the possibility some diabetics may have fluctuating levels of glucose because of high inflammation levels within their body.
It is too soon yet for doctors to be prescribing this medication for diabetes but the possibility does exist in future years one more possible route to stabilization may have been found for struggling diabetics.
June 15, 2010 Allergies/Diabetes
Information Source: Wikipedia and editor of Natural News
Organic Palm Sugar: An Up and Coming Sugar Replacement
An air-dried crystalline form of sugar, harvested and dried from the coconut tree, is the next form of sweetener which is hitting the market shelves.
Palm sugar has all the advantages of being high in vitamins and minerals, it cooks, bakes, melts and acts like natural sugar when being used and it is all 100% natural. There is no refining process available.
This unfortunately is also its downfall because of slow production leads to limited availability which drives the price up very high.
June 10, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University in Canada
Type 3 Diabetes?--- No, We're Not Talking Gestational Diabetes
Has a new form of diabetes
actually been found and identified?
Over the years, as our society has become more and more dependant on any kind of electrical conveniences (televisions, cell phones, computers, treadmills, radio and on and on), it has been widely circulated that all of that electropollution can not possibly be helping the human body.
A Canadian research team has therefore effectively sponsored and concluded an effective and efficient double-blind study (the golden seal of approval in the medical world) of the effects of electrical over-stimulation to the human body.
The conclusive results: Type 3 diabetes is now being investigated as the over-stimulation of "dirty electricity" to any person highly sensitive to electrical pollution.
Results have shown many people have major problems with their heart rates and elevated blood sugar levels when in close contact with any device or power lines, power towers or just normal everyday household appliances and fixtures.
It has also been suggested that many type 2 diabetics may have been mistakenly diagnosed which is the reason for many of these people having difficulties maintaining good glucose control.
For more information on this topic, which is sure to spin quite a few heads in the months and years to come, check out the information here.
June 9, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: ABC News and CNN News Broadcasts
GlaxoSmithKline Sued In California Courts For Releasing Dangerous Drugs To The Market
The pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has been sued because of their intentional and willing marketing of the medication Avandia, a diabetes drug, which has been shown to increase the risk factors of heart disease.
It is stated that GSK knew of these risks and still marketed the medication anyway without any labeling or marketing explaining the possible side effects.
It is the right in this country (USA) for individuals to sue drug companies if there is proven inadequate labeling explaining any contra-indications of any drug released to the market.
If you presently are on this medication, please make an appointment with your doctor to have them verify your safety.
June 9,2010 Allergies
Information Source: Dr. Martin Gleixner, owner of the Moncton Naturopathic Medical Clinic in Moncton Canada
Understanding The Concept Of "Allergic Load"
Many people seem to feel much gastric distress and increased bathroom habits occasionally after eating certain types of foods. This gives a person the feeling that they have a intolerance to certain types of foods- many people even go so far as to believe it is an allergy
Then along comes the next time you have some and you feel fine after ingesting that same item(s). What's going on?
In many cases, this phenomenon can be attributed to the increase of the "allergic load" in your system.
Quite simply, this just means your body has reached a saturation point on some type of food group and your body says-"no more".
An example, if you notice you have adverse symptoms to milk products occasionally. For breakfast, you had a bowl of cereal, with milk of course and you felt fine. Lunch time comes around and how about fast food at the take-out with a creamy smooth milk shake - more milk in your shake and that slice of cheese is a milk product also on your burger. Now dinner comes around with lasagna or scalloped potatoes or whatever. Milk can sneak into your diet in many places. If you drink milk during the day as a beverage, add some ice cream for a snack and by evening to nightfall your body is complaining- no more milk. Now is when you notice the rumbling stomach with stomach pains and gas. You just over-loaded your system for that day on milk.
Whenever you notice these symptoms, think back to your diet that day and try to determine if you have over-taxed your digestive system on a single type of food group. Just remember, the foods don't have to be the same, it is the food group you are comparing. Therefore beef is beef. This is whether it is a hamburger, meat loaf, roast beef, beef bar-b-q, spareribs, beef stew and on and on.
Do a little bit of detective work and you may be able to figure out your digestive system's trigger foods.
May 12,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. Julian Whitaker, director of the Whitaker Wellness Institute
Is It Possible Cholesterol Does Not Really Matter?
Although it has not hit the air-waves yet, and most likely will not for a long time coming, current research is suggesting your cholesterol numbers have absolutely nothing to do with your susceptibility of having heart disease. High cholesterol numbers, since the 1950's, have always been an indicator of a possible pending heart attack according to the current medical protocol.
But new research has shown many more people without high cholesterol are hospitalized with heart factors than the patients that do have high cholesterol. Unfortunately for the pharmaceutical industry, this can mean a $15 billion a year drug campaign can be put out of business. Cholesterol lowering statin drugs are very very big business.
May 10,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: National Diabetes Assn.
Artificial Pancreas-May Soon See The Light Of Day
A few more steps closer to being released to market is the "Artificial Pancreas", a new device which offers a solution to any type 1 diabetic incapable of producing enough insulin in their body for effective blood sugar control.
The device was designed to offer a dose of insulin anytime an individual's blood sugars seem to be at an abnormally high level. The greatest advantages of this device is the diabetic is no longer dependent on checking their blood sugars continuously every day plus this device can help alleviate some of the concerns of extreme highs and lows common to the type 1 diabetic.
April 20,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: R&D Applications, Prepared Foods Trade Magazine
The Newest Natural Sweetener To Hit The Market
Keep a lookout for the newest natural sweetener that will be hitting the markets -and ingredient labels- sometime soon.
Fruit-Sweetness is the name of an all-natural, zero calorie made from actual fruit concentrate which has just recently received GRAS (generally regarded as safe) approval from the FDA for use in manufacturing and consumer sales.
Made from the actual monk fruit plant, Fruit-Sweetness is up to 300 times sweeter than actual table sugar. This means a very little can go a long way towards sweetening power wherever you need it. And yet, unlike many other artificial and natural sweeteners, Fruit-Sweetness does not have the bitter aftertastes of many other sweeteners.
April 18, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Everyday Health Corp. by Dennis Thompson Jr.
New Diabetic Condition On The Rise: Now Commonly Called Double Diabetes
As more and more children are being diagnosed with diabetes, the medical community has been reporting the anomaly that many of these kids seem to have a combination of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
While type i is commonly diagnosed as being insulin deficient and type 2 is generally insulin resistant, doctors are having a difficult time getting a viable treatment plan since these two conditions are treated differently.
To date, the most effective treatment is prevention. By following a continuous exercise program with an emphasis on losing or managing normal weight loss goals, this condition seems to be able to control itself.
April 19,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: M.A> Moylan, RD,LDN,CDE or a registered diabetic nutritionist and diabetes educator
How To Incorporate Citrus Fruits
Into Your Daily Meal Plan
Everyone hears the news crier proclaiming eat more fruits and vegetables but most people just are not in the habit of sitting down and munching on an orange or drinking grapefruit juice as a snack. So for some easy ways to incorporate some "healthy" citrus fruits into your daily diet, try a few of the following simple tips:
- Combine orange or tangerine juice with seltzer water for a quick-and delicious- soda.
- Add grated orange or lemon peels when baking muffins, breads or cookies. These can also easily be added to pancake or waffle batter.
- If you enjoy homemade salad dressings, use lemon or lime juice instead of vinegar
- Stir lemon juice and 1 tsp. honey into a cup of tea. Or add a couple of slices of limes, lemons etc. to a glass of water for a refreshing drink.
- Use lemon juice instead of salt when cooking- it adds extra flavor with no calories and you lose all the disadvantages of too much sodium
- Enjoy a green salad with citrus wedges instead of bacon bits, croutons and shredded cheese
So most of these above are quick and easy additions. You also have the advantage of fewer calories, they help you build and maintain a strong immune system and you reap the rewards of preventing tissue and cell damage because of the high antioxidant content in all citrus fruits. All of these attributes add up to delaying the early symptoms of diabetes.
April 18,2010 Allergies
Information Source: AM Rose, family remedy used for years in their family
Lactose Intolerant:Can't Afford All That Special Medication And Special Milk From The Grocery Store
If you suddenly realize it seems every time you eat anything with milk and you have a grocery list of uncomfortable digestive symptoms, try relieving it with marshmallow tea.
Soak 2 tablespoons of marshmallow root in 1 qt. of cold water for 8-10 hours. Strain and drink this periodically during the day to reduce the inflammation and promote the healing of your intestinal wall.
April 18,2010 Allergies and Diabetics
Information Source: Journal Star, publication from Peoria, Il.
Local Physician Advocates A Change In Lifestyle And Food Choices For Better Health And Prevention Of Disease
Dr. Michele Couri has opted to return to school and be trained in the programs of Integrative Medicine.
Integrative Medicine is an up and coming new therapy program for many patients in this country(USA). This field is a cross between all of the standard training of conventional medicine plus nutritional therapy and research which is a part of training for many types of alternative medicine.
According to Couri, practitioners of Integrative Medicine must follow all of the research and scientific data which accompanies both conventional and alternative medicine. The difference though in her practice now is instead of handing out prescriptions continuously to mask a disease or symptom, a therapy program is devised which often just requires a few lifestyle changes. Prescriptions have been phased out and lifestyle changes replace them with emphasis on prevention and cure wherever possible.
Many of her patients have expressed the opinion that they have never felt better in their life.
April 15, 2010 Allergies
Information Source: Julian Whitaker M.D. Health and Wellness Director of the Whitaker Institute
Obesity, Asthma and Allergies Has A Direct Link In Symptoms
Obesity, asthma or allergy symptoms can all be exacerbated by the inactivity of this new generation.
It has now been shown that the average American child spends a minimum of 8 hours a day in front of the TV, computer screen and playing video games. Add to this the amount of time sitting in a classroom and America's youth get no exercise. All of this inactivity leads to a greater prevalence of asthma and allergy symptoms plus extra weight which ultimately leads to early symptoms of diabetes.
April 15,2010 Allergies
Information Source: Wellness From Nature Naturally
Help From Nature For The Food Intolerant
Many people which lack, or have a shortage of, the digestive enzyme DAO have difficulty breaking down and processing foods high in naturally occuring histamines.
Uncomfortable and often inconvenient symptoms such as headaches, skin rashes, diarrhea, flatulence and abdominal pain and cramping can occur from eating common foods such as coffee, sunflower seeds, chocolate, certain fruits, breads or grains plus many more.
Available now at the pharmacy in a box of tablets is the new medication Histame, which when used as directed, will decrease your sensitivity to histamine rich foods by supplying your body with a greater abundance of DAO enzymes which aid in processing any undigested foods high in histamines.
This product is not effective though for use for any diagnosed allergy such as peanut, wheat/gluten or any condition affected by the immune system.
April 15,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Everyday Health Public Site (on the Internet)
FDA Approved Drug Shows Cancer Risks
Final approval of the new diabetes drug Victoza (liraglutide) has come under fire because of its reported risks
of developing cancerous growths in laboratory studies in animals.
With dosages at least eight times stronger than what is given to the human body, several testing procedures do suggest that a rare form of thyroid cancer may be possible.
Due to the over-dosing of the animals, the inconsistencies in some of the results and the fact none of the test subjects had any kind of related early deaths from the testing procedures, with controlled management, the FDA believes this new medication does have a place in today's treatment schedules for diabetes.
In a statement issued by an FDA spokesman, it was reported that all medications run the risk of some kind of adverse reactions, but Victoza does seem to bring benefits to the many patients using it during clinical trials.
April 12,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Dr. A. Getaneh, guest speaker for Everyday Health Matters
Safe Dosage Schedule Before A Medical Exam
Many people whose blood glucose levels run very close to normal have been advised to carefully monitor their eating schedule because of the greater risk of having hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Without their meal at a pre-determined time, the consequences can actually become deadly.
So what is a person supposed to do if your doctor has asked you to get some medical tests and he warns you must be fasting?
- Make sure everyone at the office understands you must have the first appointment in the morning. You can not fast all night and then wait all morning also.
- Check your blood glucose more frequently. The day before check at dinnertime and again at bedtime. On the day of the test, keep checking every one to two hours.
- Medications- some general guidelines:
Oral medicines: skip your morning dose completely unless your test is over by 12 Noon. Take your morning dose then after the test.
- Short-Acting Insulin: skip it until you can have a meal and then take regular dose
- Long-Acting Insulin: take 1/2 your usual dose the night before the test
- Two Intermediate doses per day: take 1/2 your dose the night before the procedure and 1/2 the regular dose the morning of the procedure. Resume the normal dosage that evening after the test.
Drink plenty of clear liquids every few hours such as chicken or beef broth, clear carbonated beverages (not colored), Jello (no red or purple flavor varieties) or white grape juice or apple juice. Keep drinking this the day before your test up until midnight. This should prevent low blood sugars.
Keep checking your sugars though, even after the test when you have resumed eating and your meds, more often to make sure your blood sugars have stabilized.
Date: April 12, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: American Diabetes Association
Low-Dose Aspirin Guidelines For The Diabetic
A recent change by the ADA has dropped the guidelines
that all diabetic patients should be on a low-dose aspirin regimen for prevention of cardiovascular risk.
New research findings point out that any female patient over 60 and any male over the age of 50 with any other major risk factor for cardiovascular disease are the only patients which need to be on this regimen. All younger adults with no risk factors do not receive any benefit from this regimen so the treatment program should be eliminated.
Date: April 12, 2010 Diabetes
Information Source: American Diabetes Assn.
The "Evil" Skin Prick Test
Your Body's Lifeline To A Long and Healthy Lifestyle
Many people make the mistake initially of having great intentions for their diabetes care. Unfortunately, this sounds great, but diabetes is not a "take special care now- go back to your original lifestyle later"
type of program. Diabetes is a lifetime disease.
That small glucose monitor that you were given during diagnosis is your lifeline to many years of good health. Use it!
Many people's good intentions at first slowly fade with time. The #1 excuse: "I am sick and tired of using my finger as a pincushion. I'm giving it a break".
Giving one of them fingers a break is fine but remember, you do have two hands and both of them are full of fingers. Learn to alternate fingers. There is seven days in a week,you have 8 fingers plus two thumbs. Multiple this by two because you can use both sides of your finger for testing purposes. Therefore you have a total of twenty locations to test from and only seven days in a week. You can therefore test for almost three weeks without ever using the same side of a finger for more than one day.
So letting one finger get sore because of repeated testing is just down right inconsiderate to that one finger. Spare it some pain and rotate!
Date: 04/11/10 Diabetes
Information Source: All About Diabetes, 107 Tips For Better Health and Diet
Oral Meds- Skipped Dose: What Should I Do?
We've all had it one time or another. You are either away at the right time for your medication, your simply forgot it, you slept through it and on and on. The excuses or reasons can be endless. Often, just plain old life gets in the way of our normal schedule. What should you do when you realize you missed a dose?
This information is if you are a type 2 diabetic and are on pills only.
- If you are on 2 pills a day and it has been no more than 3 hours since your missed dose, go ahead and take it. If it is greater than 3 hours(when you should have taken it), wait until your next dose and resume normal dosages.
- If you are on 1 pill a day and it has been less than 12 hours since your missed dose, go ahead and take it. If it has been greater than 12 hours, just wait until your next scheduled time and resume normal dosage.
Date: April 11,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: What Is Diabetes, Prevention Books
Pre-Diabetes or Borderline Diabetic
If you've ever been notified by a doctor you have pre-diabetes, actually there is no such disease. What he is telling you though, the conditions are present that some changes need to be made for your health. Currently your blood sugar levels are still in the high-end normal range or they could be just slightly elevated over the high end normal range. You or your doctor should start checking your blood sugars occasionally to see what does develop.
Some of the changes you should start incorporating into your life include:
- moderate weekly exercise at least 5 days a week
- a healthier diet (reduce the bad carbohydrates, excess fats and sugars)
- increase the good carbohydrates (fresh fruits and veges, whole grains, low-fat or non-fat dairy products and beans and legumes)
- moderate amounts of nuts and seeds
Date: April 11,2010 Diabetes
Information Source: Multiple sources from health care clinics, dental office and miscellaneous materials
Does Alcohol Affect Blood Sugar Levels
Alcohol has a tendency to lower blood sugar levels so if your levels are generally within the normal range, be sure to eat something while you drink. Without having a meal or heavy snack, usually within 6-30 hours you will notice an episode of low blood sugar.
Therefore if you would prefer a drink, a moderate safe level for a diabetic equals 1 per day for a female and 2 per day for a male. These numbers include one 12 oz beer, 5 oz of wine or 1.5 oz of 80 proof distilled spirits as your one serving.
Dental Care And Cleanings
Good dental care and twice yearly minimum cleanings lead to greater control of your blood sugars. Poor dental care ALWAYS leads to uncontrolled blood sugars.
Should I Quit Smoking
Smoking will always lead to an increased resistance to insulin. Your pancreas is already not producing enough or is unable to effectively use what is made- by smoking you are actually increasing the odds that you will have even greater problems with your insulin control--- effectively poor blood sugar control.
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