Sunday, August 16, 2009

Be careful where you get your health tips and information from...

I began my day as always, reading my online yahoo newspaper. It is a news feed I totally control, getting news that I am interested in, and none that I am not. Obviously I get lots of health news and this day was no different. I saw this article from HealthDay News entitled "Health Tip: Debunking Diabetes Myths" -- It leads with this line... "If you've just been diagnosed with diabetes, it may be difficult to separate fact from fiction."


Here was the whole article, really just a few quotes from the American Diabetes Association:

The American Diabetes Association debunks some popular myths about the disease:

You can't "catch" diabetes from someone else.
Dessert isn't off-limits forever for all diabetics. While eating too many sugary foods is a bad idea, you can have an occasional dessert, especially if you exercise and otherwise eat healthy.
Eating too much sugar can't "cause" diabetes. The disease stems from genetic and lifestyle factors.
Carbohydrates and starches (bread, potatoes, pasta) aren't off-limits, but healthy portion sizes are important.
Diabetics aren't more susceptible to colds and other illnesses.
Insulin doesn't cause hardening of the arteries or high blood pressure.
Fruits, while healthy, can't be consumed in huge amounts, since they contain carbohydrates.

Was this written by a 2 year old? This is drivel and contradictory at best. This organization is part of the medical community that wants to control disease with drugs for the rest of your life, rather than showing you how to reverse or cure it. Drug companies want you on their products for life so they can make profits for their stock holders. I know because I am an investor and I read their mission statements... It's all about PROFITS... Restoring your HEALTH is way down the list.

If a patient doesn't want to take responsibility and want to make changes in their diet and would rather be on drugs, I have no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is what advice you get from your doctor. It is malpractice, in my opinion, if a doctor doesn't tell you the cause of your condition and how best to treat it. If then you don't want the HARDER way to deal with it by controlling your lifestyle, then yes, offer whatever, but drugs should be a LAST RESORT APPROACH.

Do you know you have a choice? Type 2 diabetes is not a disease that can only be controlled by drugs and dietary modification. It is caused mostly by dietary decisions and choices, and genetics only plays a small role, predisposing you perhaps, but not stopping you from reversal.

In last weeks HealthBlogger, I highlighted a documentary on how 30 days on a raw food diet cured type 2 diabetes in a group of insulin dependent diabetics. This group only ate "Fresh and Alive Raw Fruits, Vegetables, and Nuts" for 30 days. All of them were off their insulin by the 4TH DAY!
What they took these people off of was really what cured them. They had no candies, sugar, caffeine, meat, dairy, alcohol, refined foods, or fast foods of any kind for 30 days. You can review the basics here: Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

The truth is that you cannot alter genetics by changing diet for 30 days, so saying this is a genetic disease and that sugar or refined carbs are not responsible, is idiotic. As I have told you before, Epigenetics is the new science that shows that genes, both good and bad, can be turned on or off simply by changing what you breathe, eat, drink, and even think. Foods and drinks especially have a profound effect on which genes are turned on or off. The New Biology- From Victim to Master of Your Health

Please read this study carefully and you'll  see what I mean...

"Researchers from Finland took two groups of people with metabolic syndrome and gave each group a different diet. The diet differed in what type of carbohydrates they consumed for the 12 week study. The rest of their diet was identical. They contained the same calories and the same amount of fat, protein, carbohydrate, and fiber. The first group had wheat, oats, and potatoes as the source of their carbs. The second group ate rye as their source of carbohydrate. Rye has some very special properties. It is slowly absorbed by the body and has phytonutrients that help you lose weight and improve metabolism. After the 12 weeks, the researchers took a fat sample and analyzed it to find out which genes were turned on or off. So what happened? In the wheat, oat, and potato group, 62 genes were activated that increased inflammation, oxidative stress, and the stress response, worsened blood sugar balance, and generally amplified all of the forces in the body that lead to obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease! No good genes were turned on. In the rye group, 71 genes were turned on that prevent diabetes, lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and improve blood sugar control. In both cases, the genes that were turned on and off were 100% effective."

Insulin doesn't harden arteries, the ADA says... Not true...

Here is what Dr. Reaven, M.D., a medical expert on Metabolic Syndrome, says about what insulin does in the body...

"Years of high dietary carbohydrate intake, especially in genetically predisposed individuals, stresses insulin receptors which in turn malfunction. The normal amount of insulin then cannot maintain a normal blood sugar, and the body must then produce more and more insulin to keep blood sugar in the normal range. This higher level of insulin can often control blood sugar levels adequately, at least for a while, but the other lesser-known effects of insulin now come into play."

These effects include:

1.Encouraging storage rather than burning of fat, thus leading to obesity.
2. Enhancing the synthesis of cholesterol, especially LDL, increasing the risk of vascular disease.
3. Thickening arterial walls making blood vessels more stiff leading to increased blood pressure and increased risk of vascular disease.
4. Retention of sodium (salt) and fluid with subsequent rise in blood pressure.
5. Increased secretion of norepinephrine increasing blood pressure as well as pulse rate.

These effects explain all the abnormalities Dr. Reaven described in his article on Syndrome X years ago. Some individuals will eventually lose the ability to keep their blood sugar levels normal even in the presence of very high levels of insulin. This is the cause of adult onset, Type II or non-insulin dependent diabetes. This type of diabetes, when treated early, can be completely controlled with dietary intervention and need never lead to dependence on blood sugar lowering pills or insulin injections. Controlling Type II diabetes by diet can also prevent, to a large degree, many complications of the disease. These include heart disease, peripheral vascular disease (which can lead to amputation of extremities), peripheral neuropathy (burning and numbness in the hands and feet), retinopathy (which can lead to blindness), and kidney disease.

Hope this gives you some perspective on the truth and please be careful were you get your information on health. Some treat disease and write about it and some teach you how to get and stay well, and write about that...
It makes a difference.

Enjoy this week's studies and articles, and remember...

It's never too late to become younger.


Health tip for this week.
Stop eating all grains, breads and cereals including high fructose corn syrup for 1 month except WHOLE RYE from Wasa and see how you feel. Buy all 3 and see which one you enjoy most.

Wasa Hearty Rye...

Wasa Sourdough Rye...

Wasa Light Rye...

Bottled Water Found Contaminated with Medications, Fertilizer, Disinfection Chemicals ...
(NaturalNews) Bottled water across the country contains a wide variety of toxic substances, according to laboratory tests conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). "Our tests strongly indicate that the purity of bottled water cannot be trusted," the study authors write. "Given the industry's refusal to make available data to support their claims of superiority, consumer confidence in the purity of bottled water is simply not justified."

Study Shows How Red Meat Increases Risk of Death ...
(NaturalNews) Red and processed meat in excess has long been suspected of being less than good for your health. A recent study confirms that higher consumption of red and processed meat increases the risk of cancer, heart disease and other related illnesses. The study was supported by the National Cancer Institute and was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in late March 2009. It is among the largest studies to date linking cancer, heart disease and other illnesses to red meat and processed meat consumption.

Low vitamin D may boost metabolic syndrome risk...
Insufficient and deficient levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of metabolic syndrome by 52 per cent, according to a joint Anglo-Chinese study.
According to findings published in Diabetes Care, a study with 3,262 Chinese people aged between 50 and 70 showed that 94 per cent were vitamin D deficient or insufficient, and 42 per cent of these people also had metabolic syndrome.

Fish Oil and Fatty Fish Protect Men from Heart Failure ...
(NaturalNews) A new study just published in the European Heart Journal concludes that eating fatty fish and the marine omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil appears to protect men from heart failure. This is important news because heart failure (also known as congestive heart failure, or CHF) is an enormous health problem in the U.S. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, approximately five million Americans have the condition and about 300,000 die from heart failure each year.

Chewing almonds may boost satiety...
Thorough chewing of almonds may increase the absorption of unsaturated fat and suppress hunger for longer, according to findings from Purdue University.
Chewing almonds 25 or 40 times before swallowing led to significantly more unsaturated fat than those who chewed the almonds only 10 times before swallowing, according to findings presented last week at the 17th European Congress of Obesity in Amsterdam and published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

MSG is the New Nicotine: What the Food Industry Does Not Want You to Know...
(NaturalNews) Monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG, is a common food additive. It`s toxic and physically addictive. Fast food companies and other food manufacturers use MSG as a "flavor enhancer," so consumers will become "hooked" on their products and keep dishing out money for more. When people consume unhealthy foods containing MSG, they often gain weight and feel sluggish, and some also experience "MSG symptom complex." The symptoms can include headaches, chest pain, heart palpitations, nausea, and other heath problems. Although MSG is normally associated with Chinese food, processed meats, and salty snacks, it`s also frequently found in bouillon cubes, canned soups and vegetables, barbecue sauce, salad dressing, and virtually every other processed food you eat. "Monosodium glutamate," or "MSG," won`t likely be listed in a products` ingredient list. It`s often disguised as calcium caseinate, gelatin, hydrolyzed vegetable proteins, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast extract, soy extracts, "spices," or "natural flavorings."

These Top Seven Herbs Promote Healthy Blood Sugar and Support Diabetes ...
(NaturalNews) Finding ways to naturally manage blood sugar and diabetes has become increasingly important as we become more aware of the adverse effects of prescription medications. Lifestyle changes are a crucial step in managing blood sugar levels, but at the same time, it can be difficult to maintain lifestyle habits like eating right and exercising when the blood sugar roller coaster has you under its thumb. Natural herbs can offer a solution to fluctuating blood sugar levels that can help you regain the control you need to make permanent lifestyle changes and enjoy a better quality of living. Here are seven of the top herbs recommended for blood sugar management:

Antioxidant vitamins may protect against female cancer...
Increased intakes of vitamins C and E and beta-carotene may reduce the risk of cancer of the uterus, according to a new review and meta-analysis of the science to date.
Writing in Cancer Causes and Control, US scientists report that for every 1,000 microgram increase per 1,000 kcal of diet of beta-carotene was associated with a 12 per cent reduction in the risk of endometrial cancer.
Similarly, for every 50 milligram increase per 1,000 kcal of vitamin C the risk of endometrial cancer was reduced by 15 per cent, and for every 5 milligram increase per 1,000 kcal of vitamin E the risk of endometrial cancer was reduced by 9 per cent.
Endometrial cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women worldwide - around 7,000 American women die from the disease annually - but incidence of the cancer varies more than 10-fold worldwide.

FDA Admits Drug in Tylenol and Excedrin is Main Cause of Liver Failure in U.S. ...
(NaturalNews) The drug in question is acetaminophen. It`s in prescription and all too popular over-the-counter drugs including Tylenol and Excedrin. According to the FDA, taking too much will kill you and the government agency also admits this chemical is the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S. Acetaminophen is responsible for 56,000 emergency room visits and 456 deaths annually, according to studies done between 1990 and 1998. In spite of this, billions of doses are sold each year.

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