Thursday, August 27, 2015

Diabetes Causes Are Many and Varied

A lot of times when we think of diabetes we think of indulgence. That is because the most common type of diabetes is caused by insulin intolerance. This is different from not making enough insulin. It is more like your body has been making so much that the cells have started ignoring it. It's as if the insulin is the sound of the doorbell and the neighbor kids keep ringing it and running away. After a while you just start ignoring the sound. The purpose of insulin is to move the sugar in the blood into the cells so they can use it for fuel.

Besides diet there have been some new studies that show other causes for diabetes, ones we weren't always aware of.

Lipitor, a cholesterol drug from Pfizer, has been clearly linked to causing diabetes in women. There are lawsuits against the manufacturer because of it. Since the link was suggested there have been studies that seem to prove the link. Although all statins seem to carry this risk Lipitor seems the worst. One study estimated that 50% of post menopausal women would get diabetes from Lipitor.
Another set of drugs that show a link to diabetes are the antidepressants. One study that found a link between antidepressants and risk for type 2 diabetes discovered the risk almost doubled in patients using two types of drugs at the same time: tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). One reason they began looking at antidepressants was that somebody noticed that as the use of them increased so did the number of people who were diabetic.

One thing that may be impacting the parallels between antidepressants and diabetes is diet. Many of the foods that cause or increase depression are the same foods that cause or increase diabetes. They are the ones that trigger the body to make insulin, thereby causing the body to quit recognizing the signal.

Recent research also revealed that rabbits introduced to a toxin produced by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria developed symptoms of type 2 diabetes, including systemic inflammation, insulin resistance, and glucose intolerance. Another bacteria, Bifidobacteria, seems to counteract the harm of Staphylococcus. Babies with high numbers of Bifidobacteria and low numbers of Staphylococcus aureus – which may cause low-grade inflammation in your body, contributing to obesity – appeared to be protected from excess weight gain. This may be one reason why breast-fed babies have a lower risk of obesity, as Bifidobacteria flourish in the guts of breast-fed babies. These bacteria can be found in the gut, but also sometimes on the skin.

Diabetes is known as a gateway disease to other diseases and health problems. The excess sugar and insulin in your blood stream does a lot of damage to the body. Diabetes could easily be called pre-cancer or pre-heart disease, because the insulin resistance is damaging to all of your body’s tissues… including that of your brain.

Dementia is a well-known risk factor of diabetes, and new study found problems with blood flow in the brain may develop in as little as two years in people with diabetes. That impaired blood flow appears to accelerate cognitive decline, lowering thinking and memory skills.

We can't control whether or not our mother's breast fed us as babies. What we can control is how we eat and take care of ourselves now. We can introduce good bacteria, that keep us slimmer and fight diabetes, through fermented foods and probiotic supplements. Just make sure your fermented foods are truly healthy and not packed full of sugar. Sugar feeds the bad bacteria. We can also ensure that the other foods we are eating are low on the glycemic index. The lower on the index a food is the less it raises blood sugar. The lower we keep our blood sugar the less insulin we produce. The less insulin we produce the more our cells respond to the insulin we make. I think you get the picture here.

Don't forget your exercise! Exercise helps your body burn off that excess sugar.

Diabetes is one of those issues that a healthy lifestyle can make a big impact on. If you are willing to do the work at home you won't have to depend on medications that your doctor can prescribe. The more you do the less prescriptions you will have to take. The less prescriptions you take the less side effects you will have. The less side effects you have the less prescriptions you will need to combat them.

Do you feel some circular reasoning coming on?

The main message is that if you are willing to take care of yourself you will be better off in the long run.


Thursday, August 13, 2015


When it comes to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) there seems to be three distinct camps.

Camp 1 claims that it is a valid disorder, if not a full fledged disease. These people feel that the best way to deal with it is with medication. Some even go so far as to say that the earlier that medication is started the better. The problem with these medications is that their long term effect has not been studied in depth. There are indications that these drugs can cause some serious problems such as
•    Permanent brain damage
•    Liver damage
•    Heart and blood vessel damage7
•    Heart attack,
•    stroke,
•    sudden death
•    Changes in personality, depression and/or hallucinations,
•    suicide
•    Increased cancer risk

Camp 2 feels that there is a problem, but that drugs are not the answer. They point to the skyrocketing rate of increase in diagnosis in the last few years. They see a correlation between the increases of chemicals in our water, food and personal care products and the increase in attention problems. If this group is correct the best way of dealing with this epidemic is to take us back to a simpler way of life with fresh foods from the garden and farm.

Camp 3 believes that ADHD doesn't exist, it is a figment of imagination of those in the medical, especially psychological, industry. These folks look at the changes in our education systems and see an impact from that on the behavior of our children. They point to the fact that teachers are changing their teaching methods in such a way that there are two groups of children that feel left out and bored.

These two groups are the ones that are ahead of what the teacher is teaching, and those that are behind and are struggling to catch up. There are less physical activities in the classroom as well.  A bored child has a harder time focusing on the subject matter. They also have a harder time sitting still.

This combination causes more children to be disruptive.

In this viewpoint parents are also partially to blame. They sit their small child down in front of the television for hours. Then they think there is something wrong when the child begins running around the room, jumping on the furniture and acting out what they have been watching. These parents need to understand that wiggles and short attention spans are normal in young children. They really are not tiny adults.

So, as a parent or grandparent of a young child what are you supposed to do?

1.  Make sure your expectations are realistic
2.  Look at the physical activity provided for the child, make sure there is enough
3.  Look at the food the child is eating and eliminate the following;
  •  sugar and artificial sweeteners
  •  grains
  •  processed foods
  •  artificial colors and flavors
  •  exposure to electro-magnetic fields (EMF)
  •  exposure to household chemicals
  •  Glyphosate-contaminated food
  •  Fluoridated water and/or fluoride
4.  Increase your childs exposure to;
  •  Physical activity breaks
  •  Fermented foods without added sugar
  •  Omega 3 fatty acids
  •  Vitamin D
  •  Increase time outdoors, especially in nature
  •  Positive reinforcement of positive behaviors
If there truly is an underlying physical problem these things will still help. If it is simply emotional acting out based on environmental stimulants these changes should have a profound effect. Either way your child will be better off, and you may possibly avoid some very dangerous drugs.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015


Lupus is an autoimmune disease. Like most of the autoimmune diseases modern medicine does not truly understand the cause of Lupus. They have broken it down to three distinct versions of the problem. They are, in plain English, systemic, skin only and infantile. The systemic version is the most common.

Symptoms of systemic lupus include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems. These symptoms are not consistent from person to person or even from one period of time to another. Because the symptoms seem to come and go they are referred to as flareups of the disease. Different things trigger these flareups in different people, though one that is pretty consistent is exposure to sunlight.

This is problematic in that Vitamin D deficiency is common among Lupus victims. Vitamin D also plays a large role in protecting us from many other chronic illnesses. Since people with Lupus have trouble spending time in the sun it is generally recommended that they take a Vitamin D supplement. Typical recommendations would be 10,000 units per day. Testing to monitor Vitamin D levels are also recommended.

Leaky gut syndrome is a very common issue that is related to autoimmune diseases like SLE. In these conditions, an abundance of pathogenic bacteria and yeasts take hold of the reigns of control in the gut and create inflammatory changes that damage the intestinal lining. This allows food particles to pass into the bloodstream. The undigested food particles are identified by the immune system and labeled as toxic invaders and a massive immune assault results. The most common recommendation for healing leaky gut syndrome is called the GAPS diet. These types of diets are very low in sugar and processed foods. They are high in fermented foods and often recommend taking probiotic supplements. Avoiding modern grown meats and dairy are also critical, but naturally grown versians of these products have been shown to be helpful.

Because many people with lupus go on to have high cholesterol and heart problems many doctors recommend that they take statins to try to prevent this. Although statins can be useful there come with some pretty serious problems. Among them are weakened muscles, including heart muscles. A study done with children with lupus has shown that there is no advantage to them taking statins.

Other illnesses that seem to occur more often with lupus patients than with the general population are leukemia and breast cancer. This may be because lupus interferes with the immune system in ways that normally protect us, or it may be because one of the common treatments for lupus is immune depressing drugs.

Other treatments that doctors use include NSAIDS. These come with their own sets of complications which can include kidney problems and ulcers. Some other attempts at treatment have also shown to be problematic. One such attempt was the off label use of a drug named Rituxan. Off label means that the FDA has not specifically approved that drug for that purpose. Rituxan has been approved for lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis. Two people died when prescribed the drug for their lupus.

Alfalfa is one supplement that has been found useful with lupus. Alfalfa is an antipyretic, which means it is a fever reducer. It is a diuretic, meaning it increases urination. It is an appetite stimulant, and is a hemostatic, which means it helps to stop bleeding. Alfalfa is mineral and vitamin rich. It is very high in the macro-nutrients calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. Alfalfa has a high chlorophyll content, and contains almost every known vitamin. It has been clinically proven to reduce LDL cholesterol and shows promise in the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as lupus.

Most autoimmune diseases can be managed with a diet rich in organic foods and eliminating all processed foods, especially sugar. Non dietary sources of toxins such as personal care products and air fresheners should also be avoided. Mild exercise and plenty of fresh air (although out of direct sunshine) has also been shown to be effective.