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as diseases like diabetes, cancer & obesity run rampant, we do more scientific studies to invent  newer, better drugs to solve the problems.   then we have the opportunity to invent more drugs to combat the side effects of the initial drugs.   there may be an easier and far less expensive solution.   back in the days before fake food was available,  the incidence of  diabetes, cancer & obesity was astoundingly less prevalent.   it’s just something to think about today .  . .
according to the ny post
The “limited edition” cookies, featuring vanilla wafers and yellow and orange-colored cream, will be available exclusively at Target stores.“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”
~  Buddha

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Bread or fishy odor?


The media has picked up on a story from the ADA 71st Scientific Sessions & it is being run in a number of media outlets.  The premise is that it is less expensive to put people on the drug metformin when diagnosed with PRE-diabetes, than it would be to just let them get the disease and then treat it.  Prevention through proper nutrition was not even a part of the discussions.

(Bloomberg article excerpt – full article below)
“Taking metformin, a drug used to regulate blood sugar, before diabetes develops can reduce medical costs related to the disease by $4,412 over a decade. . . An estimated 79 million U.S. adults have pre-diabetes and, without timely treatment, complications from the illness rise exponentially, according to the World Diabetes Foundation. Diabetics spend an average of $6,649 per year treating the disease, according to a 2008 reportby the diabetes association.

“This is a no-brainer,” the study’s lead author, William H. Herman of the University of Michigan Medical Center, said today at the report’s presentation in San Diego. “It represents an intervention that should be adopted and widely implemented.”

Nowhere in any of the articles I read did it mention that simply restricting carbohydrates in the diet, A COST FREE way to eliminate symptoms, should be the first course of action.  When my own mother was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, her doctor suggested metformin and a statin.  He did not advise her of her option to reduce carbohydrates in her diet – But I did.  She returned to her doctor 6 weeks later with perfect blood panel results – all without drugs – all without side effects of any kind.

In all of the articles I read, nowhere did I see mention of the side effects of metformin so I will list them for you. I will also point out another side effect not included in this particular list and that is:

Other side effects have included reports of a distinct drug odor. The odor is generally described as “fish or fishy”.

Now I don’t know about you, but I would have to read no further.   Hmmmm, bread today, or fishy odor? Now  that, Dr. Herman, is a “no-brainer”.   I offer the option so that you can make your own choice.

These are side effects listed by one manufacturer:

You may experience hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) while you are taking this medication. symptoms of hypoglycemia:

  • shakiness
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • sweating
  • nervousness or irritability
  • sudden changes in behavior or mood
  • headache
  • numbness or tingling around the mouth
  • weakness
  • pale skin
  • hunger
  • clumsy or jerky movements

If hypoglycemia is not treated, severe symptoms may develop. Be sure that your family, friends, and other people who spend time with you know that if you have any of the following symptoms, they should get medical treatment for you immediately:

  • confusion
  • seizures
  • loss of consciousness

all your doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar):

  • extreme thirst
  • frequent urination
  • extreme hunger
  • weakness
  • blurred vision

Here is Bloomberg’s report on the story:
Pre-Diabetics Can Stave Off Disease With New Diet, Drugs, Researcher Show
By Oliver Renick – Jun 28, 2011

If you want to see the science and learn more about the option of carb restriction for pre-diabetes and diabetes, visit the Diabetes section on the Nutrition & Metabolism Society’s website. Read what the experts in the field (Dr. R.K. Bernstein, Dr. Richard. Feinman, Dr. Eric Westman, Dr. MaryVernon, Dr. Robert Su and so many more) have to say.

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“What was so upsetting was I didn’t really know anything about diabetes except that Ella Fitzgerald lost her legs and later died from it.”
– Della Reese

2010 Dietary Guidelines Hugely Disappointing


The 2010Dietary Guidelines were released today and it looks like they are recommending more of the same.  We can now look forward to an even larger increase in the epidemics of both obesity and T2 diabetes. This is truly disappointing news for the scientists who have been working so hard to be heard regarding the research they have done on the benefits of reducing carbohydrates in the diet.   I’m not an activist of any kind  but I believe in FREEDOM OF INFORMATION.

Because of the enormous blunder the USDA has made in recommending a diet that has proven to cause harm for the last 30 years, they don’t know how to back pedal.  When they first began recommending low fat, high carb diets they believed it to truly be a good thing.  It wasn’t long before the nation became fatter and sicker.  So they recommended even lower fat and higher carb.  The nation continued to get fatter & sicker to epidemic proportions.  Years ago, the USDA was informed by scientists of their mistake. They shunned the evidence. They are largely funded by manufacturers of processed foods and pharmaceutical companies which prosper from the epidemics of obesity and diabetes.

For the last 30 + years people have been reducing fat and increasing carbohydrates per the USDA Dietary Guidelines. In those 30 years the American public has been getting sicker and fatter and the number of people with T2 diabetes has skyrocketed. PEOPLE ARE DYING UNECESSARILY. Science has proven that it’s not the fat, but the carbohydrtates that are the culprit, yet the USDA continues to ignore this evidence.

In the words of Dr. Richard Feinman, Biochemistry Professor and teacher of  nutrition to medical school students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, “The deleterious effects of fat have only been measured in the presence of high carbohydrate.  A high fat diet in the presence of high carbohydrate is different than a high fat diet in the presence of low carbohydrate.”

What this means is that all of  the scientific research that suggests fat is detrimental has been done using high carbohydrate diets. When fat is increased and carbs are low, the results are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!

Markers of metabolic syndrome, CVD and diabetes IMPROVE on a carb restricted, much higher fat diet.

Please share this video made by Jimmy Moore:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIPPkz8x7eE

and then take a look at www.nmsociety.org to see the evidence for yourself. Much of the research is posted there.

If you care to help make this information known to the public, forward this post to your friends and consider joining the Nutrition & Metabolism Society.  It’s only $10 and your support is needed.

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“To say that obesity is caused by merely consuming too many calories is like saying that the only cause of the American Revolution was the Boston Tea Party.”
– Adelle Davis