We do not suffer from pharmaceutical deficiencies, but from a lack of the building blocks that our bodies require to function.
My goal is to help you understand how to listen to your body's language of symptoms, and empower you with the insight to restore your body to vibrant health.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dramatic Diabetes Increase over just 8 years

From 2001-2009, there was a 21% increase in children with Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes, and 30% increase in Type 2 diabetes!  
Published 5/7/2014 in the JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.

This is scary from several perspectives:
  • This is a dramatic increase over just 8 years.  Normally, studies must last years longer in order to reach statistical significance.  
  • Elevated blood sugar damages proteins throughout the body.  Diabetics physically age more rapidly, particularly starting at such an early age.  
  • Insulin is elevated with blood sugar increases.  Insulin is profoundly inflammatory.
Inflammation is the common feature in all our most common chronic diseases.
It is now blamed for instigating the 4 most common adult causes of death:
  • Dementia
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer

Blood Sugar and Insulin

Oftentimes, the pancreas must raise the insulin levels in order to maintain a "normal" blood sugar.  Therefore, the fasting blood sugar, and HbA1c (index of the amount of damaged protein in red blood cells) are not particularly high. 

That is, not high enough to raise red flags.  However, the protein damage is occurring, and the inflammation is continuing.

If your fasting sugars are 90 or higher, or your waist size equals or exceeds your hip measurement,
you may want to consider asking for a Fasting Insulin Level.

This is one test that will provide insight into how hard your pancreas is working,
as well as how much inflammation may be underway.

Save your lab results

My other advice is to get a copy of every lab result you have, and save it under the date either in a paper file, or digital one.  

YOU are then able to watch for trends in blood sugar, renal function, and the other results.  And notice subtle progressive changes while there is time to reverse them!

Empowering you to gain the information you need to return to wellness!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mental Stability

Did you know that depression, anxiety, PMS, ADD, Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other behavioral issues can all have the same root cause?  And these can all be improved, and even resolved in some, with elimination of that cause. Inflammation is the common thread in these and other neurologic disorders, and will be the first issue we address in healing the brain.  This topic is too big, and too important to simply speed through.  

So, stay tuned, and build your endorphins, going outside before 10 and after 2 to build your Vitamin D.  This, while called a vitamin, acts hormonally.  And, one of its effects is a decrease in inflammation!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Growing Your Brain

“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” 
― Leonardo da Vinci

I began my research focused on ways to maintain our brains, only to be blown away!  Yes, it is easy to maintain our brains.  

But, better than that, we can even grow new brain cells, and increase our smarts!  

Did you know that there are nerve stem cells, that can give rise to many new brain cells?  There are ways to stimulate this process!

Almost finished all the research.  Then need to assimilate it, let it rest,  and then present it in a series of blogs to teach you how easy it can be to get smarter, at the same time as healthier.  Not only that, but your brain can truly grow younger instead of older by following these guidelines.

So, there'll be a pearl of info every day or two, while I gather together all this research, and go through the process of preparing the best info in the simplest manner. 

So, stay tuned!