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No longer needing his diabetes medication, The Biggest Loser’s heaviest-ever contestant, Dan, has shown that he can continue losing weight on his own, after leaving the ranch. Dan weighed in at way over 400 pounds, at 5 foot 8 inches tall, and at only 18 years old.

Both he and David, his team member, are the only overweight people in their family, but the families did not seem, at least anymore, to be making food that would help them, or encouraging change. Maybe they had done this in past years, and become disillusioned that their sons would and could ever change, but I hope they are behind them 1000%, now. Both boys have proven they ARE willing to do what needs to be done to regain their health.

Now, at 19, after about 6 weeks or so with Jillian as his trainer, Dan had lost 60 pounds and then continued to lose another 40+ pounds so far, on his own. Dan hopes to be The Biggest Loser in the show’s history, and as he started out as the heaviest, that’s a possible outcome. It is absolutely wonderful that his body is healing and that he no longer needs his diabetes medication.

It has been heart-warming to see this young man transform his life. He has:
—  put aside the mindless, ignorant eating patterns
— learned to cook, as his family didn’t eat the way he needed to
— realized that he CAN do more in life as long as he MOVES.

Knowing he can’t sit on the couch and watch everyone else live their lives, when he doesn’t have one worth living, has impelled Dan (and finally, David) to grab for their star!

Already losing 1/4 of his body, Dan is beginning to look like he’s going to make it, as long as he keeps control, keeps focus and wants all the things that life CAN offer him — a girlfriend, a wife, children, fun, challenges he aims for.

He’s renewing himself, and if he can, we can. He started out with about 300 pounds to lose, after all. Most of us don’t have that challenge.

So, hear it best from Dan himself, and use the video for your own motivation!

How Dan Transforms His Life!

 Bravo! to all who try. Just try! Do it for yourself. Respect yourself. Learn that only YOU can make the change.

Best to all — Em

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

This post is an important message from Dr. Mark Hyman, MD. He’s a holistic physician who fought and conquered his own case of “chronic fatigue syndrome” and did so at a time when other doctors wouldn’t even acknowledge the existence of the affliction. Therefore, he’s very sensitive to listening to patients and to looking for the ROOT CAUSES of any disease etiology.

Previously, I wrote an article about his book “UltraMetabolism” (great book!) and I did not have the resources when his book “UltraWellness” came out (but I know he knows his topic!). Now, his newest book is out; it’s called “UltraMind”.

In reading his email newsletter and his blog, I see that far more of us are effected, even though we may not be showing mental “distress” yet, and that the physiology which is part of the cascade to diabetes, also impacts our unprotected minds.

As one trained in psychology, I always thought the blood-brain barrier was quite protective, but as science’s ability to monitor improves, we see many substances cross the barrier … more than we expected, mostly due to so many un-natural influences.

So, the rest of today’s post is from Dr. Hyman. And, I encourage you to read his book — at the library, if needs be — and go to his site to download the free preview  Click Here! .

Best to all — Em
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Quoted from Dr. Mark Hyman, MD:

… “Today, the fires of inflammation are raging all over the body. That’s why we are seeing an epidemic of diseases including autoimmunity (24 million people), allergy (50 million), and asthma (30 million), as well as cardiovascular disease (60 million), cancer (10 million), and diabetes (14 million). These, it has been recently discovered, are primarily inflammatory conditions.”

The Sources of Inflammation

Everything in the body is connected, but there are only a few things that cause inflammation. The list is short:

1. Our inflammatory diet, which consists of enormous amounts of sugar (158 pounds per person per year) and refined flours, as well as trans fats and saturated fats

2. Food allergens — mostly delayed reactions to food or hidden allergens that lead to “brain allergies” (allergic reactions in the body that cause inflammation in the brain — more about these in a moment)

3. Imbalances in digestive function and the gut immune system that produce widespread systemic effects

4. Toxins such as mercury and pesticides (and the 85,000 mostly untested toxins in our environment), which have been linked to immune dysfunction and autoimmune diseases

5. Low-grade, hidden, or chronic infections such as HIV-associated dementia, syphilis, and Lyme disease, which can cause many neurologic and psychiatric “diseases”

6. Stress — emotional or physical, such as trauma

7. Sedentary lifestyle

8. Inadequate sleep — less than 7 hours a night

9. Nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin D, zinc, and omega-3 fats

Are you starting to see how all these keys are connected?

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If you go to the doctor and you are depressed, but you also have irritable bowel, or eczema, or headaches, or sinus congestion, or joint pain, it doesn’t mean you need to see five different specialists. It means that there are a few underlying systems that are out of balance and cause ALL your problems and you don’t need to treat each one separately with medication!

Most of these brain allergies are due to mild, hidden, delayed food allergies: you eat a piece of bread on Monday and feel depressed on Tuesday, but you never make the connection. As a result, your brain becomes inflamed. Hidden food allergies are a major unrecognized epidemic in the 21st century.

… In fact, this is how most Americans feel, because we are living out of harmony with our natural biological rhythms – and our hormones are all over the place.

The hormones that cause the most mental misery are your stress hormones, your thyroid hormone, your sex hormones, and your major blood-sugar control hormone, insulin.

In this blog, I want to teach you about three very common major hormonal imbalances and how you can rebalance these areas of your biochemistry so you can achieve an UltraMind: insulin, thyroid, and sex hormone imbalances.

Hormonal Imbalance #1: Insulin Imbalance

If you crave sugar or bread, feel weak and irritable at 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon, skip breakfast or eat a big muffin or bagel for breakfast, or have extra belly fat, you likely have serious blood sugar and insulin problems, which can cause depression, dementia, and panic disorder.

Just look down at your belly – if it’s sticking out or jiggles when you jump up and down, you have a problem.

We have seen an extraordinary increase in sugar consumption, from 10 pounds per person per year at the beginning of the 19th century to 158 pounds per person per year at the beginning of the 21st century.

In fact, more money is spent at gas stations on junk food than on gas!

We spend more money on processed and junk food than on new cars, new computers and higher education – combined!

That’s why 100 million Americans suffer from insulin resistance, or “pre-diabetes.” This condition is a problem by itself and causes “pre-dementia,” also known as mild cognitive impairment.

In fact, some scientists are now calling Alzheimer’s disease “type-3 diabetes”!

We are now seeing type-2 diabetes in children. Could this mean they will get Alzheimer’s as early as their 30s and 40s?

And what about sugar and depression? Researchers found that people with symptoms of depression were 42 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those without depressive symptoms. They also found that the more serious the symptoms, the higher the risk of diabetes.

So what’s the cure?

Balance your blood sugar by cutting out flour and sugar (especially high-fructose corn syrup).

Eat whole foods and make sure you have some protein like eggs, nuts, or a protein shake for breakfast.

• Don’t forget to get moving. Exercise is the magic potion for your brain and your belly fat.

Hormonal Imbalance #2: Thyroid Imbalance

Insulin isn’t the only hormone that can get out of balance. There’s another hormone imbalance that affects one in five women and one in 10 men – most of whom don’t even know they have it.

I’m talking about an imbalance of thyroid hormones.

Are you cold all the time? Do you have dry skin, thinning hair, weak fingernails, a puffy face, swelling of your hands and feet, constipation, or trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Do you seem to forget things easily? If so, you might have a low-functioning thyroid.

A 73-year-old woman once came to see me because she had fatigue, sluggishness, poor memory, slight depression, dry skin, constipation, and a little fluid retention. When she visited her previous doctor, he said, “Well, what do you expect? You’re 73 – and this is what 73 is supposed to feel like.”

I don’t believe that is true. I believe that most of the symptoms of aging we see are really symptoms of abnormal aging or dysfunction that are related to imbalances in our core body systems.

This patient had a sluggish thyroid.

By simply replacing her missing thyroid hormone, supporting her nutrition, and implementing some simple lifestyle changes, she went from feeling old to feeling alert, energetic, and youthful. Plus, all of her other symptoms cleared up.

And research supports this. Studies have shown that older people with “sub-clinical” hypothyroidism have four times the risk of developing depression.(1) Yet many doctors prescribe antidepressants before they take a good hard look at the thyroid.

Your thyroid hormone is critical for making new brain cells (neurogenesis), particularly in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is responsible for mood and memory.(2)

You might need the help of your doctor and prescription thyroid medication if your thyroid is not optimally balanced. Here are some tips to help you along the way:

Get properly tested, as I explain in my book, The UltraMind Solution

Get enough thyroid-supportive nutrients, including iodine, selenium, zinc, vitamin D, and omega-3 fats.

Take thyroid hormone replacement if your tests show you are not optimally balanced. Remember, most of the common medications out there don’t take care of this problem. People often need a little bit of T3 – the active thyroid hormone – added to their treatment (even if they are already on other thyroid hormones.

Hormonal Imbalance #3: Sex Hormone Imbalances

Here’s some headline news. Did you know:

“Seventy-five percent of women were found to have a mutant gene that threatens their relationships, work, and well-being.”

“More than half of aging men will lose their sexual function, their testosterone levels will drop, and their estrogen levels will rise, making men more like women.”

These are the beliefs that we all unconsciously accept.

Women are defective, flawed, and broken – and destined to suffer throughout their reproductive lives from mood and behavior swings that are the result of the three Ps: Puberty, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and perimenopause. This is the “genetic flaw” that supposedly threatens them.

As they age, men – if you believe all the television commercials – supposedly need the “little blue pill” just to be men again.

Is this a “normal” part of being a woman or a man? Is it the product of some defective, mutant gene?

Why do sex hormone levels drop up to 90 percent during the aging process?

Are we destined to suffer from impaired mood, muscle loss, poor sleep, memory difficulties, and sexual problems?

Of course not!

This suffering related to your reproductive life cycle is unnecessary. It is not bad luck, but bad habits, such as drinking and smoking, eating a high-sugar and refined-carbohydrate diet, being exposed to environmental toxins, and being chronically stressed.

To think that 75 percent of women have a design flaw that gives them PMS and requires medical treatment is just absurd. To think that we all have to dwindle, shrivel, and lose our emotional, physical, and sexual vitality is a burdensome, self-fulfilling prophecy.

We now have endless examples of balance and thriving at any age. One of my 81-year-old female patients recently told me, with a twinkle in her eye, about her new boyfriend and their wonderful love life.

PMS, menopausal symptoms, and andropause are all signs of imbalances in your sex hormones. They are not the result of mutant genes that destroy our sexual vitality as we age. Instead, they are treatable symptoms of underlying imbalance in one of the core systems in your body. Get your sex hormones back in balance, and these problems usually disappear.

Male Hormonal Problems

If you are a man older than age 50, you might be getting flabby and feeling less interested in sex. Do you see the hair on your legs and chest disappearing? Are you getting “man boobs”?

If so, you might be low in testosterone, which makes you depressed, unmotivated, and mentally dull.

The solutions are simple:

• Lose belly fat

• Build muscle

• Consider using topical testosterone cream or gel

Female Hormonal Problems

If you have headaches, breast tenderness, fluid retention, mood swings, and irritability in the days or weeks before your menstrual period, you might have too much estrogen and not enough progesterone. This can make you feel crazy.

Let me tell you the story of a patient of mine with premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD. She was barely able to function. She suffered three weeks out of every month with severe physical symptoms and debilitating depression. Was she deficient in Prozac (or Prozac renamed Sarafem to treat PMS)? I don’t think so.

She was 37 years old. She had severe depression, fatigue, anxiety, and food and sugar cravings that led to overeating and 20 pounds of weight gain.

She also had joint pains, breast tenderness, heavy bleeding, hot flashes, dry skin, acne, hair loss, trouble with memory, poor sleep, and no sex drive.

She didn’t drink alcohol, but was a big coffee drinker. She started the day with a bagel and cheese, had a cafeteria lunch, chocolates in the afternoon, and a healthy dinner, followed by ice cream, chips, and Cheerios.

She also complained of gas and bloating.

And she ate a lot of dairy products.

We know that sugar, caffeine, alcohol, stress, and lack of exercise all contribute to worsened PMS(3) and all hormonal imbalances including menopause and andropause.(4)

It is also true that dairy consumption can worsen hormonal imbalances because of all the hormones in milk.(5)(6) Even organic milk can come from pregnant cows, jacking up hormones levels.(7)

So I helped her change her diet, cut out the sugar and caffeine, eliminate food allergens, take a few supplements and herbs, and do a little exercise. Within just one menstrual cycle her life changed.

All her symptoms resolved, she lost weight, and she increased her energy dramatically. Her mood stabilized (meaning her depression evaporated), and her acne and dry skin went away – all without medication.

Here’s what to do:

Eat a diet of whole foods that are low in sugar and refined carbs, caffeine, and alcohol.

Load up on broccoli, collard greens, and kale, which help balance hormones.

Supplement with vitamin B6, magnesium, evening primrose oil, and fish oil.

Get regular exercise.

Balancing your hormones is a process – and sometimes it has little twists and turns. But by sticking with it, you can become vital, happy, alert, brilliant, and thriving.

And if you need more help it’s in my book: The UltraMind Solution.

Remember, you can get a free sneak preview by going here:
Click Here!

But beware: there may be some serious side effects from balancing your hormones … Some people notice a significant spike in their sex drive and pleasure!

… (1) Chueire VB, Romaldini JH, Ward LS. Subclinical hypothyroidism increases the risk for depression in the elderly. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2007 Jan-Feb;44(1):21-8. Epub 2006 May 5.

(2) Montero-Pedrazuela A, Venero C, Lavado-Autric R, Fernández-Lamo I, García-Verdugo JM, Bernal J, Guadaño-Ferraz A. Modulation of adult hippocampal neurogenesis by thyroid hormones: implications in depressive-like behavior. Mol Psychiatry. 2006 Apr;11(4):361-71.

(3) Rasheed P, Al-Sowielem LS. Prevalence and predictors of premenstrual syndrome among college-aged women in Saudi Arabia. Ann Saudi Med. 2003 Nov-Dec;23(6):381-7.

(4) Tan RS, Pu SJ. The andropause and memory loss: is there a link between androgen decline and dementia in the aging male? Asian J Androl. 2001 Sep;3(3):169-74. Review.

(5) Rich Edwards JW, Ganmaa D, Pollak MN, Nakamoto EK, Kleinman K, Tserendolgor U, Willett WC, Frazier AL.Milk consumption and the prepubertal somatotropic axis.Nutr J. 2007 Sep 27;6:28.

(6) [No authors listed]Milk, hormones and human health, 10/23-25/2006, Boston. J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia. 2007 Dec;12(4):315

(7) Pape-Zambito DA, Magliaro AL, Kensinger RS. Concentrations of 17beta-estradiol in Holstein whole milk. J Dairy Sci. 2007 Jul;90(7):3308-13.”

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Also be sure to read:

 https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com/2008/01/15/how-to-conquer-chronic-diseases-including-diabetes-inspiration-and-a-reminder-part-1b/

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

Yesterday, I had a rare chance to see Martha Stewart’s TV show for a few minutes when she interviewed renowned Integrative Medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil, MD. Andy was sharing techniques for liver detoxification, which is very imprtant for everyone, in our toxic world, but it is critical for diabetics, as we really need our glucagon – insulin relationships in balance. Your liver is your second largest organ (only your skin is larger) and without your liver’s proper function, you are seriously challenged. It’s capable of self-repair, but in today’s toxic world, it’s overwhelmed. As diabetics, we need it to be working for us!

I will include the link to the video, as they do not offer embed code. In the video, Dr. Weil speaks about the importance of your liver; it is your largest gland and everything has to go through your liver before anything is ever allowed to enter into the rest of your body. Your liver needs to be able to perform 500 different chemical processes to keep you healthy, and you need to keep IT healthy so it can work for you!

Your liver is your Prime Defender. You must take care of it!

If you drink alcohol, smoke, eat lots of foods that have chemical preservatives or dyes, eat regular produce which has been sprayed with fungicides and herbicides or if you are on prescription medications, then you ESPECIALLY need to pay attention. You do also, if you eat large meals or lots of fried foods.

Dr. Weil only had less than 6 minutes in this interview, so I need to expand on what he mentioned and so do you — by talking to a knowledgeable physician — as Andy was not specifically addressing diabetics. For example, using saunas is very efficient as a way to detox, BUT saunas are not automatically applicable to all people (those with heart conditions and high blood pressure likely cannot do it, and other conditions may not allow this suggestion, either).

However, Andy is one of the most knowledgeable physicians, and his suggestions for ways to detoxify using the foods and supplements he showed during the interview will likely be allowed by diabetics.

Effective detoxifiers include:

___ cabbage family vegetables – cabbages, kale, bok choy, radishes, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, horseradish, real wasabi root (not powdered), mustard greens, collard greens, turnips, “swedes” / rutabaga, garden cress, watercress, “broccoflower”, crambe, nasturtium, rocket, and kohlrabi. These foods participate in both biochemical pathways which are needed to detoxify.

(Em’s note: Cabbage family foods are also “goiterogens” and if used too much, they can effect your thyroid function — slowing it down, and slowing your metabolism with it. If you already have low-thyroid, or are obese, consult with your endocrinologist to see how often to use this group of otherwise healthy foods.)

___ matcha – the special “freshest, least-processed” green tea. Dr. Weil has contracted with Ito En to make a Dr. Weil matcha which had been sold as tea bags in Target (and maybe at his own site; I didn’t check), but the best Japanese and Asian groceries should have a “matcha” — get the best, or almost-best; make sure it says “matcha” on the label. Dr. Weil blends his with “sencha”, the next least-processed tea to make the taste milder.

Green tea has very positive effects on sugar metabolism, and it aids weight loss. As all teas have slightly diuretic properties, make sure that you are drinking plenty of pure spring water to stay hydrated.

___ hand-squeezed, fresh citrus juice – from oranges, lemons and limes especially. When the fruit is pressed and then the juice is drunk immediately, you get the benefit of the limonenes. These are very powerful natural detoxifiers and they won’t be found in less fresh juice.

Limonenes come from the colored zest and are also released from the inner white peel when the fruit peel is “squeezed” by teeth when eating whole fruit or by a press when making fresh juice. So, when eating whole fruit (which is always “better” than juice, especially for those with diabetes), then wash the peel well, and make sure you are scraping the peel, as much as possible, with your teeth, as you eat the wedges; then discard the peel. A lot of great bioflavinoids and rutin are in the peel, only!

___ fresh ginger root — not only is it a wonderful anti-inflammatory, but it helps detoxify your liver too, (as well as spicing-up any dish with great flavor)!

___ Japanese Seaweed Salad — this is one of my most favorite foods on earth! It is a finely shredded, delightfully “crunchy”, transparent, green seaweed with lots of other tasty dressing ingredients.

This seaweed, and all sea veggies, remove toxic metals and chemicals and radiation metabolite products (after X-ray exposure etc.) and help to have your liver safely let go of some of the toxic waste dump that it has to cordon-off to keep you safe.

Mercury from”silver” dental fillings and from high-on-the-food-chain fish (like tuna)( and some other animals) would also be able to be released because the seaweed is the singular food that can “bind” these serious toxins. The nori seaweed around sushi will help, but there’s lots more in a salad only composed of seaweed!

My packages are Dried Seaweed Mix from Nihon Shokken Co (Torrance, California — see if they have a website)(ingredients are: wakame, kombu, akasugi, akatosaka, shirosugi) and Soken’s Sea Vegetable Salad www.sokensha.co.jp/company/e_pamphlet.html (It’s ingredients are: wakame, akamodoki, akanori, agar-agar). Follow each brand’s instructions; they are different, probably because of the different seaweeds’ needs. Each small package makes 2 -4 servings.

___ Milk thistle (or St. Mary’s Thistle) — Trader Joe’s and other good natural supplement and herbal manufacturers make and sell this product, which has a long herbal history as the main herb which supports your liver. The best form, however, is Silybin Phytosome, which is a special extract of Milk Thistle.

Dr. Weil says that the minute that we start taking this supplement, it starts to help. I would start at the lowest dose, and then gradually work upwards. As you gradually heal your liver, it is likely to be better at detoxifying your body. That’s a good thing, but you may feel some discomfort, as the process happens. As it heals, it will start detoxing more. Keep helping it with all of these suggestions.

___ Pure, spring water — your body must stay well-hydrated, and it needs water to help your kidneys to flush-out the toxins. If you have kidney problems, talk to your physician about your target amounts, otherwise, for those without kidney issues, then gradually build-up to drinking about half your body weight in fluid ounces of water. For example, if you weight 110 pounds, your lowest amount should be 55 fluid ounces, just less than the 64 ozs. which makes 1 gallon, per day, over the entire day, approximately an 8 oz. glass of water every 2 hours during your work / waking day. If you weigh more than this, do the math to get the proper amount for your weight. Build up your capacity over 3 – 4 weeks.

___ Additional supplements: zinc; lecithin or choline; B vitamin complex (used up in stress and in producing cellular energy)(make sure you have enough biotin, as it is rarely at good levels in supplements; you may have to get a separate bottle); mixed tocopherol Vitamin E; cysteine, glycine and glutamine OR glutathione (levels also decrease with age)(glutathione supplements are usually not well absorbed, so use the 3 amino acids mentioned before it, as they will help your body to make your own) and glucuronate is even more effective for liver cells, specifically; taurine amino acid is needed for chemical toxins and is likely deficient in those with chemical sensitivities (and it helps with gall-bladder issues, too)(vegetarians and vegans may also be deficient too). Dr. Cabot has a tonic which incorporates all of these in the efficacious amounts.
Other physicians add: Selenium
(also needed for insulin) is important for your liver. Selenium is found in: asparagus, broccoli, dulse seaweed, garlic, kelp seaweed, nuts, onion, brown rice, rosemary, sage, sea veggies, spirulina, tomato and wheatgrass and barleygrass.
Alpha Lipoic Acid – It is an important sulfur source. It helps to protect your liver from free-radical damage.

___ “Bitter” tasting foods like the turmeric spice, endives, dandelion greens, beet greens, broccoli rabe (rapini), mustard greens, arugula (rocket), artichokes and asparagus are used by naturopathic physicians to help cleanse the liver. Although some of these foods actually taste milder than others do, they are still effective. Dandelion greens should not be from your garden, parks or roadside.Only organic dandelion greens, specifically produced for food, should be used. They are usually available at Whole Foods. Dandelion greens are one of the most efficient detoxifying foods.

Talk to a knowledgeable Naturopathic physician (N.D. or N.M.D.) or a holistic, integrative medicine or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) MD, like:

Dr. Weil, MD, Dr. Elson Haas, MD, Dr. Sandra Cabot, MD (an Australian liver detoxification expert) , Dr. Mark Hyman, MD and Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD. And, for my favorite naturopathic physicians: Dr. Michael Murray, ND and Dr. Mark Stengler, ND … although there are lots more of them! And, Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS is my favorite nutritional educator.

Each of these doctors have websites, and all have written books, if you don’t have access to a holistic physician. Some do phone consultations. Others have an archive of questions they’ve answered online or have newsletters.

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Here are a few helpful recipes for liver detoxification.

Asian Coleslaw

Cabbage is full of nutrients like vitamin C and indoles, which are important cancer-fighting compounds. In addition, red cabbage also contains anthocyanins, the purple pigment with strong antioxidant activity commonly found in blueberries, in summer.

In the winter months, cabbage is an important and abundant nutritional resource. Because it is in season then, it is cheap while other fresh produce is either expensive or unavailable.

This recipe calls for a lot of salt, but it is used in this dish to soften the cabbage, and then it is thoroughly rinsed off . Then, the recipe doesn’t provide too much sodium. The garnish brings out the flavor of the slaw and adds additional crunch.

Food as Medicine
“When cabbage is sliced or chopped, anti-carcinogenic compounds called glucosinolates are formed, but cooking denatures the enzyme that creates these compounds, stopping their production. ” So to maximize its healthful properties, cabbage should be eaten raw or cooked for less than five minutes.

1 green cabbage, medium-sized head
1 red cabbage, medium-sized head
3 T sea salt (do not use table salt!)
3 carrots, large
1/4 C scallions, minced
1 T organic sesame seeds

Dressing:
2/3 C organic, brown rice vinegar, unseasoned
1/4 C organic brown sugar (known as Succanat) OR 1/6C of low-glycemic agave nectar (better)
1 1/2 T dark-roasted sesame oil

Garnish:

organic sesame seeds and green onions, minced

(Em: also add valuable Omega-3 fatty acids from hemp seed as part of this garnish)

1. Discard one set of outer leaves of the cabbages. Cut each in quarters; remove the cores (keep them for soups). Slice cabbage thinly or shred in food processor. Layer the cabbage evenly into a large, glass bowl. Add the sea salt. Then toss to distribute evenly. Let cabbage sit for 1 hour to soften.

2. About 1/2 an hour later, scrub the carrots well and grate them into thin shreds. Make the dressing. Whisk the rice vinegar, agave nectar or Succanat, as well as the sesame oil together in a small bowl.

3. Drain off any liquid from the cabbage . Rinse the cabbage well in several changes of cold, running water. Taste the cabbage; if it is still too salty, rinse it again.

4. Add all of the carrots to the cabbage and mix well.
Stir the dressing again and pour it over the cabbage. Mix well. Let it chill. Garnish with minced scallions and toasted sesame seeds before serving.

Serves 8

Nutrients Per Serving

Calories: 126.8
Protein: 3.6 grams
Fat: 3.7 grams
Saturated Fat: 0.5 grams
Monounsat Fat: 1.3 grams
Polyunsat Fat: 1.6 grams
Carbohydrate: 23.7 grams
Fiber: 5.7 grams
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Vitamin A: 8,186.9 IU
Vitamin E: 0.5 mg/IU
Vitamin C: 98.1 mg
Calcium: 134.4 mg
Magnesium: 47.6 mg

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Beverages: spring water, ginger tea, non-alcoholic, organic apple cider, organic cranberry “water” (made with 4 oz. juice and 28 oz. pure spring water)*, organic pomegranate “water” (made with 2 oz. pure juice and 30 fluid oz. pure spring water)*.

* from Dr. Anne Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS “The Fat Flush Cookbook”.

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Dr. Cabot’s LSA Mix

This is a high Omega-3 fatty acid mix which is very healthful. Store it in an airtight, dark container in the refrigerator and use within a week, at most. If you can’t use it within 1 week, then freeze it (in fact it’s best to freeze it from the beginning and just take out the spoonfuls from the freezer cache).

3C organic flaxseeds (linseeds), raw
2C organic sunflower seeds, raw
1C organic almonds, raw *
hemp seeds — see Em’s note

Mix and grind together until fine (a coffee grinder will work, but have one set aside for just seeds, otherwise everything will taste like coffee.)

Store as indicated above, and sprinkle on foods at every opportunity (but only AFTER they are cooked, if being cooked).

* NOTE: Thanks to California’s ludicrous decision to irradiate its almond crop (most of the world’s production) and have the audacity to still allow it to be labeled “raw”, it is no almost imposssible to find raw, American almonds. Trader Joe’s has begun to import “Raw Valencia Almonds” from Spain.

Em’s suggestion: also add organic hemp seed to this mix, and it MUST be ground up before being sprinkled even though they are very tiny seeds. If they are whole, our body is a lot less likely to be able to access their Omega-3 essential fats.

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REFERENCES:

Dr. Andrew Weil, MD Dr. Weil, MD (Click Here!) He’s also a consultant at Martha Stewart’s Whole Living

Dr. Sandra Cabot, MD Liver Doctor (Click Here!)

Dr. Elson Haas, MD A Diet For All Seasons (Click Here!)

Dr. Mark Hyman, MD Ultra Nutrition and Ultra Wellness (Click Here!) www.ultrawellness.com

Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD Joel consistently writes great articles on his main site and blog (Click Here!)

Dr. Michael Murray, ND the original best known naturopathic educator (Click Here!)

Dr. Mark Stengler, ND Highly regarded as the “physician’s physician” (Click Here!)

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It’s fundamental to understand how your cells produce energy, for it seems that diabetics never easily have enough energy. Why is that? Well, over the years, scientists are finding these ancient cellular structures, which are your only biological furnaces, are gradually giving up their secrets. For an unknown reason at this point, diabetics seem to have smaller mitochondria and fewer of them, so it becomes imperative to understand how to protect your mitochondria you already have, whether dealing with diabetes or not! And, the children of diabetics, even if not diabetic yet, also have fewer and smaller mitochondria, so start on this program to help save them.

Every cell in your body has mitochondria. Your pancreatic beta-cells have them, and when the mitochondria don’t function well there, then your insulin capacity is compromised, too.

About 60% of the volume of your skeletal muscle cells and about 40% of the volume of your heart’s muscle cells should be made of mitochondria —  a symbiotic life-form, encased in your body, with its own DNA.

It is no use just talking about nutritious food and proper exercise when you know that you are dragging. Well, blood sugar control and portion control and types and amounts of fats are imperative to preserve or regain cellular health, but so is caring directly for these tiny not-you life forms who live, by the thousands, inside every one of your cells.  You, as the larger organism are meant to “protect” them. It’s part of an ancient pact.

Yes, unbelievable at it may seem, for millions of years there has been a symbiotic, mutually-beneficial relationship between 2 life-forms: your cells and the independent mitochondria who live within them.  In fact, science also believes that some of the cells of your immune-system are also independent life-forms.

The mitochondria make the energy products to drive your biology from the foods your cells gather and process to bring these tiny dynamos  as fuel. “Your” mitochondria even drive the energy in the tails of sperm and the nascent egg that come together to create every new life.

When the sperm enters the egg, the little tail it used to power its journey drops off, so all the mitochondria every child receives is ONLY from the mother. This is called mtDNA. It is the oldest traceable form we know; it directly comes from the first human female (and there were versions before that).

These are tried and true biochemical mechanisms that really work well, and everything in life depends on the bio-energy produced. Mitochondria use oxygen and enzymatic action to break down components of your food, brought into your cells as glucose and fat,  to produce energy in your/ their cellular furnace.

So, you must be well oxygenated AND have the proper nutrients. Anything less than that and the Energy-Cycle starts to be compromised.

The energy is transported, especially to your muscle cells. It’s carried there by a molecule called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Once there, the ATP gives up one high-energy phosphate molecule to the muscle cell, which uses it to keep you alive and help your organs’ musculature and skeletal muscles work. Then, as ADP, the molecule returns to the mitochondria to receive one more high-energy phosphate molecule to shuttle, yet again, to transform to ATP.

The mitochondria are the location of the bio-blast-furnace. They MAKE “your” energy, and being at ground-zero, the  living mitochondrion is also at great risk for being harmed, by their massive exposure to oxygen.

About 90% of all the oxygen you breathe daily goes into driving this bio-combustion cycle. If you don’t have healthy lungs and get good aerobic capacity from moderate exercise, then you are losing vital energy. Being sedentary does NOT let you have great aerobic capacity! Resolve to start a moderate walking program after you get guidelines from your doctor.

Apart from exercise helping with weight-loss (lessening insulin-sensitive fat cell storage) and more calories burned, exercise also helps diabetes by moving toxins out!

When I studied all this more than 40 years ago in a college physiology class, from a professor who was one of only a handful of world-class muscle physiologists, I found it so fascinating that its basic information stayed with me. Little did I know that it was vital to me to pay attention!

Only very recent science has begun to implicate faulty-mechanisms in this process in diabetics. In fact, in researching about new information, I found a genetic reference that I did not know about, and which I will try to follow-up on before writing more here.

So, back to the basics.

Each mitochondrion has two cellular walls, as you can see in the photos above. The inner section of the cell has more protein than any other cell in your body. It is this high percentage of protein that makes the Electron Transport Chain (ETC) where the ATP cycle happens. The glucose and fats are broken down into 2 carbon-molecule units.

Especially using B vitamins, the mitochondrion strips off several electrons from the glucose and fats, and the compounds left are what become “carbon dioxide”. That’s the waste-product we all breathe out, with every breath, and it must be moved-out of mitachondria and your cells, every moment.

If it is not moved out efficiently and effectively, then metabolic acids can build-up. You become toxic. And, B vitamins are also used-up in stress, so if your life is stressful, you may need more B vitamins, so this energy-cycle gets its fair share. Discuss this with your doctor.

Exercising moderately helps move your lymph system to detoxify and it helps to increase the number of mitochondria that you have. See the studies in the Nutrition Action link below. They are impressive and very relevant, especially to Type 2 diabetics.

But oxygen is also a two-edged sword, and too much or at the wrong time or place, and oxygen becomes a cell’s worst enemy. That’s when “free radicals” are produced and when we need “anti-oxidants”, from foods or supplements, to protect our cells and mitochondria  from damage and death by oxidation!

It’s a delicate dance between amounts of oxygen, carbon-dioxide, enough enzymes, B vitamins, CoEnzyme Q10 and other nutrients, healthy fats, as well as  enough glucose being able to enter each cell and not remain locked-out, as it is for many diabetics (creating high sugar levels in the blood)(this is called “glucose intolerance” or “glucose resistance”).

As many diabetics are also on statin drugs, which severly deplete CoEnzyme Q10, please discuss supplementing it with your physician — both to help your heart muscle remain healthy, and to fuel your Energy-System.

Iron and sulfur are two minerals required in this process, and small amounts of heme Iron from animals or larger amounts of non-heme iron from dark leafy vegetables, along with sulfur from cabbage family foods, including broccoli sprouts, are important for you to include sufficiently.

Important anti-oxidants also include Vitamin E as mixed tocopherols, Vitamin C,  glutathione and quercetin (or use lots of raw onion, apples or red grapes).  Alpha lipoic acid is also fundamental to work with Vitamin E and CoEnzyme Q10 to maintain their active forms.

And, fats need to be high in Omega-3 fatty acids, from cold-water fish, flax or hemp. Zinc is also an important mineral in addition to those mentioned above — raw pumpkin seeds are the best source, along with asparagus, spinach and summer squash.

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More on mitochondria another time, possibly next week.

Best to all — Em

REFERENCES:

 Human Energy Cycle Explanation (Click Here)

https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com/2007/09/10/recipes-for-longevity-coconut-the-tree-of-life-part-4a/

https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com/2008/01/15/how-to-conquer-chronic-diseases-including-diabetes-inspiration-and-a-reminder-part-1b/

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