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Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine”, and food can be very effective if you are eating the appropriate, natural, organic, whole foods. This is critical because diabetes is NOT being treated effectively by mainstream medicine. They won’t cure it, and in many cases it can be cured (or helped more than mainstream does) by using natural protocols, which support your body’s attempts to return to Health.

In addition to watching where foods stand on the Glycemic Index; what their nutritional profiles are;  whether they help to detoxify your tissues and their pH (internally when being metabolized), there are synergies to foods and ways they signal our body-systems which drugs really cannot mimic successfully, although they sometimes attempt to.

Foods are powerful Medicines. They, along with movement, pure water, sunlight and calm are our best medicines. Diabetics and pre-diabetics need to utilize all these natural therapies.

With all this in mind, paying “extra” for organic food is one of the best ways that you can protect your family’s Health, and this is critical for our children and grand-children who will grow-up their entire lives before the ravages of the chemical-land rape can gradually be forced to subside and naturally degrade, if we mandate successfully so no more is applied.

If you have to watch your food dollar and want to spend it  wisely, then target your organic purchases to:

___   Whole grains, only (if you use grains) – make sure to use NO enriched flours or products with enriched flour (read the labels). Apart from less and less-complete nutrition, these products contain a synthetic B1 vitamin known as thiamin mononitrate — all nitrates are to be seriously avoided (lunch meats, sausage, salami and hot dogs are another man-made nitrate source), unless they occur in whole foods (where there are natural counter-balancers). 

Organic quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) and its cousins, organic buckwheat and organic amaranth are really fruits, but they are used like grains. All of these are complete vegetarian protein sources and do not harm your thyroid, as plain soy foods do.

Whole grain, organic brown rice is the least allergenic of all the grains, and a moderate, starch-based diet from this keeps Asians slim. Studies show this type of small amount of brown rice + lots of organic vegetables (especially organic dark, leafy greens), few fruits, little to no dairy and naturally-raised animal protein or organic beans is the way to go for good blood sugars and good weight control.

___   Only organic beans (you’ll probably have to buy them in bulk at the natural foods store, but they do exist). Do not use soy often or at all. Only use  fermented soy products, and organic ones: tamari sauce, miso – and natto, if you can stand it. Tofu is disallowed, unless you find a fermented one (rare).

Also, I hesitate to mention using anything canned, for unless stated otherwise specifically, all modern cans are lined with Bisphenol A. The American government finally wants it removed from baby products, especially baby bottles and toys, but babies become toddlers very quickly! They are not protecting toddlers (or the rest of us) from the hazards of this plastic coating inside canned food tins!

I now use my crockpot to make organic beans (after soaking overnight, discarding the water). I then cool, package and freeze the cooked beans. This has worked well, and is a lot healthier than canned beans, while just as convenient. It’s mostly a hands-off process although it requires planning, once in a while (as I make a big batch, when I do this).

___   Herbs and Spices which support your biochemistry, especially if you are diabetic, can be very powerful healers or prevention sources. These include the 10 miracle-foods: turmeric, garlic, peppermint, parsley, rosemary, chili pepper, cinnamon, ginger, basil and lavender, several of which I will continue to talk about in this series.

___   Organic vegetables need to be 75% – 80% of each meal. These nutrition-filled starches contain small amounts of protein, too. These are the safest carbohydrates for everyone, including diabetics.

Hide them in smoothies, under the cheese in pizza or fashion quiches etc., where the veggies do taste good, if children rebel. Also keep at least 1/3 to 1/2 as raw veggies, (more in summer, less in winter). Raw vegetables have life-saving enzymes which are destroyed when cooked above 118F (which is less than boiling or steaming temperatures, which kill enzymes).

The vegetables to use with care and constraint are potatoes (other than sweet potatoes, which are excellent), corn (and make sure it is not genetically-modified – if you use organic corn, being GMO is not likely), peas (black-eye peas are fine), parsnips.

___   Be aware, as well, about the high fructose foods (vegetables and fruits) cautioned in my previous article as well as ones from the fructose chart both of which will help you choose your limited palette of daily fruits.

___ Healthy fats are essential. Even with high glycemic vegetables like potatoes et al and fruits, good, healthy fats (monsaturated and saturated) like organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, in the same meal will reduce these vegetbles’ and fruits’ glycemic impact.

___   Now, let’s tackle protein foods!

Animal protein should be primarily wild-caught, cold-water fish (like herring, halibut, cod, mackerel, sardines and anchovies) from pristine areas whose fisheries are not causing species depeletion. Monterrey Bay Aquarium has a list of preferred species on their Seafood Watch section of the site.

Next is free-range, organically-vegetarian fed sources for chicken eggs, organic duck eggs, quail eggs (Asian markets).

Bison and totally-grass-fed, organically-pastured  beef, lamb and goat, are next. If your natural foods market doesn”t carry this, check the web for nearby farmers who care for their animals this way or learn more at the long-time site Eat Wild. More and more are doing so. Stay away from the products from “factory farms”. They do not produce Good Food.

Organic nuts and seeds are great food, but we have a problem. Due to a misguided California law, California (which produces most of America’s almond crop) IRRADIATES its almonds. So, even if you buy “raw, organic almonds” from California, they will have been radically altered from their natural state. Buy heritage almonds from Spain etc., online. Natural farmers in California are presently petitioning to be excluded from the radiation requirement, but who knows if that will happen.

Nuts and seeds are useful vegetarian protein foods. Almonds are the most nutritious nut. Walnuts are a vegetarian source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, too, for brain and heart health, but they come with some arachiodonic acid, which can cause inflammation, so use them moderately. I have included organic hemp seed much more into my family’s diet (and rarely use flax seed, as there are issues with it, too, within your body).  Organic chia seed is becoming more available (thanks, Nutiva!), and I like it very much in dressings, smoothies, with morning cereals etc.,  I am thinking of adding it to more beverages in the future.

You may wonder why I am not including dairy.

There are many reasons:

___   at least half of humanity is really under-siege from using inapppropriate-for-them dairy proteins. “Lactose intolerance” is part of that issue.

___   cow milk proteins are huge, and difficult to digest. They tax our body unecessarily. Goat milk proteins are more like human-size milk proteins, but unless the forage plants are monitored closely, to make a sweeter-tasting milk, goats can produce some pretty raucous milk.

Soft goat cheese (from organically raised goats), called chevre, is probably the best cheese. All cheeses are pH acidic, but the soft “unripened” cheeses are better than hard cheese.

___   American milk is not being sold globally, as most countries won’t accept it! Why? Because, Monsanto, the megalith chemical company, has foisted rBGH – a recombinant BovineGrowthHormone Frankenstinian addition to American milk-cows and their resultant products. This growth hormone passes through to us and stimulates our hormones, erratically, too, as well as exposing us to more anti-biotics from farmers trying to treat the cow’s mastitis (caused by super-stimulation by rBGH).

Unless American milk products specifically say “no rBGH”, don’t buy them. Even organic milk is not OK, unless it also has that label.

___   Even some American Organic milk is being Ultra-pasteurized. That process happens around 400F rather than the lower (but still protein-denaturing temp) required in normal pasteurization.

The ultra-pasteurization is to extend shelf-life at the expense of Health. By carefully reading labels in the health food store, you can still find just pasteurized milk (and Trader Joe’s carries some, as well as good health stores). But, milk in its natural form is the only way your body “recognizes” it and can wholly use it – again, goat being best. 

I don’t recommend raw milk, but if the dairy is one you can visit and trust, that’s your call. Alta-Dena dairy is the oldest, inspected raw-milk dairy in America which I know about, and it’s products are available in good health stores.

For calcium, instead of dairy, I make sure I eat the bones in my sardines and the smaller ones in cans of salmon (when used, mash them well); I eat lots of organic dark green leafy vegetables  (but the calcium is a less-available form from them), I eat some carefully chosen cheese, organic goat milk and goat milk kefir and yoghurt once in a while; sometimes I use a calcium supplement, but mostlyI try to use magnesium, potassium and other alkaline minerals, waters and foods to help preserve an alkaline pH which means my body doesn’t “deplete” as much calcium in the first place. Seaweed and whole Celtic sea salt also provide a little.

Well this is the first part on the update for foods to be considering in 2011.

The Environmental Working Group (EVG) has a list of the 15 “dirtiest”, most-sprayed foods in America so you can wisely spend your hard-earned food dollar on these foods, first. I’ll speak about them in my next article.

Best to all — Em

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The past couple of weeks, we’ve looked at diabetic-friendly beverages. The following herbal recipe contains 3 anti-inflammatory herbs. As diabetes contains an inflammatory process, this beverage should be helpful in making healthy diabetes food choices.

This is also a low fructose recipe as pineapples only contain moderate amounts. There are serious issues about how fructose behaves in our bodies (see below) and we should not ingest any more than 1 – 2 pieces of low-fructose fruits, daily. Learn more about low fructose foods, here (note the measurements here are in milligrams [mg] and 1,000 mg = 1 gram [g].

I also advise NO juices most of the time, except vegetable juices (note: tomato is a fruit).

Dr. Mercola’s fructose recommendations are no more than 25 grams of fructose a day (and only 15g. from whole fruits  —no juices). All fruit must be ORGANIC!

An apple contains 9 grams.  One whole pear would be most of your limit, as would be 1 cup of grapes or 1/4 cup of raisins. These just mentioned fruits are to be used carefully. Other dried fruits should be used even more carefully, if at all.

Of the melons, watermelon is the most nutritious and least problematic except for fructose issues; you reach your daily fructose limit using just 1/16 of a medium watermelon.

The Best Fruit Choices: Kiwi, berries, pineapple, citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, orange), fresh apricots, fresh prunes, cherries, nectarine, peach, papaya, guava, banana, avocados and moderate amounts of tomato.

NOTE: The nightshade vegetables and fruits (white and red and yellow potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, tomatillos, cape gooseberry) are implicated as sources of inflammatory chemicals causing arthritis pain in sensitive individuals. So, if you are having skeletal or muscle pains, these foods might be reduced or eliminated for a few months to see if your Health improves. Sweet potatoes come from a different botanical family and do not cause these issues.

Pomegranate is not on the charts at the links. I use only the prophylactic 2 oz. dose of unsweetened pomegranate a day, as 1 of my few fruits (I mostly eat vegetables).

As this 2 oz. dose of pomegranate helps clear out cholesterol-restricted arteries (harmed by inflammation, and using cholesterol as a “natural bandaid”), I think it is probably OK, as long as we make enough natural cholesterol (from organic coconut oil’s medium-chain fatty acids) to do all the “good work” that cholesterol is meant to do.

Vitamin D is also important in this process and as much as 8,000 IU of Vitamin D3 seem to be needed rather than the 800 IU spoken about now.

Evidently, even at 8,000 IU (equivalent to 20 minutes in summer sun over 40% of your body skin), there is not toxicity, but the Vitamin D3 (only supplement form to use) is still NOT as good as natural sunlight. The supplement is not ready-to-use by our body, yet, and if we do not do the extra step well (which requires cholesterol), then we are still Vitamin D deficient.

Dr. Mercola continues about the harm from fructose:

“Thanks to the excellent work of researchers like Dr. Robert Lustig , and Dr. Richard Johnson, we now know that fructose:

  • Is metabolized differently from glucose, with the majority being turned directly into fat
  • Tricks your body into gaining weight by turning off your body’s appetite-control system. Fructose does not appropriately stimulate insulin, which in turn does not suppress ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”) and doesn’t stimulate leptin (the “satiety hormone”), which together result in your eating more and developing insulin resistance.
  • Rapidly leads to weight gain and abdominal obesity (“beer belly”), decreased HDL, increased LDL, elevated triglycerides, elevated blood sugar, and high blood pressure — i.e., classic metabolic syndrome (Em: also known as Syndrome X).
  • Over time leads to insulin resistance, which is not only an underlying factor of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, but also many cancers.”

Agave is also problematic and turns out to be just as bad as High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) which is a cheap sweetener found in almost all processed and refined foods. Both wreck your Health.

In the past, I espoused agave as it is “low-glycemic”, but the stuff is at least 75% fructose (that’s high!) and it has other serious Health consequences because of that. In the 1970’s, powdered crystaline fructose was touted as “better” than sucrose (“table sugar”) and so we used it. Crystaline fructose is the worst of all. I sure wish scientists were interested in the research back then!

The only safe sweeteners for diabetics, and anyone else, are moderate amounts of pure ORGANIC maple syrup and stevia or organic brown sugar, like Succanat (even less frequently) I prefer the liquid form of stevia, after trying many of the powders.

Organic honey can be used rarely, as all honey has a fairly high amount of fructose, but it has some other benefits. (Never give raw honey to children under 3!); it has botulism spores, as does all honey, and children under 3  immune systems can’t handle that, yet. Organic molasses can also be used sparingly, infrequently.

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WEEKEND WARRIORS JOINT TEA

Three of the herbs incorporated into this drink — turmeric, ginger and cardamom — produce a natural anti-inflammatory effect. The black pepper and the cayenne also help to synergize the benefit of the anti-inflammatory herbs. Cayenne also helps to raise your metabolic rate so you burn calories better. Be aware that cayenne should not be overdone as you do not want to have digestive upset.

I recommend only using organic, non-irradiated spices. Regular spices are irradiated (they don’t have to say that on the label).

6 cardamom pods, cracked
1 T chopped fresh turmeric* or ¼ teaspoon ground dried turmeric
1 T chopped fresh ginger
¼ t whole black peppercorns
2C   filtered or spring water
organic, ground cayenne pepper, to taste
1C pineapple juice, chilled **
2 mint sprigs for garnish, optional

In a small pot, combine the first 4 ingredients with 2C of water. Cover and bring to a gentle boil.  Turn off the heat and set aside to steep for 20 minutes.

Using a strainer, pour the tea into a large jar, add pineapple juice and chill. Before serving, add the organic cayenne pepper to taste.

Divide the tea between 2 – 4 glasses.  If desired, bruise the mint sprigs in the glass.

* You should be able to find fresh turmeric (a member of the Ginger Family) in Asian markets, where it will be part of the recipe for curry powder. Enjoy! Turmeric (and its active ingredient, curcumin, is a wonder-food. More about it in later posts).

** the pineapple provides bromelain, an enzyme which helps digest your food (and is efficacious elsewhere in your body), but this would only be present in fresh, fresh puree and frozen forms, not canned.

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Best to all — Em

REFERENCE:  see the links above to Nutrition Data’s Fructose Charts and Doctor Mercola’s article. The recipe originated at Bottom Line.

Please also read the 4 years of still current articles in my archive. See the tab on the upper navigation bar.

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As “Indian Summer” brings its reprise, here are some herbal recipes for beating-the-heat, and they are helpful alternatives for diabetics. Many herbs are effective in ameliorating symptoms and causes for diabetic reactions. This series has been highlighting some of the best. The first recipe helps to make ice-cream just a bit more useful — as the Lavender is a stress-reducer. ===========================================================================================

MURPHY’S LAVENDER AND WHITE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

2T lavender flowers 500ml spring or filtered water
1T liquid organic honey
65 g sugar [[Em: use organic brown sugar and I’ve halved it already, to start]]
5 organic egg yolks
200 ml organic milk [NOT ultra-pasteurized]
80 g white chocolate [dark chocolate is far healthier, so consider it]
240 ml organic cream
1/4 teaspoon pure organic vanilla extract
(stevia, as needed)

___   Cook the lavender flowers in the water over a low heat until the water reduces to 1/10th of the original volume. This makes an infusion. Remove from the heat and strain. Stir in the honey and set aside, covered.
___   Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, over water.
___   Beat the sugar and egg yolks together just until pale yellow. Meanwhile …
___   Bring the milk to a low simmer, and watch it the whole time. If you have one, using a cast-iron plate for the burner distributes the heat better and protects from hot-spots which can burn the milk.
___   Remove the milk from the heat and beat the milk into the egg and sugar mixture in a slow stream. Pour the mixture back into the pot and place over low heat. Stir continuously until the custard thickens slightly (around 65-70C) and just coats the back of a spoon. But, at this temperature, you have not got a pasteurized egg mix.

To pasteurize the eggs: heat the custard to 73C and maintain that temperature for at least 5 minutes. Use a cooking thermometer, and definitely keep stirring! Don’t over-heat, though, because at around 76C you will scramble the eggs! Immediately remove from the heat, and then cover and place in the freezer to cool slightly, as the custard must still be warm to mix with the chocolate — so aim for about 70C.

___   The chocolate and the custard must both be warm when you mix them so they emulsify well. If not, the chocolate will clump at first when you add the liquid, but if you keep adding liquid and stirring, it will come smooth. Add only small amounts each time.  It is now safe to taste the product and add stevia, if needed.

___   Allow to cool, then mix in the vanilla and strained lavender water.
___   Whip the cream until it has doubled in volume; it should have soft peaks. Don’t over-whip! Next, fold the cream into the custard using a gentle motion to stir (with a vertical, slicing, circular motion).
___   Taste the cream-base now, again,  and adjust with stevia and vanilla.
___   Freeze using a home ice cream machine, or cover and place in a shallow tray or cake pan  in the freezer, stirring every few hours to break up the ice crystals (my father used to make ice-cream this way 60 years ago!).

If you’re using a home ice cream machine, then transfer the mixture to a freezer-proof covered container when the ice cream has just achieved a semi-solid consistency (around 15 minutes). Place it back in the freezer, and let it continue to freeze until it is solid. Clean your machine — it did its job.

Notes: The pot in which you melt the chocolate must be completely dry or the chocolate can clump. Vanilla essences vary, so make sure you taste the custard and are happy with the flavor before you freeze it! =====================================================================================================
Next, an effective diabetic-friendly beverage to slake your thirst effectively, especially in the hot dog-days of Summer. It’s a traditional American drink, now making its way around the world. When the farmers were bringing in the harvest under the hot American sun in the early 1800s, they couldn’t drink the copious amounts of water they needed not to become dehydrated as that amount would have bloated their stomachs and made it uncomfortable to work … and springs were sometimes far away, too.

So, building on a much older tradition (from approx. the 1600s), a new version of the Oxymel drink from Medieval times. The new drink was called “Haymaker’s Punch” and also, later, “Switchel“.

As the hay is about to be brought in during the next few weeks, this is the perfect time for this refreshing, satisfying Summer drink!

Not only will the apple cider vinegar help with blood-sugar control (as shown in many studies), but it will help with weight-loss and purportedly also help with better sleep and more comfortable GI tract.

The maple is actually a good sweetener for diabetics, if in small portions. Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory and that’s important for diabetics, too.

Haymaker’s Punch is a healthy beverage, especially in comparison to modern commercial beverages.

Here are a couple of recipes and I may share more next week. The essential ingredients are:
___   Bragg’s or Spectrum’s organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother of vinegar). Only use these brands, not Heinz etc.,
___   filtered or spring water, never tap water
___   organic honey or organic Grade B maple syrup
___   organic blackstrap molasses (in some recipes)
___   fresh, grated ginger

======================================================================= DAVE’S PORTLAND SWITCHEL WITH STEVIA

2 C filtered or spring water, chilled
1 T Bragg’ apple cider vinegar
1/4 t stevia extract ( PureVia or TrueVia) **
1/8 t ground ginger*

For a 5-cup thermos bottle, use about 3 T ACV, 3/4 t stevia, and 3/8 t dry ginger. Then add chilled, filtered water to the top.

Coconut vinegar has got an amazing flavor, and this is a healthy experiment:
3 T coconut vinegar (I think Whole Foods carries it)
3/4 t stevia powder
3/8 t ground ginger *
1/8 t ground cinnamon
all in a 5-cup thermos bottle, then fill to the top with chilled, filtered water

Dave says “The hint of cinnamon really perked up this drink. It’s now sort of like drinking a spiced vanilla cookie with a slightly tangy spark”.

* Food.com says 1/8 teaspoon of powdered ginger is equal to about 1 Tablespoon of fresh, grated ginger, but it notes that “the flavor of ground ginger can be significantly different from fresh”. If using fresh ginger, slice it thinly or grate it. Put into about 4 cups of water and bring to simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool and squeeze out the solids (you can still use them in cookies).

** If you are trying liquid stevia, then use 1 dropperful per 10 – 12 fl.oz of water and per 1T apple cider vinegar or coconut vinegar. ============================================================== Best to all — Em

REFERENCE: to access more of the series: Diabetic Herbs The extra page links to the whole series are on that page.

Please also read the 4 years of still current articles in my archive. See the tab on the upper navigation bar.

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(c)2011 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com

Please do not use my articles on junk blogs. I will prosecute you. The only use of my copyrighted article is 2 small paragraphs (with my website shown) without further permission, from me, in writing. Contact me at the About Me page on the upper navigation bar if you want to share more than 2 paragraphs. Thanks.

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Last time, I introduced the revolutionary ideas, research and results of the 50 year career of Dr. Brice E. Vickery, DC who has solved one of the largest health puzzles of them all, one with serious implications for healing diabetes.

Some people look down their noses at Alternative Medicine’s practitioners, but a caring healer, of any discipline, who uses astute observation and organized responses, can find out answers which less interested or less capable physicians miss. Period.

I’m not going to get involved in The Debate, although you’ve probably figured out which side I’m on, because what I deal with here is RESULTS, and Dr. Vickery has them, by the boatload.

Read Part 1 here:
Diabetes Solutions – Dr. Brice Vickery

Now, to continue —

How does Dr. Vickery find out about these imbalances which most other physicians miss, in their typical “exam” —  barely examining or questioning you in detail  or just interested in reading off your “lab test results” and then disengaging, regardless of your continued complaint and symptoms?

Dr. Vickery says: “When I discover viral or bacterial infections in my patients, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is, “Other doctors I’ve been to never found these things, how do you identify these infections?” The answer is simple, I am using a testing method that will allow me to search for diseases I suspect may be harbored by the body.”

“The currently accepted methods for testing in the field of status quo medicine are mainly biochemical. There is nothing wrong with these methods; they work well in certain instances. For instance blood and throat cultures for strep are fine if the strep is in either of these locations. But what if you are harboring strep, or hepatitis C, or Staph, etc., somewhere else, maybe your heart, spine, or brain? How do I find it? ”

“If I used a blood test, it may come up negative. Does this mean that the diagnosis for the pathogen is negative? No, it means I have to find the method that will allow me to test for strep in all areas of the body. The biochemical testing methods used today are not invalid, it’s just that these methods only allow them to find diseases part of the time …”.

And, all of us who have ever felt frustration at our physician, when dealing with “chronic” and “real” symptoms, know this all too well.

Dr. Vickery explains that these “usual” biochemical diagnostics are an outgrowth of Newtonian physics. In the 1700s, scientist Isaac Newton showed us that there are Universal Laws, by which the cosmos and our planet work.

Einstein did not prove Newton wrong, rather Albert just proved that Newtonian laws only applied in certain spheres, which did not always include energy.

Albert Einstein’s brilliant formula E=MC2 proves that Mass IS Energy, so the mass (our body) IS made of energy. We are Energy, living-energy.

So, in the recent past, many innovative doctors have developed  testing methods based on energy (quantum physics) in order to find out things that Newtonian methods could not.

Ancient Ayurveda, humanity’s first medical system, from 5,000 years ago in India, along with Traditional Chinese Medicine all understood the unseen biological energy pathways — which today we call “meridians” and acupuncture’s mapping makes them fully accessible.

Then, Dr. George Goodheart, DC, founder of Applied Kinesiology verified and showed the meridians to be an effective source of deep, personalized, location-specific information of Health and of Illness. Use the link to learn more about Applied Kinesiology.

Energy medicine will be as Thomas Edison said a century ago, “the Medicine of the Future”. Well, it IS here today.

Energy Medicine has been evolving since the nineteenth century in Europe and America, and the FDA and the FTC, finally,  now recognize certain of these testing methods as emerging science (often they are shamed into doing so because Europeans have long since approved and are benefiting from these techniques and equipment for diagnostics).

Dr. Vickery has been using these methods for many years now. I personally had a “work-up” done 20 years ago by my Naturopathic physician, and it was spot-on; he used both applied kinesiology and a form of the other energy diagnostic tool  –  a type of electro-acupuncture diagnostic machine developed by Dr. Reinhardt Voll, MD.

Dr. Vickery says: “Using either electro-acupuncture or kinesiology with homeopathic medicines I can locate in just a few minutes the presence of many different pathogens and toxic metals, measure their levels, and pinpoint the tissues and organs in which they reside“.

No need for expensive and mostly ineffective lab tests. Why does this work?

Everything in the universe has an energy footprint.

One sees that in inanimate objects (e.g. using a spectrometer) AND in human and other biological forms (which is why Royal Rife‘s machine in the 1920’s was able to cure “incurable” diseases, once the pathogens energy-frequency was found, and that was validated by visiting physicians from the Mayo Clinic as well as physicians and academics from UCLA — before US Government Hooligan “Agents” stole the machine, lab notes and set the research back another 80+ years).

Energy signatures of all imbalances and pathogens involved, blocked and open pathways, strength of response — all provide the crucial information for an effective diagnosis and treatment.

Understanding the complex biochemistry of living systems, and with these energetic sign-posts, has enabled Dr. Vickery to understand the Whole Picture. And, smartly, he saw that giving the ill person’s body the most effective, natural building blocks (what your body uses very effectively to heal itself) was what was needed for Healing.

Just as the father of European Medicine, Hippocrates, said thousands of years ago, “Let Food Be Thy Medicine“,  Dr. Vickery took that one step farther.

Brice made a way for people to be able to ABSORB the vital  nutrients their bodies needed but were NOT getting, no matter how much healthy food they were eating, because their digestion was SO impaired. We learned what that special formula was and where to get it last time.

So, how does this help those struggling with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and diabetes (hyperglycemia – high blood sugar)?

Well, the source of most diseases is pancreatic overload or pancreatic burn-out, which means that you cannot DIGEST the food you take in. Period.

Because of the lack of alkaline pancreatic enzymes, your food will not be processed in a way that helps you to fuel and heal your body, and each successive day that this continues just adds to the downward spiral.

You ARE malnourished, especially in regard to protein, no matter how much protein you have tried to bring into your body. And, just any old enzyme supplement does NOT apply here.

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is the common condition that Dr. Vickery finds in Fibromyalgia (FM) patients, too, leading to the root cause of FM, protein deficiency.

Hypoglycemia is a condition which has at least 100 different symptoms associated with it. For example, symptoms are: weakness, disorientation, headaches, slurred speech, tiredness or nervousness. If blood sugar levels become too low, even coma and death can happen. Sadly enough, doctors will often end up misdiagnosing this simple problem because they fail to administer a 6 hour glucose tolerance test or they misinterpret the results.

Diabetes and FM, along with all other disease, really starts, with pancreatic overload, which leads to loss of digestive function and then to protein deficiency in the body.

As mentioned, Dr. Vickery developed a highly efficient and accurate form of applied kinesiology, called the Vickery-Voll Test which allows him to test the three specific pancreas acupuncture points:

___  protein(1)

___   carbohydrate(2)

___   and fat(3).

If the number 2 point shows up, he knows that carbohydrate metabolism is impaired, which is the defining attribute of hypoglycemia.

This will happen when a person consumes too much sugar or refined carbohydrate, because your pancreas will work overtime secreting insulin to lower blood sugar and your adrenals will become stressed by producing high levels of adrenalin so that the liver cannot convert amino acids and fats to glucose to raise blood sugar back up again.

In this process all 3 acupuncture points will eventually register impaired metabolism.

But, it is with Point 1, protein deficiency, that FM finally occurs.

Meanwhile the thyroid gland is attempting to control the rate for utilizing blood sugar in your body, so it is working overtime also. That explains the epidemic of thyroid disease and obesity, too, from another source beyond the lack of detox mentioned in last week’s article.

The weakest link in your system determines how your body fails.

___ If the adrenals are the weakest, hypoglycemia will occur.

___ If the pancreas fails, diabetes will follow.

___ If the thyroid crashes, Hashimoto’s Disease could happen.

___ If the liver malfunctions, cirrhosis will develop.

Other glands also become involved in the imbalance including the hypothalamus, the pituitary and the sex glands.

Digestion becomes impaired as the pancreas stops making the necessary digestive enzymes, and now the entire body becomes deficient in proteins, its structural and functional building blocks, as well as necessary for nutrient transport and healthy immune response.

If the pancreas does not have the necessary amino acids it will not make digestive enzymes or glucagons (which allows the liver to convert glycogen, a sort of stored sugar, into glucose), nor will the adrenals make adrenalin (which allows the liver to convert protein and fats to glucose for balanced blood sugar.)

If the body cannot do these things blood sugars can never be properly balanced (no matter what medicine you take), and the glands will always be overworking to try to control an out-of-control situation.

Two things are necessary:

1. a low glycemic, low refined-carbohydrate, no sugar diet (gives over-worked glands a rest) (The Zone diet would be a good start.)
2. a balanced blend of immediately-available essential amino acids to start the system working properly again.

Dr. Vickery’s decades of experience shine through in his statement:

“But don’t make the mistake of thinking any amino acids will work, we already tried that, I had to develop a very specific blend of essential amino acids in the correct balance to one another. I want to make that very clear because if the amino acids are taken in the incorrect amounts or out of balance, you could just end up doing yourself more harm. All of my FM patients who have followed my FM program faithfully have gotten well. ” And, FM is the most-complex response in this symptom-cascade.

I may come back to another facet of this next time. Meanwhile, try to find a Holistic Physician who is “open” to working with you and to work with Dr. Vickery, (who wants to train more physicians in his method, before he dies).

What a shame it will be if we lose this opportunity. Jump on it!

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

When Cathie, a Samoan, posted her comment last week, my heart went out to her and her family, for this ethnic group, as the most afflicted by obesity,  symbolizes all our struggles to attain Health. What can help, them and you?

___   Well, the first thing that I am going to say is read all the pertinent articles in the Titles Archive, which is on a tab on the upper navigation bar, as soon as you can! It has my thoughts for nearly 4 years of concerned activism and information to help.

Every family has to have people like Cathie who are sharing the information-gathering needed to help everyone stay healthy. It’s not going to happen without education, as most families have lost the skills and know-how to accomplish healthy eating. Brava Cathie, for starting to advocate for you and your whole family!

___   Meanwhile, be realistic about where you are starting from and realistic about setting goals.

Learn how to measure your body fat properly or get it done by a professional. There are several ways to get answers as to percentage body fat, percentage lean mass etc.

All calorie limits are based on your lean body mass NOT your weight.

My state university’s medical school has a weight research lab where I was measured in a water tank for % fat composition. The Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in my city also had the same bariatric equipment, for a little larger fee. Some gyms may offer this. Ask your doctor where to go in your area.

This is a clearer process than just a caliper skin pinch test, but even that is better than nothing.

The Biggest Loser website also mentions other options, possibly using the same software they do on the show.

___   The Biggest Loser this week showed the doctor telling a 26 year old woman that she was about 60% fat! Neither he or I had ever heard of such a high number for someone who weighed originally about 270 pounds max, after huge weight gain due to inactivity and then lack of concern, as she gave up.

She’d been bed ridden after a car accident 2 years before and her leg muscles had atrophied. Shame on the caregivers for not providing rehab and physical therapy to strengthen the musculature. After all, regardless of her personal health coverage, insurance should have been paying from the car accident policy.

Our leg and butt muscles are meant to be large, vigorous metabolic engines. With almost no leg muscles, she turned into a giant fat popsicle.

___   So, let’s talk about exercise. It should be moderate and consistent.

Use walking to get those leg muscles metabolically active and strong. Aim for a long session, at a conversation pace. Fat-burning does not kick-in until about 45 minutes after you start to exercise, so you need to have 60 – 90 minutes of a minimum exercise work-out, time-wise.

After that 45 minutes, fat-burning kicks in; then you will burn fat until you eat again. As a diabetic, no-one should wait any longer than 5 hours between meals or snacks. Some people will need to eat sooner, especially if you exercised for one long session.

If that’s the case, then maybe break up your exercise into 2 episodes:  walk 50 minutes at lunchtime and 50 minutes after your evening meal, or better – in the morning. Then you get 2 chances to start the fat-burning cycle.

Exercise in the morning is better than at night, if you have the time and (indoor) equipment or the weather and light co-operates for you to safely go outdoors. Otherwise, consider a gym membership where you can exercise, shower-and-dress and head off to work.

___   The simplest diet to accompany this is to be “true” to the needs of your blood type and know the needed proportions of food families.

In any blood group, as Dr. Barry Sears, PhD, founder of The Zone Diet Plan says, make sure that your plate is about 80% covered with low carb vegetables, one small portion (1/4 – 1/2 cup, max.) of a carb vegetable (like regular potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnip, corn, peas, beans or a combo [grains — not used here]), a dash (about 1 teaspoon) of mono-saturated oil (organic extra-virgin olive oil or macadamia or other nut oils [not peanut — which is really a legume]) (I include organic, extra-virgin coconut oil – a special vegetarian saturated fat that forms important medium-chain fatty acids) and a piece of lean protein* no larger or thicker than the palm of your hand (without the finger area) — or 2 eggs, or half a palm size for a light meal — and half again less, for a “snack” (i.e. 1/4 palm = snack) along with unlimited low-carb veggies.

*Lean protein: any fish (I recommend no shellfish), grass-fed beef, bison** or lamb (all the way through, NOT “finished” with feeding grain before slaughter) – look online for farmers who just grass-feed; goat; free-range poultry (if desired; I don’t eat poultry for good reasons) and no pork or fatty cuts of the other meats. ** bison (buffalo) is always only range fed, so if in doubt, use bison, but cook low and slow as it’s not fatty; I suggest ground bison rather than steaks or roasts.

___   Everyone needs to drink at least 64 oz. of spring water — spread through the day. Or, drink an alkaline water, like Essentia or Evamore, unless you have kidney disease or are a high-risk diabetic having problems controlling it, in which case ask your doctor to assess the mineral content of your alkaline water and its impact on your (damaged?) kidneys.

Do NOT drink tap water, especially if it is fluoridated!

No other liquid counts as fluid except water! Everything other than just plain water dehydrates your body — some more, some less but all these other “drinks” leave you with less hydration. Use a pinch of Celtic sea salt to replace vital electrolytes lost in sweat. Do not use sports drinks.

___  Eating by your historical, genetic profile — that is, by Blood Type.

If you are Blood Type O, your diet plan is a moderate animal protein one (preferably cold-water fishes and organic, grass-fed meats) and lots of veggies diet – no dairy, no gluten grains (wheat, oats, barley and rye) approach. Wild rice and quinoa are OK to use, as are nuts and seeds. As a Samoan, Cathie, you are most likely Type O, but you must have a blood test to know for sure.

If you are Blood Type A, stay pretty much on veggies (especially the leafy ones), organic brown rice, wild rice, organic quinoa, organic free-range eggs (kept whole, not scrambled; medium boiled and poached are fine), almonds, almond milk, hemp seed, kiwi, other nuts and seeds — no dairy, no gluten grains if you are overweight — this already shows you are not handling one or more of these highly-sensitive food groups.

(A sub-group of A’s [like me] need a little cold-water fish, weekly.) Make sure you know the cleanliness of the ocean waters where the fish came from. In the USA the source of all fish must be labeled.

If Blood Type AB, then mostly stay with the vegetarian diet just shown, but add a little cold-water fish more regularly – salmon, cod, herring, sardines, mackerel are best.  Same for Blood Type B, although you can get extensive guidelines for these less frequent blood types in the following book.

Get Dr. Peter D’Adamo, ND series of books like Eat Right For Your Type.

___   For diabetics of all types,  de-emphasize fruit and have no juice (except 1 dose of pomegranate daily, explained below in heart health OR use lemon with stevia or agave to sweeten once in a while) (lemon is a natural diuretic, so make sure that you are drinking plain water, too).

___   Each day you need at least one Vitamin C source, whether that’s whole citrus fruit, kiwi, tomato or other decent source.

___   For heart health, kiwi has Omega-3 essential fatty acids, so that’s an important vegetarian source for your heart. Organic walnuts and almonds also have great heart-healthy fats (but buy European almonds, as all California almonds are irradiated!). Get the European nuts online.

Pomegranate is the only juice I allow – 2 oz. of pomegranate will start to clear out arterial blockages if taken daily. Do not take more — it’s expensive, and that’s the clinically effective dose.

Do have beets – they are a source of natural nitric oxide, which your body needs to dilate arteries and keep healthy blood flow. Dr. Louis Ignarro, PhD won the Nobel Prize for this work. Uncooked, raw beets do bot bleed all over the place, so use them but wash them well. If you bought their nutritious tops, then steam the beet greens lightly or stir fry them – eat only a bit of the greens if any of you take Coumadin or Warfarin.

The natural nitrates found in beets are VERY different from the ones used in hot dogs, sausage and other cured meats. Do not use those nitrates; they are a huge source for stomach cancer.

___   Try to take the pressure off your pancreas by eating and drinking in a pH neutral or pH alkaline way. I’ve written lots about how to do this, but this is key, as fat walls off toxins and you have to have tissue alkaline pH to be available to neutralize the toxic acids as they are released in weight loss.

Your pancreas is the source of these pH alkaline buffers, but your food choice can help by adding alkaline foods so the organ has less work.

___   Learn about 8 essential, healing sugars (saccharides)!

These are: mannose, glucose, galactose, xylose, fucose (NOT fructose – from fruit!), N-acetylglucosamine, N-acetylgalactosamine and N-acetylneuraminic acid.  Only glucose and galactose are common in our diets. Fucose comes from seaweed, which is another reason it’s so healthy for us, apart from its minerals. Most of the rest are scarce in our diets, but we need them; that’s what “essential” means!

Not all of these saccharides are sweet-tasting. Some are tasteless; others are even bitter. Strange, huh?

The amount needed is 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of all of them, in total, daily. They won’t make you fat or raise insulin levels. In fact, you need them to help you lose weight, heal and boost your immune system! They help prevent cancer, help memory, sleep, prevent anxiety and depression, too.

These healing saccharides also help with levels of blood fats (triglycerides), cholesterol and raise HDL – the good kind. These needed sugars also protect bone and muscle mass. They are a foundation of Blood Type, too. I will write more about them next time.

Sugars are either monosaccharides (1 molecule), disaccharides (2 molecule structure – like lactose, found in milk or sucrose from sugarcane or sugar beets), or oligosaccharides which are 3 – 6 molecular structures (found in human breast milk and plants). Linking hundreds or thousands of monosaccharides together, produces polysaccharides (starch is one kind, as is your liver’s back-up energy source called glycogen).

These 8 essential saccharides are vital for cell communication, for cell structure and for cellular ability to work together as an organism.

But, fructose, from fruits, is NOT an essential saccharide and in its pure form, it is showing to be detrimental. Do NOT use fructose to substitute for table sugar.

As suitable, low-glycemic sweeteners, use stevia or agave nectar (in small portion, once or twice a day). Real, ORGANIC maple sugar (in a small portion, once a day max.) as maple sugar has been shown to be helpful to diabetics. Maple-flavored doesn’t count.

Learn more about these 8 essential healing sugars in “Sugars That Heal – The New Healing Science of Glyconutrients” by Dr. Emil Mondoa, MD.

___   Try to take the pressure off your liver, as it’s your main detox organ. When losing weight there’s lots of residue to be exposed to and have to neutralize (detoxification). Eating organic cuts down the “load”. There will always be metabolic waste and environmental toxins breathed in, but you can cut down food and drink sources by eating organic and not drinking tap water.

___   To have a chance at losing a substantial amount of weight in a reasonable time frame, you have to make healthy food choices (as described above),  with portion control (related to activity level and metabolic efficiency level – basal rate).  Also eat no artificial chemicals in your food!

___   Eat NO table salt. The only type of salt to use is Celtic sea salt or a regular whole sea salt from clean waters.  Regular “salt” is only sodium chloride; it has been stripped of the other 90 or so minerals originally in it.

Your cells mirror the exact waters of the ocean, therefore you DO need the trace minerals which were stripped off. You must not drink sea water, but you can use the minerals which were in it, in small quantities. Learn more from The Grain and Salt Society. Their founder, Dr. Jacques de Langre, PhD,  did copious research. Get these Celtic salts there, if you can’t find them near you.

The products known as “Real Salt” (from a dehydrated ocean in Utah) and “Himalayan Pink Salt” (from a similar source) are not as good in my opinion, as they have been diluted by mixture with other land sediments, possibly distorted by pressure etc.,  but still, even they are much better than regular table salt.

___   Exercise helps oxygenate your tissues which is important as your cellular mitochondrial furnaces need oxygen to “burn” food for energy. There is a product called CellFood from Lumina Health which is a specially-produced oxygen molecule, which is able to reach to the deepest levels.

The formula was made industrially by a Nobel Laureate scientist, Dr. Everett L. Storey, PhD (Albert Einstein called him a “genius”!) and you will be healthier for getting more oxygen into tissues, as long as you are also taking plenty of anti-oxidants: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, glutathione and alpha lipoic acid.

___   Be sure to be getting plenty of Vitamin D3. As a tropical people, now largely relegated to indoor work, this becomes even more important. But, it is true for everyone. I have written previously about this need for Vitamin D3 — be sure to get it only in that form. Read labels carefully. Look up the articles to learn more.

___   Learn about deep-breathing and stress reduction. The adrenaline “drip” from stress, alone, is enough to make you fat! Stress is very powerful chemistry and it is balanced by proper breathing (and/or a quieting yoga practice) which activates the parasympathetic nervous system and stops “flight or fight” tendencies from the autonomic nervous system. Learn about your physiology; it’s fundamental.

___   Get 8 hours of nourishing sleep. Do not underestimate the importance of sleep. If your sleep is interrupted or not of good quality, make sure to get 1 – 2 twenty-minute power naps during the day.

___   Cut-out caffeine sources except for green tea — no coffee, no sodas.

___  No table sugar, tobacco or alcohol if you want to lose weight and the least use possible of any drugs, certainly over-the-counter drugs.

___   Set a reasonable goal of 2lb. a week of weight loss. Your skin can keep up with this pace. If you have lots of water weight, you may lose more than that in the beginning, but it is essential to eat 1,200 – 1,400 calories per day for women and 1,600 – 2,000 calories a day for men — all dependent on height, lean-body weight, basal metabolic rate and activity level. It’s best to keep good amounts of balanced healthy food and up your activity in order to lose weight. You need food to fuel your weight loss. Do NOT starve. It’s unhealthy and sets you up for failure!

At this pace, it’s about 35 pounds of weight loss before mid-June, if all goes well. Let us know how it goes, Cathie, and anyone else who joins you!

These are the biggies that I suggest, that I can put in one post. If I think of something really necessary, I’ll add it during the week.

But this is a good start off plan – beginning by just the plate proportions of the various food families and the correct ones for your blood type and to start consistent, gentle exercise, drink your daily water quota and get quality rest.

Best to Cathie and family. Best to all — Em

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

Last week I tried to connect the need for moderation with the Holidays, celebrations, exercise and the Globesity Epidemic and said there’s reasons to make this a personal and family Quest, immediately. Let’s start, right!

Before New Year, you can mitigate the “damage” of holiday parties, so there’s less “need” for New Year Resolutions or for being behind the 8-ball with lots of holiday weight gain. You want a better outcome, right!

Last week I showed numbers that almost ALL of humanity is getting seriously fat, as a species. You can read additional stats here, and at Global Obesity Statistics.

More nations in perspective — some new:
Worst American Samoa. 94% of population is obese

Kiribati is at 82% overweight.

French Polynesia – 75% overweight

Saudi Arabia — 74% overweight

Panama — 67.5%

United States — 66.9% of us are overweight

Germany — 66.5% are fat

Egypt —  66%

Kuwait —  64% overweight

Bosnia and Herzegovina — 63%

New Zealand —  62.7% overweight

Malta —  62.3%

Israel — 61.9% fat

Croatia —  61.4%

Bahrain  and the United Kingdom —  61% overweight

Australia — 60.8%

Macedonia and Barbados —  60.4% fat

Seychelles —  60.1%

Chile —  59.7%  overweight

Canada —  59.1%

Italy  — 57.4% fat

Spain —  55%

Brazil —  54.7% overweight

France —  46.5%

China — 41.1% fat

India —  37.5% overweight

Japan — less than 30% are overweight

Laos and Ghana — Best

 

Where does this leave us and why?

What I’ve learned in researching this over the years is that knowledge and behavioral choices count!

The French are, I believe, keeping their weight down successfully because overweight is so taboo there. Women are savvy about eating healthfully on small amounts of food, so much so that it is an art form, especially necessary in the upper classes.

Contrary to being “good” numbers, even though at the bottom rankings, those of China and India are huge wake-up calls to the governments of those countries. The numbers of overweight people in those statistics are massive (and would be enough for whole country populations, elsewhere). Their future health care will bankrupt them. Nutrition education; farming practices for healthy food for everyone; return to heritage foods and meals; not too many empty, deleterious carbs (like white rice, grain flours or sugar) is necessary to instigate as progressive, immediate change.

The Campbell studies in China point out a massive problem, and as affluence arrives, it will only be greater. And, with the massive pollution plaguing the land, more obesity will happen as individual bodies try to cellularly protect themselves from the toxins, by using “fat” to segregate them. Pollution causes tissue pH acidity — the cause of disease. This is a massive problem in the making.

India has begun to have an out-of-control, huge diabetes problem, even though the obesity stats are not as bad as many countries. It’s a crisis for the country and is almost exclusively caused by rampant sugar use from candies and desserts, from upwardly-mobile Indians getting better paychecks. Losing this affluent class would be an economic blow, so educate them. Only if they are healthy people as the spearhead of all your economic hopes can you have a future!

The Samoans have had representation from several individuals on The Biggest Loser, because their culture lauds big bodies — possibly as an acknowledgment of famines or long sea journeys in the past, where only the fat and fit survived.  This may be a version of  Wilson Syndrome OR of the Thrifty Gene Theory.

Wilson’s Syndrome is discounted by some, but that’s self-serving, when the accuracy of blood tests for thyroid hormones is seriously questioned by just as qualified practitioners! And, when people are treated for Wilsons and FEEL better and can lose weight better, that counts, more than anything!

Groups most at risk for Wilson’s Syndrome are those who have experienced repeated episodes of famine. These groups include: Jews, Russians, Scots, Welsh, Irish and Native Americans. And, if your ethnicity combines several of these, become much more aware of what Wilson’s is all about! Regardless of ethnicity, 80% of victims are female. Anyone can get Wilson’s. Read more about the work of Dr. Broda Barnes, too. (I think you’ll find reference in my archive.)

Stress is at the Core of the obesity problems in many countries, and with this huge economic downturn, and personal finances in decline, I expect a lot more obesity and a lot more diabetes to surface. Stress makes more adrenaline hormone and that affects how much insulin hormone we are dealing with!

It doesn’t matter if the stressor is war — as it was in Central Europe (like the numbers from Bosnia, Croatia etc.,)  or famine or lack of food or less nutritious food (for the Native Americans).

The work of Dr. Barry Sears, PhD and his Zone Diet Program, along with the work of Dr. Robert O. Young, PhD and his pH Alkaline systems are central, as is understanding your ethnically optimal diet, which can be elucidated somewhat in the work of Dr. Peter D’Adamo, ND.

Countries are putting forth their most beautiful young people as “typical” and that’s before the statistics just claim them as more victims. There are barely any countries that are doing a decent job, citizen by citizen. Most are either thin because they’re poor and / or malnourished, rather than successfully managing their normal, healthy weight themselves.

Even those beautiful Scandinavians are not exempt.

So, that’s the reason to laud those who are doing the needed steps for health.

Among those, I include the Okinawans on traditional dietary foods (they are the main reason the Japanese stats look so good).

And, I include the Native Americans who have embraced a return to their ancestral foods and meals, eschewing the modern foods which were killing them from amazing rates of diabetes and heart disease. Those tribes include the Pima Tribe — highest in diabetes, worldwide (50+% of tribe members).

Native Americans and Alaska First Nations who have embraced modern foods have at least double the diabetes incidence of other Americans!

Most cultures with large numbers of fat people also tend to NOT be good at distinguishing when they start on the obesity path themselves. This is a scientific fact borne out in statements by participants in The Biggest Loser.

And, we know that people “start” getting fat, on a cellular level, with aberrations of metabolism etc. beginning 7 years before one starts to “look” fat.

Diet — portions and access to fresh vegetables and fruit as diet basis; enough fresh water daily; moderate exercise and stress reduction techniques  are the key to solving this Globesity Epidemic.

More, next time.

Best to all — Em

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There’s exciting news for diabetics and their families. The Washington Post reported recently that the United States Department of Agriculture may finally be taking steps to actually put America on the right track!

What major policy change may be in the works? Subsidizing fresh fruit and fresh veggies to be used by Americans for food —-  instead of growing plants for export and  industrial products from corn, grains, soy, cotton, tobacco and more! That’s huge.

There’s a trial program starting.  But, only a trial — could they spare it?

Twenty million dollars for this trial program is not even  a drop in the bucket, but it is a crucial first-step to reverse the health crisis which the governement helped to create by subsizing the wrong “foods”, decades ago, and largely through legislative politics and pork-barrel pressure.

When you consider that the government budget for food stamps was more than $56 billion in 2009, and much of that was spent on poor nutrition pseudo-foods, which were highly-processed — like all the floury and sugary stuff — then making alkaline, fresh fruits and vegetables far less expensive (because they receive the federal subsidies, instead) will make a huge change in America’s dietary habits.

Most people buy what’s least expensive because that’s all they can afford, whether they are on Food Stamps, or not. If fresh fruit and vegetables are cheapest or much cheaper than they have been, more people will eat these real foods.

And, not only are these fresh foods nutritional powerhouses, but they help to alkalize our bodies and detox our tissues. We truly become healthier from the inside. That’s the way to solve the Health Crisis.

The majority of people do understand that there IS a connection between the diet they have and their Health, but money rules. They have to feed themselves, and in this huge financial crisis, the situation is even more dire and enlarged by millions of people having trouble affording healthy food.

Mrs. Obama tried to set the pace by reinstituting the vegetable garden at the White House, and although I have seen no reports about it this year, I believe that is still functioning. She’s taken on the cause of childhood obesity as it is SO critical.

I am sure that her advocacy has had an impact on USDA finally doing something.

Philosophically, it represents a shift. Amazingly, for decades, the government treated hunger and obesity as unrelated phenomena. Many in Congress hid their heads in the sand and let others suffer; the anti-hunger lobby supported that no-connection position, arguing that a mandate on what kind of food needy people should eat is both impractical and smacks of paternalism.

Yet education is essential, and public and privately funded incentive programs are gaining ground.

Wholesome Wave, which is a small foundation headed by chef Michel Nischan, has led the way by doubling the values of SNAP and WIC benefits when recipients spend the vouchers at farmers markets.

It has also launched an innovative program, dubbed Veggies Rx, in which doctors prescribe fruit and vegetable vouchers to overweight children; wouldn’t you think the AMA should have figured out that was worthwhile to lobby for, long ago? Instead, as with chef Alice Waters (Edible Schoolyard Project) and  chef Jamie Oliver’s work, yet another chef is leading the way. Bravo!

This summer, the Fair Food Network, a Detroit-based foundation, announced it would offer double vouchers at 5 city farmers markets, and as Detroit has massive need, this is a break-through.

“The Healthy Incentives Pilot (H.I.P.) is an incredible step towards reducing obesity by encouraging low-income Americans to add more fruits and vegetables to their diets,” Kevin Concannon, the USDA undersecretary of food, nutrition and consumer Services, said in a statement. “It’s time to move forward with innovative approaches like HIP to get Americans eating more healthily.”

Add that to my long series to help you garden to raise your own food, and you can make great strides to eating healthfully. If food is fresh or only lightly cooked (steaming or poaching are best; low temperature crockpot braising or roasting are next), you will be way ahead. Fresh vegetables should be the backbone of your diet (at least 70% of what you eat), and green leafy veggies will provide lots of nutrients to combat our stress and stressful life-styles.

You can garden in a window, if that’s all the space you have, or on a balcony or deck. Even in small spaces, using intenstive techniques which I shared in my articles, you can grow amazing amounts of food. Start planning an autumn (or spring) garden, now.

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