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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

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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.

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Last time you learned that certain herbs can be helpful for diabetics when using them directly for the condition or for likely companion concerns. Today, here’s some recipes to help with the fabulous 10 – Turmeric, Garlic, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary, Chili, Cinnamon, Ginger, Basil and Lavender!

After visiting beautiful lavender fields in California and Oregon, I have to say that I want to speak about this time-honored herb first, as it is the one which you are least likely to be familiar with (although you may already have some in the famous herb mix called Herbes de Provence).

The owners of Hood River Lavender Farm provide some great recipes for their Organic Lavender as well as a place to purchase it dried.  The link is in the Reference section.

Every time I have tasted lavender in food, I have been intrigued. As with all food-stuffs, I recommend only organic produce, so if you are just grabbing lavender at the nursery or from a friend’s garden, please be sure that it has not been chemically-sprayed (as outside France or England, it’s not likely to have been regarded as a food plant).

The Farm site gives a little history of the herb:

” While most of us know about the beauty and fragrance of Lavender, somehow we have forgotten that it is indeed an herb. An herb that may not be common place in American spice cabinets, it has been in use as a culinary herb for centuries … One’s imagination is the only limit when cooking with this varable herb.

Lavender varies in taste just as it varies in appearance and aroma. The English Lavenders (angustifolia) are the prefered lavenders to use as culinary as they are milder, sweeter, and do not over-power the dish. Within these varieties there is still more variation when used as a culinary herb. Provence lavender, a hybrid known as a lavandin, is an exception to the rule. Because of it’s milder flavor it is often used when English Lavender is not available, and some cooks even prefer it above angustifolia.

Our personal favorite is a pink-flowered English lavender known as Melissa. It has a sweet, yet floral note, and enhances dishes from soups, to meat, and even drinks and deserts.

All culinary lavender blends very well with citrus, mint, rosemary, sage, berries, fruit, meats, drinks, and one should use some caution to not use too much.

Lavender should be a background flavor, not in the forefront, and when used in proportion enhances foods with a distinctive and mysterious flavor, while adding a lovely color to your dish.”

Here are some Lavender recipes to try!
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Honey Lavender Shake – Rockin’ Raw-style Vegan

2 T Raw almond butter
2 T Raw honey (not for use for children under 3 years old) *
3 vanilla beans (use vanilla extract, if more flavor desired; less expensive, too)

1 t organic Lavender – minced

1 tray of small ice cubes
1/2C spring water (to desired thickness for the shake)

Blend until smooth. Serve in tall glass and garnish with a little of the Lavender

Variation: Almond milk can be made with soaked almonds and
water in a blender. Then strain it through a nut milk bag. Omit the 1/2 cup of water in recipe above if using almond milk.

You can also purchase almond milk in cartons (and the protein content of this recipe will be better than when just using water).

This is a useful recipe for those with sensitivities to dairy.

* Raw honey is not acceptable for the immune systems of children under 3, so use pasteurized honey in this case.

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Lavender Grilled Salmon or Steelhead

3 pounds of wild salmon (filet)*
4 T raw honey
6 T organic extra-virgin or virgin olive oil
1 T organic Lavender, crushed or run through a spice grinder
1/4C white wine
1 T Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
1 T lime or lemon juice

* do NOT use farmed fish!

Place all ingredients, except salmon, in a saucepan over moderate heat, stirring with a wire whisk at all times until the ingredients are reduced by 1/3, to create a sauce.

When sauce has cooled slightly, divide the sauce into halves. With one portion, baste the raw salmon filet.

Grill or bake salmon until flaky (don’t overcook), about 10 minutes, basting with the same portion of sauce, if desired.

Use the second sauce portion to pour on salmon just before serving, as it has not been in contact with the raw fish at all.

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Sweet Potato Pie with Lavender

This recipe also uses Cinnamon, another one of your diabetic-friendly herbs and spices. I did not use the sugary topping in the original recipe, but rather added the lavender into the pie itself. Sweet potatoes are also a fabulous food for diabetics!

2 medium, organic  sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ cubes
4 T unsalted organic butter, melted
2 T fresh lemon juice
1/2 t freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt or other sea salt
3 lg free-range, vegetarian-fed, eggs, separated
1/2C sugar (better: use the equivalent of Stevia! Check the box for the amount.)
2 T all-purpose whole-grain flour OR ground quinoa
3/4C organic buttermilk

1/2t organic lavender, minced (or use a spice grinder)

1. Preheat your oven to 375 F. Pour 1 1/2″ of water into a medium stockpot (with a strainer basket) and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Next, add the sweet potatoes to the basket, cover, and steam until fork-tender, about 20 minutes. Strain the sweet potatoes and place them in a large bowl. Let them cool to near room temperature, covered with paper towel to absorb the steam.

Mash the potatoes to a smooth puree, (about 1 1/4 cups). Add the organic butter, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt; mix after each addition.

2. Then, in a small bowl, beat the egg yolks lightly with a whisk for about 30 seconds. Add sugar/ Stevia and beat until they’re a creamy lemon-yellow color, about 1 1/2 minutes.

Add egg mixture to sweet potato mixture and then stir until the eggs are thoroughly incorporated and filling is consistently bright-orange in color.

Next, add flour a little at a time, stirring after each addition, until thoroughly incorporated.

Finally, add the buttermilk and lavender. Stir until mixed in.

3. With a clean, dry whisk and in a clean, dry, separate bowl, whisk the egg whites to soft peaks, about 1 1/2 minutes or use your mixer until results are achieved.

Gently fold egg whites into sweet potato-buttermilk mixture until blended, using a vertical figure-8 motion with a spatula.

Pour the mixture into a prepared piecrust. Bake on the middle rack of your oven until the center is firm and set, about 35-40 minutes.

4. Remove pie from oven and cool completely on a rack. Enjoy!

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Lavender Infusion

This can be used in other recipes — as varied as cheescake, sorbets, ice-cream, lemonade and more.

Measure 2T Lavender buds for each cup boiling temperature liquid (water) or (organic milk // organic cream).

Steep for 30 minutes.  Strain the lavender from the liquid.

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Lavender Tea

Steep 1 t lavender in 1 cup of water for 3-5 minutes.
This is a good recipe for insomnia, or when relaxation is the goal.

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Lavender Lemonade

1 quart fresh squeezed or pre-made lemonade
1 t to 1T culinary lavender
1C boiling water

Pour the boiling water over the lavender in a heat-proof bowl and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain out the lavender and add to the lemonade. Serve well chilled.

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Lavender-Ginger Apple Cider

This recipe includes Ginger — another one of our 10 helpful-to-diabetics herbs and spices!

1 gallon organic apple cider
6 T organic Culinary Lavender “Signature Blend” (Hood River Lavender Farm)
2 t fresh grated ginger
1 med. culinary muslin bag or some cheese cloth

Bring the apple cider to a simmer, and then turn heat to low. Add the muslin bag filled with culinary lavender and ginger (or several layers of cheesecloth and some thread). Cover, and simmer 15 minutes to infuse. Remove the spice bag. Serve warm.

You can use this as a cool drink, too. The recipe makes 16 cups.

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Lavender, Rosemary, Garlic, Black Olive Foccacia Bread

You struck the Mother-Lode. This recipe includes Lavender, Rosemary, and Garlic and Black Pepper or Chili Pepper — more of those diabetic friendly herbs and spices as well as heart-healthy olives!

Prep time: 20 min.
Cooking time: 12-15 min.
Servings: 6

1 lb fast pizza dough OR 1 pound frozen bread or pizza dough, thawed
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
¼ C pitted, chopped imported black olives – like Kalamata
2t chopped lavender buds
1 – 2T chopped fresh rosemary
2 cloves minced garlic
1 t coarse Celtic sea salt or other sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste OR a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper (better)

Lightly oil a large baking sheet. On a work surface, roll pizza dough out into an 8 x 14 rectangle. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and cover with a clean dish towel, let rise at room temperature for 20 min.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450F.

After this final rising on the baking sheet, gently make dimples into the  dough with finger tips.

Brush on 2 Tp olive oil; then add herb mixture, pressing it gently into the top of the dough.

Herb Mix is:  1 -2t chopped lavender, 2T rosemary, 2 cloves minced garlic and the chopped olives.

Sprinkle with 1 t coarse sea salt and a little fresh black pepper or cayenne. Bake 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack, then cut into pieces to serve.

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REFERENCE:
Enjoy the recipes and be sure to check out Hood River Lavender Farm.

Best to all — Em

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Trying new foods which are healthy is imperative for diabetics, as many people are stuck in a rut, continuing to eat foods and sustain habits which are not helping, and which may harm. The new foods are generally vegetarian, and in this case, they are essential. If you haven’t been eating them, you are putting yourself in jeopardy.  Some options are more expensive than others, but in the BIG food-picture, saving money on one part of your food budget (the most expensive is processed foods and more protein than you need), then enables you to buy healthier fresh or lightly-processed real foods.

We do not have to buy processed foods for the smart 2-snacks-a-day in a diabetic diet. In fact, snacks are a chance to try out other new items and recipes. When this season’s Biggest Loser Finale show this week revealed 59 year old Deni and 35 year old Olivia winning, as the at-home and grand-prize winners, respectively, there were lessons to learn there. We’ll discuss that over coming weeks, but small, healthy meals and snacks, paced through the day, is integral for beating both obesity and diabetes.

Famed holistic physician, Dr. Andrew Weil, MD says “As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet. Everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again.

What’s going on here?

Well, Hemp History Week occurred May 2-8, 2011 and you can learn more at: Grow American Hemp! – it’s Nature’s Wonder Food and the safest ecologically for food, clothes (excellent and no pesticides — cotton accounts for 25% of all pesticide use!), building materials, cosmetics, industrial products (Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Lotus, GM and BMW already use it in cars)  and on and on.

Currently, one needs a permit to grow even industrial hemp (which cannot produce marijuana) and the American government has not been granting permits and has been waging war on those who want to grow this amazing, healthy, useful plant.

It’s even burned fields on the permit-holding, sovereign lands of several Native American tribes, for their own home-building use (they did the American government the  “courtesy” to get a permit, although they should not need it). The ATF agents burned 2 seasons of crops and left individuals and tribes without their crop after investing all their money.

No-one is getting permits in America, and meanwhile, we are importing hemp food and hemp products from Canada and other European and Asian countries which are more enlightened. So, we pay more and our farmers are locked out from one of the few lucrative crops which could help them save their family farms and provide a decent living-wage.

Hemp is one of the most nutritious foods on earth and if I had to choose 3 foods to have plenty of on a desert island, it would be one. Hemp seeds are a nearly-perfect food source. And, they are one of the few foods which have the needed human ratio of 1:3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) of Omega-3s to Omega-6s.

We must get these essential fatty acids everyday: either from cold water fish, molecularly-distilled fish oil capsules, organic hemp seed, organic chia seed or organic flax seed. Omega-3s are severely lacking in the modern diet, and this is possibly why neurological problems are increasing, as the brain is 70% these essential fats. Episodes of Parkinson’s, ADD, Autism, Alzheimers and more, along with IQ’s falling can all be attributed to lack of these EFAs. And, their lack also lets body-wide inflammation wreke havoc; this impacts diabetics directly.

So, like last week, when I wrote about chia seed recipes, I’ll add some interesting hemp seed ones this week.

I prefer NOT to cook hemp seeds, flax seeds or chia seeds. If you do, please do not use any heat higher than 325F. That’s critical. Flaxseeds must be ground to be accessible and then used immediately.

You will not be failing drug tests if you eat hemp! Only those who use drugs will register on those tests.
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HEMP PANCAKES

Makes: About 16 pancakes Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 15 min

1 C  shelled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
3 T nut oil or organic butter (changed)

1 C organic whole wheat flour or organic substitute of choice
2 t no-aluminum baking powder (Rumford’s)

1 t baking soda
1 t Celtic sea salt

4 egg whites – divided, free-range, vegetarian fed —– save the egg yolks (or cook, whole, to medium, separately and serve on side).
1 C plain organic yogurt
2 T organic raw honey (not for those under 3 years old) OR organic maple syrup

1 C spring water
2 T vanilla
Berries (optional)

Combine flour, shelled hemp seed, baking powder, salt and soda in bowl.
Combine egg whites, yogurt, sweetener and water. Whisk in butter or oil.

Pour into dry ingredients. Use blender to mix to smooth consistency. Optional: add in Berries while cooking!

Cook on (buttered) griddle (medium heat, max 325F), until tops are bubbly – turn and cook until browned.

Serve with more maple syrup OR use the Savory Hemp Hummus or Hemp Butter, below. Can be frozen and heated up in toaster.

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SAVORY HEMP HUMMUS – Manitoba Harvest

Makes 4 cups Prep Time: 10 mins

3 C sprouted organic chick peas OR canned organic chickpeas OR beans
1/2 C hemp hearts (shelled hemp seed)

1/4 C hemp seed oil OR mix of hemp and olive OR all organic, extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves organic garlic
1/4 C organic lemon juice

1/4 C organic parsley
2 T cumin powder
2 T organic red miso

1 t cayenne powder
1 T fresh cracked black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend on low, stopping to turn the mixture until smooth.

Can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 4 days.
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HEMP BUTTER

Makes 2 1/4 cups. Prep Time: 5 minutes

1 1/4 C organic hemp seed oil
1 lb organic unsalted butter

Soften butter in a container (over night usually does it)

Add 1 1/4 C hemp seed oil and blend in by hand until hemp oil and butter are partially mixed.

Now use a hand blender on low until it’s completely smooth (and green } texture. Refrigerate and remove a small pat when needed.

Usually softens enough to spread at room temp in about 10 minutes. Remember not to cook with it. Keep the temp low and simmer if you must. Compliments of Tom Kowalsky Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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COCONUT MANNA™ OATMEAL

1 bowl of hot oatmeal
2 T Coconut Manna™ (organic, extra-virgin coconut oil)
2 T Nutiva shelled hempseed
1 T organic honey or organic maple syrup

Gently mix together. Serve hot or warm.
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VEGGIE HEMP CHILI – Manitoba Harvest

Makes: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 45 min.

2 t organic, extra-virgin coconut oil
3/4 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced

3 C canned peeled organic tomatoes, chopped, with juice
1 C hemp hearts (shelled hemp seed)
1/3 C spring water

3 T chili powder, more if desired
2 t organic blackstrap molasses
3/4 t cumin

1/8 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t black pepper
1-1/2 C canned organic pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1-1/2 C canned organic black beans
1 jalapeno pepper (optional), diced

Heat oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until softened.

Stir in next 8 ingredients and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to medium low and simmer 15 minutes.

Add beans and simmer another 20-30 minutes, adding water if chili becomes too thick. Stir jalapeno pepper into chili just before serving.
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VEGGIE HEMP BURGERS – Manitoba Harvest

Makes: 6 patties
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes

10 ounces soft tofu
1 C hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
1/4 C sunflower seeds

1/4C scallions, chopped
2 T soy sauce
2 T nutritional yeast

1/2 t dried basil
2 C herb seasoned stuffing — substitute (2C cooked quinoa OR 2C cooked brown rice OR combo)

In a blender, puree tofu then add the rest of the ingredients except stuffing / quinoa and brown rice. Put the mix into a bowl and pour tofu mixture over top. Combine well. Form into burger patties and bake on a greased cookie sheet in a 300 F oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
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More hemp recipes next time!

Best to all — Em

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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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This is Erev Rosh Hashanna, the evening when the Jewish New Year begins, at sundown, so I am writing my post “early”. Diabetics can easily get caught up in the traditional sweet foods, symbolic of desiring a “sweet and good” New Year, so here’s some guidance.

Also, it is important to remember that our body is the temple which the Lord gave us to care for, to house our divine spirit, so we should always “care” for our body-mind. How best to do that?

Certainly, diabetics and everyone else get mixed-messages from health providers and generally, the food industry only wants to provide “food” at the cheapest level with the biggest profit. So, the only protections you have are:

1) get educated (I’ll try to help.)

2) do more yourself (It definitely is possible to have a 3 season garden.)

For 5771 years, the Jewish people have followed dietetic laws which were meant to keep them safe and healthy. So, my whole life, I have been taught how food effects Health, and to respect the body the Lord gave me.

No-one is able to take perfect care of it. We ARE human, after all, but we must do an excellent job, most of the time. So, it may seem a strange post for a New Year celebration, but I am keeping up my lessons for you, as new things come every day to help with diabetes, for diabetics and their healthy friends and families, too.

You can read one of my earlier Rosh Hashanna posts, with a traditional recipe at:  A Sweet New Year.

Today, I want to teach you that there are healthy sugars which your body NEEDS, but they are not anything added to foods.

These special sugars are either made by your body, or they are provided naturally in especially-healthful foods. You need to know more.

A few years ago, I learned more on this topic via Dr. Emil Mindoa, MD in his book, “Sugars That Heal, The New Healing Science of Glyconutrients”.

The topic appeared in my main email box, again, last week, when Dr. Robert Rowen, MD wrote about Corvalen®.

Corvalen® is a healthy sugar which you’ll learn about below and it goes beyond Co-enzyme Q10 and L-Carnitine, which also aid energy production.

Diabetes robs us of energy, and diabetics are historically “tired all the time” because energy-production, on a cellular level, is messed up.

This little-known “healthy sugar” can help you get rid of fatigue at the root cause; this glyconutrient builds an energy pool in every single cell of your body. Its effectiveness is proven in clinical studies, says Dr. Robert J. Rowen, MD.

So, if  you’re sick and tired of being tired, then this is an exciting message!

This is what’s been happening on the research front:

___   Scientists have discovered a special type of sugar which  helps you get rid of most fatigue, at the root cause,  even if you’ve been suffering from debilitating fatigue for years.

( even if you’ve been unable to walk up the stairs, or walk to your mailbox without being out of breath AND / OR  even if you’ve been taking energy boosters like CoQ10 and L-carnitine, but without much improvement.)

This special sugar’s called ribose. Ribose is an unique sugar molecule because it has only 5 carbon molecules in its chemical structure, as opposed to the six carbons in common sugars, like glucose, sucrose and fructose.

Those 6-carbon sugars raise blood sugar levels, and cause your body to produce insulin.

But, unlike 6-carbon sugars, the 5-carbon sugar ribose does not raise blood sugar levels or cause your body to produce insulin. Instead, it helps you burn off more sugar, thereby producing cellular-energy and  getting rid of fatigue at the root cause.

___   As you may know, your cells contain tiny “power plants” called mitochondria, and in the past, scientists have seen that diabetics have smaller and fewer mitochondria in their cells. Their numbers are increased by muscle-building exercise.

These cellular power plants produce an energy molecule called ATP. ATP is the source of all bio-energy in your body – that is, the more ATP your cells produce, the more energy you have.

Conversely, when your ATP levels are low, you feel fatigued. To restore your energy and recover from fatigue, your cells must produce more ATP!

But the irony is that your cells need ATP to make ATP.

The less ATP you have, the less ATP your cells can make, so it’s a vicious cycle! Even “resting” doesn’t help you make “more” ATP, so if your ATP levels never recover to optimal levels, even with plenty of rest,  that’s why you’re tired all the time!

Fortunately, ribose can help recover ATP to optimal levels.

___   Ribose makes it much easier for your cells to produce ATP because ribose is an actual building block of ATP.

In fact, if you look at the chemical structure of ATP, above, you’ll see that ATP is made with a ribose molecule joined to two other molecules.

___   Ribose is usually made from glucose in your cells, but often diabetics have problems with glucose being able to efficiently enter their cell membranes. This is called “insulin resistance”.

Even healthy cells don’t convert the glucose to ribose immediately to ATP. Instead, your cells only do that when your body needs energy. Meanwhile,  the unused ribose is stored in your cells as a reserve energy bank-account.

___   The more ribose stored in your cells, the more ATP and energy your cells can produce, at any time.

You can get rid of fatigue at the root cause, by building a large pool of ribose in your cells, so that the mitochondria get a continuous supply of ribose to make ATP. This ensures you’ll never be low in energy, and not likely be fatigued again. Then, you have the energy to exercise and create better biochemistry and grow into a healthier status!

Ribose Has Been Proven to Work in Clinical Studies

___   For example, in one animal study, scientists took lab rats and clamped their blood vessels, in order to slow down blood flow which deprived the rats’ hearts of oxygen. This caused their ATP levels to plunge. Then scientists split the rats into two groups: one received ribose and one didn’t.

Result: The rats in the control group continued to have a serious decline in ATP levels, but, in contrast, the rats taking ribose saw their ATP levels go back to normal within 24 hours!

___   In another animal study, scientists found that ribose sped up the recovery of fatigued muscles by up to an amazing 430%.

They also found that even tiny amounts of ribose helped cells preserve energy.

___   In human studies, the British medical journal, “Lancet”, states in a  study of 20 men, researchers found that those taking ribose could exercise much harder before being fatigued. This has implications for diabetics, those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and for those with Fibromyalgia.

In a clinical study, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, gave 36 patients who suffered from fatigue a small bottle of ribose. He instructed them to take the ribose daily until the bottle was empty.

Result:  All of the patients saw a dramatic improvement in their energy levels, plus they also reported sleeping better, thinking more clearly and enjoying improved well-being.

Since these studies, Dr. Teitelbaum has recommended ribose for all of his patients who suffer from fatigue, and he has seen remarkable results on his patients.

___   In an interesting personal case-study published in the journal “Pharmacotherapy”, a veterinarian was forced to give up her practice due to her debilitating fatigue. When she heard about ribose, she decided to give it a try immediately. What happened? She was back to her operating room in 3 weeks, practicing normally without any fatigue!

But, being a very skeptical person, she didn’t believe that a “sugar” could have such a dramatic effect on her condition, so she stopped taking ribose. Within two weeks, her debilitating fatigue returned! Again, she was forced to leave her practice. However, when she resumed her ribose supplementation, her fatigue was gone again in days. So, once started, you may have to keep up your supplementation.

Maybe after a while, especially if you exercise (which helps to build more mitochondria), then you may be able to make supplement changes in amounts or frequency or both. But, maybe not, too. You’ll just have to see how well your own body does!

Ribose  also  Strengthens Heart Muscles and Improves Heart Functions

Having poor healthy-sugar energy-biochemistry may also explain why diabetes causes heart complications. After all, one’s heart is the biggest consumer of body energy. If you don’t make enough, heart and brain suffer first.  This energy which your heart needs comes from the same ATP which your heart cells must produce.

The problem is, when your heart is weakened, maybe due to aging or after a surgery or not enough energy-nutrients getting into the cells, so the heart cells are no longer able to produce enough ATP and thereby the energy your heart needs.

Without enough energy, the heart muscles then become even more fatigued, and they starve for even more energy. That’s why people with weakened hearts are so tired all the time.

The good news is that it’s possible to strengthen your heart muscles and improve your stamina with ribose!

Look at these studies:

___   In a German study, researchers took a group of heart patients, hooked them up to an echocardiograph to test their heart functions,  and then gave the patients ribose or a placebo for 3 weeks. After 3 weeks, they re-tested the heart functions of all the patients.

Results:  The patients taking ribose definitely showed increased energy in their hearts. Their better-energized hearts filled and pumped more normally compared to the hearts of the control group. Not only that, the ribose group also reported enjoying a better quality of life.

Researchers didn’t stop there. They used treadmills to see how well the two groups performed. Compared to the control group, the ribose group could run for a much longer time before showing any signs of fatigue!

___   In yet another study, researchers took a group of heart patients and tested them on stationary bicycles.

Result: The patients taking ribose performed much better than the control group and the ribose group also showed stronger hearts, as measured by the amount of blood they pumped!

___   In still another study, researchers gave ribose to patients who had heart injury. And, what they found was amazing: the patients showed improved blood flow, improved oxygen-uptake and greater exercise capacity!

___   Mentioning one more study, researchers gave ribose to a group of 143 patients who had previous bypass surgery. The patients showed much greater hearts’ pumping ability compared those who had bypass surgery, but were not taking ribose.

By the way, there are no adverse side effects from taking ribose.

So I think you’re starting to see how ribose can really help you maintain a healthy heart, improve your stamina and put an end to your fatigue.

Imagine being able to resume all the activities you love, and being able to play with your children or  grandchildren. That’s what life promises for you with ribose supplementation.

But here’s the kicker: you cannot find ribose in any food.

Getting out on an energy limb would usually not happen until old age. So, Nature does not prepare for that. Now, in our energy-depeleted youth and middle-age, the only way to boost your ribose levels is by taking a ribose supplement.

Advanced Bionutritionals offer a ribose supplement. It’s called Corvalen®.

It is also the only ribose supplement that Dr. Rowen, MD  recommends for his patients. Why?

First, Corvalen® is actually 100% ribose. That means every time you take Corvalen®, you are giving your cells a whopping dose of ribose to produce energy and overcome fatigue. Each dose (2 teaspoons) has about 5mg of pure ribose. There’s a 56 day supply per canister. It is suitable for vegetarians.

Second, Corvalen® is made through a patented fermentation process. This process ensures the ribose produced is of high quality and their manufacturing process conforms with or exceeds standards set by the U.S. government.

Third, Corvalen® is made into powder form using a patented granulation procedure. This procedure makes the Corvalen powder more resistant to moisture, so it has excellent shelf-life. Plus, this procedure makes the powder easier to mix with water as a beverage.

Because of this intricate manufacturing process, Corvalen® costs a little more than other supplements you may be taking. But Advanced Bionutritionals have agreed to offer a sizable discount — and free shipping — for anyone ordering a 3-month or 6-month supply.

In fact, if you order a 6-month supply, you’ll be getting all the energy-boosting power of ribose for just $1.67 a day — far less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks or elsewhere,  which is wiping-out your adrenals while you whip them with caffeine to assuage your flagging energy. Support your body, instead, with ribose and your energy levels will be nourished, naturally.

From ribose, you will be getting real lasting energy, right from your body’s own cells, energy to live the Life you were given, to have the energy to make a Difference in this world.

So, start this New Year right, from the beginning. Start living your life on a whole new level. Discuss this with your physician and monitor your blood sugars, but hopefully, this is the jump-start that many of you need to get on the road to Health.

You can enter Advanced Bionutritionals or Corvalen® in your search engine and see where to buy it online directly from the company. I don’t want to include a link. That way you know my review is honest and not for financial-gain.

In the traditional Rosh Hashanna Blessing, we say “L’Shana Tova Tiketevu!” “May You Be Inscribed In The Book Of Life For A Good Year!“.  May it be so.

Best to all — Em

REFERENCE:

Read more about ATP molecules and energy production

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

Diabetics need to be very familiar with their bodies and its processes, and then they need great advice as to how to get things back into Balance! First your body speaks to you – as pain, stress, muscle tension, calm, relaxed happiness etc., and you pay attention for the good and bad signals.

Then, again, you act to maintain or regain Balance. If we had to take responsibility for listening and knowing and acting accordingly, I think all of the population would be healthier.

But, we are being taught that  blood-sugar meter numbers tell us everything and then we should pop-a-pill or shoot-up some prescribed amount of insulin, and the same is true for many other dis-eases.

Yet, all we become then is a walking bank-account for the uninformed medical industry and for pharmaceutical companies. In an extraordinary exposè of this ignorance or collusion, Dr. Julian Whitaker, MD quotes:

No oral diabetes drug has ever been shown to do anything really good for any patient. No leg, eye, kidney, heart or brain has been spared.” —Norton Hadler, MD, of the University of North Carolina, quoted in Business Week.

What else can you do to make better steps towards Health?

___   Know more about how your body works

___   Understand its messages

___   Be willing to use food as a tool for Health

___   Learn from physicians and nutritionists who successfully ameliorate or even cure diabetes.

That’s what this series is about.

___   Muscle metabolism is critical to understand. When I was in university, I took a Physiology course from the professor who was regarded as the best in the world in muscle research, then.

I couldn’t believe how much there was to understand about muscles. Realize that just about every organ has a sort of musculature, too, including your heart, of course, and that muscles really are the champions when it comes to keeping you metabolically stable — using up excess blood-sugar and helping it enter tissues better.

The little metabolic-furnaces inside each cell, mitochondria, are where your energy is burned to make you “go”! Research shows that diabetics tend to have fewer and smaller mitochondria. The only way to get more and better-functioning mitochondria is to build more muscle and well-functioning muscle tissue.

___   When you lose muscle mass, your body is giving you a B.I.M. – a Body Information Marker – by showing you that you are not getting enough food into active cells (as your muscles are “wasting”) and that you are not using your muscles enough to keep them strong and bulky. Fat surely follows.

If your skeletal muscles are in good-shape, that will help your metabolism, and your internal organs’ metabolic stance will reflect better muscle health, too.

Insulin is a powerful fat-storing hormone and unless you demand the energy be used, by very active muscle metabolism and strong, efficient metabolic processes, you will store too much of any size or type of meal as fat tissue.

___   Dr. Julian Whitaker, MD, a very successful physician who very regularly is able to reverse diabetes (with a totally nutritional protocol along with some moderate exercise), says that there are certain nutritional herbal and mineral complexes which your body needs once it loses Balance.

He recommends using these, specifically in the doses he says, and working with a knowledgeable physician or traveling to see him in Southern California at the Whitaker Wellness Institute. Maybe your physician can work hand-in-hand with Dr. Whitaker, who I am sure wants to spread the word.

At some point in his protocol, Dr. Whitaker takes all Type 2 diabetics off their diabetic medications. The results, over time, have been wonderful returns to Health.

He, like Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD, largely or wholly reverse diabetes with a mostly plant-based diet.

Some of the herbs and mineral complexes which Dr. Whitaker prescribes aid muscle metabolism and cleanse your liver (your main detox organ – which needs to work over-time if you are on lots of medications).

About half of all diabetics secretly suffer from a life-threatening condition called Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), which is killing far more people than alcoholic cirrhosis or hepatitis. Your liver can regenerate, but you have to give it the correct support.

You can learn more about these topics and resources on his website Dr. Julian Whitaker, MD.

___   Other new research investigates whether aerobic or anaerobic exercise is more helpful for diabetics. The bottom line is that a combination of each works out better.

___   And, a new study conducted at McMaster University has shown that a similar degree of muscle building can be achieved by using lighter weights, rather than the heavy ones usually touted by trainers. The secret is to pump iron until you reach muscle fatigue, and then no further.

Stuart Phillips, an associate professor of kinesiology at McMaster University said,  “We’re convinced that growing muscle means stimulating your muscle to make new muscle proteins, a process in the body that over time accumulates into bigger muscles.”

Nicholas Burd, a PhD candidate, masterminded the project which showed it’s really not the weight you lift but the fact that you get muscular fatigue that’s the critical point in building muscle.

The study used what seem to be very light weights that represented only 30%  of what the subjects could lift.

For comparison, the heavier weights were set to 90% of a person’s best lift.

“It’s a very light weight,” says Phillips noting that the 90-80% range is usually something people can only lift from 5-10 times before fatigue sets in. But, at 30%, Burd reported the subjects could lift that weight at least 24 times before they felt fatigue.

So, as many diabetics are already in poor-shape, their muscle-messages should improve with using just light weights and stopping when the first muscle fatigue happens. Try again the next day, and the muscle will have been working on itself for repair and to get stronger. Gentle walking could accomplish this for your legs, rather than considering running or even wind-sprints (which you could graduate to, when you body tells you it is in better shape).

___   Lifting weights is especially good for teens who are pre-diabetic, a USC study shows.

Previous research had demonstrated that aerobic and resistance exercise is effective in improving insulin sensitivity in adults, but until now, no controlled studies of resistance exercise had been done on overweight youth.

Research was led by Michael Goran, PhD, professor of preventive medicine in the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, and it showed that overweight Latino teenage boys who lifted weights only twice per week (for 16 weeks) significantly reduced their insulin resistance. The findings were published in the July 2010 issue of “Medicine and Science of Sports Exercise”.

Insulin resistance means that the energy you processed from food cannot get into your cells, so you are getting fat.  This is a condition in which your body doesn’t respond to insulin and can’t process sugars properly. Insulin resistance is very common in obese children and it is a precursor of Type 2 diabetes. If the body is continually overtaxed by simple carbohydrate abuse, then Type 1 diabetes can also be triggered, when your pancreas becomes completely exhausted.

___   Your muscles need to be used and the lactic acid by-products they make will be more actively removed when your body is in better shape, working towards a healthy Balance. If you eat alkaline foods, they will help to counteract the acid that your metabolism produces as by-products.

___   When your body is too acid, your B.I.M. is pain! Acids inflame your cellular tissues, so the chances are, if you have pain, you need to alkalinize.

And, if the pain persists, of course get your physician to track down why. But, alkalinization for severely acidic bodies can take a long time to turn-around. That means you should start!

I’ve talked about strategies to do this many times, so look for articles in my Titles Archive on the upper navigation bar.

OK, that’s a start to get you going on what the messages from a few more B.I.M.s can mean! Read the first 3 parts of the series, too.

Until next week — Em

REFERENCES:

Using Light Weights to Build Muscle
Weight Lifting as Help for Overweight Teens
Using both Aerobic and Resistance Training Effectively in Combination
The Importance of Waist Circumference Measurements This is another B.I.M.
Diabetics and Muscle Strength Improvement

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In today’s uncertain economic future, when you may be hit with unemployment or reduced income on top of struggling with diabetes in your family, then this Gardening for Diabetics series is important for you!

Not only will you be able to eat more fresh, healthy, low glycemic, pH alkaline food, but for the techniques which I have shared in parts 1-4, you will not need much money to get your garden started.

These simple gardens can make a huge, positive change happen in your life!

The following 2 techniques (aquaponics and aeroponics) which are  explained today require more equipment, so I will not give lots of information – there’s plenty to get you started at specialized sites online.  But I wanted to introduce these ideas to you because both are very effective methods. In fact, aquaponics has been practiced in Asia for centuries, if not millennia.

Biochemically, you need to constantly detoxify your body if you have diabetes, and the best foods to do this with are organically-grown, low glycemic vegetables e.g. leafy greens and other alkaline foods like papaya, sweet potato, seaweed, avocado and more.

I have written about alkaline foods (look in the Title Archive, link above).

You only want to feed your family healthy food —  for the least amount of money — so having your own garden IS the way.

It’s an idea needed to make global and personal change. We need to start growing our own food, or at least a decent portion of it.

In other parts of my series, you have seen people are beginning to use sunny windows, rooftops, reclaim vacant land (with permission), encouraging their city to make community gardens and more.

The “food miles” involved in producing your food and dragging it an average of 1,400 miles in the US,  is untenable in today’s world and in all future scenarios.

If we persist in using this flawed system, food prices will become astronomical. Get out of the loop  and become independent, now!

There’s a link below to an Aussie report as an example of how much can even be home-grown on an apartment balcony, let alone what can be done on a roof or a backyard.

If you are lucky enough to have a yard, then you can make miracles happen, even if yours is a tiny plot of land.  Maybe you will even sell your fish and produce as a Southern California family has been doing (for more than a decade) in a small but intensely efficient garden.

Their current production record is 6,000 pounds of food from their 1/5 acre yard garden!!!! Yes, you read that correctly!

Links for these encouraging sites are at the end of my article. And, be sure to notice that these techniques will help with America’s and the global fresh water access crisis. There’s not enough fresh water now in most parts of the world. Water conservation is critical. These gardening techniques require the least water.

All of this is good self-help and good parenting because is also the route to return to Health and fight Obesity.

Many young people are pre-diabetic or even have Type 2 diabetes, long regarded as a disease of middle age and beyond.

No-one can afford to sit around still thinking that somehow expensive medicines are the answer. They are not.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD and other health professionals with open minds have consistently shown that the proper diet of healthy foods, alone, can improve and even reverse Type 2 diabetes, and increase quality of life for type 1 diabetics.  Type 2 diabetics were able to reduce and in some cases even eliminate their medication.  Start gardening and eating all your produce, so you may have these results, too. Just do it!

Now on to the 2 techniques for today.

___   Aquaponics will produce LOTS of FAST, healthy food! And, as it is an ecologically sound system, you will not really need outside supplies, once it is properly set up, and you learn how to run your unit efficiently.

The end products will be that you will produce are:

___   either freshwater prawns, tilapia fish or arctic char fish to eat

___   also organic fruits and/or  vegetables.

Your diabetes diet plan will be filled with accessible, low-cost, healthy food. You will not even have to buy fertilizer. And, if you keep plant seeds, then you will not even have to buy plant seeds next season, but I think you will buy some, as you want to try new vegetables and fruits.

You can learn how to properly prepare home-harvested seeds for storage — check Seedsavers Exchange. One version of aquaponics is barrel-ponics.

___   In my reading about these systems, I think Aeroponics is the most technical, requires the most equipment and cannot be sustained without buying commercial products. But, it is a very effective way to grow food. For sure.

If you have a couple of hundred dollars to spend on a trial, then you could buy one of the tiny countertop units like AeroGarden. Just look for the official website, and see their authorized retailers. Theirs is a small but well-made system.

Do NOT have anything to do with Earth Solutions Farm-in-a-Box.  It is exorbitantly priced and when investigated by others online, the reviewers said it used materials toxic to the fish as well as being shoddily made.

LINKS:

Balcony Garden in Sydney, Australia Once established, this garden takes only 10 minutes of care a week!

BarrelPonics

Free download: The BarrelPonics Manual

Food for Fish – BioPod Plus and she is an Aquaponics – acknowledged expert

Ebb and Flow – Aeroponic or Aquaponic Text and Video: Hydroponics on a Toronto Balcony

For genetic biodiversity it is important to grow no hybrids. Use heirloom vegetable and fruit varieties, only. Get them at: RareSeeds.com
and SeedSavers Exchange Catalog

Raising Fish in the City

Dervaes Family Garden. Southern California’s celebrated home-gardeners. and Path to Freedom, Dervaes Family

Zero Power Aquaponic System Remember to only use food-grade plastics and NO PVC!

Brix Meter and organic BioVam Method. A Brix meter is needed for any garden, as it measures carbohydrate plant content to tell you exactly when your crop is “ripe”.

Seed Search Engine

Help Getting Seeds

Community Food Advocacy

BOOKS:
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholamew
Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier
Backyard Self-Sufficiency by Jackie French

THE REST OF THE SERIES:
Diabetics Need to Garden, Part 1

Diabetics Need to Garden, Part 2

Diabetics Need to Garden, Part 3

Hydroponics with Safer Plastics Part 4A

5 Gallon Bucket Gardening Part 4B

Hydroponic Gardening Part 4C

5 Gallon Bucket Hydroponic Gardening Part 4D

Gardening in Rubbermaid Totes Part 4E

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