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Food is our medicine, if we eat healthy choices. But, what foods really are healthy? This information helps diabetics and anyone else. So, listen-up!

Several avante-garde physicians have been curing and effectively curbing diabetes almost solely with diet. It really works, when you know what healthy food is. Dr. Julian Whitaker, MD and Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD and Dr. Robert Rowen, MD and several others, use a plant-based diet to prevent and reverse diabetes.

In fact, plants have always been the foundation of human diets. They can’t walk or run away!

People like to emphasize the “hunter”, but the “gatherer” really sustained human-kind. If you have any doubts about this, watch the reality TV show “Survivor” and see how hard it is to catch any animal.

Dr. Rowen, MD reports the following in an email I received this month:

There’s a four-food combination which lowers cholesterol better than statins

But, you won’t hear this from Big Pharma. A study on 34 subjects, all with high cholesterol, found that all you need to do is eat four particular foods to bring your numbers down.

“These four foods will give you the same LDL-lowering ability as a statin. But they go one step further than the drugs.”

The study found that just:

___   3.5 ounces (one gram) of plant sterols

___    ~4.5 lbs (21.4 grams) of soy protein

___    34 ozs. (9.8 grams) of soluble fibers

___   49 ozs. (14 grams) of almonds per 800 calories did the job.

This is a lot of food, and long ago, in more natural times, probably human-size meals could have had these in smaller component doses. Today, people are so badly off that these large amounts are required. But, the study shows that food can bring you most of the way, even if it is just in more normal portions or in a concentrated form.

The study’s authors conceded this intervention could be a viable alternative to statin treatments, particularly for reducing the important, dangerous, small dense VLDL particles, which carry the highest LDL risk.

We both just love reports like this.

First, diet and nutrition trumps the drug!

Secondly, food does it better — we know that statins lower LDL, but not the small dense (dangerous) VLDL (that’s why statins just don’t work). Yes, they lower cholesterol, but not all cholesterol is dangerous.Your body makes cholesterol so it can be an internal band-aid, when acidic fluids damage tissues. Acidity happens from wrong food choices, poorly-functioning metabolism and even some happens as the final byproducts of optimal metabolism. Alkalizing your body daily will eliminate this problem and the need for internal band-aids.

Your body will then use its naturally-made cholesterol to make your sex hormones. Maybe the severe numbers of infertile people is because there’s little or no cholesterol left-over to make sex hormones!

In Dr. Rowen’s opinion, and other physicians do agree, statins create danger by forcibly lowering cholesterol.  Your doctor gets excited that ‘you’re getting benefit, as your numbers are down’. But in truth, your doctor has deprived you of a needed natural chemical, and hasn’t even reduced the dangerous form of cholesterol.

But diet does do the job.

Plant sterols are abundant in veggies and fruit, as well as being in legumes (fresh beans and peas, as well as dried forms), nuts, cereals and seeds. All of these provide abundant soluble fiber.  You can find soy in: soy milk, tofu, tempeh, miso, soy nuts and many other vegetarian foods in any health food store.

You also can find plant sterols in supplements like Advanced Cholesterol Formula from AdvancedBionutritionals.com .  Two per day should be plenty to lower your cholesterol — even the dangerous cholesterol, says Dr. Rowen.

Dr. Whitaker, MD and I add:

When someone asks, “Are you getting enough fiber,” blood sugar control is likely not what you’re thinking it helps with. But a high-fiber diet is one of the most powerful tools for controlling anyone’s blood sugar levels.

Fiber slows absorption of food in the gut, promoting just a gradual rise in blood sugar levels, followed by a steady release of insulin. Therefore, this process also improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin.

Soluble fiber is the best type for improving blood sugar control. Good sources of soluble fiber include beans and other legumes, apples, hemp seed and flax seed.

Here are Dr. Whitaker’s four easy steps to better blood sugar balance:

* Eat only healthful fats: The diet at the Whitaker Wellness Institute steers clear of saturated and processed fats and contains judicious amounts of olive oil, as well as omega-3 fats, which help to promote insulin sensitivity. These fats are found in wild salmon, hemp seed, flax seed, herring, cod and sardines.

* Eat a moderate amount of protein: Protein stimulates the release of glucagon, which is a hormone, made in a healthy liver, that mobilizes fat stores and turns them into energy. It’s important to include moderate amounts of low-fat protein at every meal or snack. Your body cannot process any more than about 4 ozs. of protein per meal, so any more than that is wasted! As protein is the most expensive nutrient, pay attention; you don’t want to be wasting money or nutrition!

* Eat the right type of carbohydrates: Most simple, sugary or starchy carbohydrates are quickly broken down into glucose, and then they enter the bloodstream rapidly causing a rapid rise in blood glucose, accompanied by a rise in insulin! Others are “good carbs”. These are: vegetables, legumes, and most whole grains and fruits, as they release their sugars into the blood stream more slowly, promoting healthy blood sugar control. Even so, reduce the amount of grains you use and the fruit, too.

Most of your diet should be veggies, legumes, some cold-water fish, a few fruits and lots of spring water.

* Exercise: Both aerobic exercise and strength training help to increase insulin sensitivity. A combination is best and using different areas of the body, one day off, next day on. Read last week’s article on the importance of muscle metabolism for your Health.


Dr. Whitaker adds, “Since the 1930s, numerous studies have shown that a high-complex-carbohydrate, high-fiber diet can help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels, which is why I recommend that you make plant foods the mainstay of your meals.”

That says it all.

Best to all — Em

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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


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.


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


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

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

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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