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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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DDD Blog – 3rd Anniversary Update

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

Two days ago, this blog turned 3 years old. I am grateful for my readers, and it is humbling to know that nearly 200,000 have read my information and perspective about helping diabetics live better lives and how to cure diabetes with alternative methods and especially alkaline foods.

This past year, I have been trying to get a business started, and that has eaten into my time here at DDD, seriously, but I am still committed to trying hard to continue the flow of my unique diabetic information for you, as much as I can.

I am hoping to publish some materials of my own this year and will alert to when and where to get them; I’m trying to learn being a webmistress. I’ve had to learn how best to accomplish publishing, and it’s taken awhile.

I am persisting because Diabetes is a growing problem, in America and globally, and First Lady Michelle Obama has realized the consequences of childhood obesity now. It leads to pre-diabetes and full-blown diabetes with huge numbers of new diabetics (immediately and later); this problem has the capacity to cripple our society.

I believe that whether it’s for a healthy life beginning in youth or for quality longevity as seniors, the daily choices we make are the foundation of our Health. And, all of us need to learn stress reduction techniques, as stress initiates the hormonal cascade which encourages diabetes.

As the world-wide economy fails, people make the mistake of cutting the quality and quantity of their food in order to preserve other items in their budget. This is a recipe for disaster!

I know. Even with 5 university degrees between us, my husband and I have had a tough time since we closed his practice and all our lifetime of investments went “south”. We’ve struggled seriously for about 8 years now.

After listening to many well-regarded experts, on responsible media, I believe that people just joining us in this economic conflagration are not going to see the American economy turn-around any time soon. I truly fear the loss of the middle-class everywhere; it may be the biggest casualty in history.

In teaching my strategy to economically and medically survive in the trenches, I have had to make serious budget choices. (which I am not used to doing — in childhood or in adulthood).

As a diabetic, not on medication, with no health insurance, I have to be really careful and knowledgeable!

Now, after the utilities and gasoline are bought and the roof over our head is paid for, food comes next. Period. And, it’s great, healthy food, as organic as possible. That may mean no new clothes, no gifts (our larger family understands), no concerts or playthings and little travel. We’ve returned to what is usually known as Voluntary Simplicity … but in our case, it’s mandatory.

We are learning to live like most social strata in the world live, without the excess and folly, and by being a close-knit family, we are able to do it. Rather than viewing our new life as a fall-from-grace, it’s been uplifting to get-off the consumer bandwagon and find there’s actually a better life hiding there.

But, it’s a challenge, no hiding that fact. Yet, even so, I’m not patronizing the Whole Foods wannabe called Walmart, for our food and never will.

I prefer to continue to support those businesses which still exemplify the heart of the natural-foods and organic foods movements. I have built them with my dollars for 40 years of family food purchases. Walmart really badgers it’s vendors and is going into local foods and organics only to try to kill these other longtime businesses. I won’t play their game, ever.

To help ourselves, we recently joined the closest food co-op; it had been in a really far neighborhood, but halved the distance when opening a second store. Keeping a low carbon footprint has always been important to my family, so trips to the co-op only happen when we have to be in that part of town, and we buy there accordingly.

Every trip away from home must accomplish at least 3 – 4 important goals and stops, minimum. We wait to travel anywhere until there’s enough reason to go. When we had jobs, public transportation was always first choice for commuting.

The rest of our grocery stores are closer and have been in the organics business a long time. We still support the first store chain (in its newer incarnation) from which we’ve bought our organic food in Portland for the past 30 years.

It’s harder now, being on unemployment stipends. These stores are not cheap at all. The few items I can pare off, which are more commercial, I get my husband to get at the employee-owned grocery chain in town, as they are able to discount more heavily.

I / We make more things from scratch, and I’m lucky that my husband is a great cook, and follows recipes well. But, he’s juggling that while continuing a job search (3 years without income — he’s an “over-qualified”, top tier executive) and he’s mulling over whether and how we can start a business.

It’s a shame for all of his legal and financial know-how to be going to waste OR for him not to continue to follow his passion, wood-working, which he’s been excellent at for 4 decades, too, in a little business of his own.

Those of you who return home tired from your job each night (and who are doubtlessly being overworked, as most modern companies are doing to their employees), need my information about how to organize making healthy food on a budget (of time and money) just as much as we have needed to know it. Albeit for some different reasons, as well as similar ones, we are all in the same boat.

So, I will continue DDD with pertinent scientific information, important alternative medicine strategies and ongoing access to recipes and living with diabetes on a budget information (with more to come in my published for profit material).

I sincerely appreciate you coming to visit, and I encourage you to read regularly. Put this blog into your Google Reader, so you won’t miss a single episode.

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I sincerely hope those of you in America will agitate on your behalf about health-care. It’s shameful, and a public option needs to be part of the mix.

Our well-covered politicians are out of touch and Congress needs a TOTAL (and I mean total) scouring-out. We only need people in Congress who will make Campaign Reform the first job, and undoing the Supreme Court’s recent ruling letting corporations have first amendment rights.

These are serious issues that, unless they are actually and quickly accomplished, mean that we are basically on-our-own and that government doesn’t work anymore except for the rich and powerful.

Don’t just sit back. Make sure this generation of children grow up healthy. Get junk food and junk ideas out of your life. Act on behalf of ourselves and future generations to make sure that, as our Founding Fathers intended, the power is in the hands of We The People, not corporations and not any of our out-of-touch, self-serving “representatives”.

Best to all — Em

(c)2010 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com

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

Ever watchful for gestational diabetes, which did not materialize, if you read my post last week, you know that my daughter just had her first baby – a healthy boy. What little time I had for “research” on diabetes this week has been guided by the birth, desire for the baby’s continued health and my daughter’s best route to recovery.

Pregnant women and post-partnum moms need to take action using the information below. Anyone who’s overweight needs this information, too.

One factor which will help both mom and baby was disclosed in a recent email that I received from Dr. Mercola, DC and the research of Dr. Ron Rosedale, MD.

We’ll talk about some of their medical lessons now, and other aspects over time.

The most important (and easiest ) part to implement now is to include active, massive amounts of friendly “probiotic” families of bacteria back into your gut!

This can be done with kefir (a better product) or with active, live-culture yoghurt (confirm live cultures on the label content) or with refrigerated probiotic capsules. Why do this?

The proper balance of friendly micro-organisms is critical for diabetics!

Dr. Mercola reports that clinical studies show that diabetics (and anyone who is overweight or obese) have improper percentages of the various families of gut bacteria.  So, we need to know more.

As 1 in 4 Americans are either pre-diabetic (blood sugar over 100) or full-blown diabetics (blood sugar over 125), we have to do everything to regain the health of more than 70 million Americans and tens of millions more globally  — here goes.

The rate of diabetes in the last 5 decades has increased 700% in America, and during this time, mainstream medicine has incorrectly treated diabetes, in Dr. Mercola’s and Dr. Rosedale’s opinions.

Other doctors have been treating a “symptom” (high blood sugar) NOT the root cause.

Ayurvedic medicine, the ancient, highly-accurate first medical system of humanity, emphasizes throughout its 5,000 years of practice that the health of the bowel is critical. Modern science is showing that’s true!

The same cells that make the brain also become part of the gut, in the fetus and then adult,  so we do have another “brain” there — a very powerful one, in fact — which is able to understand the nuances that make up health in the gut.

Our red blood cells are also made in these intestinal tissues, too. So, gut health is a prime target to regain.

We always hear about ‘eating more fiber’, and that’s still important — both soluble and insoluble fiber. But gut-health is far more than that.

The actual populations of bacterial micro-organisms and their percentage in your gut community are truly critical. Diabetics and obese people have severe imbalances in these populations.

According to one study, diabetics and overweight people usually harbor more of the family of bacteria known as firmicutes … (20 percent more), whereas another bacteria called bacteroidetes was almost 90 percent lower.”

How do we shift the balance and why do we need to?

“Probiotic supplements during the first trimester of pregnancy can help women lose weight after their child’s birth”, according to new findings from a Finnish study.

Researchers report that supplements containing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium were associated with less central obesity (the type of killer fat associated with the “apple” shaped body).

Women were given the supplements during their first trimester of pregnancy and continued them until they stopped exclusive breastfeeding (up to six months on the study).

If you weren’t on the probiotics during pregnancy, start the probiotic regimen now, with the rest of us. It’s imperative for you to do so — for your health and for your baby’s health, if you are nursing.

Firmicutes appear to be more efficient at taking calories out of complex sugars and depositing those calories as fat. When these microbes were transplanted into normal-weight mice, they suddenly gained twice as much fat. And in a human study, obese people who lost weight increased their bacteroidetes, while the numbers of firmicutes decreased.”

“Gut bacteria also influence your weight through the activation or non-activation a single molecule in your intestinal wall.” It is activated by the waste products from certain gut bacteria.  The activated  molecule slows the movement of food through your intestine, causing you to absorb more nutrients and thus gain weight.

Beneficial bifidobacteria and lactobacillus bacteria must predominate over potentially harmful bacteria for you to be healthy and normal weight.

Babies get the helpful bacteria to populate their gut from their mom’s milk. So, the mom’s must have goodly amounts of the best microflora or else the babies won’t get enough of the “good-guys” (and may even get too many not so good ones??? I’m not sure about that part.).

Getting these good-guys through breastmilk will have lasting benefit, into adulthood, for your baby.

We also need the same good Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus bacteria, as diabetics, pre-diabetics, overweight or obese people.

Here’s an important reason behind the usual directive: “to stop consuming sugary foods”. Eating a healthy diet low in sugars, grains and processed foods will generally cause the good bacteria in your gut to flourish, and naturally build up a major defense against excessive amounts of bad bacteria (that can damage your health).

Even using an extremely low-sugar diet is not the full-story. You need to know that there are other factors that negatively influence your friendly-bacteria’s survival, including:

• Antibiotics
• Chlorinated water
• Antibacterial soap
• Agricultural chemicals
• Pollution

All of these factors can kill off your good gut bacteria.

Eating fresh, raw, washed vegetables and fruit (preferably organic produce) will help to repopulate with good bacteria for humans beyond babyhood, as will daily consumption of kefir and yoghurt and / or probiotic capsules.

It’s probably the yoghurt-eating habit of the people in the Caucasus which make them the largest group of oldest humans, because their guts are SO healthy.

Cheese and regular milk do NOT have these good bacteria alive in them. And, in fact, cow milk in babies and young children is implicated in destroying the insulin producing parts of the pancreas —- leading to Type 1 diabetes in children!

I am making very specific suggestions here! In addition to kefir (best) and live-culture yoghurt, other foods which have some of the good-guys are traditionally-made versions of slowly fermented vegetables (like Bubbe’s dill pickles and sauerkraut), kim chee, miso and natto (this is the only one on the list that I won’t use … I find it nasty!).

Get the balance right so your bacteroidetes will prevent your firmicutes from making you fat, and the good guys will help you use the fat you have stored for energy, as the bacteroidetes won’t “mine” as many calories from your food, so you will use up your fat and then likely remain lean, as long as the good-guy intestinal gut flora remain dominant.

I’m off to get more kefir in my fridge more regularly now!

I love its taste and slight effervescence. There are several excellent brands and at least one is in most Safeways, in the health section’s refrigerator or in regular section near yoghurts. Get an organic kefir from there or from your favorite health store. Well known brands are Helios and Lifeway, as well as Nancy’s.

You can read the original article and get a jump-start on Dr. Rosedale’s views on obesity etc., at the following links (you may have to “register” to get the info, but do that. You’ll learn a lot there.). You will also need to scroll quite far down the page before the articles begin.

Dr. Mercola’s Probiotic Information

Diabetes not being treated correctly. Dr. Ron Rosedale, MD.

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