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Maker of Diabetes Drug Avandia Convicted of Fraud...

Maker of Diabetes Drug Avandia Convicted of Fraud

Glaxo Smith Kline, maker of diabetes drug Avandia, has just been convicted of fraud and fined $3 billion dollars. They have admitted that they did not accurately report safety data to the FDA. Does that sound like a lot of money to you? Well, GSK doesn’t seem worried about it at all. According to BBC News, they’ve issued a statement saying they’d pay the fines out of “existing cash resources.” What this tells me is that the profits from the sales of Avandia have been so enormous that the company calculated it was better off paying a three billion dollar fine than doing the right thing. All the more...

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Entrainment: Still Useful After all These Years...

Entrainment: Still Useful After all These Years

I’ve been using brain entrainment for a couple years now. It provides all the physical benefits of deep meditation without the learning curve. When I listened to my first entrainment track it sent me into the deepest, most restful sleep I’d enjoyed in months — maybe years. Now that I’ve been listening to entrainment tracks every day, they don’t have the same kind of dramatic impact they did when I started. But that’s a good thing. When I started entrainment, I was battling depression and some ongoing chronic health issues. I was chronically sleep deprived. Either I couldn’t fall asleep because my brain was racing, or I couldn’t stay...

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7 Diabesity Blogs You Should Follow...

The internet is a great source of information overload, and sometimes it’s hard to know where to go for valuable, interesting information. Here are seven blogs I follow, and heartily recommend to you as well. The Healthy Skeptic. I’ve just discovered this blog by Chris Kresser, and I’m a big fan already. He writes about many different health topics, and he’s not afraid to call out stupidity and inconsistency when he sees it. Check out his ongoing series on diabesity here. Dr. Hyman is the doc who created [ad#UltraSimple Diet Book], which I’ve followed and documented throughout this website. This is his blog, which provides a ton of useful,...

5 Pounds of Toxins Each Year

I read recently that the average American woman absorbs five pounds of toxic chemicals each and every year from her makeup and personal care products. Every time you wash your hair, brush your teeth, rub on moisturizer, use a deodorant or spritz on a fragrance, you’re adding to your toxic load. Did you think the FDA was protecting you? Not so much. However, there are some steps you can take to cut down or eliminate these sources of toxins. First, though, you need to know what they are! Here’s a partial list: Phthalates / DBP. Kids’ toys containing phthalates have been in the news in the past few years, but a lot of cosmetic products include them as...

5 Pounds of Toxins Each Year
posted on: Nov 9, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

How Talking Politics Makes You Fat

When we were raising our family, the dinner table was always a place for lively discussion. We’d talk with the kids about their day, current events, local issues, interests — you name it. Through dinner-table conversations we discovered big gaps in the kids’ educations and found out about their friends. I’ve always enjoyed lively discussions. (What I call a “discussion” others have tagged as “debates,” “confrontations” and “arguments”. Did I mention I like my discussions lively?) Recently, though, I’ve banned political discussion at the dinner table. Why? Because I figured out the “lively” part of it was helping to keep me sick and fat. How Can Talking Make You Fat? It’s not the talking that does it. It’s...

How Talking Politics Makes You Fat
posted on: Oct 29, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

7 Diabesity Blogs You Should Follow

The internet is a great source of information overload, and sometimes it’s hard to know where to go for valuable, interesting information. Here are seven blogs I follow, and heartily recommend to you as well. The Healthy Skeptic. I’ve just discovered this blog by Chris Kresser, and I’m a big fan already. He writes about many different health topics, and he’s not afraid to call out stupidity and inconsistency when he sees it. Check out his ongoing series on diabesity here. Dr. Hyman is the doc who created [ad#UltraSimple Diet Book], which I’ve followed and documented throughout this website. This is his blog, which provides a ton of useful, actionable information about health, wellness, metabolism and diabesity. Dr....

posted on: Oct 26, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Leaky Gut – Why Should You Care?

I wrote recently about the discovery that diabetes and other chronic diseases can’t exist unless you have the biological markers (DNA), environmental influences and a leaky gut. In order words, even if you are genetically wired to develop diabetes, and even if you’ve been exposed to the environmental risks that bring it on, unless your gut is also damaged and leaky, you won’t actually develop diabetes. Wow! Since then, I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on about leaky gut, and I’m going to be writing a lot more about it. Here’s a list of symptoms and conditions that result from leaky gut. Some of them will surprise you. They certainly surprised me! Arthritis Diabetes (Type...

posted on: Oct 22, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama
No Diabetes without Leaky Gut

No Diabetes without Leaky Gut

posted on: Oct 19, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Recent research shows that you can have all the genetic predispositions to developing diabetes, but you won’t actually become diabetic unless you have a leaky gut as well. According to Wikipedia, leaky gut is a name used to describe intestinal or bowel hyperpermeability. For those of us without medical degrees, leaky gut means pretty much what you think it means – something is wrong with your digestive system that lets stuff circulate in your body that should have stayed in your intestines until eliminated in the normal way. It causes problems, and lots of them: bowel diseases, arthritis, skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, food allergies, IBS, chronic fatigue syndrome, hepatitis, pancreatitis, and more. Dr. Leo Galland of the Foundation for Integrated Medicine adds that it “stimulates classic hypersensitivity responses to foods and to components of the normal gut flora; bacterial endotoxins, cell wall polymers and dietary gluten may cause “non-specific”...

Blog Action Day: All About the Water

posted on: Oct 15, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Change.org|Start Petition Today is Blog Action Day, and all over the world bloggers are coming together to discuss a single issue: water. I’m not going to write about drought, or ecosystems. I’m sure others far better qualified than I will do justice to those subjects. Instead, I’m going to write about our bodies’ need for clean, uncontaminated water to maintain health. It may seem a bit snarky to complain about our relatively potable water in the US when millions throughout the world don’t have safe drinking water, but I’m going to do it anyway. Tap Water Is Hazardous to Your Health Most US residents enjoy a seemingly endless supply of safe drinking water. Oh, sure, it’s safe in the sense that it’s generally not teeming with killer bacteria. Unfortunately, it’s full of killer chemicals: chlorine fluoride PCBs DBPs prescription drugs arsenic heavy metals Chlorine Chlorine is commonly used in...

Back on the UltraSimple Diet for a Few Days

posted on: Oct 12, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Unfortunately, removing toxins from your body is not something you can do once and forget. Toxic chemicals and heavy metals are everywhere — in the air we breathe, in the soil we walk on, in the foods we eat. After I did the UltraSimple Diet in June, my food cravings all disappeared. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve started noticing strong hankerings (I won’t call them cravings just yet) for certain things in the not-so-good-for-me category. I’m putting myself back on the diet for a few days to see if I can kick those bad boys out before they get a strong grip on me again. I’ll keep you posted about how it...

Not Your Father’s Dietary Fat

Not Your Father’s Dietary Fat

posted on: Oct 1, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Myths about food and diet abound. Here are a couple of my favorite myths about dietary fat. Myth: A Very Low Fat Diet is Best I read an article recently titled, “Low Fat Diets are Grossly Misrepresented.” The author, T. Colin Campbell is a PhD doctor, not a medical doctor, and he took strong issue with some of the notions bouncing around today about low fat diets. I totally agree with the author when he talks about carbs that are healthy for us to eat vs. carbs that are not. No issues there. I also agree with him that obesity rises as people eat more and more processed “foods.” However, he goes on to advocate a low protein, plant-based diet (translation: vegetarian) containing only about 10-12% fat. To this I say a resounding “hooey.” How does he account for the health of Eskimos, whose traditional diet is over 80%...

Changing the PACE

Changing the PACE

posted on: Sep 28, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

It took me a couple of weeks to get back on track after my recent travels, but I’m happy to say I’m a pound down from before I left on my trip, and my fasting glucose is back down as well. I did it by changing my PACE routine. (Find out more about PACE here and here. I realized that, by focusing on laps in the pool, I wasn’t putting out the effort that would really make a diffierence. Instead, because I wanted to complete a lap, I was holding back. That’s exactly the opposite of what makes PACE effective. Push Hard, Don’t Coast In order to increase my lung and heart capacity, I need to push myself to my limits in short bursts, and I wasn’t doing that. Why? Because, as I’ve become fitter, it takes more effort to push those limits. Where swimming two laps of a...

Genetically Modified Salmon: A Very Bad Idea

Genetically Modified Salmon: A Very Bad Idea

posted on: Sep 22, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

The Massachusetts company AquaBounty Technologies wants to sell the salmon it has genetically modified. The FDA has been holding hearings on whether to permit it. If the FDA approves this “Frankenfish,” there will be no special labeling to let us know. As consumers we will not know whether we’re buying salmon that’s evolved naturally or salmon that’s been tinkered with. Scientists and consumer advocatess have been tossing out facts, distortions, half truths, misleading statements. . . you know, the usual. On the one hand, we have a science writer for NPR pooh-poohing the public’s concerns. On the other hand, we have activists at Food & Water Watch stating: “The commercialization of GE salmon could threaten public health, wipe out wild salmon populations, diminish biodiversity of marine environments, and further drive the unhealthy trend of producing more of the fish we eat in overcrowded, unhealthy factory fish farms. “That’s all...

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