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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,...

A Healthy Food Supply

As some of you may know, I’m planning on moving overseas within the next year. Now that I’ve gotten a good start on reversing my diabetes, I’m wondering about the food supply available when I move. How do I find out whether crops are adulterated with pesticides and other chemicals? What about hormones and antibiotics in livestock feed? GMO crops? If you have any ideas or experience that can help my research, I’d love to hear from you. You can post a comment here, or, better yet, hop on over to the Overcome Diabesity page on Facebook where we can have a real...

posted on: Sep 17, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

What’s Your Lifespan? Your Lungs Can Tell You...

According to Dr. Al Sears in his newest edition of P.A.C.E. The 12-Minute Fitness Revolution, studies have shown that your lung capacity is absolutely the best indication of your lifespan. The better your lungs work, the longer you’ll live. It sounds too simplistic, but read on. . . According to Dr. Sears, Drs. William B. Kannel and Helen Hubert examined Framingham Heart Study data and concluded that “your lungs are the number one predictor of death.” The Framinhgam Heart Study is a medical study that started in 1948 and has followed a population of thousands for six decades. According to their website, “In 1948, the Framingham Heart Study embarked on an ambitious project in health research to identify...

What’s Your Lifespan? Your Lungs Can Tell You
posted on: Sep 14, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Being Healthy and Well Adjusted

Our spines and nervous systems are truly wonderous anatomical marvels, far more amazing than the most complex communications center ever devised by mankind. Unfortunately, when everything isn’t aligned properly, communication between the brain and other parts of the body suffers and can result in discomfort and even disease. Chiropractric adjustments are the answer. Recently I experienced a different kind of chiropractic adjustment than what I’ve become accustomed to. I first visited a chiropractor years ago. I kept getting that uncomfortable, tingling, falling asleep feeling in my right arm. Then it started happening to my left arm. I went to a regular MD, who told me a pinched nerve in my neck was the culprit, and there was really...

Being Healthy and Well Adjusted
posted on: Sep 10, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

How’d I Do?

I’m back from my road trip, and in terms of eating well, I honestly did not do as well as I had hoped. As I mentioned before I started my travels, I would be at the mercy of others for a lot of meals over the two-week period. I did pretty well until the visit I documented here. That started a downward spiral that lasted until I arrived home. Now, I don’t want you to think that I just gave up and gorged on whatever came to hand. But, after eating some things that were definitely not part of my food plan so as not to distress my relative, I allowed myself to tour a chocolate factory and...

posted on: Sep 8, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama
Eating While Traveling — Staying Healthy?

Eating While Traveling — Staying Healthy?...

posted on: Aug 31, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

As you know, I’ve been on the road for about 10 days now. I stuck to my eating plan pretty well for the first week, and I’m rather proud of myself for that. However, my good intentions fell apart on Friday evening. We arrived, as planned, at the home of an elderly relative in time for dinner. Always a superb cook, he had asked me on the phone whether there were any foods I couldn’t or shouldn’t eat. I explained that I was avoiding wheat and gluten. Sadly, it was obvious that he is no longer as sharp mentally as he always has been. He asked the same questions over and over, and worried — a lot — about things that would seem trivial to most of us. Always active and extremely social, he was polite but withdrawn and unengaged in the conversation. The meal he had prepared included...

Can You Do a PACE Workout in a Small Pool?

posted on: Aug 27, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Is it possible to do a PACe workout in a very small pool? I recorded a video to answer that...

Good-for-You Breakfast Eggs

Good-for-You Breakfast Eggs

posted on: Aug 23, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Occasionally I’ll be posting recipes here, when I find something that’s really yummy and healthful at the same time. I thought I’d start with breakfast. This recipe is a modified version of one from Dr. Ron Rosen that he calls “eggs benefit,” a healthy alternative to traditional Eggs Benedict. I found his version used way too much lemon juice and not enough rosemary, so I’ve adjusted those amounts and changed a couple of other things. Ingredients 2 eggs 1 ripe avocado 2 slices whole grain bread, “Manna from Heaven” bread or gluten-free bread Special Sauce Special Sauce 3 T low-fat cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese 1/2 to 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped 1-1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice 1 tsp flax oil 1 tsp avocado oil Sea salt, pinch Cayenne pepper, pinch Directions Mix all the sauce ingredients in a small glass bowl. Set aside. In small saucepan, bring 2-3...

Healthy Eating While Traveling

posted on: Aug 19, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

It’s vital to eat unprocessed, healthy foods when you’re reversing your diabetes, but doing so while traveling is a challenge. I’ll be on the road for two weeks, looking to share some tips for healthy eating while traveling, and to hear some of yours. Do you have some tips you’d like to share for healthy eating on the road? Click the comment link above this message to add your...

Ignorance, Stupidity and Diabetes

Ignorance, Stupidity and Diabetes

posted on: Aug 17, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

When it comes to your health, ignorance is making a choice that’s bad for you when you don’t have the information you need. Stupidity is making a bad choice when you know better. Sometimes, with diabesity, it’s hard to tell the difference. My Friend Almost Died I have a friend who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a couple of years ago. By the time they realized he had a problem, he almost died. He was admitted to the ER, severely dehydrated and with stratospheric glucose readings, and practically comatose. He was literally lucky to be alive. After rehydrating him, pumping him full of insulin and taking other measures to stabilize him over the course of several days, they sent him home. He was strongly motivated not to take insulin. He can practice his profession with diabetes as long as he doesn’t require insulin — if he’s insulin dependent,...

Obesity: Facebook Says Talking About it is “Abusive”

Obesity: Facebook Says Talking About it is “Abusive”...

posted on: Aug 11, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

I saw an article this morning that I thought was worth sharing. Oddly, Facebook blocked my attempts to post the link, stating the content was “abusive.” So what was this abusive content? It was an article on the investment website 24/7 Wall Street titled, “The Obesity Index: The Cost of Obesity by State.” It listed, state by state, the percentage of obese residents and the medical costs associated with same. The date for the report came from the Centers for Disease Control in a report titled “Vital Signs: Adult Obesity.” According to the actual report: 72 million American adults are obese Their medical costs are $1,429 more per year than their non-obese peers No state has an obesity rate less than 15% The obesity rate is over 30% in 9 states Colorado and Washington, DC have the lowest rates of obesity, under 20%. States with the highest rates include:...

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