A Nutty Way to Prevent Diabetes

Researchers have found that eating more almonds helps prevent type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It does so by improving your insulin sensitivity and lowering levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

About 16 million Americans are today believed to have “prediabetes.” This is a condition that is a precursor to type 2 diabetes. By 2020, half all Americans are expected to have either prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Because of this, nutritional approaches to prevention are essential.

A new study has found that almonds are one way to improve your insulin sensitivity and lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in people with prediabetes.

Researchers looked at the effects of consuming an almond-enriched diet on factors linked to the progression of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It included 65 adults with prediabetes, average age 54. They either received a control diet (15%-20% calories from protein, 10% total energy from saturated fat, 60%-70% from carbohydrate and monounsaturated fatty acids and cholesterol) or a diet that ensured that 20% of the calories came from almonds.

The study lasted four months. Those people eating almonds showed significantly improved LDL-cholesterol levels and measures of insulin sensitivity. Both are huge risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Nutrients in almonds, such as fiber and unsaturated fat, have been shown to help reduce LDL-cholesterol levels, increase insulin sensitivity and increase beta-cell function, all of which can help to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. These explain why the almond group in the study experienced such health benefits.

There is a growing body of evidence tying almonds to a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. But this new study adds something: it shows that almonds might help reduce your risk of certain chronic diseases through their nutrient composition. Almonds offer 3.5 grams of fiber, 13 grams of unsaturated fat and only one gram of saturated fat per one-ounce serving.

It is another promising sign that, for people with risk factors for chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, dietary changes may help to improve factors that play a potential role in the disease development.

If you are concerned about the fat content of almonds, know on one hand that at least it is largely healthy fats. But you can aim to incorporate a healthy handful of almonds each day to get this desired effect. Make sure they are the unsalted variety.

By Victor Marchione, M.D. on 01/21/2011

B-vitamins blast body fat

To win the war against excess body fat, the B-vitamins are your best friends.
They’re a component of good nutritional habits that help your body make energy from food.
And, when you make more energy from food, you can use this energy to ignite fat cells on fire and stay lean and fit.
Here we’re going to look at three special B-vitamins that compliment your fat-loss quest, while keeping you healthy and strong. But first, let’s look at what the B-vitamins exactly are. (more…)

Were #37

There’s a lot of talk these days about reforming healthcare, and much of this talk is centered around universal health insurance. But the elephant in the room is: no matter who’s paying for the care, our health as a nation isn’t going to improve until we fix the healthcare system.

Americans currently spend $2.4 trillion/year on healthcare. That’s about $4,200 per person. Our nearest competitor, Switzerland, only spends about $2,800 per person. And though we spend far more than anyone, we don’t have the best health. We’re not number two either, nor are we number five, nor ten, nor twenty. In fact according to the World Health Organization, the U.S. ranks 37th in overall health—out of 37 industrialized countries! So we spend the most, but fare the worst. (more…)

Let the tooth be know

I’d like to talk about a toxin that you’re probably exposed to every day. In fact, because we’ve all been completely brainwashed, most people think this toxin is actually good for them. This toxin is more poisonous than lead and only slightly less toxic than arsenic, and yet, chances are, your city is not only allowing this toxin to be in your tap water, they’re actually dumping this poisonous waste product in and then charging you for it! If you haven’t already guessed, the toxin I’m talking about is fluoride.

Fluoride is not a vitamin or a nutrient of any sort, and it’s not good for your teeth. In fact, it makes teeth and bones brittle, causes dental fluorosis (white mottling of the enamel), and can even cause bone cancer. It also causes neurological problems, learning disabilities, lowered I.Q., increased risk of hip fracture, hypothyroidism, and more. (more…)

Toxic Teeth: The Truth About Dental Amalgams

Fluoride is not a healthful nutrient, but rather is a toxic waste product. It’s more toxic than lead and almost as toxic as arsenic, and yet we actually add this poison to our water under the guise that it helps prevent cavities, when in reality it causes teeth to weaken and can even lead to bone cancer. This toxic waste product also shows up in most toothpastes and is promoted by most dentists, who also offer fluoride treatments. Now, I’d like to discuss another tooth-related toxin. (more…)

20 steps to perfect health checklist

❑        1. Eat a Natural Foods Diet of Meat, Fish, Eggs, Nuts, Seeds, Vegetables, and Fruit
❑        2. Take Whole Food Supplements—Need Determined by:
❑        Nutrition Response Testing/Applied Kinesiology
❑        Hair Analysis
❑        Symptom Survey
❑        3. Wean Yourself Off Of All Non-Essential Prescription & Non-prescription Drugs
❑        Have Your Doctor Help You With This
❑        4. Take a Good Essential Fatty Acid Supplement Daily
❑        Flax Seed Oil (1–2 TBSP/day)
❑        Olive Oil (Good For Cooking)
❑        Fish Oil, Borage Oil, Coconut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, etc.
❑        5. Hydrate Your Body Daily
❑        Drink ½ Your Body Weight in Ounces of High Quality Water Daily
❑        Minimize Alcohol and Caffeine
❑        6. Avoid Toxins
❑        Air Filter (If Necessary)
❑        Water Filter (Shower and Drinking Water)
❑        Buy Organic, Locally Grown Foods as Much As Possible
❑        Use Natural Cleaners, Soaps, Deodorants, Toothpaste, Cosmetics, etc.
❑        Don’t Smoke or Second Hand Smoke
❑        Avoid Processed, Radiated, or Genetically Modified Foods
❑        Avoid Trans Fats
❑        Don’t Drink to Excess
❑        7. Do a Full Body Detoxification 1–2 Times/Year
❑        Detoxification/Purification Program (Supplements/Herbs, etc.)
❑        Colonics/Coffee Enemas
❑        Gall Bladder Flush
❑        Fasting
❑        Infrared Saunas, Sweating, Skin Brushing
❑        Deep Breathing Exercises
❑        8. Heavy Metal Detoxification
❑        Remove Silver/Mercury Amalgams
❑        Oral Chelation
❑        IV Chelation
❑        9. Remove Pathogenic Organisms
❑        Anti Fungal (Caprylic Acid, Goldthread, Garlic, Pau d’Arco)
❑        Anti Bacterial/Antiviral (Colloidal Silver, Echinacea)
❑        Anti Parasitic (Digestive Enzymes, Garlic, Wormwood, Black Walnut)
❑        10. Re-inoculate Bowel Flora With Probiotics
❑        Acidophilus, Bifidus supplements
❑        Probiotic Yeasts (Zymex, Lactic Acid Yeast)
❑        Yogurt, Kefir, Sauerkraut & Other Fermented Foods
❑        11. Correct Biomechanics & Remove Nerve Interference
❑        Chiropractic Adjustments
❑        Orthotics/Heel Lift
❑        Massage/Rolfing/PT/Rehab
❑        Good Supportive Bed, Pillows
❑        Good Posture and Ergonomics
❑        12. Exercise Daily (Stretching/Cardio/Resistance/Breathing)
❑        Yoga/Pilates
❑        Hiking/Walking
❑        Weight Lifting
❑        Swimming, Biking
❑        Rebounder or Vibration Plates
❑        Sports
❑        13. Support Glands/Balance Hormone Levels
❑        Protomorphogens/Glandulars
❑        Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
❑        Get Some Sun (Vitamin D is a Hormone Derived From Sunshine)
❑        14. Balance The Body’s Energy Systems
❑        Reconnective Healing
❑        Acupuncture
❑        Cranio Sacral Therapy/Reiki/Polarity
❑        Chakra/Aura Work
❑        Homeopathy
❑        Applied Kinesiology/Muscle Testing/TBM
❑        15. Electromagnetic Field Protection (Cell Phones, Computers, Microwaves, TV)
❑        Multipolar Magnet
❑        Q Link
❑        Crystals
❑        16. Eliminate All Allergies/Sensitivities
❑        NAET
❑        BioSet
❑        Total Body Modification
❑        17. Get Eight Hours of Restful Sleep/Night
❑        Make Sure Your Room is Totally Dark
❑        18. Remove Abnormal Emotional Patterns
❑        Emotional Freedom Technique
❑        Neuro Emotional Technique
❑        Callahan Technique
❑        TBM, AK
❑        Inner Child Work/Counseling
❑       19. Replace Undesired Thought Patterns With Desired Patterns
❑        Emotional Freedom Technique
❑        Affirmations/Anchors
❑        Visualization
❑        Goal Setting
❑        Self Help Books/CDs/Seminars
❑        20. Nurture Your Spirit
❑        Commune With Your Creator
❑        Meditate/Pray
❑        Spend Time Reveling In Nature
❑        Make Love
❑        Get/Give Lots of Hugs
❑        Do The Things You Truly Love To Do
❑        Take Vacations
❑        Follow Your Passion

Human gut flora genes

Metagenomics of the Human Intestinal Tract (MetaHIT) Consortium examined the role of gut flora in health by a massive project (ref. below) to determine the DNA base sequence of the majority of the millions of genes in the thousands of species of bacteria that abide in human feces.  Gut flora have been linked to many human diseases, as well as the normal function of the human immune system. (more…)

Anti-biotics, gut flora, food intolerance and disease

Cattle Are Finished by Selective Killing of Gut Flora.  The Sickened Animals Store Fat that Grills Great.  People Get Metabolic Syndrome.
The likening of modern humans to potatoes sacked out on a couch is misleading.  The obesity epidemic linked to diets of processed foods more closely resembles the stumbling progression of cattle to abattoir.  Antibiotics and diet systematically lead in both feedlot and food court to gut dysbiosis, immune system failure, hormone disruption, rampant fat accumulation, physical inactivity, depression and the modern suite of chronic diseases.  Healthcare costs escalate, but vet bills, in contrast, are forestalled by a captive bolt pistol. (more…)

Benefits of mother’s milk

Milk Provides Complete Nutrition, Controls Gut Flora, Promotes Gut Development — Formula Doesn’t
I find it amazing that supplements are encouraged for exclusively breastfeeding infants.  It doesn’t make sense to suspect that breast milk is inadequate and why is formula fortified with ingredients at ten to a hundred times the levels in breast milk?  The answer is in the infant gut flora and perhaps in poor maternal nutrition/gut flora. (more…)