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Posted April 21, 2016: by Bill Sardi
Rates of obesity and diabetes rose in an era of endless diet books, calorie counting and low-fat diets. Something was obviously amiss. Arteries still become atherosclerotic on the 5-A-Day Plant Food Diet Promoted By Public Health Authorities. In contrast, people in Japan are leaner and healthier and live longer without local gyms and myriads of medications or even dietary advice. France has the most centenarians per capita and eats a diet rich in fats and cholesterol.
In a complete denunciation of modern medicine, the profit-making schemes of health plans and political efforts to make healthcare available to all come to an abrupt halt with a policy-bending report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that shows access to healthcare does not deliver health. It does deliver treatment.
Posted October 9, 2015: by Bill Sardi
At a 1999 conclave, executives of the nation’s biggest food companies walked out on a meeting that attempted to get them to share some of the responsibility for the then growing diabesity epidemic. [New York Times Feb 20, 2013] With sugarized bacon, ketchup, peanut butter, wrapped meats, salad dressings and processed foods dominating grocery store shelves, shockingly half the nation now is diabetic or pre-diabetic. [LA Times Sept 8, 2015; Journal American Medical Assn. Sept 8, 2015]
Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as adult-onset (type II) diabetes and you have not developed symptoms yet (eyes, kidneys, heart, pancreas). You are more likely to develop full-blown diabetes within 2 to 10 years. [Mayo Clinic]
Posted September 6, 2015: by Bill Sardi
This may be the high mark among the 100-plus scientific papers and book chapters that Honorary Professor of Medicine & Surgery STIG BENGMARK, MD, PhD, (Lund University in Sweden) has ever written. His most recent written work is published in the August 2015 edition of the journal Hepatobiliary Surgery & Nutrition, August 2015.
Posted March 6, 2015: by Bill Sardi
After decades of misdirection, elevated levels of circulating cholesterol are no longer considered a significant cause of coronary artery disease though there are many cardiologists who are not ready to concede that point. [Applied Physiology Nutrition Metabolism Dec 2014] A recent study of 7000 subjects published in the European Heart Journal did not find that cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. [European Heart Journal Sept 1, 2014]
If elevated cholesterol is not a marker for arterial narrowing, then what is it a marker of?
Posted August 23, 2014: by Bill Sardi
A noted overseas physician writes in The Lancet, a British medical journal, to ask: “Why are there no good treatments for diabetic neuropathy?” (Neuropathy involves symptoms of numbness, tingling and pain from inflammation and nerve damage.) [The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology August 2014] Diabetics frequently experience neuropathy in their peripheral nerves (legs, arms), their retina (retinopathy) and kidneys (nephropathy).
The overseas physician’s point of view is believed to represent the typical ignorance or ambivalence towards dietary supplements that have been shown to prevent and treat diabetic neuropathy.
Posted April 30, 2014: by Bill Sardi
A recent study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology reveals the placement of patients with heart disease and accompanying diabetes on four different drugs (beta blockers to slow the heart, aspirin as a blood thinner, renin angiotensin blockers/ACE inhibitors captopril, enalapril, lisinoprilto control blood pressure; and statin cholesterol-lowering drugs) appears to be an abject failure.
In only 20% of the patients did the combination of these drugs adequately control blood pressure; in only 22% of the patients with diabetes were these drugs effective in controlling their long-term blood sugar levels (hemoglobin A1c); and in only 53% of the patients did these drugs bring down LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol to target levels. [European Journal Preventive Medicine April 1, 2014] – ©2014 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.
Posted September 19, 2013: by Bill Sardi
A nutraceutical company in Italy has sponsored a successful study of INOSIDEX, its combination inositol + lipoic acid product, that produced a dramatic reduction in insulin resistance (inability of insulin to enter cells and produce cell energy) and reduced blood serum insulin levels among postmenopausal women with metabolic syndrome (diabesity).
Probably for proprietary reasons the doses of these two nutrients, which are available as dietary supplements in the USA, are not disclosed in the published study. However, a prior study employed 2 grams (2000 milligrams) of inositol in a similar group of females. Generally, lipoic acid is used in doses of 100-600 mg by diabetics.
Posted June 20, 2013: by Bill Sardi
In 2008 tagatose was declared a “new anti-diabetic and obesity control drug.” It was said to be in Phase 3 of a human clinical trial to address “the rapidly growing epidemic of type 2 (adult onset) diabetes.
The report said tagatose was initially developed by a company as a low calorie sugar substitute. It is sweet, but only 20% of orally ingested tagatose is fully metabolized, following a metabolic pathway similar to fructose.
Tagatose has gained FDA status as “generally regarded as safe (GRAS) which permits it to be used in foods and beverages. The report says “a 14-month trial confirms its potential for treating type 2 diabetes, and tagatose showed promise for inducing weight loss” as well. Tagatose was also identified as an antioxidant and prebiotic (favors good bacteria in the digestive tract).
Posted June 15, 2013: by Bill Sardi
Childhood (Type 1) diabetes is becoming more prevalent. There has to be a cause, yet for inexplicable reasons the obvious is not considered.
A report published in The Daily Mail (UK) says Type 1 diabetes appears to be spread by an infectious agent, which is a correct statement, but then goes on to quote investigators who point to “an infectious agent carried by a wild animal.” Wild animals? It is children in more advanced countries, not kids living in remote less civilized areas that come down with diabetes.
A report published late in 2012 in Scientific American said: “For reasons completely mysterious… the incidence of Type 1 diabetes has been increasing throughout the globe at rates that range from 3 to 5 percent per year.” The report goes on to say: “The search for a culprit resembles the next-to-last scene in an Agatha Christie mystery – the one in which the detective explains which of the many suspects could not possibly have committed the crime.”
Posted September 11, 2012: by Bill Sardi
Adult-onset diabetes is treated by a variety of drugs: an old standby, chlorpropamide (Diabinese), stimulates the pancreas to release more insulin. Newer drugs that perform the same function as Diabinese are exenatide (Byetta), glipizide (Glucotrol and Glucotrol XL), glyburide (Micronase, Glynase, and Diabeta), glimepiride (Amaryl), repaglinide (Prandin) and nateglinide (Starlix), but may not work any better than chlorpropamide. Then there are drugs that inhibit insulin resistance, such as Rosiglitazone (Avandia), pioglitazone (ACTOS), and metformin (Glucophage). Other anti-diabetic drugs like Acarbose (Precose) and meglitol (Glyset) help the body to lower blood sugar levels by blocking the breakdown of starches in the intestine. You would get the impression that diabetes is a drug deficiency rather than a diet-related/age-related disease.
Exactly what causes blood sugar levels to rise in middle-age? Researchers have known that answer to that question since 1994 – the accumulation of iron in the body. And it has been demonstrated numerous times that depletion of iron stores, as measured by the amount of an iron storage protein called ferritin, will produce long-term resolution of diabetes. Repeated blood donation can also accomplish this (a unit of blood contains about 250 milligrams of iron). Blood-letting combined with a natural iron chelator (key-lay-tor) like IP6 rice bran extract may eliminate the need to take drugs altogether. View the entire text of the recent report here.