The International Journal of Case Reports and Images reports the above case.  I found this talked about on a popular diet site and was surprised yet again at the bizarre debate that the article incited.  

I certainly agree that diabetes is a very dangerous condition (I don't call it a disease, I call it a condition... to me you catch a disease like Malaria, you develop or are born with a condition like diabetes).  The ignorance that would lead someone to argue against eating less carbohydrate to positively impact your Hba1c as a diabetic still surprises me.  In the comments surrounding that article someone actually said that by putting this 9 year old child on a Paleolithic ketogenic diet you were depriving him of a normal childhood involving occasional sweet treats since that's what defines happiness and normalcy for a child.  LOOK at the pictures of this child before and after.  
The drug companies and a health care business that profits from this condition may be able to find a logic that would argue against this approach to treat/cure/prevent diabetes, but I cannot.
 

Red Meat

11/01/2015

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If you're a "foodie" or maybe even if you aren't, you've heard the news recently about red meat and processed meats and the World Health Organization classifying them as cancer causing or likely cancer causing.  As to processed meats I certainly won't dispute that processed anything is not good for you in general and the additives to most processed meats to cure and preserve have been known to be harmful for a long time.  I stopped eating cold cuts and cured bacon a long time ago (although I still love ham from time to time).  


The leap to causality as to red meat however had me puzzling.  I want to know so much more about the studies and methodology used to determine this because the stew below that I threw into the crock pot this morning (grass fed organic beef, home grown brussel sprouts, home grown carrots, home grown kale, bone broth and tomatoes) as a once a week meal is a far cry from a diet including grilled or fried burgers and steaks eaten with french fries or mashed potatoes and gravy.  
All of the moral posturing aside regarding whether I am contributing to animal suffering, you would be hard pressed to convince me that eating uncured bacon, uncured pork sausage (which I crumble onto the butternut squash, apple and cranberry casserole below), or grass fed, organic ground beef in a meat sauce over sauteed organic veggies on a weekly basis increases my risk of colon cancer.  Possibly if I didn't ever eat foods rich in probiotics, fed by the pre-biotic nutria they need.  Possibly if I diminished the quantities I took in of the meals shown by eating a couple of slices of Italian bread with each or following up with a huge dessert of chocolate cake with frosting on a regular basis.  
It kind of sickens me the way the media portrays this type of news and the simplified ways in which it is analyzed.  Or maybe it is the lack of analysis.  Americans ingest and expose themselves to so much food and other substances which sicken them or have the potential to sicken them and very little is ever said about it in the mainstream. It's unfortunate that the takeaway from this bit of news will likely lead some to seek out a meal of pasta and Ragu or simply that bowl of cereal so many turn to as a quick meal to avoid the health risks of real food. 
 
 
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This article on the Daily Beast scares the crap out of me.  It's not really news, since it's been going on for a very long time, but it's a very frightening prospect to think about the truth that underlies our health care system, the suspect nature of medical studies and how they are disseminated to both health care professionals and the public, the mafia like corruption of the drug industry, the power and insidious danger of direct drug marketing on television, etc. 

When some say that the medical field should not be a "for profit" field, they use the logic that if the health care/drug industries weren't capitalist entities that we wouldn't have the medical advances that we have, that advancement would be stifled, that we would lose out.  I wholeheartedly disagree that what we have seen in the medical industry over the last 30 to 50 years have been advancements.  Advancement for me would be to go back to the old logic that what you put into and on and around our bodies matters.  If we all got that, we wouldn't need too much further "advancement."  If Doctors and researchers were motivated by the incentive of wellness and not the incentive of $$ 




 
 
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Believe it?  You know you want to.  The news is all over social media how a science journalist had the media eating out of his hands so to speak.  He promoted a faulty study in a pay for play publication that linked eating chocolate with losing weight.  Not a causal link, just a link.  All sorts of media outlets picked it up and ran with it, never looking at the study itself, checking other sources to see if it was valid or anything of the sort.  He did it to make a point.  

"Diet science, the journalist stresses, is still science – and reporters need to know how to cover it. "You have to know how to read a scientific paper — and actually bother to do it," he writes. "For far too long, the people who cover this beat have treated it like gossip, echoing whatever they find in press releases. Hopefully our little experiment will make reporters and readers alike more skeptical."

The above is from the article on this on NPR.  

This happens all the time.  The other morning my local news ran a 60 second bit on how some study showed that eating cereal can help prevent type II diabetes.  I very nearly threw something at the TV.  Are you freaking kidding me?  The reasoning was that eating more fiber is associated with less incidence of type II diabetes and since breakfast cereal has a couple of grams of fiber and that is the biggest source of fiber in many American's diets (there's a telling sign right there), that eating breakfast cereal must protect you from getting diabetes.  These people need to take a class in Logic.  Eating a bowl of cereal (20 to 50 grams of carbs) with a 1/2 cup of milk (5 more grams of carbs) as your morning meal will not, I repeat will not, protect you in any way from getting diabetes.  

 
 
There is a new study out which links the high glucose levels present with diabetes or pre-diabetes and the formation or acceleration of formation of the plaques in the brains of those with Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia.  I have been saying for a while that diet definitely plays a role in the increase in Dementia we are seeing.  Raise your hand if you know someone suffering from Alzheimers.  Ask someone over 75 if they remember it being like this when they were young.  


Ok then.

 
 
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Have you ever heard of Tim Noakes?  I never heard of him until today. He is a professor and author in South Africa and very active in the LCHF (low carb high fat) movement there.  Apparently, he caught the attention of the council of dietetics (HPCSA) in his country who took exception to his speaking out to a mother on Twitter, that she should wean her child onto real foods naturally low in carbohydrate and high in natural fats rather than starting her child on processed grain cereals.  He must appear before the HPCSA to explain himself.  So the community of people who promote the lifestyle/diet that I do (for the most part anyway) has come out to support him. There is a petition to sign (which I did) in support.  

It continues to astound me that the medical establishment, the media, and big food business can pipe poisonous messages into our homes, supermarkets, magazines, billboards, etc. and maybe because they have money and lobbyists and their own rigged science, they never have to justify themselves.  

If you don't believe that LCHF is the healthy way to go, ok, don't do it, but people have to have the freedom to dispute the establishment's message.  And don't think that this can't happen here in the US, because it can and it has. Back in 2012 this man was "attacked" by the ADA for promoting low carbohydrate dietary restrictions for diabetics.  Luckily, he is still speaking out like other more prominent voices in this country.  So am I.


 
 
This project looks so exciting.  I am sorry that Max Lugavere has had to have a personal tragedy in his life to spur him on, but I can't say how happy it makes me that there are people out there who are driven to spread the message and the knowledge people need to avoid the most common and damaging health problems of our time. I contributed to the Kickstarter campaign for this project and so should you!  
 
 
I was on my way into work the other morning listening to NPR and heard this story.  The new thinking they talk about has been around a while but seems to be gaining ground in the mainstream.  Interesting point in the story is where they talk about whether the American Heart Association is buying into the rethinking and, of course, they are not  Rethinking always involves going back and admitting that, for whatever reason, you may have thought wrongly in the first place.  Tough to admit sometimes, especially if you have very publicly disseminated the thoughts. 


 I go back frequently on this site and re-vamp the info I have here based on my research and rethinking.  It's called learning, growing, progressing and it's good.  
 
 
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This is a dinner menu from a large urban hospital with a great reputation.  This meal was given to a diabetic who relies on an insulin pump who was being treated with intravenous steroids for a medical condition.  For those of you who don't know, intravenous steroids wreak havoc on blood glucose levels, making them skyrocket in unpredictable ways.  This is a huge challenge to a diabetic.  

Artificial insulin delivery is reactive.  The more glucose in the blood the more inflammation in the body and the more insulin one has to use to correct.  Insulin removes glucose from the blood but not the damage of the higher blood sugar and greater risk of heart disease, brain disease and other complications.  

So getting back to that dinner menu... the numbers in parentheses are the carbohydrate grams.  Every gram of carbohydrate raises blood sugar by a certain amount, the more grams, the more glucose.  This particular diabetic tries to keep carbohydrates to a minimum, no more than 15 or 20 grams in a meal.  My calculation on this meal is 69 and you can then toss in dessert at 21 grams for a grand total of 90.  

In their defense, hospital personnel said she could request a meal with a given carb count and they would comply, but that just points out to me that the hospital doesn't realize the important role food plays in wellness.  The menu should be part and parcel of the treatment.  Instead, it's an afterthought.  

 
 
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To make the blackberry muffins: 


  • Puree 1 cup of fresh blackberries (I have used frozen as well)
  • Add 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • Add 1 tsp. baking soda 
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • Add 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • Add 5 eggs (organic of course)
  • Add 1/4 cup of coconut oil or butter
  • Sweeten to taste with the no carb sweetener of your choice (I use erythritol or Nu-Stevia.
  • I add 3 60% cacao chocolate chips to the top
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes

These come out to less than 3 carbs per muffin if serving 12.  

To make the pumpkin muffins, switch fresh pumpkin for the blackberries and add pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon.  With this basic recipe, the flavor possibilities are endless!  

 

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    My name is Stephanie.  I'm over 50 years old and I want the years to come in my life to be the best ones yet!  I'm here to spread the word, to clue people in and turn people on to truth about how a healthy diet can impact their life and health.  

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