Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Diabetes Sugar Destroyer – Gymnema Sylvestre

I hope that you had a great October. Are you ever amazed at how time passes so fast?  Have you ever said to yourself “ah I will start my program tomorrow” or “I will get started next week” or “when the first of the month arrives I will start fresh”

If you have ever said some of these things to yourself I encourage you to be strong and make a commitment to yourself and take control of your health.

Today I want to share with you about another natural ingredient known as The Diabetes Sugar Destroyer. This ingredient improves the effectiveness of insulin, but it also does something really amazing – ***It may actually rejuvenate a non-working pancreas!***


I am talking about Gymnema Sylvestre.

Gymnema sylvestre is originally an Indian vine widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is also found in Northern Africa. It is grown commercially in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.

Also called “the sugar destroyer,” gymnema can temporarily block the ability to taste sugar when applied to the tongue!

Used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, this herb (taken internally) controls blood sugar levels, reduces blood glucose, and increases insulin production.

In one study of 22 patients with Type 2 diabetes, all had improved blood sugar control, and all but one were able to cut their drug intake after supplementing with Gymnema Extract.

If that is not enough, here are a few more benefits of Gymnema;

– Reduces or removes the sense taste of sweetness for several hours
– Reduces the absorption of glucose into the blood stream
– Increases insulin production by the pancreas – by repairing tissue
– Reduces blood levels of triglycerides and cholesterol

Gymnema is a remarkable herb which can be a huge benefit both to those who truly want to cut down their consumption of sweet foods and lower their blood sugar.

Gymnema Sylvestre should be an essential part of your diet, remember these results have been proven over time and have helped my family, friends and many others reverse their diabetes.

Take action today, and don’t become just another statistic.

From my family to yours… take care.

Try Gymnema green Tea for diabetics- no caffeine

Biotin and Diabetes

Today I would like to talk to you about a nutrient that is significant when it comes to blood sugar control. It is essential for diabetics to avoid to many foods that disrupt blood sugar levels and keep the body even keel so to speak.

However, in addition to eating a low Glycemic Index diet, it is also important to supplement with certain nutrients that help the body keep blood sugar levels in check. The supplement known to participate in the body processes that control blood sugar levels is Biotin (one of the B-group vitamins)



In several studies, Biotin supplementation has been shown to enhance the performance of insulin, the hormone that plays a critical role in helping your body incorporate blood sugar. The supplements can also increase the activity of an enzyme, glucokinase, which the liver uses early in the process of utilizing blood sugar.

 Here are a few more benefits of Biotin;

 * It plays a crucial role in energy metabolism. Biotin acts as a coenzyme and carries carbon dioxide. It also plays a role in fat synthesis, amino acid metabolism and glycogen synthesis.

 * Benefits people with diabetes by helping to break down carbohydrates and lower blood sugar levels.

 * Weight loss may be another Biotin benefit, as the vitamin is essential in the conversion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins to energy.

 * Helps the body use protein, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B12.

 * Biotin is also involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids and fats. Biotin is also essential in the formation of fatty acids and glucose.  

 If you are not including this nutrient in your diet you should be, you can get the daily dosage you need in in a number of supplements.

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When to See a Doctor for Your Acne

When to See a Doctor for Your Acne – Skin Care – StumbleUpon.

Most people treat acne with any of the multitude of over-the-counter products, after all, you have been told that acne is a temporary condition, something teens just have to put up with, or that with proper care at home, it should go away on its own. But that isn’t always the case. If you are using over-the-counter products and your acne hasn’t cleared up or continues to worsen, it may be time to see a dermatologist.

If any of the following pertain to you, it may be beneficial to schedule a visit with a dermatologist:

You are shy or embarrassed because of your acne. You may avoid social outings or stay away from friends because of acne. According to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, those with acne can have social, psychological and emotional problems. If you are feeling depressed or embarrassed, talk with your doctor.


You have been using over-the-counter acne treatments but they aren’t working or have stopped working. If your acne has persisted for more than four to six weeks despite using over-the-counter treatments, talk with a dermatologist about stronger, prescription strength medications.

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Your acne leaves scars after the pimple has gone away. Cystic acne often require the help of a dermatologist. Cystic acne are painful, red, inflamed pimples which may leave a scar. For dark-skinned people, a spot darker than your skin may appear after the pimple is gone. Popping the pimple may cause even more scarring and permanent skin damage. Over-the-counter treatments often don’t help this type of acne. A dermatologist can help by giving you medication that is right for your type of acne and which can help reduce scarring.

What Does a Dermatologist Do?

A dermatologist will look at your blemishes to determine whether you are dealing with acne or another skin condition – Rosacea and keratosis pilaris are both mistaken for acne. The doctor will also ask you questions to better understand your skin condition, such as:

How long you have had acne
What you have done to treat it
Whether there is a family history of acne

Your dermatologist may prescribe medication. This may be antibiotics – either orally or topical – to help kill bacteria, or other topical treatments. For more severe acne, the doctor may recommend removal of whiteheads and blackheads or draining cysts.

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Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist

No matter which treatment your dermatologist suggests, he can also provide you with information to help you care for your acne at home. Be prepared to ask questions so you understand the treatment and what to expect. You may want to ask:

What treatment do you recommend and why? What are the side effects of this treatment?
How soon should I see results from the treatment? How long will I be on this treatment?
How can I care for my skin at home? Is there a skin cleaner I should be using? Should I make changes in my diet?
Can I use make-up and, if so, what type of make-up is best?
Can I take steps to prevent or reduce scarring?

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Your dermatologist can be a great source of information and can help you find ways to control and manage your acne. You will probably be asked to come back for follow-up visits. Be sure to follow all treatments and attend any follow-up visits to avoid your acne returning.

Fibromyalgia: Could gluten and wheat intolerances be part of the problem?

By Kristin Thorson, Founder of Fibro Network

Five years ago I was diagnosed with celiac disease (allergy to wheat and gluten – it goes by many names but it is a common ingredient in most foods). The doctor gave me a five page list of foods/ingredients to avoid, which seemed to be just about everything in the grocery store. I went most of the day on an empty stomach and developed severe grastritis. The doctor prescribed the PPI drug Prilosec, but it is loaded with gluten! So I ditched the doctor and went to a nutritionist. She was great.


A drug-free way to clear up my gastritis and acid reflux was:

  • Eat a third of a cup (or less) of plain applesauce 2-3 times a day to neutralize stomach acids. It may not work for everyone, but it helped me and I still eat 3 spoonfuls before going to bed at night because acid reflux is worst when one is laying down and it interferes with sleep.
  • Sip milk (fat-free or rice or soy) throughout the day. I was lucky that I do not have a milk allergy, but the substitutes will work as well.

It is not easy sticking to a wheat/gluten free diet, but the nutritionist helped me identify foods I could eat. I only had to go to her for two visits and a follow-up phone consultation. It was the best $90 I ever spent.


Also, a couple years ago, Fibromyalgia Network wrote an article on how to go about identifying the foods that set off your symptoms with the aid of an elimination diet. Many fibro patients wrote to us to say that tomatoes really flared their fibro. Another thing to consider: tomato sauces are often placed over pasta, which is loaded with wheat/gluten. However, you can purchase rice-based or corn-based pasta that is wheat/gluten free to determine if you have an allergy to the tomato sauce or wheat/gluten.
See All Gluten Free Foods Here

There are two bonuses to having celiac (got to think positive!):

  • The corn-based pasta is fantastic tasting and does not turn to mush if it is cooked a couple of minutes too long.
  • Most all wheat/gluten free products do not have preservatives in them so it forced me to eliminate most chemicals from my diet.

If you have celiac disease, ask your local grocery stores if they have a list of products that are wheat/gluten free. I am amazed at how many stores are becoming aware of this disease and will hand you a list of celiac-friendly products. Things have improved during the past five years!

See All Gluten Free Foods Here

Source: Fibromyalgia Network

Control Your Diabetes With Natural Foods

Diabetes has no known cure, but there are many ways to control the disease and prevent the symptoms form interfering with daily life. One major way to help control diabetes is through a healthy diet. It is common knowledge that diabetics need to be careful around sugar and carbs, but what foods will actually help control the disease? Here are some natural dietary supplements that control diabetes.

Bitter Melon

Bitter melon can do wonders for the metabolism. You can make your own juice from melons at the supermarket, or buy bitter melon juice at Asian food markets. Bitter melon is actually a type of squash, and it is usually found in Asia. It is also known as bitter gourd or bitter squash. The flesh is rather bitter (hence the name), so it is good to mix in other fruits to make a smoothie or maybe ad some low-sugar dressing to the juice. It can also be served with yogurt, or even curried.
For more bitter melon recipes, click here.



Unsweetened oatmeal, although it is a carbohydrate, can help control blood sugar. It is slower to digest than simple white bread and is high in soluble fiber. Due to the slower digestion rate, oatmeal is a steadier source of energy than bread and can help us feel full for longer. It is a great addition to the diet of anyone looking to lose weight, which is a major risk factor for diabetes. Barley can also give the body the same benefits as oats, and can be paired with a more savory dish. Whole grains are a great choice for diabetics.


If you crave something sweet, strawberries are a perfect snack. A cup of strawberries will not alter blood sugar and are a much better option than a cookie or candy bar. They are low in calories and carbohydrates, and chock full of fiber and water. Like oatmeal, strawberries (and most other berries) will keep you feeling full for longer.

Sparkling Water With Lemon Juice

Soda is one of the worst things for a person with diabetes (and anyone else, for that matter). Sugary sodas put insulin levels in the danger zone, and even sugar-free sodas have been shown to alter the metabolism in a negative way. Sugar-free sparkling waters are a great replacement if you crave something sweet and fizzy. For a bit of extra flavor, try adding lemon juice, or a sweeter fruit juice like strawberry or pineapple juice (with no added sugar). Some sparkling waters are pre-flavored and low in calories.


Ever heard of the cinnamon challenge? We don’t advise that you try it, but adding a bit of cinnamon to your diet can help reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Research has proven that cinnamon extract is especially beneficial for patients who have trouble controlling blood sugar. There has been little research on the benefits of cinnamon, but many doctors recommend you sprinkle a little bit onto your cereal.


If you accidentally over-indulged in carbohydrates during a meal, there is evidence that vinegar may lower your blood sugar levels back to a relatively safe area. The acids in vinegar slow down gastric emptying, which means a slower absorption of nutrients, and a slower rise in blood sugar levels.


While you should keep your coffee intake at 2 cups or less per day, there is evidence that people who drink coffee regularly are 34% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-coffee drinkers. However, too much coffee has been associated in an increased risk for heart disease. As long as you keep it controlled, a bit of coffee every day is a good thing.



Prostate Cancer and the Gleason Score

Determining the extent of prostate cancer is important for predicting the course of the disease and in choosing the best treatment. Results from the digital rectal exam, PSA tests and prostate biopsy give the urologist a good idea of whether the cancer is confined to the prostate or has spread outside the gland.

The pathologist’s examination of the biopsy specimen is crucial. After studying the characteristics of the tumor, the pathologist assigns a Gleason score to the cancer. The Gleason score is the most important factor in predicting the current state of the prostate cancer and the success of any treatment. This Gleason score is based on tumor grade, which is an indication of the tumor’s aggressiveness. The tumor grade reflects how far the cancer cells deviate from normal, healthy cells.


Normal prostate epithelial cells form highly organized glands, with well-defined borders. Cancer cells, in contrast, display various degrees of disorganization and distortion. Cancers whose cells appear closest to normal are considered grade 3 and generally are the least aggressive; those with highly irregular, disorganized features are classified as grade 4 or 5 and generally are the most aggressive.

The Gleason score is derived by determining the two most prevalent organizational patterns in the tumor, assigning each a grade, and then adding the two numbers together. For example, if the most common pattern — the primary grade — is 3 and the next most common pattern — the secondary grade — is 4, the Gleason score would be 7 or 3+4. But if the primary grade is 4 and the secondary grade is 3, the Gleason score would be 4+3, and this would be considered to be more aggressive. In other words, the primary grade carries more weight than the secondary pattern in determining the aggressiveness of the cancer.

Most doctors classify a Gleason score of 6 as a low-grade tumor, a Gleason score of 7 as intermediate, and Gleason scores of 8, 9 and 10 as high grade. Gleason scores of 8 to 10 are associated with the least favorable outlook.

You Can Beat Prostate Cancer: And You Don’t Need Surgery to Do It

Source: Johns Hopkins Health Alerts

This massive cookbook is packed with tasty, diabetic-friendly recipes the whole family will love.
Recipes cover ever meal of the day and offer enough variety to satisfy any craving—from sausage pizza to strawberry pie. It's loaded with nutrition information, menu-planning advice, cooking tips, carb exchanges, and virtually everything else you need to cook and eat right for diabetes. Enjoy!

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