Living Healthy

Nutritional Strategies for Bone HealthThis is an article published by the National Institute of Health (NIH) about the documented results of taking Vitamin K2 and magnesium to remove calcium from arteries and deposit that calcium into bones.  The goal is to achieve flexible arteries and strong, hard bones.

Changing Your Diet Can Starve Cancer.  

This is an article that describes how a ketogenic diet combined with 3-bromopyruvate (3-BP) can kill cancer cells without the collateral damage done by chemotherapy and radiation.   The references that were used to generate this article are included.

Sixth grader’s science project documents Truvia™ as a potential insecticide

Erythritol is the major ingredient in the artificial sweetener Truvia™.  In an article released by Drexel University on  June 4, 2014, it was revealed that scientists at Rutgers University have discovered that Truvia results in early death and significant motor impairment of fruit flies.  The announcement of the study was titled You can catch (and kill) more flies with this sweetener.

Sean O’Donnell, Ph.D., a professor of biology and biodiversity, earth and environmental science in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, was a senior author of the paper. O’Donnell had this to say regarding the experiment.

“Erythritol, the main component of the sweetener Truvia®, was toxic to Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies in a dose-dependent manner in the Drexel team’s study, published in PLOS ONE. The flies consumed erythritol when sugar was available and even seemed to prefer it. No other sweeteners tested had these toxic effects.”

The major ingredient in Truvia is erythritol, a sugar alcohol.  The other ingredient is stevia, and stevia had no impact on the life or motor functions of the fruit flies.

This discovery was started by a sixth-grade science project by Simon Kaschock-Marenda, who is now in the ninth grade at the time this article was written.  Kaschock-Marenda is listed as a co-author of the paper.  Kaschock-Marenda was curious that his parents had switched from sugar to sweeteners.  He asked his father, Dr. Daniel Marenda, who teaches biology at Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences if could do an experiment on the effects of sugar as a science fair project.

Kaschock-Marenda and Marenda bought several sugar substitutes and types of sugar and set up an experiment using fruit flies.  After a few days, Kaschock-Marenda reported to his father that all of the fruit flies that had consumed Truvia were dead.   Marenda insisted that his son repeat his experiment with Truvia in one of Drexel’s laboratories under controlled conditions.  The fruit flies still died.

One of the conclusions from the report quoted this impact on the fruit flies from erythritol versus other sweeteners.

“Flies raised on food containing Truvia® lived for only 5.8 days on average, compared to 38.6 to 50.6 days for flies raised on control and experimental foods without Truvia®.  Flies raised on food containing Truvia® also showed noticeable motor impairments prior to their deaths.  Indeed what we found is that the main component of Truvia®, the sugar erythritol, appears to have pretty potent insecticidal activity in our flies,” Marenda said.

– See more at http://drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2014/June/Researchers-Find-Sweetener-is-Safe-Insecticide/#sthash.o4u69xlo.dpuf

The research team is seeking a patent on the use of erythritol as an insecticide.  Their claim is based upon their research results.  Erythritol is approved as a food additive and the FDA found no problems when erythritol was supplied to humans.

http://drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2014/June/Researchers-Find-Sweetener-is-Safe-Insecticide/

Based upon the original science fair project, erythritol caused motor impairment in the fruit flies.  This might lead to a cautionary approach in applying it as an insecticide and initiate continued studies of the long-term effects of erythritol on the human nervous system.

At this point, pure stevia appears to be the safest alternative sweetener.  There are major concerns about the breakdown product of aspartame (Equal™)  and sucralose (Splenda™).  This report on Truvia™ does not lead to additional confidence as a food additive if you consider that fruit flies are widely used in neurological research.  The motor function impairment is a potentially serious issue.

Read more: http://www.sciencerecorder.com/news/sugar-substitute-kills-flies-say-researchers/#ixzz33loUzR25

Drinking Sugary Drinks Is a Sweet Way to Die

The data on deaths related to drinking high sugar beverages were collected as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study.  Researchers talked with experts across the globe to obtain 114 national dietary surveys, covering more than 60% of the world population.  The study was publically released today, March 20, 2013, in a presentation to the American Heart Association session on disease prevention.

Of the estimated 184,000 adult deaths worldwide associated with sugar-sweetened soda, sports drinks, and fruit drinks, the causes included 132,000 from diabetes, 45,000 from cardiovascular disease, and 4,600 from cancers, according to Gitanjali Singh, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues.  This seems to be an extremely low number, but the correlation of world soda pop consumption to diabetes and obesity hasn’t been a priority.

Obesity is directly related to sugary drinks as well as an imbalance in nutrition as sugary drinks are substituted for healthier foods.  Sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are the primary constituents in soft drinks. The corn producers have been arguing that sugar is sugar so we can include HFCS in with cane and beet sugars as culprits in the obesity link.

It has been shown that drinking sugary drinks does not trigger the brain to indicate that calories have been consumed.  People stay hungry when drinking Coke, Pepsi and other sugary drinks.  They drink empty calories and then eat other foods until they trigger a reaction in the brain.

Mexico has the highest death rate per million due to sugary drinks.  They produce and use a great amount of sugar in their drinks, and their death rate is highest due to diabetes.  The study attributed 318 deaths per million to sugary drinks.  The Caribbean islands also have a high consumption rate for sugary drinks, and a high level of diabetes.

Countries that have low consumption rates of sugary drinks, e.g. China and Japan, have lower incidences of diabetes and obesity.  Japan had an attributed level of 10 deaths per million due to sugary drinks.

The American Heart Association is recommending no more than 450 calories from sugar per week for persons on a 2,000 calorie per day diet.  There is no doubt that people that are diabetic or obese are at a much higher risk for heart disease and strokes.

All of the sugary drinks contain some form of acid.  Phosphoric acid is added as a flavor enhancer.  Carbonic acid is the result of putting carbon dioxide into the water to give it fizz.  Citric acid is a flavor enhancer.  Both phosphoric acid and citric acid kill mold, which would otherwise occur due to the high sugar content.  The kidneys take the brunt of the damage from these acids as they filter out these water soluble acids and excrete them in the urine.

When Michael Bloomberg was mayor of New York City, he tried to protect New Yorkers that drink soda to limiting the size to 16 ounces.  A judge ruled that people have a right to kill themselves using sugary drinks.  It is a sweet way to die.

The data on deaths related to drinking high sugar beverages were collected as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study.  Researchers talked with experts across the globe to obtain 114 national dietary surveys, covering more than 60% of the world population.  

DEA drug classifications for Schedule I and Schedule II drugs are seriously flawed

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies drugs into five categories.  There are the formal definitions for Schedule I and Schedule II drugs.  There have been attempts to move marijuana from Schedule I to the Schedule II classification.  The Schedule I drugs are primarily hallucinogens.  Marijuana should never have been placed in Schedule I according to the DEA’s classification definitions.

http://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml

The only drugs listed in Schedule I that actually meets the Schedule I definitions are heroin and methaqualone.  The other drugs in Schedule I are not addicting, do not lead to psychological or chemical dependence and do not cause death through an overdose.   The Schedule I drugs are mostly hallucinogens, with some used ritually for thousands of years.

Heroin does have potential medical uses, and it does cause death.  It is joined by the Schedule II drugs, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), and fentanyl.  The increased focus on prescription opioids has reduced deaths from these drugs as the deaths from heroin doubled in two years.

Schedule I

“Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:

heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA – ecstasy, methaqualone (Quaaludes), and peyote

Schedule II

“Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, less abuse potential than Schedule I drugs, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are:

cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin

The DEA classifications make absolutely no sense based upon the drug effects on health of the users.  The Schedule I and Schedule II drugs should be inverted, with heroin staying in Schedule I.  It is obvious that the DEA classifiers are highly biased against hallucinogens.  To have marijuana as a Schedule I drug and all of the amphetamine (speed) drugs and opiates and opiate derivatives in Schedule II cannot be justified based upon the above definitions for classification.

With the exception of heroin, and methaqualone, current Schedule I drugs do not lead to addiction or death as normally used.  Marijuana does not meet the clinical classification of an addicting drug.  The hallucinogenic drugs do not meet the DEA’s own definitions of being dangerous and highly addicting

Heroin deaths have surged as pressure to control the Schedule II opioid drugs has been increased.  Governor John Kasich (R-OH) has taken pride in shutting down the pill mills in Ohio.  Unfortunately the deaths from heroin have now spread to Ohio small towns like Marion, Lancaster, Mount Vernon and Portsmouth.

The overall experience in increased overdoses is summarized in an article by Brandy Zadrozny in the Daily Beast on Oct. 2, 2014 titled Heroin Overdoses Double in Two Years.  The increased efforts to reduce the use of the Schedule II opioids have led to doubling the Schedule I heroin overdoses.  Most addicts start on the Schedule II opioids and then progress to heroin.  The relationship of heroin and opioid overdoses as described by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) links higher opioid prices to more heroin deaths.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/02/heroin-overdoses-double-in-two-years.html

Around three-quarters of addicts get started on opioids through prescription drugs, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry this year. Users said they turned to heroin not only because it produced a similar high but because it was cheaper and more readily available.

Until the DEA changes its classifications, hallucinogens and marijuana have federal mandatory prison sentences that can exceed those for cocaine and methamphetamines.  The drugs listed in Schedule I and Schedule II need to be reevaluated and reclassified based upon their true impact on the health of users and the potential risk for overdoses and addiction.

Getting marijuana reclassified to Schedule II would be a positive step in putting the enforcement effort on addicting and deadly drugs.  Getting the current Schedule II drugs classified into Schedule I puts the proper priority on these drugs for resources for education and rehabilitation.  The focus of Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General currently in office, is to prosecute those producing or using marijuana.

With Tom Price now out the door, Jeff Sessions has lost an ally in the fight to keep marijuana as a Schedule I drug.  It is time to e-mail, call or write your senators and representative to get the revision of the Schedule I and Schedule II classifications.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies drugs into five categories.  There are the formal definitions for Schedule I and Schedule II drugs.  There have been attempts to move marijuana from Schedule I to the Schedule II classification.  The Schedule I drugs are primarily hallucinogens.  Marijuana should never have been placed in Schedule I according to … DEA drug classifications for Schedule I and Schedule II drugs are seriously flawed

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All Sweeteners Are Not Created Equal

People that are trying to become healthier or those that are obese or overweight often turn to diet drinks as a substitute for sugary drinks.  Artificial sweeteners are usually a better choice than high fructose corn syrup, but not that much better.

Sugar is the oldest sweetener.  Sugar was once used like salt and other spices. Making sugar the main ingredient in processed foods rapidly increased after WWII as processed foods became an increasing part of our diets.  Sugar has become an addiction, and the rate of incidence of diabetes has proved the adverse effects of overconsumption of sugar and other carbohydrates.

There are many sources of sugar.  Traditionally sugar came from sugar cane.  Today, a large amount of sugar comes from corn as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and from sugar beets.  A majority of corn and sugar beets are genetically engineered, which does not impact their caloric value and glycemic index, but does pose a potential carcinogenic threat through residual glyphosate or other pesticides.

There are two sugars that deserve some clarification and show that glycemic index is not the sole variable in choosing a sweetener.

Agave syrup has a very low glycemic index.  It does not raise blood sugar.  It has fiber that has it pass through the stomach and then is absorbed in the small intestines.  The agave syrup is metabolized in the liver and turned into fat, which is known as cholesterol at that point in the cycle.

Dr. Ingrid Kohlstadt, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition and an associate faculty member at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health has this to say about agave syrup:

“Agave is almost all fructose, a highly processed sugar with great marketing.”

Coconut palm sugar has about the same calorie count as refined sugar.  It is a little healthier because it does contain B vitamins and some useful trace minerals, e.g. iron, calcium.  These B vitamins are in small amounts that would require eating way too much coconut sugar to get to meaningful quantities of the vitamins and minerals.

The glycemic index shows a rating of 1 to 100.  Pure stevia has a GI of 1.  Pure glucose has a GI of 100.  High fructose corn syrup has a GI of 87.  White sugar (sucrose) has a GI of 80.  Corn syrup has a GI of 75 and Turbinado (raw sugar) has a GI of 55.

With processed foods, juices, sports drinks and soft drinks, high fructose corn syrup is often the major ingredient.  HFCS has no major nutritional value beyond providing calories.

The Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University has this to say about diets with high glycemic index foods such as HFCS.

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/foods/grains/gigl.html

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

After a high-glycemic load meal, blood glucose levels rise more rapidly and insulin demand is greater than after a low-glycemic load meal. High blood glucose levels and excessive insulin secretion are thought to contribute to the loss of the insulin-secreting function of the pancreatic beta-cells that leads to irreversible diabetes (6). High dietary glycemic loads have been associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) in several large prospective studies.”

The conclusion of this section regarding HFCS is:

“When consumed in large quantities on a long-term basis, HFCS is unhealthful and may contribute to other chronic diseases besides type 2 DM, including obesity and cardiovascular disease.”

Cardiovascular Disease

Impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance are known to be risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 DM. In addition to increased blood glucose and insulin concentrations, high dietary glycemic loads are associated with increased serum triglyceride concentrations and decreased HDL cholesterol concentrations; both are risk factors for cardiovascular disease (14, 15). High dietary glycemic loads have also been associated with increased serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of systemic inflammation that is also a sensitive predictor of cardiovascular disease risk(16). “

Pure stevia has the lowest glycemic index, and it does not contribute to lipids from digestion in the liver.  That is the good news.  The bad news is that most products labeled as containing stevia have stevia in very small quantities.  The bulk of Truvia is erythritol, which is a sugar alcohol or polyol.  Erythritol is produced from fermenting glucose with Moniliella pollinis, yeast, and then by dehydrating the resulting product.  There are several versions of Truvia and they are unacceptable.  Truvia has proven to be a neurotoxin and lethal for fruit flies, with fruit flies often used as test animals in drug trials.

There is one study done in Thailand that concludes that a stevia byproduct may be a carcinogen.  The conclusions reached by this study were published by the National Institute of Health (NIH).  The overall conclusion was that significant problems occurred when ingestion of the stevia derivatives exceed 80 times the normal daily recommended dosage.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9598301

Pure stevia used in a common sense manner appears to be very safe.  You can get pure stevia at Trader Joe’s in Columbus.  One ounce costs about $10.  A serving is 45 milligrams, which provides 622 servings.  Stevia with Inulin can be ordered from Puritan’s Pride.  You can get three 6 ounce bottles with shipping for about $25.  Inulin is a naturally occurring fiber that claims to reduce cholesterol.

In conclusion, sugar should be used as a spice and not as a main ingredient.  With a very high glycemic index, high fructose corn syrup contributes to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.  Saccharin is the safest of the artificial sweeteners.  Pure stevia is the best of the natural sweeteners.  If you want a stevia product that looks and acts more like sugar, stevia with inulin is a good choice.  There are also products that contain dextrose mixed with stevia, and the dextrose dulls the bite of stevia.  Dextrose is a form of glucose so it must be used in moderation for those with normal pancreatic function and very cautiously for diabetics.

 

People that are trying to become healthier or those that are obese or overweight often turn to diet drinks as a substitute for sugary drinks.  Artificial sweeteners are usually a better choice than high fructose corn syrup, but not that much better. Sugar is the oldest sweetener.  Sugar was once used like salt and other … All Sweeteners Are Not Created Equal

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How to live more painfully and die sooner

There is a lot of advice on how to become healthier by avoiding certain diseases that help you live longer.  We generally ignore that advice.  We know what we should be doing to be healthier and live longer.  This article provides advice on how to get sicker and die younger.  If you are serious about living a shorter life with more pain, follow the suggestions below.  If you want to live healthier and longer, don’t do anything suggested in this article.

If we are looking for a way to live shorter and die painfully, the diseases of choice are heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Many of the same life choices cause any or all of these diseases.  Those that have diabetes, cancer or heart disease would not choose to “get” these diseases.  There are genetic components of these diseases, and some people get diabetes, cancer or heart disease because of a family history.  Age is also a factor as the body wears out.

Bad choices raise the risk of these diseases substantially.  This article is about poor life choices that lead to getting diabetes, cancer or heart disease, or making the conditions worse. The focus will be on how to get diabetes, but much of this bad advice applies to getting cancer or heart disease.  Cancer prefers to feed on glucose (sugar), and heart disease is greatly increased if you become obese or do not exercise.

Diabetes works slowly in the beginning.  It requires a little daily pain for blood sugar testing, which can be avoided by not testing.  Over time, diabetes may include loss of sight, amputation of fingers, toes and legs.  Diabetes speeds up the death process drastically when the kidneys stop working.  Long-term dialysis is another challenge for many diabetics.  Obesity can be either a cause or an effect of diabetes.

We are going to limit advice on how to live shorter and die sooner from diabetes to a few key points. 

  1. Maximize the consumption of sugar. If processed foods are the major part of the diet, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is already a large part of what is eaten.  Eating foods that digest quickly and have high sugar is an excellent choice for becoming diabetic, e.g. Kellogg’s Sugar Frosted Flakes™ is a sugar addicts dream.  It is also a popular breakfast food for children.

Drinking sugary drinks is another path to diabetes.  If you can get soft drinks made in Mexico, which has the highest rate of diabetes in the world, they have the most sugar.  HFCS is now being used in some Mexican sodas.  Substitute Coca Cola or Pepsi if Mexican soft drinks or southern sweet tea is unavailable.  The carbonation and acids in any “soft drink” will speed damaging the kidneys.  Most fruit juices contain large quantities of sugar or HFCS and minimal juice. These are also popular breakfast and snack foods for children.

The body makes insulin in the pancreas.  When an increase in blood sugar is detected, the pancreas produces insulin.  The insulin circulates in the blood and causes the cells in the body to consume the sugar.  Over time, the cells get tired of responding to the insulin and they resist the intrusion of the insulin.  Insulin resistance is a part of being diabetic.  The pancreas may also get tired of responding to bursts of sugar, and slow or stop making insulin.  It turns out that the cells and organs also don’t want excessive exercise either.

  1. Keep exercise to a minimum. If there is no routine exercise, life is easier and diabetes is much more likely.  There is an intimate relationship among diet and exercise with obesity and diabetes.  Being overweight causes metabolic syndrome that leads to diabetes.  Lack of exercise, when combined with a high sugar diet, causes metabolic syndrome.  As more calories are eaten and not burned through exercise, weight increases.  Metabolic syndrome is a fancy way to describe the process of becoming diabetic.
    Exercise causes the body to burn energy.  The most available energy is found in sugar.  The body lowers blood sugar before it begins to burn fat.  If there is no fat available, the body burns protein.  Most bodies never consume protein due to exercise.  Sitting on the couch eating candy corn helps overcome any weight loss or burning blood sugar that will slow becoming diabetic.  Avoiding regular exercise keeps weight up and lets the heart avoid cardiovascular workouts.
  2. Maximize the consumption of “diet” products. This may seem like a contradiction.  Diet products have little or no sugar.  The sugar has been replaced with a shopping list of harmful chemicals.  There is evidence that eating artificial sweeteners kills the good flora in our intestines, which then leads to metabolic syndrome in a different way that contributes to diabetes and heart disease.  Read the labels of what you are eating and drinking to see what else is in the product besides real food and pure water.

The food processors help cause diabetes by extensive use of sugar and HFCS that has a direct link to diabetes.  As an alternative path to diabetes, the FDA has approved the use of sugar substitutes that kill useful bacteria and contain harmful chemicals that lead to metabolic syndrome that then causes diabetes.

Diet products are a slower way to diabetes for many people.  This especially true for obese people drinking diet sodas in an attempt to eat healthier. Diet foods are generally full of chemicals that are toxic over time. These chemicals compromise the immune system and interfere with the brain’s normal function of controlling appetite.

The National Institute of Health issued an article that updates information on metabolic syndrome

  1. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/metabolicsyndrome.html

 

  1. Maximize the quantity of unhealthy foods. Nothing contributes to becoming diabetic as much as being overweight.  With the exception of people that have bad genes that were inherited, diabetes can be avoided.  A steady diet of high calories and low nutrition value foods will maximize weight gain and compromise overall health.


Food processors advertise their products focused on what tastes good, not on making people healthy.  If a link can be made to sexual satisfaction through showing a beautiful person eating an expensive chocolate coated ice cream bar, so much the better.  Sugar Frosted Flakes and similar high sugar products are a great way to get your child on the road to diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

To make food more appealing, food processors make sugar and HFCS the major component of their foods.  They also add salt and MSG to add to the taste of the foods.  This increases food consumption while lowering costs that would result if the ingredients were healthier.  GMO foods are also cheaper, often have lower nutrient content, and help destroy the flora in the intestines that leads to metabolic syndrome.  All of this adds to weight, lower immunity, and speeds up getting diabetes.  Residual glyphosate and similar chemicals have been deemed to be likely carcinogenic by the World Health Organization.

If by chance, the decision is to avoid diabetes, we can reverse all of the above recommendations and reduce the odds in becoming diabetic.  If we are already diabetic, or have a strong history of diabetes in our families, we can reduce the effects of diabetes if we make smart life choices now.  The suggestions to help prevent diabetes apply to lowering the risk of getting cancer and heart disease.

The medical and pharmaceutical providers in the US are rarely focused on preventing diseases.  Doctors and pharmaceutical companies do not talk about curing diabetes or heart disease.  The advertisements and medical advice talk about reducing symptoms and slowing the progression of diseases.  Diet, exercise and stress reduction are the foundations of Eastern medicine that focuses on preventing and curing diseases.  Make the right choice.

There is a lot of advice on how to become healthier by avoiding certain diseases that help you live longer.  We generally ignore that advice.  We know what we should be doing to be healthier and live longer.  This article provides advice on how to get sicker and die younger.  If you are serious about … Continue readingHow to live more painfully and die sooner

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Additional considerations for consuming vitamins and minerals (revised)

MedPage Today posted a list of vitamins and supplements on August 18, 2016. Some of their information is useful, but there some key pieces of information missing or not considered. The slideshow gives their 12 key points. The comments in bold italicspresent other ideas to consider. The slideshow is titled Vitamins and Minerals from A to Z.

Traditional western medicine relies heavily on pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide their drug information.  The amount of nutritional data provided in most medical school curriculums is limited.  There is evidence that vitamins and supplements can be used effectively to combat diabetes, cancer, heart disease and overall health.  See the Starving Cancer article posted above.

MedPage Today posted a list of vitamins and supplements on August 18, 2016. Some of their information is useful, but there some key pieces of information missing or not considered. The slideshow gives their 12 key points. The comments in bold italics present other ideas to consider. The slideshow is titled Vitamins and Minerals from A to Z. Traditional … 

Sixth grader’s science project documents Truvia™ as a potential insecticide

Erythritol is the major ingredient in the artificial sweetener Truvia™.  In an article released by Drexel University on  June 4, 2014, it was revealed that scientists at Rutgers University have discovered that Truvia results in early death and significant motor impairment of fruit flies.  The announcement of the study was titled You can catch (and kill) more flies with this sweetener.

Sean O’Donnell, PhD, a professor of biology and biodiversity, earth and environmental science in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, was a senior author of the paper.  O’Donnell had this to say regarding the experiment.

“Erythritol, the main component of the sweetener Truvia®, was toxic to Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies in a dose-dependent manner in the Drexel team’s study, published in PLOS ONE. The flies consumed erythritol when sugar was available and even seemed to prefer it. No other sweeteners tested had these toxic effects.”

The major ingredient in Truvia is erythritol, a sugar alcohol.  The other ingredient is stevia, and stevia had no impact on the life or motor functions of the fruit flies.

This discovery was started by a sixth grade science project by Simon Kaschock-Marenda, who is now in the ninth grade at the time this article was written.  Kaschock-Marenda is listed as a co-author of the paper.  Kaschock-Marenda was curious that his parents had switched from sugar to sweeteners.  He asked his father, Dr. Daniel Marenda, who teaches biology at Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences if could do an experiment of the effects of sugar as a science fair project.

Kaschock-Marenda and Marenda bought several  sugar substitutes and types of sugar and set up an experiment using fruit flies.  After a few days .  Kaschock-Marenda reported to his father that all of the fruit flies that had consumed Truvia were dead.   Marenda insisted that his son repeat his experiment with Truvia in one of Drexel’s laboratories under controlled conditions.  The fruit flies still died.

One of the conclusions from the report quoted this impact on the fruit flies from erythritol versus other sweeteners.

Flies raised on food containing Truvia® lived for only 5.8 days on average, compared to 38.6 to 50.6 days for flies raised on control and experimental foods without Truvia®.   Flies raised on food containing Truvia® also showed noticeable motor impairments prior to their deaths.

“Indeed what we found is that the main component of Truvia®, the sugar erythritol, appears to have pretty potent insecticidal activity in our flies,” Marenda said.

– See more at: http://drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2014/June/Researchers-Find-Sweetener-is-Safe-Insecticide/#sthash.o4u69xlo.dpuf

 

The research team is seeking a patent on the use of erythritol as an insecticide.  Their claim is based upon their research results.  Erythritol is approved as a food additive and the FDA found no problems when erythritol was supplied to humans.

http://drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2014/June/Researchers-Find-Sweetener-is-Safe-Insecticide/

Based upon the original science fair project, erythritol caused motor impairment in the fruit flies.  This might lead to a cautionary approach in applying it as an insecticide and initiate continued studies of the long-term effects of erythritol on the human nervous system.

At this point, pure stevia appears to be the safest alternative sweetener.  There are major concerns about the breakdown product of aspartame (Equal™)  and sucralose (Splenda™).  This report on Truvia™ does not lead to additional confidence as a food additive if you consider that fruit flies are widely used in neurological research.  The motor function impairment is a potentially serious issue.

Read more: http://www.sciencerecorder.com/news/sugar-substitute-kills-flies-say-researchers/#ixzz33loUzR25

 

 

Erythritol is the major ingredient in the artificial sweetener Truvia™.  In an article released by Drexel University on  June 4, 2014, it was revealed that scientists at Rutgers University have discovered that Truvia results in early death and significant motor impairment of fruit flies.  The announcement of the study was  titled You can catch (and … Continue readingSixth grader’s science project documents Truvia™ as potential insecticide

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Drinking Sugary Drinks Is a Sweet Way to Die

The data on deaths related to drinking high sugar beverages were collected as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study.  Researchers talked with experts across the globe to obtain 114 national dietary surveys, covering more than 60% of the world population.  The study was publically released today, March 20, 2013, in a presentation to the American Heart Association session on disease prevention.

Of the estimated 184,000 adult deaths worldwide associated with sugar-sweetened soda, sports drinks, and fruit drinks, the causes included 132,000 from diabetes, 45,000 from cardiovascular disease, and 4,600 from cancers, according to Gitanjali Singh, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues.  This seems to be an extremely low number, but the correlation of world soda pop consumption to diabetes and obesity hasn’t been a priority.

Obesity is directly related to sugary drinks as well as an imbalance in nutrition as sugary drinks are substituted for healthier foods.  Sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are the primary constituents in soft drinks. The corn producers have been arguing that sugar is sugar so we can include HFCS in with cane and beet sugars as culprits in the obesity link.

It has been shown that drinking sugary drinks does not trigger the brain to indicate that calories have been consumed.  People stay hungry when drinking Coke, Pepsi and other sugary drinks.  The drink empty calories and then eat other foods until they trigger a reaction in the brain.

Mexico has the highest death rate per million due to sugary drinks.  They produce and use a great amount of sugar in their drinks, and their death rate is highest due to diabetes.  The study attributed 318 deaths per million to sugary drinks.  The Caribbean islands also have a high consumption rate for sugary drinks, and a high level of diabetes.

Countries that have low consumption rates of sugary drinks, e.g. China and Japan, have lower incidences of diabetes and obesity.  Japan had an attributed level of 10 deaths per million due to sugary drinks.

The American Heart Association is recommending no more than 450 calories from sugar per week for persons on a 2,000 calorie per day diet.  There is no doubt that people that are diabetic or obese are at a much higher risk for heart disease and strokes.

All of the sugary drinks contain some form of acid.  Phosphoric acid is added as a flavor enhancer.  Carbonic acid is the result of putting carbon dioxide into the water to give it fizz.  Citric acid is a flavor enhancer.  Both phosphoric acid and citric acid kill mold, which would otherwise occur due to the high sugar content.  The kidneys take the brunt of the damage from these acids as they filter out these water soluble acids and excrete them in the urine.

When Michael Bloomberg was mayor of New York City, he tried to protect New Yorkers that drink soda to limiting the size to 16 ounces.  A judge ruled that people have a right to kill themselves using sugary drinks.  It is a sweet way to die.

The data on deaths related to drinking high sugar beverages were collected as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study.  Researchers talked with experts across the globe to obtain 114 national dietary surveys, covering more than 60% of the world population.  The study was publically released today, March 20, … Continue readingDrinking Sugary Drinks Is a Sweet Way to Die

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DEA drug classifications for Schedule I and Schedule II drugs are seriously flawed

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies drugs into five categories.  There are the formal definitions for Schedule I and Schedule II drugs.  There have been attempts to move marijuana from Schedule I to the Schedule II classification.  The Schedule I drugs are primarily hallucinogens.  Marijuana should never have been places in Schedule I according to the DEA’s classification definitions.

http://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml

The only drugs listed in Schedule I that actually meets the Schedule I definitions are heroin and methaqualone.  The other drugs in Schedule I are not addicting, do not lead to psychological or chemical dependence, and do not cause death through overdose.   The Schedule I drugs are mostly hallucinogens, with some used ritually for thousands of years.

Heroin does have potential medical uses, and it does cause death.  It is joined by the Schedule II drugs, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), and fentanyl.  The increased focus on prescription opioids has reduced deaths from these drugs as the deaths from heroin doubled in two years.

Schedule I

“Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:

heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA – ecstasy, methaqualone (Quaaludes), and peyote

Schedule II

“Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, less abuse potential than Schedule I drugs, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are:

cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin

The DEA classifications make absolutely no sense based upon the drug effects on health of the users.  The Schedule I and Schedule II drugs should be inverted, with heroin staying in Schedule I.  It is obvious that the DEA classifiers are highly biased against hallucinogens.  To have marijuana as a Schedule I drug and all of the amphetamine (speed) drugs and opiates and opiate derivatives in Schedule II cannot be justified based upon the above definitions for classification.

With the exception of heroin, and methaqualone, current Schedule I drugs do not lead to addiction or death as normally used.  Marijuana does not meet the clinical classification of an addicting drug.  The hallucinogenic drugs do not meet the DEA’s own definitions of being dangerous and highly addicting

Heroin deaths have surged as pressure to control the Schedule II opioid drugs has been increased.  Governor John Kasich (R-OH) has taken pride in shutting down the pill mills in Ohio.  Unfortunately the deaths from heroin have now spread to Ohio small towns like Marion, Lancaster, Mount Vernon and Portsmouth.

The overall experience in increased overdoses is summarized in an article by Brandy Zadrozny in the Daily Beast on Oct. 2, 2014 titled Heroin Overdoses Double in Two Years.  The increased efforts to reduce the use of the Schedule II opioids have led to doubling the Schedule I heroin overdoses.  Most addicts start on the Schedule II opioids and then progress to heroin.  The relationship of heroin and opioid overdoses as described by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) links higher opioid prices to more heroin deaths.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/02/heroin-overdoses-double-in-two-years.html

Around three-quarters of addicts get started on opioids through prescription drugs, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry this year. Users said they turned to heroin not only because it produced a similar high but because it was cheaper and more readily available.

Until the DEA changes its classifications, hallucinogens and marijuana have federal mandatory prison sentences that can exceed those for cocaine and methamphetamines.  The drugs listed in Schedule I and Schedule II need to be reevaluated and reclassified based upon their true impact on health of users and the potential risk for overdoses and addiction.

Getting marijuana reclassified to Schedule II would be a positive step in putting the enforcement effort on addicting and deadly drugs.  Getting the current Schedule II drugs classified into Schedule I puts the proper priority on these drugs for resources for education and rehabilitation.  The focus of Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General currently in office, is to prosecute those producing or using marijuana.

With Tom Price now out the door, Jeff Sessions has lost an ally in the fight to keep marijuana as a Schedule I drug.  It is time to e-mail, call or write your senators and representative to get the revision of the Schedule I and Schedule II classifications.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies drugs into five categories.  There are the formal definitions for Schedule I and Schedule II drugs.  There have been attempts to move marijuana from Schedule I to the Schedule II classification.  The Schedule I drugs are primarily hallucinogens.  Marijuana should never have been places in Schedule I according to … Continue readingDEA drug classifications for Schedule I and Schedule II drugs are seriously flawed

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All Sweeteners Are Not Created Equal

People that are trying to become healthier or those that are obese or overweight often turn to diet drinks as a substitute for sugary drinks.  Artificial sweeteners are usually a better choice than high fructose corn syrup, but not that much better.

Sugar is the oldest sweetener.  Sugar was once used like salt and other spices. Making sugar the main ingredient in processed foods rapidly increased after WWII as processed foods became an increasing part of our diets.  Sugar has become an addiction, and the rate of incidence of diabetes has proved the adverse effects of overconsumption of sugar and other carbohydrates.

There are many sources of sugar.  Traditionally sugar came from sugar cane.  Today, a large amount of sugar comes from corn as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and from sugar beets.  A majority of corn and sugar beets are genetically engineered, which does not impact their caloric value and glycemic index, but does pose a potential carcinogenic threat through residual glyphosate or other pesticides.

There are two sugars that deserve some clarification, and show that glycemic index is not the sole variable in choosing a sweetener.

Agave syrup has a very low glycemic index.  It does not raise blood sugar.  It has fiber that has it pass through the stomach and then is absorbed in the small intestines.  The agave syrup is metabolized in the liver and turned into fat, which is known as cholesterol at that point in the cycle.

Dr. Ingrid Kohlstadt, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition and an associate faculty member at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health has this to say about agave syrup:

“Agave is almost all fructose, a highly processed sugar with great marketing.”

Coconut palm sugar has about the same calorie count as refined sugar.  It is a little healthier because it does contain B vitamins and some useful trace minerals, e.g. iron, calcium.  These B vitamins are in small amounts that would require eating way too much coconut sugar to get to meaningful quantities of the vitamins and minerals.

The glycemic index shows a rating from 1 to 100.  Pure stevia has a GI of 1.  Pure glucose has a GI of 100.  High fructose corn syrup has a GI of 87.  White sugar (sucrose) has a GI of 80.  Corn syrup has a GI of 75 and Turibindo (raw sugar) has a GI of 55.

With processed foods, juices, sports drinks and soft drinks, high fructose corn syrup is often the major ingredient.  HFCS has no major nutritional value beyond providing calories.

The Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University has this to say about diets with high glycemic index foods such as HFCS.

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/foods/grains/gigl.html

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

After a high-glycemic load meal, blood glucose levels rise more rapidly and insulin demand is greater than after a low-glycemic load meal. High blood glucose levels and excessive insulin secretion are thought to contribute to the loss of the insulin-secreting function of the pancreatic beta-cells that leads to irreversible diabetes (6). High dietary glycemic loads have been associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) in several large prospective studies.”

The conclusion of this section regarding HFCS is:

“When consumed in large quantities on a long-term basis, HFCS is unhealthful and may contribute to other chronic diseases besides type 2 DM, including obesity and cardiovascular disease.”

Cardiovascular Disease

Impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance are known to be risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 DM. In addition to increased blood glucose and insulin concentrations, high dietary glycemic loads are associated with increased serum triglyceride concentrations and decreased HDL cholesterol concentrations; both are risk factors for cardiovascular disease (14, 15). High dietary glycemic loads have also been associated with increased serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of systemic inflammation that is also a sensitive predictor of cardiovascular disease risk(16). “

Pure stevia has the lowest glycemic index, and it does not contribute to lipids from digestion in the liver.  That is the good news.  The bad news is that most products labeled as containing stevia have stevia in very small quantities.  The bulk of Truvia is erythritol, which is a sugar alcohol or polyol.  Erythritol is produced from fermenting glucose with Moniliella pollinis, yeast, and then by dehydrating the resulting product.  There are several versions of Truvia and they are unacceptable.  Truvia has proven to be a neurotoxin and lethal for fruit flies, with fruit flies often used as test animals in drug trials.

There is one study done in Thailand that concludes that a stevia byproduct may be a carcinogen.  The conclusions reached by this study were published by the National Institute of Health (NIH).  The overall conclusion was that significant problems occurred when ingestion of the stevia derivatives exceed 80 times the normal daily recommended dosage.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9598301

Pure stevia used in a common sense manner appears to be very safe.  You can get pure stevia at Trader Joe’s in Columbus.  One ounce costs about $10.  A serving is 45 milligrams, which provides 622 servings.  Stevia with Inulin can be ordered from Puritan’s Pride.  You can get three 6 ounce bottles with shipping for about $25.  Inulin is a naturally occurring fiber that claims to reduce cholesterol.

In conclusion, sugar should be used as a spice and not as a main ingredient.  With a very high glycemic index, high fructose corn syrup contributes to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.  Saccharin is the safest of the artificial sweeteners.  Pure stevia is the best of the natural sweeteners.  If you want a stevia product that looks and acts more like sugar, stevia with inulin is a good choice.  There are also products that contain dextrose mixed with stevia, and the dextrose dulls the bite of stevia.  Dextrose is a form of glucose so it must be used in moderation for those with normal pancreatic function and very cautiously for diabetics.

 

People that are trying to become healthier or those that are obese or overweight often turn to diet drinks as a substitute for sugary drinks.  Artificial sweeteners are usually a better choice than high fructose corn syrup, but not that much better. Sugar is the oldest sweetener.  Sugar was once used like salt and other … Continue readingAll Sweeteners Are Not Created Equal

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How to live more painfully and die sooner

There is a lot of advice on how to become healthier by avoiding certain diseases that help you live longer.  We generally ignore that advice.  We know what we should be doing to be healthier and live longer.  This article provides advice on how to get sicker and die younger.  If you are serious about living a shorter life with more pain, follow the suggestions below.  If you want to live healthier and longer, don’t do anything suggested in this article.

If we are looking for a way to live shorter and die painfully, the diseases of choice are heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Many of the same life choices cause any or all of these diseases.  Those that have diabetes, cancer or heart disease would not choose to “get” these diseases.  There are genetic components of these diseases, and some people get diabetes, cancer or heart disease because of a family history.  Age is also a factor as the body wears out.

Bad choices raise the risk of these diseases substantially.  This article is about poor life choices that lead to getting diabetes, cancer or heart disease, or making the conditions worse. The focus will be on how to get diabetes, but much of this bad advice applies to getting cancer or heart disease.  Cancer prefers to feed on glucose (sugar), and heart disease is greatly increased if you become obese or do not exercise.

Diabetes works slowly in the beginning.  It requires a little daily pain for blood sugar testing, which can be avoided by not testing.  Over time, diabetes may include loss of sight, amputation of fingers, toes and legs.  Diabetes speeds up the death process drastically when the kidneys stop working.  Long-term dialysis is another challenge for many diabetics.  Obesity can be either a cause or an effect of diabetes.

We are going to limit advice on how to live shorter and die sooner from diabetes to a few key points. 

  1. Maximize the consumption of sugar. If processed foods are the major part of the diet, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is already a large part of what is eaten.  Eating foods that digest quickly and have high sugar is an excellent choice for becoming diabetic, e.g. Kellogg’s Sugar Frosted Flakes™ is a sugar addicts dream.  It is also a popular breakfast food for children.

Drinking sugary drinks is another path to diabetes.  If you can get soft drinks made in Mexico, which has the highest rate of diabetes in the world, they have the most sugar.  HFCS is now being used in some Mexican sodas.  Substitute Coca Cola or Pepsi if Mexican soft drinks or southern sweet tea is unavailable.  The carbonation and acids in any “soft drink” will speed damaging the kidneys.  Most fruit juices contain large quantities of sugar or HFCS and minimal juice. These are also popular breakfast and snack foods for children.

The body makes insulin in the pancreas.  When an increase in blood sugar is detected, the pancreas produces insulin.  The insulin circulates in the blood and causes the cells in the body to consume the sugar.  Over time, the cells get tired of responding to the insulin and they resist the intrusion of the insulin.  Insulin resistance is a part of being diabetic.  The pancreas may also get tired of responding to bursts of sugar, and slow or stop making insulin.  It turns out that the cells and organs also don’t want excessive exercise either.

  1. Keep exercise to a minimum. If there is no routine exercise, life is easier and diabetes is much more likely.  There is an intimate relationship among diet and exercise with obesity and diabetes.  Being overweight causes metabolic syndrome that leads to diabetes.  Lack of exercise, when combined with a high sugar diet, causes metabolic syndrome.  As more calories are eaten and not burned through exercise, weight increases.  Metabolic syndrome is a fancy way to describe the process of becoming diabetic.
    Exercise causes the body to burn energy.  The most available energy is found in sugar.  The body lowers blood sugar before it begins to burn fat.  If there is no fat available, the body burns protein.  Most bodies never consume protein due to exercise.  Sitting on the couch eating candy corn helps overcome any weight loss or burning blood sugar that will slow becoming diabetic.  Avoiding regular exercise keeps weight up and lets the heart avoid cardiovascular workouts.
  2. Maximize the consumption of “diet” products. This may seem like a contradiction.  Diet products have little or no sugar.  The sugar has been replaced with a shopping list of harmful chemicals.  There is evidence that eating artificial sweeteners kills the good flora in our intestines, which then leads to metabolic syndrome in a different way that contributes to diabetes and heart disease.  Read the labels of what you are eating and drinking to see what else is in the product besides real food and pure water.

The food processors help cause diabetes by extensive use of sugar and HFCS that has a direct link to diabetes.  As an alternative path to diabetes, the FDA has approved the use of sugar substitutes that kill useful bacteria and contain harmful chemicals that lead to metabolic syndrome that then causes diabetes.

Diet products are a slower way to diabetes for many people.  This especially true for obese people drinking diet sodas in an attempt to eat healthier. Diet foods are generally full of chemicals that are toxic over time. These chemicals compromise the immune system and interfere with the brain’s normal function of controlling appetite.

The National Institute of Health issued an article that updates information on metabolic syndrome

  1. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/metabolicsyndrome.html

 

  1. Maximize the quantity of unhealthy foods. Nothing contributes to becoming diabetic as much as being overweight.  With the exception of people that have bad genes that were inherited, diabetes can be avoided.  A steady diet of high calories and low nutrition value foods will maximize weight gain and compromise overall health.


Food processors advertise their products focused on what tastes good, not on making people healthy.  If a link can be made to sexual satisfaction through showing a beautiful person eating an expensive chocolate coated ice cream bar, so much the better.  Sugar Frosted Flakes and similar high sugar products are a great way to get your child on the road to diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

To make food more appealing, food processors make sugar and HFCS the major component of their foods.  They also add salt and MSG to add to the taste of the foods.  This increases food consumption while lowering costs that would result if the ingredients were healthier.  GMO foods are also cheaper, often have lower nutrient content, and help destroy the flora in the intestines that leads to metabolic syndrome.  All of this adds to weight, lower immunity, and speeds up getting diabetes.  Residual glyphosate and similar chemicals have been deemed to be likely carcinogenic by the World Health Organization.

If by chance, the decision is to avoid diabetes, we can reverse all of the above recommendations and reduce the odds in becoming diabetic.  If we are already diabetic, or have a strong history of diabetes in our families, we can reduce the effects of diabetes if we make smart life choices now.  The suggestions to help prevent diabetes apply to lowering the risk of getting cancer and heart disease.

The medical and pharmaceutical providers in the US are rarely focused on preventing diseases.  Doctors and pharmaceutical companies do not talk about curing diabetes or heart disease.  The advertisements and medical advice talk about reducing symptoms and slowing the progression of diseases.  Diet, exercise and stress reduction are the foundations of Eastern medicine that focuses on preventing and curing diseases.  Make the right choice.

There is a lot of advice on how to become healthier by avoiding certain diseases that help you live longer.  We generally ignore that advice.  We know what we should be doing to be healthier and live longer.  This article provides advice on how to get sicker and die younger.  If you are serious about … Continue readingHow to live more painfully and die sooner

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Additional considerations for consuming vitamins and minerals (revised)

MedPage Today posted a list of vitamins and supplements on August 18, 2016. Some of their information is useful, but there some key pieces of information missing or not considered. The slideshow gives their 12 key points. The comments in bold italicspresent other ideas to consider. The slideshow is titled Vitamins and Minerals from A to Z.

Traditional western medicine relies heavily on pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide their drug information.  The amount of nutritional data provided in most medical school curriculums is limited.  There is evidence that vitamins and supplements can be used effectively to combat diabetes, cancer, heart disease and overall health.  See the Starving Cancer article posted above.

 

MedPage Today posted a list of vitamins and supplements on August 18, 2016. Some of their information is useful, but there some key pieces of information missing or not considered. The slideshow gives their 12 key points. The comments in bold italics present other ideas to consider. The slideshow is titled Vitamins and Minerals from A to Z. Traditional … Continue readingAdditional considerations for consuming vitamins and minerals (revised)

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How to live more painfully and die sooner

There is a lot of advice on how to become healthier by avoiding certain diseases that help you live longer.  We generally ignore that advice.  We know what we should be doing to be healthier and live longer.  This article provides advice on how to get sicker and die younger.  If you are serious about living a shorter life with more pain, follow the suggestions below.  If you want to live healthier and longer, don’t do anything suggested in this article.

If we are looking for a way to live shorter and die painfully, the diseases of choice are heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Many of the same life choices cause any or all of these diseases.  Those that have diabetes, cancer or heart disease would not choose to “get” these diseases.  There are genetic components of these diseases, and some people get diabetes, cancer or heart disease because of a family history.  Age is also a factor as the body wears out.

Bad choices raise the risk of these diseases substantially.  This article is about poor life choices that lead to getting diabetes, cancer or heart disease, or making the conditions worse. The focus will be on how to get diabetes, but much of this bad advice applies to getting cancer or heart disease.  Cancer prefers to feed on glucose (sugar), and heart disease is greatly increased if you become obese or do not exercise.

Diabetes works slowly in the beginning.  It requires a little daily pain for blood sugar testing, which can be avoided by not testing.  Over time, diabetes may include loss of sight, amputation of fingers, toes and legs.  Diabetes speeds up the death process drastically when the kidneys stop working.  Long-term dialysis is another challenge for many diabetics.  Obesity can be either a cause or an effect of diabetes.

We are going to limit advice on how to live shorter and die sooner from diabetes to a few key points. 

  1. Maximize the consumption of sugar. If processed foods are the major part of the diet, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is already a large part of what is eaten.  Eating foods that digest quickly and have high sugar is an excellent choice for becoming diabetic, e.g. Kellogg’s Sugar Frosted Flakes™ is a sugar addicts dream.  It is also a popular breakfast food for children.Drinking sugary drinks is another path to diabetes.  If you can get soft drinks made in Mexico, which has the highest rate of diabetes in the world, they have the most sugar.  HFCS is now being used in some Mexican sodas.  Substitute Coca Cola or Pepsi if Mexican soft drinks or southern sweet tea is unavailable.  The carbonation and acids in any “soft drink” will speed damaging the kidneys.  Most fruit juices contain large quantities of sugar or HFCS and minimal juice. These are also popular breakfast and snack foods for children.The body makes insulin in the pancreas.  When an increase in blood sugar is detected, the pancreas produces insulin.  The insulin circulates in the blood and causes the cells in the body to consume the sugar.  Over time, the cells get tired of responding to the insulin and they resist the intrusion of the insulin.  Insulin resistance is a part of being diabetic.  The pancreas may also get tired of responding to bursts of sugar, and slow or stop making insulin.  It turns out that the cells and organs also don’t want excessive exercise either.
  2. Keep exercise to a minimum. If there is no routine exercise, life is easier and diabetes is much more likely.  There is an intimate relationship among diet and exercise with obesity and diabetes.  Being overweight causes metabolic syndrome that leads to diabetes.  Lack of exercise, when combined with a high sugar diet, causes metabolic syndrome.  As more calories are eaten and not burned through exercise, weight increases.  Metabolic syndrome is a fancy way to describe the process of becoming diabetic.
    Exercise causes the body to burn energy.  The most available energy is found in sugar.  The body lowers blood sugar before it begins to burn fat.  If there is no fat available, the body burns protein.  Most bodies never consume protein due to exercise.  Sitting on the couch eating candy corn helps overcome any weight loss or burning blood sugar that will slow becoming diabetic.  Avoiding regular exercise keeps weight up and lets the heart avoid cardiovascular workouts.
  3. Maximize the consumption of “diet” products. This may seem like a contradiction.  Diet products have little or no sugar.  The sugar has been replaced with a shopping list of harmful chemicals.  There is evidence that eating artificial sweeteners kills the good flora in our intestines, which then leads to metabolic syndrome in a different way that contributes to diabetes and heart disease.  Read the labels of what you are eating and drinking to see what else is in the product besides real food and pure water.The food processors help cause diabetes by extensive use of sugar and HFCS that has a direct link to diabetes.  As an alternative path to diabetes, the FDA has approved the use of sugar substitutes that kill useful bacteria and contain harmful chemicals that lead to metabolic syndrome that then causes diabetes.Diet products are a slower way to diabetes for many people.  This especially true for obese people drinking diet sodas in an attempt to eat healthier. Diet foods are generally full of chemicals that are toxic over time. These chemicals compromise the immune system and interfere with the brain’s normal function of controlling appetite.

The National Institute of Health issued an article that updates information on metabolic syndrome.

4.  Maximize the quantity of unhealthy foods. Nothing contributes to becoming diabetic as much as being overweight.  With the exception of people that have bad genes that were inherited, diabetes can be avoided.  A steady diet of high calories and low nutrition value foods will maximize weight gain and compromise overall health.

Food processors advertise their products focused on what tastes good, not on making people healthy.  If a link can be made to sexual satisfaction through showing a beautiful person eating an expensive chocolate coated ice cream bar, so much the better.  Sugar Frosted Flakes and similar high sugar products are a great way to get your child on the road to diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

To make food more appealing, food processors make sugar and HFCS the major component of their foods.  They also add salt and MSG to add to the taste of the foods.  This increases food consumption while lowering costs that would result if the ingredients were healthier.  GMO foods are also cheaper, often have lower nutrient content, and help destroy the flora in the intestines that leads to metabolic syndrome.  All of this adds to weight, lower immunity, and speeds up getting diabetes.  Residual glyphosate and similar chemicals have been deemed to be likely carcinogenic by the World Health Organization.

Summary:
If by chance, the decision is to avoid diabetes, we can reverse all of the above recommendations and reduce the odds in becoming diabetic.  If we are already diabetic, or have a strong history of diabetes in our families, we can reduce the effects of diabetes if we make smart life choices now.  The suggestions to help prevent diabetes apply to lowering the risk of getting cancer and heart disease.

The medical and pharmaceutical providers in the US are rarely focused on preventing diseases.  Doctors and pharmaceutical companies do not talk about curing diabetes or heart disease.  The advertisements and medical advice talk about reducing symptoms and slowing the progression of diseases.  Diet, exercise and stress reduction are the foundations of Eastern medicine that focuses on preventing and curing diseases.  Make the right choices.

Sixth grader’s science project documents Truvia™ as potential insecticide

Erythritol is the major ingredient in the artificial sweetener Truvia™.  In an article released by Drexel University on  June 4, 2014, it was revealed that scientists at Rutgers University have discovered that Truvia results in early death and significant motor impairment of fruit flies.  The announcement of the study was  titled You can catch (and kill) more flies with this sweetener.

Sean O’Donnell, PhD, a professor of biology and biodiversity, earth and environmental science in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, was a senior author of the paper.   O’Donnell had this to say regarding the experiment.

Erythritol, the main component of the sweetener Truvia®, was toxic to Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies in a dose-dependent manner in the Drexel team’s study, published in PLOS ONE. The flies consumed erythritol when sugar was available and even seemed to prefer it. No other sweeteners tested had these toxic effects. –

The major ingredient in Truvia is erythritol, a sugar alcohol.  The other ingredient is stevia, and stevia had no impact on the life or motor functions of the fruit flies.

This discovery was started by a sixth grade science project by Simon Kaschock-Marenda, who is now in the ninth grade at the time this article was written.  Kaschock-Marenda is listed as a co-author of the paper.  Kaschock-Marenda was curious that his parents had switched from sugar to sweeteners.  He asked his father, Dr. Daniel Marenda, who teaches biology at Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences if could do an experiment of the effects of sugar as a science fair project.

Kaschock-Marenda and Marenda bought several  sugar substitutes and types of sugar and set up an experiment using fruit flies.  After a few days .  Kaschock-Marenda reported to his father that all of the fruit flies that had consumed Truvia were dead.   Marenda insisted that his son repeat his experiment with Truvia in one of Drexel’s laboratories under controlled conditions.  The fruit flies still died.

One of the conclusions from the report quoted this impact on the fruit flies from erythritol versus other sweeteners.

Flies raised on food containing Truvia® lived for only 5.8 days on average, compared to 38.6 to 50.6 days for flies raised on control and experimental foods without Truvia®.   Flies raised on food containing Truvia® also showed noticeable motor impairments prior to their deaths.

“Indeed what we found is that the main component of Truvia®, the sugar erythritol, appears to have pretty potent insecticidal activity in our flies,” Marenda said.

– See more at: http://drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2014/June/Researchers-Find-Sweetener-is-Safe-Insecticide/#sthash.o4u69xlo.dpuf

The research team is seeking a patent on the use of erythritol as an insecticide.  Their claim is based upon their research results.  Erythritol is approved as a food additive and the FDA found no problems when erythritol was supplied to humans.

http://drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2014/June/Researchers-Find-Sweetener-is-Safe-Insecticide/

Based upon the original science fair project, erythritol caused motor impairment in the fruit flies.  This might lead to a cautionary approach in applying it as an insecticide and initiate continued studies of the long-term effects of erythritol on the human nervous system.

At this point, pure stevia appears to be the safest alternative sweetener.  There are major concerns about the breakdown product of aspartame (Equal™)  and sucralose (Splenda™).  This report on Truvia™ does not lead to additional confidence as a food additive if you consider that fruit flies are widely used in neurological research.  The motor function impairment is a potentially serious issue.

Read more: http://www.sciencerecorder.com/news/sugar-substitute-kills-flies-say-researchers/#ixzz33loUzR25

Drinking Sugary Drinks Is a Sweet Way to Die

The data on deaths related to drinking high sugar beverages were collected as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study.  Researchers talked with experts across the globe to obtain 114 national dietary surveys, covering more than 60% of the world population.  The study was publically released today, March 20, 2013, in a presentation to the American Heart Association session on disease prevention.

Of the estimated 184,000 adult deaths worldwide associated with sugar-sweetened soda, sports drinks, and fruit drinks, the causes included 132,000 from diabetes, 45,000 from cardiovascular disease, and 4,600 from cancers, according to Gitanjali Singh, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues.  This seems to be an extremely low number, but the correlation of world soda pop consumption to diabetes and obesity hasn’t been a priority.

Obesity is directly related to sugary drinks as well as an imbalance in nutrition as sugary drinks are substituted for healthier foods.  Sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are the primary constituents in soft drinks. The corn producers have been arguing that sugar is sugar so we can include HFCS in with cane and beet sugars as culprits in the obesity link.

It has been shown that drinking sugary drinks does not trigger the brain to indicate that calories have been consumed.  People stay hungry when drinking Coke, Pepsi and other sugary drinks.  The drink empty calories and then eat other foods until they trigger a reaction in the brain.

Mexico has the highest death rate per million due to sugary drinks.  They produce and use a great amount of sugar in their drinks, and their death rate is highest due to diabetes.  The study attributed 318 deaths per million to sugary drinks.  The Caribbean islands also have a high consumption rate for sugary drinks, and a high level of diabetes.

Countries that have low consumption rates of sugary drinks, e.g. China and Japan, have lower incidences of diabetes and obesity.  Japan had an attributed level of 10 deaths per million due to sugary drinks.

The American Heart Association is recommending no more than 450 calories from sugar per week for persons on a 2,000 calorie per day diet.  There is no doubt that people that are diabetic or obese are at a much higher risk for heart disease and strokes.

All of the sugary drinks contain some form of acid.  Phosphoric acid is added as a flavor enhancer.  Carbonic acid is the result of putting carbon dioxide into the water to give it fizz.  Citric acid is a flavor enhancer.  Both phosphoric acid and citric acid kill mold, which would otherwise occur due to the high sugar content.  The kidneys take the brunt of the damage from these acids as they filter out these water soluble acids and excrete them in the urine.

When Michael Bloomberg was mayor of New York City, he tried to protect New Yorkers that drink soda to limiting the size to 16 ounces.  A judge ruled that people have a right to kill themselves using sugary drinks.  It is a sweet way to die.

DEA drug classifications for Schedule I and Schedule II drugs are seriously flawed
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies drugs into five categories.  There are the formal definitions for Schedule I and Schedule II drugs.  There have been attempts to move marijuana from Schedule I to the Schedule II classification.  The Schedule I drugs are primarily hallucinogens.  Marijuana should never have been places in Schedule I according to the DEA’s classification definitions.

http://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml

The only drugs listed in Schedule I that actually meets the Schedule I definitions are heroin and methaqualone.  The other drugs in Schedule I are not addicting, do not lead to psychological or chemical dependence, and do not cause death through overdose.   The Schedule I drugs are mostly hallucinogens, with some used ritually for thousands of years.

Heroin does have potential medical uses, and it does cause death.  It is joined by the Schedule II drugs, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), and fentanyl.  The increased focus on prescription opioids has reduced deaths from these drugs as the deaths from heroin doubled in two years.

Schedule I

“Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:

heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA – ecstasy, methaqualone (Quaaludes), and peyote

Schedule II

“Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, less abuse potential than Schedule I drugs, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are:

cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin

The DEA classifications make absolutely no sense based upon the drug effects on health of the users.  The Schedule I and Schedule II drugs should be inverted, with heroin staying in Schedule I.  It is obvious that the DEA classifiers are highly biased against hallucinogens.  To have marijuana as a Schedule I drug and all of the amphetamine (speed) drugs and opiates and opiate derivatives in Schedule II cannot be justified based upon the above definitions for classification.

With the exception of heroin, and methaqualone, current Schedule I drugs do not lead to addiction or death as normally used.  Marijuana does not meet the clinical classification of an addicting drug.  The hallucinogenic drugs do not meet the DEA’s own definitions of being dangerous and highly addicting

Heroin deaths have surged as pressure to control the Schedule II opioid drugs has been increased.  Governor John Kasich (R-OH) has taken pride in shutting down the pill mills in Ohio.  Unfortunately the deaths from heroin have now spread to Ohio small towns like Marion, Lancaster, Mount Vernon and Portsmouth.

The overall experience in increased overdoses is summarized in an article by Brandy Zadrozny in the Daily Beast on Oct. 2, 2014 titled Heroin Overdoses Double in Two Years.  The increased efforts to reduce the use of the Schedule II opioids have led to doubling the Schedule I heroin overdoses.  Most addicts start on the Schedule II opioids and then progress to heroin.  The relationship of heroin and opioid overdoses as described by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) links higher opioid prices to more heroin deaths.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/02/heroin-overdoses-double-in-two-years.html

Around three-quarters of addicts get started on opioids through prescription drugs, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry this year. Users said they turned to heroin not only because it produced a similar high but because it was cheaper and more readily available.

Until the DEA changes its classifications, hallucinogens and marijuana have federal mandatory prison sentences that can exceed those for cocaine and methamphetamines.  The drugs listed in Schedule I and Schedule II need to be reevaluated and reclassified based upon their true impact on health of users and the potential risk for overdoses and addiction.

Getting marijuana reclassified to Schedule II would be a positive step in putting the enforcement effort on addicting and deadly drugs.  Getting the current Schedule II drugs classified into Schedule I puts the proper priority on these drugs for resources for education and rehabilitation.  The focus of Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General currently in office, is to prosecute those producing or using marijuana.

With Tom Price now out the door, Jeff Sessions has lost an ally in the fight to keep marijuana as a Schedule I drug.  It is time to e-mail, call or write your senators and representative to get the revision of the Schedule I and Schedule II classifications.

All Sweeteners Are Not Created Equal

People that are trying to become healthier or those that are obese or overweight often turn to diet drinks as a substitute for sugary drinks.  Artificial sweeteners are usually a better choice than high fructose corn syrup, but not that much better.

Sugar is the oldest sweetener.  Sugar was once used like salt and other spices. Making sugar the main ingredient in processed foods rapidly increased after WWII as processed foods became an increasing part of our diets.  Sugar has become an addiction, and the rate of incidence of diabetes has proved the adverse effects of overconsumption of sugar and other carbohydrates.

There are many sources of sugar.  Traditionally sugar came from sugar cane.  Today, a large amount of sugar comes from corn as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and from sugar beets.  A majority of corn and sugar beets are genetically engineered, which does not impact their caloric value and glycemic index, but does pose a potential carcinogenic threat through residual glyphosate or other pesticides.

There are two sugars that deserve some clarification, and show that glycemic index is not the sole variable in choosing a sweetener.

Agave syrup has a very low glycemic index.  It does not raise blood sugar.  It has fiber that has it pass through the stomach and then is absorbed in the small intestines.  The agave syrup is metabolized in the liver and turned into fat, which is known as cholesterol at that point in the cycle.

Dr. Ingrid Kohlstadt, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition and an associate faculty member at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health has this to say about agave syrup:

“Agave is almost all fructose, a highly processed sugar with great marketing.”

Coconut palm sugar has about the same calorie count as refined sugar.  It is a little healthier because it does contain B vitamins and some useful trace minerals, e.g. iron, calcium.  These B vitamins are in small amounts that would require eating way too much coconut sugar to get to meaningful quantities of the vitamins and minerals.

The glycemic index shows a rating from 1 to 100.  Pure stevia has a GI of 1.  Pure glucose has a GI of 100.  High fructose corn syrup has a GI of 87.  White sugar (sucrose) has a GI of 80.  Corn syrup has a GI of 75 and Turibindo (raw sugar) has a GI of 55.

With processed foods, juices, sports drinks and soft drinks, high fructose corn syrup is often the major ingredient.  HFCS has no major nutritional value beyond providing calories.

The Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University has this to say about diets with high glycemic index foods such as HFCS.

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/foods/grains/gigl.html

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

After a high-glycemic load meal, blood glucose levels rise more rapidly and insulin demand is greater than after a low-glycemic load meal. High blood glucose levels and excessive insulin secretion are thought to contribute to the loss of the insulin-secreting function of the pancreatic beta-cells that leads to irreversible diabetes (6). High dietary glycemic loads have been associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) in several large prospective studies.”

The conclusion of this section regarding HFCS is:

“When consumed in large quantities on a long-term basis, HFCS is unhealthful and may contribute to other chronic diseases besides type 2 DM, including obesity and cardiovascular disease.”

Cardiovascular Disease

Impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance are known to be risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 DM. In addition to increased blood glucose and insulin concentrations, high dietary glycemic loads are associated with increased serum triglyceride concentrations and decreased HDL cholesterol concentrations; both are risk factors for cardiovascular disease (14, 15). High dietary glycemic loads have also been associated with increased serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of systemic inflammation that is also a sensitive predictor of cardiovascular disease risk(16). “

Pure stevia has the lowest glycemic index, and it does not contribute to lipids from digestion in the liver.  That is the good news.  The bad news is that most products labeled as containing stevia have stevia in very small quantities.  The bulk of Truvia is erythritol, which is a sugar alcohol or polyol.  Erythritol is produced from fermenting glucose with Moniliella pollinis, yeast, and then by dehydrating the resulting product.  There are several versions of Truvia and they are unacceptable.  Truvia has proven to be a neurotoxin and lethal for fruit flies, with fruit flies often used as test animals in drug trials.

There is one study done in Thailand that concludes that a stevia byproduct may be a carcinogen.  The conclusions reached by this study were published by the National Institute of Health (NIH).  The overall conclusion was that significant problems occurred when ingestion of the stevia derivatives exceed 80 times the normal daily recommended dosage.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9598301

Pure stevia used in a common sense manner appears to be very safe.  You can get pure stevia at Trader Joe’s in Columbus.  One ounce costs about $10.  A serving is 45 milligrams, which provides 622 servings.  Stevia with Inulin can be ordered from Puritan’s Pride.  You can get three 6 ounce bottles with shipping for about $25.  Inulin is a naturally occurring fiber that claims to reduce cholesterol.

In conclusion, sugar should be used as a spice and not as a main ingredient.  With a very high glycemic index, high fructose corn syrup contributes to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.  Saccharin is the safest of the artificial sweeteners.  Pure stevia is the best of the natural sweeteners.  If you want a stevia product that looks and acts more like sugar, stevia with inulin is a good choice.  There are also products that contain dextrose mixed with stevia, and the dextrose dulls the bite of stevia.  Dextrose is a form of glucose so it must be used in moderation for those with normal pancreatic function and very cautiously for diabetics.

How to live more painfully and die sooner

There is a lot of advice on how to become healthier by avoiding certain diseases that help you live longer.  We generally ignore that advice.  We know what we should be doing to be healthier and live longer.  This article provides advice on how to get sicker and die younger.  If you are serious about living a shorter life with more pain, follow the suggestions below.  If you want to live healthier and longer,don’t do anything suggested in this article.

If we are looking for a way to live shorter and die painfully, the diseases of choice are heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Many of the same life choices cause any or all of these diseases.  Those that have diabetes, cancer or heart disease would not choose to “get” these diseases.  There are genetic components of these diseases, and some people get diabetes, cancer or heart disease because of a family history.  Age is also a factor as the body wears out.

Bad choices raise the risk of these diseases substantially.  This article is about poor life choices that lead to getting diabetes, cancer or heart disease, or making the conditions worse. The focus will be on how to get diabetes, but much of this bad advice applies to getting cancer or heart disease.  Cancer prefers to feed on glucose (sugar), and heart disease is greatly increased if you become obese or do not exercise.

Diabetes works slowly in the beginning.  It requires a little daily pain for blood sugar testing, which can be avoided by not testing.  Over time, diabetes may include loss of sight, amputation of fingers, toes and legs.  Diabetes speeds up the death process drastically when the kidneys stop working.  Long-term dialysis is another challenge for many diabetics.  Obesity can be either a cause or an effect of diabetes.

We are going to limit advice on how to live shorter and die sooner from diabetes to a few key points. 

  1. Maximize the consumption of sugar. If processed foods are the major part of the diet, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is already a large part of what is eaten.  Eating foods that digest quickly and have high sugar is an excellent choice for becoming diabetic, e.g. Kellogg’s Sugar Frosted Flakes™ is a sugar addicts dream.  It is also a popular breakfast food for children.Drinking sugary drinks is another path to diabetes.  If you can get soft drinks made in Mexico, which has the highest rate of diabetes in the world, they have the most sugar.  HFCS is now being used in some Mexican sodas.  Substitute Coca Cola or Pepsi if Mexican soft drinks or southern sweet tea is unavailable.  The carbonation and acids in any “soft drink” will speed damaging the kidneys.  Most fruit juices contain large quantities of sugar or HFCS and minimal juice. These are also popular breakfast and snack foods for children.The body makes insulin in the pancreas.  When an increase in blood sugar is detected, the pancreas produces insulin.  The insulin circulates in the blood and causes the cells in the body to consume the sugar.  Over time, the cells get tired of responding to the insulin and they resist the intrusion of the insulin.  Insulin resistance is a part of being diabetic.  The pancreas may also get tired of responding to bursts of sugar, and slow or stop making insulin.  It turns out that the cells and organs also don’t want excessive exercise either.
  2. Keep exercise to a minimum. If there is no routine exercise, life is easier and diabetes is much more likely.  There is an intimate relationship among diet and exercise with obesity and diabetes.  Being overweight causes metabolic syndrome that leads to diabetes.  Lack of exercise, when combined with a high sugar diet, causes metabolic syndrome.  As more calories are eaten and not burned through exercise, weight increases.  Metabolic syndrome is a fancy way to describe the process of becoming diabetic.
    Exercise causes the body to burn energy.  The most available energy is found in sugar.  The body lowers blood sugar before it begins to burn fat.  If there is no fat available, the body burns protein.  Most bodies never consume protein due to exercise.  Sitting on the couch eating candy corn helps overcome any weight loss or burning blood sugar that will slow becoming diabetic.  Avoiding regular exercise keeps weight up and lets the heart avoid cardiovascular workouts.
  3. Maximize the consumption of “diet” products. This may seem like a contradiction.  Diet products have little or no sugar.  The sugar has been replaced with a shopping list of harmful chemicals.  There is evidence that eating artificial sweeteners kills the good flora in our intestines, which then leads to metabolic syndrome in a different way that contributes to diabetes and heart disease.  Read the labels of what you are eating and drinking to see what else is in the product besides real food and pure water.The food processors help cause diabetes by extensive use of sugar and HFCS that has a direct link to diabetes.  As an alternative path to diabetes, the FDA has approved the use of sugar substitutes that kill useful bacteria and contain harmful chemicals that lead to metabolic syndrome that then causes diabetes.Diet products are a slower way to diabetes for many people.  This especially true for obese people drinking diet sodas in an attempt to eat healthier. Diet foods are generally full of chemicals that are toxic over time. These chemicals compromise the immune system and interfere with the brain’s normal function of controlling appetite.

The National Institute of Health issued an article that updates information on metabolic syndrome

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/metabolicsyndrome.html

4.  Maximize the quantity of unhealthy foods. Nothing contributes to becoming diabetic as much as being overweight.  With the exception of people that have bad genes that were inherited, diabetes can be avoided.  A steady diet of high calories and low nutrition value foods will maximize weight gain and compromise overall health.

Food processors advertise their products focused on what tastes good, not on making people healthy.  If a link can be made to sexual satisfaction through showing a beautiful person eating an expensive chocolate coated ice cream bar, so much the better.  Sugar Frosted Flakes and similar high sugar products are a great way to get your child on the road to diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

To make food more appealing, food processors make sugar and HFCS the major component of their foods.  They also add salt and MSG to add to the taste of the foods.  This increases food consumption while lowering costs that would result if the ingredients were healthier.  GMO foods are also cheaper, often have lower nutrient content, and help destroy the flora in the intestines that leads to metabolic syndrome.  All of this adds to weight, lower immunity, and speeds up getting diabetes.  Residual glyphosate and similar chemicals have been deemed to be likely carcinogenic by the World Health Organization.

If by chance, the decision is to avoid diabetes, we can reverse all of the above recommendations and reduce the odds in becoming diabetic.  If we are already diabetic, or have a strong history of diabetes in our families, we can reduce the effects of diabetes if we make smart life choices now.  The suggestions to help prevent diabetes apply to lowering the risk of getting cancer and heart disease.

The medical and pharmaceutical providers in the US are rarely focused on preventing diseases.  Doctors and pharmaceutical companies do not talk about curing diabetes or heart disease.  The advertisements and medical advice talk about reducing symptoms and slowing the progression of diseases.  Diet, exercise and stress reduction are the foundations of Eastern medicine that focuses on preventing and curing diseases.  Make the right choice.

Additional considerations for consuming vitamins and minerals (revised)

MedPage Today posted a list of vitamins and supplements on August 18, 2016. Some of their information is useful, but there some key pieces of information missing or not considered. The slideshow gives their 12 key points. The comments in bold italicspresent other ideas to consider. The slideshow is titled Vitamins and Minerals from A to Z.

Traditional western medicine relies heavily on pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide their drug information.  The amount of nutritional data provided in most medical school curriculums is limited.  There is evidence that vitamins and supplements can be used effectively to combat diabetes, cancer, heart disease and overall health.  See the Starving Cancer article posted above.

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