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Does Smoking Cause Weight Gain

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2014
Many people fear quitting smoking because they fear gaining weight. We've all seen this happen. But, does smoking cause weight gain?  To the surprise of many, smoking does cause weight gain. Quitting smoking also causes weight gain!  A study from BYU published in the November 2014 issue of the American Journal of Physiology documents...

When is it Okay to Take an Antidepressant

submitted by: admin on 09/13/2014
In our pharmaceutically oriented culture, antidepressants are often looked as the solution for depression. We want the quickest fix that will get us back on our feet and back to work. And the medical profession has been trained to resort to using antidepressants, especially the SSRI type that include Prosac, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, and Luvox rather than...

Can Statins Prevent Breast Cancer?

submitted by: admin on 07/16/2014
An article published in the December 2013 issue of the journal, Science, done on one million people over 14 years found an association between having high cholesterol and the incidence of breast cancer. The risk of breast cancer was increased 1.64 times.  While this sounds impressive, when you take a careful look, it is interesting but far from...

Modifying the GI Microflora Lowers Blood Sugar

submitted by: admin on 07/10/2014
While it has been suspected that the GI microflora have a profound effect on human physiology, there has not been a lot of data supporting that the changes in physiology determine the resulting composition of the microflora. Now there is a study supporting that the microflora can be altered and this can change insulin sensitivity and decrease the risk for developing...

Poor Sleep in Adolescents Leads to Premature Disease

submitted by: admin on 03/20/2014
A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics in March of 2014 on obese adolescents showed that inadequate sleep led to the premature development of a number of chronic diseases that includes type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The University of Michigan and Baylor Universities teamed up to study 37 obese kids between the ages of 11-17 and monitored...

The Importance of Sleep (video)

submitted by: admin on 02/13/2014
This is a video that is an extensive overview on the importance of sleep. Sleep is critical for quality and length of sleep. Most Americans are sleep deprived because we're living in the "fast track." There are profound effects on osteoporosis, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and accidents. Sleep is absolutely essential...

The Infection Deception ”Unanswered Questions about the Swine Flu Controversy

submitted by: admin on 01/11/2014
            On Friday October 23, President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, plunging the H1N1 controversy ever more deeply into an Orwellian world of disinformation, fear, and confusion. The government’s program of swine flu vaccination was already the most ambitious of its kind since...

Insomnia Protocol

submitted by: admin on 12/02/2013
  A good night's sleep is absolutely essential for good health and most of us need between 7-8 hours every night. Lack of sleep leads to a state of inflammation and high levels of stress hormones, which lead to a wide range of diseases that include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, obesity and much...

Role of the Brain in Sugar Metabolism

submitted by: admin on 11/26/2013
According to an article published in the November 2013 issue of the medical journal, Nature, glucose regulation is only 50% related to the action of insulin. The other 50% is regulated through a mechanism called "glucose effectiveness" that originates in the hypothalamus of the brain. Glucose effectiveness is an unrelated separate mechanism from...

Long Term Manifestations of Domestic Violence

submitted by: admin on 11/25/2013
An excellent article in the November 2013 issue of More Magazine reported that 25% of all women are victims of domestic violence. Two million women are injured annually by domestic violence, 25% require medical care, and 1300 die! Sixty percent of those going to emergency rooms are strangled and one in three lost consciousness.  MDs and dentists...

What Types of Jobs Increase the Risk for Heart Attacks?

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  People with demanding jobs and not much freedom to make decisions are more stressed out and have a 23% higher risk for a heart attack according to a study published in the September 2012 issue of the Lancet. Among about 200,000 people 30,000 had job strain and 2,300 had a heart attack over about a 7 year period. Stress causes insomnia that leads...

What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
Diabetes is a disease of relationships between blood sugar and blood insulin levels. What insulin does and how it functions in type 2 diabetes. Sugar consumption, especially high fructose corn syrup and lack of exercise has a lot to do with causing the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.      

Vitamin K Protects Against Getting Type 2 Diabetes

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  According to an article published in the October issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in a study of 1069 men and women with an average age of 67, over 5.5 years 131 developed type 2 diabetes. The highest intakes of vitamin K1 were associated with a 51% reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes compared to those with the lowest intakes....

Understanding the Metabolic Syndrome

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  The epidemic of type 2 diabetes is for the most part silent. It it not just about blood sugar levels, it is about insulin resistance. The interaction between blood sugar levels and insulin are reviewed as are its consequences. Fat buildup in the abdomen accumulates and leads to the vascular complications of diabetes. The value of a low carb diet is...

Type II Diabetes Intro

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
The physiology of the metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and the role of insulin and sugar levels are discussed. Risk factors and complications are reviewed. Treatment options are presented.

Type II Diabetes and Weight

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
Being overweight leads to inflammation, which causes insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and its complications. It also leads to leptin resistance, which leads to increasing our appetite center in our brain. High fructose corn syrup is especially powerful in causing resistance of insulin and leptin. Exercise is a huge factor that protects against being over...

Type 2 Diabetes, Understanding its Complications

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  The mechanisms of and possible complications of diabetes are reviewed. When blood sugar levels rise sufficiently they damage vital proteins and lead to heart attacks, strokes, peripheral vascular disease, retinopathy, kidney disease, and neuropathy. Lifestyle is the most important treatment to prevent these complications. Certain supplements that can...

Type 2 Diabetes, Its Prevalence is Growing

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
There is an epidemic of type 2 diabetes and of the metabolic syndrome. Nearly 25% of Americans now are at risk for this. Testing is discussed as are the factors leading to this epidemic.          

The Relationship of Insulin and Arteriosclerosis

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
According to Joslin Clinic Studies published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, high levels of insulin in themselves do not cause arteriosclerosis. Without other factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes, high levels of insulin do not cause arteriosclerosis. There must be insulin resistance in endothelial...

The PolyPill: Can It Be Resurrected?

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
The polypill is a brainstorm of the pharmaceutical companies to create a combination of drugs to make it convenient to take multiple medications. However, their real motive is to sell as much drug as possible. Consequently, they have done research under the guise of convenience but with the hope that they can convince the public and the medical profession to...

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