Do You Know the Signs Associated With Diabetes?
Remember, if left unchecked, diabetes can lead to many other health complications…
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Remember, if left unchecked, diabetes can lead to many other health complications…
Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence.
Turmeric has a number of potential health benefits. According to the Cleveland Clinic, it has antioxidant properties, and one study shows that it may protect your body from free radicals by neutralizing them. Another study suggests that turmeric’s antioxidant effects may also stimulate the activity of other antioxidants, and it may lower the risk of heart disease.
Johns Hopkins Medicine states that research studies have shown some possible benefits of turmeric for inflammation, degenerative eye conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, hyperlipidemia (cholesterol in the blood), anxiety, muscle soreness after exercise, and kidney health. However, turmeric supplements may not be a good idea, according to the same source.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) notes that turmeric is promoted as a dietary supplement for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory infections, allergies, liver disease, depression, and many others. It is a common spice and a major ingredient in curry powder.
Healthline reports that turmeric, and its active ingredient, curcumin, may have anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, and other benefits. It may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence.
Turmeric and its primary compound, curcumin, offer several health benefits, according to Verywell Health. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, turmeric may help reduce joint pain, boost cognitive function and mood, and support heart health. Curcumin may also help protect against cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Another zero-fat, healthy bacteria, non-fruit recipe to give you amazing health!
At the Creative Health Institute, where I was once director, meals always included regular and VegeKrauts. We also used VegeKraut as on salads and sandwiches, in vegetable V8-type smoothies, and even as an ingredient in recipes for raw soups and stews.
I saw many people with serious health issues such as cancer or diabetes experience dramatic improvements when they began eating more raw pre and probiotic-fermented plant-based foods, especially Dr. Anns VegKraut.
Dr. Ann Wigmores VegeKraut
Some of the benefits associated with eating raw VegeKraut, sauerkraut, and fermented foods are:
Powerful immune system boosters
VegeKraut and Sauerkraut are packed with enzymes, vitamins, phytonutrients, and minerals. For centuries it has been used as an immune booster by people living in colder climates.
VegeKraut & sauerkraut contains lactic acid bacteria and photochemical—beneficial byproducts of fermentation that help increase the body’s immune system. This can lead to decreased occurrences of several ailments, such as colds or other respiratory diseases. A healthy immune system prevents the development of common colds, skin problems that require treatment by a dermatologist, and weight gain caused by overeating.
VegeKraut & Sauerkraut are a cancer fighters
All Krauts’ are superfoods, with the ability to inhibit and even destroy cancer cells. Studies published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry concluded that kraut is a cancer inhibitor. The study discovered that the fermentation of cabbage produced a substance called isothiocyanate, which prevents cancer growth, particularly in the breast, colon, lung, and liver.
The University of New Mexico published a study linking sauerkraut consumption by adolescent females to a reduced risk for breast cancer earlier studies indicate sauerkraut may reduce the risk for other forms of cancer including lung, colon, prostate, and liver.
“We are finding that fermented cabbage is healthier than raw or cooked cabbage, especially for fighting cancer”, says Eeva-Liisa Ryhanen, Ph.D., research manager of MTT Agrifood Research Finland, located in Jokioinen, Finland.
A recent study by the American Center for Cancer Research has found that sauerkraut has a profound effect on preventing and healing breast cancer. Based on reports that breast cancer rates amongst polish women in the United States were much higher than those in Poland researchers set out to find out why. Their answer; the women who still lived in Poland ate significantly larger amounts of sauerkraut especially important while they were in adolescence. The research found that the women who immigrated Americanized their diets and stopped eating as much of the superfood that is sauerkraut thus increasing their rates of breast cancer.
Eating sauerkraut is a great way to protect the balance of bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. Sauerkraut is one of the few foods that contain the bacterium Lactobacilli Plantarum. L. Plantarum is a very dominant strain of healthful bacteria that helps your digestive system in the following ways:
Wishing you the best day ever, Love and blessings.
For several decades, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes has steadily increased in America. In adult Americans, there are now more than 11 million cases of type 2 diabetes and close to 40 million people with prediabetes. This condition is characterized by blood sugar levels above average but not high enough to diagnose full-blown diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic, progressive disease that affects the body’s ability to process sugar and causes blood glucose levels to become too high. A person with diabetes has elevated blood sugar levels because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or cells do not respond appropriately.
The study, published in Diabetes Care, found that vegetarians and vegans were less likely than meat-eaters to develop diabetes. Even after researchers adjusted for factors such as age, body mass index (BMI), smoking status, and physical activity levels, those who ate a vegetarian diet still had a 22 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-vegetarians.
Eating a diet rich in plant foods, such as vegetables and whole grains—and lower in red meat—can help reduce your risk for diabetes. However, the researchers said the reasons why vegetarians were less likely than meat-eaters to develop type 2 diabetes are unclear. One possibility is that eating a vegetarian diet may lower insulin resistance levels, a significant risk factor for developing diabetes. Another option is that vegetarians may have a lower risk of diabetes because they tend to be leaner than non-vegetarians. However, vegetarians also generally have lower rates of obesity and high blood pressure, which can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes.
If you know someone who is diabetic, let them know about how a vegan or vegetarian diet might help their condition.
Eating the right foods can help manage blood sugar fluxuations.
Raw or cooked leafy green vegetables are storehouses of vital minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes. They add color, flavor, and texture to any meal. Make your Greens go beyond the norm. Make smoothies with greens as the base. Make your salads your meal. Try the following:
Kale -It’s rich in antioxidants minerals and vitamins. Vitamins A, C, and K are found in abundance. Don’t forget to pound the kale to soften it if you are eating it raw. See kale chips for a fun way of eating kale.
Microgreens – These small and delicious green are usually immature sunflower greens, but can be grown from almost any of the greens when picked immature. Dr. Ann Wigmore made the famous. Microgreens are packed with nutrients, especially vitamins C, E, and K, and the best thing is you can grow these indoors years around.
Collard Greens – Are one green that is best tasting and easily digested when you cook them and add a little apple cider vinegar on them to enhance their flavor. Their leaves are thick and somewhat bitter, so if you use them raw in salads or smoothies, use them sparingly. They’re one of the plant worlds best sources of vitamin K.
Spinach – Just one cup of raw spinach provides 181% of the DV for vitamin K, 56% of the DV for vitamin A and 13% of the DV for manganese. Goes great in smoothies and salads and taste wonderful cooked alone or incorporated into 100’s of other cooked foods.
Beet Greens – Great when chopped into salads, put in smoothies or juiced. – They are full of minerals like potassium, calcium, riboflavin. Like most greens vitamins A and K are prevalent. One cup of cooked beet greens contains 220% of the DV for vitamin A, 37% of the DV for potassium and 17% of the DV for fiber. When eaten raw in a salad or smoothie, you get the benefit of the life food enzymes.
Romaine – It’s a good source of vitamins A 82% DV and K 60% DV. Romaine works excellent as a basis for salads as well as an addition to smoothies. It’s also one of the best sources of dietary nitrates, that turn into nitric oxide.
Arugula – Like all green leafy vegetables Arugula is rich in vitamins A and K. B9, and has one of the highest levels naturally occurring nitrates, which may help reduce blood pressure, improve blood sugar and blood flow.
Turnip Greens – Filled with nutrients they are more nutritious than the turnip itself. The greens are exploding with calcium, manganese, folate and vitamins A, C, and K. Great in small amounts in smoothies and salads. They are most delicious when cooked.
Tomorrow I will teach you about the fruits and berries you can eat once you have your blood sugar normalize.
Wishing you the best day ever! Bobby
We believe every diabetic should have the opportunity to have a say in their treatment, and to try a natural holistic approach to addressing their disease before they are given over to a lifetime of dangerous medications.
We find that all of the students who come to us for the purpose of learning diabetes self-care management and taking personal charge of reversing the effects of their type II diabetes have been able to do so; In fact, all of them have learned how to address their diabetes challenge and have lowered or eliminated their need for diabetic medications.
From their first day with us, they begin experiencing the reversal of the effects of the disease and in as little as two to three day’s many of them experience the joy of seeing their blood sugar beginning to normalize.
It doesn’t’ matter what the cause of our student’s diabetes is, whether it’s due to lack of insulin, its ineffectiveness when the body fails to use the insulin properly, or their body is not producing enough insulin. So no matter what type of diabetes challenge our students face, they will be able to participate in the reversal process and experience a reduction or elimination of medications, by just following the dietetic changes we teach them.
“Maintaining a diet with more consumption of raw vegetables, five fruits a day, and plenty of water is highly recommended in beating diabetes naturally. Adding fiber to food consumption is good not only because it helps move the food out of the intestinal tract but also because their chromium content helps control the blood sugar level.” Roger Guzman, M.D.
We offer a safe and supportive environment, a place of learning where each student is taught, coached and encouraged, to take charge of their diabetes health challenge. All of our regular, as well as our diabetic students, benefit from our detoxification/rebuild program which works hand in hand with their eating the most nourishing foods on the planet which are inclusive of Dr. Ann Wigmore’s living foods lifestyle, health, and wellness technologies.
Students who have participated in the diabetes reversal program have been able to drastically lower or eliminate their diabetic medications within 30 days. Everyone deserves to take control of their health and enjoy the freedom from medications and the side effects associated with having to take any kind of diabetic medication.
With more than 5 million people taking insulin every day, the measure of success for a diabetic should be how little medication they need to control their blood sugar levels. As the above quote indicates, many doctors because of excessive patient loads and not enough hours in the day, find it impossible not to prescribe potentially harmful medications, not having the time to help their patients implement health strategies and technologies that would lower or in most cases eliminate the need for diabetic medications. Many of our students have come to us and found they missed the warning signs associated with diabetes. There are six signs of uncontrolled blood sugar:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should immediately seek medical care. Once you have met with your doctor and have stabilized your blood sugar, this is the time to begin considering alternative health strategies, designed to strengthen your immune system and enable you to control your blood sugar with little or no medication.
Remember, if left unchecked, diabetes can lead to many other health complications, including amputation, cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, blindness, nervous system disease, and death.
We hope this health update and management protocol will make a positive difference in your life or the life of someone you know. Please pass this information on to anyone who may benefit from knowing more about diabetes or who may want to attend the institute and work on reversing their diabetes.
Do not forget we are here to help and support you in learning how to take control of your health, no matter whether you are newly diagnosed or just needing to taking preventative measures. If you would like to get more information about us or like to sign up to attend one of our retreats or participate in one of our programs, just fill out the contact form.
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In a new study just released, Cambridge University, researchers, have confirmed what most of us Naturopaths and alternative medical doctors have been saying for the last fifty years: Sugary drinks raises a person’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes and many other sicknesses and diseases.
“Energy soup is the easiest, healthiest and quickest meal on earth!” Dr. Ann Wigmore
Time: 5 minutes
I hope that all of you enjoy what I would consider to be the most nutritious soup on the planet. Thank you Dr. Ann, you will always be remembered as a true blessing to mankind. Bobby
CHI needs your help! We miss calculated our need for interns for fall season. Our guest attendance is running at an all time high and we need individuals who can come and begin their internship immediately. Contact Robert (Bobby) Morgan, Program Director & Health Education Director email@example.com,112 West Union City Road, Union City, Michigan 49094, if you are able to be here by the first week in September, 2011, you can call us at 866.426.1213.
Requirements of the internship:
1. You must be willing to sign an agreement which states, during your 12 week stay you’ll participate in the CHI program which includes maintaining a 100% raw diet while on the grounds.
2. We are looking for healthy individuals who have the heart and capability to serve others. This is imperative, as we believe that when we serve others in this manner we receive our healing.
3. You will be scheduled 6 shifts a week, a minimum 6 hours a day. You must be willing to work when scheduled and may be required to work extra shifts if needed. We are looking for people who will take ownership in the institute and be willing to do what it takes to enhance our program.
4. Must be open minded, and adjust easily to change.
5. Must be able to work in environments that you may not be familiar with or comfortable with. You may be asked to step outside of your box.
6. Able to commit to a three month stay, unless you are selected for a short-term special assignment.
7. Must stay on the grounds during working hours, except for day off.
8. Willing to work with guests to ensure their stay is memorable experience.
9. Must be able to work and live with others in a harmonious manner. If you are prone to gossiping then this is not the place for you.
10. We need people who do not have overwhelming and pressing issues that may keep them from performing to their optimum ability.
11. There is a $1,000 non-refundable commitment fee. $500 must be paid 30 days before your arrival with the remaining $500 to be paid when you arrive at CHI.
12.Please understand there is a 2-week probationary period. If we find you are not compatible with other interns, staff members, guests, or not participating in the program your internship will be immediately terminated.
13. Must be physically fit and willing to carry out tasks as assigned.
14. Must be willing to share quarters with other interns.
What you will get:
1. You may receive a nationally recognized raw living food chef certification. This certification could provide you money making opportunities in the future.
2. You may be awarded a certification as a counselor in health and healing through raw living foods.
3. Room and board will be included in your stay. You will have 3 great meals a day, along with, all the wheatgrass juice and rejuvelac you can drink.
4. You will receive the opportunity to meet and share time with individuals from all over the world.
5. You will have the opportunity to attend classes for FREE and learn all the CHI programs and raw living food lifestyle.
6. You will have bragging rights that you have completed an internship at the crown jewel of all of the health and wellness centers in the United States.
7. Those interns who have performed their duties at the highest level may be offered a staff position or the rights to open a licensed Creative Health Institute in your state.
If you are selected to be an intern, this is a list of things you’ll need to bring with you or ship before your arrival:
The requirements for the internship are very rigid, but what you will gain from the experience will far outweigh all of the studying and hard work that you will put in as an intern at CHI.
Please take time to reflect on our needs and your own. A three month stay does not always sound like a lot, but when pulled away from family, friends and responsibilities, it can be a positive or a negative thing.
To apply, please fill out the questionnaire.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Program Director & Health Education Director
112 West Union City Road
We Have Three Other Openings:
Should you be selected you will be part of a team that for 39 years has been committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with our guests to find the perfect balance for health, wellness and longevity.
As an intern you will be supporting and working with guests and students who have come to the institute to detox their bodies and strengthen their immune systems. Many are suffering from cancer, diabetes and heart disease, while others have come to acquire the knowledge and tools to keep themselves at the highest health levels, naturally!
Creative Health Institute Interns Make Life Better For Others
One of the activities we enjoy at Creative Health is our morning exercise and lymphasize classes. During these classes we perfom specially designed exercises that help us to strengthen our lymphatic system.
Bobby Morgan, who is our instructor is a Raw Vegan Athlete who pratices holisitc health. His mentoring ability, understanding of raw foods, herbs and nutrition helps support our guest on their journey to health.
Many of the men and women who come to CHI come here to experience the lifestyle and the diet, but theres more; Everyday guests attend classes and also can have private counseling sessions with the instructors.
Our raw live foods are amazing and by the time our guests leave the are prepared to change their lifestyles and turnback the hands of time. Even many of the guests with Type 2 Diabetes find there blood sugar normalizing during their 10 day detox with most being able to go home and cure themselves of their Type 2 Diabetes, in as little as 28 days.
Wishing all of our readers a wonderous day!
The Staff At CHI
Robert Morgan is the Health Education Director and a cancer survivor. If you need information about our programs please contact him at 866.426.1213
CHI is not a hospital or medical facility. We are a raw living foods teaching institute.
The Raw living food diets primary foundation is made-up of organic plant-based based sprouted food which contains the highest levels of bio-available nutrients known to mankind. Raw living foods serve as the main holistic modality for naturopathic counselors, nutritionist and doctors who are focusing on preventing sickness and chronic diseases. The raw living food diet and healing philosophies are based on the principle that cooking foods change their molecular structure destroying enzymes, phytonutrients, vitamins, proteins and minerals that are beneficial to the body. Following are some of the major benefits associated with this diet.
Health Are Some Of The Benefits Creative Health Institute Believes To Be Associated The Raw Living Food Diet.
This list is just a start… Think about how you have benefited from a raw living food diet and list the benefits you have received.
Wishing everyone the greatest weekend ever and don’t forget to drink a shot of wheatgrass everyday.
Robert “Bobby” Morgan
Creative Health Institute
A diet low in omega-3 fatty acids may produce neurobiological effects that may result in a predisposition for mood disorders, according to animal research published in Nature Neuroscience.
Maintaining a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids is commonly recommended in clinical guidelines related to the management of:
• Heart disease
Researchers fed mice a diet designed to mimic a lifelong imbalance in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. A dietary reduction in omega-3 fatty acids was associated with diminished functioning of the cannabinoid CB1 receptors in the mice’s brains.
The investigators found that the dietary-induced reduction in the functioning of cannabinoid CB1 receptors was associated with impaired emotional behavior in the mice. In addition, synaptic plasticity, which is dependent on cannabinoid CB1 receptor activity, was deficient in the malnourished mice in at least two brain regions: the prefrontax cortex and the nucleus accumbens.These brain regions are crucial for reward, motivation, and emotional regulation.
Today’s research provides a neurobiological correlate for epidemiological evidence that low dietary levels of omega-3 fatty acids are linked with an increased incidence of mood disorders, including depression.
Good Sources Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Walnuts, flax-seeds, beans, live oil and winter squash are excellent foods that will provide you with concentrated sources of omega-3 fatty acids. One-quarter cup of flax seeds contains about 7 grams of omega-3 fatty acids while one-quarter cup of walnuts contains about 2.3 grams. At Creative Health Institute we make sure our guests and students have plenty of flax seed and walnuts to insure their getting enough omega-3 fat in their daily diets.
Normal blood sugar level range between 80 and 120. A dangerous blood sugar level can mean it is too high or to low. Creative Health Institute does not treat or diagnosis diabetes. After you have been diagnosed diabetes type 2, we can teach you how to work on reversing it and bringing your blood sugar levels into the normal range, usually within 21 days. Whether you have diabetes or not you should consult your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of abnormal blood sugar, or feel that its not within the normal range. So consult with your doctor, then you can make an informed decision as to where to go from there.
While many of the signs and symptoms of diabetes can also be related to other causes, testing for diabetes is very easy, and the constant/regular presence of one or more of these symptoms over an extended period of time should be checked by a physician.
If diabetes is suspected, tested for, and diagnosed when those symptoms first start appearing, other more serious symptoms of advanced diabetes can often be prevented or have their onset significantly delayed through diet, exercise and proper blood sugar management.
However, often the ‘minor’ symptoms of diabetes go unrecognized, and physical and neurological problems may arise, resulting in some of the following symptoms:
If you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms an appointment with a physician should be made as soon as possible.
It may come as quite a shock to those type 2 diabetics who regularly consume caffeine to hear that studies are now showing that caffeine raises blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.
I’m a regular diet coke drinker and I thought that because there is no sugar in diet coke it was safe for me to drink regularly…I was wrong.
The American Diabetes Association announced the findings of a Duke University study which showed that caffeine raised the blood glucose levels of type 2 diabetics throughout the day and especially after meals.
Previous studies on the link between caffeine and diabetes had shown that caffeine consumption lowered the risk of type 2 diabetes. Those who drank the most caffeine were the least likely to develop type 2 diabetes. It was these finding that has led many people to believe that caffeine had no ill effect on diabetics, in-fact it was helpful in lowering blood sugar.
What the Duke University study is now showing is that in people who have type 2 diabetes, caffeine raised their blood sugar levels throughout the day. So even if they drank caffeine in the morning it had an effect on their blood sugar level throughout the entire day making it difficult to keep it under control.
So what is suggested? Well, if you are a type 2 diabetic and you are finding it difficult to keep your blood glucose levels in the normal range you may want to examine the amount of caffeine you are consuming.
Now that studies have shown caffeine raises blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics you may want to monitor the amount of caffeine that you consume, including soft drinks, tea, etc.
Think about how you can replace your caffeine jolt with healthy alternatives. Contact us here at Creative Health Institute and we will be glad to share some ideas which will help you balance your blood sugar levels and balance your life.
Wishing all of our friends the best day ever.
Creative Health Institute
With Type 2 diabetes your body might be producing too little insulin, or it might not be reacting to the insulin correctly. Either way, the end result is that glucose builds up in the bloodstream instead of going into the cells. Left untreated, high blood sugar can cause serious long-term health problems.
Type 2 diabetes usually appears later in life, often between the ages of 35-45 years. As it often develops slowly, many people may not recognise the symptoms, and may have diabetes without knowing it.
If you have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you are one of the lucky ones. Many people have diabetes without knowing it, and are at much greater risk of long term medical complications.
Finding out you have diabetes can be upsetting, but it should not prevent you from living a long and happy life. You may need to make a few changes in your lifestyle, but these changes are also good advice for non-diabetics, so probably a good idea anyway.
For more information on diabetes watch this weekend’s special edition of “SGMD“: “Diabetes 20/20,” Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. ET
Bethesda, Maryland (CNN) — When Jonathan Legg of Bethesda, Maryland, got a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes at 39, he was shocked.
“I had always been pretty active,” said Legg. “But it was a big wake-up call, that what I was doing and my current weight were not OK.”
That was two years ago. Since that time, the Morgan Stanley executive decided to make some changes and reverse his diabetes. Although his doctor recommended he go on medication to control his illness, Legg took a different approach. Instead of meds, he began to exercise every day and changed his diet, cutting out alcohol, fatty foods and watching his carbs.
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“I wanted to be able to know the changes I was making were making a difference, and it wasn’t the drug,” said Legg.
According to new statistics just out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.8 million people, or 8.3% of the U.S. population, are affected by either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Most, like Legg, have type 2 diabetes, which in many people develops later in life. Caused primarily by genetic makeup, a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits, type 2 diabetes can be reversed in some cases. By making changes to their lives such as adding exercise and improving their diets, many type 2 diabetics can drop their glucose or sugar numbers back to the normal range, reversing their condition.
So why do exercise and diet help reverse diabetes? To answer that question, we first need to know why people get diabetes in the first place.
Diabetes is caused when there is too much glucose or sugar in the body. We get sugar from the things we eat. The body is designed to process sugar so it can enter our cells and provide energy. But glucose can’t enter our cells without insulin, which is a hormone produced by the pancreas.
If you have diabetes, your body isn’t making any or is not making enough insulin — or it can’t properly use the insulin it is producing. As a result, too much sugar stays in the blood. If this occurs for a long time, it can lead to serious problems.
Tips for dealing with diabetes
Type 1 diabetes was once known as juvenile diabetes because it’s usually diagnosed in children and young adults. About 5% to 10% of all people with diabetes have this type, which is not reversible because the person’s pancreas is not producing insulin at all.
The remainder have type 2 diabetes. For these people, their body can no longer process insulin correctly. Although genetics plays a part, obesity is a major reason people develop type 2 diabetes.
“We know that excess body weight adversely affects every organ system in the body,” says Dr. Gary Foster, director of Temple University’s Center for Obesity Research and Education in Philadelphia. “So it shouldn’t be surprising that as obesity increases, as it has over the past 30 years, that medical conditions, especially conditions like type 2 diabetes, will also increase.”
People who carry excess weight, especially in their midsection, are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes because the fat in their tissues causes an imbalance of insulin in the body. The condition is called insulin resistance. If they can eliminate that fat by exercising and limiting carbohydrates and alcohol, then many can drop their glucose levels. And for some, they can drop them back into the normal range.
This is also true for people who are prediabetic. According to the CDC, 79 million Americans are prediabetic, which means their glucose readings fall between 100 and 125 while fasting. According to the American Diabetes Association, normal glucose readings are 100 and below when a person has not eaten anything. Numbers above 125 while fasting are considered to be in the diabetic range. So when you’re prediabetic, it’s easier to turn those numbers around. And that’s important, because once you become a diabetic, even if you drop your numbers, you will always be classified as a diabetic, making it difficult to acquire good insurance.
“Once you fall into that glucose range, you are considered at high risk for developing the condition again,” says Magee.
“That’s why we are working on a program right now that goes into the community and reaches those who are at risk of being prediabetic or diabetic,” Magee said. “The results have been so positive, the CDC is looking at the program as a possible protocol for other hospitals to follow.”
As for Jonathan Legg, his numbers are no longer in the diabetic range. He’s lost 40 pounds and watches everything he eats.
“I educated myself, I read the labels,” said Legg. “I enjoy what I eat. I met with nutritionists, and they helped me build a game plan.”
His physician, Dr. Lucy McBride says it’s more than just diet; it’s also the types of foods that Legg eats.
“He cut out significant amounts of sugar and carbs in his diet, really changed how he ate,” says McBride. “He’s increased fiber, increased protein, cut back on alcohol, which is really sugar.”
But McBride notes Legg needs to be tenacious.
“I told him, encouraged as I was, and proud and pleased [but] he’s got to keep up those lifestyle habits for things to stay in the right direction,” McBride said. “Without exercise, without diet and without weight control, the diabetes will come back. It’s something he will need to manage his whole life.”
That’s something Legg says he would rather do than live as a diabetic.
If you are a diabetic and want to improve your life. Call us at 866.426.1213 and talk to our Health Education Director, Robert Morgan “Bobby” and learn how easy it is to put diabetes behind you – forever!
Jimmy Ehrhart, 15
Standing in front of a small group of Creative Health Institute guests with a Sharpie in hand and a smile on his face, Jimmy Ehrhart, 15, recorded numbers on a large pad of paper propped upon an easel.
“I feel great right now,” Jimmy told the other guests who were going through a 10-day detox with him. It was the beginning of Day 8 and relief had come for Jimmy and others who had experienced the typical uncomfortable symptoms people have when they withdraw from sugar, caffeine, high-protein and high-fat foods. “I feel better than I have ever felt—honestly.”
The Camden, Michigan, teen was front-and-center for the morning and happy about the progress everybody was making with the detox. Jimmy came to CHI with his younger sister, older brother, mother and grandfather. All of them wanted to make significant changes to their diets and health. They decided to go raw after reading books such as Victoria Boutenko’s Raw Family and watching videos including Thirty Days Raw. Now that their detox at CHI is nearly complete, the family agrees visiting our nutritional education center in Hodunk, Michigan, has been one of the the best things they’ve ever done together.
Jessica Ehrhart, 12, said she plans to spread the word about the great time she’s had with her family and new friends at Creative Health Institute.
“I would like to see lots of families come here. I wish everyone in the world could do it because then everyone would just be healthy,” Jessica said. “Fast foods are gross!”
After seeing the videos and reading the books his mother exposed the family to in preparation of their detox, Jimmy still was a bit skeptical about how much a raw food diet could affect him. He was willing to give raw living foods a try because he had some health concerns and wanted to see what a difference the Ann Wigmore way of life could make. Jimmy said for several years he has suffered from asthma, allergies, trouble sleeping, snoring and being overweight. It’s been tough for him to join the fun and games kids his age typically enjoy.
“I couldn’t play sports. My friends, they all try to run around town and I have a hard time keeping up to them with the asthma, ” Jimmy said. “It is embarrassing to stay over a friend’s house because I snore so loud.”
Now Jimmy feels a new hope and expects he’ll be able to participate more fully in teenage activities he sees others enjoy. His snoring stopped right away. He’s been sleeping well every night and his asthma hasn’t been bothering him at all. He’s been exercising every day and says he feels hopeful that he’ll be able to keep up with his friends in basketball, football and baseball. He has always tried to participate in sports but due to his health issues he has spent most of his time on the bench.
Jimmy also had a problem with food allergies. He said he especially seemed to be allergic to nuts, particularly cashews. At CHI he has found he can eat all different kinds of nuts without any allergic reaction. He said he believes it’s because he had been eating nuts that were not organic and all of the food at the center is organic. He said he was really happy to learn that eating a raw food diet doesn’t mean a life-sentence of “boring salads.” He was especially impressed with a raw cashew-cheese-based blueberry cheesecake an intern made one night for a CHI guest who was celebrating her birthday during the detox.
Jessica said all along she was excited to come to the Creative Health Institute with her family. She said she knew she needed to make some changes in her life and she was ready to move forward.
“I would like to improve my asthma and coming here definitely helped it,” she said. “I was always on the couch. I couldn’t breathe so I always had to have an inhaler wherever I went. It is really horrible.”
Jessica hasn’t had to use her inhaler once during the 10-day detox. On day eight she reported feeling better than she has felt in a very long time. She said she has “tons” of energy and now she can breath without wheezing — something she hasn’t been able to do since she was a small child.
One of Jessica’s favorite things about the 10-day detox at CHI has been the cooking lessons. Jessica helped make marinara sauce to serve at dinner one night and she said she was surprised by how simple and tasty it was. She also has enjoyed rebounding (jumping on a miniature trampoline) in the morning and sitting in the banya (our Russian-style sauna). She said she really wants to come back for the raw chef classes to learn how to make gourmet raw living foods.
Jimmy and Jessica’s mother, Kimberly Ehrhart, said she’s very happy her family came to CHI together to detox with raw living food. She’s eager for her next visit and suggesting to staff that she’d like to see a CHI reunion for guests in the summer.
“I would highly suggest the 10-day detox,” Kimberly said. “It’s more than cleansing for your body and mind, and it’s more than just new relationships — it’s family.”
Robert Morgan – Bobby
Health & Education Director
Taste is the ability to respond to dissolved molecules and ions called tastants. Humans detect taste with taste receptor cells. These are clustered together and we refer to them as taste buds. Each taste bud has a pore that opens out to the surface of the tongue enabling molecules and ions taken into the mouth to reach the receptor cells inside. There are four primary taste sensations:
1) SALTINESS Add a salty flavor to your food by using natural Celtic, Himalayan, or sea salts, but go easy on the portions. Even natural salts in large quantities are not actually that good for us. You can also use kelp, dulse, coconut aminos, Bragg’s, nama shoyu (raw soy sauce), garlic “salt,” sun-dried tomatoes, and celery. Saltiness brings out all the other flavors to balance, especially anything sweet, so adding a dash to your chocolate recipes is a good thing.
2) SWEETNESS Balances salty tasting food. At Creative Health Institute we use different natural sweeteners to create this balance. We always lean towards using products with the lowest amounts of sugar possible. There are many choices ranging from plain fruit, Stevia, Yacon, Mesquite, raw honey, agave syrup, palm sugar, dates and other dried fruits such as figs and apricots. Keep in mind that honey is not vegan, and maple syrup is not really raw. Both are better than refined sugar, however, and are packed with minerals and vitamins.
3) SOURNESS Balance salty and sweet flavors with a sour taste. A recipe containing these three flavors will provide great balance. For a sour taste use citrus juices, tamarind, cranberries, pickles, tomatoes, rejuvelac, camu camu, and vinegars. In general, if your recipe has a good balance of the 3 flavors above, it is going to taste yummy!
4) BITTERNESS Generally speaking, bitterness is not desirable in large quantities, but it so happens that bitter foods and herbs can be quite healthy. They can also be tasty in the right quantity.
OTHER ASPECTS WHICH INFLUENCING FLAVOR
A) AROMA Aromatics refer to the sense of smell, not taste, but they are closely related and influence each other. Aroma adds depth to flavors. Here are some aromatic ingredients to use in your uncooking: onions, garlic, shallots, leeks, celery, sweet peppers, ginger or galangal, citrus zest, kefir lime leaves, and lemongrass. Aromatic herbs include parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano, mint, etc. (fresh herbs are definitely better in the raw food context!) Aromas tend to come out far more when heating food, but do indeed apply to raw food preparation. Hot peppers and such like those listed below are also aromatic.
B) SPICINESS (HEAT) Spices add a combination of the above flavors, but also add different levels of heat, if not at least a “bite.” Add dry spicy ingredients before marinating to balance the flavors better. Use oil to bring out the taste of dried herbs and spices. Items that add heat include black pepper, curries, chilies, cayenne, hot paprika, cumin, raw garlic, wasabi, cloves, turmeric, coriander, mustards, etc.
C) CREAMINESS This is more of a texture than taste, but if all the spice is getting to be too much, a little nut milk or cream can do wonders. No wonder so many hot Asian curries have coconut milk in them! • Too spicy? Add some sweetness or creaminess •
LETS FIX IT…
Too sweet? Add some sour or spiciness •
Too sour? Add sweet •
Too bland? Add salt or some spiciness •
Too salty? Add sour •
Just needs a spark? Add acid or one of the aromatics added at the end of cooking, or just a touch of heat (spiciness) •
Too harsh? Try just a touch of sweetness.
|Ann Wigmore Institute – Purerto Rico – A place to learn and to heal.Ann Wigmore Foundation – New Mexico – Teaching the Living Food Lifestyle.
Creative Health Institute – Steeped in the traditions of Dr. Ann Wigmore .
Earth 911 – Enter your zip code to locate your nearest recycling or hazardous waste collection center.
EarthSave – International organization that educates about the powerful effects our food choices have on the environment, our health and all of life on earth. Encourages shift toward a low-fat, plant-based diet.
The Fresh Network – International raw and living foods organization based in the UK. Great information.
Gentle World – Non-profit educational organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life by educating the public as to the health, environmental and spiritual benefits of a plant-based and sustainable lifestyle.
Green People – The world’s largest searchable database of eco-friendly products and services.
Happy Cow’s Global Guide – Vegetarian restaurant guide, providing vegetarians around the world with vegetarian and vegan restaurant and health food store locations.
Harmonious Living – The spirit of Harmonious Living is in deepening our intuitive knowing through conscious lifestyle choices. Offers sincere, caring support to those choosing to Live Life Alive.
Meat Free Zone – Campaign to convey the message of health and compassion for all humans, the environment and animals via establishing “meat free zones” in individual homes, restaurants, food stores, picnic areas and other places of business.
Movement For Compassionate Living – Promotes sustainable lifestyles, vegan organic food production, and tree culture instead of animal farming.
Not Milk– The Notmilkman is a big fan of Ann Wigmore’s work and grows his own wheatgrass. His website is the final word that milk does not do the body any good.
Raw Family – The Boutenko family has been raw for over 8 years!
The Raw Gourmet – Information about raw food preparation and living foods. Great recipe book. Offers various kitchen tools, phone consultations and more.
Remineralize The Earth – Non-profit organization incorporated to disseminate ideas and practice about soil remineralization throughout the world.
SoyStache – A not-for-profit project promoting a plant-based diet.
The Sprout House – Seeds and sprouting tools for all your sprouting needs.
Voice Yourself – A website that believes all life on earth is sacred. Voice Yourself promotes and inspires individual action to create global momentum towards simple organic living and to restore balance and harmony to our planet.
“Wildman” Steve Brill – Learn about edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms, nature and ecology with New York’s best-known naturalist.
Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute. From their site: “The Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute carries on the work of the late Dr. Ann Wigmore, a pioneer in the use of wheatgrass juice and living foods for detoxifying and healing the body, mind, and spirit. Founded in 1990, the Institute was a spiritual oasis for Dr. Ann. She visited monthly and wrote most of her last books here. Visit us on the West coast of tropical Puerto Rico for Living Foods Lifestyle educational programs and retreats.”
Clayton College Of Natural Health. With more than 25,000 students and graduates, Clayton College of Natural Health is the world’s leading college of natural health, traditional naturopathy and holistic nutrition. The National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) has approved graduates of the CCNH Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition and the Doctor of Philosophy in Holistic Nutrition programs for eligibility to apply for a national board credentialing.
Creative Health Institute. From their site: “What you get at Creative Health: “Whether you are suffering from Cancer, Diabetes, Heart disease, or nearly any other ailment, or, you are healthy, and wish to stay that way, our program will provide you the tools to help your body heal itself, naturally!” Creative Health Institute, also provide raw living food chef certifications I-III as well as the certification in Alissa Cohens raw chef I &II. The international intern program is designed to train students to teach natural nutrition. Steeped in the traditional holistic health teaching of Dr. Ann Wigmore, the institute is open 365 days a year.
GilChrist offers individual (self-guided) and small group retreats and workshops that support contemplative practice. Staff offers weekly spiritual practices for interested participants at no charge at GilChrist’s common house, WindHill. Other occasionally scheduled community events will be posted on this Web site. GilChrist staff is available for conversation anytime regarding your retreat experience.
Flowering Lotus Meditation And Retreat Center
Providing an environment and a variety of opportunities for meditation, spiritual practice, and fellowship in order to nurture peace, healing, diversity, understanding, and connection for individuals, their families, and the greater society. Our practice follows the teachings of the historical Buddha, including the insight that all beings have the potential for awakening. We welcome people of all backgrounds and spiritual paths to practice with us in the pursuit of peace and healing.
Hippocrates Health Institute. From their site: Deemed the world’s number one teaching institute in the year 2000 by Spa Management Group, this historic and thriving center was founded by visionary and humanitarian Ann Wigmore and is currently under the leadership of Drs. Brian and Anna Maria Clement. For a half of a century, the Institute has taught generations how to access the power from their vast inner resources to transform the quality of their lives.
Living Foods Institute. From their site: “The Living Foods Institute is an educational training center devoted to teaching people how to restore their health through detoxification and good nutrition. Our mission is to “Heal the World, One Person at a Time.””
Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. Offers classes in raw vegan cuisine.
Optimum Health Institute. From their site: The OHI program consists of three week-long sessions teaching ancient spiritual disciplines that promote healing. Participants learn to purify and detoxify the body with diet, fasting, cleansing and exercise; quiet the mind with journeling and meditation; and strengthen the spirit with study, prayer and celebration. In a safe and sacred environment promoting faith, love and hope, people experience Gods presence in the healing of themselves and others.
Solitary Spiritual Retreat Centers -United States This listing of retreat facilities will help you find a place of solitude to spend quiet time in reflection. Places offering only communal meals are included, and noted as such, for consideration of those doing fasting retreats. Places with shared kitchen facilities are included and noted as such. Facilities requiring previous instruction, active guidance or a particular belief-system are not included.
Tree Of Life Rejuvenation Center From their site: The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center is known worldwide for its foundation in spirituality and living foods, and as a leading fasting and detoxification center, offering a diversity of spa vacations, spiritual retreats and spiritual and health education programs. Founded in 1993 by Rebbe Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D.(H), Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine.
Trinity College Of Natural Health. Trinity College of Natural Health, Inc. is a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian educational institution organized for the purpose of offering professional programs of study in natural health. Natural health involves the integration of the mind, body and spirit in order to produce a life lived in harmony with the Creator and His divine plan for His creation. Educational programs lead to such nontraditional designations as Master Herbalist (M.H.), Certificate in Nutritional Counseling
This post is by Dr. Mark Hyman, MD.
Dr. Hyman’s insight into the world of conventional medicine and how it affects our lives is amazing. I hope you will take the time to read all of it. Wishing you the greatest of health and blessings.
Imagine we found the cure for heart disease or diabetes, but as a society chose to withhold that treatment from those who need it most. Would it be ethical to withhold effective treatments when the result is unnecessary suffering and death that costs our health care system hundreds of billions of dollars a year?
The answer is obvious, yet that is exactly what occurs today in America. We know the most effective treatments for some of the deadliest diseases of our time, but millions are denied access to them. In effect, we are conducting a large experiment on our population without their consent. This happened in America once before. It is a dark stain on our scientific history that most of us would rather forget. It was the Tuskegee experiment.
Tuskegee: Human Experimentation Without Consent
From 1932 to 1972 scientists from the US Public Health Service conducted the Tuskegee syphilis study on 399 impoverished African American sharecroppers from Tuskegee, Alabama without their consent. They withheld a known effective treatment for syphilis–namely penicillin–in order to observe what happened over time to those with untreated syphilis. Scientists wondered how the disease affected the body and mind, so they drew blood from these men and monitored their progress but did nothing to stop the progression of the illness even though they knew they could cure it and prevent horrid disability with a few simple shots of penicillin.
Right now we are in the midst of a similar experiment, but few know about it. The tragedy of this experiment happened in my own family. My stepfather, who had diabetes and heart disease, was a victim of our modern Tuskegee experiment. He ultimately died last year as a result, and cost our health care system $400,000 along the way. If he were simply provided the choice of a different treatment–a treatment that is proven to be more effective and cost less than medication and surgery–namely a program for sustainable and comprehensive lifestyle change, perhaps he would still be alive and our national debt would be reduced by $400,000.
My stepfather was diabetic. He had the best medical, pharmaceutical, and surgical care available. Nonetheless, he suffered from very poor health and functioning. He went to the emergency room with chest pain and was treated with a cardiac bypass operation, even though evidence has shown no reduced mortality for cardiac bypass or angioplasty in diabetics.(i) Not providing effective treatment is one thing, but providing harmful, costly, and ineffective treatment like this is unethical.
Physicians do what they know (often as a result of training in a medical educational system dominated by Big Pharma) and what is paid for by insurance. Having a cardiac bypass after experiencing chest pain isn’t the best treatment option for diabetics, but it is what is paid for by insurance. After the bypass post-operative infection of his sternum with MRSA (an antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria) lead to a month in the intensive care unit, plastic surgery to repair the chest defect, and “mini-strokes” following bypass surgery which led to memory loss or “pre-dementia”,(ii) and a protracted recovery from hospitalization requiring months of home care.
The surgery and subsequent medical therapy with blood pressure medication, cholesterol-lowering medication, and blood thinners did not enhance the quality of his health and life. In fact, he continued to be sedentary, craved sugars and refined carbohydrates, and rapidly declined physically and mentally.
My stepfather was not offered a treatment that exists today, would have cost less than 2 percent of the $400,000 his care cost, and would have likely created an infinitely enhanced quality of life. It should be our right to have access to proven treatments that provide better value for the individual and for the health care system. This shift must be made if we are going to significantly impact our chronic disease epidemic and the frightening convergence of the GDP and health care cost curves.
How is our modern Tuskegee experiment happening today? How did this happen to my stepfather? What treatment was he denied that may have saved his life? Let me explain.
Treatments We are Denied by Conventional Medicine
Overwhelming evidence proves that the most effective prevention and treatment for chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes is what we eat, how much we exercise, how we handle stress, and our social connections. These factors are often referred to collectively as “lifestyle medicine.” Environmental toxins are also known to play a role in these epidemics but are less modifiable.
Lifestyle medicine is not just about preventing chronic diseases but also about treating them. It is often more effective and less expensive than relying exclusively on drugs and surgery. Nearly all the major medical societies recently joined in publishing a review of the scientific evidence for lifestyle medicine both for the prevention and TREATMENT of chronic disease. That report is called the ACPM Lifestyle Initiative, and I encourage you to read it. It concluded there is strong evidence that a lifestyle-based approach to chronic disease often works better than medication or surgery and saves money.
Taken collectively, the evidence is actually overwhelming. Lifestyle intervention is often more effective in reducing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, heart failure, stroke, cancer, diabetes and all cause mortality than almost any other medical intervention.(iii) This data in conjunction with a number of extraordinary recent research papers that call into question the very foundations of our current approach–treating risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high blood sugar to prevent heart disease and diabetes–forces us to rethink our whole approach to medicine. These studies showed that lowering blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol in pre-diabetics with medication didn’t reduce the risk of heart attacks or death and created unnecessary side effects.(iv),(v),(vi),(vii)
We’re targeting the wrong things–we need to treat the cause, not the effects. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar are NOT the cause of heart disease or diabetes. The real culprit is what we eat, how much we exercise, stress, and environmental toxins. Our lifestyle and environment influences the fundamental biological mechanisms that lead to disease: Changes in gene expression, which modulate inflammation, oxidative stress, and metabolic dysfunction. Treating risk factors is like blowing away the smoke while the fire rages on. Lifestyle medicine puts out the fire.
Unfortunately, insurance doesn’t usually pay for it. No one profits from lifestyle medicine, so it is not part of medical education or practice. It should be the foundation of our health care system, but doctors ignore it because doctors do what they get paid to do. They get paid to dispense medication and perform surgery. They also need to be paid to develop and conduct practice-based and community programs in sustainable lifestyle change such as those pioneered by Dr. Dean Ornish.
The new health care bill provides for community based wellness initiatives like these, and that’s a step in the right direction. The National Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health has begun to develop policies that will create a healthier nation. But what’s missing is insurance and Medicare reimbursement for treatments known to be effective for heart disease and diabetes–lifestyle-based therapies that are critical not just for prevention but also for the treatment and reversal of these modern epidemics. By not offering reimbursement for these treatments we have, in effect, begun the Tuskegee experiment of the 21st century.
The future of medical care must be to transform general lifestyle guidance–the mandates to eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise that many physicians try to provide to their patients–into individually-tailored lifestyle prescriptions for both the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. The only way this is going to happen is if doctors are paid to do it. Lifestyle is often the best medicine when applied correctly, and it is the only thing that will end our modern Tuskegee experiment.
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, MD
(i) BARI 2D Study Group, Frye R.L., August P., Brooks M.M. et al. 2009. A randomized trial of therapies for type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease. N Engl J Med. 360(24): 2503-15.
(ii) Neurological Outcome Research Group and the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Research Endeavors Investigators, Newman M.F., Kirchner J.L., Phillips-Bute B.,et al. 2001, Longitudinal assessment of neurocognitive function after coronary-artery bypass surgery. N Engl J Med. 344(6): 395-402.
(iv) The ACCORD Study Group. 2010. Effects of intensive blood-pressure control in type 2 diabetes mellitus. N Engl J Med. 362(17): 1575-1585.
(v) The NAVIGATOR Study Group. 2010. Effect of nateglinide on the incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular events. N Engl J Med. 362(16): 1463-1476.
(vi) The NAVIGATOR Study Group. 2010. Effect of valsartan on the incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular events. N Engl J Med. 362(16): 1477-1490.
(vii) Ray K.K., Seshasai S.R., Wijesuriya S, et al. 2009. Effect of intensive control of glucose on cardiovascular outcomes and death in patients with diabetes mellitus: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Lancet. 373(9677): 1765-72.
Mark Hyman, M.D. is a practicing physician, founder of The UltraWellness Center, a four-time New York Times bestselling author, and an international leader in the field of Functional Medicine. You can follow him on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn, watch his videos on YouTube, become a fan on Facebook, and subscribe to his newsletter.
The following information was covered in a lecture I gave on the nutrient density of raw living food when compared to cooked foods. I shared this information with Creative Health Institute (CHI) students in October 2009. I hope it helps you to appreciate the amazing health benefits we receive, when we eat the way we were intended to eat. Dr. Ann Wigmore’s teachings have inspired me to research the science or raw living foods. I am planning on adding an additional section to the blog that focuses on raw living food nutrition.
Peace, Blessings, Love & Gratitude,
Protein: 1.58 g – The recommended daily protein requirements for humans are derived from “ideal body weight”. The ideal body weight is calculated based on height and varies slightly for men and women.
Our protein requirements can also be expressed in terms of total caloric intake, The World Health Organization (WHO), and many national health agencies have independently conducted studies, which (even though they differ slightly) all conclude our daily protein requirement should be between 10% to 15% of our daily caloric intake. Proteins are necessary for building the structural components of the human body, such as muscles and organs. You also need proteins to keep your immune system healthy, synthesize neurotransmitters, create and signal hormones, and much more. A balanced raw living food diet supplies the body with all of the protein it needs. Living food protein is found in nuts, seeds, sprouts, vegetables and sweet and non-sweet fruits.
Calcium: 18 mg – daily requirement is 1000 -1200 mg. Calcium is a mineral that gives strength to bones and teeth. It is important for muscle contraction, blood clotting, and nerve function. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body.Good sources – sunflower seeds, dark-green leafy vegetables
Iron: 0.49 mg – Daily requirement 8 mg a day for men 16 mg a day for women. Iron is a mineral found in every living cell. It is part of red blood cells and muscle proteins. Iron helps the blood cells and muscles to carry and hold oxygen and then release it when needed. Iron is essential to make enzymes and hormones. Good sources – dark-green vegetables,
Magnesium: 20 mg – Daily requirement – 420 mg/day for Males · 320 mg/day for Females. Magnesium is a mineral important for muscle contractions, a healthy nervous system, immune system and strong bones. It is involved in hundreds of enzyme reactions in the body. Good sources – seeds, nuts, dark green vegetables, wheat grass.
Phosphorus: 43 mg – Daily requirement 700 mg/day. Phosphorous is a critical component of every cell. It works with the B vitamins to generate energy. Phosphorus is necessary for growth of bones and teeth; bones and teeth are 85% phosphorous. It works with sodium and potassium to maintain acid-base balance, and assist in muscle contraction, kidney function, heartbeat regulation, and in nerve conduction. Second to calcium in the body. Bones and teeth are 85% Phosphorus. Good sources – all fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and sprouts.
Potassium:427 mg No minimum RDA An adequate daily amount of potassium for adults is 4,700 mg/ day. Potassium maintains heartbeat and is important in many metabolic reactions. It balances fluid inside and outside the cells to maintain normal cell function. Potassium blunts the rise of blood pressure in response to excess dietary sodium. A high potassium diet might help prevent bone loss and kidney stones. Good sources – The highest sources are apricots, figs, prunes, bananas, oranges and orange juice, cantaloupe, honeydew, sweet potatoes and tomatoes
Sodium: 9 mg – 250 -500 mg a day is sufficient. Our kidneys conserve and release sodium as needed. For “salt-sensitive” people, blood pressure will increases in direct proportion to increases in sodium intake. About 60% of adults with high blood pressure are salt sensitive. Blood pressure above120 systolic/80 diastolic is high. In countries where sodium intake is low, there is less hypertension, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Excess sodium may also weaken the bones by promoting calcium excretion.
Zinc: 0.31 mg The RDA for Zinc for healthy adults is:11 mg/day for healthy males 8 mg/day for healthy females. Zinc is a mineral that is needed for growth, especially during pregnancy and childhood, and for tissue building and repair. It is involved in wound healing, maintaining a healthy immune system, and cell reproduction. Zinc is a component of over 100 enzymes in the body. Good sources – sunflower seeds pumpkin seeds, Almonds pine nuts, pecans, walnuts, cashews, nuts, blackberries and kiwi.
Vitamin C: 22.9 mg – The Recommended Dietary Allowance is 90 milligrams a day for males and 75 milligrams a day for females. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant protecting cells against oxidizing damage, helps wounds to heal, fights infections, promotes healthy bones, teeth, gums and blood vessels, and aids in the absorption of iron. Good sources -Fruits and vegetables are high in Vitamin C. The highest are red and green peppers, oranges, cantaloupe, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and tomatoes.
Thiamin B Vitamin:0.067 mg – RDA 1.2 mg/day for males and 1.1 mg/day for females. Thiamin is a water soluble B vitamin, also known as vitamin B1. It helps produce energy from carbohydrate on a cellular level, and is very important for nerve conduction and muscle function. Alcoholics are very low on Thiamin – Not enough causes BERIBERI , both wet and dry. Good sources – Brazil nuts, pecans, spinach, tomatoes, cantaloupe and oranges.
Riboflavin B2 Vitamin: 0.034 mg – adults are 1.3 mg/day for males and 1.1 mg/day for females. Riboflavin is a water-solublevitamin, which helps us get energy from carbohydrates. It is important for growth and red blood cell production. It also helps to convert the amino acid, tryptophan, to the B vitamin, niacin. Good sources- Almonds, broccoli, asparagus, and spinach.
Niacin B Vitamin: 1.069 mg The RDA for niacin (as NE) in healthy adults is 16 mg/day for males and 14 mg/day for females. Niacin is a water-soluble B vitamin, essential for energy metabolism in the cells, the proper functioning of the gastrointestinal and nervous systems, healthy skin, and the release of energy from carbohydrates, fats and protein. Affects the proper functioning of over 50 much-needed enzymes in the body. Niacin also has the ability to lower the LDL cholesterol (coined as bad cholesterol) level and prevent build-up of plaque on arterial walls. Good sources – Niacin rich foods include almonds and seeds, wheat grass, green leafy vegetables, carrots, turnips and celery.
Pantothenic Acid – B Complex Vitamin:0.160 mg – 5mg a day is good. Pantothenic Acid is a water-soluble vitamin that is one of the B complex vitamins. It is involved in the release of energy from carbohydrates and helps to metabolize protein, fat and carbohydrates from food. Pantothenic acid plays a part in 100 different chemical reactions needed to produce lipids, steroids, hemoglobin, and other substances in the body. Good Sources – mushrooms, avocadoes, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.
Vitamin B6:0.144 mg – 1.3 – 1.7 mg per day. Vitamin B6, is a water-soluble vitamin needed by the nervous and immune systems. Vitamin B6 helps nerve cells to communicate. It is involved in making hormones, insulin, antibodies, and cell membranes, and is needed for the normal breakdown of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Vitamin B6 helps to maintain blood sugar within the normal range. Vitamin B6 also aids in the formation of niacin from the amino acid, tryptophan. Good sources – bananas, spinach, leafy greens, wheat grass, sprouts.
Folate:27 mcg – The RDA for folic acid is 400 micrograms /day. Folate is one of several B vitamins found in foods. It is vital for making new, healthy body cells. Low Folate causes – General weakness, fatigue, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and frequent infections. Good sources – strawberries and citrus fruits and juices; leafy green vegetables such as spinach and romaine lettuce, wheatgrass Folic acid, a man-made form of folate.
Vitamin A:1500 IU – International Units (IU) on food and supplement labels. Adult men require 3000 IU/day and women need 2310 IU/day. There is no RDA for provitamin A. Vitamin A is needed for: Vision, immunity, growth and reproduction. It keeps the mucous linings of he respiratory, urinary, and intestinal tracts healthy to prevent bacteria and viruses from entering. Vitamin A is usually abundant in colorful fruits and vegetables is in a form that can be converted to Vitamin A (provitamin A). Carotenoids, like beta-carotene, are examples of provitamin A. Good sources – Pro vitamin A is found in dark green and bright orange vegetables and fruits like spinach, sweet potatoes carrots, cantaloupe, apricots, tomatoes and others. Deeper colors are associated with higher levels of Pro Vitamin A.
Vitamin E:0.97 mg – The RDA for vitamin E for adults is 15mg/day. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cells membranes from damage. It is particularly important for cells that carry oxygen like the cells of lungs and red blood cells. Vitamin E also has a role in immune function, DNA repair, and other metabolic processes. Good Sources – seeds, nuts, wheat grass, sprouts, dark green leafy vegetables (like spinach, etc.), and tomato.
Vitamin K:14.2 mcg – Vitamin K aids blood clotting, protects the heart, and helps to build bones. Allow your blood to clot normally; Helps protect against osteoporosis; Prevent oxidative cell damage.
Good sources – the major source of Vitamin K is green, leafy, vegetables – kale, collards, spinach, and turnip greens are the highest.
Beta Carotene:808 mcg. Beta Carotene, as an anti-oxidant, supports the cardiovascular system. And, after the body transforms Beta Carotene to Vitamin A, it helps maintain the health of the skin, immune system, and eyes. Vitamin A is an essential component of the epithelial cells which guard us from environmental toxins. Beta carotene both lowers cholesterol and helps minimize arterial hardening. It may also benefit sufferers of cataracts, cancer, AIDS, high blood pressure, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, and asthma. Beta carotene may also, because of its ability to act as a powerful antioxidant within the human body help prevent cancer and heart disease. In addition, because anti-oxidants neutralize the cell-structure damaging chemical reactions of free radical, beta carotene may slow free radical related aging and disease. A Harvard University study indicated that those who take 50mg of beta carotene daily have their risk of heart attacks and strokes cut in half! Beta carotene will also improve vision and skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, and beta carotene acts to prevent the development of precancerous cells mouth and respiratory tract.
Lycopene: 4631 mcg. Lycopene is a natural pigment that gives the tomato its red colour. It is also one of our most powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants have a protective effect on our cells and are often described as being ‘anti-aging’. Lycopene in particular has been noted for its ability to protect DNA and prevent disease, and it continues to be the subject of studies on heart disease and cancer. Lycopene is released when the food is cooked or when the cell walls are broken down by a high speed blender. Good Sources – Tomatoes and other bright colored vegetables.
Lutein: 221 mcg. Lutein is concentrated in the retinas of your eyes and is necessary for good vision. A diet rich in lutein may lower your risk of developing cataract and macular degeneration. Lutein may also help prevent or slow down atherosclerosis, the thickening of arteries, which is a major risk for cardiovascular disease. Good Sources – Carrots, squash and other orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are sources of lutein. Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, also contain high amounts of lutein.
I hope this information will help you to better understand how important it is that we have a good variety of fresh fruits, leafy greens, sprouts, nuts and seeds in our diet.
Robert Morgan – Bobby
Health & Education Director
Creative Health Institute
Union City, Michigan 49094
We do not recommend ever utilizing herbs for medicinal purposes without discussing them with your doctor. Creative Health Institutes twenty-one day diabetes reversal program is based in our belief that a living body needs living food and when it is supplied a variety of living foods it will respond and heal itself. We considered, it wise for you to refer to your family doctor before proceeding to enter into any treatments.
Bitter Gourd appears to have a very positive affect on keeping sugar spikes down and insulin levels stable. Many diabetics consume bitter gourd as a regularly as part of their diet. Bitter gourd is also been shown to have many other health benefits.
Bitter gourd is a tropical vegetable, which is cultivated mainly in the Asian and African countries. It is also known by the name of ‘Karela’ and has a rough, warty skin. As the name suggests, the vegetable is bitter in taste and has a skin that is dark green in color.
Diabetics usually consume bitter gourd in the form of a powder or juice, but it is also used in traditional Asian dishes. The standard protocol is to consume bitter gourd first thing in the morning. Many diabetics sprinkle bitter gourd on their first meal of the day. While others feel its better to consume it alone, or if in a powder form mix it with warm water and drink it.
Butea Leaves, is another amazing herb from India. Though the tree has many other healing properties it isthe leaf when boiled, that releases the phytochemicals which almost immediately reduce blood sugar. The picture that should have been here (sorry) shows the flowering of the pods on the tree. Each pod has a seed that when dried and powered becomes a very powerful worm and parasite remover. In Ayurveda medicine the leaf a also chewed.
Cinnamonis such an amazing herb and of all the exotic herbs its most familiar to North Americana. What is not generally known is that cinnamon is antiviral and is strong stimulator of insulin activity and is very beneficial in the treatment of diabetes and many other health challenges which require the reduction of viral pathogens and the regulation of blood sugar. It helps to keep the blood sugar in check and has been shown to be more powerful than turmeric, cloves or bay leaves. Like most herbs the bark and twigs of the cinnamon tree has many other uses in helping our bodies to overcome health challenges.
Curry Leaves, is being shown to be a major player in the reversal of diabetes. Researchers from the department of pharmacy at King’s College London say they have found scientific justification for the use of alternative medicine. Scientists believe that the Indian curry leaf may contain phyto-chemicals which slow down the rate of starch-to-glucose breakdown in people with diabetes. The tree’s leaves could have the ability to control the amount of glucose entering the bloodstream. Chewing on ten fully grown leave every morning is believed to help with the lowering blood sugar and to help the pancreas to regulate insulin. chewing curry leaves is also said to help with weight loss. Its is estimated that 80% of the baby boomers are overweight and that many of them are suffering from the effects of type 2 diabetes.
Fenugreek is easy to grow right in your kitchen and had the ability to control glucose metabolis and at the same time it has a strong modulating effect on blood lipid levels which may substantially reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Most diabetics, have lipid imbalances, Fenugreek has demonstrated to have the remarkable ability to lower cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL levels while raising HDL levels (good cholesterol) .
Fenugreek Seeds can be consumed in man different ways and forms. Some people eat the spouts and seeds raw before retiring while others put them in with juices and drinks. You can also purchase the powdered form. Another way to get the benefits of fenugreek is to soak the seeds in the water overnight and drink them along with the water the next morning.
Indian Gooseberry a middle-sized tree and is indigenous to India. The berry can only be harvested about 3 months of the year. The berry is high in Vitamin C helps in controlling diabetes. The juice of the Indian Gooseberry can be added to bitter gourd and with a small amount of honey as a carrier, this combination is thought to be an excellent way to diabetes since it provides nutrients for the pancreas, helping to release insulin.
Even though there is little to worry about when taking these natural herbs, they still might have interaction with whatever medication you are taking. It is better to be safe than sorry. This list of exotic herbs is not an exhaustive one and there are many more that are believed to have a great affect on diabetes. I am planning on discussing them in the near future, any help or information from our readers as to what they have found would be greatly appreciated.
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