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Intensively Lowering Glucose Causes More Deaths

July 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Diabetes Interventions

UPDATE: 7/18/18. Word from my doctor is that the drugs that were assigned and maybe caused problems were of the type “Sulfonylureas” as mentioned in this article also from the New England Journal of Medicine.


In a study entitled Effects of Intensive Glucose Lowering in Type 2 Diabetes,  they note that after applying intensive measures to reduce blood sugars, there was found to be more death than those that lowered it a standard manner.

As a result they actually shutdown the ACCORD study several months early.  In one year the efforts in the standard and intensive group reached targets of 7.1 and 6.4 A1C.  However upon follow up it was found that those in the intensive group had higher mortality and no reduction in cardiovascular events.

Well this has me concerned, because the mechanism at play has not been determined.  The study did not differentiate between which A1C lowering intervention needed more investigation.  So now I am leery of taking additional medication to reach a target.  Rather since I do have diabetes symptoms, some people don’t, I would rather use my symptoms as a guide.

I already do not eat a high/bad carb diet, and I’ve recently found a way to exercise almost every day.  I’ll keep looking for ways to improve my health, and will continue to take medication for now.  But I’m looking forward to a response from my doctor on this!

Categories: Diabetes

Macadamia and Omega 7 Fatty Acids

June 21, 2018 Leave a comment

So I was listening to Dr. Lindsey Berkson she has so many gems on her podcast, that I thought I would start at least writing them down.  For this one she was mentioning that Macadamia nuts are a source of Omega 7 fatty acids.  Well I haven’t heard of that before.  What is it?

Like Omega 6 acids are where a large fatty acid molecule has its first double bond at position 6, in this case the first bond is in position 10.  It’s also monounsaturated, like Olive Oil and helps reduce inflammation.

Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids

Common versions of this type of fatty sacid are palmitoleic acid and vaccenic acid.  In a pilot study, palmitoleic acid has been known to reduce inflammation for people with Ulcerative Colitis in 8 weeks by regulating certain genes. In another study it can help reduce excessive triglycerdies and other lipids,  and may even have local hormonal effect as a lipokine.   Finally a small amount can have a large effect on factors of Metabolic Syndrome.

  1. It reduces insulin resistance
  2. suppress fat production and accumulation
  3. normalizes lipids
  4. fights obesity
  5. suppresses inflammation

Which means it can keep you off the trajectory towards cancer, diabetes, liver failure, heart disease,  etc.

Makes me want to rush out and get some Macdamia Nuts or Sea Buckthorn. I have read that these two food sources, the oils of these foods may have a lot of palmitic acid which counters these benefits.  So in summary I thinkt taking the whole food as a nut or berry might be the safest way to approach this.


Chris Wark Square One Day 2 — Causes of Cancer

June 16, 2018 Leave a comment

Hi there,

I took some notes on this excellent video series that I purchased. You should definitely watch the videos, they are presented well and he provides references.

He noted that the rates of cancer exploded after industrialization and implied that we have to reduce toxicity. This toxicity can come in forms such as

  1. Diet and Life Style
  2. Environment
  3. Stress

I am acutely aware of all these categories.  In a way the first two could be rolled into the last one.:  Stress.

Carrying onhe also breaks down diseased to two types:

  1. Infectious Diseases
  2. Chronic Diseases

Infectious Diseases

These used to cause a lot of suffering but with increases in sanitation and hygiene this have been reduced and now only 5% of deaths happen because of these.

Chronic Diseases

According to Chris 18-20% of cancers are linked to infections.  If your immune system is depressed than viruses that would otherwise cause problems can flare.

  • Of these viruses the Bovine Leukemia virus is found in milk and meat.  37% of breast cancer may be attributed to this virus.
  • H Pylori bacteria can contribute to stomach cancer because it converts nitrites into cancer causing compounds in the gut.

Global Cancer Incidences

There are some linkages between diet and cancer.  One data point is that in Japan many cancers were lower and they ate less than 5% of their diet as meat. In addition some African nations have lower cancer rates as show in this map.

Global Cancer Rates 2012

Diet and Lifestyle

Chris believes that higher fiber and starchy vegetables help to detox.  Starch absorbs toxins and uses bile to help it leave the body.  If they don’t leave they can get reabsorbed and become precancerous.   Items such as beans, peas, lentils, corn, rice, potatoes, millet, spelt, teff, wheat carrots, beets, turnips, cabbage, collard greens, mustard greens, sweet potatoes will help you detox during digestion.

In addition their diet saves meat for special occasions, doesn’t use a lot of salt or oils.  Especially if they are 90% GMO like corn, soy and canola. So you know I’m avoiding those.

Obesity is the 2nd leading cause of cancer it weakens your body as fat produces extra hormones.  We already know about cigarettes and lung cancer, but once the toxins get into your blood stream they can poison the lung colon, or anywhere the blood takes it.



Speaking of GMO non-GMO crops are sprayed with Glyphosate just before harvesting, these are

  • Wheat
  • Millet
  • Flax
  • Rye
  • Buckwheat
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Bean
  • Peas
  • Lentils
  • Corn
  • Potatoes

So what’s wrong with Glyphosate? It disrupts the immune system.  It is absorbed by the plant itself and then the molecule is eaten by you.

So eat grains but not Glyphosate Grains. This means organic grains.


Ok let me be short, avoid drugs alcohol, prescriptions drugs such as birth control pills, hormones and blood pressure pills.  Easier said than done, but these pills don’t necessarily solve your problem they bring temporary relief giving us time to find other options.  For example my mom who is almost 80 has high blood pressure and is on 2 medications and they were not working well.  Now we have decided to use a fermented beet product and she has dropped 30 points.  If this continues rather than starting a 3rd medication she maybe be able to move down to 1.

Many drugs inhibit melatonin production.  Light pollution such as when using screens can also disrupt melatonin rhythms



Water has used chlorine and other chemicals to get rid of bacteria and infectious diseases, this is great!  But the chlorine it is not necessary to ingest or absorb the chlorine so getting whole house or sink/shower filters may be a good idea.  These filter don’t usually get rid of fluoride which is added to water under questionable circumstances.  I use a Berkey water filter which comes with a carbon attachment and an extra fluoride attachment.  I’m now thinking of using a Propur filter as a replacement, it might work better and it is easier to change one filter rather than two.


Ok we know pollution is bad, but since the industrial revolution we have also invented thousands of chemicals most of which are untested.  Air pollution is huge source of pollution, and you can’t get away from it by moving away because it dissipates generally.  If you move to the country you will encounter fertilizers and antifungals (and glyphosate?).  Even groundwater could be polluted.  I’m thinking of getting an IQ room air filter.  But you can avoid polluting your indoor environment by taking your shoes off at the entrance.

Also using non toxic cleaning products, air fresheners and body care products can go a long way in alleviating a toxic burden.  I’m using products made with essential oils as a first stop. Phthalates and parabens found in unregulated cosmetics  are cancer causing.  One can go to to see if they home care product has been tested .

Bottom line is if the body is busy detoxing and not succeeding it doesn’t have the energy to kill Cancer.

Ok whew!  Addressing stress will come in a separate post.

Categories: Cancer, Gut, Stress

Why I’ve been away

Well, I had been spending every spare moment with my sister who has now died of breast cancer. I know she really wanted to go, and I can truly feel that she is better off than what she was experiencing here.

I did see her husband become a researcher, caretaker, nurse while continuing to be a provider. He did this with patience, humor and kindness. I saw her son become tender and attentive as they decided to keep her at home rather than at a facility with questionable warmth. Her daughter who became a med student and then postponed it to be with her.

Beautiful family for a beautiful person.

Categories: Cancer

My thoughts on Square One Cancer Coaching Program

October 26, 2017 Leave a comment

I’m sure all of you have been watching one giant megaseries on a topic or another.  Typically you get one or more free episodes per day, and then at the end you get a mega weekend to catch up on the episodes you have missed.

Now most people don’t have time for all the episodes or they can’t absorb what’s being put out there.  So the solution is to buy the package and watch at your leisure. And you get a discount if you buy early. This is a coaching program so you do get the opportunity to ask questions.  Typically you also get transcripts, and that can make all the difference in the world!

If this is something that is afflicting you or a loved one, you are likely to buy the course.  But if you are being proactive you might buy it with good intentions like the books you used to buy, and maybe now all the youtube videos you mean to watch, and not get back to it.  To be fair youtube is an associative rabbit hole, meaning you can see this interesting video and that interesting video, and before you know it you believe in Aliens.


Well I did buy the Square One course, and I do have several people who have cancer. So I need to pay attention.  So my thoughts are to cull out the salient points for my own reference.  Look there is so much more to Square One offering than the bullet points I’m going to address in subsequent posts.  It’s not just about the diet and supplements, but I need to create an action plan.  So my thoughts of what I learn from the course will be here.  But I do urge you that if you know anyone who has cancer or any major illness really, to also get the course.

I think I’ll have a better opinion when I give each episode the attention they deserve.  Again it is a positive program, and easy on the eyes.  See you in the next post!


Categories: Cancer

Sunlight could lower blood pressure!

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Sunlight could lower blood pressure!

Wow right?

Categories: Genetics

CDC Admits as Many as 30 Million Americans Could be at Risk for Cancer Due to Polio Vaccine | The Liberty Beacon

July 16, 2013 Leave a comment
Categories: Genetics
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