Diabetes after an EMP

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Diabetes after an EMP
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio player below!

In this episode, I cover some of the herbal, dietary, and glucose-monitoring strategies available for off-grid, post-disaster diabetes care. Diabetes is a serious condition in the best of times. Unfortunately, however, diabetics are particularly vulnerable to an EMP.

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Due to the increased threats of nuclear war and an electromagnetic pulse coming out of North Korea, I have been getting a lot of questions about how to care for diabetes post-SHTF, especially post-EMP.

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CDC Reveals 84.1 Million Americans Have Prediabetes, And Most Don’t Know It

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Diabetes is without a doubt, the most significant health scourge of the modern world. Year after year, the percentage of the population that suffers from this costly disease seems to increase, as our society becomes more obese and less physically active. With diabetes affecting 29 million Americans and counting, at a cost of $7,900 per person per year, it is arguably the largest financial burden on our medical system.

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Unfortunately this health crisis about to get a lot worse, because according to a recent study conducted by the CDC, there is a shocking number of Americans who are living with the precursor to this disease, known as prediabetes. And it turns out that the vast majority of the people who have prediabetes are completely unaware of their condition.

The report found that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, representing 9.4 percent of the population. Another 84.1 million people have prediabetes, the condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes if left untreated.

The rate of new diabetes diagnoses remains steady even as the disease continues to be a growing health burden in the country…

…In 2015, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and an estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in adults age 18 and older.

The report also found that nearly one in four adults in the United States are living with diabetes and do not know it and only 11.6 percent of adults with prediabetes knew they had the condition.

That certainly doesn’t bode well for the future. The percentage of the population that is afflicted with diabetes has essentially doubled over the last 20 years, and it looks like it could double again over the next generation. By some estimates, it could triple by the year 2050.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way. If people know that they are at risk of developing diabetes, they’ll be more motivated to take measures that will turn their health around. By simply eating better food and exercising more, anyone can stave off type 2 diabetes.

But to see if you are currently suffering from prediabetes, you first have to know the symptoms. They include chronic fatigue, being abnormally hungry, unexpectedly losing weight despite eating a lot of food, and having to use the bathroom more frequently than usual.

Of course, there are a lot of things that can cause those symptoms, and the only surefire way to know is to visit a doctor. But if you want to know if a trip to the doctor is worth it, you can take a blood glucose test at home. Testing kits aren’t terribly expensive, and they are pretty simple to use. They will give you the ability to take what is called a “fasting plasma glucose test.”

All you have to do is avoiding eating for at least 8 hours, or take the blood test in the morning after you wake up. If the blood glucose monitor tells you that your glucose level is between 100 and 125 mg/dL,  then there is a very good chance that you have prediabetes. If it’s any higher than that, then you may be among the 8.1 million Americans who have diabetes and don’t know it.

So if you’re overweight, out of shape, or have a history of diabetes in your family, it would be wise to get tested. It’s cheap and easy to do, and knowing the real status of your health could save you lots of pain and money over the remainder of your life.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Sugar and Soured Health

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Sugar and Soured Health Bob Hawkins “The APN Report“ Audio in player below! The last APN Report was all about lowering the amount of salt in a diet as a good way to lose weight. Not so much of a diet but more of a lifestyle choice & awareness of what is in the foods we … Continue reading Sugar and Soured Health

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The Bitter Melon Experiment, Part One

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Bitter Gourd (Japanese Variety), aka Bitter Melon

 I am trying an experiment this year in growing Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia), also know as Bitter Gourd. I’ll be posting updates on this experiment throughout the year, letting my readers know the progress, for good or bad. This article (Part One) will introduce people to Bitter Melon, and why I am conducting this experiment. If successful, Bitter Melon could be an important vegetable to include in survival gardens due to its possible medical uses.

If you haven’t heard of Bitter Melon, it is an Asian vegetable which looks similar to a large and very wrinkled cucumber. It is in the same botanical family as squashes and gourds. It has a somewhat bitter taste (the more ripe it is, however, the less bitter). 

Bitter Melons grow on vines that can reach 12′ to 16′ in length under optimal growth conditions, so it is suggested that it be grown along a fence or using trellises. Typically, Bitter Melon is gown in tropical regions of Asia and the Caribbean. It will be interesting to see if I can grow it successfully in North Carolina. 

As a vegetable, it can be eaten raw, added to salads, or cooked into  variety of dishes. It can also be juiced.

The traditional Okinawan dish goya chanpuru (photo by Nesnad)

Possible Health Benefits and Medicinal Purposes

As you may know, I am a diabetic (non-insulin dependent).  So I am always searching for possible natural and alternative treatments for diabetes. In any disaster or post-collapse situation, folks may not have ready access to insulin and other diabetic medications, and be forced to make do as best they can until access is restored. 

Bitter Melon may hold some potential as a possible emergency replacement for insulin or other diabetic medication. According to my online research, Bitter Melon contains a chemical compound (Polypeptide-p) that acts similar to insulin and appears to have a hypoglycemic effect that may reduce blood sugar levels. According to several articles I’ve read, this only works if the Bitter Melon is consumed raw or in juice form. According to those articles, the powdered Bitter Melon that you can buy in capsules at health food and vitamin stores is not effective in lowering blood sugar. 

In addition to  its potential benefits to diabetics, Bitter Melon also has other health benefits. It has significant amounts of Vitamin C, Folate, and Zinc, as well as smaller amounts of various other nutrients. Bitter Melon may also have certain anti-cancer benefits and may help protect against heart problems.

Please research these potential health benefits for yourself. You can check out the articles on Bitter Melon at WebMD, Wikipedia, Bonnie Plants, LiveStrong, Dr. Axe, and Dr. Andrew Weil, among others.

Last week, I received the Bitter Gourd seeds that I ordered through Amazon (for only $2.95 with free shipping!). I will be planting those seeds as soon as any chance for frost in my area has safely passed. 

NOTE: I am NOT a doctor or other medical professional. Nothing I present in this article is meant to diagnose any disease or to recommend any treatment. It is only meant as “food for thought” and a starting point for your own research and consideration. Please see your doctor for medical advise when dealing with diabetes or any other illness. 

Natural Solutions for a Healthy Liver

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Natural Solutions for a Healthy Liver
The Liver is a “Vital organ which effect all the main systems, particularly the Central Nervous System.
Before  “ANY” effective healing can happen a properly detoxed liver must be present and functioning.Secondly, Healing of Damaged alpha nodes with herbs is vital. Alpha nodes are nodes within the liver that both produce and maintain healthy insulin levels. as well as maintain healthy Sodium and calcium channels.
The third step is to supplement the liver with a healthy diet preferable a juice diet for at least 2 weeks than to slowly migrate to solid foods all within a months period.

A few Powerful Herbs to aid the Liver:
  • Burdock Root
  • Dandelion
  • Milk Thistle
  • Turmeric
  • Licorice Root
  • Goldenseal Root
  • Ashwaganda
  • Cinnamon
  • Barberry

Nutritional supplementation is also vital to produce healthy makeup and maintain a healthy transmission(s) to the central nervous system. A powerful and very healthy was is to deliver b complex to the liver through the intake of bee pollen. Be pollen because of its cross pollination(s) patterns by the bees is the “PUREST” for of B complex one could ingest. No synthesization  is required for a new b vitamin to form. 
Powerful Nutritional support for the Liver:
  • Slippery Em Bark
  • Bee Pollen
  • Wheat Grass juice
  • Chlorella
  • Spiruilla

Juicing is another powerful way to aid the liver thus creating a high rate of enzymes absorbed. And added benefit to juicing is the ability to deliver oxygen to the blood stream a good example is chlorophyll from juiced wheatgrass. This not only aids in the absolutions as well but in the overall healing process.
Healthy Juices for the Liver:
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Se tonic recipe below
  • Beet
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Dandelion
  • Watermelon
  • Apple
  • Cranberry
  • Grapes
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Sweat potato
  • Wheatgrass
  • Barleygrass 

A few good herbal teas and cool tonic  and Combinations & Recipes:
Dandelion /Goldenseal/Licorice: This combination will detoxify the blood and lower organs as well as detotx the liver by its antiseptic properties and then begin to heal with the powerful healing enzymes of the licorice root.
Ashwaganda/Cinnamon/Licorice: This combination will sanitize and heal the liver while the ashwaganda   begins to aid the adrenal glands which to wrks directly with the liver and central nervous system by continuously delivering a healthy insulin flow. As well as regulate and maintain a healthy hormonal(chemical) balance. 
Burdock/ Goldenseal/Slippery Elm Bark/Licorice: A powerhouse of a blood purifier/detox. While with Slippery Elm being fully capable to constantly deliver    nutritional supplementation and  healing to all the main systems. 
Barberry/Slippery Elm/Licorice: Barberry is a powerhouse of a herb particularly for diabetes thus through its detox properties through the berberine enzyme which delivers ciracumin with aid to a overall healthy liver and adrenal glands which in turn regulates and maintains a healthy glucose/insulin levels. Slippery Elm again provide vital nutritional values to all the main systems while also beginning to produce all the healing needed for the livers well as all main systems.

Take One teaspoon of each herb let steep in 8 ounces of boiling water for 15-20 minutes. press and strain soaked herb be careful to let soaked herb to cool a bit , strain and drink hot as a tea. “ADULTS” drink Daily 
Let cool and  add 1/4 teaspoon of bee pollen stir and let dissolve “completely. and drink daily. “ADULTS” drink Daily
Be pollen: will supply the purest form of B Complex vitamins “Directly” to the Liver and aid the overall performance while providing optimal health maintenances’ while supporting ALL the main systems but more particularly the Central Nervous system and adrenal glands.
Add 1/4th to 1/2 teaspoon of bee pollen to 8 ounces of warm water stir till mostly or all dissolved if it does not fully dissolve do not throw away any granuals at the bottom of the glass. Adults drink daily 
Apple Cider Tonic Recipe:
This tonic recipe will not only detox the liver of all toxins and neurotoxicity but will provide a natural form of healing and energy.
10 glass warm filtered water 
2 tablespoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar 
2 tablespoons of raw wildflower honey
4 ounces of pure lime juice 
A powerful Juice Tonic Recipe for the liver:
This tonic recipe will provide many nutritional values such as potassium, magnesium, manganese and more. Drink 8 ounces daily.
  • 1/2 Beet
  • 4 apples
  • handful of dandelion


Juice all of the following by stating with the dandelion first then the beet then finished up with the apples core seeds and all.

How to make an all natural tooth gel at home

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This easy fun recipe is a powerful asset in many ways:

  • It Helps with tooth pain
  • It Helps with sensitive teeth
  • it stops the growth of plaque after 3 days of continuous use
  • it promotes helthy gumbs
  • it promotes OVERALL oral heath and hygene.

Here is how it works:
Pure undiluted Spearmint essential oil:an all natural plaque inhibitor; after only 3 days of continuous use plaque will not grow as often as you continue to brush with spearment and it keeps the ENTIRE INSIDE OF YOUR MOUTH “SQUEAKY CLEAN” literally.
Pure undiluted Clove essential oil: a natural anesthetic that provides “pain management for sensitive teeth, cavities, exposed nerves, and more severe tooth aches.
 Pure undiluted Cinnamon essential oil:a powerful antiseptic to keep the entire oral area clean and refreshed.
 Pure undiluted Thyme essential oil: provides vitamins A,K and much more for maintaining healthy and strong teeth and jaw bone.
 Pure undiluted Myrh essential oil:promotes healthy gumbs by increasing blood circulation, while moisturizing, cleansing and reparing damaged gumb mrembrane cells.
Pure Food Grade Vegetable Glycerine.: A all natural ,diabetic safe, formula base,sweetener,

  • Spearmint Essential Oil: 11 ml.
  • Clove Bud Essential Oil: 08 ml.
  • Cinamon Essential Oil: 03 drops
  • Thyme Essential Oil: 08 ml. 20 drops(01 ml.)
  • 32 oz. of pure food grade vegetable glycerine


  • Blend all essential oils together in a quart size mason jar
  • Add vegetable glycerine 
  • Cover and shake well then percuse base of mason jar about 15-20 hard times against your palm mshake well again making sure ALL ingedients are mixed well together. 
  • Let sit for one week
  • Bottle in a pump  or squeeze  bottle
  • Dosage:

Use 2times daily good for both children and adults.

Survival Medicine Hour: Larry Keilberg of SelfDefenseFund, Diabetes, More

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Legal Self Defense (pictured: Amy’s Gunshot Kit)

Survival Medicine Hour, September 23, 2016, with Joe and Amy Alton. We discuss the prevalent market on Ebay for fake C.A.T tourniquets, and a couple things to look out for. The increasing epidemic of diabetes, and what the world might look like if we make changes and if we don’t. The World Health Organization announced a 4-fold increase in the number of diabetic diagnoses in the past 35 years.

If you plan to defend you or your family from harm, through self defense, using ANY item, whether gun, knife, a lamp or even hands, this interview with Larry Keilberg may provide your best protection from going to jail. When force is used, deadly or otherwise, the police and court systems are not always quick to render you innocent. Long trials and expensive defense teams can ruin your life. The SelfDefenseFund.com offers a very reasonable policy to cover you and family members in the case of self defense. From expert testimony, top lawyers and a team of defense planning, you will be defended by the best. Larry Keilberg is a founding member of The National Association for Legal Gun Defense, and is an excellent source of information. Don’t miss this interview.

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Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,


Joe and Amy Alton

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5 vital Elements of Prepping to Survive Realistically

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In this Post I will layout the 5 major elements of realistically being prepared as all as countermeasures against obstacles when a preparedness plan is needed.

For those of you that have been watching my video channel, reading my posts or subscribed to my blog I have said this, Food, Water, “PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS”  In this post I will be adding another vital element of preparedness; Important Papers and as the first element of the matrix of realistic preparedness.

Important Papers: 
This will be vital to identify yourselves as a LEGAL U.S. CITIZEN, as well as prove who you say you are is true.  This is more particularly for Civil Unrest and Martial Law. Their will be Government Control Points Managed by the Military, Fema, D.O.H.S. and depending at its severity the U.N.

In August of 2013 the LARGET Food Grab was initiated, on the largest Freeze dried manufacturer by purchasing Large amounts of food with the excuse that the government is feeding something was coming storm wise so FEMA wanted to be prepared as they were with the trailers.( notice many people are moving out of there homes and fultiming in RV’s.

The largest Gun grab “SEEMED” to look like it failed so the Government as the food are making massive purchases of Ammo. this all limits the peoples abilities.

But what about water??? in NY a bill has passed and as citizens pay for water to come into the residence they now will have to pay for it again to leave and go down the drain. now creating 2 fees that will not be affordable to a individual and as a result less water will be used and then Personal Hygiene begins to degrade and bacterias form. as an illness  So now medicine is needed; But water is mores needed for proper hydration and absorption of medicine.

They are regulating Medicine through a government healthcare plan as a result of OBAMACARE medications as of January 2012 are no longer being manufactured . These meds include
Meds for those with

  • Disabilities of the brain
  • Diabetes
  • Addictions
  • General overall Health

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Important Papers,Food, Water, Medicine,
“Personal Hygiene Products” 

Look at this list backwards; if there is a lack of personal hygiene products what will happen? lack of personal hygiene = “Bacteria(s) 2. Bacteria(s) = illness’ which need medicine to heal or repair or eliminate. 3. Illness’ need medicine but also nutritional supplementation(s).  In order to provide true nutrition to ALL our main systems we need Good Food and a Pure Water Source to maintain overall hydration health for this to gets applied to all our main systems. Removing one element from the necessary elements to survive will effect all the main systems of the human body; Respiratory, Circulatory, Central Nervous System as well as the skeletal and muscular system. 

Secondly,On a water system I highly recommend and have myself is the Mini Works MSR micro filter . This is issued to the US marines. Also note others due to wear from the dirty water supplies need to be replaced yes, (the Whole Filtering System) this unit has a maintenance kit that is very inexpensive and is comparable and if not bet than the other models out there I also cary a spare filter with my system.

Thirdly, People must work together and not try to delegate all survival tasks and resources to themselves but with realistic and reliable individuals also remember we should also take glare of the disabled and the elderly regardlessly. and above all we MUST put GOD FIRST and include him in all we do plan and learn. Go to the post Hope Herbs and the graces off God and after you read it watch the short training video at the end and you will be amazed what you just learned and pass it around.

Realistic & Natural Preparedness Solutions:

The Herbal Survival Main Kit, Family and Refill Kits(bottom of page):

These kit are strategically put together for Rapid Deployment and to cover Nutritional supplementation, Wound Management, Both General and Emergency First Aid, Detox,Nervine’s to Aid the Anxiety or other Central Nervous System Disorders. These Kits also work together and naturally with our family Kits for expansions of the main kit all on the same bely with Rapid Deployability’s.

Here is a quick overview video on the Kits.

Surviving Gangrene Post-SHTF

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Surviving Gangrene Post-SHTF Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Please join me and my guest, Emergency Preparedness Instructor, Chuck Hudson, as we talk about one of the nastiest and life threatening conditions in a post-SHTF situation- gangrene. At one of Chuck’s recent classes, he had the opportunity to work with a woman who had gangrene on … Continue reading Surviving Gangrene Post-SHTF

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Survival And Diabetes Episode 104

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Survival and diabetes



Survival And Diabetes

This week Mike and I discuss Survival and diabetes. With Mike recently being diagnosed with Diabetes we tackle how it can affect your survival.  We begin by defining some terms. Like what exactly is diabetes. Everyone knows someone with it yet many have no idea what it is and how it affects you.

We go on to talk about some ways to manage it not just now but in a disaster scenario. Most of the strategies focus on type 2 diabetics. There is not much to be done for a type one insulin diabetic.

We hear from listener Matt on alternatives to toilet paper. Both short term and long term. Mike and I begin by talking about a funny book by a 16th century French writer. In it he list the many things you can wipe your ass with. The top thing to wipe with is a gooseneck. The whole thing is crude and hilarious.


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The power of herbs for preppers “Astragalus Root”

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The Power of Herbs for Preppers Series “Astragalus”
Astragalus is a powerful herb mainly focusing on the immune system but not limited to this herb packs a potent punch in the delivery of enzymes to aid in many aliments. This herb also works similar to echinacea but with more outreaching enzymes. Furthermore, it through maintaining and supercharging your immune system keeps the adrenal gland working optimally. This is all vital for diabetics. 
This herb Like Echinacea, has powerful ahi bacterial properties with a bit of a kick. Astragalus work well with other herbs such as elderberry, dandelion and rose hips (to name a few adding additional flavanoids and powerhouse of vitamin C herbs puts this herb in a new class of “Super antioxidants. This is a Diabetics Heaven for it pro vides healthy immune system support, a surcharge of vitamin C and detox all in one herbal combination thus cleansing the system from free radicals an toxins that cause stress on the main systems. 
Finally, this type of combination of herbs is not only limited to diabetes but other aliments like the common cold, flus’ and other bacterial and respiratory infections. 

A few good uses for Astragalus root would be:
  • Low white blood cell count
  • Common Cold
  • Flu’s
  • Diabetes
  • auto imune disorders
  • side effects of chemotherapy
  • fatigue
  • heart problems
  • kidney problems
  • ulcers
  • viral hepatitis
  • infertility
  • high blood pressure

A Simple herbal combination tonic would be to take 1 part astragals root, 3 parts dandelion root, 2 parts elderberry, 2 parts rose hips. add to 2 cups of boiling water bring to a low simmer and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes  or until reduced by half. Press and strain the concoction well.

Dosing: (ADULTS)
 and take daily for 10 days and 2 days off. (if not sick) as a daily health tonic

Take 2-3  times daily (if sick)

Diabetes – An Update + Tips and Resources

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Back in October, I revealed that I had been diagnosed with Type II diabetes earlier in 2015, and explaining how I was dealing with it as a “prepper.” Today, I’m giving an update on my situation, plus a few tips and resources based on my experiences and what I’ve learned.

My Current State of Health

Fortunately, my current state of health is much improved. After almost eight months of effort, I have gotten my morning (fasting) glucose levels down to the 120s most mornings, and occasionally as low as 104. My after meal spikes in glucose now are typically in the 140s or 150s. Though I still need bring down my numbers a bit more, this is a tremendous improvement over last June, when most of my morning readings were in the 240s, and my after meal spikes often were over 350 (dangerously high).

I am not on insulin. I am controlling my diabetes through changes in my diet and lifestyle, losing weight (I’ve lost almost 30 pounds), and oral medication. My doctor has already taken me off one of the oral medications, and we are working towards getting off the second within the next few months, ultimately controlling my diabetes strictly through diet and lifestyle.

My eyesight, which was badly damaged (see my previous article), has responded very well with treatment (which, unfortunately, was a series of six monthly injections into my eyes). I will be undergoing one last treatment in two weeks, laser surgery to stop three leaking capillaries in one of my eyes.

Dietary Changes

After talking to my doctors, doing a whole lot of research, and after very carefully monitoring the effect of individual foods on my blood sugar levels, I have made two permanent changes to my diet: 1) I avoid almost all added sugar in foods. It is stunning how many of our foods have added sugar, and how much sugar is actually added. Food companies use many different names for sugar in order to hide how much is added to our food. 2) I have cut all potatoes and all grain products from my diet, including all pasta, bread, crackers, cereals, oatmeal, rice, corn, etc. I found that even the so-called “good grains” – whole grains – have a devastating effect on my blood sugar diabetes. In addition, my research on healthy vs. unhealthy diets has convinced me that the current USDA recommended diet, of which grains are the foundation, is based not on science, but rather on lobbying from Big AgriBusiness. Grains, even whole grains, are not a particularly healthy food.

There is a lot I can write about food and diet, but I will save most of that for future articles.

Tips and Resources

1) A good doctor is extremely important. Don’t settle for a pill-pusher who just wants to write you a prescription and forget about you until your next appointment in three months. My first doctor was this way and I fired her (yes, you can fire your doctor). Instead find a doctor who will work with you to improve your underlying health, not just to cover your symptoms with medication. My current doctor has set a goal of getting me off diabetes medication by getting me to the point of controlling my diabetes through diet and lifestyle changes. I am already off of one of the two medications I was originally given. PLEASE NOTE: Everyone’s health is unique to them. You may or may not be able to get off your medications, which is why you need to work closely with your doctor.

2) Take your health seriously. Diabetes can have major complications. You need to work hard and aggressively at overcoming your diabetes and improving your health. Don’t just settle for controlling your symptoms, work towards improving your health.

3) Monitor your  blood sugar closely. Everyone’s body is a little different, and will responded differently to various foods. There is no “one size fits all” plan when it comes to your health. Learn for yourself how certain foods affect your blood sugar. 

4)  Learn all the many, many, many different names for sugar. Our food supply has lots and lots of sugar added to it, and the food industry hides much of it by using a variety of different names for sugar, often using several different names on the same food label to how the true sugar content. Although there are many different types of sugar, they all are still sugar, and too much is very bad for you.

5) Of all the books I’ve read so far, the best and most useful is 60 Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar by Dennis Pollock. Pollock’s book is an aggressive plan to contol your blood sugar by bring together the best of traditional and alternative medicine. What I apprechiate about Pollock’s approach is that it is based on solid science, even the “alternative” aspects, and is not some hippy-dippy book that rejects science (avoid those). Also, his ideas are easy to follow.

6) My doctor recommended the book Life Without Bread by Dr. Christian B. Allan, and Dr. Wolfgang Lutz. This book presents a low-carbohydrate diet (but one not as severe as the Atkin’s Diet) as the best healthy diet for everyone, especially people dealing with high blood sugar. Right now, based on my own experiences and everything else I’ve read, I think they are right about their low-carbohydrate diet.

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Natural Solutions for Diabetes Part 4

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Natural Solutions for Diabetes Part #4

Berberine Herbs and Diabetes

There are many natural solutions for diabetes a very powerful herb classification are “BERBERINE Herbs” mainly derived from cir cumin a few main herbs which possess berberine are (to list a few)

  • Turmeric Root
  • Ginger Root
  • Goldenseal 
  • Golden leaf
  • Barberry
  • Oregon Grape
  • Yellowroot

Berberine Herbs assist in both the creation and regulation and maintenance of Healthy Insulin. Also its natural put powerful antiseptic properties aid in the detox process to maintain a health flow of insulin . insulin contaminated with toxins produce more toxins and is marginally inceptive to the current system at hand but may not be considered diabetes but hypoglycemic effects. causing fatigue,neuropathy, joining inflammation and water retention and more so detox is vital for all forms of diabetes. ineffective production of a normal balance of “healthy “ GLUCOSE Levels will effect blood flow control thus not being able to reach to its fullest and deliver blood to nerve endings. Eventually these nerves and nerve endings will too become in a fatigued state thus not receiving proper nutrient and oxogen level . this causes spasmodic activity to occur or a like shooting sensation to occur this is know as neuropathy.

A Few Good Herbs and essential oils good for neuropathy are:

White Willow Bark: a powerful herb to help aid in joint inflation and nerve pain specifically.
Burdock root:powerhouse of a blood purifier

Cinnamon: a powerful antiseptic herb for diabetics
Cayenne: maintains a healthy Blood circulation

Hawthorne: maintains cleat arterial and vascular wall to maintain a healthy and consistent blood flow to all the main systems.

Essential Oils: (for neuropathy)
Use topically Pepermint essential oil (diluted to 2 percent) as an antispasmodic.
Use Topically: Clove essential oil as an all natural anesthetic
Use Topically: Cypress oil Helps with muscle cramping and more server neuropathy (shooting pain effect)
USE TOPICALLY: Lavender Essential oil: for its antimicrobial properties
Another bunch of herbs that are great for diabetes and particularly used as a “Detox” are (but not limited to):
Milk Thistle
raw Cilantro
raw Parslet
raw Chicory

Another Vital Need for Diabetics is “Nutritional support”
Proper nutritional values delivered to all the main systems particularly the liver and adrenal glan is vital improper nutritional values and maintained nutritional valued will cause Oxidation (particularly in the joints (causing a rumatory arthritic effect.

Secondly, a healthy immune system is vital to all diabetics for this to will also aid in a healthy maintenance of glucose levels. 
A Few Good Nutritional herbs for diabetes are:
BEE POLLEN!!! a superfood containing the purest form of B Complex vitamins. This is due to the fact of the cross pollination process of the bees pollen collection(s).
Slippery elm Bark it is loaded with vitamins, mineral and much more 
Dandelion: Loaded with Vitamin A K Magnesium , manganese, and trace minerals of Calcium.
Nettles: Good for Water retention and will help stimulate the digestive glands of the liver and abdominal organs.

Spirruilina: This superfood pack a powerhouse level of protein and is said could potentially end world hunger. Secondly, it also is a power booster for the immune system thus maintaining a healthy immune system so that the nutrients of this superfood nourishes all the main systems.
Chlorella: One of the best super foods, chlorella is packed with nearly ten times the healthy chlorophyll of similar greens like wheat grass, barley and alfalfa. In fact, chlorella’s name comes from its high amount of chlorophyll, an important nutrient for cleansing your body.

Respected Task Force Updates Guidelines for Diabetes Screening

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Undetected Diabetes and Survival: Don’t Risk Itby James Hubbard, MD, MPH

You’re stuck in a bad storm and probably can’t get medical help for several days. You begin feeling really weak—maybe a bit nauseated. The weakness is not going away. Actually, when you think about it, through your currently fuzzy brain, you realize you’ve been feeling dehydrated and constantly thirsty for weeks now, but you’ve been urinating more than ever—even several times a night. Something’s up.

Finally, someone who has diabetes checks your sugar with their machine, and your level is sky high. Now you’re in a pickle because you need to get medical care within a day or two. If you don’t, you’ll keep getting worse and could go into a coma or die. In fact, even with treatment, many people with extremely high sugar die.

But the thing is, your situation could have been prevented. More than likely, the high sugar didn’t pop up overnight—one day it’s normal and the next it has doubled. Rather, it probably gradually came on, getting higher over days, weeks, months, or even years, and doing damage to your heart, eyes, kidneys, blood vessels, and nerves along the way.

As I’ve stated multiple times, prevention of disease is one of the keys to survival. Or, if you have a disease already, recognizing it and getting proper treatment so complications don’t occur is essential.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently came out with some new guidelines for screening for diabetes. The task force is pretty conservative on testing, so I take notice if they recommend something. The details are reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The Task Force’s New Guidelines

For people without symptoms, the USPSTF previously only recommended screening if those people had high blood pressure. The task force found insufficient evidence of the pros and cons of screening for other people.

Am I Overweight?

If you’re not sure whether you’re overweight, you can find plenty of references for height and weight online. One common measurement is the body mass index, which you can calculate easily here. If you have a lot more muscle than most people, the BMI may inaccurately classify you as overweight, but otherwise it tends to works well.

Really, the old tried and true “look in the mirror” test will be enough for most of us. If neither of these things is definitive for you, though, there are some pretty simple instruments you can buy, such as the fat-pinching skin caliper,* to give you a good approximation of your body fat percentage.

But since those guidelines were published in 2008, new research has come out. The bottom line with the new recommendations is if you’re 40 to 70 years old and overweight or obese, you should have either a screening fasting blood sugar or a Hemaglobin A1C (a measure of your average blood sugar that doesn’t require fasting) at least every three years.

That doesn’t apply if you have a family history of diabetes or have symptoms, such as increased urination or thirst. In either of those cases, you may need to be screened right away, or at least more often. It does apply, however, to about two-thirds of the rest of us in that age range.

Recognizing diabetes is important so treatment can begin early to decrease your risk for all those bad things that can happen to your body that I mentioned. In fact, there’s some pretty good evidence that if the sugar is just a little high, walking briskly or doing similar exercise for 30 minutes five times a week and losing 7 percent or more of your body fat (less, of course, if you’re less than 7 percent over normal) can cut your risk of having full-blown diabetes by half. Hey, why don’t we all just do that anyway?

Of course, even if you exercise regularly and are at normal weight you can get diabetes. If you fall into that category, check with your doctor about how often you should be screened.

And finally.

The task force advises that certain groups may need to talk to their doctor to see if they should start glucose testing for diabetes screening at an earlier age or more often. These include “Persons who have a family history of diabetes, have a history of gestational diabetes or polycystic ovarian syndrome, or are members of certain racial and ethnic groups (that is, African Americans, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, or Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders).” People in these groups may have a higher risk for developing diabetes younger or with a lower BMI.

If you read the whole guidelines, the USPSTF goes into their logic on screening and how it can prevent complications. It’s pretty interesting.

What about you? Have you been screened? Have you been surprised with a high result? What about diet and exercise? Did it help lower your sugar?


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Dealing With Type II Diabetes – Lessons Learned

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In early July of this year, I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. This was a surprise because I lived a healthy lifestyle (or so I thought) and didn’t have a family history of diabetes (or so I thought). This article is about the mistakes I made and lessons I’ve learned.

The bad news is that my A1C level (a measure of blood sugar over the previous 3 months) in July was extremely high, and likely had been for quite a while. The diabetes was beginning to seriously affect my vision, so much so that I had to undergo a series of injections in my eyes (as in needles piercing the wall of my eyeballs and injecting medicine directly into the liquid centers).

The good news is my blood sugar levels have come down sharply in the 3+ months since my diagnose, and the improvement to my vision is dramatic.

Diabetes Symptoms

According to the American Diabetes Association, “the following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes:

  •     Urinating often
  •     Feeling very thirsty
  •     Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
  •     Extreme fatigue
  •     Blurry vision
  •     Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  •     Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
  •     Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.”

    Why My Diabetes Wasn’t Diagnosed Earlier

    It was my fault. I made two mistakes.

    First, I avoided doctors most of my adult life. In fact, during the 20+ years of my adult life prior to my diabetes diagnose, I went to the doctor only once. There were a number of excuses why I avoided doctors – didn’t want to waste money, too busy, didn’t have time, wasn’t sick enough to go… Perhaps I was even too macho. After all, many of us guys think we are supposed to always be tough and never admit weakness. We tend to “walk it off” and “play through the pain” rather then actually dealing with it in a constructive fashion.

    Second, I made some false assumptions about my health. I thought I was just getting older because what I now know as symptoms of diabetes actually started not long after I turned 40. Many of the symptoms I had – blurred vision (I needed reading glasses), lower energy levels, more frequent urination, especially at night – can be common as people age. In essence, I wrongly self-diagnosed my symptoms to mean I was simply becoming middle-aged. 

    It wasn’t until earlier this year, when my symptoms became much more severe, that I began to suspect something else was going on. Eventually, my worsening vision forced me to go to the doctor, where I learned that I had diabetes, not just normal aging.

    Family Medical History

    Research shows that people who have a family history of diabetes are more likely to get diabetes. Many other diseases also have a genetic component. This is why it is very important to know your family medical history. In my case, it turns out that my grandfather, who died when I was much younger, had diabetes, as did an uncle (also deceased). I was unaware of this family medical history until talking to my mother after I was diagnosed with diabetes.

    Healthy Diet and Lifestyle?

    I thought I had a relatively healthy diet and lifestyle. I didn’t smoke, do drugs, or abuse alcohol. I was fairly active physically.  I rarely ate fast food or drank sodas. I wasn’t much for sweets (except ice cream). I even liked salads and vegetables. Good, huh? Well, maybe not. There is more to having a healthy diet and lifestyle, and I made a number of mistakes.

    Despite not eating sweets (other than the ice cream), I had way too much sugar in my diet. Most Americans do. The food companies put huge amounts of sugar into our food. They have too in order to cover up the taste of the massive amounts of salt they add to extend shelf-life. Its not just the massive amounts of sugar in our processed foods, even basic foods such as most canned vegetables have lots of added sugar.

    Starchy foods – such as potatoes, flour, bread, cereals, pasta, corn, and rice – contain carbohydrates that are easily and quickly converted into sugar by the body. Even “whole grain” foods are quickly converted into sugar by the body. (Personally, I don’t agree that whole grains are healthy, as much of the current health advice advocates. Instead, I consider whole grains to be only somewhat less bad than refined grains.) Starchy foods made up a significant portion of my diet.

    It also turns out that I had no real understanding of what a serving size it. A serving is not as much as you can pile onto one plate. Instead a serving size is much smaller. Before my diabetes, my typical serving of rice (one pile on my plate) was really equal to  two or three actual servings. A typical serving of oatmeal for me in the morning was one bowlful. It turns out that a serving of oatmeal is only one cup cooked, or about half my typical bowlful. Americans, including me, have supersized our food for so long we no longer have a true sense of serving size, and therefore tend to eat way too much. This taxes our body’s ability to cope, and has contributed to the current epidemic of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

    I will go into much more detail about a healthy diet and lifestyle in future articles, including the changes I have personally made to get positive results.

    Lessons Learned

    Here is a quick summary of the lessons I’ve learned in having to deal with my diabetes:

    • Visit your doctor regularly. Had I been getting regular checkups, even if only once every couple of years, my diabetes would have been caught much earlier (and I likely wouldn’t have had to let an eye surgeon stick needles into my eyes). You are NOT wasting money or time by going to a doctor.
    • Never self-diagnose. In today’s Internet world, its easy to look up symptoms on a website and decide that you have this problem or that disease. But many different diseases have very similar symptoms. In most cases, doctors are still necessary to determine what is wrong with any degree of certainty.
    • Know your family medical history. Don’t assume, like I did, that you know all the important stuff in your family’s medical history. You might be aware of your immediate family’s history, but do you really know all the medical conditions of your grandparents, great-grandparents, great aunts and uncles, and other relatives? Probably not, unless you’ve actually asked people. I suggest talking  about your family’s medical history with several of the elder matriarchs (women seem to be more aware of these things)  on both sides of your family tree.
    • Understand what actually constitutes a healthy diet and lifestyle. Sure, most people have some basic idea. But, like me, they have large gaps in their understanding (and perhaps an even larger gaps in what they are actually doing). I’ll be writing more on this in future articles. There is also a lot of misinformation out there, and what we think we know is often wrong.  So be careful – read various sources, consider the sources and their possible biases, look for good information (not just information to fit your predetermined point of view), try to integrate the best of both conventional medicine and alternative medicine, and think! 

    DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional, and nothing presented in this article is intended as professional medical advice. This article is only intended to relay my personal experiences and opinions in dealing with my type II diabetes. If you suspect that you or someone you know may be diabetic, PLEASE seek a diagnose and advice from a qualified medical professional as soon as possible. 

    Surviving with Herbs series “Diabetic Herbs”

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    “Diabetic Herbs”
    Target: All Main Systems
    Survival: Medicine

    There is hope and happiness for those of you who have diabetes and seek alternative solution. The key is to know and understand what diabetes is.

    In short: diabetes is the malfunction of normal distribution of insulin into the blood.
    So why and what can potentially cause this?
    First off a damaged or dysfunctional adrenal gland.
    Damaged Alpha nodes in the liver caused by overstressed nodular activity(s) from a poor diet, genetics,an injury, excessive alcohol or from excessive and abusive uses of pharmaceutical drugs. These Alpha nodes in the liver can handle so much stress before they are subjected to failure(s). irregular and unregulated insulin flow to the pancreas for further delivery of insulin throughout the body as needed.
    God Bless,

    So what can we do to help all this out but naturally?

    First, you need to slowly and safely “DETOX” your system from toxins and neurotoxin, this will help elevate the stress’ that cause your pancreas and liver and main systems to wok “HARDER” to deliver a consistent and normal regulated insulin flow as called upon without any resistances from stress’.

    Second, to supply Nutritional Supplementation to aid in the prep for healing the damage particularly from applied stress’, abusive alcohol and substances and even physical injury.

    Thirdly, Vitamin particularly B complex for Central Nervous System support it is the Central Nervous system through healthy neurotransmissions to the liver that also partake in the call and delivery of a normal insulin flow as well as the recall and to what rate of degree both are applied.

    Finally, Healing needs to take place and over time through all of the above this can only happen and may require sacrifice but efforts will pay off.

    So Which herbs do what and can play a major roll in all of the above?

    Detox: dandelion, burdock root, milk thistle,  Turmeric root, pure lemon juice, pure lime juice, Goldenseal root, Cinnamon, Cayenne

    Nutritional supplementation: Slippery Elm Bark, Spiruilla, Chlorela,

    Vitamin Supplementation: Bee Pollen, Rose Hips, Elderberry,

    Healing: Licorice root, Cayenne, Bee Pollin

    Other Herbal Solutions: 

    • Licorice Root:  Another Powerful herb for Diabetes but Raises the Blood Sugar
    • Dandelion Root: A Powerful Blood purifier
    • Cinnamon Bark: a natural antiseptic and reduces the blood sugar levels
    • Onions: lowers blood sugar
    • Garlic: lowers blood sugar
    • Asian Ginseng: lowers blood sugar
    • Blueberry Leaf: tend to be very high in lowering blood sugar
    • Fenugreek:
    • Ginko Biloba:
    • Bilberry:
    • Burdock Root: a natural blood purifier /detox
    • Juniper Berries: these tend to be very high in lowering blood sugar
    • Huckleberry: Tend to be very High in lowering blood sugar
    • Konjac Root (Glucoannan)  help blood sugar stabilization by slowing sugar absorption.

    Other herbs that are used to reduce blood sugar levels are called “BITTERS”
    A list of these bitter herbs:
    • Bitter Mellon
    • Artichoke
    “Note if you have blood pressure issues do not use licorice root” excessively it can raise blood pressure.