Saturday, February 15, 2014

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Carbs On My Fork - Part I

The Fork…...

Diabetes is escalating at an alarming rate worldwide. The devastating affects of chronically elevated blood sugar is far reaching and unfathomable. Could it be true that the most insidious world wide weapon of mass distraction is a "fork". Well, lets take a look at why this might be true. Lets start with the deleterious of carbohydrate overload on our body's.

 “Diabetes” (Die of Sugar) is the perfect genre for another best selling Steven King mystery. 

Elevated blood sugar will be another blog topic for another day. Today’s topic should always be considered when discussing blood sugar. The topic is Insulin.

Insulin is a natural peptide hormone made by the pancreas that controls the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Insulin is required for cells to utilize glucose for energy.  Normally, insulin is provided within the body in a consistent amount in order to remove excess glucose from the blood. This prevents sugar from building up in the blood to become toxic. The natural production of insulin has been disrupted in disorders such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes and other carbohydrate metabolic processes. Insulin is produced in the pancreas. Less than 1% of the pancreas is dedicated to producing insulin. When the body’s demands for insulin increases, the sensitivity of the insulin receptors decreases (weakens) which causes the pancreas to release more insulin to accomplish the same job. This grows into a vicious metabolic cycle until the symptoms of hypoglycemia begin to occur due to the dysregulation of glucose metabolism.

If Insulin Levels Remain Elevated

If the body cannot produce enough insulin or is unable touse insulin properly, hyperglycemia occurs. Meaning, there will be elevated levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. This is a metabolic challenge that occurs prior to the actual diagnosis of “diabetes” (Greek Translation: Die of Sugar). Some call this metabolic warning sign “prediabetes”. Prediabetes is a toxic biochemical set up for heart disease, kidney failure and related problems. 

What Causes Elevated Insulin Levels    


  • Chronic Stress
  • Environmental Toxins
  • Diet High In Processed Food
  • Nutritional Deficiency’s
  • Weight Gain
  •  Food Sensitivities
  • Caffeine
  • Low fat diets
  • Lack of Restorative Sleep
  • Alcohol
  •  Tobacco
  • Lack of Exercise

There is another philosophy. ”If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, its probably a duck”. It is the opinion of this author that prediabetes gives the impression that things are still okay. The reality is that the excessive glucose in the blood stream becomes a free radical, which damages arterial walls, and forms wicked cross-links with proteins called “advanced glycosylation end products (AGE’s). These AGE’s actually accelerate the aging process – in other words they cause us to grow old at a faster rate than we would normally age without rouge sugar cruising thru our circulatory system. Remember blood goes everywhere, therefore so does the sugar. So the term prediabetes, translates to “Just before you die from sugar”.  This is when action needs to be taken to support the metabolic process and protect the pancreas as well as other end organ damage.

What Can You Do


What is Insulin

Insulin Basics

Influence of environment on insulin sensitivity.

Environmental Toxins: A Potential Risk Factor For Diabetes Among Canadian Aboriginals

Final Report: TCDD-Induced Insulin Resistance (EPA)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

What’s Bugging Grandma?

Helicobacter Pylori (H.Pylori) and Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Impairment From 8 to 80 years old. What’s Bugging Grandma? What’s Bugging Little Joe?

What is Helicobacter Pylori (H.Pylori)?

Helicobacter Pylori (H.Pylori) is gram-negative bacteria found in the stomach. Research has estimated that H.Pylori, is the most prevalent infection in the world. It affects approximately half the world’s population. Over 80% of people infected with H.Pylori will not realize they have it because they will not have symptoms.

H.Pylori Infection Symptoms

Indicators and symptoms associated with an H.Pylori infection may be:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low B12 Levels
  • Elevated Homocysteine Levels
  • Cognitive Impairment - Changes
  • Bloating
  • Burping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting (vomit may be bloody or look like coffee grounds)
  • Black, tarry stools

H.Pylori is known to be a major cause of peptic ulcer disease and is very common, especially in developing countries. Bacteria and viruses are powerful stimulators of the inflammatory process. Research continues to demonstrate a strong link between infective processes (like H.Pylori) and Alzheimer's disease. In May 2008, a special issue of The Journal of Alzheimer's Disease explored the topic of infectious disease as a causative factor for Alzheimer's disease. Scroll down and review the resources. Notice how ‘long’ the list is. Next ask yourself why isn’t a review of a potential infection such as H.Pylori (or Herpes Simplex: Last Post) looked for when signs and symptoms of cognitive impairment manifest – no matter how old the person is who is showing signs and symptoms of cognitive difficulty.

Ordering H.Pylori Blood Tests Online

You can order online blood test for H.Pylori YOURSELF without seeing your doctor first.

If you are interested in learning more, please click the link about ordering H.Pylori blood tests online. If you do decide to follow the link below, please click on the “About Us” on the web site so you can learn more about who we are and why we have made this service available to You!

Yours in Health!


An association between Helicobacter pylori infection and cognitive function in children at early school age: a community-based study

Impact of chronic Helicobacter pylori infection on Alzheimer's disease: preliminary results.

Helicobacter pylori may be involved in cognitive impairment and dementia development through induction of atrophic gastritis, vitamin B-12–folate deficiency, and hyperhomocysteinemia sequence

A potential impact of chronic Helicobacter pylori infection on Alzheimer's disease pathobiology and course.

Increased cerebrospinal fluid Helicobacter pylori antibody in Alzheimer's disease.

Does Helicobacter pylori infection increase incidence of dementia? The Personnes Agées QUID Study.

Diagnosis and treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection.

Infectious Diseases Related To Travel

Every Man’s Disease

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Alzheimers and Online Blood Testing of Hemoglobin A1c

Online Blood Test and Hemoglobin A1c

A Hemoglobin A1c is a blood test that measures the average amount of glucose that has chemically attached to red blood cells over the past 6-8 weeks. Think of it this way. Sugar is sticky. When sugar sticks to certain proteins inside the hemoglobin, it naturally hangs around for a longer period of time because it is harder to get it off the hemoglobin. Red blood cells circulate in the body for about three months before they die. A Hemoglobin A1c shows an average of how much sugar has been around for the preceding three months.

Elevated Blood Sugar - Oxidative Stress - Chronic Disease

This information is extremely important because research has proven the longer an individual is exposed to elevated levels of oxidative stress caused by elevated blood sugars over an extended period of time the higher the risk is for developing problems such as Alzheimer's disease. An elevated hemoglobin A1c is also a threat to eye, nerve and heart health.

Hemoglobin A1c and Blood Test

A HA1c is used to monitor long term blood glucose control and to help determine appropriate therapeutic actions based on the test results. Studies have repeatedly shown that the closer to normal and stable the HA1c levels are, the less likely someone will develop the the long term complications related to diabetes.


Alzheimer's Association 2011 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

Changes in glycemic control are associated with changes in cognition in non-diabetic elderly.