This Wellness Wednesday letter is so important to so many people.
Type 2 Diabetes is popping up at any age. It can be dealt with through nutrition & exercise. Here is some great info to keep you & your family healthy.
Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
Rates of Type 2 (Adult Onset) Diabetes is skyrocketing in our society. 18 million Americans are now stricken with Type 2 Diabetes, 20% of those over age 65 have it and 1 in 3 who have it don’t even know they have it. In addition, this difficult chronic disease is now showing up in young adults and even in school age children. The good news is that 90% of cases are PREVENTABLE.
Prevention starts with understanding the cause. When a healthy person eats a meal, the body converts carbohydrates into blood sugar. The brain recognizes the rise in blood sugar levels and signals the pancreas to produce insulin. Insulin is a chemical messenger that rings the “dinner bell” telling all 10 trillion cells in the body to come and feed on the blood sugar. As the cells feed on the blood sugar, the blood sugar levels come back down. This is how it’s supposed to work.
Carbohydrates come in two forms natural (complex) and man-made (simple). The man-made carbs are found in processed foods such as white table sugar, candy, sodas, high fructose corn syrup, and white bread. Eating man-made carbs causes sudden, unusually high and sustained spikes in your blood sugar levels. This constant over-stimulation of the pancreas, year after year after year, causes your “internal machinery” to wear out prematurely. In some cases, the pancreas gets tired and can’t produce enough insulin. In other cases, the “dinner bell” rings so often that the cells get tired of hearing it, and stop running to get their blood sugar. Either way, when this happens, the health care industry declares that you have Type 2 Diabetes. And yes, for only a few hundred bucks a month for testing supplies and medication, they can keep you alive.
Natural sugars, like the sugars found whole foods, are known as complex carbs. They do not cause those sudden and sustained spikes in your blood sugar levels, so your “internal machinery” can last a lifetime. It really is that simple.
The first step to preventing diabetes is to know your risk. The Washington University School of Medicine offers a comprehensive risk assessment tool on their website. We encourage you to click the link below and take the test – it only takes a few minutes.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, making a few changes can dramatically lower your chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes. The same changes can also lower the chances of developing heart disease and some cancers.
Control your weight. Excess weight is the single most important cause of Type 2 Diabetes. Being overweight increases the chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes seven-fold. Being obese makes you 20 to 40 times more likely to develop diabetes than someone with a healthy weight.
Losing weight can help if your weight is above the healthy-weight range. Losing 7-10% of your current weight can cut in half your chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Get moving. Inactivity promotes Type 2 Diabetes. Every two hours you spend watching TV instead of pursuing something more active increases the changes of developing diabetes by 14%. Working your muscles more often and making them work harder improves their ability to use insulin and absorb glucose. This puts less stress on your insulin-making machinery.
Long bouts of hot, sweaty exercise aren't necessary to reap this benefit. Findings from the Nurses' Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study suggest that walking briskly for a half hour every day reduces the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 30%.
This amount of exercise has a variety of other benefits as well. And even greater cardiovascular and other benefits can be attained by more, and more intense, exercise.
Tune-up your diet. Two dietary changes can have a big impact on the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
1. Choose whole grains and whole-grain products over highly processed carbohydrates. In other words, choose whole foods instead of processed foods.
2. Choose good fats instead of bad fats. The types of fats in your diet can also affect the development of diabetes. Good fats, such as the polyunsaturated fats found in tuna, salmon, liquid vegetable oils, and many nuts, can help ward off Type 2 Diabetes. Trans fats do just the opposite. These bad fats are found in many margarines, packaged baked goods, fried foods in most fast-food restaurants, and any product that lists "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil" on the label. If you already have diabetes, eating fish can help protect you against a heart attack or dying from heart disease.
If you smoke, try to quit. Add Type 2 Diabetes to the long list of health problems linked with smoking. Smokers are 50% to 90% more likely to develop diabetes than nonsmokers.
Alcohol now and then may help. A growing body of evidence links moderate alcohol consumption with reduced risks of heart disease. The same may be true for Type 2 Diabetes. Moderate amounts of alcohol-a drink a day for men, a drink every other day for women-increases the efficiency of insulin at getting glucose inside cells. And some studies indicate that moderate alcohol consumption decreases the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. If you already drink alcohol, the key is to keep your consumption in the moderate range. If you don't drink alcohol, there's no need to start-you can get the same benefits by losing weight, exercising more, and changing your eating patterns.
The bottom line? They key to preventing Type 2 Diabetes can be boiled down to five words: Stay lean and stay active.
To that end, The Wholefood Farmacy offers you a convenient way to enjoy the pure, nutrient dense, whole foods that your body needs. Our 13 day programs of whole foods and water can offer you a new beginning. Taking care of yourself is the only way to lead your children towards a life of self-care and prevention.
As always, we are at your service,
The Wholefood Farmacy Team
California tries to out law homeschooling.
California wanted to pass a bill that required over 160,000 homeschoolers to hold teaching certificates or enroll their kids into public or private schools.
This looks to be short lived at this time.
The update to this is story => http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/ca/200803120.asp
I was also reading on the HSLDA site that Nebraska is trying to regulate homeschooling. The Governor there said he would VETO the bill if it got that far.
Why? Because he is most likely afraid to let it pass when it would make such a fuss.
1300 homeschoolers walked into the Nebraska’s Capitol. They took a stand & showed unity. That scares elected officials. They need votes so they would rather just sit quietly & no have no one notice what or who they are affecting with their decisions.
Story => http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/ne/200802270.asp
Our government has found that if they keep us all poor, sick, & uneducated then we will conform to what ever they want.
When people are so afraid of the government then they do nothing. We need to stand up for causes that affect us. But, so many people are afraid to miss work because the government has left us poor. We can not afford to loose our job so we do not miss work to go march on a courthouse lawn. Many people do not have the money to drive to the State Capitol. Many are afraid of being arrested & having their kids taken away just for standing up for their rights. We can already see how we have been molded to fit into the grand plan of the government that is filled with people that are wealthier. Greed is ruling our country.
We have allowed Presidents, governors, senators, judges..... go against some of our strongest beliefs & let them keep their positions & pay.
Homeschoolers have already taken a stand against the poor school systems so the government is looking for reasons to reel all of them back in.
Whether you homeschool or not these court decisions could affect you. Parental rights are being ruled on in both of these cases. We as parents have lost enough rights, let’s stick together for the good of the nation.
People are being changed to fit the needs of the system; the system is not being changed to fit the needs of the people.
I take it that Big Pharma is running low on money.
Who might help fill their pockets?
Barrack Obama & Hillary Clinton! They are on a list of senators that are involved in passing legislation to drug pregnant women. Both of these people are running for president. Would you trust them to run a country, If they want to push through bills to DRUG UN BORN BABIES?
They have decided that doctors should screen all pregnant women & possibly put them on antidepressants.
Antidepressants have NEVER been approved for kids! They now want to experiment & see what the effects will be on a developing fetus? Since the only way to do that is through the mothers the drug dealers are getting the government officials to help them.
The Mothers Act (S. 1375 The Mother's Act) is set to cause a skyrocket in birth defects.
Would you dose your baby up with something like Prozak? I always thought people kept mind altering drugs away from their children.
Not long ago in Prince George, Maryland they ordered parents by gun point to vaccinate their kids. Will other courts soon be walking pregnant women into court to FORCE them to take drugs that will without a doubt cause birth defect?
Are you willing to help get this stopped?
We must work together to stop this!
Sign the petition: HERE
Also, see Unite For Life
Senate Committee contact Info