I receive many …

I receive many interesting articles on a daily basis and I would like to share the following  information I received from “My Healing Kitchen.” I have included in this blog an edited version. If you would like to read the whole article, go to the website:  myhealingkitchen.com/featured…/how- alec-baldwin-beat-diabetes    

Alec Baldwin, star of NBC’s “30 Rock,” was diagnosed with pre-diabetes.  Baldwin  chose to cure his condition by changing his diet, rather than sign a multi-million dollar endorsement deal with a diabetes  drug company.  He rebelled against the mainstream message that “there’s no cure for diabetes” and proved it wrong.

HOW DID HE DO IT?  

“I stopped eating refined sugars, desserts and sweets,” Baldwin told an interviewer. “I gave up sugar … and lost 30 pounds in four months. It’s amazing.”

But that’s not how the media chose to spin it. Every story written has attributed the 53-year-old actor’s turnaround to his weight loss. One account of Baldwin’s triumph even went so far as to say: “Obesity is a leading cause of Type 2 diabetes,” which is pure baloney.

WHY IS THE MEDIA PUBLICIZING THE WRONG STORY?

Big Sugar and Big Food would throw a major hissy fit if doctors started blaming their products for today’s Type 2 diabetes epidemic — and these are two of the most influential lobbies in Washington. So, you see, it’s much safer to pin the rap on “weight gain,” which — in a very sneaky way — makes diabetes your fault. While numerous studies demonstrate that Type 2 and pre-diabetes are easily reversed with simple diet changes (i.e., quit consuming sugar, sodas, refined carbs, and baked goods like Baldwin did), doctors and the drug industry would have us believe that “lifestyle interventions” involve a lot of work and sacrifice. That’s if they even mention diet-and-exercise at all.

“EAT LESS AND EXERCISE MORE”

Official treatment guidelines advise physicians to recommend “lifestyle interventions” to all new, non-emergency Type 2 and pre-diabetes patients for a period of several weeks before prescribing medication. But it rarely happens this way. Usually, people newly diagnosed with Type 2 or pre-diabetes are given a drug immediately. If a patient balks and asks about his/her non-drug alternatives, physicians tell him/her to go home and lose some weight. When the patient asks “How should I do that?,” the standard response is: “Eat less and exercise more.”

“LIFESTYLE CHANGES  FAIL IN THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE”.

That’s the verdict  from Dr. Anne Peters, director of the clinical diabetes programs at the University of Southern California — and most physicians would agree. But when you consider the lame lifestyle advice that the average doctor dishes out, it’s easy to understand why. “Eat less” (restricting calories) never works for losing weight because you’re always fighting your hunger — and (surprise!) hunger always wins. “Exercise more” is equally doomed. Why? Because most people work up such a hunger during exercise that they consume more calories after their workout than they burned during it.

“LOSING WEIGHT” IS A RED HERRING

And that’s exactly what blaming Type 2 and pre-diabetes on weight gain and obesity does. Yet it accomplishes absolutely nothing with regard to stopping and reversing the spread of this nasty condition (which will soon afflict one out of every three Americans)

Baldwin’s diabetes cure came because he reversed his body’s insulin resistance. When this happens, the weight falls off effortlessly. Convincing research shows that low-carb (and no-carb) diets are highly effective at controlling — and even reversing — Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. Many people are essentially cured of their (Type 2) diabetes by low-carbohydrate diets, but that message is not getting out,” says Dr. Richard Feinman of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Studies in 2004 at the Minneapolis V.A. Medical Center and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and published in Diabetes have produced groundbreaking research — though sadly, little-reported — showing dramatic results.

“We were shocked,” said Dr. Frank Q. Nuttall, the chief investigator. “We thought they’d be improved, but we didn’t think it would be improved as much as it was. The results were better than you get when you put patients on oral agents (drugs).”

THE SCIENCE IS VERY CLEAR

Sugar and refined carbohydrates elevate blood sugar and over time, this leads to insulin resistance and pre-diabetes. Left unchecked, Type 2 Diabetes develops.  Cutting out these troublesome foods and beverages keeps blood sugar in the normal range, so there’s no need for glucose-lowering drugs. It’s really that simple.

                                               DIABETES DRUGS WON’T PROTECT YOU

In fact, many diabetes drugs can make things worse. Two large studies in America and in Australia demonstrated that using glucose-lowering drugs and insulin to control blood sugar provided no reduction in heart attack rates or death from diabetic complications. Indeed, this approach significantly increased the number of deaths from heart disease and other causes.

THE ONLY REAL SOLUTION TO TYPE 2 DIABETES

There’s only one proven strategy that will free you of Type 2 and pre-diabetes. That’s by shunning the foods and beverages that jack-up your blood sugar (so you can get off all these dangerous drugs entirely)… … and switching to a diabetes-healing diet that can stabilize your blood sugar levels naturally and help your arteries repair themselves. In fact, Type 2 diabetes can be completely reversed in as little as 30 days with this drug-free approach. Thousands of people have already succeeded

COULD YOU HAVE PRE-DIABETES RIGHT NOW?

Currently, nearly 80 million Americans have pre-diabetes, which spikes your risk of a sudden heart attack and/or stroke by a whopping 50%. The real tragedy is that 90% of these people don’t even know they have it — and you might be one of them.

HERE ARE 10 SYMPTOMS THAT INDICATE YOU MAY BE AT RISK… If you have any of these symptoms, I urge you to get your blood sugar tested immediately

  1.   Belly fat. A large abdomen is an early sign of insulin resistance.
  2.   Depression. The stress associated with depression actually causes the liver to flood the body with  high levels of cortisol (the “worry hormone”), which elevates blood sugar.
  3.  Low blood sugar. If you feel agitated, jittery and moody, and experience immediate relief when food — especially carbs — is eaten, you might be hypoglycaemic (a state of low blood sugar).
  4.   Fatigue. Insulin resistance wears people out.
  5.   Brain fog. The fatigue caused by insulin resistance often expresses itself as a mental tiredness.
  6.   Intestinal bloating. This may be a tipoff that your metabolism isn’t functioning properly because of insulin resistance.
  7. Too much (or too little) sleep. Many people with insulin resistance get sleepy immediately after eating a carbohydrate-rich plate such as pasta. People who sleep less than five hours each night are 250% more likely to develop insulin resistance or impaired glucose tolerance.
  8.  Dental problems. Elevated blood sugar encourages bacteria that cause periodontal disease (gum infections).
  9.  Frequent colds and infections — and/or slow-healing wounds. A bloodstream overrun with glucose blocks the action of cells that fight infection.
  10. Sexual problems. Between 35% and 50% of men with pre-diabetes or Type 2 experience erectile dysfunction and sexual problems. Excess insulin in the bloodstream damages the functionality of blood vessels.

 Prof. Celene Bernstein- Nutritional Consultant  082 3388185  

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Thermograms vs Mammograms

I would like to share with you some important information I received from my cousin Dr. Frank Lipman, regarding an article written by Dr. Christiane Northrup M.D., a visionary pioneer and beloved authority in the field of women’s health and wellness on “The Best Breast Test”.

I have included in this blog an edited version. If you would like to read the whole article, google Dr. Christiane Northrup – the Best Breast test or visit her website:  http://www.drbnorthrup.com.
Going for regular mammograms is what most of us have been told to do.   According to Dr. Christiane Northrup “Mammography has been the gold standard for years.  Doctors are most familiar with this test and many believe that a mammogram is the best test for detecting breast cancer early. But it’s not”.

Doing a mammogram involves subjecting your breasts to being flattened and irradiated in the hope of finding that they are cancer free, or in the hope of finding any sign of cancer before it is too late. However, every woman I know who has ever endured a mammogram definitely stalls scheduling her next one. There seems to be a very good reason for that. A mammogram is done by flattening a breast between two plates and focusing enough radiation on it to take four films. This is very painful, and this routine of doing four films of each breast every year exposes the breast tissue to one rad (radiation absorbed dose) of exposure. This is risky, especially for pre-menopausal women, whose breast tissue is very sensitive to radiation.  Radiation exposure itself can induce the cancer it is used to detect. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola,  ”mammograms actually do more harm than good. Radiation causes the cells to mutate, and applying the pressure that they do, to get a good film, can actually spread any cells that are already malignant”.

It is ironic that the test women are using for prevention may be causing the very problem they’re trying to avoid in the first place! It’s well known that excessive doses of radiation can increase your risk of cancer. And this doesn’t even touch on the harm done to the body from unnecessary biopsies, lumpectomies, mastectomies, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and so forth.
A study in The Lancet (the British medical journal) shows that the increase in ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) since 1983 is due to the use of mammography.

There is however a painless, non-invasive, safe and effective breast-scanning tool called a Thermogram.  It is a form of thermal (infrared) imaging. I am rather surprised that this form of breast screening is not spoken about amongst women. I think it is because very few women know about it. Dr. Joseph Mercola claims that this screening tool is both safe and very effective.      Dr. Christiane Northrup points out in her article that ”studies show that a thermogram identifies precancerous or cancerous cells earlier, produces unambiguous results, which cuts down on additional testing – and it doesn’t hurt the body. Isn’t that what women really want?  The most promising aspect of Thermography is its ability to spot anomalies years before mammography”.

Dr. Phillip Getson, D.O (www.tdinj.com), a medical thermographer and colleague of Dr. Chrisatiane Northrup, points out that  ”cancers, even in their earliest stages, need nutrients to maintain or accelerate their growth, and this is widely acknowledged.  In order to facilitate this process, blood vessels are caused to remain open, inactive blood vessels are activated, and new ones are formed through a process known as neoangiogenesis. This vascular process causes an increase in surface temperature in the affected regions, which can be viewed with infrared imaging cameras. Additionally, the newly formed or activated blood vessels have a distinct appearance, which thermography can detect. Since thermal imaging detects changes at the cellular level, studies suggest that this test can detect activity eight or ten years before any other test. This makes it unique in that it affords us the opportunity to view changes before the actual formation of the tumor. Studies have shown that by the time a tumor has grown to sufficient size to be detectable by physical examination or mammography, it has in fact been growing for about seven years achieving more than twenty-five doublings of the malignant cell colony. At 90 days there are 2 cells. At 1 year there are 16 cells, and at five years there are 1,048,576 cells- an amount that is still undetectable by a mammogram.” (At 8 years there are almost 4 billion cells).

Dr. Christiane Northrup goes onto say “ Heat is an indication that inflammation exists, and typically inflammation is present in precancerous and cancerous cells, too.   (It’s also present in torn muscles and ligaments as well as arthritic joints, which thermography can also detect)  Today, women are encouraged to get a mammogram, so they can find their breast cancer as early as possible. With thermography as your regular screening tool, it’s likely that you would have the opportunity to make adjustments to your diet, beliefs, and lifestyle to transform your cells before they become cancerous. Talk about true prevention.  Thermography is a particularly good choice for younger breasts, which tend to be denser. It doesn’t identify fibrocystic tissue breast implants, or scars as needing further investigation.  It’s also good at detecting changes in the cells in the armpit area, an area that mammography isn’t always good at screening. Perhaps even more exciting is that a thermogram can help a woman diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) decide, along with her health practitioners, whether she requires aggressive or conservative treatment.  If you’ve ever had an unnecessary biopsy or been scared by a false positive result on a mammogram, please consider getting a thermogram and using it in conjunction with the mammogram to figure out your treatment options.
Thermography is very safe – it’s even safe for pregnant and nursing women. It’s merely an image of the heat of your body.  Unlike a mammogram, a thermogram does not hurt.  The pressure that the mammogram machine puts on each breast when it’s being compressed is equivalent to putting a 50-pound weight on your breast. Don’t be intimidated if you prefer to forego annual mammography”.
Dr. Christine Northrup goes onto say  “Thermography is a better technology for all the reasons I’ve already described. Plus it gives results that are unique to you, time after time. Instead of just screening for breast cancer, a thermogram can tell you how healthy your breasts are.  But there are some things to be wary of.”

Dr. Getson explains, “To be sure, not all thermographic equipment is the same, nor is every centre backed by qualified, board-certified physicians who are specifically trained in the interpretation of these images. Women (and men) seeking to have infrared imaging should consider the following:

  1.  What is the “drift factor” in the apparatus? Anything over 0.2 degrees centigrade leads to poor reproducibility.
  2. What are the credentials of the interpreting physician?
  3. The room in which the study is performed should be free of outside light and the temperature should always be at 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit, with a proper cooling system in place.
  4. Make sure the images are marked up (doctors call this “stat”-ed) for future comparison.
  5. Ask if the studies are read on site or sent by e-mail to a distant interpreter.
  6. Be sure that the physician is available to explain and discuss all findings.

I opted for thermography and I am so glad I chose that option. I went to the Thermal Health Centre in Pretoria for the Thermal screening.  The Thermal Health Centre meets all the criteria Dr. Getson insists upon.  I have had 2 thermograms since 2010. I will be going every year. Please be free to call 0123618878 and ask the necessary questions.  Another day may be just too late!                          

Prof.  Celene Bernstein C. +27 082 338 8185


HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO USE A NATURAL DEODORANT?

I don’t know if any of you  read labels on body care products? There are a lot of ingredients in these  products  that are just not that healthy. The one I am referring to is aluminium in deodorants.  I feel for cancer patients this is a “no no” There could be a link regarding Deodorant and breast cancer. I came across this article which I would like to share with you.

Deodorant: Breast cancer

An article from the 20 minutes newspaper from yesterday says, “Geneva. A study has highlighted the adverse effects on breast cells in vitro with the aluminium salts found in deodorants. It does not, however, evidence that it causes breast cancer. Researchers at the University of Geneva have developed culture models of human breast cells with doses of aluminium salts from 1500 to 100 000 times lower than those present in conventional deodorants. After several weeks, an abnormal behaviour of the cells was observed, corresponding to early stages of malignant transformation. ” (http://www.20min.ch/ro/news/monde/story/La-nocivite-des-sels-d-aluminium-etablie-14924524)

Although this study does not prove the link between breast cancer and aluminium salts, it demonstrates its harmfulness to the mammary glands. So why use a deodorant that contains such an  ingredient that is questionable, when there are deodorants containing safer ingredients  and without risk to our health. I suggest you visit a reputable health shop and ask the necessary questions. Also I suggest you get into the habit of reading labels not only on body products, but also on skin care products, and food.  If you don’t understand the content of the label, I suggest you leave it alone.

Prof. Celene Bernstein

082 3388185