What’s Wrong in “The keto diet, explained” on Vox

What She Says

Julia Belluz, Senior health correspondent and evidence enthusiast, wrote an article on Vox with the title “The keto diet, explained” except that nothing she wrote really explains anything right about the keto diet.

While I am not planning to write a full explanation here about the ketogenic diet (I am working on a book about that), I will set a few points she suggests straight.

  • She says: ketosis is the same as the Atkins diet.
    • The ketogenic diet is not the same as the Atkins diet. It never was and never will be. That is why one is called the Atkins Diet and the other the Ketogenic Diet. The biggest difference is in the amount of protein consumed. Atkins: lot; Ketogenic: minimal.
  • She says the ketogenic diet is a Silicon Valley obsession
    • The ketogenic diet is not a Silicon Valley obsession. This is one advancement for the better that Silicon Valley is a late-comer to and has absolutely nothing to do with!
  • She says the ketogenic diet has been used for epilepsy for over a century
    • The ketogenic diet has been used for epilepsy for since 400 BC , not a century.
    • George F. Cahill, Jr. spent years evaluating the ketogenic diet, so if you want to really learn about it, read some of his work here and here
    • There is a graph in Cahill’s paper that shows that all babies are in ketosis at birth and remain so all through nursing, and then come in and out (metabolic flexibility) all through age 10, when they come and go in and out of ketosis dependent upon when and what they eat. Here is that graph, which is found in the second paper above titled “Fuel Metabolism in Starvation” that I copy-paste here for educational purposes:
Ketosis from birth to adult

Ketosis from birth to adult

So as you can see, ketosis is nothing new–it has been with us through all of human history. It may be new to Ms. Belluz, but it certainly is not new to humanity. In fact, a nursing mother’s milk at the start is extremely ketogenic, high fat low carbs and low protein. As the baby develops and the mother’s milk matures, it reaches 55.44% fat, 38.78% carbs, and 5.79% protein–these are percentages from calorie from the USDA nutritional table here. If that baby were to eat ~1000 Calories a day, she would consume ~62 gr fat, 14.5 gr protein and ~97 gr carbs. This person, on mom’s latest mature milk is on a LCHF (Low Carbs High Fat) diet!

    • She says that people in ketosis use supplements and butter in their coffee.
      • True ketosis doesn’t need ketone supplements or butter in coffee. Real ketosis is a metabolic change from the glucose-burning metabolism to a fat-burning one. Those who take supplements or eat coconut or MCT oils are capable to show ketone bodies in their urine or blood but by no means are they in ketosis. Putting butter into coffee is by no means necessary unless someone likes the taste. The goal is not to eat weird things but to get the body to burn its own fat. While at the start people need to eat more fat in order to start the fire so to speak, once they are in ketosis and solidly fat adapted, not eating fat at all will not take them out of ketosis–this is what intermittent fasting is all about. Nothing is eaten and body fat is used for energy.
    • She says people eat a slice or two of bread equivalent per day in carbs
      • In reality, people eat as little as zero to as much as 50 grams of carbs–it is very specific to the person. And 2 slices of bread can be more like 80+ carb grams… so no.. not keto at all
    • She says that people burn extra calories AND fat
      • Actually people never burn calories. They can only burn macornutrients, of which we have 3: carbs, fat, and protein. In keto the metabolic process is fat-burning but the body burns carbs as well as protein. The body doesn’t burn calories. We don’t eat calories. Calorie is a unit of measure and not food.
    • She says that the keto diets don’t help people lose extra weight on the long run
      • She obviously has not been part of any organization that would prescribe the ketogenic diet for weight loss, nor has she met those who have lost weight years ago and are still thin (and are still on the ketogenic diet because it is a great diet). She brings up one extremely faulty research paper as her proof that such is the case. Nope. That is not the case at all.
    • At the end she has a table of what a low-carb diet looks like versus baseline (SAD–Standard American Diet)
      Nutrition Comparison by Javier Zarracina/Vox

      Nutrition Comparison by Javier Zarracina/Vox

      • The biggest mistake with the table is that people on the ketogenic diet don’t snack and usually only eat once or at most twice a day. In addition, very few people on keto eat processed foods like Kielbasa

Conclusion

I have not found a single element of correct information in her article. If you wish to start the ketogenic diet for whatever reason, the one article to not consult for sure is the one on Vox. Seek medical support for any nutritional changes! If you take medicines, you may not be able to start the ketogenic diet!

Feel free to contact me for more information.

Comments are welcomed and moderated for appropriate content.

Angela

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The Science of Fasting that No One Knew About

200 years of data of >10k patients!

I was sent a message on Facebook by one of the migraineurs I work with about a film titled The Science of Fasting. She mentioned that it is available on Amazon Prime, which I have, so I started to watch it. I am on the ketogenic diet and fasting intermittently is part of my daily routine. I was curious what the science says behind fasting. Boy was I in for a surprise! Actually I was in for one of the biggest shocks of my life.

What is Fasting?

At the risk of you thinking that I am talking about a casual fasting, like for a blood test or surgical procedure, let me explain what fasting means here. Fasting is no food at all only water (and I would personally add salt to that) for an extended time. Many people fast without drinking water–and while that may help them lose water weight, on the long run they may lose more than just water; likely muscle. So fasting has to be understood and done properly in order to be effective at attaining a particular goal. So what kind of goals exist for fasting?

Certainly religious fasting is the most well-known and practiced. This type of fasting is not discussed here as this is a post for health and wellness–though undoubtedly, religions brought about fasting periods for the health of their followers. Fasting for a blood test or medical procedure is a short-term, once is a blue-moon sort of fasting, and its end goal is simply an empty stomach for the purpose of medical procedure, so this too is not discussed here. Fasting for weight loss is a byproduct of fasting for all health conditions so I will not focus on weight-loss though understand that you will lose weight.

Intermittent fasting has a variety of forms, such as not eating for 16 hours a day and eating for only 8 hours, or not eating anything for 2 days out of the week but not 2 consecutive days, and eating for the other 5 days, or eating only twice a day or once a day–and many other types.

Fasting 5 Days to 3 Weeks by Drinking Only Water 

Fasting was used to cure mental health diseases in ancient Greece, so fasting is not new to healthcare at all. What is new is that it seems so alien to us and we fear it. Yet fasting has major curative effects! And this is where the film The Science of Fasting comes in, which is also available free on YouTube here. I highly recommend you watch it. In short, here is the summary:

In a sanatorium for the mentally ill, one patient refused to eat and, for the first time in history (this was 200 years ago), one doctor allowed the patient to not eat. The patient didn’t eat for 5 days, after which his mental illness started to lift. After more time of not eating, he completely recovered, could talk, and was able to return to work and could lead a healthy life.

In continuing this tradition, this place has started to practice such fasting treatment to see what else it cured. The list is long–please watch the film. The short list: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, asthma, arthritis–there are many more. I am listing only the most common human diseases we fight today with medicine.

Why Medicine? Why Not Fasting?

For 200 years, this facility has been curing people of all kinds of diseases by fasting under medical supervision. They have also kept data on tens of thousands of patients and published their findings–in Russian. Apparently this book is translated to Romanian and French but not English. Why not? This would provide all the “evidence” needed for those always asking for “evidence-based medicine.” The answer is pretty simple: if fasting cures most diseases, who makes money?

Interestingly, in Germany, fasting cure is practiced in their largest hospital even today!

In the US

Longo’s research team at USC has been working to understand the mechanism of fasting and its benefits. Here are some open access publication: here, here, and here; there are hundreds more just from his team alone. The research is spectacular! The mechanism of how fasting works–in his research with chemotherapy, and by others instead of chemotherapy and for reversing metabolic disorders–is explained by how our genes respond to starvation: our genes switch to express protective mechanisms whereas cancer calls become more vulnerable by expressing the opposite. In the case of asthma, researchers in Russia found that those cells that cause asthma in the bronchi of the lungs, vanish under fasting.

Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

They reverse! Why? Because the body stops using glucose (it switches to ketosis, a fat-burning metabolic process) and when insulin is not used for glucose management,  it can recover its receptors’ health. It is so simple yet so complicated to pass the information to patients because of the healthcare model, which is a profit-making model for thousands of companies and millions of people. We could cure metabolic syndrome by simply fasting. However, as for everything affecting your health, medical supervision is recommended. And where do we find that medical supervision? We don’t–I suppose we can travel to Germany. It is expensive, but available–assume a very long waiting list!

What we find in the US, is constant badgering by nutritionists to eat more carbs, when it is clear that carbs cause insulin resistance. We are also told to reduce our fat intakes when fat is our body’s primary fuel and makes up nearly all of our brain. Makes sense? Sure! It created (and continues to create) an entire nation (slowly world) of sick people to feed to maintain diseases and use medicines to reduce symptoms. Great business model!

In conclusion:

Watch this film and share it with the world! Let everyone know that there is an alternative treatment that is kept hidden to keep profits coming in!

Comments are welcome but are moderated for appropriate content!

Angela

 

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What if Migraine is a Metabolic Disease?

PRESS RELEASE

Today, on a science blog, my article was published about migraine as a metabolic disease. It is a new concept. Do you agree?

The logic is as follows: I work with thousands of migraineurs. I now require in-home 5-hour blood glucose testing for all migraineurs. Of those who so far have taken this 5-hour test, nearly all show insulin resistance to various degrees (hyperglycemia to reactive hypoglycemia).

Given that the cause of migraine is well understood–also written by me and you can find it here and here and here, the genetic cause of migraine lead to many of the genetic variances that hasten metabolic diseases as well. Thus, migraineurs are predisposed to metabolic disorders. And while this may sound uninteresting in and of itself, there is a caveat.

Why Migraineurs are Diagnosed Late

Migraineurs don’t meet the definition of metabolic disorders and hence are not tested for it. Most migraineurs are slim and have low blood pressure plus they rarely if ever have low HDL. They may sport higher triglycerides before they start my protocol, but soon after their triglycerides drop and yet they still remain migraineurs with a predisposition to metabolic disorders. Even, often their fasting glucose is normal but when testing glucose further, we can see they have a glucose metabolism problem.

Hence, my suggestion is that migraine is a metabolic disease. Please read the article and share to migraineurs, so they know that they need to reduce carbohydrates in their diet as well as take additional steps, as listed in my book.

Comments are welcome, as always.

Angela

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The connection of Trehalose & deadly pathogens

PRESS RELEASE

Dr. Chandler Marrs’ latest blog “A Molecular Boondoggle: Commercial Trehalose and Pathogenic Virulence explains the connection. Indeed, it explains much more than just how we have created “superbugs” that resist antibiotics, survive even boiling or subzero temperatures. The method by which all these changes happen are show-stopping and yet, as you will read in Dr. Marrs’ paper, we encourage such pathogenic survival.

While reading her article, I went back in thought to bacteria and what it basically is. We need to remember that life on the planet started in bacterial form. Bacteria are the toughest creatures on the planet. The article doesn’t mention this but it is important to note that bacteria create spores of themselves (endospores) that can stay dormant for hundreds and thousands of years, can even travel in space, and land somewhere. There, if ideal circumstances arrive, the bacteria come alive. Indeed, bacteria are created to survive the toughest environment, even without our help. I thought this article was extremely thought provoking because it covers so many areas—and more areas of coverage are yet to come.

Dr. Marrs sums it up stating that “virulence is no more than a successful adaptation to a nutrient starved environment”, which is very correct—as you can now connect this to endospores as well. If the pathogens succumb to the environment they find themselves in—particularly in the human body, our goal—then the human wins; otherwise the pathogen wins. You may think that humans don’t provide a nutrient-poor environment to pathogens but think again! “[We] make virulence easy. With everything from the high calorie, low nutrient diets, to the very antibiotics used to treat these pathogens, we deplete nutrients…”

So, what’s the big connection of all this to Trehalose? Everything. “Trehalose is basically a preservative disguised as sweetener produced by the chemical company Cargill.” As a preservative, its job is to preserve—obviously. Here is what the manufacturer says:

“’Trehalose, a diglucose sugar found in nature, confers to certain plant and animal cells the ability to survive dehydration for decades and to restore activity soon after rehydration. This observation has led to the use of trehalose as excipient during freeze drying of a variety of products in the pharmaceutical industry and as an ingredient for dried, baked and processed food… It is especially well suited for sweetening nutritional drinks and other energy products used by consumers as part of their daily eating habits. As a multi-functional sugar with nearly half the sweetness of sucrose…’”

Now what’s great for the preservation of flowers for decor, but may not be so great for the preservation of food or of bacteria, or particularly not that great for our cells that are supposed to commit suicide (apoptosis). Our body is very well organized and cells that are not functioning optimally and don’t contribute energy (ATP) to the body properly are instructed to commit apoptosis. Cells that don’t obey these orders multiply and multiply—indeed, cancer may be connected to this. Perhaps Dr. Marrs’ next paper will elaborate on the potential connection here, as it is very important.

In the meantime, read and share her article that you find here, and start looking for the ingredient or additive Trehalose in the food you used to buy, because after this, you will not buy them anymore I am sure.

Your comments are welcome, as always.

Angela

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Statins: The Grand Fraud!

Statin wars: have we been misled about the evidence?

Asks Dr. Maryanne Demasi in her latest publication in the British Medical Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM). (As the article appears to no longer be open access but Dr. Demasi permitted the sharing of it, please find the article attached Statin wars- have we been misled about the) Her review of the years of research, all paid for by the pharmaceutical companies, and the many scientists conducting biased research, is hardly new. We all have read or heard about the “Heart Health Hypothesis” that damaged the health of several generations.

However, what most of us didn’t know is that the scientists, who conducted the original research about statins, made a deal with the pharmaceutical companies to never reveal their data!

“Much has been made about the fact that the raw data from statin trials are only available to a single group of researchers—the CTT Collaboration—and they have agreed to keep the data in confidence and will not share anonymised data with independent researchers. This is one of the most contemptible breaches in transparency”

writes Dr. Demasi but I think it is much more than breach of transparency; it is against all scientific publishing responsibilities. There is not a journal that doesn’t require the data of all research to be available to be downloaded and further analyzed. In my view this is criminal.

Dr. Demasi continues:

“When asked in 2013, the CTT [Cholesterol Treatment Trialists by Oxford University] confirmed that it would not allow other scientists to access the raw statin data to conduct an independent analysis. They wrote: ‘The CTT secretariat has agreement with the principal investigators of the trials and, in those instances where trial data were provided directly by the drug manufacturers, with the companies themselves, that individual trial data will not be released to third parties. Such an agreement was necessary in order that analyses of the totality of the available trial data could be conducted by the CTT Collaboration: without such an agreement the trial data could not have been brought together for systematic analysis… Not even the Cochrane Collaboration had access to the patient-level data when conducting its review of statins in low-risk people, and its conclusions ultimately influenced the prescribing guidelines’”. (emphasis mine)

How is it possible that research of such significance affecting millions of people each day, often causing major damage to their health, is not verifiable or replicable by independent researchers and yet it is publishable? And how did the world end up following the guidelines of such hidden data results put forth by obvious financial interest?

Do we have any data at all that is not funded by the pharmaceutical companies? We do, though minimal (here, here as a couple of examples). Who wants to fund a fight against big pharma?

Britain’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, wrote to the Academy of Medical Sciences:

“Only one major non-industry-funded study on statins has been done (Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT)), which showed pravastatin had no significant benefit in reducing either all-cause mortality or coronary heart disease in primary prevention.(emphasis mine)

Furthermore, Dr. Demasi continues,

“If the public demands that scientists declare their conflicts of interest in order to restore confidence, then so should medical journals. Former Editor in Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr Marcia Angell, famously said, ‘It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.’”

Damn right! If it is impossible for an academician to publish any findings without ethical board approval (even for a survey) that may take over a year and making all data available free of charge for all who wish to analyze that data, then so must those who were funded by pharmaceuticals. Either that, or they should not be able to advocate the use of statins for anything. After all, they say that there is evidence but where is the data proving that? Given the lack of any evidence of statins benefits confirmed by an independent research authority of the now hidden data, nothing can be said about statins.

It is a quite simple logical statement:

Hidden data ==> Hidden result ==> Cannot recommend drugs in the blind

I highly recommend you read the whole article written by Dr. Demasi—it is a total eye opener. The article can be downloaded if you have subscription here. If you have no subscription, with the permission of Dr. Demasi, the link to the article is in the introduction above. You may want to reconsider taking any statins; particularly if you are a woman!

Comments are always welcome,

Angela

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Those Impossible Blood Glucose Meters!

In the Stanton Migraine Protocol and the Keto Mild for Migraine groups, both of which are filled with migraineurs, I require the regular measuring of blood glucose and blood glucose and β-hydroxybutyrate (blood ketones), respectively.

The reason why I ask for the β-hydroxybutyrate may be evident; I really want to make sure that “my migraineurs” are safe and are within the nutritional ketosis range. Why I also ask for the blood glucose check, may not be obvious.

Migraineurs are geneticallypredisposed1-3 and also with all the medicines they take4,5, they are much more likely to get metabolic disorders than non-migraineurs. Metabolic disorders lead to dire consequences, so it is essential to prevent them or to reverse any that has already started. Insulin resistance is one of the first signs of metabolic disorders and so checking for it is critical. Seasonal insulin resistance is not a disease—ask hibernating animals that use seasonal insulin resistance to “fatten up” for the hibernating period of starvation. Only chronic insulin resistance is a disease, but it is fully reversible. I find that in my two Facebook migraine groups, so far 100% of the migraineurs who tested their blood glucose have some insulin resistance at various levels.

There are many at-home blood glucose testing meters on the market. One would think that getting a reliable meter is as simple as buying one; after all they are FDA regulated. The problem is that the FDA provided a guideline that contains the following requirement to at-home blood glucose testing kit accuracy:

This final guidance now states that 95% of the meter results should be within 12% for glucose concentrations greater than 75 or within 12 mg per deciliter for concentrations less than 75 and that 98% instead of 100 of the meter results should be within 15% or 15 mg per deciliter of the comparator method. In cases where data points fall outside of these accuracy goals …  a clinical justification should be provided in the pre-market submissions for each of these data points along with a description of any other proposed mitigations.” (see here) and a sample is presented as follows:

FDA Guidelines

FDA Guidelines

Table 1 is on page 32 here.

Reality: ±15% is 30% Uncertainty

What the above table shows is that any blood glucose measuring kit for home use is considered to be “accurate” if it shows up to ±15% different result from an actual blood test of the same blood taken at the same time in a lab. However, this is a double-edge sword. Assume that a laboratory blood test shows 100 mg/dL blood glucose. The same blood tested at home can be anything between 85 mg/dL to 115 mg/dL, and that is FDA acceptable.

While each measure is only 15% away from the actual lab reading, the real range of inaccuracy is 30%. That is because one strip can show 15% lower reading than it should and another strip (from the same finger with two separate pokes, so 2 different blood drops taken at the same time) can show 15% above what it should. So with a 30% spread, how can we know what the blood glucose really is?

This may seem like a ridiculous point, after all, who cares if your blood glucose measure is 85 mg/dL or 115 mg/dL instead of 100 mg/dL. However, it gets a bit scarier when someone gets a test result that is below the lowest normal bs reading of 70 mg/dL and cannot tell if the result is correct or not. It can also get hairy if the blood glucose shows too high. For example, <99 mg/dL is considered to be normal fasted blood glucose. If 15% over is acceptable, an at-home reading may be 113.85 mg/dL, which is considered to be insulin resistant fasted blood glucose reading. So if you are trying to reverse your insulin resistance, does it matter if your at-home blood glucose tester shows 99 or 113.85? You bet! Major difference.

I found it interesting that the American Diabetes Association doesn’t list healthy ranges of blood glucose levels on their website, though that was the first place I went to look to see what the lowest healthy blood glucose level is. According to The Diabetes Council and Diabetes Self-Management, the lowest healthy blood glucose is 70 mg/dL. If you measure your blood glucose at home and end up getting 59.5 mg/dL, is that a problem? You bet! Blood glucose falling below 70 is a concern. In the 60s range you can manage for a short time without organ damage but once you reach below 60 mg/dL, your life can be in danger. So how can you tell if your bs is within or out of range on the lower end if your meter has a 15% allowance of being out of range either below or over?

One of my migraine group members has been collecting her data for some time and is now using 3 blood glucose meters—as do I—to use an average of the many readings to get a single data point! We take 3 readings each time per meter. Below are a few lines from this migraineur’s data collection together with the name of the meters used. Can you tell what her blood sugar really is?

Blood Glucose tests

Blood Glucose tests

Table 2. Blood Glucose Meter Comparisons

Note how she must resort to taking several blood samples from each of her several blood glucose meters to test each time. Is this acceptable? I would have to say no.

Look at the last line!! Her blood glucose measures go from 58 (dangerously low) to 82 (normal) at the same time, from different blood drops, all pricked at the same time from the same finger. Moreover, not every line of data falls within the ±15% FDA regulation either! So we have absolutely no idea what her real blood glucose measure is at any given time.

Let’s start an FDA petition to improve the quality of at-home blood glucose testing kits for those of us not sick enough for the “built in” (under the skin) devices those can get who are very ill.

Sources:

1          Salmasi, M., Amini, L., Javanmard, S. H. & Saadatnia, M. Metabolic syndrome in migraine headache: A case-control study. Journal of Research in Medical Sciences : The Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences 19, 13-17 (2014).
2          Bhoi, S. K., Kalita, J. & Misra, U. K. Metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance in migraine. The Journal of Headache and Pain 13, 321-326, doi:10.1007/s10194-012-0416-y (2012).
3          Sachdev, A. & Marmura, M. J. Metabolic Syndrome and Migraine. Frontiers in Neurology 3, 161, doi:10.3389/fneur.2012.00161 (2012).
4          He, Z. et al. Metabolic syndrome in female migraine patients is associated with medication overuse headache: a clinic-based study in China. European Journal of Neurology 22, 1228-1234, doi:10.1111/ene.12732 (2015).
5          FDA. Topamax Highlights of Prescribing Information, (2012).

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Health & Nutrition: Fat-Focus

PRESS RELEASE

A new article “Health and the Nutrition Connection: Focus on Fats and Cholesterol” released earlier today–apparently on World Diabetes Day. That was coincidental but quite appropriate. The article talks about the “cholesterol problem” by explaining its history in brief, and then explains what cholesterol really is and why the blood test you take to get your cholesterol reading is faulty.

Two important questions are asked:

  1. Does our cholesterol knowledge tell us anything about CVD?
  2. Does saturated fat (or any fat) have anything to do with cholesterol?

The article explains how cholesterol is made from carbohydrates and fats have nothing to do with it. This is a very important information. Because if cholesterol is made from carbohydrates, why are we blaming saturated fat? Also, what exactly is saturated fat?

All of these and more are explained in this long article and brought down to the level of an average reader–no science degree required, I swear.

I hope you enjoy it. Please share.

Comments are welcome, as always

Angela

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New Book Releases on Migraines!

NEWS RELEASE

Fighting the Migraine Epidemic: A Complete Guide. How to Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medicines” is released!

Fighting the Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide

Fighting the Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide

 

Both e-book and paperback are available around the word.

Thank you for sharing! Consider buying it as a gift to a migraineur you know! If you are a migraineur, please join our Facebook migraine group. If you are a healthcare provider or scientist who would like to learn more about what we do and why, please join our newly created group specifically for healthcare providers and scientists.

Comments are welcome, as always!

Angela

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Nutritional Time Bomb Series

PRESS RELEASE

Well here is goes, part 1 of a series I am starting on nutrition. I think the introduction of the article is telling:

“I seldom watch television but for some reason nearly every time I do, the same commercial pops up. It goes something like this: a couple of women are sitting on a bench, chatting, when a guy walks up to them and asks if they have T2D (the answer is “yes”) and then he asks if they know that T2D can cause heart disease. The women act very surprised since they didn’t know. Why did they not know? And how come the pharmaceutical companies know that people don’t know?This commercial always makes me pause because it is so clear that we do not know what is happening to us.

We all know the scary statistics: the CDC admits that 9.3% of US adults are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D) as of 2010. The key word here is diagnosed. That is because more people are not diagnosed but have T2D than those who are diagnosed. It is estimated that over 30% of the population has T2D only they don’t know they have it. So one must ask a few questions:

  1. Why do so many Americans have T2D?
  2. Why don’t so many Americans know that they have T2D?
  3. What causes T2D?
  4. How does T2D start, why, and when?
  5. Can T2D be prevented?
  6. Can T2D be reversed or at least put to remission?

So let me be the one who tries to explain. The topic is not easy to explain so I am breaking it up into several parts, each at a different level of depth. In part 1 of this series, I will begin by discussing what nutrients are and how they connect to T2D. This will help explain why so many Americans do not know they have T2D and why they remain undiagnosed.”

To read more, please read the article on HormonesMatter, where I am a scientist blogger. I will keep you updated on part 2 and if there is more after, once those are also published.

What I want All Americans to Know

I want all Americans to know that they are not sick because of their own doing. Their bad health has nothing to do with eating too much and exercising too little. American are not lazy! But Americans are being misled by the nutritional guidance system–including dietitians (but then they themselves are being misled).

Scientists stuck in old dogma are not helping the situation but making it worse. I also hold them accountable and the academic journals that so eagerly publish all the false information but with the current peer review system block all new science from coming to the surface. Shame on them!

The epidemic is so huge  and so based on faulty nutritional guidelines that it is rare to find a doctor or a nurse who is not obese herself/himself. The problem, therefore, is not the doctors but the entire healthcare system, the USDA, the ADA, the AHA, and the NIH.

It is time for Americans to pay attention to what they are doing and not just blindly listen to their doctors and follow dietary guidelines that are all wrong. Learn for yourself based on your research what the truth is and what the lies are and why. And then change you life and become a healthy person who is medicine free.

Please share! Thank you!

Comments are welcome, as always.

Angela

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Migraine and Insulin Resistance

What Every Migraineur Should Know

Indeed, no one tells migraineurs the biggest risk of all: insulin resistance (IR) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Why don’t doctors tell them? Most likely because they don’t know. As some of you know, I specialize in migraines because I am a migraineur (I should say “I was” since I can prevent every migraine now) and because I am a scientists, so I am in a perfect spot for conducting migraine research–on people and not lab rats.

I have a hard time accepting lab rats with migraines where a migraine is caused by scientists so they can study migraines. Not because they are rats and we don’t actually know what they feel when they experience a migraine (if they even can experience that), but because migraine is not just a pain in the head and it is not possible to cause a migraine in a brain that is not preset to be a migraine brain. This needs a tad more explanation that you can read here, in an article I wrote in May of 2017.

Ironically rats and all wild animals have “migraine brain” setup but they don’t experience migraines for a reason: they need to use that brain the right way with all of its sensitivities and special features. All wild animals have a sensitized hyper alert brain (like migraineurs do–this is explained in the article I linked to) else they are food for another animal. I have trouble with scientists causing pain to anyone who has not consented to such, even if that is a lab rat. Furthermore, since migraine is a series of events that fall like dominoes, ending up in a migraine, the scientists causing pain to rats are not really causing migraines just a headache.

IR and T2D Shake Hands with Migraineurs

Just about every scientific journal article on migraines connects migraines with metabolic syndrome (both IR and T2D are part of that syndrome), but they always write “mechanism not yet understood.” However, the mechanism is actually quite clearly understood–at least by me. So let me share just the basics now as the whole concept is going to be explained in great detail in the extended edition of my original book (which I am told is missing page numbers now after I fired my publisher–sorry about that; the new extended edition will have page numbers).

In short: migraineurs have a different brain; it is always on alert; it is hyper sensitive with its sensory organs (hence the sensitivity to smells, sounds, light, etc.,); it uses more voltage (that is bigger voltage and more often); it needs a different electrolyte concentration to make it function; and it sports over 1000 genetic variances, of which the first 40 or so are related to the brain’s voltage control mechanism (ionic channels), ATP issues with solute carriers variance (this is glucose), insulin issues (here is the IR connection), and mitochondrial variations (some more energy difference).

Thus migraineurs are predisposed to not handle eating glucose or fructose (in other words not just sugar but fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and all grains are trouble foods for migraineurs) very well. When migraineurs stop eating these foods, their migraines vanish! Eating foods high in glucose and fructose for easy access (candies and sweets) or those types of carbs that very fast convert to glucose (grains, starches–rice, potatoes, tapioca, all underground-grown veggies, legumes), high sugar containing food (fruits, juices, and prepared foods of any kind), are all trouble for migraineurs because of their genetics. In my migraine group on Facebook I recommend to all of my migraineurs to use a glucose meter and to run an initial test to see if they have glucose problems–so far every migraineur who tested does have at least IR and some T2D. I also have a second migraine group where we use the ketogenic diet for migraine. In that group both glucose and beta hydroxybutyrate (blood ketones) must be tested regularly.

Most medicines that migraineurs get cross the blood brain barrier. They all cross using the glucose metabolic processes that are not functioning well in migraineurs. Therefore, the medicines migraineurs receive end up causing IR and then later T2D. Unfortunately all medicines that are prescribed for migraines will do this, including those that are cardio vascular, such as Propranolol, because these also cross the blood brain barrier.

I am starting a series on HormonesMatter about IR and T2D and though the series will not be specific to migraineurs, it is important for all migraineurs to also read it. When the first of the series airs I will post a link here for all to read.

Comments are always welcome!

Angela

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