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Type 2 Diabetes: Foods, Herbs, Supplements

Western research is proving the mechanisms by which foods, supplements, and Chinese herbs regulate blood sugar levels. Also, how they help prevent the progression of, and ameliorate/reverse the complications associated with Type 2 Diabetes-namely neuropathy, nephropathy, and retinopathy.  
It is hopeful that combining Western research with Chinese herbal theory can reduce oral diabetic drug dose, prevent the need for more than one drug, or insulin-dependence. The ultimate goal being to nip pre-diabetes in the bud and decrease the overall morbidity associated with the disease.

Brain Food-As-Medicine

Chinese medicine addresses age-related cognitive decline by harmonizing the mind, and safeguarding the Three Treasures (jing qi, and shen). This is loosely equivalent to nourishing the nerves, regulating hormones, supporting adrenal glands, and protecting genetic endowments (jing). Food-as-medicine is self-care in these regards.
Glycineis an amino acid shown to benefit memory and cognition by enhancing transmission of chemical signals in the brain. It is concentrated in animal gelatin (e.

10-Point Vaccine Backup Plan

The vaccine issue has come full circle. Community, public, and world health organizations have done their job at the population health level to decrease the global incidence and prevalence of vaccine-preventible diseases- even eradicating some. It is now our job at the individual level. Meaning, even if only 1/ 100,000 children has an adverse reaction to a vaccine [the number needed to harm/ NNH];that one child is still that family's one-in-a-million!!

If vaccinating, delaying/ partially vaccinating or not vaccinating, also have a back-up plan for prevention & intervention.

Good Cholesterol

High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is the "good" cholesterol. HDL and triglycerides (TG) are most responsive to exercise. While TG level is an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD), increasing your HDL level is like getting free brownie points. A HDL >40 mg/dl is desirable, but a HDL >60 mg/dL counts as a “negative” risk factor. Meaning it removes one CHD risk factor from the total count (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2003). 

The ATP III Cholesterol Guideline recommendations for low HDL  

Vitamin D: The Right Dose

Got vitamin D from sunshine and diet? If not, are you taking the proper dose of a vitamin D supplement?

These are good questions to ask given the emerging role vitamin D potentially plays in health maintenance, and disease prevention. This includes improving bone mass density, enhancing immunity against respiratory infection; decreasing the risk for diabetes, certain cancers, and cardiovascular disease; preventing bone spurs in osteoarthritis. Vitamin D is actually a hormone [cholecalciferol], but will be referred to as a vitamin throughout this article.
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