“Some messages coming out of your mouth bypass the vocal chords. Turns out that your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues also have plenty to say — about your overall health.”
Here are some of the signs to look for:
- Flat, worn teeth and headache — Sign of: Stress
Many people are surprised to find out they’re tooth-grinders. You might be doing it in your sleep.
- Cracking, crumbling teeth — Sign of: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Tooth erosion isn’t a consequence of aging. Disintegrating teeth are usually caused by acid that’s coming up from the stomach and dissolving them
- Sores that won’t go away — Sign of: Oral cancer
When an open sore in the mouth doesn’t go away within a week or two, it always warrants showing to a dentist or doctor.
- Gums growing over teeth — Sign of: Medication problems
This can be caused by medication for heart disease or seizures, or drugs that suppress your immune system.
- Dry mouth — Sign of: Sjogren’s Syndrome and/or Diabetes
Many things can cause dry mouth, but a lack of sufficient saliva can also be an early warning sign of two autoimmune diseases — Sjogren’s syndrome and diabetes.
- White webbing inside cheeks — Sign of: Lichen planus
This mild skin disorder tends to strike both men and women between the ages 30 and 70.
- Crusting dentures — Sign of: Potential aspiration pneumonia
Aspiration pneumonia, often caused by inhaling debris around the teeth and dentures, is a leading cause of death in older people.
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
Oral health is a fundamental part of optimal health, and there’s convincing evidence linking the state of your teeth and gums to a variety of health issues.
One important health problem not included in the list above is heart disease.
How Poor Oral Health is Linked to Heart Disease
The link between gum disease and heart disease may not be obvious, but chronic inflammation is a hallmark of both conditions and inflammation in your body plays a major role in the build-up of plaque in your arteries, which can lead to a heart attack.
A study published earlier this year concluded that the frequency of teeth brushing can actually have a significant impact on your risk of developing heart disease. They found that those with the worst oral hygiene increased their risk of developing heart disease by 70 percent, compared to those who brush their teeth twice a day.
This finding is yet another potent testimony to the fact that heart disease is a condition that can be prevented, most of the time, by leading a healthy lifestyle — which includes the simple act of brushing your teeth regularly to prevent periodontal disease.
But just how can periodontal disease trigger heart disease?
It’s important to realize that periodontal disease involves both bone and the tissue that is in contact with that bone. From this contact, bacteria and toxic, inflammatory compounds can easily enter your blood stream.
Once in your blood stream, these toxic compounds can harm the lining of your blood vessels, which can lead to both strokes and heart attacks.
So, reducing inflammation is of primary importance for your overall health, and brushing your teeth regularly is one way to ensure you don’t carry chronic inflammation in your body. I’ll discuss this a bit more in a moment.
How Root Canals Can Seriously Compromise Your Health
Another oft-ignored connection between the state of your mouth and the rest of your body is the issue of how root canals can wreck your health.
The brilliant, but largely ignored work of Dr. Weston Price DDS on this subject — published in 1923 after 25 years of research — shows undisputable links between root canals and chronic degenerative diseases, such as:
- Heart and circulatory disease
- Arthritis and rheumatism
- Diseases of your brain and nervous system
You might think that once your tooth has been treated with a root canal, it’s basically “fixed,” or made whole again. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Teeth are similar to other organ systems in your body. They too require blood supply and lymphatic drainage. Once a tooth has been treated with a root canal however, the tooth is dead and can become a source of chronic inflammation caused by bacterial toxicity.
Yes, contrary to popular belief, root canal-treated teeth are almost always infected, even when not presenting visible clues. This is because anaerobic bacteria (bacteria that do not need oxygen to survive) continue to thrive by digesting necrotic tissue inside the now dead roots.
The toxins secreted from these bacteria are often incredibly potent. It’s equivalent to leaving a grossly infected or dead organ in your body, albeit on a much smaller scale.
The longer root canal-treated teeth stay in your mouth, the more compromised your immune system becomes, and antibiotics will be of no help in these cases because the bacteria is kept safe and secure inside the tooth.
Surrounding your now dead tooth is blood supply and lymphatics, which drain these toxins from the area and spread it throughout your body where it can invade any other organ system and lead to diseases such as:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Musculoskeletal diseases
- Irritable bowel diseases
Beyond Oral Health – Your Diet is Key to Reducing Chronic Inflammation
As you can see, the running thread linking a wide variety of common health problems is chronic inflammation in your body – regardless of whether it originates in your mouth or not.
Clearly, addressing your oral health is an important step, but as you’ll see in the next section, it all starts with your diet.
Your diet can make or break your teeth, as it were, and has a profound effect on your overall level of inflammation. Therefore, to optimize your health and prevent many of the diseases listed above, you’ll want to evaluate your lifestyle to ensure you’re doing everything you can to prevent chronic inflammation from occurring.
First and foremost, it’s important to realize that the food you and your family chose to eat is your primary ally for the prevention of inflammation.
Much focus is placed on cholesterol levels and the ratio of “good” HDL and “bad” LDL cholesterol, but unfortunately, many conventional recommendations for how to improve your cholesterol levels are seriously flawed.
For example, it’s vitally important to realize that there are different sizes of LDL cholesterol particles, and it’s the LDL particle size that is relevant (as opposed to just the overall level of LDL’s), as small particles get stuck easily and cause more inflammation.
The only way to modulate LDL particle size is, again, through your diet – statin drugs do NOT address particle size!
To reduce or prevent inflammation in your body, you’ll want to avoid the following dietary culprits:
- Oxidized cholesterol (cholesterol that has gone rancid, such as that from overcooked, scrambled eggs)
- Sugar/fructose and grains
- Foods cooked at high temperatures
- Trans fats
Preventing Tooth Decay Naturally
When it comes to oral hygiene and preventing cavities, there’s a virtual war going on. If you listen to conventional health agencies’ and your dentist’s advice, you may still believe that fluoride is the answer.
The only way you can believe this misguided advice is if you completely ignore the science.
Good oral health and strong, healthy teeth is NOT the result of drinking fluoridated water and brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste. Rather it’s all about your diet.
By avoiding sugars and processed foods, you prevent the proliferation of the bacteria that cause decay in the first place.
Most people whose diet includes very little sugar and few processed foods have very low rates of tooth decay. So the simple act of limiting, or eliminating sugar, and avoiding processed foods — along with regular cleanings with your natural dentist — will ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy naturally.
How to Brush Your Teeth Properly for Optimal Results
Most will be pleased to know that next month we will be launching a completely fluoride free tooth paste and dental cleaning system that should be out in mid January.
Also keep in mind that brushing your teeth too hard and longer than necessary can cause more harm than good. Persistent scrubbing can damage enamel and gums, while still not making your teeth any cleaner…
According to previous research, the ideal brushing time is two minutes and the ideal pressure 150 grams, which is about the weight of an orange.
The researchers found that brushing longer than two minutes, and/or using pressure greater than 150 grams does not remove any additional plaque, so there’s a “Goldilocks’ zone” when brushing, and there’s no reason to keep going past that point.
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A new federal report projects 1 in 3 American adults could have diabetes by 2050. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of Americans with diabetes may double or triple over the next 40 years.
People with diabetes face medical costs more than twice that of those without the illness. The total costs of diabetes is about $174 billion annually. Currently, roughly 24 million Americans, or 1 in 10 adults have the disease.
The Boston Herald reports:
“The CDC report … gives a range for the predicted increase — from 1 in 3 to 1 in 5 [people] by 2050 — to reflect differing assumptions about how many people will develop diabetes, and how long they will live after developing the disease.”Sources:
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
Conventional medicine would have you believe that there is no stopping
the rise in diabetes, but I ‘m going to tell you precisely how to not
only prevent it but reverse it.
Currently, roughly 1 in 10 of US adults has type 2 diabetes, and according to the latest CDC estimates published last month, diabetes is expected to affect a staggering 1 in 3 adults by 2050.
But the statistics get even more mind-blowing than that when you factor in those with pre-diabetes; those who are a hair’s breadth away from the full-blown disease.
Add those to the equation, and nearly 1 in 4 Americans are already either pre-diabetic or diabetic!
Rise in Diabetes Also Drives Other Disease Rates
Most of my paternal relatives (my dad included), have, or have died from, diabetes, so this is an issue very close to my heart.
It is definitely not a disease to be taken lightly. It increases your risk of heart disease and brings on fatal and non-fatal heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events 15 years earlier than in those without diabetes, as well as significantly shortens your lifespan.
Rising diabetes rates exponentially increase other serious diseases, one of which is Alzheimer’s disease. As I’ve discussed before, some are even referring to Alzheimer’s as “type 3 diabetes,” due to the links between the two diseases.
Diabetes also fosters numerous other health complications, including:
- Heart disease and stroke
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Nervous system disease
- Dental disease
- Pregnancy complications
Diabetics are also increasingly being misled to take statin drugs to prevent heart disease (which is strongly associated with diabetes), which adds further insult to injury.
Statin drugs have been shown to actually cause heart failure and are not the right treatment for most people. These drugs offer a “cure” that is far worse than the disease, yet vast numbers of people are being manipulated into taking them as “preventive medicine” once they’re diagnosed with diabetes.
The truly insane part of all this is that type 2 diabetes is virtually 100 percent preventable, and most people can successfully reverse the condition without any drug intervention at all.
The problem is that the conventional advice for preventing and managing this disease is incorrect, which is why most doctors’ advice causes diabetics to die. Even the CDC is clueless here, stating in their report that “intervention can reduce, but not eliminate, increases in diabetes prevalence.”
I firmly disagree.
The High Cost of Diabetes
Again, type 2 diabetes is virtually 100 percent preventable and treatable with common-sense lifestyle changes that cost little to nothing. Meanwhile, the conventional treatment of diabetes is VERY expensive.
As reported by the Boston Herald:
“People with diagnosed diabetes have medical costs more than twice that of those without the disease.
The total costs of diabetes are an estimated $174 billion annually, including $116 billion in direct medical costs, according to the CDC.”
I shudder to think about the enormous ramifications to health and the health care system should we fail to turn this disease trend around.
Fortunately, there is plenty of room for hope, because all we need to do is inform people about the truth about this disease. This is why I ask you to keep sharing this vital information with everyone you know.
These large numbers of people with diabetes are simply unnecessary, because as you’ll see below, avoiding diabetes is a fairly simple and straight-forward affair. However, it does require you to take control of your diet and your lifestyle.
According to the Boston Herald:
“… [A]bout 15 percent of families don’t want dietary counseling because their insurance company will deny the fee.”
First of all, the advice you get from conventionally-trained nutritionists may or may not be accurate and helpful, and secondly, the information you need to make the correct lifestyle changes are available for FREE!
So please, always avoid allowing the lack of insurance coverage to prevent you from taking control of your diet.
My website contains nearly 8,000 pages of free information about diabetes alone! The best way to access this free information is to visit our diabetes index page.
Why are Diabetes Cases Surging?
The latest statistics on diabetes in the US are a very sad commentary and a major clue that conventional medicine has it all wrong; their standard diabetes recommendations — both in terms of medication and nutrition — are incorrect.
At best, they simply do not work. At worst, they’re aggravating your problem and speeding up the deteriorating disease process.
There’s no doubt in my mind that if government agencies and the medical community would stop catering to the greedy demands of the sugar, grain and pharmaceutical industries, and start issuing recommendations that actually promote health rather than deteriorating it further, this modern epidemic would be curbed in fairly short order.
But again and again, you’ll find the ludicrous advice that consuming starchy carbohydrates, and even added sugar “in moderation,” is okay for diabetics, as long as you use blood glucose lowering tools to balance out their effects.
Just ONE Soda a Day Can Raise Your Diabetes Risk by 25 Percent!
A recent meta-analysis concluded that drinking just ONE soda — or other sweetened drink, including Vitamin Water — per day can raise your risk of developing diabetes by 25 percent, compared to drinking just one sugary drink per month.
“Previous studies have shown that sugar-sweetened beverages are strongly associated with weight gain.
They identified eight studies with enough data to let them check for a link between sugary drinks and type 2 diabetes and three similar studies of metabolic syndrome.
The largest diabetes study, which followed more than 91,000 American women ages 24 to 44 for eight years, made the strongest case for a relationship, and it wasn’t just because higher consumption of sweetened drinks added excess calories that turned into pounds.
While weight gain is a known diabetes risk factor, the diabetes-beverage link persisted even after adjusting for that.”
Considering the fact that the number one source of calories consumed in the US is in the form of soda, it’s not hard to see the correlation between inappropriate dietary choices and the meteoric rise of diabetes.
Why Conventional Diabetes Recommendations are almost all WRONG
It’s vitally important to understand that type 2 diabetes is NOT a blood sugar disease like you’ve likely been led to believe.
Type 2 diabetes is a disease caused by insulin resistance and faulty leptin signaling, both of which are regulated through your diet. Every diabetic needs to understand that the number one way to avoid and control this disease is to severely restrict or eliminate sugars (particularly fructose) and starchy carbs like breads and cereals – more or less the complete opposite of conventional recommendations.
Until this concept becomes well-known in both the medical community and by the public at large, the misconception about what diabetes is and the appropriate way to treat it will continue to be promoted.
Conventional treatment that is focused on fixing the symptom of elevated blood sugar, rather than addressing the underlying disease, is doomed to fail in most cases. Treatments that concentrate merely on lowering blood sugar while raising insulin levels can actually worsen rather than remedy the actual problem of metabolic miscommunication.
It just trades one evil for another.
Since most treatments for type 2 diabetes utilize drugs that either raise insulin or lower blood sugar, the tragic result is that the typical, conventional medical treatment for diabetes contributes to the additional diseases and the shortened lifespan that diabetics’ experience.
Diabetics Must Become Aware of the Function of Leptin
The two hormones insulin and leptin work hand-in-hand when it comes to diabetes.
Insulin — When your blood sugar becomes elevated it is a signal for insulin to be released to direct the extra energy into storage. A small amount is stored as a starch called glycogen in your body, but the majority is stored as your main energy supply — fat.
Thus, in this regard insulin’s major role is not to lower sugar, but to take the extra energy and store it for future times of need. Insulin lowers your blood sugar as a side effect of directing the extra energy into storage.
This is why treatments that concentrate merely on lowering blood sugar for diabetes while raising insulin levels can actually worsen rather than remedy the actual problem of metabolic miscommunication.
So, please, understand that if you only implement strategies to treat your blood sugar level, you are destined for premature death. Taking insulin is in fact one of the WORST things you can do, as it will actually make your insulin and leptin resistance worse over time.
Leptin — Leptin is largely responsible for the accuracy of insulin signaling, and whether you become insulin resistant or not.
Leptin is a hormone produced by your fat cells. It helps regulate your appetite and tells your body and brain how much energy it has, and what to do with that energy.
Two of the most important organs that influence whether you develop (type 2, insulin resistant) diabetiesor not are your liver and your brain, and it is their ability to “hear” the leptin signals that determines this.
Once you become leptin resistant, the part of leptin’s message that would normally reduce hunger and fat stores, and increase fat burning, does not get through to your brain — so you stay hungry and store more fat, rather than burning it.
It’s a vicious cycle, where a high sugar/grain diet increases fat storage and promotes leptin resistance, which in turn drives insulin resistance and obesity, which eventually leads to full-blown diabetes.
If You Want to Prevent or Reverse Diabetes, IGNORE the Following “Health” Agencies
- American Dietetic Association
- American Heart Association
- American Diabetes Association
For the last 50 years, many people have been following the nutritional recommendations from these agencies, which advise a high complex carbohydrate, low saturated fat diet.
Clearly, these recommendations are NOT working.
Again, it’s imperative to understand that if you have diabetes, you need to avoid sugar/fructose, grains (even organic, whole grains) and other starchy carbs like rice, potatoes and cereal, to get healthy.
Most Diabetics Can be Cured with Lifestyle Changes
The good news is, you do NOT need to become another statistic!
Rest assured that nearly 100 percent of type 2 diabetics can be successfully treated – eliminating the symptoms of diabetes, or the high risk of developing health complications — if you are willing to implement the following recommendations:
Exercise is an absolutely essential factor, without which you’re highly unlikely to get this devastating disease under control. It is clearly one of the most potent ways to lower your insulin and leptin resistance.
Typically, you’ll need large amounts of exercise, until you get your blood sugar levels under control. You may need up to an hour or two a day. Naturally, you’ll want to gradually work your way up to that amount, based on your current level of fitness.
For more information and guidelines for an optimal exercise program, please see this article where I explain the superior benefits of Peak 8 exercises.
- Eliminate sugar/fructose, artificial sweeteners and grains
For the last 50 years, people have been following the nutritional recommendations dictated by conventional health agencies, which advise a high complex carbohydrate, low saturated fat diet. The end result has been a 700 percent increase in diabetes in the same time frame and many have come to view diabetes as an incurable chronic disease.
Our current diabetes statistics are the inevitable result of seriously flawed dietary recommendations. Also artificial sweeteners are not a good substitute for sugar and will actually cause you to gain more weight than sugar.
Instead, you’ll want to eliminate foods that your body will react to by creating insulin, which includes all types of sugars and grains. This also means avoiding most processed foods of all kinds as they are loaded with fructose. You may even need to avoid fruits until your blood sugar is under control.
- Eat right for your Nutritional Type
Exercising and avoiding grains and sugars might not be enough unless you balance your protein, carb and fat ratios for your unique and specific genetic biochemistry.
This is so important, I now offer the entire online nutritional typing test for free. Please do take advantage of this free offer as we previously charged $29 to take the same test.
- Monitor your fasting insulin level
This is every bit as important as your fasting blood sugar. You’ll want your fasting insulin level to be between 2 to 4. The higher your level, the worse your insulin receptor sensitivity is.
The recommendations mentioned above are the key steps you need to achieve this reduction.
- Optimize your vitamin D levels
Interestingly, optimizing your vitamin D levels can not only help improve type 2 diabetes if you have it, but can likely eliminate the risk of type 1 diabetes in your children if you are pregnant. It’s also vital for infants to receive the appropriate amounts of vitamin D in their early years for these same reasons.
Ideally, you’ll want to do this by exposing a large amount of your skin to appropriate amounts of sunshine (or a safe tanning bed) on a regular basis, year-round. Your body can safely create up to 20,000 units of vitamin D a day this way.
However, if neither of these options are available, you may want to use an oral vitamin D3 supplement. But remember, if you choose to take an oral supplement it’s essential that you get your levels tested regularly by a proficient lab to make sure you’re not reaching toxic levels, and are within the therapeutic range.
Maintaining your vitamin D levels around 60-80 ng/ml can significantly help control your blood sugar.
These are the basic steps you need to take, starting today, if you have type 2 diabetes.
Doing so will virtually guarantee that your diabetes will disappear. And if you want to make sure you are not one of the millions impacted by the coming diabetes epidemic, these same steps will help you to stay healthy and diabetes-free.
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If you were to carefully review the thousands of studies published on soy, I strongly believe you would reach the same conclusion as I have-which is, the risks of consuming unfermented soy products FAR outweigh any possible benefits.
Notice I said unfermented soy products.
For centuries, Asian people have been consuming fermented soy products such as natto, tempeh, and soy sauce, and enjoying the health benefits. Fermented soy does not wreak havoc on your body like unfermented soy products do.
Unfortunately, many Americans who are committed to healthy lifestyles have been hoodwinked and manipulated into believing that unfermented and processed soy products like soymilk, soy cheese, soy burgers and soy ice cream are good for them.
How Did Soy Foods Become So Popular?
If it seems like soy foods appeared out of nowhere to be regarded as the “miracle health food” of the 21st Century, it’s because they did.
From 1992 to 2006, soy food sales increased from $300 million to nearly $4 billion, practically overnight, according to the Soyfoods Association of North America. This growth came about due to a massive shift in attitudes about soy. And this shift was no accident-it was the result of a massive investment in advertising by the soy industry that’s been wildly successful.
Soy is indeed big business, very big business.
From 2000 to 2007, U.S. food manufacturers introduced more than 2,700 new soy-based foods, and new soy products continue to appear on your grocer’s shelves.
According to the survey Consumer Attitudes About Nutrition 2008 (by the United Soybean Board):
- As of 2007, 85 percent of consumers perceive soy products as healthful
- 33 percent of Americans eat soy foods or beverages at least once a month
- 70 percent of consumers believe soybean oil is good for them
- 84 percent of consumers agree with the FDA’s claim that consuming 25 grams of soy protein daily reduces your risk of heart disease
This is a tragic case of shrewd marketing and outright lies taking root among the masses with the end result of producing large profits for the soy industry and impaired health for most who have been deceived into using unfermented soy long-term..
As you can see from the extensive list of articles below, there is a large amount of scientific research showing that soy is not the nutritional panacea of the 21st Century.
The Dark Side of Soy
The vast majority of soy at your local market is not a health food. The exception is fermented soy, which I’ll explain more about later and even worse GMO soy that is contaminated with large pesticide residues as the reason it is GMO is so they can spray the potent toxic herbicide Roundup on them to improve crop production by killing the weeds.
Unlike the Asian culture, where people eat small amounts of whole non-GMO soybean products, western food processors separate the soybean into two golden commodities-protein and oil. And there is nothing natural or safe about these products.
Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, points out thousands of studies linking soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility-even cancer and heart disease.
Here is just a sampling of the health effects that have been linked to soy consumption:
- Breast cancer
- Brain damage
- Infant abnormalities
- Thyroid disorders
- Kidney stones
- Immune system impairment
- Severe, potentially fatal food allergies
- Impaired fertility
- Danger during pregnancy and nursing
Soy proponents will argue that soy-based foods (they lump the fermented ones with the unfermented) will protect you from everything from colon, prostate and breast cancer to strokes, osteoporosis, and asthma.
But said enthusiasts never mention the studies that illuminate soy’s downside and all of the dangers posed to your health, which are based on sound research.
Another unfortunate fact is that 80 percent of the world’s soy is used in farm animal feed, which is why soy production is contributing to deforestation. Some soy propagandists have suggested that the solution to this is for all of us to become vegetarians-a reckless recommendation rooted in total ignorance about nutrition-whereas a far better solution is a major overhaul in how farm animals are fed and raised.
In The Whole Soy Story, you’ll find:
What Makes Soy Such a Risky Food to Eat?
Here is a summary of soy’s most glaring problems.
- 91 percent of soy grown in the US is genetically modified (GM). The genetic modification is done to impart resistance to the toxic herbicide Roundup. While this is meant to increase farming efficiency and provide you with less expensive soy, the downside is that your soy is loaded with this toxic pesticide. The plants also contain genes from bacteria that produce a protein that has never been part of the human food supply.
GM soy has been linked to an increase in allergies. Disturbingly, the only published human feeding study on GM foods ever conducted verified that the gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of our gut bacteria and continues to function. This means that years after you stop eating GM soy, you may still have a potentially allergenic protein continuously being produced in your intestines.
Even more frightening is the potential for GM soy to cause infertility in future generations, which has been evidenced by recent Russian research.
- Soy contains natural toxins known as “anti-nutrients.”
Soy foods contain anti-nutritional factors such as saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, protease inhibitors, oxalates, goitrogens and estrogens. Some of these factors interfere with the enzymes you need to digest protein. While a small amount of anti-nutrients would not likely cause a problem, the amount of soy that many Americans are now eating is extremely high.
- Soy contains hemagglutinin.
Hemagglutinin is a clot-promoting substance that causes your red blood cells to clump together. These clumped cells are unable to properly absorb and distribute oxygen to your tissues.
- Soy contains goitrogens
Goitrogens are substances that block the synthesis of thyroid hormones and interfere with iodine metabolism, thereby interfering with your thyroid function.
- Soy contains phytates.
Phytates (phytic acid) bind to metal ions, preventing the absorption of certain minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc — all of which are co-factors for optimal biochemistry in your body. This is particularly problematic for vegetarians, because eating meat reduces the mineral-blocking effects of these phytates (so it is helpful-if you do eat soy-to also eat meat).
- Soy is loaded with the isoflavones genistein and daidzein
Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen, which is a plant compound resembling human estrogen. These compounds mimic and sometimes block the hormone estrogen, and have been found to have adverse effects on various human tissues. Soy phytoestrogens are known to disrupt endocrine function, may cause infertility, and may promote breast cancer in women.
Drinking even two glasses of soymilk daily for one month provides enough of these compounds to alter your menstrual cycle. Although the FDA regulates estrogen-containing products, no warnings exist on soy.
- Soy has toxic levels of aluminum and manganese
Soybeans are processed (by acid washing) in aluminum tanks, which can leach high levels of aluminum into the final soy product. Soy formula has up to 80 times higher manganese than is found in human breast milk.
- Soy infant formula puts your baby’s health at risk.
Nearly 20 percent of U.S. infants are now fed soy formula, but the estrogens in soy can irreversibly harm your baby’s sexual development and reproductive health. Infants fed soy formula take in an estimated five birth control pills’ worth of estrogen every day.
Infants fed soy formula have up to 20,000 times the amount of estrogen in circulation as those fed other formulas!
Soy foods are both heavily sprayed with pesticides and genetically modified (GM). More than 80 percent of the soy grown in the United States is GM. And more than 90 percent of American soy crops are GM.
Since the introduction of GM foods in 1996, we’ve had an upsurge in low birth weight babies, infertility, and other problems in the U.S. population, and animal studies thus far have shown devastating effects from consuming GM soy.
You may want to steer clear of soy products for no other reason than a commitment to avoiding GM foods… unless you wish to be a lab animal for this massive uncontrolled experiment by the biotech industry.
What Soy Products are Good For You?
I want to be clear that I am not opposed to all soy. Soy can be incredibly healthful, but ONLY if it is organic and properly fermented.
After a long fermentation process, the phytate and “anti-nutrient” levels of soybeans are reduced, and their beneficial properties become available to your digestive system.
You may have heard that Japanese people live longer and have lower rates of cancer than Americans because they eat so much soy-but it’s primarily fermented soy that they consume, and it’s always been that way.
Fermented soy products are the only ones I recommend consuming.
These are the primary fermented soy products you’ll find:
- Tempeh a fermented soybean cake with a firm texture and nutty, mushroom-like flavor.
- Miso, a fermented soybean paste with a salty, buttery texture (commonly used in miso soup).
- Natto, fermented soybeans with a sticky texture and strong, cheese-like flavor.
- Soy sauce, which is traditionally made by fermenting soybeans, salt and enzymes; be wary because many varieties on the market today are made artificially using a chemical process.
Please note that tofu is NOT on this list. Tofu is not fermented, so is not among the soy foods I recommend.
Vitamin K2: One of the Major Benefits of Fermented Soy
One of the main benefits of fermented soy, especially natto, is that it is the best food source of vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 is essential to preventing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and diseases of the brain such as dementia, and protecting you from various cancers including prostate, lung, liver cancer and leukemia.
Vitamin K acts synergistically with vitamin D to keep you healthy.
Vitamin K is sometimes referred to as the “forgotten vitamin” because its benefits are often overlooked. It was named after the word “Koagulation,” to reflect its essential role in blood clotting. In fact, the enzyme nattokinase-derived from natto-is safer and more powerful than aspirin in dissolving blood clots, and has been used safely for more than 20 years.
If you enjoy natto or some of the other fermented soy foods, you can get several milligrams of vitamin K2 from them each day (this level far exceeds the amount of vitamin K2 found even in dark green vegetables).
Unfortunately, the health benefits of many of the fermented soy foods fall by the wayside because many Americans do not enjoy their flavor.
If you don’t want to consume natto to get your vitamin K2, the next best thing would be to get use supplemental Vitamin K2 (MK-7). Remember, vitamin K must be taken with a source of fat in order to be absorbed.
I suggest adults consume about 150 mcg of vitamin K2 daily.
Tips for Avoiding Unwanted Soy Foods
For a simple rule of thumb, just remember that unless soy is fermented (tempeh, miso, natto, or traditionally made soy sauce), you’re better off avoiding it.
Soy foods to avoid include:
TVP (texturized vegetable protein) or soy protein isolate, which contains a large amount of msg, which you should definitely not consume
- Soybean oil
- Soy cheese, soy ice cream, soy yogurt
- Soy “meat” (meatless products made of TVP)
- Soy protein
- Soy infant formula
The best way to eliminate non-fermented soy from your diet is to avoid all processed foods and instead purchase whole foods that you prepare yourself.
If you do buy packaged foods, you can check the label to see if it contains soy. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, which took effect in January 2006, requires that food manufacturers list soy on the label, because it’s one of the top eight food allergens.
So, even if soy is hidden in colors, flavors, or spice blends added to foods, it must be clearly stated on the label.
One other common source of soy is lecithin which is used as a emulsifier in many foods and supplements. Most lecithin in the US is derived from soy but there are some newer products that extract it from organic sunflower. We switched over to the organic sunflower lecithin a few years ago in all of our products.
If you wish to know more about soy, I have provided a list of links below to the many articles I’ve posted over the years on this subject. Remember, the only way to avoid falling victim to shrewd marketing and misinformation is to become knowledgeable about what the research actually says, and this is often different from what is commonly passed around as “fact.”
Soy is NOT a Health Food
- Newest Research On Why You Should Avoid Soy
- Which Veggie Burgers Were Made With a Neurotoxin?
- The Evidence Against Soy
- What’s So Bad About Tofu?
- Why Soy Is NOT the Health Food You Think it Is
- The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food
- Concerns Regarding Soybeans
- More Evidence Soy is Not as Healthy as Originally Believed
- Soy Milk is Unhealthy
- Experts Finally Recognize The Dangers With Soy
- Soy Myth Exposed: Soy is Not a Health Food
- The Truth About Soy
- What You Don’t Know About America’s Favorite Health Food
- Think Soy is Healthy? Here’s Why it’s Not as Good as You Think
- Soy Milk is Gaining Popularity in America
- Researchers Take a Second Look at Soy Foods
- Response To Those Who Believe Soy Is Healthy
- They’re Taking The Joy Out Of Soy
- ABC News does special on soy Friday. (Special on 20/20 about dangers of soy)
- New Avoid Soy Update
- Soy: Too Good to be True
- Learn the Truth About Soy. Just How Much Soy Do Asians Eat?
The Danger of Soy for Infants, Children and Pregnant Women
- Pregnant Women Should Not Eat Soy Products
- Link Between High Soy Diet During Pregnancy and Nursing and Eventual Developmental Changes in Children
- Using Soy in Schools?
- Soy Weakens Your Immune System
- Soy is an Endocrine Disrupter and Can Disrupt Your Child’s Health
How Soy Infant Formulas Can Devastate Your Child’s Health
- Which Infant Formulas Contain Hidden Toxic Chemicals?
- Soy Formula Exposes Infants To High Hormone Levels
- Finally Infant Soy Formula Under Investigation
- Healthy Alternative to Conventional Infant Formula, Part I
- Soy Formula May Stunt the Intestinal Growth in Your Baby
- Soy Formula Kills Three Babies
- Soy Baby Formula Linked to Behavioral Problems
- Experts Dispute JAMA Soy Infant Formula Study
- Australian Pediatric Soy Protein Formula Policy
- Soy Milk Is Safe! That Is What the Formula Industry Says
- Responses to Manganese in Soy Infant Formula Article
- How Safe is Soy Infant Formula?
- Learn the Truth About Soy. Just How Much Soy Do Asians Eat?
- Genetically Engineered Soybeans May Cause Allergies
- Monsanto Under Investigation by Seven U.S. States
- FDA Scientists Wary of Soy
Government and Agribusiness Shenanigans
- Why Silk Soy Milk’s Parent Company is Throwing American Farmers and Consumers Under the Bus
- Weston A. Price Foundation to FDA: Soy is No Health Food
- Soy Ruled No Health Food
- Research Uncovers Yet Another Soy Myth
- Soy ‘Miracle’ Turns Bad in Argentina
- If You’re Suffering From a Medical Problem Caused by Soy, You May Now be Able to Take Lega
- The Shadow of Soy
- Scientists Protest Soy Approval
- Soybean Crisis
Soy and Your Reproductive System
- Soy Supplements Fail to Help Menopause Symptoms
- Soy Has Little, if Any, Effect on Heart Disease, Hot Flashes
- Eating Soy Can Decrease Your Fertility
- Soy-Based Foods No Good As A Hormone Replacement
- What Works Better for Hormones–Soy or Flax?
- Soy Supplements can Decrease Sexual Behavior
- Chemical in Soybeans Causes Sexual Dysfunction in Male Rats
- Caution Urged on Soy Menopause Remedies
- Even Cheetahs Can’t Tolerate Soybeans
- Doubt Cast On Soy for Menopause
- Cancer, Heart Health: Making Sense of Soy
- Study Doubts Soy For Hot Flashes-Supplements May Not Work
Soy and Your Thyroid
- Fatigue, Dry Skin, Gaining Weight? See Why You’d Better Check Your Thyroid!
- Soy Formulas and the Effects of Isoflavones on the Thyroid
Soy and Your Brain
- Why Tofu Wrecks Your Brain
- Too Much Tofu Induces Brain Aging
- Soy and Brain Damage
- Soy May Cause Cancer and Brain Damage
Soy and Your Heart
- Soy Has Little, if Any, Effect on Heart Disease, Hot Flashes
- Soy No Help to Women With Heart Disease Prevention
- Soy Can Increase Heart Disease Risk
- Soy: Too Good To Be True
Soy and Your Kidneys
Soy and Cancer Risk
- Soy Maker Omits Studies That Soy May Cause Cancer
- Certain Soy and Oyster Sauces Containing Cancer-Causing Chemicals
- Experts Concerned About Soy and Breast Cancer
- Soy May Cause Cancer and Brain Damage
Soy and Allergies
Other Soy Issues
- Rebuttal to Seriously Confused Soy Enthusiast
- Don’t Be Fooled–Calcium Content in Soy and Rice Milk Misleading
- Massive Deforestation of the Amazon for Soybean Crops
Researchers have discovered that women who breastfeed are half as likely to develop type 2 diabetes. It may have something to do with the additional weight that expectant mothers gain – breastfeeding helps them lose extra abdominal fat more efficiently.
While abdominal fat is important for a gestating baby’s development, it can be bad for the mother’s health after delivery. It has been linked to a greater risk of heart disease as well as diabetes.
According to Time Magazine:
“Animal studies have helped reveal other reasons … Breastfeeding … can increase a mother’s response to insulin, allowing her to break down glucose more effectively and keep sugar metabolism in check. Lactation also inhibits hormones that promote growth hormone activity, which can also affect insulin levels.”
U.S. News & World Report also offers four reasons you should breastfeed your child for your own sake:
- Reproductive cancers. Prolonged nursing lowers your risks of breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer. This could be because it suppresses the hormones that play a role in these cancers.
- Heart disease. Women who nurse for at least 24 months during their lives have a 23 percent lower risk of developing heart disease. Nursing may also decrease dangerous visceral fat.
- Rheumatoid arthritis. A number of studies have linked breastfeeding to protection from rheumatoid arthritis. One found that nursing for a total of two years decreased the risk by 50 percent.
- Diabetes. Nursing protects against type 2 diabetes, possibly because lactation makes cells more sensitive to the hormone insulin.
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
That breast milk is the best source of nutrition for newborns is one of the most clear-cut, non-debatable topics in health care. But that there are dramatic health benefits for the mother as well does not always receive as much attention.
But make no mistake about it, the benefits to the new mom are just as important and impressive as the health benefits the baby receives.
Unfortunately, many American mothers are still resistant to the idea of breastfeeding, for a variety of reasons.
According to a recent press release by the Cambridge Health Alliance, about 75 percent of American mothers initiate breastfeeding, but only 32 percent are still breastfeeding exclusively at three months.
Only about one in ten or a mere 12 percent of U.S. infants are breastfeed exclusively for six months.
A study published in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics called the current breastfeeding rate in the US “suboptimal” and calculated that health care costs could be reduced by a whopping $13 billion a year if 90 percent of US families would comply with the recommendation to breastfeed exclusively for six months.
It could also eliminate nearly 1,000 infant deaths.
At 80 percent compliance, an estimated $10.5 billion could be saved and nearly 750 infant deaths could be prevented.
Amazing how you never see the American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC or the media announcing this from rooftops like they do when they want to vaccinate kids to “save lives,” as the benefits of breastfeeding are clearly superior to those of immunizations.
Health Benefits for Your Baby
Breastfeeding confers a host of health benefits to your baby, such as fewer:
- Ear infections
- Gastrointestinal illnesses
- Respiratory infections
But the health benefits they receive extend well past infancy; breastfed children are also less prone to obesity, type 2 diabetes, eczema, and certain cancers later on in life. And breast milk is a vital component for healthy brain development and function.
It is believed that the exclusive composition of breast milk benefits your child’s immune system and body fat composition, which would account for many of these long-term benefits.
Previous research has also found that infants who are breast-fed for more than 12 months also have a very low incidence of hypertension. Researchers believe this protective effect is due to the polyunsaturated fatty acids contained in breast milk.
As mentioned earlier, breastfeeding can also protect against infant death.
Several studies performed in the United States and other industrialized nations have revealed increased risks of SIDS among babies who receive formula instead of breast milk.
In fact, one U.S. study conducted in 2003 found that infants fed formula has a five times greater risk of dying from SIDS compared to breastfed infants!
And again, in 2009, researchers found that exclusive breastfeeding for just one month cut the risk of SIDS in half.
For even more health benefits to your baby, please review my previous article Seven Reasons to Breastfeed Your Child.
Nursing Mothers Reap Excellent Health Benefits Too!
But now on to the health benefits for the nursing mother, which are just as impressive.
It’s well known that breastfeeding can help you burn calories and get back to your pre-pregnancy weight faster. In fact, lactation will consume about 500 extra calories a day, helping you shed those pregnancy pounds more efficiently.
(However, many nursing women may find their appetite increases as well during this time, so weight loss is in part dependent on maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding unhealthy, processed snacks and foods.)
But the benefits for the mother don’t end there. Many of the other health benefits that breastfed children reap, the nursing mother gets as well.
Nursing Mothers Reduce Their Own Diabetes Risk as Well as Their Baby’s
Research published in The American Journal of Medicine this month shows that women who breastfeed for less than one month (compared to those who breastfeed longer, or have no children) almost double their risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on in life – even decades later.
So clearly, your child is not the only one who gets some added protection against diabetes from the simple act of breastfeeding.
The exact mechanism is still unknown, but one theory is that it is related to the weight reduction that nursing brings about. Visceral fat, the fat that clings around your midsection, has been linked to chronic inflammation and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), and is therefore considered a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
So although visceral fat is beneficial for your baby during gestation, this excess fat can contribute to health problems for you if you retain it, and it appears that breastfeeding is nature’s way of helping you shed this excess fat once it has served its intended purpose.
Another theory built on animal studies is that breastfeeding may improve your insulin response by promoting efficient glucose metabolism.
Time Magazine reports that:
“Lactation also inhibits hormones that promote growth hormone activity, which can also affect insulin levels.
In addition, studies have shown that when women do develop diabetes during pregnancy, known as gestational diabetes, breastfeeding the newborn can improve their glucose metabolism and help stabilize the condition.”
Whatever the mechanisms, the evidence is clear that the longer you breastfeed the better, but at the bare minimum, you’d want to nurse exclusively for at least one month, to reap health benefits for both yourself and your baby.
Ideally, you should strive to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months, and only then begin to supplement with solid foods (while still continuing to breastfeed as well).
If you can continue past those first six months, know that breastfeeding longer is even better.
Breastfeeding for the First Year Imparts Added Long-Term Health Benefits for Mom
A study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2009 found that women who breastfed for a full 7 to 12 months, compared to women who never breastfed, were significantly less likely to develop diabetes or cardiovascular disease in their post-menopausal years.
The authors concluded that:
“Among postmenopausal women, increased duration of lactation was associated with a lower prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular disease.”
A recent article in the US News & World Report also highlighted a number of health benefits that nursing mothers stand to gain, including protection against:
- Certain cancers, such as breast-, ovarian- and endometrial cancer — This may be due to the fact that lactation suppresses ovulation, which exposes you to lower amounts of ovulatory hormones that contribute to the development of these particular cancers.
One Chinese study found that breastfeeding for two full years or more can reduce your risk of breast cancer by 50 percent!
- Rheumatoid arthritis – Similarly, a 2004 article in CBS News reported that breastfeeding for two years or longer also cuts women’s risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by half.
The article states:
“Breastfeeding for between one and two years decreased the risk of rheumatoid arthritis by 20 percent, compared with women who did not breastfeed at all. Breastfeeding for at least two years decreased the risk of rheumatoid arthritis by 50 percent. This was total time spent breastfeeding all children. Breastfeeding for less than one year total did not decrease rheumatoid arthritis risk.”
The study, which was published in the November 2004 issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism, included nearly 122,000 women.
It is thought that lactation may permanently alter the levels of female sex hormones, which can contribute to rheumatoid arthritis. This is yet another reason for avoiding birth control pills.
Breastfeeding Myths Debunked
There are certain medical conditions that can prevent a woman from breastfeeding, however the majority of women are able to breastfeed successfully. Often, those who choose not to are doing so because of misinformation, so I want to clear up some of the myths right now.
MYTH 1: “I don’t have enough milk” – This is a common misperception. However, all women have enough milk to breastfeed. The more the baby nurses, the more milk you will produce!
MYTH 2:Infant formula is more nutritious — This is absolutely not true. There are at least 400 nutrients in breast milk that are not found in formula. Of course, the healthier that a new mom eats, the healthier her breast milk will be.
MYTH 3: Breastfeeding is painful — Breastfeeding can be painful for some women, but this is almost always the result of incorrect positioning. Trouble with positioning can be resolved by getting help from a lactation consultant.
Ideally, you’ll want to strive to breastfeed your baby exclusively for the first 6 months, at which point you can begin to supplement with solid foods. (But remember, even breastfeeding for as little as one month can impart great health benefits for both you and your baby.)
You should begin nursing as soon after birth as possible, as your baby’s sucking instinct will be very strong at that time, giving you the best chance of success.
In the beginning, the milk that is produced is called colostrum – a thick, golden-yellow fluid that is very gentle for your baby’s stomach and chockfull of beneficial antibodies.
As your baby continues to nurse, your milk will gradually change in color and consistency from thick and yellow, to thinner with a bluish-white hue.
Newborns need to nurse at least once every two hours, for about 15 minutes or so on each side, but most do not adhere to any kind of strict schedule and feedings can vary in length.
It is this frequent nursing that stimulates your breasts to produce increasing amounts of milk to keep up with demand.
There’s virtually no need to fret should your baby lose a little weight during the first week or so. This is normal, and she should have regained the weight by about two weeks of age.
Additional Help for Moms Who Can’t Breastfeed
You may want to begin planning for successful breastfeeding before your baby is even born. One consideration to take into account is that epidurals may have a detrimental effect.
One 2007 study discovered that women who receive epidural anesthesia during childbirth with the narcotic fentanyl may have trouble breastfeeding.
Women who got a fentanyl epidural reported more difficulty with breastfeeding in the first week early on, and they were also twice as likely to give up breastfeeding within the first six months. Evidence from other research suggests that fentanyl can interfere with infants’ ability to suckle.
Whether you want to prepare beforehand, or find you’re having trouble breastfeeding once your baby is born, Le Leche League is a terrific resource to contact for help.
You can also call the National Women’s Health Information Center’s (NWHIC) Breastfeeding Helpline at 1-800-994-9662; TDD 1-888-220-5446 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, EST). This hotline is staffed with La Leche League-trained breastfeeding information specialists.
Another helpful source is the American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Initiative.
However, if for whatever reason you’re still unable to breastfeed, please steer clear of commercial infant formulas as much as possible and definitely avoid all soy infant formula, as it is loaded with toxic elements like high doses of manganese and aluminum.
There is no question that it is the worst commercial food you could give your baby. It is likely that at some point in the future when all the health complications are fully appreciated, it will be removed from the market and banned.
The next best alternative to breast milk is to make a healthy homemade infant formula. There may be others, but here is one recipe for homemade formula created by the Weston Price Foundation, which I believe is sound.
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In the fall of 1999, SmithKline Beecham secretly began a study to find out if its diabetes medicine, Avandia, was safer for the heart than a competing pill. The study’s results were disastrous. Not only was Avandia no better than Actos, but the study also provided clear signs that it was riskier to the heart.
Instead of publishing the results, the company spent the next 11 years trying to cover them up. The company did not submit the results to federal drug regulators, as is required by law.
The New York Times reports:
“The heart risks from Avandia first became public in May 2007 … But the latest documents demonstrate that the company had data hinting at Avandia’s extensive heart problems almost as soon as the drug was introduced in 1999, and sought intensively to keep those risks from becoming public.”Sources:
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
This drug is a classic example of most of what is wrong with the conventional medical paradigm.
Diabetes is an epidemic in the US as it currently affects nearly one in every four people in some form. Drug companies decided to produce a pill that in no way, shape or form treats the cause of the problem.
The ONLY thing this drug does is to help lower blood glucose, which has virtually no influence on the long-term damage due to type 2 diabetes. Nearly all of the pathology is caused by elevated insulin levels, and an optimal diet and exercise program can not only remedy that but virtually cure diabetes in 100% of people who are compliant with such a program.
But the drug does have two other major effects:
- Makes boatloads of money for the drug company
- Massively increases risk of heart disease and kills hundreds if not thousands who take it
To complete the story on why this is such a great example of what is wrong with the system, the manufacturer had massive conflict of interest and spent 11 years hiding information that they knew about the drug’s dangers as it would adversely affect their sales.
Sadly, this is not front-page news and is buried so virtually no one hears of it. But you can bet your bottom dollar that if this were a vitamin, mineral or herbal supplement that caused a FRACTION of a FRACTION of the damage or had a similar history of corporate ethical breeches it would be front page news on virtually every media.
Avandia — the Dangerous Diabetes Drug that Should NEVER Have Been Approved
Avandia hit the market in 1999 and following a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign it quickly became a blockbuster drug. By 2006 its annual revenue was $3.2 billion.
Sales plummeted to $1.2 billion in 2009, two years after a study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that linked Avandia to a 43 percent increased risk of heart attack and a 64 percent higher risk of cardiovascular death compared to patients treated with other methods.
There were many articles and reviews published about Avandia following the New England Journal of Medicine study, but research from the Mayo Clinic revealed that 90 percent of scientists who wrote favorable articles about the drug had financial ties to Glaxo.
Unfortunately, a committee of independent experts still recommended that Avandia remain on the market, despite its risks, and an FDA oversight board voted 8 to 7 to accept the advice.
Now Avandia is making headlines once again, this time because it has come out that the drug’s maker went to great lengths to hide their deadly study results from the public eye.
Drug Maker Hid Avandia Heart Risks from Public, FDA
In 1999, drug maker SmithKline Beecham began a study to compare Avandia with another diabetes drug, Actos. The results showed that Avandia worked no better than Actos and had greater risks to the heart.
The study results were buried at the request of SmithKline executives and were not reported to federal regulators, as is typically required by law.
In documents uncovered by the New York Times, the company stated they could lose $600 million from 2002 to 2004 if Avandia’s heart risks were made public. The New York Times also obtained a sealed deposition that included testimony from Dr. Rosemary Johann-Liang, a former supervisor in the FDA’s drug safety office who “left the FDA after she was disciplined for recommending that Avandia’s heart warnings be strengthened.”
GlaxoSmithKline not only hid negative study data, they also manipulated study data to fit their agenda.
“An F.D.A. reviewer who closely examined a landmark Avandia clinical trial called “Record,” found at least a dozen instances in which patients taking Avandia suffered serious heart problems that were not counted in the trial’s tally of adverse events, mistakes that further obscured Avandia’s heart risks.”
FDA Still Torn on Whether to Leave Avandia on the Market — Despite Advice of Expert Panel
Shockingly, the FDA has left this drug on the market providing you with another powerful demonstration that the government does NOT protect you but partners with big business to protect their profits.
Hundreds of thousands of diabetics take Avandia every year, despite the fact that a two-year long Senate investigation released earlier this year found Avandia causes about 500 more heart attacks and 300 more cases of heart failure than Actos (Actos may also damage your heart — just “not as much”).
Earlier this month, a federal medical advisory panel even recommended that Avandia either be withdrawn from the market or have sales severely restricted due to its increased heart risks.
The FDA also put the so-called TIDE trial – which was ordered by the FDA in 2007 to compare Avandia with Actos – on hold until they review the panel’s advice. While those already enrolled in the study can continue on, fortunately no one else will be able to sign up for the dangerous study – at least for now.
As FDA official Dr. David Graham said, given the known risks of Avandia, the study should be stopped immediately because it offers no benefit to participants and basically amounts to “human exploitation.”
Even so, the FDA is still considering its regulatory actions and has made no final determination either way.
Unfortunately, the FDA has known about Avandia’s dangers for years and ignored the concerns of their own experts before. The warning signs go back several years:
- GSK completed a study in 2003 in which diabetics given Avandia suffered far more heart problems than those given a placebo.
- Two months later, the World Health Organization alerted GSK that they’d also found a link between Avandia and heart ailments.
- In a June 2004 company meeting, GSK’s Global Safety Board advised they needed to review all of Avandia’s clinical trials to check for more indications of heart problems caused by the drug. As a result, GSK completed two reviews of their own data. In both cases they discovered that Avandia increased the risks of serious heart problems by nearly one-third, which is very significant since two-thirds of diabetics die of heart problems!
In addition, according to an analysis done by the Institute for Safe Medication Practice, in the third quarter of 2009 Avandia ranked number one among ALL prescribed drugs in the number of serious, disabling and fatal problems!
Drugs Cannot Treat the Underlying Cause of Diabetes!
If you or someone you know is diabetic and taking medication for it, please understand that you cannot successfully treat the underlying cause of diabetes with drugs.
Avandia works by making diabetes patients more sensitive to their own insulin, helping to control blood sugar levels. In fact, most conventional treatments for type 2 diabetes utilize drugs that either raise insulin or lower blood sugar. Avandia, for example, lowers your blood sugar levels by increasing the sensitivity of liver, fat and muscle cells to insulin.
But you must understand that diabetes is NOT a blood sugar disease like your doctor may have led you to believe.
Type 2 diabetes is actually a disease caused by insulin resistance and faulty leptin signaling, both of which are regulated through your diet.
Conventional treatment, which is focused on fixing the symptom of elevated blood sugar rather than addressing the underlying disease, is doomed to fail in most cases.
Virtually 100% of Type 2 Diabetics Can be Cured if They are Compliant with Lifestyle Changes
Type 2 diabetes is virtually 100 percent avoidable, and can be effectively treated without medications in about the same percentage of cases.
Leptin, a relatively recently discovered hormone produced by fat, tells your body and brain how much energy it has, whether it needs more (saying “be hungry”), whether it should get rid of some (and stop being hungry) and importantly what to do with the energy it has (reproduce, upregulate cellular repair, or not).
In fact, the two most important organs that may determine whether you become (type 2, insulin resistant) diabetic or not are your liver and your brain, and it is their ability to listen to leptin that will determine this.
How is this done?
Well, that’s the kicker. The only known way to reestablish proper leptin and insulin signaling is through a proper diet and exercise!
There is NO drug that can accomplish this, but following these simple guidelines can help you do at least three things that are essential for successfully treating diabetes: recover your insulin/leptin sensitivity, help normalize your weight, and naturally normalize your blood pressure.
As an aside, none of these will drastically raise your risk of a heart attack the way Avandia will . and in fact will have only positive benefits on your heart and your entire body:
- Severely limit or eliminate sugar and grains in your diet, especially fructose, which is far more detrimental than any other type of sugar.
Finding out your nutritional type will help you do this without much fuss.
While nearly all type 2 diabetics need to swap out their grains for other foods, some people will benefit from using protein for the substitution, while others will benefit from using more vegetable-only carbohydrates. Therefore, along with reducing grains and sugars, determining your nutritional type will give you some insight into what foods you should use to replace the grains and sugars.
- Exercise regularly — a must for anyone with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Typically, you’ll need large amounts of exercise, until you get your blood sugar levels under control. You may need up to an hour or two a day. Naturally, you’ll want to gradually work your way up to that amount, based on your current level of fitness.
- Avoid trans fats
- Get plenty of omega-3 fats from a high quality, animal-based source.
- Get enough high-quality sleep every night.
- Optimize your vitamin D levels. Recent studies have revealed that getting enough vitamin D can have a powerful effect on normalizing your blood pressure and that low vitamin D levels may increase your risk of heart disease.
- Address any underlying emotional issues and/or stress. Non-invasive tools like the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can be extremely helpful and effective.
- Monitor your fasting insulin level. This is every bit as important as your fasting blood sugar. You’ll want your fasting insulin level to be between 2 to 4. The higher your level, the worse your insulin receptor sensitivity is.
The recommendations above are the key steps you need to achieve this reduction.
So please remember that a drug will never treat the underlying cause of type 2 diabetes the way these lifestyle changes will.
It looks like Avandia is set to go the way of Vioxx, which was also pulled from the market after killing 60,000 people. You don’t need to wait for the red tape to be removed to start looking out for your own health.
Diabetes runs in my family. About 15 years ago, I diagnosed my father with it and gave him these same guidelines to follow. He’s 81 years old and does two hours of exercise every single morning. He’s been able to keep his diabetes under control without taking a single drug by following these principles . and you can too.
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