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Those who suffer from episodic or occasional migraines may be more likely to suffer from depression as well, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.

Researchers examined a pool of 3,862 participants with an average age of 47. Each person was surveyed based on height and weight, with 1,044 falling in the obese range. Within the total group, 188 also reported occasional migraines. Those who are obese were found to be 86 percent more likely to suffer migraines than those who are not obese. "Our findings indicate that the risk of episodic migraine (of all frequencies) is increased in those with obesity, with the strongest association among those younger than 50 years, those who are white, and women," the study authors said. "These results suggest that doctors should promote healthy lifestyle choices for diet and exercise in people with episodic migraine." 

Diabetes Hastens Death for Older Women

Among white women, the hazard ratio for all-cause mortality on an adjusted analysis for those with diabetes was 2.2 (95% CI 2-2.36), while among blacks it was 2.11 (95% CI 1.83-2.44), according to Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, and colleagues.
Similar risks also were seen for Hispanic women (HR 2.3, 95% CI 1.72-3.23) as well as for those of Asian ancestry (HR 2.12, 95% CI 1.43-3.15), the researchers reported online in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
"Among people with diabetes in the United States, blacks and Hispanics are 2.1 times and 1.5 times more likely than whites to die of all causes, respectively, whereas total mortality among Asians is considerably lower compared with that among whites," they noted.
Because the potential for disparities in mortality among women with and without diabetes according to race or ethnicity has not been established, Ma and colleagues analyzed data from 158,833 participants in the ongoing WHI, which enrolled women between 1993 and 1998.
The participants' mean age was 63. A total of 84.1% were white, 9.2% were African American, 4.1% were Hispanic, and 2.6% were Asian.
At the time of enrollment, 4.4% reported having a history of diabetes diagnosis, and during an average duration of follow-up of 10.4 years, the cumulative incidence of diabetes was 5.45%.
Those who had diabetes at the time of enrollment typically had more comorbid conditions, had higher body mass index, engaged in less activity, and had poorer quality diets than those without diabetes.
The total percentages of women with diabetes, either prevalent or incident, by the cutoff point of August 2009 were 27.1% among black women, 20.8% for Hispanics, 15.9% among Asians, and 11.7% for white women.
In addition to all-cause mortality, similar risks across racial/ethnic groups were found for cardiovascular mortality and cancer death after adjustment for multiple factors including socioeconomic status, hypertension, hormone use, and smoking.
For cardiovascular death, the HRs for whites and blacks were 2.87 (95% CI 2.57-3.20) and 2.65 (95% CI 2.10-3.35), respectively, while they were 3.05 (95% CI 1.66-5.61) for Hispanics and 2.26 (95% CI 1.14-4.46) for Asians.
For deaths from cancer, the HRs among the four groups were 1.44 (95% CI 1.27-1.62) for whites, 1.38 (95% CI 1.05-1.81) for blacks, 2.13 (95% CI 1.30-3.47) for Hispanics, and 2.06 (95% CI 1.09-3.88) for Asians.
The researchers then calculated the population attributable risk percentages, which reflects both the disease prevalence and mortality risk, with these results for all-cause mortality:
For cardiovascular disease mortality, the population attributable risk percentages were highest for Hispanics at 30.6 (95% CI 8.7-49.7) and blacks at 25.9 (95% CI 17.8-33.7), and for cancer the risk percentages were highest for Hispanics and Asians, but the confidence intervals overlapped.
"Both black and Hispanic women, who are at higher-than-average risk of developing diabetes, had higher proportions of all-cause and [cardiovascular disease] mortality attributable to diabetes than did whites," the researchers noted.
"Because of [this] 'amplifying' effect of diabetes prevalence, efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in deaths from diabetes should focus on prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus," they stated.
Strengths of the study included its large sample and prospective design, while limitations included self-report of diabetes and the lack of information on glycosylated hemoglobin or anti-diabetic medication use.

Diabetes forecast: Current trend shows Hispanics at risk

SAN ANTONIO -- Newborns born in Texas are already facing a health risk. Those born in Bexar County face an even higher risk. That's if nothing changes.
"If current trends continue, one in three children may be diagnosed with diabetes," said Dr. John Nava, a physician and member of the American Diabetes Association.
He said the numbers are worse for Hispanic children. Half of all Hispanic children will have diabetes in the future. Nava said that's because one in two children may be diagnosed in the future.
So Dr. Nava and the American Diabetes Association is hosting the "Por tu Familia Conferencia Educativa" on Saturday, September 28, to reach out to Hispanics at risk.
The event will include simple prevention techniques, like teaching a healthy way to prepare enchiladas.
"Healthy cooking in the Latino kitchen," Nava said.
According to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the prevalence of diabetes for Hispanics is 16 percent. Compared to the nation, the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes is 13 percent, and for the U.S. it's 9 percent.
Diabetes and obesity are the two biggest health threats according to another study by the U.T. Health Science Center San Antonio.
"Comparing South Texas to the rest of Texas, obesity rates here were higher," said Dr. Dorothy Long Parma of UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
She participated in compiling and publishing the results of "Report: Obesity, Diabetes are Biggest Health Threats in South Texas." South Texas Health Status Review also implicated that certain cancers and other diseases were big health threats too.
Dr. Parma said the study showed you were at a higher risk of being obese just by living in South Texas.
"Comparing Hispanics in South Texas to the rest of Texas obesity rates were higher there as well," she said.
South Texas, a 38-county region spanning 45,000 square miles along the Texas-Mexico border and northward up to Bexar County is home to 18 percent of the state's population. Yet, South Texas residents who are predominantly Hispanics struggle with lower educational levels, less income and less access to health care.
According to the report, the percentage of obese adults in South Texas, 32.7 percent, was higher than that of the rest of Texas, 29.1 percent, and the nation.
Unfortunately, many people living with diabetes do not even know it. So, in addition to cooking classes, the "Por tu Familia Conferencia" will include free health screenings and bilingual dental care workshops.
"It's going to be on the westside where these people live and work," said Nava.
The free conference takes place Saturday, September 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3014 Rivas Street.

For more information call 1-888-diabetes.

Diabetes Remission After Weight-Loss Surgery

FRIDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- A simple scoring system can predict whether an obese patient might achieve diabetes remission within five years after weight-loss surgery, according to researchers.
The scoring system -- called DiaRem -- is based on four readily available pre-surgery patient characteristics: insulin use, age, hemoglobin A1c concentration (a measure of blood sugar) and type of diabetes drugs.
To develop their scoring system, the researchers analyzed the outcomes of nearly 700 obese people with type 2 diabetes who underwent weight-loss surgery between 2004 and 2011. Of those patients, 63 percent achieved partial or complete diabetes remission.
The researchers analyzed hundreds of factors in order to identify those that were independent predictors of remission. They eventually narrowed them down to the four used in the scoring system. Patient scores were determined by assigning a certain number of points to each of the four factors.
Patients with a low score had the highest chance of remission within five years after surgery, while those with a higher score were less likely to achieve remission. The scoring system's performance was then tested in nearly 400 patients, according to the study, which was published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
"[The new scoring system] will give patients and physicians a scientifically valid way of assessing the merits of gastric bypass surgery for treating diabetes and deciding whether additional measures should be taken to improve the odds of remission," lead author George Argyropoulos, from the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Penn., said in a journal news release.
The authors of an accompanying commentary agreed. "The DiaRem score could help with selection of appropriate treatment and management of expectations held by both the patient and the multidisciplinary team involved in the patient's care," wrote Dimitri Pournaras and Carel le Roux, from Imperial College London, in England.
"Additionally, it could scientifically improve the comparison of different surgical procedures by allowing appropriate stratification of probability of remission," Pournaras and le Roux said.
"However, further prospective studies are needed to validate these potential uses," they said. "Future research in this area will increase the accuracy of outcome predictions in different populations, age groups and interventional approaches. This research could even challenge present guidelines for provision of weight-loss surgery, which mostly depends on [body-mass index]" -- a measurement of body fat based on height and weight.

Cognitive Decline in Diabetes Linked to Brain Atrophy

Researchers have discovered that for people with Type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline is likely the result of brain atrophy, similar to what is seen in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Investigators from Australia’s Monash University compared brain scans and cognitive function among people with and without Type 2 diabetes mellitus.
They found that brain atrophy, rather than cerebrovascular lesions, was likely the primary reason for cognitive impairment associated with this form of diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is reaching epidemic status in several states and countries, often a result of wide-spread obesity. Globally, the World Health Organization reports that more that more than 347 million people worldwide live with diabetes and around 90 per cent of these cases are Type 2.
Researchers say the findings have important implications for countries experiencing population shifts associated with large numbers of baby boomers entering their senior years.
“Type 2 diabetes and dementia are both highly common disorders affecting the aging population and this research shows that there may be a mechanistic link between them. Indeed, generalized brain atrophy may be the key driver of cognitive decline in Type 2 diabetes and such atrophy is also commonly seen in people with dementia,” said Dr. Velandai Srikanth.
Researchers are concerned the future populations will be burdened by elderly people with dementia and cognitive decline.
The research built on previous studies that had shown there may be a greater risk of future dementia in people with Type 2 diabetes. However, it was unclear whether this form of diabetes was an actual causal factor for the development of cognitive impairment.
The researchers compared cognitive function and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the brain in more than 700 people with and without Type 2 diabetes.
Those with diabetes performed less well in certain cognitive tests and had greater shrinkage in specific regions of the brain, which appeared to drive the differences in cognitive function.
Although the researchers found that participants with diabetes also had more strokes on MRI, this did not explain the cognitive differences between groups.

The findings, published in the journal Diabetes Care, will lead further research in trying to identify why people with Type 2 diabetes develop brain atrophy, and how such atrophy may be prevented or slowed.

Exercise May Decrease Depression Symptoms

New researcher has added further credence to previous studies suggesting that exercise may decrease the symptoms of depression. The study, conducted by the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, reviewed data from 35 trials including a total of 1,356 participants.
The participants, all of whom suffered from clinical depression, worked with physical trainers from the American College of Sports Medicine. Those who got the most exercise reported the greatest relief in symptoms compared with those who had no exercise, or took a pharmacological treatment.
"Exercise is moderately more effective than a control intervention for reducing symptoms of depression, but analysis of methodologically robust trials only shows a smaller effect in favor of exercise. When compared to psychological or pharmacological therapies, exercise appears to be no more effective, though this conclusion is based on a few small trials," the researchers said in their study report.

Obese Kids May Be At Risk For High Blood Pressure

Those who suffer from obesity during childhood may also be at risk for high blood pressure during adulthood, according to researchers from the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University.
Researchers reviewed CDC records of obese children between the ages of 5 and 17. They found that 70 percent of obese kids showed at least one cardiac risk factor including high cholesterol or blood pressure. Furthermore, those who had just one high blood pressure reading as kids were ten percent more likely to develop high blood pressure as adults.
"It is important that pediatricians counsel patients on the risk of high blood pressure associated with overweight and obesity, and stress that a healthy diet, including reducing salt intake and exercise, may help reduce this risk. Interventions to prevent and treat obesity will play an important role in decreasing the significant burden of high blood pressure in adulthood," the researchers wrote in their report.

Change your eating habits and exercise because

I'm trying and I'm changing and its difficult but I'm gonna beat this and so can you.

This is how I feel sometimes

'You can you eat that' Diabetic problem

In my relationships............

Our common enemy

The good guys over in Merry Ole England

How come I can't lose weight?

It took us a long time to get overweight so its going to take a long time to take that weight off.

But here are some other reasons that MIGHT be at cause

Operating from an energy deficit.
With fewer calories coming in than going out the body starts holding on to fat as a way to protect itself. When there are not enough calories coming in, the body saves energy by reducing body temperature (slowing the metabolism), turning down digestive juices (making digestion weaker), reducing the pulse, and slowing thyroid function (resulting in less energy). 

Not healthy enough.... yet.
As I said...things take time. You have probably been out of shape for a while so getting in shape will take time, then the pounds will fall off.

You’re eating food that exceeds your body’s current digestive capabilities....sos top it. Shoot for 1500 calories day and dramatically cut carbs and sugars.


Lemon water benifits

Bad egg

While I was on the Virgin diet, I gave up eggs, as the diet directs, and then after 22 days tried to reintroduce them to my diet, again as the diet direct. So I had three scrambled eggs for breakfast.

Well that was a big mistake. I’ve been sick for two days now. I now know I can’t eat eggs and I think I know why. (Aside from the fact that I’m sick as pig)    

I can’t eat soy because it makes me swell up and makes my blood sugars go up as well.  Chickens eat Soy. Almost all chickens are fed a vegetarian diet of soy. Even the free-range chickens are given supplemental feed. Soy free egg = no egg allergy.

Mood adjustors

The Turmeric plant

The Turmeric plant has medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) that may have as many as 175 distinct beneficial effects for diabetics including the following

Digestive – In addition to aiding with the flow of bile, curcumin is said to be of benefit in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Cardiac and Circulatory – The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and ‘anti plaque’ properties have shown to be a great value to the heart and circulatory system.

Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant –Research is taking place on curcumin’s ability to protect against conditions like alzheimer's and arthritis induced inflammation.

It could also have the same effects of Lipitor/Atorvastatin (cholesterol medication) Aspirin (blood thinner) Anti-inflammatory Drugs and Metformin (diabetes drug)

Remember...always research digest

Dietary Deficiencies Linked With Violent Behavior

 Various dietary deficiencies could be linked with an increased likelihood of violent behavior, according to a new study from researcher at the Weston A. Price Foundation. For the study the researchers examined how variances in A, D, K, B1, B3, B6, B12 and folate, and of minerals iodine, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, chromium and manganese levels affected mental stability and violent tendencies.

Lead researcher Sylvia Onusic explained their findings saying:
"We can blame violence on the media and on the breakdown of the home, but the fact is that a large number of Americans, living mostly on devitalized processed food, are suffering from malnutrition. In many cases, this means their brains are starving."
"Making things worse are excitotoxins so prevalent in the food supply, such as MSG and Aspartame," adds Onusic. "People who live on processed food and who drink diet sodas are exposed to these mind-altering chemicals at very high levels."

New Moms And Obese People May Be At Increased Risk For Flu

New mothers and obese people may be at an increased risk for complications stemming from influenza, according to a new study from researchers at McMaster University in Canada.
Researchers examined data collected as part of 239 observation studies carried out between 1918 and 2011. They found that pregnancy women and the obese were both at significantly increased risks of death and other severe complications linked with a bout of the flu. Historically neither group has been considered high risk and has never received preferential treatment for flu vaccines.

"Policy makers and public health organizations need to recognize the poor quality of evidence that has previously supported decisions on who receives vaccines during an epidemic," said lead researcher Dr. Dominik Mertz.
"If we can define the risk groups we can optimally allocate vaccines, and that is particularly important when and if there is vaccine shortage, say during a new pandemic. These data reinforce the need to carefully define those conditions that lead to complications following infection with influenza."
Early intervention for diabetes may also decrease the risk of developing heart disease, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Miami.
Researchers examined roughly 1,600 patients who displayed the early indicators of diabetes. This group was split into three smaller groups, one that took the diabetes medication metformin, one that underwent an intensive lifestyle change including diet and exercise, and another that took a placebo drug.
They found that those who took metformin and underwent lifestyle changes showed a significant dip in small low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles, which are associated with plaque that can lead to heart disease.
"Cardiovascular disease is the most significant cause of death and disability in people with diabetes," said the study's lead author, Ronald Goldberg, MD, of the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. "Our findings demonstrate that the same therapies used to slow the onset of diabetes also may help allay the risk of heart disease."

Diabetes Cases Are on Rise in China

China is now home to the world’s largest diabetes population. The number of people who have diabetes or early signs of the disease is greater than the entire population of the U.S.
China is now home to the world’s largest diabetes population. The number of people who have diabetes or early signs of the disease is greater than the entire population of the U.S.
An estimated 113.9 million Chinese adults 18 years or older–60.5 million men and 53.4 million women—may have had diabetes in 2010, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which surveyed nearly 99,000 Chinese adults three years ago. The study said 493.4 million Chinese may have had in 2010 prediabetes, a state of potential risk, when blood sugar is higher than normal.

The findings are alarming, signaling that China is facing a major public health problem, the study said. “These data suggest that diabetes may have reached an alert level in the Chinese general population, with the potential for a major epidemic of diabetes-related complications, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, and chronic kidney disease in China in the near future without an effective national intervention,” the report said.
Chinese are developing the disease at a lower body mass index, or earlier onset, than their U.S. counterparts, according to the study. It also found that diabetes is more common in cities and among overweight people who are young or middle aged.
The last decade has brought greater wealth to a country of 1.34 billion, but with fatter wallets has come drastic changes in lifestyle, including diet and migration to cities, that have put the population’s health at peril. Major causes of death have shifted from infectious diseases and diet-related deficiencies to hypertension and obesity and now more than 260 million of the country’s citizens suffer from a chronic disease, according to data from China’s Ministry of Health.
Prevalence of diabetes reached 11.6% of adults, with men having a higher rate 12.1% than women, at 11%, the study said. That surpasses the 2007 rate of 9.7%, or 92.4 million adults, according to an earlier study from the Journal. It also exceeds the 11.3% prevalence of diabetes in adults over the age of 20 in the U.S., according to data from the American Diabetes Association.
There are questions about how China’s health-care system will hold up with the increased burden. Already, more than 80% of China’s government spending on health care goes to covering the cost of the country’s chronic diseases, according data from the World Health Organization. Less than 2% is allocated toward primary prevention, according to the WHO.
An estimated 30% of Chinese with diabetes are aware of their condition, the study said.

Could Insulin Injections Be A Thing Of The Past

Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) report they have discovered the underlying biological mechanisms responsible for insulin deficiencies in diabetic patients – research they believe could end the need for regular injections and result in new types of treatment for the condition.

Insulin is a hormone secreted by beta cells in the pancreas, and deficiencies of it plays a major role in the regulation of glucose and other energy substrates, the university explained in a statement Tuesday. Those deficiencies, which are primarily caused by type 1 or type 2 diabetes, have lethal consequences if left untreated.
However, daily insulin injections can have serious side effects. Now, in research appearing in the journal Cell Metabolism, Roberto Coppari and colleagues from the UNIGE Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism state that they have successfully demonstrated that insulin is not necessarily essential for survival.
“By eliminating this dogma, scientists are now considering alternatives to insulin treatment, which poses many risks to patients,” the university explained. “An error in dosage may cause hypoglycemia, i.e., a decrease in the level of glucose in the blood, which can lead to a loss of consciousness. In addition, about 90 percent of patients over 55 who have been undergoing treatment for several years develop cardiovascular disease due to elevated levels of cholesterol brought on by the lipogenic properties of insulin.”
Coppari’s team conducted a series of experiments in which they administered leptin, a hormone which regulates the body’s appetite and fat reserves, to rodents who were devoid of insulin. Despite their lack of the glucose-regulating hormone, the rats were able to survive thanks to the leptin. The authors explain that using the fat-regulating hormone has two advantages over insulin: it does not provoke hypoglycemia and it has a lipolytic effect.
“Through this discovery, the path to offering an alternative to insulin treatment is emerging. Now we need to understand the mechanisms through which leptin affects glucose level, regardless of insulin level,” Coppari explained.
His team also discovered that GABAergic neurons located in the hypothalamus were the primary mediators of leptin’s glucose-level activity when insulin deficiency was present. In addition, they were able to detect that the liver, the soleus muscle, and brown adipose tissue are affected by leptin during insulin deficiency, and that all of those areas could be potential targets for future treatments.
Thanks to that discovery, the university said, “scientists now know where to look for the answer to an insulin-free diabetes treatment. Understanding the functioning and effect of leptin on the body will enable scientists to identify the areas of the body that are involved, and ultimately the molecules that will form the basis of a new treatment.”

Top 10 apps physicians recommend to their patients

1.  iTriage – Health, Doctor, Symptoms, and Healthcare Search: Patients now have access to an endless amount of health information right in their pockets. This app allows them to check their symptoms and easily locate a physician or hospital in the event of an emergency.

2.  Diabetes App – Blood Sugar Control, Glucose Tracker, and Carb Counter: Outside of the physician’s office, patients with diabetes often struggle to monitor their condition. This app provides a food database for patients to track their consumption. It also allows physicians to monitor any fluctuations. The price is $6.99, but a lite version is available for free. 

3.  iCookbook Diabetic – Recipes and nutritional information plus health articles for people with diabetes: When it comes to cooking healthy, patients may need some inspiration. Developed by dietitians, this app provides diabetic-friendly recipes, as well as tools for meal planning and grocery shopping.

4.  Diabetes in Check – With digital coaching from certified diabetes educators, patients can eat better, get active, and lower their blood sugar. This app provides constructive feedback as well as tools such as barcode scanners and meal planners, that will help them control their Type 2 diabetes.

5.  Glucose Companion – This app is a handy blood sugar and weight tracker. It offers comprehensive monitoring of a patient’s diabetes, and it allows patients to present a complete log to their physician at their next appointment.

6.  Blood Pressure Monitor – Family Lite: This app allows patients to monitor their blood pressure and weight on the go. It comes with a lifetime data visualization and statistics reporting. It also displays medication correlations.

7.  HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker – Monitoring blood pressure at home doesn’t have to be difficult for patients. This is the easiest application to use for recording blood pressure, resting heart rate, and weight. It also allows patients to import their existing records.

8.  Mayo Clinic Health Community – This app provides access to an online health community, where patients can connect with and learn from other patients experiencing similar health issues. It offers a members-only discussion forum, as well as medical news and information from the Mayo Clinic. 

9.  Tummy Trends – Constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Tracker: Patients can track their IBS symptoms, exercise habits, water intake, fiber intake and stress levels. An interactive graph allows them to share their report with their physician.

10.  iCalcRisk – Encourage patients to adopt healthier lifestyles by calculating their cardiac risk. Physicians can use the visualizations in this app to show how they’re managing cholesterol, controlling blood pressure, and lowering their risk of heart attack.

Broccoli Could Decrease Osteoarthritis Symptoms

 Eating increased amounts of broccoli could significantly improve osteoarthritis, according to a new study from researchers at the UK's University of East Anglia. The researchers believe that a compound in the vegetable known as sulforaphane may block a specific enzyme that is known to break down cartilage during the spread of osteoarthritis.

Researchers examined a group of mice fed a diet high in vegetables containing sulforaphane. They found that over the course of several years, the mice eating the most sulforaphane enjoyed significantly less tissue damage than those who had not.

"Osteoarthritis is a major cause of disability. It is a huge health burden, but a huge financial burden too, which will get worse in an increasingly aging and obese population such as ours. Developing new strategies for combating age-related diseases such as osteoarthritis is vital, both to improve the quality of life for sufferers and to reduce the economic burden on society," said lead researcher Ian Clark. 

What Should I Buy?

 by ThePaleoMom

We all know that grass-fed meat is much healthier for us than “conventional” grain-fed meat, but it can be expensive, especially when we venture away from ground meat and start looking at roasts and steaks.  Free-range poultry can be even more expensive.  And just how healthy is pastured pork?  If you can’t afford to have all of your meat come from grass-fed, pastured, and wild sources, which of the conventional meats are your best bet?

In an attempt to help you figure out where your money is best spent, I have ranked meats (including grass-fed and conventional) from best to worst.  In many cases, the difference between a higher ranked and lower ranked meat is fairly small.  In an ideal world, the majority of your meat would come from the top 4.  Variety is still important, both because it tends to keep us happy but also because we do get different amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals from different cuts of meat and from different animals.

From best to worst:

1.    Organ Meat from Grass-fed Beef, Bison or Lamb:  Organ meat is more densely packed with just about every vitamin and mineral and when it comes from grass-fed sources, the fat content is also extremely healthy.  Organ meat also has the benefit of typically being cheaper than muscle meat.  Ideally, organ meat should be consumed at least twice each week.  Organ meat from wild game (provided the animal is an herbivore, so think caribou but not bear since bear liver can be toxic for human consumption) falls under this category.

2.    Wild-Caught Fish:  Ideally, wild-caught fatty fish should be consumed at least three times each week.  This can include cheaper sources of fish such as canned wild-caught salmon or sardines.  Frozen wild-caught pink salmon can typically be found fairly inexpensively.  Salmon is in season in the late summer and early fall, so look for sales that time of year.

3.    Grass-fed Beef, Bison, Lamb, Venison or Goat:  You can read more about the nutritional  superiority of grass-fed meat in this post.  Ground meat is always the cheapest.  Some local farmers will sell you anywhere from 1/8th to a whole animal for a very discounted rate (sometimes as cheap as $2/lb).  Look for sales from US Wellness Meats and GrassFed Traditions.

4.    Wild Game:  It is possible to buy wild game if hunting is not among your hobbies.

5.    Organ Meat from Pastured Pork and Free-Range Chicken:  The fat profile is not quite as good as from grass-fed and finished ruminants.

6.    Farmed White Fish:  White fish is typically very lean even when farmed.  Tilapia and cod are probably the most affordable depending on where you live.

7.    Conventional Organ Meat:  Conventional organ meat usually means chicken liver or kidney, calf’s liver, or beef liver or kidney since anything else can be pretty hard to find.  The fat profile is less favorable than grass-fed/pastured animals, but the organs still contain denser nutrition than muscle meat.  Because it’s fed more grass, calf’s liver would be the healthiest choice here.

8.    Farmed Fatty Fish (like salmon):  Depending on how farmed fish are fed, the fat profile can be quite different compared to their wild brethren.

9.    Pastured Pork and Free-Range Poultry:  The diets of these animals are typically supplemented with grain.  Look for ones that are not fed soy or corn if you can.

10.  Conventional Lamb and Veal:  These animals do spend some time in pasture and do eat at least some grass.

11.  Lean Cuts of Beef:   Even though marbling makes for a tender steak, they typically contain 10-15 times more omega-6 than omega-3.

12.  Lean Pork:  Usually the lighter colored the meat, the lower the fat content.

13.  Fatty Cuts of Conventional Beef and Pork:  Ideally, this would only be an occasional treat.

14.  Conventional Chicken and Turkey:  Does it surprise you to see chicken at the bottom of my list?  This was surprising information for me too.  Battery-raised chicken can have some of the highest omega-6 content of any meat, especially in the thighs and skin.  This used to be the foundation of my diet, but now I limit non-pastured chicken to 2 times per week (working toward only pastured chicken once I can afford it).


Q. My 54-year-old husband has severe pain and swelling in his feet after a long day at work. This morning I gave him a 4-ounce glass of tart cherry juice with his breakfast.
When he got home from work, he was in a great mood and told me he felt great and nothing hurt. When I told him it was the cherry juice, he was amazed. Now he wants it every day.
A. Tart cherry juice contains natural compounds that have anti-inflammatory activity and can ease pain (Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, August 2013). Other readers have reported similar benefit. One wrote: “I used tart cherries to cure a gout attack, and it worked. The real news is that the pain from osteoarthritis of the hip joint also diminished.

“I’ve been able to reduce my use of Celebrex by half and still have less pain.”

The wound that won’t heal.

 Poor circulation is a side effect of diabetes.  Basically, since your blood can’t easily move through your body, it is unable to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the wound.  White blood cells aren’t as efficient either and that increases the risk of infection.  As a result, all of this can amount to amputation. 

High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a sugar substitute. HFCS can increase your glucose levels AND messing with your body’s ability to stabilize the blood sugar.  You might want to take a moment and see all of the other places HFCS could be hiding in your kitchen.

Hyperosmolar Syndrome

Hyperosmolar Syndrome comes about when blood sugar levels get really high (600 milligrams per decileter).  When glucose is that high, the blood gets really thick and sticky.  Then, when all of the excess sugar passes into the urine, a filtering process draws a lot of fluid from the body.  As a result, severe dehydration occurs which can cause stroke, heart attack, diabetic coma, or death.  

Why is high blood sugar bad?

  Since your blood is everywhere in your body, damage can happen anywhere.  For example, the pancreas cells will become damaged and this will affect insulin production and over time, the pancreas can become permanently damaged.  High blood sugar hardens the blood vessels that carry your blood and this combined with elevated glucose can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney damage, blindness, poor circulation, nerve damage and a suppressed immune system. 

One can of soda has around 39 grams of sugar, which is equivalent to about 10 teaspoons of sugar.

and that's how

Going nuts is good for you

So true

Why yes............

with high or low

Life is like

The humble but mighty fig

Figs are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure.

Since many people not only do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, but do consume high amounts of sodium as salt is frequently added to processed foods, they may be deficient in potassium.

Low intake of potassium-rich foods, especially when coupled with a high intake of sodium, can lead to hypertension.

In the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) study, one group ate servings of fruits and vegetables in place of snacks and sweets, and also ate low-fat dairy food. This diet delivered more potassium, magnesium and calcium.

Another group ate a "usual" diet low in fruits and vegetables with a fat content like that found in the average American Diet. After eight weeks, the group that ate the enhanced diet lowered their blood pressure by an average of 5.5 points (systolic) over 3.0 points (diastolic).

Figs are a good source of dietary fiber.

Fiber and fiber-rich foods may have a positive effect on weight management. In one study, women who increased their fiber intake with supplements significantly decreased their energy intake, yet their hunger and satiety scores did not change. Figs, like other high fiber foods, may be helpful in a weight management program.

Results of a prospective study involving 51,823 postmenopausal women for an average of 8.3 years showed a 34% reduction in breast cancer risk for those consuming the most fruit fiber compared to those consuming the least.

 In addition, in the subgroup of women who had ever used hormone replacement, those consuming the most fiber, especially cereal fiber, had a 50% reduction in their risk of breast cancer compared to those consuming the least.

Fruits richest in fiber include apples, dates, figs, pears and prunes. When choosing a high fiber cereal, look for whole grain cereals as they supply the most bran (a mere 1/3rd cup of bran contains about 14 grams of fiber).

An Insulin-Lowering Leaf in Diabetes

You probably do not think about the leaves of the fig tree as one of fig's edible parts. But in some cultures, fig leaves are a common part of the menu, and for good reason. The leaves of the fig have repeatedly been shown to have antidiabetic properties and can actually reduce the amount of insulin needed by persons with diabetes who require insulin injections. In one study, a liquid extract made from fig leaves was simply added to the breakfast of insulin-dependent diabetic subjects in order to produce this insulin-lowering effect.

Bone Density Promoter

Figs are a fruit source of calcium (79 milligrams in an 8 oz-wt serving), a mineral that has many functions including promoting bone density. Additionally, figs' potassium may also counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by the high-salt diets typical of most Americans, thus helping to further prevent bones from thinning out at a fast rate.

Cardiovascular Effects

In animal studies, fig leaves have been shown to lower levels of triglycerides (a form in which fats circulate in the bloodstream), while in in vitro studies, fig leaves inhibited the growth of certain types of cancer cells. Researchers have not yet determined exactly which substances in fig leaves are responsible for these remarkable healing effects.
Besides their potassium and fiber content, figs emerged from our food ranking system as a good source of the trace mineral manganese.

Protection against Macular Degeneration
Your mother may have told you carrots would keep your eyes bright as a child, but as an adult, it looks like fruit is even more important for keeping your sight. Data reported in a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that eating 3 or more servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, by 36%, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.

In this study, which involved over 100,00 women and men, researchers evaluated the effect of study participants' consumption of fruits; vegetables; the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E; and carotenoids on the development of early ARMD or neovascular ARMD, a more severe form of the illness associated with vision loss. Food intake information was collected periodically for up to 18 years for women and 12 years for men.

While, surprisingly, intakes of vegetables, antioxidant vitamins and carotenoids were not strongly related to incidence of either form of ARMD, fruit intake was definitely protective against the severe form of this vision-destroying disease. Three servings of fruit may sound like a lot to eat each day, but by simply tossing a banana into your morning smoothie or slicing it over your cereal, topping off a cup of yogurt or green salad with a couple of diced figs, and snacking on an apple, plum, nectarine or pear, you've reached this goal.

For the most antioxidants, choose fully ripened figs:

Research conducted at the University of Innsbruck in Austria suggests that as fruits fully ripen, almost to the point of spoilage, their antioxidant levels actually increase.

Figs are among a small number of foods that contain measurable amounts of oxalates, naturally-occurring substances found in plants, animals, and human beings. When oxalates become too concentrated in body fluids, they can crystallize and cause health problems. For this reason, individuals with already existing and untreated kidney or gallbladder problems may want to avoid eating figs.

Figs are a good source of dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, and manganese. 

8.00 oz-wt
50.00 grams
37.00 calories
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
1.45 g
116.00 mg
0.06 mg
vitamin B6
0.06 mg

World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
DV>=75% OR
Density>=7.6 AND DV>=10%
very good
DV>=50% OR
Density>=3.4 AND DV>=5%
DV>=25% OR
Density>=1.5 AND DV>=2.5%

Nutrients in
8.00 oz-wt (50.00 grams)
Nutrient%Daily Value

 vitamin B63%
Calories (37)2%