Here is a quick definition of insulin resistance: An impaired response of the body to insulin, resulting in elevated levels of glucose in the blood (a key component of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome). As most of you know who read this blog I recommend and also participate in intermittent fasting. There are may benefits to fasting and this study added to the growing evidence. In our county the problem is not a lack of food - mostly the opposite is true. So getting away from 3 meals a day has shown, since ancient times, to be good for your health. This study, which you can find a review of here showed that fasting can prevent insulin resistance, which is often a precursor to diabetes. Fasting is free, in fact you most likely will save money by doing it. What a great way then to reduce your chances of diabetes. What a great way to reduce the healthcare load on our society (many billions a year?). And think of the human toll diabetes extracts on our world, the suffering, the early death. Please start intermittent fasting!
This week there were two articles in medicalnews.com reviewing separate studies that show the benefits of broccoli. One of the articles that you can find by clicking here reports about a study that found that a compound in broccoli and kale helps suppress tumor growth. A second article that can be found here says that broccoli sprout extract may help treat schizophrenia. The interesting thing to me is that the articles do not state that actually eating broccoli has benefits. Often science will look for compounds in foods to isolate and study that might do something beneficial. But actually eating broccoli is much more holistic in my eyes than isolating a compound, increasing its strength and than taking it as a supplement. It seems to me that just eating things that we have evolved to eat, like broccoli with all the things it contains including fiber and vitamins and minerals, must be better for you than making a pill out of it. I could be wrong and in some instances this might not be the case. But keep eating your vegetables just in case.
Ok, this one is probably a bit 'out there' for some people, but I loved this book and I think you might too. This book is about a women named Anita Moorjani who had terminal cancer, dies, has an NDE (Near Death Experience) and returns to her body. This sort of thing has been reported for hundreds if not thousands of years by thousands of people. The interesting thing about this book is that soon after returning from her NDE Anita's cancer was completely gone. Anita was convinced to write an account of her experience on an NDE website. The owner of the website, who is himself an oncologist, was so fascinated by the story that he flew to Hong Kong to review her medical records. He found that indeed she had had a miraculous cancer remission. The book is well written and and as a bonus the Kindle version has videos of Anita telling parts of her story. You can read her original NDE story on Dr. Long's NDE database here. But the book ads so much more and Anita's insight from her experience is very inspiring. Anita's original NDE report here.
This book is by Lillian Bridges a 5th generation Chinese face reader. Most people don't know about Chinese face reading and I am no expert in it, but I have been around it enough to know how powerful it can be. It is a powerful way of learning about many aspects of yourself including health, personality, talents and can help you set goals and find your purpose. If you read this book you will also learn about the 5 Element Theory of Chinese medicine. My partner Remee Gemo trained with Lillian for several years and is an amazing Chinese face reader. She gives readings to individuals and groups. Remee also uses this method to diagnose patients who have mystery illnesses, illness that no one seems to know what is going on. If you are interested read more on Remee's site and/or pick up this excellent book to learn all the basics.
The are of course literally thousands of diet books. And most of them work pretty good as long as you stick to it. Most of them work, I would add - within reason. Some diet books are written just to make money, because if you write one, someone will buy it.
When I heard a few years ago that America's quote 'favorite diet and fitness expert Jorge Cruise' had written a diet book that espouses losing weight by just counting sugar calories, it piqued my interest. I liked the simplicity of it. One of the things that I believe can stop someone from executing a new diet is the complexity. In fact the first review I read called it 'one of the best and easiest low carb diets.'
We definitely have a sugar epidemic in the US, and we definitely have an obesity epidemic. Maybe their is a connection? I think so. So maybe just counting your total grams of sugar per day really will make you lose weight. Of course the book also addresses the problem of hidden sugar. No one really knows how much sugar is added for example to your standard takeout Chinese food. Most people do not read labels and this is something that this book will require you to do. So I'm in. Of course no diet book is good for everyone but this one will surely help some, especially those sugar addicts we all know or might even be.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond