Posts Tagged: Metabolic Syndrome

Childhood Obesity

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By Matt Stone Recently I had an interview tentatively set up on the topic of childhood obesity.  As soon as I knew about the interview I started thinking about what I wanted to say and got really excited.  Then the interview got canceled.  Well, I had too much that I wanted to say floating around in my head to just let it die.  Below is a faux interview on the topic.  For those that don’t have the time to listen, some of the main points covered are…. Most factors that control a person’s susceptibility to store excess fat when entering into the modern environment is set in motion during the first few years of life and BEFORE life.  Most think purely in terms of genetics, but I’ve always thought of genetics as a misleading term, because there is a great deal that… Read more »

Glucose Clearance

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“My high sugar diet has really improved my glucose clearance. My 1-hour post-prandial readings decreased from 120′s to the upper 90′s. My waking temps are 97.8, up to 98.4 after eating (that’s during the first half of my cycle, I get even hotter the second half). Plus I’m happy, energetic, sleeping well and waking up spontaneously and well rested at about 6am. I’m enjoying eating lots and lots of fruit, some milk, a little gelatin here and there, lots of carbs, a smattering of meat and veggies. I avoid [polyunsaturated fats], but not obsessively. And I eat Lemon Sorbet whenever I feel like it. :-)” ~Jessica Johnson I’m in Reno for a couple of months, and, naturally, I went to a casino restaurant where some Asian dude (not Debbie’s husband)… Read more »

Metabolic Syndrome X Causes of Insulin Resistance & Metabolic Syndrome Diet

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Your eyes are getting heavy.  Look deeply at my swinging pendulum.  You are very relaxed.  Now let’s count down to one starting at five.  Five-four-three-two… Okay that was a pretty weak attempt to hypnotize you, but that’s exactly what I wish I could do.  I would love to perform some hypnosis on all earthlings and erase how they look at causes of insulin resistance and excess body fat – how it gets there, why it’s there, and what can be done to fix it and prevent it from getting there in the first place. Modern obesity researchers have really helped to paint a much better understanding of body fat by introducing Metabolic Syndrome X. For starters, consider that scientists have selectively bred a certain strain of mice to become overweight… Read more »

Alzheimers Disease Information & Information on Preventing Alzheimers and the Causes of Alzheimer’s

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The following is an easy-to-understand explanation of the latest Alzheimers Disease information and contains advice for preventing Alzheimers and outlines suggested causes of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s, better known as old timers disease, is now commonly being referred to as Diabetes of the brain.  To a large extent, this is true. Alzheimer’s disease information suggests a very close link to glucose metabolism and high blood sugars.  Chronic high blood sugars have long been known to cause a host of problems most evident in those with the highest blood sugar levels – diabetics.  This includes eye damage, inability to heal properly, and excessive free radical damage in general.It may also be one of the causes of Alzheimer’s,which appears to simply be the same flaw in action but where gaskets in the brain are… Read more »

Cause of Type 2 Diabetes Info

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The cause of Type 2 Diabetes is obviously insulin related, but what causes abnormalities with insulin production? Typical Type 2 Diabetes info does not relay an accurate picture of the full story. It’s actually kinda stupid – as most diabetes sites equate corn and candy bars based strictly on a number on the Glycemic Index. 180DegreeHealth is committed to providing the real info on Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a long-term complication of a prolonged condition known as insulin resistance.  Insulin resistance is a term that describes the reduced ability for cells to store away blood sugar.  In essence, the hormone insulin, which activates the blood sugar storage process, becomes increasingly ineffective.  Instead of the pancreas needing to secrete a small amount of insulin to do its job, the amount required… Read more »

Leningrad Hypertension Epidemic

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One thing I’ve been keen on since the beginning of my “investigation” is the equal and opposite reaction of the human body to the things you force upon it. There is no end to the repetitive advice to eat less and exercise more to achieve any number of health benefits. When people with health problems increase their exercise level and decrease their food intake, a number of positives immediately jump into the spotlight… 1) They lose weight! Shazam! 2) Their insulin levels plummet! Ka-Pow! 3) Triglycerides fall off a cliff! Woo-sha! (this exclamation will be familiar to anyone that’s ever been forced to watch the “Verbal Judo” training video) 4) Blood sugar drops (a little bit)! Zowie! 5) And, the subject of today’s jibba-jabba, is that blood pressure drops! Boo-yah!… Read more »

Ancel Keys and The Biology of Human Starvation

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What a read. It’s finally over. Returned to the local library and being sent back from whence it came. As most of you know, I’ve been working hard to get through this 2-volume, 1300 page opus peering into the physiological aspects of human starvation. I did so for two primary reasons: The first reason is that during starvation the basal body temperature drops, and a long list of health problems encompassing a large spectrum of physiological and emotional issues ensue under such conditions. Since it has been observed that human body temperature is in noticeable decline, and is thought to be a legitimate epidemic by those who study body temperature closely amongst their patients – like Mark Starr or Stephen Langer, I couldn’t think of a better reason to delve… Read more »

Omega 6, Cytokines, and the Cortisol Loop

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As we continue to explore the potential role that omega 6 fatty acid overload plays in the creation of the most major modern disease epidemics – such as asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, it’s an appropriate time to closely examine one of Russ Farris’s Cortisol Schematics. Farris has been led to believe that the hormone cortisol, released in response to inflammation, is an important step in the chain of events leading to metabolic syndrome, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic disease states.  I am more or less in full agreement, having entitled a chapter in my latest eBook on reversing type 2 diabetes “Cortisol is All.”  The inflammation connection was strengthened even more yesterday after I googled “inflammation causes leptin resistance” yesterday only to discover that… Read more »

Omega 6 and Inflammation Podcast

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This week’s podcast is a little diddy on omega 6 fatty acids – continuing our conversation from yesterday’s post on the subject. It reinforces why accumulating a lot of omega 6 in our tissues may be a really, really big deal with all kinds of negative repurcussions. Complete with brief impersonation of Dr. Barry Sears for your entertainment. Enjoy!

Metabolic Typing

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From what I can tell there are 5 basic metabolic types. 1) Excellent2) Mediocre3) Poor4) Heinous5) Pathetic The Pathetic metabolism is marked by tremendous weakness and constant cold body temperature. Eating anything of sustenance causes bloat. Bouts of charcoal constipation interspersed with diarrhea is the digestive function of the pathetic metabolic type at best. Allergies to everything except water, but even water can exacerbate indigestion. Muscles are emaciated and the body is tremendously gaunt and underweight. Depression would be used to describe this person’s mental state when they’re in a good mood, much less a bad one. I know this metabolism very well after starving in the Wilderness for 44 days several years ago. The Heinous metabolism is a lot like the pathetic metabolism, only without the emaciation. Frequent illness… Read more »

Hypothyroidism

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It’s amazing to me how some of the most important realizations that I’ve come to over the past year have come from fragments of information obtained from some really misguided people. One of the biggest discoveries was differentiating between how complex starches and simple sugars affect the human body, shown to me by Terry Shintani, the author of a book touting an extremely low fat vegan diet. Through his work, he was able to show that complex starches leave sugar in the blood to be used as fuel, unlike simple sugars from fruit, cookies, breakfast cereals and the like, which causes insulin to rise higher than the level of blood sugar and induce hypoglycemia. This idea was further reinforced by Francine Kauffman of the American Diabetes Association, who discovered that… Read more »

The Dynamic Duo

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Batman and Robin, Kobe and Shaq, Starsky and Hutch, Mary Kate and Ashley – the world is full of tag team duos. Now of course these duos couldn’t have become what they are without some support. Batman has that like, smart butler guy, Kobe and Shaq had a bunch of other big dudes on the team, Starsky and Hutch had police scanners and guns, and we all know that Mary Kate and Ashley wouldn’t be didley squat without Uncle Joey, let alone Deej, Sags, and Dave Coulier. There is a digestible dynamic duo as well, and sure they’ve got support from elsewhere, but a meal without these two lacks metabolic healing power. A meal without the duo is like, well, Michael J. Fox when he’s not wolfed out, and when… Read more »

Fruc Fructose

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Fructose is a kind of sugar. There are many kinds of sugars: sucrose, lactose, galactose, maltose, dextrose, raffinose, glucose, and bunches more. Fructose is just one type. Fructose is famous for being the type of sugar found in fruit. Because of this association with fruit, considered to be a very nutritious and overall healthy food to be included in the daily diet of every man, woman, and child, fructose has been given unfair judgment. We might want to take a moment to investigate fructose a little further though, because there’s a legitimate possibility that it is the biggest single contributor to chronic disease. For realsies. As those who have done their homework have discovered, there is a striking correlation between the availability of refined sugar and the widespread onset of… Read more »

Got Hyperinsulinism?

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Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that is secreted to manage proper blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels are extremely important. Too much sugar or too little sugar circulating through our bloodstream has an incredibly powerful – and harmful effect. Sugar balance is therefore of the utmost importance. Insulin is a storage hormone, meaning that it triggers the storage of sugar into the liver and the cells. Because of this property it is considered the key hormone involved in the accumulation of body fat. In fact, Type I diabetics that cannot produce insulin will literally waste away if insulin is not medically administered. Because carbohydrates, simple sugars in particular, have a pronounced effect on insulin in the body – causing a tremendous rise in the amount of insulin… Read more »

Status of the Puzzle

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It’s been a year now of concentrated research and tireless pondering on the current human health status, what constitutes an optimally healthy diet and lifestyle, and the best strategy for where to go from here if health interests you. To be able to come to some worthy conclusions, I had to make as much sense out of the endless sea of information as possible. This was no small feat, and the process of putting the pieces of the “puzzle” together is an ever-evolving process of refinement. But as we hit the end of 2007 and celebrate a full year of my self-righteous proclamations, it made sense to commemorate the current status of my overall understanding of the health trends that we’re seeing in the world. First of all, for all… Read more »

WAPF 2007 Annual Conference (continued)

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In the last edition I talked about GAP Syndrome, a metabolic disorder rooted in the inner ecosystem of the digestive tract. GAP Syndrome, an imbalance with a myriad of physical and psychological disturbances, is quite treatable through a specific diet according to its “discoverer” Natasha Campbell-McBride. McBride’s best line during her two presentations at the conference was perhaps when she mentioned that the principles of Weston A. Price geeks was “a healthy diet for healthy people, but certain specific conditions require a very specific diet.” This is absolutely true and something we all needed to hear, for many conference attendees have been unable to reverse chronic conditions in themselves and in their children. This observation was put much more bluntly by Donna Gates when she stated that “a lot of… Read more »

WAPF 2008 Annual Conference

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The Weston A. Price Foundation’s Annual Conference was focused specifically on children’s health. It was enlightening in many regards and left me feeling like several more pieces of the health puzzle have come together. The whole seminar can best be summarized as “Natasha Campbell-McBride.” McBride, a Russian M.D. living and practicing in England, spoke for the first time on Saturday to the entire audience of nearly 1,000 health, food, and farming dorks. McBride presented her theory and patented syndrome which she labels “Gut and Psychology” or GAP Syndrome. GAP syndrome is an acute illness where one begins wearing inexplicably trendy clothing while looking upon the world with a distant stare. Also, the vision of the GAP sufferer clouds over with a dull brown tint, known by medical experts as KV… Read more »

Heil Schwarzbein! (New Version)

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We are drowning in what I call ‘nutritional minutiae.’ There is an endless stream of breaking news about such and such phytonutrient’s cancer-preventing properties, the latest antioxidant ‘discovery’ and on and on and on. On top of all that, there is a relentless fuss over pesticides, GMO’s, soy estrogens, and more. And then mainstream nutritionists focus on vitamins and minerals as if that’s the only thing that matters when it comes to health. Oh and then there are enzymes in raw food. Gotta worry about getting my enzymes now. And what type of exercise and how much? And am I spending enough hours in the sun, or too much? And how much mercury is in my fish? And did that cow eat grass or grain, and was that grain GMO… Read more »