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Joe Heller

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  1. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 3 years ago

    As a diabetic I raised my children without sugar available.
    Now they are grown and eat very unhealthy amounts despite my example.
    Their consumption is 1/4 the national average and will destroy their systems before their time.
    I do not believe any one of the three has ever eaten a Twinky, Radical as the children are, that is too far beyond silly..

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Hmm, the new ones ARE supposed to be smaller, but the price won’t be.

    My niece was severe diabetic, she had bariatric surgery, lost 190 pounds (more than I weighed at the time), and is no longer on any medication for diabetes, and her glucose is normal. I was “borderline” Type II, and lost 34 pounds, my glucose levels have been in normal range for the last 5 months.

    OBESITY, and yes, poor diets, are what make so many Americans Type II diabetics. It’s also as much the fact we drive a block to the supermarket, to buy those “fabricated Frankenfoods”, and don’t exercise to even change the TV channels, that contributes.

    While there ARE some “exercise” and “health nuts” in America, they’re a minor miniority.

  3. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago


    “I was “borderline” Type II, and lost 34 pounds, my glucose levels have been in normal range for the last 5 months.”

    In the mid nineties, I developed Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and it doubled my body weight in less than 18 months, to 200 pounds. A few years ago, I discovered by accident that my glucose was running well over 500. On a fixed income with no medical coverage, I pondered what to do about this, and ultimately stumbled over Mercola’s Nutritional Testing thing. I did it without much confidence that it would be useful, but in fact, it recommended that I cut all carbs from grain and all root vegetables, and subsist on small portions of red meat, (or other high quality animal protein) followed by green veg. To this I added a couple of ounces of dark chocolate.

    I did this for a few months (rigourously keeping a daily log of everything that passed my lips), tested regularly, then swallowed hard and made an appointment to see my doctor out of pocket.

    By that time I had hammered my glucose down to ‘normal’ levels, but the smallest amount of grain (even whole grain) sent my blood glucose into the stratosphere. My doctor agreed that I was doing the right thing, and advised to shoot for keeping it below 150.

    After about two and a half years of that, I’ve lost half the weight, my glucose is normalized on a more conventional diet, and I’m still losing weight.

    It is most certainly the food. It is an irony that before I began caring for my parents, my daughter and I were eating a whole food diet, mostly organic. For the next few years, for one reason or another, we were eating more conventionally; for the last year we were forced to resort to straight industrial food, because I just wasn’t home to cook.

    I was able to revert to whole food after that five years or so, but apparently that short period on industrial food was enough to ruin my health.

    RoundUp was introduced sometime in the ‘80s. As I was eating organics and growing food in those years, we weren’t much affected by it. But GMO grain was introduced in the mid ’90s – before the internet gave us access to so much more information about these things. When I discovered them, I rejected them, but …

    It really begins to look like a pattern – an ugly pattern. Industrial agriculture and food production compromises our health; we seek health care, and are prescribed more chemicals. If food comes up in our health care at all, it appears as admonitions against gluttony. When I want spiritual advice, I will consult a spiritual advisor; when I want health advice, I want hard core information.

    We live in an insane world. Our government practises medicine (without a license). Our physicians alternately ply us with chemicals and sermons.

    I will have to train a new doctor this fall. I have drug intolerances, allergies and also some nifty ideopathic reactions to drugs. I’m not looking forward to it, though I think I may have found a viable candidate. I sent my husband and good friend to him, and he doesn’t appear to have a prescription pad surgically implanted, so I’m quite optimistic. Fingers crossed, anyway …

  4. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    re: stipple
    What is an “unhealthy amount”? It varies drastically by person. Some can eat a lot of sugar. Others can’t.
    Two very important developments about diabetes have been all but ignored by our media. 1. The discovery more than ten years ago that diabetes is caused by the body’s overreaction to a virus, resulting in the islets of langerans being destroyed, and 2. A group of persons have been diabetes free for more than 6 years, thanks to adult stem cell transplants.
    These developments were apparently “inconvenient” to those pushing unhealthy diets as “science”, as well as running afoul of the media who wants any excuse for abortions and thus has pushed embryonic stem cells despite their track record of tissue rejection and overgrowth.

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