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Health & Diet

   NotaBene  Last year my blood glucose was 122. I read in the connection that cinnamon lowers your sugar. I follow the adviece of an Ldotter. This year my blood glucose is 102!

I cannot remember who posted this but THANK YOU. My doctor is very happy and so am I. The connection is great.
June 19 at 02:05 EST .

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   NotaBene  It should be "I followed the advice of an Ldotter". Sorry for the typos ...
June 19 at 02:06 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Doesn't matter who mentioned it, it works. My diabetes doc told me about it a couple of years ago.If you will notice, they keep changing the number for pre-diabetes. A couple of years ago it was 120, now they want your sugar under 100. Mine was 108 this morning but after 2 hrs in the garden it was 74 , then I ate my PB/Banana sandwich. Now back out to the garden.
June 19 at 08:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  I don't have a blood sugar problem but heard about cinnamon years ago. I usually add a few good dashes of it on top of coffee in the basket before turning on the coffee maker. Tasty.
June 19 at 08:50 EST .

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   Gram77  Well this is a surprise! I never check this site out and it seems I've been missing some good info. Cinnamon in coffee? Must try this.
June 26 at 09:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  Me too MeiDei, a touch of cinnamon, and 6 teaspoons of Benefiber. I get a lot of goodness out of a pot of coffee. I also mix cinnamon in locally grown honey, and take a tablespoon (like the one you use to stir your coffee ) every day. Helps digestion, and allergies.
July 2 at 18:44 EST .

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   MeiDei  How interesting Balo - I make fresh ginger tea for indigestion but will had the cinnamon to the honey I use!
July 3 at 10:08 EST .

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   Alice  That's great news how well it works for you, Notabene! I looked into this some.

It turns out there are 2 kinds of cinnamon, and what we get for seasoning is almost always the cassia type, which comes from eastern Asia and which I love to use as a spice. The other originated in Ceylon / Sri Lanka and is named Cinnamomum zeylanicum or Cinnamomum verum.

We have to be cautious about the amount of cassia cinnamon we take, because it contains coumarin which can cause liver problems in some people or maybe a boatload hurts anyone's liver; try an internet search on 'coumarin in cinnamon' if curious about this.

So if we are going to use a lot of extra cinnamon to reduce blood sugar, it looks like we should go with the Cinnamomum zeylanicum. I priced it recently at the health food store -- about $11 for 4 ounces if I remember right. Way more than the cassia/regular grocery type, but if someone is already on diabetes meds, their liver may be somewhat stressed from that already. For what it's worth, the NIH study I ran across while looking for the info was on rats and used the 'Ceylon' cinnamon (
Yesterday at 16:42 EST .

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   Gerty  Some one recently gifted me a package of kale all dressed up to look like tiny, green potato chips. After overcoming the urge to just re-gift it to my sister, I tried some.

I am truly amazed! Loved every bit of it and finished it all--especially after reading the benefits kale has to offer.

Looking for recipes now--trying to get that crispy crunch I experienced from the gift box.
June 16 at 19:48 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I considered baking some fresh kale but I wasn't sure if it would "stink" up the house.
June 19 at 08:16 EST .

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   MeiDei  For some reason kale, like mustard greens, doesn't keep very well for me. Mostly I use it in soup or sauted with bacon. Once, several leaves naturally dried out & I was going to discard them but since they were bright green I treated them like I do with fresh parsley that I dry...I broke up the leaves and put them in a small spice jar & the next time I made a seafood chowder I added the kale at the last 5 or so minutes. Pleasantly surprised it was better than using fresh.
June 19 at 08:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  This past w/end Carol Alt on FNC had a segment on Oil Pulling - has anyone tried it? She says she's been doing it for the past 2 years. I believe it's origins are from ancient times in India.
June 10 at 22:45 EST .

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   Alice  My sister has been doing oil pulling for a while, and gets good marks at the dentist's office. (I do not know whether she shared this with the dentist. ) I'll ask her for details, but I know she does it while getting ready for work in the mornings, and she got the idea from a friend who does it. My gums have been a problem lately, and I am seriously considering it.

A search on oil pulling at gives you a bunch of links to Dr. Mercola's positive take on it, and the articles at the site have references linked.
June 16 at 10:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  Does your sister use only one kind of oil? I've read various articles, some suggesting the use of one or two specialty oils vs the articles that say use whatever you have.
June 19 at 09:12 EST .

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   Alice  Sorry for the delay replying! My sister uses sesame oil because she likes the flavor, specifically organic sesame oil from Whole Foods Market.

I mention where she gets it because her husband goes into the city fairly often for other reasons and picks it up for her. She has also tried the organic oil from her local grocery store and discovered it was rancid -- so the best-by date is important to check wherever you get your oil. Or maybe what she got locally did not have good bottling practice or something.

I happen to have organic coconut oil on hand, so I'm going to use that.
June 25 at 00:12 EST .

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   BirdsNest  This morning my fasting blood sugar was 120.I ate a PB and honey sandwich on whole wheat bread(about 55 gm carbs ). That should have hiked my BS to somewhere around 180. I worked in the garden planting the rest of the tomatoes,planted a bunch of seeds, fed the critters and was hungry in a couple of hours so I ate another PB/honey sandwich. Back out to the garden to bury the edges of the plastic mulch (the tomatoes and peppers rows ). It was hot and I was tired and sweaty so I came in to cool off. Took my BS,it was 129. Strenuous exercise does help with blood sugar, but I don't think I can keep that kind of pace! I was wiped out.
May 10 at 20:01 EST .

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   Alice  Re strenuous exercise bringing down blood sugar, yes! Our bodies were made for hard work, apparently (sigh ). I have to force myself to see a wonderful miracle in how little food we actually need to eat relative to how much work/exercise we can do. But your garden! you inspire me to go do what I have been thinking about!

It seems to me that 120 is a little bit high for a fasting level, so I was wondering how you'd do on something less 'carby' and more over on the fat or protein side, especially in the evenings. I have seen you are a fan of Dr. Mercola too. I keep meaning to go through his questionnaire for tailoring my diet, but have not done it yet. He found that he did not do well on a vegetarian diet (triglycerides through the roof, if I remember right ).
May 14 at 11:37 EST .

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   Alice  Thanks for the link, Attercliffe! That will be quite useful in this household.
May 25 at 09:02 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Half of a PB/Honey sandwich would be 38gm carbs. And a delicious treat. I am on insulin but only if my reading is over 200. Then I take 2 units of insulin plus adjust for whatever I am eating, if I am eating 60 gm carbs, then I take an additional 3 units insulin. And bed time insulin of 11 units. Being super strict with diet had me looking like a wraith so my doctor suggested insulin and eating real food instead of avoiding so much carbs. Exercise does help a lot and even though I am active during the winter I am a "blur" during warmer months.

I will visit that site.
May 27 at 07:19 EST .

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   Alice  Thank you so much, BirdsNest. It's a very delicate balance you describe, and I am continually trying to acquire useful information and advice. My husband is taking around 30 units nightly, plus daily metformin and exercise, and is still struggling to lose weight. I struggle with my tendency to nag about what he eats, so I look for new info instead of talking about that with him again and again.
June 2 at 11:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Alice...have your husband ask his doctor about Victoza(Liraglutide ). It is a diabetes drug that has shown great promise as a weight loss drug. My diabetes doc wanted Hagar to try it but he is way skeptical about many drugs. If I am correct, I believe Paula Deen is on this drug for her diabetes. And from my reading about it you administer it as an injection. Read up on the side effects and do some research before you try it.
June 3 at 07:34 EST .

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   Alice  Birdsnest, thank you again. The doctor did prescribe Victoza for my husband about a year ago, and it was ok for about 6 months, but after that, his lower back and the backs of his legs got stiff and painful. When he reported it, the doctor said he was 'allergic' to it and to quit taking it. (I doubt 'allergic' was meant to be precise, but I suppose it could be. The side effects from this can be quite serious. )

Garcinia cambogia was recommended by a lady at the health food store, and he has been trying it, but so far he has not lost significant weight with it. WebMD and the local doctor are highly skeptical of it. I found one study from Georgetown U Med Ctr in 2004, Preuss, claiming it worked. (Lady that sold it said Dr. Oz had featured it, for what that's worth. ) But I will say hubby is in the throes of those last hard 20 or so pounds that have to come off, not the first, easier 30. He exercises hard, too.

The other herb I think helps, but with the glucose levels when he eats carbs, rather than with weight loss, is gymnema sylvestre. I know I can tell a difference when I take it just before sweets -- it seems to block the sugar rush. I just hope it helps him as well. (He is not currently willing to do the extra tests to verify. ) It is a traditional choice in India for diabetes. I'll also mention that his multi-vitamin for diabetics has some chromium and vanadium, etc.
June 5 at 15:38 EST .

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   Nugoddess  I suffer from sleep apnea - I stop breathing while sleeping (and all the while I thought it was Buzz sneaking in, putting a pillow over my head! ) Anyway, after a sleep study (totally painless ) my physician prescribed a CPAP - Continual Positive Air Pressure, which provides breathing support while sleeping.

I asked Buzz to pick it up for me but wouldn't you know, that stinker tweeked the prescription. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you ...

(wait for it! )


   May 6 at 07:06 EST .

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   Yottyhere  AIn't modern medicine wonderful???
Everything is so technical these days.
May 6 at 12:37 EST .

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   BirdsNest  This might interest some of you....
May 1 at 21:29 EST .

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   Yottyhere  Okay Bird, get out of my head!
I just recently started making my own bath salt scrub and was looking at the shea butter etc on Amazon for making my own body butter. And those jars are perfect (much better looking than my Tupperware container :D )
I like that site.
May 2 at 14:27 EST .

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   Hollyhock  I like that site too.

The jars shown are Weck jars.
May 2 at 16:29 EST .

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   Gerty  OK-Misses Birdie, Yotty and Holly--

What, exactly, is "body butter"?!?
May 3 at 09:24 EST .

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   Surfhut  Gerty! It is butter to rub on your body. Lotion, only waaaay better. Thanks for the link, Bird. New place for me to play around in.
May 4 at 09:29 EST .

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   Clipped wings  Yotty, have you considered simply using coconut oil as a lotion? I recently read a bit about it and found some at Sam's Club. I have recently developed very dry skin. Just a little of the coconut oil absorbs right in and is not oily. I also put it on legs and arms and same effect. The same oil can be used to cook and take internally (if you can manage that ). I was afraid I'd object to the smell but not a problem.
May 5 at 19:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Green tomatoes and strong muscles by Dr. Mark Stengler

Reach a certain age, and you're bound to lose a little muscle.

But millions of seniors lose more than just a little. They lose so much they're practically wasting away -- and all that missing muscle can do more than just make it harder to open a jar of sauce.

Weak muscles lead to poor balance, and poor balance could lead to a fall and a debilitating, crippling or even deadly injury.

That's why it's critical to protect the muscle you have, and that doesn't mean pumping iron in the gym or running laps around the local racetrack.

No, exercise can help, but nutrition is just as important -- and new research identifies one key nutrient that just might have the power to slow, stop and even reverse muscle wasting.

This key compound could even help your body to grow new muscle without exercise.

And you'll find it in the most unlikely of places: tomatoes.

Tomatoes -- especially green tomatoes -- contain a compound called alpha-tomatine. When you eat the tomatoes, your body converts the alpha-tomatine into another compound, called tomatidine.

And the new study finds that tomatidine can actually reverse the genetic process that leads to muscle atrophy.

In tests on cultured human muscle cells, tomatidine stimulated the growth of new muscle. In a second set of tests, mice given the compound saw their muscles grow and enjoyed everything that comes with it: they were stronger and able to exercise longer.

And in mice suffering from muscle atrophy, tomatidine was able to treat the condition, according to the study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

What's especially remarkable here is that while the mice gained muscle, they didn't gain weight -- a sign they must've burned fat, too, which means this tomato compound could also be a powerful tool in the fight against obesity.

Of course, not many people outside of the Deep South eat green tomatoes (and when they do, they fry 'em -- which isn't exactly healthy ).

But you don't have to eat green tomatoes to protect your muscle.

Researchers are working on a way to deliver tomatidine in supplement form. And while you wait, there's something else you can do: eat more apples.

The ursolic acid found in apple peels has been shown to have a similar effect -- just one more way an apple or two a day really can help keep the doctor away.

April 29 at 13:56 EST .

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   Surfhut  I always take health news like this with a grain of salt. Good thing, though, that I love eating green tomatoes.
May 4 at 09:34 EST .

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   MeiDei  If the person writing the article is selling something only he/she has.....I discount it too. But in researching this I came across the suggestion to eat mustard greens - something uncommon to an ex-NYer but still in the No. East. Bought some, had it in salad and we LOVE it! Tried cooking it but we prefer it raw - so sometimes some good comes from trying. : ) Would those husk tomatoes that are green count?
May 4 at 11:05 EST .

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   Balogreene  I don't know where this goes, but, here I go. When you do your hair, condition, then shampoo. I know this sounds weird. But, I've been doing it for the last two-months, since first reading about it.

I have baby-fine hair. I only use Pantene, cause it's the only formula I've found that keeps my hair detangled, no matter what.

So, I condition, wash my face and body, rinse the conditioner, then do a quick shampoo. The conditioner does what it is supposed to do, then the shampoo washes out the oils of the conditioner. My hair stays tangle-free, and not so oily. And, I only have to wash it every 3-5 days.
April 28 at 19:33 EST .

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   Bettijo  I am finally home from rehab--28days after surgery. Doc said hip replacement was "good" surgery. Don't believe it. Granted, most recover faster than I, they are probably younger. But my afflicted leg is still so swollen I cannot get on a bedroom slipper. Nevertheless, it is good to be home. I was sick of communal living. While I was in rehab, I know of at least three people who died there. I am thankful I was able to come home. I realize many won't be so fortunate.
April 13 at 12:26 EST .

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   NotaBene  Happy to hear you are back home. Hope you get better soon.
April 14 at 01:49 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bettijo, it's been 10 days, are you getting better?

Mom has always said her two replacements were "good", even though she almost died after the hip surgery (she threw a clot into her lungs ). She said the pain was instantly gone (except for the pain of the surgery ). Her problem is Ogilvey's disease (her bowel stops working after anesthesia ), that has caused problems.

She was so lucky, my dad cared for her after the hip replacement, she didn't have to go to rehab. He carried her around, bathed her, did all the intimate things they do at rehab. He was gone when she had her knee replaced, she still missed rehab, cause two of my sisters took vacation to come take care of her during the day. My older sister and I helped after work.

Hope being home has helped you.
April 24 at 18:07 EST .

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   Balogreene  Lately I've felt horrible, exhausted, dry skin, always cold (I'm usually always warm ), sinus infection I can't get rid of, blood sugar numbers I can't get down, blood pressure too high, I could go on all day. I finally went to the Dr. for the sinus infection. The P.A. insisted I do a blood test, since I'd put it off for so long. I told her it was nonsensical to have it, cause my numbers were bad, and they were going to tell me to do things I've been doing all along. She insisted.

Two days later, they called to say my thyroid had gotten worse, despite taking synthetic thyroid. They also said, come back in a couple months for a new test, as the results of the last one were invalid. The low thyroid causes high cholesterol, high blood-sugar, low-immunity. All in addition to dry skin, cold, exhaustion, hair loss, and dry hair.

Ten days later, I got the medicine from my "wonderful" mail-in pharmacy. I've taken it for two days now, hope it kicks in soon!
April 2 at 20:12 EST .

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   Cheese  Balo, I'm glad they did the blood test and found that your thyroid problem had worsened and it wasn't just the sinus infection and all that. When my low thyroid was first diagnosed and they put me on meds, they told me that it'd be about 6 weeks before I'd notice the improvement and they were exactly right -- and what a change it made in my life! Hang in there and I hope you're feeling great very soon! --Colleen
April 5 at 06:57 EST .

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   Gerty  I can feel your pain, MissBalo. I have never had a sinus infection---that I know of. Last week, I had to go to the dentist because of a "phantom toothache". I call it that because I could never figure out which tooth in my upper mouth was hurting. But the pain was sharp-- although of short duration. Doctor took a few x-rays and finding nothing wrong, suggested I see my GP for a sinus infection. She said it was not all that uncommon.

Smart lady.
April 5 at 20:34 EST .

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   Balogreene  After life, I saw that article too. I really dislike kale, I find it bitter. I love other greens, mustard, spinach, collard, etc. I should probably research them too. I try not to eat too many greens however, my blood tends to clot, and they are high in vitamin k, that helps blood to clot.
I have a quinoa recipe with goji berries thing I sometimes make, so I'm safe there. But, they also didn't like chia seeds. I have some, and use them because eating them lowered my friend's blood pressure.
April 12 at 12:13 EST .

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