This recent news article on reversing diabetes caught my eye and upon seeing the headline I was initially excited to find someone talking about reversing diabetes instead of just treating it (usually with misguided, low-fat diets that are primarily grains, if they’re following common mainstream advice).
According to the article, a 37-year old woman recently diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic found “an intensive weight-loss program designed for people with weight-related health problems, such as diabetes” and after losing a total of over 100 pounds “she no longer needed meds to stabilize her blood sugar…”
The article quotes the woman as saying “At my last checkup, my doctor told me I basically wasn’t diabetic anymore. I didn’t know that was possible.”
Most everyone knows that folic acid is important to good health, especially prenatal health. Folic acid deficiencies during pregnancy give rise to NTD’s (neural tube defects) such as spina bifida and anencephaly. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, women of childbearing age should consume at least 400 µg of folic acid every day. Folic acid isn’t just for women, however, as folic acid is used to make red blood cells and to produce and repair DNA.
So where might we obtain 400 µg of folic acid every day?
Recently, a friend and I were talking about Dr. Terry Wahls and her amazing recovery from crippling MS after changing from the Standard American Diet of grains, sugars, and vegetable oils to one consisting of nutrient-rich, grain-free, natural foods. I observed to my friend that the Standard American Diet is harming us all and we would all do well to follow Dr. Wahl’s advice. My friend, who is not entirely convinced that much of the mainstream dietary advice we hear today is deeply flawed, observed that Dr. Wahls must have a specific susceptibility to MS and implied that Dr. Wahls’ genetic susceptibility, more than her diet, was the culprit.
While I certainly concede that genetics likely plays a role in MS, and in many other disorders, I argue that it’s misguided to think that the absence of the genetic factors means that the rest of us are without risk.
The podcast from last week’s interview on the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” show is now available. It’s a little strange listening to a recording of myself but fortunately Jimmy is a very relaxed and skilled interviewer. I could talk with him all day about this stuff.
For those of you not familiar with Jimmy Moore, he is an eloquent and insightful blogger, speaker, and author on the health benefits of low-carb living. He is quite passionate about living a healthier lifestyle.
Thanks again, Jimmy, for featuring Don’t Die Early on your show!
Check out his blog here.
Don’t Die Early: The Life You Save Can Be Your Own is now available for the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook!
To order for the Kindle, simply click this link or on the book cover image above and you’ll be taken to amazon.com where you can buy the Kindle version for immediate download.
Click here for the Barnes & Noble Nook version.
The printed version is available here.