A Surprise Cure for My Cat’s Idiopathic Seizure Disorder

This is Tabatha, our everyday ordinary house cat.

Well, she’s not completely ordinary. When she was seven years old she started having seizures a few times a week, entirely without warning. If you’ve never witnessed a pet having a seizure, be thankful—it’s profoundly disturbing to watch and the feeling of powerlessness at seeing a family pet suffer a seizure is something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.

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What Do Our Glucose Checks Tell Us? (Part 3)

In previous articles in this series, we looked at how one of Mr. White’s typical meals affected his blood glucose levels. We also learned about the variability of fasting glucose levels. Today we’ll look at two glucose curves from Mr. Orange, another friend who was kind enough to share his glucose measurements with me. Mr. Orange monitored his glucose after a typical meal (a foot-long roast beef sub and diet soda) and compared those measurements to those he took after eating a low-carb meal of feta cheese, avocado, and olive oil a couple of days later.

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What Do Our Glucose Checks Tell Us? (Part 2)

This is the second in a series of postings on self-testing using an inexpensive, easy-to-use glucose meter to gain a better understanding of our glucose metabolism, far more effective than a single fasting glucose measurement performed at our annual physical. The first post examined a set of glucose measurements following a typical meal eaten by my friend, whom I’ll call “Mr. White.”

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What Do Our Glucose Checks Tell Us?

If you’ve read Don’t Die Early, you know that better understanding our glucose metabolism is a vital part of a preventive health lifestyle. A few days’ experimentation with an inexpensive, easy-to-use home glucose meter can tell us far more than we can learn from the routine blood work during our annual physical. Moreover, what we learn with our home glucose meter can warn us far sooner that we’re on a path towards Type 2 diabetes.

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Taming Breakfast

Our family has a very consistent morning routine. My wife, daughter, and I arise well before sunrise, feeling refreshed and energized. After showering and dressing we’re able to spend some time on the back patio, meditating together as we watch the sunrise. Then, we all go inside and prepare breakfast, our early awakening affording us plenty of time for a meal that’s as complex and appealing as we want. A common breakfast might be an egg dish from locally raised, pastured eggs, fresh vegetables, and a freshly prepared cream sauce, followed by locally grown organic berries covered in cream that we whipped moments before. We usually have time to savor this breakfast on the patio and then leisurely clean up the breakfast mess and gather our belongings as we head out to begin our day.

Yeah, right. Morning in our house is nothing like this. Mornings around here more closely resemble a chaotic fire drill.

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