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The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax - a book review

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax – Book Review

Meeting The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax – a Beginning Book in a Delightful Series I first met Mrs. Pollifax and her adventures when my kids were elementary youngsters. I was homeschooling them while my young children were just learning to read. They had dyslexia and the school wasn’t teaching them to read. Their resources were lacking. What the school did do was take them out of class time in order have them play computer games which was intended to teach them to read. My kids were extremely smart and out smarted their reading game without having to learn to read. Therefore after getting loads of books on teaching dyslexic children to read, I set out to teach them myself, since reading is so important.   We paid to be able to go to a Library in a bigger city than ours because they had such a great selection of books for children and adults. We would go each week and take home bags full of books to read. The simple ones my boys read while I read the more difficult books to them. One day I ran across the audio books of Mrs. Pollifax’s adventures at the library and decided to open my children’s minds to the joy of adult books. To my amazement my very youthful children loved listening to the stories in this series and couldn’t wait to listen to the next book.   The Story The story of Mrs Pollifax begins with the life of an older widow woman out to lift her spirits after her husband’s death. After a visit to her doctor who tells her to pick out a new hobby, she remembers she has always wanted to be a spy. Being the industrious woman she is, she took the initiative to contact the CIA to obtain a position as a spy. After a hilarious mix-up, she finds herself out and about being a tourist for the CIA. Her tenacity and wit keeps her ahead of the surprises and dangers she encounters on her unexpected adventures. A twist for every turn that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The kind of book you can’t put down.   I have included a YouTube video of the first story, The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, at the end of my blog. Angela Lansbury is the leading lady Mrs. Pollifax. While the movie is good, like most movies made from great books, it leaves out lots of great things while shortening the story for a movie. As usual, the book is much better than the movie. Wet your whistle watch the video below and take the plunge and read the book. You won’t be disappointed.   I loved this story as well as all the other adventures we listened to in the continuing series. In researching the author Dorothy Gilman, to my delight, I found that she has actually written more books in the series since the time we shared them as a family. I will have to read more of the continuing story which I haven’t yet read. Here is a list of those books with their links. You can read more at the fan website. Yes they have a fan website!   Titles in the Series THE UNEXPECTED MRS. POLLIFAX Published in 1966 THE AMAZING MRS. POLLIFAX Published in 1970 THE ELUSIVE MRS. POLLIFAX Published in 1971 A PALM FOR MRS. POLLIFAX Published in 1973 MRS. POLLIFAX ON SAFARI Published in 1977 MRS. POLLIFAX ON CHINA STATION Published in 1983 MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE HONG KONG BUDDHA Published in 1985 MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE Published in 1988 MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE WHIRLING DERVISH Published in 1990 MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE SECOND THIEF Published in 1993 MRS. POLLIFAX PURSUED Published in 1995 MRS. POLLIFAX AND THE LION KILLER Published in 1996 MRS. POLLIFAX INNOCENT TOURIST Published in 1997 MRS. POLLIFAX UNVEILED Published in 2000 Amazon sells all the books in the series. Check it out here. Amazon offers a Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audible, Mass Market Paperback, and audio cassette. You can also purchase the series at Barns & Noble. It was nice to take a break from my boxing and moving preparations and share this blog. I am not sure when I will be able to get the next blog out. Moving is such a hassle. Anyway keep checking back.  

Diabetes Free Book Review. a not so scientific book.

Scientific Diet? No siree to Diabetes Free!

Is Diabetes Free a Scientific Diet? When I bought into this diet I was under the impression the guy who created it was this scientist who studied amazing things about diabetics and had some miracle procedure to follow. The remainder of the book “Diabetes Free” still lacks the scientific method I was looking for. In fact I found no scientific facts in the whole book. All his “OPINIONS” in chapters 1-6 where totally without scientific basis and a bunch of mumbo jumbo as I have already pointed out. So on that point this book is a failure. It doesn’t hold out to the hype it gives. Don’t listen to the advertisements. I don’t believe it is all true. Particularly since much of his so called scientific diet is not really science at all. A big BOOOOOOoooo for scientific. Yet…   It is a pretty healthy diet which allows you a good combination of healthy food. You just have to think a little differently. For examples chapter 10 gives you some not so scientific recipes that help you understand the concept of the diet. It allows you to eat what ever you want provided you eat three-quarters of your meal in non-starchy vegetables and the remaining quarter in either your proteins and fat items or your fruit and starchy vegetable items. Here are a few titles from the very interesting recipes.   Chapter 10 Is Full of Recipes. “Spring Asparagus Risotto” actually looks appealing. “Bunless BBQ Burgers” Lettuce buns without the savory sweet BBQ you are probably used to. “BBQ Rribs” with dry rubbed spices without juicy sauce. “Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps” – of course the wrap is the lettuce. I got a good laugh out of the “Tuna Salad Wraps”… tuna salad wrapped in spinach leaves. “Kale and Mashed Potatoes,” which may be good but looks a little stomach turning. There is even an interesting “Ranch Dressing” made of unusal things. It will be interesting trying these out.   Chapter 7 falls short of scientific too. This book provides you a list of Chinese herbs to go out and buy to make a special herb powder to heal your Liver, you make it yourself. The only problem is finding a place that sells the Chinese herbs. Get your pestle and mortar out and start grinding away.   I actually like that he lists the herbs because I have so many allergies. Therefore, I can try each separately to see if there is a reaction before mixing it with all the others for the herbal shake you have to drink to “allegedly” heal your liver. Although it isn’t scientific, I am a believer in herbal remedies so this chapter sits well with me. Currently taking care of my own ailments for the most part with herbal remedies, so I am willing to try out these herbs as long as I don’t have allergic reactions.   Chapter 8 very much falls short of scientific… This chapter falls within the gray area of the “X-Files” or maybe “The Twilight Zone”. I get a good chuckle because the other night I was sorting and packing for moving and I ran across another old diet thing I tried years and years ago. It was the subliminal message thing. You listened to it while you went to sleep. Of course it didn’t work.  😀 Hah, hah, hah… I threw it away. The nuance of chapter 8 is healing with your mind. You know the old imagine that you are diabetes free and you will be diabetes free.   Who on earth has 20 minutes to spare each day to think about being diabetes free? If you are diabetic you’re busy with testing, medicine taking, doing your exercise, cooking healthy, and eating when you should. I am so busy I often skip meals or forget to eat. Suddenly the day is gone and I have major headaches from low sugars. Having diabetes not only is a pain because you have to draw blood and poke yourself with needles. It is a pain because it consumes so much of your time. It is a pain because you don’t want to eat but you are required to eat. I can look at a fridge when I have gone too low and nothing sounds good to eat and I have no will to cook. I just stand there and hate that I have to eat. So I don’t know how doable this mumbo jumbo chapter will be. But it won’t kill you so if you have the time you can give it a try.     Catching Up? If you missed the beginnings of my review of the not so scientific “Diabetes Free” diet, let me give you the links to the reviews of chapters 1 through 6. Step One chapters 1-3 Chapter 4 Part 2 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 part 1 Chapter 6 part 2   Measuring Up To close my blog I want to compare to my gold standard of The Word of Wisdom. Although this guy’s opinions don’t follow facts and science, it does stand up to my gold standard of The Word of Wisdom.   First off this diet tells you to stay away from toxic substances that harm your body. Although it never mentions drinking and smoking in the diet they are toxins to your body. Therefore, it measures up here to the  The Word of Wisdom. “inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good… again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies. Tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.”   Meats and Proteins The diet says you can eat meat sparingly just like The Word of Wisdom. “Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained...

All grain is good for the food of man

Early Man, What Did He Eat? How Do You Eat Today?

Early Man: Continued review of Chapter 6 of the Diabetic Free The last review of the Diabetic Free chapter 6 discusses how early man didn’t eat meat. After discussing meat the book turns to grains claiming early man did not eat grains either. Since I have visited the various historical sites found in the west of early man’s dwellings. I know that man did eat grains. A couple of blogs I found today discuss the history of man’s use of grains. At housebarra.com there is an article called Early Period Grains and their Uses. A great article. It lists a bunch of grains, conditions and timeframes they are used and their uses. I have included one grain from the list to give you an idea of what can be found there. It shows that early man did eat grains.   Early Man and Grains “Barley: The Roman naturalist Pliny believed that barley (Hordeum sativum) was the most ancient grain used by man. It is the hardiest of all grains and has the widest growing area. It was grown by Bronze Age man and the Egyptians grew it for making beer (See Early Period #5). Pearl barley purchased in the grocery store is made by grinding the grain into little balls. Look for natural barley in your local health food store.”   “Much of early period man’s nutrition came from grain. Many early grains had a husk so tightly fitted that the only way to remove it was to burn the husk off. This resulted in a toasted grain, which had much better keeping qualities than the untoasted variety. From this, the people produced “grain pastes” by mixing the crushed toasted grain with water to form a sort of dumpling. This could be eaten without baking and was quick to prepare. The toasting made the grain digestible. Grain pastes were a major part of the diet of the poorer classes through Roman times, especially in the cities where the hazard of fire meant that many people could not have a fire in their home. Even today the Tibetan natives mix toasted millet flour with hot tea to form a grain paste.”   On Spartandiet.org it says, “Mortars and pestles with actual grains embedded in the pores were found in Israel dating back 23,000 years, according to a 2004 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper. Note that the grains processed were wild barley and possibly wild wheat. This is direct, unambiguous evidence that humans were eating grains deep into the Upper Paleolithic era, and 13,000 years before the end of the Paleolithic era and the beginning of domesticated grains, agriculture and civilization.”   Ape Verses Man The chapter moves on to the diet of apes comparing man to apes and their food consumption indicating apes and chimpanzees only at fruits and vegetables that they could gather. On occasion they could find some fat and proteins. They turned their backs on fruits and vegies for the consumption of meat. They ate it until it was gone because it spoiled easily.   The whole concept of this book is to eat proteins such as meat, poultry, eggs, fish, olives, and so forth separately from your starchy vegetables, grain, and Fruit Carbohydrates and not eating fats and carbohydrates together. One or the other but not both. The “free” food that can be eaten with anything are non-starchy vegetables. It recommends a very high percentage vegetable consumption. The book contains graphics with lists of fruits, vegetables, meats and so forth that are on color coded list which indicate: Eat from this or Eat from that list but don’t combine lists. Of course they have the Don’t eat this list.   The No-No foods on the No-No list are foods which combine fats and carbs together like desserts, processed foods, dairy, and food from fast food restaurants. Dairy has a lot of fat and sugar. The book claims cheese is mostly fat so why eat it. I have already discussed the dangers on these types of foods in my blogs. See links. The Salty Foe Medications Preservatives & Food Additives Artificial Sweeteners Sugar – The Sweet Poison Processed Foods Sorry it’s a no sugar diet. 😉   My Experience From my experience, fat slows the sugar absorption but they also keep your blood sugars high for longer periods of time. So for example, if you are eating a piece of bread or some other grain and include a portion of something with fat it takes more insulin and a longer time frame for your sugars to go back to “normal.” So I sort of get the message of the book which indicates that it can take between 12 to 72 hours for the fat to get out of your digestive system.   From information gleaned on the web and YouTube from diabetics who have experimented with combinations of food with similar results. They find that eating fruit that tends to make your blood sugar spike, you can’t eat them with fat. The vlog included with my blog talks about the effects of fruit to blood sugars. It is an interesting watch.   Comparing to the Word of Wisdom. It says, “And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man— Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving… All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life… All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground”   So far, the diet in Diabetic free so far seems to holds in line with the Word of Wisdom. Would you agree? On to chapter 7 on my next blog.   PLEASE NOTE: My life and household are in an uproar and preparing to move. I may not be able to blog every...

Precious Moments Book - Happy Harvest, book review.

Happy Harvest – Precious Moments Book

A Review of Precious Moments book – Happy Harvest. Happy Harvest is Tommy Nelson’s Precious Moments art in a book by Jean Fisher.  This board book is great for little fingers to safely look at without supervision. The pictures are the usual Precious Moment’s whimsical illustrations. Colorful spot illustrations fill the 32 pages and stays true to that Precious Moment’s look. Each page has a poem about autumn with an accompanying scripture reference for each facing page.  It includes poems by the author, Robert Louis Stevenson, Helen Hunt Jackson, James Skinner, Lydia Maria Child, Johnson Oatman, as well as traditional poems.   One traditional poem included is titled “Five Little Pumpkins” and reads, “Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate; The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.” Wooooooo went the wind, And out went the lights. And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.”   The scripture used with the collections of poems on these facing pages is from Genesis 1:31. The Precious Moment book simplifies the message of the scripture. “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”   The Look and Feel The pages of the book have a warm yellow tint which makes for a cheery comforting look. The illustrations are also in warm colors. Melissa, the mother in my photos, loves reading the book to her children. Another thing about the book she really likes was the board book pages which allow her children to look at the pictures all by themselves. The cutesy Precious Moments illustrations are her favorite thing along with the short little poems she can read to her children. Melissa particularly likes the topic of autumn because she can tell her kids about a season that isn’t necessarily one their family lives in. It was pleasing to her when it opened the conversation with her children about Jesus and God.   This is a read with me type of book, it isn’t simple enough for a young child to read, so parents will have to read to them. But, from my own young years and years with my kids, rhyming poems are always fun to read.   I am not a particular fan of the precious moments look, but I think this book which is sturdy and well put together is of value to read or purchase. If you are into that cutesy Precious Moment’s look you will love it. You can purchase it at Amazon.com for $6.64 or at Family Christian.com you can currently get it at 50% off of $9.99 on a pre-buy sale for it’s release date of August 2, 2016. You can also purchase it from the publisher thomasnelson.com at full price on the release date for $9.99. Your choice!   Below is a informative and fun YouTube video about how they make a Precious Moment figurine.    

Eat meat or not to eat meat. What was man made to do?

Meat verses Vegetarian

Meat for Man or Not Chapter 6 of Diabetes Free opens by reasoning that Man wasn’t made to eat meat. The reasoning it uses is that found at Vegaprocity.com. If you want to see this argument you can visit this website. In fact there are loads of vegetarian websites out there on the web where you can find these points of view. It must be the only reason vegetarians decide to be vegetarian. Yet with a little more searching you find an opposing and more convincing view.   This from a dentist at MiamiCosmeticDentalCare.com where they explain the differences between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. They further explain that man was not an herbivore (vegetarian) but an Omnivore. I think a dentist would know what teeth are designed to do so let’s read a quote from that website. You can visit the website for more information.   “Humans are omnivores, meaning we eat a variety of foods, including meat and plant matter. A quick glance at your own teeth will give you a sense of the variety of shapes and sizes of teeth an omnivore can have. Human teeth are not indicative of exactly what you will see in the mouth of all omnivores. Each omnivore will have teeth that are specifically adapted to the diet these animals consume. Animals with teeth like humans that use their molars for grinding and their incisors and canines for ripping or tearing are said to have heterodont dentition. Each tooth is designed for a specific role in processing the food eaten. Homodont dentition, found in most omnivorous reptiles, occurs when the teeth are all relatively the same size and shape. These teeth are used more for the acquisition of food than for the processing of that food.”   Breaking Down the Vegetarian Comparison of Teeth At BeyondVegetarianism at beyondveg.com the blog goes to great length to debunk the comparison myths of vegetarians. It is quite an extensive site so if you are interested you can click on the link above to find out more. I did particularly like on strong support for their message. It says, “Technology, driven by our intelligence, supports adaptive behavior that allows us to easily overcome the physical limitations that the comparative “proofs” regard (incorrectly) as being limiting factors. Along similar lines, we don’t need the strong bodies of a lion or tiger because we have something much more powerful: high intelligence, which allowed humans to become the most efficient hunters, and the dominant mammalian species, on the planet.”   While it may be true that meats you buy today have been bombarded with chemicals, hormones, and preservatives you can easily find sources of meat that are not produced in this manner. I like shopping at Sprouts in Texas because their meat doesn’t contain preservatives. Wholefoods here in Texas is where I have been getting my fresh all natural or organic turkeys for thanksgiving. They are pretty pricy but there but if I do it once a year it makes for a great Thanksgiving.   As you can see the argument for living a vegetarian lifestyle is mostly just opinions verses scientific fact.   When Did Diabetes First Get Diagnosed? These folks who wrote this book state that diabetes wasn’t around a 100 years ago as another support of his diet theories. Let me direct you to the American Diabetes Association web page on the History of Diabetes.  It indicates there that in 1910, “English physiologist Sir Edward Albert Sharpey-Schafer’s study of the pancreas leads him to the discovery of a substance that would normally be produced in non-diabetics: insulin. The name comes from the Latin insula, meaning island, referencing the insulin-producing islets of Langerhans in the pancreas.”   Then in 1916, “Elliott Joslin, MD, publishes the first edition of The Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus. A clinician and educator, Joslin is renowned throughout the world as one of the most influential voices in diabetes care.”   So let me do the math… 1910 to 2016 is 106 years. Why was Albert Sharpey-Schafer studying the pancreas to find a substance not produced by diabetics? Obviously the disease was around, the world just didn’t have the knowledge to determine why these people were sick and dying. Albert was investigating why these people were dying (one would assume he was doing an autopsy on a dead diabetic). I have pioneer ancestors who exhibited these symptoms and died from their ailments.  That was back in about 1847. Just because doctors don’t know the causes of the ailments doesn’t mean the ailments didn’t exist.   Comparing to My Gold Standard Before my blog gets too long I will end today on these points and continue another day. Remember I told you I was going to compare this diet to the gold standard of The Word of Wisdom? This is what The Word of Wisdom has to say about men and women consuming meat. We will have to see if this diet forbids the use of meat.   D&C Section 89 “Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly… not… only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine…” “And all wild animals that run or creep on the earth; And these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.”   Boyd K. Packer once said, “For example, the Word of Wisdom counsels us to eat meat sparingly (see D&C 89:12). Lest someone become extreme, we are told in another revelation that “whoso forbiddeth to [eat meat] is not ordained of God” (D&C 49:18).1”      

Toxins and Liver Cleanses

Liver & Toxins

Toxins & Liver Cleanses In Diabetes Free Chapter 5 it’s all about toxins and your liver. I discussed toxins in my blog on Chapter 4. The video about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity talks about the toxins all around us in our world and how it effects a small portion of society.  They give a good analogy of those who suffer with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). The video likens those with MCS to the birds miners take into the mines. They carry the cage in with them and if the bird get sick and die they know it is time to get out of the mine or they will be next. The toxins in the world around us effect everyone but some folks react to the effects much faster than others. I know from personal experience the effects of toxins. I have spent years trying to avoid toxins so I can lead a fairly normal life.   This chapter claims that toxins cause obesity and diabetes. I am having a hard time relating the too because as indicated in the review of chapter 4 I have gone through years of removing toxins from my life and I am still fat. 😉 The book proceeds to list the types of toxins I blogged about in Chapter 4.   Food He lists foods that I have already blogged about which are toxic. See the links below, I won’t repeat the information again. I know they are toxic because these are things my body doesn’t tolerate well as one of those MCS individuals who are similar to the mine birds. He claims that meat is toxic because of the chemicals used in farming. I can vouch for that to some degree. There are some meats my body won’t tolerate. Turkey is the biggest offender. They fill those birds with antibiotics and preservatives. I am allergic to all antibiotics and preservatives and when I eat turkey that wasn’t raised on natural or organic farms I get sick. Once a year I break the bank to buy a turkey from a natural or organic farm for Thanksgiving. But there are other meats that are just fine. Stay with meats that are fresh or frozen without preservatives and hormones. The Salty Foe Medications Preservatives & Food Additives Artificial Sweeteners Sugar – The Sweet Poison   Household Chemicals and More As I mentioned in Chapter 4 other toxins are found in household chemicals, grooming products, perfumes, paints, pesticides and more. These are all things our bodies are deluged with.   So the point this chapter makes is because of all these toxins you need to cleanse your liver. It proceeds to tell you how to go about this. He is telling a diabetic to fast and not eat. Heh, heh, heh… then he back tracks and tells you if you’re taking medicine you can skip the liver cleanse.  Instead he tells you to put some Epsom salt in water and drink it. He actually gives you a bunch of steps but the ingredients he provides are ingredients that are toxic for my body. This chapter is a wash for me. Just soaking in Epsom salt is really bad for my body.  Can’t imagine what would happen if I consumed it.   Epsom Salt Epsom Salt is a laxative. Too many laxatives can make your digestive system stop functioning the way it should. On Drugs.com they tell you the severe and major side effects of using Epsom salts. They say,   “You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking magnesium sulfate:” Confusion dizziness or lightheadedness fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat low blood pressure muscle weakness skin infection after soaking sleepiness   Casey Holley on livestrong.com gives other side effects from using Epsom salts. Diarrhea: “Toxicity -the symptoms of this danger as drowsiness, vomiting, nausea and flushing. It is also possible for this effect of Epsom salts to be so severe that an individual becomes comatose.” Allergic Reaction: “Epsom salts, like any other drug or supplement, may cause an allergic reaction. Signs of an allergic reaction include a rash; itching; and/or swelling of the face, tongue or lips; difficulty breathing; or hives. Anyone who experiences these symptoms should seek emergency medical attention.”   My reaction to Epsom salts is the swelling of the face, tongue, lips, legs, and hands. Not a fun thing. I can’t even go soak in hot springs because of the minerals found in the water. So this chapter was a total washout for me. I don’t recommend following the books guidance on this matter and I am not going to even attempt this.   Other Liver Cleansing Options I did some searching to provide you with healthier options for cleansing your liver. Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM on globalhealingcenter.com says there are 14 foods that cleanse the Liver naturally just by consuming them. If you’re into organic gardening it is a bigger plus because you’re not putting poisons into your body. Those foods include: “Garlic, Grapefruit, Beets and Carrots, Leafy Green Vegetables, Avocados, Apples, Olive Oil, Alternative Grains such as quinoa/millet/buckwheat, Cruciferous Vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, Lemons & Limes, Walnuts, Cabbage, Turmeric, artichoke, asparagus, kale, and Brussel Sprouts.” Anna Fleet on activebeat.co adds to the list with lemon. Here is her suggestion. “A squeeze of lemon juice in a lukewarm glass of water. This is a well-known and natural kick-start to your body’s elimination organ. The acidity in the lemon wakes up the nerves in the digestive system and liver to encourage healthy digestion, and more optimal bowel movements.” And of course she indicates the best thing to use to reduce toxins from your body. I have already discussed this topic in my blog titled H2O – Water & Weight Loss. I found some interesting videos on unique ways to detox your liver. I got a hoot out of them but who knows, try it out. No harm done. I will give them a...

Reverse Diabetes in 14 days... really?

Reverse Diabetes – 14 Days

Reverse Diabetes in 14 Days, Really? Dr. David Pearson claims you can reverse diabetes in 14 days in the introduction to Part 2 of Diabetes Free. He gives 3 steps participants will have to do to magically cure themselves of diabetes forever in 14 days. You remember his disclaimer? In my opinion this disclaimer is his get out of jail free card. No one can prove fraud since he has included his legal disclaimer admitting that his “diet” will not cure any condition or disease and is only to be used as educational purposes. So it is out there at the very beginning of the book. Fair warning of fraud. As my skeptic brain keeps telling me from when I read his disclaimer, this does seem too good to be true.   “The information contained herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cur or prevent any condition or disease… intended to be used for educational purposes only.”- Excerpts from Legal Disclaimer of Diabetes Free.   As to not infringe upon his copy right I will not give the details of his process as he documents it in his book. What I want to do with you is compare his processes to reverse diabetes to my gold standard, The Word of Wisdom, which I believe gives us a good measure stick to determine if this diet is a concoction of the, “ designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days.” (Verse 4) Referring to designs to gain money off of suffering souls desperate for relief from the multitude of people already raking in the money at the expense of their disabilities.   Comparisons As I go about telling you how this effects my body as I participate in this review I will compare it to the gold standard of The Word of Wisdom which I have proven to myself that includes principles which are true. It includes guidance “Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints.” (Verse 3) In other words if something in his diet goes against The Word of Wisdom, I will not participate in this activity and will advise you of my choice and why.   Step 1 What about liver cleansing as advised? With regards to repairing the liver with cleansing, Dr Andrew Weil M.D. states on his website DrWeil.com, “If you are in good health and not overloading your systems with toxic substances (such as alcohol), the liver will cleanse itself very well… Be especially wary of claims about the benefits of liver flushing products, and please view with skepticism the notion that the liver can be the “true” cause of disease even when medical tests show that liver function is normal… Using supposed liver cleansing foods such as concoctions of apple juice, olive oil, lemon juice and Epsom salts is unlikely to result in any improvement in health.”   On LiveScience.com they provide facts & fallacies of detox and cleansing diets By Elizabeth Palermo. “There is no scientific evidence that any of these so-called cleanses really benefit a person’s health, according to Stella L. Volpe, professor and chair of the department of nutrition sciences at Drexel University in Philadelphia… “In most cases, the liver, kidney and intestine are so good that they can overcome even the stupidity of the worst dietary insults,” Dr. Michael Gershon said. “Juicing and cleansing, however, push the system in an extreme way. They are dangerous even if most people survive.”’   So I proceed with this step with caution since the book’s legal disclaimer also says, “All products and information given… are strictly for information purposes only… neither the authors nor publishers are responsible for… injury to self or others, and even death could occur… as consequence of the use and application of any content found herein.”   Step 2 The Doctor sends out the big “Diet” word… Oh dear, I am on the anti-diet mode. This should be interesting. If his recommended diet goes against what I know is not healthy I will also let you know and will not continue this review and process.   Step 3 Since one of the Dr.’s methods is the use of faith healing, visualizing you are being healed, I feel comparing it to The Word of Wisdom, another principle which requires the application of faith is a reasonable comparison.   Although skeptical, I will go about this with hope, hoping that things which are not seen, hoping they may be true. Something to be determined in the process of this experiment. Hope that I can prove or disprove his principles found in his book Diabetes Free, to see if his claim to reverse diabetes in 14 days is a valid claim.   Of course, hope springs eternal. I am having the hope that this will work. What is hope? Job in the Bible knew it when he said in Job 14:7 “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.”   Alma gives a good description in Alma 32:21 “And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.”   Another warning The doctor warns you not to stop taking your medication or insulin. He wants you to check your blood up to 6 times a day. He continues on to tell you how to properly check your blood and track it. As if a diabetic person doesn’t already know this information.   Anyway, here I go with hope laced with loads of caution.  

Chapter 4 Your liver can control your diabetes. More information on Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Chapter 4 – Diabetes Free Review

Chapter 4 Has It’s Issues. The beginning of Chapter 4, in the book Diabetes Free, contains rather contradictory statements one right after the other. One counter acts against the other. It says,“Nothing you can take or do is going to cure your diabetes.” Then the next sentence following this says, “The only way to cure diabetes is to give the body what it needs so it can cure itself.” Heh, heh, heh… One sentence says you can’t do anything and there is nothing you can do to cure your diabetes. Then he turns around and says you can give the body what it needs to cure diabetes.  Maybe this is his way of disclaiming his “opinions” on this matter as he stated in his disclaimer. Still being a skeptic…   What Dr. David Pearson claims the medical industry is not telling you is that if you have a high fat diet your cells are coated in fat and the glucose isn’t being consumed by the cells and the glucose is rocking around your blood stream causing havoc which causes your pancreas to try to put out more insulin. Insulin is what makes you fat. The Dr. blames fatness on fat. Heh, heh, heh… It will be interesting to see if he is going to do the low fat diet mantra we have already discussed in my blog on low fat diets.  Ah ha… a few sentences later he says, “No that doesn’t mean a low fat diet.”   Causes of Diabetes Later in Chapter 4, the Dr. talks lightly about processed food, which I have discussed in greater depth my blog on processed foods and food additives. He brings up studies that compare fruits and vegetables from 1950 and 1999 showing how our food has change with regards to food value because farmers have been growing foods to get bigger and resisting bugs verses improving nutrition.   He discounts what appears to be scientific study indicating diabetes as a genetic disease.  He says it is not genetic. I don’t know if he has all the facts here. And of course, as most people assume, he assumes that diabetes is directly connected to being overweight (assume – you know the old, saying when you assume you make an ass out of me an u.)   The national Institute of Diabetes & Digestive and Kidney Diseases gives a list of causes of Diabetes which contradict what Dr. David Pearson very simplistically provides. That website’s article is a pretty lengthy article so go read it if you are concerned.   Chapter 4 continues, indicating the liver is better at handling blood sugar than the pancreas using the growth hormone IFG. Therefore, Dr. Pearson’s book focuses on improving liver function.   INTERESTING! Section 4 of chapter 4 is very interesting. The doctor talks about how environmental factors hurt your liver. Why is this interesting? Well over the last 20 years I have been dealing with a health issue called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. I will stray from the book review and talk more about Multiple Chemical Sensitivities because it is very important. Everyone in the world is being affected by these chemicals (most people don’t know it is affecting them). Some folks, like me, are affected very quickly by environmental chemicals.   In 1997 I moved into a brand new home in an agricultural community very close to a river. A couple of times a week the crop dusters and mosquito abatement planes would buzz over my house as they turned for a return flyover for crops and mosquito spraying. I was exposed with an abundance of chemicals in the outdoor and indoor environments. I was always getting sick, my asthma was going hog wild. One year I was working feeding and taking care of baby calves. The farmer used a lot of chemicals in his dairy. My sickness and asthma became uncontrollable before I figured out what was going on.   I remember the doctors couldn’t tell me what was going on. The allergist just kept giving me more and more medications. The medications were causing havoc on my body too. I got so horse I could hardly speak. I remember one weekend my parents came to visit, and as usual, I couldn’t sleep because I was choking and coughing all night and having difficulties breathing. Of course, my parents were very concerned. One day I was doing a search on the internet when an ad came up which asked if you were experiencing a list of symptoms that doctors couldn’t explain.   At Last, an Explanation I had almost all the symptoms on the list so I followed the link. It was a website in Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. It even linked me over to the EPA which had lots of information on it too. Over the years I have gone about trying to determine which chemicals bother me. Perfumes, colognes, and perfumed body grooming products take my breath away, literally. I can’t breathe. It starts by my lungs reacting by coughing. If I don’t get away quickly it isn’t long before I can’t breathe.   One day as I was doing the dishes I was coughing my head off when my husband came home. Tears were running down my face because it hurt so badly and I was bent over the sink coughing and heaving because I had coughed so severely. My husband asked what was wrong and I told him, “I think I am allergic to doing dishes.” He laughed of course and suggested it might be that wonderful antibacterial dish soap I was using. We had been going through the search for about a year to see which chemicals were bugging me so this was his first response. We went to the store and I sniffed all the dish soap bottles to find one that didn’t make me cough and lose my breath. The only one we found I could tolerate was the Dawn Original Scent with the little duck on the label.   Had the same experience...

Starting My Recovery Journey by Attempting to Reverse My Diabetes.

Recovery Journey – Step One – Reversing Diabetes

Starting My Recovery Journey by Attempting to Reverse My Diabetes. I am going to start my metabolism recovery journey by first attempting to reduce the amount of insulin I have to take. Remember my blog on medications and weight gain? Insulin is a big weight gain factor. I got this book titled Diabetes Free from an ad I was suckered into one day when I was feeling discouraged about my weight and knowing my insulin was a big contributing factor. I hate these ads with a passion which promise big and drag on with some guy who talks and talks and talks about the product in a never-ending babble of information. I usually resist them because they are such bad deceiving ads but it sucked me in that day because of my vulnerable mindset. I usually will never sit through them because they are so irritating.   I tried some of the things it recommends but just after I got it my Poppa passed away and I got distracted from my application of it. It drifted from my memory and I forgot it. So I dug it up today from my files and decided to try it out again and share my progress with you as sort of a review for the book.   I am starting this with a little disbelief that it will work because if things sound too good to be true then they usually are. The disclaimer also adds to my tendency for disbelief. So I am assuming right off the bat that this could be dangerous and I must proceed with caution and skepticism.   THEIR DISCLAIMER “The contents of this document are based upon my opinions… share knowledge and information learned through research, experience, and discussions with others. Comments and the forum are not endorsed by Diabetes Free.” “The information contained herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease… for education purposes only.” “The authors and publishers disclaim any responsibility for inaccuracy of content… Loss of property, injury to self or others, and even death (which) could occur as a direct or indirect consequence of the use and application of any content found herein. Please act responsibly.”   What’s to loose, I have the book already so I might as well try it out.   “DIABETES FREE” – Part 1: Diabetes Deception Chapter 1: Introduction In Chapter 1, Dr. David Pearson introduces himself as an independent medical researcher, specializing in insulin production and diabetes. He shares why he got into this research because his father got diabetes. He claims he will change my life because contrary to what I have been told, Diabetes is reversible. Heh, heh, heh. Remember the disclaimer”   “The information contained herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease… for education purposes only.”   Chapter 2 Diabetes: A Growing Problem Dr Pearson gives you a simplistic explanation of what diabetes is. He discusses the different types of diabetes and describes them very briefly giving a few symptoms and causes. I could disagree with some of his points. He lists: Type 1, Type 2, Gestational Diabetes, Brittle Diabetes, Diabetes LADA – meaning Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood which is type 1 but patients are misdiagnosed as type 2, Diabetes MODY – Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young which is rare, Double Diabetes – a person has type 1 and type 2 at the same time, Steroid-Induced Diabetes – type 2 diabetes brought on with corticosteroids, Secondary Diabetes – caused by another medical condition, and Pre-Diabetes – borderline.   As you can see Diabetes is a complicated disease and isn’t just caused by weight gain as the mass media and most doctors would have you believe.   Chapter 3: The Big Pharma Conspiracy In Chapter 3 Dr. Pearson describes the big conspiracy of making money off diabetics, something I have already told you about in my previous blogs. The big pharmaceutical businesses make the most money by not curing diabetes but by just covering up the symptoms. They are not motivated to find the cure because they are making the big bucks sucking money out of the sick and afflicted. He brings up the side effects of diabetic medications. Pill type insulins can be real dangerous to your health. Dr. Pearson says, “Frequencies of adverse drug reactions.” They can kill you with the side effects.   I only take insulin so I thought I would share some of the side effects from insulin. Weight gain Hypoglycemia Hypokalemia Renal Impairment Hepatic Impairment Hypersensitivity and Allergic Reactions Antibody Production Fluid retention and heart failure Lipodystrophy Peripheral Edema Frequencies of adverse drug reactions   Quite a cocktail of adverse reactions. Since I have taken insulin for over 22 years I have regularly lived with a number of these side effects which include: Nausea, Tiredness, Headache, Heart Palpitations, Blurred vision at times, Numbness around the mouth and face, tingling in my fingers and feet, Irritability, skin reactions, body swelling, weight gain, hormonal imbalance.   Dr Pearson goes on to tell us about the Government’s participation in big Pharma bilking diabetics out of all their money. You know, just like the sugar companies got the government to look the other way as shown in the video on my blog about the Sweetest Poison.   Stopping at Chapter 3 For today, I will close the review of Dr. Pearson’s book at the end of chapter 3.  Come back tomorrow for more information on the book Diabetes Free.     Below is the ad I got sucked into. You can choose to watch if you please.    

Scales - To Weigh or Not to Weigh, that is the question

Scales – Weigh – Weigh not

Scales – to weigh or not to weigh that is the question… Nobody loves to weigh in on scales. I have been watching what I eat trying to control blood glucose and insulin and trying to lose weight for years with no success. A few months ago I got on my scale and a miracle started to happen. I hadn’t changed a single thing I was doing, just doing all the right things. Exercising, starving myself so I didn’t gain weight. But suddenly the scale was telling me I was losing weight.   You can imagine how thrilled I was that suddenly years of dieting was finally paying off. I was losing 5 to 10 pounds a week each time I got on the scale. Unexplained weigh loss is something a diabetic is supposed to be leery of. I thought I am not going to tell the doctor because I thought if I can keep it up until I lose lots of weight and then tell the doctor and take care of the problem, it would be amazing. For some reason, I had this nagging feeling all this losing weight was too good to be true though so I asked my husband.   I asked him if the scale was working right for him. He said it is working fine. A little happier I continued to try to starve myself to keep weigh in going down on the scale. I was going without eating one to two meals a day and not taking my short acting insulin so the insulin wouldn’t keep the weight on. Basically, I was playing roulette with my wellbeing. Then one day my husband got on the scale and suddenly he shouted, “I think the scales are not working.” He had gone to the doctor and come home to weigh in at home. The scale was definitely broken.   The Real Truth My high hopes were dashed. I decided to get a new scale on Amazon. I did some savvy research to find a much better scale. My last scale had always been a pain. Using it was so complicated. You had to step on it once to get it to turn on, then step on it again to weigh. I had to count so I would know when to look down, throwing off the scale off a bit. If I didn’t look fast enough, the numbers disappeared and the process started all over again. For my new scale, I was going to go all out and get a nifty scale so there would be no chance of the scale breaking my heart again.   Well, I found a scale for a 550 pound person (not even near that weight, just wanted a sturdy scale). It had great reviews for the most part. I looked it up on Amazon and found it! It was called the eatsmart precision 550 extra wide digital bath scale. I took it right out of the box when it got here to weigh myself. I hadn’t lost any weight. My husband got on it and he got a thumbs up approval to the right weight. Although I was discourage about not losing the weight, I loved the new scale.   Love the scale, I didn’t have to step on the scale to turn it on. I could just get on the first time. I stood there and a little beep went off to tell me it was done measuring, I didn’t have to count. When I got off the scale the weight stayed on there for a minute or so. Wonderful! Verified it with the doctor scales and it weighs correctly. Would recommend it even for skinny folks. My skinny husband likes it too.   Weighing In – how often? I have always weighed myself every day. The standard routine, get out of bed and go to the bathroom followed immediately by the weigh in. In my Outlook calendar I would record the weight once a week. But during the time I thought I was losing weight I started writing it down every day and even set some goals. Something I hadn’t done in years. After I found my weight loss was all a big lie, I had to go back to my calendar and devastatingly remove all that wonder excitement out of my calendar.   On the blog aworkoutroutine.com it talks about how often you should weigh yourself. It gives the reasoning’s behind the options of weighing every day verses weekly. Even gives the monthly discussion. Of course being all about working out, it said weighing once a month was not a good thing to do. Weighing yearly was even worse. The mind frame of a bodily obsess individual. Well because I weighed every day you could say I was bodily obsessed. Programed, per doctors’ orders for so many years, it was deeply engrained into my head.   Taking stock I started writing this blog in June and uncovered the mind bobbling news that all my dieting over 25 years was the reason I could no longer lose weight. That Jenny Craig diet was the turning point to my weight issues. My body was never the same again. Each time the doctors put me on a new diet my body got bigger and bigger. With the eye opening information I found in the warning label of the Atkins diet review and my blog on stress and weight management, I was shocked to find my dieting was what was actually making and keeping me fat. My body had been submitted to body stressing dieting for years and years.   I realize I have got to stop this diet stressing of my body. But, as I have been doing my daily weigh ins I realize that getting out of the diet mindset was going to be harder than I thought. I was thinking maybe I needed to get rid of the scales. (I included a nice video of getting rid of the scales...