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Is grain free the way to go?

“Healthy whole grains” is a flawed recommendation given the advent of frankenwheat (wheat is found in bread, cereals, pasta, baked goods, dressings and condiments).

What happens to our body when we wheat (white, whole wheat, pasta and corn starch)

  • Carbs convert to sugar
  • Blood sugar and insulin skyrockets, our bodies can’t handle the spike
  • Carbs and sugar turn into fat and it is stored in our gut, hips and organs
  • Creates irritation, inflammation and can effect our kidneys, liver and heart
  • Ailments include: IBS, autoimmune diseases, acid reflux, heartburn, appetite stimulation, mind fog and obesity

 

 

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Diabetes-you can lose

Two years ago all my mom had to do was take her insulin, but she didn’t. “Ay, I don’t want to poke myself” was her standard response when I asked why she wouldn’t. Today, my mom has become one of the thousands of Americans that had to have multiple toes amputated due to a non-healing diabetic wound. A wound she sustained as a result of a toe stub while walking barefoot in her apartment.

My mom spent the first six months of her retirement in emergency rooms and visits to her wound care specialist, pain doctor, podiatrist, primary care physician, endocrinologist, cardiologist, vascular surgeon and underwent over thirty hyperbaric treatments. Today, she has gained back some of her independence but still requires medical equipment to move around, is undergoing extensive physical therapy and is disabled, she is 63.

My mom suffered a massive heart attack at age 39 on New Year’s Eve, I was there as it was happening, she collapsed on the kitchen floor clutching her chest and grasping for air. Growing up, she cooked for my brother and I, but we were also a TV dinner and snack food family. The 70’s & 80’s were all about Pepsi, pork chops and a pack of Kool cigarettes (she smoked for 30 years) the Jane Fonda movement did not move my mom. Post-heart attack she didn’t change her diet or exercise. She’d often say “I’m going to die at some point, might as well eat what I want”. This type of self-sabotage is not unusual, but it placed a heavy burden on our family and finances. Her journey, in pictures:

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Biophysical 250 blood test

Much of the information physicians need to determine how your body is working can be found in a single drop of blood, chemical clues called biomarkers (e.g., glucose, cholesterol, metabolism, hormones, cardiovascular) provide an accurate picture of how your body is functioning.

Traditional blood chemistries taken at your annual checkup (CBC-SMA-6 and SMA-12) just scratch the surface. Enter, The Biophysical 250 test. A cutting-edge test can the can detect biomarkers in the blood for potentially dangerous diseases.
It’s touted as a powerful and effective tool that gives you a detailed look at your health. At $3,400 it’s no coincidence you probably haven’t heard of it. (Good luck on getting your HMO or the Federal government to cover it.)

Laboratory and non-laboratory tests are conducted to assess one’s risk of metabolic syndrome/disease. Metabolic disease risk factors that includes:

 

 

 

  • visceral abdominal fat
  • inability to process glucose
  • insulin resistance
  • hypertension
  • cardiovascular disease

 

If you have health insurance, ask your benefits manager or refer to your policy manual to find out if your plan covers metabolic syndrome testing.

Lab tests:

  • Glucose
  • Lipid profileC-peptide
  • Microalbumin
  • hs-CRP
  • sdLDL
  • Insulin

Non lab tests:

  • Blood pressure
  • Weight and waist circumference
  • BMI (Body Mass Index)