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Food Safety Tips

Food Safety Tips

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/18/2014

Discover and follow some simple food safety tips from Dr. Julian Whitaker to ensure you get the most benefit from your diet.

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Benefits of Lutein

Benefits of Lutein

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/05/2014

Targeted nutrients such as lutein are important for maintaining vision health. Here are the specific benefits of lutein, which is one of my top recommendations.

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Filed Under: Vision Health

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Another Reason to Avoid Sodas

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/21/2014

Most people know it’s best to avoid sodas because of the sugar and artificial sweeteners they contain. But another dangerous ingredient lurks in soft drinks.

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Filed Under: Diet

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Ward Off Vision Loss

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/04/2014

Vision problems are serious business. That’s why it’s important to do what you can to protect your vision. Here is what I recommend.

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Filed Under: Vision Health

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It's no secret that sweet treats abound during the holidays. I encourage you to avoid overindulging. Also, here are a couple of healthier dessert recipes you can try.

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Filed Under: Desserts and Snacks

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3 Healing Herbs

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

While there are many healing herbs that I recommend for their powerful effects on health and well-being, here are the benefits of three specific ones.

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Filed Under: General Health

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Hope for Hepatitis C

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Sadly, most people with hepatitis C are told that even with treatment they will eventually need a liver transplant. This couldn't be further from the truth.

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Filed Under: General Health

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IV Vitamin C Kills Cancer Cells

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Most people know that vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that has the power to boost immune function. But when administered in very high doses by intravenous infusions, vitamin C can kill cancer cells.

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Filed Under: Clinical Therapies

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The Power of Pumpkin

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Pumpkins have been used as food for at least 14,000 years, and the seeds have a host of medicinal benefits since they are a great source of key vitamins and minerals.

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Filed Under: Bone & Joint Health

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Can't Sleep? Try These Natural Remedies

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

According to a recent report, many Americans—especially older women—are having trouble sleeping. Fortunately, there are natural sleep aids that can help you get a good night's rest.

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Filed Under: Sleep

Naturally Treating IBS

Naturally Treating IBS

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Learn about your options for naturally treating IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, including Dr. Julian Whitaker’s suggestions for supplements and diet changes.

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Filed Under: Digestive Health

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Smart Summertime Grilling

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Picnics and barbecues are a summertime ritual for many, but did you know that cooking food on a grill may increase your risk of cancer?

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Filed Under: Diet

Get Pumped with EECP Therapy

Get Pumped with EECP Therapy

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/26/2014

Learn more about EECP therapy, a natural, effective alternative to angioplasty procedure or bypass surgery that is used by Dr. Julian Whitaker at the Whitaker Wellness Institute. 

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Filed Under: EECP

Use Light Therapy for SAD

Use Light Therapy for SAD

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/26/2014

Discover the health benefits of light therapy for SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, and why Dr. Julian Whitaker recommends it in treating the “winter blues.”

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory

Follow a Fructose-Free Diet

Follow a Fructose-Free Diet

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/16/2014

Discover how a fructose-free diet, as suggested by Dr. Whitaker, could help you avoid serious health conditions, including Alzheimer’s, cataracts and diabetes.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

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Exercise Your Way to a Sharper Mind

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A new study shows that working up a sweat may build brain muscle, too. Exercise could be just as important for staying mentally sharp as doing crossword puzzles because it improves blood flow to the brain. Uncover more ways to stave off memory loss and maintain a sharp mind.
 

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New Study Shows Psoriasis Doubles Your Diabetes Risk

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Psoriasis triggers inflamed, itchy patches of skin, and the skin condition could be a sign of diabetes, too. A new study reports that people with psoriasis may be twice as likely to develop diabetes than others. Find out how to reverse your risk.
 

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To Avoid Diabetes, Get More Zzzz’s

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Teens who stay up too late may be at greater risk of diabetes, according to a new study. Sleepless adults could be at risk, too. Encourage the teens in your life to get enough sleep and try a few of these sleep-inducing strategies yourself.
 

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To Avoid Diabetes, Slow Down

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Do you have a tendency to wolf down your food? Here's an incentive to slow down: A recent study found that eating too fast can increase your chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Filed Under: Diabetes

The Causes of Chronic Cough

The Causes of Chronic Cough

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/16/2014

Learn the various causes of chronic cough, which often goes beyond a respiratory issue, and how you can effectively treat this condition with natural therapies.

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Filed Under: General Health

Natural Night Vision Aids

Natural Night Vision Aids

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/18/2014

Learn more about why Dr. Julian Whitaker recommends bilberry and black currant supplements as natural and effective vision aids, especially for night vision.

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Filed Under: Vision Health

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Ditch Diabetes with Weights and Walking

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Pairing aerobics and weight training can reduce your risk of diabetes greatly, according to a new study. Find out why and try some of these simple fitness tips to get the most out of your workout.
 

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How Safe Are Your Supplements?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Recent anti-supplement stories have stirred up a lot of undue hysteria around supplement safety. Learn how to become a discerning consumer to get the best benefit from nutritional supplements.
 

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Filed Under: Nutritional Support

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The Healing Power of Pepper

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Pepper can add lots of flavor to your food. But did you know that it has the power to heal, too? You may want to sprinkle more on when you learn more about this antioxidant powerhouse.

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Filed Under: General Health

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Belly Fat—It’s More Dangerous Than You Think

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

That "spare tire" around your waist is more dangerous than you think. Belly fat increases your risk of death from a sudden heart attack. Get some good advice on how to slim your waistline and protect your heart at the same time.
 

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

My Easy & Healthy Salad Recipe

My Easy & Healthy Salad Recipe

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/21/2014

Learn more about Dr. Julian Whitaker’s healthy salad recipe, and how he recommends it in order to promote overall health with heart-healthy ingredients.

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How to Get the Most Out of the Summer Sun

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It's healthy to get a little sun. It's your best source of vitamin D, also known as the "sunshine vitamin." But too much definitely has a down side. Find out how to get the best of the sun without the harmful side effects.

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Filed Under: General Health

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8 Secrets the Weight Loss Industry Won’t Give You

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you are spending big bucks to loose weight on a diet program or with a health club, consider the fact that the most effective weight loss solutions are free, or cost only pennies. Take control of your weight loss with these simple, cost-effective tips.

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Could You Have Diabetes and Not Know It?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Many people dealing with diabetes admit that they never saw the disease coming because they never felt sick. There are, however, a few common type 2 diabetes signs and symptoms you should be aware of.

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Filed Under: Diabetes

The Best Foods for Health

The Best Foods for Health

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/15/2014

Find out Dr. Julian Whitaker’s top 10 tips for incorporating the best foods for health into your daily diet, including vegetables, seafood and even alcohol.

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Prevent Cancer and Protect Your Heart with Tomatoes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Tomatoes contain the potent antioxidant lycopene that helps to neutralize harmful free radicals. Studies have shown eating foods rich in lycopene protects against lung, breast, and prostate cancers. One delicious, easy way to eat tomatoes is in salad caprese.

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5 Easy, Effective Ways To Boost Your Metabolism

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you have a fast metabolic rate, you’re one of the lucky ones who can eat without gaining a pound. However, a sluggish metabolism can make weight loss and even maintaining normal weight an epic battle. But even if you haven’t been blessed with a fast metabolic rate, there are ways to boost your metabolism naturally.

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Dateline NBC’s Supplement Report—Was it News or Politics?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

There’s no question that there are shoddy companies and unreliable labs out there, but they shouldn’t be allowed to taint the entire industry. The real answer is that you need to be savvy about what supplements you buy—and not get fooled by big promises or ridiculously low prices. If a formula appears to be “too good to be true,” it probably is.

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Dateline NBC’s Supplement Report—Was it News or Politics?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

There’s no question that there are shoddy companies and unreliable labs out there, but they shouldn’t be allowed to taint the entire industry. The real answer is that you need to be savvy about what supplements you buy—and not get fooled by big promises or ridiculously low prices. If a formula appears to be “too good to be true,” it probably is.

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Filed Under: Nutritional Support

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Spring Cleaning for Your Body

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

As we age, our bodies don’t rid toxins from our bodies as efficiently as they used to. Accumulated toxins can cause fatigue, aches and pains, difficulty concentrating, and more. Here's how you can support your body's natural systems for eliminating toxins.

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Filed Under: General Health

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10 Healthy Snacks You Won't See Advertised on TV

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Packaged products are cheap to make and sell—and the companies that make them don’t care what they’re doing to your waistline or your health. Here are 10 better snacks to keep on hand that will improve your health.

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Why Diabetes Drugs Fail Patients

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Diabetes drugs give doctors and patients a false sense of security and get in the way of solving the real issues. The only way to “solve” diabetes is to eat right, lose weight, and exercise. Here’s my drug-free solution for doing just that.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

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Fridays and Fish: What You Need to Know

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Over 4,500 studies have documented the remarkable benefits of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), found in the oils of the fatty fish that inhabit the cold waters of Alaska, Norway, and other areas.

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6 Reasons to Give Dark Chocolate This Valentine's Day

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Today is Valentine’s Day, which means cards, flowers, and of course the traditional box of chocolates. If you make that dark chocolate, you’re not only giving a gift that’s from the heart, you’re also giving a gift that’s heart-healthy and has other therapeutic benefits.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

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10 Easy Prevention Tips That Can Keep You Healthy

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Doctors and pharmaceutical companies would like you to believe that shelling out your hard-earned cash for their services and solutions is the best way to stay healthy. But when it comes right down to it, it’s the little changes you make in your daily life that have the real power to keep you healthy.

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Filed Under: General Health

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5 Nutrients that Can Stop the Diabetes-Heart Disease Epidemic

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Among your most powerful weapons against both high blood sugar and heart disease are regular exercise and the right nutritional supplements. And folks, we have nutrients whose benefits can run rings around prescription drugs—and that’s without the high price tag or harmful side effects.

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5 Ways to Prevent Falls

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Falls are the leading cause of brain trauma and the number one cause of fractures among older people—upwards of 500,000 per year. Here are five steps to help prevent this from happening to you.

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5 Easy, Healthy Dinners You Can Make in Minutes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

We’ve all had the experience of getting to the end of a long, busy day when we realize we have no idea what we’re going to make for dinner. Before you succumb to  take-out, here are five dinners you can make with what you have on hand.

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How to Quit Smoking Naturally

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Learn more about the health benefits from when you quit smoking naturally, and the supplement that Dr. Julian Whitaker suggests to help you through nicotine cravings.

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Filed Under: General Health

Short On Time? Quick Workouts Can Improve Diabetes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A brisk 10-minute walk alone has been shown to lower blood sugar levels dramatically in some people, and if it's done after a meal it can help prevent the elevation in blood sugar that is so common among people with diabetes after eating.

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How NOT to Prevent a Stroke

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Two invasive procedures are used to treat carotid artery stenosis: Carotid endarterectomy, in which the artery is opened up and plaque is surgically removed, and angioplasty with insertion of a stent to keep the artery open. Unfortunately, there are well-known dangers associated with both of these procedures.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Secrets for Healthier Holiday Feasting

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

"Holiday feasting" is as human as wearing shoes. But so are heart attacks, strokes, obesity, and the terrible discomfort of engorgement. Here are seven tips for keeping your waistline and health intact, without sacrificing your holiday cheer.

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The Secret to Holiday Eating Without Weight Gain

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

You’ve probably heard that the average American gains 5–10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Although that’s an exaggeration, people who struggle with their weight do put on more during the holiday season than at any other time of year.  

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Four Medical Tests that Can Save Your Life

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

I’ve been practicing medicine for nearly 30 years now, and I’ve seen lots of screening and diagnostic tests come and go. Many of the currently prescribed tests are overused and unreliable, and some are downright harmful. However, there are four tests I believe strongly in, and highly recommend you get.

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5 Weight Loss Myths, Debunked!

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 04/15/2014

Learn about the top 5 weight loss myths from Dr. Julian Whitaker, and why these weight loss myths could be interfering with your healthy weight loss efforts.

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Vitamin E and Prostate Cancer

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Learn more about the incorrect link made between vitamin E and prostate cancer in a recent scientific study, and why Dr. Julian Whitaker recommends ignoring it.

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Filed Under: Men's Health

Don't Believe Everything You Hear: Supplements Are Safe

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Some of you may have seen on the news last night or read in the paper this morning about a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. One typical headline screamed, “Vitamins Tied to Higher Death Rates in Older Women…” Folks, this stuff may increase nightly news ratings, but it’s doing more harm than good.

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How to Overcome Stress

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Discover Dr. Julian Whitaker’s top five recommendations for how to overcome stress with natural and effective lifestyle, supplement and dietary changes.

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Filed Under: General Health

Even More Good Reasons to Eat Chocolate

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Many of you may remember may remember that chocolate can help you lose weight. The reason is that cocoa, the primary ingredient in chocolate, can stimulate thermogenesis (fat burning), suppress appetite, and boost your sense of well-being.

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Is Organic Worth the Cost?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

I’m often asked if buying organic produce is truly necessary and worth the cost. My answer is that I believe organic food is superior from both an environmental and nutritional point of view. 

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Three Ways to Keep Seeing Clearly

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Conventional doctors often tell their patients that these fluctuations are irreversible and this is simply untrue. The primary cause of changes to our eyes’ lenses is free radical damage, and this is an area where three simple steps can really help.

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Solving the Sugar Wars

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Avoid sugar (sucrose) and artificial sweeteners and use natural alternatives such as stevia and xylitol instead.

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Salad: Mix and Match Style

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

We all know that salads can be a heathy meal, filled with health-boosting antioxidants. But let’s face it, the boring staples—lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes—will only pique your taste buds for so long. Instead, try experimenting by making salads “mix and match” style. 

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BBQ Chicken That's Easy to Make--and Guilt-Free!

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Nothing says down-home cookin’ like barbecued chicken. While heating up the “barbie” and grilling outdoors is a great way to prepare chicken, here’s an easy, oven-baked version of a perennial favorite that you can prepare indoors in case of bad weather or at any time of the year.

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Six Habits of the Sleep Deprived

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Find out which six bad habits are keeping you sleep deprived every night, and the lifestyle changes Dr. Julian Whitaker suggests for you to reverse them.

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Filed Under: Sleep

Diet and Exercise Helps You Lose More than Weight

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Do you ever get frustrated with your diet and exercise program, wondering whether it’s worth the effort? Don’t give up. You aren’t just losing weight—you’re also gaining profound health benefits. And those benefits pile up faster than you might think.

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Celebrating Our Freedom

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Even with all of the ups and downs we’ve experienced as a country, let’s remember that we enjoy tremendous freedoms. July 4th is our opportunity to appreciate the USA, the freedom for which it stands, and the courage of our forefathers to fight for independence.

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Filed Under: General Health

FRIDAY FUN: Independence Day Scavenger

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

There’s quite a bit of advice on my blog that can make your holiday celebration safer, healthier, and more enjoyable. On every post that would help to make your weekend celebration more enjoyable there’s a letter at the bottom.  Find all 10 letters, unscramble them to make a holiday-related word, and then post your answer in the comments.

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The Key to Instant Discipline and Sweet Success

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Nobody likes change. It’s painful. That’s why so few people succeed at weight loss, smoking cessation, or anything else that requires altering behavior. I’ve found that the only way to guarantee success is this: Make the pain of not following through greater than the pain of changing.

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News Alert-Cutting Calories Can Reverse Diabetes!

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

On Friday, scientists from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom released details from an exciting new study. They found that people who have type 2 diabetes can reverse the disease by sticking to a 600-calorie diet for two months. 

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Healthy Grilling: Chipotle Burgers

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

On Monday, I shared some safe grilling secrets for meals that are free of carcinogens. Today, as promised, I want to share an easy, delicious, and healthy recipe you can cook up on the barbeque.

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Are You Grilling Up More Than You Bargained For?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If barbecues are a summertime ritual for your family, consider this: Your meals may increase your risk of cancer.On Wednesday, I’ll be sharing an easy, delicious recipe you can try on the grill—so check back then!

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More Men's Health Problems--Solved!

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Let's face it. As men there are some issues we'd rather not discuss. In Wednesday's blog post I addressed several of the questions that might be on your mind. Today, as promised, I'm going to answer a few more.

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Defy Aging With Resveratrol

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Do you like to drink a glass of red wine with dinner? Here’s some good news—that glass of wine may actually help extend your life. In recent years we have discovered more health benefits of wine than even the most ardent oenophile (lover of wine) could have imagined.

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Filed Under: Nutritional Support

Preventing Migraines

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/26/2014

Learn more about the four methods of preventing migraines recommended by Dr. Julian Whitaker, and how these natural, effective therapies can work for you.

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Weak? Dizzy? It Could Be Dehydration

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Water is required for the distribution of nutrients, electrolytes, hormones, and other chemical messengers throughout the body, as well as the removal of waste products. It is also an important structural component of skin, cartilage, and other tissues.

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Pain Relief for Weekend Warriors

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

This morning, I was talking to a colleague who told me he overdid it this weekend. He biked 40 miles on Saturday, and 20 more on Sunday. So, it was no surprise that he woke up today with stiff muscles and aching joints. But as I told him, weekend  sports activities needn’t leave you limping, provided you take care of your injury early.

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Filed Under: Bone & Joint Health

TGIF: A Healthy Reason to Enjoy a Beer

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Today is Friday, which means that millions of people will be celebrating the start of the weekend with a drink at Happy Hour. While wine has cornered the market in recent years, beer is making a comeback. But what you may not realize is that beer is a boon for a multitude of health conditions.

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Eat, Drink, and Get Smart

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Your mother probably told you to clean your plate because your brain needs food to learn. She was definitely on to something—what we eat absolutely affects our minds. Unfortunately, the standard American diet is a recipe for dementia. 

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory

Managing Insulin Resistance

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Learn more about Dr. Julian Whitaker’s natural diet and lifestyle changes that can help you in managing your insulin resistance and prevent type 2 diabetes.

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Filed Under: Diabetes

Recipes for Diabetes: Grilled Vegetables

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

This weekend is Memorial Day, which means that many of us are going to be hosting or attending barbecues—events that can make diabetes management difficult. While everyone else is gobbling down carbohydrate-filled chips and other snacks, I recommend that you make yourself an appetizer of grilled vegetables.

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Habits That Will Pack on the Pounds

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

We hear a lot about obesity these days, and with good reason. Over the last three decades, obesity rates have risen significantly in the United States. As I mentioned in a blog post a few weeks ago, the number of obese adult Americans is now equal to the percentage who are merely overweight—at 34 percent each.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Four Ways to Prevent a Stroke

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Every year more than 750,000 Americans suffer a stroke, and strokes are the third-leading cause of death in this country. What makes this such a huge tragedy is that up to 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented!

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Walk Your Way to Better Health

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you’re like most people, you take about 1,000 to 3,000 steps per day—walking to and from the car, strolling outside, and moving around the house. But if you bump this number up to 10,000 by adding some brisk walks to your routine, your health will benefit enormously!

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Repel Mosquitoes, Naturally

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you’re tempted to use one of the chemical-laden bug sprays, think twice. Many contain DEET, which may keep mosquitoes away but its safety is questionable, especially for young children and older individuals. Instead, here’s what I recommend for repelling those pesky mosquitoes, naturally.

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Filed Under: General Health

Why Americans are Supersized

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of adults over age 20 who are obese and the percentage of adults who are merely overweight (not obese) are now equal at 34 percent each! Not only is that obesity statistic frightening, if you do the math it means that healthy weight Americans are now the minority, at just 32 percent.

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Filed Under: General Health

Mother's Day Recipe: Eggs Florentine

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, which means nearly every restaurant that serves brunch will be packed to the gills. In addition to being busy, many of these restaurants will be serving up fare that’s loaded with more fat, salt, carbohydrates, and calories than most people should eat in a day—never mind a single meal.

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Recipes for Diabetes: Fiesta Scramble

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you have the right foods on your breakfast table, you’ll feel alert, focused, and satiated until lunch. But load up on sugary cereals or other quick-burning carbohydrates and your blood sugar will skyrocket and you’ll run out of steam mid-morning.

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The Health Benefits of Gardening

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

May is here, and in most areas of the country spring flowers are in full bloom. Many of my neighbors are outside tending their gardens, which as you can imagine is great exercise. But did you know that there are very specific health benefits you can get from gardening, especially as you age?

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Filed Under: Exercise

Recipes for Diabetes: Raspberry-Lemon Delight

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

We’ve all heard the saying, “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.” There’s no question about it, we have a collective sweet tooth.This sugar habit is wreaking havoc on our hips and waistlines, blood pressures, and our blood sugar levels!

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The Aspirin Debate

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Recently on my Facebook page I asked people whether they “Liked or Disliked” aspirin for heart protection. Previous topics had received an overall “like” reception, but my poll on aspirin was a bit more polarizing.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Laugh Your Way to Less Stress and Better Health

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

We all talk about being stressed, but did you know that April is actually Stress Awareness Month? I’m not sure if anyone planned it this way, but it’s also National Humor Month, which is definitely appropriate—since humor is the perfect antidote for stress.

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Filed Under: Stress Management

Do What You Can to Prevent Heart Disease

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Heart disease is the #1 killer in this country, and for many people a heart attack is the first symptom of the disease. The good news is you can absolutely prevent cardiovascular disease, even if you’re at high risk, and you don’t need powerful prescription drugs or surgery to accomplish this.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Diabetes Tip: How to Remember Your Supplements

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One of the toughest parts of diabetes management—or maintaining good health in general—is remembering to take your nutritional supplements every day.A colleague of mine said she can’t remember how many times she’s stood in the kitchen and asked her husband if she took her vitamins yet, or not.

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Filed Under: Diabetes

Four Easy Ways to Stop IBS

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Walk into your doctor’s office and tell him or her you have symptoms of IBS, and the next thing you know you’re on your way to the pharmacy for an anti-diarrheal, antispasmodic, or even an antidepressant.The truth is, there are several better, natural ways to treat IBS.

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Filed Under: Digestive Health

Recipes for Diabetes: Vegetable-Tofu Shish Kebabs

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A light, healthy change from the usual barbeque fare, these kebabs are low calorie and low fat, but high in flavor and nutrition! You can find this and other delicious recipes for diabetes in my Reversing Diabetes Cookbook

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Filed Under: Recipes

Diabetes Tip: Get Wet!

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Water supports your weight so your joints don’t take the pounding they receive when you exercise on land, making it ideal for people with arthritis or musculoskeletal injuries. In addition, you can swim or exercise in water regardless of your age or physical condition.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Inflammation and Heart Disease

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Inflammation is the body’s frontline immunological response. Without it, you’d fall prey to each and every infection that came along. But sometimes inflammation turns from friend to foe, and that is precisely what’s going on in coronary artery disease.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Recipes for Diabetes: Mandarin Salad

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

This salad is chock-full of great, vegetable-based fiber to help balance blood sugar levels. And the sesame oil and citrus lend a spicy tang to satisfy your taste buds. 

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Filed Under: Salads

Beware of Liver Disease

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease afflicts roughly one in four Americans, and it is not caused by alcohol or a virus. It is caused by obesity and insulin resistance—and at least half of all type 2 diabetics are affected.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Folic Acid for Alzheimer's Prevention

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

We’re looking at a quadrupling in the number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease over the next 40 years. But this inexpensive vitamin just might help put the brakes on the impending epidemic. 

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory

Recipes for Diabetes: Tapas Trio

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

These colorful, quick, trendy munchies from Spain are not only tasty, they’re packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Add marinated zucchini, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, small pieces of chicken…the possibilities are endless! 

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Filed Under: Recipes

Glycemic Index vs. Glycemic Load

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When it comes to supporting healthy blood sugar levels, the first thing you need to become aware of is how quickly your body breaks down certain foods into glucose. Here's how to do that.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Exercise Your Brain

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

We all know that we need to exercise our muscles to keep them toned and healthy. Unfortunately, when it comes to improving brain function we completely overlook the value of exercise. Brain power is not just innate; it can be improved with use.

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory

Recipes for Diabetes: Stir-Fried Asparagus

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Asparagus is one of my favorite spring vegetables. Pair these spears with chicken or fish, and you’ll have an easy, healthy, and tasty meal that won’t spike your blood sugar levels.

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Filed Under: Recipes

Curcumin: The Spice of Life and Health

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Studies over the last few years have shown that the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is associated with a greatly reduced risk of Alzheimer’s, presumably because the drugs reduce the buildup of inflammatory compounds in the brain. Curcumin is also known to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

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Filed Under: Nutritional Support

Weight Loss Tip: It's All About Fiber

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/19/2014

Fiber-rich foods take longer to eat than foods without fiber—you can’t chow down on apples and broccoli the way you can on chocolate and ice cream. This allows time for the signal of fullness to reach your brain, enabling you to stop eating before you’ve stuffed yourself.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

The Calcium Conundrum

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

I often get questions about what form of calcium to buy. When it comes to calcium supplements, for most people, calcium carbonate—the most popular and inexpensive kind—will work just fine.

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Filed Under: Nutritional Support

Heal Diabetic Ulcers With Sugar

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When white sugar or honey is packed on top of and inside an open wound, it dissolves in the fluid exuding from the wound and creates a hyperosmotic, or highly concentrated medium in which bacteria cannot exist. This curbs infection.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Recipes for Diabetes: Garbanzo Curry

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

This recipe is great as either a vegetarian entrée or a side dish with fish or chicken. Not only is it delicious, it also packs a terrific anti-inflammatory punch, thanks to the turmeric in the curry. 

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Filed Under: Sides and Sauces

Stick to Serving Sizes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A majority of items purchased in food stores have the proper serving size printed on the nutrition facts label. But here are a few other portion guidelines you can follow.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Diabesity Challenge Tip: Stress Less, Stay Healthy

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It’s true what they say: Laughter is the best medicine. In addition to reducing stress, it increases circulation, reduces muscular tension, and just plain feels good. It’s impossible to experience genuine humor and feel angry, depressed, or anxious at the same time. 

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Recipes for Diabetes: Chipotle Chili

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Kick up the spice with this amazing smoky, vegetarian chili. Loaded with nutrients, this stick-to-your-ribs meal is great for lunch or dinner. And it’s even better reheated the next day! 

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Filed Under: Main Dishes

Probiotics for Weight Loss?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Learn what scientific studies show about using probiotics for weight loss, and what Dr. Julian Whitaker recommends for optimal health and well-being.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Diabesity Challenge Tip: Create a Support System

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Choose a friend or family member that you can regularly check in with regarding your diet and exercise plan. You can share tips and recipes, keep each other motivated, and turn to one another for support if you find yourself slipping or wanting to give up.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Achieve a Healthy Weight With Irvingia gabonensis

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

This extract from a West African tree inhibits enzymes that affect both the absorption of glucose into the blood and its conversion into triglycerides. Therefore, it lowers blood sugar and reduces fat storage. But more important, irvingia affects two hormones that are intimately involved in weight control. 

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Fiber: The Amazing Diabetes Fighter

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Fiber slows absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, promoting a gradual rise in blood sugar levels, followed by a gradual release of insulin. It also improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Water for Weight Loss

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

While engaging in regular exercise and eating a healthful diet are very important if you want to shed pounds, you also need to drink at least eight glasses of filtered water each day.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Stop Storing Fat

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

To achieve real, permanent weight loss you need to stop storing fat. And one of the easiest ways to do this is to cut back on fatty foods. 

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Diabesity Challenge Tip: Meditate Your Stress Away

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Stress can deplete your adrenals, leading to a sluggish metabolism, and can completely wipe out your willpower, causing you to overeat or eat emotionally. This makes weight loss a real challenge. One way to deal with stress that I use and recommend to my patients is meditation.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Avoid Senseless Snacking

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

While sensible snacking can actually aid in your weight loss efforts, eating unhealthy foods between meals can have disastrous effects. Before you reach for that mid-afternoon snack, consider these guidelines.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Eating Right Made Easy

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Any successful weight loss program requires exercising and eating right. To know what qualifies as “healthy eating,” here are two full-day meal plans I share with my patients at the Whitaker Wellness Institute.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Organic Beef: Try Some for Dinner

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The meat from organically raised cattle—especially those that are exclusively grass-fed—is much leaner than that of feedlot cattle, and it has less saturated fat and more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

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Filed Under: Diet

Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

On average, Americans only consume three servings of fruits and vegetables each day. And that’s a crying shame. Study after study reveals that people who regularly eat five-plus servings of nature’s bounty enjoy several health benefits. 

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Filed Under: Diet

Success Stories From Health & Healing Subscribers

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

More than 15 years ago, James B. of Wisconsin weighed 327 pounds. He drank too much, was completely inactive, developed diabetes, and had to take medication to control it. Then he started reading Health & Healingand decided to make some changes in his life.

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Filed Under: General Health

Healthy Tips for Dining Out

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Going out to eat can be a real treat. You don’t have to cook, you can opt for dishes you wouldn’t normally make at home, and it’s nice to get out every now and again. But if you’re not careful, you may be getting a whole lot more than you bargained for.

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Filed Under: Diet

Recipes for Diabetes: Two-Hour Roasted Turkey

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Nothing says “holidays” like turkey. Rather than serving this bird with fattening gravy and starchy mashed potatoes, stick to your weight loss program and try pairing it with a green salad, roasted vegetables, and mashed cauliflower

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Filed Under: Main Dishes

Calcium for Weight Control

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Numerous studies link a high calcium intake with a reduced risk of obesity. That’s because calcium deficiencies stimulate the release of hormones that not only help convert calcium, but also promote fat storage and retard fat burning

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Diabesity Challenge Tip: Let the Sun Shine In

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When you really think about it, the principle behind weight loss is pretty simply: eat less and exercise more. But there are nutrient deficiencies that can affect your weight, and one of those involves good old vitamin D.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Treatments to Defeat Diabetic Neuropathy

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you or someone you know is dealing with diabetic neuropathy, you are aware just how painful and debilitating this condition can be. The numbness, discomfort, and loss of sensation in the extremities isn’t just inconvenient—it can cause real problems.

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Filed Under: Diabetes Complications

Snack Your Way to Thin

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The types of foods you chose can make or break your diet. To help take the guesswork out of healthy snacking, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

A Sweet Cure From the Kitchen

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Cinnamon’s medicinal benefits, as well as its culinary uses, keep it in high esteem—and for good reason .In addition, cinnamon has been shown to drive down triglycerides 23 to 30 percent and LDL cholesterol 7 to 27 percent over a 40-day period.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Are Beverages Busting Your Diet?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Research suggests that what you suck through that straw may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts. If you don’t burn off those calories, you could gain an astounding 23 pounds per year.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Natural Appetite Suppressants

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

I happen to know of several natural appetite suppressants that can help. Some are foods and beverages that can help you fend off hunger pangs, while others are supplements that can give you a boost. 

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Diabesity Challenge Tip: Veg Out!

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

We've all been told that eating fruits and vegetables is good for us, but very few people actually consume even the minimum five recommended servings a day. This is a travesty, as these foods play an integral role in getting—and staying—healthy.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Vitamin E for Diabetes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Genetic tests are available, but my recommendation to anyone living with diabetes is to take at least 300 IU of natural vitamin E every day. In fact, because other studies suggest that this vitamin protects against the onset of diabetes, I encourage everyone, regardless of health status, to take natural vitamin E.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Recipes for Diabetes: Easy Baked Salmon

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Omega-3-rich salmon is a great choice for anyone, regardless of whether or not they have diabetes. Enjoy with steamed veggies and a big salad and you have a meal that’s perfect for people living with diabetes. 

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The Value of Strength Training

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Strength training can provide many of the same benefits as aerobic exercise, including improved cholesterol levels and enhanced cardiovascular fitness. 

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Filed Under: Exercise

Recipes for Diabetes: Turkey Chili

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Enjoy a bowlful for dinner or serve a scoop over your favorite mixed greens for an easy Mexican salad at lunchtime. This tasty chili is a perfect recipe for people living with diabetes.

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Filed Under: Main Dishes

Start Burning Fat Now

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Increasing your lean tissue revs up your body’s energy demands and promotes weight loss. Exercise also enhances virtually every aspect of your health, from cardiovascular strength and immune function to mood and mental activity. 

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Diabesity Challenge Tip: Walk It Out

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When I say “exercise” that doesn’t mean you have to be a jock…you just have to move. And my favorite way to get moving is to take a brisk walk with a little slow jogging and occasional bursts of running mixed in.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

The Fantastic Health Benefits of Fiber

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The latest research suggests that getting plenty of fiber may not only go a long way toward preventing type 2 diabetes, but can also lower blood sugar levels in those already diagnosed with the disease.

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Filed Under: Diabetes

Sicilian Chicken Marsala

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

You don’t have to be Italian, let alone Sicilian, to enjoy this recipe! With just 8 grams of carbs and a whopping 24 grams of protein per serving, it’s the perfect choice for dinner. Pair with a salad and your favorite vegetable side dish to keep your weight and your blood sugar in check! 

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Filed Under: Recipes

Enjoy Healthy Carbs

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Foods with a high glycemic index enter the bloodstream quickly, prompting a rapid rise in blood sugar followed by an equally dramatic drop a few hours later. Fueling your body with these quick-burning carbohydrates can leave you feeling tired, hungry, and irritable.

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Filed Under: Diet

Recipes for Diabetes: Simple Salad Caprese

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Time is a precious commodity for everyone these days. And finding the time to eat right can be downright challenging. Fortunately, this easy salad is not only a breeze to put together, but it tastes great and is a great choice for a light lunch or side dish with dinner. And since it’s low glycemic, it’s a perfect recipe for people living with diabetes.

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Stepping Toward Weight Loss and Better Health

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

At the Whitaker Wellness Institute, exercise is part of the fabric of day-to-day life. It’s an essential therapy for all of our patients, and one they practice daily while they’re at the clinic. The program we prescribe is simple, convenient, and pleasant: It’s walking.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Recipes for Diabetes: Luscious Layered Salad

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It’s no secret that what you eat has profound effects on blood glucose levels. And a healthful diet not only supports optimal blood sugar, it also helps to address factors such as excess weight and insulin resistance. Eating for optimal blood sugar doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor or variety. This salad is one of several delicious and blood-sugar-friendly recipes for diabetes I’ll be sharing with you in this blog.

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Filed Under: Salads

Why Low-Carbohydrate Diets Work

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

There is one reason why very low-carbohydrate weight loss diets like the one popularized by Dr. Atkins work for so many people. It’s because they don’t replenish carbohydrate stores, so the body is in a constant “fat-burning” mode. 

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Is Diet a Viable Natural Diabetes Treatment?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined the effects of a Mediterranean diet versus a low-fat diet in 215 overweight patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Half of the group was instructed to follow the Mediterranean diet and the other half went the low-fat route.

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Filed Under: Diabetes

Weight Loss is About Burning Fat

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

True weight loss simply cannot be achieved without burning up stored fat. We’ve been using this “mini-fast with exercise” protocol at the clinic for almost a year now and the results are remarkable. 

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Burning Energy and Losing Weight

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

You wake up in the morning burning fat because the eight to 12 hours between dinner and breakfast is ample time for your body to have depleted its carbohydrate stores. When you replenish those stores at breakfast, you again begin to burn primarily carbohydrates. If you do not replenish them, however, you will continue to burn fat. 

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Take My Diabesity Challenge!

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Tired of being overweight? Worried about diabetes? Need a little motivation to get out and get active? If so, I’d like to invite you to join hundreds of my patients and subscribers for my Diabesity Challenge this fall!

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Just Say No to Diet Drugs

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

I am often asked which diet drugs I recommend to patients trying to lose weight, and my advice is simple: None. And the reason? They are often dangerous for your health. 

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

Weight Loss and the Yo-Yo Phenomenon

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The yo-yo phenomenon is the predictable effect of crash dieting. By repeatedly losing and regaining weight, or “yo-yoing,” you’ve encouraged your body to become very efficient at making and storing fat. Because of this, damage done by crash diets can be difficult to reverse.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss

A Sweet Solution for Treating Diabetes Complications

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

White table sugar, poured into diabeteic wounds and wrapped up with an occlusive dressing, has been used to dress open wounds for at least 5,000 years. In fact, ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all used honeyto treat open wounds and burns.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Special Note About Type 1 Diabetes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Type 1 diabetes results from the inability of the pancreas to produce adequate insulin. If you’re dealing with type 1 diabetes you should adhere to the recipes for diabetics, you should take supplements for diabetes, and you should strive to exercise regularly.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

The Dangers of Diabetes Drugs

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The most common side effects of drugs prescribed to people managing diabetes are weight gain, gastrointestinal upset, and, sometimes serious liver problems. One diabetes drug in particularwas demonstrated to more than double the death rate from heart attack or stroke! 

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Filed Under: Diabetes

People Living With Diabetes Suffer Increased Health Risks

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Living with diabetes puts you at a dramatically increased risk of premature death and disability. People with diabetes are two to three times more likely to die from heart disease than those with normal blood sugar levels, and they are five times more likely to have a stroke.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Type 2 Diabetes Is No Longer an Adult Disease

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Type 2 diabetes, sometimes referred to as “adult-onset” diabetes, was once considered an adult-only condition has grown at epidemic rates in children. The CDC estimates that 1 in 3 children born in 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes.

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Filed Under: Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

There are a few common type 2 diabetes signs and symptoms: overweightness with the distribution of weight most commonly in the abdominal area and inactiveness. 

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Filed Under: Diabetes

Diabetes Is Much Too Serious to Ignore

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Few people flirting with borderline elevated blood sugar levels realize how important it is to get this situation under control right away. Most folks are unaware of the many diabetic complications, and that this disease is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, and amputations.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Let's Talk About Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of disorders that includes obesity (particularly abdominal obesity), high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol (often referred to as “good” cholesterol, since it ushers excess cholesterol out of the body), and increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

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Filed Under: Insulin Resistance & Metabolic Syndrome

Managing Diabetes Side Effects With Infrared Light Therapy

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Infrared light therapy delivers pulses of special wavelengths of light through the skin directly to injured tissues. Though the light itself is invisible, its effects are readily apparent: enhanced blood flow, improved sensation, regeneration of tissues, and pain relief.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Another Diabetes Success Story

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Within two weeks of his first infrared light treatment, William noticed less pain in his feet and ankles. A week later, he was able to get around the house and go up and down the stairs without relying on his cane. And at the end of his five-week stay in California, he was virtually pain-free.

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Filed Under: Infrared Light Therapy

Alpha Lipoic Acid Protects Against Diabetes Complications

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If I had to choose just one antioxidant for people trying to manage diabetes, it would be alpha lipoic acid (ALA). It actually improves the diabetic condition by enhancing glucose uptake, increasing insulin sensitivity, and protecting against beta cell destruction.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Treat Diabetic Complications

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The diabetic condition causes increased urination and essentially acts as a diuretic, washing away magnesium, zinc, folic acid, and other vital nutrients from the body. Supplementing with high levels of these vitamins and minerals helps compensate for nutritional deficiencies and protect against diabetic complications.

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Filed Under: Diabetes Complications

Antioxidants Are Key When Managing Diabetes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

As you strive to control blood sugar levels, it’s important to remember the role antioxidants play in managing diabetes. In order to get a handle on this condition, you’ll need to shore up on these important nutrients.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Diabetes Depletes Vital Vitamins and Minerals

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Diabetes is a nutritionally wasting disease. Massive amounts of nutrients are lost as the kidneys rid the body of excess glucose by increasing urination, so the first step is replacement of these lost nutrients.

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Filed Under: Diabetes

Vanadium Mimics Insulin

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Supplementation with vanadyl sulfate and other vanadium compounds markedly lowers fasting glucose and improves other measures of diabetes. In a number of animal studies, this mineral has actually eliminated diabetes.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Chromium: A Primary Natural Treatment for Diabetes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Chromium is a trace mineral that improves the action of insulin and helps move glucose and other nutrients into the cells. It has also been shown to facilitate weight loss, making it a key nutrient if you have type 2 diabetes. 

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Filed Under: Diabetes

What Is Type 2 Diabetes?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Type 2 diabetes, sometimes referred to as non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes, is marked by elevated blood glucose levels. 

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Filed Under: Diabetes

Let's Talk About Type 1 Diabetes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Type 1 diabetes, sometimes referred to as juvenile diabetes because it usually appears before the age of 20 (though it can crop up at any age), results from the inability of the pancreas to produce adequate insulin.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Maintain Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

In more than 30 years of treating thousands of type 2 diabetics at the Whitaker Wellness Institute, I’ve found that drugs are rarely necessary. Instead, I rely on alternative diabetes treatments, including a comprehensive diet, exercise, and weight loss program, and natural agents that lower blood sugar.

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Filed Under: Diabetes

Manage Diabetes with Exercise

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Researchers at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley who followed almost 6,000 men for 14 years determined that increased physical activity was especially protective for men with the highest risk of developing diabetes.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Diet Is Important When Managing Diabetes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Refined carbohydrates and sugars are rapidly broken down into glucose, driving up blood sugar levels and placing an increased burden on normal metabolic processes. Please avoid them whenever possible. 

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Filed Under: Diabetes

Diabetes and the Western Diet

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One of the primary reasons we’re seeing a worldwide glut of insulin-resistant diabetes is because more and more emerging nations are adopting the Western diet that we’ve “enjoyed” for years. 

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Diabetes is a Silent Killer

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Diabetes is a fearsome disorder, yet one we take much too lightly. Few people flirting with borderline elevated blood sugar levels realize the urgency of managing diabetes in its early stages. 

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Diabetes Treatments: HBOT and EECP

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

f you’re living with diabetes, you’ll be interested in learning about these two treatments used at the Whitaker Wellness Institute—hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP). They’re both all about oxygen.

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Diabetes Treatment: EDTA Chelation

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Because it helps improve blood flow and promotes arterial health, EDTA chelation is also effective for treating diabetes. It is just one of the many alternative treatments for diabetes that is studied and used regularly at the Whitaker Wellness Institute.

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Filed Under: Clinical Therapies

Sugar Dressings for Diabetic Ulcers

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When sugar or honey is packed on top of and inside of an open wound, it dissolves in the fluid exuding from the wound, creating a highly concentrated medium. Bacteria cannot exist in this environment, and infection is dramatically curbed. 

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Filed Under: Diabetes Complications

Does Low Testosterone Lead to Diabetes?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

With all the focus on treating diabetes with drugs, underlying causes of the condition are rarely considered. One potential contributor is low testosterone, which affects one in three diabetic men. 

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

A Diabetes Success Story

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

After hitting rock bottom, R.B. came to the Whitaker Wellness Institute and started on a comprehensive nutritional regimen, which included high doses of antioxidants, B-complex vitamins, zinc, magnesium, and targeted nutrients and herbs to help control her blood sugar. 

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Fish Oil's Role in Managing Diabetes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

For years, people dealing with diabetes, specifically type 2 diabetes, were advised to avoid fish oil supplements, due to their presumably negative effects on the body’s ability to control blood sugar. However, this is not true.

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Natural Diabetes Treatment: Glucomannan

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you’re trying to manage diabetes and need a little extra help to control your weight, glucomannan may be just for you. This water-soluble fiber works by absorbing water, which increases bulk, helping to reduce appetite and produce feelings of satiety. 

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Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and Diabetes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

B-complex vitamins, particularly B6 and B12, are vital for the health of people who have diabetes. That’s because these vitamins support nerve health, which is critical when addressing conditions such as diabetic neuropathy.

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Can People Living With Diabetes Drink Alcohol?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Because alcoholic drinks contain a fair amount of calories derived from sugars, conventional wisdom has long held that people with diabetes should avoid alcohol. However we now know that judicious use of alcohol actually enhances insulin sensitivity. 

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Why Are Natural Treatments for Diabetes Often Ignored?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Numerous scientific studies support diet and exercise as a safe, natural remedy for diabetes. Yet the vast majority of physicians continue to jeopardize the health of patients seeking to manage diabetes by focusing strictly on lowering blood sugar with costly and dangerous drugs.

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The Downsides of Supplemental Insulin

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Although most people think injected insulin is reserved for type 1 diabetes, more than one in four people with type 2 diabetes use insulin. And, in most of those cases, it just makes things worse.

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Manage Diabetes with Cinnamon

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Cinnamon contains an ingredient called methylhydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP), which is very helpful for treating diabetes. You see, in addition to being a potent antioxidant, MHCP also improves insulin sensitivity. 

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Remedies Worse Than the Disease

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

For years, doctors have known the potential dangers of oral hypoglycemic drugs. When are we going to learn—rather, when are we going to accept—that oral medications used to treat type 2 diabetes actually do more harm than good?

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Lose Weight, Lose Diabetes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

To show you how making a commitment to lifestyle changes is one of the best preventive methods for reversing diabetes, I want to share one of my favorite diabetes success stories. It comes from a gentleman named J.D.

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Diabetes and Glaucoma

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

People with diabetes are at higher risk of developing more severe forms of glaucoma because, in addition to the damage to nerves and blood vessels in the eye caused by uncontrolled blood sugar levels, abnormal eye pressure related to glaucoma causes additional problems.

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Diabetes and Retinopathy

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Retinopathy is one of the more serious diabetes complications that affects the eyes—and the longer you’ve been living with diabetes, the higher your risk of developing this condition. 

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Filed Under: Diabetes Complications

Diabetes and Cataracts

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you have type 2 diabetes, you are at a much higher risk of developing cataracts. Part of the reason for the increased risk relates to how cataracts are formed in the first place. 

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Nourish Your Nerves

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

There are a number of alternative treatments for diabetes that can help prevent nerve damage, including a few key supplements I know are effective. Let's take a look at them.

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Filed Under: Diabetes Complications

Diabetes and Obesity

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Preventing—and reversing—type 2 diabetes for many is as easy as achieving or maintaining your ideal weight.

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The Power of Vinegar

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Researchers studying the effects of vinegar on people living with diabetes found that two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar reduced glucose and insulin response and helped to better control blood sugar when taken just before a high-carbohydrate meal.

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Diabetes and Kidney Disease

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A primary reason for the upsurge in kidney disease is our epidemic of diabetes. One-quarter to one-third of people with this condition develop diabetic nephropathy, which is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease.

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The Connection Between Diabetes and Alzheimer's

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Researchers from Brown University compared the brain tissue with that of people who did not have a history of diabetes. In every case, insulin-related abnormalities normally associated with advanced stages of diabetes were noted.

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Do You Have Pre-Diabetes?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

People with pre-diabetes have either impaired fasting glucose (IFG), impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), or both. To determine if IFG is present, you must fast overnight and then have your blood sugar levels tested in a physician’s office.

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Diabetes and Activity Level

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Regular exercise is a must if you’re looking to maintain a healthy weight and control blood sugar levels. Aerobic exercise will lower blood sugar and burn calories, while resistance training, such as weightlifting, builds muscle and improves long-term insulin sensitivity. 

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Diabetes and Weight

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One of the most significant risk factors for type 2 diabetes is obesity. Statistics show that 90 percent of all people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. In fact, the link between diabetes and obesity is so strong that it’s led to the coining of a new term, diabesity.

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Managing Diabetes with Vanadium

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Vanadium, a trace mineral, is an excellent natural treatment for diabetes. I believe it is one of the most effective and intriguing blood sugar supplements. In fact, studies show that vanadium (as vanadyl sulfate) mimics insulin in the body and helps maintain blood sugar levels well within the healthy range.

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Living with Diabetes? Enjoy Dark Chocolate

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

While it is true that chocolate has fat and calories, its health benefits cannot be denied, even to people living with diabetes. Italian researchers have discovered that dark chocolate significantly improves markers of insulin sensitivity.

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Diabetes Complication #2: Foot Problems

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One of the most common diabetes complications is problems with the feet. For people with diabetic neuropathy, diminished sensation in the feet can lead to a host of problems. Small blisters or scrapes on the feet are minor problems that go away within days, but for people living with diabetes, they can spell disaster.

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Differences Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

People with the type 2 form don’t experience the same diabetes signs and symptoms as those with Type 1. In fact, many of them have no symptoms at all. The disease is often discovered only during a routine blood test when a high fasting blood glucose reading, usually in the 150 to 300 mg/dL range, is noted.

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Treating Diabetes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The ability to manage blood sugar levels is largely an issue of lifestyle. Diabetes is a fearsome disorder, yet one we take much too lightly.

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Could Quitting Smoking Actually Increase Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Quitting smoking reduces your risk of nearly every serious disease, including heart disease and an assortment of lung ailments and cancers. But the connection between smoking and diabetes is clear if you've ever known someone who quit or you've tried it yourself—it's the link between type 2 diabetes and weight.

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Food Diaries Improve Weight Loss Outcomes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Now, I’ll be the first to say that there are no “magic bullets” when it comes to weight loss. But there are some things you can do to improve your odds for success. Here’s one: keep a food diary.

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Filed Under: Weight Loss