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Is Juice Healthy?

Is Juice Healthy?

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Get the lowdown on several types of juice, including beneficial juices that Dr. Whitaker recommends for their positive effects on specific conditions.

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Benefits of Lutein

Benefits of Lutein

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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

Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D

6 Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D

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You probably know that vitamin D is important for bone health. But there are many other benefits of vitamin D, which is why you should ensure you have optimal levels of this vitamin.

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Healthy Dessert Recipes

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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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Hope for Hepatitis C

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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

7 Baking Soda Health Benefits

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Find out more about these seven medicinal uses of baking soda that you may not know about, and why Dr. Julian Whitaker recommends them to his patients.

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The Power of Pumpkin

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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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Get Pumped with EECP Therapy

Get Pumped with EECP Therapy

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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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Exercise Your Way to a Sharper Mind

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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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To Avoid Diabetes, Get More Zzzz’s

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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

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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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The Healing Power of Pepper

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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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Prevent Cancer and Protect Your Heart with Tomatoes

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

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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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Spring Cleaning for Your Body

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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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Why Diabetes Drugs Fail Patients

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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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10 Easy Prevention Tips That Can Keep You Healthy

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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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5 Ways to Prevent Falls

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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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Celebrating Our Freedom

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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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FRIDAY FUN: Independence Day Scavenger

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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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More Men's Health Problems--Solved!

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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

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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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Preventing Migraines

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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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The Health Benefits of Walking

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Discover from Dr. Whitaker the innumerable health benefits of walking, including bone and heart strengthening, mood and sleep improvement, and lower blood sugar and triglycerides.

 

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Mother's Day Recipe: Eggs Florentine

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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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Diabetes Tip: How to Remember Your Supplements

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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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Four Easy Ways to Stop IBS

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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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Diabetes Tip: Get Wet!

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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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Inflammation and Heart Disease

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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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Beware of Liver Disease

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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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Curcumin: The Spice of Life and Health

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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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Heal Diabetic Ulcers With Sugar

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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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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Stress Less, Stay Healthy

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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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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Create a Support System

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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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Achieve a Healthy Weight With Irvingia gabonensis

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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

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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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Water for Weight Loss

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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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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Meditate Your Stress Away

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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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Healthy Tips for Dining Out

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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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Recipes for Diabetes: Two-Hour Roasted Turkey

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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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Calcium for Weight Control

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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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Snack Your Way to Thin

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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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Are Beverages Busting Your Diet?

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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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Natural Appetite Suppressants

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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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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Veg Out!

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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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Vitamin E for Diabetes

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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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Recipes for Diabetes: Easy Baked Salmon

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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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Recipes for Diabetes: Turkey Chili

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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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Start Burning Fat Now

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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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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Walk It Out

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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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Sicilian Chicken Marsala

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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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Enjoy Healthy Carbs

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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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Recipes for Diabetes: Simple Salad Caprese

Recipes for Diabetes: Simple Salad Caprese

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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.

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Stepping Toward Weight Loss and Better Health

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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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Recipes for Diabetes: Luscious Layered Salad

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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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Why Low-Carbohydrate Diets Work

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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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Is Diet a Viable Natural Diabetes Treatment?

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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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Weight Loss is About Burning Fat

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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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Burning Energy and Losing Weight

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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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Just Say No to Diet Drugs

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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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Weight Loss and the Yo-Yo Phenomenon

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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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Special Note About Type 1 Diabetes

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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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The Dangers of Diabetes Drugs

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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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Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

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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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Diabetes Is Much Too Serious to Ignore

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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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Another Diabetes Success Story

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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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Antioxidants Are Key When Managing Diabetes

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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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Vanadium Mimics Insulin

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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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Let's Talk About Type 1 Diabetes

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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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Maintain Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

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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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Manage Diabetes with Exercise

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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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Diabetes and the Western Diet

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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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Diabetes is a Silent Killer

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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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Diabetes Treatments: HBOT and EECP

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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

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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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A Diabetes Success Story

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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

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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

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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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Can People Living With Diabetes Drink Alcohol?

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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?

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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

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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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Remedies Worse Than the Disease

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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

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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

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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 Cataracts

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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

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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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Diabetes and Kidney Disease

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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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