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It’s Horrible, Deadly — And Insanely Easy To Fix. But America’s Troubles With Food Insecurity Means Millions Are Closer To The Scurvy Zone Than We Admit.

It’s horrible, deadly — and insanely easy to fix. But America’s troubles with food insecurity means millions are closer to the scurvy zone than we admit.

It’s horrible, deadly — and insanely easy to fix. But America’s troubles with food insecurity means millions are closer to the scurvy zone than we admit.

It’s horrible, deadly — and insanely easy to fix. But America’s troubles with food insecurity means millions are closer to the scurvy zone than we admit.
By Leigh Cowart
Right now, there’s about a cup of orange juice in my gut, sloshing around and mingling with my stomach acid as it delivers all the vitamin C that I require for the day. I’ve got some major bruises on my knees, and so once the essential nutrient hits my body’s internal transport system, the orange juice that I just drank will play an important role in wound healing, preventing future capillaries from bleeding too easily, and with any luck helping me perform enough sweet, sweet collagen synthesis to make it look like I sleep regularly. Vitamin C may be the most important water-soluble antioxidant in human plasma, and is required for all plants and animals. But while most other animals can synthesize their own supply, humans — along with other primates, guinea pigs, capybaras, some fish, and some bats — have to get theirs elsewhere. Hence the orange juice.
The problem is that not everyone gets enough. And when vitamin C goes missing from a diet for long enough, the results can be explicitly unpleasant: scurvy.
We act like scurvy is long left behind, a throwback disease, forgotten and dust-covered and banished to antiquity. But this scourge of sailors is, in fact, not something that humanity has outgrown. It still happens, and probably more than you realize.
Scurvy, the most extreme result of prolonged lack of vitamin C, is, in a word, unpleasant. In three, it’s “fatal if untreated.” The d Continue reading

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Disease Prevention: Diabetes and Heart Problems Can Be Avoided if You Eat Slower

Disease Prevention: Diabetes and Heart Problems Can Be Avoided if You Eat Slower

Growing up, your parents probably delivered lectures about your eating habits, namely getting enough fruits and vegetables, not playing with your food, and not scarfing down the contents of your plate. Turns out, wise mom was right again when it comes to chewing thoroughly—the American Heart Association released new information that gobbling down your food could damage your heart and cause weight gain.
Related: Low-Calorie Diet Could Help Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Researchers from the organization presented their findings about eating pace and health at the 2017 Scientific Sessions, a conference where researchers and clinicians discuss the newest heart health advances.
According to a release, people who ate slowly were less likely to be obese or develop metabolic syndrome, which are among a variety of factors that increase your risk of health problems like diabetes or heart disease. These factors include: excess stomach fat, typically seen in apple-shaped bodies; elevated blood sugar; high blood pressure; high triglycerides; and low HDL cholesterol, also what people usually refer to as “the good kind.”
For the study, researchers looked at data on 642 men and 441 women whose average age was 51 years old. None of the participants started with metabolic syndrome, and everyone was separated by their eating speeds, categorized as either slow, normal or fast.
Over the course of five years, fast eaters were 11.6 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome than normal eaters. Those who ate at normal speeds had a 6.5 percent chance of developing the syndrome while only 2.3 pe Continue reading

New Theory About the Cause of Type 1 Diabetes

New Theory About the Cause of Type 1 Diabetes

The immune system mistakenly identifying insulin-secreting beta cells as a potential danger and, in turn, destroying them has long been considered the root cause of type 1 diabetes. Now, an international team of researchers led by City of Hope’s Bart Roep, Ph.D., the Chan Soon-Shiong Shapiro Distinguished Chair in Diabetes and professor/founding chair of the Department of Diabetes Immunology, has been able to justify a new theory about the cause of type 1 diabetes through experimental work. The study results were published online yesterday in the journal Nature Medicine.
Type 1 diabetes affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans and is the result of the loss of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.
Now Roep, along with researchers from the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, have found a mechanism in which stressed beta cells are actually causing the immune response that leads to type 1 diabetes.
“Our findings show that type 1 diabetes results from a mistake of the beta cell, not a mistake of the immune system,” said Roep, who is director of The Wanek Family Project for Type 1 Diabetes, which was recently created with gifts from the Wanek family and anonymous donors to support the institution’s goal of curing type 1 diabetes in six years. “The immune system does what it is supposed to do, which is respond to distressed or ‘unhappy’ tissue, as it would in infection or cancer.”
In order to gain a better understanding of why the immune system attacks the body’s own source of insulin — the pancreatic beta cells in the islets of Lange Continue reading

8 simple diabetes prevention tips for families

8 simple diabetes prevention tips for families

Looking for a diabetes prevention action plan? You don't have to change your life a lot, just a little, to make a big difference for you and your family.
More than 30 million Americans live with the disease, according to the latest statistics. It’s on the rise, even among children.
But you absolutely can prevent or at least delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, which accounts for the vast majority of cases, said Sandra Arévalo, a spokeswoman for the American Association of Diabetes Educators and coordinator of the diabetes management programs at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
“All of these tips need to be like a commercial — you hear it and you hear it and you hear it until it sticks with you, like a jingle, so that people start knowing and especially doing what they need to do,” Arévalo told TODAY.
You may want to start by taking a risk test offered by the American Diabetes Association.
Then keep these eight tips in mind:
1. Lose a bit of weight
If you’re overweight or obese, lose at least 10 percent of your weight — studies show that can delay the onset of diabetes and help you live longer, Arévalo said. If you weigh 180 pounds, for example, make it your goal to shed 18 pounds.
“It is doable,” she noted. “You can do it by yourself, or with the help of a diabetes educator, a dietician or with your doctor.”
One place to get help is the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, with more than 200 locations across the country offering guidance in a small-group setting on how to eat healthier, move more and lose weight.
2. Cut down on all sweetened foods Continue reading

Natural treatment for type I diabetes – Possible Causes

Natural treatment for type I diabetes – Possible Causes

Three Articles On Type I Diabetes:
Article #1: Introduction To Type I Diabetes
Article #2: Possible Causes of Type 1 Diabetes (This Article)
Article #3: The Treatment of Type I Diabetes
Article #2: Possible Causes of Type I Diabetes
By far the most common theory as to why type 1 diabetes forms is the destruction of the beta cells. There are several theories as to why this happens.
The generally accepted theory is that an “auto-immune” reaction of the body physically destroys the beta cells in the pancreas. In other words, abnormal proteins get into the blood and in the body's attempts to destroy the proteins the beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed.
There are theories (some with very sold evidence) as to why these proteins get into the body. The theories with the most scientific evidence revolve around vaccinations or milk (i.e. dairy products) as being the cause of the abnormal proteins entering the body and triggering the auto-immune reaction.
Vaccinations are known to get all kinds of deadly and damaging things directly into the bloodstream, including abnormal proteins (triggering many different kinds of auto-immune diseases), and a wide variety of very undesirable molecules into our bodies.
Impurities in a vaccine are injected directly into the body, bypassing the digestive system's ability to deal with them. If these unnatural proteins are similar enough to normal cells or beneficial proteins in the body, the immune system, in attacking the unnatural molecules, may be fooled and start attacking the natural cells or beneficial proteins. This may also lead to the Continue reading

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