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Do You Understand Diabetes and How it is Created?

Do You Understand Diabetes and How it is Created?

One of those modern diseases that evades full understanding, more and more people are falling victim to is diabetes. What is missing in most people – diabetics and almost everyone else – is understanding of the condition and how it comes about.

When anyone is diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic, they are most often warned about their sugar and refined carbohydrate intake (refined carbs turn into sugar too) but this is only a part of the problem.

Here’s a basic outline of what happens.

Your adrenals produce cortisol whenever you are stressed – mentally or physically. They’re your “fight or flight” glands that produce this hormone called cortisol.

Cortisol is also an anti-inflammatory so, if you’re producing cortisol, there’s inflammation. When there’s inflammation, that’s stress on your body and the adrenal glands do their job of producing cortisol. This is good.

The problem comes in when there’s underlying inflammation going on constantly in your body. This inflammation can be caused by stressors such as viruses, bacteria, metals, chemicals, yeast, candida, food sensitivities – you name it, so many things can cause inflammation – even a spine out of whack.

Cortisol is a hormone. Hormones are the chemical messengers of your body. If you have inflammation, under ideal conditions, the adrenals send out the cortisol to your cells. On each and every cell, there are “docking sites” called receptors. This is where the cells can receive the message, carry out the command “decrease inflammation” and send a message back to the adrenals “job done”.

If those receptor sites are blocked due to toxins (such as caused by the stressors mentioned earlier), the cortisol can’t get into the receptor sites and so the communication gets lost.

Because there’s no reply coming from the cell, the adrenals keep pumping out cortisol (hormone = chemical messenger) to deal with the inflammation, which never gets received or acknowledged so the adrenals keep sending out the cortisol.

Much like mailing a letter to the correct recipient and it just never gets there so you mail another one and another one and another one, but they never arrive and so on.

When this frantic attempt at getting the message to the cell to decrease inflammation continues on and on and on without any response, the cortisol begins to store fat around the vital organs of your body in an attempt to “provide future energy to protect the organs” because there is perceived danger to them.

However, this creates a danger for those organs too and can lead to other more serious disease such as liver, heart, pancreas problems. This is why people start to get a spare tire around their middle. It’s one of cortisol’s jobs, to store fat “just in case”.

Many people try dozens of diets to lose weight and may or may not lose the weight but it invariably returns. That’s because the source of the problem has not been addressed,  which could simply be the overproduction of cortisol due to unresolved inflammation.

Hormonal Imbalances

When the cortisol keeps pumping out to handle the constant inflammation, this does not allow for other hormones to “kick in” such as your sleep and sex hormones (melatonin, serotonin and DHEA – precursor to testosterone and estrogen).

You can call this a hormone or chemical imbalance – take your pick.

In most cases, the symptoms are treated or you’re told you have a chemical imbalance and you’re given some sort of a drug. Problem is that is not addressing the source of the problem and, in fact, worsens things because taking synthetic things will worsen the imbalance as the receptor sites get blocked with more and more garbage, making it more and more impossible for the chemical messengers to get into the cells through the receptor sites.

This then leads to weight issues, energy problems, sleep problems, mood swings, hot  flashes, lowered sex drive, depression, night sweats, etc, etc.

What has this to do with diabetes?  Read more on Do You Understand Diabetes and How it is Created?…

Calcium: Deficiencies, Effects, Symptoms & Foods

Calcium: Deficiencies, Effects, Symptoms & Foods

Ailments Linked to Calcium Deficiencies

PMS symptoms
Nails, brittle and breaking
Skin, dry
Teeth, yellowing
Muscle cramps
Eyes twitching
Kidney stones
High blood pressure
Heartbeat, abnormal
Bone deformities
Bone pain
Muscle weakness
Healing of factures slow
Blood clotting failures
Multiple sclerosis
Restless leg syndrome
Periodontal disease
Menopausal issues

Read more on Calcium: Deficiencies, Effects, Symptoms & Foods…

Magnesium: Deficiencies, Effects, Symptoms & Foods

Magnesium: Deficiencies, Effects, Symptoms & Foods

Ailments Linked to Magnesium Deficiencies

Accelerated aging
Body tension
Cardiovascular disease
Energy low
Heart palpitations
High blood pressure
Kidney stones
Light sensitivity
Menopausal symptoms
Muscle tension
Noise sensitivity
Tics and twitches

Read more on Magnesium: Deficiencies, Effects, Symptoms & Foods…

What About The Man or Men in Your Life?

What About The Man or Men in Your Life?

There is so much attention on female issues like stress, mood swings, hot flashes (night sweats), lowered libido, fatigue, insomnia, but what about the men in our lives?

Male menopause happens as surely as female menopause occurs. The big difference is that with us women we know we’re having PMS or are going through menopause or are pre-menopausal because we have a measuring stick called menstruation – or lack of – and “everybody knows” they must tread carefully around us at certain times of the month. Of course, not all of us go through this, but you know what I mean.

Many men – and women – don’t even know there’s such a thing as male menopause so when a man gets moody or has lowered libido or gets aggressive or can’t sleep or is depressed, we women don’t always understand.  After all, it’s us who go through menopause, not them.  Read more on What About The Man or Men in Your Life?…

How Calcium and Magnesium Work and Doses For All Ages

How Calcium and Magnesium Work and Doses For All Ages

Regular use helps keep your body functioning properly – nerves smoothed out, muscles contracting and relaxing as they’re supposed to and hormones secreting when they should and your immune system ready to take up its defense positions when needed. It helps your adrenals do their job of combatting stress in your body.

Please note: A dose of Instant CalMag-C is different to other similar brands. Whereas most others call for a heaped teaspoon or a tablespoon of powder, with Instant CalMag-C one slightly rounded teaspoon is a dose and provides 290 mg calcium gluconate and 145 mg magnesium carbonate.

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What is Causing Your Hormones To Get Imbalanced?

What is Causing Your Hormones To Get Imbalanced?

There are many answers to this question but I am only going to look at two of the more common, but hidden, ones.

Some of the more obvious symptoms of hormonal imbalances can be seen increasingly in our young people: girls going through puberty long before they should, the sex drive starting earlier in our young people and poor development in young men. This is alarming for the future of the race.

And, no, you are probably not suffering from some unknown mental illness. It is more likely that you are reacting to the constant onslaught of synthetic hormones and/or other toxins.

Below is a list of some of the symptoms that can be caused by hormonal imbalances and/or toxins:

• mood swings
• depression
• feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness
• loss of libido
• insomnia
• decreased energy, fatigue
• irritability
• weight gain or inability to gain
• uncomfortable menopausal (andropausal – male menopause) symptoms
• inability to concentrate
• and the list goes on and on……..

Many people get diagnosed with depression or other disease and meds are usually prescribed to  deal with them when they are actually having problems with an onslaught of synthetic hormones and/or toxins, thereby compounding the problem.  Read more on What is Causing Your Hormones To Get Imbalanced?…

How To Reduce Stress!

How To Reduce Stress!

Liver – Main Detoxification Organ of Your Body

You may not know this but your body (actually your liver) deposits toxins in the tissues of your body. The reason it does this is due to overload. It can’t cope with the abundance of toxins.

Your body has a large number of fat cells. This is a good thing. Your body cannot make hormones and even have adequate energy if you didn’t. You need fat – good fat.

Whether you’re skinny or fat or anywhere in between, you have fat cells. When your liver deposits these toxins because of being overloaded, it deposits them majorly in your fat cells. That’s just the way our bodies are made. We have a clever body design architect.

Toxins and Their Sources

Toxins can be gotten from many sources. You breathe in fumes, you eat food that is loaded with chemicals, pesticides, etc, some people have meds (even though they might be needed, they are still drugs and drugs are toxins), viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungus, mold – and the list goes on and on.

As I said before, your liver gets overloaded and cannot filter out the toxins from your blood fast enough (you’re supposed to get rid of them through your urine and stools) so it starts depositing them in your cells and joints, muscles, ligaments. That’s why people start to get arthritic and more inflamed (Pain! Pain! Pain!) as the years go on. More and more toxins are deposited.  Read more on How To Reduce Stress!…

What Have Hormones, Stress, Sleep and Weight Got To Do With Each Other?

What Have Hormones, Stress, Sleep and Weight Got To Do With Each Other?



As you know, the glands of your body produce hormones. In fact, they produce more than 600 different hormones. Hormones are the chemical messengers that your glands send out to give instructions to your cells – like produce energy, go to sleep, time to wake up, digest this food, produce milk to feed the baby etc.

If there’s a breakdown in this communication system, the messages either can’t get through or they’re too weak or too strong and so get scrambled (wires get crossed), so your body starts to malfunction.


These glands are situated in various parts of your body and they include the adrenals (the little triangular glands above the kidneys – “ad” means above and “renal” means kidney) .

Your adrenals have a responsible job and perform many functions. One of these functions is to release a hormone called cortisol when you have any inflammation. Cortisol is your body’s own anti-inflammatory. That’s right. Your adrenals run a little factory that produces cortisol. So, when you’re under stress, those adrenals are pumping out the cortisol. Sounds good.


Stress can be defined as any mental or physical condition that causes the destruction of a few or many cells. Even something as basic as missing a meal or having an upset with someone puts stress on your body and your adrenal glands are the ones that respond to the stress.

Those tiny little glands excrete cortisol to deal with the stress. If you have any stress, they will just pump out the cortisol to deal with it.


Now, let’s say you have inflammation in your body and your adrenals start pumping out the cortisol to deal with it, that’s fine.

But, how about when there’s constantly some kind of inflammation caused by undetected viruses, parasites, candida, bacteria, allergies to things in the environment, food sensitivities chemical pollutants, vitamins etc, etc?

Did you know that they cause inflammation in your body? They do. Even vitamins can do this. If you’re doing a hit or miss thing with the vitamins in an attempt to resolve symptoms and you’re using the wrong ones or excessive doses, they add more strain to your adrenals as they have to deal with them too. Strange but true. Read more on What Have Hormones, Stress, Sleep and Weight Got To Do With Each Other?…