I Hate Being Lied To: Highlights From Diabetes Boot Camp

Lemmings 32015, The day I went to the VA Emergency Room with killing pains in the upper-right quadrant of the abdomen was a game-changing day.  Yet, it also marked the day that doctors started lying to me.  I was diagnosed with three things, gallstones, obesity, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.  Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, also known as metabolic-associated fatty liver disease, is excessive fat build-up in the liver without another clear cause, such as alcohol use. There are two types; non-alcoholic fatty liver and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, with the latter including liver inflammation. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is less dangerous than NASH and usually does not progress to NASH or liver cirrhosis.  Essentially, my liver was having problems policing itself and had developed fattiness, not alcohol-related.

2021, a clinical pharmacist in charge of teaching diabetes at the El Paso VA Medical Center, holds a “boot camp” for veterans to help them understand and better handle diabetes.  I spent 30-minutes with Dr. T. getting the low-down on diabetes and getting questions answered.  I hate being lied to, and I hate not being able to get simple questions answered.  Today’s diabetes class changed my understanding, and I have just scratched the diet/diabetes topic.

Let me be clear right here; I am not an authority on these topics.  I am not a medical professional, and sources outside my own research have provided all medical information.  I am still learning on these topics and am simply describing my experiences.  If the same issues spark your interest, may this information help and support you and your doctor’s path moving forward.Exclamation Mark

Obesity

Obesity is the amount of fat carried on a person, above a specific level, as determined by the health and activity of the person.  Please note, no single person is identical in where their fat vs. health into obesity levels are.  I have met people who look overweight, but they are not unhealthy because of how their body works.  Whereas, I have met skinny people with very little fat on their bodies who were exceedingly unhealthy.  Thus, calling all heavy people “fat” and “obese” is the first set of lies and misconceptions we must learn and unlearn when discussing obesity, diabetes, and diet.

Obesity, and the linked diseases to obesity, is also a misnomer and a horrible series of lies.  Diabetes is considered a disease; obesity has just now (2018 or so) been changed from a symptom to a disease.  Want to hear something to blow your mind; both descriptions are 100% wrong!  Obesity is a consequence of being addicted to foods.  Diabetes is a consequence of having the addiction overcome the body’s natural defenses and cause independent problems.

DietGravy Train 2

I am not advocating any diet/weight-loss plan, nor am I using this term to describe specific foods in a health regime; in using the term diet, I am discussing the foods we eat.  The foods we eat form our diet, and our diets are killing us.

If you are around 40-years of age, you grew up with the food pyramid, as detailed by the Food and Drug Administration, as a way to select healthy foods and improve your diet.  You were taught that grains, especially whole grains, were essential for your diet and should be the bulk of what you eat daily.  You have been carefully trained and programmed that dairy, especially drinking Milk, is extremely important to a growing body.  You have been instructed that calories in, plus exercise, is the path to weight loss and healthy living.  You have been taught that salt is bad, sugar is good in moderation, and that there are pills to correct the issues if you are having problems.  Would you believe a single voice that told you those are all lies; I wouldn’t, but the researchers continue to affirm the truth of these things if you desire to learn.

Today, I finally learned just how bad these lies are, and my “cherub-like” demeanor has been brutally beaten by reality.  Since 2015, I have been told these lies multiple times, specifically to reduce the problems I am experiencing from a lifetime of eating the food pyramid!  Nothing is more dangerous than an honest person lied to, and the government needs to fear this consequence.  Salt is good in moderation, as established by your blood work.  Drinking Milk is bad for the body.  Sugar is worse for the body than dairy!

VaccineLet’s talk about historical facts for a moment.  You will not find this discussed in your history books, but I promise the history is 100% accurate, and the Internet has sources for what I am about to declare.  The East India Company, a powerful trading company from England, wanted to increase sales of sugar cane and offered what is essentially bribes to farmers to feed their animals sugar cane.  The animals quickly developed sores, open wounds, and a host of health problems, leading to death.  When this experiment failed, the focus was pushed back to sugar crystallization, which began injecting crystallized sugar into people’s diets worldwide.  Who eventually had the same problems as the animals eating raw sugar cane, only the length of time between consumption to health problems was longer, and thus more easily overlooked as the cause.

Research using fMRIs has shown that sugar and heroin have the same effects on the brain, opening the same receptors and releasing the same feel-good chemicals into the body.  Worse, the addiction between sugar and heroin is very close chronologically.  Two weeks is the upper limit to reach to begin changing the body’s dependence to both, which means that it takes roughly two weeks after the last hit to start the addiction recovery process.  The only difference between heroin and sugar, sugar does not come with a stigma and legal problems that heroin carries.

DiabetesBait & Switch

In simple terms, diabetes is the overproduction of insulin in the body until the pancreas cannot keep up and begins to fail.  If you have a Gastrointestinal problem, the levels of insulin in the body are the cause.  The powerful pancreas is directly tied to a person’s health.

Carbohydrates are the problem; carbohydrates (carbs) are comfort foods and always contain higher sugar levels.  Carbs make it very difficult to break the sugar addiction and stop the pancreas from not hitting the proper amount of insulin in the body to digest foods.  I have always preferred brown rice to white rice, beans and legumes, whole grains, and I love making my own bread.  Yet, these foods especially are why my pancreas is overworking, and I have gastrointestinal issues and diabetes.  The nine-grain cereal I love any time of the day to consume is hurting me, but for my whole life, I have been told that nine-grain, whole grain cereal cannot hurt you.

Cave Man Foods

Knowledge Check!The following were suggested to me as foods to focus on eating, cutting my meals from three to two per day, and I have a follow-up in two weeks with Dr. T.  Dr. T. called these foods “Cave Man Foods” as they are closer to what cavemen ate, and they did not have diabetes.  I include these foods as a permanent record, not as health advice.  Please consult your physician and your body for what is best for you.

      • Eggs
      • Cheese
      • Avocados
      • All types of leafy green stuff (I knew they would stick these nasty things in somewhere.)
      • Non-Starchy Vegetables
          • Cucumbers
          • Colored peppers
          • The greenest lettuce to be found, Romaine is best provided it is GREEN! If your lettuce is white, RUN AWAY, THROW IT AWAY.
          • Spinach
          • Cabbage – Oh, I love Red and Green Cabbage with brats!
          • Broccoli
          • Radishes
          • Fresh Tomatoes – If your tomatoes are processed, look at the added sugar content, and be amazed at how sodas have less sugar than spaghetti sauce. But sodas get a bad rap, and spaghetti sauce gets a pass.
          • Asparagus – I love red/purple asparagus, can never find it, but I prefer red/purple to green.
          • Mushrooms – Oh, I have a great recipe for stuffed mushroom caps for the grill!
      • Raw nuts, but any non-sugar added nuts are good.
      • All berries.
      • Coffee and Tea, no sugar – Frankly, I drink neither, for I hate the taste of green/black/white/etc. Teas and I have finally kicked the coffee habit.
      • Drink Water! As a firefighter, as a person who has suffered three major heat stress injuries, I am a huge proponent of drinking water.
      • Meat – Any type.
      • Avoid – Bread, Rice, and Pasta

IronyWhat I found unique on this list is the missing fruits, watermelon, peaches, pears, apples, oranges, pineapples, etc., and Dr. T. claimed this was because of the need to pump the body full of insulin to digest the fruits.  If the goal is to heal from diabetes and be free of the drugs, shots, needles, etc., the body needs to be weaned from sugars to allow the pancreas to heal and the insulin levels and liver functions to return to normal.  As the pancreas heals and liver functions rise, the intestines will see a marked change in healthy bacterial populations without needing to add bacteria to your foods.  Have you seen the amount of added sugar in yogurt?  The bacteria are killed by sugar, but to eat yogurt, you get a considerable amount of sugar; tell me, does this make sense to you?

References

Gundry, S. R. (2017). The plant paradox: The hidden dangers in “Healthy” Foods that cause disease and weight gain. HarperCollins.

Taubes, G. (2008). Good calories, bad calories: Fats, carbs, and the controversial science of diet and health. Anchor.

Taubes, G. (2011). Why we get fat and what to do about it. Anchor.

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NO MORE BS: The Statistical Lies – COVID Version

ElectionRecently, the death toll of COVID was advertised as 500,000 dead, per CDC.  Another factoid that slipped under the radar this week, influenza deaths and cases have dropped to zero since COVID-19 government hysteria happened, also per the CDC.  Until 2020 the US could lose between 12,000 to 61,000, globally 290,000 and 650,000 deaths to the annual flu, also per the CDC.  Yet, 2020 has seen zero deaths or influenza cases.  Does something sound suspicious about these statistics?

2019, measles deaths surged with a 50% increase to 207,500.  These statistics come from the WHO.  From the CDC, we find cigarettes kill 480,000 annually in the US alone.  According to the CDC, 3,000 Americans die of foodborne illnesses.  Motor vehicle fatalities kill 1.35 Million people in the world, according to https://www.asirt.org.  According to the CDC, heart disease kills 659,041, cancer 599,601, Diabetes 87,647, yet none of these other deaths receive any of the same attention as COVID.  Why?

Detective 2Why does a virus that forms the common cold, per the CDC, get all this attention, money, and other resources?  What is so special about COVID?  Many have accurately called me heartless, cold, and distant where death is concerned.  I do not share in the emotions, actions, and social heritage where death is concerned, and the traditions surrounding a death are always morbid to me.  Hence, when we talk about death statistics, I focus more on the statistics than on the individuals, families, and communities.  Still, if COVID is a “special circumstance,” are 500,000 deaths really that tragic when we lose more people to cancer and heart disease annually?

Several political representatives filled my email inbox with marketing materials marking the 500,000 deaths to COVID, and I cannot fathom why COVID is getting the attention.  When heart disease and cancer can be fought and won, and with those being fought and won, less would suffer from viral and bacterial infections, like COVID.  Let us open one more topic for discussion where COVID deaths and statistics are concerned, veracity!

VirtueWhat is veracity?

Webster’s dictionary is spot on in their definition, “conformity to fact; accuracy; habitual truthfulness.”  Veracity is the ability to share knowledge without a bias for lies built-in.  Veracity is the key to truthfulness and long-term trust relationships and is one of the first and most glaring absences in dealing with the media, politicians, used-car salespeople, and lawyers; generally, in that order.

Questions?

How can anyone believe the statistics put forth by the CDC when motorcycle accidents where the patient died, but the hospital called the accident “COVID-related?”  There is an axiom worth knowing in computer programming, GIGO (Garbage In equals Garbage Out), which means that you get trash out for results when you put bad data into a data set.  Since February 2020, many have discussed the GIGO properties in the CDC reported deaths where COVID is concerned.  Why should we trust the veracity of CDC data sets?

blue-money-burning-2Shortly after cleaning out the marketing materials hyperventilating over the 500,000th death by COVID.  My email box filled with politicians begging for my support for “The American Rescue Plan” from COVID as being pushed by the fraudulent president and his minions.  Another $1.9 Trillion of “aid” to America, except, America does not have the money, the “Rescue Plan” does not end the government worsened health crisis, and one of the worst bill riders is to raise the American Minimum Wage to $15.00 an hour.  Why should I support legislation that will intentionally worsen the financial health of America?  Why should I support legislation where the government wants to increase the minimum wage, killing private sector employment?  Does anyone need a refresher course on how bad the $15.00 minimum wage has been to Seattle and every other place where it has been made mandatory?

Blue Money BurningWhat else is in “The American Rescue Plan” for goodies, bennies, and pay-offs that make this legislation different from any other legislation to date?  Will America be sending money to African nations to increase sunshine harvesting efforts as a global climate change initiative?  The inanity and asininity in the legislators pushing these “plans” leave me mentally breathless!  In the category of mental breathlessness, why do all these COVID-recovery bills include loan programs?  Why increase personal debt, business debt, and other debt levels, and call this a benefit?  Loans are not a benefit!  Loans are captivity and chaos, not joy and pleasure!

Here is a direct quote from one of the politicians sending marketing materials:

“To end the pandemic and get our nation healthy again, the American Rescue Plan will mount a national vaccination program to establish community vaccination sites nationwide. It will also invest $46 billion to ramp up COVID-19 testing, an initiative that will propel us forward in our fight against the virus, allow us to safely reopen schools, and get us closer to herd immunity.”

Theres more“End the pandemic,” this is a government decision that shut down and mandated to cause chaos in America and end an economic rebound.  Why not merely pass legislation declaring the pandemic over and let people get back to work?

Why are we spending another $46 Billion on testing for the common cold?  Which Big-Pharma has their hands out begging for government goodies while passing bennies back to the politicians pushing the extra funding?  Let us talk about schools reopening; because everywhere I look, the schools are reopened, students are attending class, and there has been no spike in infection rates.  Something discussed over the summer when it was discovered that children largely escaped any harm from COVID but were mentally harmed and became suicidal because of the freedom shattering “health emergency” measures taken by the government, at the behest of the hysterical media.

Detective 3Please, help me understand how a virus, inherent in the common cold, is going to help “herd immunity?”  The common cold continues to kill, regardless of herd immunity.  What exactly is in that “vaccine” that will aid in reducing the common cold?  Worse, catching one of the coronaviruses in the common cold has been found to create immunity to COVID-19 (Sar-COV-2).  Hence, why exactly is COVID-19 being treated as a “pandemic, health emergency?”  Why was a vaccine needed?  What is so “novel” about COVID-19 that every other viral disease does not have or does not create?  Why is COVID-19 being treated like a “pandemic” when measles is worse, is more easily transmitted, and possesses a higher death rate?

SARS has been around since 2002, has a mortality rate of 9.6%; no political hay was made over this viral infection.  MERS has been killing people with a mortality rate of 34.4% since 2012, no pandemic declaration, no health emergency, no massive spending bills.  2019-nCOV has a mortality rate of 2.2%.  Why is COVID-19 being treated like the worst viral disease globally, especially when H5N1 Bird Flu (1997) is still killing 52.8% of the population who catches this viral disease?  Look at the politicians who have come and gone since 1997 and tell me why other reactionary governments did not hyperventilate over their viral infection, but somehow the politicians in 2019 are allowed to overact to COVID-19 violently.

This closing passage from the political hack marketing email for “The American Rescue Plan” has me baffled.

“The hardships of this crisis cannot be overstated. So much has been lost this past year: lives, jobs, financial security, and our ability to embrace one another freely.”

Theres moreThe government created the hardships, increased the losses, ended jobs forever, ruined financial security plans for millions of people, and acted foolishly repeatedly, all while being egged on by Big-Tech, Big-Pharma, and the corporate media.  You, the government, have created a “healthcare emergency,” used your media lapdogs and a 24/7 news cycle to blow up emotional reactions in populations, and I want you to stop the madness!  End the shenanigans forthwith for your actions are atrocious, and I refuse to pay one more penny into this madness you have created from lies and emotional hyperbole!  COVID-19 represents the epitome of why every democratic society needs to reduce the size of government, regain individual rights, and declare the government a fraud!

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