Archive for the ‘diabetes’ Category

Is It Possible to Reverse Diabetes Symptoms in 30 Days

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Yesterday, Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show, interviewed Dr Catherine Shanahan (left) and Dr Stefan Ripich on natural ways to deal with diabetes.

Dr Shanahan is the Medical Director of the Bedford Center for Medical Nutrition in Bedford, New Hampshire and author of Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes need Transition Food and also Food Rules: A Doctor’s Guide to Healthy Eating.

Can You Reduce the Risk of Diabetes by Eating Fish? Find Out What the Latest Research Says. .

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

A new study published in Nutricion Hospitalaria journal carried out in a Spanish population concluded that eating lots of cured meats is associated with greater weight gain and a higher obesity rate, whereas the consumption of fish is linked to a lower glucose concentration and a smaller risk of developing diabetes. The study was conducted in the Vanemcian community of 945 people consisting of 340 men and 605 women between age 55 and 80 with a high cardiovascular risk. Understanding the correlation between the Mediterranean diet and its association with cardiovascular risk factors and the dietary patterns regarding meat and fish consumption were the goals of the study Researchers found that consuming red meat by the study population occurred on average of once a day and that is high compared to dietary recommendations. It is believed this pattern may be related to weight-loss diets that recommend eating grilled veal. Eating excessive amounts of red meat is associated with higher cardiovascular risk, higher blood pressure, diabetes and a moderate decrease in life expectancy mainly die to cancer and heart disease. On the other hand, eating fish has a health benefit for the heart.
Although this was a cross sectional study that not determine a causal effect, the researchers confirm that similar studies show that the consumption of fish is associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. There were gender differences in that men more frequently ate a high intake of red and cured meat whereas women ate more white meat, especially chicken, and turkey. However, there were no significant differences in intake of fish between the two groups but women did tend to score higher on healthy diets than men.

10 Step Program to a Healthier Body and Other Natural Tips Useful in Diabetes

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Guest of Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, of the Holistic Health Show on Saturday will be Dr Catherine Shanahan, M.D. and Dr Stefan Ripich, N.D. and N.P., who will talk about natural solutions for diabetes.

Dr Shanahan, who like to be called Dr Cate, is a board certified Family Practitioner and Medical Director of the Bedford Center for Medical Nutrition in Bedford, New Hampshire. She is also author of Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Transitional Food: and Food Rules: A doctors Guide to Healthy Eating. She uses a diet program that gets diabetics off medications. More information is available at:

Dr Ripich is a Naturopathic Physician and Certified Nurse Practitioner. He practices in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is the author of The 30-Day Diabetes Cure which is available as a book and Video Coach DVD Set. He says that every patient who has followed this 30 day program has successfully reversed symptoms of type 2 diabetes. More information is available at:

Blood Sugar Testing Using Tear Drops for Diabetes

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011


Recent research published in ACS’ journal Analytical Chemistry concluded that researchers developed and successfully laboratory tested an electrochemical sensor device having the potential to measure blood sugar levels from tears instead of blood. This is good news because it could save diabetics from the need to stick themselves daily for blood sugar testing.
The researchers used tears from 12 anesthetized rabbits and said “it may be possible to measure tear glucose levels multiple times per day to monitor blood glucose changes without the potential pain from the repeated invasive blood drawing method.”
The sensor is still years away from being commercially available and may not completely do away with blood testing because blood would be needed periodically to calibrate the sensor.

Does Yoga Have a Role in Diabetes? Listen to the Yoga Nurse on the Holistic Health Show.

Sunday, November 13th, 2011



On Saturday, Dr Carl O Helvie, Host of the Holistic Health Show on BBS Radio interviewed Annette Tersigni, the Yoga Nurse,(left) and Joan Grobb Augustino, a diabetic sufferer.

Annette is a former Model and Hollywood Actress who turned nurse and stress-management expert, and has been seen featured extensively on the media including CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox News. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found at: Http://

Joan is a type II diabetes sufferer who used natural solutions to deal with the condition and is a work and personality specialist who published 5 Secrets to Successful Strategies that was a chapter in a book titled Discover Your Inner Strength. More information was presented on an earlier blog and can also be found at:

Enjoy the interview below:

Yoga Nurse and Diabetic Sufferer to Be Guests on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, November 6th, 2011



My first guest for Saturday is Annette Tersigni, RN, (left) known as the Yoga Nurse

Interview with Stephan Dortlandt and Stacey Grieves on Natural Solutions for Diabetes

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

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Yesterday, Dr Carl O. Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show on BBS Radio interviewed Stephen Dortlandt (left) and Stacey Grieves on natural ways to work with diabetes and prevent neuropathy.

Stephen has a health food store in Hollywood, California and is author of Dr Gourd. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found at

Stacey has worked helping people with their health for 18 years and after retiring from ownership of a complementary health care clinic and massage therapy in 2007 she has worked as a wellness consultant. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found at

Having Diabetes May Increase Survival in Lung Cancer Patients

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011


A new study reported by and published in the November issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology concluded that having diabetes improves the chances of survival of patients diagnosed with lung cancer. Using data from 3 studies the researchers analyzed a cohort of 1,677 patients with lung cancer within a clearly defined geographical area with a large and stable population. The relationship between lung cancer, diabetes and survival were analyzed.
Findings demonstrated that lung cancer patients who had diabetes had higher survival rates than lung cancer patients without diabetes. These rates were as follows: At the one year mark, survival of those with lung cancer and diabetes was 43% compared to 28% in those with lung cancer only: at two years the rates were 19% verses 11 %, and at 3 years were 3% verses 1%. The research team stated that “the fact that patients with diabetes mellitus showed a lower frequency of metastatic disease may partly explain the survival benefits in patients with diabetes mellitus because the majority of the patients with lung cancer die of metastasis and not of the primary tumor.” However, as we adjust for stage of disease in our analysis this potential advantage can hardly explain the observed benefit in patients with diabetes mellitus.” In addition increased survival was demonstrated in one study where all patients had advanced lung cancer.
The researchers did not discuss the exact cause of the relationship, stated the relationship warrented further study, and recommended against withholding standard cancer treatment in patients who have both lung cancer and diabetes.

Hear About the Diabetic Conspiracy And Insoles That Improve Circulation on Next Holistic Health Show

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

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The first guest of Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show, on Saturday is Stephan Dorlandt, a 19 year veteran of the natural products industry. He has owned a health food store, performed over 10,000 live blood cell consultations as a clinical nutritionist, and formulated his own line of dietary supplements. His products are sold by practitioners (MD

Poorly Controlled Individuals with Diabetes Benefit from Behavioral and Educational Interventions

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011


Recent research (three random controlled studies) published online in the Archives of Internal medicine concluded that behavioral and educational interventions seem to be effective for assisting poorly controlled diabetes.

In the first study 222 adults with diabetes were randomly assigned to three treatment groups. These groups were 1) structural behavioral treatment that included a five-session manual-based educator-led structured intervention with cognitive behavioral strategies 2) a group attention control that included an educator-led educational program, and 3) and individual control that involved unlimited individual nurse and dietitian education sessions over a 6 month period.
All groups showed glycemic improvement but the structural behavioral group showed the most improvement compared to the other two groups and patients with type 2 diabetes showed greater improvement than those with type 1. The quality of life, number of daily glucose meter checks, and frequency of diabetes self care did not differ in the three groups over time but patients with type 2 showed higher quality of life scores than patients with type 1. The author concluded that “a structured, cognitive behavioral program is more effective than two control interventions in improving glycemia in adults with long-duration diabetes.”

In the second study 623 adults with type 2 diabetes from Minnesota and New Mexico with glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) concentrations of 7 percent or higher were randomly placed in one of 3 groups: 1) group education; 2) individual education; 3) usual care. Results showed that individual education resulted in better glucose control in patients with established suboptimally controlled diabetes than did group education. In addition, although mean HbA1c concentration decreased in all treatment groups, the decrease was significantly greater in the individual education group than in the group education or usual care groups. In addition, those in the individual education group were more likely to have HbA1c levels below 7 percent than those in either of the other two groups. The author concluded “among patients with type 2 diabetes of relatively long duration and HbA1c levels of 7 percent or higher, short term glucose control improved more in those receiving individu8al diabetes education than in those receiving group diabetes education or assigned to no education.”

In a 3rd study 201 patients made up of 72% African Americans or Latinos and with 74% having annual incomes of less than or equal to $15,000 and with poorly controlled diabetes were randomly assigned to a treatment group or control. The treatment group consisted of an intervention package including a 24-minute video behavior support intervention with a workbook and five sessions of telephone coaching by a trained diabetes nurse, and the control group was given a 20-page brochure developed by the National Diabetes Education Program.
The author found that most individuals in the study received the assigned treatment material: subjects (94.3 percent) and controls (93.5 percent). Most also rated the clarity of the material as good, very good, or excellent at follow up: subjects (88;5 percent) and controls (89.8 percent). There was also a significant reduction in mean HbA1c levels from the beginning to the end (6 months) of the study period for both groups but differences between the two groups were not significant. In addition, the differences in other clinical measures such as blood lipid levels and blood pressure, and measures of diabetes knowledge and self-care behaviors were not significantly different in the two groups.