My Experience @ the Bronx Health fair 2010
A nurse talks to me about the importance of controlling your blood pressure.
Dr. Carlos Driggs, talks about the basics of diabetes in English and Spanish.
Dr. Guzman from Mount Sinai Hospital talks about diabetes.
Unfortunately, this is just one of the MANY challenges diabetics face every single day. A type 1 diabetic was arrested inside a NYC subway, because he give himself an insulin shot. Even more sad, this happened almost a year ago, and the news just started to give this real recognition. I just can’t comprehend why is America so slow on understanding diabetes? The first group of people that need to understand diabetics ARE the cops. I hope some time in the future, attitudes and awareness about diabetes gets better. However, it will not get better if diabetics stay quiet. Diabetes is a 24/7 job, we don’t get to choose when we could think about our diabetes. Let’s help each other by not staying quiet and tell our stories..
I guess I should start off by making my readers aware of the differences between Vegans and Vegetarians. Vegans are what I call the fanatics of raw foods and humanitarianism. Vegans are individuals who absolutely under no circumstances will eat ANY meat, meat by products, certain candies such as taffy (because some taffy’s have pork by products in them), they will not wear leather or silk, nor will they purchase wool carpets. It is the utmost importance, for a vegan to only consume “organic” and or freshly grown plant based foods. You’d often find Vegans fighting for animal rights and cruelty, similar to that of groups like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Some die-hard Vegans will go as far as to force domestication on wild animals; in other words, don’t be surprised to see a swine sitting comfortably inside their owner’s living-room.
I’m sorry to say but I’ve also encountered Vegans who posses an air of “I’m better than you because I don’t eat meat” kinda attitude. Which is a real turn off by the way. The next thing you know, you are bombarded with hints and innuendos, to try and get you to abandon your horrible meat eating lifestyle, because it’s “bad for everybody”. The truth of the matter is, I’ve seen some pretty unhealthy Vegans too!! However, I digress…
Inside the world of vegan-ism, you’ll read and hear a lot of propaganda concerning the “healing powers of raw foods”. Many vegan venues work very hard to sell everyone the idea that eating raw food will heal ANY sickness you can think of. Those of you who follow my blog know my position on these apostolic like teachings of “miracle cures”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying in anyway that eating healthy is a waste of time; however, I am saying that it is a whole new bowl of wax, once an organization or entity starts to profess claims of healing that does not work for everyone. Too many of these claims of “you can heal yourself”, comes from doctors and organizations that are simply trying to corner a market and make money.
I’ve seen a few documentaries about “raw food retreats”, that are usually located out in a suburban country somewhere. Many people including diabetics can benefit from something like this, however, once you come back home to the stress of the city; the reality is, what is the likelihood you’ll have access to the same foods? What is the likely hood that 5-10 years later you won’t be tempted to revert back to old way of eating?? I am all about being realistic. In this case, it’s not about eating more leaves and branches, it’s about making better food choices, which can include raw foods.
The same way (for whatever reason) some meds don’t work in some people, the same is true for plant based consumption. It’s important to understand that we all are individuals with bodies that are not replicas of each other. This is by no means meant to discourage anyone from a raw foods lifestyle, I just want to make people aware that, it is very possible to be on a plant based diet, and still be unhealthy, which can be due to a plethora of reasons. Becoming a Vegan does not = (equal) no doctor needed.
Vegetarians are basically individuals who also do not eat meat, and primarily eat a plant based diet. However they DO consume some dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. Some Vegetarians will even eat eggs. They are generally not fanatical in their lifestyles, in the same way that many Vegans are. I guess it is also safe to say that, most Vegans are born into a lifestyle of Plant eating, were as most people Vegetarians later on in their lives. Vegetarians are not only a little more liberal in their diets, but usually are people that just want to live a little more healthier overall.
In short, ultimately, whether you choose to be Vegan, or Vegetarian, or not at all, is a personal choice. However, It is also my opinion that, one should not become a Vegan/Veg solely because you think it will remove all your preexisting diseases; do it because it’s an overall healthier way of life.
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Ben Vereen is most remembered for his character role as “Chicken George Moore” in the movie “Roots”. You may also remember him in the 80’s hit show “Webster”. He talks with National Public Radio along side Dr. Michael Bush about diabetes awareness. Mr. Vereen has a long acting career that spans over 40+ years; which includes theatre and producing. Listen as Ben shares a piece of his life living with diabetes..
Vitamin A is great for healthy skin; vitamin E is good for healthy eyes; Co q10 is good to promote healthy heart; and Chromium Picolinate is wonderful in helping your cells to become more insulin sensitive. However, have you ever purchased a particular product (herbal or mineral/vitamin based) to help with a specific condition? Have you also noticed that a lot of those products don’t seem to work well, or not at all? There are three main reasons for this.
Unfortunately vitamins, herbs, mineral, and homeopathic based products are not being regulated by the FDA, or any other governing body (at least that I’m aware of). What does this mean? There are no clear set of standards or quality controls forced upon any company or manufacture who produces “healthy supplements”. In other words, you can purchase a bottle of vitamin C, and not know whether or not it truly came from natural sources, or created in a laboratory; neither will you know how potent your new bottle of vitamin C is. There is also the issue of whether or not the particular product has been diluted with extraneous ingredients, or even ingredients that could actually further inhibit the said vitamin’s effectiveness.
As far as I can see, knowing which supplement brands to buy can be nerve racking; you’ll need a college degree just to figure it out!! Some companies I’ve personally used are Solar, and Nature’s Way. These two companies products seem to give me good results when I’ve use them. Sadly, the only real way of knowing a good vitamin product appears to be through word of mouth. This may be due to the fact that they are not regulated.
The Second main reason that should be considered is that, your body knows what it needs better than you do. What do I mean by that?? Remember when I said in the beginning that Vitamin A is good for healthy skin? Well, the same vitamin is also good for several other things, including helping to strengthen skeletal bones. In other words, what I’m trying to say is your body will never use a particular vitamin solely for one thing! If your body is aware of the fact that your bones are brittle, it will use what ever resource at it’s disposal to help repair your brittle bones. Get it?? So in essence, its not that the vitamin is not working, it’s just that the vitamin maybe being used for something more urgent in the body.
Third and last main reasons are vitamins/herbs that are contained in skin cremes. It is my opinion that if you by a skin product to help with “dry skin” for instance, your better off saving your money and just eat more fruits and vegetables. The process for creating such a product is kinda like when you boil raw vegetables (most of the nutrients a boiled away), now your left with putting 80% of perfume on your body, instead of vitamins that are said to help with XY&Z.
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I’ve came to know of Lizmari on a popular diabetes website called TuDiabetes. I was so inspired by not only her amazing transformation, but her outlook on life and her diabetes. Lizmari was diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic November 17th 2009, born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. At the time of diagnosis, her A1C percentage was 10.5%. With much hard work and positive energy, as of June 2010 her Hemoglobin A1C now runs on average 5%!! In short, Liz Mari has successfully taken her blood sugar down to non-diabetic levels. As a result of tight glucose control, she has lost an amazing amount of weight. She now spends much of her time inspiring others, and lending other diabetics like her some positive energy! These accomplishments are nothing to sneeze at, and is worthy of being honored.
How has she done it? Purely by diet, exercise, and staying focused. On Tudiabetes site, she has written many blog entries on various subjects; ranging from processed foods, building awareness, personal frustrations, and being candid with her life, in addition to sharing with others who are willing to listen.
As many of us know, diabetes can be a very lonely disease for many of us. Rarely have I witnessed someone like Mari, who’s dedicated so much of her time to uplift others via the internet. She has also gone out of her way (many times) to do what ever it takes, in explaining complex subjects, be it concerning her life or diabetes.
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