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My guest is Chrystal from L.A.. She is just one of many positive diabetics making a huge difference in the diabetes community. She is a chemist, and diabetic activist. After Chrystal's diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in November 2007, she created SexyDiabetic.com; and donates a good portion of her time connecting and sharing experiences, both inside and outside the online diabetic communities.

Chrystal has shared with us her personal experiences living with diabetes; her role in the diabetic community; some of her current diabetic project she's working on during black history month.

We talked about some of the struggles we we face, getting the African American communities and all other people of color educated on the dangers of diabetes; as well as the fears and discrimination that still exist for diabetics today.

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Richard A. Vaugn

For 2012 I thought it would be wonderful to start the year off with a positive interview!

My guest is Richard A Vaughn. He has written an awesome book called "Beating The Odds - 64 years of Diabetes Health". In this book, he takes us on a journey through his diabetic life.

From the moment he was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 6, all the way up through completing his masters degree, @ a time when people thought diabetics shouldn't go to college (because diabetes was considered a disability then).

Richard also talks about his wonderful family and grand children, in addition to participating in the Joslin Medalist Study, funded by the JDRF & National Institute of health..

Richard is definitely an inspiration to us all. He has showed us insulin dependent people, how to live healthy emotionally & physically by example, with either no, or the least amount of complications possible; coming from a time when life expectancy for a diabetic was no later than 40 years old.


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You can purchase Richard's book by clicking on the graphic of his book below.

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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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