Diabetics–1 Or 2

Sunday and the sun is shining and the garden is starting to bud out….my radishes are all up….looks like it will be a good year for a yield from the garden……so onward…..

I live in Mississippi the state with the highest concentration of Diabetics in nation…..we are also the most obese state…in short the least healthy state of the 50…..

Everyone knows that Diabetes has two types….type one and type two…..but could that be wrong?

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, but a study published Thursday in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology concludes we’ve been thinking about the disease all wrong. The BBC reports diabetes is typically separated into type 1—an immune system disease—and type 2—mostly seen as the result of an unhealthy lifestyle. About 90% to 95% of diabetics are classified as type 2, according to Medical News Today. But: “Diabetes is not the grey mass we have been calling type 2,” researcher Leif Groop tells the Guardian. “There are really subsets of the disease that require different treatment.” Groop’s team studied 14,775 diabetics and determined diabetes should actually be broken into five “genetically distinct” clusters. They are:

  • Cluster 1: Severe autoimmune diabetes. Essentially the same as type 1.
  • Cluster 2: Severe insulin-deficient diabetes. As in cluster 1, strikes young and healthy people, but the immune system isn’t at fault.
  • Cluster 3: Severe insulin-resistant diabetes. Bodies of largely overweight people no longer respond to insulin being produced.
  • Cluster 4: Mild obesity-related diabetes. Patients are very overweight but have metabolisms closer to normal than patients in cluster 3.
  • Cluster 5: Mild age-related diabetes. Mild form of diabetes developed by older people. The most common cluster.

Each cluster has different risks associated with it, and patients could respond better to different treatments, researchers say. “I think it will mean a more individualized therapy [and] a better quality of life,” Groop says. (A study found moderate drinking may lower the risk of diabetes.)

What does this actually do?  Will it matter when treatment is called for?  Is this a good thing or was it just a waste of time and energy?

Time for me to sit in the garden and sip a bourbon and enjoy the sunshine on my old body…..be well, be safe……chuq


Dark Side Of The Olympics

In case my reader is unaware…..the 23rd Olympics is in full swing (the  US is not doing so well)….one of the more popular events of the Olympics is figure skating (I had rather watch Curling)…..but this sport has a darker side (not the same as the darker side of gymnastics)…..eating disorders…..

Figure skating….all the beauty and grce hides some ugly side effects…..

The figure skating competition has grabbed headlines at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

However, two competitors who made huge impact four years ago are absent from the Games.

US skater Gracie Gold, 18 at the Sochi Olympics four years ago, seemed destined for bigger things after winning team bronze, while 15-year-old Russian skater Yulia Lipnitskaya dazzled the crowds with her flexibility, grace and technique on the way to gold.

But due to eating disorders, both have quit the sport permanently.


Not something they want to hype for the games for it may dampen the enthusiasm for the games.  That is the ugliness……image is more important the sport.

Doping is not the worse thing that could happen to a competitor.

Body image is a real problem apparently….I even heard an announcer comment that one of the curlers had to lose 30 lbs if he wanted to be on the team….really?  You have to have 6 pack abs to slide a stone down the ice?

Closing Thought–12Feb18

My recent stay in the hospital showed me how serious the flu season is this year….all their employees that did not get a flu shot must wear a face mask when dealing with patients.

A lot of bloggers have written or posted about the flu season this year……I guess I will join the band.

This flu season is a beast, and the CDC warned Friday that we aren’t done yet. Another 10 children have died from the flu, bringing the total this season to 63, NBC News reports. That’s still fewer than the 110 who died last flu season. But USA Today reports the US is seeing the highest rates of flu-related hospitalizations since the CDC started keeping track of that stat in 2010. And 7.7% of all doctor visits are related to the flu—the highest rate since 2009.

It could still get worse. “We don’t know if we have hit the peak yet,” says acting CDC director Anne Schuchat. We’re in week 11 of this flu season; flu season typically lasts for 16 weeks but can run as long as 20 weeks. “We could potentially see several more weeks of increased flu activity,” Schuchat says. It’s as yet unclear exactly why this flu season is so bad.

Many people like to self-medicate and save the cash that most doctors get without using a gun…it is robbery…..

Here are 10 herbs that some swear will help you beat a cold this season…..

If you feel a cold coming on, consider the benefits of herbal medicine.  The following herbs have been shown to be effective at battling the common cold.

  1. Echinacea:  Echinacea is known for its ability to enhance the immune system.  It stimulates white blood cells, increases production of interferon and increases immune cells ability to destroy invading microbes.  Six studies show that echinacea significantly reduces the risk of respiratory infection.  A separate six studies show that echinacea shortens the duration of colds and flus.(3)
  2. Astragalus:  Astragalus is a tonic and adaptogen.  Studies show that it boosts immune system and fights viruses, bacteria, and inflammation.(3)
  3. Elderberry:  Elderberry can inhibit the enzyme that the flu virus uses to penetrate cell membranes.  In one study, elderberry juice mixed with raspberry extract, glucose, citric acid and honey inhibited both type A and type B influenza virus.(3)
  4. Garlic:  Garlic boosts immune function and kills a broad range of microbes.  Studies show that garlic is active against cold and flu viruses.  Garlic also functions as an expectorate to help remove mucus from the body.(3)
  5. Licorice root:  Licorice root contains glycyrrhizin, which has been shown in studies to inactivate and inhibit a wide range of viruses.  It also contains a polysaccharide ingredient that increases the bodies production of interferon and activates while blood cells. (3)
  6. St. John’s wort:  St. John’s wort can inhibit influenze A and parainfluenza viruses.
  7. Lomatium:  Lomatium has been used by Native Americans for bacteria and viral infections.  Studies show that it is potent against viruses and bacteria.(3)
  8. Stinging Nettle:  Studies show that this herb inhibits influenza A virus and is also packed with nutrients.  Nettle contains high amounts of carotenoids and flavonoids that help ease allergies. (3)
  9. Lemon Balm:  Test tube studies show that lemon balm or Melissa oil has antiviral effects against parainfluenza and other bacterial infections. (3)
  10. Peppermint:  Peppermint oil helps relax the airways and open congested sinuses and nasal passages.  One study shows that inhaling peppermint relieves respiratory discomfort.(3)

Instead of purchasing over the counter medicines that often leave you feeling groggy and run down, consider herbs that will help boost your immune system, shorten your time of sickness and allow you to return back to your daily routine.

Take care of yourself….be well……chuq

Closing Thought–17Jan18

One of the most important and controversial issues for the last decade probably longer has been that of health care…..of course the last election was a godsend for the GOP and its mission to screw the American public out of inexpensive healthcare….remember the slogan “Repeal and Replace”?

All the bad blood over Obamacare has hit rural America hard…..

The goal of universal coverage has long eluded the Affordable Care Act — especially in rural areas. Because insurers have less financial incentive to offer plans in less densely populated places, residents have an especially hard time finding health coverage through the ACA exchanges.

The dire state of rural health access was driven home for me recently when I went looking for health coverage. After returning from several months out of the country, my husband and I signed up on healthcare.gov and put in his family’s address in Caroline County, a rural area outside Richmond, Virginia. While we expected to find few options, especially compared to our previous address in Northern Virginia, we were both shocked by the results. Our search turned up just two insurers and eight plans. All of them included a deductible and charged exorbitant rates for two people in their thirties.


For me Medicare For All is the only answer to affordable healthcare for this nation….but that is too easy….the GOP has to make it out like it is rocket science to get healthcare for all Americans….

One day the country will wake up to the need for healthcare and then tell the GOP to go pound sand…..do what is need and do what is easy….Medicare For All.

TTFN……I shall return tomorrow with more amazing stuff…….chuq

Coffee Has Many Uses

Anybody that knows me know that I love my cup of Joe…..but coffee has many uses other as a beverage.  Some people use it in cooking like add to chili or as part of a meat rub….but I recently read about a use that just made me shudder…..

Each January, Goop “[gets] back to business,” meaning it’s “detox month” at Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand. But 2018’s version is promoting a concept Ars Technica calls a “stupid and dangerous idea.” As part of the site’s “Beauty & Wellness Detox Guide”, Goop encourages readers to buy a $135 contraption known as the Implant O’Rama, a glass container with tubes offering a “clean way to do coffee enemas.” The product fits with Goop’s enthusiasm for enemas and colonics (it explains the difference), which it notes are “helpful” for gut health “in the right context and under expert hands”; Forbes explains their purpose is to flush out toxins and undigested foods. But Ars Technica points out that colon cleansing is not only unnecessary for most healthy humans—it can also be dangerous, with documented cases of rectal perforation, infections, and even death in a couple of patients.

Journal of Family Practice discussing the “dangers of colon cleansing.” A similar 1997 write-up in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology calls colonic irrigation “a triumph of ignorance over science.” Goop has come under fire before for pushing controversial products, and the Inquisitr notes one frequent critic, Dr. Jen Gunter, is now blasting the Implant O’Rama. On her blog, Gunter calls January “Gwyneth Paltrow’s go-to month for promoting dangerous things that should not go in or near an orifice” and the enema product a “f—ed up way to make money.” “There is no data to suggest that a ‘colonic helps with the elimination of the waste that is transiting the colon on its way out,'” Gunter notes. “That is what bowel movements do. There are no toxins to be cleansed … That is fake medicine.”

Seriously?  They want a $135 to shove a cup of coffee up my butt….I prefer mine in a cup.

Peace out my friends…..chuq

Screw The Vet As Usual

All the vets that have put their trust in the Trump admin need to step back and prepare for the screwing that is coming…..

Trump told a massive lie to America’s veterans on Monday as he promised them great healthcare as he is moving behind the scenes to privatize the VA.

The President tweeted:

We will not rest until all of America’s GREAT VETERANS can receive the care they so richly deserve. Tremendous progress has been made in a short period of time. Keep up the great work @SecShulkin@DeptVetAffairs! https://instagram.com/p/BddOPJfAngh/ 

Here is what is really going on according to The Wall Street Journal:

David Shulkin said in an interview that he wants to make the VA’s hospital system compete with private-sector providers for military veteran customers, which he said would give veterans greater choice over their health care.


“The direction I’m taking this is to give veterans more choice in their care,” Dr. Shulkin said, speaking from his office, “and be the decision maker for their care, which I fundamentally believe is a concept that has to be implemented.”

Trump is trying to take away healthcare from veterans who have risked their lives and their health for their country. The Trump tweet should sound familiar because it is the same language that he used before he tried to take healthcare away from 32 million Americans by repealing Obamacare. The Republican dream has been to privatize the VA and replace free healthcare for veterans with a capped voucher that they can use at private medical facilities.

Veterans were promised health care in exchange for their service, but Donald Trump is trying to break that promise with a privatization scheme to benefit the wealthy.

Our vets deserve better, and they should stand up, speak out, and let Trump know that they won’t allow him to steal their healthcare.


I do not understand the loyalty that wets show this lying toad that has NEVER cared one iota about their health or the families……they still slither along with the head reptile.


Brain Imbalance

Keeping with the Smart phone subject……..

Sunday and a bit cooler here in Mississippi…….everyone here seems o have some variation of the flu…….but this health story is not related to the weather per se……this”illness” is from the use of your mobile device……

Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 46 percent of Americans say they could not live without their smartphones. While this sentiment is clearly hyperbole, more and more people are becoming increasingly dependent on smartphones and other portable electronic devices for news, information, games, and even the occasional phone call.


I know we have all heard the stories of the damage that a mobile device can do to your brain…..

I post them as FYI……use at your own peril.

Backing out now and going to enjoy my Sunday and I hope you do to…..until tomorrow be well and be safe…..chuq