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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Going Natural - Part 3

Cinnamon - Does It Help?

Since coming back I am hoping to have a post each week at the minimum.  Along the way, I might get in an extra one.  We have also added 3 new countries since the last post; Denmark, Macau, and Turkey.  I want to welcome all new readers and hope you get something from this post.

Two Types of Cinnamon

There are two types of cinnamon; Ceylon and Cassia (the most common form found in grocery stores and used for cooking.  However, Ceylon has low levels of Coumarin.  Coumarin is a toxic, fragrant chemical compound commonly found in high concentration in Cassia Cinnamon, the cheap hard Cinnamon sticks you find at your local grocery store. If you have liver disease, damage or failure, check to see if you have been consuming high levels of Cassia Cinnamon or Cassia Cinnamon based products. And if you have been popping those popular Cinnamon tablets check to see if they have been made with Cassia Cinnamon. If they have been made with Cassia Cinnamon, you may have caused great harm to your liver.

I was taking cinnamon as my research did not point this out.  My last exam, I had high liver enzyme levels and it put my doctor on notice and I have an ultra sound coming up this week.  I was taking about 6 mg a day of cinnamon from a bottle - tell you the truth I am not sure the kind it was.  I have stopped and my latest tests have come back normal.  I am looking for Ceylon cinnamon now.

Of course Coumarin is also contained in a number of other products, most notably in Tonka beans, Vanilla grass, Sweet Woodruss, Mullein, Sweet grass according toWikepedia. The name Coumarin comes from the French for Tonka bean, which is coumarou.

Interestingly while Coumarin is banned in the United States as an additive or as constituent of Tonka beans, Coumarin in food from other natural sources such as Cassia Cinnamon is not regulated. Is this a huge error on the part of the US Health authorities? When you consider the huge amount of Cassia Cinnamon consumed in the United States and the fact there are 30 million cases of liver disease you start to wonder. Have you been eating quite bit of Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Cinnamon Toast Waffles? Perhaps now is the time to switch to Ceylon Cinnamon, which has less than 0.04% Coumarin while Cassia Cinnamon has in the region of 4%.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) established a tolerable daily intake (TDI) of 0.1 mg/kg body weight according to this University of Mississippi study of April 2013. Partly funded by the FDA and efforts of Ananda Wickramasinghe, the former Sri Lankan consul general in Los Angeles, this latest research project has exposed the hidden dangers Coumarin.

The German government was actually the first to raise alarms about the level of Coumarin in Cassia Cinnamon in 2006. According to this opinion report piece by the German Bfr, published in September 2012, they say.

Before giving up on cinnamon please read on.


  1. Blood Sugar ControlSeveral studies have found that Cinnamon has properties that help those with insulin resistance. It is therefore very popular with Type 2 diabetics who take it to control their blood sugar variations.

    According to Paul David at UC Davis in this NPR story of 2013, Cinnamon has a 3-5% effect on blood sugar levels, similar to an older generation of diabetes drugs. That could make it an ideal option for pre-diabetics. For severe Type 2 diabetics, whether you can take enough cinnamon to make a difference is a decision you should make in consultation with your doctor.

  2. Candida Yeast Infections - Cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. This applies to Escherichia coli bacteria and Candida albicans fungus.
  3. Stomach Bug/Flu - By far and away the best remedy for a horrible stomach bug is Cinnamon. It makes sense because Cinnamon is a powerful anti-bacterial. Research has shown Cinnamon is one of the most effective substances against (click the links for the research) Escherichia coli Salmonella.Campylobacter .
  4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – As a digestive cinnamon dramatically reduces the uncomfortable feelings associated with IBS especially the bloating. It does this by killing bacteria and healing infections in the GI tract and enabling the gastric juices to work normally.
  5. Cancer PreventerResearch shows that Cinnamon oil is a promising solution in the treatment of Tumors, Gastric Cancers and Melanomas. Research studies show that sugar maybe causing or sustaining cancer cells and cinnamon may have a mitigating effect by controlling blood sugar levels in the body.
  6. Arthritis/Osteoporosis –  The widely cited Copenhagen university study is a hoax. Most of the evidence that Cinnamon helps arthritis is from personal testimonials. Some people claim drinking Cinnamon tea helps the pain from arthritis while others claim a Cinnamon Oil based massage oil helps ease the pain.

    What we do know is that Cinnamon has high levels (73% DV in two sticks of Cinnamon) of Manganese which is used to build bones, blood and other connective tissues, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The body needs manganese for optimal bone health, so people who are deficient in the mineral are more likely to develop osteoporosis.

    A study in 2008 listed in this pdf found that Alderhyde components of Ceylon Cinnamon bark extract suppresses RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis through NFATc1 down regulation.
  7. Anti-Bacterial/Anti Microbial - Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil is a powerful anti-bacterial and makes a great natural disinfectant. Cinnamon oil had the best anti microbial activity among three oils against Escherichia coli , Staphylococcus aureus , Aspergillus oryzae , and Penicillium digitatum according to this abstract..
  8. Food PreservativeCinnamon is effective in inhibiting bacterial growth. This maybe one reason why it is widely used in food preparation in hot Asian countries. In Sri Lanka, virtually every dish has a pinch of Cinnamon in it. In addition to great flavor, Ceylon Cinnamon in combination with other spices like Turmeric and Chili may have been an indigenous solution to preserve food without a refrigerator.
  9. Odor NeutralizerPure Cinnamon Leaf oil not only smells great but is an effective odor neutralizer as it kills bacteria that creates bad odors and not just mask odors. All you need is 2-5 drops of Cinnamon leaf oil mixed with water on a diffuser and within minutes all odors are neutralized. .
  10. Alertness, Memory & Cognitive Development –  According to this study by Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, Director of Undergraduate Research and associate professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV. Cinnamon may keep you more alert and decrease your frustration when you are behind the wheel.

  11. Anti-oxidant – With an ORAC value of 267536 ╬╝mol TE/100g (USDA 2007) cinnamon is one of the top seven anti-oxidants in the world. The suggestion is that Anti-oxidants reduce the formation of " Free Radicals " that cause cancer. This study found Cinnamon has sufficient anti-oxidant properties and makes for improved food palatability. This detailed Indian study (pdf) also found potential anti microbial and antioxidant properties of the volatile oils and oleoresins of cinnamon leaf and bark. But consider anti-oxidants as good for your whole body, repairing damage to virtually all parts of your body from skin to organs.
  12. Weight Reducer – Cinnamon apparently has the effect of thinning your blood thereby increasing blood circulation. Increased blood flow generally boosts your metabolism which is why it may be helpful in weight loss. This blood thinning property of Cinnamon also helps it in acting as an anti clotting agent especially for those suffering from heart disease. Care must be taken to NOT to Cinnamon with other blood thinning medication.
  13. Massage Therapy – Cinnamon is a well known warming agent. Combined with a carrier oil it is highly effective in relaxing and relieving muscle pain. Some put a few drops in their bath to relax and to sooth tired and aching muscles.
  14. Anti-Fungal – Got a bad case of athletes foot? Perhaps a toe nail fungus? Cinnamon's powerful anti fungal properties are the perfect natural alternative to killing the athletes foot fungus. You can use Cinnamon sticks or even better a few drops of powerful Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil (not to exceed 1% cinnamon oil to water) and soak your feet. Usually good results in three days with the oil. Similar results for toe tail fungus.
  15. Lowering LDL cholesterol & triglycerides – According to a Mayo clinic article the only possible way Cinnamon could lower cholesterol is indirectly via how the body processes sugar and fat. But there is no direct effect on cholesterol. Still another study in Pakistan found Cinnamon reduced triglyceride (23-30%), LDL cholesterol (7-27%), and total cholesterol (12-26%). A review in 2011 found The consumption of cinnamon is associated with a statistically significant decrease in levels of total cholesterol, LDL-C, and triglyceride levels, and an increase in HDL-C (the good cholesterol) levels, but qualified it by saying that applying it to patient care is difficult. Still, worth a try in our book.
  16. E-coli Fighter/Salmonella – One of the most effective E-coli fighters because of its anti microbial properties. Mix cinnamon oil with hydrogen peroxide and spray your cutting board and kitchen sink especially after you have cut meats. Spray it in your refrigerator. It’s safe and natural. This study found a concentration of 2 microl/ml from cinnamon was enough to inactivate Salmonella Enteritidis, E. coli, and L. innocua in apple and pear juices and 8 and 10 microl/ml from cinnamon for melon juice and tryptone soy broth.
  17. Tooth Decay and Gum DiseaseAgain the anti-bacterial properties of Cinnamon play a crucial role in getting rid of harmful bacteria without damaging your teeth or gums. It’s one of the reasons that Cinnamon Oil is often used in chewing gums, mouthwashes, toothpaste and breath mints.
  18. Nutrients –  One teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder (a realistic dose) has 0.33mg (16% DV) Manganese, 0.76 mg (4% DV) Iron, 24.56 mg (2% DV) Calcium. ).

  19. Insect Repellant – The anti microbial qualities of Cinnamon Leaf oil is often used for head lice treatment, black ant control, bed bugs, dust mites, and roaches. It is well known as a defense against mosquitoes'.
  20. Cold, Sore Throat and Cough At the first sign (within 5-10 minutes) of sniffles or an itch in your throat take some Cinnamon Tea or Cinnamon stick Tea. It is said to stop an impending illness in its tracks.
  21. Alzheimer’s Disease This article cites an Israeli study done at the University of Tel Aviv that found sufficient evidence to conclude that Cinnamon can delay the effects of five aggressive strains of Alzheimer's inducing genes. Another study also finds that orally administered Cinnamon extract has had good success in correcting Cognitive Impairment in Alzheimer's Disease in Animal Models.
  22. PMS - Again because of the high levels of Manganese Cinnamon may be an excellent candidate to mitigate the effects of PMS. According to the University of Maryland web site women who ate 5.6 mg of manganese in their diets each day had fewer mood swings and cramps compared to those who ate only 1 mg of manganese.
  23. Depression/Reduced irritability/Mood Enhancer
    Ancient folklore says the smell of Cinnamon is the best cure for the winter blues. The only scientific evidence we can find to support this theory is this study by Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, Director of Undergraduate Research and associate professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV. The study found that the scent of Cinnamon reduced driver irritability.
WOW all of that and we have to be careful with the warning of liver disease.

Here is one of those times I am saying I belief in Cinnamon and what it did for me.  I am also a lot smarter now knowing I need to be careful with the cinnamon I take.

This hole topic has become very lengthy but I think it is worth it.  I am convinced cinnamon is one of those true supplements from God's very own pharmacy.  Like so many things, we have to do our research.  I will have another post to continue this one as there is more to prove cinnamon can be very good for us diabetics - regardless of what the skeptics say.

Chose your cinnamon carefully!!  There is no help from the FDA but if you live outside the United States - you might get help getting the right form.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the wonderful product you have provided for us.  We pray that you lead us to the right supplement and form that will help our health and diabetes.  We than you for the internet where we can find a lot of information that is valuable.  We also thank you for doctors who are not just sold on pharmaceuticals as the only answer.



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Going Natural - Part 2

My Supplement Regiment

I want to say thank you for all of you who have been patient while I took some time off to work on my business - has been very hectic and stressful.

I am still blown away by the number of people finding this blog - over 5,000.  As I have always stated - if this blog helps one person get their diabetes under control, than I along with God are very satisfied.

I want to welcome the new readers and we have added three new countries, Chile, Bulgaria, and Mexico.  I cannot see who you are - just what country you are signing in from.  As a group, we have now reached 20 countries around the world.  I am amazed at how God works and helps deliver a message that might help someone.

I have not been as regimented as I used to be about my blood sugar levels, blood pressure, or weight.  As I mentioned in the last post, I have been doing well and decided I would reward myself by not living in the diabetes prison - constant struggle.  Some weeks I am good and some days I say forget it.  I should not be saying this to any of you - but I do know how much this beast inside all of us can drive us on a daily basis.

My last A1c (90 days average) was 6.4.  It has been at this level for one year and I have now celebrated my one year of being medicine free.  Once again, I am not against medicines and do not encourage people to take my route.  I was born and raised by a Mom who just thought medicines and drugs were not good and God had better medicines for us all.

As you see, I do take 2 baby Aspirins and if you have been watching the news - this is even being challenged.  Since I am a candidate for heart attack and my family has a history - doctors say it is a good idea to take them.  Trust me, I am doing my research.

I am going to share my supplement list below.  I am also listing the manufacturer as we will discover through this series - you have to be careful with supplements - they are not regulated.  I have learned to trust one source for my diabetes supplements as they have been put together by a doctor who specializes in diabetes and runs her own clinic.  This has caused me to trust her a little more than other sources.

My regiment of supplements include supplements for my diabetes.  It also includes supplements for my heart (blood pressure), and for just natural ph balance.  I am also a disabled veteran who received 20% damage to my knees, so I take joint supplements as well.

Newport Natural Health
Complete Glucose Support
Calcium (as dicalcium phosphate)
183 mg

Chromium (as chromium dinicocysteinate) - Zychrome brand chromium dinicocysteinate
133 mcg

Berberine (as berberine HCl)
333 mg

Alpha lipoic acid
200 mg

Gymnema sylvestre (leaf) standardized extract
133 mg

Microcrystalline Cellulose, Stearic Acid, Croscarmellose Sodium, Povidone, Magnesium Stearate, Pharmaceutical Glaze, Silicon Dioxide, and Maltodextrin
Other ingredients

Newport Natural Health
Complete Probiotic Solution with FOS / vegetarian based

Bi-04 -
Bifidobacterium lactis
2 billion CFU


La-14 - Lactobacillus acidophilus
2 billion CFU

Ls-33 -
Lactobacillus salivarius 
2 billion CFU

Lc-11 - Lactobacillus casei
2 billion CFU

Lp-115 - Lactobacillus plantarum 
2 billion CFU

FOS (fructo oligo saccharides)
500 mg

Newport Natural Health
Ultimate Greens with pH Boost
Proprietary pH Balancing Blend: Beet (root), Pumpkin (fruit), Broccoli (floret), Pear (fruit), Amino Acid Blend (L-Lysine, Histidine, Arginine), Apple Pectin, Sprout Blend (Broccoli Sprout, Daikon Radish Sprout, Red Radish Sprout), Ancient Sprouts Blend (Barley Sprout, Organic Amaranth Sprout, Buckwheat Sprout, Organic Millet sprout, Organic Quinoa Sprout), Nutrim® Oat Bran, Lemon (fruit), Lime (fruit), Pea (pod), Parsley (leaf), Papaya (fruit), Asparagus (aerial), Spinach (leaf), Carrot (root)
1000 mg

Proprietary ORAC Plus Blend:
 ORAC Blend [Broccoli Sprout concentrate, Onion (bulb) Extract, Tomato (fruit) concentrate, Broccoli (floret) concentrate, Carrot (root) concentrate, Spinach (leaf) concentrate, Kale (leaf) concentrate, Brussels Sprout (aerial) concentrate], NORAC Blend [Green Coffee (berry) extract, Acerola (fruit) extract, Camu Camu (fruit) concentrate, Quercetin, Acai (fruit) concentrate, Mangosteen (fruit) concentrate], SORAC Blend [Green Tea (leaf) extract, Apple (fruit) extract, Elderberry (fruit) concentrate, Black Soybean Hull extract, Blue Corn extract], HORAC Blend [Turmeric (root) extract, Garlic (bulb) concentrate, Basil (leaf) concentrate, Oregano (leaf) concentrate, Cinnamon (bark) concentrate], SOAC Blend [Black currant (fruit) extract, Blueberry (fruit) extract, Sweet Cherry (fruit) concentrate, Acai (fruit) concentrate, Blackberry (fruit) concentrate, Chokeberry (fruit) concentrate, Raspberry (fruit) concentrate, Bilberry (fruit) extract]

Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Stearic Acid, Croscarmellose Sodium, Silicon Dioxide, Pharmaceutical Glaze
Other ingredients

Newport Natural Health
Joint Renewal
Meriva® Phytosome [Turmeric (Curcuma longa) Extract (rhizome), Phosphatidylcholine (from soy)] (standardized to 18-22% curcuminoids)
1000 mg

UC-II® Standardized Chicken Cartilage (Providing 10 mg Undenatured Type II Collagen)
40 mg

Soybeans, gelatin, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, potassium chloride and silicon dioxide. Contains: soy
No Daily values established

Newport Natural Health
Complete Cardio Solution
Vitamin D3 (As cholecalciferol)
2000 IU

Vitamin B6 (As pyridoxine HCI)
40 mg

Vitamin B12
1000 mcg

Folic Acid
800 mcg

Coenzyme Q10
120 mg

Curcuminoid Complex (turmeric extract)
500 mg

Fish Oil Concentrate (EE
1000 mg

EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) (EE)
300 mg

DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) (EE)
200 mg

Total Omega-3 Fatty Acids
500 mg

gelatin, glycerine, sunflower oil, purified water, natural lemon oil, yellow beeswax, silicon dioxide, turmeric dispersion in sunflower oil, tocopherol, and corn oil
Other ingredients

250 mg
Biotin (as d-Biotin)
5000 mcg
Sundown Naturals
Saw Palmetto
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) (fruit)
900 mg
81 mg

As you can see, I have learned to take a well balanced supplement regiment.  I have gotten myself off all medicines and I am continuing to research additional supplements that might help.

Through this series I will reveal my findings and what I have done with the research.

Thank you again and I do appreciate all my readers.  You are a very special group to me and I feel very connected to all of you even thought I only know a handful of you.  If you do want to reach out and feel comfortable doing so - I love the emails and getting to know everyone.

May God grant us the ability to learn about his natural healing methods without being tricked by Big Pharma or Big Advertisers creating products that do not help us at all.  We are so hungry for help in this dreadful disease we sometimes fall for anything.  Please protect us God from those who want to prey on our illness.  Please be with all of us through this series to explore what might be the truth.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Going Natural - Part 1

Myth, Mystery, Truth, or Money Grab?

Many of you can tell by my post I am a big fan of doing things the natural way and it has worked for me to a degree.  However, I do it with a lot of research and using some of the products myself.  In this series, I want to explore some of these natural methods to help us control our blood sugar levels and some of the good and bad with the products on the market.

Before getting into that, there has been much going on in my life and I just want you to know that I am in the middle of a struggle to get myself back to my blood sugar control of 4 months ago but I am trying to be a balancer of life and health - not easy and I want you all to know - taking medicines would be easy but they scare me as much as having an elevated blood sugar level.  I am not going to go through everything - just know that I need your support and prayers at this time to bring me strength.

Before going on, we have added many new readers to this blog and again I am blessed you are all here and want to say thank you and welcome.  I am also getting more and more comments and people reaching out to me.  I also want to thank you for that as I want this blog to be my journey but to share with you and hope it helps someone.  We have added readers from Romania, Portugal, Brazil, France, and Spain.  Welcome to all the new readers and you can register to be notified of new posts by putting in your email address - no one uses it and for sure I do not.  Many have reached out and have exchanged emails so we can have conversations and my email address is  Please feel free to reach out for private questions or things you want to say.

If you follow the comments people post you will find out our little group has lost one of those individuals we have been praying for - Dora.  She is a diabetic who lost the battle to this horrible disease but since she was suffering and had lost her legs, I know she is in a much better place and is in a place where there is no more suffering.  I am truly happy for her, but sad as we have lost one of loved sisters.  Along with Dora, who was in a nursing home,  the nursing home also lost one of the care givers to this disease along with the flu.  One of the care givers contracted the flu - went home and had a low and collapsed into a coma and did not recover.  In other words, a young person who was a type 1 diabetic, contracted the flu, and lost their life because the flu illness drove him to a low so significant, he collapsed and died.  We pray for him being in a more blessed place as well and saddened that he went as such an early age.

I also ask that you continue to pray for the passengers of MH370 and that soon and very soon we can solve that mystery.  Please keep these people in your prayers.

Natural Products 

Let me put this in a few simple statements that might outline our dilemma  and what I believe us diabetics must face:

  1. We must trust our doctors with our health
  2. Most medical doctors do not know alternative medicines and approaches
  3. In the USA, a doctor can be sued for not following traditional medical approaches - so they do not take any risks leaving the risks to us
  4. Big pharmaceutical companies makes billions off us diabetics - if you think not - look at the stripswe use each day and if you are lucky they are 35 cents per strip - making those items is less than 2 cents.  Want to read more about this market - 
  5.  Natural products are not regulated by the FDA - buyer beware
  6. Outside the United States, other countries participate in monitoring research around alternative approaches and natural products
So for the majority of us it boils down to "Who can we trust?"  The answer is those close to us and those who have tried certain products with success.  That is why I write this blog - maybe a little help from someone who has tried the products.

In this series I will unveil those products and the companies that appear to deliver sold products.

I will also share sources of information that I have not tried and they might not work as well.  However, that does not mean they will not work.  One thing I am sure of in my research - there are many vultures out there will to prey on our bodies, fears, and our disease management program.

I have shared a lot regarding books about drugs and why I changed my course of action.  I will share other articles and information from those I am also learning to trust.  I will leave the rest up to you to decide.

I do caution you that in this series and approach - please read and also make sure you pay attention to my series on listening to your body and testing.  I also encourage you to listen to your doctor and have a good conversation with them if you are going to try something new.

We will discover everyone's claim that they can reverse diabetes and I am not sure what that means - especially now and in the current situation I find myself.  I will also talk about products that help curb our sweat tooth, help our bodies process better, and some research by these natural Doctor's, and yes they are also doctors but practice a different form of disease management.

God, please be with us through this series and help us to discover the truth about our disease and some of the natural methods you gave us in the very beginning to help with this disease.