1. High-glycemic index foods increase diabetes risk

    The foods you love are killing you

    No one will argue that processed foods and other junk are actually healthy.

    But advertising's another story -- and unfortunately, the message from medicine is being drowned out by the one coming from the advertisers. The message from them is to go ahead and eat up, because a little junk, even high-glycemic index foods food never hurt anyone.

    Well, it's time to put that myth to bed for good. A little junk food by itself can do plenty of damage on its own. But most people can't stop at a little -- and the more you eat, the more damage it will do.

    And now, new research confirms what's already all too obvious: The average amount of junk people eat these days is more than enough to dramatically boost the risk of diabetes.

    The study focused on high-glycemic index -- in general, carbs, especially the sugars and refined carbohydrates found in junk food, processed foods, and convenience foods.

    These high-glycemic index cause your blood sugar levels to spike, forcing your pancreas to pump out insulin. Eat them too often, and your pancreas will eventually break down from exhaustion -- and you end up with type-2 diabetes.

    All it takes is 100 grams of sugar (or the equivalent) a day--per 2,000 calories of diet--to increase your risk of diabetes by 45 percent, according to data on 125,000 people from 24 studies published over the past 15 years.

    That may sound like a lot of sugar and sugar equivalent. It is a lot -- but it's well below what most people eat, because the study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that average consumption of sugar and sugar equivalents is 139 grams a day.

    So forget the message from the advertisers.

    While it might be tempting to give in to the convenience and even the taste of high-glycemic index, there shouldn't be anything tempting about a lifetime of meds and insulin injections -- a lifetime ultimately cut short by heart disease.

    The time to make changes is now -- before it's too late. And the best place to start is with the Mediterranean diet.

  2. Feds finally own up to statin risks

    Not long ago, those of us who pointed out that cholesterol meds can actually cause diabetes and other serious health problems were dismissed as alarmists.

    Statins, we were told, are so safe they should be given to practically everyone – with some "experts" even pushing to give them out with every Big Mac. (That might sound like something I made up for an easy laugh – but believe it or not, it's actually true.)

    Well, maybe now the push to give everyone statins will start to slow a bit: The FDA has finally admitted that all those side effects the drug industry and its paid--for experts once brushed off are actually very real.

    And now, they want the labels of these meds changed to reflect the increased risk of diabetes, confusion, memory loss, and serious muscle pain.

    The feds say those side effects can hit anyone at anytime. They can strike after a single day on these meds...or they can come on after years of taking them without incident.

    And they can happen to everyone across all age groups.

    So who's the alarmist now?

    Of course, I can't help but find it a little suspicious that this warning comes only after every Big Pharma statin except for one – Crestor – lost its patent protection, with Lipitor going generic just a few months ago.

    It's almost as if the feds were giving their drug company friends a chance to maximize profits before issuing the same warning those of us in natural health delivered years ago.

    But even worse than the risks and the delayed warning is the fact that no one ever needed these meds in the first place.

    In many cases, people taking statins don't even have a cholesterol problem since mainstream LDL targets are set unrealistically low. And even when cholesterol does shoot up to high levels, taking a drug to "cure" it is akin to Homer Simpson putting a piece of tape over the "check engine" light on his car.

    Super high cholesterol is a warning that something's wrong – and lowering it without fixing the underlying issue won't make you healthier any more than that piece of tape will fix Homer's engine.

    If your own levels start climbing too high for comfort, work on lifestyle changes first. Cutting out sugars and sticking to fresh foods will almost always bring cholesterol to where it needs to be.

    If they're still high, don't visit a statin-slinging mainstream doc. Visit a naturopathic physician who can find and fix the real cause without meds.

    And for one easy way to lower your cholesterol naturally, keep reading.

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