Diabetes – Shaping our Future

Today the American Diabetes Association joins the American Cancer Society Action Network and the American Heart Association in testifying before the Senate about chronic disease prevention.

This morning I got an ACTION email from the American Diabetes Association reminding me that today is the day I can speak to my representatives by sending a letter about the importance of Medicare and Medicaid programs for people with diabetes. I can voice my opinion and encourage that the government continue to provide healthcare to millions and millions of people who are sick.

This is a moment that will define our future.

Consider some points:

  • In 1994 no state had 7 percent or more adults with diabetes
  • In 2005 half of the states had adult diabetes rates of 7% or more
  • In 2011 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes
  • 25.8 million Americans have diabetes in 2011 – that’s up from 23.6 million in 2007
  • 8.3% of our population has diabetes
  • The cost of diabetes diagnoses and care was $218 billion in 2007
  • The risk of death from complications is twice that for people with diabetes than without
  • Medical expenses are more than two times higher for people with diabetes
  • Compared to non-Hispanic white adults the risk of developing diabetes is
    • 18% higher among Asian Americans
    • 66% higher among Hispanics/Latinos
    • 77% higher among non-Hispanic blacks
    • 87% higher for Mexican Americans
    • 94% higher for Puerto Ricans
    • It is estimated that one out of every three children born after the year 2000 will be directly affected by diabetes. In Hawaii, one out of every two children born after the year 200 will be directly affected by diabetes.
    • Diabetes accounts for almost 50% of Medicare spending in Hawaii vs 30% in mainland US.

*sources: American Diabetes Association, National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) & National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention

We are in the midst of a global diabetes epidemic.

Our government is trying to balance the budget and control spending. Cutting Medicare and Medicaid is on the table.

I don’t have diabetes. I don’t have cancer and my heart is fine. Right now anyway.

So what is my responsibility, our responsibility, to the millions and millions of people in our country who do have diabetes, or cancer or heart conditions?

With the number of sick Americans and the dollars needed to care for them on the rise, how can we possibly save anything by cutting spending on Medicare or Medicaid?

Use your voice – http://bit.ly/Diabetes-voice-to-congress.

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Diabetes and PH Balance

If you have a chronic condition like diabetes, chances are you are also more acidic than alkaline. A body that is acidic is ripe for developing disease and complications like kidney disease, liver disease and cancer.

Since the body is made of 70% water, keeping the balance of acid vs alkaline is important. There are  positively charged minerals and negatively charged minerals in our body. Our bodies are designed to run more alkaline than acidic. When the body is more acidic it will look for alkaline minerals to react with. If it can’t find any it will take them wherever it can find them – the liver, muscles, bones etc. That leaves room for disease. A more acidic body may also store extra acid in fat cells thereby making it hard to shed weight.

Testing PH is as simple as buying test strips and testing urine or saliva. The color of the strip matches to the color on the box and can tell you if your system is more alkaline or acidic. Once you know, you can begin to change your diet to achieve the proper balance.

Because of our highly processed diet and because of the over indulgence in sweets and fast foods, most American’s suffer from an imbalance leaning toward the acidic side. Eating more vegetables, less processed foods and less sugar can shift the balance toward alkalinity.

There are online charts and books that list PH foods and suggest which to eat depending on where your system tests. I have found conflicting information on the web as to which foods fall on which side, so, as with all things, it’s best to test, track and adjust to find the foods that will help you achieve a good PH balance.

When someone is diabetic, of course, there is an added layer of difficulty in achieving the proper balance of not only PH but glucose levels too. Finding an expert or a nutritionist who has experience working with PH and diabetes can be important. Trying various natural aids that exist might also be helpful in developing the program that will work for you.

PHatea has been shown to balance both PH levels and blood glucose levels as well as controlling food cravings and promoting weight loss. Take our 100-day challenge and see if PHatea works with the program you have developed to keep you in your best health.

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PHatea® Promotes Weight Loss

Our clients are losing weight drinking PHatea. Our tea accelerates metabolism and promotes weight loss while improving energy levels. We have anecdotal evidence that drinking PHatea curbs cravings and balances stress levels. See our website for video testimonials of clients who’ve lost 25 lbs in six weeks, 60 lbs in a year and 60 lbs in 7 months.

People who are overweight have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. PHatea also promotes lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

Camellia sinensis is the tea plant whose leaves and buds are used to produce Chinese Tea. Studies have shown camellia sinensis to be an effective thermogenic burner. It works by increasing the body’s metabolism and increasing core temperature. Increased metabolism allows the body to burn calories at a higher rate.

Some of our patients who are drinking PHatea are not only losing weight but they are getting their blood glucose levels back to normal and getting off their diabetes medication.

Losing weight takes time and a comprehensive plan that includes diet, exercise, stress reduction and commitment. PHatea makes that plan easier to carry out. It curbs cravings making a weight loss diet easier to stick to, it increases energy making it easier to commit to an exercise program. It also has a calming effect on the nervous system, lowering stress.

Check out our patient testimonials and look over our 100-day challenge. We think you can significantly change your health by drinking PHatea.

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Don’t Let Diabetes be Part of Hispanic Heritage Month

According to the Office of Minority Health, the Hispanic adult population is almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than non-Hispanic white adults. Twice as likely. The Hispanic population is taking a huge hit in what constitutes a national epidemic of diabetes and its related illnesses. The Hispanic population has more people at risk, more people diagnosed, more people suffering from diabetes.

If you know someone who might be at risk, convince them that getting tested is the first step to taking back their health. Family history can show risk. Being overweight can also be a signal that diabetes may already be present.

If they aren’t already diabetic but their blood glucose is over 125, they will be diagnosed with prediabetes. Finding out you are prediabetic is like winning the lottery. Prediabetes can be turned around. Changes made now might keep you from ever being diagnosed with diabetes.

Once tested, if someone is at risk or has been diagnosed with either prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, they will need to answer a question – how aggressively do they want to fight for their health?

A diagnosis of diabetes does not have to be a death sentence.

Get educated. Western medicine considers a blood glucose level of 125 to be safe. Yet at 125 patients are still at risk of suffering heart disease, kidney disease and neuropathy as a side effect of the original diabetes disease. Even though blood sugar levels are considered low enough by western medical standards, it is paramount that you get educated about risks you are taking by staying at between 100 and 125.

No matter what your health plan, whether you seek alternative medicine, experiment with your diet and/or embrace exercise, one thing you can do for yourself is drink PHatea. One liter a day added to your current diabetes, prediabetes or at-risk regiment can make an enormous difference in how your body reacts to this disease. Both Chinese and American studies have shown PHatea is instrumental in lowering blood glucose levels.

During Hispanic Heritage Month it’s time to say Stop Diabetes. So get tested. Get educated. Get PHatea.

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UN Meeting on Diabetes and Other Diseases

On September 19th the UN will meet in New York to discuss noncommunicable disease. Representatives from around the world will address the growing epidemic of preventable diseases like diabetes. Reuters reports every seven seconds someone in the world dies of complications from diabetes.

At our Whole Health practice we see patients whose doctors have told them that a blood glucose reading of 140 is what they should shoot for. Some say 180. In reality anything above a 100 still leaves the patient at risk for complications due to diabetes.

The global meeting’s outline indicates that countries will be discussing increased healthcare, tracking statistics and monitoring data, strengthening communication, limiting access to food, alcohol and tobacco products. All of these are welcome subjects to discuss.

Other areas to focus on might be:

  • An aggressive campaign to test and treat people who might have prediabetes and not know it.
  • Education on diet, exercise and alternative treatments.
  • Adopting a research attitude for products or systems that reverse diabetes and not just manage diabetes.
  • Setting realistic guidelines that don’t leave patients at risk.

PHatea® and Whole Health are having success with patients lowering their glucose levels to a safe number (under 100). Studies are being published that that show PHatea has beneficial effects in lowering blood glucose and cholesterol.

This worldwide discussion opens the topic but there much more to be done.

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PHatea and Almonds Lower Blood Glucose

Diabetic Live reports that today, almost 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes. By 2025 almost 8% of the world’s population will have diabetes. They also report two studies show a common food can help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Eating a one-ounce serving of almonds after a meal can lower levels and help manage type 2 diabetes.

Studies of PHatea have also shown that regular consumption of the Chinese dark tea doesn’t just regulate the blood sugar of the meal just consumed but lowers overall blood glucose levels, cholesterol levels, reduces sugar cravings and promotes weight loss.

The Chinese people have been consuming fermented camellia sinesis tea (called PHatea in America) for hundreds of years as a medical aid to assist people whose diet consisted of high animal fat and low vegetable content.

The recipe for PHatea was discovered by accident by a quick-thinking traveling merchant. When his offering to the King in a Tibetan territory in the 1500s proved to have fermented and dried in a process that occurred during a long journey from the Hunan Province to Tibet, he assured the king’s men that the tea was supposed to be that way. A medicinal tea he promised. The diet in Tibet at that time consisted of yak meat, yak milk and yak cheese with very few vegetables. Stomach problems and ill health were the norm. When the king consumed the tea and it settled his stomach, the tea was pronounced a treasure and PHatea was born.

Today, just as then, PHatea is helping patients all over the world to lower their blood glucose levels, lose weight and lower cholesterol. After being tested in both Chinese and American studies, PHatea (fermented camellia sinesis) has been proven to assist patients with type 2 diabetes not only manage their condition but reverse it in a way that isn’t supposed to be possible.

Take our 100-day challenge and see for yourself.

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American Diabetes Association Legislation Survey

I just filled out an American Diabetes Association (ADA) survey Help Shape Our 2012 Federal and State Legislative Priorities.

Obviously I agree that more funding for research is necessary. The health care reform passed in 2010 for people who are underinsured or are seeking insurance needs to be defended. Discrimination issues need to be addressed; driver’s license policies that lump all diabetes patients into one category need to be opposed. Students with diabetes need to manage their treatment at school; officials need to be trained in case of emergency.

What I found interesting was the fourth bullet point in their Federal Funding for Research and Diabetes Prevention Programs: “Seek innovative ways to increase the overall federal funding dedicated to diabetes research and prevention….”

What I would have liked to have seen was: Seek innovative ways to increase federal funding dedicated to educating diabetes and pre-diabetes diagnosed patients to not only manage but reverse their conditions.

When some people are doing exactly that, shouldn’t there be interest and funding and conversation to spread that word?

In the priorities listed there is a tone of acceptance of the condition as non-reversible. We, at PHatea® and Whole Health have seen diabetic and pre-diabetic patients lower their blood glucose levels below 100. In a time when western doctors are recommending carb-rich diets and asking their patients to get their blood sugar down to 140, thereby still leaving their patients at risk for diabetes-related disease, there are others who are drinking our tea, changing their diet, managing their exercise and doing what western medicine says is impossible.

I don’t have diabetes so I can’t know how debilitating and hopeless the condition must seem. What I do know is I’ve seen it change for people who were told it wouldn’t.

I wrote my opinion to the ADA.

I think more and more people are not accepting the current management option and are seeking ways to reverse their condition. I’ve read unofficial statements that scientists associated with the ADA will admit there are ways to do this. One is an article in WebMD about very low calorie diets that can get rid of fat in the pancreas and reverse diabetes.

David M. Kendall, MD, says: “substantial calorie reduction can be very effective in rapidly improving diabetic control, especially in people who are obese.” But he goes on to say more research is necessary because the diet isn’t practical. PHatea® has been successful when used with a low-fat alkaline diet. And not one so calorie-restricted.

For more on this read:

CNN Health reports Reversing Diabetes is Possible

Or

WebMD has an article in their Diabetes Health Center: How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Try PHatea®. It works.

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Chapter 3 Ancient Tea that Promotes Healthy Blood Glucose and Cholesterol Heads to Tibet

Previously in the story of PHatea®’s journey to America, Pha, the second son of a Hunan Tea Master, set out to find his fortune on the Silk Road. Unsure where to sell his tea, Pha meets Changpu, an experienced traveling merchant. Changpu suggests Pha might take his tea to Tibet where goods are scarce and bring a fortune by the time they get there. This is part 3 of the story of PHatea® on the journey from the Silk Road to America.

Chapter Three

Leaving the wetlands behind them, Pha and Changpu prepare to cross the desert on the northern path of the Silk Road. Pha was happy to have Changpu’s company. Changpu knew much about traveling than Pha could learn. No longer did Pha leave each town with the vaguely uneasy feeling that he had just been fleeced of more than he should have been when he watered his animals and paid for sleeping arrangements for his servants and himself. For his part Changpu was generous in his teaching. Together they would fulfill Changpu’s long held-dreams of being an explorer. Pha would sell his tea, maybe even begin a trade route. Many nights the two men shared their dreams and talked about what they would achieve and the sites they would see.

Early on the morning they were to begin this next phase of their journey, Changpu checked his gear. All was strapped down. All was tightly bound. Pha was less eager to get started and was still in his blankets. No matter how much Changpu assured him that the desert in front of them could be crossed, that their maps reflected the oasis towns where water could be had, Pha was afraid. In his gut, he knew something wasn’t right.

Changpu nudged the already awake Pha and teased him to get going. “Check your gear, lazy boy,” Changpu told him. “The tiniest crack will fill with sand. The slightest gap will pack hard and rub your camels raw.” Pha did as he was told, checking how his men had loaded the animals. He made an adjustment here and there. He tucked in the largest box of tea and felt something wet on his hand. A dark drip ran from the box and disappeared into the camel’s fur.

With a cry he pulled the box from its ropes. Inside his greatest fear was realized, the tea was dark and wet. They had had rain two nights previously. The tea must’ve gotten wet. He felt a rage he had never felt before and turned to his servants. They shrank at his wrath until Changpu, impatient to start the day came to see what the problem was. He assured Pha that this was nothing but a minor setback. He urged him to check the rest of the tea and Pha would see that all was well except for this one box.

Pha and his servants checked the bricks of tea. One by one they pulled them off the camel’s backs. And one-by-one they cried out in dismay. There wasn’t a single brick of tea that hadn’t been at least dampened by the rains.

Even Changpu, ever the optimist, was silenced by the sight before him. The young tea merchant on his needs in the sand, dark tea in boxes and cloths spread about him. “There is nothing to be done,” Changpu said. Pha looked up at him. “Nothing to be done,” he said again. His face broke into a smile, “but to lay out the tea and dry it. With the heat of this day, it will dry fast.” Changpu gestured to the gathering sunrise in the clear sky. It promised to be the perfect day for the task.

Pha wasn’t convinced and sat dejected while Changpu and the servants tended the tea. Changpu donated a large porous cloth to lay over the tea to protect it from burning in the hot sun.

“We will wait,” Changpu said. “A day or two.” He began to unload his animals. Pha was silent. He wasn’t convinced this would work. He was looking at the ruin of his life. He had nothing to sell and would never be able to go back home.

 

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Type 2 Diabetes – Don’t be Afraid to Hope

I recently posted some results PHatea® is having with our diabetes clients. Someone had posed a question on a diabetes chat room about conflicting information he received regarding his own type 2 diabetes. He said the American Diabetes Association has suggested keeping blood glucose levels at 180 two hours after eating, but his doctor was telling him his blood glucose levels should be at 140 two hours after eating. I chimed in to say that we were able to get our patients below 100 – basically reversing their diabetes.

To the response I got, all I have to say is: YIKES!!!

I was blasted as spreading bull and confusing the newbies – perpetuating lies that diabetes can be reversed. It was quite clear that I stirred that long-dead pot of hope so many people have abandoned when they were diagnosed with an incurable condition.

It was not my intention of causing pain for anyone to suggest that there may be a way they can recapture their life. My intention was to educate. To resurrect the hope that diabetes is not a life sentence. This is not a fad or a gimmick. Both the Chinese and the Americans have research that supports what our patients are finding.

I know the feeling of having a condition that western medicine has said can’t be cured. That I need to learn to manage my condition. I was advised to have a surgery that might possibly force me to learn how to walk again. I was told that after the surgery I would be completely deaf in one ear and never have balance in the dark. In my particular condition, and in my particular stage of this disease, I did not accept that I couldn’t reverse it or send it into remission or change my world enough so that it became a nonissue. I did not have the surgery. That was fifteen years ago.

What I do accept is the knowledge that I now have the propensity to suffer from this autoimmune condition if I don’t do what I can to achieve my optimal health. I do accept that in the past I have had autoimmune episodes. But I’m not going to curl up, label myself with this condition and figure out how to live with it.

But this isn’t about me.

I admit, I don’t have diabetes myself. But we have patients that do. Our patients follow a diet that is not the Carb-rich official diet of the ADA. To be fair, recently I have seen articles from the ADA questioning the wisdom of a high carb diet for a diabetic. I read some of their menus and it just seems common sense to me if you have diabetes that waffles and fruit for breakfast probably isn’t the best choice. But I digress….

We recommend our patients eat a balanced, low-fat, lower carb diet. They drink PHatea® and exercise. Some get acupuncture too.

Recently, a sixty-seven-year-old patient of ours tested his blood sugar at 97. He was told he would never get his blood glucose levels so low. He drinks PHatea®, eats right, walks two miles a day and is extraordinarily grateful to be healthy so he can watch his grandchildren grow.

It does work. It’s ok to hope.

Diabetes is not a life-sentence. Try PHatea®. What if it could work for you?

Tell you what – if the person that posted the blastiest blast contacts me – you know who you are – I’ll sponsor you to take our 100-day challenge. Let’s create a diet and exercise plan. We’ll send you free PHatea® and we’ll talk in 100 days. I’m on your side and I believe you can do it.

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Reduce Diabetes and High Cholesterol with Ancient Tea recipe – The Second Installment of the Story of PHatea®

Last week we shared the beginning of the story of Pha, the second son of a Hunan Tea Master, who brought his tea and set his fortune on the Silk Road. Eventually his tea, PHatea®, was brought to America where it is helping regulate blood glucose and lower cholesterol.

Pha, second son to Tea Master Wei, has taken bricks of his father’s tea to the Silk Road to make his fortune and his father proud.

Chapter Two

Pha led his party across the Yangzi River leaving behind everything he had ever known. The caravan made its way through the Wuling Mountains in the northwest. Pha met people and saw sights he had only dreamed of when he watched the mountains as a young boy. He knew there were hardships to come and so was grateful the first leg of travel was not difficult and would ease his caravan into the journey.

By that time in Chinese history, the Silk Road, which wasn’t named The Silk Road until the 1800s, was a web of trade routes that ran in the north and in the south of the Tibetan Plateau. In ancient times, the routes were established by travelers and merchants to avoid the treacherous mountains.

In Pha’s time merchants typically traveled and traded in well-established lines along one segment of a route, moving back and forth over a path they knew well. They stopped in towns that serviced the merchants up and down the line, feeding the men, watering the animals and brokering trade.

Goods passed through many hands and rose in value the more times they were traded. Pha had already met merchants who eyed him suspiciously, wanting to protect their territory, wanting to know what he was selling. He assured them his destination was far from their route and he needed to keep as much tea as possible to trade when he got there. His father’s tea had a good reputation and he was pleased that reputation had reached so far. He realized that withholding the tea only made it more valuable to the traders. Several times he was tempted to sell much of what he had as the offers kept climbing. Especially when an offer came after a long, wet, cold night. But Pha held fast to his tea.

One night, Pha stopped the caravan just after dusk even though lights of next town could be seen in the distance. It was late, cold and had rained all day. He should have wanted to climb into a dry bed, have a hot meal and rest for a day. Instead, he stayed just far enough away that they could enter the town in daylight, stable the animals and spend a full day of rest. True to his name, staying away from the town would prove to be fortunate for him.

After camp had been set, Pha watched a small caravan approach. He watched the merchant and his animals outlined on the horizon. The merchant, an old man, who introduced himself as Changpu, asked if he could join Pha at his fire. For a while they made polite conversation. Changpu told Pha that he, too, often set camp outside the town, entering during the day, making his trades and heading back out as dusk settled. He liked being in the open where he could see the thieves before they approached and was less vulnerable to the chaos of the nights in town.

When Changpu asked about Pha’s cargo he was merely interested, not threatened by the young man’s presence on his part of the road. They talked long into the night. Changpu had traded on many of the Silk Road routes and gave Pha valuable information. He helped the young man ith his maps and warned him that the merchants that lived in the towns were notorious for exaggerating distances and terrain. They wanted the tradesmen to leave their wares, not take them through so another man could make their money. Pha soaked up the old man’s words asking more and more questions.

Most of the tradesmen Pha had met so far, excluding Changpu, reminded him of his brother and stirred the competition that had driven him from home. Pha knew he was traveling into territory where his father’s tea would have no reputation and a fear had begun to form that the longer he held on to his tea, the harder it might be to part with it.

But, he told himself, he would know when the time was right and when the merchant the right one to buy his tea. For a time that night, Pha thought it might be Changpu. But he held his tongue and not long after, as they were poring over maps in the dim light, Changpu said his greatest dream had been to forge and establish a route into Tibet.

Changpu, studying the young man next to him, said that the man who was brave enough to take his goods off the road and into the mountains would get rich indeed. He had heard stories of cities in Tibet hungry for goods. There were travelers who would penetrate the mountains from the towns along the Silk Road but many times their goods had been sold so often they were hard-pressed to make their investment back. Tea from your region isn’t often found as far away as Tibet, Changpu said, it would sell high in Tibet to be sure.

When Phas asked, Changpu told him he had had never ventured that far. He always planned to and it was a regret he would take to his death.

As Changpu shared stories with Pha, a plan began to formulate and in the gray light of dawn, Pha invited Changpu to join his caravan and head with him to sell tea in Tibet….

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