Question Everything That You Read, Even My Posts

While waiting to see my Endocrinologist, I was reading a dictionary on herbs and foods. The book contained some useful information :

1.  Add salt to liquid soap and wash water to remove scum from your body

2. Making mouthwash: 2 cups (minus the sugar) Peppermint, sage, or lemon balm tea, 2 drops of vanilla, 2 drops vitamin E.

3. How grapefruits got their name: Grapefruits grow in clusters like grapes. Add slice grapefruit peels to distilled vinegar to clean faucets, sanitize pillows, clean windows…

Then there was this: Eat a banana for a low blood sugar.  It failed to mention size. When I shared it with the Endocrinologist she said, “If your blood sugar is below 60, a small banana should elevate sugar quickly. It will also supply you with potassium lost from the low blood sugar. A large banana might cause blood sugar to counteract to 200 range.” The author of the book failed to mention this.  He also suggestion eat spinach three times/day daily. Consuming excessive amounts of spinach can lead to kidney stones, issues with iron absorption and gastrointestinal difficulties. Just eat a variety of fruits/vegetables.

After you read this, I welcome you to do a fact check.


Class Action Suit Against Novo Nordisk (Insulin Nation)

The Class-Action Lawsuit Against Novo Nordisk
It’s alleged that price fixing to keep the price of insulin high may have obscured trouble with the company’s bottom line.


editor | January 23rd 2017

Have you ever fantasized about suing drugmakers who jack up the price of insulin? Novo Nordisk is being sued for its drug pricing, but not by its customers.


A class action lawsuit has been filed against Novo Nordisk by a group of investors who say they were misled about earnings forecasts. It’s alleged the drugmaker hid market trouble by colluding with other drug companies to keep the price of insulin artificially high. The lawsuit was filed by Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP on behalf of the Lehigh County (PA) Employees’ Retirement System, but it can include anyone who invested in Novo Nordisk between April 30, 2015, to October 27, 2016.

(As much as it may seem like buying a vial of Novo insulin is expensive enough for one to be considered an investor in the company, the lawsuit does not include customers.)

The suit seems to stem from an overly optimistic earnings forecast in early 2016 that projected long-term growth of 10 percent, according to a Law360 report. That projection was fueled by triple-digit growth for its new basal insulin, Tresiba, according to a Motley Fool report. Novo’s plan was for Tresiba to become the Lantus-killer in the basal insulin market, but that dream was derailed with Eli Lilly’s December release of Basaglar, a biosimilar (read “generic”) version of Lantus. With Basaglar on the horizon and increasing public unease over high drug prices, pharmacy benefits managers have been able to negotiate steep discounts with insulin makers or exclude some expensive brands altogether. This has cut into sales of Tresiba and Victoza, a GLP-1 drug.

Novo stock, which had been trading at more than $53 a share a year ago stands at $35.73 as of January 17, 2017. In 2016, Novo’s CEO stepped down, and the company announced plans to cut 1,000 jobs.

The 2016 presidential election also brought a high level of uncertainty to the business plans of insulin makers. In October, two prominent lawmakers asked the Justice Department to investigate insulin price fixing. Pharma companies bracing for increased regulation under Hillary Clinton rallied when Donald Trump surprised nearly everyone by winning the electoral college vote. That rally proved fragile, however, as Trump has periodically made overtures about curbing drug prices. Most recently, during a wide-ranging press January 11 press conference, Trump said drug companies were “getting away with murder.” That was enough to send drug company stock value tumbling, according to a CNN Money report.

So far there has been no word of copycat class action lawsuits from investors with the other insulin-making companies.

Can An Insulin Pump Be Mistaken For A Weapon?

732 murders of people of color.

Police said they had a weapon.

Police said book was a weapon.

People said Sandra Bland didn’t put out her cigarette in the car that she drove.

Police said  they feared for their lives.

Can my insulin pump be mistaken for a weapon?

Can my lancet pen be mistaken for a weapon?

Can my glucose meter be mistaken for a weapon?

If my CGM cause my pump to alarm, will I be pulled over?

Will I be shot?

When you are a person of color with diabetes, you have to ask these questions.



Study on Brain Health From Complete Wellness Report

Although this is depressing news, please continue striving for healthy blood-sugar levels. It may or may not happen to you. Scientific findings not always true for everyone.

“Patients with diabetes can experience several brain changes that develop over time such as shrinkage of areas involved in memory and thinking as well as damage to blood vessels supplying the brain,” Verghese, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “Higher blood sugar levels may be detrimental to the brain even in older adults who do not meet formal criteria for diabetes but are in the gray zone.”

People with diabetes also need to be aware that even if their blood sugar is well controlled, they’re still at increased risk for memory problems and impairments in cognitive function, said Mark Espeland, a researcher at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Should People With Diabetes Take Vitamins?

  1. Talk to your doctor before experimenting with vitamins.
  2. Read reputable websites/trade magazines on vitamins (e.g., Dlife, American Diabetes Assoc, Diabetes Health, WebMD, New Journal Of Medicin).
  3. Schedule an app’t w/a Diabetes Nutritionists about food combinations to serve.
  4. Too much of the wrong food combination can make you hungry and or depelte you of certain nutrients.

Excerpt for Diabetes Health:

“Generally speaking, the nutrient recommendations for people with diabetes are the same as for those without diabetes. On the other hand, diabetes, particularly if uncontrolled, is associated with micronutrient deficiencies. When sugars are high, urination is increased to wash out the extra sugar, and vitamins are washed out as well. So perhaps people with diabetes should be a bit more aggressive in their decision to use supplements.

When deciding what to take, if anything, in the arena of supplements, consider the following tips.

Tips on Taking Supplements

Don’t rely on the fact that someone you know has been using a certain treatment for years. Remember Dr. James Craig, who correctly diagnosed George Washington with a throat infection and then began a series of blood-letting treatments. At the time, blood-letting was a well-regarded treatment that had been used for centuries. Unfortunately, the ex-president soon expired, probably from being bled to death.

Don’t fall for this one: “It’s natural so it must be okay.” Strychnine, botulinum toxin, hemlock, deadly nightshade, elemental lead, elemental mercury are all natural and all deadly. Although most of today’s medications have molecular structures that are based on natural sources (plant-, mold-, or animal-derived), “natural” or “herbal” does not mean “safe.”

Watch out for off-brands of multi-vitamins. A recent study of vitamin E supplements found that a few of the brands contained less than ten percent of the stated amount. In addition to containing the stated amount, the supplement must be in a tablet, capsule, or effervescent form that will dissolve and can be absorbed from the small intestine into the blood stream. Choose a reputable brand such as GNC, TwinLab, Nature Made, and others. Look for something that contains 100% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for most of its constituents. Use that daily multiple vitamin to support a well-rounded and nutritious diet….”

Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition

Who is DPAC?

DPAC is a grassroots organizaion co-founded and run by patients with diabetes: Bennet Dunlap and Christel Marchand Aprigliano. All are welcomed to join and make decisions to improve diabetes policies.

The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) consists of people with diabetes (PWD), caregivers, patient advocates, health professionals, disease organizations and companies working together to promote and support public policy proposals to improve the health of people with diabetes. This includes ensuring the safety and quality of medications, devices, and services; and access to care for those with diabetes.

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