Anatomy of a Sock

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Source: Anatomy of a Sock

This entry was posted on April 15, 2017, in Uncategorized. Leave a comment

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.

Better Bone Health With Diabetes/fractures & Falls

Did you have a bone density scan? Insurances usually will cover the cost every two years. Along with the scan, you will also need to do 24-hour urine collection for a calcium test. A doctor that specializes in bones will suggest a change in your diet. In my case, it was 1000 mg. of calcium/day (e.g., two yogurts and two cups of milk). You multiply the calcium in your brand of yogurt and milk by 100.

Greek yogurt: 30% calcium x 100= 300 mg calcium

1 % milk: 25% calcium x 100= 250 mg calcium

This calculation can be done with coconut, goat, almond… milk. In addition to the diet change strengthening exercise will be added (e.g., six physical therapy sessions/at home exercises). After the sessions, you will use a gym. If you are on Medicare, the gym is usually free. Click the link below for more information.

Fractures are a danger in older people with type 1 or type 2

Source: Better Bone Health With Diabetes

This entry was posted on April 2, 2017, in Uncategorized. Leave a comment

Grants for Those Living With Medical Conditions

Do you want to go to trade school? College? Do you want to pursue writing painting, sculpturing… There are a number of grants available for those with medical conditions and limited funds. Of course, you will need to submit a written statement from your doctor. I’ll provide you with some links, however, there are thousands. Grants for travel expenses. Grants for supplies. Grants for starting a program in your community. You name it! Type medical condition and interests in your search engine. Don’t forget to research medical supply companies, pharmaceutical companies, foods….


This site also services people living w/HIV/AIDS, ADHD, Cancer, MS…










Info and links for Help Pay for Insulin (Novo Nordisk)

Diabetes Care

The Diabetes PAP provides free medicine to those who qualify. If approved, a free 120-day supply of medicine will be sent to the prescribing health care providers’ office to be picked up at the patient’s convenience. Novo Nordisk will automatically contact the health care provider prior to your next refill to approve the medication reorder.

If you are a patient in need of assistance, or you know someone in need of assistance, follow these 3 simple steps to see if you qualify for free diabetes medication from Novo Nordisk:

Fill out the Patient section of the application
Gather proof of income
Take application and proof of income to your doctor to complete the Health Care Practitioner section. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE MEDICAL RECORDS WITH THIS APPLICATION.
How to get started: Download the US Application (English PDF) (Spanish PDF) or View Products Covered by PAP (PDF).

Patients and caregivers can also obtain more information and access to the program by calling the Novo Nordisk Patient Assistance Program toll free at 866-310-7549.

If you are a health care professional and you want additional information about the Novo Nordisk Patient Assistance Program, have eligible patients who are not yet enrolled, or have patients who are enrolled and want additional information about their eligibility, please visit the “Patient Support” section on the Physician Portal at