Insulite Labs
February 2005 

Welcome to the eleventh edition of Viewpoints, our monthly e-newsletter.

With so much emphasis placed by society these days on physical appearance, it’s easy to forget that what lies beneath really counts. By that, we at Insulite Laboratories mean quality and strength of character. You’ve shown more than a small measure of both just by reading this newsletter because it reveals an interest in achieving a healthier life and a greater sense of well being.

There’s nothing wrong, of course, with wanting to look good. Indeed, we think you’ll love the changes once you combine the Insulite System with a commitment to eating more healthfully and getting the right amount of exercise. We can’t guarantee you’ll look like a movie star. But we are certain you’ll be happy with the healthy new image that goes with feeling better.

Good health brings with it a glow all its own and our article this month on the importance of the mineral chromium in your diet helps to explain why.

Conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Metabolic Syndrome and Type II Diabetes can be caused by Insulin Resistance, which is an imbalance of insulin and blood glucose levels. Insulin Resistance reduces the number of receptor sites or "doorways" on the surface of the cell wall, impeding the passage of glucose through the wall to be converted into energy. The end result is high, free-floating levels of glucose and insulin in the blood stream, which, in turn, can lead to weight gain and conditions like PCOS, Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes.

No one pill can cure Insulin Resistance. The only way to reverse this disorder and its related conditions is with a complete system. The Insulite System and Insulite PCOS System are the first scientifically designed programs that use diet, exercise, nutraceuticals and motivation to help reverse Insulin Resistance.

People need to commit to the Insulite System with its inclusive focus on pure, neutraceutical supplements, regular exercise, healthful eating and a balanced daily intake of protein, fat and carbohydrates. By doing so, they will lose weight, which is essential for reversing their symptoms.

As one of the forefather's of naturopathic medicine said: "All chronic disease is the result of a violation of natural law."

Sedentary lives, consumption of refined carbohydrates and adherence to a generally poor diet are what he meant by "a violation of natural law." We emphasize that the Insulite System's natural supplements are not a magic bullet. But, if they are combined with a commitment to achieving a greater sense of well being via the Insulite System's promotion of increased exercise, a healthy diet and motivation, the supplements can help to reverse the disorders caused by Insulin Resistance.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing but rising up every time we fail.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Learn something even from a setback
keep trying


Intelligence Report

Overweight women on the Pill dramatically increase the risk of counteracting their contraceptive and becoming pregnant. A new study shows that a woman who is overweight or obese is 60-70% more likely to conceive while taking an oral contraceptive than one who is slim.

Scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Center in Seattle compared 248 women who became pregnant while taking the Pill with an age-matched comparison group of 533 non-pregnant females using the same form of birth control.

The study measured the women’s body mass index (BMI), which correlates height and weight by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters squared. BMIs of 18.5-24.9 are considered normal, 25-29.9 overweight and anything above 30 obese.

The first sign of an increased risk of becoming pregnant while on the Pill showed in women whose BMIs ranged from 27.3 (overweight) to 32.1 (obese). The women in this BMI range faced a 60% greater chance of pregnancy - a BMI of 27.3, for example, is equivalent to a 5 ft. 4 in. female weighing 160 lbs. or more. For those with a BMI above 32.1, the increase in risk rose to 70%.

Research leader Dr. Victoria Holt said the results of the study showed that obesity can result in a substantial number of unwanted pregnancies.

“This higher risk of pregnancy also translates into a number of obesity-related complications of pregnancy, which range from Gestational Diabetes to high blood pressure and Caesarean delivery,” added Dr. Holt.

The reason for the higher risk is not yet fully understood but may be linked with the way this form of birth control is processed in women with excess body fat. There are several possible biological explanations, according to the study published in the January 2005 issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.

One theory concerns the fact that overweight individuals have more liver enzymes to clear chemicals from the body, which could cause a drop in circulating blood levels of the contraceptive.

Another theory centers on the fact that hormones in this type of birth control are stored in body fat, which could “trap” the contraceptive and prevent it from working. Today’s versions of the Pill contain relatively low hormone levels compared with those first introduced 40 years ago.

“Hormone levels have decreased five-fold in an effort to reduce unwanted side-effects, ranging from weight gain to blood clots and stroke,” said Dr. Holt. “Today’s Pill dose is high enough for most women but may not be adequate for all.”

However, she warned against overweight women demanding a higher-dose Pill, pointing out they were already likely to be at greater risk of Cardiovascular Disease. A high-dose oral contraceptive would increase their risk of developing this condition, added Dr. Holt.

Click here to learn about a system that is scientifically designed to reverse the symptoms of Insulin Resistance, an underlying cause of weight gain and obesity.


Stomach pacemaker


Studies are currently underway to assess the effectiveness of a new style of 'pacemaker', not for the heart this time but for the stomach. The intention of the medical community is to discover whether it’s a safer alternative to other forms of surgical treatment for weight loss.

The device has the less than felicitous name of Implantable Gastric Stimulation or IGS. Essentially, it looks and operates like a typical cardiac pacemaker, though this version is designed to create a sense of fullness in the recipient without the need for excessive amounts of food.

The IGS system does not alter gastrointestinal anatomy and is being tested to see if it is less invasive than other procedures to treat obesity. IGS consists of an electric pulse generator about the size of a pocket watch, which is placed under the skin of the abdomen and connected to the wall of the stomach with two wires. The generator delivers electrical stimulation to the stomach, causing the recipient to feel full.

Implanting the device takes less than an hour as an outpatient laparoscopic procedure. Once implanted, a hand-held programming computer operates the pulse generator using radio waves and software, enabling communication with the device from outside the body via a form of remote control. The computer can change the type of electrical signals delivered to the stomach.

"Surgeons are still unsure exactly why it lessens the appetite. Possible mechanisms of action include an impact on the nerves, changes in digestive hormones or direct stimulation of stomach muscles," said Dr. Robert Kushner, professor of medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, one of the eight sites nationally that are participating in the IGS research.

Colleague Dr. Julie Roth, who is also involved in the study, added: "This device is not intended to be used at the exclusion of well-guided lifestyle changes.

"We are facing a worldwide epidemic of obesity. More than one billion people are affected by obesity and at least 300 million are clinically obese, which is a key factor in Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, high blood pressure and stroke, as well as a variety of cancers."

Dr Kushner added: "It is extremely difficult for some people to lose weight and sustain their weight loss. This device might be an option for patients who have repeatedly tried to lose weight and failed."


“I question what kind of responsibility a person takes for their own healing by using such a device.”

Dr. Mary Shackelton's ViewThe advent of this "gastric pacemaker" gives me mixed feelings. As science progresses, I feel that soon we will have a pharmaceutical or surgical procedure to address any disease or problem we face. So, as people begin to use this latest device, I am curious about its side effects. But, more importantly, I am interested in what the long term results will be as people are encouraged to look outside themselves for means of addressing the difficult disease of obesity.

With the introduction of this 'pacemaker', I’m glad to see an alternative to gastric by-pass surgery, which I feel is an extremely drastic solution to a serious problem. This latter procedure has significant and permanent effects for anyone who undergoes it.

One's relationship to food is forced to change after undergoing a gastric by-pass procedure and the social impact can be quite unexpected. While we are learning more all the time about gastric by-pass surgery, we do not fully understand the psychological implications of this surgical procedure - often I wonder if people are trading one difficult situation for another. Because so much of social interaction revolves around food, many gastric by-pass patients suffer the social consequences of not being able to eat in a normal way, such as being restricted to a few tablespoons of food per meal. The rates of depression among gastric by-pass patients are higher and, even if people reach their ideal weight, they still may relate to food in an unhealthy way.

Another major concern is that, due to limited gastric capacity following the surgery, the patient must concentrate on eating healthy foods, as well as foods that are nutrient-dense. This is not easy and can require support from a physician or nutritionist. Additionally, the critical acid produced in the stomach to aid digestion is compromised following this surgery and can have future implications for digestion.

The "gastric pacemaker" is an improvement in the treatment of obesity for a number of reasons. It does not require an invasive surgical procedure, it is reversible because the device can be removed, it does not impair digestion and it can allow one to have a normal relationship to food. But I question what kind of responsibility a person takes for their own healing by using such a device.

Most importantly, these gastric innovations do not replace the need to develop a healthy relationship with food. Once someone has achieved this state of affairs, they can permanently heal their propensity for weight gain. We at Insulite Laboratories want to support our customers’ progress in developing a beneficial approach to food which will lead to a new sense of well being.

Dr. Mary Shackelton, MPH ND, is the Medical Director of Insulite Laboratories.

  Fish oil is beneficial
Myth: Fish Have No Fat or Cholesterol

Fact: Although all fish have some fat and cholesterol, most have less than beef, pork, chicken and turkey. But remember that some fats can act like a "dietary Draino" and actually protect our blood vessels from getting blocked.

The oils in fish and shellfish are high in this type of fat and a healthy diet should include at least one fish meal a week. Keep in mind, however, that breaded or battered fish can be high in unhealthy saturated fat. Choose fresh, frozen fillets or canned fish. Shrimp and lobster are back in nutritionists’ “good books” for healthy eating, just so long as the seafood is not deep fried or dripping in butter.

Fish is also a good source of protein, while types that are higher in fat, like salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring and anchovies, are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are being studied because they may be linked to a lower risk of Cardiovascular Disease.

Grilled, baked or broiled fish (instead of fried) can be part of a healthy weight loss plan.

Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories
Q. Are artificial sweeteners bad for your health?

A. I am not a huge fan of using Splenda, Nutrasweet, aspartame or other synthetic sugars. One reason is the fact that there have been reports of a variety of serious side effects associated with their consumption. These include seizures, depression, memory loss, migraine headaches, numbness, blindness and brain damage.

Mostly, I feel that artificial sweeteners perpetuate reliance on satisfying our sweet tooth. If we change our eating and exercise habits in a healthy way, a huge change will also happen with our cravings. This will not happen immediately but gently, over time.

If you must have a sweetener, I would suggest Stevia – it is from a plant and stimulates the sweet taste buds without sugar’s harmful side effect of boosting blood glucose levels.

Visit our website to learn about the new Insulite PCOS System.

“I’ve recently started the program and can already tell a difference. The acne I’ve been plagued with since my early teens is almost completely gone and my facial hair hasn’t grown out at all this week. On top of all that, I have also made changes in my diet and exercise and have lost 10 lbs already.

Until I found your web site, I never realized that there were alternatives to surgery or that Insulin Resistance was the cause of PCOS. Everything has finally made sense to me.”

- TJ,
  Dallas, TX

Insulite Laboratories would like to share other experiences like this one to inspire our many clients on the same path. Tell us your story and we will use it in a future issue of this newsletter, as well as on web sites and affiliate sites.

If you are uncomfortable with us publishing your name, we are quite happy to use your initials to preserve your anonymity. Please email us at

Olive Oil is good for you Just a Small Amount of Olive Oil
Each Day May Cut The Risk of
Cardiovascular Disease
The risk of Cardiovascular Disease may be reduced by consuming the equivalent of just two tablespoons of olive oil a day. One simple way to derive this benefit is sautéing food in olive oil rather than butter.

Research into the health advantages of olive oil’s monounsaturated fat could lead to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration citing the possible benefits on labels of food containing olive oil. The FDA stresses that people shouldn’t increase their daily intake of calories at the same time that they switch to consuming more olive oil.

"Since coronary heart disease is the #1 killer of both men and women in the United States, it is a public health priority to make sure that consumers have accurate and useful information on reducing their risk," said Lester M. Crawford, acting FDA commissioner.

Recent studies have underscored the heart benefits of Mediterranean-style diets that are high in unsaturated fats from vegetable oil, nuts, fresh vegetables and fish such as salmon and tuna. Mortality rates dropped by more than 50% among elderly Europeans who stuck to such diets and led healthy lifestyles, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in September last year.

The message seems to be getting across to the American public. U.S. restaurants and consumers spent $450 million on olive oil last year, while supermarkets reported sales up by nearly one-third over the past six years.
Avocado's are good for youThe American Heart Association (AHA) reported that Cardiovascular Disease caused 502,189 deaths in the U.S. in 2001, the most recent statistic available.

But the news isn’t all gloomy. The AHA says that, in addition to quitting smoking and getting more exercise, people can boost heart health by eating foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol. There are several types of fat and it’s easy to become confused. So here’s a guide to help you:

Saturated - whole milk, butter, cheese, fatty meats (beef, lamb, pork, poultry) coconut and palm oil, coca butterMain dietary cause of high blood cholesterol
Unsaturated (two types):
Monounsaturated – olive oil, avocado, peanut and canola oil
Polyunsaturated – can be divided into Omega-3 fats ( from seafood, lean meat, plants) and Omega-6 (primarily found in nuts, seeds and plant oils)
Both types can help lower cholesterol if used instead of saturated fats
Trans Fatty Acids -
From hydrogenated (hardened) oil found in fried foods, commercial baked foods (donuts, cookies, crackers), processed foods, margarine
Can raise harmful cholesterol and lower beneficial cholesterol
Results require work
“It’s quite possible to work without results. But there will never be results without work.”
  - Anonymous
Rewards will come with effort.


Make sure to get Chromium in your dietAre you getting enough of the trace mineral chromium and does it really matter? The reply to the first half of the question is "probably no" while a resounding "yes" is the answer to the second half.

Research shows that 9 out of 10 Americans do not have enough chromium in their diet, which is a serious situation because the mineral is essential to human health. Lack of chromium can lead to Insulin Resistance, an underlying cause of obesity, which may result in Type 2 Diabetes and the Cardiovascular Disease known at Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X. Insulin Resistance is also a crucial factor in causing PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).

Chromium in its nutritional form is related to the element that makes your car’s fenders shine. It can give you a healthy sparkle, too, but the main importance of the mineral is its relationship with insulin.

Without chromium, insulin cannot function properly and the result may lead to Insulin Resistance. Insulin converts blood sugar into energy via receptor sites or "doorways" on the cell wall. The average thin, healthy person has 20,000 of these sites per cell but an overweight individual may have as few as 5,000.

Insulin Resistance causes the number of receptor sites to decrease, leaving glucose unable to enter the cell properly through these "doorways." Instead, glucose free-floats in the blood stream, causing elevated levels of blood sugar, which are sent to the liver where they are converted into fat and stored throughout the body. This, in turn, can lead to weight gain and obesity, which are often the precursors of Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome.

Another side effect of Insulin Resistance is unbalanced, free-floating levels of insulin in the blood stream, which can result in hormonal changes leading to the multiple symptoms of PCOS.

For insulin to function properly, chromium levels need to be at a healthy level. But raising your intake to adequate levels may be difficult for several reasons. Bad diets mean that most people are lacking in the mineral. To make matters worse, chromium is not easily absorbed and that process diminishes with age. Chromium is also now less plentiful in the food supply than in the past because of soil depletion.

Foods that do contain chromium include liver, egg yolk, brewer’s yeast, beef, poultry, broccoli, whole grain cereals, bran, wheat germ and oysters. However, most Americans restrict their intake of these foods to beef, poultry and eggs and they do not provide enough of the mineral for good health.

By a sad irony, many people have a sugar-rich diet which comprises the very foods that need chromium to support their metabolism and keep glucose and insulin levels balanced.

It makes sense to enhance your chromium intake with dietary changes and a chromium supplement. The National Research Council has established 50 to 200 mcg as the safe and adequate daily intake of chromium for adults. If you suffer from Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome. Pre-Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes, the recommended dosage is much higher.

Consult a doctor or nutritionist for advice about the right amount of chromium to absorb as a supplement after taking into account your diet and state of health. Although a chromium supplement is imperative for people with Diabetes or hypoglycemia, they are advised to obtain their doctor’s supervision in monitoring glucose levels.

Click here to read about a system that uses chromium as a key element to reverse the symptoms of Insulin Resistance.

SpaghettiFancy some spaghetti but are wary of the carbs that pasta carries?

Why not try a healthy look-alike alternative? When cooked, the inner strands of this squash dish take on the texture of spaghetti.

  • 1 spaghetti squash (3-3 1/2 lbs)
Sauce :
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion, cut into 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 each red and yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch strips
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 can (28 oz) Italian plum tomatoes, chopped with juices
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
Halve the squash lengthwise and discard the seeds. Cook cut-side down in a steamer basket in 2 inches of water for about 30 minutes, until tender. (You can do this in two batches if you like, depending on the size.) Let cool.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce by placing the oil over a low heat. Add the onions and peppers and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring until softened. Add the garlic and oregano and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, paste, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Use a fork to pull out the flesh of the squash, which will have formed spaghetti-like strands, and place in a large bowl. Top with the sauce, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

Serves 4. Per serving: 280 calories, 41g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 12g fat, no cholesterol.

Insulite Laboratories is Here for You
You are well on the way to reversing your Insulin Resistance and preventing its related conditions such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) and Pre-Diabetes. You are also taking important steps to achieving your desired weight loss goal and the healthy lifestyle you deserve.

Remember that persistence is crucial.

We at Insulite Laboratories are committed to your success and your well being. We're here to help you.

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