Welcome to the eleventh edition of Viewpoints, our monthly
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
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
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing but rising up every
time we fail.”
Learn something even from a setback
BEING OVERWEIGHT INCREASES THE CHANCES OF WOMEN
ON THE PILL BECOMING PREGNANT
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
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.
DOCTORS TEST A “PACEMAKER” FOR THE STOMACH
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."
DR. MARY'S VIEW:
“I question what kind of responsibility a person takes for their
own healing by using such a device.”
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
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.
|WEIGHT LOSS: MYTH OR FACT?
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
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.
|CONSULT DR. MARY
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
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 pcos.insulitelabs.com
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.”
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|DID YOU KNOW?
Just a Small
Amount of Olive Oil
Each Day May Cut The Risk of
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
American Heart Association (AHA) reported that Cardiovascular Disease
caused 502,189 deaths in the U.S. in 2001, the most recent statistic
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:
|TYPES OF FAT||HEALTH EFFECTS|
|Saturated - whole milk, butter, cheese, fatty meats (beef, lamb, pork, poultry) coconut and palm oil, coca butter||Main 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|
“It’s quite possible to work without results. But there will
never be results without work.”
Rewards will come with effort.
INSULITE LIFESTYLE: TIPS
|Are 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
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.
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)
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.
- 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
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,
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.
Please contact us with any questions or to order the Insulite System or the
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