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June 2006
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Welcome to the twenty-seventh edition of Viewpoints, our monthly e-newsletter.

We at Insulite Laboratories understand how easy it is to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of diet and healthy eating advice in the media. Many weight loss suggestions can be demanding, with books to read, points to count and recipes to be strictly followed. Even after slavishly adhering to all the guidelines, many people complain that their efforts have had little or no effect on the problem of long-term weight loss.

In fact, making some simple adjustments to your eating habits is the easiest way to set you on the way to shedding unhealthy extra weight.

Start by eating three balanced, nutritious meals a day, which will keep you from getting hungry. It will also prevent your body experiencing "intermittent starvation," which promotes fat storage. It's true what they say about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. So never skip it because eating a healthy, nourishing breakfast can prevent hunger pangs until lunchtime.

Make sure you are having protein with each meal. Unlike high carbohydrate foods that provide quick energy but leave you feeling hungry soon afterwards, protein intake can prevent the need to snack on sugary foods.

Good protein sources include fish, lean red meat and chicken breast with the skin removed. If you're hungry two hours after a meal, have a protein-rich snack, such as a handful of nuts and seeds or some carrots with hummus.

Try to stay away from "white" foods. "White" in this context means starchy food like potatoes, bread, corn, pasta and any rice other than the brown variety.

Starch has a high carbohydrate content which is basically converted to blood sugar. It has no real nutritional value and can play havoc with your glucose and insulin levels, which, if neglected, may eventually cause the hormonal imbalance called Insulin Resistance - an underlying cause of weight gain.

Left unchecked, excess weight and obesity can lead to the onset of such disorders as Pre-Diabetes, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of female infertility, and the cluster of increased risks for cardiovascular disease called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X).

Weight loss brings all kinds of health benefits. By following these simple steps, you will find yourself en route to a greatly improved sense of well being.

“Until you try, you don't know what you can do.”

- Henry James

Believe in yourself and your horizons will instantly broaden.



Intelligence Report

Many people born in America between 1946 and 1964 and known as "baby boomers" are on track to a future as disabled senior citizens as a result of becoming excessively overweight.

"Obesity will have a big impact on increasing disability in this country in the coming years unless the epidemic can be halted and turned back," says Richard Suzman of the National Institute on Aging.

Public health officials have been warning for years that obesity increases the risk of a variety of disorders including heart disease, cancer, osteoarthritis and Type 2 Diabetes. Now a growing body of research suggests that being obese - 30 lbs or more above a healthy weight - increases the risk of disability at an earlier age.

One result is that more and more people will cease at an ever earlier age to be able to perform simple tasks like bathing or dressing themselves without help.

Mr. Suzman added that the longer a person has been obese, the greater the wear on joints and resulting pain. The likelihood of developing Type 2 Diabetes also increases.

"Boomers" are caught up in three trends:

  • By 2030, all "Boomers" will have turned 65, helping to create 71 million senior citizens in the U.S.

  • More Americans than ever are obese, with the figure increasing every day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of the adult U.S. population is currently obese.

  • The number of disabilities among people in their 30s, 40s and 50s has risen dramatically in the last 20 years and there is a growing link to obesity.
The rise in disability rates is likely to increase future nursing home demand by 10-25%. But the U.S. nursing home system is already stretched to the limit.

There are currently 52,000 vacancies for certified nursing assistants in nursing facilities and the trend shows little sign of improving.

Click here to read about a system that can reverse excess weight and obesity.


New Research


More than 73 million American adults either already have Diabetes or suffer from the reversible precursor to this condition, called Pre-Diabetes. The total figure represents nearly a third of the entire adult population of the U.S., with a third of these people unaware that they have one variation or another of Diabetes.

The figures come from a new study by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases reported in the June issue of the journal Diabetes Care. (1).

"These figures are extremely important," said Dr. Stuart Weiss, a Diabetes specialist at New York University Medical Center, who was not involved in the study.

"People hate being diagnosed with Diabetes because it's all about lifestyle. When you have Diabetes, you must change the way you live."

Around 95% of Diabetics suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, which can only be managed for the rest of a person's life and severely increases the risk of blindness, amputation and kidney disease.

But Pre-Diabetes, which occurs when blood sugar levels are elevated above normal but not high enough for someone to be diagnosed as a full-blown Diabetic, can be reversed before the condition becomes Type 2 Diabetes.

One of the keys to overcoming Pre-Diabetes is to reverse Insulin Resistance, an imbalance of blood sugar and insulin levels which often causes excess weight gain and obesity. Insulin Resistance can be reversed by weight loss via a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise.

The growing number of Diabetes cases is linked by many doctors and scientists to America's obesity crisis. As the U.S. population gets heavier in every age group, the prevalence of Diabetes has grown rapidly.

Older people are particularly vulnerable, with 22% aged 65 or older suffering from Type 2 Diabetes and nearly 40% at the Pre-Diabetic stage, according to the new survey.

In another new study in the June issue of Diabetes Care, researchers in Australia report that teenagers with Type 2 Diabetes have higher blood pressure and earlier signs of kidney disease than teens with Type 1 Diabetes, even when they've had Type 2 for a shorter time (2).

Type 1, caused by the loss of insulin-producing cells, is usually diagnosed in children and young adults and requires insulin in the form of injections or other methods for the condition to be managed.

Type 2 is caused by the inability of the pancreas to produce enough insulin or use it efficiently. It is often linked to obesity and more common in older people. But the condition is showing up more frequently in younger people.

The study suggests that teens with Type 2 should be screened regularly for the dangerous complications that can develop from Diabetes, like an increased risk of blindness, amputation and kidney disease. 

(1) Prevalence of Diabetes and Impaired Fasting Glucose in Adults in the U.S. Population: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999–2002
Diabetes Care, June 2006, Volume 29, Number 6

(2) Prevalence of Diabetes Complications in Adolescents With Type 2 Compared With Type 1 Diabetes,
Diabetes Care, June 2006, Volume 29, Number 6

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Read Previous Issues of Viewpoints

  Weight Loss: Myth or Fact?
Myth: Joining a Gym is Essential for Establishing a Fitness Regime.

Fact: Not so. Some people are actually intimidated by all those mirrors and exercise machines arrayed at many gyms. Not to mention the presence of already-toned bodies everywhere and the expensive membership fees.

A cheaper but still effective alternative is to find a workout buddy for company and walk around the neighborhood on a regular basis. Vary your routine with other enjoyable activities like swimming or tennis.

Do you remember how much fun you used to have on a bike as a kid? Why not make a health investment in an inexpensive used bike and rediscover why you enjoyed yourself so much? It's great, low-impact exercise, especially for the legs and heart.

All you need to do to begin exercising is to commit to moving, regardless of the setting and without the need of pricey equipment. It's a cumulative process and includes small actions like walking to a co-worker rather than sending an email or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Exercise is like loose change in your pocket — it can add up.

Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories
Q. How does a low-carb diet help to reverse PCOS?

A. A study published in March 2006 confirmed that a low-carb diet improves the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) (1).

The authors stated “a moderate reduction in dietary carbohydrate reduced the fasting and post-challenge insulin concentrations among women with PCOS, which, over time, may improve reproductive/endocrine outcomes.”

Stripped of the jargon, what does this all mean? Since the root cause of PCOS in most cases is Insulin Resistance, a low-carb diet can help to improve your body’s response to insulin.

With Insulin Resistance, the body becomes insensitive to the insulin it produces, leading to elevated circulating levels of insulin. This, in turn, causes hormonal imbalances, such as increased testosterone and other androgens (masculinizing hormones), associated with PCOS.

The hormonal imbalance leads to the symptoms many women experience with PCOS, such as irregular menses, excess facial and body hair, acne and brown skin patches and male-pattern hair loss. PCOS can prevent ovulation, making it impossible to become pregnant.

Elevated insulin levels also contribute to weight gain, as well as the formation of cysts on the ovaries, in part due to hormonal imbalances and also because the ovaries are highly sensitive to the influence of insulin.

Eating a diet low in carbs can lower your insulin levels and improve many symptoms of PCOS. The study also showed women who ate a low- carb diet reduced their triglycerides and testosterone levels, which are commonly elevated in women with PCOS. The low carb diet helped to decrease overall insulin secretion, improving Insulin Resistance.

Examine your diet today and start decreasing your carb intake gradually. The best way to get started is by cutting out high carb foods such as potatoes, bread, white rice, corn, pastries, cookies and tortillas.

A useful resource to check how many carbs are in certain foods is a carb counter such as the one found at This is an excellent way to get started on improving your health.

Long-lasting dietary changes are difficult to make, so don’t be hard on yourself if they don’t occur overnight. Just remember to get back on track after any setbacks and you will soon be pleased with the results.

(1)  Douglas CC, Gower BA, Darnell BE, Ovalle F, Oster RA, Azziz R.,
Role of diet in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome.
Fertil Steril. 2006 Mar;85(3):679-88. PMID: 16500338


Our Medical & Advisory Board is comprised of health, nutrition and exercise specialists who contribute to product research and development. They also provide oversight for information included in our web sites, newsletters, weekly health support messages and Insulite System materials.

Selected Members provide support, information and guidance to all individuals who contact Insulite Laboratories with questions about their Insulin-Resistance related disorders and implementation of the various Insulite Systems.

Insulite Laboratories recognizes that our clients enjoy a much higher success rate when they receive support for their lifestyle changes. The Board is also an educational resource for healthcare professionals who advocate Insulite Laboratories Systems for their patients and clients.

This month we feature Board member Dr. Nicole Kellum:

Dr. Kellum
Dr. Nicole Kellum

Dr. Kellum specializes in nutritional, homeopathic and botanical medicines. She also counsels individuals through Insulite Laboratories' outreach program, which is available to customers and non-customers alike.

An honors graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr Kellum contributed to a literature review by the Diabetes Research Group on the modes and efficacy of naturopathic treatments for Type 2 Diabetes.

She is a primary care practitioner and a contributing author of the Board Review Study Materials for Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination.

I look for the root cause of an illness or imbalance in a patient. With an increasing number of people being diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes, it is not surprising to see, at the same time, an increasing number of women being diagnosed with PCOS. All of these conditions have a common root cause, namely Insulin Resistance.
I believe the Insulite PCOS System addresses the cause of PCOS by using exercise, a healthy diet and nutritional supplements.
This system is much gentler than using prescription medications and it achieves lasting results.

If you have a question for Dr. Kellum or another member of our Medical & Advisory team about your health, or to find out if any of the Insulite Systems are recommended for you, please email Insulite Laboratories at

Have You Been Diagnosed with Excess Weight or Obesity?

If You Have, We're Glad You've Found Us.

We're Here to Support You Every Step Of The Way As You Transform Your Health

Excess Weight ProductsInsulite Laboratories is committed to giving you a better understanding of excess weight and obesity and its underlying cause, Insulin Resistance.

So we are very pleased to announce the introduction of the Insulite System for Excess Weight and Obesity, which has been scientifically-formulated to help reverse Insulin Resistance and reduce your weight.

If neglected, excess weight and obesity may lead to a variety of disorders, including the cluster of increased risks for cardiovascular disease called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X), which can result in a heart attack or stroke.

Weight problems can also play a major role in the onset of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of female infertility as well as irregular periods, skin conditions like acne and brown skin patches, excess facial and body hair and male pattern baldness in women. Conversely, some women suffer from obesity because Insulin Resistance-linked PCOS is the underlying cause of their weight gain.

Another condition linked to excess weight and obesity is reversible Pre-Diabetes. If neglected, this condition often results in the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, which can only be managed for the rest of a person's life and may require daily injections of insulin. Type 2 Diabetes is a major increased risk factor for blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart disease and erectile dysfunction (ED).

The Insulite System for Excess Weight and Obesity includes a scientifically-designed combination of nutrients which are primarily designed to increase the number of insulin receptors on the surface of each cell.

As a result, cells can absorb blood glucose through the receptor sites more efficiently for conversion to energy, thereby reducing levels of circulating glucose. A decrease in elevated blood glucose lowers the secretion of insulin, which are both major underlying causes of excess weight gain and obesity. When insulin and glucose are in balance, weight loss is facilitated.

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Did You Know?


Nutrition plays a crucial role in good health at any age. But the dietary needs of men and women differ through the years.

In the first of two guides to healthy eating for both sexes as they get older, we look at the years between 20 and 35. Part 2 next month will cover the years 35-65 and beyond.


Men are more prone to carrying extra weight around the middle than women and the process often begins when they are in their 20s or early 30s. Long term, that spare tire can put men at increased risk of developing heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. Drinking large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis adds weight as well as possibly causing the onset of certain cancers such the gullet (esophagus) and liver variety. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit instead of "guys' favorites" like hamburgers and fries and fried chicken. Also try to consume ...

Zinc and selenium: Lack of fertility is an increasing problem among men. Consuming more zinc - involved in sex hormone production - and selenium, for sperm mobility, could increase the chances of fathering a child. The compounds are found naturally in brazil nuts, seafood, meat and poultry.

Lycopene: Men who have high intakes of lycopene - found in red fruits such as watermelon, red grapefruit, tomatoes and tomato products - also appear to have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.


Don't be fooled into thinking that just because you drank a lot of milk as a child, the job is done. You can build up your bones until you're 35 - the time of 'optimum bone mass'. Try to consume 700 mgs of calcium a day via products such as tofu, pulses, leafy greens, nuts and seeds. If you don't consume enough calcium each day, you may be at greater risk of osteoporosis in later life.

Iron: Women lose iron during menstruation so their need for this mineral is higher than men's. One of the best sources of iron is lean red meat. It's worth noting that the presence of vitamin C in the body increases the amount of iron absorbed.

Folate: Women are also advised to take 400 gms of folic acid supplement daily and consume a folate-rich diet - good sources include green vegetables, yeast, nuts and pulses. Folate decreases the risk of becoming anemic and a high folate intake before conception and during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy reduces the incidence of neural tube defects such as spina bifida in babies.

Melon, citrus fruits, celery, cucumber, watercress, lettuce, tomatoes: millions of women regularly take the Pill but it's not without side effects. Some women find they gain up to seven pounds, partly through fluid retention. Certain diuretic foods encourage the body to expel water. Those mentioned above may help to ease this problem.

Part 2 in next month's edition of Viewpoints.

One thing at a time!
“The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once.”
  - Samuel Smiles
Multi-tasking can have its drawbacks.




Little packets of sweeteners seem to growing in variety and packaging colors, whether you're ordering a skinny decaf latte on the run or relaxing over a meal in a favorite restaurant.

But just how safe are sugar substitutes and even natural products? The subject is controversial, with claims and counter-claims attracting a great deal of media attention.

Some nutritionists are against artificial sweeteners because many substitutes are chemical products and there's a lack of research into what long-term effect they have at a cellular level. In the absence, however, of hard evidence that they cause harm, some in the medical field see them as useful allies in the battle against obesity because the body doesn't respond to sweeteners as fat-creating carbohydrates.

So what's the story? Are they all safe? Are some safer than others? Or should they be avoided altogether? Here's a guide to current thinking:

Aspartame, found in Equal and 6,000 other products, is made from a chemical process that results in a taste 180 times sweeter than sugar. But, because it loses its sweetness at high temperatures, it is not recommended for baking.

Last year, Italian researchers concluded that aspartame caused a statistically significant, dose-related increase in lymphomas and leukemia in female rats. But in May this year, researchers at the American Association of Cancer Research reported that "consumption of aspartame-containing beverages does not raise the risk" of leukemias, lymphomas and brain tumors.

Succralose, found in Splenda, is 600 times sweeter than sugar. Made by a patented chemical process, it can be used in baking because it is resistant to high temperatures.

It was approved for use in 1998 after the FDA reviewed more than 110 animal and human safety studies. But the manufacturers were sued by the Sugar Association, an industry trade group, over the product's claim that Splenda "is made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar." The manufacturers counter-sued but recently had their case dismissed. The FDA says it is currently reviewing its adverse event reports system to check how many complaints about Splenda have been received.

Saccharin, found in Sweet'N Low, was discovered in 1879 and used to be only artificial sweetener available. About 300 times sweeter than sugar, it was introduced long before the FDA required pre-market approval for food additives and so wasn't subjected to that process. It is created by a patented chemical process.

In the early 1970s, there were concerns that saccharin may have had a role in causing bladder cancer in rats in scientific tests. Eventually the FDA proposed banning saccharin for all uses. But there was an outcry from saccharin users and Congress reacted by placing a two-year moratorium on any ban to allow new tests. In the meantime, a warning label was added to the packaging.

In 1991, the FDA formally withdrew its proposal to ban saccharin's use and in 2000 President Bill Clinton signed legislation that removed the warning label.

Stevia and Xylitol are natural sweeteners. Stevia has been used in South America and Japan for centuries. Sold in health food markets and shops as a dietary supplement, it is said to be up to 400 times sweeter than sugar.

It cannot be sold expressly as a sweetener in the U.S. because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers it an "unapproved food additive." There are numerous studies which show no toxicity concerns with Stevia, though the safety of Stevia has been questioned, according to the FDA's Web site.

Xylitol is derived from corn or the birch tree. Available at health food stores, it's sugar-like substance which is said to be twice as sweet. Some nutritionists say it has a laxative effect. It may help to fight tooth decay by reducing the amount of enamel-eating acid produced by bacteria in the mouth. 

Getting kids and even some adults to eat vegetables can sometimes be a struggle. But serving up this delightfully fresh cabbage and tomato salad should encourage the whole family to get their fill of healthy eating.


Tomatoes1 small head cabbage, sliced thinly
2 medium tomatoes, cut in cubes
1 cup sliced radishes
1/4 tsp of salt
2 tsp olive oil
2 tbs rice vinegar (or lemon juice)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper
2 tbs fresh cilantro, chopped

Mix together the cabbage, tomatoes and radishes in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients and pour over the vegetables.

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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.

Please contact us with any questions or to order the Insulite Excess Weight System, Insulite PCOS System, Insulite MetaX System or the Insulite Pre-Diabetes System at

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