Insulite Labs
May 2005
IN THIS ISSUE: Insulite Laboritories

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

We at Insulite Laboratories never under-estimate your commitment to changing your lifestyle to achieve a greater sense of well being through a balanced regime of nutrition and exercise.

It may sometimes seem like a struggle to stick to the right diet in order to lose weight and feel healthier. But don’t forget that a lot of food is on your side. With summer just around the corner, take salads as an example.

Back in the Eighties, the salad bar in restaurants started to flourish in the new quest for a healthier diet. But the choices were thin on flavor and nutrition, consisting mainly of iceberg lettuce, cucumber slices, cottage cheese and pasta salad. All too often, we filled our plates with too much creamy dressing to add taste and didn’t eat enough fiber-rich greens.

Fortunately, those days have passed and salad bars in most restaurants are now all about making healthy food choices. On offer is a wide variety of flavors, colors and textures, ranging from exotic lettuce and nutritious nuts to roasted vegetables and even sushi.

You can easily have the same eating experiences at home by creating your own salad bar. For the best results, try to shop at bustling local markets where there’s more chance of buying fresh produce because turnover is higher. Our Insulite Lifestyle section this month has a simple but delicious and healthy salad recipe.

Don’t forget that fruit that can add greatly to a salad. Try slices of pineapple or melon for extra sparkle. Healthy eating can be fun and full of flavor.

“The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.”

- Dave Weinbaum

Always reach for new goals.
Start By Doing What's Necessary


Intelligence Report


There has been a mixed response to the Government’s Food Guide Pyramid, which has a new look and a new name.

Many have praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture for moving in the right direction with the new guide against a backdrop of 65% of the American population being either overweight or obese. But critics have questioned both the pyramid’s availability via the Internet and its specific nutritional guidelines.

The guide is still triangle-shaped but is now called MyPyramid and has six colored, vertical stripes to denote food categories; orange for grains, green for vegetables, red for fruits, yellow for oils, blue for dairy products and purple for meats, beans, fish and nuts. On one side there is a figure climbing steps to emphasize the need for daily exercise.

The different widths of each color base represent nutritional values, with wider bases representing foods with little or no fats, added sugars or caloric sweeteners.

Initially, it is Internet-based at But the U.S.D.A. says people without computer access will soon be able to get material from doctors, dieticians and schools.

Consumers are urged to visit the interactive website and “personalize” their eating plans. After providing their age, gender and activity level, they receive guidelines on how many calories they should consume and how much they should eat from each food category. Twelve energy intake patterns range from 1,000 calories to 3,200 calories. The recommendations are based on the government’s revised dietary guidelines, which were released in January.

“The concept here is you need to spend your calories wisely,” said the U.S.D.A’s Eric Hentgers. “You don’t have a lot of extra calories unless you include more physical activity in your life.”

The pyramid’s symbols drew praise from Stephanie Childs, spokeswoman for the Grocery Manufacturers of American, who said consumers could use the new information to build better diets.

But not everyone is happy with the pyramid’s focus on the Internet. “Obesity is concentrated among the poor – and they’re people who don’t have computers,” said Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, who added that the new pyramid’s web site was “extremely complicated.”

Nutritionist Lynn Smith questioned the proportion of dairy products that the pyramid endorses. “I’m not a person who’s against dairy. I recommend yogurt and cheese in moderation. But to see that be a cornerstone of the pyramid is just disappointing. When you look to find other calcium sources, it’s absolutely buried,” she said.

Other nutritionists have reservations about the pyramid’s heavy emphasis on meats and grains. The new guidelines urge Americans to consume whole grains, low-fat or nonfat dairy products and lean meats that baked, grilled or broiled. Eating fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds is also encouraged.

Click here to learn about a system based partly on a balanced diet that helps reverse Insulin Resistance, an underlying cause of weight gain and obesity.


New Research


A new study suggests that doctors should pay more attention to the cluster of disorders known as Metabolic Syndrome rather than obesity alone when assessing their female patients’ risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease.

The Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) reports in Circulation Online that Metabolic Syndrome, also called Syndrome X, is a powerful predictor of Cardiovascular Disease in women. WISE says the study highlights the urgent need to raise awareness of Metabolic Syndrome as well as emphasizing the importance of diagnosing and treating the condition.

The results indicate that the harmful effects of having a high Body Mass Index (BMI) are less strongly associated with coronary artery disease than the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome. BMI measures height and weight to classify how fat a person is. But the study suggests that visceral fat combined with other symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome are a more valuable guide to predicting risk.

Metabolic Syndrome is characterized by having at least three of the following symptoms:

  • Insulin Resistance - when the body can’t absorb blood sugar or use insulin
  • Abdominal fat – in men this means a 40 inch waist or larger, in women 35 inches or larger
  • High blood sugar levels – at least 110 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) after fasting
  • High triglycerides – at least 150 mg/dL in the blood stream
  • Low HDL (the “good” cholesterol) – less than 40 mg/dL
  • Prothrombotic state (e.g. high fibrinogen or plasminogen activator inhibitor in the blood)
  • Blood pressure of 130/85 mmHg or higher
The WISE study concludes that doctors should pay more attention to abnormal metabolism than to obesity alone when assessing a woman’s cardiovascular risk.

The epidemic of obesity sweeping the United States means both sexes are at risk from Metabolic Syndrome. The American Heart Association estimates that between 20-25% of the population suffer from this disorder. Many are unaware they have the condition.

Researchers have found that people suffering with the disorder are at significantly greater risk from dying of a heart attack or stroke. One study, conducted over a 15-year-period by Louisiana State University, discovered that men who had Metabolic Syndrome were from 2.9 to 4.2 times more likely to die of a heart attack.

Another study by Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University found that men with the disorder had a 78% greater chance of having a stroke. Women had a 50% greater risk. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

The presence of Metabolic Syndrome is also known to increase significantly the risk of developing Pre-Diabetes leading to Type 2 Diabetes. Unbalanced glucose and insulin levels caused by Insulin Resistance can lay the foundation of Type II Diabetes by raising blood sugar to dangerous levels.

There is some good news, however. Research has shown that people with Metabolic Syndrome, who made lifestyle modifications by eating a healthier diet and exercising to lose weight, can have significant reductions in insulin overproduction, or hyperinsulinemia, which is caused by Insulin Resistance.


“Early diagnosis can prevent the further complications of this condition.”

The research presented from the WISE study confirms that detection of Metabolic Syndrome is half the battle. With the diagnostic criteria presented, someone who is concerned about the possibility of having Metabolic Syndrome can bring their signs and symptoms to the attention of their physician. In fact, we urge you to do so! One of the important findings of this study is that a early diagnosis can prevent the future complications of this condition. By preventing the complications, we can begin to change the incidence and devastation caused by strokes, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes. Changes made in lifestyle and diet can save lives!

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

Click here to learn about a system that helps reverse the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome.

  Weight Loss: Myth or Fact?
Myth: Overeating is Caused by Hunger.

Fact: Hunger has nothing to do with overeating. The reality is that we overeat for emotional reasons. If you understand your emotional triggers, you’ll eat better.

One of the main reasons for overeating is stress, because it makes you eat more quickly. And the foods you want to eat when stressed are more likely to be fatty, pleasurable things. The best way to foil a craving is to take your mind off it, preferably by keeping yourself busy with a task where it’s difficult to eat, such as taking a long walk.

Dr Mary Shackelton - Medical Director for Insulite Laboratories
Q. Does exercise help prevent Gestational Diabetes?

A. The condition known as Gestational Diabetes develops in the third trimester of pregnancy and research suggests it affects up to 5% of expectant women in the U.S.

With this disorder, the pancreas produces insulin but it doesn’t lower the mother’s blood sugar levels. In these circumstances, the baby is liable to be on the large side, increasing the likelihood of a cesarean delivery and the risk of the child becoming overweight and suffering from Diabetes later in life.

The best way to prevent Gestational Diabetes is to exercise to avoid becoming overweight before you get pregnant. If you previously led a sedentary lifestyle, pregnancy is a bad time to start a new workout regime. Even if you’ve exercised regularly before, you will have to curtail your routine as you get further along in your pregnancy.

Exercises that stimulate your uterus may lead to an early delivery. So it’s best to review your workouts with your doctor. You can learn to feel your uterus to verify that it staying relaxed during exercise.

“Your recent article about using cinnamon as an active agent for reducing blood problems seemed to be aimed at Type 2 Diabetes. I am recently on insulin and, with the additional drug coumidin, it has thrown all my medications off-kilter. I can’t take any satin drugs to improve my blood circulation. But I was impressed with the idea of adding cinnamon to take over for the satin drugs.

“As a new insulin guy who has gone through the nightmare of adjusting doses and known Insulin Resistance as a horrible lack of knowledge on the subject, you gave me some hope for the future. Thanks.”

- K.A.
  North Olmsted, OH

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.

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Insulite Laboratories is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Medical Advisory Board. They are:

Jeffry Weiss Ph.DJeffry Weiss Ph.D, who has spent more than three decades researching the scientific and personal reasons why so many people are overweight. He has corresponded with the health ministries of Australia, Mexico and the United Kingdom, plus the U.S. Secretary of Health And Human Services, concerning his work in the field of diet and nutrition. On an individual basis, he has counseled hundreds of people – working with ailments as diverse as obesity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, CFS, ADD, Multiple Sclerosis and liver disease, as well as numerous forms of cancer and Diabetes.

Kevin Shepard, MS, CSCS, CPTKevin Shepard, MS, CSCS, CPT, who was Junior World Powerlifting Champion and the holder of 3 power-lifting records. He gained his MS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Colorado and is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member of Front Range Community College in Westminster, CO. Kevin is also a personal fitness trainer. He writes a regular newspaper column on exercise, fitness and nutrition and is a firm believer that these three elements are essential for good health and a greater sense of well being.

Cinnamon Can Lower Blood Sugar Levels


Diets high in processed foods not only result in weight problems for children. They also cause bad behavior and learning difficulties, a new study has found. Researchers claim junk food stops the brain working properly, leading to underachievement and a host of disorders.

Such foods not only lack the vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that boost brain power but actually reduce the body's uptake of nutrients that improve concentration. Thousands of children given medication to combat Attention Deficiency Disorder (ADD) might be better off simply improving their diet, according to research published in the American journal Pediatrics.

The study, by Britain’s Oxford University, showed that giving children essential fats found in fish and nuts could improve their brain power. Their ability to learn was increased and their behavior dramatically improved by supplementing their diets with such fats.

Startling results in children who were underachieving and, in some cases, being disruptive were recorded after just three months. The study involved more than 100 British children battling with physical co-ordination problems.

They were given daily supplements rich in Omega-3 essential fats that are vital for brain development but have been reduced in the national diet over the last couple of decades.

In the study, around 40 per cent of children given the Omega-3 supplements made dramatic improvements in reading and spelling. There was also a significant improvement in concentration and behavior.

Lead researcher Dr Alexandra Richardson, of Oxford University's Department of Physiology, said: "What we've shown is that you can improve behavior and learning with these oils.”

"Food affects behavior. To ignore the role of nutrition is indefensible. If you paid attention to diet, you could really make a difference."

Patrick Holford, director of the Brain Bio Centre in Britain, which tackles mental health problems through nutrition, said: "We're seeing outrageous imbalances in brain chemistry caused by the kinds of foods that, sadly, millions of kids are eating. And no one's doing anything about it.

"These kids are digging their own graves with a knife and fork. We know some fats found in processed and fried foods should be avoided. However, there are other fats that are essential and a deficiency can negatively impact on a child's behavior."
Cinnamon helps lower Blood Sugar LevelsThe study involved 117 children aged five to 12 in schools in County Durham in northern England. The children were of normal ability but underachieving and suspected of having dyspraxia, a condition that affects co-ordination.

Even greater numbers had learning and behavioral disorders such as dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Half the children were given Omega-3 essential fats capsules for three months, while the remainder were given a "dummy" treatment with capsules of olive oil.

Those on Omega-3s made up to ten months' progress in reading in three months, compared with those taking olive oil, who made normal progress.

When the children swapped treatments, there was a similar jump forward for those transferred to Omega-3s for the second three-month period. After three months on the supplements, half showed such improvement they were no longer classified as having problems.

In some cases, children improved their reading age by up to four years.

Oxford University's Dr. Richardson, who is also co-director of the Food and Behavior Research charity, said unhealthy dietary fats can actually displace the healthy fats in the brain.

Known as trans-fats, they are mostly found in processed foods such as crisps, biscuits and cakes. Many teenagers get 40 per cent of their calories from fat and nutritionists worry that such poor diets could permanently damage brain development.

Exercise is Important
“Leave all afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”
  - Thomas Jefferson
Always try to find time to improve yourself in different ways


Lose weight slowly

One of the hardest aspects of losing weight is what comes next after you’ve shed the first pounds. The healthiest and most enduring way is lose weight slowly. But many people hit a wall when they’ve lost 5-10% of their weight.

Nutritionists and obesity researchers have observed this phenomenon for years. “The body will allow you to lose about 10% of your weight and sustain that loss,” says psychologist Thomas Wadden, director of the Weight and Eating Disorder Program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

He added that some people get past the 10% barrier relatively easily but they are in a minority, which is why he advises setting reasonable weight-loss targets of 10-20 pounds at first. Once you achieve those goals, try maintaining your new weight levels for a while before attempting to lose another 10%.

There are several psychological and biological reasons why dieters hit that frustrating plateau, typically after six to eight months.

One reason is that the body doesn’t realize you’re deliberately trying to lose weight. So it tries to protect you from starvation. Motivation can be another problem.

“It takes a lot of concentration to eat a different diet, to say no to all the offers of food,” said Wadden.

Then there’s the problem of rewards. When dieters drop a few pounds, they often feel virtuous and in control, especially when their clothes fit better and friends compliment them. But when weight loss slows, they stop feeling good about themselves and begin to run out of enthusiasm for their new lifestyle.

“In short, the thrill is gone, which often leads to quitting,” said Wadden.

Some dieters acknowledge that they are abandoning their efforts. But others begin to delude themselves by promising that they’ll do better the next week or week after that, until eventually their plans peter out and they go back to their old ways.

“People need some social support to bolster them against our fattening environment,” said Wadden, who suggests chats rooms and Internet can also be helpful.

After losing the initial amount of weight, you burn fewer calories because you’ve become a smaller person. So you have to eat less or burn more through exercise to continue to lose weight. A combination of both might work for you.

Try drinking water instead of juice, use light salad dressing and cut pasta and rice back to an occasional Italian or Chinese treat. At the same time, add an extra day of exercise to your regime, try to work out harder in a way that still comfortable for you and add other forms of activity like swimming, cycling or weight training.

Don’t despair! With good motivation and a little imagination, you can leave that weight loss plateau far behind you.

Raw GarlicRaw garlic is one of nature’s most effective health foods, even more so than when it’s cooked because heat destroys some of its benefits.

For centuries, garlic has been renowned for its medical properties and not just for warding off vampires. Now science has confirmed how good it can be for you.

Garlic may help prevent Cardiovascular Disease by lowering blood pressure and reducing overall cholesterol levels and inhibiting the process of blood clotting. It may also keep cancer at bay by stimulating the body’s natural killer cells and helping to neutralize some of the carcinogens that find their way into our diet.

One tip is to chop or lightly crush garlic and then let it sit for a few minutes. This actually intensifies its infection-fighting properties. The distinctly pungent aroma that garlic releases when crushed is a sulphur compound called allicin, a natural weapon against infection.

A diet rich in garlic, as well as other foods from the allium family such as onions, leeks, shallots and scallions, may cut the risk of developing prostate cancer. And, as a natural antioxidant, garlic could also help protect cells from degenerative changes, especially in the liver and brain.

For a simple and very healthy salad, why not try roma tomatoes with feta cheese, sliced raw garlic and a sprinkling of walnuts:
  • 6 roma (plum) tomatoes, quartered lengthwise
  • 1-3 garlic cloves peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
  • 6 walnut halves
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 ½ Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 oz tomato-basil feta cheese, crumbled
Toss ingredients in a large bowl and chill in a refrigerator for 10 minutes before serving. Makes 4 servings.

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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