Berberine – Worth It or Mythical Unicorn?

Metformin has been the first-line treatment drug for many years for people with a Type 2 Diabetes (DM2) diagnosis; over recent years, it is becoming common to use it “off-label” for a variety of metabolic syndrome symptoms as well, including weight loss, polycystic ovary syndrome(PCOS), and insulin resistance (IR) as calculated by the Homeostatic Model Assessment of Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR) method. However, studies continue to show that significant  numbersContinue reading “Berberine – Worth It or Mythical Unicorn?”

Top 10 Advanced Keto Secrets

Recently, I’ve answered a variety of questions about ketogenic eating and thought I might address some of them here in one blog article. One of the most common issues I’m asked to address is the impact of exercise on glucose.  The answer for each person is different, because each of us is unique, and ourContinue reading “Top 10 Advanced Keto Secrets”

Why Won’t My Glucose Fall?

I get questions all the time about elevated glucose readings even after eating low carb for several weeks. This article will discuss more details about the physiology and glucose readings. When beginning a low carb nutrition plan, it is important to monitor glucose readings before and after eating to understand exactly what is happening toContinue reading “Why Won’t My Glucose Fall?”

Metformin – The Good, The Bad, & the Useful

Many people with diabetes, gestational diabetes, insulin resistance, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and/or metabolic syndrome (MetS) are taking metformin, a drug that has been around for about 60 years. It is one of the oldest and safest medications used in the management of diabetes. Most people who take this medicine believe that it lowers glucoseContinue reading “Metformin – The Good, The Bad, & the Useful”

Reversing Dementia IS Possible

This is the story of a friend who wishes to remain anonymous. His words. His experiences. And they are amazing! “I joined this group (a FB group) to help my mother who is 69 years old, has had type 2 diabetes for about twenty years now and has developed many complications although none of themContinue reading “Reversing Dementia IS Possible”

One Person at a Time – We CAN Change the World

  It is truly a shame that mainstream medical providers, highly trained and well-educated professionals, continue to encourage hundreds of grams of carbohydrate intake on a daily basis when simple logic shows that the approach is not helping to reduce elevated glucose, decrease weight, lower blood pressure, or improve health in any form at all.Continue reading “One Person at a Time – We CAN Change the World”

Do the Math – Calculate Your Macro Goals

I use the simplest keto calculator available, using IDEAL body weight NOT current body weight – as many calculators do. First, determine your ideal weight. There are many ranges and charts available, but I use the simplest version from nursing school many years ago. We use ideal weight because we want to lose weight orContinue reading “Do the Math – Calculate Your Macro Goals”

Creamy Keto Soup

This recipe is a great base for most any type of creamed soup you enjoy. I used frozen spinach in my batch, but sautéed Brussels sprouts,  mushrooms, or asparagus would work just fine instead. Creamy Keto Soup 32 oz heavy cream 1 1/2 cup water or broth 6 oz cream cheese 1 cup shredded whiteContinue reading “Creamy Keto Soup”

Measures of “Improving Health”

Recently, another health care provider mocked my use of the phrase, “improving the health of my patients”, saying that it’s vague and not measurable. Her comments gave me pause, because the goal of every nurse I’ve ever met has been to help people improve their health. Ask any nurse why he or she became aContinue reading “Measures of “Improving Health””

Connecting the dots… How Chronic Diseases Manifest

Oftentimes, a patient will come in or post on Facebook that new symptoms have occurred and evaluation is now needed. Today’s blog article will discuss some of the most common symptoms that bring patients in for diagnosis and treatment.  We’re going to give 2 fictitious patients a run through a visit with me:  Dick andContinue reading “Connecting the dots… How Chronic Diseases Manifest”

Tips & Tricks to Master LCHF 

Sometimes life impacts our food choices and our intake of processed foods increases, although they may be higher in fat or lower carb. Many times, I get messages, asking for our “approval” to consume off-plan foods like keto breads and ice creams. While some of these foods’ ingredients may be included on the LCHF foodContinue reading “Tips & Tricks to Master LCHF “

The Chaos Within

  In the last article, we discussed the 3 processes that the body uses to metabolize, utilize, and store glucose. In this article, we will discuss several conditions that occur when those processes become overwhelmed and organs are unable to keep up with their usual functions. First of all, if you haven’t read my “peasContinue reading “The Chaos Within”