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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Insulin-Resistance and Inflammation of the Body

Two book I bought at

I have several afflictions in my body.  One of them is inflammation.  Also,  the insulin in my body is out of whack.  I had found two books which deal with these two situations at  I had kept them in my wish list until I had enough money to buy them.  

I finally bought them, and they came in last week.  Both of the following books deal in some way with Insulin-Resistance, which is also called Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X:

One is called The Insulin-Resistance Diet: How to Turn Off Your Body's Fat-Making Machine by Cheryle R. Hart, M.D. and Mary Kay Grossman, R.D.  What sold me on buying this book is the sentence that reads: "Discover if insulin resistance is the culprit for those extra pounds." 

From what I have read elsewhere, and in this book, is that it is recommended to pair up a carbohydrate with a protein anytime you eat.  I have striven to do this in the past, ever since the first time I became pregnant and had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.  If I've eaten cottage cheese, I have paired it up with saltine crackers.  If I've eaten a cheese egg omelet, I have paired it up with Malt-O-Meal, sprinkled with cinnamon (which is good for diabetics, too).

I am hoping to find out if I was afflicted with insulin-resistance while I was pregnant with my last (fourth) child.  No matter how much insulin I took, the amount of sugar in my blood would not decrease.  The doctor who was seeing me for my gestational diabetes often chided me for "whatever" I was doing.  I had to take matters into my own hands towards the end of my pregnancy and eat only one meal a day of chicken with something else, to prevent my baby from getting too big to fit through the birth canal.  By the way, she was my heaviest, but I managed to give birth to her without a C-section.

The other book is called Stopping Inflammation: Relieving the Cause of Degenerative Diseases by Nancy Appleton, PhD.

This book deals with symptoms and allergies of various foods and possible environmental causes.  Here's the situation: I itch all the time.  If I am exposed to sunlight, I itch.  I even itch when I am under stress.  I want relief from that symptom!  Ugh!

One main reason for researching about Metabolic Syndrome is that high blood pressure, high cholesterol and anxiety really reared their ugly heads in my life a few years ago.  In just perusing the book about inflammation, these very symptoms are mentioned, along with others.  I was taking medication four years ago for all of those symptoms.  I know I should not have done it, but I stopped taking them, without notifying my doctor.  I was getting chest pains after taking Lipitor, which I took for high cholesterol.  I was then prescribed another medication for angina attacks.

It was then that I decided I did not want to be on a roller coaster ride of medication-taking so I went on a quest to lose weight, hoping, as some radical doctors had suggested, that some of the maladies would disappear.  I ended up losing a total of thirty pounds, and I felt less anxious.  I know that I still need to lose more weight so I am now looking into exactly what happened to my body when I was heavier and what is still happening to me.  I highly suspect, as vegan and/or vegetarian groups do, that what is in our food supply could be hurting my body. 

What could be causing the extra weight?  What could be causing all the symptoms that my body is afflicted with?  Could it be gluten?  Could it be contamination of food that has been modified or over-processed?  Could it simply be the combination of food that I am eating that is causing me to feel sick all the time?

What I do know is that I am empowered enough to read the literature that is available.  Sifting through it is another thing.  I am a slow reader when it comes to new content.  It takes time for new ideas to be digested by my brain.  I am hoping that these books give me some concrete answers.  I really think, also, that more people need to learn about what could possibly be afflicting their own bodies.

How about you, my readers?  Are you concerned about what you eat?  What about the cleaning agents you use?  Are you worried that what you are putting into your mouth could be affecting your body negatively?    If so, I encourage you to research the symptoms online.  Your doctors might only be prescribing medications to treat the symptoms, but you need to research what is causing those symptoms.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, my faithful readers.

I pray for peace for all of you, my beloveds.

Disclaimer: The viewpoints that I discussed here are just my opinions.  Please consult your physician before altering anything relating to your health.  I am only suggesting here to take charge of your health.  Don't just leave your health in the hands of your doctors; become your own advocate.  You know best how your body is doing.


  1. Interesting! I had GD with my youngest, but have been otherwise fine. It was suspected with my oldest because she was just a chunky little thing (9lbs 13oz at birth) and even though all tests read my sugar was fine with her they insisted I start the GD diet in my ninth month.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am actually already a follower of yours. ;o)

    Hope you're having a great weekend!


  2. Wow, I hope these books get you the answers you are looking for. Thanks for following Mommy Time Out

  3. Danielle,

    Yes, your name seemed familiar, and I had signed up to follow you I think on the networked blogs.

    Glad to have you here just the same.

    Even though all of my babies came out under 8 lbs., I am not even 5'2" so my daughters, who were near 8 lbs. were big for me.


  4. Angela,

    Thanks for following my blog.

    After I started this particular blog entry, I read a newsletter from He mentions that people test fine for their thyroid levels, but may really be low. That might also cause, among many things, extreme fatigue and weight gain.

    I just hope that my going through all of this and writing it out helps someone else.


  5. It wouldn't surprise me at all if in the upcoming years, more and more research shows that all the over-processed food we eat is the direct cause of many afflictions. How I wish I could eliminate all processed foods from my diet, but unfortunately I don't have the time or the money to do so! I try to eliminate as much as I can though. New follower from Relax and Surf Sunday, glad I found you! I'm hoping to homeschool myself someday, so I will be back for tips :) Feel free to stop by my blog when you have a minute. Blessings!

  6. Amanda,

    Thanks for following my blog. I just joined yours, too.

    Yes, I hear you about the difficulty about leaving processed foods behind, especially when it so much cheaper.

    If you have any questions about homeschooling, just let me know. You are fortunate that there is more information about homeschooling.


  7. Good Luck with everything! Your blog is very inspiring! Thanks for the follow on mine! Following you back!

  8. Chana,

    Thanks so much for the comments. I appreciate them.



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