Explaining My #Diabetes to My #Nephew

DisneyUsing a reference he understands, I tried explaining to my nephew that my insulin pump and my CGM are like Dusty in Disney “Fire Rescue“. When my CGM tells me my blood sugar is high – there’s a fire that needs to be put out. My insulin pump dispenses my insulin. He calls insulin my “vitamins” and it makes sense. He takes vitamins when his nose is stuffy. I take “vitamins” so I can eat food. Life is beautiful. I believe anybody of any age can understand anything if explained in a reference they can relate. What’s your technique on explaining difficult subjects to people who may not get it?

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Don’t Be Victimized By the #BlackLicorice #Blackout

LicoriceNow that you’ve had your fill of tricking or treating, let’s take inventory of what you scored. How much black licorice is in your arsenal of treats? Just in time, the FDA issued a warning for people to not binge on black licorice. It can drop potassium levels in the body too low, which could drop your blood pressure, slow your heart rate, cause swelling, and lethargy. It’s unlikely that kids are the prime targets for this warning. But it’s important that those at risk are aware of it. People with eating disorders, AIDS, alcoholics, and those who have had bariatric surgery have a higher incidence of suffering from the aftermath of an abundance of black licorice. Stay in your lane. Eat any and everything in moderation, and stick with the preferred licorice. Most people prefer the red one, anyway. Don’t be a hero – be safe, stay red.

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#Superfood Known As #Kefir

KefirMake no bones about it: your gut health is closely tied to your overall health. Everyone likes to point out where the problem lies but nobody has an “easy fix” for the alarming epidemic. Surprise! Can you tell I’m on a let food be thy medicine kick? Today I’m feeling the medicinal powers of a magical food called kefir. This grain is well-known to those in homeopathic circles as the gift that keeps giving. Kefit has the unparalleled power to repopulate the gut microbiome, which can redirect our immune system in ways traditional medicine can only try to replicate but usually falls woefully short. So kefir has a grad influence on the gut, which effectively controls our immune system. Cancer, leaky gut, bone health, allergies, and conditions tied to deranged immune function can benefit from the inclusion of kefir in your diet. From an investment standpoint, this may outrank yogurt when it comes to paying dividends to your health. This little grain also has the inherent property to repopulate itself, meaning if you buy the grains once – you can keep using and multiplying them. They grow like a virus because they are the ‘good forces’ to combat the evil ones hiding in our gut. Enjoy!

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#LifeHack for Protecting Your #Brain

BrainI love me a good TED Talk. Today, I share a very important one for anybody who’s got a brain. If you’re reading this – I’m talking to you!  Let’s talk about that monumental global command system we know as our brain. How can we protect the most critical organ for our memories, our identity, our essence of life? The trick to outsmarting brain impairment is in the ‘medicine’ we all need to live: food. More specifically, the foods that contain vitamin E can help combat the free radicals that build the amaloid plaque that blocks the traffic flow in the brain of neural pathways. Be fully aware of the different forms of vitamin E and how it helps the body! Nuts are a staple of my daily diet so I’m good with that angle. I love to juice. Going to the gym is my regular escape from my racing thoughts. Now I can find more creative ways to get my vitamin E in the temple to keep the cerebral mass on point. Anybody try that jellyfish stuff? What’s your plan to defeat cognitive decline? Tweet me your play @AlliesVoice.

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The #Business of Being A #Surrogate

SurrogateIt’s hard to draw a line in the sand when it comes to disputing a simultaneous pregnancy in a sticky situation while being a surrogate. It’s almost unheard of that a pregnant woman becomes pregnant again concurrently with another pregnancy. A living nightmare transpired for a woman who was obliged in a business contract to be the surrogate mother for the couples baby. Once she learned she was pregnant again, she assumed it was a twin that had appeared from the first pregnancy. I didn’t know that’s how it happens. Or is that totally off-base? Despite the semantics of the how, the surrogate parents began paying an extra $5,000 per month for the second baby. Upon delivery, they learned the baby was actually the baby of the surrogate mother and her husband, despite their use of condoms during the surrogate pregnancy.  This is not an open-close case. This is also a moral predicament for the surrogate parents, as their child has been misplaced, in essence. Is there a moral to this story? I’m having difficulty putting my finger on it but something definitely seems off about it. Comments? Tweet me your thoughts on it.

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Teachable Moment on #Diabetes History c/o @jimmykimmel

JimmyKimmellDo you know how long Diabetes has been around? Forever. Before it was known as type 1, type 2, juvenile diabetes, or adult-onset diabetes it was known as diabetes mellitus? Even before that time, it was known as the mysterious deadly condition where people wasted-away by “pissing evil“. So when Jimmy Kimmel tweeted to Kelly Ripper she’s sweeter than Diabetes – I saw it as a teachable moment on the history of how diabetes got its name. Diabetes comes from a Greek word meaning to siphon. Mellitus comes from the Latin word meaning sweet like honey. So yeah, Jimmy Kimmel’s tweet triggered me to spit the truth behind the identity of diabetes, ants and all.

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Let’s Talk About Unmet #Expectations in #Love

KindredSpiritsA relationship expert explains that the #1 common denominator in most relationship counseling is ‘unmet expectations‘. Flying solo, you’re the project manager of you. You’re the person responsible for your enjoyment, work demands, personal needs, etc. So when you enter into a relationship – by default, are you ‘sharing’ your workload with someone?  Relinquishing control of our lifelong masterpiece puts us in a very vulnerable spot. So what’s the key to relationship Nirvana? (I think that’s kind of an oxymoron but go with it) I’m paraphrasing but the expert says be an impeccable ‘project manager’. What does that entail? Set your goals together. Work together toward achieving them. Don’t sacrifice your expectations. Team work makes the dream work. Communicate them like you’re creating another lifelong masterpiece. This time around, you have two kindred spirits sculpting the exciting result!

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How Are #Shrews and #Beetlejice Alike?

BettleJuiceNow when I think of a shrew, I think of Beetlejuice. Remember that scene in Beetlejuice when the witch doctor sprinkles dust on Beetejuice’s head in the waiting room because he swiped his number? Well imagine animals surviving in the winter months despite the shortage of food. What can you do to survive when the pickins’ are slim and your body needs a minimum number of calories to survive? Shrink, of course. This is how shrews have adapted for winter. Researchers observed that their bodies decrease in size about 20%. Of interest, the part of their body that shrunk the most was their head! Our heads do usurp the most calories from our metabolism, BTW. Smaller bodies with smaller heads require fewer calories to survive. Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

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#SandwichBoard #Hero for a #Kidney

SandwichBoardThis husband is a BAMF, no doubt. When a loved one is in need of a kidney transplant and you are unable to provide it for them – the next best thing you can do is hustle the streets. I can tell you firsthand when your kidneys are failing – you have no energy to do anything, let alone live your life. The monumental task of inspiring someone to donate an organ is a textbook Herculean feat. This husband is his wife’s sandwich board hero. He took to the streets wearing a sandwich board looking for a donor for his wife to receive a life-saving kidney. In the United States, the number of people needing transplants woefully outnumbers the number or organ donors. According to the law, we cannot offer monetary gain or any other incentive to motivate people to become organ donors. Considering the increasing rise in people affected by cancer, diabetes, and other conditions that would disqualify them from becoming organ donors – it’s no wonder this man took to the streets wearing a sandwich board pleading for his wife to get a kidney donation from some selfless individual. It’s been said that we judge ourselves on our intentions and we judge others on their results. When you’re no longer alive – which of your results will have a lasting impact on life? How close are we to manufacturing organs? Or you could just bypass the need for it to come to a sandwich board and become an organ donor today!

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#Fear of #Spiders and #Snakes is Natural

SpidersIf a 6-month old baby has a fearful response to a spider or snake, doesn’t it seem like something that’s ingrained in our DNA? According to a recent study, fear of creepy crawly creatures is a biological trait for survival. The stress response at any age is how our body survives. After all is said in done, all our body wants to do is live, right? Spiders and snakes are somehow deemed by our autonomic response as threatening and this is why our adrenaline surges and our response is get me outta here. Obviously, if you perpetuate this fear and allow it to overwhelm you to irrational proportions, you should speak with a professional. But it’s a totally natural response, all primates have it ingrained into their brains that these creatures are threatening.  By the way, if you know somebody who has a fear of spiders, console them and DO NOT give them this as a present.

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