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Your Diet & Blood Sugar Levels Affect Your Stem Cells

Diet, Blood Sugar Levels, & Exercise Help Stem Cells: Recently doctors have seen that fatty foods aren’t the real enemy in the war on heart disease in this country, and that sugar and refined carbohydrates are the real enemy, as they directly affect all-important blood sugar levels.

These blood sugar levels, or “glycemic index,” are what diabetics pay close attention to, but it’s extremely important to all of us. It also appears obvious that there is an important link between your diet and stem cells.

One example is that in a recent study, those with poor blood sugar control (including diabetics) had fewer stem cells circulating to repair damaged arteries. In other words, the whole, “you are what you eat” concept certainly applies on a cellular level as well. Here are a couple more articles which mention this diet / stem cell link:

Really what this amounts to is that most people would likely benefit from a low glycemic diet. blood sugar levels are central to any healthy diet or weight loss plan. Popular, easy to follow weight loss programs such as South Beach Diet, the Zone diet, and parts of Weight Watchers have proven results in this area.

In fact, you can see a list of the best diets for diabetics here, and don’t forget to claim diabetes expenses as a tax deduction if you have a note from your doctor!


If you’re considering starting a weight loss / blood sugar control program, consult your physician. If weight loss supplements are recommended, consider using a coupon for drugstore.com to heal your wallet!

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Stem Cell Therapy and Robitussin: Don’t Get Duped

Thoughts on Stem Cells and Robitussin: When a new medicine or product offers great hope, it also attracts attention from the dark, shadowy places of society. This is the case, to a degree, with stem cell research. While showing success and promise in areas like treating certain blood and auto immune diseases, the internet is now full of dubious healing power of stem cells.

After a recent google search for “stem cell therapy” revealed treatments for baldness, or larger breasts, I couldn’t help but think of Chris Rock‘s famous routine where he lauded the miraculous benefits of Robitussin while growing up:

 “Daddy, I got asthma… Robitussin”

“I got cancer… Robitussin!”

I broke my leg, Daddy poured Robitussin on it.

“Yeah, boy, let that ‘Tussin get in there… Let that Tussin get on down to the bone! The ‘Tussin ought to straighten out the bone, it’s good!”

Although I’m making light of these empty promises, the sad truth is that these irresponsible promises can actually lead to loss of more than just money. You don’t have to look far to hear stories of people who went to Asia to be treated with stem cells for something like ALS, only to die months later.

Any responsible search for the miraculous healing power of stem cells, should also be accompanied by validation from clinical trials, or data from trusted sources like the Mayo Clinic, or Web MD.

So, what’s the lesson here? While Robitussin does treat a cough, it won’t help with your sprained ankle.



*Equal due diligence is recommended before starting a diet. While you’re pretty safe with Weight Watchers Online or NutriSystem, there seems to be a new trendy (and potentially dangerous) diet developed and marketed every week online!

Stress & Healthy Eating

You are what you eat. You’ve heard that phrase so often that it sounds trite. You’re also affected down to a cellular level by the quality of life you lead, and the amount of stress you are subjected to. There are two interesting posts on the examining room blog this month examining both healthy eating and stress. Check out the “7 foods to avoid” post as well as the one about stress and living longer.

I imagine it’s related, but they also offer a new medifast coupon code as well as a $50 off medifast coupon. (not that they are trying to sell anything. i had to dig around to find it!) Alternately, you can also find a weight watchers coupon online to save 25% on their popular weight loss program.