Diabetes

As diabetes approaches epidemic levels, it's more important than ever to learn safe, natural options for keeping blood sugar levels in the healthy range. The NorthStar blog on diabetes contains all the latest information to keep you fully informed and at the top of your game.

  1. CANCER SCARE: Diabetes drug recalled for contamination!

    It’s not paranoia, friend…

    They really ARE trying to poison ya!

    Some of today’s top meds are TOXIC… even when they’re made PERFECTLY and taken CORRECTLY.

    But guess what? They’re NOT being made perfectly.

    And as the industry cuts corners to raise profits… there’s some nasty junk getting in the mix.

    And this is a whole lot worse than finding bug bits in your candy bar.

    There’s POISON in the medicine, my friend -- and an alarming new report reveals the latest.

    One of the most popular drugs for diabetes could contain a cancer-causing compound.

    So today, I’m going to shine a light on what’s going on behind the scenes… and then give you another much BETTER and far SAFER option for diabetes control.

    What’s in your metformin will SHOCK you

    It didn’t make big headlines in 2020 because… well… there were a couple of other things going on.

    But there is an absolute CRISIS developing around metformin.

    The past year was marked by recall after recall after recall of generic extended-dose formulas of the drug…

    Because it was CONTAMINATED with a cancer-causing chemical.

    It’s N-nitrosodimethylamine, better known as NDMA -- the same garbage that led to MULTIPLE recalls of blood pressure meds and heartburn drugs, if you remember.

    Here in 2021, we’re already seeing more of the same… with a new recall announced just days into the New Year.

    But don’t kid yourself that this is an example of the FDA working to PROTECT you.

    Seems to me they never WERE… and they never WILL BE.

    When this scandal began, the FDA initially sent out a note saying there’s no problem with metformin – and patients should keep right on taking it.

    It’s only when the contamination became too big to ignore that the FDA finally took long-delayed action.

    If you’ve got diabetes, there are 2 steps you need to take:

    1. Check your stash. If you’re on any extended-release metformin, visit the FDA’s website to see if it’s on the (extensive, and growing) recalls list… or check in with your doctor and see if they have any more information.
    2. Take action so you’re not SCREWED by the next big recall.

    If you have diabetes, it’s not too late to REVERSE the disease itself… and reduce or even ELIMINATE your need for medication including metformin.

    Start with a diet EXTREMELY low in carbs… which should get your glucose to snap back to normal.

    In addition, consider natural therapies such as…

    • berberine
    • chromium
    • Gymnema sylvestre
    • cinnamon, and
    • vitamins B3, C, and

    Don’t quit your meds on your own, of course, but work with your doctor – ideally a naturopathic medical doctor experienced in helping patients with diabetes.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. Popular diabetes drug linked to SKIN-CRAWLING side effect

    The old saying is that they treat you like a number.

    But now, it’s even WORSE than that.

    They don’t even treat YOUthey just treat the NUMBERS!

    They’ve got their noses so deep in the chart with cholesterol… blood pressure… blood sugar… and everything else…

    That they barely even NOTICE the human being standing there.

    And if you have diabetes

    New research reveals how this DANGEROUS obsession with numbers could leave you suffering from an ugly mix of BURNING pain and DEADLY risks.

    A BLISTERING indictment of a diabetes med

    There’s a class of drug out there for diabetes called DPP-4 inhibitors

    And docs just LOVE ’em.

    Why?

    Because it’s GREAT at helping hit those numbers.

    It cuts blood sugar levels without the most common risk of most of the other drugs. And it doesn’t bring them down TOO low.

    Yeah, great for those NUMBERS.

    But for YOU? Not so much!

    The new warning finds these drugs could cause your skin to literally crawl with what’s known as bullous pemphigoid -- or itchy, painful blisters that can pop up in some of your most sensitive spots.

    Overall, the drugs – which include big-sellers like saxagliptin, sitagliptin, linagliptin, and alogliptin – can increase the risk of this condition by 42%.

    In seniors, that risk jumps by 62%.

    And if the drug doesn’t cause your skin to bubble up with blisters…

    It can WRECK your joints with an agonizing condition so severe that when the FDA announced that risk in 2015… the agency said it could be “disabling.”

    But that’s not even the WORST part of it…

    Because these drugs offer a CLEAR lesson in the danger of treating the numbers.

    See, the idea of treatment in diabetes ISN’T to match your glucose up to some number on a chart…

    It’s to have BETTER control over the disease… and a LONGER life.

    Yet a study a few years back found these drugs DON’T deliver there.

    Even when they “work” by your doctor’s measures… even when your glucose is smack in the middle of the happy zone on the chart… the study found NO real survival benefit compared to a placebo!

    What the heck’s the point???

    I’ve got a better option here -- one that treats YOU and not some number on a chart.

    Start with a diet low in carbs, especially sugar. If you’re strict about it… and by that I mean going full Atkins or Paleo or whatever you wanna call it… that could be all you need.

    But I get it. Not everyone can be THAT strict.

    You can also BOOST your nutrition, especially vitamins B3 and C

    And look at natural therapies for blood sugar control such as chromium… berberine… Gymnema sylvestre… and/or vanadium.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

    P.S. You can STOP prediabetes from turning into diabetes – and in 2 easy steps!

    Click here to find out how.

  3. FDA label change spells BAD NEWS for diabetes patients

    Scary drug warnings have you down? Well, friend, the FDA is here for you. The agency just took action to make millions of American diabetics feel better about a popular diabetes med… One that’s been linked to horrific side effects… including a warning about foot amputations… right on the label. You’d have to be NUTS to take this drug with...
  4. The SKIN-CRAWLING side effect of a popular diabetes drug [Ew!]

    The old saying is that they treat you like a number. But now, it’s even WORSE than that. They don’t even treat YOU – they just treat the NUMBERS! They’ve got their noses so deep in the chart with cholesterol… blood pressure… blood sugar… and everything else… That they barely even NOTICE the human being standing there. And if you...
  5. The SKIN-CRAWLING side effect of a popular diabetes drug [Ew!]

    The old saying is that they treat you like a number. But now, it’s even WORSE than that. They don’t even treat YOU – they just treat the NUMBERS! They’ve got their noses so deep in the chart with cholesterol… blood pressure… blood sugar… and everything else… That they barely even NOTICE the human being standing there. And if you...
  6. [WARNING] FDA signs off on DANGEROUS diabetes drug

    FDA signs off on DANGEROUS diabetes drug A major drug company has got a diabetes drug that’s so dangerous… the instructions almost BEG you not to take it. Not at first, anyway. It says it SHOULDN’T be “first-line” treatment for the disease. When you consider how bad many of the “first-line” treatments are, that’s saying something. But instead of...
  7. STOP prediabetes from turning into diabetes in 2 easy steps!

    Make no mistake about it… They WANT you to get sick. They WANT you to have diabetes. And most of all… they WANT you to NEED their meds for the rest of your life! If you think that’s a wild conspiracy theory, I’ve got news for you, my friend. There’s a new study out right now that exposes the mainstream’s...
  8. Mainstream now admits THIS can beat diabetes [MAJOR turnaround!]

    It’s time to update that old saying about fooling some of the people, some of the time… At least when it comes to diabetes. No one’s being FOOLED by the mainstream anymore! They’ve figured out the truth: You can STOP, REVERSE, and even CURE this disease… And you can do it without drugs. I’ll tell you EXACTLY how in a...
  9. Beat one of the WORST RISKS of diabetes… without meds!

    Not long ago – you probably even remember the days – diabetes patients looked like Civil War veterans, hobbled by missing feet and legs. They hopped around on peglegs and false feet… and some were confined to wheelchairs. No one uses peglegs or hooks for hands anymore (except pirates). But people are losing limbs all over again, because… An ENTIRE...
  10. Get PERFECT blood sugar… without risky meds

    REALLY???? THIS is what passes for PROGRESS at the FDA? A few years back, the agency screwed up big time by allowing a dangerous drug for diabetes onto the market with little true testing. What could possibly go wrong? Well, obviously, EVERYTHING went wrong… But leave it to the screwballs in the mainstream to see this as a positive. They’re actually...
  11. [Shocker] The only thing ‘complicated’ about your diabetes is your MEDS!

    There’s a health crisis hiding in plain sight. Nearly EVERY doctor has SEEN it… yet almost NONE have been able to RECOGNIZE it. And even those who know something’s wrong can’t explain it. But I can… Millions of Americans with diabetes are quietly suffering from a debilitating nutritional deficiency. Docs CAN easily test for it, but almost none DO. It’s time to...
  12. 9 Shocking Health Benefits of Eating Beets

    Eating beets benefitsYou know the superfoods: Kale…chia seeds…pomegranates…beets? I know, that last one may be shocking but there really are incredible health benefits to eating beets! So before you pass them by in the grocery produce section, read on. It’s time to start reaping the benefits of eating beets. Continue reading →
  13. 5 Natural Ways to Prevent Diabetes

    Diabetes preventSome are looking for ways to prevent diabetes because their doctors have told them it’s time to. Others want to prevent diabetes because they’ve made some choices that have put them at risk. We all want to change things before we have that daunting conversation with our doctors. Whatever has caused you to start thinking about diabetes, one thing is constant across the board – if you’re reading this article, you’re ready to find natural, healthy ways to prevent diabetes. Continue reading →
  14. Pistachios may reduce diabetes risk

    A nutty way to drop diabetes risk If you've been following my advice, you’re already reaching for super-healthy almonds and walnuts at snack time. These superfoods in hardshell jackets have been proven in study after study to help fight cancer, lower blood pressure, and drive down blood sugar. Well I’m happy to report there’s another tasty nut you can add to your healthy snack list. A new Spanish study has found that regularly eating delicious pistachios may help reduce your diabetes risk. Continue reading →
  15. Will Afreeza have you “inhaling cancer”?

    It looks like MannKind Corporation might have a shiny new superstar on its hands. The drug company’s new darling, inhalable diabetes drug Afrezza, certainly looks like a blockbuster waiting to happen. It’s got it all, a novel new delivery system (“Look Ma, no needles!”), 25 million potential customers in the United States alone, and—best of all—a brand spanking new “APPROVED”stamp courtesy of the folks over at the Food and Drug Administration. You might even say Afrezza’s future’s so bright MannKind has got to wear shades. Continue reading →
  16. Coca-Cola Life introduced as soda sales plummet

    It’s working! We've got Big Soda -- including new Coca-Cola Life -- on the run, and without a single Nanny State law in sight. All it took was ordinary people like you and me speaking with our wallets. In the last nine years soda sales in the U.S. have plummeted. And that slide has sped up. Last year alone sales dropped 3 percent, more than double the drop from the year before—and for good reason. Continue reading →
  17. Vitamin D deficiency could be deadly

    Barely a month goes by when we don’t see yet one more unfounded attack on a vital vitamin or necessary nutrient. It’s become so predictable you can practically set your watch by it. They won’t be satisfied until supplements are removed from the picture completely—and along with them, your freedom to choose. This time it’s vitamin D that’s been placed on the chopping block, a nutrient critical to combatting bone loss, cancer, heart disease, depression, weight gain, inflammation and very likely diabetes, autism, dementia, autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, high blood pressure, and more. In fact, this vitamin is SO critical to our health and wellbeing that frankly this latest review trashing this valuable vitamin—published in the April issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ)—is downright irresponsible. Even worse, when you consider how many of us have a dangerously low vitamin D deficiency, taking the researcher’s conclusions seriously could be as good as signing your own death warrant. According to the researchers, “Despite a few hundred systematic reviews and meta-analyses, highly convincing evidence of a clear role of vitamin D does not exist for any outcome…” Nonsense! Besides, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that BAD science is going to lead to BAD results. And in the case of this BMJ-published “umbrella review,” they should have seen the bad coming from a mile away. Since the researchers chose to include flawed and poorly executed studies in the mix, it really isn’t surprising that the conclusions they reached are essentially rubbish, too.

    Vitamin D deficiency seriously bad for your health

    Let’s take a closer look at what research has already proven about vitamin D. But we’ll have to just hit some of the highlights, because we’d literally be here all day if I tried to cover EVERYTHING that D is good for. To begin with, despite its poor execution, the umbrella review in question still showed around an 11 percent drop in death risk for those taking a D supplement. In fact, study after study has shown us the value of this vitamin, demonstrating what a deficiency of D can lead to... starting with trouble for your ticker. In a seven-year collaboration, researchers from the University of Colorado and Massachusetts General Hospital uncovered evidence linking heart disease and vitamin D deficiency in men and women 65 or older. Seniors with the lowest levels of D were three times more likely to die from heart disease. And those volunteers who had a vitamin D deficiency at the start of the study were 2.5 times more likely to have died from ANY cause by the end of it. Now a new study confirms that if your vitamin D blood levels fall below 20 ng/mL (or 50 nmol/l), your risk of heart disease shoots up by a third. Even worse, if your levels dip into the dangerously low 10 ng/mL area, your risk for atherosclerosis (the hardening and narrowing of your arteries) doubles! But your heart isn’t the only organ that craves D: your brain is a big fan too. In fact, over the years research has linked D deficiencies to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even depression. And just last year, an animal study—published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine—showed us just how critical the vitamin is to cognitive performance and memory.

    D doesn’t just target organ health either… it’s a whole-body elixir that could help to both keep cancer at bay,and drive down your diabetes risk.

    Vitamin D targets whole body health

    Studies have shown an association between vitamin D and cancer risk, and many experts agree that the vitamin likely offers some protection against a variety of cancers including breast, colon, prostate and bladder cancers. Even mainstream medicine organizations, like The National Cancer Institute, agree that there’s epidemiological evidence linking adequate D levels to a reduced risk. Research has also revealed that vitamin D could play an important role in preventing diabetes. For example, a Tufts University study found that higher concentrations of D are associated with a lower diabetes risk. And then there’s the meta-analysis of more than 100,000 people that sheds some light on how it is that D may be driving down diabetes risk. Blood work from 28 different studies revealed that those men and women with the highest D levels tended to avoid the dreaded collection of pre-diabetes symptoms… including high blood pressure, high fasting blood sugars, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, and a large belly... that are commonly known as metabolic syndrome. The truth is that a vitamin D deficiency and diabetes link is so promising that even the mainstream medicine drones couldn’t ignore it anymore. Late last year the VERY mainstream National Institutes of Health (NIH) finally decided to fund a large-scale clinical trial to explore the effects of D on the disease. And those really are just a few of the D highlights. There are literally hundreds of studies linking D to good health. The evidence is so vast that public health guidelines here in the United States, as well as those in many other countries, recognize the critical importance of maintaining healthy D levels. Unfortunately, their D recommendations are entirely too low. That’s why up to 90 percent of us may be walking… or dragging… around with a vitamin D deficiency. Besides trying to spend a little bit of time every day outside in the sunshine, I typically recommend taking 2,000 to 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. Your doctor can run a simple blood test to figure out what your current levels are.
  18. Cracking open a can of heart disease: Diet soda health risks

    I’ve warned you before about the link between that swill known as diet soda – health risks including diabetes. In short, just one can a day could send your diabetes risk skyrocketing. (If you missed that story, click here to catch up right here on the NorthStar Blog.) Now a new finding, from a study that tracked close to 60,000 women, has found that diet soda health risks are even worse than we thought -- drinking two or more of the dastardly drinks a day could be deadly. It turns out that the ladies with a bit of diet soda habit were FAR more likely to keel over from heart disease, than the women who rarely downed the drinks.

    30 percent higher risk of stroke or heart attack!

    According to the findings presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology on diet soda health risks, the diet soda drinkers had an incredible 30 percent higher risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack. (It’s not the first time we’ve seen a stroke connection. Click here to learn more.) Even worse, their risk of dying from heart disease was a staggering 50 percent greater than the women who hardly touched the stuff! And while those who tow the mainstream medicine line would like you to believe that diet sodas are really just the innocent bystanders in this story—and the steep rise in risk is simply because all of these women are making up for other bad health habits with their diet soda drinking—you and I know better, don’t we? Sure, no one would deny that other bad habits do play a role in raising your heart risk. But there’s no denying the mounting evidence that artificial sweeteners, like the aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) found in diet sodas, can monkey with your blood sugar and insulin levels.

    Artificial sweeteners overstimulate sugar receptors

    In addition, many experts believe these fake sweeteners can backfire, over-stimulating your sugar receptors, as well as literally causing you to crave and eat MORE sugary sweets. And frankly, with all these strikes against them, it doesn’t take a genius to see why diet-soda drinkers would have not only an increased risk for diabetes and obesity, but heart disease as well. The bottom line is, diet soda is anything but an innocent bystander. If you’re still drinking these killer “cocktails” in a can, it’s time to kick the habit before it kicks you.
  19. Actos side effects: Dodge this deadly diabetes drug

    The potentially deadly side effects from prescription diabetes drug Actos is liable to cost you a heck of a lot more than just your copay. But the “bill” might not arrive for a couple of years. Oh, and instead of cash you could be paying for it with your life. Now this isn’t the first time you’ve seen me lose my cool over a potentially dangerous diabetes drug… far from it, in fact. But the inexcusable—not to mention immoral—actions of two drug companies… and the blood that appears to be on their hands… has me positively fuming once again. Let me back up just a bit to set the sickening stage. I started warning you about the diabetes drug Actos side effects years ago. It was around this same time of year way back in 2011 that the drug’s maker, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, sent out some pumped up, over-the-top news releases about new research showing that their star of the drug stable, Actos, wasn’t just good for diabetics, it was also good for anyone with elevated blood sugars. They claimed Actos may be able to keep you from ever becoming diabetic. In other words, we should start force feeding this stuff to pre-diabetics too.

    Actos linked to bladder cancer

    Think that’s a bad idea? With stroke, heart failure, trouble breathing, liver problems, bone fractures and cancer (!) eventually finding themselves onto the list of potential Actos side effects, you’re absolutely right it IS a bad idea. In fact, it may be one of the worst ideas EVER. That didn’t stop the New York Times and Time magazine from jumping right on the Actos bandwagon, devoting valuable editorial space to coverage of the drug. But while they were reporting on the “astounding” results showing that Actos “reduces your risk of diabetes by 72 percent!” they totally missed the HUGE elephant standing smack dab in the center of the room. (Or ignored it to tell a more sensational story…you pick.) These findings were based on what amounts to a difference of 35 people. Yes, they were actually proposing that millions of pre-diabetics start popping a potentially risky drug essentially based on 35 people. Click here to read the rest of the ridiculous story here on the NorthStar Blog. Now, skip forward in time a couple of months and the Actos story really started to crumble. As I reported to you at that time, a study analyzing adverse event reports had linked the drug (not for the first time) to bladder cancer in what researchers called a “definite risk.” But the study was soft pedaled, and the news made barely a blip in the American mainstream media. Outside of the United States, countries like France, Germany and India reacted to the shocking cancer news by banning the drug (what I would call a reasonable response). And what did the FDA do? They had the company bury a bladder cancer warning in the labeling insert. (Surprise, surprise.) But I’m willing to bet if you’re already taking this drug you’ve never even noticed that warning, because, let’s be honest, how many of us get out a magnifying glass and actually read all that tiny type? Heck, many doctors aren’t even aware of the cancer connection. Fewer still bother to mention Actos side effects to their patients when prescribing it. And that finally brings me to the news that has steam coming out of my ears today.

    Dangerous Actos side effects kept secret

    A jury has just awarded a bladder-cancer sufferer, and victim of Actos side effects, a huge sum of money for punitive damages, effectively ruling that Takeda Pharmaceuticals and their marketing partner Eli Lilly purposefully withheld vital—potentially life-saving—information about the drug’s cancer risks. And information wasn’t just withheld, files were actually destroyed in what I dare say any sane person would likely see as an attempt cover things up. In fact, the judge in the case said, “The breadth of Takeda leadership whose files have been lost, deleted or destroyed is, in and of itself, disturbing.” Not only did the companies know about the link between their superstar drug and bladder cancer, it would appear that they’ve known about it at least since 2000… eleven years before that weak warning limped its way into the drug’s literature! But that’s not the only thing those rats in suits may have been hiding. According to one brave whistleblower—a former employee of Takeda—the company was likely well aware of at least some of those other serious Actos side effects I mentioned earlier, too. And who knows how many people are now suffering with heart disease or cancer as a result. Or worse, have lost their battles. Sure, we all know that profits before people is practically a mantra in the halls of Big Pharma, but seeing just how far they’re willing to go in pursuit of the almighty dollar, somehow still has the power to shock and anger me. Click here for some advice on how to tackle diabetes without ever going near Actos, or any other potentially dangerous diabetes drug.
  20. Low fat diet is all wrong--Eat MORE fat to live longer and healthier

    Like a breath of fresh air. That’s how it felt when I ran across a recent editorial on the low fat diet craze, published in the BMJ journal Open Heart. Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a well-respected and leading cardiovascular scientist, did the unthinkable. He openly admitted that a diet low in saturated fat… the very low fat diet crammed down our throats by the entire medical establishment for more than 50 years… will NOT prevent heart disease or prolong life. Now as a Guide to Good Health reader his announcement might not seem all that revolutionary. After all, I’ve been telling you about the pitfalls of the saturated-fat-myth for many years now.  But make no mistake about it, for someone in the mainstream this was a very brave act. And that sound you’re hearing? No doubt it’s doors slamming as Dr. DiNicolantonio’s (ex) buddies in the mainstream turn their backs on him for daring to tell the truth about the low fat diet. No worries, Dr. D., we’ve got plenty of room for you over here on our (SANE) side of the fence.

    Saturated fat is not the problem!

    To understand where this ridiculous idea that a diet high in saturated fat will somehow harm your heart came from, we need to rewind all the way back to the 1950’s. It was then that another researcher lit the fuse, when he claimed to have found an association between fat calories as a percentage of overall calories and death from heart disease. For whatever reason this notion caught on like wildfire, and for over three decades now we’ve been told that if we don’t drastically limit the amount of saturated fat in our diets, we’re dooming ourselves to high cholesterol, heart disease, and an early death. The only problem? As Dr. DiNicolantonio pointed out in his editorial, the research on the low fat diet from the 1950’s study was flawed. I’ve warned you before about the dangers of cherry-picked data in studies, and that’s exactly what happened in the case of this fatally flawed fat study. Either deliberately, or through pure incompetence (take your pick), the researcher chose to use data from only six countries that happened to match his hypothesis. The data from sixteen other countries that didn’t that match were rejected, and never made it into the study. What followed was an overhauling of diet recommendations. Soon docs everywhere were preaching the evils of saturated fats—and suddenly refined carbohydrates and polyunsaturated fats were being pushed in their place.

    LOW-FAT diet leads to heart disease

    Fast forward, and over 50 years later we’re now being told to limit our saturated fats to less than 7 percent of our total daily caloric intake. Yet we’re fatter, sicker, and plagued with more heart disease than we ever have been before in history. And the evidence that cutting saturated fat will help reduce your heart risks? Oh, that doesn’t exist. But, according to Dr. D., what does exist in its place is research linking all those refined carbs and polyunsaturated fats you’ve being encouraged to gulp down to multiple health problems. You see, it’s no coincidence that heart disease, obesity, and diabetes have all reached epidemic levels in the last few decades.  We’re eating ourselves right into the grave with mainstream medicine’s so-called “heart-healthy” low-fat diet. And research, like the large-scale 2006 trial that found that low-fat diets don’t improve health outcomes or lead to fewer strokes or heart attacks –or the Spanish study that concluded we have to eat MORE fat to lower our heart attack risk—clearly shows that the mainstream approach has failed miserably. Dr. DiNicolantonio’s recommendations to turn this tide sound eerily familiar. In fact, as a Guide to Good Health reader you’ve heard them all before. Start by avoiding the deadly low-fat diet your doc is so fond of. Instead, choose unprocessed foods as much as possible, with lots of organic veggies, nuts, and grass-fed meats. I’d like to think this brave editorial signals a true sea change, but I sure won’t be holding my breath.

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