The 5G War — Technology Versus Humanity

Exposure to electromagnetic field (EMF) and radiofrequency (RF) radiation is an ever-growing health risk in the modern world. The Cellular Phone Task Force website1 has a long list of governments and organizations that have issued warnings or banned wireless technologies of various kinds and under various circumstances, starting in 1993.

A long list of organizations representing doctors and scientists are also among them, including an appeal for protection from nonionizing EMF exposure by more than 230 international EMF scientists to the United Nations in 2015, which notes that:2

“Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines.

Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system,3,4,5 learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.”

A call for a moratorium on 5G specifically was issued in September 2017 by more than 180 scientists and doctors from 35 countries,6,7 “until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry,” noting that “RF-EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment,” and that “5G will substantially increase exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) on top of the 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, etc. for telecommunications already in place.”

In an article8 on the Environmental Health Trust’s website, Ronald Powell, Ph.D., a retired Harvard scientist of applied physics, notes “there is NO SAFE WAY to implement 5G in our communities; rather there are only ‘bad ways’ and ‘worse ways,'” and rather than argue about who should have control over its deployment, we should focus on preventing its employment altogether.

Health Concerns Over 5G Abound

Wall Street analyst Sunil Rajgopal recently warned mounting health concerns may delay the implementation of 5G, Fortune magazine reports.9 Some countries have already taken steps to slow 5G deployment due to health risks, Rajgopal notes. The question is, can it be stopped?

5G testing was recently halted in Brussels, Belgium,10 and Switzerland is delaying its 5G rollout in order to create a system to monitor radiation.11 Syracuse, New York, is also attempting to set up some safeguards and has “negotiated the right to conduct on-demand safety inspections of 5G antennas,” to allay public concerns.12 According to Forbes:13

“In New Hampshire, lawmakers are considering establishing a commission to study the health impacts of 5G networks. And Mill Valley, Calif., near San Francisco, last year banned new 5G wireless cells.”

Many other areas, however, have chosen to trust the Federal Communications Commission and the wireless industry trade association, CTIA, which has created a “Cellphone Health Facts” website citing research showing no risk. However, if you believe the FCC is assessing health risks, you’d be wrong.

At a recent senate commerce hearing (above), the FCC admitted that no 5G safety studies have been conducted or funded by the agency or the telecom industry, and that none are planned.14,15 In a speech given at the National Press Club in June 2016, Tom Wheeler, former FCC chairman and prior head of the wireless industry lobbying group, made the agency’s stance clear when he said:16

“Stay out of the way of technological development. Unlike some countries, we do not believe we should spend the next couple of years studying … Turning innovators loose is far preferable to letting committees and regulators define the future. We won’t wait for the standards … “

In light of the more than 2,000 studies showing a wide range of biological harm from EMFs, assurances from the FCC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that wireless radiation exposures, including 5G, is safe, seem disingenuous at best. As noted in a recent Counterpunch article:17

“Telecom lobbyists assure us that guidelines already in place are adequate to protect the public. Those safety guidelines, however, are based on a 1996 study of how much a cell phone heated the head of an adult-sized plastic mannequin. This is problematic, for at least three reasons:

  • living organisms consist of highly complex and interdependent cells and tissue, not plastic.
  • those being exposed to radiofrequency radiation include fetuses, children, plants, and wildlife – not just adult male humans.
  • the frequencies used in the mannequin study were far lower than the exposures associated with 5G.”

What Level of EMF Can Humans Withstand? 

EMF exposure at many biological impacting frequencies, such as those that run cellphones and Wi-Fi, has increased about 1 quintillion times over the past 100 years.18,19 Unfortunately, EMF exposure is so widespread these days, it’s virtually impossible to conduct controlled population studies anymore, as no population is truly unexposed or unaffected. This lack of a control group makes it very difficult to determine what the real-world effects are.

That said, one controlled exposure study has been done, revealing it’s nowhere near as harmless as people think. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were two populations in the United States — rural and urban. Urban areas were by and large electrified, while rural areas were not electrified until around 1950.

Dr. Sam Milham, an epidemiologist, painstakingly analyzed mortality statistics between these two populations over time, clearly showing there was a wide difference in mortality from heart disease, cancer and diabetes between these two groups. Then, as rural areas became electrified, the two curves merged.

Today, we not only live and work in electrified surroundings, we’re also surrounded by microwaves from wireless technologies. Soon, 5G may be added to the mix, making exposures all the more complex and potentially harmful. As noted by Counterpunch:20

“5G radiofrequency (RF) radiation uses a ‘cocktail’ of three types of radiation, ranging from relatively low-energy radio waves, microwave radiation with far more energy, and millimeter waves with vastly more energy …

The extremely high frequencies in 5G are where the biggest danger lies. While 4G frequencies go as high as 6 GHz, 5G exposes biological life to pulsed signals in the 30 GHz to 100 GHz range. The general public has never before been exposed to such high frequencies for long periods of time.”

Health Concerns Linked to 5G Exposure

The added concern 5G brings is the addition of the millimeter wave (MMW). This bandwidth, which runs from 30 gigahertz (GHz) to 300GHz,21 is known to penetrate up to 2 millimeters into human skin tissue,22,23 causing a burning sensation.

This is precisely why MMW was chosen for use in crowd control weapons (Active Denial Systems) by the U.S. Department of Defense.24 MMW is also used in so-called “naked body scanners” at airports.25

Research has shown sweat ducts in human skin act as receptors or antennae for 5G radiation, drawing the radiation into the body,26,27,28,29,30 thereby causing a rise in temperature. This in part helps explain the painful effect. As noted by Dr. Yael Stein — who has studied 5G MMW technology and its interaction with the human body — in a 2016 letter to the Federal Communications Commission:31

“Computer simulations have demonstrated that sweat glands concentrate sub-terahertz waves in human skin. Humans could sense these waves as heat. The use of sub-terahertz (millimeter wave) communications technology (cellphones, Wi-Fi, antennas) could cause humans to percept physical pain via nociceptors.

Potentially, if 5G Wi-Fi is spread in the public domain we may expect more of the health effects currently seen with RF/ microwave frequencies including many more cases of hypersensitivity (EHS), as well as many new complaints of physical pain and a yet unknown variety of neurologic disturbances.

It will be possible to show a causal relationship between G5 technology and these specific health effects. The affected individuals may be eligible for compensation.”

MMW has also been linked to:32,33,34,35,36

  • Eye problems such as lens opacity in rats, which is linked to the production of cataracts,37 and eye damage in rabbits38,39
  • Impacted heart rate variability, an indicator of stress, in rats40,41,42 and heart rate changes (arrhythmias) in frogs43,44
  • Pain45
  • Suppressed immune function46
  • Depressed growth and increased antibiotic resistance in bacteria47

As noted in a recent article:48

“Many scientists understand that the electromagnetic radiation leaking through the doors of our microwave ovens are carcinogenic, and therefore, can cause cancer. Most of these scientists also believe that these waves are mutagenic, meaning they change the DNA structure of living beings.49

The launch of 5G will be similar to turning on your microwave, opening its door, and leaving it on for the rest of your life. There’s good reason why hundreds of scientists are taking action against the wireless industry.”

Understanding EMFs’ Mechanisms of Harm

As explained in my 2017 interview with Martin Pall, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of biochemistry and basic medical sciences at Washington State University, the primary danger of EMFs in general is that it causes excess oxidative stress that results in mitochondrial dysfunction.

According to Pall’s research,50,51,52,53 radiofrequency microwave radiation such as that from your cellphone and wireless router activates the voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) located in the outer membrane of your cells.

According to Pall, VGCCs are 7.2 million times more sensitive to microwave radiation than the charged particles inside and outside our cells, which means the safety standards for this exposure are off by a factor of 7.2 million.

Low-frequency microwave radiation opens your VGCCs, thereby allowing an abnormal influx of calcium ions into the cell, which in turn activates nitric oxide (NO) and superoxide which react nearly instantaneously to form peroxynitrite54 that then causes carbonate free radicals, which are one of the most damaging reactive nitrogen species known and thought to be a root cause for many of today’s chronic diseases.

For an in-depth understanding of peroxynitrites and the harm they inflict, see “Nitric Oxide and Peroxynitrite in Health and Disease”55 — a 140-page free access paper with 1,500 references written by Dr. Pal Pacher, Joseph Beckman and Dr. Lucas Liaudet.

One of its most significant hazards of peroxynitrite is that it damages DNA. The European REFLEX study published in 2004 revealed the nonthermal effects of 2G and 3G radiation are actually very similar to the effects of X-rays in terms of the genetic damage they cause.56

Your body has the capacity to repair that damage through a family of 17 different enzymes collectively called poly ADP ribose polymerases (PARP). However, while PARP work well, they require NAD+ for fuel and when they run out of NAD+ they stop repairing your DNA.

This in turn can lead to premature cell death, since 100 to 150 NAD+ molecules are needed to repair a single DNA strand break. NAD+ is central to maintaining cellular and mitochondrial health, so the fact that PARP consumes NAD+ to counteract EMF damage is an important concern.

Cancer Is Not the Primary Health Risk of EMF

The voltage in your body appears to play a significant role in health and disease. Your body’s production of electricity allows your cells to communicate and perform basic biological functions necessary for your survival. However, your body is designed to operate at very specific levels and frequencies.

It seems logical that being surrounded by man-made EMFs that are 1 quintillion times higher than the natural EMF environment of the Earth may interfere with your DNA’s ability to receive and transmit biological signals.

While the controversy over EMF damage has centered around whether or not it can cause cancer, especially brain tumors, this actually isn’t your greatest concern. Since the damage is strongly linked to activation of your VGCCs, it stands to reason that areas where VGCCs are the densest would be most vulnerable to damage.

As it happens, the highest density of VGCCs are found in your nervous system, your brain, the pacemaker in your heart and in male testes. As a result, EMFs are likely to contribute to neurological and neuropsychiatric57 problems, heart and reproductive problems.

This includes but is not limited to cardiac arrhythmias, anxiety, depression, autism, Alzheimer’s and infertility. Indeed, this is what researchers keep finding, and all of these health problems are far more prevalent and kill more people than brain cancer.

What’s more, seeing how many are already struggling with electromagnetic hypersensitivity, saturating cities and suburban areas with MMW radiation will undoubtedly make the problem more widespread, and make life unbearable for those already feeling the effects of wireless radiation.

Most Recent Media Ploy to Detract From 5G Concerns: Blame the Russians

In a recent Medium article,58 Devra Davis, Ph.D. — a well-respected and credentialed researcher on the dangers of cellphone radiation — highlights a recent media trend: Write off scientists warning about 5G dangers as “untethered alarmists … linked to Russian propaganda.”

“Could it be a coincidence that following on the heels of the NY Times story, the Wall Street Journal and the UK Telegraph have echoed the same smear of guilt by association,” she writes,59 adding:

“These otherwise credible media sources ignore the substantial body of science pinpointing hazards of wireless radiation and 5G detailed in independent journalistic investigations that have appeared extensively in media throughout Europe and been covered by major networks …

Could the failure to report these critical 5G issues and correct misleading information regarding health effects of wireless and 5G in the New York Times have anything to do with the their new joint venture with Verizon in 5G journalism, or the fact that the Times board of directors includes officials from Facebook, Verizon, Media Lab, and other stalwarts of the telecom industry, while Carlos Slim, head of some of the largest telecom firms in the world, has downsized and now owns just 15 percent of its stock?”

Davis also points out a clear difference between American and Russian scientific expertise with regard to EMF:

“The history of research on the environmental and public health impacts of radio frequency microwave radiation (‘wireless radiation’) reveals some uneasy parallels with that of tobacco.

In the 1950s and 1960s, scientists who showed the harmful impacts of tobacco found themselves struggling for serious attention and financial support. The validity of their views was only accepted after the toll of sickness and death had become undeniable.

For health impacts from wireless radiation, a similar pattern is emerging. Each time a U.S. government agency produced positive findings, research on health impacts was defunded.

The Office of Naval Research, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the Environmental Protection Agency all once had vibrant research programs documenting dangers of wireless radiation. All found their programs scrapped, reflecting pressure from those who sought to suppress this work.

Russian’s 50 years of research on electromagnetic radiation since the Cold War has led to their clear understanding that this exposure does have biological effects. The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection issued a 2011 Resolution60 recommending persons under 18 not use a cell phone.”

Brain Cancer Risk Is Likely Real

While heart disease, dementia and infertility overshadow the risk of brain cancer, the possibility of cancer still remains, and may be a far more significant concern for young children who are growing up surrounded by wireless technologies than we realize.

The fact is, we won’t know for sure whether in utero and early cellphone use will increase brain cancer rates until a decade or two from now when today’s youths have grown up. Mounting research suggests cellphone radiation certainly influences your risk, and there are a number of compelling anecdotal reports that are hard to ignore.

In her article,61 Davis mentions Robert C. Kane, a senior telecom engineer “had willingly served as a guinea pig for Motorola and other companies developing new wireless technologies in the 1980s.”

He developed a type of malignant brain cancer the National Toxicology Program later confirmed was a side effect of cellphone radiation exposure (see video above). The NTPs results were published in 2018. Before his death in 2002, Kane published the book, “Cellphone Radiation — Russian Roulette,”62 in which he stated that:63

“Never in human history has there been such a practice as we now encounter with the marketing and distributing of products hostile to the human biological system by an industry with foreknowledge of those effects.”

FCC Is a Captured Agency That Cannot Be Trusted

Davis also highlights another crucial problem, namely the fact that the FCC has been captured by the telecom industry, which in turn has perfected the disinformation strategies employed by the tobacco industry before it. She writes:64

“… [I]n 2015 a Harvard expose tracked the revolving door between the FCC and the telecom industry and concluded that the FCC is a captured agency and that ‘Consumer safety, health, and privacy, along with consumer wallets, have all been overlooked, sacrificed, or raided due to unchecked industry influence.'”

The book in question is “Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications Commission Is Dominated by the Industries It Presumably Regulates,” written by investigative journalist Norm Alster.65

As just one example, before his role as FCC chairman, Wheeler headed up the CTIA, which is the lobbying group for the wireless industry, which explains his commentary on 5G and why the FCC doesn’t believe in studying its health risks and “won’t wait for the standards.”

The book also shows how the telecom industry is manipulating public opinion by undermining the credibility of scientists that speak of dangers, cutting funds for research, publishing manipulated studies showing no harm and claiming “scientific consensus” of no harm when no such consensus actually exists. Naturally, the telecom industry also spends millions of dollars lobbying the FCC on issues that might impact its bottom line.66

5G Threatens Weather Prediction

Interestingly, aside from potential health ramifications, a global 5G network will also threaten our ability to predict weather which, in addition to putting civilians at risk will also jeopardize the Navy.67 According to a recent paper68 in the journal Nature, widespread 5G coverage will prevent satellites from detecting changes in water vapor, which is how meteorologists predict weather changes and storms.

Davis quotes69 Stephen English, meteorologist at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts: “This is the first time we’ve seen a threat to what I’d call the crown jewels of our frequencies? — the ones that we absolutely must defend come what may.”

Alas, the FCC ignores such concerns and, according to Davis, “weather experts within the U.S. government are being muzzled.” In a recent letter to the FCC, Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., urge the agency to rein in the expansion of wireless communications in the 24 GHz band for this reason.70

Educate Yourself About the Health Risks of 5G and Protect Your Family From Harm

I am currently writing a book on EMF dangers, which will be a comprehensive resource on current technologies. In the meantime, to learn more about 5G and help educate others, you can download a two-page 5G fact sheet71 from the Environmental Health Trust. On their website, you can also access a long list of published scientific studies showing cause for concern.72

To reduce your EMF exposure, read through the suggestions below and implement as many of them as possible. Additional guidance and solutions for mitigating electric and magnetic fields can also be found at the end of “Healthy Wiring Practices,”73 a document created by building biologist Oram Miller, whom I’ve interviewed on this topic.

Nighttime remediation

Use Stetzer or Greenwave filters to remove voltage transients from your electricity and use meters to confirm that they are in a safe range.

Use a battery-powered alarm clock, ideally one without any light. I use a talking clock for the visually impaired.74

Consider moving your baby’s bed into your room instead of using a wireless baby monitor. Alternatively, use a hard-wired monitor.

If you must use Wi-Fi, shut it off when not in use, especially at night when you are sleeping. Ideally, work toward hardwiring your house so you can eliminate Wi-Fi altogether. It’s important to realize that if you have a Wi-Fi router, you have a cellphone tower inside your home. Ideally, you’d eliminate your Wi-Fi and simply use a wired Ethernet connection.

If you absolutely must have a router, you can place it inside a shielded bag when not in use. You can find shielded items online, or make your own using Swiss Shield fabric. If you have a notebook without any Ethernet ports, a USB Ethernet adapter will allow you to connect to the internet with a wired connection.

For more extensive shielding, you can consider painting your bedroom walls and ceiling with special shielding paint, which will block RF from outside sources, such as cell towers, smart meters and radio/TV towers. Windows can be covered with metal window screen or film. For your bed, consider a shielding bed canopy.

Daytime strategies to reduce unnecessary EMF exposure

To reduce EMF exposure during the daytime, consider using Stetzer filters to decrease the level of dirty electricity or electromagnetic interference being generated. You can also take these with you to work or when you travel. This may be the single best strategy to reduce the damage from EMF exposure since it appears that most of it is generated by the frequencies that the filters remove.

Connect your desktop computer to the internet via a wired Ethernet connection and be sure to put your desktop in airplane mode. Also avoid wireless keyboards, trackballs, mice, game systems, printers and portable house phones. Opt for the wired versions.

Avoid carrying your cellphone on your body unless in airplane mode and never sleep with it in your bedroom unless it is in airplane mode. Even in airplane mode it can emit signals, which is why I put my phone in a Faraday bag.75 They are really inexpensive and only $10 for two of them. I tested them and they are highly effective at blocking radiation.

When using your cellphone, use the speaker phone and hold the phone at least 3 feet away from you. Seek to radically decrease your time on the cellphone. I typically use my cellphone less than 30 minutes a month, and mostly when traveling. Instead, use VoIP software phones that you can use while connected to the internet via a wired connection, or better yet, use a landline telephone.

General household remediation

If you still use a microwave oven, consider replacing it with a steam convection oven, which will heat your food as quickly and far more safely.

Avoid using “smart” appliances and thermostats that depend on wireless signaling. This would include all new “smart” TVs. They are called smart because they emit a Wi-Fi signal and, unlike your computer, you cannot shut the Wi-Fi signal off. Consider using a large computer monitor as your TV instead, as they don’t emit Wi-Fi.

Replace CFL bulbs with incandescent bulbs. Ideally remove all fluorescent lights from your house. Not only do they emit unhealthy light, but more importantly, they will actually transfer current to your body just being close to the bulbs.

Dimmer switches are another source of dirty electricity, so consider installing regular on/off switches rather than dimmer switches.

Refuse smart meters as long as you can, or add a shield to an existing smart meter, some of which have been shown to reduce radiation by 98 to 99 percent.76

Top Health Agency Covering Up Biohazard Mishaps

In 1942, the Office of Malaria Control in War Areas was established to reduce the impact of malaria and other vector-borne diseases, such as typhus and West Nile virus, in the southeastern U.S. during World War II. In 1946 this agency was transformed to the Communicable Disease Center (CDC), as a part of the U.S. Public Health Service.1

In the following years the CDC oversaw the reduction of malaria throughout the U.S., which was considered eliminated from the U.S. by 1951. From its humble beginnings, having fewer than 400 employees, the agency changed its name to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, grew to over 14,000 employees in 54 countries and developed its mission to:2

“[C]ollaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health — through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.”

According to the CDC itself,3 it is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services, and works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.

However, history has demonstrated this top health agency actually operates in much the same way as large for-profit organizations, working hard to protect its secrets and bury its mistakes.

CDC Has History of Struggling to Maintain Safety of Pathogens

Called the country’s “flagship public health agency” by The Atlantic,4 the organization is charged with protecting Americans against pathogens and bioterrorism. However, their track record reveals a race littered with corruption and inadequate methods of tracking microorganisms, the focus of their function.

In 2014, six glass vials of smallpox virus were found in a storeroom in a government laboratory.5 It was the second time in one month mishandling of potential deadly infectious agents was exposed. The sealed vials, found in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lab at the National Institutes of Health, were labeled “variola,” another name for smallpox.

The only other known samples of smallpox were being held in high-security labs at the CDC in Atlanta and in Russia. The FDA then revealed6 the six vials of smallpox were part of a larger group of infectious agents and other biological materials, 327 vials in all, labeled with diseases such as influenza, Q fever and dengue.

The Mistake Was Discovered Accidentally

One month before this shocking discovery, the CDC7 found as many as 75 of its scientists had been exposed to live anthrax. The live pathogen had been sent from another, higher-security facility, which failed to follow biosafety protocols. The anthrax sample was supposed to have been inactivated prior to transfer, but for a variety of reasons it wasn’t dead on arrival. According to one report:8

“The exposure incident is unprecedented in the history of American research on bioweapons and other deadly pathogens, prompting alarm among researchers who have already warned about the consequences of lax laboratory oversight globally. Scientists in and out of the CDC say the process of handling such bacteria and viruses must be improved.”

Although none of the scientists displayed symptoms, they were treated prophylactically. The CDC reported the scientists were not wearing protective gear as the bacteria were supposed to have been deactivated. Making matters worse, the error was discovered by sheer chance. As reported by The New York Times:9

“The anthrax episode took place … in the agency’s bioterrorism rapid response lab as part of testing a new mass spectrometry method … The new C.D.C. report found several errors: A scientist used a dangerous anthrax strain when a safer one would have sufficed, had not read relevant studies and used an unapproved chemical killing method.

The error was discovered by accident. The door to an autoclave that would have sterilized samples taken for safety tests was stuck, so they were left in an incubator for days longer than normal. Only then did a lab technician notice that bacteria believed to be dead were growing.

Later tests done at the C.D.C. and at a Michigan State Health Department lab as part of the investigation confirmed that the chemical method would have killed any live, growing anthrax in the samples … but might not have killed all spores, which are surrounded by a hard shell and can also be lethal.”

Following these back-to-back mishandlings,10 federal officials announced they would temporarily close flu and anthrax laboratories at the CDC in Atlanta, and would halt shipments of all infectious agents from the highest security labs.

The New York Times11 also reported another accident in which the CDC inadvertently contaminated a benign flu sample with the more dangerous H5N1 bird flu strain. At the time of these incidents, Dr. Tom Frieden, then director of the CDC, stated:12

“These events revealed totally unacceptable behavior. They should never have happened. I’m upset, I’m angry, I’ve lost sleep over this, and I’m working on it until the issue is resolved.”

Yet following the anthrax mistake, Frieden appears to have attempted to justify the error saying,13 “when you work with it day in and day out, you can get a little careless. The culture of safety needs to improve at some CDC laboratories.”

Frieden Admitted These Are Not Isolated Mistakes

Frieden suggested the accidents had implications for other laboratories, including those at universities, and argued for the reduction of the number of labs handling dangerous agents. On one side, scientists doing the most controversial work to make pathogens more lethal contend this type of research helps predict mutations that may arise in nature.

But other scientists have expressed concerns that creating super strains is dangerous, as lab accidents are more common than acknowledged. Peter Hale, founder of The Foundation for Vaccine Research, commented,14 “You can have all the safety procedures in the world, but you can’t provide for human error.”

Days later, answering questions from members of Congress,15 Frieden admitted these were not isolated mistakes, but rather part of a larger issue of unsafe practices. He admitted to addressing other blunders but missing the bigger picture.

A memo by the Congressional subcommittee also detailed how the labs were not properly secured when the anthrax mistake was discovered, and no one knew who was in charge of the decontamination. Once the accident was recognized, the number of bacteria and location were not recorded.

Centralized Reporting for Incidents at the CDC Not Instituted Until 2015

Only after these mistakes came to light was a comprehensive policy for centralized reporting instituted at the CDC.16 A 503-page lab incident report from the CDC released to USA Today under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) contained a number of redacted pages.

Within the document, the CDC cited a 2002 bioterrorism law as the reason for removing information, including the types of pathogens and descriptions of what happened. Several hearings have been held since the problems revealed in 2014 to examine serious safety lapses at the CDC and other federal labs.17

Critics of the system find the ongoing revelations of lab incidents at the CDC demonstrate the need to reassess if the current regulatory system is functional. Although not instituted until 2015, the Government Accountability Office repeatedly recommended improving oversight, starting in 2009.18

They especially wanted to establish a single entity to oversee high security labs working with the most dangerous pathogens. While much of the work is important to public health and national security, former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle, who was a member of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, believes the research must be done safely and with a level of transparency.19

Past Acts of the CDC Demonstrate Lack of Trustworthiness

In January 2018, Politico20 revealed the head of the CDC appointed by the Trump administration, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, had purchased shares in a tobacco company one month after taking office. The purchase was reportedly one of 12 new investments she made after taking over the agency.

Subsequently, she came under Congressional scrutiny for her failure to timely divest older investments that officials believed posed conflicts of interest. Critics pointed out her trading behavior ran contrary to ethical norms for public health officials, and would be legally problematic if she didn’t recuse herself from activities that may affect her investments.21

Richard Painter, who served as George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer, described the move as “tone- deaf,”22 given the CDC’s role in antismoking efforts. In addition to her investments in tobacco companies, Politico23 revealed she also traded in drug and food companies.

For example, Fitzgerald purchased stock in Merck, which had been working on developing an Ebola vaccine and an HIV vaccine,24 and Bayer, which has in the past partnered with the CDC Foundation to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.

Fitzgerald’s resignation quickly followed. In the announcement, Health and Human Services cited25 “complex financial interests that have imposed a broad recusal limiting her ability to complete her duties,” but declined to issue a response to questions regarding Fitzgerald’s investments, including whether she had approved transactions, activities and decisions related to her holdings.

Hospitals and CDC Collaborate to Keep You in the Dark

In addition to mistakes made in CDC laboratories, the agency also has a history of secrecy affecting immediate health care. In the fight against antibiotic-resistant infections, Candida auris is an example of an intractable threat now faced by hospitals around the world.

The CDC calls this26 “an emerging fungus that presents as a serious global health threat.” But despite their willingness to admit the particularly virulent and dangerous nature of the fungus, they have collaborated with U.S. hospitals to maintain confidentiality when there’s an outbreak.

It was two years after an outbreak of a drug-resistant pathogen, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, at a rural hospital in Kentucky before the CDC reported it.27 Even then, the hospital remained unnamed. This bacterial infection has been dubbed the “nightmare” bacteria, as it is resistant to most antibiotics and spreads easily from person to person.28

The collaboration between the CDC and state governments to hide outbreaks is promoted as a way to avoid frightening patients. However, knowledge of an outbreak in a hospital is important when you are making decisions about nonurgent matters, such as an elective surgery.

According to The New York Times,29,30 outbreaks were hidden even when disclosure could have saved lives. For instance, at a Seattle Hospital, 18 people died after being infected with a drug-resistant organism from a contaminated medical scope, but the outbreak was not disclosed at the time.31

Coca-Cola Works to Influence Government Policy Using Its Own Manipulated Research

In addition to the CDC’s mishandling of pathogens, links to drug companies and its hiding of antibiotic-resistant outbreaks, the agency also has a history of collaborating with junk food companies hell-bent on undermining public health.

For instance, there’s evidence The Coca-Cola Company sought to influence the CDC’s obesity recommendations, encouraging the agency to focus its attention on prompting exercise rather than telling people to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages.

Conveniently, Coca-Cola’s research agreements with universities give the company rights over study data, disclosure of results and the power to terminate studies for any reason,32,33 thereby giving Coke the ability to bury unwanted findings while publishing studies that support its bogus stance on nutrition and health.

Emails reveal Coca-Cola was actively lobbying the CDC “to advance corporate objectives rather than health, including to influence the World Health Organization,” U.S. Right to Know reports.34 According to CNN, at least one visit was arranged for CDC staff to visit Coca-Cola headquarters.35 Coca-Cola was also caught influencing the Chinese government’s policy on how to fight obesity.36

Documents featuring correspondence between Coca-Cola executives and the CDC can be found in the USCF Food Industry Documents online archive.37,38 A paper39,40,41,42 detailing the connections between Coke and the CDC based on the email cache was published in The Milbank Quarterly in January 2019. In a press release announcing the publication of the paper, USRTK said:43

“Coca-Cola’s contact with the CDC shows the company’s interest in gaining access to CDC employees, to lobby policymakers, and to frame the obesity debate by shifting attention and blame away from sugar-sweetened beverages …

‘It is not the proper role of the CDC to abet companies that manufacture harmful products,’ said Gary Ruskin, co-director of U.S. Right to Know. ‘Congress should investigate whether Coca-Cola and other companies that harm public health are unethically influencing the CDC, and subverting its efforts to protect the health of all Americans.'”

CDC Official Helped Coke Influence World Health Organization

In March 2015, WHO published a new sugar guideline that specifically targeted sugary beverages, calling them out as a primary cause for childhood obesity around the world, especially in developing nations, where the soda industry is now aggressively expanding its reach.

WHO’s recommendation to limit soda consumption was a huge blow to an already beleaguered soda industry, struggling to maintain a declining market share amid mounting evidence identifying sweetened drinks as a primary contributor to the obesity and diabetes epidemics.

Email correspondence between Alex Malaspina, a former Coca-Cola scientific and regulatory affairs leader and the founder of the food industry-funded group International Life Sciences Institute, and Barbara Bowman, Ph.D., then-director of the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, revealed Bowman repeatedly tried to help Malaspina get an audience with WHO officials, with the aim to talk them into relaxing the sugar limits.44,45

Bowman’s job was to prevent obesity and related health problems, and she left the agency at the end of June 2016, just two days after the initial reports about her cozy relationship with Coke were made public,46 which suggests she was well aware of how inappropriate her behavior was. As noted in Milbank Quarterly:47

“Our findings provide a rare example of the ways in which corporate interests attempt to influence public health practitioners ‘in their own words,’ and they demonstrate a need for clearer policies on avoiding partnerships with manufacturers of harmful products.”

Stay Hydrated to Keep Your Glucose Level in Check

For the first time in more than 20 years, data from the National Center for Health Statistics1 showed a drop in life expectancy in 2015. Life expectancy dropped again in 2017.2 Although the 10 leading causes of death remained the same in 2017 as 2016, they accounted for only 74% of all deaths.3

One of the primary perpetrators of this decline is believed to be drug overdoses, but another major factor pinpointed by a supporting study4 is Type 2 diabetes. An update by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded more than 114 million American adults live with diabetes or prediabetes.5

While conventional medicine still has diabetes pegged as a blood sugar disorder, in reality it’s a disease rooted in insulin resistance6 and faulty leptin signaling. In other words, it’s a diet-derived condition.

Living with diabetes is challenging as elevated blood sugar affects multiple systems in your body and creates daily demands on your time and efforts. With the aid of psychometric tools,7 researchers have begun to realize the devastating effects diabetes has on individuals and family lives. Many of the comorbidities occurring with diabetes further deteriorate quality of life.

As the heat of summer is fast approaching, it is wise to understand the unique effects dehydration has on the body of those experiencing diabetes, and the available preventive measures to avoid hospitalization and potentially even death.

How Type 2 Diabetes Affects Your Body

Diabetes may exert short- and long-term effects on your body.8 Understanding these changes can help prevent complications from developing, including those from dehydration. The medical community’s treatment of diabetes frequently includes the administration of insulin9 to treat the symptom of high blood sugar, and not the underlying insulin resistance and problem with leptin signaling.

Type 2 diabetes may be called noninsulin-dependent diabetes10 since your pancreas continues to produce insulin but the cells are unable to use it properly. In fact, it’s an advanced stage of insulin resistance typically triggered by a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates.

Your body uses the hormone insulin to usher glucose into the cells for use as fuel. In the early to midstages of Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas secretes insulin, but the cells become resistant to the effect. Glucose is not able to enter the cells and therefore builds up in your bloodstream, triggering potentially serious health complications.11

While anyone may develop Type 2 diabetes, you are at higher risk if you are overweight, sedentary, have family members with Type 2 diabetes, have a history of metabolic syndrome or are a woman who has had gestational diabetes.12 Although millions suffer from the condition, it must not be considered an inevitable risk in life.

Those who have diabetes may be at higher risk for blindness, peripheral vascular disease, depression, kidney failure and heart disease.13 Some of the symptoms of uncontrolled high blood sugar include increased thirst and frequent urination.

You may find ketones in the urine, a byproduct of the breakdown of muscle and fat, or you may experience increased fatigue and irritability or blurred vision.14 When you are dehydrated, it may affect your blood glucose measurements and produce a vicious cycle that can end in kidney failure and even death.

Causes and Symptoms of Dehydration

There are several factors that may trigger dehydration, especially during the summer months. Insufficient fluid intake, hot weather and strenuous exercise all contribute to a loss of fluid in your body. Dehydration may also occur with diarrhea, vomiting or alcohol intake.15

Your body is made up of 60% to 70% water, which is used in all cells, organs and tissues to help regulate temperature and maintain function.16 You normally will lose water through breathing, digestion and sweating. With adequate water intake, your body is able to remove waste products through perspiration and urination.

Your kidneys and liver use water to flush out waste products, and sufficient water intake helps you from becoming constipated by softening your stools. Anytime you’re losing larger amounts of fluid from high heat and sweating, whether due to physical exertion or a fever, or if you experience vomiting or diarrhea, it is vital to increase your fluid intake to protect your body and your kidneys.

Although there is no hard-and-fast rule for how to ascertain your hydration needs, one of the best indicators of your hydration level is the color of your urine. Seek to achieve a light-yellow straw color. As it becomes darker, you are likely becoming dehydrated.17

Symptoms of dehydration include thirst, dry mouth and dry eyes, dizziness, fatigue and headache. As discussed, your urine will also be a darker yellow color. As dehydration becomes more severe, you’ll experience low blood pressure, a weakened pulse, confusion and lack of energy.18

Without the added challenge of high blood glucose levels, or diabetes, rehydration is a simpler process. However, those who have diabetes experience unique cellular challenges, which may make it impossible to reverse the cascade of events happening as you become dehydrated without immediate medical help.19

The Vicious Circle of Dehydration in Those With Diabetes

Your kidneys are the primary organ managing the maintenance of your hydration status. When blood glucose levels go higher than they should be, your kidneys will attempt to remove the excess glucose by excreting it in your urine.20 To do this, the kidneys remove water from your blood. This triggers an increase in your level of thirst.

By drinking water, you help to rehydrate your blood and give your kidneys the available fluid to excrete excess glucose. However, as you become dehydrated, your body will attempt to pull water from other sources, such as your saliva, tears and water stored within your cells.21

When blood glucose levels are high, you’ll experience a dry mouth and dry eyes as your body attempts to remove glucose by using water from other areas. These are some of the same symptoms you may experience when you’re dehydrated from excess sweating, heat or illness.

This begins a vicious cycle that may ultimately end in organ damage. As your body loses fluid through heat, sweating or illness, glucose is left behind in the blood and your blood sugar concentration rises. In the second step of events, your blood vessels are unable to supply organs with nutrients as they normally would.22

Reaching a Dangerous Level of Dehydration May Only Take Hours

Inside your body, blood vessels start out large and gradually get narrower as they travel from the center to the inside of your organs and to your skin. At any given time, a good deal of your blood is located in these peripheral vessels.23

When you lose a significant amount of fluid, insulin and glucose cannot adequately reach these smaller vessels. This triggers your blood sugar concentration to climb higher still.

The higher your blood sugar goes, the higher the insulin resistance you experience. The more insulin resistant your cells are, the higher your blood sugars will rise. It creates a vicious circle, which is exacerbated as you become more dehydrated. At some point, the peripheral cells start metabolizing fat which creates ketones.24

In order to excrete the ketones, your kidneys must create more urine, and the more you urinate, the more severe your dehydration becomes. This sequence may occur in a matter of hours with illness or excessive sweating.

It’s crucial you pay attention to your level of hydration to prevent this cascade of events triggering transitory insulin resistance, leading to a rise in blood sugar, development of ketones and increasing dehydration as your body attempts to excrete excess glucose and ketones.25

Dehydration May Lead to Kidney Failure

The result of extreme dehydration may lead to kidney failure, the need for dialysis and the potential for death.26 The association of dehydration with acute renal dysfunction is well-known and has largely been considered reversible when immediate medical care is available.

However, an epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Central America prompted a study27 to evaluate if mechanisms leading to kidney failure from recurrent dehydration may also lead to permanent kidney damage.

The researchers discovered three such pathways, leading to the conclusion that mild dehydration may be a risk factor in the progression of all types of chronic kidney disease and hydration may prevent chronic kidney disease.

According to the National Kidney Foundation,28 as you become dehydrated, it’s more difficult for blood to deliver important nutrients and waste products to your kidneys. Mild dehydration may make you feel tired and impair normal body functions, but severe dehydration may lead to kidney damage.

Dehydration also causes a buildup of waste material in your body, which clogs your kidneys with muscle protein. This also works to damage kidney function. Maintaining adequate hydration reduces the risk kidney stones will form and helps dissolve antibiotics used to treat urinary tract infections, thus making them more effective.29

Diabetes Insipidus Triggers Unique Issues

Diabetes insipidus is a special form of diabetes unrelated to blood sugar. In this condition, the body is unable to properly regulate the amount of water released through the kidneys. The condition leaves you extremely thirsty and producing large amounts of urine.30

In serious cases, urine output can be as much as 20 quarts a day. By comparison, a healthy adult will typically urinate an average of 1 to 2 quarts per day. Fluid regulation is managed by antidiuretic hormone (ADH), also called vasopressin. ADH is made in your hypothalamus and stored in the pituitary gland in your brain.31

Diabetes insipidus may be triggered in the brain after surgery, tumor or head injury. Nephrogenic diabetes insipidus occurs when there is a defect in the kidney tubules. Gestational diabetes insipidus is rare and occurs only during pregnancy when an enzyme made in the placenta destroys ADH in the mother.32

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes insipidus, your physician has likely advised you to drink a specific amount of water every day and may advise you to take specific fluids containing electrolytes should you be in a situation where dehydration is a potential risk.33

Optimal Hydration May Involve More Than Drinking Water

There are many reasons to maintain proper hydration. Recently, scientists have considered how the water you drink plays a role in how your body regulates blood sugar. Vasopressin, a hormone regulating water retention, is also involved in pushing the liver to produce blood sugar, which over time may trigger insulin resistance.34

In one of the largest studies35 to look at the consequences of dehydration, researchers evaluated 3,615 middle-aged men and women with normal baseline fasting blood glucose. They were recruited for a nine-year follow-up study and asked to calculate daily water intake based on self-administered questionnaires.

The researchers found 565 cases of hyperglycemia in the following nine years and concluded self-reported water intake was inversely and independently associated with the risk of hyperglycemia. The researchers found those who consumed the most water, 17 to 34 ounces per day, had a 30% lower risk than those who drank the least.36

One of the key components of proper hydration is getting the water into your cells. The type of water found inside the cell is known as exclusionary zone (EZ) water. This is also the type of water found in plants and in nature according to Gerald Pollack, Ph.D., author of “The Fourth Phase of Water.”37

This “fourth phase water,” EZ water, holds energy like a battery. One of the simplest ways is to incorporate this water into your cells is to eat more leafy green plant foods and structure the water already inside the body by exposing your bare skin to sunlight on a regular basis.

This type of hydration may help prevent early dehydration and may help improve health and longevity. To read more and discover effective strategies, see my previous articles, “Hydration Is About More Than Just Drinking Water — How to Hydrate at the Cellular Level to Improve Health and Longevity” and “Beat Fatigue and Heal Your Body Through the New Science of Optimum Hydration.”

Signs and symptoms of diabetes (type 1 and 2)

By , medical review by ,

Over the past 35 years the number of people with diabetes worldwide has increased four-fold and currently stands at more than 400 million, according to the World Health Organization. What’s more, millions are unaware that they have diabetes or its precursor, prediabetes.

Could you have diabetes? It’s a disease with many early symptoms; although some are subtle, others are hard to ignore. Read on to learn about the most common symptoms of diabetes and what you can do if you have them.

1. What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by high levels of sugar (glucose) in the bloodstream. Although it can take several forms, type 1 and type 2 are the most common.

  • In type 1 diabetes, pancreatic cells that produce the hormone insulin are destroyed as the result of an autoimmune process. Therefore, people with type 1 diabetes can no longer produce insulin on their own and must inject insulin in order to survive.
  • In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas usually produces insulin, but the body doesn’t use it effectively. Over time, the pancreas may lose its ability to make enough insulin to maintain normal blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes is also called non-insulin-dependent diabetes because people with this form of the disease continue to produce some insulin.

A related and very important condition is prediabetes, in which blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Additionally, both fasting and post-meal insulin levels are usually elevated.

Over time, prediabetes may progress to type 2 diabetes; however, it carries some of the same health risks of diabetes, even if blood sugar remains in the prediabetes range.

Additionally, it usually does not have the same constellation of symptoms from elevated blood sugars, but some of the more subtle symptoms may present even in prediabetes.

2. Symptoms of diabetes

These are some of the most common symptoms of diabetes. You may have one, two, or several of them — or you may have none. Please remember, an absence of symptoms does not mean an absence of diabetes. However, being alert to potential symptoms may help make the diagnosis much earlier and thus prevent potential long term complications

Increased thirst and urination

Starch structureHave you been feeling very thirsty or running to the bathroom more often lately? Frequent urination coupled with a near-constant sensation of thirst are well-known signs of diabetes.

When blood sugar is too high, water is pulled from your bloodstream and organs to help your kidneys flush out the excess glucose. The sugary urine smells sweet – and even tastes sweet. In fact, although it’s rather unsettling to think about, tasting patients’ urine helped doctors identify diabetes before blood tests and glucose meters were available. Because so much water is leaving your body, the brain triggers your thirst mechanism in order to ensure that you drink enough to replace what is being lost.

Excessive thirst and urination is more common in type 1 diabetes when blood sugar levels are very high but may also occur late in type 2 diabetes.

In a study of over 1,100 people recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, more than half reported increased urination, and nearly two-thirds reported being abnormally thirsty.

Severe fatigue

Although there are hundreds of conditions that can cause fatigue, it’s a symptom that often accompanies diabetes. In undiagnosed diabetes, fatigue can be quite pronounced; you may feel so tired that you can barely keep going during the day, despite getting plenty of sleep.

Why does diabetes make you feel tired? One theory is because glucose — one of your body’s major fuel sources — is accumulating in your bloodstream rather than getting into your cells.

The pancreas produces the hormone insulin, which allows glucose to enter your cells. When your body doesn’t produce insulin or your cells are resistant to its effects, glucose remains in the blood. As a result, you may feel tired and weak because your cells are deprived of the fuel they need.

Studies confirm that many people with newly diagnosed diabetes report fatigue as one of their main symptoms.

Feeling hungrier than usual

It’s normal for your appetite to vary somewhat based on activity, sleep, mood, and dozens of other factors. However, if you’ve recently been much hungrier than usual, diabetes could be the reason. Along with frequent urination (polyuria) and thirst (polydipsia), severe hunger (polyphagia) is one of the “Three P’s” considered to be classic symptoms of diabetes.

Increased hunger is related to another diabetes symptom, fatigue. Your body breaks down carbohydrates into sugar (glucose) to be used as energy. But if glucose can’t get into your cells due to a lack of insulin or insulin resistance, your body may perceive this as starvation. Therefore, you become hungrier and more tired than ever — even if you’re eating as much or more than usual. Unfortunately, eating more food usually doesn’t satisfy this hunger. What’s more, reaching for carbohydrate-rich foods (including fruit, legumes, and whole grains) will cause blood sugar to increase even further.

Although it can occur in type 2 diabetes, a significant increase in hunger is especially common in type 1 diabetes.

Unexplained weight loss

Starch structureLosing weight as a result of making diet and other lifestyle changes is a welcome and expected outcome. However, if it happens when you haven’t changed what or how much you eat, something is amiss. Everyone experiences small weight fluctuations from day to day, but if you’ve lost 10 pounds (5 kg) or more without trying, diabetes may be the cause.

In addition to allowing glucose to enter your cells, insulin helps prevent muscle and fat breakdown. If you have diabetes, your pancreas isn’t making sufficient insulin or your cells aren’t using the insulin properly. Therefore, your body begins to break down fat and muscle, leading to weight loss. This typically happens in type 1 diabetes. Although weight loss is usually considered a rare and very late sign in type 2 diabetes, there are indications that some populations may exhibit weight loss in conjunction with type 2 diabetes more often than others.

Unexplained weight loss is more common in people with type 1 diabetes — including children and lean adults who can’t afford to lose weight — but may also occur in people with type 2 diabetes. In one study, slightly more than one-third of people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes reported that they had recently lost weight unintentional.

Delayed healing of injuries

Have you noticed that cuts, scrapes, or other injuries have been taking longer to heal than usual? This may be a warning sign of diabetes.

Research suggests that elevated blood sugar drives inflammation and impairs the immune system’s ability to repair wounds effectively.

In a setting of high blood sugar, minor injuries might take weeks or months to heal rather than days.

Blurred vision

Starch structureSometimes blurry vision isn’t a sign that you need a new prescription for eyeglasses. It could actually be a symptom of diabetes.

When blood sugar is elevated, it causes the lens of the eye to swell, which changes its shape. When this occurs, the lens can no longer focus light properly, causing vision to become cloudy. When blood sugar levels return to a healthy level, the lens goes back to its usual shape, and vision becomes normal again. In one study, about one quarter of people with newly diagnosed diabetes reported that their vision had become blurry.

Numbness and tingling in feet or toes

The “pins and needles” feeling we’re all familiar with usually occurs after sitting in one position for a while or putting too much pressure on one part of the body. However, if it occurs in your feet or toes for no apparent reason, diabetes or prediabetes could be responsible.

Elevated blood sugar can damage the nerves leading to your feet, resulting in numbness and tingling The medical term for this condition is diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Importantly, blood sugar does not need to be very high for this damage to occur; in one study, 49% of people with prediabetes and 50% of those with newly diagnosed diabetes were found to have peripheral neuropathy.

Dark patches of skin

Starch structureHave dark, velvety patches of skin developed over certain parts of your body, especially the creases of your armpits, groin or neck? Do they appear grayish, brown or black?

The medical term for these patches is acanthosis nigricans, which may be caused by several conditions but often reflects elevated insulin levels and insulin resistance.

It has also been linked to type 2 diabetes, especially in those who are overweight or obese. In one study of people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, 54% of those who were obese had acanthosis nigricans.

Skin lesions or rashes

Rashes, lesions, and other skin problems may be an early warning sign of diabetes.

Several skin conditions — including eruptive xanthomatosis, necrobiosis lipodica, and diabetic dermopathy — are characterized by itchy rashes or painful blisters that appear when blood sugar is too high. Although the precise mechanism for these and other diabetic skin disorders isn’t clear, elevated blood sugar may lead to inflammation and interfere with the ability to grow healthy new skin cells to replace old ones. One large review of existing studies found that between 51-97% of people with diabetes worldwide had some type of diabetes-related skin disorder.

Yeast and urinary tract infections (women)

Have you been experiencing yeast infections or urinary tract infections (UTIs) more often lately? Frequent infections may be an early warning sign of diabetes, and this includes yeast infections and (UTIs) in women. High blood sugar fuels the growth of both Candida (the fungus responsible for vaginal yeast infections) and several types of bacteria that can cause UTIs. In addition, elevated blood sugar levels may depress immune function, making your body more susceptible to these infections.

Erectile dysfunction (men)

In men, one of the first signs of diabetes may be difficulty with sexual function. High blood sugar can affect the nerves and blood vessels that lead to reproductive organs, resulting in erectile dysfunction. Studies have found that men with diabetes are more than three to five times as likely to have erectile dysfunction compared to non-diabetic men.

3. How to find out if you have diabetes

If you have one or more of the symptoms above and suspect you may have diabetes, it’s important to make an appointment with your primary care provider. He or she will perform an examination and order lab tests to confirm whether you have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, and to rule out other causes of your symptoms.

You can also test your blood sugar at home to see if it is elevated. Regardless of the results, be sure to follow up with your healthcare provider if you have any symptoms of diabetes.

Importantly, in many cases, you may have no obvious symptoms of prediabetes or early-stage type 2 diabetes.

4. What can you do if you have diabetes or prediabetes?

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes, you’re likely to be upset and concerned. Although this is completely understandable, take heart. In addition to following up with your doctor on a regular basis, there are steps you can take right now to get your blood sugar under control and make sure it stays there.

In fact, in many cases, type 2 diabetes and prediabetes can be reversed with a low-carbohydrate diet. Check out our guide below.

And although type 1 diabetes cannot be reversed, following a low-carbohydrate diet can help control blood sugar. See our guide below.

Finally, please don’t ignore the symptoms of diabetes, no matter how subtle they seem. It’s never too early to see your doctor and get checked out — or to start following a low-carb diet to achieve healthy blood sugar levels.

Furthermore, even if your blood sugar is normal now, limiting sugary and starchy foods may help to keep it that way. This doesn’t mean going on a diet, just eating better. Take a look at our guide below on six steps you can take to eat better.



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How to Create a Home that Supports your Well-Being


By Amanda Turner,


You spend the majority of your time on this Earth at home, so why not make sure that it is a retreat? After dealing with the chaos of the day, you want to be able to come home to a space that allows you to relax and unwind, as opposed to bringing out more stress and anxiety. While the day-to-day grind can keep us from wanting to do any type of an overhaul on our home, consider some of these easy tips to create a space that supports your well-being.

Design for Comfort

Do you look forward to being home, or do you feel like you’re jumping from one mess to another? Think about what brings you comfort and how to add that into your home. This could be plush pillows, a welcoming couch, or inspiring artwork. Even the layout of your furniture can change your mood and leave you feeling more relaxed. Discover what works for you and add it in.

Consider Your Senses

Think about how your mind responds to the surroundings of your home. Do you think the walls are a little bland? Consider adding artwork or vibrant curtains to your walls and windows, or try and different wall color to change the feel of the entire space. You may even want to add more greenery into your home to clean the air and help clear your mind. Put some thought into what you respond best to.

Lose the Extra Noise

On a day-to-day basis, we are bombarded with phones ringing, cars speeding past us, horns honking, people shouting, planes overhead – you get the picture. When we are home, we want to find retreat from the noise. Try and get rid of any extra and unnecessary noises, such as a noisy HVAC system or a television that nobody is watching.

Get Rid of the Clutter

Clutter has been long known to create stress, anxiety, and depression. So if your home is prone to clutter, take a weekend to get rid of as much as you can. Depending on the amount of clutter in your home, this may take several weekends and that’s ok! Don’t stress yourself out from the project itself but try and take one step at a time to get rid of anything that isn’t “bringing you joy”.

Use Light Strategically

Did you know that light directly affects our energy levels? Use that to your advantage in your home. If you work from home during the day, make sure you open up your blinds and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible, this will give you more energy and boost your overall mood. Then, as the day goes on and it gets closer to bed time, let the lighting in your home match that. Close the curtains or blinds, dim the lights, and allow your mind and body to get ready for bed.



How to Make the Government Your Friend and Servant

Many people believe that the government is out of control and wants to take away their rights and freedom. There is some truth to this belief but like any belief it can be changed using the power of words. 

The right words can plant an idea in the mind, allowing it to grow into a new belief. What most people do not know about words is that they can be used to reprogram their subconscious minds which are the main processors of their realities; therefore, as people's subconscious minds are reprogrammed with new words and ideas, their realities change according to their new beliefs. A new belief is like a new computer program.

When a new computer program is installed on a computer, depending on the codes and commands of that program, it can significantly change the way the computer operates. Some computer programs can even take control of the operating system of a computer. The subconscious mind works similar to a computer and words are like the symbols of a computer language.

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