Exciting News — We’ve Moved!

Some of you may be wondering why none of the Protocol Participants have posted in the last few days. Well, it’s because although they have posted, they’ve done so on our brand new site:


When I began this blog at my son’s insistence, I was sure that no one would read it but me and my pooch Lucy, so I got the easiest blog I could find. That was WordPress.com and I was sure that after a week or two I would close the thing down for lack of interest.

Wow, was I wrong. The number of folks from all over the world who read this blog daily number in the thousands, which still astonishes me. And who would have guessed that I had (and still have) so much to say? 😀 So, after much thought, I realized it was time to remove the training wheels and go out on my own. I purchased the domain, moved it to my host, installed the freestanding version of WordPress and even figured out how to transfer over every single page, post and comment.

There is a lot more I’ll be able to do once I figure out how to work all the options and install all the bells and whistles, but it will be fun to figure out. There are two new things about the site though. For one, you will have to sign up to ‘Follow’ again, since that did not transfer over. This way you’ll always be the first to see a new thread of mine, and I have several planned for the next week or two. One in particular that will surprise you.

If you would like to ‘follow’ this blog, scroll down to just below the “Post Comment” section on any thread. There you will see two boxes you can check:

— Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

— Notify me of new posts by email.

The other new thing is a Contribute button. Use it if you feel moved to do so, ignore it if you don’t. 🙂

Finally, I would like to invite readers to suggest topics on the Ask SugarFree thread if there’s anything you would like me to cover or investigate that I have not already. And I want to thank each and every one of you, Dear Reader, for sticking with me, and sending so many kind words my way.

So pack up your ‘inter-tubes’ in the “internet trucks” (thank you, Senator Ted Stevens, RIP), and come on over.

Best wishes,


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Metformin Manufacturer Information

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Given that most people take a generic form of Glucophage because of costs, combined with Paige’s bad experience with one type, I decided to add to her excellent research (thank you, Paige, with my apology for not having credited you properly!) and create a free-standing Metformin Thread.

Here’s what Paige came up with after searching the net for anecdotal information on several of the Metformin generics. Please remember that your experience may differ.

Zydus: Works
Heritage: Not a lot of data (there is now; see below)
Amneal: Works
Sandoz: Works (not for me, much; see below for why)
Teva: Does not work
Mylan: Does not work

The actual medication and the amount of it, metformin hydrochloride, is the same for brand name and generics. That’s required by law. The difference between performance then, are the fillers used to bind the medication into a pill, as well as any coatings. People can be so affected by the particular fillers used, that they may not be able to absorb much of the medication. This is apparently what happened when Armour ‘reformulated’ two years ago. That reformulation contained new fillers, and non-absorption complaints followed in massive numbers a month or so later.

Fillers matter. In fact, some of them, as you’ll see below, might kill you. Caveat Emptor has never been so important as it is here.

I went hunting for filler information from every company I could find. Walmart “Mail Order” (as opposed to Walmart stores, whose warehouses — different than the mail order warehouses — currently use Sandoz) now uses Heritage, though that could change at any time. Walmart, like most chains, goes with the best price, not the best product. Maybe that doesn’t matter for a toy pail and shovel, but as you’ll soon learn it sure as hell matters for drugs. The mail order pharmacist gave me their number when I couldn’t find the filler information on the Heritage website. If you’re ever in doubt about a pill, call the manufacturer and ask for the Compliance Department. They are required by law to give you that information.

Turns out I needed it. Last year Walmart stores and mail order used Zydus, which worked wonderfully. A month or so ago I got my prescription renewed at the store and I haven’t done as well. When I looked at the label after Lisa’s research, I discovered it was Sandoz, not Zydus, as I had incorrectly assumed. One glance at the fillers will tell you why: it’s loaded with stuff, and one ingredient in particular is very bad indeed.

Once I realized this, and saw that Glucophage and Zydus have very few fillers, I knew I wanted to take a pill with as few fillers as possible. Heritage meets the criteria, and I’ve ordered a refill from Walmart’s mail order, which charges the same $10 for a 90-day supply as a Walmart store, and throws in free to-your-door shipping as well. If it works as well as Zydus, the store pharmacy manager has agreed to give me a credit for my left-over Sandoz (which I’ll never take again; you’ll understand why below), which he’ll destroy.

With that, on to the filler information. First, let’s look at the brand name itself. Glucophage:

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company:
GLUCOPHAGE tablets contain 500 mg, 850 mg, or 1000 mg of metformin hydrochloride. Each tablet contains the inactive ingredients: povidone and magnesium stearate. [Note: just TWO fillers!] In addition, the coating for the 500 mg and 850 mg tablets contains hypromellose and the coating for the 1000 mg tablet contains hypromellose and polyethylene glycol.

Metformin hydrochloride tablets contain 500 mg, 850 mg and 1000 mg of metformin hydrochloride. In addition, each tablet contains the following inactive ingredients: crospovidone, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, maltodextrin, polyethylene glycol, povidone, stearic acid.

Apotex Generic Brand:
Each Metformin Hydrochloride Tablet, for oral administration, contains 500 mg, 850 mg or 1000 mg of metformin hydrochloride. In addition, each film-coated tablet also contains the following inactive ingredients: hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol and titanium dioxide.

[Note: Danger, Will Robinson. Danger! Danger! What is Titanium Dioxide? A nanoparticle powder made of fine titanium bits. That’s right, a metal. But wait — it gets worse. From Natural News: “This is an ingredient for which no long-term safety testing on humans has ever been conducted. In fact, according to the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety, titanium dioxide may be a human carcinogen. As explained on the CCOHS website: (http://www.ccohs.ca/headlines/text186.html)

Titanium dioxide has recently been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen ”possibly carcinogen to humans”… This evidence showed that high concentrations of pigment-grade (powdered) and ultrafine titanium dioxide dust caused respiratory tract cancer in rats exposed by inhalation and intratracheal instillation.”

And: “Titanium dioxide is considered extremely unsafe by Vitacost, which banned the ingredient from its in-house supplements label (NSI). Soon, products from Vitacost may even be labeled with a “titanium dioxide free” claim to better educate consumers.”

Oh, joy.]

Genpharm Inc:
Metformin hydrochloride tablets contain 500 mg, 850 mg, and 1000 mg of metformin hydrochloride. In addition, each tablet contains the following inactive ingredients: povidone and magnesium stearate. The coating for the 500 mg, 850 mg and 1000 mg tablets contains hydroxypropyl methylcellulose and polyethylene glycol. [Note: This is clearly a true Glucophage clone and I would take it if I could find it.]

Glenmark Generics Inc., USA:
Metformin hydrochloride tablets USP, for oral administration, contains 500 mg, 850 mg, or 1000 mg of metformin hydrochloride USP. Each tablet contains the inactive ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate and povidone. In addition, the coating for the 500 mg, 850 mg and 1000 mg tablets contains Opadry YS-1R-7006 Clear. The components of Opadry YS-1R-7006 Clear are hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol 400 and polyethylene glycol 6000.

Heritage Pharmaceuticals:
Metformin hydrochloride tablets contain 500 mg or 850 mg or 1000 mg of metformin hydrochloride. Each tablet contains the inactive ingredients: hypromellose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, and binders povidone k30 & k90, and pregelatinized starch. [Note: This is what Walmart mail order is using, and is very close to Glucophage.]

Mutual Pharmaceutical Company:
Metformin hydrochloride tablets contain 500 mg, 850 mg, and 1000 mg of metformin hydrochloride. Each tablet contains the inactive ingredients carnauba wax, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, polydextrose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, titanium dioxide and triacetin.

Each metformin hydrochloride tablet contains 500 mg, 850 mg or 1000 mg metformin hydrochloride. Each tablet contains the inactive ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, corn starch, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, povidone, sodium starch glycolate, and titanium dioxide.

TEVA Generic Brand:
Metformin Hydrocholoride tablets USP contain 500 mg, 850 mg, or 1000 mg of metformin hydrochloride. In addition, each tablet contains the following inactive ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, povidone and titanium dioxide.

Metformin hydrochloride tablets contain 500 mg, 850 mg or 1000 mg of metformin hydrochloride. Each tablet contains the inactive ingredients magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and povidone. In addition, the coating for each tablet contains hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, red iron oxide, titanium dioxide, triacetin, vanillin and yellow iron oxide.

Zydus Pharmaceuticals:
Metformin hydrochloride tablets contain 500 mg or 850 mg or 1000 mg of metformin hydrochloride. Each tablet contains the inactive ingredients: hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol and povidone.

This is one of the most depressing threads I’ve ever written. The good news is, I have a few more threads coming up in the next week or two which are even more depressing. I love a challenge. 😀

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SugarFree Protocol – Todd

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At last. I finally got me a guy! 😀 Most of you have probably noticed that our Protocol Participants have been firmly in the estrogen brigade, but we now have the pleasure of welcoming some testosterone into our midst.

Todd will join us on Monday, March 5 — but please take some time to learn about him now.

Todd’s Introduction:

Hello everyone my name is Todd. I’m thirty-three, 6’6” (no, I didn’t play basketball) and weigh 322 pounds.

I will be the first guy to participate in the Protocol, and I really look forward to shedding all this weight and fixing my body. I don’t want to end up a diabetic.  I’ve seen others in my family struggle with this and I know they don’t want that for me either. My metabolic blood tests weren’t encouraging. I have Hyperinsulinemia and am Hypothyroid with Thyroid Hormone Resistance. And my Triglycerides are through the roof.

My sister Kym is also a Protocol Participant and seeing her in person when I was back home for Christmas really pushed me into wanting to know more. She is my inspiration for joining this group, and I’m so proud of her!

I’ve struggled with weight since the fifth grade. I was a thin child until then but began to gain. And gain. It really took a slice out of my self-esteem, and I remember having very dark thoughts about myself in my teens because of the weight and because I was also struggling with being gay. I found a group of people that really helped me to change my life which made me feel better about being gay. I realized then that living is worthwhile, and that it does get better. However, dealing with my weight seemed like a huge struggle, but now I know the Protocol will help me.

A few years ago I did a bit better by watching what I eat and exercising, but I still didn’t feel energized. I was tired all the time even while losing weight. Eventually I got down to 260.

Then in January, 2011 I suffered a huge blow when my father passed away. Losing him was really hard on me, and to cope I did what I knew best, which was eating. I ate and ate and ate. I know my father wouldn’t want me to be like this, or to feel like this, with no energy most of the time. SugarFree could tell that just by talking to me.

It’s been hard to get up and move before going to work. I’m like a lazy slug now and I don’t want to stay this way. I knew Kym had tried HCG and for a while though about trying it myself, but I’m glad I didn’t. She lost weight on it but with what she has lost on Protocol she looks so much more amazing. She also seems happier and looks like she feels great all the time.

So SugarFree here’s to you: My Knight in Shining Armor!  I can’t wait to begin my journey of fixing my body and living a better life!

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 1 – 3/5

Weight: 318.2 pounds

Chest: 50.5″
Waist: 57″
Hips: 48.5″

-8 oz Ribeye Steak
-5 oz green beans
-8 oz spinach
-3 large whole eggs
-3 large white only eggs
-1 oz red bell pepper
-2 oz potato
-1 T. Butter

FitDay Stats:
Calories: 1077
Fat: 77 grams (64%)
Protein: 73.3 grams (27%)
Carbs: 22.6 (9%)

Ketostix: Negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 93
– 1 hour PP (after meal): 98
– 3 hour PP (after meal): 83

I hope today went okay and that the next time will go smoother. This morning I woke up feeling sluggish and wanting to go back to bed. But I got in gear, made my meal for the day and it was very good! I even did okay with the spinach since its not one of my favorites. I still feel full three hours later and with a five-hour drive tonight I hope that feeling lasts.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to take my 2-hr blood sugar test until the third hour since I was struggling to learn how to use the strips. I think I have it now! Also after talking with SugarFree I won’t be reporting until Wednesday or Thursday as I’m going home to be with family for a funeral. SugarFree gave me a major pep talk about staying on the straight and narrow on the road and there, and luckily my sister Kym will be there to keep me on the path. See you all soon.

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 4 – 3/8

Weight: 306.4 pounds = down 11.8 pounds

-8 oz Ribeye Steak
-5 oz green beans
-8 oz spinach
-3 large whole eggs
-3 large white only eggs
-1 oz red bell pepper
-1 oz potato
-1 T. Butter

FitDay Stats:
Calories: 796
Fat: 45.7 grams (52%)
Protein: 73.3 grams (40%)
Carbs: 22.6 (8%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 96
– 1 hour PP (after meal): 96
– 2 hour PP (after meal): 102
– 3 hour PP (after meal):  99

Thank you SugarFree!

I was very glad that I was able to get back home to be my family. It was great to see everyone again but wish it had been under better circumstances. It was a difficult time being there with temptations and all so I’m glad Kym was there to lean on for support.

My first meal on day one it was amazing I wasn’t hungry until almost 24 hours later. Also I’m questioning that weight change also.  It just seems like a lot.

[Note: Wow! Do you remember when we first spoke before you began, and I told you that the weight was going to pour off because you were a guy? Nice to be right in this case. 🙂 Sure, most of it is water, but as you’ll see on Monday, the measuring tape will show that some is fat. And that’s why you haven’t been hungry. You may be putting limited calories in your mouth, but your body is feeding itself with an additional 2000 calories from your fat stores. And fuel is fuel; it doesn’t matter where it comes from, it just matters that you have enough of it.

And so, yes — you really have gone from 322 pounds pre-Protocol, to 306 pounds today, for a total loss of 16 pounds. You’ll be out of the 300 pound range next week — and you’ll never be back. Wave bye-bye to that number on the scale when it passes by. :D]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 5 – 3/9

Weight: 306.2 pounds = down .2 pounds

– 16 oz Pork Chop
– 5 oz green beans
– 4 oz spinach
– 4 oz kale
– 1 oz red bell pepper
– 2 oz potato
– 3 T. Butter

FitDay Stats:
Calories: 1229
Fat: 83.8 grams (61%)
Protein: 98 grams (32%)
Carbs: 20.7 (7%)

Ketostix: Trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 96
– 1 hour PP (after meal): 114
– 2 hour PP (after meal): 95

I’ve been feeling great and so much better than I have been. It has been easier to wake up in the morning and have that energy even till the end of my work shift at 11 p.m.  My 1-hour PP really spiked but it recovered nicely compared to yesterday.

[Note: Todd, as a new participant you’ll soon discover that the word ‘spiked’ is never followed by the word ‘but’. It’s followed by the word ‘so’ as in: “My 1-hour PP really spiked, so tomorrow no potato or red pepper [or fill-in-the-blank of whatever spiked your sugar] for me! 🙂 The meter isn’t there just to show you a number. It’s to teach you how to eat well. It’s to show you the foods that make you ill, and to show you the foods that make you well. Your job is to read the meter, then immediately go over the day’s menu with your detective hat on, and find the food that made the meter mad. And then . . . not eat it. 😀 Maybe not ever again, or maybe just until you heal a bit more.]

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SugarFree Protocol – Caitlin

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Caitlin will join us on Monday, Monday, March 5, but you can learn more about her now.

Caitlin’s Introduction:

Hello, everyone. My name is Caitlin.  I am twenty-eight, 5’4″ and weigh 174 pounds.

Although I was slim when young, my excess weight gain began with my first pregnancy.  No matter what I did to lose it, the weight never came off. Then I discovered HCG and thought it was the answer. I was wrong, since all the weight I lost came right back on again. By that time I had a blog in which I encouraged others to start HCG, but recently wrote a final thread apologizing for leading them astray.

Now, after one more child and a struggle to maintain my losses, I am turning to the SugarFree Protocol.

My metabolic test results aren’t pretty, and they fit to a “T” the results of all the other former HCG takers. I have Hyperinsulinemia and I am Hypothyroid. My Vitamin D level is in the basement, so SugarFree is helping me correct that too.

I look forward to taking this journey and am thankful for the opportunity. Talk to you all soon!

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 1 – 3/5

Weight: 173.6

Bust: 39″
Waist: 36″
Hips: 41″

– 4 oz broccoli
– 4 oz spinach
– 1 T. butter
– 11 oz. chicken thighs
– 1 oz potato
– 9 oz asparagus
– 1 oz sour cream

– 6 oz salad greens
– .5 T. Olive Oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 740
– Fat: 50.3 grams (61%)
– Protein: 50.7 grams (27%)
– Carbs: 21.0 grams (12%)

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 74
– 1-hour PP (after breakfast): 64
– 2-hour PP (after breakfast): 63

This morning I found myself consciously reminding myself this is diet time, and to NOT take little bites and tastes of the breakfast I made for my children and the sack lunch I prepared for my eldest. I am realizing just how much snacking I have done during the day.

By the time lunch rolled around I was very hungry. As I started measuring everything out to cook though, I thought: “How in the world am I going to eat all of this food!?” I managed with exception of about one ounce of the spinach leftover. I was completely full. I know this first week will be difficult, but I am ready! Don’t know about my low blood sugar tests though?

[Note: You’ve had a great first day with some great realizations of former habits. As to your low blood sugars, this is a pattern often seen in hyperinsulinemic participants. Your body is awash in insulin, 24/7 and as a result it is lowering your blood sugars a lot. That will slowly change as your pancreas gets the message that you are no longer eating in a way that requires a lot of insulin for good blood sugar control, and it will make less. When that happens your blood sugars will truly normalize. Jan went through exactly the same thing, so check out her thread!]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 2 – 3/6

Weight: 171.0 = down 2.6 pounds

– 7 oz shrimp
– 4 oz spinach
– 4 oz broccoli
– 3 T. butter
– 5 oz. green beans
– 1 oz potato
– .5 oz Colby cheese

– 6 oz salad greens
– 1 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 797
– Fat: 56.6 grams (64%)
– Protein: 49.7 grams (25%)
– Carbs: 22.2 grams (11%)

Ketostix: negative

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 65
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 77
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 68

I am really happy with my first loss this morning. I know it’s only water, not fat, but the fat loss will come. I have lots of energy this morning and feel pretty good regardless of my low blood sugar. However, in the hour before I ate I was shaky. This persisted in the couple of hours following my lunch. I know it will eventually disappear as my pancreas quits pumping out too much insulin.

Also, I chopped up my spinach and broccoli and cooked it in butter with my shrimp.
This made the combined 8 ounces so much easier and tastier to eat! And I’m very excited about some helpful hints and recipes from SugarFree on how to cook more tasty dishes!

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 3 – 3/7

Weight: 169.0 = down 2.0 pounds

– 7 oz liver
– 8 oz spinach
– 3 T. butter
– 9 oz. asparagus
– 1 oz brown rice
– .5 oz onion

– 4 oz salad greens
– .5 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 771
– Fat: 51.1 grams (59%)
– Protein: 49.3 grams (26%)
– Carbs: 28.6 grams (15%)

Ketostix: small

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 63
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 76
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 76

Last night I tossed and turned all night long. My mind would just not quit racing. I had to wake up and eat a piece of cheese because I felt like my blood sugars were low. I thought I would wake up and feel terrible this morning due to lack of restful sleep, but turns out once I got up and going my energy was just fine!

I am telling you, I am loving all this good fat and greens! I am sure people will be mistaking me for Popeye by the time I’m done. I have noticed that my complexion is also more improved. That’s what no more sugar does, I bet.

Another thing I am enjoying is sitting down with my little kids and providing them with their own portions of what I am eating. They are loving it, and that is making this mama very pleased. So far so good and I can’t wait to keep learning and changing.

Oh, and seriously – I  never thought I would like liver, but due to SugarFree telling me how to cook it (in butter, over low heat, just a few minutes on each side so the inside is still pink, rosy and tender) the meat it was delicious. The rice and onions were perfect with it all too. I also, cooked down the eight ounces of spinach in butter and it was wonderful!

On a final note, it’s been nice that people are already noticing my improved spirits and energy. This might be better than the weight loss so far, but I’ll take the losses too! :)

[Note: Amazing what good food that actually reaches your cells to nourish them will do for you. 🙂 The improved complexion however, is due to the animal fat, not the veggies. Wait until you’re on Maintenance — your hair will shine and your face and skin will glow. The tossing and turning might increase a bit too, which comes from the fat in your tummy finally being released and burned as fuel. It’s no different than if you got up at 2 a.m. and ate a few thousand calories of fat — you’d have too much energy to go back to sleep. Don’t worry, this will simmer down on M. and meanwhile, you are becoming a much smaller person. :)]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 4 – 3/8

Weight: 167.2 = down 1.8 pounds

– 8 oz sirloin steak
– 8 oz broccoli
– 1.25 T. butter
– 5 oz. green beans
– 1 oz potato
– 1 oz sour cream

– 6 oz salad greens
– .5 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 838.3
– Fat: 52.9 grams (64%)
– Protein: 53.6 grams (26%)
– Carbs: 21.2 grams (10%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 79
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 79
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 76

This morning I weighed myself three times just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. I know these losses aren’t going to last forever. There will be some days coming up where my body is going to have to fill my fat cells with water and then finally dump those cells. However, it is nice to have some great losses early on to motivate me to stick with it!

I oven-roasted the broccoli today for lunch along with some extra for the rest of my family, and boy was it a hit! I am really appreciating not only losing weight but also learning to cook, because it is obvious I didn’t know a thing. So although, many of you may already know these basic wonderful ways to cook food it is something new to me and I am enjoying learning!

I slept much better last night and have really good energy today. It is so nice to feel like I can keep up with my life a little better now. I think it is interesting that my fasting glucose has come up a little and just on the fourth day.

[Note: Quite a change from the bad ‘ol HCG days, no? 🙂 Yes, your fasting glucose came up a bit today, because your pancreas is starting to get the message that all that excess insulin is no longer required. And your energy is rising because your cells are finally receiving some nourishment from the food you eat, instead of having it all go into fat storage. Enjoy it – it gets better from here.]

Protocol Round 1, Week 1, Day 5 – 3/9

Weight: 167.0 = down 0.2 pounds

– 8 oz pork chop
– 8 oz kale
– 2 T. butter
– 5 oz. green beans
– 1 oz potato
– 1 oz sour cream

– 6 oz salad greens
– .5 T. olive oil

Fitday stats:
– Calories: 788.5
– Fat: 57.3 grams (65%)
– Protein: 47.0 grams (24%)
– Carbs: 21.2 grams (11%)

Ketostix: trace

Blood Glucose:
– Fasting: 72
– 1-hour PP (after lunch): 96
– 2-hour PP (after lunch): 86

I felt a little sleepy this morning, but my energy picked back up this afternoon. My 1-hour PP was the highest it has ever been, but my 2-hour PP came down pretty well? I don’t know if that is good or bad? I don’t think there was any hidden sugar.

[Note: Caitlin, you’re starting to have truly normal blood sugars. Yours today were GREAT. Please re-read my note to your report yesterday (especially what is in italics) to understand why.]

I also intend to change my menu a bit as SugarFree suggested. This weekend I will be eating different foods within the requirements. I am happy with a loss of 6.6 pounds four days, and am looking forward to seeing what my measurements are on Monday!

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News You Can Use – January, 2012

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Some days the news from the medical world makes you want to bang your head against the wall, yet you’ll never see that information appear on the ten o’clock news. Some days there’s startlingly good news, so good that you’ll never see it on the ten o’clock news either.

That’s because in both cases, making the information widely known to the public-at-large would do two very, very bad things. First, it would give patients the courage to question their doctors. Second, it would give patients the information they need to stop supporting the gold-plated toilet bowl lifestyles of Big Pharma Execs. Since neither of those things will ever be allowed to happen (in my lifetime at least), the moral of the story is to do continual research on the subjects that interest you the most. That said, let’s look at two pieces of news (bad and good) that you never heard about this month. It is likely that some information in each type will affect every person reading this now.

First the head-banging news. If there is anyone reading this who doesn’t know someone or a friend of someone who takes a statin, raise your hand. What? No one? Didn’t think so.

On January 10, 2012, the Los Angeles Times ran the following article: Statins Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Older Women, Study Finds.

The summary:

“Older women who take statin medications to ward off heart attacks are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who do not take the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs, a study has found. The report, published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that, in a large group of post-menopausal women, those who took a statin of any type were, on average, 48% likelier to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t.

And it was a very large study indeed:

“The new study was based on data collected over 12 years on almost 154,000 women ages 50 to 79 who had participated in the landmark Women’s Health Initiative, which explored the influence of diet, hormone treatment and other factors on the health of almost 162,000 women. But researchers not involved with the study said that its findings probably also applied to men.”

In case you’re rubbing your eyes and running for a newer pair of reading glasses, you did read that number right. Nearly HALF of all women taking statins are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. One out of every two women. One out of every two.

If you’re thinking: “My word, they must be informing all doctors and planning to put a black box warning on the labels” you’d be thinking like a rational human being who would never purposely want to cause suffering. Naturally then, you’d be wrong.

Because here’s what the authors had to say about their own study: “The authors did not recommend changes in current medical guidelines for statin use, and urged women taking statins not to stop.”

Translation: “Our study was funded by statin manufacturers, who already know that everyone taking statins is at high risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, and cancer (likely Alzheimer’s, too) but they had no idea how high a risk we would uncover. Since we need to continue to be funded, we’re damn well not going to rock the boat and suggest that anyone stop taking a pill that will likely cripple or kill them in the end.”

Profit matters. People don’t. And of course the Statinators already knew about the increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. It’s why they stopped the Crestor study after two years, which was two years sooner than they initially told the government the trial would run. That’s because in every single statin study that lasts longer than two years, the bodies start piling up. Overall mortality rates are higher for those on statins than for the control group of people not taking them. Test subjects start dropping like flies. Not just “older women” (who have higher than normal rates of breast cancer on statins) but everyone, including men, who generally tend to develop heart disease instead of diabetes, though some get that, too.

Imagine any drug-maker today attempting to get FDA approval for a new drug that gives half the people who take it a chronic and debilitating disease (or worse: cancer), under the rubric that “well, at least they won’t get a heart attack.” Aside from the fact that the rubric isn’t true (see more below), they’d be laughed out of the office. They’d never even get to clinical trials. But despite the mounting evidence that statins do no good at all, yet do a lot of bad (this is the latest study to show that, but not the first), the FDA won’t pull statins off the market, nor will they issue a black box warning.

That’s because they, like the government, the medical profession, the mass media and most Americans, are still under the misguided notion that eating fat makes you fat and gives you high cholesterol, and that high cholesterol gives you heart disease. Like this nonsense from the study:

“The evidence that statins drive down the risk of heart attacks is far better established for men than it is for women — partly because early trials on statins enrolled lots of men and very few women. Thus, in the case of men, the increased risk of diabetes while on a statin is offset by a much larger likelihood that the medication will prevent a heart attack or even death, said cardiologist Sanjay Kaul of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.”

Prevent a heart attack or death, my Aunt Fanny. Here’s a bit of what Dr. Mike Eades has to say about this study: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/statins/statins-and-diabetes. Please read it all.

“You’ll notice my repeated assertions that statins don’t provide any benefits. What I’m talking about is the fact that statins have never been shown to decrease all-cause mortality. (See the first sentence in the Lipitor product insert above.) In other words, if you take a statin, you gain no increase in life expectancy. If I, myself, am evaluating a drug that I might have to take, I would certainly want to make sure it didn’t simply replace one risk factor for another.”

But before you rush out to buy either The Great Cholesterol Con by Malcolm Kendrick, or the new Cholesterol Delusion by Ernest Curtis to find out why lowering cholesterol is a very bad idea, you can read about why having true normal cholesterol (defined for a century as 240, until the Statinators came among us) is good. Read:

Cholesterol, longevity, intelligence and health by Ray Peat, who says among other things:

“Around 1985, a big study in Hungary showed that lowering cholesterol with drugs caused a huge increase in the cancer death rate. Hundreds of publications appeared in the U.S. saying that wasn’t possible, because low cholesterol is good, the lower the better. The extreme increase in cancer mortality in the Hungarian study was probably the result of the drug that was commonly used at that time to lower cholesterol, but the pattern of mortality in that study was approximately the same pattern seen in any group with very low cholesterol. In the last 20 years, there have been many studies showing that lowering cholesterol increases mortality, especially from cancer and suicide, and that people with naturally low cholesterol are more likely to die from cancer, suicide, trauma, and infections than people with normal or higher than average cholesterol.”

And if that article, the Eades blog, or either of the cholesterol books aren’t enough to convince you, Google: “Women’s Mortality World-wide, Cholesterol.” After reading those charts I will never allow my cholesterol to go lower than 230!

On To The Good News you didn’t hear about this month:

A friend recently asked me how much longer I would stay on Metformin, now that my insulin resistance has greatly lessened and my insulin sensitivity has greatly increased. I said then that I didn’t know. I was wrong. I do know. I intend to take Metformin at a reduced dose for the rest of my life. Why?

It now appears that Metformin not only reduces the risk of developing cancer by as much as 50% (you read that right), it acts as a cancer preventative too, in new ways that cancer researchers never thought of using because it was too ‘difficult’ to do.

On January 18, 2012 Science Daily ran the following article: Solving the Mystery of an Old Diabetes Drug that May Reduce Cancer Risk.

“In 2005, news first broke that researchers in Scotland found unexpectedly low rates of cancer among diabetics taking metformin, a drug commonly prescribed to patients with Type II diabetes. Many follow-up studies reported similar findings, some suggesting as much as a 50-per-cent reduction in risk.

In a paper published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, researchers from McGill University and the University of Montreal reported an unexpected finding: they learned that exposure to metformin reduces the cellular mutation rate and the accumulation of DNA damage. It is well-known that such mutations are directly involved in carcinogenesis, but lowering cancer risk by inhibiting the mutation rate has never been shown to be feasible.

“It is remarkable that metformin, an inexpensive, off-patent, safe and widely used drug, has several biological actions that may result in reduced cancer risk — these latest findings suggest that it reduces mutation rate in somatic cells, providing an additional mechanism by which it could prevent cancer, explained Dr. Michael Pollak, professor in McGill’s Departments of Medicine and Oncology, researcher at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital and the study’s director.”

On that same page you’ll find other, similar stories about Metformin:

Diabetes Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Risk of Cancer, Study Suggests (Nov. 27, 2011) — An inexpensive drug that treats Type 2 diabetes has been shown to prevent a number of natural and human-made chemicals from stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells.

Diabetes Treatment May Also Provide Protection Against Endometrial Cancer (Apr. 6, 2011) — New research has found that metformin, a drug treatment used to treat diabetes and also in women with polycystic vary syndrome (PCOS), may potentially provide protection against endometrial cancer

Metformin May Prevent Lung Cancer in Smokers, Early Research Suggests (Apr. 20, 2010) — Metformin, a mainstay of treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes, may soon play a role in lung cancer prevention if early laboratory research is confirmed in clinical trials.

Metformin Increases Pathologic Complete Response Rates In Breast Cancer Patients With Diabetes (June 2, 2008) — Metformin, the common first-line drug for type 2 diabetes, may be effective in increasing pathologic complete response rates in diabetic women with early stage breast cancer.

Although researchers seem to be mystified by these recent findings, they should come as no surprise to anyone who has studied all the metabolic hormones and their pathways. We know, for example, that cancer cells prefer glucose to all other forms of fuel. My guess is that those diabetics who were in the 50% lower risk category of Metformin takers, were those who gave up sugar, and/or lowered protein. Because when you think about how Metformin works on insulin resistance, it seems self-evident. Metformin prevents the precursor enzyme required for gluconeogenesis (glucose made from protein) from rising, and it makes insulin more efficient, so it can easily handle any glucose from other sources like veggies. Thus a reduction of cancer, and of breast cancer in particular, makes a great deal of sense. Which is why if you do have the PCOS ‘flavor’ of insulin resistance, lowering your protein intake is as important as your eating a lot of fat and fewer carbohydrates!

My mother had breast cancer, and two of her sisters as well. That puts me at very high risk for the disease. Given the safe, non-toxic long-term use of this amazing drug, I will not only never eat sugar again, I will happily continue to take my Metformin until they pry it out of my cold, dead hands. After they pull away my Emile Henry Flame collection, of course. 😀

Now that you’ve read this thread a few times, and followed all the links, ask yourself this: given the crucial nature of these two discoveries, why have you heard not a single word about them in any mainstream press? Why hasn’t the news been shouted from the rooftops? Why haven’t any of you on statins gotten a call from your doctor’s office to say: Put that pill down and step away. Just. Step. Away.

And why have those of you with the PCOS variant of insulin resistance had to fight, beg, plead and then beg some more to obtain Metformin? Why have you been told instead to eat less, exercise more and oh by the way, would you like a little something for your delusions?

Maybe the answer to all those questions is the same: OCCUPY DOCTORS.

Yours in humor AND frustration,


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Ask SugarFree

Which new study about diets do you believe? What are good foods to eat? How does the latest diabetic medication compare with what’s already out there, and what potential pitfalls are there to using it? How can I find out if I’m insulin resistant or have PCOS? Is the latest study on Fill-In-The-Blank true? Should I follow that advice?

You’ve got good questions. Now you have a good place to ask them. All comments will be pasted into the thread itself and answered here to make it easy for readers to follow.

Ask SugarFree is open to anyone. You ask; I’ll try to answer. 😀 Think of this page as the place to help wade through the Junk Science propagated through the medical journals and mainstream media on a daily basis.

For example: Want to know why we’re still a nation (and, increasingly, a world) of chronically ill, fat, insulin resistant people? Take a gander at the U.S. NEWS “Best Diets Overall” ranking. There are twenty-five recommended diets, most of which will ultimately create more adipose fat tissue while diminishing your overall health. The list contains the Atkins diet, which is then disparaged through a series of ignorant misstatements and a few outright lies. And it comes after the “Eco-Atkins” diet — a perverse misnomer that must have the good doctor rolling in his grave. It prescribes eating nothing but plants and plant fats. Like vegetable oils. Shudder. The average person however, will read this piece of junk (it doesn’t deserve the word science attached to it) and follow it as they follow the current food pyramid, with the same results: all bad.

Then there’s this recent horrific piece in the NY Times, on one teen’s stomach banding surgery. If the article itself isn’t enough to turn your own stomach, and make you want to be on the committee to ban the doctors cited in it from ever practicing medicine again, read the 369 comments.

This page is for you, Dear Reader, and I hope you will use it.


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Going Dark For A Day

In support of, and in solidarity for the trans-national internet protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), SugarFree Goodies is joining most of the web tomorrow by “going dark” on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. There will be no reports or comments posted here, though I will of course continue to oversee and support the daily menus of Protocol Participants.

For those unfamiliar with SOPA and its devastating consequences for Freedom and Free Speech if passed, you can read more here: Wikipedia Goes Dark In Protest of SOPA

It’s turning out to be quite the week for liberty with a capital L. First, MLK’s birthday let us reflect on his main message, delivered so many decades ago with such prescience: That racism is bad, but the institutionalization of poverty created by those in Washington in favor of subsidizing the very wealthy and powerful instead, keeps everyone beneath them in a form of economic and political slavery.

Today is a day to reflect on the still-alive (though I would argue on life-support) birthright of every American: to band together to use the vote to help the majority of those of us in the 99%. Because today the “Recall Scott Walker” (Governor of Wisconsin) petitions will be turned into the election authorities. Although the petition organizers refused to say yesterday how many signatures they recorded, they did say they had enough to withstand any challenge. And not only that. Apparently they gathered so many signatures, they will be able to force a recall vote on the Lt. Governor and every one of the higher up Scott henchmen who helped sneak in that horrendous anti-labor, anti-union law last year.

I predict that Walker and his cronies will be tossed out on their monied rears this year, despite the tens of millions spent on his behalf by the Koch Brothers his anonymous supporters during the recall election.  That will hopefully send shock waves through each Republican Governor elected during the Right Tide of 2010, who immediately discarded their campaign platforms in the mistaken belief that they had been elected King For Life. Yes, I’m talking to you, Rick Snyder, Michigan Dictator.

Rounding out the week is the SOPA protest. If you have a blog or website, I hope you will join in the protest. When Ben Franklin left the Continental Congress after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a woman approached him as he entered the park.

“Mr. Franklin,” she said, “what have you given us?”

“A Republic, Ma’am,” he replied, “if you can keep it.”

Getting a true democratic Republic is always difficult. Retaining it is infinitely more difficult, not least because the fight to keep it, and the vigilance against those who would usurp it for their own gains, must go on forever.


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