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Diabetes Update 144: Brain Food

July 1, 2010

By David Mendosa


A Burrowing Owl

Near Denver at Sunrise, 5:30 a.m., June 23, 2010

  • My New Diabetes Articles for Health Central:

    So far I have written 475 articles for the Health Central Network about all aspects of diabetes. In June this website published seven more of my new diabetes articles:

    • Are You a Noncompliant Diabetic? Calling someone noncompliant is nonproductive. It just makes us angry. Calling someone a diabetic is another negative cue that we need to avoid.

    • Life Isn't Fair. I seriously encourage everyone to watch a bit of Nick Vujicic's story. While Nick has a severe disability, he motivates those of us with lesser disabilities, like diabetes. Just watch the YouTube video.

    • Natural Vitality. When we connect with nature for just a few minutes a day, we have greater vitality. This is no longer a legend or myth. It's scientifically proven.

    • True Immortals. People who believe that we can live forever are overly optimist. But we can never be too optimistic. Better to think positive thoughts like those people who believe in immortality on earth that to wallow in negativity.

    • Short Needles. Sometimes it's superior to be short. Especially if it's a needle. Becton, Dickson has now produced a pen needle that is even smaller and thinner than anything available before.

    • Brain Food. Some scientists who have studied our early ancestors have just discovered that we got our big brains originally from a diet that came in large part from fish and other aquatic animals. Those of us who have diabetes need to keep our brains big and busy with the challenges of managing our condition.

  • The Current Status of Observational Studies

    Many, if not most of the scientific studies these days have observations as their basis. Much of what passes as the science of diabetes has observational studies, which we also call epidemiological studies, as their foundation. Now, my friend Steven Bratman, M.D., MPH, takes a close look at these studies and reaches a sobering conclusion. "Epidemiologic claims do not qualify as scientific evidence except in certain limited circumstances," he writes, "primarily those of the quasi-randomized natural experiment." Dr. Bratman's essay is a stark reminder to all of us to take this weak evidence as something on which to base our decisions. You can read his essay on this page

  • Dr. Bernstein's Webcast

    If you have any interest in controlling your diabetes by low-carb eating, one of the best resources is Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's monthly webcast. It's an hour of excellent diabetes education.

    Dr. Bernstein's next live tele-seminar is Wednesday, July 28, at 8:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM CST, 6:00 PM MST, and 5:00 PM PST. He designed it to answer your most important questions concerning diabetes and to offer his thoughts on the latest developments in this area. Dr. Bernstein's special topic this time is "What's new with the statins." The seminar is free. You can click here to register: It's also available as a live webcast both on the Internet and by phone.
  • Searching for My Articles

    Whenever you want to find anything that I have written about diabetes -- whether on my website or on the Health Central Network -- the easiest way is to use the search tool on my site. You can search for all of the articles on my site or for the "Diabetes Developments" blog or the "Fitness and Photography for Fun" blog or what I have written at Health Central.

    Just go to and check which one of the four sites you want to search and enter what you want to find in the search block.


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