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Number 158: Obsession

September 1, 2011

By David Mendosa


A Close Bison

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife
Refuge, Colorado, August 20, 2011 

  • My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

    Last month HealthCentral published four more of my diabetes articles about all aspects of the condition:

    I am not happy that for more than three months I have not been able to get back down to my weight goal. When I do, I will be happy again. Then, I will be disciplined and not obsessive.

    Diabetes support groups can help anyone who has pre-diabetes, weight problems, or just wants to live a healthy lifestyle. But those of us who already have diabetes are the most motivated to manage our health

    One of the questions people ask me the most often is why their blood glucose was high. The answer is almost always because of the amount of starch they ate.

    A meta-analysis just published shows that cinnamon -- especially cinnamon extract -- produces a modest but statistically significant reduction in fasting blood glucose. This gives me third thoughts.

  • Fitness and Photograph for Fun:
  • Last month I published 11 more of my articles on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography is what does it for me:

    This lovely loop trail just a few minutes from my apartment has everything: birds, mammals, flowers, and landscape views. I especially enjoyed seeing and photographing a small mammal that I never saw before. In fact, I had never known that it existed.

    Near one of the country's largest urban areas the San Francisco Bay has miles of shoreline dedicated to wildlife. I visited three parts of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge when I went to my best friend's wedding in the Silicon Valley last month.

    For the first time in the more than five years that I have lived at Tantra Lake a Black-crowned Nigh Heron visited here in August. These photos of this beautiful bird pleased me and I hope that they will please you.

    We still have some bison in America. At the Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge I saw 51 -- and shot all of them.

    A short hike to Mitchell Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness to me up to 10,700 feet, where is is much cooler this summer than down in Boulder where I live. The meadows to the south of the lake is the most beautiful area. At this season beauty there means wildflowers.

    This ranch is the newest and least known part of the Orient Land Trust, which includes the wonderful Valley View Hot Springs rustic resort overlooking the sparsely populated San Luis Valley. The ranch is the best birding area of the Orient Land Trust.

    The heart of the Orient Land Trust is Valley View Hot Springs. I took full advantage of the hot pools here during my relaxing visit.

    The most dramatic part of my visit to the Orient Land Trust in the San Luis Valley was the opportunity to witness the outflight of several hundred thousand Mexican free-tailed bats.

    Since I couldn't get to the cabin that I had rented up in the Rio Grande National Forest, I went right on to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge near the southern end of the San Luis Valley.

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management maintains this little-known oasis in the desert for the benefit of birds. And for photographers of birds.

    For the first time in four years I went back to the Great Sand Dunes National Park this month. The dunes moved a bit but they are still huge. They tower 750 feet over the San Luis Valley
  • Kesavadev Trust in Kerala, India

    In August 2011 the Kesavadev Trust in Kerala, India, gave me an award for my diabetes work. I won the 2011 Diabscreen Kerala Kesavadev Award, which includes a cash prize of Rs.15,000, a citation, and a statuette. The citation says -- and here I modestly quote -- “the eminent international journalist Mr. David Mendosa for his incredible contributions to the field of diabetes and to the society at large.”

  • The Pursuit of Noninvasive Glucose: Updated Edition

    Many people have tried over last few decades to find a means for measuring glucose without drawing blood or causing pain. But in spite of brilliant, determined, and resourceful investigators and the investment of hundreds of millions of dollars, no one has yet succeeded.

    As a scientist and technical executive in the industry for many years, Dr. John L. Smith participated in the evaluation of more than a hundred such attempts, only to see the same technology investigated time and time again, primarily because no one had detailed why previous attempts had not succeeded. He is the former CEO of Fovioptics and earlier the chief scientific officer of LifeScan. In a 24-year career he professionally evaluated more than 100 noninvasive meter technologies.

    Dr. Smith wrote the first edition of a book on the subject in 2006, and I hosted it here. Five years later, while we have yet to witness success, many more attempts have been made, and a second revised and expanded edition of the book, The Pursuit of Noninvasive Glucose: "Hunting the Deceitful Turkey," is now complete and has once again been made available for everyone to read. It is dedicated to the hope that someday this long-sought goal will finally be achieved. You can read the entire book at

  • 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, September 28, 2011, at 7 p.m. CST, 8 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. MST, and 5 p.m. PST. He designed it to answer your most important questions concerning diabetes and to offer his thoughts on the latest developments in this area.

    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.

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