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Diabetes Update #184: The Best Snack

November 1, 2013

By David Mendosa

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The Pursuit of Noninvasive Glucose

Dr. John L. Smith, the world’s leading expert on noninvasive glucose testing, wrote the first edition of a book on this subject in 2006, and I hosted it here. Seven years later, while we have yet to witness success, many more attempts have been made, and a third 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 The Pursuit of Noninvasive Glucose 3rd Edition.pdf

My New Diabetes Articles for HealthCentral:

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

    The Top Ten Diabetes Terms
    This article is the text version of a slideshow that my associates at HealthCentral prepared. This is my way of explaining without technical jargon the most important terms that we have to live with is as few words as possible.

    10 Diabetes Terms You Should Know
    This is the slideshow version of the above article.

    The Best Snack for Weight Loss and Diabetes
    I prefer almonds over any other food for snacking at home or on a trip. But now we have a real study that demonstrates the benefits of almonds for those of us with diabetes.

    The Trouble with Peanuts in Managing Diabetes
    If you have diabetes, beware of peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut oil. Some of their side effects can be quite serious.

    Emergency Preparedness for Diabetes
    A handy stockpile of water, food and medications are essential emergency preparedness for those of us who have diabetes. But relationships are even more crucial.

  • Fitness and Photograph for Fun:

    Last month I published 23 more of my articles on staying fit by getting the activity we need. Photography gets me to hike, and hiking keeps me fit:

    Stone Sheep
    Stone sheep are real flesh and blood sheep and aren’t made of stone. I found a herd of them in northern British Columbia.

    The Yukon
    The Yukon has a whole lot of water, lots of birds and mammals, and few people. En route to Alaska I enjoyed several days in this wild place.

    On to Alaska
    Don’t imagine that the Yukon is always freezing. At the end of my visit there the weather was the hottest in 45 years, more evidence of global warming. The official temperature reached 97 degrees.

    North to Fairbanks
    Fairbanks is approximately 65 degrees north of the equator, only one degree short of the Arctic Circle. This was as far north as I traveled in Alaska on this trip.

    Staying for four days and three nights in Denali National Park was a highlight of this visit to Alaska. My biggest thrill there was watching three grizzly bears.

    Potter Marsh and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
    Between Denali and the Kenai Peninsula I got my best photographs when I visited Potter Marsh and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

    My Alaska Destination
    The destination of this trip to Alaska was the home of my friends Marveen and Wayne in Nikiski. Their gracious hospitality gave me a home away from home for five of the nine weeks I was away from Boulder.

    Kenai Fjords
    A nine-hour wildlife cruise of the Kenai Fjords National Park on a small ship out of Seward with just 15 other passengers was the most fabulous day of wildlife and nature viewing in my whole life.

    Exit Glacier
    When I returned to Kenai Fjords National Park, I had the experience that I had looked forward to for years. It was the thrill of a lifetime.

    The Kenai River, which flows for 82 miles to its outlet into the Cook Inlet of the Pacific Ocean near the city of Kenai, is the most popular sport fishing destination in Alaska, particularly for salmon. I was there for the short and intense dipnet season.

    Until Wayne and Marveen came to my rescue, I was almost ready to declare that loons were my nemesis birds. But we found them on lakes near their home.

    The Kenai River
    Wayne and Marveen took me fishing on the Kenai River. Instead, we caught some beautiful scenes of nature.

    Captain Cook State Recreation Area
    Low tide is when I prefer to walk on a beach. I walked 1 and ½ miles here to the mouth of the Swanson river when the tide was way out -- minus 5.6 feet. My reward was having the beach all to myself -- except for nature.

    Anchor Point
    Anchor Point is the westernmost point in the North American highway system. It also has abundant bird life. En route there I photographed the most famous and beautiful Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska. En route back I photographed a huge bull moose.

    Homer is not at all like home. The town is at the southernmost point on the Kenai Peninsula that you can reach by road. I went there five times.

    Kachemak Bay
    On one of my trips to Homer I took a three-hour birding trip to Kachemak Bay, a 40 mile long arm of Alaska’s Cook Inlet on the southwest side of the Kenai Peninsula. I saw and photographed birds aplenty.

    Coastal Brown Bears
    Enjoying nine weeks of an Alaskan summer without seeing the state’s coastal brown bears would have been unthinkable. I wanted to get up close to them and yet not too personal. I actually got too close for comfort.

    The Northern Fur Seals of the Pribilof Islands
    The Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea were everything they promised to be: cold, wet, windy, and usually foggy or overcast. They also have 450,000 northern fur seals and uncounted millions of birds. This was one of the best trips of my life.

    Tundra of the Pribilofs
    The Pribilofs are volcanic and therefore rocky, but except on the beaches, almost everywhere the aspect is of lush, green, coastal tundra. Only seven trees grow on the island, and none are taller than three and one-half feet. Everything else is tundra.

    The Mammals of the Pribilofs
    The Pribilof Islands have the largest gathering of marine mammals in the world. By contrast, land mammals are much less common. I was blessed by being able to photograph the rare Arctic foxes that live there.

    Some of the Pribilof’s Reddish Birds
    Red is the most dramatic color and my favorite. Here are some reddish birds I found in the Pribilof Islands.

    Some Auks of the Pribilof Islands
    Auks live on the open seas of the cool subarctic ocean. They only go ashore for breeding, and the Pribilof Islands are one of the best places to find them.

    The Puffins of the Pribilofs
    Puffins are some of the most colorful and cute birds in the world. I was blessed by being able to see all three species that visit Alaska.

  • New Flickr Site
    I keep added some of my favorites nature photographs on In the past month I have added several more. You can find them the easiest way by clicking here

  • 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 available free either on the Internet or by phone. You can click here to register

    Dr. Bernstein's next live webcast will be on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 7PM CST, 8PM EST, 6PM MST, 5PM PST. He designed it to answer your most important questions concerning diabetes and to offer his thoughts on the latest developments in this area.

  • Searching for My Articles
    Whenever you want to find anything that I have written about diabetes -- whether on my website or on HealthCentral 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 HealthCentral, which is now a part of Remedy Health Media.

    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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