Janis – what we lost …

If you think you know Janis Joplin, check out this clip. If she had managed to get through those rough years, I wonder if we would have seen more like this? It hints at what we lost – not what we know of her – we have that – but what she never got to produce at later decades of her life. Can you imagine??

The trouble with loosing such an artistic talent – no, no we can’t imagine it at all. There is an empty void where what she could have brought to us could have been.

Canada Day Stories

Happy Canada Day!

Having just been away and back to Toronto, I enjoyed my wonderful, near cloudless view of the country from my window seat going and coming.

I was in Toronto for the Obesity and Mental Health Conference, which was very worthwhile.  The lecture slides are on-line.  LINK

Going completely off-topic today, I have two stories for your consideration.

The first is a story of my family, written by my Grandfather about his father’s very long and adventure-filled life all over the emerging west – in the US and in Canada.  The latter decades he spent with his three sons as one of the pioneering families in the Caribou region of BC.

A brief article relating to the book and the lake where they settled – LINK.

The Rainbow Chasers, by Ervin Austin MacDonald, is available in paperback, Kindle and Nook. (Note: there is an apparent listing for a hardcover version, but this is incorrect, there has not been a hardcover edition.)

Yes, for once I have a commercial interest to disclose.  My mother and my Aunt do get royalties for this book.  Poor wages for the many hours that went into putting together the second paperback edition. 🙂

On Amazon.com (includes Kindle option)  LINK

On Amazon.ca (does not offer Kindle option) LINK

On Barnes and Noble (includes Nook option) LINK

One summer when I was about 14, we went up to the region, with my mother’s sister’s family and my Grandparents.  We picked up my Grandfather’s brother and his wife in a nearby small town and stayed for a week or so in a cabin on nearby Bridge Lake.  The two brothers had not seen a lot of each other since leaving the ranch and settling in different areas of BC.  My Grandfather had not been back to the ranch in all the intervening decades.  When the brothers got together, the stories just poured out of them.  My cousin and I would come in from the lake for lunch and just stay sitting there, in our wet bathing suits, transfixed.  Only a small selection of those stories made it into the book. (Bridge Lake was named that because of the bridge that my Grandpa, his brothers and father helped build there.)

The second is the story of Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister.  In this interview on CBC, you’ll hear of the history of Canada as you have likely never heard it before!  This link includes a first and a second interview.  It is the first interview that is particularly enlightening and entertaining. No boring history here!  LINK

This week’s audio is also on the Canada Day theme and is comedy this week, rather than the usual music selection.

The comedy show The Debaters features two comedians who “debate” (sort-of) each other on assigned topics.  This week’s show featured a debate on the “merits” of picnics versus barbeques and another debate about the Canadian flag.  LINK

Now for some sunshine.

Sunday Stories of Low Carb – June 17

(travelling to see papa tomorrow, so posted a bit early.)

Sunday Stories:

Today’s stories come from Tom Naughton’s web site (of Fat Head Movie fame).

The June 11th post contains letters Tom has received, including a couple of detailed inspiring stories.  LINK

Sunday Music:

I’m hampered this week. Installing the latest 11.3 version of Flash several days ago has knocked out my online audio.  Adobe knows of the bug and I’m waiting it out to see if they get that fixed, rather than trying to back-track to a previous version. So, from the description, I think this should be good and I’d love to be able to hear it!


Sunday Stories of Low Carb – June

Sunday Stories and 23 Jazz Concerts!

(1) Interview (about 13 minutes) on NEquals1Health.com among 2 couples regarding their experiences with the benefits of low-carb nutrition. LINK

(2) Gary Noreen, of Low Carb Review (lcreview.org), has written the story of his 19 years of controlling Type 2 diabetes with a low carb diet:


“They made the mistake of giving me a glucometer (blood glucose meter). I quickly found that eating cereal and skim milk for breakfast along with a banana made my glucose take off like a rocket. “Artery-clogging” eggs and bacon had no effect. This was bewildering.

Fortunately for me, the only Type 2 diabetes book in my local library was Diabetes Type II: Living a Long, Healthy Life Through Blood Sugar Normalization by Dr. Richard Bernstein, who recommended a very low carbohydrate diet (30 gm/day) and no restrictions on fat except no trans fats. Dr. Bernstein’s very low carb diet quickly brought my blood glucose under control and dramatically improved my lipid measurements. 19 years later, I have never needed to inject insulin, my most recent A1c measurement was 5.6%, I have no diabetes complications, and my lipids are excellent.”

His story is much longer than the quote above, and he includes his lab test results and details of his medications and how he manages his health.  Note that after 19 years since diagnosis, and with sky-high blood glucose at diagnosis, he reports “I have no diabetes complications”.

Sunday Music

The CBC (The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) is Canada’s public broadcasting corporation and the radio is commercial-free. They maintain a very extensive website.


One of their features is CBC Music, with multiple genre streams and tons of “concert on demand” recordings.

This link is to a page featuring over 20 jazz concerts.  LINK

Lottttsss of Sunday Music!

The Flower Food Group

English: Borage, also known as "Starflowe...

Edible Flowers

Adding fun and spice to a controlled carb diet:



Ginger and Nasturtium butter (for use in cooking)


English: Flower of a nasturtium

English: Flower of a nasturtium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Sunday Morning in June

When “normal” blood sugar is not normal:

A great day to save life and limb …

On a Sunday morning, some reading that is all about taking charge of your health, getting results and protecting your future.

This is the introduction to the BloodSugar101.com website, it will open in a new window.

“A Very Brief Summary”

The focus of this particular article is controlling blood sugars when you have diabetes.

In her new book, Diet 101, Jenny provides the reasons why every person should be aware of their blood sugar health, even if they do not meet the lab test cut-off values that are used in the diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes. She covers how to understand your blood glucose (“sugar”) test results and then what you can do to claim your health.

To encourage you to linger a while and learn about this vital aspect of protecting your health, here is some music to go along with your reading:

Michael Hedges, Aerial Boundaries

Where will you be at 94?


Ok, bringing up Dal Richards feels a bit like cheating.  Here is Vancouver’s own Big Band Leader extraordinaire, in this video just 2 months short of his 94th birthday, proving that, at least for some people of his generation, it has been possible to maintain high health while not following a low carb diet!

If I tried to eat a typical “general mixed diet”, my health would be down the tubes in no time.

If you want to know a bit more, see the TV segment on his 94th birthday YouTube Link

Where will you be at age 94?  This summer, you can join Dal Richards as he performs on a cruise ship going up the BC coast.


Sugar Damage and Related Research

For anyone interested in looking “behind the scenes” at the research that goes into development of medical knowledge, this is a link to what I have been doing this morning. (Note: it is not obvious, but there are 4 pages, you click at the top right.)


I have spent the past couple of hours looking at research related to damage from high blood sugars and from molecules that have been damaged by sugar (glycation). Some of these molecules are called AGEs, which is Advanced Glycation End Products. In the body, these attach to receptors, which are thus called RAGEs, or Receptors for Advanced Glycation End Products. It gets confusing as AGEs aren’t the only damaging molecules from high blood sugars. On top of that, it is now known that RAGEs react to many other molecules that occur within the body, not just those related to sugar damage.

AGEs are produced in your body and they are also present in foods. The AGEs present in foods (bacon is, sadly, the source of the greatest amount of AGEs in the typical North American diet) have been shown in research to have damaging effects.

This list of published papers is in no way an attempt to be complete, just some interesting ones I have set aside in a list, published in the past few months, to pursue in more depth later. To be more complete, I would do other searches on PubMed  using related search terms or following the work of specific researchers. For example, the older citations on the list are because I followed backwards Dr. Ceriello’s work, for example:

Vascul Pharmacol. 2012 May 16. [Epub ahead of print]

The emerging challenge in diabetes: The “metabolic memory”

Ceriello A.


Large randomized studies have established that early intensive glycemic control reduces the risk of diabetic complications, both micro and macrovascular. However, epidemiological and prospective data support a long-term influence of early metabolic control on clinical outcomes. This phenomenon has recently been defined as “metabolic memory.” Potential mechanisms for propagating this “memory” may be the production of reactive species unrelated to the presence of hyperglycemia, depending on the previous production of AGEs which can maintain RAGE over-expression, on the level of glycation of mitochondrial proteins and on the amount of mtDNA produced, all conditions able to induce an altered gene expression which may be persistent even when glycemia is normalized. Clinically, the emergence of this “metabolic memory” suggests the need for a very early aggressive treatment aiming to “normalize” the metabolic control and the addition of agents which reduce cellular reactive species and glycation in addition to normalizing glucose levels in diabetic patients in order to minimize long-term diabetic complications.

Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Inc.  PMID:22609133

I generally will look at a thousand or so of these “abstracts” of published papers in a typical week, on many different health-related topics, but mostly regarding diet and nutrition.

The place to go online for information about AGEs is to the website The AGE-less Way, where you can learn about this subject and the very important work of Dr. Jaime Uribarri MD and Dr. Helen Vlassara MD.  There is much useful info on their site and they also have a book out, The AGE-less Way, available in print and on Kindle.  Dr. Uribarri was interviewed by Jimmy Moore in January 2012. http://www.thelivinlowcarbshow.com/shownotes/5670/532-dr-jaime-uribarri-warns-of-disease-making-advanced-glycation-end-products-ages/

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Food Politics » GM crops in crisis: Roundup-resistant “superweeds”


Food Politics » GM crops in crisis: Roundup-resistant “superweeds”.

The esteemed Marion Nestle, on her blog Food Politics.

Jimmy Moore’s LLVLC 7th Anniversary

The ASBP (American Society of Bariatric Physicians) and Nutrition and Metabolism Society meetings in Denver last week were excellent.

I got to meet and/or hear many people in the low-carb world.  Fancy my luck to wind up sitting next to Jimmy Moore at a very fun dinner for low-carb/Paleo- oriented people from the conference and from the Denver area.  This was organized by Dr. Jeffry Gerber (what a great idea) and also Bridget Hart (thanks for providing low-carb/Paleo nibbles and for the dark chocolate morsels for dessert).  Also thanks to both Dr. Gerber and Bridget Hart for getting my PlayBook back to me after I left the little dear at the restaurant (one glass of wine, honest).

It was Jimmy’s 7th Anniversary date from the start of his Livin’ La Vida Low Carb blog.  When he was asked to say a few words before the dinner, which he did keep to just a few words, he forgot to mention that fact.  He again encouraged all to find their own way of putting forth the awareness that low carb living can offer great health benefits.

If you ask the others present, they might remember it differently, but I’m pretty sure that what I heard him say went something like….

“we get by with a little help from our friends”.

I don’t know. Have a listen and see what you hear ………

(you can see it was quite a party)