The Diabetic You film documentary is produced by Celebrity Chef and World Diabetes Advocate Charles Mattocks. This very powerful and moving doc depicts the truth about untreated diabetes and how the medical industry is not doing enough to help those with Type 2 Diabetes. If one can't afford life-saving medication, what will they do? Watch now. Coming to PBS. Ward Bond, PhD was also listed as one of the producers of this documentary.
Dr. Ward Bond was just recently quoted multiple times in a new Reader's Digest article, 50 Natural Remedies that Really Work. Much of the content came from Dr. Bond and Chef Susan Irby's Healing Remedies and Recipes online tutorial class. Read the fascinating article now! Read HERE
ReverseD, an Acclaimed Reality Show with a Diabetes Focus, to Release Season 2 After a Successful First Season
NEW YORK (PRWEB) MARCH 01, 2018
Charles Mattocks, the actor renowned for his Emmy nominated role in "The Summer of Ben Tyler" with actor James Woods, announces the launch of Season 2 of his acclaimed docuseries ReverseD - scheduled to air on Discovery Life Channel and TLC.
After overwhelming success of the first season of ReverseD and the positive, life-changing effects the experience provided to cast members suffering from diabetes, Mattocks - as Executive Producer and Host - is in full-production mode, accepting partnership request from interested companies and individuals.
ReverseD is the first ever reality documentary TV series which focuses on diabetes. It features five people living with diabetes and captures their struggles and their quest for hope. Mattocks teaches cast members how to change the way they eat, drink, think, exercise and live with diabetes. The show is not just about diabetes, it is about the people that are in desperate need to be REVERSED.
Mattocks passion to produce a critically acclaimed show is fueled by his own story. In 2011, Mattocks was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Since his diagnosis, he has made it his purpose to save his life and help others suffering from diabetes do the same. As a World Diabetes Advocate, Charles is determined to educate and inspire people around the world with his show, ReverseD.
In Season 2, Mattocks brings top health experts to help guide the participants in their quest for better health. He adds nutritionist and fellow television producer Ward Bond, PhD; cardiologist Chef Dr. Mike Fenster (The Food Shaman); health counselor Lisa Davis, MPH; weight loss expert Dr. Lori Shemek. Serving on the ReverseD Advisory Committee are Nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung and podiatrist Dr. Wilma Hunt-Watts.
Diabetes is already considered a leading U.S. health crisis, affecting a growing number of Americans annually, from young children to seniors: Paula Dean, Tom Hanks, and Halle Berry. With over 380 million people worldwide plagued with diabetes, there are 35 million in America alone and counting, with 189 million walking around that don't know they have diabetes. Equally alarming is the fact that diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death by disease in the United States.
Mattocks has selected SMACK! Media to promote the release of Season 2 and acquire sponsor interests. "I admire SMACK!'s commitment in representing innovative and authentic brands and people that make an impact in the health, fitness, wellness and nutrition markets," said Mattocks. "SMACK! is passionate about sharing tools and resources in support of world well-being and they have a strong track record of connecting like-minded companies and generating exposure for them."
"We are committed to helping restore hope and quality of life for those suffering from diabetes and believe that ReverseD is an exceptional platform to help raise awareness of diabetes with a mission to prevent and live their best life despite the disease," said SMACK! Media Director of Public Relation[ship]s, Christina Wood.
The lasting health results experienced by Season 1 cast members on ReverseD have been extraordinary … months after production, they have maintained their changes at home and have become advocates for diabetes and better health. In fact, some guests and experts from season one will be invited back to the show to be house mentors and experts.
To learn more about ReverseD or inquire about sponsorship and media opportunities, please contact Christina Wood at christina(at)smackmedia.com
About Charles Mattocks
Each career move Celebrity Chef Mattocks has made has been in keeping with his desire to touch lives in a positive way. Inspired by his uncle, the late Bob Marley, Mattocks dared to dream big. After giving a stunning performance in the title role of the Emmy nominated "The Summer of Ben Tyler" Mattocks could have continued as a successful actor. Instead this single dad decided the Hollywood lifestyle was not the best for his young son and moved across the country. His need to create meals that were tasty, nutritious, and affordable led to his career as "The Poor Chef". Appearances on The today show, Good Morning America, The Talk, Martha Stewart, CNN and Dr. OZ gave him the opportunity to share what he had learned about feeding a family for less money. A tireless advocate for diabetics everywhere, Charles Mattocks, is determined to help stem the time of this deadly disease. https://www.charlesmattocks.com
About SMACK! Media
SMACK! Media is a boutique branding, marketing, digital and Public Relation(ship)s® firm focused on authentic brands in the health, sports, fitness, and nutrition markets. We believe in genuine relationships, sweat-working, and being creative and competitive in everything we do. We practice what we preach and we love what we do. As a result, it's not "work" for us, rather a challenge and dedication to deliver the most successful marketing and communications campaigns to build brand awareness, secure press placements, develop customer loyalty, and drive revenue for our clients. http://www.smackmedia.com
by Greta Garner
The strength of your body and its ability to fight diseases is highly dependent on what you are eating right now. Our body takes the food we eat, breaks it down into nutrients which are functional in human growth and development and the entire body activities; that is a reason why a balanced diet is essential for your body to function well. Several nutrients work together to give your body strength and energy, skeletal support, tissue growth and repair and aid digestion. There are several foods which are necessary, for their properties help our body to fight against certain diseases. It is therefore, important to observe the top 12 foods that may help us to combat cancer.
by Lindsey Pasieka
February is American Heart Month, which is a great time to reevaluate and focus on your heart health. As we age, our risks for heart disease and related issues go up, so keeping control of other risk factors is imperative in living a long, healthy life. When it comes to conditions like prediabetes, hypertension and high blood cholesterol, there’s a lot of different opinions on treatment and cures. But what it really comes down to is diet and lifestyle; what you eat, and what you DO!
The key to a heart healthy diet is to cut out trans and saturated fats. While trans fats tend to raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol, N6 and N3 polyunsaturated fats , like those in fish oil, can have a protective quality by lowering LDL cholesterol while maintaining a healthy level of HDL (good) cholesterol. You’ll also want to choose foods low in sodium, because a high salt diet has been linked with high blood pressure.
Cholesterol can also be lowered by consuming lots of soluble fibers and plant sterols and stanols. Soluble fibers help reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream. Plant sterols and stanols also prevent cholesterol absorption, but do so in the gut! Nuts, strawberries, citrus fruits, apples and fatty fish all have these nutrients, and can be helpful in combating this condition.
Prediabetes is different from diabetes; it’s similar to an early warning system. Now, people with type I diabetes will not go through prediabetes, so this is applicable only to people at risk for type II diabetes. What happens is that your body slowly becomes resistant to insulin. If left untreated, your pancreas can’t keep up with the demand, and your blood sugar can no longer be balanced.
Unlike diabetes, however, prediabetes can be reversed! By eating foods that don’t impact your blood glucose level as much, you can reduce the demand for insulin in your body, taking pressure off your pancreas and reversing insulin resistance. A great tool for those starting out is the glycemic index. It’s a ranking system that compares foods to white bread, in terms of how they affect blood sugar. Foods that are ranked low (<50) have less impact, and will help you stay in control!
Hypertension also requires some specific dietary changes. In addition to lowering the amount of trans and saturated fats you eat, it’s important to get plenty of protein, calcium and fiber. Researchers at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute did a study to see how efficient this kind of diet could be. Out of that study, they created the DASH diet, which lays out guidelines to help mitigate high blood pressure. Some patients following the diet were able to reduce their blood pressure in just two weeks, making it one of the most effective diets out there.
There are medications for these conditions, and in some cases, they may be necessary, but lifestyle changes are always recommended first. After all, meds like statins, ACE inhibitors and blood thinners all have side effects that range from mild to deadly. For example, blood thinners can save you from clots that cause heart attacks, but some, like Xarelto, have no antidote if you accidentally start to bleed. What started as a lifesaver then becomes life-threatening. So, the more you can do to avoid the needs for these, the better.
When it comes to heart health, don’t let your age catch up to you. Early intervention is key, and you have all the tools you need at your disposal. Combining these dietary recommendations with just 30 minutes of exercise a day can strengthen your heart, reduce your risk, and help you lead a healthier life!
Eating a balanced, nutritious diet has been proven to help the body function at peak performance, regenerate cells and remove toxins, but can healthy eating act as an adjuvant therapy in people with cancer? Some recent studies say yes. Articles have been published regarding the introduction of certain diets in cancer patients, including the ketogenic regimen, which have shown some promise when implemented in conjunction with other treatments.
Cancer, very broadly defined, is the uncontrolled division and regrowth of cells. While normal cells regenerate based on the body’s need, cancer cells grow abnormally and have the potential to spread to other parts of the body - a condition known as metastasis. Cancer can be caused by a multitude of different factors, including heredity, exposure to carcinogens, and lifestyle choices. Diseases such as ovarian or colorectal cancer can because by inherited genetics, whereas lung cancer or heart disease can be linked to smoking. Also, cancers such as mesothelioma can be caused by exposure to carcinogens.
So, how can diet affect cancer patients? According to a Harvard University study, incidence of prostate cancer is much higher in men who eat a “Western-style diet,” which can be best described as a meat-heavy diet. In plant-based diets, more often found in the Eastern World, there are far fewer cases of prostate cancer in men 50-80. There is also ongoing research in the introduction of a ketogenic diet in cancer patients. According to the Noakes Foundation in South Africa, a “medically-prescribed ketogenic diet consists of 90% fat, 8% protein, and 2% carbohydrates.” The idea for behind the diet for cancer patients is to neglect the growth of the defective mitochondria (known as the powerhouse) in cancer cells, thus - in theory - starving the cell.
While the modern medicine offers many different forms of treatment for cancer patients, maintaining optimum nutrition during the road to recovery is always encouraged. When the body has all its required nutrients, it can most effectively fight its battle, as well as prepare the patient for its regimen of treatment. In addition to eating a balanced diet, the best way to care for yourself preventatively is to take care of your body through exercise, refrain from smoking and other detrimental lifestyle choices, and check in with your doctor when symptoms arise. Through these practices, one can focus on a healthy, happy life!
October is Healthy Lung Month, and this is a great opportunity to discuss a few household toxins that could negatively affect lung health. Three such substances are carbon monoxide, asbestos, and radon. As they are commonly found inside homes, is very important to know how they can affect your health, and what you can do to mitigate your risk.
Carbon monoxide is a gas which travels from your lungs to your bloodstream where it attaches to the hemoglobin molecules which transport oxygen throughout the body. Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous because it is odorless, and tasteless, so it can easily go undetected. Exposure can cause chest pain, nausea, and shortness of breath. If it is untreated, the individual could lose consciousness and potentially suffocate. The best way to avoid the dangers of carbon monoxide is to install a carbon monoxide detector.
Asbestos is a fibrous material used in commercial and industrial buildings. It was often used for insulation and fireproofing in the past. Asbestos is a known cause of mesothelioma cancer, which is an aggressive form of cancer that attacks the lining of abdomen and lungs. Symptoms of mesothelioma include chest pain, weight loss, and anemia. If you believe there is asbestos in your home, it is important to have it removed by professionals! Asbestos is the most dangerous when it has been disrupted, so do not try to handle removal on your own.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is released from elements in the rocks and soil. It is also tasteless, odorless, and can not be seen. Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer. Those who spend a lot of time in poorly ventilated places are at the highest risk. You can have your home’s radon level tested. If the radon levels are too high, active soil depressurization is one of the best solutions. This technique will collect the radon from beneath the home, before it is able to enter.
Radon, carbon monoxide, and asbestos can be very detrimental to the health of your lungs. Now that you know the danger they can pose, it is imperative that you take the necessary precautionary steps to protect yourself and your home. Whether it be purchasing a carbon monoxide detector, or having your home’s radon levels tested, do your lungs a favor for Healthy Lung Month!
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When I heard the comment, “Cures everything except death”, I wanted to know more about this black seed oil and who wouldn’t?
One thing I have found about black seed oil is it’s listed as a remedy for everything that ails the human body and books are now just starting to emerge with the secrets of its magical powers.
Black Seed Oil comes from the Nigella Sativa plant that is native to Asia. Recent studies on this incredibly powerful seed oil show it may be helpful in combating super bugs like MRSA or h.pylori and in cancer patients.
Its active compounds, crystalline nigellone and thymoquinone, are the most studied, but it also contains: myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, proteins and vitamins B1, B2,B3, calcium, folate, iron, copper, zinc and phosphorous.
Historical accounts of Black Seed use date back as far as the times of King Tut in Ancient Egypt. Cleopatra reportedly used black cumin seed oil for beautiful hair and skin and Hippocrates was fond of using it for digestive troubles.
Let’s do a quick list of its benefits:
Asthma & Allergies
by Ward W. Bond, PhD
The title of this article is one big, broad stroke against modern day diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and more. Pharmaceutical companies get rich off of millions of people around the world because disease is never defeated. Disease is fed from the choices we make on a daily basis by choosing food that isn’t really food. When we get sick or end up with a disease the medical industry has a perfect trap set for you that you will not escape until you learn that the food on your plate is the answer to life, a healthy life.
There are many foods we need in our diet every day. Turmeric, Ginger root, Pineapple, and all the fruits and vegetables you can eat and hopefully from organic sources. If your food is alive, you will be alive and become alive when all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes penetrate every cell in your body. The human body was designed to live off the land and you can thank Adam and Eve for biting into the apple. The moment that happened, God handed them a shovel and told them to grow their own food. Now, the sin continues into the very modern day food that modern man has created. Everything has chemicals in it that are not designed to promote health, but to preserve food for transport and to enhance its flavor. Millions of people have no clue what ‘real’ food tastes like. Ever bite into a garden fresh tomato or pick an apple off the tree in an orchard? It’s Heaven in your mouth!
I was in Chile a few years ago and we found a blueberry bush growing in the forest. The berries were as blue as blue can be created by the Creator. The taste was nothing short of nature’s sweet candy. I never tasted a blueberry so fresh, so organic and so sweet than those. In the stores, blueberries are big, plump, dark and are not the way nature grows them herself. The example of blueberries shows us man doesn’t allow nature to do her perfect work and steps in to take over the process and now the increase of disease is among us.
Did you know pineapple is more effective than 5-fluorauracil, a chemotherapy agent that has been used for more than 40 years with a dreadful rate of success? I should say a high rate of death in those who are treated with it. Pineapple contains bromelain, the enzyme found in its core. It kills cancer cells and leaves the healthy cells unharmed. If you eat pineapple or juice it, you will benefit daily from its amazing healing properties. It will prevent and fight cancer! All the organic fruits and vegetable can do this and we are killing ourselves daily when you put food into our mouths that are processed, created for fun and profit and in the end you are living a slow death.
Life begins and continues when you eat food that contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, micronutrients and more that will promote life, rebuild your body, bring balance back into your body, mind, and spirit as well as every cell in your body.
If you can’t find organic food at your local market, then do what Adam and Eve had to do. Grab a shovel and start digging, planting, watering and eat the harvest. Food will give you life or death. Your choice.
Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham & Dr. Ward Bond Discuss Cat's Claw
The herb Cat’s Claw is a large woody vine found in the Amazon rain forest and other tropical regions of South and Central America.
For hundreds of years the native tribes used cat’s claw bark and root for asthma, arthritis, urinary tract infections, kidney problems, inflammation and cancer. The herb was used for fever, intestinal ailments, STDs and as a form of birth control.
In today’s modern world of herbalism, cat’s claw is used as a powerful immune system stimulator. It’s now being used for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, mononucleosis and shingles due to its very potent anti-inflammatory properties. So many today are using cat’s claw for joint pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as well as gastritis, ulcers and neuralgia. Cat’s claw is very effective to those who use NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) for pain relief as the herb may protect against gastrointestinal damage associated with this class of drugs.
Cat’s claw also seems to possess tumor-fighting properties and have been a popular complement to cancer treatments. It was a go-to herb for those with HIV back in the 1990s and other conditions linked to a weakened immune system.
For more about cat’s claw, watch the above interview with Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham who travels to the Amazon on a regular basis searching out new remedies before we lose our rain forests.
The herb goldenseal is the member of the buttercup family and is found in the eastern United States. Native Indians used goldenseal to produce a beautiful yellow dye.
The therapeutic uses of goldenseal consists of being a digestive, stopping diarrhea and for its most popular use as an antimicrobial. Did you know back in the 19th century, companies such as Parker Davis, Eli Lilly and Squibb manufactured goldenseal products, so the healing properties of this herb has not been lost, but have now been extended to the general public as all of the pharmaceutical giants have left nature and its healing splendor behind in the past and what a shame!
Studies at the University of Chicago found in test tube studies that goldenseal are highly active against multiple strains of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that is responsible for the majority of peptic ulcers and gastric cancers. The most studied property found in goldenseal is called berberine, a yellow alkaloid that is the primary infection fighter. Berberine destroys many microorganism that cause diarrhea caused by Giardia lamblia and Entamoela histolytica. Goldenseal is so effective against these bacteria that 20% of the world’s population is chronically infected and could be helped with such a simple remedy.
Other uses for goldenseal can be found in it being combined with the herb Echinacea for colds and flu as well as salves to heal skin infections.
How to Use
Tea: It’s bitter as a tea, so combining with a bit of the herb Licorice can be helpful.
Capsule: Take 1000mg twice daily
Tincture: 40 drops twice daily
Some 50 years ago, researchers were looking into Milk Thistle’s liver-protecting properties that include an array of compounds that we now know can protect us from the dangerous side effects of prescription drugs.
In a world of over-the-counter drugs that millions of people feel are free of side effects and the myriad of television drug commercials that rattle off the side effects at the end with blinding speed, have led many to take Milk Thistle on a daily basis for healthy liver protection.
Milk Thistle has been used for over 2,000 years by the earliest of herbalists, shamans and physicians, and was the go-to herb when your eyes or skin turn yellow (jaundice). History tells us they used the herb for hepatitis and cirrhosis and other ailments associated with liver and gallbladder function. Germany’s Commission E recommends milk thistle for liver damage caused by toxins or cirrhosis of the liver and as therapy for liver inflammation.
This healing herb contains compounds called flavonolignans also known as silymarin and silybum, which protect liver cells from damage caused by alcohol, acetaminophen and many drugs, toxins and food chemicals and can protect against ‘death cap mushroom’ poisoning or anything that can affect the liver. Milk Thistle is known to protect, strengthen, detoxify and regenerate the liver when taken daily as a tea or standardized extract in supplement form.
According to the National Cancer Institute, silymarin in the herb protects the liver by preventing toxins from entering cells and by improving enzymatic function that detoxify toxins in the liver. Silymarin can protect liver cells during chemotherapy and appears to boost the effect of certain chemotherapy drugs.
Other uses for Milk Thistle
Another amazing effect of milk thistle it protects the kidneys against drug injury, radiation and prevents ultraviolet damage to the skin.
'The Power of the Lion's Mane Mushroom: Regenerate Your Brain with Lion's Mane
by Ward Bond, PhD and Ken Babal, CN
The Lion's Mane Mushroom has been nicknamed the "Gift of God" and for pretty good reasons. This is the brain mushroom. The secret to this amazing medicinal mushroom is it's ability to improve nerve growth factor in the brain.
Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) belongs to a family of proteins that play a part in maintenance, survival and regeneration of neurons during adult life. As we age, NGF declines, resulting in less efficient brain functioning. In mice, its absence leads to a condition resembling Alzheimer's disease.
Nerve Growth Factor has been shown to play a role in a number of diseases, such as coronary atherosclerosis, obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. NGF could also be related to various psychiatric disorders, such as dementia, depression, schizophrenia, autism, Rett syndrome, anorexia and buliminia. NGF has been shown to accelerate wound healing, and there is evidence it could be useful for treating skin and corneal ulcers.
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We have known for years that grapes contain vital nutrients that benefit our health, but what do these nutrients do? Researchers have studied the juice, seed, and skin of grapes collectively and separately to unlock the treasures these fruits provide. With many health-promoting compounds in grapes, it is the flavonoids, particularly resveratrol, which has gained international attention as a powerhouse antioxidant. Resveratrol is concentrated in the skin, seeds, and stems of grapes and may be a key ingredient in dark purple grape juice and red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad one) and inflammation, and prevents blood clots. Purple and other dark-colored grapes contain greater concentration of flavonoid compounds than light-colored grapes.
Other laboratory research points to resveratrol’s ability to slow the growth of cancer cells and inhibit the formation of tumors in lymph, liver, stomach and breast cells. Resveratrol has also triggered the death of leukemic and colon cancer tumors.
In one series of studies, resveratrol blocked the development of skin, breast and leukemia cancers at all three stages of the disease (initiation, promotion and progression).
With research showing the benefits of grape seeds are beneficial for your health, they contain powerful antioxidants known as proanthocyanidins, which science is finding may help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and cataracts. Human studies have found grape seed extract can lower blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce inflammation.
So drink up! Dark colored grape juice tastes great and it’s great for your health too!
Passionflower is one of the calming herbs that provides a soothing effect on the nervous system. Extracts of its flowers, leaves, stems, and fruits are used to combat anxiety and sleep problems. The exact way passionflower exerts its psychological effects is unknown but may involve inhibiting enzymes in the brain with known psychological effects. Also, compounds in passionflower bind to the same areas of the brain affected by a calming neurotransmitter called GABA. These effects would explain why passionflower is able to tone down the nervous system, leading to relaxation and sleep. Many prescription drugs for anxiety, depression and other neurological conditions use the GABA receptors in the brain to make them work.
Passionflower contains various flavonoids, compounds that are well known antioxidants and may also contribute to anti-anxiety effects; flavonoids may be more concentrated in the leaves than other parts of the plant. Passionflower also contains alkaloids, bitter tasting compounds found in many plants that have a range of medicinal activities.
This herb can be used for panic attacks when needed as well as for general anxiety and stressful issues. It is mild in action for those who use for insomnia as it has no known morning-after hangover effect that one may experience when using Valerian for example.