The 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report states that more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. That’s equivalent to almost 10% of U.S. population! Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of mortality rate in the U.S. alone, with over 250,000 deaths in 2015.
We’ve got some good news for you. Did you know that it is possible to prevent or reverse diabetes so that you can lead a more normal life? Whether you are prediabetic or currently grappling with it, you now have the option to take steps to reverse diabetes and its epidemic. Here’s how:
- Holistic Long-Term Approach
One of the main reasons for an increased incidence of acquiring diabetes is an inactive lifestyle. A holistic, long-term approach combined with a modified diet and physical activity could help prevent or reverse this condition. In fact, a study found that test subjects who acquired type II diabetes underwent intensive lifestyle-based weight loss intervention or ILI had the higher chance of making partial diabetes remission as compared to test subjects who just got diabetes education thrice a year. The individuals who underwent ILI programs made the following changes:
- Increased physical activity
- Reduced total fat intake in general
- Cut the calorie intake for up to 1800 kcal per day
- Glucose Control Diet
Finding a suitable diet is the key to a better glucose control in persons with diabetes and prediabetes. To avoid blood sugar level fluctuations, keep lipid levels in the right condition and to lose weight, you can try to follow these dietary approaches:
- A Kapha-Balancing Ayurvedic Diet
Studies showed that the Ayurvedic principle helps improve the major symptoms of diabetes. People who use this approach has shown an incredible result in their diet and lifestyle modification. Examples of foods that contain Kapha-balancing Ayurvedic diet includes barley, bitter gourd, green gram, pointed gourd and cooked vegetables. Aside from these foods, you can also try to incorporate the following into your daily diet:
- Bitter melon
- Hot ginger tea
- Foods rich in protein
- Millet, corn or rye
- Diabetes Superfoods
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests foods that help for a better glycemic control. These superfoods include the following:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Fatty fish
- Sweet potatoes
- Nuts and seeds
- Whole grains
- Low Fat Vegan Diet
Did you know that cardiovascular problems are one of the leading causes of mortality among people with diabetes? Studies show that a low-fat vegan diet is beneficial to those who have cardiovascular problems as well as those who have higher lipid and glycemic control. To go for a low-vegan diet, here are simple rules to follow:
- Cut any form of poultry, meat, fish, and dairy
- Consume protein from plant-based and non-dairy sources such as nuts, beans, tofu, and seeds
- Avoid refined carbohydrates and those that can raise triglyceride levels like foods rich in white flour or even processed foods
- Fiber-rich foods and low-glycemic index foods such as legumes, fresh vegetables, fruits, and beans. These can also help improved lipid control.
- Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic medicine is the use of small amounts of natural substances like minerals and plants to help stimulate the healing process of the body. This type of remedy is especially recommended for people who have type II diabetes and is also found to be very useful for treating particular problems a diabetic person has to deal with. Here are some of the specific problems and its homeopathic remedy:
- Plumbum (lead) – helps lessen numbness and hypersensitivity
- Calendula (marigold) – for infected ulcers. Can be applied as a lotion or taken internally
- Hemlock or conium – helps lessen numbness due to nerve damage
- Sulfur, lycopodium or muriaticum (salt) – helps improve renal function and any severe kidney damage
Have you already implemented lifestyle or food modifications to reverse diabetes? Share your story with us. Write your comments below.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes has 3 main types: Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes.
- Type 1 diabetes – persons who have type 1 diabetes means their body does not make insulin. Insulin is needed every day for a person to live. You need insulin to take the glucose or sugar from the foods you eat. This sugar will later turn into energy which your body needs for day to day work.
- Type 2 diabetes – this is the most common type of diabetes. People who have type 2 diabetes means their body does not make or use enough insulin to support their body. People who acquire this type of diabetes take pills or insulin to control their diabetes.
- Gestational diabetes – Pregnant women usually get this type of diabetes. Diabetes may go away after the baby is born. However, they may have greater chances of acquiring diabetes later in their lives even if it goes away after giving birth.
Managing diabetes requires total awareness. It’s important to know what makes your blood sugar fall and rise and learn how to control several factors that affect your diabetes. Here are some of the actions you can take to manage your diabetes.
- Be active
One of the most important parts of diabetes management plan is physical activity. Regular physical activities help the body use insulin more efficiently. Exercising uses muscles to release glucose for energy. Insulin and physical activities work together to help lower the blood sugar level. Light activities at home such as gardening and household chores help improve blood sugar. Here are the steps to better manage your diabetes through exercise:
- Talk to your doctor about your exercise plan
- Stick to your exercise schedule
- Check your blood sugar levels before exercising
- Always stay hydrated
- Adjust your diabetes treatment plan if needed
- Eat Well
- Choose foods that are low in saturated fats, calories, trans fat, salt, and sugar.
- Foods rich in fiber such as pieces of bread, cereals, rice, pasta, or whole grain are also proven to help.
- Drink water instead of soda or juice.
- Know what to do every day
- Always take your medications even when you feel good.
- Ask your doctor if you need to take aspirin to prevent stroke or heart attack.
- Always check your feet if there are red spots, blisters, cuts or welling. If there is, call your healthcare team immediately.
- Keep your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy by brushing and flossing at least twice every day.
- Stop or better yet, do not smoke.
- Always check your blood sugar level. Check it at least twice each day.
Coping with Diabetes
Stress is one main factor that can raise your blood sugar. To lower stress, try some simple and effective activities such as gardening, deep breathing, meditating, taking a walk, listening to your favorite song or working on your own hobby.
If in case you’re feeling down, it is never wrong to seek professional help. You may ask advice from mental health counselor, a close friend or a family member who will always listen to you to help make you feel better.
Republicans have dominated local and state elections all over the country, even in quite a few supposed “blue” areas. They have controlled Congress for the better part of the last quarter century. And liberals continue to lose. In fact, it seems as though they are doing everything in their power to ensure their losses are repeated in the future.
Over the past few years, it has become evident there are a number of reasons for their ridiculous losing. It seems as though they’re actually working at it. There were the false reports from liberals of Trump supporters hunting down various demographics of America. These reports were so ridiculous no one with a sane mind believed them, realizing that the liberals were simply lying through their teeth losing the trust of many of their previous followers. There were the riots used by leftists as a method of self-expression in recent years which has surely won many converts to the other side because no respectable member of society condones rioting. The continual calling of everyone who disagrees with them a racist has definitely left a bad taste in many people’s mouths. Apparently, much of America doesn’t actually like being called racist, so out they run.
Although the list above would be enough for the liberals to continue their march of self-destruction, that simply isn’t enough for them. The number one reason for their continued loss is their determination to remain self-indulgent toddlers. For example, respectable universities like Georgetown offered therapy for students distraught by the last presidential election. The University of Michigan Law School actually scheduled a post-election event with play time creating a bizarre, politicized preschool for pouting adults. They actually described the event as such:
The liberals are not going to win the working class back as long as they surmise that modern liberalism is an ideology that turns adults into those who must take naps and throw temper tantrums when they don’t get their way.
The average American adult simply can’t relate to this. Most American adults have kids and a mortgage and so have to get up every morning for a job to provide for their families. They work hard for what they make and work harder to stretch those dollars as far as they can. They simply don’t have time to express their emotions through play dough because a favorite candidate lost. Most American adults are choosing to be adults. Thus, the liberals have isolated themselves from average Americans because of their continual regression into pre-pubescence.
This reason alone is enough for most Americans to choose to look elsewhere for their representation in government. Seeing grown men and women behave like petulant toddlers is disturbing at best. Why should the average American entrust his representation to those who behave so ridiculously? Why should he trust them to make life-changing decisions for the greatest country in the world? Why should he trust them to run our country when they can’t control their emotions? He shouldn’t. So, he doesn’t.
By Christine Trimbur
There are thousands and thousands of new scams that pop up every year. There are so many that it is simply impossible to keep up with them all. But, if you remember these 10 simple things, you will avoid most scams out there which will protect you and your family.
1. Never send money to someone you haven’t met in person. Really don’t send any money if they ask for a wire transfer, a gift card, or a prepaid debit card as these can’t be traced and are treated like cash.
2. Never open attachments or click on links from unsolicited email. Links are often embedded with malware that will wreak havoc on your computer.
3. Seeing shouldn’t necessarily mean believing. Scammers are fantastic mimickers and put a lot of effort into being sure that fonts, seals, and other details are identical to the real thing. Even caller ID can be faked. Be sure to check it out.
4. Only buy online if the transaction is secure. Look for the “https” in the URL (the extra s means it’s “secure”) and the small lock icon in the website address bar. And for added security, use bbb.org to check the company out before purchasing anything. Read reviews to be sure you’re not getting cheap and/or counterfeit items.
5. Be very cautious when dealing with someone you met online. Scammers utilize dating websites, social media, Craigslist, and other sites to locate potential targets. They will quickly become your friend, but unfortunately, that is part of the scam in order to get you to trust them.
6. Don’t share personally identifiable information with unsolicited contacts. This includes phone calls, email, social media, and your front door. Be careful with your banking and credit card information, Social Security Number, and your birthdate.
7. Never feel that you have to act immediately. Scammers usually try to make you think that something is a limited time offer or is scarce. That want you to act before you have time to think or talk with a family member or financial advisor. It’s never a good idea to make important decisions quickly.
8. Use traceable, secure transactions when paying for services, goods, debts, and taxes. Never pay by prepaid money card, gift card, wire transfer, or other non-traditional payment method. Always decline cash-only deals, high upfront payments, overpayments, high pressure sales tactics, and handshake deals that don’t include a contract.
9. Use local businesses whenever possible. Check to be sure they have proper identification, licensing and insurance. This is especially important when using contractors who will be working in your home and anyone handling your money or sensitive information. Look them up at bbb.org to see what others have experienced.
10. Be careful with the information you share on social media. Consider connecting only with people you already know. Utilize security settings on all social media and online accounts. Scammers get a lot of information about their targets from online interactions and can then use that information to seem like a friend.
By Christine Trimbur
When looking for images for a website, many publishers continue to produce cheap and cheesy stock photos that become the representation of their brand.
Truthfully, high-quality stock photos don’t have to come with a high price tag. We’ve compiled a list of 10 resources for free, quality photos that you can use for blogs, websites, or other online properties.
1. Negative Space
Negative Space produces new, free images each week. All of the photos come without any copyright restrictions.
Even better than a host of free images is the easy-to-use filter that will help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Images are sortable by copy space position, category, and color.
2. Death to Stock
The founders of Death to Stock, Allie and David, realized how difficult it is for bloggers, businesses, and creatives to find free, high-quality photos, they decided to do something about it. Thus, Death to Stock was born.
Simply provide your email address and a new batch of photos will be delivered every month.
They do have a premium membership with a percentage of those profits used to fund photography trips and creative projects.
New photos are added daily to Picjumbo making it a go to place for many bloggers, web designers, and other creatives looking for high quality, free images.
The photographer, Victor, also has unique paid programs for designers, bloggers, and agencies, as well as a plugin for Sketch and Photoshop.
Stockpic’s photographer, Ed Gregory, adds up to 10 new images every 2 weeks that can be used on a website, in an ad, or wherever your needs are.
A web designer, Karolina, who is from Poland, produces Kaboompics. Her photos cover a wide variety of categories from food to fashion to landscapes. Users can use the images for anything they’d like – even commercial use.
All Karolina asks is that you include a photo credit with a link back to the site.
6. Startup Stock Photos
Startup Stock Photos’ tag line is “Take ‘em, these things are free. Go. Make Something.” So, be inspired by the plethora of images available for use.
All the images provided by Freerange come from a pool of in-house photographers as well as external contributors.
According to their website’s About Us section, “Images provided directly by Freerange Stock originate in one of two ways. They are either digitally photographed on Canon DSLR cameras or they are a high resolution (4000dpi) Nikon scan of an original 35mm slide.”
The creative force behind LibreShot is SEO Consultant and photographer Martin Vorel. There is a wide variety of images to choose from ranging from florals to architectural.
9. Fancy Crave
The photos provided through Fancy Crave are free of copyright restrictions and absolutely stunning. All the photographer requires is that you give photo credit.
Unsplash provides 10 new photos every 10 days that you can do whatever you want with. The images are unique and never cheesy.
Using these resources will provide you with a plethora of quality images absolutely free.
By Christine Trimbur
Video is one of the most engaging and relevant formats for content available. And this trend is expected to continue for quite some time. Each day, Facebook sees approximately 8 billion video views. More than that, global video traffic is expected to reach 80% video by 2019.
If you want to tap into this lucrative market, you will need a decent understanding of the types of video editing software available. The following list contains software options that are free and Windows 10 friendly.
VSDC is a multifunctional solution. It includes a video editor, a screen recorder, a slideshow creator, among other features. It has been named among the best free video editing software for PC by TechRadar online magazine, the GoPro community, and several YouTuber channels.
VSDC boasts a wide array of tools for a variety of purposes. It will work wonderfully for quick video touch ups as well as serious project requirements. There are more than 30 color filters, including Instagram-style presets. There is a plethora of video effects, including Chroma Key, split screen, picture-in-picture, video inside a text, video side-by-side, and numerous transitions.
VSDC works great even if your computer isn’t top notch. Even if your PC only has 2GB of memory left, it will work well. It will also open any file, no matter what device was used to record the footage. Then, when you export your file, you can choose pre-configured profiles to upload to social networks.
OpenShot is much more minimalistic. However, this software gets the job done fast due to its drag-and-drop editor. For first time users, there are pop up tutorial windows helping the user utilize the software best.
It boasts over 3000 transitions. There are also some essential effects such as Chroma Key and blurring. Users can also apply actions “in bulk” rather than having to apply it to each part.
Although it has a minimalistic interface, Shotcut is able to perform all essential video editing operations. This includes film restoration, white balancing, and footage stabilization.
There is a real time preview making applying effects very convenient. What makes it really stand out, though, is the Chroma Key tool. This is perhaps the reason TechRadar named it among software options that would replace Windows Essentials.
Avidemux is the simplest of all the software options. Basically, you can cut, copy, paste, and encode. This software is for those with no interest in post-production bells and whistles and only require to cut out a piece of footage.
5. DaVinci Resolve
DaVinci Resolve is an excellent option for those looking for a professional video editor.
Lynda and Udemy offer online courses on DaVinci Resolve because this software has a pretty steep learning curve. However, Hollywood-level color grading might be worth it to you.
There are two downsides to this software. First, it will use your PC GPU to its max. Be sure to have a powerful graphic card installed and a good amount of memory available. Second, there are issues with recognizing particular formats of files.
Videopad is a multifunctional software for editing, audio and video recording, and screen recording. The free version is called demo and can only be used for personal use.
If you use it, it might remind you of Movie Maker. It is much more robust, though. There are multiple audio and video tracks available and the text editor offers a number of decent effects.
7. Hitfilm Express
Hitfilm Express is popular among YouTube bloggers who add special effects. It is a cross-platform software that works on both Windows and Mac. It has a very unconventional interface, though.
There are tutorials on how to apply effects in Hitfilm Express.
8. Windows Photos App
Windows Movie Maker was a simple, free video editor that was discontinued in 2017. Windows 8 and 10 launched without a video editing app, but following the Fall Creator’s update, there is one hidden in the Microsoft Photos app. It is a good tool for those who want to make a good-looking video without mastering complicated software.
You’ll need to import your photos and video into the Photos app. Then select the folder you want to add. Click create and choose “custom video with music.” Then just follow the prompts and your video is done in seconds.
Creating your business enterprise from the scratch can make you get attached to it on a personal level. This is completely justified as your business is your baby. You put your heart and soul to shape it up and make it substantial. Owing to these factors you might not be able to make informed decisions which are free from any personal bias.
However, there comes a time when you are stranded in a tricky business situation and you have to make a decision. At this time, separating business from emotions becomes crucial. The situation may be firing a close relative due to their underperformance. Or it could be the shutting down of a product because of its inefficiency. Either way, you need to understand the impact of an emotional hindrance in business decisions. So to help you in this state of dilemma, we have a list of ways you can separate emotions from business decisions.
1. Quantitative Aspects:
When the emotions cloud your judgments, simply resort to the metrics. Putting concrete figures and numerals into perspective can help you form informed decisions. For this, you need to maintain a database of all the performing aspects of your business. Keeping a record on every move they take can prove beneficial in taking mindful steps in your business. This can help you ascertain where the productivity lies and where it doesn’t. Consulting the analytics can give you a rigid business perspective to help you make a reliable decision.
2. Meticulously Research on Your Decision:
Before undertaking any decision one must conduct a thorough research. However, when it comes to deciding for your own business this becomes all the more imperative. Researching can help you have a fresh perspective premised upon evidences and observations. You can refer to various management books or search the internet to lay down a comprehensive research.
3. Have a Different Perspective to the Situation:
You need to step outside the situation and view it from a third-person viewpoint. If you’re not able to do that, then, having a trusted outsider or a mentor can do this for you. Momentarily detaching yourself from the business is the key here. Have a rational perspective and approach the situation as if you’re a layman. Creating a fresh and detached perspective will help you in seeing the bigger picture.
4. Refer to the Past Records:
Looking back into the previous decisions you undertook will definitely help you mapping your next decision. Take a look at all your previous decisions, ones where you failed to deliver and ones where you succeeded. These will help you ascertain your decision-making pattern. It will also reflect on what works for your company and what doesn’t. You can use these past instances to derive a mindful decision.
5. Do Not Exhaust Yourself:
When you are held in a position of tough decision-making, you often lead to overstress and eventual burnout. Avoid arriving at such a health haphazard. Sometimes the best way to decide something is to sleep on it. Having a well-rested night will do most of the work for you. Your mind can process all the information more efficiently and much faster with an unperturbed mind. When the next day you’re feeling more present, then you can take these risky business decisions. There is no harm in stalling them for the right time.
6. Take a momentary Break:
Decisions made on a heavily emotional state of mind are more often than not, irrational. So when you are faced with a heated situation filled with emotions, you should excuse yourself. There are hardly a few decisions that need attention right away. Usually, decisions can be taken when you are in a more stable frame of mind. Taking a momentary breather will help you gain a fresher standpoint and outlook on the situation. Your decision will naturally be more sensible.
7. Taper Your Options Down:
The more options you have the harder the process of decision-making becomes. This may seem contrary to common belief. However, when it comes to taking a complex business decision, it is better that you limit your options. It is just like going to a mall for shopping. The more clothing options you see, the harder it becomes for you to pick one, as opposed to having to pick an outfit amongst say 5 options. The same logic applies here. Before settling down to seal the deal with one option, try narrowing the list down. This will not only make your job smooth but it will save your time.
8. Consult the Majority:
Personal biases while taking business decisions can prove to be a major hindrance, which is why it is highly advisable that you consult the masses. Asking for a second opinion when taking a major business decision that involves big risks can come handy. You will be surprised by the number of refreshing ideas and perspectives you will receive. So when in doubt, ask the majority.
9. Do Not Rely on your Gut:
Rule of thumb or intuition should not be your only premise upon which you base your decisions. Having instincts is necessary for identifying threats and opportunities. However, you should jot down all the facts and figures before creating a business evaluation. Creating a list of pros and cons, assessing your progress from your decision pattern, referring to the metrics, considering all the external factors etc. are a few examples of how you should approach a business situation.
The level of attachment you attain with your business is because of the level of dedication you place and the number of hours you spend in perfecting every little detail. However, having emotions impede your judgment can get in the way of your profitability and success. In order to make smart decisions practice these tips and you will surely witness a difference in your decision-making style. Do not get carried away by emotions and stay as rational as you can. One major tip that will always come handy is to try to avoid involving close relations in your business dealings. We hope these tips will help you.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent body of the United States of America. FTC is a watchdog that practices vigilance against potentially deceitful organizations. It also keeps an eye on business houses that might be violating consumer rights and creating holes in the economy. FTC practices effective and speedy law enforcement towards the aggrieved party.
Having said that, FTC has charged MOBE with misleading and fraudulent business practices. MOBE or “My Online Business Education” supposedly sells a “21-steps” program. This “simple” program claims to be able to help consumers generate a considerable income without actually having to sell any concrete products or services. According to the allegations made by the FTC, MOBE has skimmed about $125 million dollars from its customers. Read along to find out the intricacies of this case.
What’s The Whole Case?
The Federal Trade Commission halted MOBE’s functioning and had the federal court freeze all of their assets. This is owing to the recent allegations by FTC on MOBE. The FTC has charged 3 individuals for falsely swindling around $125 million from a multitude of consumers by selling a falsified business model (MOBE).
According to the investigations of FTC, the culprits behind the scam target several US customers. These consumers included mostly veterans and older adults. MOBE duped these consumers via ads on social media, e-mails, and live events throughout the states. The investigation also proved that the perpetrators claimed that their business model will allow its customers to have their own businesses and earn a hefty income from it.
Evidences upon which the accusations have been premised are derived from several sources. Undercover agents of FTC, declarations signed by victims of MOBE, hotels, payment processes etc. all have given enough testimony.
MOBE worked by having its customers enrol in a 21-step program that will allow them to mint money by means of social media marketing. In order to enrol in the 21-step system, customers had to pay the sum of $49 as an entry fee. Thereafter, the enrolled consumers were flooded with packages for memberships that amounted to thousands of dollars. Consumers are compelled to go through with the payment of these packages as they were promised the “proven” 21-step strategy.
The biggest scam in MOBE appeared when it was revealed to the customers that the “proven” program for earning money is by doing the same with other consumers. In short, MOBE is not only extracting money on falsified claims but is propagating the same means of earning money to its members.
MOBE thrives on deceiving uninformed consumers. It tricks them into working for MOBE via means of selling more memberships of the same sort. In exchange for this, MOBE offers commissions, the more memberships you can sell the more commission you will churn. The high-end memberships are sold at a ridiculous amount of $29,990.
Not only that, MOBE operated by encouraging people to put their own ads on the social media and create different websites to promote the membership at MOBE. The customers were asked to copy emails and keep a record of all the evidences of getting others signed up for the membership at MOBE. To expand their scope of membership, MOBE sold add-on products to their member. This included the email ids of all those people who were more likely to enrol in the membership scam of MOBE. The perpetrators at MOBE repackaged and renamed their “21-step” system and sold it under different labels. Some ads reported displaying exaggerated and over hyped headlines in order to deceive consumers. These ad headlines were unbelievably attracting and promised them a six-figure salary without much hassle. Senior citizens were tricked via ads that read “easy retirement…..6 figure salary” etc.
According to the finding of FTC, several tricked consumers buy into these pricey memberships and end up with crippling losses. Consumers have suffered mounting debts and are unable to recoup with the loses of such high magnitude.
The FTC also claims that MOBE further makes its trickery concrete by claiming to have a refund or money-back policy. This leads the consumers to believe that the program is risk-free and safe. However, they do not practice these claims in actuality. They refuse to initiate refunds when asked and only honor their claims when consumers threaten to complain. This is how MOBE has been practicing its unfair trade practices under the radar of law enforcement agencies.
According to the allegations by FTC, the only thing MOBE sells is more memberships at MOBE. Resultantly, consumers who somehow managed to achieve targeted results by attracting more MOBE memberships fell into deeper pits financially. As revealed by a fine-print statement buried under all those attractive statements read an “average consultant will generate less than $250 dollars annually”.
Defendants & Aftermaths
The defendants of this case include Matthew Lloyd who also goes by the name Matt Lloyd. He is from an Australian origin currently residing in Kuala Lumpur. Other defendants related to this case are Susan Zanghi and Russell Whitney. Along with three individuals, the involvement of artificial bodies like MOBE ltd, MOBEProcessing.com, MOBETraining.com, Matt Lloyd Publishing, MOBE Pro Limited and Home Business Builders is existent.
The commission vote placing an approval on the allegations and complaint amounted to 5-0. The District Court of Florida in the Orlando Division issues a TRO against the perpetrators. This took place on 5th June this year.
Note that this is not the permanent judgment over this scam. Post-filling of complaint by the Commission this proceeding has taken place. This proceeding is temporary and the case has to be decided by the trials of the court.
MOBE scam has all of us shaken to the core. It is saddening how after all these acts and reforms produced to protect the consumer’s rights, customers from around the world are still so misinformed. The financial loses faced by the consumers is unmeasurable. On top of that to be able to pull off a scam of such great proportions will surely have its repercussions. MOBE will be held accountable for the financial holes created by it and the justice will be served.