IR-Hormone Imbalance – I: Hormones and Body-Weight Issues

By Catherine Haug, April 28, 2021

I’ve been struggling with excess fat in my belly area for over 50 years. About 30 years ago, I learned I had insulin resistance, which plays a role in the accumulation of belly fat due to excess insulin in my blood. 6 years ago I started taking myo-inositol to treat insulin resistance; I did lose about 30 pounds but I still have a big belly and another 40 pounds to go, and it just isn’t happening.

Now I’m beginning to learn that other hormones and/or leaky gut may also play a role in body-weight issues.  This post includes two important ways to help you lose weight naturally:

  • Balancing 5 hormone blocks: Insulin is not the only hormone involved in inability to lose weight, according to a “Harmony Health Labs” sales-pitch for their supplement HB-5 (1). That article provides lots of great information which I discuss in this article. While you can certainly use their HB-5 supplement, I prefer to use my own choice of separate, individual supplements to ensure they are Organic. The details are:
  • How to heal a “leaky gut” for better health and weight loss. Hormones are not the only cause being overweight; your gut plays an important role, too. [I may move this to a separate article.]

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Insulin: Master Regulator

By Catherine M. Haug,  Moved from Syndrome-X article February 2007; moved and updated April 2021.

Insulin is well known as the pancreatic hormone that regulates blood sugar, as well as other less-known responsibilities that are discussed in this article. Perhaps one of the most troubling issues concerning insulin, is when brain cells can no longer take-up needed insulin, which is believed to be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Another is its role in determining lifespan. 

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Hormone Imbalance – II: Links to Videos

By Catherine M. Haug, November 2015; updated and moved April 2021

*See Diet and Health Menu under “Insulin, Insulin Resistance, and Metabolic Syndrome” for list of other articles about Insulin Resistance (some still need to be moved to Cat’s Kitchen). Continue reading

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Insulin Resistance: Controlling & Reversing

by Catherine M. Haug,  January 2007; reorganized and updated February 2007; updated and moved to Cat’s Kitchen April 19, 2021

Insulin resistance is a growing problem among humans; for many years, it was largely misunderstood by medical practitioners. But now, that’s beginning to change. For example, it has been long believed that Type-2 Diabetes is a blood sugar problem, but now that the problem of insulin not being able to bind to cell receptors leads to the rise of blood glucose levels, insulin resistance is becoming more known and understood as the precursor to Type-2 Diabetes.

Includes:

Refer to Insulin: Master Regulator to learn more about insulin’s amazing functions, and how it regulates blood sugar. 

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Insulin Resistance: A Look at Causes

by Catherine M. Haug,  January 2007; updated February 2007 and April 2021 [note: red text indicates updates/changes yet to be made]

  1. Review “articles to study;”
  2. Diabetes Challenge – Dr MMurray;
  3. Review “Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy Induces Insulin Resistance by Activating the Glucose-Fatty Acid Cycle.” (ref 22) and add notes to this posting, or create a new post

This article is quite long; consider dividing the following topics into two parts, as indicated: 

  1. Part 1: Intro to IR Causes
    1. What Causes Insulin Resistance
    2. Cortisol, Adrenal Fatigue and Insulin Resistance
    3. Growth Hormone and Insulin Resistance
    4. The Glycosylation Connection
  2. Part 2: Fat-Induced Insulin Resistance 
    1. Trans Fats (Hydrogenated and Partially-Hydrogenated Fats and Oils)
      • Insulin Receptor Site Integrity
      • GLUT Transporter Integrity
      • Mitochondria Control of Receptors
      • LDL Receptor Site Integrity
      • Hope
    2. Brown Fat and Post-Insulin Receptor Activity; see also pdf: Adipose Tissue: White and Brown Fat

‘*See Diet and Health Menu under “Insulin, Insulin Resistance, and Metabolic Syndrome” for list of other articles about Insulin Resistance (some still need to be moved to Cat’s Kitchen)

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Insulin Resistance: Leptin and Lectins

by Catherine M. Haug,  August 2007; updated April 2021 [note: red text indicates updates/changes yet to be made]

Leptin is a hormone that signals:

  • satiety–sense of fullness–as a signal to stop taking in food; and 
  • hunger when fuel storage drops below a ‘set point.

To a certain extent, release of insulin into the bloodstream is controlled by leptin. It is possible for cells to become resistant to leptin as well as to insulin (in fact, cells can also become resistant to other hormones, but that is not the topic here). Refer to Insulin Resistance: the Leptin Connection for more.

Lectins are needed by plants to preserve the species; lectin toxicity keeps spiders, insects, birds, rodents and other animals – including humans – from eating un-sprouted seeds by making them sick. The process of germination begins to break down the lectins, removing the toxicity. By the time the young sprout produces its first leaves, the lectins are all gone until the plant’s blossom produces new seeds.

For those plant seeds whose lectins are toxic to humans, they should be removed or sprouted (to break down the lectins) before eating the plant. Tomatoes are a perfect example, as their seeds contain lectins toxic to humans. Refer to Lectins: what they are, and how to deal with them for more.

‘*See Diet and Health Menu under “Insulin, Insulin Resistance, and Metabolic Syndrome” for list of other articles about Insulin Resistance (some still need to be moved to Cat’s Kitchen)

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Introduction to Insulin, Insulin Resistance (IR) and Metabolic Syndrome

By Catherine Haug; Jan-Feb 2007, updated in Aug 2007, and moved/updated to Cat’s Kitchen on Mar 30, 2021. [note: red text indicates updates/changes yet to be made]

See Diet and Health Menu under “Insulin Resistance, and Metabolic Syndrome” for list of my other articles about Insulin Resistance.

Insulin is an important, ancient hormone; it:

  • signals the processes that move glucose into cells for energy production;
  • causes any excess sugar to be stored in adipose (fat) cells as fat;
  • suppresses glucagons and growth hormones, which regulate the burning of fat (and stored fat) and rate of muscle development, respectively.

Thus insulin acts as a double-edged sword in response to excess dietary carbs:  insulin promotes storage of the excess carbohydrates as body fat, and then wards off the body’s ability to lose that fat. (7) For more, read on … 

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Insulin Resistance and the Leptin Connection

This article, originally written in Aug 2007 and updated 4/1/21, has been moved from my old iWeb site; it is my intent to move all my remaining insulin resistance articles; see Diet and Health Menuunder “Insulin” for list of these articles about Insulin Resistance.

Briefly, Insulin Resistance (IR) is a malfunctioning of insulin receptors on cell walls, and is the precursor to Type-2 Diabetes. Leptin is an important hormone that plays a role in reversing IR.

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Important nutrients: we may not get enough

By Cat, Jan 14, 2021

The following information is from an email I received from Ocean Robbins. He opens his discussion with the following:

“A predominantly plant-based diet can be a nutrient powerhouse. Filling your plate with a wide array of nutrients can help protect you against illnesses like cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, dementia, and many other health issues.

But even the healthiest plant-based diets — and non-plant-based diets, for that matter — are often missing a few key nutrients. Nutrients that your brain and body need in order to thrive.”

See below for his list of nutrients that are hard to get enough from foods – especially for vegans –  and why they are important.

See also:  1. Diet and Health Menu; 2. Vitamins: Intro; 3. Minerals (About); 4. About Fats, an Introduction; 5. Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA Continue reading

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BioSil and PectaSol-C Modified Citrus Pectin for heavy metal detox

By Cat, originally Feb 2019; moved and updated here, Jan 2021

I’ve moved this from my original article Detox from Heavy Metals, because I plan to try this in the new year (2021), and will likely add to it.  It is originally from Wellness Mama (1), which I have transcribed in its entirety as a 6-page pdf: HowDetoxHeavyMetals-WellnessMama (pdf). The article provides details on how to take these supplements. See also Travis Wade Fitness article (2), which includes info on dosing.

This method also requires two natural supplements:

  • BioSil to mobilize the toxic metals, and  BioSil is a form of silicon found in foods such as brown rice, rolled oats, soybeans, onions, pumpkins, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, and alfalfa (4). See iHerb code NFS-39186 or 39183 (120 or 60 caps),  or Amazon (ASIN B004KU8H56); take 1 capsule/day (7); about $50 for 120 capsules (120 days at recommended detox dosage); 
  • PectaSol-C to bind (chelate) and eliminate the heavy metals (from EcoNugenics, to bind and eliminate): see iHerb code ECN-00012 or Amazon (ASIN B00YJJDTPG). It is a natural product from the pith of citrus fruit peels (5).

Wellness Mama (1) warns: “This is a two-part recommendation; don’t take one without the other.” This is because one ‘mobilizes’ the heavy metals (pulls them out of the tissue where they hide); and the other ‘binds and eliminates’ them.” Unfortunately, she doesn’t provide the order in which these should be taken, but as for chlorella/cilantro combo, take the one that binds and eliminates first (PectaSol-C), and the one that mobilizes them second (BioSil).

You must take both supplements for an effective detox. If you only do the first (the mobilizer), the metals will circulate through your blood causing even more harm. If you only do the second (the binder), the metals will not be available to bind and eliminate. 

She recommends the following brands and dosage (but you can certainly use other respected brands):

  • BioSil (from Natural Factors (4), to mobilize): see iHerb code NFS-39186 or 39183 (120 or 60 caps),  or Amazon (ASIN B004KU8H56); take 1 capsule/day (7); about $50 for 120 capsules (120 days at recommended detox dosage);
  • PectaSol-C (from EcoNugenics (5), to bind and eliminate): see iHerb code ECN-00012 or Amazon (ASIN B00YJJDTPG); take 5 grams or more/day (7); about $42 for 150g or $97 for 454g (30/90 days respectively, at recommended detox dosage). Note: it doesn’t bind essential minerals (see below).

It may also be helpful to take butyric acid (Tributrin, Butyrex or Butyrate; see Mercola’s protocol (6) cited in my article Chlorella & Cilantro Heavy Metal Detox Protocols). I take ButyCaps, which is a natural form of tributrin.

References:

  1. Wellness Mama: wellnessmama.com/302581/detox-heavy-metals/
  2. Travis Wade Fitness: traviswadefitness.com/2016/04/11/2016-4-11-heavy-metal-detoxification/  (Travis reposted the article 1/12/21 using same url as original post) 
  3. wrinkle-free-skin-tips.com/biosil-side-effects-reviews.html
  4. naturalfactors.com/en-us/specialty-lines/biosil-en-us/
  5. econugenics.com/products/pectasol-powder
  6. mercola.com/article/mercury/detox_protocol.htm
  7. About Zeta-aid: customers.hbci.com/~wenonah/new/mcdaniel.htm
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