So much has been happening and I don't talk about most of it here. I'm trying to keep this about family and my education. For now, it will stay that way. I'm almost done reading the brain book. It's a wonderful book with tips that look like they will really help. I have not tried any yet but I will. While my daughter napped yesterday (yes, she actually took a nap!), I cleaned up the office a bit. I pulled all her toys out and put them in her closet. I added a bunch of stuff to her art bucket. I now have everything I had put up in one place which is great. It's all accounted for. I made room in the closet in there so you can actually see the floor. I even brought out one of the dining room chairs to see if I can teach my daughter NOT to use it to climb. It would be nice to be able to eat meals at the table for a change. She DID eat her breakfast as the table this morning. I praised her for being such a good girl. I also dug out the Tinkerbell that goes with her music box and gave her that and a Minnie Mouse tea set. I had them on the coffee table for when she woke up so she could see them immediately and she got right up and started playing. She wanted to sleep with her Tinkerbell last night... I refused but she asked for it first thing this morning. My son woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning so we are dealing with the grumpies. He also keeps eating her crayon that she seems to have trouble remembering to put up. I do want to buy a few more boxes of these big fat crayons because they are worth it for these small hands but it's also more for a child to eat... I have already done breakfast, dishes and I have a load of laundry in the washer and the dryer. I have also strained my cramp bark tincture. That is such a GREAT herb for females so I'm looking forward to talking about that in the near future. For now, I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to discuss as research topics. The first week is almost up and I still have no clue! For now, I will leave you with a discussiom on Diabetes. Have a great day!
I chose “Nutritional intervention in patients with type 2 diabetes who are hyperglycaemic despite optimised drug treatment—Lifestyle Over and Above Drugs in Diabetes (LOADD) study: randomised controlled trial”. The purpose of the study was to determine if a better diet would reduce the dependency on diabetic drugs. The overall question was “Objective To determine the extent to which intensive dietary intervention can influence glycaemic control and risk factors for cardiovascular disease in patients with type 2 diabetes who are hyperglycaemic despite optmised drug treatment.” First off, the study was done in New Zealand (Aoterra) so some of the spellings throughout the study are different than the spellings we use here.
The article is organized: Abstract, Introduction, Methods (Participants, Randomization, Intervention, Study Outcomes, and Statistical Analysis) Results, Discussion (Comparison with other studies, Strengths and limitations of study, Implications). This is a very logical layout as it flows through the process. As questions arose in my mind, the next section answered them.
The theoretical rationale makes perfect sense. I chose this topic because I already had some experience of sorts in this arena. When I was early in my military career, I had the symptoms of hypoglycemia but my numbers never showed that I had it. I convinced my doctor to send me to the Diet for Diabetics class and it changed my life. The symptoms went away. I now know that not everything they told me to eat was actually food but it was a good lesson in determining what should be eaten. I think my favorite aspect of this study is the dietician followed up with the participants. I think this helped the study stay on track because the dietician could help the participant flex if need be based on changes in the participants life. An example of that is one participant had to drop out do to increased and unexpected travel. I think a good dietician could have helped this participant if the travel was within our country but not so much with travel outside the country. Another reason the rationale makes sense to me is, if you think about it, what your body doesn’t use gets stored in fat cells or excreted. If all you eat is junk food, then junk food is what gets stored in your fat cells. While doctors like to say EXERCISE, what they fail to realize is when you burn those fat cells, you are just releasing those junk food toxins back into your body. While exercise is good for you, health must start with a good diet.
I think the justification doesn’t need any further explanation than what is listed in the article itself. “No studies to date have approached the clinical question considered here, which is increasingly relevant as patients with type 2 diabetes are prescribed an increasing number of drugs and, like populations of non-diabetic people worldwide, are becoming increasingly overweight and obese (Coppell et al).”
Coppell, K. J., Kataoka, M., Williams, S. M., Chisholm, A. W., Vorgers, S. M., & Mann, J. I. “Nutritional intervention in patients with type 2 diabetes who are hyperglycaemic despite optimised drug treatment—Lifestyle Over and Above Drugs in Diabetes (LOADD) study: randomised controlled trial”.
Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity Research, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Otago, PO Box 913, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand. Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago. Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago. BMJ 2010;341:c3337 doi:10.1136/bmj.c3337
I am currently a student at American College of Healthcare Sciences earning my Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine. This blog is my journey of juggling mom-life with student life. My husband is a truck driver so I'm essentially a single mom all but 3 days a month. It's a challenge but we will get through this. I complete this degree on 18 December 2019 and will take one additional semester and then be done for a while. My children need more attention from their mommy but I can't wait on getting this education done. I will do what I must for now.