Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dick and I are both doing great.  Dick hit a milestone birthday this past February when he turned 75!  The fact that at 75 years old Dick is enjoying his life full of energy and vitality when in 2002 he was morbidly obese, on insulin, couldn't walk except for short distances, etc., I believe is a true testament to our program. 

I'd like to share just one of the many stories  -- Sharon Schneider's story.  Sharon gave us permission to use her name and her story.    

Sharon is amazing.  In the Spring of 2012, she was devastated because she lost her husband to diabetes.  Shortly after losing her husband, she was shocked to learn that she too has diabetes.  She saw the PSCD Parma Community Education Flyer and signed up for our classes of October 2012.  I remember that she cried often during those classes.  

In March of 2013 Sharon returned to our class and told us that she had lost 50 pounds and her fasting blood sugar numbers had dropped significantly.  She showed us her lab reports and pointed out where her doctor had written on the report: "Congratulations, Sharon.  Keep up the good work."

Sharon came back to our class in October of 2013 this time as our guest.  She spoke to that class about her experiences.  Sharon was kind enough to mention that if it had not been for Mary and Dick and these classes she would still be ill and possibly wind up like her beloved husband.  She reported that  at this point she's lost 70 pounds and her doctors are thrilled with her progress.  Her Cleveland Clinic doctor asked her how she did this and Sharon said that her reply was, "Have you ever heard of Mary, The Diabetes Lady?"  :)  

Sharon and all people like Sharon who are suffering the horrible effects of diabetes are why Dick and I present these classes. Our number one goal is for people to become "empowered patients who are proactive partners with their physicians in their own healthcare."

Sunday, March 16, 2014

FAA Aviation Physician Dr. Unger Confirms Memory Deficits Caused by Statins

Sunday, March 16, 2013  on CNN's show "State of the Union", Candy Crowley interviewed Dr. Christopher Unger.  Dr. Unger is an FAA designated physician which means that he is chosen by the FAA as a physician qualified to examine pilots to see if they are qualified physically, mentally and emotionally to fly the huge jet airliners that carry hundreds of people.

Ms. Crowley asked Dr. Unger what constitutes passing an exam here and abroad.  She went on to question what could have happened to these pilots on the missing Malaysian Airliner because when their neighbors and friends were questioned they told investigators that these men were really nice guys who seemed to be in a really nice place, all of those sorts of things.  So how do we know that we have a pilot in trouble.  She mentioned that we've had pilots in the U.S. who when it was detected that they had some troubles, they were taken off the planes.

Dr. response was something I never expected.  His response confirmed so much of what I ve been saying about statins!  He said, "Candy let me give you two examples:
One example is medicines we use to lower cholesterol.  These may be among the most prescribed medicines in the world.  These medicines give rise to memory deficits, they give rise to transient global amnesia, and we're sort of naive of that especially when they might be mixed with something else.

This physician FAA approved physician is telling us that cholesterol lowering drugs give rise to amnesia and to transient global amnesia!!!!