A Tough Prayer

As a Christian, I’m a firm believer in the power of our prayers but there is one particular prayer that I am fearful of uttering.

Sure, I pray for the health and protection of my family, revival in my country, growth for my church and things like that but after hearing the song “Oceans” by Hillsong United I was struck with a specific prayer request.

Here’s the full song and if you haven’t heard it, go ahead and spend about 7 minutes listening to the gifted Taya Smith:

Here are the verses that I can’t seem to stop thinking about:

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”

“Let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me”

“Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander”

“And my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior”

Are you ready to pray for God to take you to a place where your trust in Him is so great that you surrender your life totally to Him?

Are you ready for God to take you to a place where you would NEVER willingly go?

Think back to those in Scripture that exemplified this description of willingly turning over their entire life to God.

Saul, originally a persecutor of Christians, became the Apostle Paul and was eventually executed for following Jesus.

Moses, Jonah and Jeremiah had the unfortunate tasks of speaking truth to power in following the will of God and they hardly led lives of comfort.

All but 2 of the original 12 Disciples ended up being executed for their insistence on preaching the Gospel.

And we don’t have to look to biblical times to see examples of people turning their lives over to Christ. We don’t just have folks like Martin Luther and Mother Theresa, I bet you can name several people that you know personally who have answered the call and given their lives over to Christ fully. I would bet that you’d tell me they didn’t lead a life of leisure and comfort but instead lived a life of persecution.

Of course we are commanded to follow God’s will and there is plenty of scripture to back that up:

“I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.” – Psalms 40:8

“Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” – Psalms 143:10

“Your kingdom come Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:10

But I’m still scared to utter this prayer.

Does that make me a bad Christian for not wanting to do what God would have me to do?

Maybe, but I think if you aren’t even a little bit scared to ask God to take over your life completely then you don’t fully comprehend the power God has to transform your life.

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Stuff Dictators Say

On Thursday President Obama is set to take executive action on Immigration Reform and you have to be a true low information voter to not see through this sham.

Obama’s quote from CNN:

Obama – “And so what I’m going to be laying out is the things that I can do with my lawful authority as President to make the system work better, even as I continue to work with Congress to encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem.”

After all the rhetoric is over, what Obama will really announce is that he will be selectively choosing which immigration laws to stop enforcing. Obama thinks choosing which laws to enforce falls into the category of “things that I can do with my lawful authority as President.”

What a dangerous precedent he is setting here!  And I hope Democrats remember this in 2017.

When Scott Walker becomes President then he can refuse to enforce the rulings of the National Labor Relations Board and proceed to allow states to bust up Public Service Unions.

The next Republican POTUS can instruct the IRS to not enforce the Medical Device Tax.

How about refusing to enforce the employer mandate for Obamacare too?

While we’re at it, let’s instruct the IRS to not collect Corporate Income taxes!

This can be fun!

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A Special Run In My New Shoes

I’ve been running in the same make/model shoe for over 14 years – The Brooks Adrenaline GTS – and Friday was the first time I ever bought them in a color combination that differed from the standard blue/white/silver.

shoes

Saturday’s run in these shoes was special but not for the reason I said above. The run was special because I was running with my daughter who recently “officially” became a runner.

How did she “officially” become’ a runner? Before I get to that, here’s some history.

My daughter is 13 years old and admittedly the memories of her time as a baby are a little fuzzy but it seems to me that she ran before she walked. Once she figured out how to move around on two legs versus all fours she ran everywhere. And it wasn’t the gangly toddler type of running. She ran with almost perfect form!

Being a father who loves sports, the visions of soccer or lacrosse college scholarships ran through my head so we didn’t wait too long before signing her up for sports.

During soccer and lacrosse practices it was very apparent that my daughter was the fastest kid on the field. During drills involving pure running she’d always finish first. Even when she was in a U6 co-ed soccer league she was faster than the boys. Parents always must restrain their adoration of their child because we are biased but on the field of competition the kid’s true talent will either be apparent or reality will smack the parents in the face.

But alas team sports were not her thing. My daughter’s athletic skills during practice didn’t translate to the white hot pressure cooker of game day. She didn’t like the attention afforded her when she’d break from the pack and I’d see her slowing up to allow others to catch her so she wouldn’t be the object of everyone’s attention. My daughter’s compassion level is off the charts but her aggressiveness is in the negative territory and she was more interested in making sure everyone on the field had a good time than beating another kid for the ball.

This was frustrating. When I said my daughter ran everywhere I am not exaggerating. She ran to the kitchen. She ran to the bedroom. She ran in the parking lot. She ran in church. It was hard for me to come to terms with the disconnect that I had to yell at her all the time to stop running in public places but when she got on the field of competition she would just prance around the action. After 2 seasons of soccer and 2 seasons of lacrosse my wife and I came to the conclusion that team sports weren’t our daughter’s thing and we should just get over it!

When she entered 8th grade we encouraged her to join the running club and every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday after school the club stays after school to engage in cross country type running drills. It’s not a true cross country team but the program is meant to get kids acclimated to that type of training prior to high school.

After a month or so of steady progression my daughter had a breakthrough last week when the coach challenged the kids to run a mile without stopping and my daughter was one of the few who were able to do that. She was so excited to tell me about this milestone that she informed me that she wanted to run a marathon!

She and I had a long talk about the stress of training for a marathon and how that probably isn’t good for her 13 year old body right now but we can start running 5K’s together and see how that goes and then take up the mileage as she matures.

That was the first time when it hit me that she may actually become one of those weird “runner” creatures like her dad.

A couple of days later my daughter said that she hasn’t been able to run much this week and she wanted to run on Friday after school – Alone, by herself, on the streets of our neighborhood – and sure enough, she ran a short out-and-back 1.2 miles Friday on her own.

That was it! That was the exact moment my daughter “officially” became a runner.

She missed running so much that she wanted to do it on her own time. She could’ve spent that time on her iPad or watching her mindless Disney shows but she decided to lace up her shoes and head out the door for a run.

That is what separates people who run because they HAVE to (in PE, because their parents force them or because a coach tells you to) from people who run because they WANT to. Runners do it for the joy. Runners do it because they like the way they feel during and after a nice run. Runners miss the days they can’t run.

After her 1.2 mile run on Friday my daughter told me that she wanted to run a 2.5 mile course with me on Saturday. <Heart melts>

That run with my daughter was what made my Saturday run so special. It had nothing to do with the shoes but with the person who was running at my side.

I’ve been a runner for over 15 years and I have tons of race t-shirts, finisher medals and bibs lining my drawers in the closet to prove it. I have completed a marathon, organized local races and served in leadership capacities with a local running club so I’ve experienced many highs from this great lifestyle but nothing compared to the day I got the privilege of running with my daughter who recently, like her dad did 15 years ago, decided to become a runner.

During the past 13 years my daughter has watched her dad put on his shoes and go out the door with regularity all through the year in all kinds of weather. She watched me run races early on Thanksgiving, don rain gear to run in a heavy downpour, get up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday to run a race and even run in the rare instance where we get snow down here.

During the Saturday run with my daughter, I kept coming back to something I had noticed these past 13 years. Whenever I got back to the house after each of my races my daughter would always ask me if I won. Of course the answer was always “no” because I’m a very slow runner but she never stopped asking that question.

Silly me thought that she just shook her head and laughed at me while I participated in these seemingly meaningless races (that I NEVER won) but maybe, just maybe, she asked this question for another reason. Maybe she noticed how much joy I got out of running even though I never won any races. Running might not be about the awards but more about the simple act of just running.

She had to have noticed and now she’s joined the club!

 

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I Still Can’t Explain This

I’m a Type 2 Diabetic and back in July I wrote about how something odd had happened the month before with my blood sugar measurements and by “odd”, I meant good!

Well, it’s been 6 months since that apparent step function down in blood sugar measurements and I’m happy to report that this oddity is now the new normal.

morning blood sugar

evening blood sugar

It is clear from both graphs that the change happened in early June and both morning and evening measurements saw this improvement. With the exception of two spikes (that I explained here and here) my blood sugar measurements are right in the middle of a normal range for someone without Diabetes.

While it is great news that this improvement wasn’t an anomaly, the bad news is I still can’t explain it.

I still follow the same Paleo lifestyle these past 6 months as I did 6 months prior to this change and there was no assignable cause to this.

Did it take that much time of eliminating grains, legumes and dairy to finally allow my body to function the way it was intended to?

Was there some food I subtly eliminated that I didn’t log?

As someone who is a slave to the data, it pains me that I can’t assign a cause to this.

Make no mistake about it – I’m still a Type 2 Diabetic. I periodically test my body out by eating a potato, tortilla or piece of bread to see how my body reacts and sure enough my blood sugars rise above the normal range. My insulin sensitivity has drastically improved but I’m most certainly still a Type 2 Diabetic. But here’s the thing – Even if my body were to totally reset itself, based on my increased energy levels and overall general health, I’d never go back to the way I used to be (eating grains, legumes and dairy).

I’ve been following this Paleo lifestyle in varying degrees for over a year now and I still have more questions than answers but my data clearly show that a Paleo lifestyle can allow a Type 2 Diabetic to have blood sugar measurements in the normal range without medication.

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No, The Economy Isn’t Doing Great

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issued its October Jobs Report last week and the Unemployment Rate ticked down to 5.8%.

But don’t get too giddy.

As NPR reports, the economic metrics that matter most to Americans are still awaiting this mythical recovery that Team Obama keeps talking about.

Wages

“Linda Barrington, executive director of the Institute for Compensation Studies at Cornell University, says they’ve been inching up, barely.”

“Wages and inflation are sort of going hand in hand and have been since the recession, so people aren’t feeling like they’re getting ahead, even if they have a job,” she says.”

Long Term Unemployment Rate

“You know, when you see the longer-term unemployment numbers, those are people who have not given up, who continue to look for work, who want to work,” she says. “But for some reason an employer isn’t seeing what they’re bringing as valuable enough to hire them.”

Labor Force Participation Rate

“A lot of people are giving up,” she says. “They’re not even in the numbers; they’re not in the count. They’ve been looking for jobs for so long and can’t find the jobs that they’re simply not even trying anymore. And that is why you see this [unemployment rate] number below 6 percent looking better than it really is.”

Quit Rate

“The quit rate is still relatively low. Economist Tara Sinclair, with the jobs website Indeed, says we actually want more people quitting their jobs.”

“The reason it’s a good thing for people to be quitting their job is because that suggests that they’re optimistic about their labor market choices,” she says.”

People Who Would Rather Be Employed Full Time

“That number is still very elevated, which suggests that even though the employment numbers look pretty good, if people aren’t getting the type of job that they want there’s still room for improvement,” Sinclair says.”

It’s odd that nowhere in this NPR article does the author attempt to arrive at reasons why we are still waiting for that much expected recovery from the latest recession.

Nothing about increased government regulation, a Federal takeover of the US healthcare system, the highest corporate tax rate in the world, ballooning national debt or exploding entitlement programs.

It’s like these lingering economic problems are just the result of dumb luck or something.
It probably has nothing to do with the guy who has resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the past 6 years.

At least not according to NPR.
 

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Climate Activist Loses Big In Midterm Election

There’s no way to sugar coat the shellacking the Democrats took in the 2014 midterm elections. It was awful.

But what makes this election result much more difficult to swallow for the Left is when you take into account the vast amount of political money that was spent by Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) cult members.

From NPR:

Yesterday was a grim one for liberal SuperPacs. One of the biggest spenders was NextGen Climate Action. The group had spent tens of millions of dollars attacking Republicans on the climate change issue in seven contests. NextGen Climate Action is funded mainly by one donor – hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer. NPR’s Peter Overby takes a closer look at Steyer’s spending and why it didn’t pay off.

PETER OVERBY: All told, Tom Steyer put $74 million into the midterms. Nearly all of it went to NexGen Climate Action, so the question is was that $74 million well invested?

And the delusional response from Tom Styer?

Oh God, yes. Oh my, gosh, there is no – look, the way that we make social change in the United States is through the political process. And there’s no doubt that we’ve heightened this issue incredibly. We built up an incredible base of supporters around the country and we absolutely surfaced it in a way that’s never happened before in elections.

Really? Let’s take another look at the results.

OVERBY: Among the winners last night were four Republicans than NexGen Climate had targeted – Governor Paul LePage in Maine, plus Senators elect Cory Gardner in Colorado and Joni Ernst in Iowa.

OVERBY: Florida was NexGen Climate’s biggest loss. Steyer and his strategists said they met their goal for voter turnout in places they targeted, but Scott more than made up for it in other parts of the state.

NextGen Climate dumped 10’s of millions of dollars into campaigns to prevent Republicans from being elected but they lost miserably. And Steyer says that money was well invested!

Well I agree! I hope the rest of the AGW cult community continues to waste valuable campaign dollars in just such a manner for many years to come.

Meanwhile, the rest of us recognize the AWG cult lies for what they are. Lies.

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For Type 2 Diabetics, There’s No Place like Home

As a Type 2 Diabetic who controls his blood sugars without medication, it’s tough to eat right when I am out of town and consume most of my meals in unfamiliar restaurants.

I recently spent 8 straight days on the road and you can see from the graph below that I struggled with my morning blood sugar measurements being higher than normal. (NOTE – The measurements in the red circle represent days that I spent out of town).

morning blood sugar out of town

And just to be complete – Sleep, exercise and other parts of my daily routine didn’t change when I travelled out of town so the only variable that affected my blood sugar measurements was my diet.

I always try to restrict my choices to stay within the Paleo diet guidelines but I just never know for certain what goes on back there in the kitchen when I’m in an unfamiliar restaurant. They may add sugar, oils from grains, high fructose corn syrup or dairy that isn’t explicitly outlined on the menu.

I have a nice list of restaurants in my local area where I’ve had meals that didn’t raise my blood sugar but that list was compiled after months of trial and error (something I don’t have the luxury of doing when I’m out of town).

It’s tough enough to find Paleo friendly meals in restaurants in your home town but it’s even more difficult when you enter unfamiliar surroundings and this latest trip proved that for me.

 

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Paleo Workouts Are Good For Blood Sugar Levels

As I’ve written about before, I have adopted the Paleo lifestyle and it has allowed this Type 2 Diabetic to live with normal blood sugar levels without medicine.

Part of this Paleo lifestyle involves exercising like our Paleolithic ancestors did – running fast for short time periods and lifting heavy stuff (preferably not on exercise equipment). So once I adopted this lifestyle I altered my workouts to move away from endurance type activities (long runs, 2 hour bike rides, etc.) and switched to weight training, interval training and other high intensity workouts. This new workout regime has worked well for me but due to work/life duties I rarely have the opportunity to participate in a really intense Paleo style workout so I was excited with the fact that this past weekend presented a chance to really push this mid 40’s body.

We had a large dead tree in our backyard and after contracting a professional to cut it down I requested they leave the main trunk so I could use a chain saw and axe to bust it up into firewood. What’s more Paleolithic than cutting up a tree to get firewood?

chopping wood

I spent 4 hours cutting the tree into smaller sections with a chainsaw and then using an axe, splitting the wood into smaller pieces suitable for a fireplace. I am not going to lie – Every muscle in my body ached after that activity and the following days will brutal as the muscle soreness sets in!

On the day I did this work I checked my blood sugar levels after dinner to see what effect that workout had. It should be noted that normal (non-diabetic) blood sugars 2 hours after a meal can be in the 100-130 mg/dL range and that is where mine normally fall but after that night’s meal – large salad (lettuce, cucumbers, bell peppers, egg, jalapenos, tomatoes, turkey, vinegar and oil) – my blood sugar measurement was 83!

If you think about it, high intensity workouts should benefit your blood sugar levels. After taxing your muscles, your body will have a desire to replenish the fuel in your muscles (glycogen) with any blood sugar it can find and this process of turning blood sugar into glycogen will drop your blood sugar measurements.

I plan to look for more opportunities like this to participate in high intensity Paleolithic workouts.

 

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Global Temperature Update – October 2014

From NPR:

“The debate over climate change in this country has dramatically shifted over the years. The question is no longer whether climate change exists, but rather what can be done to slow its effects? And the U.S. Department of Defense is asking the same question.”

“This past week, the Pentagon released a report saying that rising temperatures pose an immediate threat to national security, and it outlined a plan to the crisis.”

With all the very real threats in our world (ISIL, Russia, Iran, Ebola, etc.) it’s disturbing to know the Department of Defense (DoD) is burning precious resources to combat a myth pushed by the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) cult.

Sorry to disappoint NPR and the DoD but no, the question about whether manmade CO2 is causing global temperatures to increase has NOT been settled!

I think it’s time for another update on Earth’s global temperature anomalies and Earth’s atmospheric CO2 levels.

For sure, CO2 levels in the atmosphere are continuing to increase as can be seen from this link.

co2

Now let’s look at the global temperature anomalies from three [3] global temperature data sets – The University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU), the Remote Sensing System (RSS) and the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

NOTE – The CRU data version 3 (HADCRUT3) that I’ve been using for years was abandoned by CRU in May of 2014 so I started using their latest data set (HADCRUT4) for data starting in January 2014.

hadcrut4

rss

uah

As you can see from above, the Earth’s global temperature anomalies have been flat for the past 17+ years.

It gets even worse for the AGW cult when you plot these temperature anomalies against atmospheric CO2 levels (ppm).

hadcrut4 vs co2

rss vs co2

uah vs co2

Just how bad was the AGW prediction on global temperature rise due to atmospheric CO2s?

In 2007, the AGW cult predicted that if we continued to pump an additional 3 ppm of CO2 into the atmosphere every year (what we’re doing right now) then we’d see temperature increases of 0.2°C per decade. Doing the math, that equates to a temperature rise of 0.007°C for every ppm of atmospheric CO2.

Using the graphs above, we see that for the past 17+ years the actual temperature rise per CO2 ppm was 0.0017°C (for CRU), -0.0006°C (for RSS) and 0.0035°C (for UAH). So at best (using the UAH data) the AGW cult predictions were off by a factor of 2 but using the CRU data the predictions were off by a factor of 4. And the RSS data shows a negative correlation to CO2 (more CO2 causes temperatures to decrease) so the AGW cult predictions were totally wrong because the temperature anomalies DECREASED when atmospheric CO2 was increasing.

For those who think I’m “cherry picking” the 17 year time frame, you need to read this peer reviewed paper. It clearly states that we need at least 17 years to gauge the effects of man-made CO2 effects on global temperatures and that is exactly what I’m doing.

“Our results show that temperature records of at least 17 years in length are required for identifying human effects on global-mean tropospheric temperature.”

And we don’t have to look at just temperature anomalies to see how the AGW cult predictions are falling apart. Global sea ice extent graphs of the Arctic and Antarctic are either within the +/- 2 standard deviations of 1981-2010 or way above that level.

arctic sea ice extent

antarctic sea ice extent

The AGW cult predictions are laughable on so many levels but it is almost criminal for news organization like NPR and the Federal government agencies like the DoD to continue to perpetuate this lie from the AGW cult.

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NPR Reveals Obama’s Failures In Iraq

NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman discussed the ongoing US role in Afghanistan with Defense analyst Tom O’Hanlon and General Dubik and at the end of the report there was an interesting bit that slipped through the censors.

O’HANLON: No matter what we’re told about the combat mission ending, we better still expect a dozen or two fatalities in our troops in Afghanistan next year and probably several dozen wounded.

BOWMAN: Still, despite the danger, officials say those thousands of U.S. forces in Afghanistan can prevent a repeat of the failures in Iraq. All U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011. This summer, the Iraqi army crumbled, opening the door to forces with the group that calls itself the Islamic State – again, General Dubik.

DUBIK: We have to learn from our mistakes in Iraq where we focused too narrowly on the military dimension of security and not the governance dimension of security.

BOWMAN: Now a new Iraqi government is attempting to fix what led to the military’s collapse and rebuild those army units. Hundreds of U.S. military advisers are returning to help.

Sounds like the NPR Pentagon correspondent and a General are saying that Obama’s zeal to pull all troops out of Iraq before a stable local government security presence was established might have been a huge mistake.

But never fear, regular NPR listeners will impose their own filters and blame all this on Bush.

Think I’m joking?

Here was my tweet highlighting this NPR article:

And here was the predictable Leftist reply:

Leftists are very predictable. Nothing is Obama’s fault. All the bad things that have happened since 2009 are all the fault of Bush. According to the noise in their echo chamber Obama was the first POTUS in the history of the United States to be dealt such horrific problems that even he, the smartest guy in the room, couldn’t fix.

Either that or they like to pretend that Obama hasn’t been President of the United States for the past 5+ years.

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New Branch of AGW Cult Science

From NPR:

“Nowadays, when there’s a killer heat wave or serious drought somewhere, people wonder: Is this climate change at work? It’s a question scientists have struggled with for years. And now there’s a new field of research that’s providing some answers. It’s called “attribution science” — a set of principles that allow scientists to determine when it’s a change in climate that’s altering weather events … and when it isn’t.”

Isn’t that just precious?

The same group of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) cult scientists who can’t explain why global temperature anomalies have been flat for 18 years (even though atmospheric CO2 concentrations are continuing to increase) will now tell us, with 100% certainty, whether each weather event is the result of this magical CO2 molecule which comprises 0.04% of our atmosphere.

Just 1 day before this NPR story ran we see another story here where a climate scientist admits that the AGW cult models are deeply flawed since they didn’t predict the lack of warming for the past 18 years.

“You’re going back to a fundamental question of science that when you understand a system, you are able to predict its behavior. The fact that no one predicted what’s happened in the past 18 years indicates we have a long way to go to understand the climate system,” Christy replied.

“And that the way the predictions were wrong were all to one direction, which means the predictions or the science is biased in one direction, toward overcooking the atmosphere.”

The AGW cult doesn’t know how to fix their models to correctly hind cast the past 18 years of no warming but never mind, we should totally trust them to ascertain whether the recent drought, flood, hurricane or tornado was a result of atmospheric CO2.

And NPR reports this story with a straight face.

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Why AGW Cult Scientists Can’t Be Objective

I’ve thought about why the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) cult lie persists and written about it here but there is a great post by Joe Bastardi that does this topic far better justice.

Read it all but here are a couple of the main quotes:

“For instance, while I’ve read almost everything Dr. Mann has written, how many times has he had hands on experience in making a forecast that has to verify? It’s laughable to think, as a private sector meteorologist whose livelihood depends on being right, that one can separate climate from weather. I realized a long time ago that being able to recognize current patterns from understanding the past (it was drilled into me by my father, a degreed meteorologist) was essential to making a good forecast. The fact many climatologists downplay the relationship, or say they’re different, shows me they don’t know what they’re talking about. In other words, I do what they do, but they don’t do what I do. I read what they write, but they won’t stop to look at the other side.”

“Then there’s another big problem: What if you have all this knowledge, you’ve taken a stand on this, and it’s your whole life – how can you possibly be objective? The climate debate and past weather events are needed building blocks for my product. That product involves a challenge each day. In the case of a PhD on the AGW side, they believe the idea is the product. Destroy the idea, you destroy the product; destroy the product, you destroy the person. Therefore, it’s personal. Your whole life – all the fawning students, the rock star status – is all gone. I would hate to be in that position. Each day I get up, and there it is – the weather challenging me. The answer is the fruit of my labor, not the object of it. Because of that, you’ll look for anything to come up with the correct answer, not just a predetermined one where your self-esteem depends on it.”

AGW cult climate scientists aren’t interested in finding the truth through data or they’d take one look at the graph below and realize that CO2 isn’t a main driver in Earth’s climate over the past 17 years.

rss vs co2

AGW Cult climate scientists are driven by a socio-economical-political cause and they are only interested in reading and conversing on topics in their own echo chamber that support their beliefs.

This approach to science is actually antithesis to real science and these liars should never be taken seriously.

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The Changing Landscape For US Manufacturing

If you are one of those people who wish the US could return to the days when we had a strong manufacturing sector with millions of blue collar jobs then you are going to be disappointed.

As I’ve written about before, these manufacturing jobs are gone and will not be coming back in any appreciable amount. The days of making products that require an army of manual laborers is long gone and it’s not just the story in the US, all industrialized countries see a drop off of manufacturing labor as their economies become advance.

From my earlier post:

“The McKinsey Global Institute has released a study about the future of manufacturing and it is required reading for anyone in that industry as well as policy makers in developed countries.”

mfg-vs-gdp-per-capita

And this is to be expected for those of us who subscribe to the notion that the Free Market is the best method for providing the highest quality, lowest cost products that can be delivered in the quickest time.

You can’t say you are a Conservative who believes in the Free Market and then be upset when companies choose to manufacture low tech products in foreign countries that provide cheap labor.   This is the natural progression and a wise country will see this and shift their education to equip its citizens with skills to fill the next niche in the labor market.

From the McKinsey Global Institute study:

“Two key priorities for both governments and businesses are education and the development of skills. Companies have to build their R&D capabilities, as well as expertise in data analytics and product design. They will need qualified, computer-savvy factory workers and agile managers for complex global supply chains. In addition to supporting ongoing efforts to improve public education—particularly the teaching of math and analytical skills—policy makers must work with industry and educational institutions to ensure that skills learned in school fit the needs of employers.”

Unfortunately for us, we have been slow to understand this concept and we are now left with a labor force that is poorly educated and ill equipped to meet the needs of modern manufacturing in the US.

As I’ve written about before, highly technical, automated manufacturing is the future for the US and now NPR has a story that basically says the same thing.

The NPR story tells about how an old Kodak manufacturing plant has been retooled to use automated equipment and a highly skilled workforce to provide valuable products to the market.

Money quotes are here:

“That said, this picture is far from perfect. You look at this factory: making incredible things with machines both old and new, but there’s almost no one here. The factory has more than 16,000 square feet, but only 80 people work here.”

“You look at the folks that are on this floor right now working, they’re highly skilled, and what we want to do is make the work more of a science versus an art.”

“Now, it’s less art, more science. And this is exactly the challenge today. Even when a place like Rochester seems to be figuring it out, this deeper problem remains. There are very few jobs for the blue-collar worker.

“It’s a conundrum Nabil Nasr thinks about every day. He’s the associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology.”

“Manufacturing today is not what it used to be. In the past, for example, Kodak used to make very sophisticated, high-precision lenses in a very primitive process that was very time-consuming,” Nasr says. “Today, we’re making very sophisticated computerized equipment that can make some of these lenses in a fraction of the time they used to spend in making those lenses before.”

“Where is the blue-collar worker today? What options are there for them?”

“This is a serious issue, and I think there are a lot of people left out of the manufacturing sector, and there are a lot of barriers,” Nasr says.

“There are high-paying openings, he says, but not everyone is qualified for them because they require expertise and education. “They really want to get these jobs but they aren’t able to because it would take them a long time to get there, and they’re not able or willing to actually spend that time to get there,” Nasr says.”

The Free Market is a harsh mistress for those countries and companies that fail to stay on top of the changing trends.

It is sad to see hard working people out of work because the Leftists in our government, who are beholden to the Labor Unions, have held on to the past and refused to recognize the brutal facts that have been hiding in plain sight for decades.

The low skilled labor of the 1960’s and 1970’s has been replaced with the high skilled manufacturing of the 21st century and if we had been able to recognize this 20 years ago we would have a skilled labor force ready to fill the needs of our current manufacturing practices.

Our lack of vision will be our undoing.

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My Advice For The USA Ryder Cup Team In 2016

Ryder-Cup-2014

Spend more time focused on teamwork.

Golf is an individual sport and rarely do the professionals get to participate in a team competition so it’s not surprising that these guys struggle when thrust into this foreign scenario. But I think the lack of teamwork on the US side was the reason we lost the Ryder Cup again.

Before I back this up with data, let’s talk about the three formats that are used in the Ryder Cup.

Singles

One golfer from each side pairs off and compete in match play competition. While the coach for each side stays in contact with all the players on the course keeping them up on the current situation so the player knows the stakes of his match, this part of the Ryder Cup isn’t much different than what the professionals do week in and week out on the PGA tour. Yea, it’s Match Play instead of Stroke Play but there are events on the Tour that follow this format so this isn’t outside the comfort zone of a PGA tour player. Not much teamwork involved here.

Fourball

Each side has a two man team that competes against the other side’s two man team in match play competition and all four players play their own ball until they hole out. Each side takes the best score of the two and that is compared with the other side’s best score to determine who won the hole. It’s true that there is a little bit of team work involved here (For example – if your partner is safely on the green then you can be a little more aggressive with your approach shot, you can get assistance reading greens, etc.) but for the most part these guys are playing a game that isn’t much different than what they do every Thursday – Sunday on the PGA Tour. Again, not a ton of teamwork involved here other than pumping each other up or talking them down from the ledge (not to minimize this of course).

Foursomes

Like Fourball, each side has a two man team that competes against the other side’s two man team in match play competition but this time each side follows an alternate shot format (player A tees off, player B hits the 2nd shot and so on until they hole out). This format is way outside the comfort zone of the typical PGA professional because they rarely play this way except for a chosen 12 every two years in the Ryder Cup. This is the area where we stumbled in 2014 and that failure shows the lack of teamwork on our side.

Here are the Team USA results for the 2014 Ryder Cup (Win-Loss-Halved) and I think you can see what I’m talking about.

Friday

Fourball – 2-1-1

Foursomes – 0-3-1

Saturday

Fourball – 2-1-1

Foursomes – 0-3-1

Sunday

Singles – 4-5-3

Team USA lost 11-1/2 to 16-1/2 and if we would’ve split the W/L on the Foursomes (instead of losing 6 we would’ve won 3) the result would’ve been 14-1/2 to 13-1/2 and we would’ve won the Ryder Cup.

Amateur golfers play on teams in local tournaments all the time whether it’s Captains’ Choice/Scramble format or the multitude of variations on that concept (i.e. Modified Pinehurst, Dog Fight, modified Stableford, etc.). Most of the local club tournaments require partners and that is why even a lowly 14 handicapper like myself can watch this year’s Ryder Cup and easily determine the one area that our professionals need to improve on in 2016.

I’ve played in alternate shot formats and it is the most difficult for me to compete in. There is an immense amount of pressure knowing that the result of my next golf shot will be what my partner has to hit next.

All kinds of thoughts run through my mind.

Don’t shank it.

Don’t put it in the rough.

Don’t hit it fat and put the ball in the water.

Don’t leave this putt 4 feet short.

It is one of the most pressure packed formats for me because I have a strong desire to help my team mate out and I can easily let that pressure overwhelm me.

Not to mention the fact that team work is hyper critical in this format. You have to break the tendencies you’ve followed for most all of your golf life in which you hit your shots to play into your own strengths.  In an alternate shot format you must know your partner’s golf game and hit your shots to set them up to favor their strengths – not your own.

I’m sure the pros are no different than us lowly amateurs in that regard and that’s why I am suggesting that whoever coaches the team in 2016 put an extra emphasis on this aspect of the Ryder Cup.

 

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Did Obama Just Have A “Read My Lips” Moment?

We’re all familiar with this clip of George H W Bush in 1988:

It’s dangerous to make absolute statements like that in politics and it’s absolutely foolish for a Republican POTUS to make these bold statements when he had a Democrat controlled House and Senate to ‘work’ with for the next 4 years.

As we all know, in 1990 Bush had to compromise with the House and Senate and raise existing taxes. True, this compromise didn’t result in ‘new’ taxes but we all knew what Bush meant and the MSM had a field day with that 1988 clip. After that debacle, Bush didn’t have a chance in the 1992 Presidential election.

Fast forward to today – Did Obama just have his own “Read My Lips” moment?

From NPR:

“As your commander in chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq,” Obama said at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

Over the past few months Obama was faced with 3 choices in the ISIL situation:

1 – Do nothing. Let Iraq and Syria take care of it and use our armed forces to secure our borders to protect the homeland. (Full Disclosure – This is my choice)

2 – Put boots on the ground. Mobilize in Iraq and Syria and destroy these monsters.

3 – Play politics. The public sentiment was high that we needed to do something against ISIL after seeing two Americans beheaded so he chose to use air strikes to limit ISIL’s strength.

I hope you all know that Obama can’t afford a victory in Iraq because his worldview can’t stand for the notion that there are evil people in the world that can only be neutralized through force. Remember, this guy won the Nobel Peace Prize and thinks Islamic terrorists hate us because we have invaded their lands so if we just play nice with them then they’ll do the same with us.

Obama can’t order a ground campaign because the Leftist leaders who put Obama in power wouldn’t stand to have their guy follow the same path as George Bush (43) – The very guy who they maligned for his “Blood for Oil” campaigns.

So Obama chose the political route and he tried to appease his followers today by saying he will NEVERr commit troops on the ground in Iraq.

Really?

What if ISIL bombed a building in the US? What if ISIL committed vile acts of terrorism to the level of 9/11? What is ISIL gets hold of nuclear bomb material?

I pray that never happens but in this uncertain world we live in, none of the scenarios I list above is out of the realm of possibility.

If any of these dire situations play out I would have to think there would be a huge national outcry to commit ground troops in Iraq and Syria. Just like what happened after 9/11. What would Obama do then?

It takes a person who has a very simple view of the world to speak in such absolutes but sadly, Obama is just that type of person. GWH Bush made that mistake in 1988 and I hope, for the sake of the US, Obama just didn’t make the same mistake.

Read His Lips!

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A Bourbon A Day Helps Keep The Blood Sugars At Bay

If you follow this blog you know I have Type 2 Diabetes and I’ve reversed my diabetic symptoms through the adoption of a Paleo lifestyle but there has been a nagging question in my mind over the last few months about how much alcohol consumption relates to my blood sugar measurements.

I normally consume a moderate amount of alcohol (one bourbon or a couple of beers) after dinner and have found, on the days when I do not drink alcohol, my following morning blood sugar measurements were higher than normal.

There are plenty of medical studies that show moderate consumption of alcohol in the evening leads to lower blood sugar measurements in the morning (and throughout the day). The apparent chemical mechanism for this is the liver is so pre-occupied with metabolizing the alcohol that is ‘forgets’ to produce glucose and thereby drops our body’s blood sugar levels.

The science seems sound but I’ve never designed a controlled experiment to prove the causal relationship between alcohol and lower morning blood sugar measurements.

So I decided to put that theory to the test on my own body.

Here was the design of my experiment – For 2 weeks I’d intentionally build in two blocks of consecutive days where I would consume no alcohol and compare my morning blood sugar measurements to the days I would consume alcohol. My exercise and diet routine was not varied during this 2 week time frame so the only variable was alcohol consumption.

The graph below shows the results and note that I provided the morning blood sugar measurements for the week prior to this experiment to show that the data from days I drank alcohol were not outside the norm for what I normally measure in the morning.

no alcohol graph

You can see that the mornings following a no-alcohol day have blood sugar measurements that are significantly higher than the mornings following a day I consumed alcohol. So I can conclusively say that I was able to manipulate the output variable (morning blood sugar measurements) quite dramatically with alcohol consumption.

The standard deviation of both the control data (days I drank alcohol) and the test data (days I didn’t drink alcohol) were very similar – 4.82 mg/dL for the control and 4.88 mg/dL for the test but the averages differed by 25.3 mg/dL (87.9 mg/dL for the control and 113.2 mg/dL for the test).

Don’t get me wrong – I am by no means advocating type 2 diabetics become alcoholics! But what this data has proven to me is that moderate alcohol consumption does help improve morning blood sugar measurements for this type 2 diabetic.

 

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The Clueless Left On Foreign Policy

It’s good to look back a few years ago at the foreign policy predications of Leftists to see how competent they were.

Think Progress thought Obama had a good zinger in the 2012 presidential debates when he said this in reference to Romney’s statement that Russia was our number 1 geopolitical foe:

obama zinger

And remember in 2008 when Voxsplaining juice box kiddo Matt Yglesias said there was no way Russia would expand their aggression into Ukraine:

“The appeasement frame rests on the idea that it’s some kind of slippery slope from Russian bombers hitting Tblisi to attacks on Talinn, Kiev, Warsaw and who knows where else. But that’s to view international politics as some kind of purely abstract, logical affair where if Russia gets away with one thing there’s nothing to stop them from marching as far west as they please. In practice, the issue is whether there’s a slipper slope of capabilities and there clearly isn’t.”

And then this tweet in 2013:

But now we see this tweet from the super genius on 10-SEP-14:

And don’t forget what Salon editor Joan Walsh said in 2012:

“Obama’s best line came when he told Romney, “You seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.” That wasn’t just a good zinger, it’s a great summary of what’s at stake in this election. I hope voters ignore the supposedly savvy horse race coverage of this crucial debate, and pay attention to Romney’s lack of core convictions on foreign policy or anything else.”

http://www.salon.com/2012/10/23/the_man_without_a_soul/

Romney was right about Russia and Obama and his lap dog bloggers were wrong. Dead wrong.

But you’ll never hear them admit it.

Leftists live in a unicorn and rainbow filled Utopia where evil people don’t exist anymore. They think people will think rationally and do what’s in the best interest of the world to keep peace. They think all the evil people learned from their mistakes after they watched the Berlin Wall come toppling down. They think all violence in the world would fade away if we just confiscated all the guns.

These Leftists are dangerously naïve and in a sane world they would be relegated to a corner to be laugh at. But it’s no laughing matter now because many of them are getting elected and working in our state and federal governments. We are being led by simpletons who refuse to acknowledge the evil that exists in the world today.

The Left is just as clueless about foreign policy as they are about economics. If more people followed the news with an unbiased eye then there would be very few people in the US who would vote for them. Ever.

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The Obamanomics Recovery Rolls On

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issued the jobs report for August and it was not pretty.

Only 142,000 jobs were added in August and the unemployment rate dropped slightly from 6.2% in July to 6.1%. The unemployment rate only shrank because the civilian labor force dropped by 64,000 people and the Labor Force Participation Rate dropped to 62.8% from 63.2% a year ago. While 142,000 people found jobs, 204,000 people were added to the civilian non-institutional population so job growth didn’t match the needs of the rising population.

I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again – The Obamanomics “recovery” hasn’t come close to the type of recovery that was to be expected from a deep economic recession and month after month the BLS and GDP data back this up.

But enough about the facts, let’s see how an Obama loving economist, Justin Wolfers, spins the news.

He started out with a bold prediction:

Then he reports the dismal numbers:

Which is followed by his move to full shill mode:

Let’s blame noisy data:

Hey, it’s better than 5 years ago:

It could be worse, no really it’s not that bad!

This is no fun, let’s switch to bashing the Koch brothers:

Obama shills are going to shill and there is just no getting around it. In the mean time the US economy wastes another month of precious time and the promised ‘big recovery’ appears to have passed us by.

This pitiful ‘recovery’ should not be a surprise to anyone. What do you expect after 5-1/2 years of higher taxes, more government regulation, Obamacare, crony capitalism, increasing government debt, record government spending, exploding entitlement programs and increasing unrest/turmoil across the globe?

We have 2-1/2 more years of this ‘recovery’ before America hopefully wakes up. I hope there is something left saving in 2017.

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France Is Waking Up, The US Is Going To Sleep

It took a while but after years of socialistic economic policies, many political and business leaders in France are having a change of heart based on this NPR report:

“ELEANOR BEARDSLEY: The major players of the French economy gathered this week outside Paris for the annual meeting of the country’s principal business lobby – the MEDEF. From corporate CEOs to entrepreneurs, this crowd thinks it knows what’s ailing the French economy – too many regulations and taxes. But the main barrier to job creation, they say, is the rigid French labor code. Sixty-five-year-old Armand Carlier is the CEO of an aeronautical equipment maker.”

“ARMAND CARLIER: You just can’t get rid of anybody in the company nowadays without being sued in court and paying lots of indemnities. So you are very reluctant to contract and to hire new guys, which is totally absurd, you know.”

And French President Francois Holland is making changes in his cabinet too:

“BEARDSLEY: Hollande confirmed his tact to the right this week when he fired his left-leaning economy minister, Arnaud Montebourg, for criticizing the government’s economic policies. Hollande replaced him with Emmanuel Macron, a young former investment banker and confirmed free-market capitalist.”

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls appears to resonate with this tact to the Right.

“BEARDSLEY: Speaking at the business forum, Prime Minister Manuel Valls says France has to break with old attitudes that are killing the country’s competitiveness and sapping its moral.”

“VALLS: (Through translator) Who says the left has to be against the corporate world? No, the employer does not have to be against the worker, and unions and bosses don’t have to be systematically opposed to each other.”

“BEARDSLEY: Valls called on France to support its businesses and make the economy stronger for everyone. He got a standing ovation. Jacque Chanut is head of the French Builders Association.”

“JACQUE CHANUT: (Through translator) To hear a Socialist leader to make such a pro-business speech is incredible. I think mentalities are finally changing. At last, there’s the possibility of real reform.”

Wow! I’m excited to hear a Western government making a shift to Free Market economic policies and I hope this rubs off on other Western countries like the United States.

It’s sad to say but I think the leaders of France are more pro business than the leaders of the US.

Before Obama took office, nobody, including me, would’ve ever said this. But the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate for the next decade shows what 5-1/2 years of Team Obama has brought on the US. From the Wall-Street Journal:

“The CBO revised downward its economic growth projections for 2014 to 1.5% from 3.1%, which was hardly a bombshell given that real gross domestic product has increased by only 1.05% so far this year.”

The US economy has typically rebounded in magnitudes equivalent to the previous recession (large recessions are followed by big recoveries) but that has not happened yet.

We’re still waiting for this and meanwhile taxes are being raised on the job creators.

Here’s the reason corporations are shipping jobs overseas.

“Tax receipts will rise smartly this year, climbing 8% over 2013 to $3.01 trillion, led by a 15% increase in corporate income tax revenue and 6% among individuals.”

Entitlement spending is going through the roof.

“The major budget driver now is Medicaid, which will surge by 15% on ObamaCare’s expansion of that program. The figure would be still higher had not 23 states opted out to protect the integrity of their own budgets.”

“Some 85 cents of every increased dollar of spending over the next 10 years will flow to entitlements, mainly health care. Medicare, Medicaid and ObamaCare will rise to 5.9% of GDP from 4.9% today. All other spending except for these programs, Social Security and interest on the debt will grow by 20% but fall to the lowest share of GDP since 1940. So everything else the government is supposed to do—defend the country, fund basic research, build roads and bridges, and even the basic social safety net like unemployment insurance—is being crowded out by these income transfers.”

Our national debt is growing at a faster pace.

“…the debt problem hasn’t gone away. The Obama spending binge and slow growth have brought debt held by the public to 74.4% of the economy this year, up from 72% last year and 35% as recently as 2007. The debt-to-GDP ratio will rise to 77.2% a decade out”

Pitiful GDP growth, higher taxes, rising entitlement spending and ballooning debts – These are the results of 5-1/2 years of Obama.

God help us because we have 2-1/2 more years of this.

If only our leaders were as economically intelligent as the French.

Man, I can’t believe I just typed that.

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Improving Insulin Sensitivity

Type 2 diabetics suffer from reduced insulin sensitivity which prevents the glucose in the bloodstream from being absorbed by the cells and converted to glycogen (energy). Insulin is the ‘key’ to unlock the cells and let the glucose in but when that doesn’t happen the person’s blood sugar levels become dangerously high.

I’ve written about in the past how I’ve adopted a Paleo lifestyle/diet to control my blood sugar levels (without medicine or insulin injections) to the point where my daily blood sugar measurements are indistinguishable from someone without Type 2 Diabetes. But over the past couple of months I’ve noticed that something odd had happened and now my blood sugar levels are at the low end of the normal range.

That had me to wondering if my insulin resistance had somehow reversed so I decided to try an experiment where I’d eat foods that should cause my blood sugar levels to increase beyond a normal range and determine (through blood sugar measurements) if my body had magically reset itself.

As a point of reference – During Thanksgiving of 2013 I decided to ‘cheat’ so I ate dressing and sweet potato casserole for both lunch and dinner and when I took my blood sugar measurement before bed it read 207 mg/dL which was way above the normal upper limit for someone without Diabetes (around 140 mg/dL).

But that example was only a couple of months after I began this journey and as I stated above, I think my insulin resistance has improved so I felt it was time to perform this experiment again.

On 08-AUG-14 my wife fixed chili with turkey meat and beans. Beans are a legume and a no-no for the Paleo diet but this seemed like a good time to start this experiment so I gobbled it up. My blood sugar measurement was 137 mg/dL two hours after eating a nice large bowl of that wonderful chili. That measurement was below the 140 mg/dL ‘normal’ upper limit but much higher than I normally see after a typical Paleo meal.

On 15-AUG-14 my wife and I had a date night at Tupelo Honey (a most excellent restaurant chain) and I had a mint julep (lots of sugar), one fried green tomato, pulled pork, greens, brussels sprouts and about 2 cups of fried okra. And let me tell you about that fried okra – It was like a little taste of heaven and definitely the best fried okra I’ve ever put in my mouth (all apologies to my mom and grandmother) but it was breaded (Paleo no-no) and no doubt fried in some soybean oil that is also a Paleo no-no. Even with all that ‘bad’ food I ate, two hours after eating that meal my blood sugar measurement was 128 mg/dL. Not too bad!

So far, so good and I decided to increase the ante on this little experiment!

On 22-AUG-14 I decided to frequent one of my long time favorite Japanese food hole-in-the-walls that I haven’t been to since I started this healthy lifestyle change. For lunch that day I had hibachi scallops, onions, zucchini, mushrooms and carrots. That doesn’t sound bad but those carrots (about 2 cups worth!) were cooked in butter and sugar. And to ‘top’ it off, I drizzled (more like poured) this pink looking stuff they call shrimp sauce (which is probably a mix between thousand island dressing, sugar and mayonnaise) all over everything. I swear, you can put that shrimp sauce on a dirty sock and it’d taste divine! Anyway, two hours after devouring that meal my blood sugar measurement was 196 mg/dL.

Not so good but there was an interesting side note to this phase of the experiment. I took my blood sugar measurement 4 hours after that meal and it was 76 mg/dL. Before I went on the Paleo diet, I’d see elevated blood sugar levels for up to 24 hours after a high carb/sugar meal but now my blood sugar levels came down to the low end of the normal range in just 4 hours after the meal.

OK, just one more phase of this experiment to go.

On 23-AUG-14 we had sweet potato fries baked in the oven as a side dish. Although sweet potatoes are considered acceptable on the Paleo diet, they were a food that definitely took my blood sugar over the top in the past so this was another good test of my insulin sensitivity. For the record, in addition to the sweet potato fries, I had sea bass, green beans and caramelized onions. Two hours after that meal my blood sugar measurement was 116 mg/dL. It looks like sweet potatoes are back on my food rotation!

To provide a graphical representation of the dramatic improvement I’ve seen over the past few months, here is a graph of my evening blood sugar measurements that are taken 2 hours after dinner.

evening blood sugar measurements

So what does all this mean?

If it weren’t for the high measurement after the Japanese meal, I’d say my insulin sensitivity has been fully reversed but I can’t discount that high reading. There is no mistaking the fact that my body’s insulin sensitivity is much better than it was before I started the Paleo diet but based on that high reading after a sugar-heavy meal, I still consider myself a Type 2 Diabetic.

You might be wondering something – If my insulin sensitivity issue eventually totally reverses (and based on what I’ve seen over the past year, I expect this to happen), will I go back to eating bread, grains, biscuits, grits, legumes and rice?

Hell no! Eating those foods for 40+ years is what got me into this mess so even if my insulin sensitivity does miraculously reset, I’ll never go back to eating those foods on a regular basis. It’s nice to know that my body’s insulin sensitivity has improved enough to eat high glycemic foods on rare occasions and this will help when I’m at a party where they serve foods that are normally not on my list of things to eat. But this will be the exception, not the rule.

I embraced this Paleo diet to control my Type 2 Diabetes but after almost a year of gradually adopting the Paleo lifestyle, I now see the benefits outside of blood sugar levels. I have more energy, I’m back down to the lowest weight I’ve ever been as an adult, my performance in sports has improved and I no longer have blood pressure or cholesterol problems.

The Paleo diet doesn’t just help Type 2 Diabetics reverse their insulin sensitivity, it can benefit anyone. Try it for 30 days and prove me wrong.

ADDENDUM

There is scientific evidence that the Paleo diet improves insulin sensitivity and you can read about some of them here and here.

A quote from one journal paper:

“In conclusion, we found marked improvement of glucose tolerance in IHD (Ischaemic heart disease) patients with increased blood glucose or diabetes after advice to follow a Palaeolithic diet compared with a healthy Western diet. The larger improvement of glucose tolerance in the Palaeolithic group was independent of energy intake and macronutrient composition, which suggest that avoiding Western foods is more important than counting calories, fat, carbohydrate or protein.”

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