Well not only is day one of juicing behind me but another day on the calendar until my wedding date has also just flown off the calendar. It is now only 49 days until my wedding day and I’m still juicing, so that’s a good sign. I’m trying to lose weight so I can be slim & fit by the big day and also look better on my honeymoon. After I’m done juicing I plan to start a pretty strict workout plan to tone up and get some of those muscles back in shape. While I’d love to work out a lot while I’m juicing, it’s not the most feasible thing as your energy levels can fall off. I’m not against trying it though and you’ll be hearing about how that works out.
This is the second time around for me in trying out a long enduring juicing fast to get back on track and lose weight. When I read about people being against this diet plan, fad or hyped up health nut method many people say that you gain weight you lose back very quickly. I will definitely say this was not the case for me last time. In the beginning you put back on some food weight of what is not in your system, or intestines & stomach again. Clearly after a couple of days you have no food in you to weigh you down. Other than that, you still can maintain that weight loss if you don’t go cramming down cheeseburgers, swallowing snickers and chugging down Mountain Dew. Regardless, you’ll get to see the weight I lose and then we’ll see when I gain it back, right?
So what were my symptoms this time that were hard to deal with at times? The first one is obvious, hunger. The hunger wasn’t really what you think however, it was more psychological and physiological. The very first thing you realize within about 12 hours of juicing is that everything in our world is centered around eating. Advertisements on the radio, on TV, on billboards and online scream food every 5 – 10 minutes of the day. You can’t escape the discussion of food, the pictures of food and the rewards of food in every step of your day. First thing you have to learn is to separate yourself from that and get some self control.
When you’re juicing you also realize that not only are ads & companies trying to get you to eat constantly but so are your friends, families and even people you don’t know. Want to hang out with your friends or family? Undoubtedly a plan will be made to eat some delicious food when you’re together whether it’s grabbing some food, going to a restaurant, sitting down and having a snack, an ice cream cone, having a beer or a soda. Social food is a so prevalent you’ll be shocked. I know this sounds obvious but you really don’t realize how prevalent it is in American society to eat when something is going on, or you are going to do something, until you are the odd one out.
This time around I did experience some pretty quick bathroom visits within about 12 – 13 hours of starting a full juicing detox. It was more than one visit and you are certainly aware that you are juicing and something is going on different in your body! You should also get very used to going to the bathroom to pee, it becomes a ritual that you are not accustomed to.
After about 12 hours you will also notice you’ll have some moments of irritability. I found myself being shorter with others more than normal and you really have to try and stay conscience about it. I don’t want to torture everyone around me just because I’ve decided to go on a juicing fast! I did experience two headaches throughout the day which went away. For one of the first times I also experienced a nauseous feeling for about 2 hours that made me wonder if I’d be visiting the bathroom for it. Thankfully it went away as well and I was able to soldier on. One thing I tried to do immediately was switch the juice I was drinking (always have two types on hand at least) and drink a LOT of water.
Day 1 Results
Okay, so let’s get down to the point of this juicing business I’m putting myself through, the weight loss. The photos included of my weight on my Bowflex Scale are taken at night time before I go to bed. The Bowflex scale takes water weight, body fat, body calories, water weight and other things with metal strips that touch your skin. It’s great scale and gives you extra info you won’t get with a normal scale and it’s a pretty good deal price-wise. I was told that I should be taking my weight in the morning because I weigh less. However, I’m just trying to be consistent in showing you a specific time and that associated weight. I am weighing myself in the morning and recording those weights but for times sake I’m not taking a picture of the scale and editing a picture! On July 20th, 2012 at 8:00am I weighed myself at 163.4lbs which showed 1lb difference from the original 164.4lbs. The photo below was taken before I went to bed after a full 24 hours of juicing which shows 162.2lbs from the original 164.4lbs giving me a 2.2lb loss of weight. I also weighed myself this morning at 10:00am on July 21st, 2012 and it came in at 159.8lbs for a 4.6lbs loss of weight but we’ll look again tonight.
Well so that’s where I’m at with losing weight. Tomorrow I’ll talk to you about some of the other things you’ll go through if you try a juicing diet / detox with the purchasing of produce, to cleaning it and then preparing it for juicing.
If you haven’t watched the video I recommended yesterday, make sure you do. If you need inspiration or are even curious it’s a great example of what juicing can do to change your life. The documentary is called Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. You don’t have to go out and buy the DVD you can actually watch the video on Amazon Prime (which I couldn’t live without) or on Netflix too. I’ve included the trailer to the movie again as well.
I’m just now finishing off the two juices I made yesterday and will be making more this morning. As a reminder these juices are from the Reboot Your Life plan of juicing recipes juiced with my Breville Juicer Model #BJE510XL. That was the model of juicer they used in the movie Fat Sick & Nearly Dead so I purchased it last year off of Amazon for a pretty good deal. I’m a sucker for reviews and really dug down in to make sure I was getting quality, I still love this juicer.
Juice #1 was the Green Lemonade:
- 1 Green Apple (substituted 2 Red Apples)
- 3 handfuls of Spinach (substituted with 5 handfuls)
- 6-8 Kale Leaves
- 1/2 Cucumber (substituted with 1 Cucumber)
- 4 Celery Stalks (substituted with an entire Celery Bundle)
- 1/2 Lemon (substituted for a full lime)
Protein: 10 g
Fiber: 1 g
Juice #2 was the Apple-Carrot-Beet:
- 2 Apples
- 4 Carrots (substituted for 8 carrots)
- 2 Beets
- 6 leaves Swiss Chard
- 1″ Ginger Root
Protein: 9 g
Fiber: 2.5 g
Okay, well here goes the next 24 hours and on to Day #2. If I remember right, Day 2 and Day 3 have their own challenges so this will be, fun?
Here we go…
Day 1 Juicing Pictures (sorry):
Clearly I forgot to smile in these pictures and the second is blurry! I was tired. 🙂
Fat Sick & Nearly Dead Trailer
Recent Study Discovered CBD Helps Fight Against Heroin Addiction
The legalization of cannabis across some states promises to bring medicinal properties that can help alleviate ailments such as anxiety, depression, and popularly, some cases of Parkinson’s disease.
However, a part of making it legal also enable people to make subjective ailments such as depression and anxiety a reason to purchase the drug and get ‘high.’
Popularly, cannabis has been told to be a gateway drug that allows a person to test the waters before proceeding to something stronger. Ironically, a new study shows that cannabis has the possibility of reversing the effects of addiction.
Researchers from the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York announced that CBD oil helps limit particular cravings and help reduce anxiety for heroin users.
The cannabidiol or CBD is a compound extracted from Cannabis plant that has shown significant potential as a form of medication. Moreover, CBD does not interact with any receptors that causes a person to get high.
“To address the critical need for new treatment options for the millions of people and families who are being devastated by this epidemic, we initiated a study to assess the potential of a nonintoxicating cannabinoid on craving and anxiety in heroin-addicted individuals,” said lead study author Yasmin Hurd, director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai in a statement.
Particularly, Hurd indicates the American opioid epidemic that took the lives of 300,00 people and will continue to do so unless people find ways to address the problem. Hurd tells NBC, “We’re too slow to address addiction in our society. When the flu comes up and the measles comes up, we have so many people trying to help. But we don’t have the same kind of urgency with addiction.”
Primarily, drug addiction is a very tricky and challenging area to study due to every individual’s varying attitudes and behaviors towards drug use. It’s even harder when they’re trying to perform the study on a hundred people through the course of a number of weeks.
Moreover, there is the risk of exposing the participants in a possible case of a relapse. It is known that the hardest part of getting off heroin addiction isn’t the physical longing for the drug. Particularly, medications like methadone and buprenorphine are available to help target the same pathways opioids take to relieve the physical longing.
Sometimes the most challenging part with addiction is avoiding the risk of a relapse. Working around relapse-tense situations is like walking on thin ice. They can be triggered by emotions, sounds, and anything that addicts could associate with their drug use and cause them to suddenly and instinctively crave the drug to alleviate the anxiety. This is where the study shows to have great promise.
Researchers found out that participants who received CBD administration significantly showed reductions in drug cravings. Further, the same participants showed lesser symptoms of anxiety when images of people taking drugs were shown. Moreover, they’ve discovered that CBD had a lasting effect on reducing drug cravings and anxiety, and extending well over when the CBD was supposedly flushed out of the system.
The study could potentially aim at addressing the anxiety factor in drug addiction therapy, which is currently lacking in the industry.
The research consisted of a small group of 42 drug-abstinent men and women aged from 21 to 65 years old who had a history with heroin disorder. They gave half of the participants 400mg or 800mg of CBD oil once daily and the other half with a placebo. The study then experimented on three separate occasions: immediately following administration, 24 hours after CBD or placebo administration, and seven days after the third and final daily CBD or placebo administration.
However, the study is still at its early stages of development, and further investigation is required to fully claim that CBD has anything to do with the results shown. It still is a possibility that other factors may have contributed to the positive findings of the study or, even an entirely different set of external factors.
On the positive side, this is a great breakthrough study that could potentially open the door for more research on alleviating anxiety related to drug abuse, and potentially close the doors on risks of future relapse scenarios.
Breast cancer is a global problem that takes people’s lives as swiftly as they come. More particularly, the disease attacks women the most. In 2018, the disease killed over 500,000 women from over 2 million diagnosed cases.
The key idea with these kinds of ailments will always fall under the lines of “prevention is always better than cure.” However, despite major advances in technology that allows us to detect such diseases like in genetics and modern imaging throughout the years, the disease still comes as a surprise and for some, it comes too late.
Unfortunately, a late diagnosis would require more aggressive treatment that’s usually weighed by more medical expenses, all the while dangling on the hope for uncertain outcomes.
Breast cancer is known as the disease of the developed countries where the United States ranks 22nd after countries like Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, and Australia–all from the top 10. However, people from developed countries aren’t the most vulnerable to the disease.
Specifically, countries in less developed countries have a higher chance of death. In 2018, the WHO noted that 50% of the declared cases come from developing countries and 58% of which died from the disease. In other words, receiving news about breast cancer in poorer countries could easily be a death sentence.
Breast cancer survival rates range from 80% or over in North America, Sweden, and Japan to around 60% in middle-income countries, and below 40% in low-income countries, the WHO states.
Moreover, the WHO said that “the low survival rates in less developed countries can be explained mainly by the lack of early detection programs, resulting in a high proportion of women presenting with late-stage disease, as well as by the lack of adequate diagnosis and treatment facilities.”
This is what motivated four women from John Hopkins University to find a solution that could potentially mitigate the mortality rate in developing countries due to breast cancer, as TechCrunch reports. Namely by the biomedical engineering undergrads Laura Hinson, Madeline Lee, Sophia Triantis, and Valerie Zawicki.
They identified that women from developing countries experience trouble with treating late-stage breast cancer because a check-up is more of leisure rather than a necessity. With that in mind, cutting costs on detecting medical paraphernalia could dramatically change the outcome for these women.
What these women did was create a new device based on the idea of a core-needled biopsy tool. The tool has a lower risk of contamination than the reusable devices that are currently on the market. Moreover, being reusable, it poises itself from a cheaper vantage point compared to the disposable needles that are the only available alternative as of the moment.
“We’ve designed a novel, disposable portion that attaches to the reusable device and the disposable portion has an ability to trap contaminants that would come back through the needle into the device,” says co-founder, Triantis. “What we’ve created is a way to trap that and have that full portion be disposable and making the device as easy to clean as possible… with a bleach wipe.”
The new, low-cost, disposable core needle biopsy tool can beneficially impact physicians and nurses, through reducing costs and waste, and would decide on having more screening technologies on-hand.
Though, poised as a revolutionary device in breast cancer technology, it would still need to go under medical trials and won’t be available in the market until a couple of years. “Once we get that process solidified and finalize our design we will wrap up our benchtop testing so we can move toward clinical trials by next summer, in 2020,” Zawicki says.
The four women are currently on the process of filing patent rights and developing the final design of the product under the startup they’re calling Ithemba, which means “hope” in Swahili.
At the same time, they are on the process of doing benchtop tests on the device and will look to file a 510K to be certified as a Class 2 medical device.
Zawicki says that it could be anywhere from three to five years before the device makes it on to the market, but there’s the potential for partnerships with big companies in the biopsy space that could accelerate that time to market.
Groundbreaking Discovery Paves Way To A New Understanding Of Lupus
For a very long time, the medical world has had very little understanding of the autoimmune disease called lupus, but the dark days for victims of this deadly disease may come to an end as researchers were finally able to determine what causes it.
In a groundbreaking discovery, researchers from Australian National University (ANU) found out and successfully demonstrated that previously ignored genetic mutations are a significant cause of lupus.
Lupus (lupus erythematosus) is a collection of autoimmune diseases in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks healthy tissues. Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, and lungs. The most common and severe form is systemic lupus erythematosus.
The landmark discovery, entitled “Functional rare and low-frequency variants in BLK and BANK1 contribute to human lupus,” was recently published in Nature Communications Journal. The study was able to “demonstrate the functional consequences of rare and low-frequency missense variants in the interacting proteins BLK and BANK1, which are present alone, or in combination, in a substantial proportion of lupus patients. The rare variants found in patients, but not those found exclusively in controls, impair suppression of IRF5 and type-I IFN in human B cell lines and increase pathogenic lymphocytes in lupus-prone mice.”
With the discovery, a new set of understanding on the cause of the disease can be paramount in developing new treatments to put an end to the pain caused by this uncured illness and can potentially save lives in the future.
The main researchers of the study were ANU’s Dr. Simon Jian, Dr. Vicki Athanasopoulos, and Professor Carola Vinuesa. Because of them, the day when the understanding of lupus is finally over. Dr. Jiang, one of the researchers, working on the study, has spent six years analyzing the genetic instructions locked in DNA, which lead to the disease.
“We have shown for the first time how rare gene variants that occur in less than one percent of the population cause lupus and how these variants drive the disease in the body,” said Dr. Jiang, from the Centre for Personalised Immunology, an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence at ANU.
Dr. Jiang noted that until their study, these genetic variants were neglected and their effect on autoimmunity and related auto-immune diseases were negligible. But the new research showed otherwise.
“We’ve shown how most lupus patients harbor those so-called rare gene variants and how these rare gene variants cause immune cells to no longer work properly […] When the cells no longer work, your immune system struggles to distinguish viruses and bacteria from self, leading to lupus,” said Dr. Jiang.
The groundbreaking discovery can pave the way to a new series of targeted and personalized treatment to people living with lupus and other autoimmune diseases.
“I’ve already started treating people who have these rare gene mutations with targeted therapies instead of bombarding their immune system with non-specific treatments that have lots of side effects—which is the current mainstay of therapy […] And because the genes we have worked on are linked to other autoimmune diseases, our discovery could also be applied to conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes.”
Interestingly, according to the researchers, the discovery can also help medical doctors and researchers determine how severe an individual’s lupus is, on top of the way the said disease can be targeted through personalized treatment.
“Lupus is a disease that can be very hard to diagnose. You can have a lot of illnesses that look like lupus, smell like lupus, but we can’t formally call it lupus […] It now will only take a few weeks to get a patient’s genome sequence. We can look at how the immune system is behaving, take blood tests, and with genome sequencing, we can fit the pieces together and see if it is lupus,” Dr. Jiang added.
As a pioneering discovery, Dr. Jiang considers their work as his personal success story and a victory in itself for he has seen so many people who have lupus.
“When I was a junior doctor, I had a patient in her 40s who died because of an autoimmune condition, and we just could not figure out what was wrong. That shouldn’t happen, and it affected me a lot. I’d like to think if she came to me nowadays I’d be able to do something different. I hope I’d be able to save her life,” he said.
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