Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

Can a Healthy Gut Microbiome Prevent and Alleviate Diabetes?

December 3, 2021 |

The Human Genome Project is one of the most impressive exploration achievements in human history.  And yet it did not involve travel to distant territories.  Instead it was an inward quest to map out all of the genes of the human species.  The project began on October 1, 1990 and was completed in April 2003. …

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Should You Be Worried About Insulin Resistance?

October 8, 2021 |

If you are one of the many North Americans who fear high-carbohydrate foods, you may be moving to a diet lower in carbohydrates and higher in fats and proteins.  It may even be your own physician who is sending you in this direction. When blood glucose (sugar) levels rise, you are said to be prediabetic.…

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2018 Update: Weight Management and Insulin Resistance

March 1, 2019 |

2018 was a year of abundant research on the affects of different food sources on body weight management, body composition and insulin resistance. Let’s take a look at some of these studies. In May a review of multiple clinical trials and observational studies found consistent evidence that eating a plant-based diet results in decreases in…

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2018 Update: Part 2: How Does Eating Meat Affect Your Health?

February 22, 2019 |

Part 2: Inflammation   A study completed in 2018 revealed that a whole-food plant-based vegan diet significantly reduces inflammation while the diet recommended by the American Heart Association for patients with cardiovascular disease does not (1). Why is this important? Because what you eat can have an enormous effect on heart health. This makes it…

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The Power of Turmeric

December 7, 2018 |

The intensely yellow spice known as turmeric is the ingredient in curry powder that gives it its golden hue. The health benefits of turmeric have been extensively studied with earliest accounts dating from 600 BCE (1,2). In 1748 the therapeutic potential of turmeric’s primary active component, curcumin, was first reported (2,3). Further investigation followed with…

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My name is Debra Harley (BScPhm) and I welcome you to my retirement project, this website. Over the course of a life many lessons are learned, altering deeply-rooted ideas and creating new passions.