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Paula Deen

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Let me first say that I respect what Paula Deen has done.  She is the all-American rags-to-riches story.  Newly divorced and left with two sons to take care of, Paula worked her tail off to start a catering business that morphed first into a restaurant, and then into the into the multi-million dollar juggernaut you see today on Food Network.  Let me secondly say that if you frequently eat the kinds of foods that Paula is famous for (buffet fare, which typically includes potatoes, macaroni and cheese, deep-fried Twinkies, fried chicken, creamed corn, etc.  Every meal is served with a garlic cheese biscuit and a hoecake), you will end up heavy (like Paula) and sick (like Paula). 

In America, if you want to destroy yourself with your fork, you can do it —– without expending any real effort at all.  Unfortunately, we all pay for this sort of behavior via government-run healthcare programs like Medicare / Medicaid, Obama-Care, as well as increasingly expensive private insurances.  So, even though I am a fan of of Paula’s entrepreneurial spirit, I cannot say that I am always a fan of her cooking.  And now we have this…….

Not surprisingly, we find out that Paula has had TYPE II DIABETES for the past three years (and if the truth were known, probably far longer — HERE).  What’s sickening is that she has parlayed her lifestyle-induced illness into a position as the official spokesperson for a relatively new Diabetes Drug called Victoza (liraglutide).  Victoza is drug manufacturer Novo Nordisk’s fastest growing drug, with sales for 2011 right around the one billion dollar mark (Victoza currently costs around five hundred bucks a month).  On Novo’s Diabetes in a New Light website, Deen touts a healthier brand of cooking, while saying “My hope is that you can see diabetes in a new light and that you’ll get the most out of each and every day.  Maybe Paula has really had a dietary “Come to Jesus” moment here.  It’s just that I have trouble believing it.  Her brand has always been based on fried foods, JUNK CARBS, and copious amounts of SUGAR

Endocrinologists are saying that this new “Miracle Drug” for Type II Diabetes has all of the benefits, and none of the side effects.  Here are some of the things this injection is supposed to do for people with Type II Diabetes — without any real side effects other than mild nausea.

  • Bring down blood sugar
  • Reduce HbA1c 1-1.5%
  • Weight loss
  • Suppress the appetite
  • Does not cause HYPOGLYCEMIA  
  • Lowers lipids and BLOOD PRESSURE
Wow!  Sounds sort of like the Pharmaceutical Industry’s version of The Big Rock Candy Mountain —- their latest “PROGENITORIVOX” if you will.  The problem with these so-called “Miracle Drugs” is that they rarely pan out (THIS LINK shows you the same is true for all Diabetes drugs).  Sure, everything looks great now.  That’s how they initially looked for the last “Miracle Drug” for Diabetes —- Avandia (off the market because it was killing people).  But already there are some problems beginning to peek over the horizon.  The FDA has mandated that Victoza’s box carry the warning, “Because of the uncertain relevance of the rodent thyroid C-cell tumor findings to humans, prescribe Victoza only to patients for whom the potential benefits are considered to outweigh the potential risk.”   Already studies are showing that Victoza looks to be causing an increased risk of Thyroid Cancer in rats.

Like Vicotza’s ads say, patients are currently thrilled with this drug.  But they again, most are thrilled with VALIUM as well.  In a recent article, endocrinologist Mariela Glandt stated that, “Even the patients who experience side effects like nausea and vomiting will stay on the drug because they’re so pleased with its benefits and those side effects are usually temporary.”  The benefits are clear —– many people will be able to take Victoza while continuing to lead a self-destructive lifestyle.  Just realize that the executives at Novo are keeping their fingers crossed.  They know all too well that today’s “happy” drug-consuming patients will be tomorrow’s litigants —- the first to drop everything they are doing to scribble the phone number of the attorney running ads on the T.V. / radio —- the one who just happens to be heading up the latest massive Class Action suit.  Hey, just lawyer up with us —- we’ll get you that free money if you took Victoza!

If people want to really understand how Blood Sugar Dysregulation eventually culminates in Type II Diabetes, they need to read the transcript of the talk I recently gave to our local Rotary Club (HERE).  Folks, diabetes is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to uncontrolled blood sugar.  We live in a pretty sad society, when doctors can be praised for giving out mass quantities of drugs, without giving any sort of useful WITHOUT GIVING ANY SORT OF USEFUL DIETARY OR NUTRITIONAL ADVICE!  Believe it or not, I still have people coming to me that are told to eat according to the old Food Pyramid.  Nova puts similar “brilliant” advice on their “trust-us” package insert, Life style and Food Habits you must follow when on Victoza:  Lifestyle or food habits followed by a person can make him/her more active and fit. A diabetic person should particularly be concerned about his/her lifestyle as it makes a huge difference in maintaining the level of blood glucose.  Regular physical exercise is very important thing to include in your daily routine.  A proper diet should be followed after taking advice from doctor.  Wow; thanks Victoza!  I feel so safe with you snuggled up next to me.

Oh, by the way, some of the known side effects for GLP-1 agonists that are specifically listed for Victoza include things like…..

  • Nausea / Vomiting (occurs in nearly 30% of the users — problematic because it happens to be the symptoms most associated with overdose)
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Pancreatitis (This will not only destroy your quality of life, it will eventually kill you — and ask anyone who has ever had it, there is no easy solution.  Not to mention it leads to PANCREATIC CANCER)
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Dyspepsia (bloating, nausea, a full sensation after very little food is consumed, upper abdominal pain.)
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Rash or reddening of the skin around the injection site
  • Increased serum bilirubin levels
  • Acute renal failure
  • Worsening of chronic renal failure
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • persistent hoarse voice
  • lump in the neck
  • Shortness of breath
  • persistent abdominal pain
  • Blurry vision
  • Shakiness
  • Extreme hunger
  • Loss of coordination
  • Cold sweats
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness
  • Changes in behavior
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Unexplained rash
  • Swelling of the mouth or throat
  • Wheezing
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Back pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sinus pain
  • Fatigue

Rarely, Victoza users may experience hypertension or symptoms of anorexia as a result of certain medication combinations. If any of these side effects persist or interfere with your daily activities, contact your doctor to discuss other options that may work better for you.  Contact your doctor immediately if you notice jaundice, or yellowing of the skin, or if there are any changes in your urination patterns.  This list may not contain all the side effects. You should immediately contact your doctor if you notice something unusual or not from the above list.


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