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I was diagnosed with diabetes in March of 2010, when I had to practically beg my doctor take my blood glucose reading. It was 579mg/dl when I finally convinced him to take it. I had lots of symptoms… Blurred vision, unexplained weight loss, unquenchable thirst, etc. He put me on Metformin, lisinopril, and Glimepiride. I guess I didn’t take it as seriously as I should, and he added Januvia to the list.
I don’t think I really took having diabetes seriously, at least I didn’t eat like I did. I had doughnuts at Church, sugar free cakes, pies and even cookies. I ate white breads, hardly any good stuff at all.
Then I watched the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” on Netflix. That led to other Food Documentaries like “Forks over Knives”, “Hungry for a Change”, and others. I adopted a vegan/veterinarian life style. I did eat fish and eggs. I believe the correct classification is Pescoterian. I lost a bit of weight, down to 185, and felt good, but people at my work were asking each other if I was sick. I guess I looked horrible, I dunno.
Fast forward to today. I weigh 201 lbs, I feel fat, sick, and nearly dead again. It’s time to crack down. If I want to keep my eyesight, my limbs, and life in general, I have to do this. Today I am on XigDuo XR (Farziga, and Metformin), Victoza, and Lisinopril. I have been checking my glucose every hour and now every 2 hours, until I can get a handle on it.
It’s Back! The apple is back in my life once again. This time in the form of the iPhone 6 plus.
I had the Samsung Galaxy S5 for a while, and really enjoyed the big 5.1″ screen, but the Bigger 5.5″ screen really makes a difference for me. It was the MAIN selling point for me. I also have 2 iMac computers, and an iPad 2. So an iPhone over an Android just makes sense.
The specs for the phone are nice, although it only sports a duel core processor and 1Gb ram, but apple manages to make it all work and very well.
Once of the things the galaxy S5 had issues with is major slowdowns. It seemed that several times a day I had to use an app to clean the junk files off the phone to get the speed back. Not something you would expect out of a quad core CPU and 2Gb of ram. If a program continued to use resources in the background, eventually the phone was rendered bricked. You could not hold the power button to reboot, you had to do a battery pull, which seems to be the norm for Android phones. There is one specific app that will brick the phone if you don’t kill it, that app is KillShot.
And so my Love Hate Relationship with iOs and Android continues…
The Score You May Ask?
- Apple -3
- Android -4
- Blackberry -2
If you care… Here is my list of smartphones, in order:
HTC Droid ERIS, Blackberry Storm, Blackberry Curve 3G, HTC EVO 4G, iPhone 4s, Samsung Galaxy S3, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 6+
I would like to welcome you to version 3.0 of my personal website. Yes, this is “thomaskloos 3.0!”
It can become a daunting take to keep a website like this wordpress site, up to date both software-wise and content-wise. I will do my best in the coming year in to this site updated on what’s going on. Just in case you care….
Our body is about 60% water, our blood is about 93% water, and our muscles are about 75% water.
These facts make water the most important, life giving, and healing solution our body needs.
So you know that you need to drink plenty of fresh water, right? Do you know how much? We have heard all our life, we need to drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day. That is 64oz of fresh water. In actuality, we need more! According to the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board:
- Women need to drink 91ozs of water a day.
- Men need to drink 125ozs of water a day.
So we have determined we need to drink more water, but now comes the hard part… What water should we drink?
I recently had a bout with a kidney stone. The first thing the doctor told me was to stop drinking the local tap water. The area in which I live has a lot of limestone, which can end up in your drinking water. He suggested a reverse osmosis water filter system.
Reverse Osmosis Water
After doing a bit of research, I have come to the conclusion that reverse osmosis (RO) water is not all that good. for you. The RO plastic membrane leaves a toxin in the water, and the filters required in a RO system pollute the landfills. I am trying to rid my body of toxins, not add to them!
After much research, I realized that the US Government, in 1962, decided that Fluoride should be put in our public tap water, at a rate of 0.7 – 1.2 milligrams per liter (mg/L). This was to prevent tooth decay. But the truth is that there is no evidence that the amount of fluoride in the drinking water does any good. Fluorine, the chemical in fluoride, has been linked to a rare cancer called osteosarcoma. While this is a rare form of cancer, it’s still cancer!
Why does the US Government get to decide I should drink Fluoridated water? Shouldn’t MY health, be MY choices, based on MY research? When did my health become a concern of the US Government? Don’t let them fool you! Enough said!
Distilled water in large quantities, such as drinking for a long period of time, usually over 6 months, will actually demineralize the body. That is to say it will remove essential trace minerals from your body.
After watching the documentary Tapped, I realized that bottled water industry has no, or at least very little, regulations. That means that a company can fill bottles of water and call it spring water, but it can come from a municipal water supply. Most, if not all, bottled water is processed by using reverse osmosis and other filtering methods. Some even add chemicals to it to “enhance” flavor.
So what does that leave us with? I have ruled out bottled, reverse osmosis, distilled, and tap water. So what does that leave us?
Live Spring Water
This is my favorite green juice recipe. It comes from Mike Filsaime. You can find him on YouTube.
- 3-4 Kale Leaves.
- Handful of Spinach
- 6 Carrots
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Celery Stalk
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 2 Tomato’s
- 2 Red Apples
- 1 Green Apple
- 1 Lime
Strip the kale stems for a less bitter taste. Remove the seeds from the apples. It is reported that the seeds contain a small amount of cyanide.
Peel the skin off the lime.
Makes 6 Cups
This is great for eyes, skin, mood, and energy levels! -
- 1 cucumber
- 1 beet
- 1 gala Apple
- 3 celery Ribs
- 4 carrots
- double handful of kale or spinach
- 1/2 Red Pepper
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 inch piece of ginger
- a slice of onion
I didn’t really care for this recipe. Be careful with the ginger, onion, and garlic. It’s easy for them to become overpowering!
Well 2013 is gone, and 2014 is here! 2013, for me, left without much fanfare. I didn’t even manage to stay up past 11pm. But I am excited about 2014, this year has endless possibilities. Some of things I would like to see happen this year:
- The labeling of GMO Foods
- The ban on aspartame
- More people Grow their own food
That seems like simple goals….
I heard in a Food Documentary that 1/4th of the food you eat, keeps YOU alive, and 3/4ths keep YOUR DOCTOR alive!
If you really think about that statement, it should bring the foods we eat into perspective.
An 11 year old boy at the TEDx talks, said about organic farming being more expensive, “Who would you rather pay? The farmer, or the hospital?”
Again, if you really think about it, that is what it boils down to.
So this year, think about it. Who would you rather pay?
I had heard of the notification service called push.co. I believe it was free for a few days. It’s normally $1.99 I think. I downloaded it for my iPhone 5, and couldn’t even get it to work! Supposedly you search for blogs or services and add them to your list. They said they had gizmodo among others so I searched for gizmodo. Nothing! Then I clicked the search all apps button… Again nothing! We’ll push.co … You got me! You managed to waste 5 minutes of my life!
So…. I sold my Sprint iPhone 4s and bought the Samsung Galaxy S3. Well, after all my carrying on about apple’s bad choices, (See This Post) I switched to AT&T and got the iPhone 5. I know, I know….. But the Apple platform as a whole is awesome…. IF you have other iOS devices, and/or MAC computers. I have a 2008 iMac, and an iPad2. When I create a note on my iPhone, it auto-magically appears on my iMac and iPad. Granted it’s all about iCloud, but still, it is automatic. Yea you can probably find software for windows and android, to do mostly the same thing, but with Mac/iOS it just works.
So… While I drank the Google Kool-Aid a while ago, once again, I ate the Macintosh Apple… Again!