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Ken chronicles his fascinating journey as an engineer in charting and graphing himself into a whole foods plant based low fat dynamo!

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Self-taught career electronics engineer and professional student of School of Heuristic Electronics Technology. Owner and president of Electric Perfection, www.electricperfection.com producing High-End Audiophile Amplifiers and power supplies. Strong interest in natural, renewable energy and minimal - striving for zero-harm compassionate living. Type-1 diabetic with a passion for science, physics, nutrition and health. Enjoys home improvement, automotive and mechanical re-work, upgrades and maintenance. Also enjoys nature, hiking and exploring.

Spud Fit!

Spud Fit!
Andrew Taylor has done an amazing thing.  Through research and taking matters into his own hands, he found a win, win ... win way to break food addiction.  And, he has even created the Spud Fit website to share his multiple wins with everyone. I am very impressed with his clear, logical thinking that took him on a one year potato only adventure to cure food addiction!  His success, however, far exceeded his original goal. Andrew's December 2016 blog strongly resonates with my personal experience.  I feel a connection between his blog and the "Shangri-La" that I wrote about in an August 2014 blog.  Andrew types, "The 'experts' also don't seem to understand - or bother...
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Counting Calories

Counting Calories
I used to believe that one's weight was a simple matter of calories in verses calories out and that calories are calories regardless of source.  However, over the years of Type-1 diabetes testing, logging and analyzing, I have learned that it is not that simple.  A major lesson learned is that carbohydrate calories and fat calories are processed and used differently: Fat is storage, Carbohydrates are fuel. It is indeed true that calories are calories and energy is energy, however, the form of energy dictates what is done with it.  Fat contains the highest energy density by a very large margin.  That would suggest that fat should provide more energy than carbohydrates, how...
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Believe

Believe
Relatively early in my Type-1 diabetes adventure I discovered that a low-fat plant based diet was key to full health.  This discovery was due to a frantic effort in blood-sugar control for fear of all the debilitating complications that I had witnessed in other diabetics.  After discovering the elevated level of health provided by a low-fat whole food plant based diet, I expressed what I had learned to others.  However, no one accepted that such a diet would be good for them.  I explained the benefits of insulin sensitivity and how any fat calories over 10% and any animal products at all degrades it.  A few watched the Forks Over Knives documentary, but their reactio...
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Blood-Sugar Simplified

Blood-Sugar Simplified
While the biological mechanisms of blood-sugar control are indeed complicated, the basics are quite simple: blood-sugar is an equilibrium between supply and consumption.  Sugar, specifically glucose, is biology's primary fuel.  The drawing above illustrates how blood-sugar is a simple balance between sugar intake and the "burning" of it as a fuel.  Consuming foods from which sugar is extracted or synthesized is the fuel supply - represented in the left-hand scale pan.  The right-hand energy pan represents the sugar flowing in the blood stream ready for "burning" or conversion to energy.  As the sugar is burned, blood-sugar becomes lower.  Just as the fuel in you...
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Useful information, thanks a lot!
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Don't Worry... Be Healthy!

Don't Worry... Be Healthy!
Do you consider yourself health conscious?  Do you ever worry about getting enough nutrients?  It seems common for the health conscious to seek out foods with the best and most nutrients. In the beginning of my Type-1 diabetes journey, I was completely clueless about nutrition.  I knew of the words "protein" and "vitamins", but didn't really know anything about them.  I just knew what most everyone in my community believed - that meat was vital.  I didn't know an amino acid from an enzyme or a flavonoid from a protein, but I did find what foods made my blood-sugar control the hardest and which foods that made it the easiest.  Yes, I was (and still am) obsessed w...
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Callie's Cancer

Callie's Cancer
Callie is a very dear member of our family.  She is a person who just happens to be a 14-year-old cat.  She plays a very prominent role in the family.  She supervises household work.  She loves (demands) loving time which includes being carried around the house lying on her back in my arms like a baby while petting my face with her paw.  She assumes the responsibility of alpha cat, keeping the boys; BJ and Blue-Eyes (also cats) in line with nothing more than a look.  Nothing more is needed, however, as she has everyone's unfailing respect. On June 6, 2016, we took Callie to an internal medicine specialist due to a steep decline in health.  Over the previous...
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26-Aug-16 Update: As mentioned in the blog, Callie's diarrhea had stopped, her stools, however were still loose and cow-patty lik... Read More
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28-Sep-16 Update: It has been about a month since Callie's previous update, so it is time for another update. Callie continues to... Read More
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Hello. I was so thrilled to find out about Callie and the amazing results you are getting with the vegan diet. Thank you for shar... Read More
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Fad Diets Part 3

Fad Diets Part 3
This is part 3 in the Fad Diets series.  Please also see Part 1 and Part 2. During the 1970's I worked as a repair technician at a high-end audiophile shop.  I loved working with that equipment.  It was all handcrafted works of art composed from the heart of its designer.  The design goal was perfectly faithful music reproduction.  Ease of manufacture was of little concern.  There was only a hand-full of companies making such equipment, yet competition was more supportive than competitive; each regarding the other in high esteem.  Planned obsolescence was yet an unknown concept.  It was an era of innocence. In the 80's, new companies began to emerge th...
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I'm Doing Just Fine

I'm Doing Just Fine
So, how are you doing (health-wise)  Do you feel good?  Unfortunately, that is a hard question to answer, because "feel-good" is relative - and the reference, itself, is variable.  This makes the perception of "feel-good" very nebulous.  This realization became profoundly evident to me in the early stages of my Type-1 diabetes journey.  Even though the onset would be considered abrupt, less than two months from the first hint to near death, the perception of feel-good followed my own reference.  Over those two months I became weaker and weaker.  After about three weeks I was so weak that getting in or out of a car was exhausting, but I still thought I was O...
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Alternative Medicine: Part 3

Alternative Medicine: Part 3
This blog post is Part 3.  For a better understanding, please pre-read parts 1 and 2.  Webster's definition of Alternative Medicine: any of various systems of healing or treating disease that is not included in the traditional medical curricula of the United States and Britain. I feel certain that there are at least two deeply rooted errors in the traditional medical curricula of the Unit States and Britain that directly affects my life (actually, everyone's life).  In 1988, I started my Type-1 diabetes journey.  Traditionally, a Type-1 diabetic's control is managed by their doctor.  Very fortunately for me, the management provided by my doctor was a horrifying disas...
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Alternative Medicine: Part 2

Alternative Medicine: Part 2
Webster's definition of Alternative Medicine: any of various systems of healing or treating disease that is not included in the traditional medical curricula of the United States and Britain. But, what if a traditional medical curriculum is in error?  Advancements in our society are built on top of previous advances.  Each advancement is the foundation for the next, and so on.  This has been going on since before recorded history.  While this allows us to make amazing progress, there are options for long standing errors. For example, if any advancement is in error, the subsequent advancements will be based on that error, unless it is found to "not fit."  If, however,...
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