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Invitation for FREE Membership at DrCarney.com/club Web Site

Invitation for FREE Membership at DrCarney.com/club Web Site
The social media web site at https://www.Starch-Smart.com/ is being merged into a newly redesigned site at https://www.drcarney.com. You can now register there for an account at https://www.drcarney.com/club All of the content (at least as much as we can possibly move) from Starch-Smart.com will be moved to the new DrCarney.com beginning this week. We will be moving all of the blogs, discussions and health science research summaries there. We will also move all of the users there who have created content in the form of blogs and discussions. The rest of the users are being invited and requested to create a new account there at https://www.DrCarney.com/club We feel that this is actu...
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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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Ken Thomas
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
Thursday, 29 September 2016 09:42
Ken Thomas
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
Thursday, 29 September 2016 09:46
Guest — Patricia Österreicher
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
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 13:49
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Alzheimer's!!!

Alzheimer's!!!
I was watching NASA TV the other day and a story on Alzheimer's research was playing.  The story was about the benefits of growing cell cultures in micro-gravity.  The goal is to study and learn the biological mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease in order to develop a drug for treatment.  It was expressed that this research is extremely valuable ($$$). During the episode, a map was briefly displayed that indicated the Alzheimer's disease death rate per nation.  The map struck me with a glaringly obvious relationship!  Clearly, Alzheimer's disease is not a universal disease and varies by region and culture.  I was amazed that the map was not included in the discuss...
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The Largest Epidemic of Foodborne Illness on the Planet?

The Largest Epidemic of Foodborne Illness on the Planet?
We probably see a tragic condition known as Orthorexia Nervosa in our clinic more than most Physician offices because my wife, Linda Carney MD, specializes in preventing and reversing disease through plant-based nutrition. As a result some extremely health conscious people that may be easily led to extremes often gravitate to see her. Orthorexia Nervosa is sometimes called the "health food eating disorder" and can be characterized by excessive anxiety about whether the food we are eating is harmful to our bodies. Often people sufferering from Orthorexia Nervosa do not consume enough calories. They begin to actually starve themselves! This is sad, dangerous and can of course be life threateni...
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Insulin Resistance Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin Resistance Insulin Sensitivity
As a Type-1 Diabetic and due to the manner in which I learned to manage it, Insulin Resistance became a passionate topic for me as it is a fundamental element of metabolic control. I learned that the lower the insulin resistance, the less insulin I had to inject and the better I felt. However, it wasn’t until two and a half decades later that I discovered that there was actually a technical term for this metabolic relationship; Insulin Resistance. What is insulin?Insulin is a hormone that enables the metabolism (“burn rate”) of glucose. Insulin is produced by a portion of the pancreas and is secreted into the blood stream. It is produced in direct response to the level of glucose in the blo...
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Sean Carney
Fantastic post Ken! Wow. I am so grateful for such a good resource to share with others. That is what I am doing now. Sharing ... Read More
Friday, 24 April 2015 18:11
Nancy A Kalis
Thanks Ken for this really informative post. My 23 year old daughter has just been diagnosed as insulin resistant and hypoglycemi... Read More
Monday, 27 April 2015 16:27
Ken Thomas
Hi Nancy, Thank you for the kind words. I really look forward to your daughter's improved health! About your question: "One q... Read More
Monday, 27 April 2015 17:57
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Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Control Part 2 - When Things Go Amiss

Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Control Part 2 - When Things Go Amiss
By far, the most valuable knowledge I learned at the beginning of my Type-1 diabetes journey is that my blood-sugar is directly controlled by me. The inability to make my own insulin means that my metabolic system is “open-loop”. Open loop means the automatic control mechanism, insulin production, is broken thus requiring manual control. A side benefit of manual control is the freedom to make my blood-sugar whatever I want. It is entirely up to me. But, it is somewhat like riding a bicycle; it isn’t easy at first, but with practice it becomes second nature. Blood-sugar is a balance between glucose burn rate and supply rate. These two ends of the control see-saw change minute to minute. The ...
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Sean Carney
Love this post. Everybody needs to read it.
Monday, 16 March 2015 20:14
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Diabetes! What is it? What’s the risk? What can I do?

Diabetes!  What is it?  What’s the risk?  What can I do?
The percentage of diabetes cases are skyrocketing in the US and many parts of the world. How do you know if you are at risk? Is it genetic? Is it lifestyle? Is it preventable? A clear understanding, even if simplified, is your best defense against becoming diabetic and becoming non-diabetic if you already are. By definition, diabetes is the condition of chronic high blood-sugar. There are two basic types of diabetes; Type-1 and Type-2. Both types are due to an insulin issue. Type-1 diabetes is due to an autoimmune condition where the insulin producing cells in the pancreas have been amputated by the immune system. As with any amputation, they will not grow back. This leaves the vi...
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It has been pointed out that the sentence in the last paragraph that reads, "The very fortunate thing is that diabetes is easy to ... Read More
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:12
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Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Control

Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Control
My previous doctor(s) informed me that no matter how diligently I controlled my diabetes that I will still suffer diabetic complications.  I believe this is said because the conventionally prescribed A1C levels of 6 to 7 percent, for Type-1 diabetics are damagingly high.  Further evidence is that my energy levels are lower in the 6 to 7 range as when it is in the normal, non-diabetic 4 to 6 range.  In fact the difference in energy / feel-good level is quite profound.  With that, my interest was / is to maintain normal – non-diabetic blood-sugars at ALL times (70 mg/dl to 100 mg/dl); not just average or fasting, but always, even after an uncomfortably stuffed high carb mea...
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Sean Carney
Ken Thomas strikes again. What a wonderful blog! So informative and helpful. I wish every Type 1 diabetic would give your blogs a ... Read More
Saturday, 17 January 2015 16:15
Mary Jo Oft
Thanks so much for this excellent information based on your experience. I am still experimenting and your experience is quite a mo... Read More
Saturday, 17 January 2015 21:01
Sean Carney
Mary Jo, You are inspiring us. And, I hope many others will find this better way through reading your experience! Sean
Saturday, 17 January 2015 21:57
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Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Logs

Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Logs
In many of my Posts, I mention the fundamental significance of using a log to learn and manage my Type-1 diabetes, not to mention discovering the profound benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Starch Smart diet. It has been requested that I provide a blank copy of my Type-1 diabetic log file, so here it is! My log has evolved over the years of my diabetic journey. The original log was for learning and discovery as well as diabetes management. As I have learned and gained experience, the log has condensed. I thought it would be good to provide both versions. Here is a link to the early version log: Early-Diabetic-Log.pdf Here is a link to the early version log legend and explanation: Early-...
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Sean Carney
Ken, Thank you for being willing to share these logs from your years of diligent observations! What a blessing!
Sunday, 28 December 2014 17:37
Mary Jo Oft
Ken, thanks so much for the log files you posted. I had just begun to log again today after breaking for the holidays.I really ap... Read More
Monday, 29 December 2014 13:51
Guest — Illina
Ken, Thank you for being willing to share these logs from your years of diligent observations! What a blessing
Friday, 10 February 2017 01:10
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Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey Part 6: Glycemic Index and Attention Span

Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey Part 6: Glycemic Index and Attention Span
As a Type-1 diabetic, the study of insulin and metabolism has been a subject of obsessive interest for the last 26 years.  From personal experience I have found that maintaining normal blood sugar involves more than simply injecting insulin.  It turns out that it is not entirely a simple matter of matching insulin dose to consumed calories.  Within the first year of my Type-1 diabetes journey, I discovered foods that result in the lowest required insulin doses and ones that result in the largest.  Additionally, the foods that require the lowest insulin also provide the greatest vitality, highest level of energy, stamina, strength and agility.  Later, I discovered th...
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