Hello, everyone! Mike here. I’m a 40-something year-old guy that lost 120-pounds and beat pre-diabetes (insulin resistance). I accomplished that by following a low-carb, zero-sugar lifestyle, and I live to tell the tale.

Before we get started, please note that I am not a doctor. Anything I say/write is not intended to substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The information that I share here is based on over a decade of ongoing study. It is for educational purposes only.

Be well!

Stress and Our Immune System (Our Armor)

There are several things that control our immune system: glands, the spleen, bone marrow, the gut… In this essay, I’m going to share what I learned about the adrenal glands – which produce our stress hormone, cortisol – and things we might be able to do to lower stress.

“Relax. Nothing is under control.”

Adi Da Samray

The adrenal glands respond and adapt our body to stress, as well as controls the white blood cells. They release antibodies from the lymph nodes and, when overworked, can cause a decrease in antibody production.

Autoimmune issues are an adrenal issue. A stress state that triggers the adrenal glands to malfunction will cause a loss of control of the immune system; therefore, lowering our susceptibility. All sorts of problems could arise, as we will no longer have barriers to the immune system. Microbes, viruses, etc. all come out of remission.

Therefore, we should find ways to manage stress, in an effort to also strengthen our armor (the immune system). I know that’s easier said than done, and I’m not suggesting we turn to chemical stressors, like alcohol, to cope – that would be counterproductive.

We cannot control our surroundings; we can only control ourselves. Identify what might trigger stress for you, and then do your best to avoid it. 

The biggest trigger of stress right now – and more often than not – is the News. The media thrives on bad news; it’s what helps their ratings. It’s business. That’s not saying it’s fake, that’s saying it’s overkill. We can’t control the News, but we can control the buttons that turn it on or off.

Identify what might make you anxious, piss you off, scare you… and find ways to bypass them. You know what’s happening in the News right now, so perhaps change the channel to something more pleasant, like a comedy. Stay informed, by all means, but don’t keep the News running all day, if it makes you nervous 24/7. That’s just advice, formed by an opinion. You do what you want, but I’m certain the News never makes you feel joyful, unless they’re covering a story about playful puppies and kittens. 

Social media might play a part in your stress, as well. I know it does for me, which is why I often ignore that endless wall on BookFace and Tweeter… We can’t control what people want to share, but we can control what we want to see. Perhaps give it a rest, remove the app from your phone, ignore the wall, or unfollow the people that trigger you. Instead, maybe read a good book, or watch a movie or television show that comforts you. For me, that would be Star Wars and Star Trek.

The point is: we cannot control the uncontrollable; we can only control ourselves and what we digest, mentally and physically. That begins with being mindful, because, let’s be real, our thoughts are what make or break us.

“Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings…”

J. M. Barrie

May the Force be with you and live long and prosper.


Viruses Hate Healthy People

Viruses invade weak immune systems; therefore, common sense suggests we avoid anything that compromises our immune system – and wash our hands!


1. Stress – it destroys the immune system instantly.

2. Poor Sleep – it creates stress, which destroys the immune system.

3. Alcohol – it’s a chemical stressor that depletes our electrolytes & vitamins, and destroys the immune system.

3. Sugar – it creates inflammation, which destroys the immune system.

4. Starch – it’s sugar (see sugar).

5. Grains – it’s sugar (see sugar), and contains brain & gut damaging properties.

6. Wheat – it’s sugar, and contains brain & gut damaging properties.

7. Corn – it’s sugar (see sugar).


1. Breathe – calm down; nothing is in our control; relax.

2. Sleep 7-8 hours – set a bedtime and follow it; avoid stimulation (screens, caffeine)

3. Quit Alcohol – it’s toxic and inflammatory.

4. Consume Organic Vegetables – leafy greens; cruciferous vegetables; garlic.

5. Get some Sun – vitamin D is crucial and the sun is the best source.

6. Consume Wild Caught Seafood – the nutrients in fish are vital, such as Omega-3, zinc; etc.

7. Practice Intermittent Fasting – eat 1 or 2 meals per day, no snacks. Fasting boosts the immune system.

8. Exercise

Be well.

The Thing About Calories…

Calories are not tiny creatures that make our clothes tight. If weight loss is your goal, look not to the calories, but to the sugar and carbohydrates. Calories are a unit of energy, and not all calories were created equal.

A 300-calorie bagel is not the same as a 300-calorie avocado. One will cause weight gain & inflammation, whereas the other will slide under the radar and provide nutrition.

Can you guess which does what?

Insulin is the hormone that regulates blood sugar. Consume something “caloric,” and then insulin does its job – it’s pumped out of the pancreas to deal with whatever it is you ingested. Consume something in the sweet and/or starch category, then insulin is forced to work harder. It spikes by 200-300% above normal. When this happens all the time, we wreck our blood sugar, deplete insulin, and become diabetic (Type 2).

Excess insulin causes inflammation.

Inflammation causes disease. Cancer, heart disease, brain disease, gut disease… etcetera, etcetera… It’s cause & effect. You eat crap, you get crap. Period.

I like to remind everyone that being over weight – obese – shouldn’t be the primary focus. Obesity is merely a symptom caused by years of consuming bread, pasta, crackers, biscuits, cake, pies, cookies, waffles, pancakes, candy, beer, margaritas… Every “little bit” accumulates damage. I learned that the hard way, when I looked in the mirror, over decade ago, and saw a 120-pound overweight, pre-diabetic, junk food junkie. No sir, I didn’t like it. So, I did something about it. I changed my lifestyle for the better. I ignored fad diets and listened to scientific logic, instead.

If you follow a diet that suggests whole grains are healthy, and says high-fructose corn syrup, bread, etc. “in moderation” is fine, think about what I said on insulin – that’s science, not opinion. Whole Grains are not – I repeat: NOT healthy. See my article entitled Our Brain on Wheat, Carbs, & Sugar.

For millions of years, we human beings consumed fatty meat and seafood. We ate above-the-ground vegetation, when meat was difficult to obtain. We did intermittent fasting – we didn’t nibble all day, spiking insulin. We consumed only what repairs, restores, and strengthens our cells & tissue, when required. Protein & fats. That’s the ticket. But, when baked goods and sweet treats materialized, so did a butt ton of disease. Coincidence?

We are meant to consume real, whole food that aligns with our ancestral diet. Not this manufactured “carbage” everyone seems to be hooked on.

By the way, do you know what does not trigger insulin?



Saturated Fat, which comes from animal protein.

Monounsaturated Fat, which comes from avocados, olives, and coconuts…

Polyunsaturated Fat, which comes from other plant-based foods.

Omega-3 Fat, which comes from fatty fish, like salmon and sardines…

But, never Trans Fat. That’s inflammatory, man-made crap. If man made it, toss it.

Getting back to calories They shouldn’t be your focus, when it comes to health / weight control. Your body knows when it’s had enough calories. Just consume them from the appropriate sources.

A 300-calorie bagel will slowly contribute to the destruction of our body and mind, with obesity as a possible byproduct – depending on the speed of your metabolism. Obese or not, you should be concerned about the underlying damage from the wrong food & beverage choices.

A 300-calorie avocado will nurture our body, with zero worry of weight gain — unless, of course, you combine fats with sugar carbohydrates. I haven’t explained that yet, but the combination is lethal. An example of this would be a hamburger with ketchup (fructose) on a bun (grains/wheat). Don’t cross the streams! Remove the ketchup and, yes, toss the bun!

You are what you eat, but do you know what you’re eating?

Be well.

It’s Not the Tryptophan

Tryptophan is an amino acid that can only be absorbed on an empty stomach; therefore, the big bird isn’t the cause of our drowsiness on Thanksgiving Day. It’s everything else.

Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Whenever we consume something, our blood sugar rises, and then insulin swoops in to lower it. That’s its job. However, whenever we consume something high on the glycemic index, such as potatoes, bread, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie, our blood sugar skyrockets; therefore, causing insulin to work harder.

What do you suppose happens when our blood sugar spikes higher than normal, and insulin works overtime?

We crash and burn!

The starch, sugar, and alcohol knocks us down for the count, because tasty toxins bang up our insides. These foods force our insulin to pump like no tomorrow. In fact, when people continue to eat this way on a regular basis, their insulin will eventually deplete, and they become diabetic.

Too much insulin is inflammatory, and inflammation is the root cause of serious illness. When we consume starch and sweets everyday, we open the door to disease and disorders. Common sense tells us to avoid the junk, but addiction is our downfall. And, again, obesity is only a symptom of this aforementioned problem.

Did you know, our body cannot tolerate more than 4-grams of sugar on a daily basis? Yet, the average American consumes over 120-grams per day. Keep in mind: when I say sugar, I mean glucose – so, that would be candy, cake, bread, pasta, cereal, pancakes, waffles, potatoes, etc.

That said, how in the world do we get through the holiday feast?


Eat the meat and go for low glycemic vegetables, like leafy greens. 

Avoid the stuffing, cranberry sauce, and anything that is “manufactured” – like marshmallows. If you see marshmallows on the sweet potatoes, turn around!

Go for the real food, low on the glycemic index.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Brain on Wheat, Carbs, & Sugar

“Your theories on sugar may not be true.” A notion spoken by a loved one, based on my grandmother’s recent passing away at 90-years-old. She lived, like most Americans do, with a diet heavy on sweets and starch. It’s interesting how many people mistake longevity for health.

90 years is impressive on paper. Sure, my grandmother had a long life. But, she spent the past decade with dementia. If you don’t know what’s going on, who anybody is, and who you are, isn’t that like being dead already? I say that, not to be insensitive, but to make a point.

We seem to always focus on weight loss and longevity, but rarely get informed on everything in between. Everything beyond what the junk food industry and drug-pushers will tell us, via forms of paid and swayed media.

Many are easily brainwashed to believe what they are told, or were raised believing. “They say this” and “they say that.” But, does anyone even bother to question it and do their homework? I dare everyone to peek behind the curtain.

I’ve been doing my homework since the late 2000s. I learned something new about true health science every single day. Why? Because I was obese, pre-diabetic, had epilepsy, and my heart was about to explode. I wanted to live. But, I also wanted to learn.

What did I learn?

I learned that we’ve been lied to. I learned that grains, wheat, corn, starch, and sugar make us slow, sick, and stupid; that it shrinks our brain, expands our belly, and destroys our heart. I learned that dietary fat (especially Omega-3/DHA) are what we need to survive and have healthy brains, as well as a healthy heart (in conjunction with stress management). I learned that cholesterol is the hero, not the villain, and how LOW cholesterol is fatal and will cause brain damage. In fact, “bad” cholesterol only occurs when sugar/starch/glucose attaches itself to cells, causing all sorts of issues.

We’ve been duped by the big cereal companies, and Big Pharma has profited on our “self-induced” damage. I mean, why not? There’s no money in healthy people – let them consume slow poisons and suffer in their golden years.

So, how do we not be slow, sick, and stupid?

Avoid sugar & starch like the plague! Adjust your lifestyle for the better.

How do we prevent brain disease, including A.D.D., A.D.H.D., unexplained depression, unexplained anxiety, and more?

Avoid sugar & starch like the plague, and start eating that fatty fish (omega-3). Adjust your lifestyle for the better.

It’s not about obesity. That’s just a symptom from all of the above. If you’re overweight, don’t look at the treadmill, look at your plate. What’s on it? Pancakes or eggs? Potatoes or fish? Pasta or salad? Oatmeal or beef?

We pay for it now or we pay for it later. But, is it worth it? Just because you “feel fine” now, doesn’t mean you’re not on the slow road to suffering later.

Food is nourishment, not entertainment.

Personally, my goal is to stay out of the nursing home and keep my mind sharp till the end credits roll, so to speak. It’s not so much genetics as it is what you consume your entire life. It’s a gamble. Your genes may or may not be strong enough to handle all the damaging, delicious foods out there.

Look: the root cause of 80% of disease is due to constant inflammation. Logic suggests that if we remove inflammatory food, drink, and stress, we’ll have a better immune system to manage/prevent unnecessary sickness.

Is that 5-second rush of dopamine, from the bagel or cake, really worth cellular damage? “Everything in moderation,” my ass!

You are what you eat, but do you know what you’re eating?

I highly recommend you read the book Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist. It will make everything I wrote above make sense.

Be well.

Trick or Treat? That is the Question.

Halloween, among other candy-jacked holidays, tends to revolve around junk food. Artificial fruit cubes and sugar-infused chocolate. Drugs, in a sense, as they light-up our brain’s pleasure sensor eight times more than cocaine. Therefore, it’s just a legal, addictive substance, like alcohol. Slow poison. Nothing more.

Nowadays, children become obese so easily. They develop diabetes; hypertension; attention deficit disorders… The list goes on and on. But, have you ever wondered, “maybe it’s what my child is eating that’s causing these issues?” These so-called disorders are actually symptoms; common responses to a variety of slow, poisonous food and drink.

Yes, poisonous!

Allow me to throw in an analogy here. There was a time when people believed the Earth was flat, until it was proven to be round. Many know that it’s truly round; yet, there are still some folks out there who believe it’s flat. It’s ridiculous. Why? Because, we’ve seen evidence that it’s round! How do these flat-Earthers not get it? Because, there’s a huge difference between knowing something vs. believing something.

Knowing is being certain something’s true with evidence. Belief is accepting something’s true without evidence. When I try to explain what I know on high-carb dangers to the sweet-toothers, they smile, nod, and bite into a bagel, because they believe “moderation” is their safe zone.

When you’re raised with the belief that dietary fat will kill you, but bread, pasta, cake, & candy are safe in moderation, you’ll find that’s 1,000% incorrect. That is, if you spent the time to get informed. Most people are content in believing what they’re told, rather than picking up some books to learn a thing or two about a thing or two. The same advice goes for politics, but we won’t go there.

Whether you want to believe it or not, processed food, breaded food, and sweet treats have ZERO nutritional value. They destroy our cells and shrink our brain. And, when I see kids eating bread, french fries, cake, ice-cream, chips, bagels, pancakes, waffles… CANDY… I cringe, because of what I know. But, yes, I was a junk food-eating kid once, too. I didn’t wise up until 2010.

What good is junk food for children, let alone grown-ups?

They taste good and it’s the only thing they will eat. That’s often the excuse I hear parents say. That, or perhaps it’s a way to keep the kid silenced, by giving them what they want. But, is that really helpful?

These junk foods, as well as fruit juices and soft drinks, are what cause 80% of our health issues. There are plenty of books and scientific evidence out there to back that up.

Sugar and starch… What are they good for? Absolutely nothing.

Just because the box of cereal has a happy cartoon character on it, shouting about how healthy it is, doesn’t mean it’s true. It’s brainwashing. Read the ingredients and look up what you don’t understand. Sure, it may contain vitamins – synthetic add-ins – but, not everyone is aware that grains, wheat, corn, and sugar deplete vitamins and minerals. Therefore, it’s nothing but a false, counteracting product. No, Tony, they’re not great!

What to eat instead?

Try real whole foods with a singular ingredient. Beef is beef; fish is fish; eggs are eggs; avocados are avocados. Foods that fuel, repair, and restore our cells, hormones, and tissue.

Make sense?

It does to me.

You are what you eat, but do you know what you’re eating?

Be well.