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I Am Devastated That Dear Oliver Mtukudzi Is Dead; He Was My Age — I Will Miss Him.

by Anura Guruge


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On my 90-minute walk this morning, dear, beloved Oliver Mtukudzi came to mind. I was going through the holiday-related events coming up over the next few weeks and remembered the ‘circus‘ I got tickets to at the Dartmouth HOP. It then came to mind that one of the last concerts we had been to at the HOP was that of Oliver Mtukudzi. And what a night that had been. I got to talk to him. I talked to him about cricket.

I also realized that I haven’t listened to Oliver in some time. These days, when I am at my PC, I mainly listen to music, which is NOT OFTEN, via YouTube. Much easier than any other option at my disposal. As I mention in one of the two posts cited above, though we have hundreds of CDs in this house, I only have 10 (one more since that post) in my office, and two of them happened to be by Oliver! That alone says something.

So, I invoked YouTube and banged in ‘oliver mtukudzi‘. The usual list came up and I, as I knew I would, started off with ‘Neria’. That was so, so GOOD. Ah, ah, ‘Neria’.


I then started looking at the YouTube list when I saw: “The best of Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi. Tribute“.


Ah? ‘Tribue’. Ah? I had a horrible feeling what that signified. And, alas, I was right. Damn. I wish I was wrong (as I am most of the time).

Diabetes. 66.

That could be I. Oh, Oliver. Why?

He was a GREAT MAN. He was GOOD MAN. He was MAN that gave so many joy.

Oliver Mtukudzi was A MAN.


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Make Sure Everyone Taking Diabetes Drugs Have Heard About This!

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This, of course, does not apply to all diabetes drugs. That would be disastrous. Just to a particular, new type of oral drug — sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors (SGLT2 inhibitors). From what I can see, in the U.S., these include: Canagliflozin (Invokana), Dapagliflozin (Farxiga) & Empagliflozin (Jardiance).

It looks pretty nasty. So, best to be forewarned.

Pass this along. Somebody will thank you.


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British Low-Carb Diet Advocated By The U.K. “Daily Mail”.

by Anura Guruge


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There was no surprises here. This is basically what I have been following for the last 6-years! Yes, 6-years.

Yes, I have cheated off-and-on. Not majorly. Went through a face of snacking heavily on nuts. I have cut that out since my knee injury since that has curtailed the amount of exercise, i.e., running, I can do.

As it says, this is not too hard to adhere to.

Just wanted to share with you.


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Mouthwash & Diabetes — There Might Be Something To This!

by Anura Guruge


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Hhhhmmmm! There really might be some merit to this, i.e., using mouthwash destroys mouth/stomach bacteria that help ward off diabetes. Put, it another way, not using mouthwash reduces your risk of getting diabetes.

I was a compulsive and heavy user of mouthwash. I washed my mouth AT LEAST twice a day — using TWO different mouthwashes; first hydrogen peroxide and then a generic Listerine. But, I STOPPED entirely ~3 months ago.



Last week (on Thursday) I had my DREADED annual physical with my Indian doctor.

It was, as I dread, a NIGHTMARE. I got lectured and chastised on my weight (and I had put on a TON of pudge since last year), my diet, my alcohol consumption etc. etc. He wants me to lose weight (lots of it), go on the Bill Clinton vegan diet, totally eliminate the alcohol etc. etc. It was not pleasant.

So, after 40-minutes of getting reprimanded I was getting ready to crawl out of the office, head firmly between my legs.

He clears his throat and says: ‘Oh! Just one thing. Your A1C went down. It is the lowest it has been in 5-years‘.

I asked him if that was good. Appears it is. A1C reflects your average blood glucose levels over the past 3 months.

I am so battered and bruised that I didn’t take it all in.

It was about 36-hours later, when I managed to claw back some composure, that this A1C news sank in and I could reflect on it.

My A1C has gone down, BUT I have put on a TON of weight. My diet rather than improving had got worse, much worse. I was eating (and drinking) MORE carbs than I have had in 6-years.

But, my A1C was at a 5-year low.

Then it struck me. The ONLY thing that had changed is that I had STOPPED using mouthwash 3-months ago, and A1C is a 3-month ‘marker’.

Yes, could be a total coincidence and it may have NOTHING to do with the mouthwash. But, I can’t think of what else.

But, I am staying well clear of the mouthwash. Nobody as complained of my bad breath as yet — but then again I don’t go near people.

Just wanted to share this with YOU.

Maybe it is worth trying — i.e., stop using mouthwash.

I know two things — it saves me around 10-minutes a day and about $6/week.


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Prohibition Of Alcohol In ‘The Navajo Nation’ Is Counter-Productive & Inane.

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Sorry, BUT I do know what I am talking about here, and some reflective, ‘educated’, older Navajos — who have travelled some — agree.

Yes, of course, there will be initial mayhem, BUT that is a necessary price for the long-term gain.

The prohibition is a JOKE. An absolute joke. Wherever you go around Chinle, AZ, the roadside is littered with bottles and cans that once contained alcohol. Some folks have to be making a fortune bootlegging the stuff to places like Chinle. I suspect it is those that maintain pressure on ‘Window Rock‘ not to lift the ban.

I find the ban INSULTING to the Navajo. You are treating them like kids.

Yes, alcoholism, drugs, obesity and diabetes are HUGE problems. With a few exceptions nearly every Navajo you meet around Canyon de Chelly looks like they have a health issue. They also age so quickly.

But, just next door, in Colorado, drugs have been legalized. And the poor Navajos are considered too irresponsible to trusted with alcohol.

Lets just take the added pain upfront and look forward to the inevitable sanity that will come down the road.

I am a lone and small voice — from far-away New Hampshire. But, we have to speak up.

A wrong is a wrong and this is wrong.

Free the Navajo. Give them choice.


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The Lilly ‘Trulicity’ TV Commercials For Diabetes Are So Farcical That They Are Insulting.

by Anura Guruge


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I have seen a few of these Trulicity commercials on TV of late and they have made me see red.

Diabetes is something I live with every day. The reason I exercise and watch my diet (though not that successfully of late) is for my diabetes.

Then I see these bloody ads.

Every SINGLE man shown is very overweight if not obese. Of course they are going to be diabetic. Obeseness is a leading cause for diabetes.

Lose 40 pounds before you even think of Trulicity.

Lilly should be ashamed.

35-years ago Eli Lilly (in the UK) was one of my networking customers. They were a great company that I enjoyed dealing with. This is BELOW the Eli Lilly that I knew and respected.

Lose the weight.


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Using Mouthwash Putting Us In Danger Of Diabetes?

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I happened to see a snippet on this in the June 2018 issue of “The Reader’s Digest” in their compulsory section on “Health News”.

I was shocked and disappointed.

I am a great believer and practitioner of mouth washing though I probably could get away with not doing so because I have good teeth & gums. Until I read this in the RD, I would wash my mouth at least 4 times a day! Yes, at least 4 times. Twice in the morning, and twice at night — at a minimum; first with hydrogen peroxide and then with a commercial, alcohol-based mouthwash. I haven’t used mouthwash in the last week. It bothers me — mainly because I am so used to it.

Not sure whether this is true? Do YOU know? I need to find out.

This might have been why I am constantly told I am pre-diabetic.

Well, now you know. You can decide if you want to continue using mouthwash.


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