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As promised, here is insightful information and some highlights from the Diabetes Summit 2016. If you missed this amazing summit, you can still purchase the set of talks. Contact Dr. Brian Mowll, and scroll down to access 5 Bonus Interviews.


Dr Trevor Cates, Naturopathic Dr, spoke about Diabetes and the Skin and pointed out that we often overlook the connection between blood sugar and skin health.

DID YOU KNOW? Skin tags can be an indicator of blood sugar imbalance or pre-diabetes. There is a definite connection between what you eat and what your skin is showing you. Skin tags, rashes, wounds not healing are all indicators.

Dr Cates also stressed the importance of not using toxic creams, “What we put on our skin gets absorbed and does affect our health: Some ingredients are toxic; some are carcinogenic; some can have an effect on our hormones.”  On average we use 9 different products which exposes us to 126 different ingredients which may interact with one another. In Europe over 1000 ingredients have been banned in personal care products and in USA only 11 ingredients have been banned.

Because many of the manufacturers are more focussed on making money and getting the product to last longer, they may be adding ingredients that are very harmful:


There are Hormone disrupting chemicals that can throw off insulin!

Terms like “FRAGRANCE” are used to hide chemicals like diethyl phthalate, which is commonly used in perfumes, lotions, and other personal care products to make the scent last longer. Diethyl phthalates are plastic chemicals and disrupt our hormones!

PARABENS: One of the main propyl paraben dangers is the chemical’s ability to mimic estrogen in the human body, causing an over-abundance of this hormone. Because hormones play such a vital role in the body by stimulating various biological processes, chemicals that mimic hormones can lead to a significant number of problems and pain from internal inflammation. When this happens, you may start gaining weight, retaining more fluids, and can even lead to cancer. Estrogen-related problems from propyl paraben are especially detrimental to women who are pregnant or nursing, and are already facing wide hormonal fluctuations. Parabens can be stored in tissues and have been found in breast tumours.

FORMALDEHYDE: Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRPs) are used in many personal care products, particularly in shampoos and liquid baby soaps. These chemicals, which help prevent microbes from growing in water-based products, can be absorbed through the skin and have been linked to cancer and allergic skin reactions. Found in nail polish, nail glue, eyelash glue, hair gel, hair-smoothing products, baby shampoo, body soap, body wash, colour cosmetics.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal. READ MORE:

SUNSCREENS ARE LOADED WITH HARMFUL CHEMICALS: Oxybenzone is a hormone disrupting chemical. (Zinc oxide is a mineral based sunblock and is natural and OK).


  1. Sugar of course, and anything that turns to sugar. ACNE is a result of blood sugar balance. When sugar is increased, insulin levels trigger excess sebum production and androgen activity.
  2. Dairy products and especially skim milk because it has no fat but is high in sugar!

Dairy triggers inflammatory pathways in the body and we all know that Inflammation = skin problems. Also, Dairy has hormones in it and hormones play a role in our skin. Give up dairy for 10 days and see if you notice a difference


Avocadoes have anti -inflammatory properties and are loaded with EFA . Great to eat AND as a face mask.  PUFFY EYES: Use Cucumbers on puffy eyes. Also Green tea /chamomile tea bags – lightly steep and cool in fridge and then on eyes. Tea tree oil helps to reduce mild acne and fungal infections. Coconut oil is great but can also trigger an acne break out – so to be safe, use Jojoba oil and add ylang ylang essential oil instead

For more information visit and also take the skin quiz


If you haven’t yet listened to the Diabetes World Summit bonus interviews, please click here to listen now:

Daphne Olivier: Thoughts on how to control blood sugar and reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Jay Wortman, MD: Program used to reverse his own Type 2 Diabetes

Jonathon Bailor: The Calorie Myth!

Ritamarie Loscalzo: Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood

Sayer Ji: Insights about reversing Type 2 Diabetes

When you gain access to these bonus interviews, you’ll also get Dr Mowll’s latest blog articles, podcast interviews and video blogs for you to continue learning the best ways to control your blood sugar, reverse your condition and master your diabetes. From Your host,

Dr. Brian Mowll,