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Hello and Welcome,
I am Ben Rusk & Here Is My Story...
The Year Was 1983
Working At Payless Stocking Shelves On The Night Shift
As you can see I did not start out life with a weight problem. Of course this was before the FDA allowed the food industry to start making changes to the content of our nutrition. But that is a whole other story.

Weight: 165 lbs.
Over A Decade Later - 1996
Family Out Together Visiting The Beach
Still not doing too bad, family life can put on a few pounds. But I can still get around pretty well with no trouble keeping up with the little ones.

Weight: 205 lbs.
Fast Forward Another Decade - 2003
Struggling With Weight Is Becoming A Problem
Well my hair was still "Auburn" and had not starting to fall out yet but the day to day stress was beginning to take its toll.

Weight: 290 lbs.
The Year Is Now - 2013
This Was The Height Of My Weight Gain
While I tried to maintain some dignity at this point in my life it was hard. Had it not been for the love of my children and close friends I may not have made it through this dark period in my life.

Weight: 315 lbs.
Which Brings Us To The Point In My Story When Things Begin To Turn Around
2019 - My Year As An Entreprenuer
Accepting the Challenge of Self-Employment
After a 32 year career in the Information Technology, I decided to take my chance at full-time self employment.

Was not sure where I would land or what was next on life's radar.

Little did I know that it would lead me to discover something amazing.

Weight: 280 lbs.
Here Is What I Discovered...
August 1, 2019
Struggling To Reach Target Range (blue bar)
Three pills and six shots a day and still I cannot reach my target range of 120-140.
August 4, 2019
Day after Day
Three pills and six shots a day and still I cannot reach my target range of 120-140.
August 6, 2019
Day 1 - The Day I Started Taking A New Product
Still taking the three pills and six shots a day.

But today I added (4) capsules and (1) teaspoon of powdered added to to eight ounces of water.

That is all I changed. No fancy or restrictive diet. No additional exercise.

Just started a new regiment of supplements.
August 7, 2019
Day 2 - The Next Day BS Hit 64
After dinner my blood sugars dropped (like a brick).

My meter had hit the RED zone. I checked it, and checked it again. Still did not make any sense. So I got out the trusty finger poker and the test strips and checked it one more time.

Yes indeed my blood sugar level had dropped to 64.

A new record low for me, you see in 10 years it had only dropped once to 87 and only after 3 weeks on a restrictive diet.

That evening I reduced my insulin by 10% in an attempt to keep the BS from dropping that law again.
August 8, 2019
Day 3 - Watching Closely Now
After a 10% reduction in my long acting insulin I watch closely to see what would happen the next day.

Things were going surprisingly well.

I was in target range and holding steady.

August 9, 2019
Day 4 - Still Watching Closely Now
Numbers are again reaching the RED zone so I reduced the insulin again by 10%.

Bedtime number are below target range.

August 10, 2019
Day 5 - Still Watching Closely Now
Holding to see what happens next. No changes in insulin today still holding at the 20% reduction and the body seems to be reacting well.

Bedtime number are higher than target range.

August 11, 2019
Day 6 - Still Watching Closely Now
Numbers are beginning to stabilize in target range but still dropping below. So I am reducing insulin by another 10%.

Bedtime number are in the target range.

August 12, 2019
Day 7 - It Happened Again
Once again my BS has dropped into the RED zone so I am reducing insulin by another 10%.

That is a 40% reduction in insulin in just 6 days!!! 

This is CRAZY!!!

Bedtime number are in the target range.

August 13, 2019
Day 8 - And It Happened Again
Once again my BS has dropped into the RED.

I am not dropping the insulin at this time until I can talk with my doctor.

Holding at a 40% reduction in insulin.

So happy with these results.

Bedtime number are just below target range.

August 14, 2019
Day 9 - Target Range
Would you look at that, in just 9 days I was able to get my BS level into the target range for an entire day.

Called the doctor and I am getting a full panel done next week.

I will post the results once confirmed.

Holding at a 40% reduction in insulin.
August 18, 2019
Day 13 - Results Are Back
Lab Results July '19 vs. August '19 (4 weeks)

A1C = 7.6  (down .2)
Average Glucose 143 (down 29 pts)
Triglycerides 327 (down 134 pts)
Cholesterol 143 (down 12 pts)
HDL 28 (same)
BP 98/69  Pulse 91

Energy Levels are through the roof, working hours are increasing, no naps, 6-7 hours of sleep, wake up feeling totally rested
What I Have Noticed After The First Week?
Diabetes...
Reduced my insulin dosage by 40% in the first week of using the products.
Stress / Anxiety...
Stress and Anxiety levels are down for sure, I feel relaxed and able to focus on tasks at hand.
Inflammation...
For the first time in years I was able to walk down the stairs without holding the hand rail and side stepping down one stair at a time.

I am now able to do a standing squat, and I was considering a double knee replacement just a year ago.
Mental Focus...
Clarity really says it all. The brain fog is gone and the ideas are flowing through my head again.
Sleep...
I have always been a pretty good sleeper, but now I am waking up at 4:30am wide awake and ready to go.
Energy Level...
Energy levels are up as I tackled a painting project that would have normally been a very challenging task but with better flexibility I knocked it out in a few hours.
Depression...
No signs of depression or uncertainty. Uncertainty was a factor leading up to the use of these products.
Weight Loss...
After 2 weeks of using the products I am down 7 lbs. I attribute most of this to the reduced food cravings and reduced desire to have late night snacks. Breakfasts are normal eggs, bacon and toast. Lunch is light Simple sandwich Ham & Cheese or Turkey & Cheese. Dinners are light as well Chicken or Pork Chops with two side vegetables.
Carb Coma Naps...
Diabetics you know what I am talking about. As much as I miss the after dinner naps that just seemed to follow an evening meal, I do find the extra time in the day allows me to get many more things done.
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