Diabetes and the toilet brush

Jim Edwards
By Jim Edwards Latest Reply 2012-06-29 11:54:42 -0500
Started 2012-03-20 17:00:18 -0500

This should be interesting. Many of us with diabetes also have allergies. The problem we face is that the treatment for the allergies often will send our BG #'s whacko. Another problem is that most of us who have allergies do not have a clue as to what we are allergic to. So what are we to do? One thing is to be a stickler on keeping things clean. Not my strong point, but am always working on it. When you dust always use a cloth (never a feather duster) and have the cloth moist with an appropriate liquid. If dusting wood, use a furniture polish. If doing a general dusting use water. The moist rag will collect and keep the dust. You can then dispose of the rag or add it to your wash. So, where the heck does the toilet brush come in? I was cleaning the inside of my truck to remove enough dog hair to create a few more puppies and I found some area that i had not cleaned well in the past and they were beginning to show it. In particular, the area between the console and the seat and the side pockets on the doors. How could I get in there to clean them? A toilet brush! In this case, I had a new one! I dipped it in a cleaner solution and forced it down in. Again and again it pulled stuff out. It is flexible enough to go in, then it expands to fill the space. Worked great on those door pockets too. Not one to let a good idea go to waste, I used it on the carpet under the mats. Again, lots of hair. The mats, by the way, were washed in the washing machine. So, as you clean remember you are not only cleaning, but you are also collecting those allergens and helping to decrease the spread of cold and flu germs. We tend to spend more time in our homes and vehicles then outdoors, so keeping them clean will help not only our general health, but also our diabetes.

61 replies

Snookie7 2012-05-26 09:55:11 -0500 Report

I have bad constipation gotten worst by diabetices,have to take stool softners twice daily 100x4. Any thoughts? I have tried everything from veggies, nothing else works naturally.

KarynCandy29 2012-06-29 07:07:38 -0500 Report

I know this post was done some time ago,butt(no pun intended) I had this problem just after I started on the meds for my diabetes..It was so bad …
long story short…I started eating the sugarless candy they sell for diabetics..
and I would eat more then 3 at a time..and that helped me to go..Hope by now your doing better…Buttttt if not try the sugarless candy..

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-05-27 18:19:45 -0500 Report

Dried plums (prunes) works well for me. Also I have uped my fiber intake. There are different ones available that you add to water. My target was 40 grams of fiber a day. The problem I ran into was most of my fiber was coming from carbs, which, of course, raised my BS. I take Psylium (? sp) husk twice a day. Everything is moving well!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-03-24 21:43:56 -0500 Report

Hi Jim,

This is a great discussion. Some really good ideas here. I am a serious allergy sufferer and am always looking for ways to keep the dust down. Thanks!


tomecom 2012-03-23 09:22:25 -0500 Report

I read recently that we diabetics have a shift in our balance (ratios) of beneficial bacteria to pathogens, because we are diabetic. Scientists don't know why, but it causes the impaired immune system we have.
Consequently, we lack the beneficial bacteria that is required to control parasites, and Candida (yeast fungi). When their populations grow, so does our allergies, espeicially to food.
They also contribute to our weight issues because they generate large amounts of toxins that cause weight gain. The toxins are acidic. Our body creates new fat cells, and fills them in order to store the acidic toxins. They will stall a diet.
It may be necessary to conduct a Candida cleanse followed by a probiotic restoration to stop the allergies from developing.

tomecom 2012-03-23 09:13:52 -0500 Report

Jim: I used to suffer from allergies; especially every time I cut my grass or worked in my yard. I read an article on how to get rid of allergies once and for all and it worked.
I bought a bottle of food grade hydrogen peroxide (35%). I placed 3 drops in a half glass of filtered water three times the first day. Each day thereafter I increased the dosage one drop (4 drops 3 times the second day-then 5 drops 3 times the third day…and so on until I reached 24 drops 3 times the last day. I had to stop around the 22 drop range because it was too strong for me. My allergies almost completely went away. So a week later I started the process all over again. The second time I made it all the way through.
I no longer have any allergies. It worked. You might try it. You can buy the H2O2 at a health food store.
You can also put a cap full of the peroxide in a gallon of water to wash fresh fruit and vegetables. It will substantially increase the shelf life of the food. It kills bacteria, mold, parasites and numerous other bad things that can be found on fresh food.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-03-23 16:09:38 -0500 Report

Make sme want to try an experiment. 2 pieces of fruit as identical as I can get them. Wash one in HP and not the other. Leave on the counter and see if one last longer than the other. Another idea. Stawberries seem to rot quickly. I think my next batch will be HP washed. Heading to the internet to find a HF store in winchester, VA, then for some HP. I think the regular OTC stuff is like 3%

GabbyPA 2012-03-24 12:37:24 -0500 Report

Yeah, you have to get the food grade...not the boo boo grade. I use it in my morning drink. I have a friend who puts it in his shampoos and body washes to get it in his skin too. I don't do that, but I do drink it.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-03-23 12:26:29 -0500 Report

Thanks. I will definitely go on the hunt for HP. I stock it at home, but in the OTC any store shelf variety. I have it primarily in case my dogs lose a battle with a skunk and I use it as an ear wash for wax build up (1 part HP to 1 part very warm water, pour it into the ear, let it sit for about 3 minutes while you listen to it bubble!) I think I am over the flu, but I am sure the pollen count is killing me.

margokittycat 2012-03-22 17:18:32 -0500 Report

Oh Jim the toilet brush is a great tool for cleaning not just the toilet. It works really well in trash cans and around washers and dryers without having to move them.

cavie2 2012-03-23 09:26:30 -0500 Report

isn't it brilliant the really good ideas you get from other people on these sites I always have to pull my washing machine and cooker out into the middle of the kitchen floor to sweep and wash the floor then push them back. It would certainly cut down the work if I used a clean toilet brush to clean around my appliances. Thanks for that tip. Just going to nip out an buy myself a new toilet brush right now.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-03-22 13:25:09 -0500 Report

Great discussion!! You'll be amazed how quickly dust/dirt builds up, especially with animals. My daughter has a very large cat thay is inside only and when cleaning so much cat hair is picked up that I swear it should be bald. She has allergies galor and the dr actually told us to get the cat to help her which it has.

GabbyPA 2012-03-21 09:51:31 -0500 Report

These things are very true. Specially with spring fast approaching..oh wait. It is here and the trees are blooming and making us all crazy. I have a dog as well and it is amazing how in one week I can get dust elephants. Geez!

I have hard surface floors only. I do have a few area rugs, but no more carpet. Once you pull up a carpet, you will never have one again. YIKES! That helps so much to have hard surface floors as they get cleaned far better than carpet.

The one place that we forget to vacuum is the furniture. Yep, you heard me. I used to sell Laz-y-Boy furniture and that is where I learned the proper care for upholstered furniture. Vacuum them every week with your floors. You don't want to know what is sitting in those things either.

Another thing to consider is having the AC ducts cleaned once a year. If you have that little dusting by your vents, it is time to clean. And make sure you change your filters once a month at least.

And if you have a green thumb, try using indoor plants such as aloe. They absorb toxins in your air and keep you breathing clean. They don't bloom so they don't add to the problem.

margokittycat 2012-03-23 12:17:52 -0500 Report

Gabby I hear you about the dust elephants. I have a dog and three inside cats and you talk about dust elephants. I clean my floors daily and I make a mini Jack my dog every day or as my husband would say a full size Lavery, my one cat.

I have always vacummed my furniture, and shampoo it yearly. I want hard wood floors in the rest of my house that does not have them. I am currently getting all new windows and doors, so maybe next year will be the rest of the floors. I am also getting a new Heat pump.

I like the aloe for a house plandt I am going to have to go get a couple.

cavie2 2012-03-23 09:28:51 -0500 Report

What size property do you have that houses elephants Gabby. Geezo do you live in a mansion with extra wide doors.

GabbyPA 2012-03-24 12:39:43 -0500 Report

Yep, they are very small until you start pushing them around. Then they grow as they roll across the floor. I have them "suck" it in, to get them in the garbage bags.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-03-21 10:03:36 -0500 Report

Finally, someone who took me seriously. And you of all people! I too am a hard surface only for floors. Hardwood, tile, vinyl. I don't vacuum my upholstered furniture, but, then again, I rarely sit in it. Probably because when I might sit in it I have a 50 pound + dog in it (6'long) sleeping.
good thought on the vents (up north we call then heating vents! :). Most of these vents are removable. Put them in the sink and wash them. Wipe the inside of the vent with a wet rag. Do not vacuum as it will often just put it back into the air. If you have a single filter at the unit, buy a very high quality pleated filter. On your control, turn the fan to "on" as opposed to automatic. It does not cost much to run the fan. This will keep your air circulating and keep dust out of the air. Check this filter every week (they run about $18.00 at Lowe's). You will see how often you need to change it. As time goes on the length between filter changes will increase and your house will be cleaner.
I also heard from a wacko friend that cut onions also absorb toxins from the air. Hence you should always use an onion up and not store it in the frif for later use. I figure if I dont't use it up, I will just leave it on the counter to absorb toxins!

GabbyPA 2012-03-24 12:43:14 -0500 Report

Whew, my eyes are watering with the onion idea. I think I will stick to aloe.

The furniture is not to vacuum up dead skin or dirt as much as it is to vacuum up dust. We dust our furniture and clean our glass, but we forget the furniture. Mine is leather so I condition it weekly to keep it soft and get rid of the doggy odor.

How do you oppose your fan? My thermostat just offers heat, cool or fan. I have to choose one.

Nick1962 2012-03-21 11:52:56 -0500 Report

Thanks for the toilet brush tip Jim, my truck is filthy and needs attention also.
I had an ultraviolet air purifier installed on my furnace that makes a huge difference. I have chronic sinusitus, and have not been stuffed up since, even with the high pollen in our area now.

jigsaw 2012-03-20 21:22:41 -0500 Report

I thought maybe somebody felt guilty about having diabetes, and figured they would have to go on latrine duty !

jayabee52 2012-03-20 21:00:32 -0500 Report

keeping things tidy is not one of my strong points either!

Only you, jim would put something like "Diabetes and the toilet brush" in your title. I admit when I saw it I began to wonder what it was all about.

Caroltoo 2012-03-20 21:07:56 -0500 Report

It definitely gets your attention! I think Jim is beginning to feel better and getting his sense of humor back in play. Thanks, Jim, for the laugh!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-03-21 10:04:38 -0500 Report

This is a serious post! Why doesn't anybody understand me?

cavie2 2012-03-23 09:32:24 -0500 Report

We do understand you VERY well actually. That is why you get all these replies Snookums!!

jayabee52 2012-03-21 12:02:03 -0500 Report

OH POOR ABUSED Jim! ♪♫"Nobody likes me everybody hates me I guess I'll go eat worms!"♪♫ ROTFL

jayabee52 2012-03-21 15:45:09 -0500 Report

ROTFL! someone who knows the song too!

"Nobody likes me, everybody hates me,
I think I'll go eat worms!
Big fat juicy ones,
Eensie weensy squeensy ones,
See how they wiggle and squirm!

Down goes the first one, down goes the second one,
Oh how they wiggle and squirm!
Up comes the first one, up comes the second one,
Oh how they wiggle and squirm!

I bite off the heads, and suck out the juice,
And throw the skins away!
Nobody knows how fat I grow,
On worms three times a day!

Nobody likes me, everybody hates me,
I think I'll go eat worms!
Big fat juicy ones,
Eensie weensy squeensy ones,
See how they wiggle and squirm!"

Young1s 2012-03-21 16:24:53 -0500 Report

Hahahahaha! I love it!! I never knew the whole song, just the first couple of lines. And even those were mostly filled in with guesses.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-03-21 13:00:43 -0500 Report

You are so rotten. Everybody knows I prefer stink bugs over worms and if you cover SB with Hershey's chocolate there are no carbs!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-03-21 13:52:00 -0500 Report

When you combine the SB with the Hershey's, it eliminates the carbs. Maybe it is because you throw it all back up.

jayabee52 2012-03-21 14:01:28 -0500 Report

that behavior is called "Bullemia" and is an eating disorder! (go to the eating disorder sister site to DC to get help for that, Jim) I would prefer the worms chocolate covered. The carbs would be in small part counteracted by the protein!

jigsaw 2012-03-21 13:13:26 -0500 Report

I heard roasted grasshoppers and chocolate covered ants were nutritious and a good source of protien ! I'm not sure about stinkbugs though ! Of course I'll save some spare worms for James!!

jigsaw 2012-03-21 14:01:04 -0500 Report

Your in luck ! i have a good supply in all this surrounding NC soil . Ya want I should mail them to AZ ?

jigsaw 2012-03-21 14:15:16 -0500 Report

LoL ! I don't want you driving unnecessarily to AZ, 1 pkg same price all over the country ! You know maybe it's the diabetes and ageing ? Anyway worms are on their way to NV ! Good thing you told me what town!!!

jigsaw 2012-03-21 16:48:20 -0500 Report

Just for you, cause I really do think your super duper !!! Just don't invite me over for dinner !

jigsaw 2012-03-21 10:28:10 -0500 Report

Actually, it is a helpful post ! Some good info, but definitely a humerous title. Brought out my humerous side which I prefer to be around when I tire of the seriousness of diabetes. I never thought diabetes and a toilet brush to have much in common. I admit that there are times I'd like to flush my diabetes down the toilet though, but that's another matter. Bottom line, my wife is a cleaning fanatic that collects vacuums and loves to clean. So I'm lucky in that department!
No severe allergies so far.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-03-21 10:32:37 -0500 Report

I came up with the title after 3 days of the flu and truck cleaning was about the best i could muster! I have not found a vac yet that I like. Even the ones with triple HEPA filters seem to allow dirt out.

jigsaw 2012-03-22 15:10:27 -0500 Report

I only use shop vacs. My wifes the expert on all other types! I'm serious, she has more vacuums then a department store. She likes Dyson and Sears (Kenmore) cannister. She picked up a refurbished Dyson and says it really sucks! Good suction that is.