October 1st, 2005Type II Diabetes
(This article is from the old School of Natural Healing newsletter)
by Lindsay Wolsey, MH
I was going to send out a newsletter this month on Brigham Tea, but James Duke derailed me at the seminar when he told me that Brigham Tea has no Ephedra in it. So, I needed a new topic. And since this is October, and many people celebrate Halloween by getting loads and loads of candy, what could be a better thing to write about than Diabetes, the fruit of eating so much candy.
My dad has Type II diabetes-which is now behaving like Type I diabetes. We kept him from having to take insulin for about four years-which is a pretty good amount of time. Last year at this time, he started having to take extra care of his dad (my grandpa, who was also a Type II diabetic), and stopped taking care of himself. I don’t think he was taking his supplements the way he should have been, and I know he wasn’t getting the right amount of sleep, exercise, or the correct amount of food. To make a long story short, by the time Grandpa died, my dad’s body had shut down and was eating muscle. He is now on insulin.
Unfortunately, my dad is an incurable person. He has talked to me, has talked to David, has watched the diabetes videos from the course, has attended classes on Diabetes, and has read Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman. And now that he is on insulin, he figures that if he gets low he can have a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. My dad’s fate does not need to be anyone elses.
There are three main types of Diabetes-Type I, Type II and Gestational. There are other types of Diabetes, such as Bronze but for our purposes we are going to discuss Type II. But before we can get into the specifics of Type II, we need to understand what Diabetes is.
So, what is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolism disorder - the way our body utilizes glucose. Glucose is a form of sugar in the blood, and the main source of fuel for the body. In order to get glucose into the cells, insulin must be present. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. When we eat, our pancreas will automatically produce the right amount of insulin to move glucose from the blood into the cells. But for diabetics, the pancreas could produce little or no insulin, or the cells might not respond correctly. Glucose will build up in the blood, and overflow into the urine. So, the body loses its main source of fuel, simply because the body cannot use it. Hmm…sounds similar to the way we can get osteoporosis even if we consume large amounts of calcium.
Okay, what is the difference between Type I and Type II?
Type I is an auto-immune disease. There are several theories out there on what causes Type I-foreign proteins getting into the pancreas, heredity, viruses-scientists can’t say for sure. What we do know is that for some reason the body attacks the beta cells. Without having a cause, there really is no way to avoid Type I diabetes-it just strikes at random. It is also harder to treat, both allopathically and vitalistically. For information on getting off insulin, see Eat to Live by Joel Furhman.
Type II, on the other hand, is entirely avoidable. Type II is the most common form of diabetes, striking all age groups, including children. About 80 percent of people with Type II diabetes are overweight. With Type II diabetes, the body is producing enough insulin-it just isn’t using it correctly.
What are the Symptoms?
We figure that my dad had Diabetes well before we (or the doctor) figured it out, because of his lifestyle. Dad likes his sweets, and was raised to have a dessert every night at dinner, and sometimes in place of dinner. Even last week, he was trying to drum up support for making rice pudding after dinner. He was voted down, because he is the only one who likes rice pudding, he’s a diabetic, and we know he’s going to eat the whole thing himself. If we had been watching for the symptoms, maybe we could have done something sooner.
Symptoms of Type II diabetes include: nausea, fatigue, frequent urination, unusual thirst, weight loss, blurred vision, frequent infections, slow healing of wounds or sores. Some people have no symptoms. Some of these symptoms might make you think you were pregnant-maybe that’s why I didn’t figure that out until I was 10 weeks along. Maybe I thought I had diabetes-nausea, fatigue, weight loss. It all fits.
What causes Type II?
You just have to look at the people who are prone to Diabetes. This form of diabetes is associated with older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, previous history of gestational diabetes, physical inactivity, and ethnicity. About 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. Hmm…physical inactivity and overweight. What could cause that? In my dad’s case, I’m figuring he was eating at least a cup of sugar every day. Here in Utah, we lead the nation in cases of Type II diabetes. We also lead the nation in Jello and Ice Cream consumption-at least, we did a few years ago.
What’s so bad about Diabetes?
To start with, it is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. It is the leading cause of amputation. It can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. In fact, 65% of people with diabetes die from heart disease or strokes. It can lead to blindness (my Dad’s mom went blind from diabetes), kidney failure, nerve damage. This is nothing to mess around with.
The Good News
The good thing about Type II diabetes is that it is very manageable with diet and exercise, and if you throw herbs into the mix - well, you should be fine.
Exercise: Whether you’re trying to prevent diabetes, or manage it, exercise has to be at the top of your list. We found with my dad, if he would exercise, his high blood sugar would come down. Plus, exercise helps you lose weight, which also helps prevent diabetes. It is recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Note: taking your kids trick or treating does not count as exercise.
Diet: Change your diet before you have to! I think that the hardest thing for my dad has been the dietary changes that have been imposed upon him, both by me, and the doctor. And let me tell you, the doctor is a lot more lenient than I am. The doctor will tell you to limit your carbs. An herbalist will tell you no dairy, no white flour, limited grains, limited meats, but you can have all the green vegetables that you want! We even limit my dad’s fruit - and he does not get to have any juice - it just hits his blood too fast, and since he isn’t willing to chew his juice, he can’t have any. An herbalist will also say no diet sodas, no artificial sweeteners, and no Angel food cake, regardless of how many carbs or how much fat it has. Sometimes dad will humor me, and we’ll get the salad bar at Sizzler. Other days, he decides he’s tired of being diabetic, and he’ll get a steak, baked potato, and shrimp, with his Diet Coke. If dad had made the decision to change what he was eating himself, it would be so much easier for him to deal with the dietary restrictions! I know I say it a lot, (the hazards of working for David Christopher) but read Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman.
20% Whole Sprouted Grains
15% Fresh (only) fruit
5% Nuts and Seeds
Supplements: Diabetics get a long list of supplements. Topping the list is Vitalerbs, at approximately 18 capsules a day. Then the Pancreas Formula, also at 18 capsules a day. And let me tell you, the Pancreas formula alone does miracles. We kept my dad on a lower dosage of Glucophage for four years just using the Pancreas Formula. Then Liver Gallbladder, with 12 capsules a day, and 6 capsules of Adrenatone. We can’t forget about the Lower Bowel formula, as needed.
Additionally: Oat bran and other fibers, Wheat Germ Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Nutritional Yeast, Garlic & Onions, Spirulina, Olive Oil, Chromium and Vanadium, Plant Enzymes, Vitamin A.
Diabetes is not fun to deal with, but you can treat it with diet, exercise and the correct supplementation - and you can stay away from insulin. My dad is now looking at getting an insulin pump - because you only have to prick your finger once a week instead of five times a day. If only he had stuck with the program!