Diabetes

See also Syndrome X

This disorder is speedily becoming one of the most prominent diseases in North America. Diabetes occurs when the hormone insulin, produced in the pancreas, is not in high enough quantity or does not respond properly. The pancreas functions as part of the endocrine (ductless gland) system by secreting insulin and glucagon directly into the bloodstream. These substances regulate the body’s use of glucose and its blood sugar level. There are two types of diabetes: Type I (insulin-dependent, juvenal diabetes) and Type II (insulin resistant or adult onset diabetes). In both instances, the glucose remains in the bloodstream, as the diabetic’s body is unable to process it. In the resulting condition known as hyperglycemia (too much sugar in the blood), the body will try to eliminate some of this excess sugar through the kidneys. Normally the kidneys operate to prevent glucose from being lost in the urine. However, in this abnormal condition water and salts are also lost and may lead to dehydration. If diabetes is severe and untreated, metabolizing fats and proteins instead of carbohydrates causes excessive amounts of keto acids (byproducts of fat metabolism) in the blood and urine. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar, not enough sugar in the blood) can involve the pancreas or the adrenal glands (see also Hypoglycemia). Treatment of the diabetic should only be done under the guidance of a health care practitioner.

Recommended Action

Follow the Complex Carbohydrate Diet, making sure that all foods with a Glycemic Index above 55 are kept to a minimum or a low Gycemic Load. To prevent dehydration, drink lots of steam-distilled or reverse osmosis water daily. This will also benefit the blood and urine. When drinking fruit juices ensure they are diluted with 50% water and that each mouthful is swished around in the mouth for at least 15 seconds, to mix in the saliva and break down the fruit sugars. Fruits and vegetables should also be well chewed. Eliminate all concentrated or refined starches and sugars from the diet (eg. white flour pastas, cookies, chips, soft drinks, cold breakfast cereals).

Single Herbs: Fenugreek, Devil’s Club root, Cedar Berries, Garlic, Bitter Melon, Dandelion root, Gymnema, Bilberry, Ginkgo, Green tea.

Nutritional Supplements: B Complex (two, twice daily), Vitamin C (500 mg, six times daily), Vitamin E (400 IU), Multivitamins and minerals (one, twice daily), Zinc, Chromium, Vanadium, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Essential Fatty Acids, Lecithin, Nucleic Acid.