Diabetes

Introduction

 

There is now overwhelming evidence that T2D (Type 2 Diabetes) is

caused by the regular consumption of foods that have a high content of sugar

and starch such as rice, potatoes and pasta, breads, cookies, cakes and

processed foods in tins and packets. 

 

The official advice promoted by mainstream healthcare professionals is

summarised in this extract from the NHS Choices website:

 

The important thing in managing diabetes through your diet is to eat

regularly and include starchy carbohydrates, such as pasta, as well as plenty

of fruit and vegetables. If your diet is well balanced, you should be able

to achieve a good level of health and maintain a healthy weight.”

 

In addition, patients are also advised to reduce the amount of fat consumed,

with special emphasis on the saturated fat. That has been standard advice for

almost 50 years.

 

For the past 20 years as someone with a diabetes Type 2 diagnosis, doctors and

nurses have told me to eat plenty carbohydrates . I have protested that this does

not help – either my weight or my glucose control (or diabetes in general.)

 

The big problem is that this current nutritional advice by the NHS is simply not working. Patients do not get better. Obesity has rocketed in the past 50 years. And patients continue to deteriorate and some become very seriously ill. I know that the more my weight increased under this advice, the more depressed I became and the more impossible it seemed to be to wean myself away from starches and sugars. The present NHS system is simply to help people manage their symptoms (through bad advice in this case) and does nothing to help people create health.

 

Yet, despite the NHS propaganda, there is much good news with many individuals reporting they have brought their T2D under control and in some cases reversed it ie they no longer have signs of diabetes, their weight has reduced, their glucose counts normalised.

 

As I researched more and more in 2015 /16, what  came through loud and clear is that the ways of eating which produce this success are in direct conflict with the conventional NHS advice. The success approach people area taking is to restrict the consumption of not only sugar but sources of carbohydrates such as starch, baked goods, cookies, cakes, rice, pasta, potatoes...and most vegetables grown under ground. Such carbohydrates are replaced by healthy fats. Such eating approaches are described as low carb high fat (LCHF). www.dietdoctor.com

Yet, despite losing weight and having glucose counts most days in the normal range, my own doctors and consultants and nurses fail to be surprised and continue to trot out the “walk more, eat less, eat your carbs” mantras. (Let's not here explore the "eat less / walk more myth.") We know that sugar and other carbohydrates are broken down to release glucose and the higher the glucose in the blood, the harder the pancreas has to work to produce the insulin to control the glucose. Eventually the pancreas says “enough” and gives up and the blood glucose can no longer be controlled and so causes havoc inside the body. For example it sticks to the haemoglobin, which explains why the circulation deteriorates resulting possibly in some cases in the amputation of limbs. This is all well-established and in no way controversial. Neither should be the benefits of a LCHF eating regimen.There is much conclusive proof that LCHF is a very effective way of controlling T2D.

 

And it reduces the bill on the NHS; reports exist of doctors (eg  Dr. David Unwin, a GP based in Southport) who have reduced the cost of drugs prescribed by their practice by £45,000 per annum. Multiply that by the some 969 GP practices over Scotland. Yes, I know not all practices are created equally and not all will have the same number of diabetic patients. But even so ... this shows how much money could be saved if we gave people the right advice and encouraged appropriate lifestyle changes.

 

Dr. Unwin has been advising some of his patients to reduce sugar and foods with a high starch content such as bread, pasta and rice and replace these by increasing consumption of green vegetables, whole-fruits, such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and the “healthy fats” found in olive oil, butter, eggs, nuts and full-fat plain yoghurt. Calorie counting is not needed.

 

And, the most significant result was that the markers for blood sugar improved to such an extent that they reached “normality”, with the average weight loss 9 kg.

Diabetes

Does it have to be like this?

Does the present approach of the medical fraternity to diabetes make patients fatter and sicker?   Read Here

In his block article number 185 Dr  Vernon Wheelock states clearly that Type 2 Diabetes Policy (he is talking of UK) is an Absolute Shambles. I couldn’t agree more. I was diagnosed with T2D some 20 years ago. There was no education given at the outset to help me understand the diagnosis. For that I am grateful now as I have found my own way to better health.

Over the years there has been no attempt by the NHS to help me create better health, to move to optimal health and well being.

Instead their model has been one of manage the signs and symptoms, forget about lifestyle and inevitably there will be complications so great that the only way to describe your condition is terminal. Okay, it’s not been quite so simple as that, but that is essentially the approach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the charity Diabetes UK there are now almost 3.5 million people in England and Wales diagnosed with T2D, an increase of over 60% in the past 10 years. It’s reckoned some .5 million have diabetes, do not know it, so are as yet undiagnosed.

Whilst the charity calls out for high quality care for those diagnosed, it doesn’t specify what that means. If it is what I get then it is not care – it is a series of visits to various departments at different times of the year to check various markers eg blood glucose levels. It also calls out for more emphasis on prevention.

And surely, the creation of health – and the avoidance of major diseases – has to be the way that the countries can save money and reduce pressure on NHS hospitals and services by providing better prevention programmes and more thorough education and care programmes to prevent people with T2D from developing devastating and costly complications.

According to diabetesinscotland.org “One in 20 people in Scotland have diabetes. There were 268,154 people diagnosed with diabetes in Scotland recorded on local diabetes registers at the end of 2013. This represents 5% of the population. Crude prevalence of diabetes ranged from 4.34% to 5.8% across NHS Boards. The majority of people living with diabetes (88.2%) have type 2 diabetes and nearly 11% have type 1 diabetes. There are believed to be thousands more who have not yet been diagnosed.”

To be more specific about what I have encountered, it is not surprising that care has been woefully inadequate. The current official government approach to the prevention and treatment of T2D is based on a concept of the disease which is fundamentally flawed. And as a general rule the advice given by Diabetes UK is in line with the official position of the NHS.

The NHS Choices website states that “Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.” So we are doomed to an eternal condition, there is no mention of reversal yet out there in the non-NHS world, with conventional doctors, following more functional and integrative medicine, there are numerous daily stories of people now reversing and clearing diabetes type 2 as a result of dietary and lifestyle changes.

 

The Diabetes UK website tells us that Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder that results in hyperglycemia (high blood glucose levels) due to the body:

  • Being ineffective at using the insulin it has produced; also known as insulin resistance and/or

  • Being unable to produce enough insulin

Type 2 diabetes is characterised by the body being unable to metabolise glucose (a simple sugar). This leads to high levels of blood glucose which over time may damage the organs of the body.

From this, it can be understood that for someone with diabetes something that is food for ordinary people can become a sort of metabolic poison.”

Both Diabetes UK and the NHS lists the following summarised factors which increase the risks of developing T2D:

•Being overweight or having a high Body Mass Index (BMI).

•Waist circumference greater than 80 cm in women and 94 cm in men

•African-Caribbean, Black African, Chinese or South Asian background and over 25 years old

•From another ethnic background and over 40

•Have a parent, brother or sister with T2D

•Have had high blood pressure, a heart attack or a stroke

•Have a history of polycystic ovaries, gestational diabetes or have given birth to a baby 4.5kg

•Suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar illness or depression, or are taking anti-psychotic medication.

 

There is no suggestion by either body that T2D can be cured. So anyone who is diagnosed with the disease is helped to manage it. Another example where the NHS and the present medical model is about symptom management, and not about any hope of the creation of health. In this the paradigm is flawed and is being disrespectful to patients.

 

Each year I do the round of hospital tests – seldom with discussion, simply told to come back in a year. Counts are taken, markers are marked, but no one ever talks, despite questions from me the patient, about lifestyle and how I could eat differently. The present model on nutrition is way out of line. In 2016 when I managed to regulate my blood counts no consultant asked how I had managed? Instead, when I asked if they wold like to know, and said I had been following a low carb high fat approach to eating, I was scolded and told it was dangerous.  Yet so many independent doctors and some on the NHS are having great results by following the LCHF guidelines, bringing patients back into good health, and saving the NHS a fortune in the process.

Why aren’t our United Kingdom governments  and respective NHS bodies not listening; why do they continue to promote a medical model that essentially is creating obesity and furthering the negative effects of diabetes? This is criminal.

My doctor tells me the best thing to do is eat less and walk more. Let me  just break that  down a little.

Eat less – he, and other doctors, have never once asked what I eat, how much, in what proportions and how often. Neither has any NHS dietician. So how are they qualified to give such advice – to eat less. Lass than what?  For the record I eat simply, I avoid processed foods, I cook my own meals and eat raw vegetables and a modicum of fruit. I ignore the NHS mantra of avoid fat and eat low fat. That advice is known to be erroneous. Instead I eat animal fat and fat from nuts and avocadoes.

Walk more – more than what? I have never been asked how far I walk, how much exercise I get in a normal week. So, increasingly I offer, how far I walk, whether it is slow or energetic, and how often. Unless you know this, how can you tell me to “walk more?” More than what? For the record – for three years I have been reporting that I cannot walk for more than 5 – 15 minutes without the following happening:-

Breathlessness

Pains in the chest

Severe pain in the hips, thighs and shins to the extent I have to stop.

 

How can I walk more?

In 2016, on holiday in Germany, unable to get about, I approached a homeopathic

pharmacist, reported the above symptoms, and within ten minutes had been given a

homeopathic remedy which six months later has allowed me to walk easily, without pain,

and with little breathlessness. And yet NHS authority after authority, to wit North Lanarkshire, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the Highlands take an anti and arrogant stance to homeopathic medicine.

But back to the current NHS advice. With regard to weight loss is regarded it is advised that it can be achieved by a combination of diet and exercise. The fibre content of the diet should be increased by consuming foods such as whole grain bread and cereals, beans and legumes as well as fruit and vegetables. In addition, the intake of fat, especially saturated fat (SFA) should be restricted so low fat spreads and vegetable oil are recommended instead of butter as well as low fat versions of other foods.

This has now been proven time after time to be so far from the mark and yet it is still

being churned out. It is a good example of a failure to see the wood for the trees. T2D is

caused by excess glucose in the blood which in turn stimulates the pancreas to produce

insulin which has a variety of different functions one of which is to direct the glucose to

the liver where most of it is converted into fat for storage, thereby leading to body

weight gain. Continuous excessive production of insulin results in insulin resistance to

many different organs in the body. Effectively this is damage which may eventually cause

chronic disease such as atherosclerosis and various cancers. No one has ever told me this –

not even the specialist who tell me I have atherosclerosis. They tell me to “accept it,

get used to it, there is nothing we can do.”

Ultimately the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin is impaired so that the glucose cannot be effectively controlled. The excess glucose therefore also causes damage. For example, by becoming attached to proteins, which prevents them functioning properly.

It does not take a genius to work out that there is just one single factor which is causing these problems ie the amount of glucose (sugar and carbs) entering the blood stream from the food supply.

The obvious answer therefore is to reduce it. I have never once been advised to reduce anything with sugar. Instead I was told to increase my intake of carbs. Duh!

The first step must be to reduce the sugar intake. As sugar breaks down to glucose and fructose it is a dangerous combination. This is because fructose can only be metabolised in the liver which means a big reduction in the capacity to deal with the glucose.

By contrast the glucose can be metabolised throughout the body.

Read the ingredients sticker on food products and you will see that sugars and carbs abound. Not only that, many “low fat” foods are formulated by removing the fat and replacing it with sugar so the NHS advice to eat low-fat does not make sense and those who follow the official erroneous advice may end up with increasing their sugar intake.

In addition the starch, in carbs, present in foods such as bread, flour, potatoes, rice and pasta, is broken down during digestion to release glucose and therefore contributes to the amount present in the blood. Eat any of those foods and all you do is spike upwards your glucose levels. Again, it does not take a genius to conclude that these foods must be cut from or minimised in your eating – which is what low carb high fat eating is all about.

There is now a comprehensive body of evidence which

confirms that this strategy of reducing the consumption of sugar

and carbohydrate-containing foods is effective and should be

the first approach, not the one currently advocated by the NHS.

Furthermore, I notice daily on social media numerous personal

case histories of individuals who have adopted similar protocols

and achieved great success in controlling and in many cases,

reversing, their diabetes.

So for as long as folks are directed to eat carbs and not told to

stop sugar, for as long as a nation we continue to eat as we do -

the sugars, the sweets, the carbs, the cakes, biscuits, pastries,

processed foods etc it follows that the incidence of diabetes

will increase, as will the NHS budget needed to treat it.

We need to educate people in the creation of health and that

involves a different paradigm of information on eating and

movement. The only sensible policy that will counter T2D is

to introduce measures which will alter the national diet so that

there will be a very substantial reduction in the intake of sugar

and other carbohydrate-containing foods. And let’s shift from

talking about “exercising” the body which most associate with

workouts in the gym to sweaty runs around a park and lets talk

of “moving” the body any which way we can through housework,

dancing, swimming, gardening, shopping, yoga, Qi-Gong,

stretching, trampolining, resistance stretching, cycling, walking,

rock climbing, sailing, hiking and so forth.

There is no evidence to indicate that being overweight or obese

causes diabetes. A more rational explanation is that both

conditions are caused by excess blood glucose. It is not as simple

as saying “walk more.” In reality the relationship between obesity

and T2D is rather complex.

Several countries with a high incidence of T2D have low rates of obesity and vice versa. In Sri Lanka, the prevalence of T2D increased from 3% in 2000 to 11% in 2011, while the obesity rate remained constant at 0.1%. (4). Up to 20% of people who have a BMI which is “normal” have been diagnosed with T2D. And within that group, more worrying is that the death rate is about double that of those who are overweight or obese when diagnosed with T2D. So why are we being lectured at?

Surely the real argument is that all people should be advised to eat wisely, move wisely, and aim to prevent obesity – for whatever reason.

The present paradigm within the NHS for tackling T2D is doomed to failure. We have the evidence. Cases of diabetes are constantly rising, not falling with the current approach. Yet success stories outside conventional medicine abound but get ignored by the authorities though there are signs that things are changing.

We need to educate people and get across to them that considerable damage is likely to be occurring before and actual disease is noticeable. A disease doesn’t suddenly just manifest overnight. We live, eat, move, and work up to it.

If there is to be a genuine attempt to control T2D, then the only logical strategy is to institute (a) prevention starting now and (b) for those currently diagnosed, a new paradigm of eating and moving to be introduced.

 

And in the spirit of integrative, holistic, functional medicine, we need to address such topics as the relation to health of attitudes, self-responsibility, spirituality, and wider lifestyle. And that means considering metaphysical sciences, how our mind influences our health.

I truly believe the most powerful tool to cut the burdens of diabetes, indeed any disease, is education. The remarkable teacher and author, Maya Angelou said: “When you know better you do better”. One of the most important roles for doctors and other medical professionals is educating people about healthy lifestyle, nutrition, movement, attitude and other measures to prevent disease.

 

Diabetes, Low Carb and Bariatric Surgery

In 2016, the American Food and Drug Administration approved a new weight-loss procedure in which a thin tube, implanted in the stomach, ejects food from the body before all the calories can be absorbed. Some have called it “medically sanctioned bulimia.” It is a form of bariatric surgery.

Also in 2016, 45 international medical and scientific societies, including the American Diabetes Association, called for bariatric surgery to become a standard option for diabetes treatment. This type of surgery, in the UK,  is only available on the NHS to treat people with potentially life-threatening obesity when other treatments, such as lifestyle changes, haven't worked.

The procedure, until now seen as a last resort, involves stapling, binding or removing part of the stomach to help people shed weight. It costs from £10,00 to £20,000, and in some countries many insurance plans won’t pay. These prices don’t include the costs of office visits for maintenance or postoperative complications and up to 17 percent of patients will have complications, which can include nutrient deficiencies, infections and intestinal blockages.

Bariatric surgery does not address the cause of obesity and diabetes.

Notwithstanding there are some patients for whom bariatric surgery would be life-saving, it is expensive and it seems nonsensical that doctors are expected to prescribe these techniques, using vast resources, while the medical guidelines instead don’t include a better, safer and far cheaper method: a diet low in carbohydrates and natural fats.

When someone has diabetes, he can no longer produce sufficient insulin to process glucose (sugar) in the blood. To lower glucose levels, diabetics currently need to increase insulin, either by taking medication that increases their own endogenous production or by injecting insulin directly. A patient with diabetes can be on four or five different medications to control blood glucose, with an annual price tag of thousands of pounds.

Yet there’s another, more effective way to lower glucose levels:  Avoid sugar and eat only low carbs. Avoid manufactured foods labelled as “low-fat!” Eat as few processed foods as possible.

Conventional medicine advises eating carbohydrates such as pasta, potatoes, rice. But this is ill-advised. Glucose is the breakdown product of carbohydrates, which are found principally in wheat, rice, corn, potatoes, fruit and sugars. Restricting these foods keeps blood glucose low and is inexpensive in terms of the use of NHS resources. Moreover, replacing those carbohydrates with healthy protein from eggs and meat and natural fats, eg full fat dairy, butter, avocadoes, nuts and animal fat, the most naturally satiating of foods, often eliminates hunger. People can then lose weight without feeling hungry or even counting calories.

Most doctors, diabetes nurse specialists, — and the diabetes associations in UK and America — still portray diabetes as an incurable disease, prophesying decline in health that may include kidney failure, amputations and blindness, as well as life-threatening heart attacks and stroke. Yet the literature on low-carbohydrate intervention for diabetes tells another story. For instance, a two-week study of 10 obese patients with Type 2 diabetes found that their glucose levels normalised and insulin sensitivity was improved by 75 percent after they went on a low-carb diet.

Stories are numerous on social media of those diabetics who, after cutting down on

carbohydrates, lose weight and get off their medications.

A year ago, before heeding the low carb approach, I was injecting on average some

60 units of insulin per day, now it is between 10 and 20. Yet my doctors and nurses told

me at the outset I would be on insulin for life.

A low-carbohydrate diet was in fact standard treatment for diabetes throughout most of the 20th century, when the condition was recognized as one in which “the normal utilization of carbohydrate is impaired,” according to a 1923 medical text. When pharmaceutical insulin became available in 1922, the advice changed, allowing moderate amounts of carbohydrates in the diet.

Yet in the late 1970s, several organizations, including the Department of Agriculture and the diabetes association, began recommending a high-carb, low-fat diet, in line with the then growing (yet now refuted) concern that dietary fat causes coronary artery disease. That advice has continued for people with diabetes despite more than a dozen peer-reviewed clinical trials over the past 15 years showing that a diet low in carbohydrates is more effective than one low in fat for reducing both blood sugar and most cardiovascular risk factors.

The diabetes associations and UK governments seem yet to acknowledge this sizable body of scientific evidence. They even tell people with diabetes to maintain carbohydrate consumption, so that patients on insulin don’t see their blood sugar fall too low. That condition, known as hypoglycemia, is indeed dangerous, yet it can better be avoided by restricting carbs and eliminating the need for excess insulin in the first place. Encouraging patients with diabetes to eat a high-carb diet is effectively a prescription for ensuring a lifelong dependence on medication.

That serves no-one.

 

Diabetes and Fasting

We now know the power of fasting (and there are different type and durations of fasting  which was first mentioned 100 years ago in 1916 when a diabetologist, Elliot P Joslin said “that temporary periods of under-nutrition are helpful in the treatment of diabetes will probably  be acknowledged by all after these two years of experience with fasting.”

 

And during the two major world wars, when there was much restriction and rationing of food – extreme portion control and food with little fat, carbohydrates and protein, there was little incidence of diabetes.

 

So once again, this notion that type 2 diabetes is chronic and progressive is not true and medical staff must stop buying into this lie that they are taught in med school and then stop preaching it to patients. We need a different paradigm.

 

People following a fasting regimen and /or ketogenic diet – or low carb diet –are coming off medications and reversing their diabetes. So how can we any long spin the untruth that diabetes is so progressive and fatal.

 

We need a different paradigm for Type 2 Diabetes

Present paradigm / no cure                                                       New Paradigm/ Reversal

Incurable / progressive disease                                                                 Curable, dietary dis-ease

Treat symptoms and markers                                                                   Focuses on creation of health

Medication + Insulin                                                                                  Focus on nutrition and movement

Bariatric surgery                                                                                           Fasting

Goal – lower blood sugars                                                                        Goal is living life to the full

Drugs                                                                                                              Exercise

Low fat high carb diets                                                                              Low carb high fat

Using insulin is good (American Diabetic Ass)                                  No it is not

No hope, language of terminal and lifelong                                        Offers hope, joy in life

No sweetness in life                                                                                    Brings back the sweetness of life

Often isolated, immobile                                                                          One has a life, connects with others Life often meaningless                                                                                                   Life regains meaning & purpose

Frequent pointless hospital appointments                                           Fewer medical appointments

Learned helplessness                                                                                   Invitation to hope

Management of disease and symptoms                                                 Creation of health

Hugely expensive                                                                                        Vastly reduce medical budget

 

You can’t cure a dietary disease with medication – it has to be through nutrition

Doctors are not trained in nutrition so are they best qualified to help patients with diabetes?

 

Metaphysics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever since I was diagnosed with diabetes some 20 years ago, and subsequently other health issues, some related, some perhaps not, I have been fascinated to explore the deeper meaning behind medical conditions, the causes, not just the symptoms to the extent I began studying in 2015 for a Masters Doctorate in Metaphysics.

I was curious, if the body’s natural state and constant drive was to be in balance ie healthy, what causes it to go out of balance, unhealthy? Why? In the case of diabetes, it surely is not so simple as eating too much sugar which creates insulin resistance and hey presto, we are diagnosed with a word.

Metaphysical = meta (beyond) -physics – the physical ie more than just physical bodily symptoms.

Metaphysical causes of disease can help you understand more about reasons behind the ailments and conditions that you are suffering from. Metaphysics goes beyond the concept of gross body and deals with the subtle body involving mind, emotions and psycho-spiritual constituents.

Thus, by exploring the metaphysical meaning of illness and disease, you can apply a holistic approach involving the mind, body and soul to help cure or reverse an underlying disease in conjunction with the treatment suggested a qualified doctor. Your aim is not the treatment of a symptom but the creation of health, working with  the body to help it bring itself back into balance.

Metaphysics views diabetes as a metabolism disorder, the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life.

The metaphysical cause of Diabetes is emotional isolation and lack of sweetness in life. There is a feeling of bitterness, almost anger at the world, a need to criticise. Type 1 Diabetes denotes an inner emptiness. Type 2 Diabetes indicates self-rejection and guilt on account of self-blame for not being able to help others. This may cause the person to go into over-drive, to overwork, and deny themselves joy in life, deny themselves nurturing relationships.

Metaphysically, people with diabetes usually have a fear of fully participating in life, they may find social situations and connecting quite awkward. Therefore, they will have a great need for control and to know things, especially in advance. They need to be reassured, to be recognised and may often crave attention and approval. To say they yearn for love may be an understatement but it is a truth they will keep hidden because they believe they are unworthy or undeserving. People with diabetes also display or at least feel a deep-seated guilt, a belief they have to struggle through life. In relationships they will compromise so much they will lose all sense of who they are. They yearn for sweetness to mask the feelings of weakness, limitation, and belief that there is not enough and that they are not enough.

Do you recognise any of that in you?

Metaphysics – emotional states

Out of touch with feelings and emotions

A circumstance has triggered the person to lose the sweetness and joy of life, to feel “dead”

They stop growing (for a time at least) – they shut down, feel lost, see the future as dark, may not even see a future

They are shut off from nurturing (often happens when a partner goes out of their life) and have no alternative sources of care and nurturing

They feel trapped – cannot see the forest for the trees, are barely holding it together

Their intuition is stifled, they compromise their spirituality to belong, to fit in

They let others control them, do what their family wants of them

Feel overwhelmed by responsibilities, take onto much, feel life is a burden

Afraid of their own magnificence, so often hold back

No permission to play, don’t allow the expression of the feminine

Give up

 

Beliefs often held (these are some of many for people with diabetes)

 

I have to let others tell me what to do, I give in to others

Being different, vulnerable is dangerous, I must not be seen to be different

Feelings are dangerous, I must not express my emotions

I am ashamed of

I am disconnected from God

I am always sad

I can’t feel, I can’t forgive, I can’t let go

I can’t safely express my anger

I don’t belong, I can’t fit in here

I must sacrifice my peace, my happiness, my joy

It’s not okay to be, to be me, to be happy, to have joy

Women have betrayed me / hurt me

You can’t make a living being creative

 

This quote is from All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine,

Affirmations, and Intuition ~ By Louise L. Hay and Mona Lisa Shulz

 

People who have adrenal gland, pancreatic, and blood sugar problems

are often overwhelmed by their emotions and have lost their identity by

being constantly in service to others. These people often feel better

about their internal spiritual life than their external life of weight and

looks and work. Spirituality becomes the outlet they use to build

self-worth and self-love. It is literally how they define themselves.

Because of this tendency these people often let their physical appearance

go and their digestive health plummets, leading to blood sugar

problems and fatigue. To them, spirituality is the universe; advancing

their career or caring for their appearance or well-being on Earth is

not part of their skill set.

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from the symptoms

of adrenal gland and blood sugar problems, the first step is to take

medical actions. But as is the case with many emotion-centric disorders,

medicine will probably only be effective for acute problems; chronic

issues need a subtler approach to healing. You need to build your sense

of self-worth and manage your responsibility for others.”

I find the following quote from Jeanne Avery in her book Astrology and

your Health quite illuminating :-

Almost all people who are psychic or who work in areas where psychic

energy is an essential commodity, have a predisposition to hypoglycaemia

or diabetes.  This is particularly true of clairvoyants, mediums and

astrologers.  Such problems are also common in people who work as

therapists and healers.  People in these fields seem to have a particularly

heavy draw of energy from the solar plexus area, which includes the

pancreas.  This is the center ruling the emotional body.  If the balance

of love and pleasure is disrupted or destroyed, that area of the body may

be afflicted.  It is very important for healers to allow pleasure and love to

be a major part of their lives.  These dedicated people give a great deal of

their universal love energy and frequently have a lack of that energy on

a personal level.  With this kind of imbalance, energy is also drained

from surrounding organs such as the kidneys, spleen and gall bladder.  I

t is necessary to consider all of the related planets when a diagnosis is made.”

 

Pointers

If not yet diagnosed, keep it that way. Aim for a preventative strategy.

Do this by

Embracing life fully

Attending to any self-esteem issues you have

which hold you back

Connecting with others and appreciating you have

much to give and that you are accepted

Identifying any limiting beliefs you may have (see

above) – challenging them, replacing them

Identifying any of the emotional states (see above)

that resonate and take steps to deal with them

Honour your spirituality and lead a life as spiritual

as possible

Honour your creativity and find ways to express it

Honour your intuition, any psychic abilities

Take up meditation

Find ways to move through walking, dancing, swimming, yoga, Qi-Gong or something similar

Eat wisely – see pages on nutrition on this website

Bring joy into your life

 

If you are already diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2

Do your research

Do engage an attitude of hope and “can do”. Do not subscribe to the medical mantra of diabetes being incurable.

Draw up an eating plan as per the suggestions on this website. In short avoid sugars and processed foods, carbohydrates such as potatoes, rice, pasts, biscuits, breads, cakes, cookies.

Eat fresh, home-cooked / prepared food

Draw up a plan to keep the body moving

Keep the mind active and positive

Then explore, where relevant, the suggestions in the preventative section that seem to resonate.

Bring joy into your life

Dr Eric Berg

News worth watching

In 2015, a study of eight adults with Type 2 diabetes found that after spending 10 days in moderately cold weather, their metabolisms improved and they became more sensitive to insulin, reversing a key symptom of the disease. In 2016 a different study found a correlation between outside temperature and a measure of blood sugar, the HbA1c test — when the first (outside temperature) was higher, so was the second reading (of blood sugar.)

  

Findings like these led Dutch researchers to question whether climate change could explain some of the worldwide increase in diabetes. According to the World Health Organization, in 1980, 108 million adults had the disease; by 2014, that figure was 422 million,.

 

Using date from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the prevalence of diabetes in all 50 states for each year between 1996 and 2013, researchers compared that with the average temperature for each state in each of those years, data provided by the National Centers for Environmental Information. They found that the higher the average temperature in a particular time and place, the higher the age-adjusted incidence of diabetes. Overall, as the average annual temperature rose by 1 degree Celsius (or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit), the number of diabetes cases rose by 3.1 per 10,000 people.

 

Researchers also found that each 1-degree Celsius temperature increase was associated with a 0.173% increase in the prevalence of obesity in cases of Type 2 diabetes.

 

Overall, the warmer the place, the higher the incidence of diabetes.

 

The researchers also looked beyond the United States to examine the connection between temperature and conditions related to Type 2 diabetes and again found that as the temperature rose by 1 degree C, the prevalence of high fasting blood sugar (a marker for diabetes tested in the aforementioned HbA1c test)) rose by nearly 0.2% and the prevalence of obesity rose by just under 0.3%.

 

The results were published Monday 26th March 2017 in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.

 

The study wasn’t designed to show why temperatures were linked to diabetes. Now that would be interesting.

 

But perhaps, just perhaps, we can ease up on the blame culture that surrounds diabetes and that it is all down to lifestyle.

As a quick summary of the metaphysical thinking around diabetes type 2, it would simply be

Failing to connect with the joy and the "sweetness" of life

And many diabetics will tell you that because of their condition they now have to endure restrictions on their life which is justification for their sadness and lack of joy and spirit of fun, perhaps even the cause of their depression. It is like experiencing multi loss and bereavement.

Metaphysically, a metaphysician might say that if someone with diabetes type 2 had their own personality or theme song, it might be this summed up by the English composer,  Henry Purcell: "a person of sorrow and acquainted with grief…"

And yet they would also know that the lack of joy, the sadness experienced by the diabetic is gathered over many lifetimes, not just the physical life this time around, and it is this accumulation of life’s sorrowful experiences that has usually caused them to contract this condition.

The bodies of diabetics cannot handle sugar because the person finds it difficult to connect with life's sweetnesses and joys.

Elsewhere on this side it is often said that it is Love that makes the world go around. But next to love, it is joy and happiness that are the most necessary "spiritual" nutrients that are required to sustain life. And for a diabetic, these can be significantly lacking.

So, the best advice for diabetics is to "stop worrying and get happy" or better put

Release the past

Learn to forgive and let go

Live as much as you can in the present moment

Learn to give up negative rumination and worry

Find your own best ways to bring fun and laughter, happiness and joy into your life

Celebrate you and your life

Complete a daily gratitude diary.

For diabetes

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Diabetes - in short

 

Most doctors I have met seem to treat diabetes as a chronic, degenerative disease that is only going to get worse over time leading to blindness, kidney malfunction, amputation and other such gory prophecies, loss of vision, or die of stroke.

 

Medications only lower blood glucose counts – they don’t address the root cause.

 

Diabetes and pre-diabetes is not caused by high blood sugar.

 

High blood sugar is a sign of diabetes – it’s called hyperglycaemia

 

The cause of diabetes is to do with insulin, or better put, insulin resistance. Elevated insulin is inflammatory, it can lead to cardiovascular problems, kidney problems, it can make you fat (with visceral fat especially round your mid-section,) destroys the brain (and gives rise to Alzheimer's – now being called diabetes type 3)

 

Most doctors don’t test your insulin levels

 

Address insulin issues by

 

Eating - the Pioppi Diet,  or a ketogenic approach

Physical activity, walking, swimming, dancing, qi gong etc

Sleep - plenty ( 7-8 hours) of high quality sleep

Stress and anxiety management and elimination

Nutrients needed for good blood glucose - magnesium, selenium etc

Links

Videos, books and articles

Before You Spend $26,000 on Weight-Loss Surgery, Do This

Diabetes the facts - UK

Diabetes unpacked

Men's Health - article on The Cure for Diabetes Type 2

Problems with current, conventional approach to Diabetes Type 2

The Diabetes Code - Reverse and Prevent type 2 Diabetes Naturally

The Obesity Code - Unlocking the Secrets to Weight Loss

The Magic Pill

 

 

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