Diabetes Type 2 - myths
When you consult with a medical professional, how do you know that the stories you
are told, the information given, is current, up-to-date, free from big pharma influence, and true?
Unless you do your own thorough research.
Recently I have consulted with different professionals about pain in the legs which
are creating serious immobility.
A vascular surgeon, reviewing an MRI scan, said I had claudication / atherosclerosis
but, to quote, “as I was grey haired and old, nothing could be done!”
My general practitioner offered pain killers and anti-depressants to ease the pain.
I declined and persisted in finding out what was causing the pain.
I was referred to a physiotherapist – for what cause, I know not.
But I have learned with NHS Scotland if you don’t play the game, you are considered unco-operative and your treatment suffers or ins some cases threatened to be withdrawn.
Physiotherapist number one was convinced (on what basis I know not) that the pain was muscular and prescribed physical exercises. I told her there was no pain in my back.
Physiotherapist number two suggested it could be spinal cancer and ordered an MRI. She later phoned and said she would also refer to the back pain clinic – despite being advised there was no back pain.
Within days I had met with my usual podiatrist. He was concerned at the lack of a pulse in the feet. He listened to the nature of the pain. He felt that the claudication / atherosclerosis had worsened, there were remedies (not cures) and that only a further MRI scan could help.
Now perhaps they are all correct. But this just demonstrates how the NHS silo approach to medicine, and guessing without exploring causes is so dangerous, time-consuming, expensive, and costly to the patient.
But this doesn’t just happen with pain. I have had it with lung function, where a doctor insisted I should have my heart examined – and it proved there was nothing wrong with the heart. And I have had, in over twenty years of living with a diabetes type 2 diagnosis, so many differences of opinions and myths spun in front of me, I took responsibility for my own treatment and within months my blood counts were normalised, need for insulin halved (so far) and brain fog and depression lifted.
Myth 1. Diabetes exists! There is not a thing called diabetes that one can find, identify, catch or target. It is a syndrome of signs and conditions.
Myth 2. Diabetes is for life and once diagnosed, it is all downhill! No it isn’t.
Diabetes need not be a life sentence as many doctors and nurses have attempted to persuade me.
It is not true that once diagnosed with diabetes and you start on diabetic medications or insulin, that there is no hope of reversing the condition. There is hope – but the NHS, doctors and nurses must change their attitudes and thinking and paradigm.
So many doctors and nurses told me I would be diabetic forever and that the best they could do for me was slow the progression of the disease or delay the onset of complications. I have come to discover this is medical speak for “Disease management” and “a way to line the coffers of big pharma with dependency on expensive medication.”
Type 2 Diabetes is completely reversible if you find and treat the root cause. The cause in your case might be different to mine. It may be physical, mental, emotional, metaphysical or spiritual!
But change begins with you. If you have been diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic, and sold the line that it is all downhill, you need to change your perspective. There may still be a chance for you to turn your life and health around.
Myth 3. The NHS would have you believe that your GP or the NHS itself, and its various specialists eg diabetic consultant, or endocrinologist* are doing everything possible to support you. No they are not. I have never once seen an endocrinologist, in NHS Forth Valley it was three years before I saw a diabetes specialist consultant, all other staff go simply on counting glucose levels, and other markers such as cholesterol. We are simply just a number, a body consisting of bits, who becomes visible either at times of regular, machine generated checks or when we present due to complications.
Most diabetics, myself included, only got help from sources outside the system when they had already unsuccessfully been to their family doctor, an endocrinologist, a diabetes specialist nurse etc..
If what the NHS offered actually worked, and it was a healing and health paradigm and not one of shymptom management and disease complication delay, those patients would never need to go elsewhere.
Using a Natural Medicine approach, evaluating the root cause of diabetes, and showing patients how to design their own treatment programme can help them reverse their condition, feel better, and in most cases, reduce or eliminate many of their medications.
Endocrinologists are specially trained physicians who diagnose diseases related to the glands. The glands in a person's body release hormones. Endocrinologists treat people who suffer from hormonal imbalances, typically from glands in the endocrine system. The overall goal of treatment is to restore the normal balance of hormones found in a patient's body. Some of the more common conditions treated by endocrinologists include:
›Lack of growth
›Cancers of the endocrine glands
›Over- or under-production of hormones
Myth 4. Drugs are the only treatment option for diabetes
Drugs carry side effects, many are ineffective, the over-use of insulin is counter-productive. Insulin blocks fat breakdown, blocks fat burning, and stimulates fat storage! But most patients are immediately prescribed medication by their primary doctor as soon as they get diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. If they are lucky they will be told, as I was, to “watch what you eat and get some exercise, and lose weight” but they rarely ask what you currently eat or how you exercise nor tell you how to do what they are recommending, Because, as I discovered when I contacted Scottish medical training universities, they are not trained in this area!
Instead, they pull out the prescription pad and start a lifetime of dependency on medication. Seldom are causes explored as to why you got diabetes in the first place and rarely are other options discussed in a conventional doctor’s office.
That doesn’t mean options and choices don’t exist. It’s just that the present paradigm means that conventional doctors are typically overwhelmed caring for too many patients, and often do not have the time or the knowledge-base to discuss nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle solutions to diabetes.
Myth 5. Diabetes is a pre-determined genetic disease
Most people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have no family history of diabetes. Just because your mother had it, does not mean you will get it.
The disease can be passed down through a genetic tendency toward blood sugar problems, but your genes are not your destiny. The field of epigenetics and the works of Dr Bruce Lipton and Dr Joe Dispenza now show us otherwise.
Just because your mother or father was diabetic and died from complications, it doesn’t mean you cannot reverse your condition and avoid their fate. And if you have no family history of diabetes why then did you still get a diagnosis of diabetes type 2, a condition which does not depend on bad genes. Poor lifestyle choices, too much sugar, cakes, pastries, refined carbs, lack of exercise, environmental pollution, cellular oxidation, stress, poor sleep patterns, and many other factors influence your genes to determine if you become diabetic or not.
Myth 6. Keeping blood sugar down with medications will avoid complications, heart disease, stroke, gangrene, and blindness.
Don’t you think if drugs were all they were cracked up to be, we would not be seeing the pandemic of diabetes globally, that people already with a diabetes diagnosis would be being cured or treated successfully? Unfortunately, despite massive expenditure on research and drug development, even the best diabetes drugs have little impact on prolonging life or avoiding complications like heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.There is little evidence that medications have any substantial long-term impact of quality of life.
But if you are willing to put the time and effort into doing the right research, making the right changes and addressing the root cause of your diabetes naturally…
you do have an excellent chance of avoiding problems and complications. By improving the function of the body and normalising blood sugars naturally, not through medications, wounds will heal better, circulation will improve, cardiovascular stress will be reduced, and damage to the kidneys minimised.
Myth 7. Stress and emotions have nothing to do with your diabetes.
I had a diabetes specialist nurse in 2015 thump a table most indignantly telling me that insulin did not put on weight and stress did not affect my glucose counts. It is well researched and documented that insulin prevents fat burning and promotes fat storage and that what we think and how we feel affects so many aspects of our lives but can directly impact and trigger certain conditions.
Diabetes comes from the Greek, meaning passing through. It is an inability to use the food one eats, namely sugar, which passes through the body instead of nourishing one. The pancreas is the principle gland involved in the dis-ease. Pancreas means all flesh. Without the pancreas and its function, one starves, quite literally. Insulin is the principle hormone involved in the dis-ease. Insulin comes from the root word island; it is about isolation.
I think therefore, that, metaphysically, diabetes is about a soul pattern of emotional isolation— starving for love, and unable to get enough of its sweetness.
When you figure out YOUR cause of diabetes at the metaphysical level, you can begin to heal the symptoms of the dis-ease. Have you lost a major love in your life? Have you allowed yourself to grieve and move forward? How can you get more sweetness in your life? How can you bring more joy into life? How can you get more flow in life? Are you feeding yourself the right things? Are you living an isolated life or one of loving connection with others?
With any illness, the NHS and its conventional bio-medical paradigm spin us so many narrow myths about illness; it seldom focuses on cause. And so it is no surprise that its treatments seldom work.
Be radical and be open to viewing any condition you have from a wider perspective. If your treatment is not working, you may not find answers within conventional medicine, you may need to look outside the box!