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Our Body’s Ability to Heal Itself

A reader writes: Once you have diabetes or arthritis or anything like that can your body heal itself with proper eating or something else?

All diseases or ‘labels’ have a cause. As long as the cause is not addressed and changed, there will be no treatment or cure for diabetes or arthritis. The usual cause in Type II diabetes is taking in too many carbohydrates (especially sugar) into your body for too many years. The solution in reducing carbs significantly and making sure the nutrient deficiencies caused by the bad years are corrected–especially including magnesium, chromium, vanadium, biotin. Exercise also helps. Arthritis is more complicated and difficult, but the principles remain the same.  I have many tools to help your body to heal itself.  If you call my office, I can send you some more information.  801-302-5397.

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High Blood Sugar

A reader writes: grams of carbohydrates in foods for diets for those with high blood sugar?

High blood sugar is related to the amount of sugar (carbohydrates) that are eaten and how responsive your cells are to insulin and its ability to facilitate transfer of sugar into the cells.

It takes years of high sugar intake for the cell membranes and insulin receptors to become resistant to the normal insulin task of transferring sugar into the cell. This is called insulin resistance, a precursor of diabetes mellitus. Once this takes place, you have high blood sugar in the blood and high insulin in the blood. The insulin is being produced by the normal pancreas in response to the high blood sugar levels. Both high sugar in the blood and high insulin in the blood both cause problems in the body, so the goal is to make the cells less resistant. The treatment starts with lowering carbohydrate intake to 60 to 100 grams per day. There are also 3 minerals and 2 hormones that improve insulin resistance and assist in the treatment.

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Fasting and Blood Sugar

Hi, I have diabetes and I eat bitter melon to keep it down, I have seen and been told about cinnamon, so I tried and my blood sugar went through the roof, I waited for about 5 months and tried it again, but with the same result, so why is that? Also when I fast I still need to eat something small so I do oatmeal, but after everything is done by noon, I need to get something in me or I start to get sick, blood sugar gets too low, what a battle.

Although all the active ingredients in cinnamon have probably not been identified, cinnamon has consistently improved insulin sensitivity, which helps the insulin be more effective in lowering blood sugar levels. I assume that ‘blood sugar went through the roof’ means the blood sugar went up.  Without actual levels, much of what I say is conjecture.

So how could cinnamon make the blood sugar go up instead of down?

1. Rarely, you could be allergic to cinnamon and the stress of the allergic reaction (as stress from anything) could raise your blood sugar levels.

2. The cinnamon may actually be dropping your blood sugar initially which causes a compensatory release of glucose from the liver to bring it up.  Perhaps it could be overshooting and raising the blood sugar level, especially if you add your own carbohydrate to assist in the ‘hypoglycemic’ episode.  The best thing to do to train your body to not have ‘hypoglycemic’ episodes is to eat less carbohydrates and more proteins and fats in order to lessen the glucose swings in the bloodstream.

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A Doctor Asks Dr. Gardner About Diabetes Management

A colleague from another country wrote to ask:  I need and request advice for a patient suffering from diabetes to complete relief by medicine or physiotherapy

There are two types of diabetes.

Type I is an autoimmune disease where the immune system of the body attacks the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. This needs to be treated with insulin, which is life-saving.

The more common is Type II, which is really a product of the excessive intake of carbohydrates. Sugar is the worst culprit, but excessive potatoes, rice, pasta, breads and fruit will also contribute to it.

Type II diabetes starts as insulin resistance, which means the cells of your body are rejecting or are resistant to the intake of glucose and levels of glucose rise in the bloodstream. Unfortunately, equally damaging to the body is the concomitant rise in insulin.

The first step for treatment lies in reversing the cause–decrease the total amount of carbohydrates to around 60 to 100 grams each day.  Also, add insulin sensitizing agents like chromium and vanadium.  I consider healthy fasting blood levels of sugar to be no higher than 89, and insulin levels no higher than 5. There are additional things an alternative medicine practitioner like myself can do if these things are not sufficient.

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Diabetes and Low Carb Diets

Low-Carb for diabetes question. Dr. Gardner, about 12 years ago during a work physical I was found to have fasting BG of 250. My Dad also had diabetes, and was not doing well with diabetes (and died from it a few years after). My doctor did not think that my diabetes was that bad yet, and started me on meds and the standard ADA diet. I did not lose any weight and felt terrible on the diet. After a couple of months of no improvement and frustration a friend who had Insulin Dependent Diabetes told me about the book “Diabetes Solution” by Dr. Bernstein. I started following that diet and exercise regime religiously and in a month had gotten my BG under control and stopped taking all meds. I keep my carbs around 50 a day, and do eat lots of what I call “salad type vegetables” and have been doing this for about 12 years. A few years ago I tried combining an apple with some protein to see if maybe my BG responded positively. It didn’t my BG shot up to 160 after two hours which I consider totally unacceptable. So for the last 12 years I’ve had one piece of fruit, that apple. I wonder what you think about Low-Carb diets for diabetes control?

Type II Diabetes is severe insulin resistance. Insulin resistance happens when the body is exposed to high levels of carbohydrates (the worst is sugar) over a prolonged period of time. The receptors that permit insulin to take sugar into the cell become resistant to that stimulation. This causes an elevation in blood sugar and insulin, both of which have their individual bad effects on the body.

Treatment consists of a reduction in the total amount of the carbohydrate intake, which reduces the insulin resistance and the cells become more responsive to insulin and glucose. After the reduction in carbohydrates (your 50 grams a day is great), there are other substances that improve this resistance–chromium, vanadium, biotin, and the hormones DHEA and testosterone.

The ADA diet is too high in carbohydrates, and I do not recommend a diabetic following it. Keep up with the low carbohydrate diet that is working so well for you.

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Low Carbs and Diabetes

I have a Low-Carb for diabetes question. Dr. Gardner, about 12 years ago during a work physical I was found to have fasting BG of 250. My Dad also had diabetes, and was not doing well with diabetes (and died from it a few years after). My doctor did not think that my diabetes was that bad yet, and started me on meds and the standard ADA diet. I did not lose any weight and felt terrible on the diet. After a couple of months of no improvement and frustration a friend who had Insulin Dependent Diabetes told me about the book “Diabetes Solution” by Dr. Bernstien. I started following that diet and exercise regime religiously and in a month had gotten my BG under control and stopped taking all meds. I keep my carbs around 50 a day, and do eat lots of what I call “salad type vegetables” and have been doing this for about 12 years. A few years ago I tried combining an apple with some protein to see if maybe my BG responded positively. It didn’t my BG shot up to 160 after two hours which I consider totally unacceptable. So for the last 12 years I’ve had one piece of fruit, that apple. I wonder what you think about Low-Carb diets for diabetes control?

Diabetes is not a life sentence.  Your body is capable of healing; my caution is in the case of  Type I, where the insulin producing cells in the pancreas have been damaged and insulin is no longer being produced.

Basically, diabetes type II is severe insulin resistance. This means the cell membrane, which houses the insulin receptors, is unresponsive to insulin and will not let it flow freely into the cell. This is usually caused by years of sugar and too much carbohydrate intake.

The treatment, then, consists of improving insulin resistance. This starts with a low carbohydrate intake, which you have already done. Congratulations on sticking with a 50 gram per day carb diet. Keep it up.

Five other things that improve insulin resistance:

  • chromium,
  • vanadium,
  • biotin,
  • DHEA,
  • testosterone.

You should already be on chromium, and possibly vanadium and biotin. You will need to get levels of DHEA and free testosterone through a health practitioner who is comfortable with using bio-identical hormones to bring those levels up if they are low. I do not consider age-appropriate levels as necessarily the healthy optimum, but I look at levels we had in our 20s as the most appropriate range.

Incidentally, the last time I looked at the ADA diet, they were recommending 150 to 250 grams of carbs per day for their patients. It is no wonder blood sugar levels are so high in those following the ADA diet. That also means the insulin levels are high, and insulin is the most inflammatory substance the body makes. As the insulin goes up, so does the total body inflammation, which makes you feel rotten. Keep up the low carb diet, and listen to your body.

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Supplements, Gestational Diabetes, and Pregnancy

I had gestational diabetes during my last pregnancy and have occasionally had a slightly elevated fasting blood sugar since then. Which of your supplements would you recommend? Are your supplements safe to take during pregnancy.? Thanks!

Reduction of carbohydrates is the most important treatment of diabetes, whether during pregnancy or not. The amount of insulin resistance you have is determined by a fasting insulin level. If it is less than 6, there is no insulin resistance and the eating goal is to only eat complex carbohydrates, legumes, vegetables and limited fruits and whole grains.

If the insulin level is above 5, there is insulin resistance, and the higher numbers above 10 mean that it is worse. I recommend a reduction of carbohydrate intake, to be between 60 to 100 grams per day if you are insulin resistant.

There are additional minerals that assist in reducing insulin resistance—chromium, vanadium, and biotin. These minerals are often low in the body; our food is often devoid of these micro-nutrients. My product, Gluca Primivia, was specifically formulated for your condition—insulin resistance. This product has a potent multi-vitamin, essential fatty acids and the minerals to help reduce insulin resistance. Gluca Primivia Forte is designed for those with more serious insulin resistance and diabetes. These supplements are safe to take during pregnancy. If you take 6 per day, they will supply the needed 800 micrograms of folic acid. However, none of my multi-vitamin products have iron in them, as high iron levels are a catalyst for free radical damage. If your ferritin level (your level of the iron storage form of iron) is less than 15 during pregnancy, you should take additional iron, as the baby will draw your excess iron stores out of you.

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Are Physicians’ Concerns Being Dismissed? What Can You as a Patient Do?

The Wall Street Journal posted an article yesterday (you can only read the first part of the article here; the rest requires subscription) about Avandia and how its side effects have created some stir.  In May of 2007, the New England Journal of Medicine reported high risk of heart attacks linked to Avandia, a medication to reduce blood sugar in diabetics.  The American Diabetes Association and its European counterpart have told physicians not to continue to use the drug.  The sad thing here is that clear back in the year 2000, internist Mary Money of Hagerstown, Maryland, raised concerns about read more »