Diabetes can be prevented. Sometimes you may find that it can even be cured. How?
Diabetes comes in two basic types – Type I and Type II. The difference between them is as follows.
Type 1 diabetes usually strikes suddenly and most frequently at a young or very young age[i]. Its old term was Juvenile Diabetes. This condition is basically caused by a breakdown of the insulin-producing cells in a gland designed for this job – the Pancreas gland[ii]. It is generally thought that the reason for this is that your own antibodies develop a capability of attacking self[iii]. But while it is understood that this type of immune attack is specific to the cells of this gland, in fact other glands may be affected by auto-antibody attack, including the thyroid[iv] and the adrenal gland[v]. Not only that, but by definition, other structures in the body may also be similarly affected, including the bones and nerves. As the results of these specific health breakdowns have all been discovered by different researchers, they have all been given different names (usually named after their discoverers) such as Addison (adrenal), Hashimoto (thyroid), and often by what they result in, such as a name describing porous bones (osteoporosis) and motor neurones or physical outcomes (Multiple Sclerosis).
And in the brain, such an attack is not ruled out of the question at least as part of the syndrome, with those specific issues discovered by Korsikoff, Alzheimer and Lewy. And more recently, their prevention and treatment hypothesised by both Bredeson and Wade, both with successful case studies.
As a natural therapist, it is my belief that the fundamentals of the underlying causes have similar beginnings and that these may be corrected. We may at least be able to restrict the wrong sort of immune antibodies from forming in the first place. According to Gerard Mullen, Ian Brighthope and others, much of the beginning of “rogue” antibody formation can be found in problems associated with damaged gut mucous membrane, and if this is corrected then inflammatory problems of many types may be averted.
Another possible underlying cause of loss of such glandular and also general nerve – and organ – function is viral infection, most often associated with Epstein Barr virus.[vi]
Type II Diabetes arises from a completely different cause to type 1[vii], is by far the most common type, and is the easier of the two to bring under control. In this case, the most plausible theory is that long years of eating excessive amounts of carbohydrates, even low GI carbohydrates, are the main problem. This may cause several things to happen – sometimes all at once.
Untreated, it causes excessive thirst and most often, mood swings that are caused by changing blood glucose levels. Mood swings are therefore not your fault!
In fact, when you see the various ways that this condition can come about, none of it is your fault. But the good news is that you may be able to correct the overall condition, given time, a good strategy and a little bit of determination. In the short term it may be well treated by pharmaceutical medicine.
So what can we do about this in the short term and how do we attempt to bring things back to normal in the medium to long term?
Short term strategy
SUGGESTED GENERAL FOOD SELECTION
Until we know your blood type, the following are good general rules, although we do recommend our Thin Within programme with weekly weighings, VLA measurements and weekly goals as the best way forward. The best way to achieve change is by setting small goals that are realistic and sustainable in the long term.
Cooked breakfast If cooking, have only one slice of toast** only and use a high protein/fat food like eggs.* Have 10mls of Phil’s Oils.
Try “bubble and squeak” for variety or Supasmoothi plus as a meal replacement if overweight. Have 15 mls of Phil’s Oils.
*Eggs are OK in moderation. Omelettes with vegetables are a good choice or scrambled eggs with cooked tomato and parsley. Peel off the tomato skin.
Rolled Oats* – but only half the normal serve when taken with Supasmoothi Plus and Phil’s Oils.
**Remember oats and bread are carbohydrate foods and will possibly push up your blood glucose levels.
Have a salad with dressing containing 15 mls of Phil’s oil in balsamic vinegar and mustard. Or have a dose of Supasmoothi plus with oils.
Have a normal cooked dinner. No dessert. If dessert, have a high flavour/low sugar one.
Once we have ascertained blood type, we can present specific foods, The Thin Within programme contains handy recipes also.[viii]
Longer term strategy
1) Pharmaceutical medication that can lower your blood glucose levels (your prescription).
2) Diet control. This may be quite pleasant, when you see the accompanying food selection choices. It comprises:
a. Choosing foods that reduce strain on your insulin system. These would be low-carbohydrate choices.
i. But as carbohydrates are a major source of energy, in reducing these foods you must increase the amounts of other food types – fats and proteins.
ii. Fat is used by the body as a major source of energy. It is therefore an essential dietary component.
iii. As long as you have a balanced intake of those three types of foods, you are able to remain healthy.
b. Choosing foods that are compatible with your system. We find that eating for your Blood type is a very healthy way to live.[i]
c. Making sure that you eat nutrient-dense foods and not “empty calories”.
i. That means, again, eating the suggested fresh meats and sea-foods, fruit and vegetables,
ii. and if necessary supplementing your daily food intake with Phil’s Oils or similar to ensure adequate fat intake.
d. Limit your calories as indicated by the VLA suggestions yes, but equally importantly readjust your ratios of proteins: fats: carbohydrate foods as also indicated by the VLA.
3) Adequate exercise. Your body needs exercise to circulate the nutrients to your cells like muscle and brain cells etc., and eliminate toxins.
4) Supplementing with a good quality vitamin/mineral preparation that covers all 78 minerals and 12 vitamins, and in balance with your body’s absorption requirements.[ii]
5) Supplement this with ZinAc capsules for a healthy pancreas gland and Phil’s Winter Mix for extra resilience – both three times daily after food.
6) Also supplementing dietary fats with an oil blend that comprises 50% of omega-3 fats, such as Phil’s Oil (no fish oil – just oils from selected seeds and nuts).[iii]
1) Aim to Reduce dosage of medications by monitoring your glucose levels and checking your blood glucose level regularly, adjusting medication with doctor periodically if the BGL commences to drop.
2) Become creative with different recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
3) Maintain the supplements, checking back with the pharmacy nutritionist for a reduced regime when condition improves.
[i] D’Adamo, P, “Eating Right For Your Blood Type
[ii] Australian Dietary surveys
[iii] Nutrition almanac