Health Care in Harmony with Nature
Dr. Arlan Cage, ND, LAc


Natural Diabetes Treatment

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Diabetes is a condition characterized by a loss or reduction of the body's natural ability to regulate blood sugar. This results in symptoms such as excessive urination and thirst. Left unchecked, diabetes will result in damage to blood vessels, nerves and eventually, the eyes, kidneys and possibly, gangrene, loss of limbs and even death. The question is, "why"?

For Type II diabetes, also called Adult Onset Diabetes, the problem is almost entirely the result of diet and lifestyle. More specifically, the Standard American Diet (often referred to as the SAD diet in Naturopathic circles) coupled with our high-stress, do-it-yesterday way of living. In other areas of the world where the diet and lifestyle are more traditional, type II diabetes is almost unheard of.

The SAD diet consists primarily of poor quality "Industrial Grade" foods and ingredients that have been stripped of most of the nutrients they had to enhance shelf life. The result is most Americans are eating poor quality starches and sugars that have been fried in poor quality fats (hydrogenated oils or trans fatty acids), coupled with excess quantities of red meat. The most important parts of this that promote diabetes are the poor quality carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and the bad fats.

At the outset, most Type II diabetics are not suffering from a lack of insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the Pancreas which stimulates cells to absorb the blood sugar. Rather, the cells in the body lose their ability to respond to the insulin in the body, a phenomenon known as Insulin Resistance.

Every cell in our body has a membrane made up primarily of fats. The cell membrane is intended to have a naturally fluid nature to enable it to bend and move as it absorbs nutrients and oxygen and eliminates wastes. The membrane of every cell in our body is constantly being remodled. As nutrients enter and wastes leave the cell a tiny portion of the membrane is broken off and serves as a bag-like package for the nutrients or wastes. As a result, we constantly need a new supply of fats so our cells can carry on this metabolic "remodeling".

When our diets are high in the healthy fats our cell membranes will retain their fluidity and be able to absorb and excrete properly. When, however, our diets consist of the "bad", low quality fats, the membranes become stiff and rigid, and their ability to function becomes degraded. In addition to a reduced ability to absorb nutrients, hormonal signals from outside the cell lose their ability to be transmitted to the DNA in the interior of the cell.

A second very important contributing factor to Insulin Resistance is a deficiency of the specific nutrient, Iodine. Iodine is a cofactor at the cellular receptor for all hormones in the body, including Insulin and Glucagon. Iodine deficiencies result in each of these hormones having a lessened effect in the body, leading to high or low blood sugars, respectively

This is why even when the cell needs fuel (blood sugar), there is ample fuel in the blood, and there are suffient hormones (insulin) trying to tell the cells to absorb the fuel, they are unable to do so. The blood sugar continues circulating and causing damage, until it is finally excreted in the urine.

When the bad-fat insulin resistance problem is coupled with an Iodine deficiency and a diet high in simple carbohydrates (white sugar, white flour, and any food made from these) the blood sugar problem becomes even worse. They help contribute to high levels of rapidly flucuating blood sugar values which are the root of most of the physical damage that occurs in diabetics.

So much for the bad news. The good news is that, being diet and lifestyle related, Type II diabetes is virtually 100% preventable and for most people, it is reversible, also through diet and lifestyle. That's right, Type II diabetes is reversible for most people. As Naturopathic philosophy dictates, give the body what it needs (healthy fats and other nutrients), take away what it doesn't (bad fats and simple sugars) and give the body's Natural Healing Ability a chance to work.

On one hand, the Naturopathic approach to diabetes is simple: change your diet, take some natural supplements for a finite period of time, and as your body heals and your cells regain their health, your need for outside medications will gradually diminish. This approach does require you to be diligent about actually changing your diet, recording your blood sugar values up to 8 or 10 times a day for the first few weeks, keeping accurate records, and generally being proactive about your health. For some people this may be too difficult, and if you are unable or unwilling to change your diet and lifestyle, then the Naturopathic approach to eliminating diabetes probably isn't for you.

While the changes in the food you eat for Natural diabetes treatment may be difficult for some, many other people are happy to finally learn the full story and have someone teach them how to reverse their condition. During this program you never need to be hungry or feel deprived, as people often to on traditional "diets". Instead, if you get hungry at any time, simple eat more high-quality food. If you're not hungry, don't eat. Its that simple.


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