20 Apr 2017
- From: RAY MacDUFF
Several years ago I started having trouble sleeping at night. I was waking up every 30 minutes or so to use the bathroom. My mouth was very dry and my urine was clear, not amber like it should’ve been. I went to the doctor, got a blood test, and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
My fasting blood sugar count was 380 and my blood lipids were off the charts. My doctor prescribed metformin for blood sugar, statin drugs to lower cholesterol and an ace inhibitor to lower blood pressure. The results after a year of pharmaceuticals and their side effects, not so good. The metformin did lower blood sugar to a degree, but rarely got it under 200, (under 100 being normal). The side effects of all three drugs made me feel exhausted and constantly tired. In general, I felt like crap. I’d had enough and decided to try some interesting do it yourself therapies that I had researched on the internet. Specifically, I started to follow the advice of Dr. Wallach and Dr. Glidden, both Naturopathic doctors, NOT MD’s. Their advice has saved and improved the quality of my life.
Their advice is quite simple in theory. There are five things to do for optimal health.
1. Sleep. Humans need 6 to 8 hours of sleep. This is when the body repairs itself.
2. Exercise. Helps organ function better, improves digestion and relieves stress.
3. Avoid the ten bad foods; Wheat, barley, rye, oats, oil in a bottle, fried food, carbonated drinks during meals, overcooked red meat, the skins of baked potato & sweet potato, and meats preserved with nitrates. (I’ll explain the 10 bad foods in depth in another article)
4. Eat foods high in antioxidants. Fruits, vegetables, seeds & nuts, and lean meats. Rule of thumb. Food that must be prepared by yourself is much better than out of the can or package.
5. Supplements. The human body requires 90 essential nutrients for optimal health. Of the 90 essential nutrients there are, 60 essential minerals, 16 essential vitamins, 12 essential amino acids and 2 essential fatty acids. Many of these nutrients are missing in our diets. Even if you eat 100 percent organic food harvested by Trappist Monks under a full moon some of the minerals will be missing. Therefore, you must supplement.
I followed this regimen, stopped taking all my medications, and didn’t listen to dietary advice from the MD’s. I eat at least 4 eggs a day smothered in butter and salted to taste. I eat bacon, cheddar cheese, and stuff high in fat. After three months of this radical diet I had some blood work done and went to see my doctor. He was stunned and wanted an explanation. You see, my blood lipids came back not improved, but perfect! He must have known that his meds and dietary advice could not generate these results. However, my blood sugar, while improved was still too high, so I modified my regimen to include the herb Berberine (for blood sugar) and reduced by about 90 percent all carbs. This includes bread, rice, cakes, crackers, beer and so on. My blood sugar has steadily dropped from over 400 to an average of 150 and is still improving over time. I must admit however that there are side effects with using berberine. Weight reduction, lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. I am well on the way to reversing my #2 diabetes. Cured? Not yet, but I’m getting there.
In closing, the objectives of health care practitioners should be to find the underlying cause of disease and cure it. This is exactly what Naturopathic doctors do. On the other hand, MD’s will treat the symptoms of a disease with prescribed medications and occasional surgery until the death of a patient. We’re all going to die, but most of us will first suffer, go broke paying medical bills, and then die anyway. Following the five steps listed above should add 25 quality years to your life. Thank you for reading this article. I look forward to any comments.
As Teo, Saipan