ADDICTED TO SUGAR - ADVICE TO A CLIENT..FROM MY OWN LIFE
by Accem Scott, ND
Before I take a step back as your health coach on this matter of diabetes I would like to give you my take on the condition from a slightly different perspective than you may have heard it before.
My personal experience with diabetes has been a pre-diabetic condition that I feel significantly added to a number of health issues I struggled with:
Loss of 4 permanent teeth (my increased sugar intake)
Gallstones (removed them herbally 4 times before I began to voluntarily reduce sugar)
High blood pressure and high cholestrol.
Its only after I tracked down my symptoms to my sweet tooth that I began to research how I could turn it around.
I had hoped to share with you many of the benefits I personally have experienced from just a few significant practices along with herbs, diet and exercise.
It is my firm belief that sugar regulation within the body is responsible for a large part of the health we enjoy or not in this country. (since we are some of the biggest sugar consumers in the world). Great research has been done on the correlation between our sugar ladden diets (sucrose, fructose, and glucose) as well as other carbohydrates and the
disease process. In many cases the genetic factor comes down to common foods in the family diet practiced and passed down over generations.
What is diabetes?
(sugar diabetes) In sugar diabetes the pancrease fails to produce either effective or sufficient insulin. Insulin is the hormone that controls blood sugar levels.
Insulin acts to usher glucose into the cells of our body so that we can get enough energy to do everything we need to do. As we eat large amount of simple sugars like (high fructose corn syrup) then the triggering action which signals the need for sugar gets overworked then finally goes dormat. It goes dormat because our system
knows that there is to much sugar already in the system. Just because sugar is in the system (blood) doe'snt mean that it can get into the cells, We need insulin for that. Without insulin to take the sugar into the cells we now have to much of it in the blood, the urine and other places. This roaming sugar rack havoc on vessels in the body especially small vessels like those in the eyes and the kidneys. This mechanism is why we MUST regulate our sugar and slow down the aboundance
of it in the body. One major way to accomplish this is by mastering carbohydrates.
First, we need carbohydrates!!! We just need to get those Carbs from much better sources than candy and doughnuts. The main user of carbs is the brain and you can notice real quickly if your getting them if your brain is doing alright. Are your mental abilities functioning without a glitch?
What you should know is that studies show that with a low-fat diet based on plant-based foods, unrefined grains and legumes for just 2-4 weeks nearly 80% of diabetics could stop their medications.
If you don't consider the necessity of discontinuing dense protein (meat) from the diet (at least temporarily) then you should consider taking herbs for the resulting Chinese concept of liver stagnation which is the result of dense food consumption.
Add Flax seed oil to your diet as well to offset this condition.
Get the majority of your protein from vegetable sources. You can add fish and low-fat dairy products but not to much.
Add spirulina, which helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Carbs are our most important source of glucose and glucose is critical for celluar activity.
The brain uses glucose as its only fuel.
The bodys need for glucose is like your cars need for gas. If you are planning a trip from Philly to New York and you notice that the tank is empty then you fill it with energy (gas) Your body is the same as your car, you give it glucose to keep your engine from dying as well as yourself.
The easiest way to get your glucose is through carbs. The other two ways are through fats and proteins, but the method is slower.
It looks like every culture on the planet knows about the importance of carbs because they all have a foundation of beans, grains, vegetables,seeds and nuts in diets from the Egyptians to the Native Americans.
There are some places like the modern Western world where there is a strong economic incentive to present to the public a heavy meat diet,there is a quick carb promotion via white processed four and corn byproducts as sweetners.
The best thing you can do is to begin to think about every thing you put into your body from the time you arise in the morning as fuel and that you will get that fuel from plant based carbs in their most natural
and unrefined form.
Your plan should be to stop putting regular unleaded energy (gas) in the tank and begin to use premimum unleaded carbohydrate
energy. In addition you need good fiber, minerals and the best protein sources you can find with a high quality of fat.
There are three main carbohydrates
Sugar, starch and fiber.
Sugar is a simple carbo whereas starch and fiber are considered to be complex. All types of sugar must be broken down into glucose before it can be used by the cells of your body.
The best and easiest way to get high quality sugars into the body without the challenge of over loading it is via fruits and grain.
Starch, is a complex carbohydrate. It must be broken down.Chemical bonds must be broken before the glucose is released into
the blood system. Example, a potatoe is a very starchy food which when broken down is just like an apple once the sugars are separated an the glucose hits the blood stream.
The closer the food is to glucose when it goes in (dextrose on food labels) the faster it will act on blood sugar levels.
If you are wanting to raise your blood sugar slowly and more managably than you should use high quality starches in small amounts.
Fiber is also a carbohydarate and it is complex therefore it slowly makes its way through the system. We need fiber and with diabetes we need a lot of it. Fiber is made up of simple sugars which get released in the breakdown process but the rest cannot be digested by human. This means that you get the slow sugar because it is a complex carbo but without the drag on the digestion in fact it is brcausr it can't be digested that allows it to push its way out of the digestive tract taking anything laying around as it passes out the back door. Here is a power way to trick the body into getting many things done at once.
By eating high quality unrefined grains (high in fiber) you get full faster thereby eating less junk food and animal products.
I personally think that the greatest gifts to the diabetic are a bottle of Agave (sugar substitute with low glycemic index), Wholefoods, Greenlife, Co-0p) bulk grain departments, exercise and treatments of classic Chinese formulas.
Chinese Concepts related to Diabetes
The Chinese see Diabetes mellitus as a systematic disease which is caused by improper diet, emotional distress or kidney yin
deficiency. All three of these conditions lead to interior heat and the impairment of yin, both of which consume nutrients and fluids,
bring on the disease condition. If the disease remains poorly managed, the yin can effect the yang which gives rise to kidney
yang dificiency.Treatment clears heat and nourishes the kidney. In many cases kidney yin and yang should be treated togather
restore their proper balance.
Rehmannia Six Formula- Yin nourishing
Yu Quan Wan (Jade Spring Pill)
DA BU YIN WAN (GREAT YIN TONIFYING PILL) - Nourishes kidney yin, purges fire due to the Liver
and Kidney deficiency
Yu Xiao San- has been shown to gradually and effectively lower blood-sugar levels
In seeking to find solutions to my own health issues these are some of the solutions that I have come across.
I hope that you completely take your health in your own hands and take the bull by the horns to create a system of self-management which will pay dividends many times over in the years to come.
Accem Scott, ND
828 280-7287 or accemscott.hotmail.com
Xylitol- a sugar alcohol extracted from the fiber of many fruits and vegetables including corn, raspberries, and plums. Xylitol has the same consistency and sweetness as white sugar, but with 33% fewer calories. It helps remineralize your teeth and prevents cavities.
** Agave is a very controversial subject. Even with the low hypoglycemic index Agave number it still has its down side. I believe that Agave can be harvested & processed in ways that are healthy and sustainable. The fact that Agave has a relatively low hypoglycemic index is enough reason to find a way get it right. At this time you will have to do your own research to find the best source.
Chromium Picolinate has been shown to help control diabetes in numerous studies.
Tobacco in all forms- it constricts the blood vessels.
QUICK TEST FOR ACTIVE CONDITION:
(an hour before this test no coffee, tea, soda or sugar)
1. Fill 7 glasses with 8 ounces of water & label the glasses as:
a. no sugar b. 1/4 teaspoon c. 1/2 teaspoon d. 1 teaspoon e. 1 1/2 teaspoon
f. 2 teaspoons g. 3 teaspoons
2. Take a straw and sip from each glass, then write down the amount of sugar you think
it contains. Between sips, rinse your mouth with plain water.
A healthy condition will notice a sweet taste when a teaspoon or less of sugar is added to
8 ounces of water. If the condition is present you usually don't notice sweetness until 1 1/2
Responses to this article:
A.H.: I have read some things about agave nectar causing fatty liver and being no better than high fructose corn syrup. Obviously, as far as the glycemic index goes, that isn't true , but what are your thoughts on it as far as its processing and the way your body digests it? This concerns me because I have used a fair amount of it over the past few years as a way to make things like raw puddings and desserts for my kids, filling them up with good veggies and fruits, but with the added sweet kick they need to think of it as a treat. I stopped using it recently because of the bad information I read on it.
Accem: For the diabetic immediate sources of low hypoglycemic sweetners is very important. I believe that getting the sharp spikes in blood sugar levels under control is vital.
The ultimate goal should be just as with everyone which is to reduce d...ependence on sugars of all kinds to levels before mass "cane" production.
My personal experience from which the information on agave is drawn comes from my liberal pratice of trying all kinds of sweetners in an attempt to sedate my desire for "sweet". Agave served an important role in helping me and is still the only sweetner that Eleanor can tolerate. I don't suggest it or anything without looking at all your symptoms.
My personal experience with agave helped me to move from what I consider to be the very dangerous end of the "sweet pyramid" to the more healthy end.
My heiarchy goes something like this: bad to good
The food and beverage manufacturers began switching their sweeteners from sucrose (table sugar) to corn syrup in the 1970s when they discovered that HFCS was not only far cheaper to make, it’s about 20% sweeter than table sugar.
High Fructose Corn syrup
corn syrup- Nearly all corn syrup is made from genetically modified corn
many artifical sweetners in-between
Use organic raw honey in moderation, barley malt or beet sweetner
other natural sweetners
Finally to reduce the need for sweet flavor an
move toward a balanced distribution of
sweet, bitter, sour and salty just as the Chinese system requires.
Until the above heiarchy or something like it is put in place for each indivual and at their level and speed of acceptance then I believe that the "un-natural" dominance of "sweet" will continue for all of us.
Finding a system that you can personally put into place is all important.
"Self-care is the best form of health-care"