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Diabetes

Definition

Diabetes is a general term for diseases characterized by excessive urination but usually refers to diabetes mellitus. Two types of diabetes should be briefly acknowledged. Diabetes insipidus is a rare metabolic disorder caused by a deficiency of the pituitary hormone, which is usually the result of damage to the pituitary gland. It is characterized by enormous amounts of urine produced by the body regardless of how much liquid is consumed.

Diabetes is a chronic, incurable disease but symptoms can be ameliorated and life prolonged by proper therapy.

(Note: blood sugar and glucose are considered to be the same thing)
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Causes

Diabetes mellitus results from insufficient production of insulin in the pancreas. Without insulin the body cannot utilize glucose, thus creating a high level of glucose in the blood and a low level of glucose absorption by the tissues. Generally divided into two categories, type I, called insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes, and type II, in which the onset of diabetes occurs during adulthood.
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Symptoms

The type I diabetic symptoms include: irritability, frequent urination, abnormal thirst, nausea or vomiting, weakness, fatigue, and unusual hunger. Occurs mostly in children or young adults, but may have an insulin reaction in an instant; seeming perfectly normal one second and becoming unconscious the next. Early warning signs of type I diabetes are hunger, dizziness, sweating, confusion, palpitation, and numbness or tingling of the lips. If untreated, the patient may experience double vision, trembling, and disorientation; may perform strange actions, and may eventually lose consciousness. During any of these symptoms, consumption of a piece of candy, a drink of soda pop, or any food containing sugar will bring blood sugar levels back up to normal.

The type II diabetic (maturity-onset diabetes), often have family history of diabetes and is characterized by blurred vision, itching, unusual thirst, inordinate appetite, dry red tongue, dyspepsia, mental depression, progressive weakness, constipation, drowsiness, obesity, fatigue, skin infections, slow healing, and tingling or numbness in the feet. Onset is usually later in life.

Type II diabetics are not able to perceive sweet tastes. This abnormality is important in how patients perceive food; resulting in difficulty to lose weight while on diet therapy.

Diabetes is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Other symptoms: lingering flu-like symptoms, loss of hair on legs, increased facial hair, small yellow bumps anywhere on the body (known as xanthomas-cholesterol), and inflammation of the penile skin. Diabetes is associated with arteriosclerosis.
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Treatment

Diagnosis and treatment must be under a doctors supervision.
Overweight people are at greatest risk of developing diabetes.
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Nutrients

Chromium, 200 mg. per day, helps to stabilize blood sugar and increases energy. L-Carnitine and L-glutamine, 500 mg. twice per day on an empty stomach. These are fat mobilizers.

Guar gum, taken with a big glass of water (drink quickly before it thickens), is a good fiber source and fat mobilizer.

Magnesium, 750 mg. per day, is important for the enzyme system and pH balance.

Raw pancreas concentrate, taken as directed on the label.

Vitamin A (emulsion or capsule), 15,000 IU per day (avoid beta-carotene; diabetics cannot convert it to vitamin A).

Vitamin B complex plus biotin and inositol, 50 mg. 3 times per day (avoid large amounts of vitamin B, it interferes with absorption of insulin by the cells).

Calcium, 1,500 mg. per day, is important for pH balance.

Copper complex, taken as directed on the label, aids in protein metabolism and in enzyme systems.

Enzyme compound, taken with meals, for proper digestion.

Proteolytic enzymes, taken between meals, for proper digestion management.
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Herbs
  • Alum, wild root
  • Apple
  • Arnica
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Barberry
  • Bean, kidney and string
  • Bearberry, (Uva ursi)
  • Beech
  • Bilberry
  • Birthroot
  • Bitterroot
  • Blueberry, berries and leaves
  • Celery
  • Centaury, European
  • Chicory
  • Cohosh, Blue
  • Cranesbill, spotted
  • Cucumbers
  • Dandelion root
  • Elecampane
  • Endive
  • Fenugreek
  • Flax
  • Gentian
  • Ginseng
  • Goldenseal
  • Gravel root
  • Horseradish
  • Huckleberry (helps promote insulin production)
  • Hydrangea
  • Juniper berries
  • Lettuce, common
  • Meadowsweet
  • Milfoil
  • Nettle, dwarf
  • Onion
  • Pau d’arco
  • Periwinkle
  • Pipsissewa
  • Plantain
  • Queen of the Meadow
  • Radishes
  • Raspberry, wild red
  • Red root
  • Rue, goat’s
  • Sanicle
  • Sauerkraut
  • Saw palmetto
  • Solomon’s seal, European
  • Spinach
  • Star root
  • Sumac
  • Tomatoes
  • Turmeric
  • Yarrow

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Recommendations

Fiber will reduce blood sugar surges, olive oil may help, eat crackers with nut butters or cheese. Use oat bran and rice bran crackers. High fat levels are linked to heart disease.

Foods that help normalize blood sugar include berries, brewer’s yeast, dairy products (especially cheese), egg yolks, fish, garlic, sauerkraut, soybeans, and vegetables. A low-protein diet consisting of less than 40 grams of protein each day is recommended for diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease).

Avoid fish oil capsules, large amounts of PABA, white flour products, and salt. It is important to get protein from a vegetable source.
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Suggestions

The following test can detect any impaired ability to taste sugar:

  1. Do not consume stimulants (coffee, tea, soda) or sweets for one hour before the test.
  2. Label and fill with the correct amounts seven identical glasses of water as having: no sugar, 1/4 tsp. sugar, 1/2 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp. sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. sugar, 2 tsp. sugar, or 3 tsp. sugar. Have someone switch the order of the glasses and hide the labels.
  3. Take a straw and sip from each glass, marking which amount you think it is. Between each test rinse your mouth with water.

Usually people without the diabetic condition perceive a sweet taste with only one tsp. or less of sugar in eight oz. of water. Those with adult-onset diabetes will not perceive sweetness until they have tasted the equivalent of 1 1/2 to 2 tsp. of the sugar water.
Normal amounts of vitamin B are fine, but excessive amounts may inactivate insulin.
Type II should avoid large amounts of niacin, but niacinamide for type I diabetics slows down destruction of beta cells in the pancreas and enhances their regeneration, extending the remission time.

For further information on diabetes, contact the following:
American Diabetes Association
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1500

International Diabetes Center
5000 W. 39th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(612) 927-3393

Joslin Diabetes Foundation
One Joslin Place
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 732-2415

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
60 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010–1550
(212) 889-7575
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Cautions

Because of the severe complications that commonly occur in diabetics, it is extremely important that the disease be kept under proper control. See the doctor! These complications include: an increased incidence of coronary artery disease and strokes, gangrene and infection in the feet due to poor circulation, cataracts, kidney disease and high blood pressure, various neurological diseases, poor digestion, and various skin diseases.
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Bibliography

Buy It! The Nature Doctor: A Manual of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

Buy It!The Magic of Herbs, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

Buy It! Back to Eden, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

Buy It! The Old Herb Doctor, by Joseph E. Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1984, sixth printing 1994.

Buy It! The Complete Medicinal Herbal, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

Buy It! Indian Herbalogy of North America, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

Buy It! Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible, by Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., Simon & Schuster/Fireside, Rockefeller Center 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020

Buy It! Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

Buy It! Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY

Buy It! The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

Buy It! Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

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