Why Consider Managing Diabetes Naturally

 1.  What does natural mean?  What does holistic mean?

  • Holistic means understanding the connectedness of all factors that influence your health—diet, lifestyle, mental and emotional factors.

  • Addressing the root causes of health issues.  With diabetes, for example,it is not a matter of just lowering blood sugar; diabetes is the result of various body systems not functioning optimally.  Another example is weight gain; factors often include lack of health gut bacteria, lifestyle, toxic exposure, and stresEach person has unique root causes.

  • Emphasizing food quality.  Promotes the consumption of whole, seasonal, unrefined and nutrient-dense local foods.

  • Holistic also means seeing a doctor or taking prescriptions when it’s necessary.  Some diabetics may be able to discontinue medication and still see good lab test results; others may be able to reduce medication.

2.  Herbs and foods that lower blood sugar have an adaptogenic effect. 

That is, they work to balance the system.  They therefore lower blood sugar, but only to a safe point and not too low.  A good example is bitter melon, a food consumed in Asia by the whole family, not just a diabetic individual.

If a person with normal blood sugar eats bitter melon, it will have little or no effect.  However, if I eat bitter melon, it may lower my blood sugar 20 points or more.  In six years of taking anti-diabetic herbs and supplements (but not prescription medication), my blood sugar never tested lower than 83, a perfectly normal level.* 

3.  None or few side effects. 

Many people experience negative side effects with prescription medications. However, I have not read or heard of anyone who experienced negative side effects from anti-diabetic herbs.  Personally I have never had a single negative side effect from any of the many anti-diabetic herbs I have tried. 

4.  Herbs or supplements can lower blood sugar spikes.

Would you prefer to prevent your blood sugar from spiking too high, or would you rather give it time to spike and then try to bring it down?  Because herbs and supplements can be safe when taken 20 minutes or so before a meal, they can prevent blood sugar from spiking too high in the first place.  Whereas, many medications are taken with or after a meal, when blood sugar is already on the rise.

 

*Shortly after I was diagnosed, and before I began pursuing a natural solution, I did use prescription medications.  I did have an episode of very low blood sugar, after taking only the medication as prescribed.  I should note here to consult your physician about any drug interactions before you take blood sugar-lowering herbs or other substances.  Herbs can intensify the effects of anti-diabetes drugs,  Therefore if you are taking medication, add herbs only under the supervision of a health care professional. 

 

Why did the European Union approve aspartame?

Question from reader: [I thought that the EU was strict about food. I just read that they have approved aspartame. Frequently when I read about some food controversy here, the article would include that the EU is protecting its citizens and banning the product while the FDA is seemingly caving to big business to the detriment of US citizens. Does this mean that aspartame is really safe or that the EU is now going the political route of the FDA?]

(Aspartame is an artificial sweetener commonly used in sodas and other drinks.)

When it comes to natural health, there isn't one person or organization whose information can be taken as gospel 100% of the time.  Even when the decision of what is healthy to consume and what isn't is based upon research, it depends upon which research is reviewed, and who is reviewing it.

I can't claim to know anything about who the people are or what motives are behind any ruling from the FDA or the European Union.  Here is an informative article on the topic of acceptance by the EU:  http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/topics/topic/aspartame.htm

For myself, I wouldn't ever consume aspartame, no matter who approved it; it is a synthetic sweetener, and I ascribe to the concepts put forth in this very interesting documentary, "Sweet Misery, A Poisoned World"

If the EU's report doesn't convince you that aspartame is safe in small amounts, then I would say stay away from it.

In the end, it's the idea of  "total load" as opposed to "safe in small amounts" that is the operating factor.  We are all exposed to toxic substances every day, and every little bit adds up.  If you saw your friend eating a tiny bit of arsenic, for example, would you not care?  Even if a study said "safe in small amounts?

 

One of the Best Cooking Oils

About 8 years ago, before my interest in nutrition became intense, I had purchased a jar of coconut oil at the suggestion of someone in a health food store.  But then I kept running across articles discouraging the use of coconut oil because it is a saturated fat.

I dropped it into the garbage.  Now I cringe thinking about the $10 worth of delicious goodness that I dumped.

Many people have questions about cooking oils. There is a lot of contradictory information, even among health care professionals.

Which oils are safe for cooking at medium or high temperatures?
Do all fats & oils make you gain weight?
What about plant-based saturated fats?

Did you know that cooking with Coconut Oil can improve your health and keep you slim?
Read Dr. Mercola's article on Coconut Oil.