January is over and your New Year’s Resolutions are starting to be a vague memory for you. You had good intentions to exercise, eat right, lose a few pounds and tone-up that flabby body this year. It all seemed like a good idea and so easy to do while sitting freshly stuffed from a big meal sitting on the couch watching football games during the holidays.
Now a month later, that “resolution” has turned into a “vague wish” to be done someday. Hey, the good news is that you are in good company! Every year my gym is overflowing with new people in January and by February 50-75% of them are gone. By March, it’s the same dozen or so people who work out every morning all year long.
I know it is a four letter word that makes you cringe. The truth is that an “eating plan” is really more accurate than using that bad word “diet”. Diet means to most, calorie restrictions where eating plan just points out the foods you should eat and the ones you should avoid. Counting calories is mostly a waste of time if you are eating healthy live foods. Try to over-eat broccoli, salad, lean meats, fish, etc. Eventually your hunger is gone and you feel satisfied. Now what about that quart of ice cream or that package of cookies? Ever eat the whole thing and still crave more? It’s because your body is still starving for nutrition even though you gave it thousands of calories.
Considered the fastest growing disease epidemic in America but why? Three good reasons:
The first two don’t need much explanation but #3 might be new info for you.
Just Can’t Get Enough
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a common sweetener in processed foods and drinks. Research has shown that fructose signals the hypothalamus in your brain to increase food intake. Can you easily drink a 32 or 64 ounce Big Gulp soda at 7-11 but that 8 ounce glass of water is just too much to handle? Now you know why. The more HFCS you have, the more you want. That HFCS also causes inflammation in the body which leads to chronic pain, migraines, weight gain, obesity, osteoporosis, insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, asthma, arthritis, infertility, depression, etc. The natural fructose in juice and fruit can also be a problem for people with Insulin Resistance. You should limit your fructose intake to 15 grams a day or less. See http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/06/19/richard-johnson-interview-may-18-2010.aspx for more information on the fructose content of different fruits.
Gluten-Free just a Fad
Based on our genetics, it’s estimated that 43% of Americans are pre-disposed to Celiac Disease and 81% are pre-disposed to gluten intolerance. It’s not a fad; we just got better at testing for problems related to gluten beyond celiac disease and false negative gut biopsies. Last March I wrote a whole newsletter about the 5 different reactions you could have to gluten and celiac disease was just one of the five. If someone tells you that you don’t have CD based on biopsy so you can eat all the gluten you want, may be setting you up for serious health problems. The Cyrex Lab Array 3 can test 24 different gluten antibodies to be sure you really don’t have a problem.
The proteins in foods like dairy and gluten have a similar molecular structure to the proteins in your thyroid and pancreas. When undigested proteins from these foods leaks from your digestive system into your blood stream, your immune system is put on high alert to attack these foreign proteins and get rid of them. Your ramped up immune system is now on the hunt for similar proteins to kill and remove from the body. It finds a rich supply of them in your thyroid and pancreas and starts attacking them as well. This is known as molecular mimicry. Removing those two foods from your diet will calm down the autoimmune attack on your body and diminish the attacks on your vital organs. If left in the diet, the attack will continue until the gland stops working completely.
You can test for the antibodies to your thyroid and pancreas with blood tests. I have the antibodies that are attacking my pancreas and killing my islet cells which produce insulin. Studies show a 100% chance of people with these antibodies becoming insulin dependent diabetics. I’m working to try and beat those odds.
Adult onset diabetes is usually found in fat people who have overworked their pancreas and have produced too much insulin over the years and have developed Insulin Resistance. Their cells have increased their resistance to insulin telling them to open up and let the sugar in. This leads to weight can and eventual adult-onset diabetes (type 2). Getting their weight back to a normal range can many times normalize their blood sugar levels.
When you see a skinny adult diabetic, that is a person who has lost their pancreas due to an autoimmune attack and they will be insulin dependent for the rest of their life. They have been classified as a Type 1.5 diabetic or an autoimmune diabetic. Cyrex Labs has a test (Array 6) that measures the pancreas antibodies for those who want to see if they are destroying their pancreas. Check out www.CyrexLabs.com for more info.
Type 3 diabetes is Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In a study published in Alternative Medicine Review in 2009 (Dec; 14(4):373-379): The Relationship Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Diabetes: Type 3 Diabetes?
“In recent years, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) has been considered to be, in part, a neuro-endocrine disorder, even referred to by some as type 3 diabetes. “This research should encourage a more proactive approach to early diagnosis of diabetes and nutritional counseling for Alzheimer’s disease patients.”
National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011:
“About 60%-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage. The risk for stroke is 2-4 times higher.”
I’m sure you have heard of diabetic neuropathies (nerve damage in the feet and legs) but this is brain damage causing dementia and Alzheimer’s caused by insulin resistance and diabetes. So no matter how tasty that sugar, gluten and dairy might be, it still isn’t worth losing my thyroid, brain and pancreas over it! Simple blood tests can help us figure out how you are handling your blood sugar and we can help support that with supplements and dietary changes before you are beyond our help.
Happy Valentine’s Day and President’s Day to all!