I guess I should play the Devil's Advocate here. Did you know that vaccine manufacturers are protected from lawsuits by Federal law? The Supreme Court ruling in February 2011 ruled that the only way parents can be compensated for the negative side effects of a vaccine is through a special tribunal set up by Congress. This de facto immunity from law suits for vaccine manufacturers is a chilling one that goes against normal concepts of liability in the event a product is defective and causes harm to the consumer. Despite all the hype that one reads, sees, and hears, the jury is still out on the true effectiveness of some vaccines. These include the polio and MMR vaccines. Read the following article (evidence-based) with ample references cited: The Vaccinated Spreading Measles: WHO, Merck, CDC Documents Confirm
An_261234, you didn't state whether your husband was diabetic but if he is, know that diabetics have weaker immune systems in general than non-diabetics unless their blood sugars are well-controlled in the "true normal" range. MMR vaccines are generally safe when administered to adults and children over 5 years of age after their immune systems have fully developed. Children have a greater risk for an adverse event when they are much younger (e.g., under 3 years of age) and the anecdotal evidence concerning autism occurs frequently enough that it shouldn't just be ignored and swept under the rug. It should also be noted that the special tribunal has given out damage awards in at least 8 cases involving autism but the lion's share of such claims have been denied. Your husband should probably get an MMR vaccination as a precaution but it is doubtful that a "second vaccination" is going to provide any additional benefit (read the above hyper-linked article for details that lend credence to this).View Thread
Session 16 of Dr. Bernstein's University covers the topic of normal/ideal blood sugars in the general population (non-diabetics). The information is not new to those familiar with the contents of his book but to hear it fully and verbally explained helps emphasize what he has been advocating for his patients. I have personally experienced full (100%) reversal of my own neuropathies by targeting my blood sugar levels in the eighties. Here are the non-diabetic blood sugar numbers summarized in session 16 of Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes University: Children and Pre-puberty teens: 70's Pregnant Women: mid-60's Normal adults and post-puberty teens: 83
there really wasn't anything new and exciting on the diabetes front. Just lots of health tracking software, smart phone apps/digitized logs, more accurate food scales with built-in calculators, etc. There was also a huge growth in vendors displaying massage chairs and foot massage devices; also electronic (battery operated) acupuncture-like probes and other "stimulant" instruments to relieve pain but I found the latter to be of dubious value (having actually purchased and tried one in the past). One of the vendors (the proprietor was Indian) did tell me about an ancient Ayurvedic procedure known as "oil pulling ." Some seemingly miraculous claims were made for the practice (just do a search for the term, "oil pulling ," in your favorite search engine) that included alleged benefits for diabetes. After analyzing the claims and "studies," it appears that 99% of the effects of oil pulling are the result of an improvement in oral health. The resulting reduction in inflammation indirectly benefits blood glucose control and a host of other chronic illnesses. Since it doesn't really cost anything except for the oil itself , you might want to try it (minimum trial period recommended is once daily for three weeks). Organic sunflower seed oil is the preferred oil but many people like to use coconut oil. Just make sure you don't spit it into the drain or, over time, it's going to cause plumbing problems; that's because coconut oil solidifies at room temps (note: the hyperlinks are all different so explore to your heart's content).
I did wind up getting captivated by a technology known as "Whole Body Vibration " (WBV). After having walked well over ten miles the first day and being on my feet for over eight hours, my feet were feeling somewhat tired the second day. That's when I ran into two different booths at the Sands Convention Center promoting mid-range and upper mid-range WBVs. I stood on the most expensive model for just five minutes and was absolutely enthralled by the unique sensation that it imparted. The WBV re-vitalized my tired feet so much that I decided I had to have one. My primary intent was to use it to improve overall systemic circulation and health; any other claimed benefits (and they are many) would simply be gravy. This WebMD article takes a more cautious view of WBV technology but does conclude that it may provide promising health benefits; just "nowhere near the claims being made." Having used mine for over a week now, I am very satisfied with the purchase. The brand that I bought was the company's top-of-the-line model, comes with a full 3-year warranty, and is manufactured in Japan. The German-made models mentioned in the WebMD article are a notch above but the cost is also higher (note: made in China look-alikes under various and multiple brand names sell for as little as one-tenth of the price that I paid for mine but are extremely low/poor quality).
Has anyone seen the ads for the TD Gold line of $5.99 diabetes supplies? The company currently offers six products at $5.99 each. Even their shipping charge (fixed/flat rate) is priced at $5.99. Of their six products are two that really intrigued me: a blood glucose meter ($5.99) and test strips (vial of 50 for $5.99). I would need more information on specs and comparisons before purchasing them myself but the price is certainly attractive. If anyone has tried these or know of someone who has, please comment.View Thread
I normally carry my insulin (bare minimum) in a small fanny pack. Others use purses, and general purpose portable pouches. For vial insulin (syringe & needle), I pre-load 2 syringes with estimated dosages: one for projected need and the other for additional backup/correction if needed. The preloaded syringes are stored in Wright carrying case s emulating the equivalent of an insulin pen. I often simply inject (discreetly) at the table and have never encountered any problems or incidents in over ten years. For more sensitive environments (e.g., upper crust, formal dining establishments), I will usually use the privacy of a restroom facility. I also carry a few glucose tablets (in a very small plastic Zip-lock bag) with me but never had to ever use them while traveling or dining out.
Here's a link to a multi-page article that addresses the matter in greater detail. If you have any questions or concerns after reading it, please post back.View Thread
Eli Lily manufactures three major types of insulin: Humulog (a rapid-acting analog/synthetic insulin), Humulin (a fast-acting human insulin in both "regular" and NPH "intermediate" varieties), and Levimir (a slow-acting basal insulin). The proper and safe use of any insulin requires frequent monitoring of your blood sugar levels. It is not wise to just inject static doses of insulin without monitoring the impact that the insulin will have on your blood glucose levels. You might have the insulin names/types confused because injecting ten units of Humulog at bedtime is an extremely high and potentially dangerous dose. Double-check your facts and figures regarding the insulin types you were using; then expand on whether you monitored your BG levels during (e.g., before and after) your insulin use including your readings at bedtime and on arising.View Thread
For those still skeptical about the benefits to seeking normal blood glucose levels, I found another webcast transcript that addresses this issue somewhat:
Transcript (Special Topic discussion on Neuropathy): The American Academy of Neurology has released guidelines for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. What was astounding about this, and very upsetting, was that all they did was try to put the various drugs on the market for treating diabetic neuropathy in a sequence of what you start with first. They totally ignore the control of blood sugar. Diabetic neuropathy is caused by high blood sugar. It doesn't happen just because you are diabetic. The reason I don't have it (myself) right now is because I've had normal blood sugars, more or less, for the past forty years. Prior to that, I had severe neuropathies. They don't point out that: 1) it can be prevented just by having normal blood sugars; and 2) that you can treat the underlying cause. You can make the neuropathy go away with normal blood sugars. As I've explained before, the neuropathy goes away in two steps. There is what is called metabolic neuropathy, where the nerves are swollen with fluid and sorbitol that can go away in a matter of weeks; and there is what I call anatomic neuropathy where nerves have actually died, and you have to wait until they regenerate, which depending upon the length of the nerve, can take years. But, the treatments suggested by this American Academy of Neurology did not point out that you can actually treat the neuropathy, rather than mask it by giving drugs that relieve the pain. As you are relieving the pain using their method, the neuropathy will get worse and worse, so that eventually, your limbs will become totally numb, and you won't be able to feel anything with your feet. You might have a nail in your shoe and not feel it. Or, you might step on something, and not feel it, not know you have a wound on the bottom of your foot, which eventually gets infected, and you end up with an amputation. (end)
My own experience with neuropathy mirrors what Doc B stated but when a close friend (also diabetic) experienced numbness in her feet and ankle that gradually crept up to her knee "on the threshold of pain," the only remedy her doctor would consider was a prescription to alleviate the pain/symptoms. She decided that she needed to attack the cause, not just mask the symptoms. She joined the ranks of those who elected to go on insulin on their own and has been extremely pleased with the results (latest A1c is in the mid 5% club and continuing to drop based post prandial and fbg test results).View Thread
Here is a 2-panel chart that shows optimal (normal or non-diabetic) blood sugar levels and the absolute minimum levels that a person with diabetes should set as a target or goal if they wish to minimize or prevent complications. The latter is more popularly known as "The 5% Club" but my own personal target from the outset has always been the "4% Club" shown on the left.
I am a veteran of past neuropathies and was able to totally reverse mine because I attacked it aggressively and very early in the cycle instead of simply languishing with high blood sugars for years on end. I did NOT get support from my doctors in my quest to lower my blood sugars. However, as a retired pharmacist, I was all too familiar with the health deterioration that would result if I simply followed the overly cautious advice of my doctors. I was confident in my knowledge, experience and educational background to go it alone and had a successful outcome. As Doc B stated in his webcast in my previous post: "you don't need a physician to do all this" (but you do need to get fully educated on the topic and, if applicable, on the proper and safe use of insulin).View Thread
I found quite a few "Ask Dr. Bernstein" webcasts dealing with normal blood sugar levels but I think this transcript (partial) is somewhat representative (I may include another later):
Transcript (partial): So why are so many doctors advocating that diabetes patients should not have normal blood sugars? We see this over and over again. So many patients call us, so upset that their endocrinologists, but usually not their family practice physicians, tell them to have higher blood sugars.
The first reason: they are not taught in medical school how to control blood sugars. I'm on the faculty of two medical schools. I run the Peripheral Vascular Disease clinic in one of them. I spoke to the doctor who is responsible for the four one-hour diabetes courses that are taught to students, and I offered to conduct a session on blood sugar normalization. She said to me, "That's abnormal! It is unnatural for diabetes patients to have normal blood sugars. That's odd-ball. We will not teach anything odd-ball." Amazing! So, doctors are not even taught how to normalize blood sugars.
The second reason was demonstrated when I first became a physician. I was invited to speak at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. I summarized how we could normalize blood sugars. At the end of my talk, I got a very intelligent question. "Who is going to pay for this?" It sort of knocked me for a loop. When I look at my own practice, which I have to support out of my earnings from a prior career and my investments (thanks to the teachings of Benjamin Graham — you could look him up on the internet.) I cannot make big money, and can't even make a profit out of my medical practice where I put in thirteen hours with each new patient. There's no way to make money teaching patients one at a time. So, doctors can't make money doing this. In groups, doctors could make money, but that is another story. I spend three hours examining the patients for diabetes complications, but if you have paramedical people such as nurses or medical assistants, they can examine the patients instead of the doctor. So, it takes a different kind of organization than most doctors have in order to survive financially, treating this disease.
The third reason why the specialists are against normal blood sugars was told to me several times when I spoke to people who actually devised the guidelines. I asked them why the ADA advocated such high A1cs of 6.5%, or whatever over 6. I was told this: "If a patient goes blind, or has to go on dialysis, or dies of congestive heart failure, or loses a limb, these are all 'natural consequences' of diabetes. But, if a patient dies of hypoglycemia, the doctor gets sued, therefore, I am not going to allow my patients to have even remotely near normal blood sugars, because that's too close to hypoglycemia." So, the ADA seeks numbers that are double normal, such as an A1c of 7, which is an average blood sugar of 180 mg/dl. So this is what we are up against, and this is what I've been battling for the past thirty or forty years.
Now, to just give you a little example of what happens with blood sugar normalization, is a letter I got yesterday from the parent of a patient I started treating a few months ago: "It's been a joy to watch our daughter gain control over her diabetes, and come out of the fog she's been in for the past ten years. She tells us she hardly feels diabetic anymore. It's not the shots and diet that made her feel diabetic, but high numbers that turned her into someone else. Thanks so much for returning her to us." This is possible for everybody, and it's the reason I wrote my books, because you don't need a physician to do all this. You can do it all yourself if you can get your doctor to write the proper prescriptions ... (end)View Thread
Flute, my own endo privately champions the normalization of blood sugars and my avatar shows what my current A1c levels have averaged over the last three years. However, publicly, to most of his other patients, my endo simply recommends "under 6.0" (i.e., in the "5% club") only if there is no danger of lows. The latter is currently the A.D.A.'s position as well (the ADA Health Maintenance Guidelines can be downloaded from the UCSF website here ). I am personally relieved that the ADA is no longer "stuck" at the <7.0% level but, of course, most healthcare professionals are still rooted in the old, original guidelines just as most dieticians are still rooted in the original ADA high carb diet recommendations.
True normal blood sugars are in the range of 70 to 85 mg/dL (A1c 4.2 to 4.6) but only Dr. Richard K. Bernstein and a relatively small number of other physicians endorse this range. It has been shown repeatedly that normal blood sugars will halt and often reverse the complications of diabetes. Dr. Bernstein himself was suffering from renal (kidney) failure at the time of his eureka discovery that normalizing blood sugar levels could lead to a Nirvana of sorts for diabetics. It took nearly thirty years (according to Bernstein) but his kidney function is now 100% completely normal based on all tests available. So, if normalizing blood sugars can reverse many complications, why doesn't the medical community embrace it with open arms?
1. Financial. The costs of properly training a patient is time-intensive and is not cost-effective for most doctors to devote the requisite time involved. 2. Liability. If the patient's diabetes continues to degrade, it is a "natural progression" of the disease and the physician cannot be blamed. Developing complications that can lead to amputation (due to advanced neuropathy), blindness (due to retinopathy) or heart attacks and stroke (due to atherosclerosis which is largely a disease of diabetes) are a "natural" part of the gradual progression that we are told to expect with diabetes. On the other hand, if a doctor tells their patients to normalize their blood sugars and they suffer a serious hypoglycemic event and winds up in the hospital, the doctor can be held liable and sued. 3. Big Pharma. The business of milking the disease for profits is H-U-G-E. The drug companies send out armies of drug reps to hype their wares to doctors, plying them with samples, incentives and rewards if they prescribe the company's products to their patients. There are a number of excellent books available that deal with the topic but most of us are already aware that the drug companies have tremendous power and influence. Not only are the beneficial effects of their drugs often over-hyped and exaggerated but all too often any awareness of damaging side effects that their drugs may cause are intentionally minimized, glossed over, or even kept secret.
Dr. Bernstein covered the topic of why mainstream medicine continues to ignore the benefits of normalizing blood sugars in one of his monthly webcasts. I am a member of "The Bernstein Connection" and have full access to the entire archive of his portfolio of webcasts (93 in number to date). I'll look up the one that addresses this issue and provide a transcript in a secondary post so that you can read it for yourself. It is only Bernstein's opinion but one that has been reported by others who had attended seminars and overheard conversations between endocrinologists at the symposium.
Unfortunately, you won't be able to get a diagnosis in a public forum; only opinions that may or may not be applicable or even accurate. Although you state that you were diagnosed with T2DM in March 2014, it is not uncommon for someone to have suffered from diabetes for ten years or more prior to their official diagnosis. To put your mind somewhat at ease, check out WebMD's description for ALS symptoms and draw your own conclusions as to whether they apply to you.
All of us differ in terms of our sensitivity to glucotoxicity in terms of the symptoms that glycosylation has on our bodies. Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, a noted diabetologist (but also considered to be a maverick in the field) has had patients who experienced severe neuropathy with an A1c level as low as 5.6. That's often considered to be the upper A1c level for "normal" (i.e., non-diabetic) by most endocrinologists. I suffered from relatively severe neuropathy myself and my A1c has never tested above 6.1 — ever. Other patients with A1c's above 9% may not experience any detectable symptoms. However, that does not mean that their organs are not undergoing serious damage; only that they don't "feel" any symptoms or simply do not recognize same.
The values that you posted are definitely hyper-normal and the symptoms that you described (blurry vision, frequent hunger/thirst, and general weakness) are some of the classic symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes. Some of them could also be due to hypothyroidism and the latter is not uncommon among diabetics. Although metformin is a first line drug for diabetes, it does not directly lower blood sugar levels but requires major lifestyle changes as well; primarily modifications in diet and exercise/activity levels. Simply taking medication (e.g., metformin) without making the requisite changes in lifestyle is a potential recipe for failure. Most of us here in the forums find that significant reductions in the amount of carbohydrates that we eat, particularly starchy carbohydrates, will have the most beneficial impact on our blood sugar levels. That's because virtually all carbohydrates, after they are digested, will be converted to glucose (sugar) in our bodies. Reducing the amount of carbs in our diets will reduce the amount available that can be converted to glucose; that's a fairly obvious no-brainer conclusion but as simple as that concept may be, it is often difficult for uncontrolled diabetics to grasp (or perhaps accept).
If you are prepared to accept the challenge of dealing with the disease to normalize blood sugars and live a healthy, virtually normal life, you cannot afford to "eat whatever" or to be "really careless" as stated in your post. Such behaviors will come back to haunt you in terms of the price and consequences you will ultimately have to pay down the road. There are lots of online resources including Dr. Dansinger's "Conquering Diabetes" blog (here on WebMD; link is located on the right) that may be of value to you. If you would like additional resources and links, post back and they will be provided. In the interim, you may find it beneficial to discuss your symptoms with your own physician and explore the possibility of getting a new A1c test as well as a T3 thyroid test.View Thread