Here's a list of the top 5 drugs that cause kidney damage... 1. Antibiotics 2. Pain Killers (Tylenol and Advil) 3. Allergy Meds (Celebrex) 4. Heartburn Meds (Prilosec) 5. High Blood Pressure Meds
When it comes to diabetes, everybody talks about "carbs. Not one lousy word about salt (sodium), though...
Salt is a greater killer than sugar (don't get me wrong, you're an idiot if you over consume sugar, whether diabetic or not), imo. When you mix rampant use of drugs (like the ones, above) as we do in Western medicine with over consumption of salt (see, ref, below), you basically torpedoe your kidney's ability to remove excess salt from the body. Once that takes place, your body begins to retain water. Blood pressure starts to rise. Once that happens, the heart is forced to work harder to pump the larger volumes of blood. Remember, obesity is about water retention than fat accumulation!
When you combine a diet high in salt (too much processed food consumption) with diabetes, you're "messin' w/ Sasquatch". This combo wreaks havoc with your immune system, your body's center for infection protection, damage control and tissue repair. Once the immune system is compromised, it opens the flood gates for additional disease, especially, cancer.
This is an elementary school explanation for metabolic syndrome. If left unchecked, it's a cascading downward spiral. Each new infection, allergy, rash, cavity, cold leaves the body with less ability to protect and recover from each day's wear and tear. This explains the increasing amounts of daily pain and fatigue experienced.
Just two mundane, innocuous examples: Salt and Drug Use ...You can have two people consuming identical low carb diets. One exhibits normal blood sugar. The other lives in glucose hell with a new problem cropping up every freakin' month!
Thus, this is why you will see more and more physicians in the future with the title, "Integrative Medicine" included with their other credentials. It's because, effective healing can't be dispensed without examining and dissecting a patient's lifestyle for clues: "Where is the damn inflammation coming from."View Thread
Some thoughts (and questions) 1. Is diabetes "avoidable"? Once you have diabetes, can you regain normal blood sugar control without drugs to the extent you are "cured"? 2. Why do you think the #1 risk factor for diabetes is being overweight? If you are overweight and you lose the excess weight, why do you think your (for most people) blood sugar can return to normal, again? 3. Why do you think family history and age are the next biggest risk factors for diabetes? How are these two factors related to diabetes? 4. How do people lose weight, long term? Why do you think people with lifelong weight issues can often times lose the weight but it always comes back? What does this say about our ideas about effective weight loss? 5. Why is it that people with diabetes rarely have diabetes as the only problem problem they have deal with? 6. Why is it that people think that "conditions" that increase over time...obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, kidney and liver disease, macular degeneration, depression...why do think they "have it" when some stranger with a fancy diploma on the wall tells them they "have it"? Is it conceivable that they had 2 weeks before? 2 months before? 2 years before? 20 years before? Is it possible they "had it" all along??? 7. What's the difference between your body 20 years ago and now? Do you think you can "recapture" the body you had 20 years ago? If you were to try, do you think "low-carbing" will get you to the body of your dreams?View Thread
I agree there's something going on as Anon_134193 mentioned, above. Unintentional weight loss is alarming. Red alert. When she said, "the dr doesn't know what's going on...", that doctor is either (A.) trying to figure it out, or (B.) doesn't care to practice medicine much longer.
In truth, all doctors are obligated to act "responsibly" regardless what the patient does. They must follow protocol; no malpractice insurer would accept anything less. Unintended weight loss is no less serious than bleeding or loss of feeling or balance. If that dr. can't stabilize the situation, asap, they better be looking for answers...real hard. View Thread
I understand her, "mmkay". I get it. No one wants to hear my message. It's like asking someone for directions. You're expecting to hear, "go here than make a right and, then, a left, there, and another left at the second light..." She wanted someone to tell her what to do so her husband could get better. She wanted "instructions". That's the thing about medical advice. Nothing works, universally, because no two people (or, more specifically, "lifestyles") are alike in the universe.
This was a post I read this morning to explain my point to this woman and her husband:
"...When I found out that I had Diabetes, I was surprised and relieved. I had been having status epilepsy and almost died two times. I found out that one of the Diabetes complications are seizures. I have not had that problem since! Now, years later, I have new problems, trying to stick to my diet..."
Can diabetes be "cured"? According to everyone I know, it cannot. Once you have diabetes, you die with diabetes. How many times have we heard, "There is no cure for diabetes; it's a disease that can only be "controlled"."
True. It you try to "treat" diabetes, you may get good (sometimes, great) results. But, like this person, above, you're still going to have "new problems". It will never be "cured".
This is my point! Anytime you treat a "symptom", it will never be go away because the root cause of the "symptom" is never, directly, addressed. Diabetes is, imho, a "symptom". Cancer is, imho, a "symptom". Gout is, imho, a "symptom". Obesity is a symptom. Depression is a symptom.
When you treat "symptoms", you may quiet or reduce it's severity, but it will forever return...just like diabetes, like cancer, like gout, like obesity & like depression...
By searching and removing source(s) of inflammation occurring in the body, you are, now, systematically, addressing root cause (of diabetes). Each source of inflammation that's removed, shifts the balance point and incrementally quiets the "symptom".
I can't give "directions"; each person has to find their own (sources of inflammation). Everybody wants it fast and they want it easy. For something as so complex, so mysterious, so incredibly brilliant in design as the human body, well, good luck with that. All I can say is it's out of my pay grade... "mmkay"?View Thread
"...Is it common for your body which has never experienced such things in a younger stage in life to just break down like this and crumble?..."
Is it common for a car with 10,000 miles to just crumble and break down after 150,000 miles? YES & NO...
If you change key fluids and perform routine preventative maintenance throughout the life of the car, NO. Modern cars, well maintained, can easily go 250,000 miles with relatively few major issues.
YES, it is common...if you forget to change the oil, let the radiator run dry, never change the plugs or ignition wires, fail to replace the timing chain, drive on bald tires and never change belts or brakes pads.
I have a friend that suffers from severe gout. He is an expert in all foods that aggravate gout "episodes" and he maintains a diet free of "purines". He started showing symptoms of gout 15 years ago.
Today, his episodes are so painful, he's become addicted to painkillers and become a shut-in.
I know your husband doesn't suffer gout. But, the parallels between gout and diabetes are very similar, imo. You and your husband are convinced that diabetes is a disease caused by food. Therefore, by eating healthy and maintaining a low carb, low sugar diet, then, no more diabetes, right? Isn't that what you think?
Diabetes, like gout, is a disease of "inflammation". Inflammation can be caused by food, no question! Inflammation can also be caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, joint pain, cardiovascular disease... Inflammation can be caused by poor sleep quality. Inflammation can be caused by poor oral hygiene. Inflammation can be caused by poor hygiene, PERIOD. Inflammation can be caused by drugs. Inflammation can be caused by haphazard use of antibiotics. Inflammation can be caused by lack of daily movement. Inflammation can be caused by autoimmune reactions & allergies. Inflammation can be caused by chronic stress. Not drinking enough water indirectly causes inflammation. BPOs. Water and air pollutants...etc, etc, etc,...
People that believe diabetes is caused by poor diet practice what I refer to as "high blood sugaravoidance". Just like my friend practices "gout avoidance".
So the question is,Is avoidance the same as treatment? Does avoidance "heal" diabetes?
My friend has consulted with the best specialists and dietitians in the state. Like I said, he has become a gout "expert". That's his wife's dilemma, now. What can you say to an expert that they don't already know?
Summary: My advice is find a good diabetes specialist (or endocrinologist), take notes, follow all instructions, take all prescribed medications and provide accurate and detailed feedback to your doctor so he/she can evaluate best course of action. good luck.View Thread
Diabetes is concern for many in this country, young and old. Question:
Can you tell me things you can do to ease your concern?
Can you tell me why you think people wait for a call from their doctor before they start "treating" their diabetes? In other words, why do people change the way they live based on what a complete stranger tells them?
Do you think diabetes is "avoidable", regardless of family history or current state of health?
"...I'm very bad at drinking water. I don't really like it..."
Consider. If lack of water can cause migraine headaches, severe abdominal pain, malnutrition, loss of period and debilitating joint and muscle ache, what the heck do you think it does for chronic inflammation and high blood sugar????
Diabetes, Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Arthritis, Cancer...are these "diseases" or are they simply manifestations of poor lifestyle fundamentals, ie. "symptoms". In 1971, cancer was the #2 killer of Americans (behind heart disease). So, President Nixon made finding a cure for cancer a national agenda. Half a trillion dollars in cancer research, later, cancer, today, is the #1 killer of Americans. How many years and how many trillions have we spent on finding a cure for diabetes, heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure?
It's been almost half a century since Nixon declared war on cancer. Considering the advancements in computers, telecommunications, information management, for god sake, the automobile!, am I the only one that thinks, maybe, just maybe, we're barking up the wrong tree?
"...Take a walk, drink some water, take a nap; You'll feel much better..." Cripes! Didn't any of you have a "mamma"?View Thread