Why are so many people sick these days? The increase of modern day health problems including excess weight, arthritis, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease correlates directly with increased consumption of mass produced crops and processed foods. Let’s have a look at a few of them.
The conventional wisdom is that we gain weight by eating too much and moving too little. There is very little truth in that statement.
Obesity is not the result of calories in versus calories out, it depends on how much time we spend storing fat compared with the time we spend burning fat.
The body has the option of fat storing and fat burning.
When we eat carbohydrates, the majority are converted into sugar which is absorbed into the bloodstream. Under the influence of the hormone insulin, sugar is stored as fat until all the excess is removed from the bloodstream.
If we then refrain from eating, insulin switches off and the body starts burning the fat as fuel. This is known as ketosis.
If, on the other hand, we eat more carbs, maybe just a snack between meals, the body immediately switches back into fat-storing mode.
For most of us on a conventional western diet, we spend most of our time storing fat and little or no time burning fat.
Storing more fat than we burn is what makes us fat. The solution lies in dealing with the root cause of the problem.
Treating Type 2 Diabetes
When your doctor measures your blood sugars and diagnoses diabetes, your pancreas has already been working flat out for years making as much insulin as it can to keep the sugars in check.
The first medication introduced is normally metformin, which helps the body make the best use of your natural insulin. It works for a while, but soon there is a need for medications that force the pancreas to make even more insulin.
When they become ineffective, more sophisticated drugs interfere with metabolic processes throughout the body in order to reduce levels of sugar in the blood stream by one method or another.
Eventually, despite multiple medications, blood glucose levels rise, and patients need to inject themselves with insulin sometimes multiple times a day. A common side-effect is increasing obesity.
This is what Diabetes Australia describe as a chronic progressive incurable disease, the epidemic of the 21st century.
There is an alternative management option for type 2 diabetes, which I recommend. Blood sugars return to normal and the need for medications is reduced or eliminated. My role is to enable you to return to a natural way of eating. I believe that every diabetic and, indeed, everybody who may become a diabetic, should at least be informed about the nature of this alternative.
Autoimmune Disease (AD)
There are more than 100 autoimmune diseases. Every tissue and organ in the body can be affected. There is good reason to believe that the incidence of all these diseases is rising.
Some well known examples are:
- Type 1 diabetes
- Coeliac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Grave’s disease of the thyroid
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
Having one disease increases your risk of getting others. I know a child who developed type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease before one year of age. Others I know first develop symptoms in their late 60s and 70s.
AD is triggered by a multitude of factors. Let’s leave aside the ones over which we have no control, such as our genetics, age, past history of infection, and exposure to toxins.
Of the remainder, what we take into our mouths is of prime importance.
Modern diets are loaded with carbohydrates that convert to sugar, plant proteins that cause leaky gut, artificial food additives, colourings, emulsifiers, insecticide and herbicide residues, the list goes on.
Meanwhile, the food itself is being artificially modified, both genetically and by more traditional means. Intensive farming methods and food manufacturing, commonly known as agribusiness, have totally changed much of what we eat. The supermarket shelves are loaded with food that didn’t exist 200 years ago.
Is it possible to help?
The saying ‘prevention is better than cure’ applies, particularly to autoimmune disease. But there are certain interventions that have been shown to be remarkably effective in improving and sometimes reversing AD. It is certainly worth a try.