Jul 082010
 

High-Carb Diet Raises CO2 “Exhaust” and Lowers Available O2

Previously published in several magazine and newspaper articles as well as in “At Risk? Avoid Diabetes by Recognizing Early Risk – A Natural Medicine View”  

Worldwide, we are concerned with rising CO2 rates in our environment. Yet, we forget that our human body too may produce excess CO2.

A healthy and fit individual without excess weight and on a balanced diet inhales 100 units of oxygen (O2) and exhales 80 units in carbon dioxide (CO2). This leaves the body roughly twenty percent of oxygen on which to run its necessary processes.

On the other hand, an overweight individual on a high-carbohydrate diet—fast-food, sandwiches, bagels, muffins, pizza, pasta, or rice—inhales 100 units of oxygen (O2) and exhales up to 100 units in carbon dioxide (CO2). This leaves the body little or no oxygen to function on. 

Consequently, the body metabolism slows down, and a vicious cycle turns into a downhill spiral: blood gas and acid-base imbalances, anemia, thyroid hormone imbalances, certain respiratory problems, COPD, cardiac problems, and other serious complications, all in addition to those posed by being overweight.

Why are we not made aware of our own body management as a possible cause of an additional twenty percent increase of CO2 in our indoor environment? Especially in our air-conditioned apartment complexes, condos, or office buildings an increasingly overweight population exhales greater amounts of carbon dioxide.   

Our indoor-centered lifestyle constantly exposes us to decreased amounts of clean air along with these increased levels of CO2. This may jeopardize our health. How many individuals in those building complexes consistently complain of a lingering illness as soon as the fresh-air duct intake is being reduced in the heat of summer or the cold of winter? Recycling CO2 along with the air we get to inhale may be the problem—a direct challenge to the building and systems engineers out there.

“Going green” is not simply about preserving our surroundings, Mother Nature, where we aim to reduce our carbon-footprint by twenty percent. Going green is equally as important when it comes to preserving and revamping our own body and health. Here too, we quite easily can reduce our bodily CO2 emission by a similar twenty percent simply by going off our comfort-food and fast-food driven grain-carbohydrate lifestyle.

There is something to be said for fresh, locally grown foods. Certain foods may directly influence how much oxygen our body turns over. No different from a gasoline-powered car that is not able to handle diesel fuel, our body, if genetically pre-disposed, may not do well on certain foods.

Some of the predisposing genes are present in more than half of our population worldwide. No surprise then that over sixty percent of those aged twenty and up are overweight and obese and ninety percent of Canadian school children no longer are able to fulfill their basic physical education requirements. It all comes back to how we feed that body of ours.

We call it “staff of life” and talk about wheat. Yet, wheat may turn out to play a questionable role (more like the staff that punishes than the staff of life). Worldwide, we consume more than one kilogram of grain-carbohydrates per person per day—300 kg of wheat alone per person per year—all in addition to the other grain-carbs and starches (rice, corn, potatoes, you name them).

In our body these starchy carbohydrates turn to sugar. Here is where insulin enters the picture: it helps to move that sugar into the cells where it can be burned into energy. This process fails if the body produces insufficient amounts of insulin or has become insulin resistant.

Sugar amounts that the body cannot cope with are deposited and stored in its fat cells. This excess fat interferes with the body’s ability to use the insulin that the pancreas produces. As a result, we find ourselves a step closer to a heart event and diabetes. The bottom line: fat keeps out water, reduces the proportional amount of blood, and decreases the amount of O2 the body has available.

After hydrogen and helium, oxygen is the third most plentiful element in our universe. While we can live for several hours without food or water we cannot survive even minutes without oxygen. Giving oxygen to a patient is one of the first support measures in hospital emergency rooms.

A major component of complex life forms, we find oxygen in our body, its blood stream and tissues, even its bones and teeth. Like all live matter, our body is made up of different ratios of these four major elements: carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen. In a process called photosynthesis, plants form oxygen from water with the input of light. Oxygen is a major component of our foods: proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

This is where the harmful action of excess fat cells becomes significant for the following reason: The lower the percentage of blood that runs through the body, the lower the amount of oxygen it carries to the organs, nerves, brain, and other tissue cells. If the body carries less oxygen, it will have available fewer antioxidants to fight inflammation. Underlying inflammations spread and the body metabolism turns acidic. We are back to our vicious cycle of an acidic body environment.

Now we understand why a beer-belly and midriff obesity are such obvious markers for a risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. They blatantly point to various degrees of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance goes together with nutrient deficiencies. Feeling hungry and developing cravings are sure signs of lack of nutrients—but not for lack of food.

To reach for that cookie jar is not the answer. A change of habits is definitely in order. To summarize: wrong foods cause intestinal inflammation. An inflamed gut does not absorb minerals and nutrients. Yet, essential minerals are the body’s spark plugs. Without them the body experiences increased tissue acidity, and lack of oxygen.

Lack of available oxygen plays a role in the development of many disease processes and is mostly due to increased tissue acidity and all sorts of underlying inflammations. Conditions such as hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, hypothyroidism, adrenal deficiency, anemia, electrolyte imbalances, or nutritional deficiencies nearly always are connected.

Once the body develops digestive problems (bloating, loose stools, diarrhea or constipation) tiredness is soon to follow along with possibly fibromyalgia-like pain, excessive premenstrual pain, polycystic ovary syndrome and, last but not least, brain fog. Thinking clearly relates directly to the amount of oxygen delivered to the brain cells.

Like it or not, the gut is connected to the brain in more ways than one, and brain fog may be a major indicator of things having gone wrong with the metabolism. A majority of our immune system cells live in the gut. And, as we have seen, biochemical imbalances in these cells, such as a lack of nutrients, necessarily lead to inflammation.

Even the mildest chronic state of bloating (a persistent inflammation) results in what we call in natural medicine terms “leaky gut syndrome.” We describe this in simplified terms as a condition in which proteins are being leaked through the intestinal cell walls into the bloodstream. These proteins are mildly or moderately toxic to the blood and quickly influence the blood gas composition.

We return to where we started, namely with inadequate food and lifestyle habits. The bottom line is: inflammation causes oxidative stress. Brain cells are very demanding; they need a substantial amount of nutrients and oxygen. However, an acidic system starves the brain and may also be reflected by several of the sleep disorders.

Many overweight individuals develop sleep-apnea and a tendency to depression prior to developing diabetes. Unfortunately, it is quite likely that such symptoms may prompt a mainstream medicine diagnosis of depression rather than a more accurate assessment of reduced oxygen intake or turnover.

In a majority of overweight and obese individuals the need for daytime napping may be related to sleep apnea or other nighttime sleep disruptions, both of which result in further reduced oxygen intake. In turn, most of these sleep disorders signal underlying problems with the carbohydrate metabolism. Oxidative stress and those reduced blood gas levels surely act as a vicious cycle.

Blood cells that carry less oxygen affect the immune system reaction and open the door to deficient antioxidant responses. Without adequate antioxidant levels inflammations in one or the other tissues of the body may follow. Newest research surrounding the pancreatic beta cells indicates such an inflammation process as a possible trigger of diabetes.

The inability to preserve sufficient amounts of oxygen to keep the body functions going may be holding many people back from committing to a regular exercise program. Unlike people who experience a “high” after exercising, exercise may drain their body if it is not able to retain and turn over the roughly twenty percent of oxygen its systems needs. The body of these individuals literally runs “out of air.”

Don’t misunderstand me; I am not handing out excuses for avoiding exercise. I simply want to raise awareness that legitimate biochemical processes may be behind the fact that someone cannot find the enthusiasm to adhere to an exercise regimen.

Unfortunately, robbing us of our natural motivation is nature’s greatest deception. Don’t rejoice too early though, excuses such as “an expected lack of motivation” never lead to improvements. Lack of energy is how the body signals its need for nutrients and oxygen.

Also, do not simply brush off brain fog as, “I am getting older,” or, “I am not that smart.” Most importantly, do not let the mainstream medical system stamp you as “depressed” and put you on suppressive—and, might I say, additionally acidifying—medication.

Insist that the cause of your issues be identified—from intestinal or other inflammations to blood sugar fluctuation, mineral deficiencies, hormone imbalances, or sleep apnea. It should not be this way but, if you feel depressed, you or your family might be well advised to do some homework first before agreeing to quick solution medication with possible side-effects from addiction to deeper depression and even suicidal tendencies.

Avoid serious disease: get oxygen! Get exercising and, most of all, skip processed foods, additives, artificial and natural flavor enhancers, colorants and preservatives. Stick to loads of green and colorful, non-starchy vegetables, light meats, fish, fowl and eggs, along with olive and grapeseed oil, lots of fresh, non-chlorinated water and green tea and reap the benefits of a balanced oxygen versus carbon dioxide ratio.

 Posted by at 12:28 PM
Jul 082010
 

Just recently Health Canada has made an amazing statement: “CD is now recognized as one of the most common chronic diseases in the world.”

Health Canada is in the process of preparing badly needed new labeling criteria for gluten-free foods and has made available a surprisingly comprehensive document (Download). This paper includes the most up-to-date and accepted info and research data.  

Health Canada writes: “Celiac disease is a common genetic condition with serious symptoms triggered by the consumption of gluten.” Kudos to Health Canada for voicing what many medical institutions fail to point out: the implication of gluten intolerance on the general level of health and the acknowledgment about the importance of a 100% gluten free approach for those affected.

Unfortunately, few general practitioners and specialists know about celiac disease and gluten intolerance. As a result, many individuals go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for eleven to fourteen years. Rarely are these patients informed about the benefits of a gluten-free diet.

Health Canada emphasizes that “Currently, the only treatment for CD is to continually maintain a gluten-free diet (GFD)… The diet requires a strict lifelong exclusion of wheat, rye, barley, and other related cereal grains from the diet.” 

In addition, Health Canada states a premise that has guided our work at the Natural Medicine Centre for several decades: “Other consumers may also follow a gluten-free diet for medical reasons. …some individuals with gluten sensitivity do not progress to fully expressed CD… As a result, in addition to individuals with CD, there are other consumers who may also need to follow a GFD for medical reasons.”

When should you suspect that gluten may play a major role in your health issues?

A diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, rosacea, psoriasis, asthma, type 1 diabetes, and over 150 immune system disorders may be linked to gluten intolerance; so are several food allergies. Most of these conditions are considered not to have a cure. But they all respond positively to a gluten-free lifestyle.

Among the most obvious symptoms and signs are mineral deficiencies, lack of energy, bloating, gas, and any combination of constipation or loose stools or diarrhea. Gallbladder and other midriff discomfort, low back pain and mottling or yellowing teeth or enamel loss may also be strong indicators of possible underlying gluten issues.

In many cases, withdrawing gluten immediately improves the digestive situation and restores energy levels. Unfortunately, gluten is hidden in just about anything and, if not 100% eliminated, may continue to cause symptoms. Hopefully, the proposed Health Canada labeling policies will start to address these issues.

Remember, you should always consult with a healthcare provider experienced in all facets of gluten-intolerance and celiac disease before taking any steps.

 Posted by at 10:49 AM
Jun 142010
 
Fibromyalgia

Initially posted 2008-11-16

Fibromyalgia symptoms often respond positively to a gluten-free diet. But, did you know that gluten and lactose intolerance frequently go hand in hand and often together with a citrus allergy?

One of the diabetes genes (HLA-DQ8) is also common to individuals with gluten-sensitivity and many autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rosacea, adrenal imbalances (Graves, Hashimotos).

The biggest challenges to a gluten-free diet (gf) are those not obvious contaminations. As little as 1 gr may keep the inflammation cycle going.

The not obvious are wheat gluten used as “flavor” in foods, supplements and prescription medicines (over 66% of meds contain hidden, undeclared gluten).
Also look for hidden gluten in toothpastes, shampoos, soaps, creams, make-up and other beauty products, cleaning products, the glue on those envelopes, and…, and…

You may already know, but here is the short version of how gluten, fibromyalgia, diabetes and a whole lot of other conditions come together:

Gluten contains opioid-like proteins.
If you carry a gene for gluten-sensitivity, e.g. the HLA-DQ8 (also common in diabetics) these morphines cause inflammation and carbohydrate cravings. Yes, it is like getting “hooked.”

On one hand the carbohydrate content triggers the blood sugar roller coaster leading to diabetes…

On the other hand it causes inflammation (first signs usually are bloating, tiredness, etc.) in the duodenum, the part of the intestines responsible for
– food release at once from the stomach to the intestines,
– insulin and enzyme release from the pancreas,
– bile release from liver and gallbladder,
– mineral and nutrient absorption (especially calcium absorption),
– vitamin K formation and transport to the pancreas for storage (vit K is responsible for blood clotting and keeps calcium in the bones and out of the arteries).

Starting with intestinal inflammation, the body’s pH value changes and turns acidic. Blood tests do not reveal this since blood has the ability to buffer its slightly alkaline (basic) value by drawing calcium and other minerals from bones and teeth until its pH remains steady. This leads to a vicious cycle.

These leached calcium molecules are fairly large and get carried by the blood stream to everywhere in the body… muscle tissue (fibro, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.), capillaries in the eyes (changes to eye sight, night blindness, etc.), or they may deposit along the blood vessels (hardened arteries, heart disease, stroke). — Those repeat bone-density scans that show changes in different places are the best indicators of this kind of pH-triggered calcium leakage.

That much for FM and the causes of pain-causing acidity!

In addition, there is the overall carbohydrate intake.
We humans are not really designed (lack of enzymes) for grain carb digestion. Our natural grain eaters (horses, cows, deer, etc.) give birth to youngsters that are up and running within half an hour of birth. I have yet to see that new-born human baby skip out of the delivery room…
Like the offspring of dogs, cats and other carnivores we need to nurture our babies for months before they are able to move about by themselves. Genes don’t change that quickly; our nature still favors a hunter-gatherer diet consisting of occasional meats, plants, roots, and berries.

So, to make a long story short, if you suffer from FM and diabetes I suggest that in addition to a gf diet you keep away from grain carbs.
A fairly safe bet is to keep your grain carbs (even gf) to below 30 gr daily; no more than 6 gr for breakfast, 12 gr for lunch and 12 gr for dinner…

At the daily max of 30gr for grain carbohydrates your blood sugar readings should hugely improve (don’t forget to check out the info about low-carb vs. no-carb in the low-carb group).

If you are on prescription meds for diabetes you MUST check your blood sugar frequently and remain very alert as you otherwise might “overmedicate” due to the disappearing blood glucose spikes. Your best bet is to develop a good relationship with your doctor.

Basic FM/diabetes/autoimmune meal plan:
– proteins (fish, fowl, light meats, eggs),
– greens and colorful, non-starchy vegetables,
– berries (max.2 servings p.d.),
– olive oil or grapeseed oil,
– green tea (1.4 lt),
– alkaline water (NO soft drinks, no coffee).

In addition, you might need to consider adrenal boosters and an individualized supplement plan (no multi vitamines – they are not absorbed by an inflamed gut and may counteract each other, e.g. ZN vs. Ca, Zn vs. Cu, Co vs. Fe, etc. thus resulting in greater deficiencies and toxic excesses). I initially prefer a sublingual approach.
I strongly advise against self-supplementing. Discuss an individualized and bi-weekly readjusted supplement plan with a knowledgable professional.

 Posted by at 7:17 PM
Jun 122010
 

Repost from a comment page from Sat, Apr 4, 2009

H2O vs. juice and milk. — Think again! — No wonder we are facing such high rates of obesity and diabetes if people listen to recommendations like these.

Juice is full of sugar and lactose from milk turns to sugar too (-ose = sugar).

Sugar makes body tissue acidic and, to buffer the blood pH value, the body starts drawing calcium and other minerals from our skeleton promoting osteoporosis. (Caffee too doubles the rate of bone loss!). Juice, milk, caffee, and soda speed up dehydration and imbalance the electrolyte levels.
All this raises the sodium level inside the cells and leads to hypertension / high blood pressure).

Conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, acne, PCOS, and many other conditions respond favorably to a sugar-free diet (incl. artificial sweeteners and grain carbohydrates that turn to sugar and acidify the body).

H2O – yes there is a problem today with water: it is full of birth control pills and prescription medications (statins etc.) that have been flushed down the toilet and have not been eliminated by the chlorination process. Chlorinated water can be absorbed even through the skin and lungs and is not safe longterm, no matter what the records show.
But how do we get clean, non-chlorinated water when chlorination levels even show up in bottled “spring” water?

 Posted by at 7:47 PM
Jun 122010
 

repost of my answer in response to an earlier Oprah Message Board question re immune system problems…

yes the immune system vs. food allergies connection is strong.

However, just as you cannot put diesel into the gas tank of your car, I strongly believe that it is the foods we eat that directly cause our digestive problems and subsequent immune system issues. The “wrong foods” cause inflammation. An inflamed gut no longer absorbs the essential nutrients and minerals. This hampers cell growth and renewal as well as cell function along with, obviously, our immune system responses.

The bottom line: be true to yourself and stick to the foods our body is designed for (meat and fish proteins, veggies, roots, berries… NOT grains!)

Hang in there and “eat yourself healthy!”

 Posted by at 7:37 PM
Jun 122010
 

From one of my 2008 posts on the Oprah Fibromyaliga Message Board.
Just a quick note of support. Staying away from acidifying your body is key for control or reversal of FM. It is great that you are drinking alkalizing water and try to stick to an alkaline diet. You have realized that only by eliminating the triggers do you stand a chance of getting your body processes under control.

You also might want to watch your commercial toothpaste, mouthwashes, creams, make-up and other hygiene and beauty products. They are all full of acidifying substances. Natural ones are not cheap but well worth your while because the mucous tissue in your mouth very easily absorbs everything. Also think of your chewing gums. They too are full of substances that don’t belong into our body and render it more acidic.

There is some more you can do:
Unfortunately most of our town/city water is highly acidic and full of contaminants. Chlorine bleach, silver, and other filters are used to kill bacteria. You know what happens when you leave a sock in chlorine for too long…
I for one don’t want that stuff in my body. More importantly, the water filtration plants do not yet have a system in place to filter out all the prescription medications from birth control pills to statin and other drugs all of us eliminate daily…
I know, you don’t drink it; but we shower and bathe in this reconditioned water! Our skin absorbs these particles and our lungs breathe them in. All contribute to acidification of our tissues, which in turn leads to a lowered pain threshold… You know the avalanche-reaction.

And, by the way, the water softeners using salt affect our sodium-potassium balance too and with it our calcium metabolism. Check out the FM – a Summary for All of You board discussion on this site. I already have laid out in detail there what’s going on.

 Posted by at 7:26 PM
Jun 122010
 

Initially posted in response to posts on the Oprah Fibromyalgia Board

Over the past little while I have read many of your posts. My heart goes out to all of you who suffer from this debilitating condition, fibromyalgia, day in and day out. It is stunning how many of you are very young people in what is supposed to be the prime of your life. Many of you share the myriad of symptoms from muscle and skeletal pain, to bowel-related issues (IBS and the like), to endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), to sleep problems, depression, brain fog, painful muscle spasms, and more. In short, there are few parts of your body and its functions that are not affected.

For what it’s worth allow me to give you a natural medicine perspective on fibromyalgia–and with that, maybe, an ounce of hope…

All of the many symptoms of fibro, including those mentioned above, are connected with high levels of tissue acidity. In natural medicine we call this chronic metabolic acidosis. An acid body has a lowered pain threshold. That is why fibro pain becomes so uncontrollable and agonizing.

Unfortunately, most of the mainstream prescription drugs designed to suppress your body’s response are rendering it even more acidic… That is why you need ever more frequent and higher doses and additional remedies to cope with your pain and issues.

In addition, prescription drugs tend to block or otherwise negatively influence your body’s mineral balance. But mineral imbalance already is the result of an acidic body. You see, the snow ball turns into an avalanche. Minerals affect all your body’s systems and functions from its hormone and enzyme production to how it is able to absorb vitamins and nutrients.
Unfortunately, once your gut is affected (from simple bloating to IBS and other conditions) your mineral and nutrient absorption is the first to suffer. An aching body screams out to you that it is MALNOURISHED!

Honestly, who among you stays away completely from all
○ Soda drinks,
○ Alcohol and smoking,
○ Processed foods,
○ Margarine, lard, and other of the unhealthy fats and deep-fried foods, roasted and salted treats,
○ Grain products (and that may initially include the supposedly healthy whole grains) because they all include a morphine-like addictive components,
○ Sugars of any form (including the hidden ones) and fruit in excess of 2 small servings a day),
○ Dairy products, since lactose too is sugar and casein also contains some morphine-like addictive substances,
○ Starchy and high-sugar vegetables, such as carrots, some squashes, etc.?
All of the above make our body more acidic.

On the other hand, who among you sticks to a low-carbohydrate and maybe also low-calorie diet rich in
· Green and colored, lightly cooked vegetables,
· Blueberries, pomegranate, persimmons, and other highly antioxidant fruit at no more than max. 2 servings daily,
· Fish such as salmon, mackerel, and other great sources of omega-3s,
· Light proteins (e.g. chicken, turkey) and other leaner meats and servings no larger than the size of your palm,
· Olive oil, grapeseed oil or sesame seed oil for fats,
· Green or white tea, oolong tea, etc. to provide you with the necessary anti-oxidants (think of them as your pain-binders),
· Fresh, clean water to help flush the toxins out of your system?

These simple recommendations, if you resolve to follow them closely, will at least stop the daily aggravation and progressive worsening of your condition.

Our body replaces its cells roughly every 3 months–few at a time. This is your chance: Over time, you may find that by eliminating (not just limiting) the destructive foods and, instead, by providing your body with the necessary nutrients you will find improvement.

Unfortunately, there are no short-cuts. In most cases your over-the-counter supplements and vitamins will not work for two reasons:
1) your absorption is compromised if your gut is even mildly affected – and that is already a given if you are on any prescription drugs.
2) your minerals and vitamins are so out of balance that only a very specific and individual approach will not make matters worse.

Remember that most multivitamins are designed for people whose basic ratios are in tact but who may have some additional requirements. With fibro your basic ratios are compromised. Therefore, it would be best for you to find yourself a credible natural medicine professional experienced in these matters.

It can be done; your young age is all in your favor. So, for starters: stop putting diesel into your gas tank and brake oil into your windshield washer container, so to speak. Treat your body kindly with the nutrients it needs and deserves, help it clean out the toxins, and watch over the coming months a new you come back to life. Blessings and best wishes to all of you!

 Posted by at 7:20 PM
Jun 122010
 

Repost of one of my 2008 responses on the Oprah Message Board
Fibromyalgia symptoms often respond positively to a gluten-free diet.
But, did you know that gluten and lactose intolerance frequently go hand in hand and often together with a citrus allergy?
One of the diabetes genes (HLA-DQ8) is also common to individuals with gluten-sensitivity and many autoimmune diseases such as adrenal imbalances leading to Graves and Hashimoto.

The biggest challenges to a gluten-free diet (gf) are those not obvious contaminations. As little as 1 gr may keep the inflammation cycle going. The not obvious are wheat gluten used as “flavor” in foods, supplements and prescription medicines (over 66% of meds contain hidden, undeclared gluten). Also look for hidden gluten in toothpastes, shampoos, soaps, creams, make-up and other beauty products, cleaning products, the glue on those envelopes, and…, and…

You may already know, but here is the short version how gluten, fibromyalgia, diabetes and a whole lot of other conditions come together:

Gluten contains opioid-like proteins.
If you carry a gene for gluten-sensitivity, e.g. the HLA-DQ8 (also common in diabetics) these morphines cause inflammation and carbohydrate cravings. Yes, it is like getting “hooked.”
On one hand this triggers the blood sugar roller coaster leading to diabetes…
On the other hand it causes inflammation (first signs usually are bloating) in the duodenum, the part of the intestines responsible for
– food release at once from the stomach to the intestines,
– insulin and enzyme release from the pancreas,
– bile release from liver and gallbladder,
– mineral and nutrient absorption (especially calcium absorption),
– vitamin K formation and transport to the pancreas for storage.

Starting with intestinal inflammation, the body’s pH value changes and turns acidic. Blood tests do not reveal this since blood has the ability to buffer its slightly alkaline (basic) value by drawing calcium and other minerals from bones and teeth.

These calcium molecules are fairly large and get carried by the blood stream to everywhere in the body… muscle tissue (fibro, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.), capillaries in the eyes (changes to eye sight, night blindness, etc.). Those repeat bone-density scans that show changes in different places are the best indicators for this kind of pH-triggered calcium leakage.

That much for FM and the causes of pain-causing acidity!

In addition, there is the overall carbohydrate intake.
We humans are not really designed (lack of enzymes) for grain carb digestion. Our natural grain eaters (horses, cows, deer, etc.) give birth to youngsters that are up and running within half an hour of birth. I have yet to see that new-born human baby skip out of the delivery room… Like the offspring of dogs, cats and other carnivores we need to nurture our babies for months before they are able to move about by themselves. Genes don’t change that quickly; our nature still favors a hunter-gatherer diet consisting of occasional meats, plants, roots, and berries.

So, to make a long story short, if you suffer from FM and diabetes I suggest that in addition to a gf diet you keep away from grain carbs.
A fairly safe bet is to keep your grain carbs (even gf) to below 30 gr daily; no more than 6 gr for breakfast, 12 gr for lunch and 12 gr for dinner.
At the daily max of 30gr for grain carbohydrates your blood sugar readings should hugely improve. Don’t forget to check out the info about low-carb vs. no-carb in the low-carb group.

IF you are on prescription meds for diabetes you must check your blood sugar frequently and remain very alert as you otherwise might “overmedicate” due to the disappearing blood glucose spikes. Your best bet is to develop a good relationship with your doctor.

Basic FM/diabetes/autoimmune meal plan:
– proteins (fish, fowl, light meats, eggs),
– greens and colorful vegetables,
– berries (max.2 servings p.d.),
– olive oil or grapeseed oil,
– green tea (1.4 lt),
– alkaline water (NO soft drinks).

In addition you might need to consider adrenal boosters and an individualized supplement plan (no multi vitamines – they are not absorbed by an inflamed gut and may counteract each other, e.g. ZN vs. Ca, Zn vs. Cu, Co vs. Fe, etc. thus resulting in greater deficiencies and toxic excesses). I initially prefer a sublingual approach.

 Posted by at 3:31 PM
Jun 122010
 

Avoidiabetes LogoInitially posted 2009-09-14 in response to an article in Diabetes Health

Let us take a different look at why gastric bypass surgery may appear to offer such great promise and why it may lead to different conclusions and apporaches…

A major section the bypass eliminates is the duodenum:
1)duodenum and jejenum are the intestinal parts most strongly affected by gluten-sensitivity (and celiac disease).
2)the duodenum is the section responsible for absorbing calcium and other minerals.

Many diabetics experience bloating and chronic gastrointestinal inflammation after consuming carbohydrates. This leads to gastrointestinal absorption problems. Malabsorption leads to mineral deficiencies. Deficient minerals affect hormone and enzyme formation. Without proper enzyme function insulin release is impaired and easily results in uncontrolled blood sugar values.

Mineral deficiencies are a big issue for diabetics and celiacs alike. Interestingly, many diabetics and celiacs have in common the HLA-DQ8 marker. We already know of a type 1 diabetes and celiac link. Could an undetected low-grade gluten-sensitivity play part in the instant recovery from diabetes after bariatric surgery?

In addition, gluten contains opioid-like substances that affect more than just the cravings control center. These opioids interfere with the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal control function of the brain (the HPA axis) by stopping the endocrine glands from producing killer cells. For this reason people suffering from celiac disease and drug-addicts alike show similarly enlarged gastrointestinal lymph nodes. Due to the presence of these opioids in the gluten grains, gluten-sensitive people, and likewise (at least according to my experience) most diabetics, may develop compulsive eating habits.

 Posted by at 3:17 PM