Addressing the Diabetes Epidemic through Integrative Medicine

22
Aug
2014

There’s a very serious epidemic happening right now that has paramount implications for a majority of our society. A major study published in the The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology suggests close to half (40%) of the adult population of the USA is expected to develop type 2 diabetes at some point during their lifetime. The lifetime cost of treating a single patient in the US? Around $85,000 (read more). The current cost of treating diabetes as a whole? Approximately $245 billion in the US alone (read more). With these current estimates and population projections, that number may surge to several TRILLIONs of dollars in the foreseeable future. That number is simply not sustainable for an already fragile US economy.

We know that nutrition plays a huge part, and certain individuals are more susceptible than others, but what real steps can the medical community take to put a halt to this epidemic and reverse this dangerous health trend?

For further insight on an advanced integrative medical solution to diabetes through a personalized manner, please view the following video.

Diabetes: The Complete Metabolic Disorder

Diabetes creates a wide array of metabolic deregulations that begins with an increase in insulin production and a decrease in insulin sensitivity. Next up is pancreatic burnout and low insulin production for already resistant receptors. But this does not provide us with the information as to WHY this is happening.

The first step in solving the diabetic crisis therefore must be to identify all possible factors of this complete metabolic disorder. Some of the more common (although often overlooked) contributing factors include:

  • Genetics – they play a role, but only about 10%
  • Environmental toxins from food, water & solvents
  • Endocrine disruptors
  • Chronic psychological stress
  • HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis hyperactivity and deregulation of sympathetic/parasympathetic function
  • Silent chronic inflammation

Further explaining many of these factors, Dr. Jose Mondejar, MD, a physician with a background in general, occupational and preventive medicine, as well as advanced training in integrative medicine and homotoxicology, states:

Diabetes is very complex in a way that it is multi-factorial. It’s not just genetics. We all know for one that genetics plays a role, but it’s only about 10%. 80-90% is outside the genetic paradigm. What is interesting is the environmental aspect. A lot of this is in relation to lifestyle. I’m talking about a diet high in monosodium glutamate, high in aspartame, high in high fructose corn syrup, high in trans fatty acids. At the same time, all these toxic chemicals, not just from food, likewise in water, a very common chemical, which we call TEC – trichloroethylene  – is very common in water which causes what we call endocrine disruption. These endocrine disruptors are very, very interesting because they cause a de-regulation in balance of production different hormones, metabolism of the body, and elimination of specific natural hormones in the body which are responsible for the maintenance of homeostasis, reproduction, as well as development and behavior. So all these things, plus the common components of solvents, pesticides, and even pharmaceutical agents like heavy metals will actually funnel down to cause all these different forms of endocrine disruptors. Likewise, aside from diet and environmental toxicities, the onset of unmanaged chronic stress will predispose a person to a metabolic problem, not just diabetes, but the connection of the thyroid and HPA-axis de-regulation, as well as part of the brain stem which is the vadis nerve, and the relationship of the gastrointestinal system, and most likely the endocrine system.

The Perfect Patient

Diabetes presents a patient with a number of far reaching complications that extend into and fall under the umbrella of nearly every aspect of conventional medicine, and patients with late-stage diabetes often end up requiring treatment from multiple specialists. Kuba Bryl, an acupuncturist and osteopathic practitioner, has an insider’s perspective as someone who had struggled with diabetes at a younger age. He sheds light on how the diabetic patient is one that exemplifies a ‘perfect patient’:

You can become a lifetime patient for many different practitioners. It’s one of the leading causes of death and disability in the Western world. A diabetic patient is the ‘perfect patient’ for the current system. They need to see a cardiologist, an ophthalmologist, needs to see a musculoskeletal doctor, neurologist, endocrinologist of course. It’s the whole array of practitioners. And I’ve been through the system, so I know. Unfortunately they don’t talk to each other. You get a referral, and someone gives you that, and another suggests this, and someone else may something else, so you’re really alone as a patient.

An Advanced Integrative Solution

Insulin can be a successful manager of diabetes and act as a means of manually controlling blood glucose, but does nothing to address causes and restore functionality to pancreatic cells. The risks of simply managing this complicated condition through insulin alone include long-term degenerative problems from increased advanced glycation as an end product due to chronic use of common anti-diabetic pharmaceutical medications, as well as increased risk of deterioration into other health problems such as neuropathy, glaucoma, depression, heart conditions, and further complications (eg: cancer, disability, early mortality).

The only way to truly combat diabetes is through a comprehensive approach that addresses all the unique factors involved. This advanced integrative approach includes:

  • Personalized Protocols – “Diabetes” is a descriptive diagnosis – not a prescriptive method of treatment. Each patient is very unique, and a practitioner must understand why a particular patient responds the way he does and what effect a given course of treatment may have. Methods such as Bioresonance Analysis of Health provide valuable information as to the key dysfunctions within an individual patient, and the most effective course of action for that particular patient.
  • Holistic Treatments – Because of the complicated nature of diabetes and associated problematic areas spreading beyond purely the metabolic system, treatment must be all-inclusive. This includes energy balancing, structural treatments, and emotional therapies – all highly important and often overlooked.
  • Specificity – Through a highly detailed program of treatment, practitioners are provided a way of treating the patient with the disease as opposed to attempting to treat the disease itself. Once again, systems like B.A.H. may be utilized to provide great specificity as to which medicines and therapies would best suit any individual diabetic patient.
  • Provide Proper Information and Regulation – Foregoing management and seeking for establishing proper functioning and self-sustained healing, one must ensure that medication prescribed work on a quantum informational level as well as biochemical to restore proper function on all levels and regulate the pancreatic function to normal without life-long reliance. Advanced biological medicines have the ability to satisfy this need in a gentle yet effective manner.

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