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Type 2 Diabetes

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Step Outside The Box To Protect Yourself And Your Family

Path Rooks jfm16Dr. Heather Rooks, DC, Executive Director 

PATH Integrative Health Center


A patient copied me on an email he received this spring from a friend, a grieving husband:

“I would like to thank all of you for the words of sympathy regarding the passing of my wife. She had diabetes. She lost her left leg 2½ years ago. Her right foot had two sores on it, which became infected. They would not heal because there was not enough blood flow to her foot. The doctors decided to open up the arteries. To do this, they had to insert dye into her bloodstream so they could see where the blockage was. The dye caused a urinary tract  infection. The poison got into her bloodstream and shut down five main organs. She had a heart attack and the doctors decided to pull the plug on her. She lived two more days. The doctors pumped her full of morphine until she died on Palm Sunday at 10:03am. She would have been 74 on April 4th.”

One more precious life rudely and painfully snuffed out, and much too soon. Insulin-resistant, or Type 2 Diabetes, is a serious disease that has become an epidemic across all ages. Don’t think you’re out of the woods just because you’re feeling well.

In truth, the cellular and hormone-signaling damage that leads to full-blown diabetes starts 10 to 20 years before typical physical symptoms arise. But you, with your informed doctor’s help, can see it coming years in advance with the right diagnostic tests (e.g., fasting insulin levels) and divert it with drugless lifestyle changes.

The rate of insulin-resistant diabetes has increased seven times in the last 50 years. Strangely enough, conventional health agencies have been advising high complex-carbohydrate, low saturated-fat diets for the last 50 years, too. Do you see a possible connection?

This is the 21st century. Medical knowledge is changing rapidly. We can’t rely on 20th century medicine and dietary myths to comfort us in the face of this ever-growing diabetes epidemic. Here’s the problem: Diabetes is not a blood sugar excess disease at its root, but a long-term insulin damage disease. It all starts with large amounts of insulin sloshing around in the bloodstream over many years, chasing after too much diet-created blood sugar. Then certain cells – at first the liver – start screaming, “I can’t stand it anymore!” These cells lower their acceptance of insulin and then don’t do their glycogen-storing jobs as well anymore. But the body knows excess blood sugar must still be stored, so hormones stimulate the pancreas to pump out even more insulin to overcome the liver’s adopted resistance. This creates a vicious circle of expanded cell resistance that can grow for decades and affect multiple organs and systems.

Finally, the pancreas exhausts itself and no longer pumps enough insulin to chase down and store all those complex carbohydrates that dietary “authorities” have erroneously recommended (and that the processed-food industry has packaged in scary ways). Meanwhile, cellular and metabolic damage must be dealt with because long-term exposure to high insulin levels is toxic.

Sadly, the 20th century answer to insulin resistance is to ply the body with toxic drugs like Avandia – and often adding even MORE insulin – to ensure excess blood sugar gets stored (probably as abdominal fat). That’s right: more insulin on top of an insulin excess problem! And so the damage grows from using flawed blood sugar control protocols and conventional diet recommendations that can’t possibly heal.

Do you want more than that for yourself and your family? First, educate yourself on the new UN-diabetes lifestyle paradigm. All I can do here is to encourage you. The website sources below include a modern approach to diabetes prevention and reversal, plus a four-part lecture transcript on insulin and its myriad metabolic effects.

I’ve also cited a recent book to help you master your control of leptin, a protein hormone discovered in 1994 that plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure, including appetite and metabolism.

Settle in with your study. Explore the web links. There’s much to consider, and it may stretch you for a time. It certainly may surprise some doctors sincerely trying to help their patients.

Next, find yourself a health professional, like myself, who understands leptin signaling and who is willing to support your 21st century efforts at enlightened diet, hormone balance and appropriate types of exercise. The less you know, the more your doctor will need to know.  But if you are already a diagnosed diabetic, please do not make the serious mistake of throwing out your meds and protocols and going it alone. That could easily kill or disable you for years to come. You need professional support to change your approach. archive/2099/12/31/diabetes-most-of-what-youve- been-told-may-be-wrong.aspx archive/2001/07/14/insulin-part-one.aspx 

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Richards & Richards, Mastering Leptin: Your Guide to Permanent Weight Loss and Optimum Health (Third Edition), ISBN 978-1933927251

Dr. Rooks is skilled and experienced at finding and addressing the root physiological, biochemical, hormonal and neurological imbalances causing the poor health status of people today. In the current health tragedy most people find themselves in, she has found an emphasis in Metabolic disorders like weight gain, pre diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, digestive disorders and Hypothyroidism, but she works with all kinds of conditions.

Dr. Heather Rooks, DC  

PATH Integrative Health Center

Suite 3, 98 Wilmington-West Chester Pike (Rt. 202)

Chadds Ford, PA 19317         


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