A Natural Approach To Diabetes



Usually diet the standard American diet (SAD) is the main cause contributing to the development of diabetes, obesity and lack of exercise. However new clinical data is now available to us that may help practitioners and patients alike. There are several areas that must be looked at in depth to assess the root cause as follows: the main causes is nutritional insufficiencies, parasites are a known contributing factor; specifically a parasite that attacks the pancreas which controls blood sugar, toxic metals also contribute to the onset of diabetes, mineral imbalances and deficiencies play a major role as well, medication side effects have been know to bring on diabetes, as well as allergies affecting blood sugar regulation and immune function, and down-regulation of the Pineal Gland, Thyroid Gland and of course the Pancreas. Last but not least, obesity and lack of exercise are a major contributing factor. But do not fret, here in are natural solutions to reverse this process and aid your body in not only regaining health, but obtaining radiant health!

Prolonged unhealthy blood sugar metabolism can significantly affect the health of your nerves, eyes, blood vessels, kidneys and pancreas. It can impact your weight, body shape, energy levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, overall cardiovascular health and more. Over 60 million Americans have "insulin resistance," a form of unhealthy blood sugar metabolism that frequently goes unrecognized and can progress to the point where signs of significant health deterioration appear.

Don't let this happen to you! It is never too late to learn how you can achieve and maintain healthy blood sugar metabolism and experience the benefits of sustained good health.

If you came to me for a nutritional consultation and told me you have adult onset diabetes or blood sugar problems, I would take the following steps to first determine the root cause so I could provide you with the proper solution so insulin injections would eventually not be needed..

First a complete history would be taken which includes, family history, genetic pre-dispositions, diet and exercise analysis and based on the scoring potential of the intake form and history I may need to do further testing to determine the root cause. Test results usually take two weeks to come back. Prior to the receipt of the report of findings however, steps must be taken to rule out some of the other contributing causative factors and certain steps must be taken to improve your health


Due to the fact that the report of finding takes two weeks, specific tests must be completed for proper analysis of the root cause. These tests are not standard tests provided by allopathic doctors, they are high tech functional assessments that are very accurate and sensitive. These are of course based on your history and initial intake form and are only performed with your consent. Not all tests are required, only the ones indicated by your history and intake form.

Insulin resistance. The Glucose/Insulin Tolerance Test is an oral glucose loading test which permits an accurate diagnosis of glucose dysregulation (hypoglycemia, diabetes) and provides insight into early signs of the metabolic syndrome characterized by elevated insulin levels in response to the glucose challenge. With its extensively researched commentary, this test allows practitioners to evaluate patterns of insulin secretion and glucose clearance as a means of differentiating between insulin deficiency and insulin insensitivity.

Metabolic Analysis Profile evaluates the body's production of energy, this profile assesses metabolites that serve as important intermediates in the citric acid cycle. This cycle supplies the body with its primary energy needs, converting 90% of food energy into cellular energy. This subpoenas also includes carbohydrate metabolites that can signal impaired glucose (blood sugar) metabolism. Additional markers help evaluate the body's breakdown of fats and its production of cholesterol and coenzyme Q10. Imbalances of cellular energy metabolites are linked with chronic fatigue, accelerated cell breakdown, and unhealthy aging. Finally, this test provides a functional assessment of nutrient sufficiency and usage that covers a broad range of vitamins, coenzymes, elements, enzyme activators, and other nutrients. An analysis of amino acid metabolites which require vitamin and mineral cofactors for their metabolism can point to deficiencies of vitamins B6, B12, and C, magnesium, copper, iron, as well as various amino acids.

MINERAL IMBALANCES/TOXIC METALS -Toxic Element Profile provides information on mineral imbalances and toxic elements one has been exposed to which have a huge impact on diabetics.

Guyton, a well-known physiologist and author of medical textbooks, long observed a relationship between calcium, magnesium and insulin. Their precise relationship still has not been fully explained. Calcium seems to have a stimulating effect on insulin. Patients with hyperinsulism meaning excess insulin release have been observed to have higher levels of calcium in their tissues. The opposite is also true, diabetics who have been tested for insulin first thing in the morning and who have shown to have low levels have also been found to have excessively high magnesium levels in their tissue. Some researchers feel that it is the imbalance between the two that is key. It has been sighted that very high calcium and very low magnesium also occur in diabetics. It is not my purpose here to argue either but to point out that in diabetes these two very important minerals are grossly imbalanced. I have observed that when patients are put on a program that is correct and causes and improvement in their sugar level as evidenced by either a urine or blood test that these two minerals do improve in their balance to one another.

Hair is perhaps the best specimen through which to evaluate mineral imbalances and toxicities. It provides good long-term exposure assessment, is non-invasive, is inexpensive, and allows for investigation of nutrient/toxic interactions which are only beginning to be determined for the other samples, like blood or urine.

Chromium: is a key element in glucose utilization, and adult-onset diabetics have significantly lower hair chromium levels. Recent studies also show that hair chromium rises in gestational diabetics, suggesting that an underlying cause of glucose intolerance in gestational diabetes mellitus may not be chromium deficiency but instead impaired chromium utilization. Magnesium: There are many studies involving this macro mineral nutrient in the hair; and levels do increase with even fairly low amounts of supplementation. In one study of elderly patients, a higher hair magnesium level was associated with higher rates of regional cerebral blood flow. Low magnesium has been linked with complications of diabetes and certain circumstances with schizophrenia.

Cadmium and Mercury are two toxic metals which we can encounter daily. They can be found in our food, beverages, personal care items and so forth. Both of them cause an excretion of zinc from the body and also block its functions. Iron, an essential nutrient responsible for red blood cell production is another possible toxin to the pancreas. It is quite common to find excessively high levels of iron in the tissues of diabetics. In excessive, it will damage and destroy the cells in the pancreas, liver and spleen.

We have found in our clinic that blood sugar has dramatically improved with the avoidance of certain allergenic foods. Dr. Jonathan Wright M.D. Routinely checks all patients with high blood pressure and diabetes for allergies because of this fact. The Comprehensive Allergy Profile - not only provides you with a list of 190 different foods you may be reacting to but also a food rotation diet, to aid in the mitigation of the allergen or sensitivity.

To find out more about these tests on the web go to Just click on the underlined test name and you will be linked to the appropriate test information, when done just click back.

Eurytrema pancreaticum is a parasite found in the pancreas. It is the type of parasite referred to as a fluke and comes from cattle and pigs. Some researchers claim that its presence causes diabetes due to the damage it creates in the pancreas. This parasite digs right into the gland destroying large amounts of its tissue. In our own practice some patients who were diabetic found that their blood sugar normalized and they were able to stop their medication after completing a parasite-killing program. While this is a real possibility it is very difficult to test someone for this. The only way to see if it is the culprit would be to
undertake a parasite-killing regime.

Believe it or not there actually exist prescription medications whose known side effects are elevated sugar. I would not attempt to list them here but would advise you to carefully check with your doctor regarding this. You may have to look it up yourself if the doctor is too embarrassed to discuss this point.


Implementing a program of regular exercise and effective weight control is important. Following specific dietary guidelines primarily choosing foods that have a moderate effect on raising blood sugar, referred to as "low glycemic index" foods and choosing foods and supplements that improve the body's ability to support the effect of insulin, functionally reducing "insulin resistance."
In nutrition many vitamins and nutrients have been sighted as being a great help to diabetes. By supplementing your diet with a combination of high macro nutrients that include soy protein,special fibers and low glycemic starch such as high-amylase starch to help support healthy carbohydrate absorption and blood sugar metabolism.

Supplementing your diet with various fatty acids and micro-nutrients may also be helpful. These include the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA to support healthy cell membranes; CLA to support the insulin signal and promote adequate gene expression for improved utilization of sugar by the mitochondrion, lipoic acid to further support insulin signal and sugar utilization by the mitochondrion; the minerals vanadium, chromium and magnesium to provide additional support to the insulin signal; vitamin E and inositol for future insulin signal support; and biotin to support sugar utilization by the mitrochondria. The B complex vitamins have always been utilized in Diabetes as they help convert food into energy. Zinc is an essential mineral to the pancreas as it is involved in insulin production. Vanadyl sulfate a recent discovery has been found to greatly enhance the actions of insulin. It helps boost insulin's actions and helps to regulate fats. There is a lot of data available about these nutrients and many others. However in order to achieve a greater understanding of diabetes we must look all the possible relationships.

It is a known fact that Diabetes as a disease is common to the civilized races of the world and unheard of amongst primitive people. Dr. Weston Price in his book DIET AND PHYSICAL DEGENERATION made a very interesting observation. Dr. Price studied and examined people for all over the world. He noted very clearly that those people who did not have access to modern packaged foods had much better health, better teeth (Dr.Price was a Dentist) than those people who lived only a short distance away but who ate a diet filled with modern sugar and fat loaded foods.

Raw foods have been found lower the requirement of insulin to control blood sugar. In 1975 vol.82 of the ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, John M.Douglas found that a diet high in raw uncooked foods actually lessened the demand for insulin to keep sugar levels normal. This means to me that the American diet, which tends to be very low in raw food, would cause a greater need for insulin. Man living naturally in the wild or any culture that tends to "live off the land" would normally eat more raw food.

My theory is that part of the actual cause of diabetes is that man becoming civilized has been including less raw food in his diet over the period over hundreds of years. This could be proven rather easily. But this being the case would cause a greater need for insulin then the body once had. Many people's bodies may not be able to adapt to cooked food diets making them more susceptible to diabetes. The proof is that when many diabetics go on a diet of at least 60% raw food the blood dramatically improves.

This is a known fact and nothing new but it does need to be included. Probably the most common prescription for any diabetic will be weight loss and exercise. It remains as effective as any treatment mentioned. Exercise helps regulate blood sugar.

Insulin dependent diabetes usually occurs in people below 30. These people are not necessarily overweight. They will show very low levels of insulin in their blood. Non-insulin dependent diabetes attacks those over age 30 who may have a weight problem. Interestingly enough they do show insulin in the blood but the secretions are low relative to the amount of incoming sugar. Their sugar appears to be resistant to insulin. Juvenile Diabetes is the name given to this illness when it strikes a child. They most always end up on insulin.

We touched on this at the beginning and there is no doubt that vitamin, mineral and herbal programs have helped many diabetics. However, as always, I will strongly recommend proper testing to determine which nutrients you need. AN EXCESS OF ANY NUTRIENT CAN CREATE THE SAME SYMPTOMS AS IT WILL WHEN IT IS DEFICIENT. This one point can make a very big difference between success and failure. The most commonly needed nutrients by diabetics are vitamins E, B1, B6, and B3 and vanadium. All have been found essential in controlling blood sugar. The minerals Zinc, Chromium, Vanadium, Molybdenum and Selenium are all involved in the regulation of sugar, each in a different way.

This problem when addressed can be like a miracle to the diabetic patient. Although it has received little attention in orthodox medicine I have seen numerous cases of diabetes, which responded to programs, aimed normalizing thyroid function.

This is a topic that few nutritionists could explain. The pineal gland and the posterior pituitary gland are involved in balancing sugar. They do so by producing hormones that affect the kidneys. These hormones tell the kidneys how to balance sugar and water in the body. They direct the kidneys to eliminate water and sugar in different proportions. If these glands malfunction due to a lack of the vitamins or minerals that they depend on they can contribute to blood sugar elevations. It takes a very sharp nutritionist to fix this one.

This is always my favorite part of an article, giving you solutions. This article is actually a checklist for detecting if a diabetic can be helped by alternative treatment. A diabetic should be checked out on every one of these items to see which apply. At my offices we have specialized tests which aid in determining insulin resistance or tendencies towards diabetes.

So we begin by having the person do a seven to twelve day parasite cleanse to make sure they do not have Eurytrema pancreaticum. I know of very few people who wouldn't benefit from a parasite cleanse at best it could do no harm..

In fact, the only people I can think of who wouldn't benefit are deceased. After the parasite cleanse we would have the person do an intestinal cleansing program. This would be done for several reasons. The most important is that unless we detoxify the body it will not be able to properly absorb the needed nutrients. We would also gradually increase the amounts of raw foods thus adjusting the diet adding plant based digestive enzymes to aid in not only digestion, but absorption. This would tend to assist the cleansing process anyway. At this time we would also test the person for toxic metals and allergies and begin to handle these if they are present. We would also now begin to add any nutrients that we found to be low or imbalanced, which might effect blood sugar. At this point weight loss would have occurred as a natural result of more raw foods and the elimination of processed nutrient deficient foods as well as the intestinal cleansing program.

The last step involves balancing every gland and organ involved in the metabolic process along with every nutrient that the gland or organ uses. The Metabolic Analysis Profile will help us determine this. The goal of this approach is simply to rule out the root causes. By the time we finish we undoubtedly have a healthier body. As time passes and more possible underlying causes are uncovered we can categorize these into the four step approach program. This means that there is hope that a natural program will be more effective than a drug for diabetics!

Call to set up a nutritional consultation so that tests can be performed and a comprehensive strategy of lifestyle, dietary modification and nutrient supplementation can be implemented to aid you in reversing this disorder.

Teresa Rispoli has her Ph.D. in Nutrition, is a licensed Acupuncturist and clinical researcher. She has been in practice for well over 25 years. It is through her clinical practice that she has gained insights into chronic health conditions.
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Teresa Rispoli has her Ph.D. in Nutrition, is a licensed Acupuncturist, Master Herbalist, Certified Functional Nutritionist, has a Doctorate in Naturopathy and is a clinical researcher, and Licensed Esthetician. She has been in practice for well over 27 years. It is through her clinical practice that she has gained insights into chronic health conditions. If you are suffering from unexplained symptoms that come and go you owe it to yourself to find out why. Find out today call for a Nutritional Consultation with Dr. Rispoli.

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