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Dr. Julia M. Rivers, D.C.                                                                            

Dr. Richard J. Rivers, D.C.                                                       call now : (586)739-8824

 

 

                           Functional Medicine & Neuro-Metabolic Support

 

Diabetes
 


Welcome to our site, where you will find a new outlook on your current condition.You're going to discover how to avoid years of misery and frustration – the same misery and frustration millions of Americans suffer every day because they don't have this seldom discussed diabetes information right in front of them like you do right now!

Diabetes is a sneaky, potentially disabling epidemic that is sweeping America as we speak.  Many of your family, friends, and co-workers will experience the same experience that you do because of a number of factors including misinformation and inappropriate care. 

 

I help diabetics every day in my practice, day in and day out.  You see a large part of my practice is devoted to helping patients just like you. 

 

Before we begin, please understand that uncontrolled diabetes can affect…

 

√ Your vision!  (it can cause BLINDNESS!)

√ Loss of limbs! 

√ Kidneys!

√ Heart and cholesterol levels!

√ Risk factors for stroke and CANCER!

 

Look at these Type 2 diabetes statistics:

 

--- In 2007, there are a staggering 23.6 million Type 2 diabetics in the U.S.

 

--- 1/3 of them are UNDIAGNOSED!

 

--- Diabetes is the #1 cause of blindness in the U.S.!

 

--- Diabetes is the #1 cause of kidney failure in the U.S.!

 

--- 70% of diabetics have peripheral neuropathy (numbness, burning, tingling and pain in the feet and/or hands).

 

--- 60% of diabetics have some form of sexual dysfunction.

 

RISK FACTORS FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES: GET TO KNOW THESE EARLY WARNING SIGNS (3 of which you probably never expected)!

 

--- Family history of diabetes.  If your siblings have diabetes, there is a 3 to 4X greater chance that you will too.

 

--- Increased risk over 45 years of age.

 

--- 55% are overweight with a  BMI of over 25.

 

---- HDL (good cholesterol) under 35 ml/dL

 

--- Triglyceride level over 250 mg/dL

 

--- High blood pressure (hypertension or HTN) and they are on medications.

You see, what's so dangerous about diabetes is that it's not an injury like a broken bone or a cut or scrape.  Diabetes usually comes on slowly.  You don't notice it at first, or maybe you just brush off the initial symptoms such as frequent thirst or urination… thinking it's nothing, and then it slowly builds and builds.  You may start feeling numbness and tingling in your extremities and you may become more irritable. 

And then one day, you realize you just aren't the same person you used to be.  And that's when you go to your family doctor to get checked out.

Most doctors do great with general medicine.  If you have an ear infection or a severe cold, medical science can do wonders!   But when it comes to a condition like Diabetes, many doctors simply run a fasting blood test, find out that your blood sugar is high and give you a medication (or put you on insulin if your blood sugar level is really high) BUT they never perform a full battery of tests to get to the very cause of your diabetes!

Do you know that certain medications increase blood sugar levels? 

High blood pressure medications such as Atenolol (Tenorin), Cartrol, Lopressor, and Inderal INCREASE blood sugar levels. 

Don’t misunderstand me, I am NOT saying to stop taking your HTN medications, I am just giving you the facts!

 

Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease is sometimes referred to as “diabetes of the brain?”

Here is what a recent study found…

Insulin resistant people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop plaques in their brains which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

A study looked at 135 elderly participants who were monitored for signs of Alzheimer’s disease for 10 to 15 years.

After they died, researchers conducted autopsies on their brains and that those who had high blood sugar levels while they were alive also tended to have the plaques.

According to Reuters:

“Twenty-one participants, or 16 percent, developed Alzheimer’s disease before they died and plaques were found in all of their brains. But the autopsies also found plaques in other participants who had abnormally high blood sugar levels.

Plaques were found in 72 percent of people with insulin resistance and 62 percent of those with no indication of insulin resistance, the researchers wrote.

“The point is that insulin resistance may possibly accelerate plaque pathology (development),” Sasaki wrote.”   (We can provide you with a hard copy of the study…just ask!)

DO YOU KNOW THE EFFECTS OF INSULIN?

The cells of your body, all 100 trillion of them, need glucose to make energy (aka. ATP). In times of stress, your brain tells your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin tells the cells of your body to open up so that glucose can enter but people with blood sugar issues have insulin resistance.  Their cells are resistant to insulin. Slowly, sugar piles up in the body (increase blood sugar or glucose levels) and then you will start to suffer from symptoms such as dry mouth, frequent urination, thirst, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, blurred vision, headaches, sexual dysfunction and itchy skin.

Here is the VICIOUS cycle of Type 2 Diabetes…

1: Cells slowly become resistant to insulin over time.

2: Sugar piles up.

3: Excess sugar causes inflammation and swelling that crushes nerves and eventually kills off the pancreas.

4: The stress hormone, cortisol, increases and the cycle starts all over again.

Diabetes is a tricky condition.  You see, your diabetes can have a number of causes, and some of those causes aren't even in the area of where you might expect them to be located!!  Your adrenal glands sit right above your kidneys and they are your “stress” glands..they play a HUGE role in your diabetes!  Your thyroid gland controls your body metabolism and it plays a HUGE role in your diabetes!  Many doctors DO NOT take the function of these organs into consideration when addressing your diabetes!!!

DON’T GET ME WRONG: I AM NOT SAYING TO NOT SEE YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR, CONTINUE WITH HIS OR HER CARE AND FOLLOW THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS…I AM SAYING THAT MORE TESTING NEEDS TO BE DONE!!! 

PLEASE DON’T MISUNDERSTAND ME…I AM ALSO NOT TELLING YOU TO STOP TAKING ANY MEDICATIONS!  DO NOT STOP ANY CURRENT MEDICATIONS THAT YOU ARE TAKING!  PERIOD!!! 

 

The main problem with the treatments some doctors prescribe for diabetes is that they never go to the root of the problem, they only focus on the symptoms.  That is all well and good but there is more…much more…

If you are taking pills so you can get through a day of work, then you are probably making your problem worse because you've sabotaged your body's only means of keeping you healthy. Obviously, this form of treatment is not a permanent fix – no matter how many pills you take, you'll never get completely better!

OK, so you've done the pills and they don’t seem to be working.  What's next?   

 

Typically, insulin injections.

 

The problem is...insulin at high levels can cause a host of side effects like…

 

Weight gain

Increased Blood Pressure

Cardiovascular disease

Increased risk of cancer 

Increased risk of stroke

 

All diabetic medications are simply treating the symptom of high blood sugar, while your disease continues to progress to the possible reality of insulin therapy.

 

It’s not that your body is lacking the hormone insulin…The problem for the majority of diabetics is that insulin resistance has set in…this basically means that your body has lost the ability to utilize insulin appropriately.

 

What sense then does it make to continue to bombard the body with something it no longer recognizes and can no longer process?  Especially when that substance (insulin) may be harmful to your health and more than likely will cause your disease to progress.

 

The definition of diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association is two fasting blood tests with a blood glucose level of 127 or higher.  100 to 126 is termed “pre-diabetes” or insulin resistance and anything below 85 is hypo-glycemia.  So your IDEAL blood sugar or blood glucose level should be 85 to 99.

You see, there are “lab normals” and functional or optimal normals.  This is why many times the patient’s lab tests will be “normal” but they still feel horrible!

 

HgbA1C FINALLY EXPLAINED SO YOU CAN UNDERSTAND IT…

 

HgbA1C is considered the “best” marker of blood sugar level by many doctors.  Sugar is sticky both outside of the body AND inside of the body.  Red blood cells float around in the body for 3 months before they die off.  We can measure how much sugar the red blood cells have picked up by testing HgbA1C.

 

THINK FOR A MINUTE!

 

Imagine how life would be if you no longer needed the drugs…

Imagine how life would be if you no longer had to inject yourself with insulin…

Imagine if you had the energy to exercise and lose the diabetic weight…

Imagine what life would be like without having to get up constantly throughout the night to use the restroom…

Imagine what life would be like without living in constant fear of the devastating effects of this disease…

 

Let’s start with what makes my office completely DIFFERENT from any doctor that you have seen up to now…

 

#1: COMPLETE NEUROLOGIC TESTING

 

OXYGEN … your brain and nervous system need TWO things to survive:  FUEL and ACTIVATION.  Activation comes from the treatments that are listed below.  Fuel comes in the form of OXYGEN and glucose.  You get the glucose from the food that you eat, which is why it is important to eat a healthy diet.  AS YOU AGE, YOUR ABILITY TO UTILIZE OXYGEN DECREASES.  It’s like gas in the car… if you don’t have any gas in the car, you are not going anywhere.  If you don’t have oxygen available for your brain and nervous system, most likely, no treatment will work! 

 

UNILATERAL ADJUSTING… the right brain controls the left side of the body and the left brain controls the right side.  If there is a decrease of firing or impulses in one side of the brain, I ONLY WANT TO ADJUST YOU ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE. Makes sense, doesn’t it?  Also, I WILL ONLY USE VERY LIGHT ADJUSTING SO YOU WILL NOT GET WORSE!   Have you ever had an adjustment and felt worse afterward? It is because the adjustment was TOO MUCH for your nervous system.  It over-stimulated, or exceeded metabolic capacity.

 

 

AUDITORY STIMULATION… listening to sound in one ear will stimulate the opposite side of the brain and increase impulses.

 

OLFACTORY STIMULATION…smelling different scents will stimulate the brain. Your sight, sound, taste, and touch all travel through a sensory area of your brain called the thalamus.  SMELL GOES DIRECTLY TO THE BRAIN.

 

CALORICS… warm water in the ear will stimulate the semi­circular canals in your ear and fire the vestibular nerve back to your cerebellum.  The cerebellum fires to the brain, the brain fires to the lower brainstem (ponto-medullary region), and your lower brainstem slows down the upper brainstem (mesencephalon).

 

#2: COMPLETE AND THOROUGH METABOLIC TESTING:

 

1.AUTOIMMUNE DISORDER: Has your doctor specifically checked you for an autoimmune disorder?  Autoimmune means that your immune system is attacking one or more parts of your body.  There are two parts to your immune system, TH1 and TH2. 

 

The first part, called our "T"-Helper 1 System (TH-1 System), is our immediate immune response system.  It is responsible for an immediate attack against foreign invaders like bacteria viruses, mold, fungi, or parasites. The cells involved in the TH-1 system are called macrophages, natural killer cells, and cytotoxic T- Cells. It is our front-line defense.

 

The other part of our immune system is our T-Helper 2 (TH-2) system. It involves the production of antibodies to "tag" onto invaders so our TH-1 system can more easily destroy the invaders. It is our B cells that are responsible for producing the antibodies.

 

The balance between these two sides of our immune system is very important to look at with many diabetic patients. IF one of these parts is dominant, you could have an autoimmune disorder.  An autoimmune disorder is where your immune system is attacking your body and it could be causing your diabetes.  For example, you could have an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system is attacking your pancreas and this is why you have increased blood sugar levels. 

 

(PLEASE NOTE: AUTOIMMUNE CONDITIONS TRUMP EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE LISTED BELOW…IT MUST BE HANDLED FIRST AND FOREMOST OR YOU WILL NEVER GET COMPLETELY BETTER!)

 

2.  FIVE  FOODS THAT MAY BE HURTING YOU: Has your doctor specifically checked you for any food sensitivities that could increase your blood sugar levels?  Each time that you eat a food that you are sensitive to such as gluten (wheat, barley, rye, and oats), dairy, eggs, soy or yeast, it can INCREASE your blood sugar levels.  THESE 5 FOODS COULD BE SLOWLY KILLING YOU AND YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW IT BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TESTED!  This could be why even though you are taking medications and exercising, you blood sugar levels keep increasing!

 

3.  THYROID: Has your doctor run a COMPLETE thyroid panel?  Your thyroid CONTROLS your body metabolism so if you suffer from diabetes…IT MUST BE THOROUGHLY CHECKED!  I not talking about an simple test for TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), I am talking about the COMPLETE BATTERY OF THYROID TESTS which includes Total T4 (TT4), Free T4 (FT4), Free T3, Free Thyroxine Index (FTI), Resin T3 Uptake, Reverse T3, Thyroid Binding Globulin and the thyroid antibodies…TPO and TGB!  Your THYROID is EXTREMELY important and needs to be checked!  Did you know that many doctors consider TSH levels from .35 to 5.0 to be “normal.”  Optimal or “functional” TSH levels should be 1.8 to 3.0.  What is YOUR TSH level?  If it is not 1.8 to 3.0, have you had the FULL battery of thyroid tests?  Has it ever been checked? If not…WHY?

 

4.  ADRENAL GLANDS: Has your doctor checked your adrenal glands? Your adrenal glands are your “stress” glands and they are JUST AS IMPORTANT as your pancreas in treating your diabetes!!!  An ASI (Adrenal Stress Index) needs to be run on you which will check your cortisol levels at 8 am, noon, 4 pm and 10 pm. 

 

5.  ANEMIAS: Has your doctor checked you for blood disorders such as anemias??? Anemia simply means you ARE NOT going to get oxygen to your tissues. There are different kinds of anemias such as iron, B12, Folic acid etc. And we can test for each one. Anemia is very important to find and correct.  Without oxygen available for your brain and nervous system, most likely, no treatment will work! No supplement will work. No nutritional program will work.

 

6.  If you are male have you ever been evaluated for Andropause?

 

7.    If you are female has your doctor ever ordered an expanded female hormone panel?

 

8.  If you are female and post-menopausal has your doctor ever assessed your risk factors for developing uterine or breast cancer?

 

HORMONE LEVELS ARE VERY IMPORTANT IN CONTROLLING DIABETES!!!!!

If you answered “NO” to any or all of these questions then there is a good chance that your diabetes is not being managed properly!!! 

 

THESE TESTS NEED TO BE RUN ON YOU TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF YOUR DIABETIC CONDITION

 If you are interested in learning more about our program, and how it can benefit you, call today and set up an appointment (586) 739-8824 or attend one of our Diabetes Seminars. We look forward to helping you.

Dr. Rivers D.C