If you are overweight, a diabetic, suffer from insulin resistance, or suffer from metabolic syndrome, we have news to share with you regarding conventional medicine and diabetes. Conventional medicine just may be making your condition worse. In fact, lowering your blood sugar may actually increase your risk of death. Findings in The New England Journal of Medicine indicates that treatment with conventional medicine for your elevated blood sugar levels may be doing you more harm than good.Conventional Medicine and Diabetes:The ACCORD StudyIn 2008, a study known as the ACCORD Study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine and this study continues to revolutionize our understanding of diabesity. This published study is one of the most profound pieces of literature on why conventional treatments for diabetes simply are not doing their job. In this study, 10,000 patients with diabetes were assigned to receive either intensive or regular therapies to help lower their blood sugar levels. These patients were monitored and their risks of stroke, heart attack and death became more elevated. In fact, the patients who had successfully lowered their blood sugar levels actually had increased their risk of death the most.Yes, the sounds confusing if not entirely backwards from everything you may have been taught. Let’s repeat: the patients, who had successfully lowered their blood sugar levels, had the higher risk of death. You are probably wondering: how is this possible? This goes against everything you may have been taught. The goal of conventional medicine and diabetes is to lower blood sugar levels. We’ve always believed that elevated blood sugar levels were the problem when it comes to diabetes.Chances are, most of your are wondering why would lowering your blood sugar levels actually lead to an increased risk of death. It may or may not come to as a surprise to you, but this study had to be stopped after just three and a half years. Why? It was evident that aggressively lowering blood sugar levels led to more heart attacks and more death.This study completely goes against everything that we’ve for years. This study completely contradicts the way conventional medicine has been treating diabetes for a very long time. So, how could lowered blood sugar levels actually increase your risk of death? The answer is simple: elevated blood sugar levels are actually a symptom of an underlying biochemical, metabolic and physiologic process that are out of balance. Because of this, lowering blood sugar levels with medication is not going to address the underlying issues that caused the high blood sugar levels in the first place. It may also come as a surprise to you that many of the methods used to lower blood sugar levels, such as oral hypoglycemic drugs and insulin, are actually making the problem of diabetes worse by increasing insulin levels.Type 2 diabetes is a condition caused by too much, not too little, insulin. Insulin is the real problem behind diabesity.Conventional Medicine and Diabetes:Insulin Resistance is the Real Cause of Diabesity. Insulin resistance occurs when you fill up your diet with lots of empty calories. When your diet is full of quickly absorbed sugar, liquid calories and carbohydrates, insulin resistance occurs. When insulin resistance occurs, your cells slowly become resistant to the effects insulin should have on them. You need more and more to complete the same job of keeping your blood sugar levels even. As a result, you develop insulin resistance. It is important to remember that high insulin levels are the first sign that you may be experiencing a problem. The higher your insulin levels are, the worse your insulin resistance is. As a result, your body begins to deteriorate. Did you know?Insulin resistance is the leading cause of rapid and premature aging. Insulin resistance can lead to stroke, heart disease, dementia and cancer. Increasing insulin levels can also lead to an increased appetite, weight gain (especially around the abdominal area), inflammation, oxidative stress, high cholesterol, high blood press, thickening of the blood and an increased rate of cancer, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.Conventional Medicine and Diabetes; Treating the DiseaseConventional medicine is very clear cute. It’s either yes or no, you have the disease or you do not have the disease. Doctors practicing in the field of conventional medicine are taught that you either have diabetes or you do not have diabetes. In conventional medicine, there are no gray areas. This approach can be misguided and dangerous, because it does not take into account the underlying cause of the diabetes.Practicing this approach to treating diabetes ignored one of the most fundamental laws of biology, disease and physiology: the continuum concept. There is a continuum from optimal health to imbalances in your health. This can lead to serious illness. Whenever possible, we need to address these issues, this way we can intervene and reverse the process. Keep in mind, that the sooner we address the process the more likely we are to determine to optimal health.When addressing diabesity, most doctors are just going to look at your blood sugar levels. Keep in mind that your blood sugar levels actually rise very late in the progression of diabetes. Conventional medicine tells us that if your blood sugar is 90 or 110, you do not have diabetes. However, if your blood sugar is over 126, you do have diabetes. This does nothing to help the problem of diabetes. Given our current level of understanding of diabesity, we need to stop watching and waiting. This leads to diabetes and in some cases, this can be deadly. For this reason is why diabesity is underdiagnosed.The approach of watching and waiting is not working. Nearly all of the 100 million Americans with pre-diabetes are undiagnosed. We need to do something about this.Copyright (c) 2014 LifeWorks Integrative Health
We see the terms Holistic Medicine and Alternative Medicine a lot on the Internet today. They seem to be used interchangeably. But do you really understand the meaning of the terms? What is Holistic Medicine and how is it different from Traditional Medicine? It can be confusing.The terms “traditional” or “allopathic” or “conventional” basically refer to the type of medicine practiced in the Western world. This approach to health is relatively new in human history when compared to the Chinese healing arts of 5000 years ago. Traditional medicine is scientific-based medicine. You must have data, you must have proof, and you must be able to show your proof in a laboratory setting.Traditional Medicine believes something physical is present to cause disease, like a virus or a bacterium, and you must be treated for that disease by a prescription drug or, if necessary, surgery in order to get better.The Holistic Approach to Health Care is quite different. This philosophy states that you become sick when emotional, psychological, or spiritual stresses overwhelm and weaken the immune system. Holistic Medicine works by finding the cause of the stress in the patient’s life, helping the patient cope with that stress, and supporting the body’s natural healing process with things like proper nutrition, herbal supplementation, and other non-invasive techniques. The treatment always boosts the body’s natural ability to heal itself.Some refer to Holistic Medicine as “Alternative” Medicine, as in an alternative to traditional medicine. According to Carolyn Myss and Norman Shealy in their book “Creation of Health,” the term “alternative” should actually apply to the various techniques used in the Holistic Health field, such as Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, and Medical Herbalism.The term “Holistic” does not refer to a technique. It is an approach to health and healing that emphasizes the connection between mind, body, and spirit. The body is treated as a whole, with each state working in tandem with the others.The Holistic approach empowers the patient to accept responsibility for his/her own health and treatment. The healthcare provider forms a partnership with the patient so that together they can develop the best possible treatment plan for the patient.Holistic Health requires a commitment to the healing process. It is not a quick fix; pop a pill, and go home. You’re cured. It is a continuous striving toward optimal health, not just the absence of sickness.Traditional medical doctors often refer to the “alternative” techniques they use in their practice, like Physical Therapy or Massage Therapy, as “complementary” to the drug and surgical procedures they regularly use. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a branch of the National Institutes of Health, has gathered compelling evidence of how well Holistic Health techniques work in treating disease and promoting health and well-being. You can keep up-to-date with the latest research at the NCCAM website: nccam.nih.gov/.As more and more people search for alternatives to prescription drugs and surgery, Holistic Medicine and its natural remedies will continue to offer safe and effective treatments. Traditional Medicine will always be the major player in emergency care and acute, life-threatening illnesses. Ultimately it is up to each individual to decide which treatment option is best for his or her needs.Recommended reading:”The Creation of Health: The Emotional, Psychological, and Spiritual Responses That Promote Health and Healing,” by Carolyn Myss, Ph.D., and C. Norman Shealy, M.D.”Body of Health: The New Science of Intuition Medicine for Energy & Balance,” by Francesca McCartney, Ph.D.
Alternative Medicine is redefining the boundaries of individual health and well being and is beginning to change the definition of what it means to be healthy in today’s fast-paced, stress-filled environment and offers a whole new realm of options for today’s consumer to choose from in the process of determining their healthcare needs.You may be surprised to discover that Alternative Medicine may be covered in your healthcare policy, which offers a broader scope of coverage than managed care alone, and may well reduce your overall cost of healthcare in general and even improve the future quality of life that you and your family will enjoy in the years to come.The realization that the definition of health should be, and can be, far better than simply, free from injury or disease, represents a gradual shift in the way of thinking for both the consumer as well as the healthcare provider. It is this realization that is allowing Alternative Medicine to not only enter mainstream modern medicine, but also to partner with Conventional Medicine in a new and profound way as one of many successful avenues of treatment available to today’s consumer of health.Fifteen to Twenty years ago, there were few recognized, alternatives to conventional medicine, at least not in the West. This is not to say that alternatives did not exist, quite the contrary, they were simply not considered a serious option in improving ones health. This is no longer the case.
Dissatisfaction with the managed care system of the past decade, coupled with one important event and a slight shift in thinking created the perfect conditions for Alternative Medicine to flourish.First, the cost of healthcare skyrocketed. Rising costs for diagnostic and treatment of injury and disease fueled an inevitable shift in focus, primarily from treatment to prevention, and this created the perfect niche that would soon be filled by the proactive stance that Alternative Medicine prevention provides. Simply put, when costs rise people begin asking questions and seeking alternatives.Second, with the Information Age in full swing, access to quality information from a variety of sources translated into patients being better informed of healthcare issues and therefore more involved in their treatment options, if for no other reason than as a means to reduce their overall healthcare costs.Alternative Medicine and Conventional Medicine approach healthcare issues in very different ways.
Conventional Medicine hinges on “the diagnosis of a patient’s condition. This means that conventional medicine enters the healthcare process after the patient has been injured or after an ailment or disease has progressed to the level where an accurate diagnosis can be made. Once made, the diagnosis dictates both the treatment, accomplished via drug therapy and/or surgery, and the cost. Conventional Medicine exits the healthcare process once the malady has been identified, cured, or removed and is normally a temporary fix.Contrast this to Alternative Medicine, which is focused on “preventing a problem, meaning that Alternative Medicine by its very nature attempts, and prefers, to enter the healthcare process before the patient is injured or becomes ill. Prevention is the first line of defense. When this frontline is penetrated by injury or disease, Alternative Medicine makes every attempt to “assist the body in healing itself, via natural means, whenever and wherever possible.Alternative Medicine is thus non-invasive, even passive and more long-term, meaning that it becomes part of a consumer’s healthcare regime and does not so quickly exit the health process, if at all. This will translate into lower costs for wellness over the lifespan of an individual. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and at no other time has this statement been more true, especially if the cure requires an expensive antibiotic, surgery and/or an extended, or even brief, hospital stay.Nutrition and lifestyle changes alone can easily reduce the incidence of costly injury and disease, decrease the need for costly maintenance medications and increase the likelihood of a better quality of life.The healthcare consumer of today is expected to be both well informed and totally involved in the decisions surrounding their personal health and well being. Not limited to local or even national healthcare options, the patient of this next century will enjoy global access to both information and treatment options.Healthcare policies are already positioning themselves for this global marketplace and are embracing Alternative Medicine as a means of lowering their own liability and costs as well as expanding their consumer pool. Consumers should make sure their healthcare policies reflect these changing attitudes and include a much broader spectrum of healthcare options.What is the quality of your health worth? Today’s “non-traditional healthcare programs are the cornerstone of holistic health and the mainstay of the future quality of life that you and your family will enjoy in the years to come. Make sure your policy answers this question to the greatest satisfaction for you and your family.