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"In 1933, the psychiatrist Manfred Sakel of Vienna famously induced hypoglycemia in patients via the injection of insulin, thereby putting his patients into an insulin coma. insulin therapy, as it was known, was considered state-of-the art treatment and written up in textbooks. One commentator wrote in 1939: "every self-respecting go-ahead hospital had its insulin unit."12 Not to mention the lobotomy, which was invented by the Portuguese neurologist Egas Moniz on November 12, 1935, when he performed the first what he called a "leucotomy," or "white cut."
- Charles Barber, Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation (Get the book.)

"If insulin cannot do its work, more insulin is made; this leads to a condition called insulin resistance (this is the subject of my first book, The insulin Factor). insulin resistance is strongly associated with weight gain. However, it is not only insulin that is affected by a food intolerance. This disruption can affect the metabolic function and clearance of all hormones, resulting in hormonal imbalances throughout the body. It can also lead to problems with the body's ability to convert the inactive thyroid hormone to active thyroid hormone."
- Antoinette Saville and Antony J. Haynes, Food Intolerance Bible (Get the book.)

"Thirdly, hormones in the body may be disrupted or made less effective by the toxins, cytokines and immune-complexes that result from food intolerances. insulin function is known to be adversely affected by TNF-a, an inflammatory cytokine that is produced in the intestines as a result of food-intolerance reactions. If insulin cannot do its work, more insulin is made; this leads to a condition called insulin resistance (this is the subject of my first book, The insulin Factor). insulin resistance is strongly associated with weight gain."

- Antoinette Saville and Antony J. Haynes, Food Intolerance Bible (Get the book.)

"In 1933, the psychiatrist Manfred Sakel of Vienna famously induced hypoglycemia in patients via the injection of insulin, thereby putting his patients into an insulin coma. insulin therapy, as it was known, was considered state-of-the art treatment and written up in textbooks. One commentator wrote in 1939: "every self-respecting go-ahead hospital had its insulin unit."12 Not to mention the lobotomy, which was invented by the Portuguese neurologist Egas Moniz on November 12, 1935, when he performed the first what he called a "leucotomy," or "white cut."
- Charles Barber, Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation (Get the book.)

"Diabetics have been using the glycemic index for years to help in controlling their insulin levels. Quite simply, foods that adversely affect blood sugar by elevating insulin levels are termed "high glycemic" foods, and foods that do not elevate insulin levels are "low glycemic." High glycemic foods can: • Cause your body to store fat • Make you fatigued • Cause your brain to go "fuzzy" • Lead to heart problems such as elevated LDL cholesterol levels and high blood pressure Obviously, these are conditions to be avoided."
- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"Some of the cow's hormones and other proteins, such as insulin and heparin (a blood thinner) are on pharmaceutical shelves. In fact, a small population of insulin-dependent diabetics prefers the insulin harvested from cows, rather than using insulin genetically engineered by splicing the gene for insulin into bacteria and letting them make the hormone. (These diabetics say they can better detect signs of insulin shock with the bovine product."
- Philip Yam, The Pathological Protein: Mad Cow, Chronic Wasting, and Other Deadly Prion Diseases (Get the book.)

"Diabetes is a metabolic problem that affects your body's ability to make or respond to insulin, a hormone. insulin regulates the delivery of blood glucose (blood sugar) to your body's organs and tissues, where it's used for energy. Type I, or insulin-dependent, diabetes, is an inherited disease that affects the pancreas, destroying that organ's ability to make insulin. Type I diabetes usually occurs during childhood or adolescence. Nine out of ten people with diabetes have Type II, or non-insulin-dependent, diabetes. For them, the body can't use insulin that's manufactured."
- Prevention Magazine Health Books, The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Women: Women Doctors Reveal over 2,000 Self-Help Tips on the Health Problems That Concern Women the Most (Get the book.)

"It has known biological causes, such as reduced insulin production and reduced cellular capacity to utilize insulin. Finally, it has several specific, rational physical treatments, such as dietary control and medication, including insulin replacement. Psychiatric disorders meet none of these criteria. They have no biological markers, no known physical causes, and no rational physical treatments. Ironically, doctors who treat diabetes show much more concern for the feelings, attitudes, and self-determination of their patients than psychiatrists who treat mental problems."
- Peter Breggin, Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications (Get the book.)

"They hypothesized that this medical condition could be treated with estrogen, the same way that diabetes, caused by the failure of the pancreas to produce adequate insulin, is treated with insulin. It's easy to be angry about the harm done to so many women as a result of Dr. Wilson's work. Yet his harsh rhetoric becomes understandable—even evokes compassion—when seen as his attempt to transform his own personal trauma into a positive contribution to medicine. According to his son Ron, Wilson's own mother had been "the shrew of all shrews."
- John Abramson, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine (P.S.) (Get the book.)

"This has a more gradual onset, and is caused by slowly decreasing insulin production in the pancreas combined with decreasing sensitivity to the insulin that is produced. The risk factors for type 2 diabetes are excess body weight, lack of physical exercise, advancing age, and a family history of diabetes. In the United States, deaths caused directly by high and low blood sugar are rare, but the complications of diabetes are responsible for more than 200,000 deaths and many other serious health problems each year."

- John Abramson, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine (P.S.) (Get the book.)

"Lack of insulin causes a loss of fat tissue triglycerides along with very high blood glucose levels because insulin is required for mamtaining adequate fat stores. The second form of diabetes is called non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), type 2 diabetes, or maturity onset diabetes, and it usually develops in overweight adults. In this form of diabetes, the body produces adequate or even excessive insulin, but insulin receptors on cells do not function appropriately. Many clinicians believe that diabetes is made worse by "saturated fats."
- Mary G. Enig, Know Your Fats : The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol (Get the book.)

"Another study of ginger found that the herb could help control the risk factors involved in "syndrome X," which combine to greatly increase risk of type 2 diabetes—a condition that creates severe inflammation throughout the body because of the pro-inflammatory effects of high blood sugar and high insulin levels. A chemical called 6-gingerol appeared to have the most potent blood sugar and blood insulin-lowering effects."
- Freedom Press, Natural Cancer Cures: The Definitive Guide to Using Dietary Supplements to Fight and Prevent Cancer (Get the book.)

"In fact, a small population of insulin-dependent diabetics prefers the insulin harvested from cows, rather than using insulin genetically engineered by splicing the gene for insulin into bacteria and letting them make the hormone. (These diabetics say they can better detect signs of insulin shock with the bovine product.) The slaughterhouses remove the necessary organs and ship them frozen to pharmaceutical firms, which put the material through several purification steps to get the desired product."
- Philip Yam, The Pathological Protein: Mad Cow, Chronic Wasting, and Other Deadly Prion Diseases (Get the book.)

"What happens is the blood sugar spikes, the body tries to control it by releasing insulin and often the body releases too much insulin, the blood sugar dips too low and this has all kinds of consequences. "A drop in blood sugar causes confusion, mood swings, irritability, anxiety, lightheadedness, headaches, blurred vision. Glucose is a primary fuel source of the brain. It's critical that the brain has a steady supply of glucose so when we are eating excessive convenience foods or refined carbohydrates we have a seesaw of blood sugar."
- Gary Null and Amy McDonald, The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing (Get the book.)

"The body compensates to the sugar high with a surge of insulin from the pancreas—and the insulin, in turn, stimulates the liver to manufacture more cholesterol.1 It may also elevate triglyceride levels. Be careful of sugar-laden desserts, which can have the same effect. 5. Beverages. Water, seltzer water (try adding a small amount of fruit juice to boost flavor), milk, oat milk, no-fat soy milk, coffee, and tea. And alcohol is just fine, in moderation. (That's something my colleague and patient Joe Crowe appreciates."
- Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (Get the book.)

"In type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease also known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, or IDDM, the pancreas undergoes an attack by the body's own immune system and becomes incapable of making insulin. Investigations into whether viruses might be implicated in type 1 diabetes go back decades. But it has only been with the help of more recent and sophisticated lab techniques that scientists have been capable of pinpointing how certain viruses, called enteroviruses, second only to the common cold as the most common cause of viral infections, incite some cases of type 1 diabetes."
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Autoimmune Epidemic (Get the book.)

"Lack of insulin causes a loss of fat tissue triglycerides along with very high blood glucose levels because insulin is required for mamtaining adequate fat stores. The second form of diabetes is called non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), type 2 diabetes, or maturity onset diabetes, and it usually develops in overweight adults. In this form of diabetes, the body produces adequate or even excessive insulin, but insulin receptors on cells do not function appropriately. Many clinicians believe that diabetes is made worse by "saturated fats."
- Mary G. Enig, Know Your Fats : The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol (Get the book.)

"It seems to work by improving insulin efficiency, or the ability of insulin to escort glucose into cells, where it is burned for fuel," explains Richard Anderson, Ph.D., a biochemist at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland. "It seems to normalize insulin levels and insulin function, which in turn normalizes glucose levels." (Insulin is a hormone that your body produces to help you handle glucose—the simple sugar that your body uses for fuel.) In one of Dr."
- Gale Maleskey, Brian Kaufman, Home Remedies: What Works: Thousands of Americans Reveal Their Favorite Home-Tested Cures for Everyday Health Problems (Get the book.)

"If there's already enough sugar in the blood (blood sugar) then the pancreas secretes insulin to lower blood sugar. The insulin turns this sugar into fat and stores it for later. After this process runs its course, your blood sugar is left significantly lower and you actually start craving more sugar (breads, carbohydrates) because you now have low blood sugar levels. Then, again, bread goes in, blood sugar goes up, insulin is released and you continue to get fat. OTreat breads and pastas like the sugars they really are and you'll lose weight quickly."
- Kevin Gianni and Annmarie Colameo, The Busy Person's Fitness Solution (Get the book.)

"A primary cause of insulin resistance is chromium deficiency. insulin cannot do its job without chromium. Scientists at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), including Dr. Gary Evans, Ph.D., found that diets high in simple sugars trigger loss of chromium through the urine, which can further the problem of insulin resistance. When cells are resistant to insulin and insulin levels are high, another problem arises. DHEA production decreases."
- Beth M. Ley, How to Fight Osteoporosis & Win: The Miracle of Microscrystalline Hydroxapitite (McHc) (Get the book.)

"Quite simply, foods that adversely affect blood sugar by elevating insulin levels are termed "high glycemic" foods, and foods that do not elevate insulin levels are "low glycemic." High glycemic foods can: • Cause your body to store fat • Make you fatigued • Cause your brain to go "fuzzy" • Lead to heart problems such as elevated LDL cholesterol levels and high blood pressure Obviously, these are conditions to be avoided."
- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"As the body's progesterone production decreases with age and estrogen becomes dominant, your body releases insulin more rapidly and more often. When fluctuating hormones unnaturally stimulate insulin release, you get hungry faster and will often crave sugar. In fact, these food cravings can sometimes be uncontrollable, and people who are estrogen dominant tend to consume more sweets even when they aren't truly hungry. As a result, they ingest more calories than their bodies require and pack on even more pounds."
- C. W. Randolph, M.D., From Belly Fat to Belly FLAT: How Your Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waistline and Subtracting Years from Your Life (Get the book.)

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