How I Searched for a Cure to My Diabetes.
Do you know diabetes is the silent killer without symptoms?
Having passed the age of 70, it frightens the hell out of me.
People with diabetes 2 like myself, are at high risk of nerve pain, heart disease, blindness, heart attack, stroke, amputation, kidney failure, peripheral neuropathy, gangrene, Alzheimer’s, gum diseases, cataracts and glaucoma? These things will happen when blood sugar and insulin levels are out of control. We have an epidemic, no it’s a pandemic, of diabetes in most countries and people are just popping pills to fool the symptoms. I was one of those ignorant fools.
I knew diabetes was not a disease to “just live with” by taking Glucophage or other allopathic pills to hide the symptoms and not deal with the underlying cause of the problem. But how do I find the primary cause and hopefully the solution.
I researched and found facts that took me along a path to the solution.
I found, despite the generalised treatment guidelines of conventional and alternative medicine, not everyone with type 2 diabetes is the same. There are many causes and contributing factors involved with blood sugar and diabetes. For one person, it may be mostly about their diet; for another, it might be stress-induced, and for someone else, it might be driven by thyroid, liver, pancreas, kidneys, cardiovascular systems, gut health, hormone system or adrenal problems.
“Many possible causes” was a wakeup call for me, and I started a search for answers for myself. I was determined not to suffer the long-term consequence of high blood sugar, painful joints, nerve pain, and losing my memory. I kept a journal about what I ate, whether it was a stressful day and much more, I took my blood” pricks” every day.
Let me share some of my relevant findings.
The pancreas is an organ located in the abdomen. It plays an essential role in converting the food we eat into fuel for the body’s cells. The pancreas has two main functions:
• Secretes enzymes into small intestines which helps in digestion,
• Secrets insulin into the blood, which helps regulate blood sugar.
How did I know if these two functions were working at maximum efficiency?
Insulin allows your healthy cells to use glucose (sugar) for energy. People with insulin resistance have unhealthy cells throughout their bodies that don’t use insulin effectively. Both the cells and insulin are the problem. In essence, the cells have trouble absorbing glucose, which causes a build-up of sugar in their blood and puts fat around the organs, which you cannot see, but is dangerous.
I knew I had to find “insulin solutions” if I was to live a long, healthy, pain-free life.
Insulin resistance was where I found my main problem.
Did you know there is an enzyme that burns fat? When blood sugar is low, and you need more energy, but the food isn’t available, glucagon is secreted. Its purpose is the exact opposite of insulin’s purpose. Glucagon goes into the cells and causes fat to be released. It does so with the help of a fat-burning enzyme called hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL). But insulin can interfere with its function. I decided that this was the path to follow for my solution.
My approach is to always to get down to the simple basics.
Nobody could tell me what was causing my diabetes. Was it hormone imbalance, thyroid, adrenal dysfunction, gut health, liver, pancreas or the other bodily system problems? These diseases do not stick out like a sore thumb with symptoms. I did discover that, the thyroid directly influences 11 different systems in the body: that’s right, 11:
1. Bones and bone growth
2. Blood sugar metabolism
4. Cholesterol and other fats in the blood
6. Cardiovascular system
9. Making hormones from Cholesterol
10. Protein metabolism
11. Red blood cell metabolism
I had my thyroid “ultrasound” scanned and found out that it was not operating at maximum efficiency. So what? I had no idea what to do next. There were only allopathic pill options.
I realised from my research that I could not reverse diabetes 2 without knowing whether each and all the above organs and systems were also operating (or not) at optimum efficiency. Even just one of the above could be the proverbial “weak-link”. What would I do if I had all my systems tested and discovered that most were not “playing the game” with their fellow systems?
I was scared of asking myself questions like:
• Is my thyroid dysfunctional?
• Is my cortisol balance correct?
• Are my hormones out of balance?
• Do I have a fatty liver which is dumping sugar into the blood?
• Are my dangerous triglycerides causing me to be insulin resistant?
• Am I eating enough good fats?
• Do I have a leaky gut?
• What if my intestines or microbiome are not absorbing nutrients to feed my organs?
And so, the questions continued; so frustrating.
Finally, my research paid dividend, I discovered I was barking up the wrong tree all these years, like others around the world with diabetes 2.
The solution to my Diabetes 2 is giving my body a chance to heal itself.
This solution activates the process which cleans out all the old protein that blocks up one’s brain, causing memory loss, moods and Alzheimer’s. It stimulates all your inner organs systems, hormone imbalance, thyroid, adrenal dysfunction, gut health, liver, pancreas and most importantly, the insulin problems which could be causing my diabetes. I started my self-healing as this process would repair all my faulty organs and systems.
From my own experience, even this year, this treatment has been a miracle solution for so many of my ailments, including my diabetes. It simplified my life and did not cost me anything. I can add it to any future lifestyle or diet I choose. I now know that any and every lifestyle and diet can be improved using this treatment; this is the real quick start to the Self-Healing process.
Let me explain the Dr Fung solution.
Every time you put different foods in your mouth, you get an altered hormonal response. So, counting calories for any treatment cannot work – cake, avocado, meat and broccoli of the same calories will not cause the same reaction regardless; your insulin hormones will go up. Eat an egg with its calories, and the insulin stays much the same as before eating the egg. Calories in, calories out, makes no sense says Dr Fung, and I agree with him from my many years of personal experimentation and documenting the outcomes. All calories are not equal; so, one cannot cure or even control diabetes with food.
The “old” fundamental principle in the past was that the metabolic rate stays the same when you drop the number of calories you eat, and so you use up more calories, but it does not work like that, at any time, for anyone, including me. By eating reduced calories over three to six meals per day, the metabolic rate also drops so we cannot lose weight or lower our insulin levels, let alone our blood sugar level.
So, what happens is, calories in go down, calories out also go down. The body does this automatically to prevent starvation. This does not happen if you cut off food altogether and fast for any period. What needs to be corrected is the number of times we eat each day with a fast between two meals of about 16 hours.
Hormones are cell messengers that carry necessary signals to different cells in the body. Insulin is a hormone and is the main driving factor of putting on and taking off weight. Certain foods like doughnuts and cakes have more insulin effect. Eat a slice of white bread, and your insulin goes up, eat an egg, and your insulin does not go up. All foods have different effects on the body. What foods you eat plays a small role, but how often you eat plays a more critical role. Reduce the number of times a day we are stimulating the hormonal pathways and watch the magic begin. This is the ultimate truth for me and any diabetic 2 sufferers.
I discovered fasting was the most potent treatment for my entire body.
Fat is not good or bad in the body; it’s merely a store of energy. Get too much of it, it pushes up the insulin to the point of insulin resistance, and you become overweight, get diabetes and fall prey to many other diseases. Hear it from the Doctors:
Dr Mercola: There is no better metabolic intervention than fasting.
Dr Gundry: Putting your gut at rest is the smartest thing anyone of us can do.
Dr Axe: Fasting slows down the ageing process and normalises insulin levels.
Dr Fung: With fasting, there are no harmful effects. Fasting is the magic bullet; it is one of the most powerful weapons we have against weight loss, insulin resistance, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Dr Fung is showing the way, I urge you to look at his webpage if you are unhealthy: https://thefastingmethod.com/
Fasting is voluntary and can be done at your convenience. It is merely a tool, and you can decide to use it or not to use it and its free. Don’t throw it away before trying it. Fasting activates the adrenalin and other hormones which are essential for your health and longevity.
By fasting, you are stimulating all your inner organs, systems and starting the self-healing process.
Did you know that Epilepsy has been cured by an increase of ketones through fasting?
Have sustained periods of fasting and not reduce your calorie intake. By fasting, you are opening the door for that energy from fat to come out – you use up the fat stores. During the fasting process, from my experience, you are not hungry after the first 18-hours. You are working with your body, allowing it to Self-Heal.
There is fasting and intermittent fasting – When and how long to fast.
I suggest you check out Dr Fung’s site for a more detailed explanation: https://thefastingmethod.com/.
Dr Fung categorised fasting periods with a breakpoint at 24 hours, although this is somewhat arbitrary. In my experience, I generally use shorter daily fasts of 16 hours overnight and the mornings. I focus on curing my type 2 diabetes, fatty liver and other metabolic diseases that I have picked up with my Health Analyser Scanner, so I water fast for a few days to firstly bring down high blood sugars and then the 16-hour daily fast starts the healing process and keeps my blood sugar levels constant.
I eat a healthy diet, not for my diabetes, but for my bodily health.
My 16-hour fasting regimen involves using a daily 16-hour period of fasting and an 8-hour ‘eating window’. For example, this means I eat two meals: lunch at 2 pm – dinner at 8 pm, and fast from 8 pm to 2 pm the following day. This generally means skipping the morning meal every day. Some people choose to eat two meals during that 8-hour window and others will eat one. I decided to eat two meals unless I am not hungry when mealtime arrives.
The main point of any fasting regimens is the same. It allows the body to seriously lower insulin levels for a specified period – longer than one’s usual period of going without food. This is precisely what helps to break or prevent the development of insulin resistance and all the resulting diseases.
The body likes to maintain everything within a relatively narrow range. Any prolonged stimulus leads to resistance as the body tries to resist the change. In this case, prolonged periods of eating results in high insulin secretion, which leads to insulin resistance, which will drive back to high insulin levels – in other words, insulin causes insulin resistance.
So, by incorporating daily periods of low insulin secretion, we can prevent the development of insulin resistance and the blood sugar going up. I found that whatever level my blood sugar was at any time, regardless if high or normal the 16-hour intermittent fasting kept it at that level. It did not go any lower or higher regardless of what I ate unless I ate an excessive amount of carbs at a meal.
My question now was “how to start off with a normal blood sugar level.
I experimented with Dr Fung’s opinion, if I had an established insulin-resistance, including constant high blood sugar levels, I would need more extended fasting periods. So, I started a water fast with the occasional cup of black, unsweetened filter coffee. I was determined to continue my fast until my blood sugars were normal – regardless of how long it took.
My blood sugar levels came down every day, except for one day, when I was highly stressed. After 90 hours, about 4 days of fasting, I hit a perfectly normal level. I broke my fast with sauerkraut, pork and veggies.
There is no upper time limit for water fasting. We can keep applying extra time to the fast until we see the desired effect. The “fast” dose can go up indefinitely.
The 24-hour period of fasting has several significant advantages. First, as a more prolonged duration fast, it tends to be a little more effective to drop the blood sugar level by a small amount to get back to normal. Secondly, because you still eat every day, medications and vitamins that need to be taken with food can still be taken.
This is particularly easy during a workday. You simply drink your morning cup of tea or coffee without sweetener or milk but skip breakfast. You work through lunch and get home in time for dinner, again. This saves both time and money and is healthy. There is no clean-up or cooking for breakfast. You save an hour at lunchtime where you can walk in the sun and be home for dinner without anybody even realising you had fasted for 24-hours – it’s so healthy, and it costs you nothing.
Blood sugars falling low is not a complication, because that is generally the point of fasting. We want the sugars to go low. Type 2 diabetes is curable, according to Dr Fung, Dr Gundry and Dr Mercola.
Ultimately, diabetes is just one symptom: Insulin resistance, which results in mitochondrial dysfunction, which is also at the heart of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases. It all starts, because your body is unable to burn fat as a primary fuel. When your body relies primarily on sugar intake, more reactive oxygen species are generated, which damage the mitochondria in your cells. See my article on mitochondria:
All foods will increase insulin levels to some degree. Eating the proper foods will prevent high-level spikes but won’t do much to lower levels. Some foods are better than others, but all foods still increase insulin. The key to prevention of resistance is to ensure your levels of insulin are low. If all foods raise insulin, then the only answer is the complete voluntary abstinence of food. The solution we are looking for is, in a word, fasting.
A quick summary of what happens when fasting for days.
• Feeding – During meals, insulin levels are raised and should be back to normal after four hours if you are as old as I am. This allows uptake of glucose into tissues such as the muscle or brain to be used directly for energy. Excess glucose is stored as glycogen in the liver.
• The post-absorptive phase – 12-24 hours after beginning fasting, insulin levels start to fall. Breakdown of glycogen releases glucose for energy. Glycogen stores last for roughly 24 hours.
• From 24 hours to 2 days of fasting – The liver manufactures new glucose from amino acids. In nondiabetic persons, glucose levels fall but stay within the normal range.
• Ketosis – 2-3 days after beginning fasting – The low levels of insulin reached during fasting stimulate lipolysis, the breakdown of fat for energy. The storage form of fat, known as triglycerides, is broken into the glycerol and three fatty acid chains. Ketone bodies, capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, are produced from fatty acids for use by the brain.
• After four days of fasting, approximately 75% of the energy used by the brain is provided by ketones. The two major types of ketones produced can increase over 70-fold during the fasting state.
A quick definition of what “keto” means
The liver produces ketones from fat. These ketones then serve as a fuel source throughout the body, especially for the brain. The brain is a hungry organ that consumes lots of energy every day, and it can’t run on fat directly. It can only run on glucose or ketones. The human body has well-developed mechanisms for dealing with periods of no food. The process is one of switching from burning glucose in the short term, to burning fat in the long run. Fat is simply the body’s stored food energy. In times of no food availability, stored food is naturally released to fill the void.
Fasting is the most efficient and consistent strategy to decrease insulin levels and produce ketones.
Feasts and Fasts – The Cycle of Life – “Let’s go out and celebrate” – That’s me.
Feasts are part of life. This is a vitally important fact to acknowledge. That is, every single important celebration is marked by feasting. Eating is a celebration of life. We eat cake on our birthday. We eat holiday feasts like Christmas dinner. We prepare wedding banquets and go to a restaurant on our anniversary.
We don’t celebrate with birthday salad or prepare wedding meal replacement bars. We certainly don’t eat Thanksgiving ‘green’ shakes. We need to acknowledge the fact that we’ve known all along; weight and sugar level gain is no longer a constant phenomenon. It’s an intermittent one. With that knowledge, you can see that a lasting solution to weight and sugar gain is also periodic. This varies throughout life and the year.
If we keep all the feasting and eliminate all the fasting, then it is somewhat predictable what the result is — weight gain, sugar levels go up, and diseases develop.
As you know, medication treats the symptoms; fasting treats the cause, whether its hypertension, diabetes, or whatever, join me and just try it for your health, regardless of what it is. Fasting finds and deals with the cause – no pills – no doctor visits – it’s free.
You are never too old to change your life and to start fasting. Fasting is not rocket science. Take control of your health through a Self-Healing Fast, its easy and costs you nothing, not even time.
Live Life, Michael Plumstead.