Friday, June 29, 2012

The Hidden Diabetes Link No One is Telling You About Part II

By Suzy Cohen, R.Ph. 
How Statins Raise Your Insulin
Keeping things simple, you might imagine it like this: When you eat a meal that contains starches and sugar, some of the excess sugar goes to your liver, which then stores it away as cholesterol and triglycerides. Now stay with me -- when you have a statin on board, it's like a message to your liver saying, "No! Don't make any more cholesterol, please stop."
So your liver sends the sugar back OUT to your bloodstream. As a result, your blood sugar goes up.
In 2009, it was proven that statins could directly raise blood sugar, whether or not you have diabetes. Over 340,000 people were included before this conclusion was made. The people who did not have diabetes but took statins experienced a rise in blood glucose from 98 mg/dl to 105 mg/dl. Those who already had diabetes and also took statins experienced a rise from 102 mg/dl to 141 mg/dl.
After adjustments for age and medication use were considered, researchers concluded that both diabetic and non-diabetic statin users showed a statistically significant rise in blood sugar.
Why take all these risks, just to get the convenience of taking a pill instead of eating a better diet and exercising?
It's been scientifically discussed and even published in JAMA that eating a better diet could lower cholesterol as well as the statin drug lovastatin.
And of course, there are so many other benefits to eating a healthier diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and lean meats. Besides feeling better and increasing lifespan, you can squeeze into those skinny jeans you're hiding in your closet.
Another way statins can affect your blood sugar is via their "drug mugging" effect. A drug mugger is my term, and the title of my newest book, which describes how a drug can rob your body's warehouse of a valuable nutrient. In the case of statins, they rob your body of two different nutrients, both of which are needed to maintain ideal blood sugar.

Two Important Nutrients Decimated by Statins
The first nutrient that is mugged is vitamin D. There have been mixed studies regarding the D-depletion effect of statins, but statins reduce your body's natural ability to create active vitamin D called 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol, shortened to "calcitriol" when it is eventually converted to its active hormone form.
This happens because statins reduce cholesterol, and you need cholesterol to make vitamin D! It is the raw material that exposure to UVB from sunlight will convert to vitamin D.
It is well documented that D improves insulin resistance, so needless to say, when you take a drug mugger of vitamin D (like statins), then you increase your risk for diabetes.
More specifically, a 2004 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determined that raising a person's serum vitamin D levels (from 25 to 75 nmol/l) could improve insulin sensitivity by a whopping 60 percent.
Compare that to the blockbuster diabetes drug metformin, one of our pharmaceutical gold-standards, which can dispose of blood sugar by a meager 13 percent according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
Now, statins also suppresses your natural coenzyme Q10— also called "ubiquinol" in its active form; it makes energy for every cell in your body, and it's produced mainly in your liver.
This powerful antioxidant just so happens to also play a role in maintaining blood glucose. When you deplete levels of CoQ10 by taking a drug mugger of it, like a statin drug, then you lose that benefit. You also raise your risk for heart failure, high blood pressure and heart disease as CoQ10 deficiencies can contribute to those conditions. A study by Hodgson et al, published in 2002 found that 200mg CoQ10 taken daily caused a 0.4 percent reduction in hemoglobin A1c.
Moreover, CoQ10 protects your body from oxidative stress, a strong contributing factor in the development of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and heart attacks. You want to make sure you have enough CoQ10 (or ubiquinol) on board to protect every cell in your body. The take home point is that statins annihilate this compound and you need it for good health.
In summary, if you take a statin medication and you've been told that you have diabetes, it may be drug-induced, and it's possible that it can be reversed over the course of time. However, you will have to eat right, exercise, and take supplements that help to lower your risk for heart disease naturally.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Hidden Diabetes Link No One is Telling You About...Part I

By Suzy Cohen, R.Ph. 

Coronary heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, killing one in five adults, and doctors are very quick to prescribe statins. In fact, statin drug sales rank in the billions each year globally. 

These drugs are so pervasive that they are no longer just indicated for hypercholesterolemia, they are also being prescribed for elevations in C reactive protein, and are promoted for kids as young as eight years old. 

Heart disease is so pervasive that some have boldly suggested that we should put statins in our water supply as some kind of protection. 
This is very disturbing.

Do You Really Need a Statin Drug?
By far, statin drugs are the most popular cholesterol-lowering drugs available today. They work in your liver by preventing your body from making cholesterol. The drugs block an enzyme called HMG-CoA Reductase. This can be helpful, but only if you are one of those people who happen to produce too much cholesterol. 

It doesn't do a good job at removing it from your clogged arteries, contrary to what most people think. 

Physicians and health experts now agree that statins seem to offer more benefit through their ability to reduce dangerous inflammatory chemicals in your body, rather than by reducing production of cholesterol, which usually leads to uncomfortable, unwanted and dangerous side effects. One study found that lowering cholesterol too much actually backfires. 
Cholesterol is good for you; it's one of your body's most powerful antioxidants, it makes important neurotransmitters and sex hormones so this madness to lower it as much as possible really concerns me. Plus, I believe the indiscriminate use of statins has contributed to the staggering rise in diabetes…

The Statin—Diabetes Connection Few People Know About 
I watched this happen to my mom who was given a statin, and then told months later she suddenly had diabetes. All of a sudden? This happened many years ago, and it began my search to understand the connection. It also prompted me to write a book on the subject entitled "Diabetes Without Drugs" (Rodale, 2010). 

It typically happens like this:
Many statin users come back to see their physician for a routine visit and after the blood work is drawn, they find their cholesterol ratios may be improved, but now they have high blood glucose. 

It's entirely possible that some physicians then mistakenly diagnose their patients with "Type 2 diabetes" when in fact they just have hyperglycemia—a side effect, and the result of a medication that was prescribed to them months earlier.

Do you think you have type 2 diabetes?

I will provide more information so you can see for yourself that so-called "diabetes" diagnosis might not really be genuine diabetes. It may just be hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)—the result of your cholesterol medication, and for some people, it may be reversible with drug discontinuation. Whether or not you are able to discontinue your medication is between you and your physician. 

Research Suggesting Raised Blood Sugar is a Side Effect of Statin Use
Several studies have indicated that statins can cause high blood sugar, which can be mistaken for "diabetes." For example, researchers in Glasgow, Scotland conducted a meta analysis, known as the JUPITER trial, which took into account 13 statin trials that each included 1,000 patients or more. The participants were followed for over than a year. The conclusion was there was indeed an increase, albeit small, in the development of Type 2 diabetes. 

It should be considered that some of the patients in this meta analysis already had symptoms of insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome, so it could be said that they were on their way to diabetes anyway. 
Now consider another meta-analysis published in the Lancet Here, the researchers reviewed randomized controlled trials beginning in 1994 and ending in 2009, for a total of 91,140 participants who took either a statin or a placebo. 

They found that people treated with statin drugs showed a nine percent increase for diabetes. They did not evaluate other factors however, which would be considered pre-diabetes, so I suspect their nine percent number to be on the low side. 

Insulin is a pancreatic hormone that reduces blood sugar. You want some insulin to maintain blood glucose levels, but too much of it is bad—it's an inflammatory compound in your body when it is elevated. And guess what? The use of statin drugs appears to INCREASE your insulin levels! High insulin is extremely harmful to your health. 

For starters, elevated insulin levels lead to heart disease, and isn't that the reason cholesterol drugs are prescribed in the first place? 

The ratio of glucose to insulin should be less than 10:1, this ratio is far more important than the levels of glucose or insulin alone. Keep that in mind if you seek a complete recovery. For more information about the harmful effects of elevated insulin levels, see my article on, or my book Diabetes Without Drugs.

You want to keep insulin normal, to protect yourself from heart disease and high blood pressure. Chronically elevated insulin causes a cascade of inflammatory chemicals and high cortisol which lead to belly fat, high blood pressure, heart attacks, chronic fatigue, thyroid disruption, plus major diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and cancer. 

Unfortunately, the most popular cholesterol drugs in the world seem to increase insulin levels. However, that's just one mechanism by which these drugs can raise your risk for diabetes. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Antioxidants lead to fertility problems part II

ANI, Feb 1, 2011, 12.00am IST
New research has revealed a possible unexpected side effect of antioxidants: They might cause fertility problems in females.

… The results showed hydrogen peroxide fully mimicked the effect of the ovulation-inducing hormone. This implies that reactive oxygen species that are produced in response to luteinizing hormone serve, in turn, as mediators for this physiological stimulus leading to ovulation.
Among other things, these results help fill in a picture that has begun to emerge in recent years of fertility and conception, in which it appears that these processes share a number of common mechanisms with inflammation.
It makes sense, says Dekel, that substances which prevent inflammation in other parts of the body might also get in the way of normal ovulation, and so more caution should be taken when administering such substances.
Much of Dekel's research has focused on fertility -- her previous results are already helping some women become pregnant. Ironically, the new study has implications for those seeking the opposite effect. Dekel: 'On the one hand, these findings could prove useful to women who are having trouble getting pregnant. On the other, further studies might show that certain antioxidants might be effective means of birth control that could be safer than today's hormone-based prevention.'
The study was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS) .
Read more: Antioxidants lead to fertility problems - The Times of India
Debbie’s response:

I understand the concept of this article and more research would have to be revealed. That being said, when I have worked with women that have fertility problems it is not that I have them take multiple anti-oxidants, instead it is more beneficial to provide specific supplements to detoxify the toxic estrogens. These pseudo estrogens have overloaded the body and over burdened the liver to create an imbalance in hormone levels making it more difficult to become pregnant.
This study focuses on only one aspect instead of a whole body approach to balancing hormones, which includes the proper diet and supplements specifically designed for each individual.
Want more information? Contact me!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Antioxidants lead to fertility problems part I... part II coming friday

ANI, Feb 1, 2011, 12.00am IST
New research has revealed a possible unexpected side effect of antioxidants: They might cause fertility problems in females. 

Antioxidants are sold over the counter everywhere. They're added to food, drink and face cream. But according to Prof. Nava Dekel of the Biological Regulation Department, we still don't have a complete understanding of how they act in our bodies. 

Common antioxidants include vitamins C and E. These work by eliminating molecules called reactive oxygen species that are produced naturally in the body. Stress can cause these chemically active molecules to be overproduced; in large amounts they damage cells indiscriminately. 

By neutralizing these potentially harmful substances, antioxidants may, theoretically, improve health and slow down the aging process. 

But when Dekel and her research team including her former and present Ph.D. students Dr. Ketty Shkolnik and Ari Tadmor applied antioxidants to the ovaries of female mice, the results were surprising: ovulation levels dropped precipitously. 

That is, very few eggs were released from the ovarian follicles to reach the site of fertilization, compared to those in untreated ovaries. 

To understand what lies behind these initial findings, the team asked whether it is possible that the process of ovulation might rely on the very 'harmful' substances destroyed by antioxidants – reactive oxygen species. 

Further testing in mice showed that this is, indeed, the case. In one experiment, for instance, Dekel and her team treated some ovarian follicles with luteinizing hormone, the physiological trigger for ovulation, and others with hydrogen peroxide, a reactive oxygen species...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Understanding the energy profile part V

Ammonia Nitrogens are older, deeper, even more damaging toxins also related to parasites of various kinds. Most parasites are microscopic. They overgrow in an unbalanced biochemistry. The parasites are much more prevalent and damaging then most sources indicates. As the  biochemistry becomes more balanced, the body is no longer as hospitable to these organisms and they die freeing us of their damaging toxins. This die off does, however, cause cleansing reactions where we feel worse temporarily. Metabolic efficiency, reserve energy, biological age, adverse relationship, and speed of decline are shown/explained on the energy category sheet.

Each time you visit or send specimens, an energy category reading will be done. The frequency that these are needed is dependent on each individual situation and becomes less as the biochemistry comes into balance. Generally the younger (biological age) the person, the faster they balance. If a person is ill, on drugs, has had surgeries or accidents, smokes, etc. the process will take longer. Each person differs in the speed of cleansing and healing depending on these factors and others such as genetic constitution, mineral reserve, as well as psychological, emotional, stress, and spirituals factors etc.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Understanding the energy profile part VI

Cell debris indicates the tendency of the body to cast off damaged cells. The higher the number, the more cells have died and must be replaced. The critical question is, does the body have enough energy and raw material to replace them?

Nitrogen nitrate is an indication of toxins being released by fungal parasites (yeast) that live in our gastrointestinal tract. The higher the number, the larger the colony of unfriendly organisms making over 77 toxic substances our bodies have to eliminate or store. These organisms are present in everyone and live mainly on excess sugar and carbohydrate foods, but can mutate to eat proteins as well. They trigger our appetite center to eat what feeds them. When the colony gets large enough, they can stimulate an excessive hunger or craving that lead to over eating.

Their toxins cause much havoc throughout the body and impair the digestion. Then they eat what we don’t digest and their colony gets even larger. Some people also develop sensitivity/inflammatory reactions in their organs/tissue to fungal waste products. Antibiotics and steroid type drugs encourage fungal growth. Sometimes there are large bodied parasites present that contribute to the nitrate reading as well.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Understanding the energy profile part III

The actual body pH shows the acidity or alkalinity of the body. The acceptable body pH is where the body needs to be. If the actual body pH is lower than the acceptable it indicates a tendency for more rapid degeneration and weakened organs. If the body pH is more that .3 point higher that the acceptable indicates a tendency for congestive reaction, but not advanced to the stage where the organs are weakened. Toxins can’t be released properly when the elimination organs are reacting in this allergy type fashion. Correction is important so the organs don’t become overtired/weakened.

The salts section measures the sum total of both good mineral salts and caustic toxic salts. If the number is above 7, it indicates a tendency for toxic salts to be present. If the actual reading is larger than balanced, salt and water tend to be trapped in the tissue. Toxic salts in the tissues always cause stress, irritation, and ultimate damage to tissues. They also blocked the nutrients, oxygen, and energy from getting into the cells. Thus cells damage and die too soon. The adrenal glands play big role in the balance of salts. If the salt reading is under the balance, it indicates a tendency for tired adrenals and/or a lack of essential minerals.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Understanding the energy profile part II

The section called sugars shows your actual reading and the balanced reading above it. You want to get your reading as close to 1.5 as possible, provided that the balance is also as close as possible. Ideally, the actual sugar would be the same as the balanced; however once you are able to get it within .8 of the balance, you will experience much more steady, even energy throughout your days. The sugar reading measure how well your body metabolizes sugars and things that turn to sugar (grain, starch, fruit). If you are above 1.5, it means you are not able to use these carbohydrates well for energy and a residue of sludge from the unmetabolized carbs are stressing your system. If the actual sugar is larger than the balance, it may mean diabetic risk. If the sugar reading is more than .8 of the balance, there is a tendency for the pancreas to be hyperactive and overworking in making insulin. That can mean that the cells get less energy, oxygen, and nutrients then they need along with less ability to release their toxic substances. The adrenal glands (our stress glands), play a big role in the balancing of the sugar. Saliva pH represents in the profile can reveal the functional tendencies of all the stages of digestion. It also represents the lover’s interaction with the digestion and its filtration of toxins out of the blood.
The urine PH represents elimination through bowel and kidneys. If the bowel and/or kidneys are overstressed, it can mean a loss of the necessary minerals of the body. If they are not keeping up with the amount of the toxins that need to be filtered or carried out of the body. If they are not keeping up with the amount of toxins that need to be filtered or carried out of the body, toxins can start to come out through the skin, or the mucous membrane that lines sinuses, nose, mouth, throat, lungs, bladder, prostate gland, and/or vagina. In this case, toxins might also be stored in fat cells so the body makes more the more fat cells to store the toxins away from vital organs. The body will also send water into the tissue spaces to dilute the toxins, leading to the feeling of water retention.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Understanding the energy profile part I

The energy profile is a tool to help understand tendencies in an individual’s biochemistry that can predispose to either health or disease. It helps in determining the specific nutritional/health practice needs of the particular individual. It is a tracking tool to monitor the body’ process of the cleansing and healing.

The equation at the top of the page is the ideal equation if someone is in 100% perfect health. Dr. Carey Reams, who first worked with the testing in the early part of the century was a Christian man who stated that only Jesus Christ, when He walked the earth had such an equation. We, however, can use it as a measure of how close to perfect health we are becoming.

Your actual urine/saliva numbers are shown in the dark outlined parts of the second equation given. They are obtained through the use of various instruments specific to the particular measurement needed. The other numbers are the balanced numbers, which show where your numbers would read if your equation were balanced. As you work with the program and your equation moves closer to the balancing within itself, you will experience the increase of a signs in your body of improving health. Lets look at each section for a little more information.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Asyra QP

The original concept for interfacing Resonance Analysis technology with the human body was brought about by Dr. Reinhold Voll in the early 1950’s (E.A.V.). He collected data from thousands of pre-diagnosed patients to understand how to interface the technology appropriately, The amount of current that passes through the cellular structure of the organ, gland, or system reveals the functional status of the tissues. Because the assessment is based on defined parameters of health, any deviation from this standard can be readily detected. This allows us to see a true picture of how your body is actually functioning. Once we have identified the problem areas as in the body, we pre-screen potential therapeutic options. We send representative electromagnetic signatures of remedies to the body and measure its response… “ this allows is to monitor how you respond to a remedy before it is given” Reinhold Voll M.D. M.Sc.

The Asyra analyzes the impedance and reactive capacitance of the body’s energetic field. The underlying mathematical formulas where originally applied by Dr.Tiller PhD and a material scientist with Standford University and have been adopted specifically to this system. According to homotoxicology research by Hans- Heinrich Reckeweg M.D. disease processes first alter the body’s energetic field and if I left unchecked eventually lead to chemical changes and then finally to tissue destruction and/or disease.  

More then 70 percent of the patients in any general practice suffer from functional disturbances. Simply speaking, a functional disturbance occurs when no specific tissue or organ damage can be identified  by conventional lab work or other pathological diagnostics, yet the patient still experiences a myriad of symptoms.  Functional medicine helps detect and identify these energetic and regulatory disturbances. Functional disturbances can be detected early – even from the very beginning of a preclinical phase ( when you display symptoms, but nobody can identify their cause). Disease does not begin with pathology, but with a preclinical phase.  Functional disturbances occur when a living organism can no longer compensate adequately for changes in the environment. Environmental changes include both internal conditions of the body and external methods and treatment protocols. These methods have shown effective in not only helping to identify and correct preclinical disorders and symptomology, but also in reducing or even reversing morphological and pathological deterioration. Functional medicine is intended to bridge the existing diagnostic and therapeutic gaps. Backed by over 40 years of research, this technology clearly continues to deliver life-changing results. Economically, considerable time and substantial amounts of money could be saved simply by taking advantage of the benefits of the powerful technology in the emerging field of functional medicine.

Re-establishing balance to the energetic pathways (that run through all organs, glands, and tissues) may hold the key to restoring and maintaining optimum health. The approach is not looking for any particular disease state, and therefore no clams of diagnosis can be made.
If you would like to view some of the published research go to