There is no magic pill that cures hypoglycemia. The quickest and most effective treatment is by dietary changes. In the seventies when I began working with this population, there were two distinct camps of thinking about diet. The first was to feed all hypoglycemics a complex carbohydrate diet spacing "small" meals every three hours.
The second was to reduce all carbohydrates radically and replace them with proteins and fats. The odd thing was that each of these diets had their successes and failures. Of course there was little or no research then on determining levels of carbohydrate sensitivity, or eating a diet corresponding to your blood type characteristics and your rate of metabolizing foods. Today, we can zero in on all of these factors so that your food choices fit you like a glove (and keep you at your best weight.)
Am I Really Carbohydrate Addicted?
Disbelievers are the same crowd who pack one hundred and fifty to two hundred pounds of refined sugars into their diet yearly. The fattening of America with this formula has now reached epic proportion.
According to recent government figures, weight gain in the United States population during the past twenty years has increased by thirty-one percent despite the food industry removing fat from almost everything on our shelves!
The percentage of FAT KIDS has doubled in the last decade!
The weight loss industry bilks thirty-three billion dollars out of fat Americans yearly despite the dangerous rebound effect that sends scales even higher than before within two years.
A 1995 Harris Poll found seventy one percent of Americans over age twenty-four are overweight. Up from sixty-four percent in 1990, and from fifty eight-percent in 1983.
(Figures are based on the Metropolitan Life tables of recommended weight averages.)
Before the low fat diet craze started forty years ago, far less people were fat. What is creating such hunger in us? It is coming from trying to live mostly on carbohydrates! Unlike fats and protein that do not trigger insulin, carbohydrates always produce the release of that fat-storing hormone. Insulin fattens us up. It destroys our brains' fuel. It plays havoc with our energy and emotional stability. The more you look at the list of hypoglycemic symptoms you've identified, the angrier you should get that you've been led down the garden path by the food industry and by some "sacred cows" like the American Heart Institute, the AMA and National Institute of Health.
Just Give Me the Facts
Some of the most renowned scientists worldwide now agree that the hi-carbo/low fat concept is not only wrong but dangerous. Here is the short course:
In 1953 Dr. Ancel Keys, a leader in promulgating the mistaken belief about saturated fats proclaimed that all dietary fats raise serum cholesterol. Dr. Keys based his statement on the atherosclerosis seen in rabbits fed high cholesterol diets. He did not take into account that rabbits not only do not eat saturated fats naturally, but have no compensating feedback mechanisms that reduce their daily cholesterol production whenever dietary cholesterol is eaten.
Humans, however, automatically make from 10,000 mg to 14,000 mg of cholesterol daily. If dietary intake goes up, our livers make less and vice versa. Thus, limiting dietary cholesterol has been found to have only trivial effects. Many studies have proved that those who developed coronary heart disease were eating much more carbohydrates and little fat (cholesterol). Although Dr. Keys drew from the World Health Organization's report on estimated fat intake and incidences of death from coronary heart disease he only selected seven national reports that agreed with his theory, and omitted data from fifteen nations' reports that did not fit his preconceived notions. How's that for manipulating research to suit your theory?
In 1955 to 1960, the famous Framingham study investigated coronary heart disease (CHD) extensively. Their data shows no relationship between dietary fats, cholesterol, and coronary heart disease. There have now been thirty-three clinical trials on the effect of diet and/or drugs on coronary heart disease. "The evidence consistently says, "No - This is not a sound hypothesis.”
In August 1991, Ancel Keys finally wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine "Dietary cholesterol has an important effect on the cholesterol level in the blood of chickens and rabbits, but many controlled experiments have shown that dietary cholesterol has only a limited effect in humans." (Emphasis mine.)
Dr. Keys has finally come full circle in acknowledging dietary cholesterol is insignificant. Unfortunately, this nation has now traded all kinds of fats for all kinds of sugar. I want you to see how critical it is that we undo this thinking.
In 1993 a group of world-renowned scientists collaborated to publish a book called Coronary Heart Disease, The Dietary Sense and Nonsense. They published the studies we never see. Their graphs show how the popular anti-cholesterol drugs increased death rates in six of eight randomized, blind studies, rather than saving lives. There is, as well, a sinister result to lowering the availability of fats in our brain. The brain's gray matter is predominantly composed of fats; it is sixty percent essential fatty acids. Cholesterol-lowering studies are showing us that deaths in general and in particular violent deaths are more frequent in the drug-taking group, even though the drugs reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Journal of American Medicine, 1991
These findings are ominous! Cholesterol lowering drugs show repeated evidence of high toxicity and of lowering the essential fatty acid levels our brains depend on for stability. These drugs are accomplishing nothing life-saving. Most heart attack victims have normal or even low cholesterol. What fat-phobic Americans need to learn quickly is that the essential fats are vital to our health. Cholesterol is important to our nervous system, our endocrine system and to every cell in our bodies. Foods naturally high in fat are healthy to eat. The key word here is NATURAL. If man has tampered with these fats, they should be avoided at all costs because they have altered their nature. We call those trans-fatty acids and partially hydrogenated oils. Hydrogenation destroys the essential fatty acids, but the food giants use this process for longer shelf life. Trans-fatty acids deplete your real fatty acids, and they manage to get stuck in many parts of our bodies. They line our arteries, adrenals, liver, heart, spleen, and kidneys, where they damage these organs. Over 2/3 of the population die from degenerative diseases involving fats! If you read labels you will be surprised that almost every fat is "partially hydrogenized.”
I encourage you to eat natural (good) fats, but avoid:
- vegetable oils
- processed chesses, deep-fried foods
- hot dogs, sausage
- pork rinds
- peanut butter with hydrogenated fat
- potato chips
- bakery goods
The following you may eat freely:
- macadamia nuts
- brazil nuts
- hard cheese
- feta cheese
- cottage cheese
- filberts, goats milk
- organ meats
- peanut butter
- roasted peanuts
- pine nuts
- pumpkin seeds
- rice germ
- sesame seeds
- sunflower seeds
- wheat germ
- yogurt (whole milk)
Taken from, Eat Right To Live Long, Dr. Cass Ingram
Have you ever thought about fats as a source of energy? They are our most efficient source! Not only are fats easily absorbed, they contain twice the caloric energy of carbohydrates and proteins. A real secret weapon in a hypoglycemic's diet is fat.
It is probably slowly dawning on you that the foods you've been avoiding are exactly what you need!
©This short article comes to you through the courtesy of Joan Mathews-Larson whose best-selling books Seven Weeks to Sobriety and followup, Depression Free, Naturally lay out many physical anomalies rooted in chemistry, and correctable with proper nutrition and orthomolecular medicine. More information on Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson, her clinic Health Recovery Center and the supplements/formulas she uses to address the addictions and mental health issues can be found in her books.