© Reprinted with permission by Dr. Joan Mathews-Larson
Here in a nutshell, are the facts: Our brains have two absolute requirements for energy, development and survival: Glucose and Oxygen.
"Short disruptions in blood supply to the brain are either fatal or produce lasting damage. Even in the presence of adequate blood circulation, severe hypoglycemia (low level of blood sugar) produces similar effects."
—Nutrition and Brain Development: Dr. Dhopeshworkar. M.D.
The rise in popularity of processed sugars occurred quickly in the last half of the twentieth century, and our bodies' biochemistry hasn't adapted well. As blood glucose levels shoot up after eating refined sugars, the pancreas pours out high amounts of insulin trying to control the rising tide of sugar in our bloodstream.
Too much insulin destroys our brains' only source of fuel, (glucose) and instead creates a state of mild to serious insulin shock. In this state, our brains and body cells are frantically signaling for more fuel.
Americans interpret those signals as a need to grab a sweet snack or cola: The seesawing of blood glucose all day long creates many uncomfortable symptoms. Some of these symptoms were documented in a research paper complied by Dr. Stephen Gyland M.D., based on a study of 1,200 hypoglycemic patients.
Dr. Gyland himself experienced many of these symptoms as young man beginning his medical practice. When he became so incapacitated he could no longer work in medicine, he began a futile search for help from major medical centers across the US, including the famed Mayo Clinic. Finally on his own, he pieced together the correct diagnosis of hypoglycemia, which he then verified with a six-hour glucose tolerance test. Since his recovery, he has contributed this valuable study that shows what percentage of twelve hundred patients report each of these common hypoglycemic symptoms.
©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.