At Health Recovery Center, clients are given the Glucose Tolerance Test because actual lab evidence seems to propel clients into action better than if we force a hypoglycemia correcting diet on them with no scientific confirmation. However, many of the readers of my Seven Weeks to Sobriety and/or Depression Free, Naturally were unable, financially or geographically, to take advantage of lab work. They simply accepted the written screens and plunged on. If for any reason lab work is not available to you, I strongly urge you to be self-directed and do so too. It will result in the same solution.

You may find, in these times when HMOs frown on spending money for lab work, that your M.D. is unresponsive to your testing needs. The following national organizations make referrals of caring physicians in the United States and Canada:

American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)
4101 Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607
(A list of AHMA physicians in your area will be mailed to you for a small donation.)

American College for Advancement in Medicine. (ACAM)
23121 Verdugo Drive #204
Box 3427
Laguna Hills, CA 92654
(A list of ACAM physicians in your area can be yours by sending a self addressed, stamped envelope.)

For a list of orthomolecular physicians in your area, contact the:

Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine
16 Florence Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M2N 1E9, Canada
(This group supplies names of orthomolecular physicians in Canada & the United States.)

Glucose Tolerance Test Preparations

For 3 days before testing, eat your usual diet.

  1. Avoid taking nutritional supplements for forty-eight hours before the test.
  2. Don't eat or drink (except water) after 10:00 PM the night before the test.
  3. Because cigarettes are cured with three different kinds of sugar, smoking will INVALIDATE test results. DO NOT SMOKE (or chew gum) before or during the test.

Be aware that the following conditions will influence your test results. These conditions or medications INCREASE blood glucose levels:

Chlorpromazine, Diuretics, Epinephrine, General Anesthetics, Indomythacin, Marijuana, Nicotine Acid, ACTH, Adrenal Steroids, Androgens, Estrogens, Glucagon, Growth Hormone, Oral Contraceptives, Thyroid, Emotional Stress, Infection, Overfeeding, Pregnancy, Starvation followed by re-feeding, Aldosteronism, Anacidity, Arthritis, Gastrectomy, Hypertension, Jejunectomy, Liver Disease, Myocardial Infarction, Nephritis, Obesity, Pheochromocytoma, Advanced Age, Coffee, Prolonged inactivity, and Smoking.

These conditions or medications DECREASE blood glucose levels: Aspirin, Barbiturates, Bishydroxycoumarin, Chloramphenicol, MAO Inhibitors, Oxyphenbutazone, Phenylbutazone, Phenyramidol, Probenecid, Propranolol HCl, (Propylthiouracil), Fever, Islet-cell tumors of the Pancreas, Addison's Disease, Strenuous physical exercise, Alcohol, Valium, Librium and other Benzodiazepams.

Bring Depression Free, Naturally with you so that you can use The Hypoglycemia Test Symptoms Chart (not shown here) to keep a record of any symptoms that occur during the test. When the test is over, eat some fruit or drink orange juice to restore your blood sugar levels before you leave for home.

©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.