WHAT IS DIABETES?
Diabetes – a disturbance in the metabolism from lack of insulin secreted by the pancreas, or from its inability to function normally.
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the pancreas is not working the way it should be. The pancreas is responsible for secreting insulin, a hormone that converts sugar found in the blood into energy inside of the cells. Most foods we eat turn to sugar in our bodies, which provides the fuel we need for our daily lives when the insulin breaks it down to apply to the cells. If the insulin is unable to break the sugar down, or if the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin, the sugar can’t be used for energy, so it stays in the bloodstream. In turn, you end up with too much sugar in your blood for your body to function properly. There are two types of diabetes. In diabetes type 1, the pancreas doesn’t make insulin because the immune system attacks the insulin making cells of the pancreas. In diabetes type 2, the pancreas makes insulin, but not enough to keep up with the body’s sugar consumption and insulin demand, so a large portion of the sugars stay in the blood.
WHAT’S THE HARM OF SUGAR ACCUMULATION IN THE BLOOD?
When there is too much sugar in the blood, one of the main things it affects is the circulation of blood throughout our bodies. Imagine having a bowl of juice you are constantly stirring. If you keep pouring sugar into the juice you are stirring, the juice will continue to get thicker until it turns into a paste that is much more difficult to stir. In the same way, excess sugars in the blood thicken the blood and make it harder for the heart to keep it circulating. Slow circulating blood, plaque accumulation, and inefficient waste removal can lead to clogged arteries, heart attack, and stroke, to name a few dangers. Sugars can also turn to acid in your blood and lead to bone decay in the same way sugars rot your teeth. One natural response from our bodies when the pancreas is not working is to dispose of the sugar though our kidneys, which may eventually become overworked if the condition continues, leading to kidney failure. Other ailments that may follow as a result of diabetes are nerve damage, blindness, erectile dysfunction, gangrene, hair loss, and a weakened immune system.
What Are Some Diabetic Symptoms?
Low sex drive
Unusual weight loss
Lack of energy
Numbness or coldness of fingers or toes
Urine with a strong sweet odor
Constant cravings for sweet foods & drinks
WHAT ARE SOME MAIN CAUSES OF DIABETES?
Physically, diabetes may be obtained when the body is overloaded by consumption of processed & refined sweeteners (white sugar, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners), concentrated starches (white flour, white bread, white rice, French fries), alcohol, distilled vinegars, salts, dairy products, animal protein (meats, whey, eggs, etc.), and other processed foods. Insufficient water intake is another HUGE contributing factor; water is needed to keep the blood flowing freely and to balance acid, sugar, and mineral levels in the body. People who are inactive are more at risk for developing diabetes because their bodies are not using the sugars for energy at a normal rate, allowing it to accumulate over time, especially with poor diet and an overburdened digestive/elimination system. Subsequently, people who are obese or overweight are also more at risk for developing diabetes, being that they are already retaining waste in their bodies which can alter normal function of the cells and hormones. Obesity is also a result of a slow digestive/elimination system, in which the body is not processing the nutrients and excreting the waste from foods fast enough for the rates and portions at which you eat, which clogs the colon and stresses the kidneys, so you have a hard time getting rid of the sugars. Those who have families with a history of diabetes may be more at risk, but diabetes can be prevented with the right diet, exercise, and mental & spiritual attitudes.
Diabetes has become such a household name, and people in today’s society treat the DIS-EASE like its normal. And of course, it’s not normal. First, we must disown it and not claim it. WE are apart from it. I’m here to discuss how we can treat the DIS-EASE before and after the physical disturbance. Before a DIS-EASE effects the body, it is in spirit form first. “How is that”, you ask? Well, spiritually speaking, Mother/Father God, our ancestors, and our guardian angels give us warnings…signs. It could be a situation or there could be physical warnings leading up to the breakdown of the body.
Since we are dealing with the pancreas gland, that gland is related to the solar plexus chakra or the third chakra. It is located at the navel area. This area deals with emotions, desires and intellectual activities. The color of this chakra is yellow. The element that controls it is fire. And the planet that rules it is Mars. The other organs that go along with this area are all the digestive organs such as the stomach, small & large intestines, liver, gallbladder, and the spleen. This particular area allows us to feel life and the joys of life…the ability to express our feelings in our life. When you’re not able to assimilate the emotions of joy or love, you’re very emotional, or you protect yourself with a barrier so you won’t feel or experience just that. Things that may happen: you may control your emotions rather than expressing them, you may be quick tempered, feel despair, or be unfeeling, uncaring, depressed, prone to flaring up etc. Instead, you should: feel and express, laugh, have joy, be happy, have passion, etc. When you’re out of balance, first thing’s first — express how you feel; don’t bottle it up. Start by saying, “I FEEL….” When we crave the desire to be loved and nurtured, we crave sweets or carbs (which is sugar also). When you overdo this, it can harm the body. Simple carbs takes a toll on the body. Instead we should consume more complex carbs, which break down into healthy sugars. Simple carbs are bad sugars, for example: cakes, pies, white potatoes, chips, donuts, etc. Examples of complex carbs are whole grain breads, brown rice, oatmeal, seeds, and nuts. So many of us have learned to be afraid of our feelings. We need to face them. It takes time; nothing happens overnight. But let’s start today by saying, “I LOVE MYSELF.” Look in a mirror and say it loud and proud. You may cry, you may laugh, but you will FEEL it. Those are some things I suggest that may help if you put forth effort with an open heart and good intent.
WHAT ARE SOME WHOLISTIC SOLUTIONS FOR DIABETES?
Here are some other things I suggest to help:
Herbs/Minerals: Chromium picolinate (helps with sugar cravings), Chlorophyll (cleanses blood), peppermint, cinnamon, licorice tea
Essential Oils: Rosemary, juniper, geranium, peppermint, ginger, citrus oils (uplifting oils)
Gemstones: Citrine, tiger’s eye, topaz (will help the solar plexus chakra to open & balance itself, and will help you to feel)
Stay away from wearing dark colors. Wear light colors that will pick you up. Dark colors are depressing.
If you can, take long, hot baths, burn a yellow candle, and visualize yourself well. Visualize yourself full of life and love.
Say daily affirmations, such as: “I will be full of life today. I accept life for everything it has good for me.” “I accept myself. God made me. I am original. I am love.” etc.
Meditate or pray for 15-45 minutes daily. Start with 15. Go to a quiet area; turn on a soft meditative CD. Sit on a chair, lay down on your back, or sit against a wall. Take deep, slow breaths. Close your eyes. Gently and quietly ask your thoughts to leave. Focus on the color yellow. Send the light to your solar plexus area. See yourself well; see yourself full of life again, etc. Do this daily.
NOTE: If you do not believe you can heal, then you won’t. The mind and the spirit control the body. The body DOES NOT control the mind and spirit. Whatever a man thinketh, he is! If you say you’re sick, people… get my drift. So rearrange how you have handled yourself. Like I said, this will take time, but let’s start. I’m here with you. Be peace, be love, and be life. Know you are peace, love, & life.
Especially if you have diabetes already, you should AVOID the following foods and food-like products: Sugar, maple syrup, honey, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrates, artificial sweeteners, all bleached foods (white rice, white flour, white bread, etc.), non-whole grain pastas, all dairy products (milk, butter cheese, whey, etc.), red meats, chicken, turkey, eggs, seafood meats, alcohol, cigarettes, distilled vinegars, refined salts, canned foods, artificial flavors & colors, fried foods, preservatives, roasted peanuts/peanut products, drugs, candy, gum, pickled foods, animal fats, vegetable oil, canola oil, vegetable shortening, coffee, black tea, and caffeinated beverages such as many commercial energy drinks.
On a cellular level, those items can either raise your sugar level, interfere with normal circulation, slow digestion, or weaken/damage the kidneys & liver. It is important to remember that diabetes is a degenerative condition, which means that it takes a while for your body to get to that point, and your body’s condition worsens as long as you are in that state if it goes untreated. The last thing you want to do is to contribute to causing the illness, or exacerbating it once you have it, by eating the wrong foods. Our food is our basic maintenance of life that affects EVERYTHING in our bodies on a daily basis, so I can’t stress the importance of healthy nutritional choices enough. Make sure you drink plenty of water to help neutralize the sugars, minerals, and acids in the body. You can also sprinkle cayenne pepper powder over your foods daily, which stimulates circulation and helps carbohydrate metabolism. Other beneficial foods include string beans, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, cranberries, aloe vera gel or juice, legumes (such as lentils and beans), mushrooms, and raw or sprouted sunflower seeds. Raw foods are an extraordinary asset in helping to overcome diabetes due to the live enzymes and nutrients that support the metabolism, cleansing, repairing damaged tissues, and better nutritional assimilation. Incorporating raw plant foods to make up at least 70% of your nutritional eating regimen can actually work wonders! Better alternative sweeteners to use, if needed, include stevia leaf powder, fresh or rehydrated whole fruits (or the water from rehydrated whole fruits), yacon syrup, Eden barley malt, and unsulphured blackstrap molasses (for anyone iron deficient especially).
Make sure you exercise daily to stimulate your body to burn the sugars as energy. Even something as simple as walking 30-60 minutes a day can help. Prioritize yourself and set aside the time you need to recover and to heal. If you don’t make yourself a priority, then who will?
Here are some of the products we offer that I would recommend to control sugar levels & to help the body function normally:
Sundial Wood and Root Tonic – This tonic cleans the blood, helps to improve circulation, and provides energy
Yew-360 Colon Cleanse Vcaps –or– Sundial Koromantee Bitters – These products assist cleansing the colon, the stomach, and the intestines. They also stimulate digestion, counteract acid, and promote the balancing of blood sugar by removing excess sugars through the bowels.
Yew-360 Isora – This herbal tea blend assists with carbohydrate and sugar metabolism, promotes the regeneration of the pancreas, and helps the body to dispose of excess sugars from the bloodstream through the kidneys. It may also help to regulate some sugar cravings.
Yew-360 Aiye (Earth) Powder – This is a powdered multi-nutrient supplement that can help to provide nutritional metabolic and structural support, facilitate cellular detoxification, increase oxygen in the cells, and bring more alkalinity to the body.
100% Pure Noni Juice – Especially useful in diabetes type 1, pure noni juice promotes healing of cell wall receptors, supports the immune system, and hinders oxidation of the cells (oxidation causes damage to nerves and organs in people who have diabetes).
Cerasee herb – Traditionally used in diabetes type 2, cerasee purges the blood, intestines, stomach & liver, stimulates the digestive system, and has been shown to promote the lowering of blood sugar by improving the efficiency of insulin.
Hawthorne + Ginkgo + Astragalus – These herbs help to support healthy heart function and stress response.
Please remember that the spirit, the mind, and the body go hand in hand, so whatever affects one part will have an effect on the other parts of the whole of your existence as well. We pray you’re able to internalize and apply this information, and we’re available for private health consultations as well. If you need us, contact us and we’ll give you the details on how to set one up and what it entails.