TYPE 2 DIABETES: FOCUSING ON INSULIN
Dr. Trindade explains that obesity, prediabetes, and/or diabetes are all clinical manifestations of insulin resistance. She will explore patient history, lack of sleep, heavy metals, microbiome, hormonal imbalances, infections, nutrient deficiencies,
prescriptions drugs, and genetic predispositions to find the underlying cause of insulin resistance. Dr. Trindade will show how to devise a treatment protocol with her three-prong approach. Viewers will glean the simplicity and large impact that Functional
and personalized medicine can have.
The discovery of the connection between lifespan and the hormone insulin is extraordinarily interesting. The poor control of insulin and blood sugar through lifestyle practices is associated with diabetes, early-age disability and shortened life expectancy. Individuals who develop type 2 diabetes, which is NOT, genetic, typically develop a a wide range of health problems and most recently is linked to cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
Long before the diagnosis of diabetes is made a frequently undetected problem occurs known as insulin resistance. This is a progressive problem where the cells of the body become less effective at utilizing insulin’s role in glucose metabolism. The result is
elevated insulin levels in the blood even when normal glucose levels are present.
Prescriptive medications do not stop the progression of the disease. A recently published article written by Dr. Jack Ende, president of the American College of Surgeons, refers to the reduction of A1C levels from 8 to 7 with medications, does little to reduce the
harmful effects of type 2 diabetes ( eye disease, kidney disease, nerve dysfunction, cardiovascular risks, and even dementia risks).
Just because medications are ineffective in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, both short and long term, does not suggest there are other methods to effectively resolve or reduce type 2 diabetes.
The functional medicine approach to type 2 diabetes is to identify and correct the underlying causes and initiate appropriate lifestyle changes.
Type 2 diabetes in many cases IS reversible.
Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their
patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of
health and vitality for each individual.
WHY DO WE NEED FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
- Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
- The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg.
- Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease.
- There’s a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
- Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.
HOW IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE DIFFERENT?
Functional Medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of a Functional Medicine approach include:
- Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.
- An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Functional Medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic
makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
- Integrating best medical practices. Functional Medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and
exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
what’s wrong with health care now
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ALZHEIMER’S & COGNITIVE DECLINE
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE and COGNITIVE DECLINE
A New Approach
Dr. Dale Bredesen and Dale David Perlmutter have defined a new path for physicians to treat individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive decline. Dr. Perlmutter in his best seller book, Grain Brain, first spoke of cognitive decline as a type of insulin abnormality of the brain that he refers to as type 3 diabetes. Dr. Dale Bredesen as a professor at UCLA went further in his research and has created the only program that has shown to be successful to prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive decline.
Dr. Bredesen’s best selling book, The End of Alzheimer’s, describes six subtype causative or contributing factors and treatment programs that are individualized based upon several diagnostic and laboratory results.
Dr. Bredesen’s protocols do not differ from an article published in The Journal of Internal Medicine, “ Advances in the Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia”
“……the most common cognitive impairments in old age probably have mixed etiologies and different pathologies suggesting that combined multi domain preventative interventions targeting several risk factors simultaneously have the highest likelihood of being effective.”
Basically what this article is saying is that there may be several factors developed over ones lifetime that may cause and or contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive decline and treating these issues will produce the best results.
The current treatment used in convention medicine is using pharmaceutical drugs to attack the amyloid plaques seen in the brain scans of Alzheimer patients. Of the 18 FDA approved drugs used to treat Alzheimer patients, none have successfully helped and in fact they have caused increased cognitive decline. The explanation of these disappointing outcomes is that the drugs were developed to attack the amyloid plaques and a recent scientific discovery has found these plaques are formed as a defensive response of the body against inflammation and toxicity.
According to the nations Alzheimer’s Association website, alz.org, “….the amyloid plaques seen in Alzheimer patients can occur 20-25 years before any symptoms of cognitive decline.”
This is very important to recognize because if an individual is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, there offspring may posses genetic risk factors. Early evaluationgives one the best opportunity for a favorable outcome or prevention.
Again, from the Journal of Internal Medicine, “…. the overall goal of primary prevention is to reduce the incidence of disease by intervening before the disease onset.”
Alzheimer’s disease is 2X more common in women than men.
Alzheimer’s disease is 4X more common in women than breast cancer.
SOME IDENTIFIED RISK FACTORS FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE &
- Genetic – APOE4, MHTF-r, Presenilin
- Significant dental history or amalgams
- Type I or type2 diabetes
- Herpes virus
- Toxic or mold exposure
- Hormone imbalance
- Omega deficiency or imbalance
- History of concussion
Dr. Rudack has been certified as a Bredesen ReCode practitioner.
Please visit the home page of Drbredesen.com for additional
information on the ReCode program.
THE STORY OF THE SILENT KILLER-
Inflammation is not complicated- It is quite simply your body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.What thoughtful person would willingly expose themselves repeatedly to foods or other substances that are know to cause injury to their body? Well, smokers, perhaps, however at least they made that choice willfully.
The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.
What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Simply, they are the overloadof simple, highly processed carbohydrates ( sugar flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.
Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. You kept this up several times a day for five years. If you could tolerate the painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.
While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugar and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils, for longer shelf life, have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have slowly been poisoning everyone.
How does eating a simple sweet role create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?
When we consume simple carbohydrate like sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into the cells where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.
When your full cells reject the extra glucose, the blood sugar rises alarming the pancreas to produce more insulin AND the glucose is stored as fat. A sort of storage form of glucose until the body requires the glucose for energy at a later time.
What does all this have to do with inflammation ?
Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is similar to taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessel walls.
Let’s go back to the sweet roll. That delicious and innocent treat not only contains sugars, it is baked in many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are also soaked in soybean oil. Processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6s are essential- they are part of every cell membrane- they MUST be in correct balance with omega-3s.
If this balance of omega-6 and omega-3 tilts toward the 6s as the standard American diet favors,the cell produces a chemical called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.
Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to 30:1 of omega-6s. That produces a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.
To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.
Ther is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch a little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.
There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build more muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation-causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.
One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.
Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation that the supposedly healthy oils labeled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol levels is very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.
The following excerpt from Dr. Dwight Lundell, further illustrates the effect of inflammation in the body. “We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit when we are wrong. So here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon of 25 years experience, having preformed over 5,000 open heart surgeries, today is
my day to right the wrong with scientific and medical fact. I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labeled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol. The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and diets that severely restricted fat intake. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibility be considered malpractice.
IT IS NOT WORKING!
These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a new paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.
The long established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of morality, human suffering and dire economic consequences. Despite the fact that 25%of the population takes statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than every before.
Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.
Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the cell wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.
The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.
What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those that your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh, unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.”
I would strongly recommend these two important videos on this topic Fed Up & Hungry for Change.