Saturday, June 8, 2013


I just learned a bunch about glucokinase, and am parking some of what I learned here:

Biotin- is a B vitamin that is used to process glucose. In the liver, biotin aids insulin in increasing the activity of the enzyme (glucokinase) responsible for glucose utilization. Supplementing with biotin when you take your insulin may drastically increase the activity of the glucokinase enzyme, causing an improvement in your blood sugar. In one study, Type 1 diabetics were given 16 mg of biotin a day for one week and their fasting glucose levels dropped by 50%. Try taking 16 mg a day in 3-4 even doses to see if your fasting blood glucose improves.  (Holiistic Online, 1998)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Banting's Nobel Prize Speech 1923

     Frederic Banting, with the help of Charles Best, and MacCleod, and a number of other people discovered insulin in the 1920's. When Banting received the Nobel prize back in 1923 for the discovery he made a speech that is a must read. In it he explains that the pancreas can regenerate. Frederick Banting's Nobel Prize Speech

    Here is one of my favorite quotes from the speech. I hope this gives all of you some hope:
      "Regardless of the severity of the disease, it has been found that by carefully adjusting the diet and the dose of insulin, all patients may be maintained sugar-free. Since this is possible, it is to be strongly advocated, because we have abundant evidence for the belief that there is regeneration of the islet cells of the pancreas when the strain thrown upon them by a high blood sugar is relieved. The increase in tolerance is evidenced by the decreasing-dosage of artificially administered insulin. In fact, in some moderately severe cases, the tolerance has increased sufficiently that they no longer require insulin"

-----when he says sugar-free- he means no sugar detected in the urine.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The pancreas can regenerate

The pancreas can regenerate. When I read this for the first time I jumped out of my chair and whooped. According to the most up to date medical theory, the pancreas can regenerate but the autoimmune attack keeps killing off the beta cells. But what if that little theory is either wrong or only one pathway or answer? What if, instead, it's stress? read this 

Low potassium Symptoms look eerily like symptoms of diabetes- just lookie here: here

Low Potassium symptoms:         

Passing large amounts of urine or feeling very thirsty most of the time

 Abnormal psychological behavior: depression, psychosis, delirium, confusion, or hallucinations. (tantrums in the young)

Constipation (My daughter had this)

Abdominal cramping, bloating (she complained of stomache aches)

Weakness, tiredness, or cramping in arm or leg muscles, sometimes severe enough to cause inability to move arms or legs due to weakness (much like a paralysis)

A little scenario...

So here is what may have happened to my daughter. Picture a 5 year old child. They must get invited to more birthday parties than anyone on the planet, right? Their favorite foods are cupcakes, mac and cheese, juice boxes- you get the picture. Some 5 year olds are totally calm and relaxed with few periods of crying while others are, hmm let's just say -5 year olds get stressed too. So, getting back to my daughter- She was born with an intense look of concentration on her face which made her look angry- she has always had an intensity to her which may or may not mean high cortisol levels.
  She was an avid juice box drinker back when I thought juice was healthy. Goldfish crackers went nicely with the juice. High in salt(competes with potassium) and wheat (she is wheat intolerant). Her diet and personality already had her at risk for high blood sugar. Then her pediatrician recommended 4 vaccines to be given in the same day to get them over with. I thought that was a good idea, after all vaccines are good. A few weeks later, she gets a virus- complete with vomiting. Oh and did i mention it was during this time we had to spray our house for ants? So she's vomiting all over and I take her first to the Dr then to the ER- her blood sugar is over 800. What happens next? Nothing changes for about two years except we give her alot of insulin to regulate her numbers.
  If my daughter were given just enough insulin to get her into  a safe range, then adequate potassium and magnesium, a healthy diet which for her would have been dairy and wheat free, and nice little walks outside to exercise and destress- she may have recovered nicely.
 Instead we were told she can eat whatever she wants- after all she can't get diabetes- she already has it- and she just needs to give herself the right amount of insulin.
  Is there hope for people with long standing diabetes- you bet there is! I will post some of my findings in my next blog post.

How most people get Diabetes

First I want to thank my now retired Chemistry Instructor, Professor Guitierez, from Mercer County Community College in NJ. He kept repeating the phrase "metabolic pathways" in his intriguing Cuban accent. I also want to thank the rest of my professors there who put up with all of my questions. I  graduated with an Associates Degree in Nursing this month.
   My inspiration for going to Nursing school was my daughter, now 12, with Type 1 Diabetes. I wanted to learn as much as possible to be able to figure out why Diabetes is on the rise (an understatement), what specifically causes it, and of course what can be done to prevent it, and help or cure those with it.
   I began studying for 4-8 hours a day, anything I could find about both type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes since 2007. I learned alot and began to think of everything as pieces to a puzzle. the biggest question I had was

Why? Why do people get Diabetes?

I have the answer for you. I have read through every theory I could find and will list some here.
Cow's Milk
Wheat allergy(food allergies)
A virus
Cortisone shots

I also studied the history of Diabetes beginning with the discovery of Insulin by Frederick Banting. It's a little known fact that Freddie also discovered that the pancreas can regenerate.

I followed every lead for cures that people have said have lessened the need for insulin or helped their children or themselves get off insulin completely.

I knew there had to be a common thread, an actual reason why Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and the only thing we are told we can do is to take our insulin shots and be compliant.

Well there are several common threads woven into why some groups of people get diabetes more readily than others and why it seems there are so many different theories why people get it.

The reason why people get diabetes is complicated but I will explain it simply first, then go into more detail. I will post websites and studies that corroborate my findings. My hope is that the medical community(which I'm about to join) and families with Diabetes will read this and decide for themselves.

The reason people get diabetes is due to low levels of potassium, and/or magnesium, and high levels of cortisol produced in their bodies.

It is the common thread in the above theories.
Vaccinations - cause your body to produce a high level of cortisol vaccination-causes-diabetes

Surgery- (and injury) stimulates the sympathetic nervous system- your body thinks it's in danger and produces more cortisol- raising your blood sugar.

Cow's milk-  I first want to point out why it doesn't cause diabetes in everyone who drinks it. Not everyone has trouble digesting it- and not everyone eats the same foods.  Allergies to milk(which are not always apparent) can cause high cortisol levels and if the allergies cause diarrhea you will lose potassium.

Wheat allergies- can cause high cortisol levels and loss of potassium when diarrhea is an issue.

A virus- causes electrolyte loss (loss of potassium) and may cause high cortisol levels.

Cortisone shots- same as having high cortisol in your body- it raises your blood sugar.