Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Cured?

There is increasing evidence that type 2 diabetes, in many patients, can actually be reversed.  Newcastle University (UK) Professor of medicine and metabolism, Roy Taylor believes that fat surrounding the liver and pancreas is responsible for the decreased insulin production and reduced regulation of blood sugar levels found in type 2 diabetes.  In a 2011 study, Dr. Taylor put 11 participants on an 500 calorie per day diet which consisted of soups, salads and weight loss shakes for up to eight weeks. At the end of the study, all 11 participants had normal blood sugar levels and apparently normal pancreas function.  Three months later, seven of the 11 were still diabetes free and at 18 months, four of the patients were still free of the disease.

It makes sense of course that if weight gain is a major risk factor for diabetes, weight loss should and is considered to be a major component of diabetes management.  But how does this particular diet not just control, but eliminate diabetes? The theory is that a radical diet, such as the hcg diet, sends the body into starvation mode.  In starvation mode, the body begins to burn stores of fat, and the fat surrounding the organs is the first to go.  A larger study, involving 280 participants will be conducted this year.  The results could make an important contribution to the way diabetes is treated.

Obesity Causes and Facts

Simeons understood that an important part of studying weight loss was to research what causes weight gain and overall obesity. He knew that the only way in which to burn fat was to first see where it comes from. Throughout his 10 years of research and observations, Simeons narrowed it down to three main reasons. These are the psychological aspects, compulsive eating and reluctance to lose weight. With psychological aspects, he believed that emotional eating is an instinct gratification tactic by a part of the brain that is having difficulty finding emotional comfort. From Simeons experience, he only believes that compulsive eating constitutes about 1-2% of obese people, but still concludes that it can be a factor. He also believes that most obese people are truly hungry and not susceptible to sudden hunger attacks and compulsive consumption. Simeons final point is about the reluctance to lose weight. Simeons points out that some patients become deeply attached to their fat and do not like the idea of losing it. He makes many points about the psychology behind this reluctance and highlights factors such as an attachment to their obese childhood’s, fear of people liking them after weight loss, or the inability to see the reality of the situation they are in. In this instance, it is important to understand that your self image could be inhibiting your ability to lose weight.

While studying the psychological rather than the physiological aspects behind obesity, Simeons began to study the diencephalon or hypothalamus, a part of the brain that we have in common with all vertebrate animals. A very primitive part of the brain, the diencephalon directs the central nervous system and controls functions of the body, such as breathing, digestion, sex and sleep. It was through this discovery, that Simeons started to connect the diencephalon with the storing and burning of fuel in the body. He believed that the aspect of the brain that controlled so much of our body, must also contribute to how we store fat. With the various “storage banks” of fat around the human body, Simeons thought that if he could tap into the “control center” of the human brain that operated this fat movement, he could discover ways of weight loss not yet examined.

 

Science Behind the hcg

When Simeons first began using the hormone, underdeveloped boys were given several hundred international units, delivered twice a week. A few discoveries were made by Dr. Simeons as a result of these injections. The first being that small, daily doses were just as effective as much larger ones given twice a week.

Patients began to lose their large appetite, without being on a restrictive diet.

Simeons also noticed that the boy’s body shapes began to change. Simeons believed that this was due to abnormal deposits of fat moving away from the hips and becoming available to the body to burn off. This new source of fuel could then be used in replace of food, which answered the question of why the boys were not as hungry, even when their diets became restricted.

Simeons points out that the addition of the HCG injections seemed to have no harmful effects. Patients were able to go about their normal days on only 500 calories per day and began to lose an average of a pound per day. This made it clear to Simeons that the body was transitioning to using up abnormal fat instead of the usual normal fat reserves.

Types of Body Fat

Structural fat

Fills in the gaps between organs, and acts as a packing material. It helps protect our arteries, provides bedding for the kidneys and keeps the skin smooth and taut. Structural fat also provides the springy cushion underneath the bones in our feet.

Normal fat

Our normal reserves of fuel that can be drawn on by the body for energy. Fat packs a high amount of calories in a small amount of space and is used for muscular activity and the overall maintenance of the body, including its temperature.

Abnormal fat

These fats are created by the high consumption of starch and sugar in the modern diet, and over time, continues to build up in the body. This is the fat that causes obesity, and is found most often around the hips, stomach, buttocks and thighs.

When You’re Stressed

What Happens To Your Body When You’re Stressed?

Neuroscience NewsAugust 7, 2017

Summary: A new report examines the effect stress can have on our bodies and general health.

Source: The Conversation.

We all feel stressed from time to time – it’s all part of the emotional ups and downs of life. Stress has many sources, it can come from our environment, from our bodies, or our own thoughts and how we view the world around us. It is very natural to feel stressed around moments of pressure such as exam time – but we are physiologically designed to deal with stress, and react to it.

When we feel under pressure the nervous system instructs our bodies to release stress hormones including adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol. These produce physiological changes to help us cope with the threat or danger we see to be upon us. This is called the “stress response” or the “fight-or-flight” response.

Stress can actually be positive, as the stress response help us stay alert, motivated and focused on the task at hand. Usually, when the pressure subsides, the body rebalances and we start to feel calm again. But when we experience stress too often or for too long, or when the negative feelings overwhelm our ability to cope, then problems will arise. Continuous activation of the nervous system – experiencing the “stress response” – causes wear and tear on the body.

When we are stressed, the respiratory system is immediately affected. We tend to breathe harder and more quickly in an effort to quickly distribute oxygen-rich blood around our body. Although this is not an issue for most of us, it could be a problem for people with asthma who may feel short of breath and struggle to take in enough oxygen. It can also cause quick and shallow breathing, where minimal air is taken in, which can lead to hyperventilation. This is more likely if someone is prone to anxiety and panic attacks.

Stress wreaks havoc on our immune systems. Cortisol released in our bodies suppresses the immune system and inflammatory pathways, and we become more susceptible to infections and chronic inflammatory conditions. Our ability to fight off illness is reduced.

The musculoskeletal system is also affected. Our muscles tense up, which is the body’s natural way of protecting ourselves from injury and pain. Repeated muscle tension can cause bodily aches and pains, and when it occurs in the shoulders, neck and head it may result in tension headaches and migraines.

There are cardiovascular effects. When stress is acute (in the moment), heart rate and blood pressure increase, but they return to normal once the acute stress has passed. If acute stress is repeatedly experienced, or if stress becomes chronic (over a long period of time) it can cause damage to blood vessels and arteries. This increases the risk for hypertension, heart attack or stroke.

The endocrine system also suffers. This system plays an important role in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism and reproductive processes. Our metabolism is affected. The hypothalamus is located in the brain and it plays a key role in connecting the endocrine system with the nervous system. Stress signals coming from the hypothalamus trigger the release of stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine, and then blood sugar (glucose) is produced by the liver to provide you with energy to deal with the stressful situation. Most people reabsorb the extra blood sugar when the stress subsides, but for some people there is an increased risk of diabetes.

Stress can have some unpleasant gastrointestinal effects. We might experience heartburn and acid reflux especially if we have changed our eating habits to eat more or less, or increased our consumption of fatty and sugary foods. The ability of our intestines to absorb nutrients from our food may be reduced. We may experience stomach pain, bloating and nausea, diarrhoea or constipation.

Repeated muscle tension can cause bodily aches and pains, and when it occurs in the shoulders, neck and head it may result in tension headaches and migraines. NeuroscienceNews.com image is adapted The Conversation news release.

There can be problems with our reproductive systems too. For men, chronic stress may affect the production of testosterone and sperm. It may even lead to erectile dysfunction or impotence. Women can experience changes to their menstrual cycles and increased premenstrual symptoms.

Stress and your mind

Stress has marked effects on our emotional well-being. It is normal to experience high and low moods in our daily lives, but when we are stressed we may feel more tired, have mood swings or feel more irritable than usual. Stress causes hyperarousal, which means we may have difficulty falling or staying asleep and experience restless nights. This impairs concentration, attention, learning and memory, all of which are particularly important around exam time. Researchers have linked poor sleep to chronic health problems, depression and even obesity .

The way that we cope with stress has an additional, indirect effect on our health. Under pressure, people may adopt more harmful habits such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs to relieve stress. But these behaviours are inappropriate ways to adapt and only lead to more health problems and risks to our personal safety and well-being.

So learn to manage your stress, before it manages you. It’s all about keeping it in check. Some stress in life is normal – and a little stress can help us to feel alert, motivated, focused, energetic and even excited. Take positive actions to channel this energy effectively and you may find yourself performing better, achieving more and feeling good.

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Thinking Your Way to Better Health

How to Think Your Way to Better Health

Some are calling it the next frontier in the field of health: mind-body medicine, which is the study of the interaction between the body and mind as it relates to health and disease.

In recent years, many extraordinary, well-researched studies have come out showing a very direct link between our emotions, beliefs and thoughts, and the health of our physical body, as well as measurable changes in our genetic code. In the past, this was referred to as the “placebo effect,” and was written off as a fluke power of the mind that had to be counted for in double-blind studies. However, this inherent mind-body connection is proving to be the elephant in the room that had been ignored for centuries—and is now the latest frontier in modern medicine, shaking up old models of disease theory and showing us that health is far more complex than previously thought. While eating a healthy diet is still important, our health is far more dependent on our state of mental and emotional well-being, than previously thought.

There could be more to health than what is taught in medical school.There could be more to health than what is taught in medical school.

Do We Need More Than an Apple a Day to Keep the Doctor Away?

“When I was working with sick patients from the inner city of Chicago, it made sense that they weren’t healthy. They ate poorly, smoked, drank, and never exercised.” Explains Dr. Lissa Rankin, a leading holistic physician and pioneer in mind-body medicine in an interview with Dr. Frank Lipman. “But then I took a job at an integrative medicine practice in posh Marin County, California, where my patients religiously followed organic, vegan diets, worked out with personal trainers, got 8 hours of sleep every night, took their vitamins, and spent a fortune on the best healthcare money can buy—and they were still sick. It got me wondering, what if there’s more to health than what they taught me in medical school?”
 

Dr. Rankin’s experiences are in lock-step with the findings of a recent mindfulness study conducted by researchers at the prestigious Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital where 26 adults (without prior experience) were taught a number of clinically-backed relaxation techniques including mindfulness, meditation and mantra (the repetition of sacred Hindu sounds) in order to understand the effects of these mind-focused practices on the body and specifically the test subjects genetic code. The study participants were given comprehensive blood tests immediately preceding and immediately following 20 minutes of self-directed practice of the above techniques. By studying an impressive 22,000 different gene sequences, researchers were able to identify and measure any changes—no matter how small—that occurred in the participants’ DNA during and after the practice of the various meditation, mantra and mindfulness techniques.

 

26 adults were taught a number of clinically-backed relaxation techniques.

Mind Over Matter

If you’ve ever practiced mindfulness or meditation for any length of time, the results were not altogether surprising: every single one of the study participants’ DNA demonstrated significant, measurable changes in the genes that researchers had identified as being responsible for, or related to, metabolism, aging, insulin response and relaxation, among many others. The observed changes were found to be clearly indicative of a majorly reduced stress response and activation of telomere maintenance genes, meaning that the mantra, meditation and mindfulness practices actually caused observable, measurable changes in the body that ultimately led to alteration and repair of DNA. In essence, changes in the mental state of the participants produced very real and measurable changes in their physical bodies, all the way down to the genetic level. Clearly something is going on here.

These findings also lend a research-backed explanation to the miraculous experiences of Dina Proctor, who developed a simple but extraordinarily powerful visualization and meditation technique, based on the work of pioneering cell biologist and mind-body medicine researcher Dr. Bruce Lipton, that was able to create significant, measurable changes in her biochemistry and blood work over the course of just a few short weeks.

Every single one of the study participants’ DNA demonstrated significant, measurable changes in genes.Every participant had DNA which demonstrated significant, measurable changes in genes.

Dina’s Story

At the time this all happened, Dina had been finding herself interested in the study of epigenetics research, mindfulness and meditation and decided to undertake an informal experiment on herself to try to address increasingly serious imbalances in her blood cholesterol levels that had been stressing her out for some time. For approximately 2 weeks she regularly practiced a simple 3-minute visualization meditation technique that she devised that she describes as follows:

“I started out visualizing a gentle but laser-like beam of healing energy entering my body straight into my heart. I imagined a warm sensation as the beam infiltrated and surrounded my heart. As the warmth grew stronger, I pictured the healing energy in the form of a thick liquid or serum, like warm honey, slowly seeping from my heart muscle into my bloodstream. I kept my focus on the warm feeling of the serum moving into my bloodstream in all directions. I followed it in my mind’s eye, moving through my chest into my legs and arms, fingers and toes, and circling back again into my heart.”

After only a few of days of practicing this specific meditation technique, she reported that she could intuitively feel that her blood levels were shifting, changing and ultimately balancing themselves out: “I visualized the imaginary serum healing each blood cell it touched as it traveled throughout my body,” she later remarked about her experiences with the technique.

Dina found visualisation a powerful technique.Dina found visualisation a powerful technique.

Unsurprisingly, in lock step with the findings from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine research, the results of her next bloodwork panel post-visualization meditation practice showed a significant positive change: her serum cholesterol readings had miraculously dropped from 227 to 177, demonstrating once again the power of the mind-body connection: that regular, simple shifts in our thought processes, emotional state and behavior do have very real and measurable physical effects in the body.

“Your mind controls your biology. That’s what the placebo effect is about; the mind believes the pill will work and so it does,” world-renowned stem cell biologist and epigenetics researcher and pioneer Bruce Lipton is quoted as saying reflecting on Dina’s spectacular achievement. “In the science of epigenetics it’s been found that it’s the perception of your environment that controls your genes. You’re not a victim of your genes because you’re the one who can change your environment—or, more importantly, change your perception…The physical expression is the consequence of the mind’s program—the program comes first, the physical expression second. The function of the mind is to create coherence between your beliefs and your reality.”

With all the talk these of extending lifespan with various technologies, it seems we may already have the answer to many of our biggest health challenges within us already.

Feature Image: Excerpt of Artwork by Hugh D’Andrade.

 

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