Understand if Type 2 diabetes is reversible. Learn some of the genetic causes linked to diabetes. They may be some cross-reference with Cancer and other illnesses that have some common traits related to Type 2.
Exposing misinformation, busting medical myths, and empowering patients to take charge of their health are passions for me. During more than 30 years practicing medicine as a pediatrician and allergist, I was driven to understand the causes of and interconnections between hunger, satiation, and weight gain. This led me to conduct a multi-decade personal study and research project reviewing medical journal articles, textbooks, and other scholarly works in biology, biochemistry, physiology, endocrinology, and cellular metabolic functions.
Don’t miss this important conversation with Frank, his co-host, Dr. Phyllis Quinlan, and their special guest, me!
Frank opens this episode introducing his special guests, Dr. John Poothulil, and his co-host, Dr. Phyllis Quinlan. In today’s discussion they will dive into the different perspectives of Diabetes Type II. With Dr. John’s expertise, they will uncover the misinformation that surrounds Diabetes. He clarifies that Diabetes is split into two types (Type I and Type II), which are both under the umbrella of medical diagnosis, ‘Diabetes’. Type I, as Dr. John explains, is a predisposed hereditary disease, whereas Type II is more of a nutritional disorder. Both occur when the body cannot properly store and use glucose, which is essential for energy. The glucose that is collected in the blood does not reach the cells that need it, leading to serious complications. Type I calls for insulin after the immune system no longer produces it, whereas Type II, the body does produce insulin but cannot effectively use it. Both types of diabetes can lead to complications such as cardiovascular disease, damage to organs and blood vessels, amongst others. Similar to high cholesterol, Type II diabetes (high glucose) is preventative as opposed to Type I diabetes that is a hormonal (“chemical messenger molecules”) disease.
Phyllis asks John to restate a point he made in preparatory discussion: that people experience diabetes II dissimilarly–it is your body’s capacity (liver health) to process and regulate carb intake and utilization that determines your propensity towards the disease. Those with a high tolerance for insulin, generally appearing lean, may not develop the disease in the way that someone with a limited or lower tolerance for insulin could. The metabolic index (height : weight ratio) is a generalization, standardized for the diet of the white, American male. What is clear from John’s perspective is that there is no ethnicity-based index to help determine the accurate health of our communities.
Diabetes is determined by a single test: the elevation of blood-glucose. Insulin, produced by the pancreas, is released soon after a meal, when blood-glucose levels are raised. It acts as an indicator for our cells that there is glucose in the bloodstream to access and use. Type I diabetes, the hormonal disease complicates the production of insulin in the pancreas, feedback suggesting that this retention of glucose in the blood, causes the cells to starve. In Type II, the pancreas likely produces insulin as demanded and the cells have no problem utilizing glucose, so why should the blood-glucose show elevated levels when tested?
Phyllis shares that as a nurse she would see patients (18-40) for type II diabetes care, the majority overweight. She recognized that, considering her own weight, she wasn’t making the connection for them, nor herself, that the body’s capacity for storing and processing glucose was their individual background.
People are being prescribed medication for type II diabetes as a disease as opposed to a lifestyle condition. 75% of your cholesterol is produced in your liver, only 25% comes from diet, yet often it is prescribed to stay away from foods with cholesterol content. Conversely, 75% of glucose used is consumed in our diets, with only 25% produced in the liver, yet the prescriptions are commonly to medicate and reduce the symptoms of a choice to consume.
Fatty acids can still be broken down into glucose (the 25% produced by our bodies), it does not require insulin to indicate to the cell, because it can slip through cell membranes. John posits that the right way to cure the disease is to flip the “fatty acid burn switch” in your body, training it to burn stored fats rather than require excess consumption.
The concept of “insulin resistance”–a term has not gone through the rigorous three-part validation/verification process for theories to become fact: logic, mechanism, and measurement. It was transfigured from hypothesis to medical acceptance because no one had the knowledge to challenge it. John
Phyllis wants to discuss teaching the benefits of nutrition to children through our education system. John produces three points of emphasis in a class that might fit the niche: infection control, balanced diet, and the importance of exercise.
Wheat, rice, and corn are the three grains that have been subsidized by the agricultural community after the Agricultural Revolution made the harvesting, milling, and processing of grains more efficient. Within 4 hours of eating, the body removes excess glucose in the blood and stores it as fat, which would indicate why grain-foods in consistently high quantities might trigger the onset of Type II diabetes.
It is important that we are more curious, asking more questions rather than taking Western medicine as the end of the line for safe practice of health. Health is not simply the absence of illness, which is why we should be enlightened and educated so that we can ask more definitive questions, and choose what is applicable and practical for our lifestyles.
For the last 7 years I have been spreading the message that the insulin resistance theory is illogical. If you are a type 2 diabetic, by changing your food choices, you can take control of your blood sugar without using medications such as insulin. Take charge of your own health!
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In 2020, there were over 122 million people in the U.S. diagnosed with elevated blood glucose, 34 million with the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, and 88 million diagnosed with prediabetes, yet their hope for healthy living is thwarted by medical dogma, disinformation, misinformation, and missing information.
Disinformation, Misinformation, and Missing Information, which is abbreviated “DMMI”, fuels growing health illiteracy and unhealthy lifestyle choices. This drives not only increases in Type 2 diabetes but also cancer, cardiovascular diseases, COVID-19, and other illnesses considered lifestyle diseases.
As described in my 5th book, Your Health Is at Risk, a literate person in today’s world is aware that the traditional media and social media are swarming with intentional disinformation about many topics, from politics to finances, to health advice and diet plans. Literacy, critical thinking, and a tolerance for reading scientific material are absolutely necessary to detect such disinformation.