Have you ever heard of a diabetic getting healthier once he or she started taking metformin (Glucophage) or some other diabetic drug? Of course not! Gee, I wonder why ..
Unfortunately, most diabetics are prescribed a diabetic drug such as metformin (Glucophage) by their doctors once they have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
This drug (and other diabetes drugs) helps to lower your blood glucose back to the normal range. So it appears that the drug is working. Right?
It depends on what you mean by "working". It addresses one of the primary symptoms of diabetes -- high blood glucose levels -- by lowering your blood glucose, hopefully back to the normal range.
However, the drug doesn't do anything to actually stop the progression of the diabetes. But, because the drug helps to lower your blood glucose, it gives you the false sense of security that the drug is actually helping with your diabetes.
Sure, in the short term, the diabetic drug does help a little bit, because the drug helps to lower your blood glucose level.
But, the doctor fails to tell you that the drug does absolutely nothing to stop the spread of the cell and tissue damage being caused by the diabetes! In fact, over a period of years, the drug may actually cause damage to the liver and kidneys!
If you have an adverse reaction* to the drug (such as an upset stomach or diarrhea), your doctor will not tell you why this is happening -- instead, he/she will just put you on a different drug such as glimepiride (Amaryl) or glipizide (Glucotrol).
Why Insulin Shots Stop Working
Then, eventually, when the diabetic pills stop working, your doctor will recommend that you go on insulin. When you start injecting yourself with insulin, it will lower your blood glucose very effectively. Everything seems fine, right?
Then, as years pass, you find that you have to take more and more insulin. Why is that? First of all, insulin is the "key" that opens the "doors" to your cells to allow in glucose from your bloodstream. When the glucose leaves your bloodstream and goes into your cells, this lower your blood glucose level. But, in the meantime, your diabetes causes damage to those "doors" due to inflammation and oxidation. When those "doors" become damaged, they no longer recognize insulin so the insulin"key" doesn't work. But, because you have trillions of cells, the insulin is able to find healthy "doors". But, after a period of years, you begin to run out of healthy cells and healthy "doors". And, without a lot of healthy "doors", the insulin "key" is unable to open the damaged "doors" to let in the glucose. This causes the glucose to remain in your bloodstream, causing your blood glucose level to rise.
So, your doctor increases your insulin dosage to help your body find more healthy "doors" to open and let in the glucose. This works for a while but eventually you run out of healthy cells and healthy "doors".
Oh, by the way, don't forget that while all of this is going on, your pancreatic beta cells are working overtime secreting more and more insulin. Over a period of years, this can wear out your pancreatic beta cells, dooming you to being dependent on the insulin shots for the rest of your life. This is one of the key points that many Type 2 diabetics miss: If your pancreas is producing 2 to 4 times the normal amount of insulin, why do you have to inject yourself with even more insulin? Answer: Because the "doors" on your cells are damaged and not opening up to let in the glucose.
Author Sidebar: When I was diabetic, I was taking 4 insulin shots a day. When my endocrinologist suggested that I go to a 5th insulin shot, I began to realize that the insulin shots were only a short-term fix. I also began to realize that the insulin shots weren't' addressing the real problem which were the damaged "doors" being caused by the diabetes, inflammation and oxidation.
FYI: If you want to understand more about how your cells and their "doors" are affected, refer to the Type 2 Diabetes Pathology web page.
*p.s. The reason why you have an adverse reaction to the diabetic drugs is because your body is smart enough to know that something is wrong. Your body reacts negatively to most toxins by sending you a signal (upset stomach, diarrhea) letting you know that something is wrong.
So, be careful, not to jump at taking this drug or any diabetic drug without trying a non-drug alternative first! Once you start down the "path of prescription drugs", your doctor will eventually add one or two additional drugs, which is going to make it difficult for you to wean off the drugs later on.
Western Medicine uses various types of diabetic drugs such as metformin (Glucophage), glyburide (Micronase, DiaBeta) and glipizide (Glucotrol) and insulin to "treat" your diabetes.
So, do these drugs work? It depends on your point of view. These drugs help to lower your blood glucose level, so it seems that the drugs are working.
But, what you may not realize, is that lowering your blood glucose only controls the symptoms of your diabetes. It doesn't address the cause of your diabetes.
So, although the drugs do a great job at lowering your blood glucose, they do absolutely nothing to stop the progression of your diabetes and the internal rotting that's going on! So, from that point of view, the drugs aren't really working.
Author Sidebar: During workshops, classes, health coaching sessions, etc. I usually bring up the "car story" analogy to get people to understand how diabetes drugs are not that effective. The story goes something like this:
Diabetes drugs lower your blood sugar, so, it APPEARS that they're working. But, all they're doing is controlling the SYMPTOMS of your diabetes. They do absolutely NOTHING to stop the rot and the progression of your diabetes!
Let's say your car engine is smoking and overheating, causing the oil light to turn on. You take your car to the mechanic to fix your car. He cuts the wire to your oil light and tells you that he's fixed your car (because the oil light is now off).
Question: So, did he fix your car? Of course not! :-)
The same thing applies to your diabetes and blood glucose level. Your blood glucose level is the indicator or "oil light" that tells you and your doctor that you have a problem. So, your doctor (who is your "body mechanic") gives you a drug that lowers your blood glucose or turns off your "oil light."
Question: So, did your doctor fix your body? Of course not! :-)
So, tell me, everyone out there, WHY DON'T WE GET THIS??? Why do we continue to believe that the drugs are working when all the evidence points to the contrary?
Remember this infomercial from the 1980s?
In a very creative and succinct message, this infomercial tells us that drugs are bad for us. But, most of us thought that this was just for "street" drugs such as cocaine, crack, heroin and marijuana.
We didn't include the long-term use of prescription and OTC drugs as part of the drug problem. After more than 30 years, we now realize that the prescription and OTC drugs are just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than the street drugs!
But, most of us assume that since the prescription drugs come from a medical doctor that they are safe compared to the drugs that come from a local drug dealer in your neighborhood. But, that's part of the reason why prescription drugs are so dangerous. We let our guard down and assume they're okay ...
We fail to realize until it's too late that the prescription drugs do nothing to stop the spread of the damage caused by diabetes and other diseases.
Most diabetics are aware that diabetes eventually leads to diabetic complications such as kidney failure and amputation.
However, most diabetics are unaware that taking diabetes drugs for an extended number of years contribute to these complications because of the chemicals and toxins in these drugs!
To make matters worse, these drugs do absolutely nothing to stop the progression of your diabetes! Just take a look at what happens to diabetics who continue to strictly rely on the drugs.
As the diabetes lingers on for several years, most diabetics end up taking more drugs and developing one or more major diabetic complications, such as retinopathy, neuropathy, nephropathy, and heart disease.
And, these complications eventually lead to major health problems such as blindness, amputation, kidney failure (dialysis), heart attack and stroke.
In addition, these drugs contribute to long-term cellular and tissue damage that leads to gastrointestinal problems, kidney failure, liver failure, and other health issues that your doctor may not mention to you.
Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that was supposed to prove what drug strategy for diabetics works the best. The study participants took several common diabetes drugs along with varied insulin treatments (once, twice, or three times per day).
But, the researchers were disappointed to find out that none of their drug strategies worked to help the diabetic participants in the study! The researchers appeared confused – unable to explain why their study didn’t work.
Let me explain why their study failed. Diabetic drugs "force" your cells to absorb the glucose or the drugs "force" stored glucose from being released. In either scenario, although it works to lower your glucose, it triggers harmful biological processes including chronic inflammation, protein glycation, excess oxidation, and a buildup of poisonous toxins within the cells.
These biological process, in turn, cause harm and damage to your cells and tissues, which triggers even more inflammation, glycation, and oxidation (free radical damage).
In the meantime, the diabetes continues to spread, wreaking more cell damage and requiring more diabetic drugs and higher dosages.
In addition, the excess sugar forces the formation of fat, leading to weight gain and deteriorating health. If sugar is forced into cells that don’t want it, it will damage them.
After several years of taking higher dosages and more drugs, the drugs lose their effectiveness. So, at this point, your doctor will tell you that you have to go on insulin. To make matters worse, they don't even tell you to stop taking the other drugs!
Bottom line: Diabetic drugs don’t fix anything. If anything, they cause more problems!
Apparently the only thing that most doctors know how to treat is the symptoms of a disease -- because that's what they were taught in medical school. If you want to fix someone with Type 2 diabetes, you need to re-balance their hormones and metabolic function. That means a plant-based diet, periodic exercise, and phytonutrients that help the body use sugar properly.
And, make sure that you're aware of diabetic drugs such as Avandia, which was pulled by the FDA because the drug was causing "too many" heart attacks!
Avandia was originally approved even though the FDA knew that it caused heart attacks but it was within an acceptable range. What is an acceptable range for heart attacks? Isn't one heart attack too many?
Big Mistake!: Many diabetics believe that they are controlling their diabetes with these drugs. But, they're not!!
The drugs are actually hiding the symptoms of the diabetes, making most diabetics think that they are "controlling" and "managing" their diabetes -- creating a false sense of security!
In the meantime, the diabetes is still running rampant, causing organ, tissue, and blood vessel damage that goes undetected for years!
Among the top-selling prescription drugs in the U.S. are the drugs for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol -- which happen to be the three major drugs given to most Type 2 diabetics.
In addition, these drugs do not stop the development of diabetic complications such as amputation, kidney failure or heart attack.
In fact, several recent studies have shown that some high blood pressure and cholesterol medications can actually fuel or cause diabetes and cause liver or kidney damage!
If you find this hard to believe, just visit any of the pharmaceutical websites or google on "diabetic drug side effects" -- do your own research.
Countermeasure: If you follow the 10 steps of the Death to Diabetes Program, eat the 5 "super" foods, and avoid the 5 "dead" foods, then, within 6 to 9 months (or sooner), your blood glucose level should be within the normal range (80-100 mg/dL). At that point, you can gradually reduce the diabetic medication that you're taking.
Why is this important? Because the diabetic medication keeps your body in a diabetic state!! The longer you take the drugs, the more dependent your body becomes on the drugs!!
Note: For more information about the dangers of these diabetes drugs and their side effects, read Chapter 12 of Death to Diabetes. In this chapter and in the DTD Drug Weaning ebook, you'll learn how to safely wean off the diabetic drugs.
Doctors spend several years in medical school. So most doctors are pretty smart -- almost as smart as engineers. :-) Unfortunately, for business reasons, doctors are taught in medical school more about pharmacology and treating the symptoms of disease instead of how to cure the disease.
Doctors only receive one 3-hour course in nutrition. Medical schools receive a lot of their research funding from the pharmaceutical companies. So, it's not the doctor's fault that he/she can't really help you with a disease that is primarily a lifestyle and dietary-driven disease.
Your doctor may be a nice person, but he/she is not your friend! If you find yourself taking more than 1 or 2 medications, your doctor is taking the easy way out by addressing the symptoms of your disease with a bunch of drugs that do very little to actually fight the disease.
So, it's your responsibility to be accountable for your own health, and recognize that your doctor has certain limitations.Doctor and Patient
For most people with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, and other similar health issues, your doctor's job is to figure out what drugs to prescribe to address the symptoms of your disease or health condition -- not to solve your health problem or provide a cure for your disease.
The medicial industry can't make much money if they cured your disease or solved your health problem.
Doctors find it easier to prescribe a drug than spend time to evaluate your lifestyle. Plus, they get a kickback from the drug companies when they prescribe their drugs to you.
Almost 100% of all diabetics who visit their doctor on a regular basis eventually end up taking 5 to 9 drug pills a day for their diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other health problems. Some people take as many as 21 pills a day!
It's not that doctors are bad people. They're good people, but they've been trained to sell us drugs, so, they're not as smart as you may think.
Doctor's Perception of You as a Diabetic: According to a panel of doctors, metformin is insurance for people who aren't following their diet and exercise plan. The message to insulin-resistant America from their doctors: "We don't think you're going to help yourself, so here, take this pill."
According to the CDC, over the last 10 years, the percentage of Americans who take prescription drugs has risen more than 45%. In addition, the majority of people believe that the drugs are safe and that their doctor is their friend! Most people are unaware that most prescription drugs are actually toxic! Not toxic enough to kill you, but, toxic enough to cause side effects and damage to your liver and kidneys -- your two most important organs next to your heart and brain.
Visit any doctor's office and you'll see drug reps giving doctors samples to promote their products. Drug companies are known to lobby doctors and health care providers but until now there was no way to find out how much money doctors were being paid by pharmaceutical companies.
Diabetes treatment costs more than any other disease (over $132 billion annually), but diabetes treatment also generates the most revenue for the healthcare industry (over $210 billion annually!).
Is this a conflict of interest for an industry that is more focused on a “sick” care strategy that creates drug- dependent patients – instead of a “health” care strategy that cures the actual ailment or disease?
Your doctor makes money when you pay for the appointment. Your doctor makes more money when the drug company pays him to "push" their drugs. And, you pay for the drugs and the doctor appointment. So ... how's that workin' for ya?
Are you getting better? Do you find yourself spending more money for the drugs? Have you discovered that you're taking more drugs today than you were taking just 3-5 years ago? And, you're spending more money for the drugs, the doctors, the hospitals, the health insurance. But, in the meantime, your health continues to go downhill!
Note: We are not anti-doctor or anti-drug. Drugs actually save lives and some of our best friends are doctors. It's just that drugs are not always necessary for long-term treatment.
Note: For more information about kickbacks from drug companies:
Death to Diabetes Blog Post
If you want to know more about the drug companies and their kickback payments to the doctors, just google "Doctors and Kickbacks from Drug Companies".
Warning: Just because you don't feel any discomfort such as an upset stomach or headache, does not mean that your body is not experiencing any side effects from the drugs!! Most side effects such as liver/kidney damage go undetected for years!
Now, don't get me wrong -- most doctors are good people -- many of them save lives everyday.
Unfortunately, your doctor is not trained to help you with nutrient-deficient and lifestyle-driven illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, and some forms of heart disease.
Doctors spend several years in medical school and internship, but most of their course work is centered on pharmacology. In addition, most medical universities are funded by the pharmaceutical companies who influence the course curriculum!
Medical doctors can only offer you two solutions to deal with your diabetes, high blood pressure and other similar ailments: (1) drugs; and, (2) surgery.
Your doctor may refer you to a dietitian but the dietitian will support the doctor's drug recommendations. In addition, the dietitian knows very little about the science of diabetes pathology, and they tend to put you on a calorie-restrictive low-fat diet, which doesn't really address the diabetes!
Dietitians tend to focus on weight loss, which may work temporarily but you're still diabetic and you're still taking the drugs to ""control" your diabetes and blood glucose levels.
But, that doesn't mean your doctor can't help you! Your doctor can help you by providing a proper medical diagnosis, your medical blood tests and other key data that you will need to work with an alternative healthcare practitioner. Always obtain a copy of your blood test results and physical exam results from your doctor or his/her assistant.
So, what do you do next now that you know that your doctor can't really help you with your diabetes?
You should still schedule appointments with your doctor, other doctors and other members of your diabetes healthcare team on a regular basis.
Educate yourself about diabetes and drugs, and stop being a victim, and become a victor of wellness. Take back the power and take back your life.
Join a comprehensive diabetes wellness program such as the Death to Diabetes program. Such a program will educate you about diabetes and nutrition, and will improve your diabetes and overall health.
Find an alternative healthcare practitioner that has the proper background in science and nutrition. Use both your medical doctor and your alternative healthcare practitioner to optimize your health. If you can't find an alternative healthcare practitioner in your area, contact our office to set up an appointment with one of our alternative healthcare practitioners or diabetes educators.
Key Point: Don't assume that just because a healthcare professional is involved in alternative medicine that they can help you with your diabetes! Most of the following alternative healthcare professionals are ill-equipped to help you with your diabetes: dietitians, nutritionists, diabetes educators, chiropractors, herbalists, wellness consultants, holistic practitioners, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, etc. Ensure that the person has the science background in diabetes pathology and nutrition by interviewing the person before you give him/her any of your money! Be wary if they offer a guarantee but require full payment!
Based on working with thousands of diabetics, we hear the same story over and over. It goes something like this:
Once you're diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor may suggest that you try diet and exercise, and refer you to a local diabetes educator, dietitian or nutritionist -- knowing full well that you're going to fail.
You try to eat better and exercise, but life is just too busy to make a lot of changes - especially when we love certain foods that we've been eating for the last 20-30 years.
Eventually, your doctor tells you that you have to go on a diabetic drug like metformin (Glucophage), which is the most common drug (in pill form) for Type 2 diabetics.
This seems harmless. After all, it's just one pill, so we give in because we believe that this is the best option.
Unfortunately, many of us choose drugs as our first option because we believe in our doctors and because drugs are convenient. Also, we mistakenly believe that the drugs give us a free pass such that we can continue to stuff our mouths with the junk foods, fast foods and processed foods that are killing us.
So, you start out taking one diabetic drug, usually metformin (Glucophage). Depending on your blood glucose levels and other possible health issues, your doctor will start you out with 500mg or 1000mg twice a day.
We believe the drugs are really working because our blood sugar level comes down once we start taking the drug. We're so happy (and relieved) that the drug works. And, we relax, thinking everything is okay.
And, this is reinforced by your doctor who tells you that everything is okay.
But, eventually, over a period of years, the metformin loses its effectiveness to lower your blood sugar. So, your doctor increases the dosage from 500 mg twice a day to 1000 mg twice a day.
When that stops working your doctor gives you another pill.
Usually, the second pill is something like glimepiride (Amaryl) or Glucotrol or Januvia or maybe a combination drug such as Janumet (Januvia + metformin). Other common drugs include (but are not limited to): Actos, Byetta, glipizide, glimepiride, Glumetza, and Glucovance.
Interestingly, we never question the doctor or consider that maybe something is wrong. This is due to our denial or fear of the unknown, so we put our hope and our trust in Western Medicine and our doctor.
In the meantime, your diabetes continues to spread throughout your body, causing more internal rotting of your tissues and organs! (But, there are no obvious signs or symptoms, so you think everything is okay).
If you're not taking any other drugs, eventually your doctor will recommend that you begin taking a high blood pressure drug (i.e. ACE inhibitor such as Lisinopril or a blood pressure water pill such as hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ).
In addition, your doctor will put you on a high cholesterol drug (i.e. a statin drug such as Lipitor).
This combination of drugs for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol creates a dangerous "drug cocktail" that causes more damage (especially to your liver and kidneys) and dooms you to a life of more drugs.
Western Medicine's Dirty Little Secret: We think that these drugs will protect our kidneys, but, in reality, it's the drugs that cause damage to your kidneys! Sure, the diabetes contributes, but, the drugs also contribute to the damage.
Did you ever wonder why your doctor tests your liver enzymes every 3 months? It's because some of these drugs (i.e. statins) may cause damage to your liver!
In the meantime, you begin to feel more tired, you gain more weight, or you start to feel pain or tingling in your feet. These are signs that your diabetes is getting worse because the drugs aren't really doing anything to fight the diabetes. By now, you're now taking 4 to 6 different drugs! (Some people take as many as 12-16 different drugs!)
Then, it's just a matter of time before you begin experiencing one or more of the complications of diabetes. Usually, it's the kidneys (protein leaking in the urine) or the eyes (blurry vision), sores or ulcers on the legs or feet, or you begin feeling pain or tingling in your feet.
You may also begin feeling really tired all the time, you're gaining more weight, you notice sores and cuts are not healing as fast, and you lose interest in sex -- not because you don't want to, but because you can't! Men especially suffer with erectile dysfunction -- but, they just take another pill!
These complications lead to more drugs, and eventually kidney dialysis, surgery on the eyes , surgery on the lower limbs or feet (amputation), and more visits to the hospital, followed up by hospice or home care.
Unfortunately, during this time, the diabetic pills stop working, so your doctor eventually puts you on insulin. You're surprised and shocked that you have to go on insulin, but eventually you give in because your blood sugar isn't coming down.
Once you start taking insulin, you begin to gain even more weight! -Why? Because insulin is a fat-storage hormone that makes us fat! And, as we get fatter, we require even more insulin! This is known as the "insulin addiction trap", which is explained in the book "Death to Diabetes".
After a period of years, you will find yourself taking more and more insulin -- until one day even the insulin shots can't keep your blood glucose level down. [p.s. If you want to understand what is happening at the cellular level, read our Type 2 Diabetes web page].
So, does any of this sound familiar to you?
The sad thing about all of this is that it was all preventable! And, you can still stop it today! It's not too late! However, you must want to stop it -- you're the only one who can ...
Author's Note: I know this is hard to believe, but, think about it: Have you ever heard of anyone really getting better once they started taking the diabetic pills?
According to the CDC, over the last 10 years, the percentage of Americans who take prescription drugs has risen more than 59%! In addition, the majority of people believe that the drugs are safe and that their doctor is their friend! Most people are unaware that most prescription drugs are actually toxic! Not toxic enough to kill you, but, toxic enough to cause side effects and damage to your liver and kidneys -- your two most important organs next to your heart and brain.
Oh, by the way: Your doctor is not your friend! Would a friend prescribe multiple drugs that end up creating a toxic load on your liver and kidneys that make you more susceptible to other diseases? Oh, by the way, when was the last time your doctor invited you to his house for dinner?
And, just because your doctor says that the drug is safe doesn't really mean that the drug is safe, especially long term! And, just because you feel okay doesn't mean that the drugs are not causing damage to your liver and/or kidneys (and other organs such as your heart, brain, intestines, and pancreas)!
And, just because you're only taking a very small drug dosage doesn't mean that you're safe! One drop of arsenic is just as toxic as 10 drops. The only difference is that the 10 drops will kill you faster than the 1 drop. The same thing applies to any drug that you put in your body, including prescription and OTC drugs; and, don't forget the drugs and chemicals from the food that made you sick in the first place!
The primary reason why most of us get sick is because we poison our bodies with the drugs and other chemicals from the food we eat every day. Then, we go to the doctor, who gives us more chemicals (in the form of a drug) that make us feel better. But, our health doesn't get better. And, then, a few years later, we look up and realize that we are now taking 4 or 5 drugs! Sound familiar?
Unfortunately, a lifetime use of prescription drugs for health issues such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, diabetes, heart disease, etc. causes more harm than good! And, this leads to more drugs, surgeries, hospice care, home care, nursery, etc.
Most of us at one time or another have taken an over-the-counter (OTC) drug such as aspirin, cold medicine, allergy medicine, etc.
This becomes the first step towards the subtle acceptance of taking drugs as "normal".
In fact, every year, Americans spend billions of dollars on non-prescription or OTC drugs to treat everything from headaches to indigestion. These drugs can deliver safe, immediate relief; but they can be dangerous if misused or combined with other drugs.
Most people assume that because the drug is over the counter that it is safe. The reality is that even an aspirin can have adverse effects or cause harm if you don’t follow recommended doses, directions, and warnings.
Over-the-counter drugs are intended to treat short-term illnesses and symptoms. Taking them over a long period of time can lead to any number of adverse effects and lead to a worsening of a disease that should be treated by your doctor.
Over the past few years, the Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about various OTC drugs, including aspirin, laxatives, cold medicines, allergy medications, and NSAIDs.
Unfortunately, some of these drugs have caused serious health problems such as kidney failure, liver failure, and even death.
One of the problems is that many consumers are often unaware that many prescription and OTC drugs contain acetaminophen, making it easy to accidentally take too much. Too much acetaminophen can cause irreversible liver damage!
So, the Number 1 problem associated with taking OTC drugs is that most people consider OTC drugs to be completely safe and they're not!
Just because it's sold over-the-counter doesn't mean that it's 100% safe! Make sure that you read the ingredients and ask your pharmacist any questions you may have.
Ironically, taking prescription drugs can be just as dangerous because most people assume that since the drug is prescribed by a doctor that it must be safe.
So, just because it's prescribed by your doctor doesn't mean that it's 100% safe! Make sure that you discuss the potential side effects of taking any prescription drug with your doctor and/or your pharmacist.
In fact, take a few minutes and visit the website for that specific drugs; and, also just "google" the drug. You'll be surprised at what you find!
Concerning taking OTC or prescription drugs, it can be dangerous for 7 major reasons:
- OTC and prescription drugs are convenient and easy to obtain from your drugstore or doctor.
- OTC and prescription drugs contain chemicals and other toxins that may make your health worse.
- Some OTC and prescription drugs may cause damage to the liver and/or kidneys.
- Some OTC and prescription drugs may create a biochemical dependency on the drugs.
- Most OTC and prescription drugs are somewhat inexpensive, so they're very attractive from a cost perspective. However, taking these drugs for a long period of time may lead to more health problems, which may lead to more expensive drugs.
The Dangers of DiabeticPills and Insulin
So, which is worse? Taking a diabetic pill or taking insulin?
It's interesting that diabetics become upset about having to go on insulin after years of taking toxic pills such as metformin and glyburide.
They should have been just as upset about having to take a diabetic pill that damages the liver and kidneys!
But, why don't diabetics get as upset about taking a pill as they do about taking an insulin shot?
Because we are conditioned to accept taking pills as normal! It's so easy, convenient, and inexpensive to pop a little pill twice a day, and think that everything is fine. And, as the years pass by, we take more and more pills -- until one day we are taking 10 to 12 pills a day!
In fact, I believe that if I had started out on pills instead of insulin, I would have become comfortable taking the pills and would not have been as motivated to wean off the pills. Also, I had a fear of needles that motivated me to want to get off the insulin. :-)
Taking diabetic pills may appear to be safe, but, they're not! If you pay close attention to how your body responds, you should notice some gastrointestinal distress when you first start taking metformin or any other diabetic pill.
That gastrointestinal stress is a warning sign from your body, trying to tell you that you're doing something harmful to your body.
Concerning taking diabetic pills, they can be dangerous for 7 major reasons:
- Pills are convenient and easy to take, so pill-taking becomes an easy habit.
- Pills give us a false sense of security that our health is improving, so we don't make the necessary lifestyle changes.
- Pills do not stop the progression of your diabetes because pills don't doesn't address all of the primary root causes and biological processes that fuel Type 2 diabetes, e.g. cellular inflammation, oxidation, toxicity, etc.
- In fact, pills contain chemicals and other toxins that actually fuel some of these biological processes, causing damage to your liver and/or kidneys.
- And, although pills slowly cause damage to the liver and/or kidneys, we don't feel any discomfort; or, we get used to the discomfort of an upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, headache, etc.
- Pills lead to more potent pills, creating a biochemical dependency on the drugs. For diabetics, these pills eventually lead to insulin!
- Taking pills can become expensive. Although most pills are somewhat inexpensive, their cost continues to rise while health coverage continues to decrease. In addition, most pills eventually lead to taking more expensive drugs and expensive surgeries that some people can't afford or their insurance doesn't cover fully.
Most people believe that insulin is safe because it's a hormone. No, it's not! Yes, the insulin that's inside your body is a hormone, but, the insulin that you are injecting into your body is a drug!
Concerning insulin shots, it can be dangerous for 7 major reasons:
- Insulin is very effective at lowering your blood glucose, so it appears to work very well! As a result, we "accept" that we need to take the insulin.
- Most people think that the insulin they're taking is like the insulin in their bodies. It's not! The insulin in your body is a hormone. The insulin that you are injecting into your body is a drug!
- Insulin "fools" your body (and you) into thinking that it's fighting the diabetes. But, it's not. The insulin controls your blood glucose, but, it does not stop the progression of your diabetes. As a result, your health continues to deteriorate.
- Don't forget that as a Type 2 diabetic, your pancreas is already producing 2 to 5 times the amount of insulin because of the demand created from high blood glucose levels. In most cases, the extra insulin will cause major weight (fat) gain especially in the belly area. In addition, the extra insulin will inhibit fat metabolism, that is, you won't be able to burn fat and lose weight! So, injecting yourself with more insulin will make you fatter and prevent you from burning the fat!
- Although insulin addresses high blood glucose, it doesn't address all of the primary root causes and biological processes that fuel Type 2 diabetes, e.g. cellular inflammation, oxidation, toxicity, etc. In fact, insulin may actually fuel some of these biological processes, causing damage to your liver and/or kidneys.
- Taking insulin shots may signal the pancreas to stop producing insulin, which creates "the insulin addiction trap" where now your body becomes more dependent on the shots! As a result, after taking insulin shots for several years (or sooner), you may discover that you won't have any choice but to take insulin for the rest of your life.
So, you see, both pills and insulin eventually lead to more health problems, including damage to the kidneys and liver. In addition, (excess) insulin leads to damage of the blood vessels and pancreas (atrophy). So, which is worse?
They're both bad!
Consequently, it is critical to wean off both the pills and the insulin shots. Refer to the Drug Weaning Strategies web page and ebook for more details.
Author's Perspective: As I look back now, I was very fortunate that I was put on insulin shots right away instead of pills. Because I was so afraid of needles and injecting myself, I was actually motivated to reduce the number of insulin shots that I was taking. If I had been put on a diabetic pill such as metformin, I would have been happy, and I would have gladly accepted the fact that I would have to take a pill every day for the rest of my life.
Ironically, trying to reduce my insulin shots from 4 to 3 led me on a journey of discovery and healing. After I had reduced my shots from 4 to 3, I was motivated to reduce my shots further. When I got down to 1 shot, I was so happy! But, at that time, I thought that I would have to take the one insulin shot every day for the rest of my life. And, I would have been happy with that. I never dreamed that I would get down to ZERO insulin shots! I was truly blessed -- no doubt about it!
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