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on "The Silent Killer":Diabetes
M. Echano, MD, ND, MACNEM
In spite of the amazing advances
in modern medicine, nothing appears to be working in preventing
diabetes from becoming an epidemic. Globally, experts estimate that
about 140 million people are diabetics. The World Health Organization
predicts that this figure could double in less than 25 years.
Sugar in the Wrong Place
The main problem in diabetes is insulin insufficiency or insulin
resistance. Either way, since this pancreas-secreted hormone allows
the entry of glucose (sugar) into cells, lack of it or lack of response
to it will prevent the blood-to-cell transfer of glucose. Too much
blood glucose and too little cellular glucose where it is needed
could kick start an array of metabolic problems leading to serious
Eyes, Kidneys & Nerves
The three well known long term complications of diabetes are diseases
of the eyes (retinopathy), the kidneys (nephropathy) and the peripheral
nerves (neuropathy). Other complications are heart disease, stroke,
ulcerations, etc. Uncontrolled diabetes may give rise to diabetic
ketoacidosis, a potentially fatal condition.
They Are Getting Younger
Experts are alarmed by the
increasing number of young ones having diabetes. When I was a medical
intern in 1979, the diabetic ward at Mary Johnston Hospital in Tondo,
Manila was full of type II diabetics in their 50's and above. The
only young ones there where the type 1 diabetics (juvenile onset).
Today, specialists are diagnosing
type 2 diabetics in people as young as 10. Why is this so? Our dietary
habits appear to be the culprit. According to Dr. William Dietz
of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "These
include increased reliance on foods consumed outside the home; increased
consumption of soft drinks and fast foods; reduction of physical
education in schools; and elimination of recess in schools.
Dead Food Favors Diabetes
Apart from the high "simple
sugars" content of refined foods and drinks, these foods/drinks
are devoid of much needed food enzymes, the catalysts in the digestion
of foods. Without food enzymes, our pancreas has to do all the work
in manufacturing ample supply of digestive enzymes. After many years
of being overworked, the pancreas starts to fill the pinch and can
no longer make enough insulin to meet the demands of the body. The
end result is hyperglycemia, too much blood sugar, the hallmark
of diabetes mellitus.
Food Enzymes Help the Pancreas
So the foremost suggestion to prevent diabetes is to thrive on an
enzyme-rich foods like fresh, raw fruits (non-sweet variety) and
vegetables. By deriving half of the enzymatic needs (for digestion)
from plant-based foods, the pancreas is not overburdened . It does
not have to do all the work. The food enzymes in foods will carry
part of the digestive work. The pancreas therefore does not have
to do a solo job.
It is not surprising then that many
health care providers recommends food enzymes supplementation in
helping normalize blood sugar level. Amylase, lipase and protease
are the main enzymes used to digest carbohydrates, fats and proteins
respectably. In the Western world, with the mainly animal-based
diet, many use papase or papain from Papaya to digest proteins.
I personally take Papaya 35, a fermented super liquid concentrate
that not only digest food but also cleanses the gut. Its selective
cleansing power spares the normal lining of the gut from damage.
Herbal Complex Has Promising
In 1921, Canadian diabetic
researchers, Drs. Banting and McLeod of the University of Toronto
made world headlines when they won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for
their work in isolating insulin, the pancreatic hormone involved
in maintaining normal blood sugar level. In the late 90's, after
20 years of research and clinical trials, Canada made a big hit
again when the Julia MacFarlane Diabetic Research Centre (JMDRC)
in Calgary released the amazing clinical results with the use of
a 15 multi-herb complex called P-700 in managing non-insulin dependent
According to the Medifile Report
titled New Canadian Triumph in Diabetic Research, Herbal Complex:
"Near Normalcy restoration for 70% of Type II diabetics,"
this herbal complex appears to be the nearest cure to type II diabetes
mellitus. It is unique in that there are no side effects and no
secondary failure. It regenerates pancreatic B-cells, increases
GLUT 2 concentration and controls carbohydrate release.
P-700 is now available in powder
form. The usual dose is half a teaspoon twice a day. According to
Dr. Michael Sichel, ND, DO, editor of the Medifile Report, 98% of
patients who take P-700 for 6-12 months can see a huge drop in hyperglycemia
(high blood sugar) and have a near normal to normal blood glucose
level even if it is discontinued. By regenerating pancreatic B-cell
function, there can be a "gentle enhancement of insulin secretion"
and "no rebound" effect.
No Major Side Effects
It is worthy to reiterate the
fact that side effects are virtually non-existent. Out of 5,000
patients who used P-700, only two reported minor effects, one with
constipation and the other one with diarrhea. The high fibre content
of P-700 was the explanation for the diarrhea. Reducing the dose
solved both problems. This is a significant advancement in the search
for a natural anti-diabetic complex since there are many herbs that
can reduce blood sugar count but the side effects severely limit
their clinical use. Not so with P-700 which has withstood the rigorous
clinical trials up to this time.
American Launch of P-700
With the consistent remarkable
clinical outcome with the use of P-700 in diabetes mellitus, an
info-commercial video on it will be released in July 2003 in the
U.S. A nationwide TV campaign is planned to make the U.S. public
aware of the safety and effectiveness of P-700 in the management
of diabetes. About 270 operators from Boston are going to be ready
to answer queries from interested viewers across the U.S. With the
almost epidemic proportions of diabetes mellitus, it would be fair
to expect a phenomenal response from this U.S. awareness campaign
on a natural anti-diabetic herbal complex that has proven its superiority
both in safety and effectiveness.
Light at the End of the Tunnel
Once a diabetic, always a diabetic.
Nobody challenged this saying before P-700 came into the picture.
Not anymore. With the very favorable clinical record of P-700, more
and more diabetics are finding relief from this chronic disease.
We could be seeing one of the most important discoveries in the
field of diabetic research since the insulin work of Drs. Banting
and McLeod in the early 1920's.
For those who would like to give
complementary medicine a go in the management of diabetes, P-700
is on top of the list. The acceptance of some diabetic quarters
in the United States in the clinical use of P-700 is a positive
sign in the usefulness of this herbal complex. With the potentially
devastating effects of this "silent killer" on our bodily
systems, any therapy, medical or natural should be known to all
diabetic sufferers. Of course, the value of taking enzyme-rich foods
(fruits and vegetables, food enzymes, Papaya 35), of proper diet
and exercise MUST be part of any diabetic control program. Such
simple measures will surely lead to better blood sugar levels and
avoid its serious complications.
Arthur M. Echano is a nutritional medicine
specialist locally. He is also a naturopathic doctor in the U.S.
and a medical doctor in the Philippines. He is a full member of
the Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine
(ACNEM). Contact number is (02) 9834 6474 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.