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low temperature and growth problems
Posted by: Cheryl
Date: November 10, 2001 11:29 PM

My entire family is obese and diabetic or hyperinsulinemic. My son's axillary temperature averages 96 and he is anemic. He never gets a fever, even now when he has tonsilitis and strep. He is always sick with sinus, upper respiratory, or allergy conditions. He is covered with ring worm fungus from his hockey equipment, no matter what we do to prevent it. He is 50 pounds overweight, yet works out with a trainer three times a week and plays hockey four times a week. He is exhausted all the time. His thyroid levels (TSH, T3, and T4) are normal, and his doctor won't treat him.



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at June 11, 2007 4:43 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: low temperature and growth problems
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: November 10, 2001 11:39 PM

Please make a list of each item your son ate and drank over the past 24 hours with approximate quantities. Do not generalize about his diet, but list the actual foods he has inside him at this moment.

RE: low temperature and growth problems
Posted by: Cheryl Fardink
Date: November 11, 2001 12:02 AM

Breakfast: one slice of breakfast pizza (pizza with egg and cheese topping). Lunch: one double cheeseburger, one can of Diet Dr. Pepper, one small Slim Jim, four pieces of sugar-free gum. Dinner: one serving peas, mashed potatoes (half-cup), two chicken strips (about four ounces fried chicken) and one ice cream sandwich. If this were a normal school/hockey day, Jeff would probably add a Happy Meal (cheeseburger or chicken nuggets and small fries, Diet Coke) after hockey practice at night. I try to restrict his sugar intake, but he will sneak in a candy bar here and there.



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RE: low temperature and growth problems
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: November 11, 2001 12:31 AM

Well, there you go. This is a high refined and simple carbohydrate diet. A diabetic is simply asking for trouble by consuming such a diet (actually, so is a non-diabetic). What is needed is a high complex carbohydrate diet (that means vegetables which are not high starch - like potatoes), with as much of that raw as possible, with a reasonable amount of protein and natural fat (that means non-animal derived fat - avocados for example). I suspect your family's health problems may be more food-culture based than genetically base. To the degree that diabetes is genetically determined, your family is almost surely making it much worse than it needs to be by choice of foods.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at June 11, 2007 4:41 AM by Dr. Kennedy.



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