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hypoglycemia \ exhausted adrenal glands
Posted by: Michael
Date: July 4, 2002 12:37 PM

February this year was a traumatic period for me.

I was excessively stressed about giving up smoking tobacco (now equated to be c. 2 "Pack Years" equivalent), recreational "puff" and the ill effect an "E" a "friend" gave me at a night club would have on my health. To counter act the ill-health I stopped all smoking, alcohol and coffee at the same time (the state of mind I was in at the time suggested it to be a "good thing").

The "E" pushed my stress level over the top: I became stressed well beyond a managable level and produced vasts amount of stomach acid one night which burned the top and bottom of my stomach (heart-burn and duodenal area). An "old" hatial hernia was also "popped back into existence".

Since then my stools have either been very loose and contain undigested food (plant-type in nature: tomatoe skin etc) or I've been constipated. However the colour and texture remains pretty constant (light and sticky). If however I mobilize my mid-region (stretches, twisting etc) the stools - a day later or so - contain "normal" colored areas and are firmed.

Furthermore, and most worrying to me is that I have to eat every few hours (about 3) or I become progressively: foggy headed, head-ache, dizzy and my eye-sight blurry. I have also not slept for more than 4 hours since February. I've also had to stop exercising as I go light-headed and disoriented too quickly.

I have many other physical symptoms but briefly these are: visual disruption (blotches), night blindness, poor focusing, poor peripheral vision, slow wound healing, (more) easy bruisability, and (unimportantly) I can't drink alcohol either.

I have a list of psychological symptoms too including: anxiety, inability to concentrate and poor memory - which because of these everyone says "stop looking too closely at myself" and that "it's all in my mind."

I know the mind and body are inseparably linked, but there seem to be too many physical symptoms for this to be now only "in my head" - or am I truly going barking mad? ;-)

I've read more than enough about hypoglycemia, exhausted adrenal glands, pancreatic damage and the ill-effect of "E" on the system. However I am at a loss. All I want is my life back and would ask whether, in your opinion, one "E" could really ruin my metabolism this much or whether the probable (as I'm yet to have an upper GI) pancreatic duct damage and stress could be the more likely causes.

Most importantly still: Will I ever get better, or is this likely to be the "new me"?

I live in the UK and am dependant upon our beloved National Health Service!!

RE: hypoglycemia \ exhausted adrenal glands
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: July 4, 2002 6:19 PM

This is why it is so useful to actually see patients in person. Even if I could know accurately exactly what your health problems are, I am left with the inability to actually help you through this. All this is complicated by the fact that you live in the UK and have even less access to natural medicine than we have in the U.S. Two things are obvious about what you have written: (1) you do not metabolize sugar as you should, and (2) your digestive system is ill. You are likely in a pre-diabetic state (type 2 or adult-onset diabetes). If true, this means that you are developing "insulin resistance" which is to say that your cells no longer respond to insulin in the manner they should. This raises blood glucose which in turn provokes greater production of insulin. Elevated insulin will keep blood sugar is a sort-of normal range until a more thorough decompensation occurs, so the usual blood glucose measurements for diabetes will turn up negative. (The test which reveals the condition is the Glucose Tolerance Test with Concomitant Insulin Levels), Excess insulin (hyperinsulinemia) produces a myriad of symptoms, many of which you describe in clear terms. As to the digestive system, underproduction of digestive enzymes is a possible cause, so is gut wall infection. A raw food diet and/or addition of high quality oral digestive enzymes with each meal would help the former; treatment with the German SanPharma remedies would address the latter. There is a wide variety of supplements and herbs which help reverse insulin resistance. I am reproducing my protocol below. I can't recommend treatment as I am not able to examine you personally, but in general these are the approaches I would take if I encountered a patient who had the conditions I suspect you may have. As to the SanPharma remedies, you need to find a person trained in the use of these items. This is so unusual in the U.S. I have great difficulty referring even here. In the UK - I havenít a clue.

As to one "E" causing all this - very unlikely, never heard of it. Whether you recover or not is entirely dependent on the method of treatment. A pharmaceutical approach has very little to offer you and this is what mainstream medicine will offer you.

Vanadyl sulfate 75 - 100 mg. per day

Diet: Usually vegetarian preferably, but if not at least high in fiber and emphasize legumes (peas and beans for protein) except with kidney failure where a high protein diet is not advisable. Otherwise protein should account for calories in the ration of 7:10 with carbohydrates. Source of fat should be monounsaturated (e.g. olive oil).

Where grains are concerned, whole grain has been shown to help control blood sugar levels. Hippocrates, Nov., 1997;54-61

Exercise: Pumping iron into the anaerobic range (when it hurts) builds more insulin receptors and goes a long way toward correcting the root problem with adult onset diabetes. Cessation of exercise results in the loss of benefits within 3-10 days. A wide variety of exercises using all major muscles groups works best. Sports Medicine, Nov. 1997;24(5):321-336

Flax oil: 15 cc = a tablespoon = 6 grams each day

Vitamins:
Niacin 30 -100 mg., Niacinamide 50 - 300 mg. Eur J of Endocrin, 1997;137:234-39
Pyridoxine 25 - 150 mg. (Blocks the Mallard reaction)
Biotin 3 - 20 mg. (Stimulates intracellular glucokinase) - 10 mg. Injection per day for a week then switch to oral form helps diabetic neuropathy dramatically - have to order from a compounding pharmacist.
Vitamin C 1000 - 5000 mg. Or more up to bowel tolerance Annals of Nutrition Metab 1995;39:217-23 / Nephron, 1998;80:277-284; also Medical Tribune Meeting Focus, Suppl. May 22, 1997;2
Vitamin E 400 - 800 IU J Amer Coll Nutr, 1996;15(5):458-61 This study uses only 100 mg. and demonstrates lowering of glycosolated hemoglobin and triglycerides, i.e. protection from neuropathies, ophthalmic and vascular problems. Higher doses are indicated as they are undoubtedly beneficial. Also Medical Tribune Meeting Focus, Suppl. May 22, 1997;2
Vitamin K to prevent the bleeding which may occur in diabetics on large amounts of vitamin E
Vitamin B6 100 mg.
Vitamin B12 40 mcg.

Amino Acid: L-carnitine 1000 mg. bid (increases glucose metabolism by 8%) (sold as Levocarnatine on prescription as well as OTC in vitamin and HF stores)

Minerals:
Chromium picolinate 400 mcg.
Vanadyl Sulfate 100 mg. per day
Zinc 20 - 60 mg.
Manganese 10 - 50 mg.
Copper 2 -3 mg.
Magnesium 500 mg. per day Diabetes Care Feb. 1995;18(2):188-192 Annals of Nutrition Metab 1995;39:217-23

There are several combination preparations in the vitamin store containing these items for blood sugar control. Look for them at the vitamin store.

Chelation Therapy: common clinical experience shows this to be the single most valuable tool available to normalize cell sensitivity to insulin.

Lipoic Acid 600 mg. IV followed by 600 mg. by mouth daily - for peripheral neuropathy ó used for many years, acts as an antioxidant with regenerates C, E, and glutathione Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology and Diabetes 1995;104:126-127, also Diabetes, 1997;46(Suppl. 2)confused smiley62-S66

Herb: Gymnema sylvestre (results in the regeneration of beta cells with increased insulin output; also lowers the elevated lipids associated with diabetes; has no measurable toxicity) Journal of Ethnopharmacology 1990;30:265-79 / 281-94 / 295-300

Pharmaceutical: Glucophage (Metformin) 500 mg. daily up to 1000 mg .twice daily; actually no fixed dosage, can go up to 2500 mg. daily; take with meals



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