Type 2 Diabetes is a problem that affects millions of people each day. In short, diabetes occurs when the pancreas stops creating the right amount of insulin. Other times the pancreas creates enough insulin, but the insulin is not effective in doing its job of regulating the amount of sugar in the blood. Before diving into diabetes and how the body can reverse this chronic disease, it’s important to understand the body and its capacity to heal itself.
Self healing is probably the greatest ability our body possesses. The healing process includes hundreds of mechanisms and hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions. More than 200 types of cells that help in the healing process are distributed throughout the body, each grouped in different organs, glands and tissues.
An important part of the healing and regeneration process includes the lifespan of a cell. Cells live for short periods of time. As a cell matures – and previous to their death – they divide in two through a process known as mitosis. Mitosis occurs throughout our body. How frequently mitosis occurs depends on the life of a cell. The cells that make up our bones for example, live for 3 months. Certain cells in our stomach have a much shorter lifespan, living for only 25 minutes. In other areas of the body cells live for 24 hours or several weeks. An estimated 90 million cells die every minute, with 90 million new cells standing ready to replace them. While 90 million may seem like a lot, it’s nothing more than a drop in a bucket when you consider the fact that our body is made up of approximately 60 trillion cells. Whatever the lifespan different cells may have, within 6 months every single cell you have in your body will be different than the ones you’re currently made up of. When you think about our bodies in this way, we’re really not that old. Whether we’re 10, 38 or 60 years old, our bodies are never older than 6 months.
Mitosis requires nutrients and a healthy balance of neurotransmitters in our brain and body. This ensures that healthy new cells are created. If a cell is not healthy, corrections and repairs take place thanks to internal mechanisms that are encoded within the nucleus of each cell. If for some reason these mechanisms don’t bring the cell back to a healthy state, the unhealthy cell will kill itself off through a process known as apoptosis. Apoptosis is a mechanism that is initiated by a specific gene within the nucleus of the cell. All of these processes require the presence of certain nutrients that provide the specific chemicals needed to activate these defense mechanisms. We receive these nutrients through the foods that we eat. If we don’t receive the micronutrients required, these mechanisms don’t have the ability to self initiate. Under these conditions unhealthy cells remain intact.
Leaving unhealthy cells in our body is not good for the microenvironment of the body. Sick, unhealthy cells produce toxins that affect and cause the cells surrounding them to get sick. Because our body is not meant to keep unhealthy cells, the immune system also works on making sure unhealthy cells are properly disposed of. Immune cells are encoded with information that contains the makeup of a healthy cell. Using this information, the immune cells patrol every part of the body to detect, destroy and remove unhealthy cells. Whether or not the immune system is able do so in an effective manner depends on whether or not we’re under chronic stress.
By definition chronic stress is a state where the body feels it is constantly in danger. This sets off physiological changes in the body. Some of these changes directly impact the immune system’s ability to recognize sick cells. Without recognition, immune cells are unable to destroy unhealthy cells. The process of healing, detection, takes place in every part of the body – including the pancreas. That said, let’s talk in more detail regarding diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic illness that is progressive. Over time very specific cells in the pancreas – known as beta cells – decline over time. Beta cells are responsible for the production of insulin. Insulin is an important hormone that is in charge of transporting sugar from the blood to the cells so that the cells can use the sugar for energy. As beta cells health worsens, their ability to create insulin is affected resulting in insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means the insulin that is created does not work. In the absence of effective insulin, sugar levels in the blood increase. Over time elevated sugar levels produce serious health problems which damage the nerves in our body, affects our kidneys, eyes, extremities and heart.
Interestingly enough, when the body detects that beta cells are not producing enough insulin, the brain will send signals to the healthy beta cells that remain and ask them to double up their production of insulin. This measure is done to make sure sugar count is regulated. This is a temporal fix the body puts in place in hopes that we make the changes required to provide our body the right nutrients and lifestyle required to allow the body to heal itself. If the cellular environment remains unchanged however, the pancreas continues to deteriorate. As the amount of unhealthy beta cells increases, the remaining healthy cells continue to make up the workload, until they too become unhealthy as well. Once this has occurred, diabetes is now full blown and detectable through a blood test. In reality however, diabetes was present long before the lab work was done. It started when the first sets of unhealthy beta cells were not removed and the healthy beta cells had to begin carrying the extra workload.
Usually diabetes is only treated to control blood sugar count through pharmaceutical or other natural or homeopathic treatments. A concept which the health sector has had a hard time understanding, even though it has been demonstrated multiple times, is that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed. Just like our body has the ability to heal a cut on our hand or recuperate from internal trauma, our pancreas also has the ability to heal itself at the cellular level. Here are some root causes of the illness. Making certain changes can help give the body the opportunity to repair and reverse this illness.
Elevated amounts of fat – fat accumulates around our midsection. The midsection houses a lot of our organs, including our pancreas. Elevated amounts of fat create trauma around the organs. Adipose cells, which store fat, dwell close to our organs. As these cells enlarge in size they create inflammation and damage.
Inflammation – the excess amount of fat creates damage. Damage leads to inflammation which creates an immune response. When inflammation is constant the immune system will begin to assume that the entire inflamed area is a problem and will attack the entire region, including the pancreas. Beta cells are affected by this process and get sick.
Chronic stress – whenever we get stressed we produce a hormone known as cortisol. Over production of cortisol affects the digestive system. The metabolic changes that take place in these situations further extend the damage with diabetes. Additionally, cortisol compromises the immune system.
Skipping meals – skipping meals compromises pancreatic cells that produce a hormone known as glucagon. Glucagon levels out glucose in the blood after insulin has done its job of lowering the overall amount of sugar in the blood. When we skip meals, this part of the pancreas does extra work to bring balance. That’s because whenever we skip meals, our tendency is to eat a large meal to compensate for the lack of energy. This leads to a rush of sugar within a very small window of time. The pancreas ends up overworking during these moments and as a result, constantly skipping meals will always lead to pancreatic damage.
Before we go any further I want to clarify something regarding the association between weight and diabetes. We need to understand that even a few extra pounds of fat in our body affects the way insulin works. Any additional fat promotes insulin resistance in the liver, causes the muscles to produce lipotoxicity and creates extra fat in the blood stream. Additionally, normal cell function is affected as enlarged fat cells produce binding proteins that attach to insulin, blocking it’s ability to perform its job. As healthy beta cells double their production of insulin, cells can become desensitized to insulin.
In order to reverse Diabetes the body must be able to remove excess fat, remove sick cells through apoptosis, restore proper signaling between cells and properly repair cells that are reparable. Proper nutrition is critical as this will allow the body to properly realize mitosis and allow for new, healthy cells. Decreasing stress levels will strengthen the immune system and enable it to play its important role of detecting and removing unhealthy cells.
As these changes take place it’s important to continue to monitor blood sugar count because the newer healthier cells will produce more insulin the body can use to regulate blood sugar. As blood sugar levels decrease, you can monitor and reduce the amount of medication currently used. Lastly, the body’s natural ability to detoxify must be functioning. The kidneys must be healthy in order to remove waste, detoxify our body and absorb nutrients that become available through the foods we eat.
Thousands of successful cases have occurred through using Phytotherapi’s program for Type II diabetes. The successes seen are proof of the marvelous mechanisms the body has for self reparation and healing. There are plenty of clinical and scientific proof that show the reversing of diabetes is completely possible and within reach. Unfortunately there is a lot of financial interest, lack of knowledge and false paradigms based in misinformation that have placed fear in millions of people who suffer from diabetes. Looking for solutions that only control blood sugar is like building dam against a body of water that is building pressure – the dam will eventually burst. So is the case with the pharmaceutical solutions available. They do not solve the problem and the person suffering from diabetes will inevitably get worse, requiring stronger medications, more trips to the doctor and a high financial cost to them and their families.
To help provide some context into what we have seen, I wanted to provide you one of the cases we’ve seen. Carlos Garcia is a 63 year old man that we helped. Carlos was diagnosed with diabetes 18 years ago and was taking 850 mg of metformin twice a day and injecting himself with 20 units of insulin every night. 10 days after being on the Phytotherapi program, Carlos was able to reduce his use of metformin to once a day. After 15 days he only needed to use ½ a pill of metformin once a day due to his pancreatic health improving. After 40 days he no longer had to use metformin. On the 60th day his insulin injection decreased to 10 units per day. On the 80th day he no longer needed to inject himself with insulin and had a blood sugar level of 95. Additionally, his energy levels increased, he improved the amount of hours he slept to 7 per night, stress levels decreased and were under control and his libido also improved. On average what we’ve seen in case studies is that after 90 days glucose readings are at 85. We’ve also seen glucose clamp test results drop from 8 to 4.8, furthering illustrating improvement on insulin sensitivity.
In conclusion normalizing beta cell function and hepatic insulin sensitivity occurred through following the specific protocol used with the Phytotherapi program. Triglycerides in the pancreas and liver also decreased along with excess body fat. As a result, the amount of healthy pancreatic cells increase and production of insulin improves. In addition, as fat around the pancreas decreased, inflammation around other organs – specifically the liver – also disappears; cytokine activities normalize and the immune system is strengthened. Many individuals who go through the program report eliminating medication within the first 35 days of using the program, saving them from both the secondary effects and damage drugs have on their body, and the money that is used to constantly purchase them.
Originally published February 6, 2015