Warning this is kinda long and has nothing to do with art so feel free to ignore until my next post which has cute little fuzzy bunnies in it. Oh yeah. You know you love fuzzy bunnies.
I know, I know it’s been awhile…
I have been creating but mostly little stuff designed for mini prints or cards. Not really much that is blog worthy though I will post shortly a bunny piece I just finished which is revoltingly cute and titled appropriately “Bunny Kisses” Oh yeah …
But I tend to go off on personal quests when I’m MIA from the blog and this time has been no different. Being single with my own business and a small acreage to tend (not to mention my critters) when I’m on a quest there’s not much time for extras like blogging.
So I pondered heavily whether to even bring it up here. Quests are usually personal and the blog is about art so mostly I don’t cross over, but this time I figured I’d share just a bit. Because I think it’s really important.
Those who know me …
know I’m a diabetic. I have been for 20 years now (man time flies) some of that time I’ve been on medication, most of it however I’ve not. Diet controlled as it were. The older I get the less I have to weigh to stay that way. And because God is a very funny being, menopause also raising resting blood sugar levels. (Because menopause is a huge hormonal shift and insulin is a hormone) So recently I gained a few pounds which I always do in winter because I’m not slogging around a ton of stuff at art fairs. And now with no horse and elderly mother to keep me hopping I gained a little more than my usual 10. As a result my BS (blood sugars) began to rise.
I’m like “Okay, time to rein this in” so I began to diet and walk. I bought an elliptical for myself for Christmas and upped my regimen there and … wait for it … my BS kinda skyrocketed. They went from a bit elevated to high. Crap! I went to the doctor. Got labs done. Got back on medicine. I told my Dr. that I just wanted something to drop my BS until I lost the weight. He put me on a drug which takes 2-3 month to reach full efficacy. I’m like what? Really?He also put me on a very serious drug as a “preventive” for my kidneys, not because I needed it but because it was standard protocol (cholesterol lowering drugs are also par for the course but my numbers were crazy good so he passed.) The extra drugs thing … that’s another story though. And to be clear I like my Dr. He’s not the bad guy here.
At first I was annoyed. I’m like Geez … I’ll have lost the weight by the time they kick in what’s the point? Turns out now I’m grateful. It gave me time to try something and know the results were successful because of what I’m doing not because the drugs are working. For now I’m still taking them. I’ve only been on them for 2 weeks so we’ll see what I want to do in another 2 weeks when I see my Dr. again.
All this led me on a journey. I am so very grateful I live in a time when information is so readily available. I googled “Reversing diabetes” and after months of reading several hours every day, watching you tube videos and movies, (like Fat, sick and nearly dead and Forks Over Knives) webinars, buying books, reading scientific studies … you get the point, I learned a few things. A few horrifying things but more importantly a few wonderful things too.
Let’s start with wonderful
- Diabetes is totally reversible for nearly everyone. And guess what … it doesn’t cost anything.
Um … Well really that’s all there is I guess on the wonderful side but it’s a biggie wouldn’t you say?
And now for the Horrifying
- The traditional treatment for diabetes actual progresses the disease
- Elevated Blood Sugar isn’t what will kill you, it’s elevated insulin.
- Much of the diabetic guidelines put forth by the medical and diabetic association will in fact make it worse. But they’ll say don’t worry, it’s just the natural progression of this chronic disease. Here have some more insulin.
- They “know” it’s a lie but they all tell it anyway.
- A diabetic on insulin with an A1c of 6 (considered quite good)is just to likely to suffer a cardiac event as someone with an A1c over 10. (considered quite bad) That right there was enough to make me faint. A diabetic on insulin has a much higher chance of dying from a heart attack. And by much … over 30%. Depends on the study really, 30 is low balling it.
Now just in case you think I’m a nutter or drank the kool-aid from some cult there are many many acclaimed doctors who support this. But the one who made it all make sense to me was Dr. Jason Fung. He’s a kidney specialist who is sent the worst of the worst diabetics. The ones taking tons of insulin, very obese and kidneys were failing. Guess what … his protocol reverses the disease. And quickly I might add. He calls it cured, but no, I don’t think so. Cured to me suggests I can go out and eat cake, bags of cheesy poofs and pot roast for months on end and be fine. But … it can be put into a kind of remission where the occasional cheat will be fine as long as for the most part you follow the rules.
Well this has gotten crazy long. So I’ll give more details in another post. But for those of you interested google Dr. Jason Fung, read his blog watch his seminars. They are not as flashy as many of the diet gurus out there, some are actual seminars for other Dr’s but he’s also not trying to sell you something. That alone gives this guy some credibility in my opinion.