Barely a day goes by that I don’t find myself talking some poor souls down off the ledge. A doctor has bullied them into believing that if they don’t get their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers down (and fast) they’re going to drop dead at any moment.
They end up on my doorstep because they don’t want to die, but they also don’t want to spend their lives chained to dangerous prescription drugs.
They find themselves stuck between a rock and a side effect, and they’re hoping I can help.
And the good news is I can. I usually start with a quick lesson on those bogus benchmarks they’re being asked to meet – and then tell them the real blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers they should be aiming for.
Bait-and-switch con sets you up for failure
My patients’ jaws drop when I explain that lots of what we call ‘good’ or ‘normal’ health numbers today are nothing but a con. One dreamed up by drug company execs, dutifully carried out by their government pals and reinforced by the lemmings in the mainstream media.
It’s no accident that what are considered ‘good’ cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure numbers have dropped so dramatically over the years (and we’re certainly not any healthier to show for it).
Once Big Pharma has just about everyone in their potential pool of users signed up for a monthly prescription to the latest drug du jour, it’s time to find new customers. They do that by funding biased studies, applying political pressure, and demanding that the ranges be lowered.
Before you know it the media is reporting on some new drastic change to the guidelines that are almost impossible to meet without prescription drugs.
In the last 10 years alone, the cholesterol guidelines have plummeted from a total cholesterol of 220 and a LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol of 120 to a needlessly low 200 and 100. Blood pressure goals have dropped from 140 systolic and 90 diastolic to 120 over 80.
And three-month blood sugar averages, measured using a test called the Haemoglobin A1C, have now started heading south too.
That may not seem like much of a difference, but the effect is enormous. It makes millions of new customers eligible for cholesterol, blood sugar and hypertension drugs practically overnight.
Suddenly your perfect 220 LDL cholesterol level is considered sky high. Time for a statin!
Or your normal blood sugar numbers now put you into the pre-diabetes zone and it’s time to get you on a blood-sugar-lowering drug before you have ‘complications’.
Or your borderline blood pressure is no longer treatable with diet and lifestyle changes and you need to start popping a blood pressure pill to avoid keeling over from a stroke.
Beware: The prescription drug gold rush can kill
Now don’t misunderstand me, I’m certainly NOT against instituting some standard guidelines for these important numbers. But they just need to be reasonable and not driven by the very industry that stands to profit from them.
And for people who really do need to bring their blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol numbers down (more on that in a moment) immediately turning to drugs could be a big mistake.
Prescription medications are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In fact, medical treatments and drugs kill more people than strokes or diabetes!
In the UK, a range of medicines were linked to 274,123 suspected adverse reactions reports received by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) between January 2000 to November 2011. Twelve thousand deaths linked to these adverse reactions were recorded in the same period.
In some cases the drugs could turn out to be far worse than the condition they’re supposed to be treating. Or you could be trading one problem for another such as with cholesterol-lowering statins which are linked to diabetes.
So what is… ‘PROBLEM BLOOD SUGAR’ ANYWAY?
Many of my patients are eager to avoid prescription diabetes drugs. And they want to know whether there is a magic blood sugar number or ‘tipping point’ beyond which some type of intervention is necessary.
I believe a 6.0 three-month average on a Haemoglobin A1C test is high enough that we should pay attention to diet, exercise and natural blood sugar remedies. But it’s not high enough where I’d encourage the use of the potentially dangerous prescription drugs that are now being pushed for patients at that level.
Keep control NATURALLY
If you’re concerned about your own numbers, simple diet and lifestyle changes are almost always the best first steps.
For elevated blood sugar levels talk with your doctor about testing you for digestive and pancreatic enzyme deficiencies. If you’re running low – which is often the case with pre-diabetes – it could be a sign of an overloaded pancreas.
Supplementing with digestive enzymes like lipase, protease and amylase could give your pancreas the support it needs to help bring your numbers back down naturally. And natural supplements like Berberine have been proven just as effective as the drug metformin in maintaining blood sugar control.
To lower your cholesterol think ‘fat’, but NOT low fat. Our obsession with low-fat (and high-carb) eating is what got us into this mess in the first place. Instead, concentrate on eating plenty of natural fats and proteins such as beef and poultry which support heart health.
Monounsaturated fats such as olive oil can help naturally lower your LDL (or so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol) levels. And cold water fish such as salmon are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, a natural blood-clot fighter.
I highly recommend you give the Paleo diet (also known as the Caveman diet) a try. This healthy approach to eating – which focuses on natural proteins, fruits and vegetables while eliminating processed foods – can help improve your blood sugar control, reduce your blood pressure and lower your triglycerides. It may even help you effortlessly drop a few stubborn pounds.
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Vol. 9, Issue 9, September 2015