While over 30 million people in the US are currently diagnosed with diabetes, another staggering 84 million are estimated to be living a pre-diabetic life without knowing!
Diabetes is less of an imbalance of blood sugar than it is a complex, cellular issue. The cells in question become unable to receive and absorb the glucose (sugar) that is delivered by the bloodstream, eventually causing a buildup of unwanted glucose. This buildup causes blood vessel and nerve damage, which over time can lead to serious complications. Blood vessels that are damaged by circulating glucose will rob the organs of essential oxygen and nutrients they need to function. Eventually, this process will lead to other complications – kidney disease, liver damage, brain degeneration, neuropathy, and cardiovascular disease to name a few.
So how do we get the cells to properly receive and absorb the glucose so it’s not building up in the bloodstream, raising blood sugar, and causing damage to organs?
Western medicine practitioners may have you believe that the key to preventing this glucose buildup is injecting or ingesting the hormone insulin. Simply put, this approach makes the problem worse. Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance; insulin resistance is what prevents the glucose from entering the cell as it should. Thus, the more insulin a person injects or secretes, the more insulin resistant and diabetic they become. In addition, using insulin to “manage” diabetes will take a significant toll on the organs and overall health. According to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (2013), insulin more than doubles the risk of death, neuropathy, and myocardial and more than triples the risk of stroke, cancer, renal complications, and Diabetes Type III (AKA Alzheimer’s Disease).
Traditional western medicine approaches to diabetes focus on prescription medication, exercise, and a “healthy” diet. Diabetics can lose a lot of hope trying different diets, different medications, different doctors, different workout programs, without getting different results. Certainly, if there were a particular diet or pill that was working to heal diabetes, then all diabetics would be on it and getting great results. The current research shows that while diet plays a role in the disease, it’s not all about sugar and carbohydrates. Most people know someone who weighs 300-400 pounds and is not a diabetic.
We must look deeper at each individual to see what factors led to their disease. For example, we now know that certain foods you eat may cause an immune reaction which results in increased blood sugar. We know the air pollution and toxicity from the environment and our food can increase blood sugar. We know genetics and reduced ability to detoxify the body efficiently plays a role in developing diabetes. Subclinical infections and inflammation can be at the root of diabetes. These problems can all be found through proper testing and addressed in an individualized treatment plan. In Functional Medicine, the key to healing diabetes is to test an individual to find out why the dysfunction is occurring and to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses root causes and lifestyle factors. At Next Advanced Medicine, a functional medicine practice in Orange County, CA, we test each patient extensively to see which foods are causing problems with their blood sugar, thus we never see two patients on the same diet. Using a truly individualized approach, Next Advanced Medicine has healed diabetes in hundreds of patients, who have walked away from this disease and their medications.
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IT IS POSSIBLE TO START LIVING A LIFE FREE FROM THE LIMITATIONS OF TYPE 2 DIABETES
Mainstream medicine will give you a generic treatment plan – the same treatment plan that is given to every other diabetic: a regimen of pills and injections that never truly solve the problem and never address the root cause(s), which might include a complex interaction of genetics, toxin exposure, nutrition, and lifestyle. Prescription medication including insulin only masks the symptoms of your disease, covering up the unseen damage.
Some prescription drugs and insulin can actually worsen your condition and cause irreversible damage to your body – all the while, never addressing the causative factors that initially led to the development of your type 2 diabetes.
In fact, acceptance is growing among the mainstream medical community that type 2 diabetes is HEALABLE. Dr. Mehmet Oz is among the many physicians who now say diabetes is completely treatable, and healable, by making better lifestyle choices. As reported on Oprah.com, Dr. Oz stated: “Most diabetes is preventable,” he says. “It is treatable, even healable … Ninety percent of type 2 diabetics can actually heal their problem.” Yet, type 2 diabetes is often labeled a “silent killer” because it can take years before you notice any serious symptoms.
By that time it may be too late, and the damage done may lead to heart attack, kidney disease or amputations. So if you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, don’t wait to get help. The sooner you act the more damage you will prevent, and the better your chances of a full recovery will become.
Next Advanced Medicine customizes diagnostic testing for each individual patient to ensure we can design the most effective, customizable treatment plan possible. Diagnostic tests we use include:
Saliva testing for the endocrine (hormonal) system
Antibody testing to determine cause of inflammation/autoimmunity
Food sensitivity testing
DNA stool testing
Extensive blood testing
Nutrient deficiency testing
Toxin exposure testing
Heavy metal testing
Customized diet and nutrition plan based on results
Next Advanced Medicine has helped hundreds of patients heal their diabetes. Learn More from our doctors at an upcoming LIVE EVENT!
There is something you can do, but you must start now!
As diabetes is without a doubt becoming more and more of an issue in today’s society, scientists and medical professionals alike have attributed the upsurge in diagnoses to the unfortunate prevalence of poor lifestyle choices – things such diet, physical activity, and environmental factors. Many American’s eat foods that are riddled with pesticides, GMO’s, sugar, and other additives that are leading to a proliferation of lifestyle diseases, including type 2 diabetes.
This is where functional medicine comes in. Functional healthcare focuses on the individual as a whole and takes into account elements of their lifestyle that may contribute to their health issues. This means not just aiming to heal the physical manifestations, but also getting to the source of the problem.
As every person’s experience with this illness will have contrasting underlying causes, it makes no sense to treat every patient with the same solution, often being mass-produced prescription drugs.
This is why we are so motivated to help our community understand and identify their health issues. We are aware that there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment when it comes to diabetes management, prevention, or healing.
Functional, holistic healthcare experts agree on is that NUTRITION is a cornerstone of diabetes management and prevention. Therefore, implementing testing based, individualized dietary changes is a fundamental practice in the fight against diabetes.
Try this delicious, diabetes-friendly recipe. As always, make sure this recipe complies with your individual needs, check with your doctor or nutritionist if you are uncertain.
Squash and Kale with Coconut Curry
1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut
1 onion, chopped fine
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup of Thai red curry paste
2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger minced
1/4 cup of coconut oil
2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut
2 lbs. of kale stemmed and cut into strips
2 cups of unsweetened coconut
2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and cut into pieces
2 tablespoons of arrowroot flour
2 teaspoons of lime juice plus extra for seasoning
2 scallions, sliced thin
Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium heat in a large pan, add the squash and stir cook stirring occasionally until lightly browned 5 – 7 minutes set aside in a bowl.
Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil back to your large pan, medium heat add onions and 2 teaspoons of salt and cook until softened for about 5 minutes. Stir in curry paste, garlic, and ginger and cook about 30 seconds. Stir in the water and coconut and bring to a simmer, cook until the coconut is softened about 5 minutes.
Using a blender process the coconut mixture until it’s finely ground up for about 2 minutes you might have to do this a couple of times. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth squeezing as much as the liquid you can, discard the pulp. Take out 1/2 cup and set aside.
Bring the remaining coconut broth to a simmer over medium heat stirring in the kale a handful at a time, cook until it’s just beginning to wilt about 5 minutes. Stir in squash and juices that were set aside, cover, reduce heat to the medium-low stirring occasionally, until the kale is wilted for about 15 minutes
Stirring in the bell pepper cover and cook till done about 10 minutes.
With the reserved coconut broth and arrowroot flour stir in vegetables and cook until the sauce thickens slightly for about 2 minutes. Stir in the lime juice and scallions and season with salt and pepper. If you want to use extra lime to juice to taste.
More than 12 percent of the United States population suffers from thyroid problems today, and an estimated 20 million will suffer from some sort of thyroid imbalance in their lifetime.
More than 12 percent of the United States population suffers from thyroid problems today, and an estimated 20 million will suffer from some sort of thyroid imbalance in their lifetime.One factor which may contribute to these overwhelming figures is that one-third of the world’s entire population also suffers from an iodine deficiency.
As the cells in the thyroid gland
are the only cells in the body which can absorb iodine, it follows that iodine
deficiencies result in many thyroid-based hormonal issues, and vice-versa. It
is by no means the single isolated cause of thyroid malfunction, yet it is
thought to be one of the most dominant. That being said, it should always be
taken into consideration when assessing thyroid health.
Iodine is essential for converting thyroid hormone into it’s
free and useable form. It’s also essential for breast health. However 90%
of thyroid sufferers
have as their main mechanisms of disease an auto immune disease called
Hashimoto’s. Some research indicates that Iodine may increase antibodies and
cause this autoimmune disease to become worse.
How do you know if you should be taking it or
not? At Next Advanced Medicine we always
test. We don’t give Iodine to patients
unless their blood test indicates they are low. We also watch it carefully to
make sure it does not get too high.
Why is functional medicine a better
It makes no sense to treat every
patient with generically mass-produced drugs that may or may not have the
desired effect, when the root cause of disease varies for each person.
Functional medicine for thyroid
health aims at analyzing the unique lifestyle factors that have potentially
contributed to an existing imbalance or the development of worsening
symptoms. Regardless of how it manifests, it is vital to gain an
understanding of the unique functioning of your thyroid!
Other symptoms of thyroid imbalance
Become ‘Functionally Literate’
Thyroid issues are not uncommon, and yet each person experiences symptoms and root causes differently. We believe everyone deserves to be aware of their own root issues in order to receive the personalized treatment their illnesses require to help them go forward in life without a dependency on prescription drugs.
Our hope is to enable all patients to become ‘literate’ in functional medicine, so as to maximize their chances of preventing the onset or reversing the effects of thyroid problems. Check out our upcoming seminars where you can learn first-hand from our doctors.
There are conflicting opinions
regarding the benefits of cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and
spinach for your thyroid health.
The conclusion functional experts
come to, however, is that eating what YOU need for YOUR body and YOUR
particular needs is the only way to correctly use nutrition as a means of
This means that cultivating AWARENESS of your body, and using advanced testing
to identify your nutritional needs, is key to you obtaining optimum health.
Studies have shown leafy green and
cruciferous vegetables as the most nourishing source of natural iodine for
thyroid function – try this delicious green
Functional medicine is a much more personal approach to healthcare. It ensures that each patient is treated according to their specific needs, rather than treated as a diagnosis.
Aiming to return the body and mind to optimum balance and functionality, functional medicine can often be the most preferable route for women to embark upon to solve their health issues.
Functional medicine can also help
PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)
Cognitive Decline and Brain Fog
Anxiety and Depression
Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
How Does it Work?
By using natural methods, deep testing, and personalized care, functional medicine aims to enable patients to get to the root cause of their health problems and heal disease progression.
At Next Advanced Medicine, a functional medicine clinic in Tustin, CA, Dr. Candice Hall, D.C., leads an interdisciplinary team of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopaths, and nutrition scientists to create an individualized care plan for each patient. The focus is on treating the whole patient. They consider the interaction of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that affect disease progression and treatment. Dr. Hall and the team at Next Advanced Medicine have helped hundreds of patients heal chronic disease including Type 2 Diabetes, Thyroid and Auto Immune Disease, and Cognitive Decline, using this personalized, functional medicine approach.
Becoming better aware of your health
issues and their potential causes, triggers, and treatments is a part of how
functional medicine helps you to heal yourself and STAY healed. Getting to know
all aspects of your health issue and implementing positive change to avoid them
worsening cultivates awareness both in your body and in your mind in order to
achieve optimum health.
Boosting hormonal function is vital
in overall mental and physical health. Estrogen,
in particular, is associated with the proper functioning of the female
reproductive system, among many other benefits.
Try these foods for healthy
Seeds: flax seeds and sesame seeds
Fruit: apricots, oranges, strawberries, and peaches
Vegetables: yams, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, kale, and
Soy products: tofu, miso soup, soy and yogurt
Dark rye bread
Legumes: lentils, peas, and pinto beans
Olives and olive oil
Including these foods in your diet can help women lower their risk of developing hormonal imbalances!
Learn more from our doctors at a free seminar.
Call (949 943 3922) to qualify for a free seminar:
Diabetes Reversal Seminar
Tustin May 14 or Riverside May 18
Thyroid & Auto-Immune Seminar (Tustin May 22)
Cognitive Decline Seminar (Tustin May 21)
We are motivated to educate as many people as possible. Take a
look at our upcoming events:
Research shows 80 percent of adults will experience adrenal fatigue in their lifetime.
Yet there is controversy within the medical community whether this condition is a legitimate diagnosis. This disagreement is due to the inability to identify and treat adrenal fatigue in a standard way. Adrenal dysfunction manifests very differently and because of this, there is no ONE way to solve this problem.
Adrenal fatigue is
caused by stress on the adrenal glands. This causes an imbalance in
hormone production. The most commonly identified symptom
of adrenal fatigue is an overall sense of energy depletion which
takes many forms. Some individuals feel they need more sleep, lack the physical
strength to exercise, and may even lose interest and motivation in areas of
their work and personal lives.
What is happening inside the body when you feel this way? The excretion of testosterone, cortisol, and adrenaline in response to stress all play a role in increasing the heart rate and blood pressure, slowing digestion, and shutting down executive brain functions. These factors accompany other physiological changes in the body and are collectively known as the ‘stress response’.
Understandably, this elevated
level of stress has serious energetic implications on the body, as well as
Blood Sugar Levels
“How can you treat a condition that affects so many functions in the body?”
Role In The Fight Against Fatigue
treat adrenal fatigue with drugs
or energy-boosting supplements. These products have one thing in common; they
only treat the symptoms instead of addressing the actual cause of and
individual’s adrenal dysfunction. Conversely,
functional medicine doctors focus on identifying which areas of the patient’s
lifestyle can be improved, what strategies the patient can implement to
overcome the fatigue and the appropriate
treatment individualized plan the addresses the patient’s specific needs.
This adrenal -healing recipe encourages balanced
blood-sugar and cortisol levels!
Try it in place of your morning coffee and you will feel the
3 cups kale
1 tablespoon supergreens powder
1 cup frozen organic blueberries
1 teaspoon maca
1-2 tablespoons MCT oil
1 lemon (or lime), skin removed
2-4 drops stevia
1. Blend until pureed
Learn more from our doctors!
Call (949 943 3922) to qualify for a free seminar:
Diabetes Seminar Tustin May 14 or Riverside May 18
Thyroid & Auto-Immune Seminar (Tustin May 22)
Cognitive Decline Seminar (Tustin May 21)
We are motivated to educate as many people as possible. Take a
look at our upcoming events:
You may already know that you have a thyroid problem, but knowing is only half the battle.
The only way to heal from low thyroid is to correct the factors that caused the disease in the first place! Taking a thyroid replacement supplement might help you feel better in the short-term, but that approach does nothing to fix the circumstances that caused your thyroid metabolism to malfunction.
The foundation of a functional medicine approach to any disease or imbalance is finding out WHY your body is not functioning properly; this means we must find the root cause.
Below are the 4 hidden factors that are secretly damaging your thyroid!
1. The Liver
Your liver produces the proteins responsible for transporting thyroid hormones and is also a central hub for T4’s conversion to active or free T3. Anything that reduces liver function can also affect thyroid function. Your liver is a primary site for detoxification, so if your body is overloaded with toxins from alcohol, medication, heavy metals, environmental pollutants and chemicals, or more, you may not be efficiently converting T4 to T3.
2. The Gut
Much like your liver, if tissues within your gut are damaged, efficient conversion of active thyroid hormone will be slowed down. It is extremely likely to find intestinal damage that results in malnutrition, autoimmunity, and a variety of other symptoms in people suffering from low thyroid. Repairing gut integrity and function is critical for healing low thyroid!
Stress triggers the adrenal glands to secrete glucocorticoids such as cortisol. Cortisol revs up the body and prepares it to face the stressor, whether it be real or imagined. In times of acute stress, cortisol works to support the body by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune system.
However, chronic stress causes inflammation and hijacks the immune system. Cortisol competes for resources that your body uses to convert inactive T4 to active T3. Stress also damages the liver, reducing its capacity to filter toxins, hindering its ability to convert T4 to T3.
4. Toxins, Metals, Fluoride, and Medications
The environment is flooded with toxins, and many of those make it into our bodies via air, water, food, and surroundings. A few examples of thyroid-damaging toxins are
Perchlorates, a chemical byproduct of jet fuel and car airbags, seep into drinking water and blocks the thyroid from taking up necessary iodine.
Pesticides have also been named culprits in thyroid dysfunction.
Heavy metals found in the environment and in common materials like vaccines, dental fillings, paint, or deodorant all have a damaging effect on the thyroid.
Many medications are known to interfere with thyroid function. Some medications like glucocorticoids, dopamine agonists, or somatostatin analogs can reduce the production of TSH.
Don’t Ignore Your Thyroid
Thyroid hormone is so important to the proper functioning of metabolic processes, affecting everything from sleep, mood, energy, and weight, to skin, hair, bowel movements, and nails.
For this reason, it is critical that you, as the patient, are informed and in touch with your bodies and symptoms.
Utilizing that awareness while working with a functional medicine practitioner means that you will benefit from accurate testing, proper diagnosis, and effective treatment.
As with anything in life, misconceptions and myths are passed down and accepted as truth because nobody stops to think about challenging the status quo.
When you’re first diagnosed with a condition like type 2 diabetes, there are countless thoughts running through your head, many of them including “should’ve, could’ve, would’ves” and a long queue of other regrets. The way diabetes is often presented paints a pretty bleak picture—you couldn’t have avoided this, it’s in your DNA, you put yourself in this irreversible position because of the lifestyle choices you made ten years ago, and the list goes on and on.
Between the information your health care provider gives you and the countless articles you find on questionably reputable sites while perusing the web, it can definitely be hard to separate fact from fiction. The great thing about myths, though, is that they can easily be busted. So let’s take a look at some of the most common misconceptions about type 2 diabetes so that we can finally put a handful of these myths to rest once and for all.
Myth 1: Blame Your “Bad” Genes.
The thing about this myth is that, although it has been said thousands of times to countless patients, there is no definitive evidence that proves type 2 diabetes is linked to any specific gene. Even if there were a specific gene responsible for the condition, it would only affect a small segment of the diabetes population.
The reason behind this myth’s popularity is the attitude it produces. Of course, finding the root cause of a chronic condition like diabetes will prove to be a lot of work. Mainstream practitioners will often throw your genes under the bus because any patient will resign themselves to the diagnosis. If it’s in your genes, there’s nothing you can do about it, right? It’s important to bust this myth so that diabetics can feel empowered to take control over their health; otherwise, giving up can be destructive for morale and overall health.
Myth 2: Blame the Scale.
Although there is a correlation between being overweight and developing type 2 diabetes, your weight is not necessarily a cause. As many functional medicine practitioners know, being overweight can often be a symptom of a deeper, underlying issue. Just like uncontrollable glucose levels, being overweight is a sign that something else in the body is malfunctioning.
If weight was the issue, how would we explain the overweight individuals who have escaped their “destined” diabetic fate? How would we explain those with a healthy BMI who found themselves suffering from the same diagnosis?
But as mentioned before, it’s easier to state a cause then scavenging for the actual cause, so this particular myth is definitely a chart-topper when it comes to the popular excuses.
Myth 3: Blame Your Nonexistent Gym Membership.
This is a very common myth that serves as both a cause and cure in that practitioners will often say that a lack of exercise leads to a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, but they will also instruct the newly diagnosed patient to begin an exercise regimen.
This is a very classic situation in mainstream medicine. Functional medicine practitioners, however, realize that while exercise may help some patients keep their symptoms at bay, exercise (or lack thereof) is not a causative factor of diabetes, nor will it serve every diabetic the same way.
For some patients, an intense exercise regimen may actually put more stress on the body and end up doing more harm than good.
Myth 4: Blame Your Faulty Pancreas.
The most famous myth is probably the one that blames your pancreas. While it is true some type 2 diabetics’ bodies can’t produce adequate levels of insulin, there is a significant portion of the diabetic population that have no problem producing it.
The relationship between insulin and diabetes is not the lack of insulin, but rather the diabetic body’s inability to effectively utilize the insulin it produces. This particular myth might even be the most dangerous out of them all, as it typically leads to insulin therapy treatments. While these will help the diabetics who don’t produce enough insulin, injecting more insulin into a body that already produces enough can actually cause some long-term health issues and exacerbate already frustrating symptoms.
When it comes down to it, the only things these myths can diagnose is a bad case of laziness. The issue with these myths is that they assume each diabetic is exactly the same—that the treatment doesn’t have to suit the individual, just the condition. The only reason some mainstream practitioners perpetuate these myths is so that they can avoid having to dig deeper and deconstruct the condition to find the real cause.
But let this be a cure. It’s time to stop accepting these myths as fact. Let’s bust the myths so we can beat this disease.
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