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August 2016 - Diabetes

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that interferes with the body’s ability to convert digested food into energy and growth. When we eat, the body converts food into glucose, a simple sugar that is our main source of energy. Once glucose becomes available in the bloodstream, it must enter the cells to provide this energy. The pancreatic hormone, insulin, is required to allow glucose to enter the cells. In a healthy person, the pancreas’ beta cells produce exactly the amount of insulin needed to match the amount of food ingested.



Blood sugar regulation is accomplished by the most finely-controlled system in the body; blood sugar should remain in a very small range of approximately 70 to 120 mg/dl (milligrams per deciliter) even after a heavy meal. When diabetes occurs, this metabolic process is altered. Depending on the type of diabetes, there is either insufficient insulin or an inability to utilize the insulin that is produced. In both cases, glucose builds up on the bloodstream and the cells starve.


Once blood sugar levels pass a certain point, unused sugar spills into the urine as the body attempts to rid itself of the excess. This causes frequent urination and unquenchable thirst because of the continual dumping of fluids to transport the extra sugar into the bladder. The body is forced to turn to other sources of energy. Its solution is to break down stored fats for their small glucose contents. A by-product of this breakdown, ketone bodies, builds up in the blood and may be extremely dangerous. Ketoacidosis accounts for 10% of deaths due to diabetes.


Possible Symptoms of Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is the inability of the body to correctly regulate the blood sugar

Abdominal spasms


Anorexia (poor appetite)

Antisocial behavior


Blurred vision

Chronic indigestion

Cold hands or feet

Constant worrying


Craving for sweets

Crying spells


Dry or burning mouth


Fainting or blackouts


Feeling of “going crazy”


Gasping for breath

Hard to concentrate



Impotence (males)





Lack of coordination

Lack of sex drive (females)

Mental confusion

Mental illness


Muscle cramps


Night terrors, nightmares

Noise and light sensitivity


Phobias (unjustified fears)

Ravenous hunger between meals


Ringing in ears

Sighing and yawning


Suicidal tendencies


Tachycardia (Palpitation of the heart)

Temper tantrums

Tremor (internal)


Vertigo (dizziness)


Dietary Suggestions

It is recommended that an herbal program include a good bowel management program, and that you start slowly, and work up to the recommended dose. You may often find you don't need to take as much as is recommended to achieve the desired effect.

Eat a high-complex-carbohydrate, low-fat, high-fiber diet including plenty of raw fruits and vegetables as well as fresh vegetable juices. This reduces the need for insulin and also lowers the level of fats in the blood. Fiber helps to reduce blood sugar surges. For snacks, eat oat or rice bran crackers with nut butter or cheese. Legumes, root vegetables, and whole grains are good.

Supplement your diet with spirulina. Spirulina helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Other foods that help normalize blood sugar include berries, dairy products (especially cheese), egg yolks, fish, garlic, kelp, sauerkraut, soybeans and vegetables.

Avoid saturated fats and simple sugars (except when necessary to balance an insulin reaction).

Do not take fish oil capsules or supplements containing large amounts of para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and avoid salt and white flour products. Consumption of these products results in an elevation of blood sugar.

If symptoms of hypoglycemia develop, immediately consume fruit juice, soda pop, or anything else that contains sugar. If that fails to help within twenty minutes, repeat this regiment. If the second treatment fails, or if you cannot ingest food, seek immediate medical attention and/or administer a glucagon injection. Anyone who has insulin-dependent diabetes should always carry a glucagon kit and know how to use it.

Avoid tobacco in any form. Keep your feet clean, dry and warm and wear only white cotton socks and well-fitting shoes. Lack of oxygen (because of poor circulation) and peripheral nerve damage (with loss of pain sensation) are major factors in the development of diabetic foot ulcers.

Beneficial Herbs for Diabetes

DB-8 (Diabetic 8): The eight herbs of this combination are all known to have, by themselves, corrected high blood sugar for many individuals. Every case of high blood sugar is not alike. There are different causes which can plague the pancreas and its proper production of the hormone insulin to break down blood sugar and provide energy for the nerves and brain. The idea here is to put all the known solutions into one team and use a "double-barreled-Texas-shot-gun" approach to clearing the hall; point both barrels, close your eyes, squeeze the triggers and let the problem have it. Although the complete knowledge of how some herbs work is not fully known, we can tell by what they do, something about how they work. In this combination we have Lapacho which is known to kill and dissolve "bad cells" sometimes known as "cancer". Elecampane cleans and reconditions the entire digestive and respiratory system. All things generally work better when they are clean. The herb Green Ginger is known to kill parasites, including those which can affect the pancreas. Golden Seal is an herb that can perform many functions of discretion depending on what it finds to be corrected: lowering blood sugar, performing as a first rate antibiotic, as well as reducing inflammation of veins and arteries. Blueberry Leaf may provide minerals and trace elements that correct pancreatic function, as well as cleaning and toning of the area. Bugleweed helps the body retain valuable protein leaking through the kidneys and thus, helps stabilize blood sugar if high or low. Gentian is a digestaid which gives direct assistance to the pancreas, as well as the stomach, liver, gallbladder and small intestine. Yarrow provides a rich mineral array which calms and repairs the nerves, including those which go to the pancreas. The idea here is, just about any contingency is covered and something, or the combination of "some things" thereof, is bound to work and may do so powerfully.

Blueberry Leaf: Long used by the Finns, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, U.S.A., as a cure for diabetes. Also useful in urinary complaints, fluid retention and as a blood building tonic. Blueberry Leaf combines well with the herb Lapacho, if desired, taken with and at the same rate as Blueberry Leaf.

Brewer’s Yeast: Brewer's Yeast is a microscopic plant without chlorophyll (green colored structures in plants that eat light as their food.) Therefore, it must have much the same right kinds of foods you do to live on. By feeding yeast a good diet (things you might not eat) and letting them grow, they assemble a rich natural mineral complex and manufacture the entire vitamin B complex of vitamins. By making an extract of Brewer's Yeast cells, which involves removing their cellular contents from their external covering, we obtain their treasures on which we can run our bodies. The nerves can carry messages properly, the brain functions properly, our emotional environment stabilizes and life is pleasurable again. Natural energy levels soar. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is stabilized by the beautiful protein profiles provided by Brewer's Yeast, as well as its complete natural profile of B-Complex Vitamins. Diabetes, or high blood sugar, is likewise favorably influenced by the same properties. Brewer's Yeast also has an additional property to correct pancreatic function. When the diet has chromium restored to it the pancreas, in many cases, will again make the hormone insulin needed for the digestion of blood sugar. And, Brewer's Yeast just happens to be one of the best, most reliable and easily obtained sources of organic chromium. The tongue is a very sensitive indicator for what is going on in the body, much like looking at a "dip-stick" of an automobile. Sore tongue, red tongue, black tongue, groove down the center of the tongue, vertical lines in the lower lip, loss of upper lip, scalloped tongue (where teeth indentations are shown on the side of the tongue) and cracks at the sides of the mouth corners disappear. Persist no matter what, until the condition is corrected. Correcting these abnormalities of the tongue has a much greater effect on the entire nervous system and brain than just the cosmetic effect which is seen.

Elecampane: The mystery of sickness has long plagued mankind. There is little doubt that most of our systems today need what the car industry jargon calls a "major overhaul." Indeed, most of us could use this and Elecampane performs just that service. With Elecampane, parts of the body are cleaned, renewed and reset for proper function. Since the time of the Greeks, Elecampane has discovered its use in Diabetes. They declared it to correct the sweetness of the urine. Elecampane is a powerful herb much sought after in the field of herbalogy. It may be employed to promote the correct function of the organs of the body. Elecampane, Gentian, Juniper Berry, and Ginger perform powerful service for failing digestive systems as a digestaid. Since the time of the noted herbalist, Nicholas Culpepper in medieval England, Elecampane has been used for fluid retention, firming gums and lessening tooth decay. In conditions where the body is wasting away, Elecampane and Echinacea will restore new vigor and zest for life.

Golden Seal: The Cherokee Indians first noticed that their clothing dyers using Golden Seal for golden yellow garments never got ill. The yellow shirt wearers were also frequently spared from common illnesses. Through this observation, it was discovered that Golden Seal was responsible for their good fortune. The plant was held in great esteem and reverence in their herbal pharmacopoeia (list of medicines). Since that time, the use of Golden Seal has spread throughout the world to relieve not only common contagious illnesses, but to rid the circulation of blue and blocked veins resulting in varicose veins. Cold and bluish lips, hands and feet may benefit from this function also. Golden Seal is the great catalyst herb which will boss the function of other herbs with which it is combines. It will stay on the job, supervising activities of the work crew, and will do the job itself if it has to. Used in the mouth to correct pyorrhea (swollen gums), it is massaged into the gums every evening. Golden Seal exerts its rank over the injustices of stomach ulcers, diarrhea, indigestion, skin eruptions, small pox, scarlet fever, enlarged tonsils, sore throat, colds and the beginning of colds, abuse of infectious constipation and any job it is given. It has been found to effectively reduce excess blood sugar in diabetes. It is taken only when needed and sources of B complex such as yeast, yogurt, rice bran, and liver are taken with it to feed its function and prevent its depletion of the B complex during its work. Golden Seal is in the heavy duty class among the herbs of the herbal kingdom and is truly an herb for all seasons.

Gentian: This invigorating tonic is handed down to us from the very early antiquity of medicine, from the Greeks, Arabs and others, long forgotten. In Germany & Austria, it is customary in pubs to include on the shelf, a little clay jug with a glazed finish and characteristic blue Gentian flower and is dispensed under the name Enzian (Gentian) as an immediate remedy of over indulgence. While its taste does not immediately recommend its use, its effect is sought after and a person learns to appreciate its taste for that reason. Its roots contain a vast quantity of condensed oxygen, thus occurs an exhilarating tonic action. Recognized medical use from the time of antiquity to date would fill a volume all its own. Perhaps it is best for us to think of it as containing 6 powerful digestaids. The Dispensatory of the U.S. offers this word of highly significant and workable advice in the use of Gentian: “It is the condition of the stomach and the system generally, not the name of the disease which must be taken into consideration when prescribing it. There is scarcely a complaint in which it cannot be advantageously given under all circumstances.” At once a person sees a prevailing philosophy by which the herbalist is often considered to work miracles. While diagnostic machines with mysterious names and “buzzers and lights” are no doubt impressive and expensive, they are not necessary to building better health naturally. What is necessary is to know the remedy and use it. Beyond this, happy chemists in their sterile towers can busy themselves finding the mechanisms of herbs or why a remedy works the way it does. When they do, we will be receptive to hear their findings, as it will be interesting. But for the herbalist, building better health is as simple as recognizing we do have herbal solutions for physical problems, seeing what herbs are needed to get at the root cause of the malfunction in that area of the body and using it. Then health returns and we are all happier.

Lapacho: Experienced herbalists consider that both the Tabebuia altisima (purple flowered) and Tabebuia avellanedae (red flowered) varieties should be mixed together for the best possible effects. South American medical doctors proclaim nothing short of miracles for quick relief of pain for cancers of all types as well as their cure within one month in many cases. Once again, South American Indians made known a tree, which they have used for thousands of years to cure their people. The first was the Cinchona tree bark, which yields quinine and cures malaria. Lapacho, taken as a boiled tea three times per day, is reported to be their method. (One heaping teaspoonful of the bark will make one cup of the tea.) The extract is possibly many times stronger if made properly. The chemistry of Lapacho is quite well known to the scientific world. Dr. Frederick Koch, M.D., used substances from the tree bark called quinines during the 1930's in Detroit, Michigan, with astonishing results to cure even advanced cancer cases before he went to South American to continue his practice. He especially used a single quinone, which he described as oxidizing or burning up the encapsulated pockets of stagnant cancer-causing points. He reports in this way he was able to provide oxygen for the breath of life to continue for the patient. Lapacho actually has 16 quinones never before discovered together in nature. The jungle Lapacho tree, unlike other trees, is completely immune to fungus infections. It should not be thought that Lapacho's abilities are confined to cancer, according to Alec de Montmorency, expert on exotic folk remedies. He has collected medical information during the last 20 years on the use of Lapacho in various South American countries. He reports the following list of problems that medical doctors using Lapacho have solved: Anemia, leukemia, cancer of all types, lupus, inflammation of the reproductive organs, Hodgkin's disease, Parkinson's disease, colitis, arteriosclerosis, gastric problems, Leukorrhea, cystitis, hemorrhages, prostate inflammation, polyps, psoriasis and eczema.

Sanicle: The American herbal practitioner, Jethro Kloss, in his monumental work Back to Eden, aptly describes Sanicle in this manner: "This is one of the herbs that could be called a cure-all, because it possesses powerful cleansing and healing virtues both internally and externally." Sanicle's great strength includes its uncanny ability to seek out and find anything which needs correcting and works on that area first which needs it most. It also deserves distinction as a "thinking herb." In other words, if you've got it, Sanicle will find it and fix it, whether it is in the reproductive organs, brain, nervous system, lungs, throat, urinary system or elsewhere. Sanicle is a bulldozer and builder. There may be temporary discomfort when Sanicle contacts an unwanted obstruction, but it is your reassurance that Sanicle has scored a direct hit. Skin disorders, tumors (also brain tumors), and all manner of morbid material are resolved by Sanicle. Prolapsis of the uterus (fallen uterus), melancholy (due to toxins), thin mother's milk, morning sickness, diabetes, bee stings, and intermittent fever indicate general categories of its ubiquitous (seemingly everywhere) application.

Spirulina: Spirulina is a protein and vitamin source and much more. The group of water plants, known as algae, gives us this plant. Spirulina is a very nutritious, tiny, aquatic plant, which prefers an alkaline water (anti-acid) environment. Spirulina is especially appreciated for its enormous agricultural potential, in that it can produce up to 20 times the yield of soybeans, in the same amount of space. From a nutritional point of view, its high-quality protein content of 60% to 70%, a high vegetable iron and magnesium content, the unsaturated, essential fatty acids of gamma-linolenic, linoleic and arachidonic, a rich source of chlorophyll, and an abundant supply of growth elements for new cellular life, RNA and DNA, as well as a reliable vegetable source of Vitamins A, B-1, B-2, Niacin and B-12, make this a very valuable plant with which to properly nourish ourselves. Spirulina protects against radiation and helps us rid ourselves of it. Spirulina also helps out with the nervous system, so we maintain our good humor. When a person wishes to maintain proper health or reduce weight by reduced food intake, Spirulina can help satisfy nutritionally and correct deficiencies, without filling a person up on empty calories and carbohydrates.

Yarrow: The Honorable Greek hero of legend, Achilles, said the juice from fresh Yarrow put into the eye will take away redness. The American Indian knew Yarrow as a swift remedy for the rundown feeling and indigestion. He further used Yarrow as a remedy for increasing the urinary flow from the kidneys. Although sweating has become socially unacceptable, it is essential to the health of the skin. For those able, sauna and exercise are recommended. Yarrow settles nerves and thus reduces high blood pressure. It relieves shortness of breath and wasting of spinal marrow. Its list of successes is legion. Beneficial results in this partial list confirm its revered status among herbalists: Childhood diseases, including infant diarrhea, uterus problems, Bright's disease (egg white material in the urine), gas, piles, sore nipples, fistulas, flu and hair loss. Yarrow may be taken for involuntary loss of urine, bed wetting, spitting up of blood, as a nervine and as a remedy for common colds and high blood sugar.

Most info excerpted with permission from the works of Dr. A.B. Howard. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice by a licensed physician. You should consult a physician regularly in all matters and especially in matters of diagnosis, treatment or cure of diseases or other physical or mental conditions.

These products have not been evaluated by the American Medical Association or the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Warning: Not intended for use by pregnant or nursing women. If you have a medical condition or are taking medication, consult your doctor prior to use. Discontinue use and consult with your doctor if any adverse reactions occur.