Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

June 11, 2019

Jason Fung, M.D. – Excerpt from “The Diabetes Code”

page 149 and 150

“…meta-analyses reviewing all the available literature up to 2016, including twenty randomized controlled trials, could only conclude that ‘there is no significant evidence of long term efficacy of insulin on any clinical outcomes in T2D (type 2 diabetes). However, there is a trend clinically harmful adverse effects such as hypoglycemia and weight gain.’ In other words, insulin treatment, including medications that simulate only the glucose-lowering properties of insulin, carries no perceptible benefits and significant risks. Insulin is “significantly more harmful than other active treatments.” (Emphasis mine!)

If you are on insulin or pre-diabetic you might want to go back and read that again, meanwhile… there is more.

page 150

“A similar review in the Journal of the American Medical Association that included all relevant trials up to 2016 found that none of the drug classes considered, including metformin, SUs, TZDs, and DPP-4 inhibitors, reduced cardiovascular disease or other complications.”

“While the scientific evidence is crystal clear, diabetes guidelines are slow to reflect this new reality. “… 95 percent of published guidelines endorsed the use of diabetes drugs despite the nonexistent benefits.”

“The classic medical treatment, which relies almost exclusively on pharmaceuticals to reduce blood glucose, can therefore best be described as how not to treat type 2 diabetes.”

“Following the low-fat, calorie-restricted diet and increasing exercise have long been the recommended lifestyle treatment for type 2 diabetes. There is only one problem with this seeming common sense advice. It doesn’t work at all.”

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March 30, 2019

The Complete Guide to FASTING by Jason Fung, MD – Introduction

The by-line is “Heal Your Body Through Intermitten, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting”

Here I will share only a small sample from the book. You should get the book. You should get the book for sure if you do not know much about fasting.

If you do know something about fasting, the point of this book, I think is that we now need to put fasting in quotation marks. It probably no longer means whatever we used to think it meant. That by-line is a clue of course but, basically, given the beverages, and sometimes foods allowed on a “fast” we definitely have to re-think strict water fasts as the gold standard.

What I will share is some of the pages from his section on the history of fasting. I think that it is fascinating; you might learn something surprising.

The very most important message from research done over recent years is that you can access all of the benefits of fasting by simply extending the time between supper (or dinner if you prefer to call it that) and breakfast.

That is it. Stop right there. Not eating for 12 hours. And then more than 12 hours. That is it as your starting point. It will change your whole world (especially if you are sick and want to get well). And anyone can do that.

If you want to be healthy, this is how you do it. If you are healthy and want to stay that way, this is how you do it (part of how you do it, of course: you still have all the physical, chemical and mental stuff to do:-)

In the next Post I will share Doctor Fung’s words on “spiritual fasting”. It is amazing to come to understand the connection to The Mediterranean Diet. Mind boggling how revelation works.

March 22, 2019

Meal Frequency and Timing Are Associated with Changes in Body Mass Index in Adventist Health Study 2

This new report is fully consistent with everything Jason Fung, M.D. has said, as well as the Blue Zone lifestyle, and the Mediterranean Diet. Which is to say it isn’t news.

https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/147/9/1722/4743530?fbclid=IwAR0nmRwzHEgc1p7r0_8JJuSeRoWafwzEhd2uz0LqdhatkmUyi6_VV2EJkT8

March 18, 2019

Jason Fung, M.D., Excerpts from “The Diabetes Code”

page xiv

FACT: TYPE 2 DIABETES IT FULLY REVERSIBLE AND PREVENTABLE

“MOST HEALTH PROFESSIONALS consider type 2 diabetes to be a chronic and progressive disease. This promotes the idea that type 2 diabetes is a one-way street, a life sentence with no possibility of parole: the disease continues to get worse until you eventually require insulin injections.”

“But this is actually a great big lie.”

“…: type 2 diabetes is a reversible disease.

“But only diet and lifestyle changes – not medications – will reverse this disease, simply because type 2 diabetes is largely a dietary disease. The most important determinant, of course, is weight loss. Most of the medications used to treat type 2 diabetes do not cause weight loss. Quite the contrary. Insulin, for example, is notorious for causing weight gain. Once patients start on insulin injections for type 2 diabetes, they often sense they are heading down the wrong path.”

“Since weight loss is the key to reversing type 2 diabetes, medications don’t help. We only precent they do, which is the reason most doctors think type 2 diabetes is chronic and progressive. We’ve avoided facing an inconvenient truth: drugs won’t cure a dietary disease. They are about as useful as bringing a snorkel to a bicycle race. The problem is not the disease; the problem is the way we treat the disease.

The same principles used for reversing type 2 diabetes also apply to preventing it. Obesity and type 2 diabetes are closely related, and generally, increased weight increases the risk of disease. The correlation is not perfect, but nevertheless, maintaining and ideal weight is a first step to prevention.”

January 25, 2019

Intermittent Fasting Plus Lower-Calorie Diet May Be Best

Can you say, “Mediterranean Diet” or “Jason Fung, M.D.”?

This new study’s findings are consistent with both.

“Overweight women who ate a lower-calorie diet and fasted 3 days a week lost more weight and had better cardiometabolic markers than women who only reduced their calorie intake, or only fasted, or did neither in a small, 8-week randomized trial.

“Obese women who followed a diet in which they ate 70% of their required energy intake and fasted intermittently lost the most weight,” said lead author Amy T. Hutchison, post-doctoral researcher, Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide, Australia, in a statement from her university.”

January 2, 2019

The Immune System’s Fountain of Youth

These folks are really talking about FASTING… see all the Posts re: “Jason Fung, M.D.” for detailed discussion of why you might care. Use the search box to the right…

December 21, 2018

Snacking May Increase Inflammation

There is probably no ‘may’ about it!

December 19, 2018

Unraveling the Link Between Obesity and Sleep: Jason Fung, M.D. Talks About This

https://neurosciencenews.com/obesity-sleep-10357/

December 18, 2018

“…a global public health threat…”

https://neurosciencenews.com/genetics-physical-activity-10322/

June 24, 2015

Sx + Ex + Xr -> Dx -> Tx = The War On (Name the disease): How Is That Working For You?

Sx – stands for Symptoms (in this case you can include Signs), as in you go the doctor and tell them your story. In our culture you don’t go until you have a story, and that story is usually a sad one. We have talked at length here about the story (and natural history – which means recurrent story) of those with back pain. When you tell your story you have expectation about what it means to the doctor; when the doctor hears your story they make all kinds of judgements about you and your story as well as their own situation (employer), your insurance coverage, their values and your values, etc.

Ex – stands for Examination. After you have interviewed your doctor and they have asked questions to better understand your story, they are supposed to do an examination. I will spend another entire Blog Post on the thought processes inherent in that some other day. At this point the point is the entire health care system you are accessing has a pre-determined mental picture embodied in the formula Sx + Ex = Dx -> Tx. It’s the model that modern medicine was founded on: the war against disease. Filled with presuppositions and assumptions, this model is partly what got us where we are. Ask yourself, who benefits from things being just the way they are; is an accident?

Xr – this just stands for any testing done to assist the doctor in determining what the Diagnosis is. I used Xr for X-ray because we can all relate. (When you contemplate this element of the formula, think MONEY and motivation.)

Dx – This is the big ticket item. The major goal of the all earlier efforts. This is such a big deal that all insurance reimbursement hinges on it (well, not really, but I am trying to make a point – contemplate how crucial the “diagnosis” is to both doctor and patient. Forget for a minute that in the realm of back pain (and many if not most other conditions) an accurate diagnosis that actually means anything is a very rare thing – of course if you wait until the condition develops into it’s later stages, well.. “If your symptoms persist, then come back.” (Don’t take my word for any of this, check into…)

Tx – This stands for Treatment. Treatment is a loaded word. Historically our health care system is build on the fantasy that with the “right” diagnosis there should be a preferred, highly predictable, infallible in fact, treatment that offers a solution. Science was supposed to give us that perfect treatment choice. So much for that.

One could talk all day about each of the components of the above formula, so I think I will let what I’ve written so far sink in, and Post on each component separately so that this doesn’t turn into a novel-length Post. Ask yourself what you know about each of those as they relate to your health care experience. Think in terms of your insurance coverage, your employer’s point of view in selecting the options that you then select from. If you have any concept of the terms Medically Necessary, ask yourself where that fits it.

October 14, 2012

Don’t Read This If…

A patient shared this with me… but I wouldn’t recommend watching this or getting the book if you are involved in, or about to be involved in, getting any medical “procedures”. (Remember when they used to call them what they are?)

http://www.unaccountablebook.com/

July 13, 2007

Dr. Weil and Activator Chiropractic

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Dr. Weil has begun to endorse chiropractic care of a certain variety. Here’s the News Release from the Activator Methods website talking all about it.

What I like best about Activator Methods Technique is the Scan. This method of checking for nerve system dysfunction allows us to quickly and easily check any joint to determine normal responses or abnormal responses, and to quickly and easily determine where and in which direction to make a correction. It’s especially nice for patients who want to stay healthy and fully functioning without having to wait for symptoms to let them know they need care. These patients know from experience, usually, that it’s much less expensive and much less painfull to stay well than it is to get well.

Another great advantage of making spinal adjustments with the Activator adjusting instrument is that it is a thousand times faster than using our hands so there is no cracking or popping sounds. Patients benefit because the adjustment is much more comfortable than a hand adjustment might be.

DrD

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