back to our 1st Edition of our Newsletters for 2005. I trust that you
have had a glorious holiday and came back refreshed and renewed. “I
CARE…and I CAN” is a powerful principal that recognises,
celebrates and draws out the greatness in each individual. Each one
of us is dynamic and influential and can impact on the lives of others
by realising that you are a type of flame: A flame glows - with the
power to give light or to burn…which do you choose!
Marketing: We are targeting a whole range of Lifeforce products to consistently
through out the course of this year to be marketed via advertising in
the following magazines, Modern Medicine, Modern Pharmacy, Diabetes
Focus, Longevity magazine in the Health and Medicine booklet insert,
Shape and Natural Medicine Journal. If any of our clients are interested
in seeing these advertising inserts they can be forwarded to you. Please
can all the Health Shops, Pharmacies and Practitioners ensure that they
are sufficiently stocked to assist us in this Marketing drive.
Training Dates: Training sessions are ongoing on a weekly basis. Please
let us know if you would like to participate, in this way towards empowering
yourself and the community. For effective sales of Lifeforce products,
these products need to be known by each outlet and professionals, pharmacists,
pharmacist assistants and shop assistants. Reform Distributors finds
it essential to train to all staff that are exposed to Lifeforce products,
as all of our products have been scientifically formulated. Training
is also beneficial to cliental they need to be fully informed on the
functions and uses of these products. Many pointers will be shared in
these training sessions that would normally only be available through
medical consultations. Regular training sessions will be offered every
3 months on a rotational basis.
Product Promotions: Product promotions are also ongoing and though I
have a lot of bookings for the year, there is still space left for me
to come in and do promotions in your business.
I will come in
as a practitioner and offer medical, dietetic and counselling advice
to cliental so that I can promote Lifeforce products, but I am not restricted
to promoting only Lifeforce products, but will extend this service so
that the needs of the individual are met.
If any one of our
outlets requires me to do promotions at their outlet, please phone the
office to book a slot.
TOPIC OF DISCUSSION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER:
What is it?
The endocrine glands secrete chemical messengers called 'hormones' into
the bloodstream. This 'chemical communication' modifies activity of
a distant organ or tissue. Hormones help the body to respond to hunger,
infection and disease and also prepare the body for stress or physical
The endocrine glands
include: the pituitary, the pineal, thyroid, four parathyroid, the thymus,
the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas, two adrenals and the two gonads
(testes or ovaries). The womb's placenta also acts as an endocrine gland
help maintain pregnancy. The pituitary and pineal gland are situated
in the brain. The pituitary stimulates and coordinates the other endocrine
glands and is called the 'conductor of the endocrine orchestra'. It
also produces hormones that influence growth, urine production and uterine
contraction. The thyroid gland is located in the neck. It has two connecting
lobes that helps control metabolism. The parathyroid, situated at each
pole of the gland, maintain correct levels of calcium and phosphorous,
which are essential for the healthy working of bones, nerves and muscles.
The thymus lies in the thoracic cavity and is thought to help the actions
of the immune system. The islets of Langerhans are in the pancreas and
secrete insulin and glucose to maintain the correct levels of glucose
in the blood. The Pyramid-shaped adrenals lie above the kidneys, and
their outer layer produce steroid hormones that regulate salt, sugar
and water concentration. They also produce hormones that influence the
secondary sexual characteristics. The inner layer produces hormones
that prepare the body for 'fight, fright or flight' reactions.
What can go wrong?
Problems occur when a hormone level is too high or too low. An under-active
thyroid gland (hypothyroidism or myxoedema) can cause a sluggish metabolism
with weight gain, lethargy or dislike of cold weather. A hyperactive
thyroid (hyperthyroidism or thyrotoxicosis) speeds up the metabolic
rate bringing about weight loss, increased appetite sweats and dislike
of hot weather.
Diabetes is due
to lack of insulin and the islets of Langerhans stop working. The cause
may be autoimmune or hereditary.
Diabetic is a chronic
disease in which the body is unable to produce enough insulin or cannot
properly use the insulin it does produce.
Insulin, a hormone
produced by the pancreas, is released into the blood stream when the
blood glucose level rises (after a meal). Insulin allows glucose to
move into the cells where it can be used for energy production. Glucose
is a carbohydrate and is the body's main fuel. When the body is unable
to produce enough insulin or use the insulin it does produce, cells
cannot use glucose for the energy they need. When this happens the blood
glucose level will become high.
Diabetes mellitus tends to run in families although not all members
who carry the gene will go on to develop the disease, the incidence
of those who do is higher in Type II than in Type I. Damage to the pancreas
caused by a virus is thought to be precipitating factor in Type I.
Other aggravating factors diabetes mellitus include:
• Certain illnesses, including hyperthyroidism, pancreatic diseases
• Treatment with Corticosteroids may unmask a tendency to diabetes.
Symptoms are weight
loss, thirst, and frequent urination.
What affects blood
Food - raises blood glucose levels.
Exercise - lowers blood glucose levels.
Insulin and Diabetic tablets - assist the body to utilize blood glucose
Stress - raises blood glucose levels.
Illness - Usually raises blood glucose levels, except occasionally with
gastric upset when it may be lowering it.
Other ways to be
in control of your Diabetes are:
1. Self blood glucose monitoring. We have learned the blood glucose
levels can vary widely from one hour to the next. To try and manage
diabetes without monitoring is like trying to drive a car blindfolded,
however familiar the road, it would be foolish. Likewise in the daily
management of diabetes there are just too many unpredictable factors
involved, and however well you may think you know how you respond to
certain circumstances without monitoring you just cannot know for sure.
The frequency with which the blood glucose should be monitored will,
of course, vary and will depend on many factors. Ideally all diabetics
on insulin should check their blood glucose levels at least 4 times
a day; unfortunately it is not always practical. In non-insulin dependant
diabetics it is probably only necessary to monitor 2-3 times a week,
preferably before breakfast.
Shows your average control over the previous the previous 6 - 8 weeks.
This test is usually done 2 - 3 times a year.
(Total HDL and LDL and triglycerides) should be monitored at least once
a year. If Cholesterol levels are high then the test should be repeated
in 3 months after the initial test, and 6 monthly thereafter until under
4. Micro albuminuria
is an early sign of kidney damage. Minute particles of albumin are passed
through the kidneys and can be detected in the urine with a Micral test.
This should be done every 6 months, as any damage is usually reversible,
at this early stage, by improving blood pressure levels, diet and diabetic
What are the benefits
of regular blood glucose monitoring?
- Early detection
of low blood glucose levels and high blood glucose levels.
- Learning to
use these blood glucose values to adjust diet and therapy is much
- You are in
control of your diabetes, instead of it being in control of you!
- Therapy can
be modified during illness/exercises.
- You can make
informed decisions on your life.
- Improved quality
of life resulting from better control.
- If hypoglycaemia
is suspected measure your blood sugar; if below 3mmol/l have a snack
and drink herbal tea or skimmed milk with honey.
- Re-check your
blood sugar in 15 minutes to ensure that it has risen above 3mmol/l.
- If you are
hypoglycaemia and confused, aggressive or going comatose your relatives
or workmates must give you and injection of glycogen (1mgm - the contents
of 1 vial) using the clean, unused syringe you keep attached to the
glycogen you keep at home or at work.
- You should
respond within 10 minutes. If not, urgent hospitalisation is called
for, as intravenous glucose must be given.
- If you respond
to glycogen, take a snack immediately as all your muscle and liver
stores of glucose will have been exhausted and must be replenished.
- NB: Whoever
may be called upon to give you glycogen should be allowed to practise
giving your insulin injections so that they get used to giving injections.
- If you have
required your glycogen stock, you need to see your diabetes physician.
You must also replace the used vial immediately.
Symptoms of hypoglycaemia
Pallor, sweating, tremor, palpitations and gnawing 'hunger' pain in
Light-headedness, poor concentration, dysarthria (difficult, poorly
articulated speech), in coordination, diplopia (double vision), peri-oral
tingling or even epilepsy, transient pareses (a slight or partial paralysis),
and ultimately coma.
In older people
it presents as failing mental function.
Infections and fevers:
The insulin requirements normally increase even if less food than usual
is taken. Rule of the thumb: increase the usual dose by 25% for each
degree centigrade of body temperature above normal. Check the urine
for sugar and ketone. If still more insulin is needed then use one which
has quick onset of action, if available.
The best way to
good health is to control the blood sugar. However, diabetes is more
likely to develop malfunction of the blood circulation, especially in
the legs and feet. Regular stimulation of the circulation by exercise,
even simply walking, is therefore necessary. Remember that in diabetic
small lesions of the feet take longer to heal and require more care
than in non-diabetics. Therefore, use the feet but give them well fitting
shoes as well as frequent inspections and care.
The right way to
treat your feet
- Only wear low-heeled
shoes. Make sure that there is plenty of room for your toes. Wear
shoes that fasten with laces or a strap.
- Put on clean
socks/hosiery every day.
- Wash your feet
daily with warm water and mild soap.
- Dry skin should
be rubbed with moisturising cream, but do not get cream between toes.
- Nails should
be cut straight across. Never cut down the sides of the nails. See
a professionally qualified chiropodist if you are unable to cut your
own nails. Nails should be checked daily for problems. The things
to look for are any colour changes, any swellings, pain or throbbing,
and any sores, blisters or areas of weeping moisture (which may be
beneath a nail or a corn).
The wrong way to
treat your feet
- Hot water bottles
and electric blankets should never be used.
- You should
also avoid toasting your feet in front of the fire.
- Never try to
remove calluses or corns - this is a job for a professionally qualified
- Diabetics should
not use corn cures unless you have your Dr's permission.
- Never go barefoot.
- If you should
injure your foot, you should immediately seek expert attention even
if it does not hurt.
- If you have
a foot problem, never try to treat it yourself - see your diabetic
advisor, your Dr or your chiropodist.
Type II diabetes mellitus can often be controlled just by weight reduction,
dietary restriction and oral medication, with insulin injections where
these fail. Type I requires regular self-injections of insulin, together
with a diet calculated to avoid fluctuations in glucose levels. Patients
need regular check-ups to monitor weight, blood sugar and blood pressure
as well as annual eye test.
Recent research has shown that changing to a whole food Vegan diet can
enable some diabetics to come off insulin and hypoglycaemic drugs. Other
factors involved maturity-onset diabetes is nutritional deficiencies,
particularly of zinc, chromium, magnesium and B vitamins. Diabetics
seem to have a greatly increased requirement for vitamin E. When supplemented,
insulin requirements may be reduced. It is best to discuss any proposed
changes in your diet with your nutritionist.
For dietary guidelines
please contact Reform Distributors offices and a dietary plan can be
made available to you.
Books to aid you
in your diet:
"The complete Diabetics' cookbook” by Wendy Silver.
Vitamin and Mineral
Both child-onset diabetes and adult-onset diabetes are condition too
high blood sugar. Child-onset diabetes is thought to develop through
a cross-reaction between a protein in milk and beef and a protein in
the pancreas. This can occur if genetically susceptible infants are
fed dairy products or beef in their first few months, before their digestive
tract and immune system are fully matured.
is consequence of poor eating habits (too much sugar and proceeded by
hypoglycaemia or low blood sugar. Ensuring hormones, insulin and glucose
tolerance factor are properly utilized by the liver is fundamental in
dealing with all forms of glucose intolerance and diabetes.
are vitamins C, B3, B5 and B6, Zinc and Chromium.
Diabetes alters the requirement of vitamins and minerals the following
are a guideline.
and Multi Mineral e.g. Lifeforce B Right Special 1 tablet 2x per day
/ Lifeforce Barley grass 2 capsules morning and evening 20 minutes
before a meal.
- Lifeforce GTF
Plus contains Chromium in two forms (Chromium Picolinate and Glucose
Tolerance Polynicotinate) supported in a comprehensive base of multi-vitamins,
multi-minerals and amino acids, teamed with Calcium AEP, Ginkgo Biloba
extract for superior nutritional support. Antioxidant protection is
provided by Taurine, N-Acetyl-Cysteine and Glutamine. Lifeforce GTF
Plus is used as a healing tool in Diabetes and other health problems
such as Hypoglycemia, Cancer and Heart diseases.
- Potassium -
works with sodium to regulate the body's water balance and normalise
heart rhythms. It also helps to regulate the blood pressure and blood
sugar [Potassium works inside the cells, sodium works just outside
them.] Hypoglycemia causes potassium loss.
- Lifeforce Chelated
Zinc Gluconate Plus - you need higher intakes of Zinc e.g. Dosage
is 2 tablets per day
- Vitamin E -
you can reduce your insulin levels with the use of your Vitamin E
400iu - 800iu introduced gradually, from 100iu up to maximum dosage.
- Lifeforce High
C powder 1000mg per ½ teaspoon. 1 Teaspoon per day.
- Lifeforce Balanced
B Complex or Lifeforce High Potency Balanced B Complex 1 Daily
Homoeopathic treatment should be constitutional, and undertaken in addition
to orthodox treatment. Apart from advice on diet and lifestyle, treatment
may consist of the following specific remedies, which may be taken four
times each day for up to two weeks:
ac. when the symptoms are brought on by nervous exhaustion (grief,
or working too hard).
- Uranium nit.
When symptoms include digestive upsets, weakness, emaciation and bed-wetting.
- Silicea when
symptoms include cold, sweaty, smelly feet and reduced stamina.
- Argentum nit.
When symptoms include swollen ankles
- Codeinum when
symptoms include restlessness, skin irritation and depression.
- Natrum sulph.
When symptoms include gout.
As long as there is some pancreatic function (in other words, the condition
is controlled by oral medication) the response can be dramatic. Blood
sugar level can be reduced and stabilized. Insulin control may show
a slight improvement.
Dietary advice and applied nutrition may help; in particular, specific
nutrients like magnesium and chromium are important in assisting glucose
tolerance and can be taken as supplements. Herbal medication may be
prescribed. All treatment is complementary to conventional treatment,
which must not be neglected.
Acupuncture may dramatically reduce the amount of insulin required.
A Chinese herbalist may offer herbal hormone tonics and herbal astringents.
Diuretic herbs and herbs to regulate the blood condition may be required.
In Ayurvedic medicine a practitioner may prescribe specific oral formulas
to control the blood sugar level. Macrobiotic therapists suggest the
standard macrobiotic diet, with particular emphasis on good-quality
sweeteners in the form of barley or rice malt, raisins and seeds. Fluid
restrictions may be necessary. The metamorphic technique will focus
on a specific area of the foot. Yoga therapists may suggest gentle asanus,
relaxation, pranayama and meditation. Cymatics may also be useful. Tai
chi and polarity therapy may help to address imbalances causing the
Research done on
At the Postgraduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences. Madras, India
in 1990 the effectiveness of an extract of an Ayurvedic herb. Gynema
sylvestre in controlling hyperglycaemia was investigated. The treatment
was administered to 22 diabetic patients for 18 to 20 months in addition
to their conventional treatment. Virtually all patients showed some
improvement in their condition with five of the group being able to
discontinue use of their conventional drugs. The treatment appears to
regenerate/repair the beta cells responsible for diabetes whereas the
conventional treatments simply held it at bay.
Living with diabetes
is a challenge. It has been proved that it is possible to prevent or
at least delay the complications of diabetes and live a normal, healthy
life as long as your condition is monitored and kept under control.
The sky is your limit, so keep a positive attitude, keep smiling and