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NEWSLETTER FOR JANUARY-MARCH

Welcome 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.

ONTO OUR TOPIC OF DISCUSSION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER:

DIABETES

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 exertion.

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.

Causes

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:
• Pregnancy
• Certain illnesses, including hyperthyroidism, pancreatic diseases and Thyrotoxicosis.
• Treatment with Corticosteroids may unmask a tendency to diabetes.

Symptoms are weight loss, thirst, and frequent urination.

What affects blood glucose levels?
Food - raises blood glucose levels.
Exercise - lowers blood glucose levels.
Insulin and Diabetic tablets - assist the body to utilize blood glucose levels.
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.

2. Haemoglobin. Shows your average control over the previous the previous 6 - 8 weeks. This test is usually done 2 - 3 times a year.

3. Cholesterol. (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 control.

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 control.

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 easier.
  • 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.

Your checklist for Hypoglycaemia

  • 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


Adrenergic symptoms:
Pallor, sweating, tremor, palpitations and gnawing 'hunger' pain in the epigastrium.

Neurogenic symptoms:
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.

General advice:
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 chiropodist.
  • 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.

ORTHODOX TREATMENT
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.

COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENT
Nutritional therapy
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 supplements
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.

Adult-onset diabetes 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.

Particularly important are vitamins C, B3, B5 and B6, Zinc and Chromium.

Supplementation for Diabetics
Diabetes alters the requirement of vitamins and minerals the following are a guideline.

  • Multivitamin 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

Homoeopathy
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:

  • Phosphoric 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.

Autogenic training
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.

Naturopathy
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.

Other treatments
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 condition.

Research done on above techniques:
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 good luck!


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