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Do you have to have coffee, cola, or alco-

feel tired all the

hol to get

time?

you through the day?

• Are you forgetful, indecisive, irritable? •

Do you sion,

suffer from insomnia, depres-

headaches, trembling, drowsiness,

crying spells, cold sweats, mental confusion, anxiety, dizziness, indigestion, allergies, obesity, craving for sweets,

lack of sexual energy?

YOU MAY BE SUFFERING FROM HYPOGLYCEMIA— one of the world's most frequently misdiagnosed diseases! Dr.

Paavo

Alrola, internationally recog-

nized nutritionist and leading exponent of biological medicine, explains in this

what hypoglycemia

is,

how

to

book

know

whether you have it, and how a simple, common-sense approach can completely eliminate disease.

symptoms

of this

"hidden"

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HYPOIiLYCEMIA

APPROACH by

PAAVO AIROLA,

Introduction by

J. P.

n.d.. Ph.D.

Hutchins, M.D.

MEDICAL EDITORS. CONTRIBUTORS. AND ADVISORS Gabriel K. Cousens, M.D. Bill Gray, M.D. J. P. Hutchins, M.D. Michael B. Schachter, M.D. David Sheinkin, M.D.

HEALTH PLUS,

Publishers. Phoenix. Arizona. 1977

©

Copyright 1971 by Paavo O. Airola

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any means, without pennission

book may be reproduced

in writing

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any form or by

from the publisher.

ISBN 0-932090-OI-X

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Second

February 1977

printing,

TTiird printing,

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May

1978

Fourth printing, October 1978 Fifth printing.

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Printed in the United States of .America



v_

To the

millions of victims of hypoglycemia

—the insidious and devastating disease of ilization — who suffer needlessly, misciv-

diagnosed, mistreated, and unaware that simple, safe,

and effective means of correcting and restoring health are

their condition available;

and to the growing number of openminded and dedicated doctors who, for the benefit of their patients, have the courage to

use new, unorthodox therapeutic approaches

—even

if

they happen to be contrary to estab-

lished medical thinking

I

and practices

dedicate this book.

Paavo

Airola, Ph.D.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I

wish

to express

my

sincerest thanks to Bill

Gray, M.D., Gabriel K. Cousens, M.D., Michael B. Schachter, M.D., and David Sheinkin,

M.D.,

for their valuable contribution to this

book; these doctors have used my hypoglycemia diet extensively in their practice and report on their experiences in Chapter 11.

My

special thanks to

J.

P.

Hutchins, M.D., for

his unselfish contribution

and assistance

in

proofreading and editing the manuscript before publication, for writing the Introduction,

and

for his invaluable expert advice.

Last, but not least,

I

wish

to

thank Anastasia for

and secretarial assistance work help as much appreciated as it was needed as well as for being a source of inspiration and encouragement. her editorial,

artistic,

in preparation of this

— —

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction by

J.

P.

M.D

Hutchins,

10

Chapter

1:

COMPLEXITIES OF HYPOGLYCEMIA

13

Chapter

2:

WHAT

20

HYPOGLYCEMIA

IS

metabohsm • "I don't sugar" • The mechanics of

• Sugar

eat

hypoglycemia Chapter

3;

SYMPTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA • •

Chapter

4:

GLUCOSE TOLERANCE TEST • How the test is performed • How to

"read"

tests •

notes about

Chapter

5:

....

31

The case of Miss A.

Gyland Do you have hypoglycemia? case •

Several important

GTT

CAUSES OF HYPOGLYCEMIA • Sugar • Why sugar is "bad" • How sugar contributes to hypoglycemia • Coffee • Caffeine-containing

beverages and drugs • Alcohol •

Tobacco • Emotional

Salt •

Food

allergies •

stress • Nutritional

deficiencies

41

55

Chapter

6:

THE FOLLY OF THE HIGH-PROTEIN DIET

71

and fallacies about protein • Animal versus vegetable

• Facts, fads,

protein • Excess protein spells

ill

health

Chapter

7:

AIROLA DIET FOR HYPOGLYCEMIA 79 • Prohibited foods • The Optimum Diet • Important question: cooked or raw? • Supplementary foods • Milk and milk products • Cold-pressed vegetable oils •

Honey

• Brewer's

yeast • Health-promoting eating

What about water

habits •

Chapter

8:

SUGGESTED MENU FOR THE HYPOGLYCEMIC •

Upon

107

arising • Special

hypoglycemia shake • Morning walk • Breakfast •

Mid-moming snack



Lunch

• Mid-aftemoon snack • Dinner • Evening snack • Vital

points to

Chapter

9:

remember

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR

HYPOGLYCEMIA Chapter

10:

118

SPECIAL HERBS FOR

HYPOGLYCEMIA •

Where

herbs

to get

herbs •

125

How

to use

Chapter

11:

DOCTORS' REPORT

129

• Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D., Dr. Bill

Gray, M.D., Dr. Michael B. Schachter,

M.D. and Dr. David

Sheinkin, M.D., report on their use of the Airola Diet for hypoglycemia

Chapter

12:

HYPOGLYCEMICS SPEAK

142

Chapter

13:

RECIPES AND INSTRUCTIONS

148

• Special foods and supplements

recommended Chapter

14:

in this

book

THE TOTAL APPROACH •

• Exercise • Pure

air,

sun, rest, and

relaxation • Positive attitude

peace of mind •

Recommended

157

The concept of Biological Medicine

Why

and

better health?

Daily Dietary Allowances, table

...170

Composition of Foods, table

172

References

179

Index

182

About the Author

192

INTRODUCTION by

J.

Dr. Hutchins

emy

P.

Hutchins, M.D.

the vice-president of the International Acad-

is

of Biological Medicine; the past president of the Inter-

national Academy of Applied Nutrition; a member of the American Academy of Medical Preventics; and a member of the American College of Metabology. He is one of the leading practitioners of biological medicine in the United States, using nutrition, acupuncture, herbology, osteopathy, homeopathy, and other wholistic approaches to healing. He is a nationally recognized lecturer and an authority on nutrition and has appeared on numerous T.V. and radio programs. Dr. J. P. Hutchins practices in

Hypoglycemia

common

Wilmington, California.

is

affliction.

lishment continues in active practice

to

a

"new" but an

increasingly

Although our medical estabclaim

know

it

does not exist, those of us

better.

Many

patients

who

are

mistakenly diagnosed as schizophrenics, neurotics, psychotics, alcoholics, or mentally disturbed, are actually suffering from the low-blood-sugar syndrome. Their health problems are often miraculously solved by simple dietary changes. Dr. Airola's new book. Hypoglycemia: A Better Approach, is an important contribution to the betterment of health, not only in this country, but around the world. It will revolutionize the treatment of hypoglycemia the devastating and incapacitating disease



1

INTRODUCTION

'-

1

spreading like an epidemic. The Airola Diet, the essence of his unique approach to the management of hypoglycemia, is not only able to control the symptoms of low blood sugar, but actually can help to cure the condition and restore health. I have been personally and professionally associated with Dr.

which which

is

is

Paavo Airola and his work for many years, and have used his diet and his ideas in the treatment of my hypoglycemia patients. As a rule, they respond almost immediately to the Airola Diet and their symptoms disappear. The importance of this book, therefore, cannot be overestimated. Dr. Airola has done a superb job of writing a clear, simple, yet comprehensive book on a very difficult subject. He precisely and succinctly defines hypoglycemia, explains how you can tell if you have it, and offers detailed programs that are easy to understand and follow. I recommend this book highly, not only for those who suffer from hypoglycemia, and for all serious students of nutrition, but also for

all

of my fellow phys-

icians, researchers, nutritionists, herbologists,

homeo-

paths, osteopaths, naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists,

and

all

those

who

are interested in a

wholistic approach to healing. I

predict that this epoch-making book will be

translated into

many languages and

will

undoubtedly

medical schools. This is the first truly authoritative book on hypoglycemia. In my opinion. Dr. Paavo Airola is the foremost nutritionist in the world today in the depth and scope of his knowledge. He is also a leading authority on biological medicine and wholistic approach to health and healing. This background has enabled him to write a well-documented and well-researched text that no other nutritionist or physician has had the time or know-how to produce.

be used

as a textbook in



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HYPOGLYCEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

We are all indebted to Dr. Paavo Airola for writing book. His unique hypoglycemia treatment will prevent much misery and suffering and change the lives of many who are plagued by constant fatigue, insomnia, irritability, depression, confusion, anxiety, overweight, physical and mental distress, and a sense of futility, giving them hope of complete recovery and living normal, healthy, and happy lives. This book will also be an indispensable tool in the hands of physicians, helping to decipher the mysteries of this complex, and "hidden" disease, and helping them to take better care of their hypoglycemic patients. On the basis of my own experience, I can attest to the fact that Dr. Airola's approach to the treatment of hypoglycemia is, indeed, as the title suggest, a BETTER APPROACH better than the conventional high-protein therapy, being safer for the patients and bringing this revolutionary



more permanent

results. J. P.

Hutchins, M.D.

Complexities of

Hypoglycemia Hypoglycemia

is

the most perplexing, mysterious, com-

plicated, contradictory, as well as controversial

know. How did conclusion? Consider this: "disease"

1.

I

I

The medical establishment affiliated groups, clinics, as



and complex

arrive at such a disheartening

— AMA

well as

and the

official

medical

hypoglycemia is virtually a non-existent condition invented by self-diagnosing

journals

insists that

health faddists; a popular "in" disease

among jet-set new

high-stress, heavy-drinking hypochondriacs; a

invention replacing ulcers as the status disorder.

A

famous Mayo Clinic doctor and syndicated medical columnist, Walter Alvarez, M.D., summed up the official view saying, "I have never seen a case of functional hypoglycemia in thirty years of practice." The American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the Endocrine Society joined the American Medical Association in publishing in their official journals strongly sition

worded po-

statements indicating that hypoglycemia

is

an

extremely rare condition.

prominent doctors and practioners as Harvey M. Ross, M.D., Robert C. Atkins, M.D., E. M. Abrahamson, M.D., Stephen Gyland, M.D., Yet, such

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HYPOGLYCEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

Clement G. Martin, M.D., Sam E. Roberts, M.D. and Alan H. Nitler, M.D., to name a few, consider hypoglycemia to be one of the most prevalent ailments in

modern

society, a virtual

major proportions. Dr. Atkins, "the commonest condition in

my

I

for

epidemic of

example, says that

am called upon to treat

practice of internal medicine

low blood

is

sugar (hypoglycemia)."^ Dr. Cheraskin claims that

"the sugar-laden American diet has led to a national epidemic of hypoglycemia. "^ And, Dr. Harvey Ross says that "hypoglycemia has fect 10 per cent of the

been estimated

to af-

United States population."^

That's over 20 million people! 2.

Some

doctors consider hypoglycemia to be a seri-

ous, incapacitating disease, a contributing factor to

such killers as heart disease and even cancer. Others dismiss it as a rather harmless "stress adaptation syndrome", a carbohydrate metabolism disorder that 3.

is

easily controlled and/or avoided.

According to some doctors, the medical definition of hypoglycemia is very simple: too little sugar in the blood, or low blood sugar. They also define hypoglycemia as "the opposite of diabetes" (which is too

much

sugar in the blood).

The

offered cure

is

equally simple: more of easily-available sugar in the

Other experts violently oppose this simplistic view of hypoglycemia, claiming that the underlying diet.

causes leading to low blood sugar are so complex

and so different with each individual that it is almost impossible to find a

common

therapeutic approach

applicable to more than one case. 4.

The

experts' opinions

on correct diagnostic pro-

cedures are just as contradictory. While titioners feel that a

(GTT)

is

many

prac-

5 or 6-hour glucose tolerance test

a perfectly reliable and conclusive

way

to

— 5

COMPLEXITIES OF HYPOGLYCEMIA

1

diagnose the condition, others feel that such a test is not only harmful, but also constitutes a very misleading, as well as undependable,

way

to find the

presence of hypoglycemia. The standard medical practice is to consider levels of blood sugar lower than 60 to 80 mg. per 100 ml. as hypoglycemia. But

one of the nutrition experts with wide experience

in

hypoglycemia. Dr. Carlton Fredericks, claims that "there is no number, no point, no range of blood sugar which constitutes hypoglycemia.""* that

it is

He

says

not how low the blood sugar level goes, but

the speed at which

it

drops that causes the symptoms

—and only in some people, at

of hypoglycemia

that!

Are you beginning to be perplexed and confused? Can you see now why I referred to hypoglycemia as the most complicated, mysterious and complex health problem that I

know? But whether or not the experts agree on the definition, classification, diagnosis, or treatment of the hypoglycemia syndrome, your distress and suffering, if you are afflicted it, is just as severe. You are probably reading this book because you are searching and looking for relief. Because with

symptoms are mental confijsion, low energy level, and neurotic, even psychotic behavior, the condition of hypoglycemia has a serious effect on a person's whole life, including his marital and family relationships; it has, in other words, enormous personal as well as social implications. J. I. Rodale believed that many accidents, family quarrels, suicides, and even

the major hypoglycemic

emotional

instability,

crimes are committed by individuals

when their sugar levels

Hypoglycemia is, indeed, one of the most devastating ailments of modem man. Because I have seen so many unhappy, distressed, and miserable individuals whose lives have been wrecked are pathologically low.^

—by

virtually destroyed

write this book

to try to

hypoglycemia,

help those

I

have decided

to

who are already afflicted,

16

HYPOGLYCEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

as well as those

who may be

future. This task

is

books, one of which, cessful biological

our most

I

have authored ten

HOW TO GET WELL, outlines

and

common

subjected to this danger in the

not easy. Although

diseases and

is

used

as a textbook in

several universities, colleges, and medical schools,

apprehension

approach

as well as a great

this

I

feel

I

sense of responsibility as

"simple" problem of hypoglycemia.

truthfully say that of all the medical that

suc-

60 of

nutritional treatments for over

have studied and researched,

I

can

I

problems and ailments

this is the

most complex,

misunderstood, and controversial condition of which

I

can

think.

My work with hypoglycemia and with the research of the causes and effective biological treatments of hypoglycemia

began many years ago. I was attracted by the fact that although the controversy and the confusion as to its causes is massive, all experts agree on the most important issue of all

—the

treatment.

The high protein-low carbohydrate

the so-called Scale Harris diet,

is

diet,

a universally accepted,

endorsed and prescribed diet for hypoglycemia. However, on the basis of my life-long research in nutrition, preventive as well as therapeutic,

I

am

well aware that a high-protein

on a prolonged basis, can be extremely hariTiand may lead to many serious biochemical and metabolic disorders; it may contribute to the development of such diet, especially ful

serious diseases as arthritis, cardiovascular disorders, os-

and even cancer. Therefore, became naturally very apprensive when I saw thousands of hypoglycemics put on high-animal-protein diets by their physicians. I just could not see the wisdom of trying to teoporosis, periodontal disease, I

control (and that's

all

purports to do) the

symptoms of an although

the conventional high-protein diet

ertheless, non-fatal disorder with a diet that

invariably lead to diseases.

much more

I

serious, nev-

knew would

serious, possibly fatal

COMPLEXITIES OF HYPOGLYCEMIA

This led

speciahzed

me

to interviews

in treating

many

with

physicians

hypoglycemia, as well

as

17

who

with hypo-

who were placed on high-protein diets. Some doctors were displeased with the standard treatment. They have found that although a high-protein diet did conglycemic patients

symptoms of hypoglycemia,

their patients comand developing constipation, arthritis, gout, headaches, and skin disorders. A common complaint of patients on high-protein diets was physical and mental sluggishness, or lack of energy. Consequently, I developed a new, safer and more effective, dietary program for the treatment of hypoglycemia. First, I encouraged a few doctors to try it on their patients. The response was most gratifying. Several physicians switched from the traditional high-protein diet to my low trol

the

plained of feeling

tired,

being

toxic,

protein-high natural carbohydrate diet.

appeared

in

1974 as a part of

WELL, many hypoglycemics

my

tried

When

the

new

diet

book,

HOW TO GET

and

received a great

it

I

number of letters stating how, with the help of my nutritional program, their health was restored and their low blood sugar conditions were corrected. Then, in 1976,

1 published a twoHypoglycemia: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment, in Let's Live Magazine's department on biological medicine. Again, the mail from those who tried my diet was overwhelmingly positive. Finally, in the summer of 1976, I conducted three professional seminars for physicians in the United States, describing to the doctors the new approach to

part article.

the treatment of hypoglycemia.

Many

doctors started using

my diet immediately. In Chapter 11 you will find the reports of some of these doctors on the successful application of my therapeutic program for hypoglycemia with

many

actual

case histories described in detail. In Chapter 12, you will find several letters from those

who

tried this dietary ap-

proach on their own. The general response from doctors and patients

was so positive that it convinced me of the necessity

18

for

HYPOGLYCEMIA— A BETTER APPROACH

making known

to

more people

this

new and

better ap-

proach to the treatment of this widespread and devastating malady. The birth of this book was motivated by such conviction.

Doctors and hypoglycemia sufferers

who

tried the

new

therapeutic approach to low blood sugar as described in this

book, agree that

it is

better than the conventional high-

protein approach because

it

not only controls the symptoms

of hypoglycemia effectively, but

actually helps to correct

it

the condition and eventually facilitates a complete restoration of health.

control the

The conventional

diets,

symptoms, are so harmful

while also able to

to the general health of

the patients that they actually create even

more

serious dis-

orders and diseases than those they are attempting to cure.

A

example of the "cure being worse than the disease." Please note that the nutritional and biological approach to the treatment of hypoglycemia diet, specific vitamins and supplements, herbs, and other modalities as reported on the following pages, is not offered as a cure, but as a supportive means of assisting your body's own inherent healing forces by eliminating the underlying causes of disease and thus creating the most favorable conditions for the classic





body's healing power to bring about the actual cure. In other

words, the proposed diet and other natural therapies are

aimed at helping your body to heal

itself.

Every individual's

response to specific foods, vitamins, and other treatments

is

extremely different, depending on his specific condition, including: individual nutritional requirements and needs, age, health stature, inherited weaknesses, ability to assimilate nutrients,

emotional health, the level of environmental is the case, I wish to suggest that

stresses, etc., etc. Since this

the information in this book be used in cooperation with a nutritionally-oriented doctor

who

is

trained in both the di-

agnosis and the treatment of hypoglycemia and

who

is

capa-

ble of supervising the progression of the treatment. Al-

9

COMPLEXITIES OF HYPOGLYCEMIA

1

though the proposed diet and other programs are simple and self-explanatory, it is never wise to be your own diagnostician and your

own

doctor.

If,

after

reading this book,

you feel that my approach to the treatment of hypoglycemia makes common and academic sense to you, I suggest you take this book to your doctor and abide by his decision regarding the advisability of using the suggested therapies for your specific condition. If your doctor is not familiar with

my dietary approach, many

or

if

is

antagonistic toward

are trained to use

send such a

list

still

are!



book and request a

to the publishers of this

who

he

high-protein oriented doctors

my

on request

approach. if

The

—and

it

you may write list

of doctors

publishers will

you enclose a stamped, long,

self-addressed envelope.

Now,

let us try to

decipher the mysteries and the com-

—the insidious and tragic disorder

plexities of hypoglycemia

that affects over

20 million Americans, but

is

almost un-

known in most other countries. The proper understanding of the underlying causes and the physiological mechanics of this disease, as well as the

proper knowledge of

how

to

prevent and correct it, may give us clues as to why so many of us also suffer from heart attacks, allergies, peptic ulcers, obesity, chronic fatigue, also give us clues as to

and cancer. Such knowledge may

why

so

many

of us

become

schizo-

phrenics, alcoholics, tobacco-coffee-coke-drug-addicts, and

And we may find out why crime, apathy, moral decay, divorce, family disintegration, and personal suicide victims.

and collective irresponsibility are on the increase. You see, chronic low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, may be at the root of much of the above.



What

is

Hypoglycemia Hypoglycemia, translated into lay terms, simply means low blood sugar. Hypo means low; glycemia means sugar. Diabetes is the opposite: high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. The two conditions, although diametrically opposed, are closely related. Both are caused by the body's inability to use sugar effectively. This is, of course, an oversimplification.

will

have

to

simplifications

And

I

use a

will admit, right at the onset, that lot of

we

generalizations and over-

—many more than

I

would like

—when trying

and explain such a complex condition as the hypoglycemia syndrome. This is because, more than any other disease, hypoglycemia and its symptoms, as well as its un-

to define

derlying causes, varies with almost every individual patient. In

fact,

trying to explain hypoglycemia, especially to a lay

seems almost futile. I wish I could skip the whole area and get right to the part of the book that really matters the part where I can tell you that you don't have to suffer frbm the hypoglycemia syndrome, that although we do not know exactly how it develops in every case, we do know how we can successfully control its symptoms and even help to correct the condition permanently and restore health. But, since it would probably be helpful in the effective application of the corrective measures that will follow, I will attempt to give you a short resume of what we do know, or reader,

WHAT

we know,

think that

as

to

IS

HYPOGLYCEMIA

21

the possible causes of

hypoglycemia.

Sugar metabolism Hypoglycemia was officially "discovered" by Dr. Seale He was first to describe the presence of abnormally low blood sugar levels and the distinctly defined symptoms that accompany them. The condition was at first called hyperinsulinisnif and it was considered to be caused by too much insulin in the blood. Excessive insulin burned more sugar than was necessary and caused an excessive drop Harris in 1924.

blood sugar

in the

level. In diabetes, too little insulin is

produced, which results in too

bloodstream

for too long.

sugar staying in the

Thus, in simple terms, an over-

active pancreas (where insulin

low blood sugar. But the

much

real

is

produced)

question

is:

is

blamed

for

why is the pancreas

overactive?

Thus, both diabetes and hypoglycemia are linked to What is sugar meta-

defective sugar metabolism in the body.

bolism and what causes

its

derangement?

we must understand and the difference between nutrition and metabolism. Nutrition is related to the foods and liquids that To

get answers to these questions,

the relationship

enter our bodies; nutrition science tional

is

a study of the nutri-

and therapeutic value of foods. Metabolism refers to

what happens

to the nutrients after

they enter the body,

how

they are assimilated, absorbed, utilized, and burned up, and

how they are used tissues

three basic nutrients obtained through foods are

carbohydrates, minerals, trace

human

keeping

and organs well.

The

contain

in various processes involved in

all

and proteins (plus, of course, vitamins, elements, enzymes, etc.). Almost all foods

fats

of them, but in varying proportions.

agriculture,

The

basic

had evolved since the advent of was largely made up of natural complex car-

diet, especially as

it

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HYPOGLYCEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

bohydrate foods, such as grains, seeds, nuts, vegetables, fruits,

and some dairy products. Meat and

fish

were common

only on some parts of the planet and only in small amounts.



Our metabolisms, then, were adjusted genetically programmed to effectively sustain health and prevent disease to a

low protein, low

fat,

Even now, in those parts

and high natural carbohydrate diet. of the world where civilization and

industrialization have not yet

made their destructive assault,

and where the traditional diets have remained the same, the people are free from disease and they enjoy optimum vitality and long life. Their diet is a low protein, low fat, high natural carbohydrate diet (as in Hunza, Abkhasia, Vilcabamba, and Yucatan).

But in the past few hundred years, with the advent of and the increased wealth that followed it,

industrialization

man's diet has undergone dramatic changes. Meat, fowl,

consumed

earlier only occasionally,

fish,

and

now have become

central to the diet. Concentrated carbohydrates, such as

sugar and refined

flour,

completely non-existent before,

now

are eaten in increased quantities, reaching an incredible

yearly intake of 125 lbs. of sugar and an equal

white flour per person in America today! The

amount of

human meta-

was not designed to function efficiently and trouble-free on such a diet. The excess of protein and fat, and especially the huge amount of refined carbohydrates, has overloaded our metabolisms and contributed to the long line of diseases directly related to faulty nutrition. Hypoglycemia is but one of these nutrition-related disorders. Sugar is the fuel our body uses for heat and energy. bolic system

Normally, sugar

is

obtained from carbohydrate-rich foods,

such as grains, vegetables, potatoes, fruits, bread, beans and corn. The complex carbohydrates are slowly broken down from their long-chain molecules and changed into smaller molecules of absorbable sugar, called glucose, which

is ulti-

mately absorbed slowly through the wall of the small

in-

WHAT

IS

HYPOGLYCEMIA

23

This sugar is then carried to the liver, where it is converted into glycogen and stored. As the need for sugar

testine.

arises

(remember, sugar is needed for all muscle actions, and

especially for brain and nerve function), the stored glycogen is

reconverted into a usable form, glucose, and transported

by the blood

to the areas

where

it is

needed. Thus, when

we

and usually contain only the amount of sugar needed for

eat sugar in the form of natural carbohydrates, our blood tissues

their

normal function. But when

we

eat food with refined,

white, commercially produced sugar, the small-molecule

carbohydrates of these foods are absorbed quickly times almost instantaneously through the



mouth and stomach

—some-

membranes

of the

causing a sudden flood of glucose into

the bloodstream. Such a flood of excess sugar into the blood-

stream causes a tremendous strain on the pancreas and

liver,

as well as on the adrenals and other endocrine glands that are

involved in regulating blood sugar levels.

Our bodies strain in the

equipped

are well

to

handle an occasional

form of an excess of ingested sugar. The pan-

creas produces insulin

stream where

it

which

is

released into the blood-

destroys the excess sugar. But,

ously abuse our metabolism by

if

we continu-

dumping in huge amounts of

easily absorbable sugar, the strain

on the sugar-regulating

organs will be too great.

It

may damage them

be able

to

cope with the continuous

that they will not

to the extent insult.

Often, the reaction of these organs, especially the pancreas,

becomes abnormal (such as an over-reacting pancreas which produces large amounts of sugar-reducing insulin although only an insignificant amount of refined sugar was consumed) resulting in the symptoms of hypoglycemia. And if the pancreas is over-reactive and produces too much insulin, the sugar level in the blood drops abnormally low, depriving the brain and nervous system of much

needed oxygen and caus-

ing an array of unpleasant hypoglycemic symptoms. Eating

sugar in such a situation will not help.

On the contrary, it will

HYPOGLYCEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

24

only trigger the over-responsive pancreas to produce more

and make the situation and symptoms worse. The abnormal reaction or malfunction of the sugar level

insulin

regulating organs can be caused by other factors of which will

speak

later.

These other

factors include emotional

we

and

physical stresses, alcohol, coffee, smoking, nutritional deficiencies, overeating

and drugs. But

faulty eating habits,

especially the excess of refined carbohydrates in the diet,

is

the factor that contributes most to the development of

hypoglycemia.

"I don't eat sugar" In

my

consulting work,

I

often encounter patients with

diagnosed functional hypoglycemia eaten sugar for years



I

who

never touch the

say, "I haven't

stuff!

—how could

I

have hypoglycemia?" So few people realize that sugar

is

concealed in many

You may eat an occasional piece of apple pie a la mode. Did you know that it contains 18 teaspoons of sugar? You drink a glass of orange juice. Did you know that orange juice is 13 per cent sugar? A plain doughnut contains 4 foods.

teaspoons of sugar!

A

teaspoons of sugar.

Many commonly used

custards, is

and canned

bottle of

Coca-Cola contains over 4

fruits or juices

sauces, jellies,

contain added sugar.

It

almost impossible today not to get huge amounts of sugar if

you buy your food at the regular supermarket. Virtually all man-made, canned, processed, frozen, or packaged foods contain

some form of sugar

additive. All commercially sold

bread, for example, contains sugar or syrup.

One of the things that many health-oriented people, who do not eat sugar in any form, do not realize is that

those

they often overload their system with easily assimilable sugar by eating too

such

many sweet fruits, especially dried fruits, prunes or raisins. Even without added contain so much naturally concentrated

as dates, figs,

sugar, these fruits

WHAT

sugar that

it

IS

HYPOGLYCEMIA

can easily overtax the pancreas and trigger

25

its

over-reaction.

Even worse, the current fashion among many wellmeaning health food advocates is to drink excessive amounts of sweet

fruit or

vegetable juices, such as grape, apple, or

carrot juice. This practice can

have a disastrous

effect

on

sugar metabolism and can contribute to the development of

hypoglycemia

as well as diabetes.

idea of eating whole natural foods.

We all subscribe to the We object to sugar and

white flour on the grounds that they are refined, fragmented, concentrated substances. At the same time we gulp huge amounts of juices on a regular daily basis without realizing that juices are not whole and natural foods. They are also

fragmented, isolated, concentrated, sugar-laden liquids which our bodies and our metabolisms are not equipped nor

have seen some people who drink half a gallon, sometimes even a full gallon, of carrot juice a day. Not only do the palms of their hands turn yellow, but a

programmed

to handle.

I

amount of sugar in this highly concentrated food puts a very real strain on the liver and pancreas. Our bodies are large

designed to handle foods that are eaten.

When we eat carrots

chewing them thoroughly, the carbohydrates and sugars in these foods are gradually and slowly digested and absorbed, supplying an even flow of sugar. But when we drink sweet juices, an excessive amount of sugar that doesn't need an elaborate digestion, but is absorbed quickly through the membranes of the stomach and even the mouth, is suddenly flooding the bloodstream with the demanding strain on the pancreas and liver to quickly neutralize it and restore proper sugar levels. There is a certain maximum level of or grapes,

dietary sugar that our organs can handle without damage.

This level was set by maximum sugar that can be obtained by It has been determined during thousands of

eating foods.

years of metabolic and genetic adaptation to the natural

environment.

HYPOGLYCEMIA— A BETTER APPROACH

26

There

is

another factor to consider regarding the practice

of copious juice drinking. Juices are extremely alkaHzing

amounts of highly alkaline minerals, especially potassium. Juices do have a rightful place and foods, containing large

play a very important role in practically every therapeutic

program, especially during fasting

when

they help cleanse

by acidosis (excessive meatHowever, if juices are used in large amounts, on a prolonged basis, by relatively healthy people, they tend to alkalinize the body

and de-acidify eating,

too

tissues affected

among other things,

much and cause

leads to over-acidity).

a condition

known

as alkalosis. This,

on the adrenal glands which must synthesize large amounts of special adrenal-cortical hormone to restore and maintain a normal pH in the body. Most readers are probably aware of the fact that an overly-acid system (too many grains and/or too much meat in the diet) is not a desirable condition and may lead to metabolic disorders, contributing specifically to the development of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. But an overly-alkaline body again, puts an extra strain

many alkalizing vegetables and fruits, especially in conis just as undesirable. It may make the body susceptible to many metabolic disorders, especially (too

centrated juice form)

digestive and assimilative problems as well as an increased susceptibility to infections. either,

is

the ideal

which means

— pH

Not too acid, but not too alkaline

should be about 6.4 on a urine

slightly acid. Neutral

pH

is

test,

considered to be

7.0.

Now,

warning about the indiscriminate drinking of sweet juices, especially by hypoglycemics or those prone to hypoglycemia or diabetes, I must hurry to clarify myself before I am misunderstood or misquoted. I am after this

against the excessive drinking of juices. Generally, foods

should be eaten, not drunk.

A small amount of juice, 2-3 oz.

can be taken, either diluted 50-50 with water one hour before a meal, or undiluted with meals, provided it is

at a time,

WHAT

IS

HYPOGLYCEMIA

not drunk, but sipped slowly, and salivated well



as

27

any

other food. In the treatment of disease, especially during juice fasting, juices are indispensable. (For information

about

how

use juices therapeutically and what juices to

to

usefpr-specific-canditions, please refer to

my

book,

HOW

,

."O^EP SLIM, HEALTHY, AND YOUNG WITH JUICE FASTING.®) Please

note, however, that juice fasting, although an essential part of the standard biological treatment of almost every disease, is not recommended for the treat-

ment of hypoglycemia nor diabetes except when prescribed and supervised by an experienced doctor. (Malignancies and active tuberculosis are other conditions where fasting is not advisable.)

The mechanics

of hypoglycemia

In summary, the mechanics of hypoglycemia are as follows:

• Dietary starches, carbohydrates,

and sugars (many dif-

ferent forms of natural sugars such as sucrose, fruc-

broken down in the process of digestion and processed into glucose.

tose, maltose, lactose, etc.) are

• Glucose this

is

then changed into glycogen and

form in the

• Glucose

is

is

stored in

liver.

involved in

many vital body processes:

an energy and heat source, and

it is

it is

a carrier of oxygen

into every cell, especially to the heart, to the nerves,

The glucose is needed every second and is constantly released by the liver in proper amounts to meet the need and to assure a healthy functioning of all the tissues and organs.

and

to the.brain.

of your

life

• Since the dietary sugar

first

enters the bloodstream

picked up by the liver, the level of sugar in the blood would vary dangerously unless controlled

before

it is

\ \



— HYPOGLYCEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

28

by some mechanism. There are several effective mechanisms in the body that keep sugar in the blood at needed levels at any given time. • If the sugar level

is

too high, or rises too

fast,

the islets

of Langerhans (the insulin-producing part of the pan-

produce a hormone, insulin, and send

creas)

bloodstream.

The

to the

insulin converts the sugar into other

elements and normalizes the blood sugar • If the sugar level

it

level.

too low, the brain will, through the

is

and thyroid glands, send a message to the adrenal glands, which then release a different hormone, adrenalin, which will instruct the liver to repituitary

lease

some more glucose

Ideally,

when

all

into the blood.

these glands and organs function as

they should, blood sugar

is

kept at normal levels. Even

if

we

occasionally abuse our bodies by dietary indiscretions, these sugar-controlling mechanisms are able to cope with the extra strain.

But they have their

anisms, either within the

limits!

Like any other mech-

human body

chinery, they can break down.

When

or in

man-made ma-

they do, conditions

hypoglycemia and/or diabetes will result. When sugar gets abnormally high and the damaged pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin to bring sugar down and maintain the ideal balance of glucose in the blood it is diabetes. When sugar gets too low, either because of an overreactive pancreas that produces too much sugar-destroying such

as

because of a pancreas under-active in terms of producing the hormone, glucagon an anti-insulin insulin, or possibly



factor

which

is

a controlling substance that blocks the action

when needed it is hypoglycemia. Now, I must again remind you of the great complexity in

of insulin

the physiology and mechanics of hypoglycemia. There are many, many reasons and causes that may lead to the malfunction and/or breakdown of the whole sugar-controlling

WHAT

HYPOGLYCEMIA

IS

29

mechanism. Causes include not only a simple excess of refined sugar in the diet, nor pancreatic or adrenal underactivity or overactivity, but also

such factors

as:

hormones by other en-

• Imbalances in secretions of

docrine glands, especially by the pituitary and thyroid.'

• Excessive use of alcohol, tobacco, and coffee or caf-

feine-containing soft drinks. ^'^ • Systematic overeating, especially of refined car-

bohydrates and excessive animal proteins.^ • Allergies. • Severe emotional stresses that can cause both the rise

and

fall

of sugar levels, as well as the overexhaustion

of adrenal glands which are so essential to proper

sugar metabolism. Although our bodies are able to

meet the demands of stress at times of emergency, i.e., occasionally, they are not equipped to withstand constant stress. The emergency mechanism is set to give a quick response to temporary stress, especially

nent, as

is

emotional

crises.

stress,

When

crisis or

becomes perma-

often the case in our competitive stress-

laden society, the alarm mechanism becomes over-

down, and degenerative diseases reHypoglycemia is one of the classic examples of the degenerative processes caused by nutritional abuses, constant stresses, and a generally health-detaxed, breaks sult.*^

stroying

mode

of living.

The above-mentioned poglycemia refers

description and definition of hy-

to so-called/uncftonai

hypoglycemia, or

hypoglycemia caused by an overactive or oversensitized pancreas, but without a diagnosable pathological develop-

ment or structural damage. An overwhelming majority of all cases of low blood sugar are functional hypoglycemia. There

30

HYPOGLYCEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

are,

however, other kinds of hypoglycemia, usually referred

to as hyperinsulinism.

malignant,

Tumors of

the pancreas, benign or

when located in the insulin-producing area of the

pancreas, the islets of Langerhans, can result in hyperinsulinism, or excessive insulin production. If these tumors are non-malignant, they usually respond to a

diet as

recommended

in this

book;

special therapeutic cancer program

gery

is

if

they are malignant, a

and even sometimes

necessary to correct the condition.

hyperinsulinism

is

hypoglycemic sur-

The other cause of

an enlargement in the whole insulin-

producing area of the pancreas.

A defective liver or diseased

or malfunctioning pituitary or adrenal glands can also result in

hyperinsulinism. All the above-mentioned categories of

hypoglycemia are classified as organic hypoglycemia. This book deals mainly with functional hypoglycemia which is responsible, perhaps, for 99 per cent of all cases of low blood sugar.

Symptoms

of

Hypoglycemia Some people better



— even

some

doctors,

who should know

dismiss hypoglycemia as a minor disorder blown out

of proportion by self-diagnosing hypochondriacs.

Some oth-

be an extremely dangerous and devastating disease that has hit modern civilization like an epidemic plague. In the words of Dr. Harvey Ross, "It is a disease that will not kill you, but may make you wish you were dead."^ The main reason for such a discrepancy in the evaluation of the seriousness of this condition is the fact that hypoglycemia, as a single disease, is simple enough it is blood ers consider

it

to



sugar that

is

lower than normal But even .

this is

an unreliable

who have low sugar levels without hypoglycemic symptoms. There are also many persons who can have symptoms of hypoglycemia, even severe ones, while having blood sugar way

to

diagnose hypoglycemia. There are people

within normal range.

The biggest problem, however, is the fact that practically every symptom of the expansive hypoglycemia syndrome can be caused by other pathological conditions. This reason

why hypoglycemia

mimicker." cal book.

It

is

is

the

often referred to as a "great

can mimic virtually every symptom in a medi-

What

this

can

mean

to a

desperate patient

oquently illustrated by the following actual cases.

is

el-

32

HYPOGLYCEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

Gyland case Gyland was himself a physician. While busy practicing in Florida, he fell ill. He experienced weakness, dizziness, faintness, unprovoked anxieties, tremors, rapid heartbeat, difficulties with concentration, and Paradoxically, Dr. Stephan

memory

lapses. Realizing that a physician

He was

is

his

own

worst

was was a neurotic, and that all the described symptoms were "in his mind." He also was told that this disqualified him for the practice of

doctor,

he consulted a

specialist.

nothing wrong with him

told that there

physically, that he

medicine.

But Dr. Gyland refused

to

accept the "all in your head"

verdict and consulted another doctor. In his

own

words,

"During three years of severe illness, I was examined by fourteen specialists and three nationally-known clinics "^^ None of these experts or world-famous clinics, which included the Mayo Clinic, ever tested him for hypoglycemia, although one doctor did suspect low blood sugar; this doctor, however, prescribed candy bars, which, of course, would only worsen his condition. Although they could not seem to find anything wrong with him, the special.

.

ists

did not hesitate to pass authoratively the assortment of

such diagnoses

as:

brain tumor, neurosis, diabetes,

and cere-

bral arteriosclerosis. Still

very

ill

and unable

to

work, since none of the sug-

gested treatments were of help, Dr. Gyland was desperately searching for the solution to his problems by reading medical literature,

hoping to find some clues.

He happened to see

the original paper on low blood sugar and

its

symptoms,

published by Seale Harris, M.D.*^ The symptoms described by Dr. Harris matched Dr. Gyland's in detail! He immediat-

low blood sugar which confirmed tRe He went on the hypoglycemia diet suggested by Dr. Harris andwatched his symptoms fade

^ely took the test for

diagnosis of hypoglycemia.

\jiH^i

SYMPTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA

The tragedy is that although Seale

Harris'

33

work on hypo-

glycemia was published 25 years before Dr. Gyland became ill, none of the diagnostic specialists or prominent clinics were aware of it or maybe they just refused to recognize it. Just imagine what that could mean to the patient with less



persistence or skepticism than Dr. Gyland's regarding his

own colleagues' infallibility? He could spend a fortune lying on a psychiatric couch treating his non-existent neurosis. Or, he could be operated on for a non-existent brain tumor!

The

case of Miss

Miss

A

is

A

a beautiful actress,

now

very healthy, very

and very happy. Three years ago, she came to me While on the verge of committing suicide, she was given by a friend and urged to read my newly published book, HOW TO GET WELL, which among other things, discusses the nutritional and biological treatment of hypoglycemia. After reading the section on hypoglycemia, she made an effort to contact me. Here is her story in her own successful,

in desperation.

words: "After

my

second child was born,

apathetic, especially in the mornings.

I I

became weak and

couldn't get started

two or three cups of strong coffee. Later in the day, I would get weak again, and extremely depressed. I was irritable all the time and gave a hard time both to my oldest child and to my husband. Sometimes, I would suddenly break out with a cold sweat. Some other times, I would break into tears for no apparent reason. At rehearsals, I couldn't concentrate on the script, my memory was bad, and the only way I could get through a performance was to drink a couple of cups of Irish coffee. Finally, at one performance, I not only forgot my lines, but I also fainted. I was told to quit working and see a doctor. My doctor gave me a complete physical checkup and, after taking over $200 worth of tests, he told me that there was nothing wrong with me physically; he reuntil after

HYPOGLYCEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

34

ferred

me to a psychiatrist. This

weekly

me on three years of

started

visits to a psychiatrist. In

the meantime,

I

started

I consumed two wine every day. My relations with my husband deteriorated more and more, until two years ago he left me completely. He took both children with him, since I was no

drinking more and more frequently, until bottles of

longer able to take care of them.

suggested that tests';

I

My

psychiatrist finally

enter a mental hospital for 'observation and

he also suggested that this may be the only way I could

stop drinking. At the hospital, they diagnosed as schizophrenia.

what. Also,

I

I

was given several drugs,

my condition I

don't

was treated with electro-shock therapy.

released from the hospital a year ago, but

know I

was

my health seemed

worse since then. As soon as I stopped taking stimulant drugs, I could hardly move. I started drinking again huge amounts of coffee with lots of sugar. I was always exhausted, depressed, drowsy, and confused. I couldn't get work any

to get

more and

I

doctors. Life

exhausted

all

my money

on

psychiatrists

became more and more unbearable.

and

Finally,

I

have many me brought one them of dear friends who stuck by me, and your book. That's why I'm here. You are my last hope.

couldn't see the point in living. Fortunately,

Please, can you help

My

first

I

me?"

question, after she finished her sad story, was,

"Have you ever taken a glucose tolerance test?" No, she didn't remember anyone giving her such a test. I said that before I would attempt to outline a therapeutic nutritional program for her, I would like to see such a test done. I referred her to a physician who I had been working with at the time.

The

A few days later, she returned with the test results.

six-hour glucose tolerance test revealed not only an

extremely low sugar level, but also an exceptionally

fast

was one of the worst charts I have seen. The story has a very happy ending. After following the prestribed diet for three months. Miss A was not only able to

drop.

It

SYMPTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEr/ttA

35

gradually stop drinking coffee and alcohol, but her energy and vitality gradually returned, and for the first time in years, depressive and suicidal thoughts were replaced with increasing optimism and hope for a better future. The best part of all is that she is now again together with her husband and children and is hoping soon to resume her acting career.

Do you have I

will

hypoglycemia?

now list some of the long array of symptoms that are

associated with hypoglycemia or caused by low blood sugar.

be a limited listing only, because to list symptoms that millions of hypoglycemics experience would be to fill this entire book. As you read this list, I am sure you will find some symptoms that will apply to you. Does this mean that you have hypoglycemia? It may mean Naturally, this will

all

of the

—then, again,

that

show how,

it

may not.

In the following chapter,

I

will

in addition to the patient's subjective description

of symptoms, the doctor must use other diagnostic methods

and correct diagnosis. Perhaps the most reliable list of the most common symptoms was given by Harry M. Salzer, M.D., psychiatrist, of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio. Dr. Salzer spent many years working with his own psychiatric patients, whose conditions proved to be caused by low blood sugar. Treating them nutritionally, he was able to restore their health and eliminate not only the somatic (physical) and neurological symptoms, but also the psychiatric ones. Dr. Salzer also points out that hypoglycemia can mimic any neuro-psychiatric disorders. Patients with low blood sugar have been diagnosed as having such illnesses as schizophrenia, manic-depressive psychosis, and psychopathic to arrive at a final

personalities.

Dr. Salzer

became

so interested in

"problem hypo-

glycemia" that he later became the medical director of a foundation dedicated to research in hypoglycemia.^^

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HYPOGLYCEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

Here is Dr.

Salzer's

list

of the most common symptoms of

low blood sugar, based on his questioning of over three hundred hypoglycemic patients whom he had treated. The

symptoms

are listed along with the percentages of patients

complaining of them. ^^ Exhaustion

Depression

Insomnia Anxiety Irritability

Headaches Vertigo

Sweating

Tremor

(internal trembling)

Tachycardia (palpitation of heart)

Muscle pain and backache Anorexia (significant lack of appetite)

Crying spells Phobias (unjustified

fears)

Difficulty in concentration

Numbness Chronic indigestion

Mental confusion Cold hands or feet

•/

Blurred vision

Muscular twitching or cramps Joint pain^

,

Unsocial or anti-social behavior

Resdessness Obesity Staggering

Abdominal spasms Fainting or blackouts

Convulsions Suicidal tendencies

67% 60% 50% 50% 45% 45% 42% 41% 38% 37% 33% 32% 32% 31% 30% 29% 29% 26% 26% 24% 23% 23% 22% 20% 19% 18% 16% 14% 14% 10%

SYMPTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA

This I

is

not

all!

37

Add to this the following symptoms which

have encountered

in

my work with hypoglycemics as

well

mentioned by Dr. Gyland on the basis of his experience in treating over six hundred hypoglycemics after he was cured from prolonged suffering of his own undiagnosed hypoglycemia: as those

Forgetfulness

Nervousness Constant worrying

Ravenous hunger between meals Indecisiveness

;^/t^o .

ij2^

Jiprj

locate.

HYPOGLYGEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

128

How

to

use herbs

The most common way to use herbs is in the form of herb teas, or what is professionally known as infusions. Here is how you make herb teas: Take one to two tsp. of dried herbs (or the powder of 2-3 capsules) to a cup of water; or, take pint of water,

if

a larger quantity

1 oz.

is

of the dried herb to

1

desired. Boil the water.

Place the herbs in a cup or other container and pour the

Cover and let steep for 15 and let cool down to a drinkable temperature never drink the tea boiling hot! There is no wisdom in curing hypoglycemia and dying of stomach cancer, which excessive drinking of scalding hot liquids surely can cause. Note: never boil herb teas or even simmer them, just pour hot water over the herbs and let steep. If you use capsulated or tableted herbs, crush the tablets or open the capsules, discarding the gelatin capsules, and pour boiling water over them. Let steep 5 to 10 minutes. Stir and drink; no need for straining. boiling water over the herbs.

minutes.

Stir, let settle, strain,



The

best time to drink herb teas

is

the

first

thing in the

morning, two hours before or after a meal, and before going to bed.

always best to prepare fresh tea every time. At any do not make more tea than can be used in one day. The best utensils to make herb teas are glass, pyrex, stoneware, or stainless steel. Do not use aluminum. It is

rate,

1

Doctors' Report new diet for hypoglycemia as presented in this book is being used by many physicians. I have asked four doctors, who have used my diet extensively, At the time this

to share their

is

written, the

experiences with the readers of this book.

The

communications received from the doctors are reprinted

below 1.

A

in their entirety.

Letter from Bill Gray, Dr. Gray

is

a

member of the

M.D.

International

Academy

of Biological

Medicine, and practices in Mill Valley, California. He specializes in biological medicine, nutrition, and homeopathy.

Dear Dr.

Airola:

be happy to share my experiences in the treatment of hypoglycemia with the readers of your new book. Your approach to nutrition has almost infallibly cured hypoglycemia in my experience. For the first two years of I

will

practice, tein diet.

I I

treated hypoglycemia patients with the high-pro-

found their hypoglycemic symptoms moderately

well controlled, but the patients

felt

much

worse.

They

de-

veloped low energy levels, headaches, skin problems, arthritis, and various digestive disturbances. An interesting observation that I have not yet been able to explain: People

on high-protein diets have their hypoglycemic symptoms controlled, but they have worse reactions to smaller amounts of sugar. Whereas they would have a full-blown reaction to a chocolate cake in the past, they the sugar coating diet.

on a vitamin

would

pill

react just as fully to

while on the high-protein

HYPOGLYCEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

130

common-sense approach to diet, the became clear to me. After all, the human race has evolved on a basic, natural-carbohydrate After learning your

entire issue of hypoglycemia

oriented diet since the advent of agriculture about 12,000 years ago.

Our metabolisms,

therefore, are best adjusted to a

low-protein, high-natural-carbohydrate diet: grains, seeds,

and some dairy products. In the past few hundred years, the advent of wealthy industrialized society has taken foods customarily accessory to the diet, and

nuts, vegetables, fruits,

made them central

to the diet,

i.e.,

sugar, refined flour, meat,

and fowl. This is how foods designed to be accessory to our metabolism have overloaded our metabolisms, and thus produced symptoms of sugar metabolism disorder. In my opinion, hypoglycemia is not a disease. It is merely a set of symptoms caused by substances not fitted to the metabolism. If the human race had introduced arsenic into the diet, the symptoms coming from the poisoning would not be a disease. The solution would not be to introduce another abnormal substance into the diet to control the symptoms; it would be to simply return to the natural diet, free from any abnormal substances. Hypoglycemia is the result of ingesting small-molecule carbohydrates, causing a sudden flood of glucose into the fish,

bloodstream. This occurs because such molecules are ab-

sorbed nearly instantaneously across the membranes of the

mouth and stomach. Normally, carbohydrate molecules, from natural carbohydrate-rich foods, are slowly broken down from their long chains into small molecules and ultimately absorbed slowly

in the small intestine.

The process

of refining carbohydrates breaks them into small molecules; the subsequent flood of glucose into the bloodstream causes a tremendous reaction of the pancreas, adrenals, liver, and

possibly of other organs, to restore the blood sugar to normal. After continued exposure, this reaction itself

becomes ab-

normal, resulting in the symptoms of hypoglycemia.

DOCTORS' REPORT

The standard approach

is

use a high-protein

to

Protein molecules are long-chain molecules

slowly broken

down and

131

diet.

which

are

slowly absorbed. Each unit of the

protein can be converted to glucose, and because this

gradual process, the blood sugar

is

is

a

stabilized without sud-

den swings. Unfortunately, each unit of the protein molecule also contains a nitrogen unit which must be separated from the carbohydrate portion and then excreted via the liver and kidney. Since the body's metabolism has evolved to landle only 20-25 grams of protein a day, a diet containing

even 120 grams of protein puts a great stress on the energy to excrete the nitrogen toxins. The result is fatigue, and the toxins that are not excreted cause a wide variety of symptoms themselves harmful to the 60, 80,

rstem. It requires great

health.

A classic case example: A man of 30 complained of hypoglycemia for over five years. The diagnosis was confirmed by

two 5-hour glucose tolerance tests spaced years apart. Finally, he saw a physician (a friend of mine) who prescribed a high-protein meal every two hours. The patient followed it strictly. His hypoglycemia symptoms cleared up, but he became so fatigued and plagued with headaches that he could make

it

to his

job as a truck driver only half the time.

became clear to him that that was doing him hann. He reduced the number of meals,

After eating, he felt so poorly, that

but stuck to high protein foods; he still

it

felt

a

little

better,

but was

largely crippled. Finally, after trying the diet for eight

down with the flu. Despite good care, he had not recovered from the flu after three months. I concluded that his piroblem stemmed more from protein toxicity than from hypoglycemia. I put him on a 10-day fast, then on

months, he came

your high-natural -carbohydrate diet with only three meals a day.

He

felt

absolutely well after a few days on the

he continued to

feel well thereafter.

fast,

and

As a matter of fact, from full time, run 5-6

the time of the fast on, he was able to work

HYPOGLYCEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

132

miles daily, and take karate lessons three times weekly. His

energy was good, he had no headaches or "flu" symptoms, and no return of his hypoglycemia symptoms.

hope these comments will be useful to you and your readers. Good luck on your much needed book. I

2.

A

Letter

From Gabriel

Dr. Cousens

Academy

is

K. Cousens,

M.D.

on the Medical Advisory Board of the International

of Biological Medicine, and has a private practice in

Elk, California.

He

specializes in biological medicine, nutrition,

herbology, and the total life-styling.

Dear Dr. I

Airola:

have followed twenty-five patients with hypoglycemia,

using a low-protein, high-natural-carbohydrate diet, from to thirteen

months.

I

six

have attained good results with your I found the results supportive to

diet plus protomorphogens.

the conclusions that your diet

is

a key to healing in hypo-

glycemia and health in general.

Enclosed are a Basic Data Sheet for twenty-five patients,

Summary, a Discussion, and five detailed case hope they are useful to you in your book. a

histories.

BASIC DATA SHEET (see the next

two pages)

(A Study of 25 cases of hypoglycemia treated by Gabriel K. Cousens, M.D.).

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or "Diet"

=

Airola Diet

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"Months"

= Time

it

took to reach a certain level

of healing.

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and, 72

skin disorders iuid, 17 taxes adrenal jjlands, 72

Hypoxia, 164

17

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weijjht nain and, 142

Honev 97

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when

to avoid,

Hormones, 29, Hot flashes, 37

116

Impotence, male, 37 Indecisivness, 37 Indigestion, 36

97, 119

Hiniger, excessive, 37, 139 Hiinza, 22

digestive

enzymes and, 123

Hutchins, Dr. J. P., 10 Hydrochloric acid, 99, 123, 143 Hyperinsulinism, 21, 30

Infections, susceptibility, 26 Insecurity, 63

Hypoglycemia

Insulin, 21, 23, 28,

alcohol and, 29 alcoholism and, 19, 39 allergies and, 19, 64-65 cancer and, 14 case histories, 17, 132-134,

Inulin,

55 "Great mimicker", 31, 35, 40 functional, 29, 38,

heart disease and, 14 high-protein diet and, 72, 129 history-taking and, 41 how to find doctor, 19, 38 individualized treatment of, 140 juices and, 80 marital relationships and, 15 mechanics of, 27-28, 55 of, 39,

40

obesity and, 19 organic, 30 overeating and, 104

physiology prevalence

of, 27,

55

19 and, 63-64 schizophrenia and, 19 self-diagnosing and, 38 smoking and, 63 social implications of, 15 sugar and, 55 suicides and, 19 of, 14,

salt

supplements

symptoms

for,

118

20, 31, 32, 36 ulcers and, 19 of,

59

zinc and, 68, 98

137-140, 142-147 causes of, 21, 29, 55 carbohydrates and, 24 clinical examination and, 41 coffee and, 29 cola beverages and, 29 complexities of, 13-15 controversies about, 16i 31 crime and, 15, 19 diabetes and, 14, 20, 21 diagnoses of, 35 divorce and, 19 drug addiction and, 19 epidemic proportions of, 14, 140

mistaken diagnoses

Insomnia, 36, 61, 137

90

Iodine, 122 Iron assimilation and phytins, 87 in brewer's yeast, 89 in grains and seeds, 83 supplement, 121 vitamin E and, 122 Irrational behavior, 56 Irritability, 36, 61,

Islets

138

of Langerhans, 28

tumor

in,

30

Itching, 37

J Jealousy, 166 Jerusalem artichoke, 90, 148, 155 Jogging, 109, 163 Joint pain, 36

Juice fasting, 26

hypoglycemia and,

27, 131, 147

Juicers, 149

Juices alkaline factor in, 26 avoid excess of, 76 diabetes and, 25 green juice cocktail, 148 how to drink, 26-27 hypoglycemia and, 25 sugar in, 25 therapeutic value of, 26 with meals, 108

Juniper cedar berries, 126

K Kasha, 150 Kefir, 92, 99, 115, 144, 151

freeze-dried, 154 grains, 153

homemade, 153

INDEX

187

Maltose, 27

Kelp, 64 dosage, 122

Manganese

overweight and, 123 Kidneys, 72 damaged by high-protein 144 Kniska, 151-152 Kvark, 93, 110, 116 homemade, 154 Kyolic, 127

diet, 72,

in grains and seeds, 83, 85 phytic acid and, 87 in sugar metabolism, 83

supplement, 121, 137 Manic-depressive psychosis, 35 Martin, Dr. Clement G., 14, 39 Max Planck Institute, 75, 77 Mayo Clinic, 32, 74 McCormick, Dr. W. J., 63 McCracken, Dr. Robert D., 94

Meat acidosis and, 26

Lactase, 94 Lactic acid, 93 Lactose, 27, 93, 94 Lacto-vegetarian diet, 147

Laying on of hands, 166 Lecithin dosage, 121 in grains,

82

obesity and, 123

Lemon, 91, 114, 155, 156 Let's Live Magazine, 17, 127, 143 Levulose, 90 Licorice root, 126 Life, divine purpose

of, 168-169 Light-headedness, 61 Lime, 114, 155, 156 Lipase, 123 Liver brewer's yeast and, 98 B-vitamins and, 119 B,2 and, 120 coffee and, 60 dandelion and, 127 defective, 30, 91, 120 detoxifying program for, 91 garlic and, 127 glycogen and, 27 lemon and, 91 sugar and, 23, 58, 130 synthesis of proteins in, 116 Lobelia, 126 Loneliness, 166 Love, deprivation of, 166 Love of mankind, 168 Low blood pressure, 166 Low blood sugar

(see Hypoglycemia)

M Magnesium,

70, 85, 120

assimilation of phytin, 87 deficiency caused by high-protein diet.

76

sugar metabolism and, 83

excessive eating, 26, 70 moderation in, 81, 144 in traditional diet, 130

Memory,

lapses, 32, 33 Meniere's syndrome, 39 Menopause, 39 Mental breakdown, 39, 145 Mental confusion, 36 Mental health, 56 Mental retardation, 39 Mertz, Dr. Walter, 68 Metabolism, what is, 21 exercise and, 163 meat and, 22, 129 molybdenum and carbohydrate, 83 sluggish, 159 Metabology, 71 Mexican wild yam, 126 Migraine, 39 Milk, 75,81,88,92, 116 allergy and, 93 calcium in, 99 how to use, 93 intolerance to, 94 lactic acid in, 92 minerals in, 92 protein in, 75 soured, 92, 99, 154 special hypoglycemia drink, 148 Millet, 85, 88, 116 carbohydrates in, 85 molybdenum in, 83 recipe and instructions, 149 Minerals assimilation of, 121 chelated, 121 in grains, 82 lost in cooking, 85 vitamin D and, 165

Molybdenum brown

rice, 83 and seeds, 83 phytins and, 87

in

in grains

supplement, 121 Moodiness, 37, 138

188

HYPOGLYCEMIA—A BETTER APPROACH

Moral health, 56 Mouth, dr>' or burning, 37

Mung

beans, 82, 152

Pacifarins,

83

Pancreas

N Nelson, Dr. Ralph, 74 Nerves, 27, 60 lecithin and, 82, 122 oxygen and, 162 Nervousness, 37, 61, 143 Neurodermatitis, 39 Neuro-psychiatric disorder, 35 Neurosis, 32, 33, 39, 43 Nicotine and vit. C, 63 Nightmares, 37 Nikolajev, Dr. Yuri, 77 Nitrogen, 131 Nittler, Dr. Alan H., 14, 123 Numbness, 36 Nutrition, what is, 21 disease and, 71 faulty, 22, 159 importance of, 158 prevention of illness and, 140 Nutritional composition of foods

172-178

(table)

Nutritional deficiencies as cause of

hypwglycemia, 67 Nutritional yeasts, 99 Nuts, 110

source of zinc, 69 source of pantothenic acid, 70 source of B-vitamins, 82 for snacks, 144

o Oats, 111, 116, 151 Obesity, 36, 107, 145

supplements and, 123 vitamin Bg and, 119 Onions, 89, 155 Optimum Diet, 81, 160 Osteoarthritis, 76

Osteoporosis, 56, 72, 76 high-protein diet and, 72 Over-acidity, 77 Overeating, 24 cause of hypoglycemia, 29 disease and, 159

Overweight, 123, 143 Oxygen, 159, 161 exercise and, 161, 162 glucose and, 69 starvation, 162, 164 utilization of, 165

vitamin

E

and, 120

abnormal reactions damaged, 119

of,

59

glucose and, 130 normalized, 117 overactive, 21, 58 sugar and, 23, 58 tumor of, 30, 55 underactive, 28 zinc and, 68-69 Panic, 138

Pantothenic acid, 69, 119 dosage, 70, 119 natural sources, 70, 98 Papain, 123 Parkinson's syndrome, 39 Parsley, 89 Peace of mind, 165-166, 168 Peanuts, 75, 82, 84

Peas, 70, 114 Pellagra, 71 Peppers, green, 155 Pepsin, 123, 143 Periodontal disease, 55, 76 Personality defects, 56 Perspiration, 162 odor, 37 Pesticides, 65

pH, 26 Phobias, 36, 137

Phosphorus in

brewer's yeast, 120

and seeds, 83 excess in meat, 76 Phytin, in grains, 86-87 Piima, 92 Pituitary gland, 28, 29 diseased, 30 vit. E and, 120 Portis, Dr. Sydney A., 65 Positive attitude, 165-166, 168 Potassium, 70, 119, 137 chloride, 64, 121 citrate, 121 Potatoes, protein in, 75, 114 Prayer, the power of, 167 in grains

Premature aging auxones and, 83, 104 caused by, 72 exercise and, 164 overeating and, 104 vit. E and, 82 Prevention Magazine, 127 Price, Dr. Weston, 56 Prostaglandins, 97 Proteins

amino

acids

of,

75

INDEX

animal vs. vegetable, 75, 76 average intake, 74 biological superiority of vegetable, 77

combining vegetable, 76 complete, 75, 76 danger of excess, 22, 70, 72, 76, 131, 159 in foods, 21, 81 genetics and, 22 higher value of raw, 77 importance of, 74

metabolism

of,

recommended

76 daily allowance

(RDA), 74 requirements, 72, 74, 131 stress and, 131 toxicity of, 131 Protomorphogens, 124, 132, 135 Psychic surgery, 166 Psychological counseling, 67, 137 Psycho-neuroticism, 39 Psychopathic personality, 35, 43 Pumpkin seeds, 83, 116

misdiagnosed, 147 Seeds, zinc in, 69, 83 source of trace elements and minerals, 82-83 Selenium, 121 in brewer's yeast, 98 in seeds, 83 Senility,

39

high-protein diet and, 72, 77 Sesame seeds, 83, 111, 116, 148

calcium in, 83 fat content of, 84 protein in, 82 Sex drive, lack of, 37 Sex glands, lecithin and, 82, 122 Sexual inadequacies, 106 Squash, 89, 113 Sheinkin, Dr. David, 140, 141 Silicon, in food, 83 Siven, Dr. V. O., 74 Skin problems, 129

Smoking cancer and, 63 craving for, 62

hypoglycemia and, 24, 62-63 63 vitamin C deficiency and, 63

protein in, 75, 82 Pyorrhea, 72, 76

toxic products of,

caused by, 72

Snacking, the value Sodium, 119, 121

R Raw

Soured milk, homemade, 154 Soybeans complete protein in, 75

Relaxation, 159, 164, 168 Rest, 159, 164 Restlessness, 36

sprouts, 82, 152 Spiritual perfection,

how

Rice, polished, 55

molybdenum in, 83 Ringsdorf, Dr. W. M., 56 Roberts, Dr. Sam J., 14, 62

Roughage, Royal

Salt,

jelly,

in grains,

to

make, 152

phytin and, 87 Staggering, 36 Starches, refined, 55

foods low

in, 1

16

Stress 13, 14,

31

83

70

63

for, 64 potassium loss and, 64 which is best, 64 Salzer, Dr. Harry M., 35, 36, 39 Saturated fats, 92 Sea salt, 64, 114, 151 Sea water, 105, 106 Schachter, Dr. Michael B., 140, 141 Schizophrenia, 34, 35, 39 excess protein and, 76

craving

168-169

Sprouts, 81-82, 110, 114

fever, 145

Rodale, J. I., 56, 166 Rose, Dr. W. C, 74 Ross, Dr. Harvey M.,

102, 107

Soft drinks, 29, 56

foods, 86-88

Rheumatic

of,

alcohol and, 159 B-vitamins and, 82, 98 emotional, 24, 29

environmental, 159, 165 hypoglycemia and, 140 pantothenic acid and, 119 potassium loss and, 121 String beans, 90 Subconscious mind, 167 Sucrose, 27 Sugar, 55-59

consumption

in U.S., 22, 55 different forms of, 27

excess and hypoglycemia, 55—59 excess in diet, 23, 34, 55 in foods and drinks, 24, 56 in fruits, in juices,

24 25

189

190

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and, 61 metabolism and, 25, 55 nutrition in, 57-58

u

"lift"

prohibited in Airola Diet, 79 refined, 23, 55

Sugar metabolism, 21 B-vitamins and, 82, 119

derangement as a fuel,

in,

67

22

genetics and, 25 magnesium and, 120 Suicidal tendency, 33, 36 Sun, 164, 165 Sunflower seeds complete proteins in, 75 danger of rancidity, 84

Supplements

for

hypoglycemia, 118,

135, 140, 143, 147

dosages for adults and children, 122 healing and, 160 how to take, 122 medical history and, 118 where to get, 123 Sweating, 36, 138 Sweets craving for, 37, 60, 61, 138, 144 Symptoms of hypoglycemia, 20, 31, 32, 36 how to recognize, 38 in diagnoses, 41 elimination

60

of,

Tachycardia, 36 Temper, bad, 37 Tensions, 159, 166

Thyroid gland, 28 hormonal imbalance, 29 hypothyroidism, 142 Tobacco as cause of hypoglycemia, 29 blood sugar and, 62 craving for, 62 Tomatoes, 155 Tooth decay, 55 excess meat and, 76 Tortillas, 76 Trace elements, in brewer's yeast, 98 dosages, 121 in grains,

82

natural source, 122

Trembling hands, Tremors, 32, 36

61, 138

Ulcers, 166

Un-coordination, 37 Unsaturated fatty acids, 92 in grains, 82 arachidonic, 97 Urinalysis, 38, 42, 43 Urticaria (hives), chronic, 39

V Vegetable juices, 25, 149, 153 Vegetable oils, 92, 95, 113 best oils, 96-97 fi-ying and cooking in, 97 in green juice, 149 rancidity and, 96 vitamin E and, 96 with cereals, 151 Vegetables, 81, 88-89, A30 green, 70 low in starches, 116 minerals in, 89 protein in green leafy, 75, 89 toxins in, 86, 88 Vertigo, 36 Vilcabamba, 22 Vision, blurred, 36 Vitamin A dosage, 121 Vitamin B-complex, 69, 119 dosages, 119 importance for hypoglycemic, 82 natural sources of, 69-70, 82 removed in processing of grains, 69 Vitamin B, in brewer's yeast, 98 Vitamin B3 (niacin) deficiency caused by excess protein, 76 Vitamin Bg in brewer's yeast, 98 deficiency caused by excess protein, 76 dosages, 119 Vitamin B,2 in brewer's yeast, 98, 120 dosage, 120 Vitamin C bioflavonoids and, 119 dosage, 118 lost in cooking, 85 smoking and deficiency of, 63 tolerance to sugar and, 69, 118 Vitamin D dosage, 121 function

of,

165

INDEX

sun and, 165 Vitamin E, 70, 120 deficiency, 120 dosage, 120 function of, 120

Wholistic view of health, 158 Wine, 33 Worries, constant, 37, 159, 166, 168

in grains, seeds, and nuts, 82 selenium and, 98

tolerance to, 98, 120 Vitamins, synthetic, 119

Yams, 89 Yawning, 37 Yeast, live, 100 Yoga, 162-163

w

Yogurt, 92, 99, 116, 151

homemade, 153 Yucatan Indians, 22 Yudkin, Dr. John, 56

Walking, 163 Water, 104, 159

chromium

105 122 inorganic minerals Wheat bran, 70 Wheat genn, 70, 151 allerg>' to, 85 in,

distilled, 105,

in,

Wheat

common

allergen, 85

sprouts, 82 Weakness, 32

Weller, Dr.

C, 39

104-105

Zinc, 68, 98 natural sources phytin and, 87

of,

69, 85

supplementary dose zinc and healing, 68 Zucchini, 113

of,

69

191

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