Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. This leads to elevated levels of glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia).
Type 1 diabetes (previously known as insulin-dependent or childhood-onset diabetes) is characterized by a lack of insulin production.
Type 1 diabetes is considered an auto-immune illness, and the medical community is still unclear about what causes it. A predominant view among some commentators is that the causes are genetically related.
Personally, I am very wary about going along with the current trend of labeling illnesses as “genetically linked”: many of these health problems, very common during the past decade or so, were relatively infrequent 30 or 40 years ago. My view is that some of the factors contributing to the rise in prevalence of type 1 diabetes include lifestyle changes and changes in levels of physical activity for modern people compared to their parents and grandparents.
It is pretty obvious that the parents’ health at conception has a direct impact on the sperm of the father’s sperm and the mother’s ovum. Because of increasing levels of environmental toxicity during recent decades the human endocrine system has been heavily compromised, and we have seen a big impact on fertility levels during the past 20 years. The functioning of the pancreas, an integral part of the endocrine system, has also been affected, and this fact needs to be addressed when analyzing the exponential growth of type 1 diabetes in children and young people if we are truly serious about looking at causative factors, rather than the knee-jerk response of blaming genetics.
Type 2 diabetes (formerly called non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes) is caused by the body’s ineffective use of insulin. It is often linked to excess body weight and physical inactivity.
Dietary habits along with lack of physical activity are the predominant causes of this type of diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is hyperglycemia that is first recognized during pregnancy. I believe that this type of diabetes has a similar development profile to type 1 diabetes.
The commonly held view is that once you get diabetes, you will need to take certain medications for the rest of your life to stabilize blood sugar levels, as it is not possible to restore the pancreas to its original condition.
I beg to differ. In fact I would go further and say that I have had the experience, while working as a health and nutritional consultant in Trinidad and Tobago, that many of my diabetic clients totally recovered the full functioning of their pancreas when following strict dietary guidelines. In numerous cases, this happened within 3 months.
There are also many case histories within Young Living where people suffering from diabetes also had a full recovery, with medication no longer required, after using certain products within the Young Living range.
One important note: when people are suffering from diabetes, certain behavioral characteristics begin to develop. This profile in extremely consistent, and needs to be taken into account when attempting to support diabetic people in the direction of health recovery.
1. Lack of gratitude. There is always that feeling that whatever is being done, however good it is, is not sufficient. This response can occur in many circumstances and situations in their lives. Being understanding and compassionate is the skillful way to handle this, rather than taking it personally, even if it is addressed to you personally that you are not doing enough for the person.
2. Laziness. The drive to do things is generally not present. Having said that, if the diabetic person can be motivated to be physically active on a regular basis, this will aid their recovery and support personality responses that are less driven from their disturbing emotional patterns.
3. Mid mornings tend to be a low energy time for diabetics, as well as the period following a meal. It is most helpful for them to pace themselves so as not to feel frustrated by depleted energy levels at these times.
4. Stubbornness. There is often a response of holding very fixed views about many things, even in the face of evidence to the contrary. Again, patience is needed in handling these mental and emotional responses, as it is often present in such cases.
What makes a difference?
I have observed over the years two specific activities that have a big impact on the behavioral responses of diabetics.
One is doing voluntary work for a group or a person suffering from some disability. This should be done on a regular basis, at least once a fortnight. This will create a major shift in outlook and attitude in dealing with the diabetic person’s blood sugar imbalances, and the way in which it impacts on their mental and emotional state.
The other is doing daily exercise which has a cardiovascular impact. Keeping the exercise period to between 15-30 minutes seems to work best for most people.
What Oils and Young Living Products make a difference?
Ocotea is a must. This South American oil is profoundly effective in supporting the pancreas to maintain stable blood sugar levels. It is wonderful to have some drops of Ocotea in boiled water which is poured back and forth a few times from one cup to another and then sipped before a meal. One can also put some drops of Ocotea into a capsule and take it 5-10 minutes before a meal.
Then there is Ningxia Red. This product has been shown to have an enormously beneficial impact on the functioning of the pancreas, supporting vision and enhancing the functioning of the liver. Ningxia Red is of the best food supplements for neutralizing free radical activity in the body. Those of you who are looking for an anti-aging elixir, this is it. It contains 18 amino acids along with 21 trace minerals.
Omega Blue is a clinically proven dose of omega-3 (EPA, DHA) fats. Critical for heart, eye, brain, and joint health, Young Living’s® Omega Blue™ pure fish oil is free of heavy metals, PCBs and dioxins, and offers the benefits of Young Living’s Omega Enhance™essential oil blend to ensure freshness and stability. Omega Enhance combines blue chamomile and myrrh oils to support a healthy inflammatory response, lemongrass oil to provide cardiovascular protection and support healthy cholesterol levels, and clove and myrrh for added antioxidant support.
Taking 1 capsule twice per day after meals can be very supportive.
This will do wonders for your digestive system. Remember that in the Oriental model, the pancreas is linked with the stomach and the spleen as the organs connected to the element of Earth. When you take things that support the functioning of the stomach, this in turns supports the function of the pancreas.