August 30th, 2016

The Conventional Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes: The Emperor has No Clothes!

Treatment of Type 2 DiabetesWe are nearing a tipping point in the realization that the over reliance on drug therapy in treating chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes is literally a dead end. A new study published by Mayo Clinic researchers finally states what has been demonstrated repeatedly in the medical literature, physicians have been sold a false bill of goods on the benefits of drugs like metformin in altering the course of diabetes. The researchers themselves concluded “despite guidelines that confidently recommend tight glucose control for preventing complications of type 2 diabetes, there is little evidence that this approach helps patients.” Wow, that is clearly setting the record straight to all doctors who have drank the Kool-Aid of what the drug companies have been selling them for years.

There are obvious reasons why the drugs don’t work, they are short-sighted money making fool’s gold. Yes, they can effectively improve the key numbers, but sometimes numbers do lie. The drug approach does not truly alter the progression of the disease and often puts people in their grave sooner than no treatment at all. Fortunately, there is a more rational and effective approach that not only achieves the real benefits of tight blood glucose control, but also can completely reverse type 2 diabetes.

Background Data:

Here is the absolute truth, while the drugs are quite effective in the short term, they create a false sense of security and ultimately fail by starting a vicious cycle where they are prescribed at higher dosages or in combination with other drugs, all of which leads to increased mortality. That is right; the long-term use of these drugs is actually associated with an earlier death compared to control groups with diabetes who were not being given the drugs.

The most widely prescribed of these drugs is metformin (Glucophage). Metformin is a drug with a profile that is generally more favorable than the other oral diabetes drugs for most type 2 diabetic requiring medication. However, it does have a lot of side effects, does not work at all in about 25 percent of cases, and it loses its effectiveness over time and is then combined with other drugs of questionable safety. For example, newer drugs like pioglitazone (Actose) and rosglitazone (Avandia) appear to be extremely dangerous. In addition, both Actose and Avandia are also associated with significant weight gain. How much sense does that make? Zero.

Most medical experts advocate the use of drugs as soon as possible to achieve as tight control over blood sugar as measured by glycosylated hemoglobin (A1C) and blood sugar measurements. However, some studies have shown tight glycemic control through drugs alone actually increases the risk of dying earlier. For example, in the ACCORD trial, all-cause mortality increased by 26% and the risk of cardiovascular mortality increased by 43% in those with the tightest blood sugar control. So, the problem is not the goal of tighter blood sugar control, the issue is attempting to achieve it with drugs instead of diet, lifestyle, and proper supplementation.

New Data:

Despite mounting contrary evidence , for decades now medical experts have been telling physicians that using drugs to tightly control blood sugar levels reduces the risk of developing the complications of diabetes as well as heart attacks and strokes. However, when Mayo researchers examined the actual scientific data from controlled clinical trials their conclusion was that the conventional wisdom did not match up with the reality of the results from these trials.

The researchers analyzed 16 guidelines from various organizations advising physicians on the treatment of type 2 diabetes along with 328 journal articles, 11 meta-analyses published from 2009 to 2014, and five randomized controlled trials along with their extension studies. Overall, they found the evidence showed no significant benefit of drug induced tight glucose control for the risk of dialysis, kidney transplant, renal death, blindness, or neuropathy. Nevertheless, 77% to 100% of published statements and 95% of the guidelines “unequivocally endorsed benefit” of using drugs to achieve tight glucose control for preventing microvascular complications. They also found no evidence for a significant effect of tight glucose control on all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, or stroke.

Commentary:

The bottom line is that there is a better approach to type 2 diabetes, tighter blood sugar control with a natural approach and even REVERSING IT! That is something that most medical doctors never convey to their patients. Yes, type 2 diabetes can not only be controlled extremely well through natural measures, but often completely reversed FOREVER. It requires a concerted effort of diet, lifestyle, and proper dietary supplementation tailored to an individual’s specific needs, but it truly is a completely reversible condition in almost every case. The natural approach to diabetes focuses on the following goals:

  • Provide optimal nutrient status.
  • Reduce after meal elevations in blood sugar levels.
  • Improve insulin function and sensitivity.
  • Eliminate compounds that disrupt blood sugar control.

Soon I will be unveiling a complete program that I will provide step-by-step guidelines to help you control blood sugar levels and even reverse type 2 diabetes. So, stay tuned!

Reference:

Rodríguez-Gutiérrez R, Montori VM. Glycemic Control for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Our Evolving Faith in the Face of Evidence. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2016 Aug 23. pii: CIRCOUTCOMES.116.002901. [Epub ahead of print]

Dr. Michael Murray
8/30/2016

August 23rd, 2016

Supplements: Choosing the Right Form for the Best Results

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Are you in “information overload” when it comes to choosing the right supplements?

If you are like most people, you have found a lot of contradicting information out there about supplements. Maybe you are wondering which form of selenium is truly effective in cutting your risk of cancer in half? Or what calcium supplement is best absorbed?

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August 17th, 2016

Another Nail in the Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Coffin: New Study Links its Use to Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity

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Another damning study indicates it is simply time to pull the plug on this outdated drug. The study just published in JAMA Pediatrics once again indicated that women who take acetaminophen during pregnancy are more likely to have a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The researchers also found that prenatal exposure to the medication was associated with a higher risk of having children who exhibit other emotional or behavioral symptoms.

Recent detailed analysis of clinical studies on acetaminophen (Tylenol) have concluded that this popular drug was ineffective for low back pain and provided no significant clinical relief of hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) pain, while quadrupling the risk for liver damage.

All together, the results from all of these analyses further calls into question whether this drug should still be on the over-the-counter market or at all.

Background Data:

Acetaminophen is the only remaining member of the class of drugs known as “aniline analgesics” that is still on the market, as the rest were discontinued long ago. Acetaminophen only blocks the feelings of pain and reduces fever, it exerts no significant anti-inflammatory or therapeutic action.

It is well-known that acetaminophen is very hard on the liver. About 40% of regular acetaminophen users show signs of liver damage. Acetaminophen reduces the liver’s store of the important detoxifying aid and antioxidant glutathione. When acetaminophen is combined with alcoholic drinks or other compounds toxic to the liver including other medications, its negative effects on the liver are multiplied. It should definitely not be used in anyone with impaired liver function and given the stress the liver experiences during pregnancy, it appears unwise to use it while carrying a child for both mother and the developing fetus.

Acetaminophen is often the drug of choice in children to relieve fever. However, use for fever in the first year of life is associated with an increase in the incidence of asthma and other allergic symptoms later in childhood. Asthma appears to be another disease process that is influenced greatly by antioxidant mechanisms. Acetaminophen severely depletes glutathione levels not only in the liver, but presumably other tissues as well, and should definitely not be used in people with asthma.

Each year acetaminophen causes over 100,000 calls to poison control centers; 50,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations, and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. In addition, regular use of acetaminophen is linked to a higher likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease, infertility, and hearing loss (especially in men under 50 years of age). Acetaminophen use during pregnancy has also been linked to the development of ADHD confirming animal studies showing acetaminophen use in pregnancy can disrupt normal brain development.

New Data:

To more closely assess the associations between maternal prenatal acetaminophen use and behavioral issues in their children, researchers in the United Kingdom collected and analyzed data 7,796 mothers along with their children. The data included acetaminophen use and behavioral assessment of the children were 7 years old. From this data the estimated risk ratios for behavioral problems in children after prenatal exposure to acetaminophen was determined.

The results showed that prenatal acetaminophen use at 18 and 32 weeks of pregnancy was associated with a 42% increased risk of the child having conduct problems and hyperactivity symptoms, while maternal acetaminophen use at 32 weeks was also associated with a 29% increased risk of the child having emotional symptoms and a 46% increase in total behavioral difficulties.

Obviously, the researchers concluded “Children exposed to acetaminophen prenatally are at increased risk of multiple behavioral difficulties, and the associations do not appear to be explained by unmeasured behavioral or social factors linked to acetaminophen use.”

Comment:

The results from this study and others are clear. Stay away from acetaminophen. Most people consider acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) as being an extremely safe pain reliever for both children and adults. The reality is that it can be extremely dangerous and causes significant side effects. The FDA has done a poor job alerting the public to the dangers of acetaminophen. In my opinion, it is a drug that serves no real medical purpose in the 21st century. Bottom line, it is time to pull it from the market.

As far as alternatives to acetaminophen during pregnancy, I would recommend ginger. Historically, the majority of complaints for which ginger (Zingiber officinale) was used concerned the gastrointestinal system as well as pain and inflammation. Several double-blind studies have shown ginger to yield positive results in a variety of gastrointestinal issues, especially those related to nausea and vomiting including severe morning sickness. In regards to pain and inflammation, dozens of clinical studies have supported this use with positive results in various forms of arthritis, chronic low back pain, muscle pain, and painful menstruation.

Ginger powder, ginger tea or a shot of fresh ginger juice added to any fresh fruit or vegetable juice is certainly a much better option to acetaminophen anytime, but especially during pregnancy.

My overall interpretation of the study is that depletion of glutathione caused by acetaminophen leaves cells, especially brain cells, susceptible to damage. I believe that future studies will not only show more evidence of a link to ADHD, but also autism as well. Glutathione is absolutely critical in protecting cellular function. Any factor that depletes glutathione is obviously going to alter proper development. In addition to acetaminophen, the following factors can deplete glutathione:

  • Alcohol
  • Pesticides, herbicides
  • Acetone, cleaning solvents, paint removers
  • Heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, copper, etc.)
  • X-rays, UV radiation, and electromagnetic fields (EMF)

To boost your glutathione level it is important to focus on a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables. Their rich source of antioxidant phytochemicals and nutrients spare the use of glutathione and help to keep cellular levels high.

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Dr. Michael Murray
8/17/2016