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Licking Sweet Death

Licking Sweet Death
Janet Lewis: Hello and welcome to this week’s show, I’m Janet Lewis …
Dr. Lewis: … And I’m Dr. Lewis.
Janet Lewis: … And we are Doctor’s Nutrition of Texas, and we welcome you to this week’s show where we have a very special edition called “Licking Sweet Death.” We are going to be doing a few shows in our series on diabetes, since it seems to be a big, rampant epidemic.
Dr. Lewis: Are you being a pun intended on big?
Janet Lewis: Oh, no, it just so happens they turn to be bigger when they have diabetes for some reason, so this will actually address weight loss also, right? Yes. Yes, it will.
Dr. Lewis: Absolutely.
Janet Lewis: We are on your podcast station, Nutritional Solutions, for your common health issues and our website is A Cut Above Naturals, with an “s” on the end, dot com. Please go there and take a look around and you will see our health survey and many interesting blog posts and all kind of information that Dr. Lewis has put on the sight, as well as many of our products, so we’re going to get right into the show today and we’re going to discuss what we can do about diabetes. If you’ve been sentenced with that as a diagnosis, you know there may be something you can do unless you are a type 1 diabetic. Then you are kind of sentenced to that, but if you are type 2, there’s actually some good news and hope for you, so let’s see what Dr. Lewis has to say.
Dr. Lewis: Let me back up a little bit. Type 1 is a whole different ball of wax there, but this very morning I had a lady in here that’s type 1 diabetic and she does not have any excuses. The people that get well are the ones that ask, “What else can I do? How can I maximize and optimize my health?” The people that lose are the ones that say, “When can I get off this stuff?” It really agitates me because I hate seeing people live an unfulfilled life, and this particular type 1 diabetic, she’s 60 years old and she literally looks 40 because she doesn’t have excuses, and we went over her lab and she’s one of these special people. She actually understands the value of what she’s getting here.
Her and her husband, who’s another type of doctor, spend a lot of money here on supplements and they both look many, many years younger than what they are and they have the energy to prove it, and the mental clarity and the lack of diabetes, except hers is type 1, although her A1C is better than most type 2 diabetics, so you can do something about it. You can change, you just have to make up your mind to have reasons to get well rather than excuses to stay where you are, so I’m going to throw out a lot of tidbits. Janet, as usual, is going to be a lot more organized because I’m just all over the place.
Janet Lewis: I do have a question when you’re mentioning the lab, which is something that we do here for people that don’t know what we do. We do run low cost labs so that we’re not guessing at what’s wrong. What we’ve noticed is people will send us their labs from all over the United States and let us evaluate them, and I’ve noticed on their … They run glucose, most of the time, not a 3-month blood sugar, and most of them are on the higher end, and they’ve never even been told that they may be diabetic, and as America gets sicker and fatter as a nation, they’re making those values be higher where you’re getting by, so to speak. Not really, but they’re letting you by with almost being a diabetic and you don’t even realize you are, and when we run the 3-month blood sugar, many times we find you actually are a diabetic. That blood sugar should be about 70, is what it should be on the glucose, and they actually have them at 90 and 95 and never say a word to anybody about that being high, so that’s something you need to check out, that you actually could be one if you haven’t been diagnosed with it.
Dr. Lewis: You might be a redneck if? I don’t really like glucose because it’s so variable, because one time Janet and I didn’t feel good and we thought, on a whim, we’d just go get our lab done because we were just tooling around, didn’t have much to do, and we were in the middle of an Icee full of high fructose corn syrup, and folks, you’re going to hear me preach bad against that stuff, but the lab guy says, “I’m not going draw it because it’s going to mess up your A1C.” A1C, Janet says, is a 3-month blood sugar. It goes between 90 and 120 days. It’s Glycosylated hemoglobin, which is a much more accurate way of testing what your glucose is, and I told the guy, I said, “It’s not going to mess up our A1C. I’m the doctor, I’m the ordering physician, I’m the patient, and I’m the one paying the bill. Please just draw it. I’ll take care of it,” and he got really, really snotty, which I didn’t understand. We were in the middle of an Icee, and even in the middle of an Icee, our blood sugar was about 85, which kind of blew my mind, but the A1C’s will reveal it, and we also run insulin.
Now, insulin on those labs will … The reference range will be a 2 point something to a 19.6. Folks, if it gets to a 10, you’ve got a problem, which is insulin resistance, and if you have insulin resistance, you also have leptin resistance, and it does not shut off a hormone called ghrelin, which is the hormone that makes you feel like you’re satisfied and no longer hungry. Fructose is by the far the worst offender, and keep in mind, table sugar is half glucose and half fructose, and keep in mind, if you have high blood sugar, you really do not need to consume fruit, because fruit is sweeter than it used to be, and please don’t be like the lady that was here a month or 2 ago, and I said, “Well, your blood sugar is higher,” and she is getting larger and larger and sicker and sicker every time I see her, and she’s quite a bit younger than me, and I said, “Well, your A1C is this, and you need to get it down,” and she bowed up her fist and said, “I eat a good diet,” with that kind of attitude.
I said, “Okay, tell me what you eat.” I’m trying to calm her down with my voice, and it was a lot of fruit, and I said, “Well, when your blood sugar’s that high, you need to abstain from eating fruit mostly.”
Janet Lewis: We always tell people cantaloupe and strawberries if they’re going to do it, and that’s not do it all the time.
Dr. Lewis: Right, and she balled up her fists and leaned in and says, “This is going south really quickly.” She had her fists clenched. “I don’t believe fruit is bad because God made it,” and of course now me being the really sweet Christian, which is sometimes tough for me, but … I said, “Well, God made arsenic, cyanide, uranium and tapeworms, but you don’t want them in your body, and you don’t want fruit in your body either,” and of course this conversation went south really fast after that. Even though I said it in a very laid back manner, she just didn’t believe me, and it’s like, “Well, you’re the one that’s put on 75 pounds since you started your program because you think supplements are just cart blanche to eat anything and everything and as much as you want,” and that’s not true either, because some people …
It’s like, “Well, I’m on your stuff and I haven’t lost any weight.” Well good Lord, it’s been 3 weeks. Have you changed your diet? “No.” Then I get emails from other people that says, “God, I’ve been on your stuff and I have more energy and I feel better and I sleep better and I’ve lost 20 pounds in 3 weeks to 3 months.” Everybody has a different experience, and the reason is, is because we have a lot of different abilities to express the capabilities of your genes, and I’m not talking about a j-e-a-n-s. I’m talking about g-e-n-e-s, and we have people that store fat and these are the ones that have trouble losing weight, because over a period of many, many hundreds or thousands of years, your genes have adapted to whatever you put in your body. It turns it into fat, and those are the ones that create carbohydrates. There’s other facets to that too, but you can influence genetic expression, and a good diet eventually can trump obesity genes.
Janet Lewis: You talk about fruit not having fruit all the time. There’s a reason it was called seasonal, correct?
Dr. Lewis: That’s a really good point, folks. Janet’s the one that thought that out. It’s like, “Oh, it was seasonal.” When the pears came in, we ate pears, but that wasn’t all year long. Watermelon, you know I’m a big watermelon freak, even though I don’t need it for my high blood sugar. Janet won’t hardly eat watermelon. She’ll eat cantaloupe, but, yeah, Janet’s pretty brilliant. She lets me do all the talking, but one of these days we’re going to see something that says, “Oh, your genetics are causing you to be … Over shop, like you’re a clutter bug.” I don’t believe that, but some of these genes, they contribute to insulin resistance. They also talk about the ability to pump zinc into the pancreatic cells that maximize their insulin producing action, and these same genes, they link them to cancer if they’re not working correctly, and heavy metals block zinc. Wrong probiotics in your GI tract block zinc.
You can tell when a person has impaired immune function because their alkaline phosphatase, their enzyme that reflects gut function, is low, and if you put enough zinc in there, then these people begin to have a higher ability to get their immune system up, and it helps with insulin resistance, but folks, the number 1 missing mineral in insulin resistance is …
Janet Lewis: Chromium. You guys, take a note of that because in our next newsletter that’s actually going to be the question that we’re going to ask, is, in insulin resistance, what’s the most important missing mineral? For you guys listening, you’ll have a chance to win a bottle of chromium to help you with your blood sugar and help keep cravings low and help you lose weight. It’s a side effect of it, so it’s great. It just keeps your sugar from spiking and nicking the arteries.
Dr. Lewis: Nicking the arteries. You’re absolutely right and that’s why we check to see react to protein because if your inflammation level is high, it doesn’t really matter as much if your cholesterol is high or low. If you have high C reactor protein and you have the nicking in the arteries because of the high blood sugar, the body in its infinite wisdom says, “Whoo, I need a Band-Aid. Bam, I’m going to stick cholesterol there and call it a Band-Aid,” so cholesterol’s not the bad guy, and guess why many of us have high cholesterol. Because we have high sugar, high carbohydrates, that turn to sugar, and we get resistant to insulin.
Janet Lewis: Right, we always tell people it’s like a roll of barbed wire rolling through the arteries and nicking them when your sugar spikes, and chromium helps to keep that from happening.
Dr. Lewis: Yeah. That’s why I say the paleo primal, those diets, are generally a lot better. That helps with that so-called thrifty gene, the one that takes all these carbohydrates, which would be the wheat, hops, barley, rye and turns them to sugar, so you might consider the paleo primal. That’s generally right for the majority of Americans. Not always, but very possibly.
Janet Lewis: Did you realize that the diabetes statistics, the increase in diabetes cases, has increased more than 700 percent in the last 50 years?
Dr. Lewis: “Oh no, it’s not our fault, Janet.”
Janet Lewis: At least 29 million Americans are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and another 86 million are pre-diabetic.
Dr. Lewis: Pre-diabetic. That means when your A1C gets up to 5.7.
Janet Lewis: Oh no, not anymore. I actually heard yesterday that there was a girl who went to her doctor and because of the new, wonderful care that we get through our healthcare system …
Dr. Lewis: Well, somebody voted for it.
Janet Lewis: Yes. This girl’s A1C, which is a 3-month blood sugar, we’re telling you your sugar’s getting high at a 5.7. 5.8, you need to really start doing something about it. This girl had a 6.4, and at a 6.4, on our lab, you’re a diabetic. Full-blown.
Dr. Lewis: Well, they’re saying, really, a 6.5
Janet Lewis: Oh no, no, no, no. This doctor told her that, “Don’t you worry about a thing until it is a 7.0, and then we’ll take a look at it and see what’s going on,” and she said, “What does that mean, take a look at it?” He said, “Oh, we’ll just keep monitoring you to see what happens until it gets to be a 7.0.”
Dr. Lewis: I don’t want to pay somebody to watch it. I want to pay somebody to get up off his dead, fat butt and do something about it.
Janet Lewis: There’s so much more of that going on now. We hear that more and more all the time …
Dr. Lewis: He calls it Obamacare. Yeah, I mean, I love our medical doctors, but once upon a time, not too many years ago, a diabetic was a 6.0 in your A1C. Then it was raised to a 7, and so between a 6 and a 7, that would exclude many, many 10’s of millions of people from needing care, so the insurance companies were happy, happy, happy, I’m assuming. That’s an assumption, and then there wasn’t as many drugs sold, and so they said, “Well, 7’s too high. Let’s make diabetes a 6.5 and therefore, oh, well, we get to sell drugs too,” and that’s an assumption on my part. I could be totally wrong. I’m wrong all the time, but there’s so many different things.
We don’t need enough fiber in America and if you eat more fiber, then that’s going to help slow down the spike of glucose and the insulin resistance, and you need to eat 50 grams of fiber a day. I don’t know anybody that does that unless you’re Euell Gibbons chewing on pine cones.
Janet Lewis: They also say that juvenile diabetes is up and non-Hispanic white youths, age 10 to 14, is risen 24 percent with the past few decades, but what was even more significant is that for black children they’ve gone up 200 percent, and why is it that it’s going up higher for them?
Dr. Lewis: Well, I think there is a cultural difference in diet and lower vitamin D, and all of us are pretty low, but the darker the skin, the less vitamin D that you can convert from sunlight, and vitamin D, you hear me harp on that a lot. You need to optimize that, and optimal is 50 to 70, and you just almost always have to supplement, unless you have time to lay out in the sun. I’ve only seen that happen 1 time where just the sun did it, so there’s a lot of things that contribute to diabetes, and when we talk about diabetes, pre-diabetic, we’re talking about obesity and insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. It does not matter what label you put on it, folks. You can do something about it.
Here’s something you should think about. Too much sugar, and that can be carbohydrates, too, that turn to sugar, means you eat fewer vegetables, which means you get less zinc, which means you have poor taste because you need zinc for taste buds … You need it for testosterone and prostate, too, men, but if you have less zinc, you have poor taste. It messes up your taste buds, and then you crave more sugar, and that gets to be a very big, vicious cycle. That was in Journal of the Nutrition many, many years ago, and I still remember it, so …
Janet Lewis: That was interesting because a lot of people will say, “I don’t eat sugar. I’m not having sugar,” when you tell them their blood sugar is high.
Dr. Lewis: They all tell me that.
Janet Lewis: It’s about eating pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, the grains.
Dr. Lewis: Folks, I hear, all day long, “But I eat good!” Well, quit putting gravy on your chicken fried steak and slopping it up with biscuits, grain, and I don’t mean to be facetious, but we’re about to go on vacation so I’m getting kind of giddy. It’s long overdue, so … I’m not going to eat incorrectly, folks, that is a lie. You know, I love my coffee and you all know that I do, but coffee stimulates adrenaline release from the adrenal glands, and that increases insulin resistance. That stinks, because that’s from Journal of Diabetes care.
Janet Lewis: It sure does. I do want to commend one of our patients out there. I want to commend a lot of our patients out there. They do a great job, but this particular one, you talk about people that don’t give things enough time to work, and doing something different. Robert is in Dr. Lewis’s shooting straight, closed Facebook group, and if you want to be a part of that, just shoot us an email …
Dr. Lewis: Robert said he’s like a stray cat. Just won’t go away. I love what you’re putting on there, Robert. Thank you.
Janet Lewis: Right, just shoot us an email and we can add you to the group, and also if you’re one of our patients, just give us a call and we can add you that way also, but Robert has made a 360 degree turn. He is cooking and he’s making these homemade recipes and he’s taking pictures and he’s putting them on the Facebook group and he’s exercising and he’s having great results, because he’s taking charge and control of his health. It wasn’t just about getting supplements. It was about getting the knowledge from Dr. Lewis when he did the low cost lab work and then taking it and turning it into something for his health, so I just want to commend the people that … And there’s more Roberts out there that are doing the same thing. It’s a great thing that you all are doing is you’re learning and you’re changing what’s going on.
Dr. Lewis: Let me throw in my 2 cents worth here. Yes, you’re learning and knowledge is good, but there’s a whole lot of people out there that they just listen and don’t do anything because the Bible says faith without works is dead, and then Joe from Ypsilanti, Michigan. He’s so sweet when I talk to him. The peace of God just envelopes me because he is so peaceful. He went on Google, whatever the heck that is …
Janet Lewis: It’s a search engine.
Dr. Lewis: … And gave us a 5-star review, and Joe, hey, I’m getting referrals that you don’t even know just because you gave us a 5-star review, and then my friend Debbie from Midland, she loves it when I talk about licking the salt off a margarita, she just sent her sister in which is almost local. Her sister lives down in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Janet Lewis: Well, doesn’t even matter if you’re local. You can be anywhere. You can be all across the United States. We do this low cost, anywhere that there’s a … We send you to your lab local to you.
Dr. Lewis: But you know who gets well, the ones that … Joyce Meyer says it real, real well. She says, “If you praise, you will be raised. If you complain, you will remain.” It’s not just your knowledge, folks. It’s your spiritual and mental attitude and expectations, so when you reach out, like Joe did, to give us a 5-star review, or Robert on Shooting Straight, you’re helping other people. If you raise other people, like Debbie sending in her sister, and her sister said, “Well, if my little sister said to do it and she feels so much better, I think I should listen to my little sister,” and I said, “Well yeah, she’s young and good looking. She’s bound to have something going on,” so, folks, if you raise other people, if you encourage them …
I’m getting a messenger from a guy in California saying his friend needs it. Folks, it’s all about attitude. We live in a tense world. Get out there and hug somebody. Whisper in their ear and tell them that you care about them, and tell them what the answers are to feel better physically, so that you can feel better mentally, so that you can encourage other people spiritually. Folks, that’s how you can raise yourself out of diabetes, and we call this “Licking Sweet Death.” I wish you’d just go buy the book called “Licking Sweet Death” by Dr. Hugo Rodier. He’s an incredible man. We met him about 2003, I think it was, in Nashville. That is one of the best books you can ever get if you have insulin resistance metabolic syndrome diabetes, and he will tell you all about this, folks, so thank you for raising us up to help other people. Thank you for referring people in, because the ones that do that are the ones that spiritually get rewarded for the good seeds that they plant.
Janet Lewis: Right.
Dr. Lewis: I’m on a rant, so I quit.
Janet Lewis: Well, I want to educate some of the people that maybe don’t have lab and they don’t really know whether they are diabetic or maybe have the tendencies toward it. There’s a few things that are often overlooked and it’s completely preventable. If you’ve been diagnosed and you have been told you’re a type 2 diabetic and you’re on their medication, all the medications that they give you, we have literally seen people start doing what we tell them to do with diet and taking some of our products, because we’ve done the lab, and we have reversed themselves out of being a diabetic.
We never take them off their medicine, but it becomes too strong for them, and they don’t need as much medicine, is what they did, and they keep backing their way off of it until they don’t need it anymore, and then they’ve learned to eat correctly and they can take natural supplements, and suddenly they’re not a diabetic anymore, so don’t take that as something that you’ve got to wear around for the rest of your life, that you’re a diabetic, but there are some of the signs that you may be a diabetic, are things like excessive thirst.
Dr. Lewis: For water, folks, not for that bad coffee that I incriminated myself on.
Janet Lewis: If you hate water, that needs to be your key sign that you are very sick and need help, because your body is made up of 80 percent water and if you don’t crave it, there is a problem. Another thing, nausea and possible vomiting is actually a sign that you might be a diabetic.
Dr. Lewis: Or drank too much whiskey the night before. I’m not sure.
Janet Lewis: Yeah, we’re leaving whiskey out. Increased fatigue. You’re overly tired, which, that’s a sad, sad tired. You get enough sleep but you get up and you’re still tired. Blurry vision, so, if lasics didn’t do it or you, and glasses, there may be another reason.
Dr. Lewis: Because as that sugar nicks the capillaries, the first things to go are eyes and kidneys, and that’s why so many diabetics lose their vision at a very highly increased rate, which is sad.
Janet Lewis: Extreme hunger, even after you’ve eaten. Like you still feel like you just have a gnawing there that you’re still hungry and you know you shouldn’t be.
Dr. Lewis: You know, that’s a good point, because sugar, in a bad way, influences the bad bugs to grow in your intestines. That’s why probiotics are very important, because if you have the wrong probiotics, or wrong bacteria, because of the excessive long term eating too much sugar, that slows that down and they utilize the zinc, which is what I talked about, so, yeah, if you’re hungry all the time, you might be a redneck.
Janet Lewis: What about irritability? I don’t know anyone that’s ever irritable in our office, but if you know someone that is easily irritated, they could be diabetic.
Dr. Lewis: I’m glad this is auditory, because Janet just gave me the stink eye. I got the look, fellas. Have you ever gotten the look?
Janet Lewis: Slow healing of wounds.
Dr. Lewis: Yep.
Janet Lewis: If your sores don’t heal up like they used to, that’s a sign that you could be diabetic.
Dr. Lewis: Or maybe you’ve got an irritable husband, I’m not sure.
Janet Lewis: Frequent infections, like skin, urinary and vaginal, for women.
Dr. Lewis: Because you’re feeding yeast, amongst other things.
Janet Lewis: Then numbness or tingling in your hands or feet.
Dr. Lewis: Well, you know, back when I practiced chiropractic like crazy, people would come in and said, “My hands are numb.” I said, “Hands, as in plural?” They said, “Yeah.” I said, “Well, that’s not a pinched nerve. It’s probably diabetic neuropathy,” so you can decrease your diabetes or reverse it. You can treat it medically. You can take a lot alpha lipoic acid or R-lipoic acid, and I always put them on chromium. That’s the magic word, folks.
Janet Lewis: You always think of diabetes as being overweight, but actually there are very thin people. There are people who lost a lot of weight that are a diabetic, so don’t think it’s just pertaining to people that are bigger. You can actually be thin and be diabetic.
Dr. Lewis: Think about this. I want to give you something to think about. We’re talking about sugar, carbohydrates. Think about an acidic diet, and there’s people that don’t understand, “Cancer can’t live in an alkaline body.” No, that’s totally misstated, but think about an acidic diet. High sugar, too much meat, sodas. Remember the fructose. That actually causes calcium to go from the bones to the pancreas. This triggers osteoporosis, but it jams up the pancreas, which produces less insulin. Vicious cycle, folks.
Janet Lewis: We always talk about Allzyme as probably our number 1 selling product in here for digestion.
Dr. Lewis: Yeah.
Janet Lewis: That’s where a lot of it starts, is poor digestion, and then you don’t get it into the cells.
Dr. Lewis: Because the answer is in the gut.
Janet Lewis: Well, right, so we’re trying to link all this together and that’s why we always tell you, lab, because we see how this all makes a big picture. You guys are beginning to see the big picture too.
Dr. Lewis: If it’s a baseball question, the answer’s always Babe Ruth, too.
Janet Lewis: Oh, okay.
Dr. Lewis: Trivial pursuit.
Janet Lewis: Anyway, then the thyroid is the other part of that, because the thyroid controls digestion, and sluggish digestion, so if your thyroid’s not optimal, and you’re trying to eat right, it still won’t matter because you still won’t wind up having insulin resistance because of sluggish digestion, so it all kind of is just a big thing that all has to be fixed, and people say, “Well, what product’s the number 1 product on my sheet you’d recommend out of what we’ve given someone,” and it’s very hard for us to go, “Oh, it’s that one,” because they all are working together, and that’s why we sometimes struggle to say, “Well, just pick one,” because you really can’t. Like they tell you in the commercial, “One vitamin can take care of everything.” That’s not true. That is not going to happen.
Dr. Lewis: Yeah, men, one kiss is all you’ll ever need.
Janet Lewis: I’m glad how this always goes back to something different.
Dr. Lewis: Diabetes also affects the mind and the brain because we hear a lot of people on their health surveys, they say, “Stress, anxiety, depression,” and I hear brain fog, brain fog, brain fog. What happens is diabetes is an inflammatory disease, and then the lack of proper glucose processing affects the brain. That can impair your driving. Women, don’t, don’t, uh-huh, don’t say anything about the man’s driving, but the poor balance of sugar in the brain actually compromises performance in normal people and it also compromises performance in the bedroom because that vascular problem leads to E.D., erectile dysfunction.
Janet Lewis: One thing women don’t have, thank goodness, because we’ve got a host of others. Go right ahead.
Dr. Lewis: I’m speechless.
Janet Lewis: Never known you to be speechless.
Dr. Lewis: Well, I’ve been whipped.
Janet Lewis: Well, we …
Dr. Lewis: The other brain. Okay, how about it affects the way your brain works, so sugar is not good for you.
Janet Lewis: Right, so we hope that you have learned something today about diabetes and maybe you know someone that has some of these issues, or you’re going through it yourself. Please pass this show on to someone else. Don’t keep us a secret, because we don’t like being a secret. We like your friends and family to all know about what we do here. Like I said, go on our website,, and check out our products. There’s a health survey on there. There’s a way to order Dr. Lewis’s thyroid sniper book that was a number 1 bestseller on Amazon, where he discusses some of this and how it all correlates if you haven’t had a chance to read that yet, and we will be back with you next time on the Doctor’s Nutrition show, and if you’re on our site, sign up for the email newsletter, because you want to get a chance to win the bottle of vitamins that we talked about earlier in the show. We hope you guys have a very blessed week and we will see you right here, next time, on the Doctor’s Nutrition show. Thank you.
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