Unprecedented numbers of "mental tests" are enveloping us from all sides. We are witnessing an ever increasing rise in the break up of families and of spouse and child abuse; more and more children are becoming hyperactive and unruly; crime rates soar. The work place is fraught with tension, competition, backbiting, and arguments; anger is escalating; teenage suicide rates are rising. Disunity is raising its ugly head even in many churches. And what is causing these problems?
"There are all degrees of illness possible with low blood sugar- mild, moderate, severe and fatal! And that's only the physical side. The mental upsets range from mild emotional problems through job loss, family fights, divorce and severe mental deterioration." (2) Dr. Harry M. Salzer of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine points out that “Hypoglycemia can mimic any neuro-psychiatric disorder. Patients with this syndrome have been incorrectly diagnosed as having such illnesses as schizophrenia, (bi-polar personality,) manic depressive psychosis and psychopathic personalities... Hypoglycemia may be the great imitator of today...Because of its ability to mimic both psychosis and neurosis, some physicians recommend that no psychiatric diagnosis be made until proper tests are run to rule out the presence of hypoglycemia as the cause." (2, p.21, 22)
I have been studying negative behavior and the "pattern abusive personality" for 50 years and in the course of my health studies, I am convinced that I've found the answers to this and related questions. I believe I've found the root causes and the remedies for this negativity and abusiveness, - the root causes of these "mental tests". The root causes in a major number of cases are physical, even though the major symptoms are emotional. A major root cause is low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia or hyperinsulinism.
Because so many doctors refuse to recognize this epidemic disease, I would like to share some quotes from the doctors that have recognized and researched this common ailment. "Dr. Atkins says that 'The commonest condition I am called on to treat in my practice of internal medicine is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).'
What is hypoglycemia?
"First of all, let's be clear on one major
point - hypoglycemia is not a "disease" in
that you either have it or don't, it is a
condition, and, in most cases, it is fully
What are the symptoms of
"Dr. Harry M. Salzer
of the University of
Cincinnati College of Medicine
...points out three major divisions of illness
that are related to hypoglycemia:"
2. NEUROLOGICAL symptoms could include "headaches, dizziness, trembling, numbness, blurred vision, staggering, fainting or blackouts and muscular twitching" (2), tremors, and neurodermatitis.
3. PHYSICAL symptoms could include
"exhaustion, fatigue, bloating, abdominal
spasms, muscle and joint pains, backaches,
muscle cramps, colitis and convulsions" (2,
p.21), Perspiring and chills,
"swollen feet, tightness in chest...pain in
various parts of the body (especially the
eyes)" can also manifest as symptoms, as well
as recurrent seizures and coma; mental
aberrations and optical troubles, such as
double vision" (2, p.21),
and digestive disturbances.
In many years of working closely every day with hypoglycemics and their families, I have noticed certain additional symptoms and behavioral characteristics that I would like to share to facilitate recognition of this disease. These symptoms can include many of the following: weakness and shakiness when hungry, inability to concentrate, mood swings, irrationality, hyperactivity, and as the disease progresses, - passing out, verbal abuse, sometimes even physical violence, and suicidal tendencies. During the periods of moodiness, the victim can be very stubborn and irrational, he may hear something entirely different than what has actually been said, and become very angry or hurt. He often totally distorts reality. He becomes very critical and judgmental of others, and may form a strong hatred for someone he's just met. He often projects his own faults on to others and falsely accuses them of his behavior and attitudes. He usually feels the need to prove some one wrong, and he must be right at all costs, even if it means the break up of a valued friendship or love. He often says nasty things to hurt people, and either is shocked and dismayed by his behavior, denies it totally, or attempts to justify his behavior by finding fault with his victim. The ego often grows out of control, and he develops a "me first, every thing for me regardless of the harm to others" attitude. He feels the need to hurt or put others down in order to feel better about himself. Unjustified anger and hatred, and malicious backbiting are common symptoms, and are contagious to others with this disease. When he verbally attacks another, witnesses who also have these diseases "jump on the band wagon" and add to the attack, creating what is termed "the mob mentality". Usually he hurts most those he loves the most, or those who have been kindest to him, - those he feels sure will not retaliate in kind. He often becomes extremely jealous and possessive of those he has formed attachments to, and this jealousy is toward any friend or acquaintance, regardless of age or gender. These personality traits are not manifested constantly, sometimes they appear in cycles often every three months or so. The majority of the time the person usually displays an extremely charming, friendly side of his personality, - an entertaining, calm, life-of-the-party personality, and is basically a very good person.
How does hypoglycemia affect the body?
"A drop in blood sugar causes the adrenal cortex to secrete its hormones to bring the level back to normal by breaking down some of the starch in the liver. If the blood sugar level falls low enough, the emergency part of the adrenal glands goes into action, and adrenalin enters the blood. This brings on the tachycardia or palpitations of the heart, flushing and convulsions. These symptoms are identical with the diabetic who has been overdosed with insulin, but in hyperinsulinism the offending agent is the patients own insulin." (3,p.78)
The responsibility of insulin is to decrease the blood sugar level when it is too high. An over- secretion of insulin brings the sugar level down too fast and too low. Excess insulin also robs glucose from the tissues, such as the brain, resulting in any of the numerous symptoms associated with hypoglycemia." (6)
Hypoglycemia puts all the "body's mechanisms under a severe stress... Mental confusion is a direct result of the brain's inability to run without sugar.... Hypoglycemia is often the final insult that wrecks a heart already burdened with hardened arteries. Some physicians have pointed out that heart attacks are most frequent four or five hours after eating heavy meals, and attribute these episodes to hypoglycemia... Marked obesity is apt to be the eventual result of this disease if it is allowed to persist. Profound brain damage is, unfortunately, an anticipated result when the disease has progressed long enough" (2, p.21).
"Because the major hypoglycemia symptoms are mental confusion, emotional instability, 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....J.I. Rodale believed that many accidents, family quarrels, suicides, and even crimes are committed by individuals when their sugar levels are pathologically low" (1, p.14, 15).
"Hypoglycemia mimics many diseases. Related disorders include allergies, asthma, hay fever, indigestion, obesity, nutritional deficiencies, malabsorption, colitis, constipation, and impaired memory. Abnormal protein and carbohydrate metabolism and poor adrenal function are part of hypoglycemia" (5, p.211). …Connections were made between ...migraine, hives or exema and low blood sugar. Respiratory, gastro-intestinal and genito-urinary disorders also can often be traced to this underlying bodily disorder." (2, p.21-22) (I suspect these illnesses are also caused by fungal infections, as the symptoms are the same, since fungus feeds on the sugar in the blood, thus lowering it.)
Hypoglycemia at its worst can result in what is known as insulin shock. "some...have died of shock. This condition would come about when an over dose of insulin was given or when a meal was unduly delayed. Another cause of insulin shock was exercise. It was said that a game of tennis or golf was equivalent, in effect, to 15 units of insulin...Insulin shock is ushered in with startling symptoms. The patient feels faint and hungry and soon experiences palpitations of the heart and a cold sweat. He complains of a severe headache and often 'sees double'...the patient begins to tremble, his gait is unsteady. Some victims exhibit a muttering delirium...In spite of feeling famished, a patient will occasionally be assailed with nausea and vomit the food he has taken to relieve his hunger. Eventually the victim of insulin shock goes into a deep stupor." (3, p.61, 62)
"Many physicians feel that hypoglycemia may be the prime causative factor in many of those addicted to alcohol...While it masks the symptoms, and gives temporary increased energy through direct metabolic action, it further lowers the body's stores of sugar and causes a worsening of the low blood sugar problems. Deaths have been reported from hypoglycemia in alcoholics." (2, p.41)
How is hypoglycemia diagnosed?
The GTT "may be influenced by the patient's previous eating. If he has been taking large amounts of fatty foods, the tolerance will tend to be low- the blood sugar level will tend to be higher. If he has been eating more of the carbohydrate foods, however, his tolerance will tend to be higher- the rise in blood sugar level will not be so great." (3) Normal blood sugar levels range from 80 - 120 mg of sugar per 100 cc of blood. "This sounds simple and direct, but a person can have the symptoms and the upset of hypoglycemia while having blood sugars within this normal range. ...A sudden drop in blood sugar down to a level of 80 milligrams percent can precipitate severe hypoglycemic symptoms in most people". (3, p.17, 18) "The attacks tend to occur if a meal is delayed or if any undue exertion depletes the store of sugar in the blood. Sometimes they will occur after an illness which subjects the body to unusually great wear." (3, p.79) It is important to be aware of the wide range and development of possible symptoms that could accompany this disease, even though only a few may actually be manifest in most people. "We know that the symptoms are due to the cell starvation resulting from a relatively low blood sugar. So, one may say, let's stuff ourselves with sugar. This will relieve an attack. But study of the Glucose Tolerance Test reveals that the net effect of taking sugar is a further drop in blood sugar" (3, p. 80).
What causes hypoglycemia?
* Pancreas – "The trouble lies in the oversensitive islands of Langerhans" in the pancreas. (3, p.80) The pancreas is "too sensitive. In response to the . metabolic demand, they secrete too much insulin. ...The net late result of eating a meal is a drop in blood sugar. The sufferer of this condition is always . hungry and no amount of eating will keep the level of his blood sugar where it belongs." (3, p.77) "Many doctors believe that hypoglycemia is due to . ‘insulin resistance’, which it shares with diabetes. As in diabetes, when a patient injects excess insulin, it causes the blood glucose concentrations to crash. . This happens in non-diabetic hypoglycemia when the body produces too much insulin called hyperinsulinism" (9).
* Adrenal -
"Poor adrenal function (is) part of
hypoglycemia. (5, p.211).
(caffeine) and cigarettes (nicotine) - and
allergens - stimulate adrenaline
production, which raise the blood sugar level
by converting glycogen back into glucose. This
provides a 'high' to hypoglycemics, who are
then often .
addicted to these substances. Food,
drug and allergy addiction - and even
hypoglycemia - over a long period of time may
cause adrenal exhaustion, as
the body has relied on adrenaline production
to raise the blood sugar level.
If the available glucose "is too inadequate,
any marginal physical or mental .
system may start to shut down. In addition,
the glandular imbalances that result, as the
glands struggle to regulate the sugar level,
cause their own symptoms - .
especially high adrenaline, which is usually
perceived as anxiety or panic, but, in some
cases, can lead to violence. (10).
There are several causes of hypoglycemia which stem the "typical American diet ...high in refined food, food chemically treated, over cooked, stripped of nutrients, sweetened and salted and altered in many ways" (4,p.167).
* Fried foods
are found in a typical diet and disrupt the
glandular system" (4,p.167).
"When a person has hypoglycemia it would seem
logical to feed him sugar to raise the blood
that doesn't happen. When sugar (or white
There have been many scientific studies done
on the relationship of diet to hypoglycemia,
several of which I feel are important to
"Several preliminary studies suggest that alcohol craving is associated with poor nutrition. Normals placed on a diet particularly high in raw foods began to spontaneously avoid alcohol (and tobacco), while chronic alcoholics placed on a nutritious diet along with a multivitamin supplement did far better at follow-up in abstaining from alcohol than did controls. Studies with rats have had similar results: In one study, a 'junk food' diet, especially when coffee was included, led to increased alcohol consumption. Other studies have found that the animals increased their alcohol consumption when they were made deficient in the vitamin B complex or zinc. Hypoglycemia may stimulate alcohol consumption, while alcohol consumption can induce hypoglycemia. (Register UD et al. Influence of nutrients on intake of alcohol. J Am Diet Assoc 61(2):159-62, 1972, http://www.healthy.net/library/books/werbach/part1/alcohol.htm)
What can be done to eliminate hypoglycemia?
I have worked with many victims of hypoglycemia who desire only one meal a day, usually in the evening, and use cigarettes, coffee, alcohol, and/or snack on soda pop and candy. In these cases, I've noticed that the emotional, mental and behavioral problems tend to be much more severe. But when the hypoglycemic begins to eat 4 to 6 small meals a day, the behavior and emotions improve considerably; and when he also takes the required nutritional supplements, he shows a much more rapid and extensive improvement, and eventually, after a few months of the proper diet and nutritional supplements, the pancreas heals itself and begins to function normally, thus eliminating the debilitating symptoms.
"The commonly recommended diet for hypoglycemia - high animal protein diet - is not advisable for this condition. Although it may help in controlling the condition, it is so harmful in many other aspects that using it would merely mean replacing one illness with a host of others. Continuous adherence to a high protein diet may lead to such serious conditions as kidney damage, heart disease, arthritis, cancer and even premature aging." (7)
"The best answer to effective control and remedy of hypoglycemia is the...high natural carbohydrate- low animal protein diet based on three basic food groups: grains, seeds and nuts; vegetables; and fruits...Cooked grains... digest very slowly and release sugars into the blood gradually during as much as 6 -8 hours after the meal, keeping the blood sugar level normal and constant for a long period of time." (7)
Over the past 25 years I have studied and worked with thousands people with hypoglycemia, as well as with the victims of their abuse. Years ago, during my study of iridology and nutritional counseling, I found specific remedies that nourish the body so it begins to function properly . Hypoglycemia can be controlled and eventually eliminated by a combination of diet and specific nutrients. If strictly adhered to, it can be totally eliminated in a period of approximately three months. Then the above mentioned symptoms are eliminated, and the person becomes happy, and easy to get along with. "In all diets, as in all life, moderation is the key word. But for the short-term diet it is not the key word. You must adhere to this diet very rigidly and not moderate it with your own desires at all. That's not too frightening when you realize you’re going to feel totally different at the end of the first week than you have for a long while" (2, p.43).
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