We’re looking at a lecture that Ron Rosedale, MD, gave back in 1999 about how excess insulin affects one’s health. This is an outstanding lecture and was first published on the internet by Dr. Joe Mercola back in 2005, and Dr. Mercola himself is one of the internet’s biggest spokespeople on managing one’s health through natural means.
Dr. Rosedale now has a site of his own and the lecture is published there as well, and this is one of the better talks there is out there on insulin, even all these years later. I do look to spotlight the work of other people on my site alongside my own and this one is well deserving of a read by all type 2 diabetics.
There’s a lot of information in Ron’s article, and I don’t want to condense it too much and also want to present it in fairly easily digestible portions, so this is going to take several articles from me to do it justice. This will be Part 2, and if you missed part 1, it can be found here.
I want to take a little time to provide a little background here on this condition.
We spoke of one of the patients that Dr. Rosedale took off of insulin and other medications and not only fixed his diabetes but his heart condition as well. This is no coincidence because excess insulin causes both diabetes and heart disease.
So from having high insulin for a long time, the fellow’s blood sugar control eventually broke down. We don’t have his history but this is how people get type 2 diabetes, not one of the ways, the way period. One does not become insulin resistant, which is what type 2 diabetes is essentially, from having not enough insulin, you get it from too much, because you don’t resist too little.
That’s impossible, and hormonal resistance is always caused by excessive levels of a certain hormone. You don’t get drunk from drinking too little, you get drunk from drinking too much, in excess of what your body can metabolize, which leads to high levels of alcohol in your blood and the effects that come with this.
When blood sugar control breaks down, or rather, when the normal blood sugar control that keeps our blood sugar high enough to avoid hypoglycemia keeps it even higher, they break out the medications to treat the high blood sugar, and ignore what is behind it, the high insulin.
The body, in its attempt to regulate blood sugar, will secrete much higher amounts of insulin do the degree that insulin resistance is present, but the over secretion itself does serve to make the insulin resistance worse and worse over time, as the excess exposure to insulin tends to do. So you end up with a vicious circle here if this is not addressed properly.
Once the liver and the alpha cells of the pancreas lose their sensitivity to insulin, as well as glucose in turn, even the very large amounts of insulin that we are secreting at this time may not enough to keep our blood sugar in check. So once we reach this stage, hyperglycemia, it starts to go up and over the years, if this is not controlled, it will keep going up, to a certain point, and that certain point is well beyond the threshold of diabetes, and one’s blood sugar goes very high indeed.
So untreated diabetes is a big problem, what about treating it? There’s only one way to treat this disease that is going to work, and that’s to look to reduce the insulin resistance present, because once again that’s the hallmark of the disorder. So we then have to work our way backward, as anyone with any sense would.
So we know that high blood sugar is caused by insulin resistance basically, and insulin resistance is caused by excessive insulin levels, so we should be able to reach the simple conclusion that to get better we heed to normalize insulin levels.
As we do this, insulin resistance will go down, the liver and pancreas will become more sensitive to insulin, and the alpha cells which are secreting too much of a hormone called glucagon, the major hormone that raises our blood sugar, and the one that essentially causes our high blood sugar, can go down as well, as these cells heal from the toxicity that high levels of insulin cause in them.
So we’re really talking about seeking to normalize two hormones here, insulin and glucagon, and there are other hormones that are out of whack, but it all starts with high insulin, which is the kingpin here.
So what does conventional medicine do? They give us things that will raise our insulin level further, increasing insulin resistance over time, and when you do that you will need more and more of the medicine. Eventually oral meds aren’t enough and they give you insulin to inject, as type 1 diabetics do, who actually do have insulin deficiency.
No one asks what our insulin levels are throughout this, and if they did, it wouldn’t matter because they would just say, they aren’t high enough because blood sugar is too high, or if we lower the dosage blood sugar will go up.
So we take the original problem, excessive insulin, and don’t fix it, we worsen it.
This approach ultimately fails to even control blood sugar well, and there is not even a single prescription anti diabetic medication that does not fail, in fairly short order actually. The average time to failure is about two years, so take this, it will fail in a couple years on average and then we’ll give you something else, add something else to this, or just keep increasing the dosage.
This is not unlike the story of the death of George Washington, who started out with a cold, and they just kept taking more and more blood from him, and each time they did he got worse. The so called blood letting continued until it finally killed him. Then they no doubt said, we did what we could.
So this patient of Dr. Rosedale’s had reached what we could call end stage conventional diabetes treatment, where the medication did not work at all anymore due to his insulin resistance worsening beyond even what a massive amount of injected insulin could fix, and along the way he was on death’s door from cardiovascular disease, which is actually what you want to worry about the most when you have diabetes, and this is also caused by too much insulin running through your blood for too long.
So with only two weeks to live, Dr. Rosedale immediately took him off the insulin, but these people also make way too much on their own, so he gave the patient a diet that lowered it further, and they got it down enough that it saved his life essentially, and he fully recovered in fact.
This is my favorite story of all time concerning the correct use of medicine to treat diabetes, because it both shows, to extreme, the harm that conventional medicine does, and the benefit of treating this sensibly, looking to remedy the problem.