What do Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, and Acid Reflux have in common?

More than 1 in 10 American adults has diabetes. Diabetes patients spend an average of $6,000 annually on costs for treating their disease, according to a recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports Health. But the total doesn’t include the costs of medical complications that often result from Type 2 diabetes, such as heart disease, strokes, liver and kidney damage, eye damage and a susceptibility to infections and poor healing that can lead to amputations. The C.D.C. estimates that diabetic patients on average pay twice as much as those without the illness for health care.

The multi-billion dollar drugs marketed as treatment for diabetes have not been successful against the biggest cause of death related to it: heart disease. Four new studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine are a wake-up call to diabetics who rely on drugs to lower their risk of heart attacks and strokes.

One of the studies found that using antihypertensives to lower systolic blood does nothing to lower risk of heart complications. Another study found that adding a drug to raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol was of no benefit. And no heart benefits were associated with two drugs given to lower high blood sugar levels.

Evidence is accumulating that diabetics may not benefit — and may even be worse off — when they’re treated with a number of diabetes medications. Most health care professions realize the need for a dynamic change in the way diabetes is treated. The reality is that those with diabetes must look to other means, such as lifestyle changes, to lower their risk of heart disease and even reverse their diabetes.

That gnawing, burning, aching pain in your chest after a large meal or right before bed is a common  symptom known as acid indigestion or acid reflux.  It affects 1 out of 4, or 60 million people at least once a month. [6. ehealthMD, 2011]  The burning pain of heartburn is the result of stomach acid moving upward into the back of the throat, causing inflammation. Most often, heartburn occurs during or right after eating or when you lie down too soon after eating.

One of the most commonly prescribed drugs for heartburn and acid reflux are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or drugs that VERY effectively block your stomach’s ability to produce acid. While that may sound like a good thing, in most cases it is the absolute worst approach possible for the problem as typically your stomach is producing too little stomach acid. It’s important to understand that acid reflux is NOT a disease of too much acid being produced, but rather it’s a condition related more commonly to hiatal hernia – a condition in which the acid is coming out of your stomach, where it’s supposed to remain. The burning feeling comes from the acid coming in contact with the delicate lining of the esophagus which lacks the protective layer of tissue that the stomach has.

Here, a recent study on proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) indicates that drugs like Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid are severely overprescribed and misused and hurt far more people than they’re helping.[7. Arch Intern Med. 2010 May 10;170(9):747-8] Treating symptoms instead of cause allows the disease culprit to continue and for your health to only further decline. You don’t have a lack of Nexium in your body.  So adding it won’t get you well even if it temporarily improves symptoms.

So what do the world’s top diseases have in common – the drugs for them rarely work and often make matters worse.

While not common, the clear solution to these conditions are addressing the 5 Essentials of Maximized Living.  For all of these problems, starting with the Advanced ML nutrition plan, following the interval exercise programs, and maximizing the function of the organs involved through spinal correction would address the vast majority of causes related to these conditions.

The Advanced plan eliminates grains and sugars until the problems subside.  With gut conditions like acid-reflux, we see phenomenal improvements in our offices with this problem alone.  That same nutritional plan, is exactly what the doctor orders for the prevention and elimination of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  If you’re not following the Maximized Living Nutrition Plans book now, then you should consider it.  It works, there are no side-effects, and life gets better and not worse as with a drug you have to be on the rest of your life.

1.U.S. News & World Report March 15, 2010
2.New England Journal of Medicine March 18, 2010. Effects of Combination Lipid Therapy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
3.New England Journal of Medicine March 18, 2010. Effect of Valsartan on the Incidence of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Events
4.New England Journal of Medicine March 18, 2010. Effect of Nateglinide on the Incidence of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Events
5.New England Journal of Medicine March 18, 2010. Effects of Intensive Blood-Pressure Control in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus