“We do not remember seeing a single cancer case who had a correct blood sugar level, yet in most non-cancer cases this is easily obtained by means of a (refined) sugar-free diet alone.”
-Melvin Page and Leon Abrams
The correct blood sugar level was obtained by doing a fasting glucose test similar to what I’ve been doing each morning. The ideal level was hovering closely around the 85 mg/dl level.
How did Page come to this conclusion and make such startling discoveries about cancer and other degenerative diseases? It’s quite simple. He was a dentist in charge of treating tooth decay. When taking blood glucose readings, a correlation between tooth decay and high fasting glucose levels emerges pretty quickly. Once you start sniffing that trail, one thing leads to another and then, Wham! People file lawsuits against you for operating outside of your scope of practice. Don’t worry though. Page won that court case in a big way. The judge advised the prosecutors to study what Page was doing and take some real good notes – excellent advice that I’ve personally taken to heart.
Getting the fasting glucose level to the ideal range is one of the most important measurable things that a person can do to achieve health. A fasting glucose level outside of that range signifies insulin resistance, and insulin resistance, for all practical purposes, should be considered type 2 diabetes. The only difference between type 2 diabetes and someone with insulin resistance is that type 2 diabetics have insulin resistance much more severely. The root problem is the same. There’s no difference at all.
Health scholars that have arrived at the low-carb diet as the ultimate human fare have done so because of the endless array of connections between insulin, blood glucose, and degenerative disease. Since carbohydrates raise insulin and blood sugar levels most substantially following a meal, it is assumed that they are the primary culprit. The carbohydrates drive blood sugar. Blood sugar drives insulin. Insulin drives fat storage. Fat storage drives more insulin and higher blood sugars, and the thing just keeps moving forward on a pronounced downward trend.
But it’s only assumed that carbohydrates cause insulin resistance. There is no data showing such a correlation though. In fact, of the industrialized nations, Japan is considered the most resistant to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and so forth – and they derive the largest percentage of energy from carbohydrates of ‘em all. That takes quite a toll on the low-carb view of things. It makes those on the opposite side of the carb fence want to explode in a furious whirlwind of aggravation. Rightfully so. There’s much more to the story.
To add some intrigue to that story, Aurora (my girlfriend, yes her parents were hippies), is logging glucose levels all over the roller coaster despite a very even carbohydrate consumption. I’d say she’s averaging 5-10 grams of carbohydrates per meal so far on this experiment – maybe 20-25 grams total per day. Her blood glucose reading this morning was back up to a whopping 94 mg/dl.
I busted out another perfect 83, the exact same as yesterday. We’ll see what happens as we continue, but so far it seems pretty clear. The most revealing is perhaps Aurora’s first fasting glucose reading on morning #1 – after several years of low-carb dieting ranging from virtually zero-carb at times to 50-60 grams per day on the high side. She scored the big 107, only 18 little points away from stepping under the type 2 diabetes umbrella.
I think there’s a song that was written about the typical response to this strange phenomenon. Oh yeah, here it is.
Lunch du jour:
2 heads Romaine lettuce – munched straight, one leaf at a time
5-6 cooked small apples with cinnamon
Large homemade traditional chappati with fresh-ground whole wheat flour