Quoted from Melissa_J
I think us non-secretors can have a combination of inflammation, free radical damage, and resulting autoimmunity, all starting with sugar. Even though we're not all diabetics, I think we all suffer this damage to some extent, from sugar and sweet stuff. It can damage the nervous system, organs, etc. Perhaps many autoimmune and other disorders can be caused by sugar...MS, Sjogren's, hypothyroid, etc. etc. (I think PT started a thread about MS and diabetes...could this be the link?)
What do you all think?
Quoted from restingHi Pat and Melissa,
Combining a few of your experiences - here is how I see the problem: first, you identify several symptoms and the glands that are suited to this ... but perhaps you have a 'solution' that is too closed.
Let me explain: our bodies run on energy. In an energy-view let us look at this. We are told repeatedly that the ONLY energy form that counts is ATP-energy from The Krebs cycle & the citric acid cycle of our mitochondria. So sugars are fuel to these cycles and they tend to be so efficient in their operation that they will cause spiking ... or too much energy output at one time. There are several ways to even out the effect ... a) eat small meals (with protein) rather than pure carbs or sugar; b) eat abundant fiber c) use a slow release sugar like agave nectar 4) increase the repair potential ... Isa list chromium + vanadium, vitamin and CoQ10 - 3x60mg .... I have found that Bcomplex vitamins and L-glutamine to be very helpful for controlling 'sugar cravings'.
Enter the thyroid and adrenals ... I think these two are seasonal energy boosters, set for increases on summer activity and increases in immunity due to the presence of flying insects ... at this time of year. [ For very cold and long-winter climates (Arctic) there are no bugs ... no trees either!]
In recent decades, we have used the 'extra boost' that is stimulated by these glands year round. And now we find that we have AF(adrenal fatigue) from our own wanting of more energy ... very similar to Westerners wishing to be millionaires = happiness.
So instead of trying to 'fix' the adrenals to do what it was never meant to do in the first place ... yet still increase energy ... lets take a fresh look at what energy means. To far too many, energy only exists as heat (this is ATP - mitochondrial-energy) ... energy is vibration and heat is a very small part of light called infrared ... There are energies (frequencies of light)/colours ... especially ultra violet ... that have large effects on physiology; then ditto for sound; and, magnetic energies, and electrical and there are those of gravitation and shape ....
By focusing on mitochondria-energy as the only kind, we severely restrict our capacities.
IMO there is an additional problem these days ....ms, diabetes and several auto-immune diseases share this same phenomenon - we focus exclusively on producing MORE energy, rather than its distribution. [If all the energy produced by your car's engine went to turning the wheels ... there would be no air conditioning, no heat. no radio, no power steering ...etc, etc] In our bodies energy distribution is even more important, but this is handled by the EFA-cholesterol network ... a very different one than the one that makes the energy. Via the wrong focus, we supply the wrong nutrients and energy required.
Quoted from Captain_JanewayRefined sugar is devoid of so many crucial nutrients that it robs the body of what it has just to metabolize it.