You Put Yourself at Risk if You Accept the Bogus Insulin Resistance Theory
Many people ask me a set of fundamental questions about why I say insulin resistance is a false theory and how it affects you to believe it. This week, I am devoting the blog to answering four questions that will help you understand why you should not accept the insulin resistance theory and what you can do to prevent yourself from developing high blood sugar and eventually Type 2 diabetes, as well as how you can lower your blood sugar if you already have Type 2 diabetes. In the end, my theory makes far more sense about the cause of Type 2 diabetes and why it is lifestyle disease that you can control, not a hormonal disease as today’s medicine (and big pharmaceutical companies) want you to believe.
What is different or new in your book about Type 2 diabetes?
Diabetes is usually viewed as a hormonal disease caused by your cells becoming subject to “insulin resistance.” It is also usually thought that you cannot prevent insulin resistance from occurring. People who have diabetes in their family or who are overweight are told that they are very likely to develop it as well, as if they have no control.
Is this theory correct? In my view, it is not. Normally, any scientific theory must be able to be proven by being able to explain the logic, mechanism of action and measurement to validate its truth. The insulin resistance theory does not fit this scientific requirement. For example, it is not logical that out of 200 types of cell in the body, only three types—muscle, liver and fat—are thought to become resistant. Also, if you consider that the liver has about 240 billion cells, how is it possible that some women can develop gestational diabetes, in which at least 20% of their liver (approximately 40-50 billion cells) must become resistant in a matter of about eight weeks. It is claimed that the placenta releases an agent that causes cells to develop insulin resistance. Yet, no one has identified this agent. Furthermore, how can the responding cells at only three sites in the body understand the message? And then, after being insulin resistant for about eight months, pregnant women suddenly regain sensitivity to insulin within four days after delivery. How is this possible? No one knows the mechanism of this amazing flip-flop, and there is no test to measure the degree of resistance. In short, based on logic, mechanism, and measurement, insulin resistance is a bogus concept.
What is your theory about the cause of diabetes?
My theory begins with the fact that the body’s cells are like a hybrid car; they can burn glucose OR fatty acids as a perfectly normal metabolic process. When we exercise hard or fail to eat enough, the body begins breaking down the triglycerides stored in our fat cells and burning the resulting fatty acids in muscle cells. This same process happens when you overconsume grains and grain-flour products on a regular basis, which is happening in much of the world. The burning of fatty acids rather than glucose is what leaves the glucose in your bloodstream that your body should have been burning, creating high blood sugar. If you maintain increasingly high blood sugar for a long period of time, you end up with diabetes. This scientific metabolic explanation for diabetes makes far more logical sense than the theory of sudden insulin resistance in only three types of body cells. It explains why every nation in which grains are becoming a major staple of their diet is seeing an enormous increase in the incidence of diabetes.
It is believed that diabetes can be controlled, but you suggest that it can be reversed, how?
It is absolutely possible to lower blood sugar and reverse diabetes even in people who are already using insulin. In losing sufficient weight by avoiding the very foods that fill up your fat cells—i.e., grain-based complex carbohydrates—you create space in your fat cells for the circulating fatty acids to be stored as fat. Your body will therefore switch back to burning glucose as its main source of fuel. You can then continue to maintain normal blood sugar by further avoiding the consumption of grains and grain-based foods on a regular basis. Try it and you will see that you do indeed lose weight, and if your doctor is testing your blood sugar, you will note that your A1C measurement will go down.
Does your book recommend a special diet or are you selling any types of foods?
My book does neither of these, as my belief is that everyone has a natural mechanism to acquire nutrients needed in the body on a timely basis—your brain! If you pay close attention to your brain’s messages, you will often get a clear sense of what foods are best for you to eat, because your body needs nutrients in those foods. My philosophy is that every individual needs to learn how to listen to his or her body. I explain why and how this is so in my book Eat, Chew, Live. You will see how anyone can learn to listen closely to their brain’s natural signals of hunger and satiation, in order to override the bad eating habits formed in the past due to your family’s upbringing, stress, social pressure, and especially the mass marketing of unhealthy foods. By eating slowly, chewing, and savoring your food, you will be able to catch yourself being tempted to eat unhealthy foods or to overeat –both habits that you can truly control if you want to lose weight and avoid diabetes.
If you are overweight or concerned about getting diabetes, Eat Chew Live provides exactly the new science & inspiration you need.
Based on more than twenty years of research, Eat Chew Live offers a revolutionary new explanation of high blood sugar and Type 2 diabetes. While traditional medicine says it is due to “insulin resistance,” Dr. Poothullil disagrees. Eat Chew Live will show you:
- How the consumption of grains causes your body to develop high blood sugar
- How you can lower your blood sugar to avoid or reverse Type 2 diabetes without using drugs.
- How you can change your eating habits to avoid grains while still enjoying every meal
There are no special diets to follow or products to buy. Read the book.
Learn how you can lose weight once and for all, eat for health, and prevent diabetes.