Y'know, I always like to give things a chance before I judge them so, although reluctantly I began reading the above. Some things even began to “make sense” because I thought of a night 9 days ago when I had a large salad with just toasted sunflower seeds on top and no meat and I slept better than any night before. But in order to be fair I have to explain that I'd very recently started to reverse my sleep schedule from daytime to nighttime, which is very stressful for my body and in the beginning I can only sleep 3-4 hours at night because my cortisol levels are obviously higher at night, and after I'd wake up very soon I'd feel hungry. But stress = eventual sudden drop in blood sugar, anyone who's read about how the stress response works knows that.
Also, I had not been really careful with my diet, I'd been indulging in sweets several times a week and I remembered how that, especially if done at night, would always interfere with the quality of my sleep. In the past, when I stuck to my diet I would not even eat fruit and when I did, only low-glycemic ones, but lately I've been buying berries and an occasional mango too. I began gradually sleeping more and Saturday I slept a record 11 hours with only a tinsy BA trip inbetween. Most days I've been eating the usual 3 meals, sometimes 2 and a snack or 2; only one day after I went into a 'mini-crash' brought on my too much exercise, I felt hungry more often so I ate like every 3 hours and to be truthful, most of my snacks are purely or mostly carbs...
The example Dr. Furhman uses of caffeine, kind of messed with my mind because caffeine is like a kick in the adrenals and lowers blood sugar, so of course it's going to cause bad symptoms in anyone who abuses it, duh!
But the worst nonsense I read and where he lost ALL credibility with me was him blaming obesity in the U.S. to “excess protein”, oh please! Obese people overdo everything, and it's already been proven that excessive stimulation of insulin production is probably the #1 cause of overweight. Has he forgotten that most people in this country eat a ton of refined flour products, laden with refined salt and sugar, and probably doused with margarine or baked or fried with other hydrogenated fat??? What about the gazillion additives like “dough conditioners”, flavor enhancers (like MSG which is the devil incarnate like it's cousin Aspartame...), artificial colorings and flavorings, just to name a few, present in all the packaged foods most Americans LOVE to buy? How about the meat and eggs most of us have/had been consuming being full of growth hormones and antibiotics? Does he know that antibiotics suppress the immune system by killing the intestinal flora and thus allows yeast to overgrow, which in turns inflates us like bread dough as soon as we consume any sugar??? Does he conveniently forgets that most Americans eat very few vegetables (some consider peas and corn acceptable ones) and when they know they are usually overcooked to death??? And what about toxic metals and how they take the place of needed minerals in our body because they are lacking in the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet)??? How about the lack of iodine, often caused indirectly by the bromine present in pesticides and many other things (like Mountain Dew!) and the fluoride that “they” insist on putting in our drinking water "for our own good"??? Those things nuke our thyroid glands (and probably others...), thus making us even more fat!
Oh yeah, all those things also clog up our livers and cause great damage to it, not to mention all the meds "good" doctors like him are prescribing by the handful, and a slow liver will also contribute to obesity, but... is Dr. F considering all that? Does he even know that? Of course, whenever we lighten the load on our liver we're going to feel better and lose weight, but that doesn't necessarily mean that his theory or approach is the right one. To me this is just another case of “not seeing the forest for the trees” and I trust that anyone who likes to think for themselves will not pay attention to him but will at least bother to research some of the things I've said.
I do not agree with the original writer that hypoglycemia is toxic hunger, in the sense that hypoglycemic symptoms follows upon he absorption of toxic substances. Perhaps it is rather exactly the other way around mainly that being hypoglycemic you do not absorb sufficient anti-oxidants and hence you may become toxic. This may be a case of confusing symptoms with causes.
I have treated too many people with hypoglycemia, to go down to that path. I think it is more a case of not truly understanding the consequences of hypoglycemia, a separate disease from diabetes, but its forerunner and one that is not as yet recognized by conventional medicine. Marilyn Light. It cannot be treated by drugs and that's why it may not be recognized for commercial reasons.
Hypoglycemia is really pre-diabtic insulin resistance, marked by unstable blood sugar levels that can cause the over-secretion of stress hormones - such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones help to rebalance blood sugar levels to the brain. Being stress hormones they give us a delusion of being stressed without an external cause.
The hypoglycemic diet, which is really a Palaeolithic diet - the kind of diet to which our body has adapted over millions of years - is a high protein/low carbohydrate diet. This diet is the first step in the treatment of many forms of mood disorders and one that is subsequently adjusted to the individual needs of the patient.
If hypoglycemia is a delusion of toxic stress hunger, too many of my recovered clients would be in fact delusional.
i am a traditional naturoopath, in practice for 30 years. i learned simple basic naturopathic principles to begin with and thats what i teach.
for people who feel ill if they don't eat: classical naturopathy calls it a detox reaction-- the body gets a chance to do housekeeping when it doesn't have to digest-digest-digest as usual and you get those headaches, nausea, etc.
the answer is to cleanse, and i'm not talking go out and buy something expensive and hyped-up in a box. go slow and take some time-- have raw vegan days, have some raw juices days, lots of salad, learn food combining, use flaxseed as a colon aid, learn about colon cleansing.
there are many simple safe and cheap basic practices that over time bring about healthful changes. cleansing/detox is the foundation of build a strong vital force to overcome those other conditions.