Death by fatal heart attacks is a common side effect of diabetic medication. Even Glucophage product literature and the Physician's Desk Reference say that Glucophage can cause fatal heart attacks. Personally, I have known several diabetics who have died after taking Glucotrol and Glucophage.
After the last one died, I called my doctor. He said that the way that Glucophage and Gluoctrol kill is by progressive dehydration. As the body dries out, the blood gets thicker, he said. Thick blood gets harder and harder for the blood to pump. Eventually the heart gives out in a fatal heart attack.
Heart disease is now the second leading cause of death in the USA. Heart disase is also a complication of diabetes. Obviously, drugs that are known to cause heart attacks should never be prescribed, particularly to diabetics.
Saddest part: diabetic medication and insulin are totally unnecessary for Type II diabetics, according to Hungarian-born biologist Michael Somogyi. He advised the use of diet and exercise for the management of Type II diabetes. He also believed that Type I diabetics were overmedicated with insulin, which caused the now famous Somogyi or Rebound Effect. In the case of Type I diabetics, he felt that insulin could be reduced by 38%.
There are safer ways to lower blood sugar, such as using lquid chlorophyll (alfalfa extract), honey, cayenne peper, or apple cider vinegar. Some have been completely cured of diabetes by using honey or liquid chlorophyll. That means they no longer have to take any treatment because their body has returned to normal.
The dosage with liquid chlorophyll is one ounce, or shot glassful, in water twice daily. Alfalfa is a diuretic and should not be taken with the evening meal. Otherwise you ill be up all night running to the bathroom. It is said that liquid chlorophyll can cure diabetes in 3 months.
If that doesn't work, cayenne pepper is known to lower blood sugar. It can also cause vomiting in large doses. To avoid nausea after taking cayenne, you must build a tolerance to it. Start by taking a pinch of cayenne in water with each meal. Double the dose each day until you reach one teaspoon of cayenne in water with each meal. Peppermint and ginger can stop the nausea induced by cayenne if it is still a problem. In addition, cayenne is a laxative. Once your body adapts to cayenne, the laxative effect will stop.
Over time, you will build a tolerance to any medication, herb, or even exercise. Once you build a tolerance, the treatment will no longer work unless by then you have developed the placebo effect. In any event, it is wise to take a weeklong rest from every treatment once you have done it for 2 months or so. Then you can return to the treatment. During the rest, use something else.
Or you could use apple cider vinegar to lower blood sugar. There was a European study demonstrating that eating pickles with a meal lowered blood sugar in diabetics. Arizona State University then tested the effect of ACV with meals and found the same thing. The dosage is 2 tablespoons of ACV in water with each meal. The participants in this study also reported some weight loss.
Finally, scientists have known for years that the body makes its own inositol and that diabetics excrete a lot of it everyday. They also know that a deficiency of inositol causes diabetic neuropathy. Give it a shot.
P.S. Shirley Robinson says that Natural Transfer Factor cures diabetes. It is a derivative of colostrum, the liquid produced by mammals in the first few days after birth. Have read some amazing cures from people drinking raw colostrum - IF you can get access to a cow that has recently calved.
Additionally, the Weston Price site has an article by a medical doctor who researched the effect of raw cow's milk on diabetes at the Mayo Foundation, which was the predecessor of the Mayo Clinic. They obtained good results from a raw milk fast.
Stevia the herbal sweetener is also used as a medical treatment to lower blood pressure and sugar in South America. Assuming it is prescribed 3 times a day like most other herbal meds, the question is: how much? Although stevia is harmless, it is pricey at $43 a pound for stevia extract.
I am so glad that you are off of the Metforman. I have been a diabetic since 1992. I do not take any oral medication. I try to eat light on the carbs, no white sugar, I stick my finger 3 or 4 times aday. I do use insuline injections, in moderation, and when I have ate a high carb meal. The insulin will bring down the blood sugar, and so will the ACV. I tested one mourning at 200, then I took 2Tablespoons of ACV and 1/4 teaspoons of backing soda, let it fizz then added some water, about 1/2 cup, and chucked it all down. Then about an hour later I rememberd my high blood sugar,,I stuck my finger and it was 170, down 30 points!!!! So eat smart,,get out side and do something and sweat, I am 62 YO, I do my own yard work, work 40 hours a week on a night job, have a very small garden, and I read Earth Clinic and practice it. Get your self cleand out, all the parts of your body,,good luck.
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I saw the mention of stevia in the treatment of diabetes and just wanted to put some perspective on the price. Stevia extract can be up to 300 times sweeter than sugar, so you only use a tiny amount and it lasts a very long time. This makes it inexpensive compared to sugar.
Anyone trying it should be aware that stevia is a good sweetener for beverages and supplemental sweetener for baking, but is not an exact replacement for sugar. It adds no bulk to a recipe, so you might want to use a combination of stevia and other sweeteners in baking.
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I would like to say that it is wonderful that the drug Metformin has been brought up here on this site. Many don't know unless they figure it out month's or years later that it kills. It also causes premature aging along with lines and wrinkles. It depletes B Complex and causes horrible stress and sleepless nights. I am going to stop taking this and start with:
eating pickles with meals
taking liquid Chlorophyl with mint and spearmint -this is the best product known to me. I've tried many.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Black Strap Molasses
By the way I come here often to see what is new that I can try to get a handle on diabetes and this time I found this article....GREAT!!!!
Good luck....don't listen to doctors.....take care of it yourself.
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Oh Dear God I thank those on this thread who post life-saving self-tested advice--my first post ever to say THANK YOU for the heads-up on Metformin. Dr. started me on one tab nightly six weeks ago and in followup even told me I could take two or three nightly if my blood sugars didn't come down--been ranging 90-150 or so. I've stuck with the one tab--just had a feeling I shouldn't increase. Thank You God for the prompt. I started 1.5T raw ACV 10 minutes just before eating two days ago, kept carbs under 100/da. and my four counts daily are a steady-on 120--EVERY TIME--waking and two hours after eating. I increased the ACV to 2T this morning and am eager to take count an hour from now. I PROMISE to report to you periodically my regimen and results.
Thanks to whomever posted we need every two months to go off every supplement for a week to reset our bodies for the most effective use of them--I'll stagger time off of the different supps. I'll be doing that also and will replace ACV with one of the many remedies posted on EarthClinic.
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Took Metformin for several years as the Insurance companies force Drs to favor it over other, better RX for Diabetes.
Was rushed to hospital by ambulance as Dr. thought I was having a heart attack. Later tests showed no heart attacked but Doctor came to conclusion that Metformin had changed my blood chenistry and electrolytes were so low that I could have had a heart attack if they had not caught it. My advice, , , , insist on taking something other than Metformin. Apple Cider Vinegar is great help to diabetics. But stay under Dr care and take medicine to get Diabetes under control before thinking you can treat yourself.