An excerpt from 7 Weeks to Sobriety, by Joan Mathews Larson
If you’ve been faithfully following the biochemical repair program outlined in Seven Weeks to Sobriety and still do not feel as well as you suspect you should, you may be wondering whether a biochemical restoration program is right for you. Relax. This program works for all alcoholics, but you may be suffering from food allergies or chemical sensitivities that must be identified and treated before your recovery can be complete. Or you may be battling an overgrowth of Candida Albicans, a yeast that can sap your energy and undermine your health.
Bob is a typical AA member. It's Friday night, and he is attending the regular meeting at a local church. As the speaker rambles on, Bob stirs two heaping teaspoons of sugar into a large cup of coffee. He has already helped demolish a huge chocolate cake. During the two-hour meeting, Bob also drinks two cans of Coke.
If you have been faithfully following the biochemical repair program outlined in Seven Weeks to Sobriety and still do not feel as well as you suspect you should, you may be wondering whether a biochemical restoration program is right for you.
To understand how the symptoms of hypoglycemia develop, you need to know how our glucose metabolism works. Our bodies convert all foods to glucose, but the change from refined sugars and white flours (starches) is at a much faster rate. Ideally, when too much sugar floods the bloodstream, our pancreas pumps out just the right amount of extra insulin to counteract the overload.
At Health Recovery Center, clients are given the Glucose Tolerance Test because actual lab evidence seems to propel clients into action better than if we force a hypoglycemia correcting diet on them with no scientific confirmation. However, many of the readers of my Seven Weeks to Sobriety and/or Depression Free, Naturally were unable, financially or geographically, to take advantage of lab work. They simply accepted the written screens and plunged on. If for any reason lab work is not available to you, I strongly urge you to be self-directed and do so too. It will result in the same solution.
Hypoglycemia is a word many doctors hate. Some doctors call it a FAD disease and refuse to do the lab tests necessary to prove or disprove your suspicions.
Mental health professionals often fail to recognize hypoglycemic symptoms. They attempt to explain them as psychological phenomenons. If you have puzzled over noticeable changes in your moods, thoughts and feelings don't be so quick to accept them as psychological disorders. Hypoglycemia can cause severe metabolic changes in your brain and nervous system, creating altered moods, emotional instability and behavior changes. The Health Recovery Center Hypoglycemic Symptometer helps people evaluate their symptoms and decide if they want to seek verification with a lab test. Some of the items on the Symptometer checklist are self-explanatory, but some need clarification:
The normal range of fasting blood sugar values (measuring only glucose and not saccharoids) is eighty to one hundred mg/dl. Most fasting blood sugars are within the normal range, so a simple fasting test is useless.
Life is always a tradeoff: giving up what you like for something you want even more. Ridding yourself of roller coaster emotions is accomplished by trading in the refined sugars and caffeine in your diet. This sacrifice will pay enormous dividends in mental stability and increased energy.