Desert Bloom Herbs
Diabetes Support Page... A work in Progress
This page is offered as a source of information about herbs and products which are herbal and dietary in nature, and may help people with the condition of type 2, adult onset diabetes, however this page and the pages linked to it and the information contained therein, should not replace your seeking qualified medical advise from a qualified medical practitioner, whether alternative or orthodox, (allopathic). These pages are not intended to diagnose, prescribe, make medical claims, or the like, but are intended to provide information about alternative diet and lifestyle ideas, and provide references to plant descriptions which have relevance to a particular subject material. Also included here and there through these pages are links to other websites or web pages related to this subject. Think of this as a web resource / information page, through which you'll have links to tons of information about the topic(s) of your choice.
My premise here is that dietary intake plays the largest part in the formation and worsening of all, (or most) disease conditions. It is also my view, that attention to detail, in regards to ones dietary intake, will make the MOST difference, and give the best benefits of any treatment approach. As an example of the more negative implications of dietary patterns, Native Americans of 100 years ago rarely developed diabetes until the refined European diet was adopted by them. Now, this group has one of the highest rates of diabetes in North America. Refined foods of all sorts... sugars and other refined carbohydrates such as flours... all included in our diets, are the real culprit in diabetes and other degenerative diseases. Oils used in foods are another example where the beneficial, medicinal properties of these natural, liquid fats, are often ruined by the very methods of extraction used to obtain them (high temperature grinding and pressing or solvent extraction). My point here is that in these pages, the overall thrust is about acting on the belief that specific, permanant dietary shifts towards whole forms of foods, as are provided by nature (in unrefined forms), can (and do) improve overall health, by causing the body to respond in non-specific, positive way(s). The body responds to the whole foods by slowly re-establishing balance, harmony and vigor.
Herbs, like foods, are known to contain specific chemical substances, which are often amazingly complex, and which have particular effects on human physiology (such as being "anti-oxident" in nature). Many plant produced chemicals are unable to be duplicated by man. References to most of these healing herbs, which are still in use today by 80 % of all of humanity, may be found in all older Official American Medical Texts: the United States Pharmacopaea, The United Sates Formulary, and the United States Dispensatory, et. al. (circa 1880 to 1925).
The fact that these are given as sources of "official" herbal information may be surprising to some of you who may have regarded every media program or so called "medical study", (about the supposed dangers or ineffectiveness of herbs) as "gospel" truth, (which they are not).
The reason for so much confusion about herbs and their effectiveness is because the current allopathic medical system and pharmaceutical industry have historically "flip floped" to suit their purposes, over time. In recent times, they tell us that the very same herbs, which were first used by ancient physicians, throughout recorded human history, in EVERY part of the globe; which had been analyzed chemically by the mid 1800s or earlier, and about which many or most of their effects upon the human body were completely documented and well-known, have magically LOST THEIR MEDICINAL POWERS !! I can personally attest to the fact that herbs do still work. They always have, and always will, because they are a part of the natural world, of which we are all parts.
Information about the historical and traditional useages of various herbs, as related to improving circulation, stabilizing and lowering glucose blood levels, are discussed in these pages . The Desert Bloom products, made with many of these specific herbs, (including teas, single and compounded whole plant extracts, and salves), are referenced throughout.
Another area which may hold interest for the diabetic is the link to an informational site about Stevia, a sweetener which can replace sugar or other non-natural sweeteners, such as "Nutra-blah blah woof woof". Stevia can be used in cooking and baking, and has no calories. Also, since it is not a sugar, it is not fermentable, and is actually slightly antibacterial, making it one of the best choices as a sweetener, for those who are plagued by Candida albicans, a bacterial infection which feeds upon sugars.
We provide some links to other websites which are out there, in order that you may have access to the most up to date information about diabetes.
Finally, this is also a "portal" page to the other parts of my website, which you may find interesting, informative, and fun.
Click on the topic links below
1.)Introduction: who am I ? / my experiences
2.)Why managing diet may be difficult
3.)Foods can help
(a.) turning away from the Standard American Diet.. (S.A.D.).
(b.) cardiovascular exercise, water drinking are imporant!
(c.) analysis of lifestyle and removal of bad habits (smoking).
4.)Basic Diabetes physiology
(a.) Physiology of sugar metabolism
(b.) Type I (dependant) vs. Type II diabetes (resistant)
(c.) Normal Glucose metablolism vs. Abnormal Glucose metabolism
(d.) Problems in sugar metabolism / causes
5.) Refined (simple) vs. Complex carbohydrates
(a.)refining / processing and history
6.) Glycemic Index concept(explaination)
(a.) where can I find informational tables on G.I. values?
(b.) how do I figure my glycemic load?
7.) Fats within the diet, Good Fats / Bad Fats
(a.) Fats: Good fats / Bad fats
(b.)different classifications of fats
(c.)Triglycerides What are triglycerides?
(d.)Cholesterols (HDLs vs. LDLs or VLDLs)
8.) Herbs as allies against Diabetes
(a.)Specific uses of herbs by organ system / function
1.) Cinnamon bark
2.) Ginkgo leaf
3.) Hypo Glycemic Herbs (to lower blood glucose levels)
4.) Herbs for improving circulation
5.) Herbs used to lower blood pressure
6.) Bitter Herbs and their main effects
7.) Tonic, Nutrient-rich herbs
8.) Leg Ulcer Poultice
9.)Stevia leaf, or standardized exract (powder)
(a.)How to mix the powder to form a liquid extract.
10.) Foods / Recipes
11.) Diabetes-Aide Tonic Tea