On May 26th President Trump announced at a news conference that he has mandated that the cost for insulin for Medicare patients be lowered to no more than $35 per month—a significant reduction. Humana is one of the largest healthcare organizations in the world and the CEO of this company, Bruce Broussard, also participated in the news conference congratulating his company and Trump for reducing the cost of insulin.
There’s only one problem with this fairytale. Insulin is a toxic substance when excessive amounts are present regardless of whether it comes from your pancreas or a syringe. This wonderful “announcement” was akin to cheering if the cost of crack cocaine was dramatically reduced. In a sense, both substances are addictive. In a healthy person just the right amount of insulin is released by the pancreas to allow glucose to be utilized for energy by all the cells in your body. If you start to store fat in your liver or other internal organs for any reason, you develop a condition where it takes more insulin to clear glucose from the blood. This condition is called insulin resistance and is caused by the long-term consumption of highly processed food loaded with bad fats, various forms of sugar, and high glycemic carbohydrates.
Insulin—The Toxic Gateway to All Chronic Diseases
Over time insulin resistance can lead to the pancreas being unable to produce enough insulin to keep glucose levels in a safe range. At this point, treatment is initiated with various forms of short and long-acting insulin, and the diagnosis progresses to type 2 diabetes mellitus. Type 1 diabetes is a bit different in that the beta cells that produce insulin are damaged likely by an autoimmune process at a young age.
In the short-term insulin can be lifesaving. Excessively high glucose levels can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, which can be fatal if not aggressively treated with insulin and IV fluids. The paradox is the long-term effects of excessive insulin. Insulin must be considered a potent chronic toxin with possible fatal outcomes. Elevated insulin levels over time are associated with most chronic severe medical conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Arteriosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease
- Many forms of cancer
- Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
- Many mental disorders
- Diffuse food-induced brain dysfunction or Carbohydrate Associated Reversible Brain syndrome (CARB syndrome).
- Chronic kidney disease.
- Essential hypertension
- Increased risk of COVID-19 and other infections
- Various autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
Are you starting to get a bit nervous? You should be, because there is no other toxic factor besides elevated insulin that is tied to all the above conditions. I don’t blame President Trump for his views on insulin and cost. He is merely trying to do the right thing, and I give him credit for that. After all, he isn’t a physician, and his views on health matters largely reflect the views of the physicians who advise him. If that’s the case, why would so many physicians promote an approach to healthcare that is clearly toxic and dangerous, resulting in the disability or death of countless people?
When in Doubt, Follow the Money
The above information is based on solid scientific research that is not debatable by educated scientists and professionals. This blog post by Dr. Jason Fung provides a complete summary of the issue. So, what the heck is going on? As they say—follow the money. Physicians treating patients are paid to “treat” diabetes, not reverse or cure it. If all forms of diabetes were suddenly to disappear, national spending on healthcare would drop by 60-70% overnight. That would undoubtedly put a lot of physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers out of business. It would also lead to the demise of many insurance and drug companies. It would make the COVID-19 economic collapse look like a hiccup!
The responsibility for this fiasco resides on the shoulders of the scientists and physicians who have failed to inform the public about the above factual information. They are greedy and immoral, and they should be called out for their disgusting behavior.
There is Another Option
If you have insulin resistance or type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus, what other options do you have other than the above toxic treatment programs? Dr. Jason Fung has led the way showing that fasting and intermittent fasting can successfully reverse type 2 diabetes and is also useful for some patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Ketogenic diets utilizing healthy fats and severely restricting carbohydrates can also be helpful. Paleo-style diets are also an option. A good starting point is Dr. Fung’s web site, where he outlines all of these options.
Pick You Diabetes Drugs Carefully
If you need a bit of a boost to control your diabetes beyond the above dietary measures, metformin is the drug of choice. That’s because it sensitizes your cells to insulin without actually raising insulin levels. Most other drugs act by increasing insulin, not where you want to go. Supplements like berberine, chromium picolinate, and Cinsulin can also help control elevated insulin and glucose levels by reducing insulin resistance. So, instead of promoting the benefits of cheap insulin, please join other responsible physicians and me to eliminate insulin for almost all patients. President Trump is welcome to join our crusade. Our approach is clearly the science-based, ethical, and responsible thing to do. If your physician doesn’t agree with this approach, I suggest that you find another physician who does.