SYMPTOMSThe symptoms are first seen in very small children. Large amounts of thick mucous develops in the lungs, blocking lung passages and causing difficult breathing, chronic coughing and wheezing, and lung infections.
There are digestive problems, inadequate absorption of fats, after-meal stomach pain, and thinness. Body sweat will have very large amounts of sodium, potassium, and chloride salts. Any, or all, of these symptoms may occur.
CAUSESIn 1938, this physical problem was named "cystic fibrosis" because it was mistakenly thought that abnormal changes in the pancreas were true cysts (tiny pockets of fluid lined with normal tissue). But it was later discovered that those spots were just part of the shrinking process of the pancreas, as the disease worsened.
There are three views of the cause of cystic fibrosis (CF):
1 - CF is an inherited disease, which the sufferer must learn to live with.
2 - CF is caused by inadequate absorption of selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids, and other minerals (including trace minerals) as a result of subclinical celiac disease. (Celiac disease is the inability to digest wheat and some other foods.)
3 - Dr. Joel Wallach, a veterinarian, who in 1978 was the first to diagnose CF in a laboratory animal, by noting characteristic CF changes in the pancreas and liver of baby monkeys, says he was fired when it was discovered that he could reproduce those CF changes in the body by giving or withholding the element, selenium. He had shown that CF was a nutritional problem which could be solved if caught early enough. (See Let's Play Doctor, J.D. Wallach, D.V.M., N.D., pp. 109-110. See order sheet.)
"The prevention of CF has been accomplished in pet, farm and laboratory animals by the veterinary profession by assuring adequate levels of selenium and essential fatty acid nutrition to the pregnant and nursing mother. This is not as easy as it sounds because of malabsorption problems (i.e., celiac disease and Crohn's disease) in a percentage of women. All things being normal, a supplementation of 200 mcg selenium per day and 5 gm of flaxseed oil, three times a day [to the pregnant and nursing mother], would be adequate to prevent CF.
"Treatment of CF is very basic: treat the infant as early as possible with selenium IM [given intramuscularly] at 10-25 mcg per day."Op cit., p. 109.
He adds that it is vital that it be determined if the infant is allergic to wheat, cow's milk or soy milk, so as to avoid what he is allergic to.
We might conclude that all three theories are correct; in that, if you give the mother and infant proper supplementation, the disease can be eliminated at the beginning of the child's life.
But if this is not done, he will thereafter not be able to absorb nutrients properly, will exhibit the symptoms of CF, and will have to cope with the problem the rest of his life.
However, Wallach says that, even later, the person can lead a more normal life if he regularly receives essential fatty acids, intravenously, and selenium, intramuscularly.
"The lungs of CF patients are normal at birth and only develop bronchiectasis after chronic essential fatty acid and copper deficiencies have taken their toll."Ibid.
"CF . . is preventable, 100% curable in the early stages, and can be far better managed in chronic cases than it is currently managed by `orthodox' medicine."Op. cit., p. 108.
In addition to the above instructions, the CF patient should consider the following:
Eat a nourishing diet, high in raw fruits and vegetables and with adequate amounts of carbohydrates, protein, and vitamin/mineral supplements. A problem is that those with CF do not absorb food properly. They need to eat more than other people, in order to absorb the needed nutrients.
Include germanium (found in garlic and onions), selenium, and vitamin E.
Drink plenty of liquids and an adequate amount of salt in hot weather.
Do not eat processed or junk food of any type. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, etc.
Also see "Birth Defects" for more information on cystic fibrosis.
ENCOURAGEMENTChrist would have our thoughts center upon Him. Thank Him for all the blessings you have, and you will have more to thank Him for. He is your best Friend.
SYMPTOMSDiabetes insipidus: Extreme thirst and enormous quantities of urine, regardless of how much water is consumed.
Diabetes mellitus - Type I: (insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes): Excessive hunger, thirst, urination, depression, weakness, blurred vision, dry mouth, and vomiting.
Diabetes mellitus - Type II: (maturity-onset diabetes): Unusual thirst, frequent urination, general weakness, obesity, skin disorders, boils, blurred vision, and dry mouth.
CAUSESDiabetes is a major problem; entire books have been written on the subject. We can only touch on the subject here.
Of the two types of diabetes, diabetes insipidus is the more rare and is caused by an inadequately functioning pituitary hormone (vasopressin) or kidneys which somehow cannot respond properly to it.
Diabetes mellitus is the third largest killer in the U.S., and is caused by a defect in the production of insulin by the pancreas. Without insulin, the body cannot utilize glucose, which is an important blood sugar. A blood glucose level above 180 mg. percent causes excess sugar to spillover into the urine and make it sweet. (Mellitus means "sweet.") Diabetes comes from a Greek word for "flow through," since diabetics produce so much urine.
Some people can develop diabetes mellitus as a result of stress, obesity, or pregnancy. Certain medicinal drugs can also cause it: oral contraceptives, adrenal corticosteroids, phenytoin, or thiazide diuretics. A diet high in sugar and white flour can lead to diabetes. Parasites (especially in children) can also do it. Hypothyroidism can also cause it.
It is of interest that people who eat much sugar eventually cannot taste it as well; so they pour on more sugar! But Type II diabetes sufferers also lack this sugar-tasting discernment. Leave off the sugar, and learn to enjoy the natural flavors in your food.
Because the diabetic cannot utilize glucose for energy, he loses weight and is weakened by excess consumption of his protein and fat stores. Because of this, he may be very hungry and eat large amounts of food.
Stop eating sugar, white-flour products, greasy food, meat, eggs, cheese, excess vegetable oil, as well as rancid nuts and seeds. Totally avoid tobacco and those who use it. Because it restricts circulation, it will aggravate your condition.
Eat smaller meals (if necessary, eat them more frequently), and chew the food thoroughly. Do not eat late in the evening. Overeating can induce diabetes or increase it, once contracted.
Vegetable broths and fresh fruit are nourishing. A high-carbohydrate, high-fiber diet will reduce the need for insulin. (A low-fiber diet can bring on diabetes.) It will also lower the amount of fat in the blood. Get your protein from vegetable sources.
Onions and green beans appear to lower blood sugar. A diet high in raw food is also helpful. One individual dropped his insulin dosage from 60 to 15 units per day, by increasing his raw food intake.
But do not eat fruits and melons in large amounts. Do not eat apples or bananas. Do not eat milk and sugar combinations. Coffee can induce very high blood sugar levels. A fat-free diet will help reduce blood sugar.
Eat your meals at regular times, and do not be in a rush to swallow the food. The quicker you eat, the higher goes the blood sugar.
Eat raw garlic every day, to reduce your blood sugar.
Do not take large amounts of niacin (vitamin B3), B1 (thiamin), PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid, another B vitamin), or vitamin C. But do take them in normal amounts.
Get enough exercise; it will improve circulation, which is always poor in diabetics. This will also lower blood sugar levels.
Huckleberry helps promote insulin production. Cedar berries help the pancreas. Other helpful herbs include black walnut, echinacea, burdock, buchu, dandelion root, and uva ursi.
In case of a hyperglycemia attack, go to an emergency room. You must be given fluids, electrolytes, and possibly insulin.
In case hypoglycemia occurs, in an emergency, immediately drink fruit juice, soft drinks, or anything else that contains sugar. If you are insulin dependent, carry a glucagon kit with you at all times.
If your child has diabetes, tell his teacher the warning signs of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.
Take good care of your feet, for they can become more easily infected than those of non-diabetics.
Also see "Diabetes2."
ENCOURAGEMENTThe love of God toward the fallen race is unfathomable. It is without a parallel. This love led Him to give His only begotten Son to die, that rebellious man might be brought back into harmony with the government of Heaven.
INCREASE OXIDATION OF SUGARA large amount of moderate out-of-door exercise, especially respiratory exercise (exercise that requires deeper breathing) and daily Cold Baths.
INCREASE ABSORPTION OF OXYGENGraduated Cold Baths, out-of-door exercise, breathing exercises, oxygen inhalation.
IMPROVE INTESTINAL DIGESTIONCold Douche with percussion to spine; short Cold Fan Douche to abdomen; Hot Abdominal Pack, day and night; Fomentation to abdomen, twice daily; abdominal message.
DIABETIC DIETZwieback (twice-baked bread), fruits, etc., but do not use dates and figs, green peas, strawberries, spinach, nuts, and nut products of all sorts except chestnuts. No meats of any kind.
SCIATICAHot Leg Pack, Revulsive Douche, rest in bed.
RHEUMATIC PAINSRadiant Heat Bath or Sweating Wet Sheet Pack until he perspires for 5-8 minutes. Follow by a suitable cold application.
OBESITYVigorous exercise; monotonous diet (which automatically lessens the desire to overeat); sweating baths, 3 times a week; vigorous cold applications daily; dripping Wet Sheet Rubs; Half Bath; Cooling Wet Sheet Pack; Plunge Bath.
EMACIATIONRest in bed, Cold Mitten Friction or Cold Towel Rub, Massage, a fattening diet.
BOILSProlonged Neutral baths, soap shampoo three times a week.
PRURITUSProlonged Neutral baths followed by Cold Mitten Friction to sound parts of skin, Neutral Compress.
SOMNOLENCECopious water drinking; Hot Enema, repeated every 3-4 hours; prolonged Neutral Bath, with Cold Pail Pour at 600 F. to head and spine at intervals of every 15 minutes. Hot Blanket Pack for 15 minutes, followed by cold Friction and Dry Pack.
CONSTIPATIONEnema, at 700 daily; Hot Abdominal Pack.
INSOMNIAProlonged Neutral Bath at bedtime; Neutral Pack, 30-40 minutes; Neutral Spray Douche, 3-4 minutes, at bedtime.
BRONCHITISChest Pack, Steam Inhalation, Revulsive Douche to legs.
EDEMA OF LEGSRest in bed; Cold Compress over heart, 15-30 minutes, 3 times daily. Revulsive Compress or Revulsive Douche to legs, 3 times a day, followed during interval by Heating Compress.
CARDIAC DILATATIONCold Compress over heart or Ice Bag over heart, 15 minutes, 3 times a day. Carefully increased moderate exercises.
THREATENED GANGRENEAlternate Compress or alternate Pail Pour to affected part and large adjacent area, 3 times a day; Protected Heating Compress over it during the interval between.
CIRRHOSIS OF LIVERAlternate Compress over liver or a Spray Douche to it twice daily. During the interval between, apply a well-protected Heating Compress.
ECZEMAAlkaline Bath (using oatmeal, etc., in water) or a Neutral Bath, 30 minutes, twice daily.
THIRSTFrequent drinking of small quantities of cold water, half a glass every hour. Sipping very hot water.
DRY SKINSteam Bath or Prolonged Neutral Bath, followed by oil rubbing daily or 2-3 times a week.
CONTRAINDICATIONSIf emaciated, avoid exercise and prolonged hot or cold baths.
GENERAL METHODThe general plan of treatment in this disease is essentially the same as that required in the treatment of obesity, which this disease closely resembles; but, in cases of diabetes accompanied by emaciation, very cold procedures, especially cold immersions (used in cases of obesity or in cases of diabetes in which he is fleshy) must be carefully avoided, and the principal reliance must be placed upon short cold procedures which build up his resistance while increasing oxidation of carbon to a moderate degree. Special attention must be given to improving the intestinal digestion.
- If any of the following related problems exist, look them up under their respective headings: Pneumonia, Nephritis, Cystitis.
Also see "Diabetes1."