8. Effects Of Insulin
There are seven forms of insulin currently in use and they are grouped into three classifications according to their duration of action. They are fast-, intermediate-, and long-acting. Most insulin is made from beef or beef/pork pancreas. Some is now being made from only pork. All of these insulins contain pancreatic impurities including glucagon, somatostatin, pancreatic polypeptide, and proinsulin. Experiments with purer strains are now being tested since many patients have had adverse reactions from the impure type of insulin. The body rejects what is not normal and foreign protein injected into an organism is treated as a poison and eliminated as quickly as possible. Other complications may arise from insulin treatment.
Insulin shock (hypoglycemia) may occur if too much insulin is taken. Local reactions to insulin injections, often occurring during the first few weeks of insulin therapy, most commonly consist of stinging or itching at the injection site followed by heat, induration, erythema, and an urticarial reaction. Systemic reactions may include hives, urticaria, cardiopulmonary or gastrointestinal symptoms, and rarely, anaphylactic reactions. In this case, higher doses of insulin are given or more purified types are given.
All of these symptoms are indications of a bodily response to unwanted agents outside of the normal constituents. Concerning this palliation, Dr. Vetrano writes, “Medical treatment for diabetes is insulin. Symptoms only are treated with no effort to eliminate the cause. This does not help the patient to regain health. On the contrary, besides the side effects of foreign protein, it perpetuates the disease. If normal functioning cells were left before beginning insulin treatment, these soon atrophy from lack of function. The diabetic of today may live longer than diabetics of the past; but nothing constructive has been done to eliminate toxemia, so he is doomed to live the life of a vampire, because the death of other animals is necessary for his life. The toxemia which caused his first disease is not eliminated and he lives only to suffer from the effects of his drugs and toxemia.”
It has been said that the rise in the death rate in diabetes is “in spite of insulin.” Dr. Shelton says that it is because of insulin. He states that insulin is, both directly and indirectly, the cause of a large part of an increased death rate and is a big factor in preventing thousands of diabetics from recovering.
It has been proven that insulin does not “cure” diabetes and that it does not even improve the condition. According to Dr. Shelton, insulin is presented to us as a crutch. He explains that insulin is something the diabetic can lean upon and it will enable him to “live a normal life” in spite of diabetes but it is still employed as a crutch. But by “living a normal life” is meant eating and drinking and living in a conventional manner—in the manner that produced the diabetes and other troubles in the first place. The employment of a crutch always leads to ignoring causes. The use of insulin encourages patients to continue doing things that are known to make diabetes worse. If more enervation, or added toxemia, or continued overeating results in an increase of symptoms, the physician quickly sets matters right by increasing the dose of insulin.
Insulin reduces the sugar in the urine and blood but it has no effect on the causes of diabetes. While it aids in controlling one symptom, it constitutes an added cause.
Dr. Shelton says, “Insulin is a powerful drug. A slight overdose causes a light insulin shock; a little more produces coma; a little more results in death. The continued use of this drug produces damage of its own, not the least of which is the added impairment of the function of the pancreas.”
- Part I – Diabetes Mellitus
- 1. Introduction
- 2. History
- 3. Classification
- 4. Derangement Of Function
- 5. Symptoms
- 6. Medical Diagnosis
- 7. Medical Treatment Of Diabetes Mellitus
- 8. Effects Of Insulin
- 9. Oral Hypoglycemic Agents
- 10. The Diabetic Diet
- 11. Why You Have Diabetes
- 12. How You Can Improve Your Overall Health
- Part II – Diabetes Insipidus
- Part III – Hypoglycemia
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Other Factors
- 3. General Symptoms
- 4. Medical Diagnosis
- 5. Medical Treatment
- 6. Concentrated Sugar
- 7. Conversion Mechanism
- 8. Hormones That Maintain Balance
- 9. Progression Of Hypoglycemia
- 10. The Liver
- 11. Hyperinsulinism
- 12. What To Do If You Have Symptoms Of Hypoglycemia
- Questions & Answers
- Article #1: Diabetes Mellitus By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
- Article #2: Diabetes