Xiulan and Colin’s story
Xiulan was not particularly concerned when she was first diagnosed with diabetes. She was a doctor, actually a surgeon and gynaecologist and had confidence in the health system. But that changed when she began to loose her sight, consequently falling down a flight of stairs breaking multiple bones. After a successful operation the injuries started to turn black and the doctors started to talk about amputation. Becoming a blind cripple is certainly attention grabbing.
She was told that diabetes was a chronic irreversible disease, it would get steadily worse, she could expect to take stronger and stronger medications and could expect to die young possibly from a heart attack.
Her husband Colin has been recognised as one of Australia’s leading innovators by the Institute of Engineers, building up his company, Moldflow, to become Australia’s leading exporter of technical software. They could not believe what they were being told and set about finding out what the root cause of diabetes really was.
They did experiments with continuous blood sugar monitoring looking at what caused the sugar spikes hoping to correlate this with the food she was eating which led to some unexpected results.
But Colin, an older person, remembered his childhood days, when chicken pox, mumps and measles were common childhood diseases but diabetes was never an issue. Now diabetes is common with one in three people being either diabetic, pre-diabetic or sufficiently overweight to be prone to diabetes. In Australia every four minutes some unfortunate person has a leg amputated from diabetes which has been called the black death of the twenty first century.
So Colin, trained in the logic of engineering asked himself – in the last fifty years something has changed to cause this modern epidemic – what could that be.
He has lived long enough to know that it wasn’t simply the type of food we are eating. Way back in his childhood people were eating plenty of sugary food, particularly cakes with cream, marzipan and icing sugar – they were also eating lots of fats, dripping (animal fat) on toast was a common breakfast. So what could it be?
He had worked on a farm as a school boy to buy a racing bike and has observed first hand the change in farming practices. One of his farm jobs was burying manure and dead animals and had clear recollection of how this improved the soil for many years afterwards and realised there must be more to this than simply the nutrients and with the hindsight of modern technology understood that this was the effect of soil biology which in turn affected our gut biology.
But with his expertise in computers he realised that it was more than simply the species of biology in the guts, the gut bugs were actually communicating with each other to form an intelligent system which acted as the control system for the body.
When this becomes damaged, from toxins and lack of critical minerals the control system goes into emergency mode so the body stores extra fat in the cells and as the cells expand it is more difficult for sugar to enter the cells, which is the root cause of insulin resistance. Our bodies readily convert fat to sugar and back again.
At this stage the person may not be diabetic as the pancreas simply makes extra insulin to control the blood sugar levels. This may go on for many years with no serious health problems other than being a bit overweight.
The situation becomes serious when fat enters the cells in the pancreas so it can no longer produce enough insulin. This is the point when diabetes becomes serious.
Diabetes is a complex problem with many factors but damage to the gut biology is central. A diet based on food grown in healthy living soil is central to avoiding or reversing diabetes. The fact that Xiulan still has good eyesight and both legs and the results of research from around the world supports this view.
Diabetes is such a global problem, that Colin decided to create a web site www.pickandeat.shop so diabetics, or people simply concerned about their health, can be linked to those farmers who have adopted regenerative agriculture so they can improve their gut biology and hence health by buying food, at a reasonable price directly from these farsighted farmers.