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A number of books have been written on low blood sugar but none as complete or up to date as The Low Blood Sugar Handbook. Edward Krimmel, the sufferer in this case, searched and discovered the root of his distressing symptoms. Patricia, his wife, a registered nurse, was 'copilot' during his struggle to gain health and normalcy. Together they have developed what they call the Krimmel Program, which includes, diet, exercise, fun and laughter, and proper sleep and rest. Suggestions are also given on 'choosing the right doctor,' in view of Krimmel's sad experiences with the medical professionals.

This book provides a comprehensive guide for people suffering with low blood sugar and there are menus and schedules for eating plus a few recipes. There are numerous individuals who will benefit from the helpful ideas and information which this book contains.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780916503000
  • Publisher: Franklin Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/20/1992
  • Edition description: lst ed
  • Pages: 184

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

Chapter 1 Could This Be You?
Symptoms
The Lost Soul and the Alert Patient
Misdiagnosis of Low Blood Sugar
Case Histories-Reflections of Those Paying the Price
   
Chapter 2 What Is Hypoglycemia-Low Blood Sugar?
What Is Blood Sugar?
Why Do We Need Glucose?
From Where Do We Get Glucose?
Physiology of Low Blood Sugar
Digestion and Absorption
Glucose Transportation
Possible Causes of Low Blood Sugar
Why Symptoms Occur
How Serious Is Low Blood Sugar?
Domestic Problems
Children's Difficulties
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Psychological Problems
   
Chapter 3 How to Determine If You Have Low Blood Sugar
Tools for Determining Low Blood Sugar
Review of Symptoms for Evaluation
5 Day Food Test
What Is a Glucose Tolerance Test?
Reasons For not Having a GTT
How Is a Glucose Tolerance Test Given?
How to Interpret the Results of a GTT
Helpful Hints for Taking a GTT
Sample Graphs
Understanding the Physician's Role
Doctor, Patient Relationship
Types of Physicians
Making a Choice
Physician's Role and Responsibilities
How to Prepare to Go to the Physician
How to Talk and Act with a Physician
Some Important Medical Tests
   
Chapter 4 The Krimmel Program What To Do if You Have Low Blood Sugar
Food Ethic
A Secret Your Body Knows
First Month of the Krimmel Program
Sample Menu and Schedule
Second Month of the Krimmel Program
Third Month of the Krimmel Program
Food Ethic for the Rest of Your Life
Foods You May Eat
Vegetables to Avoid
Fruits to Avoid
Beverages to Avoid
Other Foods to Avoid
Ideas for Snacks
The 90 Days No Excuse Menu
Exercise?
What Does Exercise Do?
Things to Remember When Exercising
Cold Extremities
Therapeutic Value of Fun and Laughter
Where and How to Find Fun and Laughter
Sleep, Rest and Relaxation
   
Chapter 5 Setting the Stage for Maintaining Your Blood Sugar
Frame of Mind
Ebb and Flow
Pilot-Copilot Relationship-Getting Through the Clouds
Why Is the Pilot-Copilot Relationship Necessary?
Getting Enough Information
Talk with Other Low Blood Sugar Sufferers For Support
Getting Others off Junk Food
Daily Review and Check Lists
Check List of Don'ts
Progress Summary-Symptoms Review
   
Chapter 6 Fine Tuning Techniques for Maintaining Your Blood Sugar
The Offensive Position Rather Than the Defensive Position
Examples and Preparation of Convenient Food Parcels
Convenient Equipment for Storing and Carrying Food
Putting on the Bandaid before You Cut Yourself
Live off Food Not Your Glands
Building Bridges
Planning Ahead
Vital Snacks
Label Reading
Eating Out
   
Chapter 7 Diet Analysis and Food Supplements
What Are Vitamins and Minerals?
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies-Related Health Problems
Vitamins and Minerals-Sources and Functions
Hints for Buying and Taking Supplements
   
Chapter 8 Psychological Aspects
Body, Mind and Spirit
Looking Forward and Behind
Pain and Pleasure Bargain
Offensive and Defensive Position
Find a Bigger Reason Than Just Yourself for Making Progress
   
Chapter 9 Lifestyle
Making up a Routine, Schedule
Clean up Your Problems-Decrease Your Stress
Nocturnal Creature-Magic Time
Helpful Concepts
Work on the Solution Not the Problem
Nothing Works Better Than the Way It's Organized and Managed
Does the Difference Make a Difference?
You Can't Change the World, Only Yourself
Always Be Going Someplace in Your Life
Depollute Yourself of Harsh Intruders
Fewer Medical Bills
Income May Become More Stable and Even Increase
   
Chapter 10 Living with a Low Blood Sugar Sufferer
Pilot-Copilot Relationship
Family Members Must Learn about Low Blood Sugar
   
Questions and Answers
Recipes
Glossary
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Preface

Preface

By Harvey M. Ross, M. D. Dr. Ross is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology practicing in Los Angeles, California. A founding member and past president of the Academy of Orthomolecular Psychiatry; on the Board of Trustees, The Huxley Institute for Bio-social Research. He is author of Fighting Depression and co-author of Hypoglycemia: The Disease Your Doctor Won't Treat, The Executive Success Diet and The Mood Control Diet.

The time it takes to diagnose a broken leg may be measured in minutes or hours. The time it takes to diagnose hypoglycemia from first symptoms to final diagnosis is usually measured in months and years. Considering the severity of emotional and physical symptoms experienced by those with hypoglycemia, and the time it takes to make the proper diagnosis, the enormity of the problem in terms of waste may be appreciated. Wasted years, unfulfilled goals, impossible interpersonal relationships, lack of professional attainments are but part of the price paid by those with undiagnosed hypoglycemia. The remainder of payment in terms of misery is made by those who are close to the person with hypoglycemia; the family; the friends. They too suffer.

Hypoglycemia is a cause of misery which can be eliminated. An informed public, and informed medical community is all that is needed to treat this condition successfully. The first step taken by most people is to seek medical help. When medical help is not found or when the wrong attitude or wrong answers are given, the search soon ends and individuals begin to rely on themselves.

The Krimmels have provided an excellent guide to those who find they must treat themselves, as well as to those who wish to find and work with a physician. A close adherence to the program which they outline will result in improvement in most cases of nonorganically caused hypoglycemia.

All the ills of man are not related to hypoglycemia. But there is an unfortunate group of individuals who suffer from fatigue, depressions, irritability, confusion and some physical symptoms who are told year after year by their physicians, "All your tests are normal; there isn't anything wrong with you." Between the covers of this book this group may find the important answers which are necessary for a healthy and productive life.

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Introduction

This edition is a result of new and improved concepts developed from talking with thousands of low blood sugar sufferers who have bought our books over the years. We wish to extend our appreciation to all those who have shared with us how their lives have improved by following the Krimmel Program in the handbook.

No longer do hypoglycemics have to be held hostage because they can't find out what is causing their problems. Through reading and studying they are discovering that what they put into their bodies can cause their lives to be disrupted and erratic or calm and controllable. The word has gotten out that the proper food is often much more beneficial to our bodies than medications. Even women with premenstrual syndrome often have trouble with hypoglycemia, states Dr. Ronald Norris, M.D., faculty member of Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

Throughout history, headaches, depression, alcoholism and sleep problems have been considered as being caused by something other than a body chemistry imbalance. Until recent years the alcoholic was considered to have a character flaw. Today's research is finding that the 11 million alcoholics, the 36 million depressed persons, the over 100 million suffering with headaches and the 50 odd million with sleep problems are often suffering with a body chemistry problem, which can be improved and sometimes even corrected by taking in the proper foods and their bodies being cared for with tender loving care (exercise, rest and relaxation, and fun and laughter).

Only recently is low blood sugar being recognized as the shadow behind many commonly known problems-many experts working with alcoholics believe the majority, if not all, alcoholics have low blood sugar; a great number of patients with mental conditions have improved immensely after being diagnosed and treated for low blood sugar; several institutions which work with juvenile offenders have tested them for low blood sugar and found a high percentage have the condition.

Aggressive behavior is another area where hypoglycemia shows up. Probably the most dramatic example of this is represented in the studies by Ralph Bolton, an ethnographer. He studied the Qolla, an Andean subculture near Peru, who have a culture with considerable violence and aggression. This is the direct opposite of what their moral code demands, which is charity, compassion and cooperation with all men. So why are they aggressive and violent? Mr. Bolton found a high rate, 55%, of the men he tested had hypoglycemia. Eleven of the 13 most aggressive men in the group had hypoglycemia. Dare we chance to think that hypoglycemia may be a contributing factor to the high incidence of crime and social problems in the United States?

The primary reason this book has been written is that I am a hypoglycemic (Low Blood Sugar sufferer) and my wife and I are anxious to share the many insights we have gained from living with the condition over the years. Although there are fine books written about hypoglycemia, to our knowledge this is the first to be written by a hypoglycemic. Our book is not so much about hypoglycemia as it is about the everyday nitty-gritty of living with the condition. We tell you the things you should and can do to end your suffering.

The insights we discuss in this book have been developed over years of personal experience. We have tested and retested the methods, not only on me but on other people we have helped to understand and regulate their own hypoglycemia.

On a scale of 1-10 for hypoglycemia severity, with 10 being the most severe, I would rate myself a 8-9. Before my hypoglycemia was regulated I regularly experienced approximately 40 of the common symptoms of the condition. Now that I am regulated by following the program we have worked out and outlined in this book, I would rate myself a 1 because of the infrequent occurrence of a few of the listed symptoms. Most times these few symptoms occur, it is because I am only human and eat something that tastes good to my tongue but isn't good for my body chemistry. It's the old battle of pain and pleasure that all hypoglycemics eventually have to face and deal with. At least now I know why I have the various symptoms and how to deal with them. Having these insights has given me the opportunity to enjoy a very beautiful life. We hope the insights will afford you a better life too.

The program outlined in this book is an optimum lifestyle for not only hypoglycemics, but for everyone who desires a healthy and productive life. Naturally it's called the Krimmel Program.

Had it not been for books on hypoglycemia we would still be wandering and staggering through the orthodox medical maze, looking for an answer to the many symptoms I was displaying. Only through the books did I learn what was really wrong with me. Now that I have a free mind and a healthy spirit, my wife and I are able to make our contribution to the social fabric which helped us.

Because of the many people we met who told us about their low blood sugar condition and difficulties in getting suitable information, we decided to put our ideas on paper so we could help people more effectively. So here it is, your personal handbook, the means by which you can readily establish whether or not you are hypoglycemic and the specifics of what to do and what not to do. If you find yourself using the material in our book on a day to day basis, then we have done our job well. We made a special effort to use a level of language that would be complementary to the subject and at the same time be folksy and easily understood by the lay individual. It is very important that your family and friends read this book so they will be able to understand hypoglycemia and how it affects all of you. Then they can be supportive and helpful.
God bless, and we love you too.
Ed & Pat Krimmel


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