Why I’ve decided to poke myself with needles for a week!!
by Dr. Emil Tompkins: A Family Chiropractor with a passion for community health and wellness.
Why, you ask, are you poking yourself with needles for a week? I’m doing it to hopefully prove a point. We are doing a fantastic workshop on the negative health consequences of high wheat consumption (Monday October 21, 6:30pm at Tompkins Family Chiropractic) and I would like to make sure research is backing up the things we speak about in our office. So I’m going to be the guinea pig. I’m going to put myself through the test.
- I will eat meals that are wheat free and look at my blood sugar responses.
- I will eat meals that are full of wheat and look at my blood sugar responses.
- I will eat meals with lots of sugar and no wheat and look at my blood sugar responses.
We will see how many dangerous insulin spikes I go through with each meal I eat.
Why is our blood sugar important? Our body has hundreds of processes that regulate its function and health. One of those processes is balancing the blood sugar. Our body burns sugar (glucose) for energy. When we eat food, our blood sugar raises, our body releases insulin and lowers the blood sugar back down to a normal range. As long as our body stays in this normal range, we will be healthy. If we have major fluctuations in our blood sugar, or major fluctuations in our insulin response, some really bad things will happen.
- When lots of insulin in secreted, it grabs whatever sugar the body needs for function and then converts the rest of the sugar into body fat. So simply higher blood sugar = more fat deposits.
- If blood sugar is too high, you will notice frequent urination dry skin, nausea and vomiting, disorientation.
- The up and down insulin response causes regular conversion of glucose to fat cells and over time you will gain weight. The changes also increase the levels of inflammation in the body leading to diabetes, heart disease and a host of other issues.
If I’m going to do this right for my own health and make recommendations later for my patients, I want to see how this works for myself. I’m going to do a one week study of the things I eat and how they affect my blood sugar – that’s right, needles, glucose meters and all. I can’t wait to share the results with you. We’ll see if wheat really does make a difference.
To find out the results, check out our workshop in 2 weeks:
5 Ways Wheat is Killing You and What You Must Do About It
Monday, October 21, @ 6:30 pm at Tompkins Family Chiropractic
7620 N Hartman Lane Ste 124-2
Tucson, AZ 85743.