What is Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, is a chronic aliment, that occurs either due to the failure of the pancreas to make insulin, or the bodies incapacity to utilize the insulin produced. This effectively leads to a raised levels of glucose in the blood, also known as hyperglycaemia.
Over the long-term, high glucose levels may lead to damage to the body and failure of vital organs and tissues. Hence, the correct treatment and management of diabetes are vital.
Types of Diabetes:
There are basically three types of diabetes,
Type 1 diabetes is an auto immune disorder, where the immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells of the pancreas. Thus, resulting in very little or no insulin being released into the body. About 10% of people suffering from diabetes suffer from type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes occurs either due to low production of insulin or the inability of the body to properly use the insulin produced, also known as insulin insensitivity. About 90 per cent of people with diabetes suffers from type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a brief condition that arises during pregnancy. There is an increased risk of imminent diabetes for both mother and child. It affects roughly two to four percent of all pregnancies.
Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes.
Individuals suffering from diabetes may experience different signs and symptoms of the ailment. Sometimes diabetes may cause no signs at all to indicate its presence.
Some of the signs commonly experienced are:
* Increased frequency of urination.
* Extreme thirst.
* Increased appetite.
* Loss of weight.
* Lack of awareness and attentiveness
* Tingling sensation or numbness in the limbs.
* Blurry vision.
* Recurrent infections.
* Slow-healing injuries.
Many more symptoms may occur depending upon the severity of the case.
Type 1 diabetes is easier to diagnose due to the display of unexpected and dramatic diabetes symptoms, meanwhile symptoms may be mild or none in type 2 diabetes, making it harder to detect.
Homeopathic Diabetes Treatment.
Homeopathy is a holistic science that has proven very effective for the treatment of diabetes and other chronic ailments. It is a safe and effective form of treatment which can be taken alongside conventional diabetes medication. The non-reactive, non-habit forming and natural medication prescribed is based a detailed analysis of one’s physical, physiological and emotional state.
The highly individualised homeopathic diabetes treatment considers every individual as a unique case and not a set of symptoms. The diabetes causes are evaluated and treated from the root causes bring about a comprehensive cure.
Homeopathy targets the immune system in order to correct its working. However, this form of treatment may require dietary and lifestyle changes, for the best results.
Diabetes-related complications can be very grave and life-threatening, it is recommended that one seeks professional help upon experiencing above mentioned symptoms, for a detailed diagnosis.
Hand-Picked, Handmade Triple-Berry Pie
Image by Austin & Zak
We picked every one of the (local, organic) berries for this pie by hand over the course of the summers of 2008 and 2009. The blueberries came from a school, and the strawberries and raspberries came from our CSA farm. All of our parents had a hand in this pie’s creation, which made it really special. My dad and mom picked blueberries with us, my spouse’s dad made the awesome crust from scratch, and my spouse’s mom helped us to get the filling’s flavor right.
We rolled out the dough and mixed up the filling and baked this pie on the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving. The next night, late at night, we were at a grocery chain store, people-watching. A woman picked up a boxed commercial pie and said to her shopping companion, "Wow! Awesome! This is two dollars! Why would *anyone* ever bother making things themselves at home?" And she laughed.
Eating locally helps us to do our part to reduce environmental pollution, as well as to increase local economic stability.
Picking all of the berries ourselves connects us quite literally with our food chain. Berry cultivation is not always easy to do; berries are delicate, and must be picked by hand. Our local CSA is good to us by providing berries, delegating the labor-intensive berry harvest to us. Otherwise, there’d be no way to make it cost-effective for shareholders.
Every berry you eat has been picked by a human hand. That fact is humbling in and of itself. It makes me even more humbled to spend hours each summer picking those berries myself; I can barely take the hot summer sun for an hour per week, yet billions of people worldwide cultivate, tend, and harvest all day, every day. So that others may eat. It is incredibly important to me that I remember this, and that I honor this process with gratitude and respect.
And with sweat. Because I am incredibly fortunate to be alive, and to have enough mobility in my body to pick fruit.
Each bite is a gift, a blessing. It is an homage to many hot hours under the sun, squatting, reaching, bending. It speaks to dirt, to prickers, to bugs, birds, swarming around as we worked and sweated and stained our hands with juice.
But I have a diabetic condition. I probably eat one piece of this pie per year, tops. Why do I bother? It’s just pie.
So indeed, it’s just a pie. It’s made of grains, roots, bark, cane, and fruits. But it’s so much more than that, for me, for the both of us.
I’ve been making this pie since 1995. It’s a super-simple recipe, and the lattice technique couldn’t be more straightforward, but the outcome is really wonderful. And then we all get to eat this pie together, for Thanksgiving.
I’m not for colonial imperialism, but I *am* for celebrating sustainable harvests, and families, and the sheer miracle of living. And with this, I rejoice.