Diabetes is linked to acute thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency

Thursday, June 06, 2013 by: Paul Fassa
Tags: diabetes, vitamin B1, thiamine

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(NaturalNews) Stuart Lindsay is a PharmD (PhD in pharmacy) who contributed an article to entitled "Confessions of a Frustrated Pharmacist." He wrote of his frustrations of being ostracized from members of the medical community as he became aware of how drugs weren't working to cure much of anything.

Orthomolecular medicine is the appropriate application of high dosage nutraceutical supplements for treating diseases.

Stuart was observing people on pharmaceutical drugs not getting better, and he was hearing vitamin users talk of their improved health conditions. He began reading more about supplements and questioning his superiors at the pharmacist's graduate school he was attending.

He managed to obtain his PharmD degree despite his occasional conflicts and disagreements with the teaching staff. (1)

Then he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. His vision was good and other common type 2 diabetes symptoms were not unbearable. His main symptom of concern was the neuropathy affecting his feet, sometimes numb and sometimes painful.

The frustrated pharmacist takes another path

Realizing the pain pills for his feet and other drugs prescribed by his doctor wouldn't help his condition, Stuart decided to go with his non-mainstream medical research and use supplements.

After researching several studies, most importantly UK Dr. Paul Thornalley's theory of diabetes as an acute thiamine deficiency, Stuart started taking 300 mg three times a day using benfotiamine, a fat soluble or lipid form of thiamine.

Having researched Dr. Thornalley's theory of diabetes being an acute thiamine deficiency and other supporting studies, he started a regimen of vitamin and mineral supplements.

He told his doctor that if it didn't work out, he'd succumb to the doctor's list of prescribed drugs, which included pain killers and statin drugs. But that didn't happen. Within a week the intense foot pain was gone, and withing three weeks all peripheral neuropathy sensations had ceased.

They would come back when he stopped taking them, but at least he wasn't suffering from the side effects of expensive drugs. Diabetics lose thiamine with their usually increased urination issues.

Stuart states, "If you go to PubMed and enter the keywords 'thiamine deficiency' and 'diabetes' you will get dozens of references that describe how many symptoms of diabetes are caused by a thiamine deficiency it generates." (2)

Dr. Dach concurs

Dr. Jeffrey Dach, a holistic MD based in South Florida, concurs with Stuart's decisions except for one item, Stuart's rejection of Metformin, which Dr. Dache asserts is a rare "good drug" for diabetics.

He lists the supplements used with Stuart's nutraceutical approach:

* Benfotiamine thiamine - 300mg 3X daily
* Pyridoxal-5-phosphate - 100 mg daily
* Magnisium citrate - 300 mg 3X daily with meals
* Acetyl-L-Canitine - 1,000 mg between meals daily
* Buffered vitamin C - 2,000 to 3,000 mg with meals

Dr. Dach added a few of his own recommendations:

* Alpha Lipoic Acid
* Vanadium with Chromium
* Dietary Fiber
* Tocotrienol Vitamin E
* Exercise and weight reduction program, for which he advises to call his office

Dr. Dach concludes in his article linked below that benfotiamine thiamine should be included for all diabetes patients. He cites several academic sources in addition to his report on the diabetic symptom reduction by the "frustrated pharmacist". (3)

Both Stuart and Dr. Dach refer to the ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) five-year study failure that proved the opposite of their stated aim. (4) (5)

Essentially they're both saying diabetes or its symptoms are not completely handled by mainstream medicine, and that nutritional medicine does at least handle the symptoms that even lowering blood sugar doesn't.

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