Thank you so much for your kind words about our new website. Although we still have a few more adjustments to make, your praise from around the world has touched my heart! In just a 24-hour period, I heard from the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy and Russia. . . . How incredible God’s plan!
An e-mail from Pat, right here in the USA, resonated with me the most because I hear this question so often. Pat writes . . .
“I’m a 67 year old woman who has had hypoglycemia since I was about 26 years old. I have followed the diet most of my life. When I follow the diet I feel very good, and whenever I cheat I feel terrible. I gain weight, feel bloated, irritable, depressed, and have all of the other classic symptoms.
“I have never found such good sound advice in all these years of going it alone. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“However I do have a question. Why is it that most physicians don’t know much about hypoglycemia, and why is it so difficult to find one who does? And can you recommend one who does?
The best explanation I can give you is from my book, The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar.
In 1980, when I formed the HSF, I wrote to about 50 local physicians looking for help and guidance. I was desperately seeking to arrange places to send the numerous patients who kept asking me where to go for treatment. No one responded. Discouraged and disillusioned, I decided to move beyond my local sphere of influence and contact physicians around the country who knew about hypoglycemia. Astonishingly, a number of them answered.
Emanuel Cheraskin, M.D., D.M.D., Harvey M. Ross, M.D., Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., E. Marshall Goldberg, M.D., Carlton Fredericks, Ph.D. and Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D., all responded, offering encouragement, support, guidance and hope. Although I was optimistic that I would hear from them, I think deep down inside I was surprised. Probably, because I knew the recent history of hypoglycemia.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, hypoglycemia was written up in a large number of lay publications. The disease suddenly became trendy. It was used as a way to explain some of the worst ills of humanity with little or no scientific backing, and a number of people proclaimed themselves to be hypoglycemics without bothering to consult a doctor or get a glucose tolerance test. The backlash in the medical establishment was swift. In 1949, the American Medical Association (AMA) awarded Dr. Seale Harris its highest honor for the research that led to the discovery of hypoglycemia. After the flood of quackery and self-diagnosis began, the AMA, in 1973, did a 180-degree turn and labeled hypoglycemia a “non-disease.”
Don’t let this discourage you. There are doctors out there. As the HSF started to gain recognition, acceptance and credibility, doctors from all fields of medicine volunteered their services. From general practitioners in the medical field to osteopaths, chiropractors, nutritionists and dietitians, they all came. They lectured at our meetings, held seminars, wrote articles and served on our board of directors.
In 1998, the HSF conducted a survey to see if there was a link between hypoglycemia and diabetes. We received over 5500 responses from 25 countries! (Check out the survey information on our website.) One of our goals this year is to repeat the survey and insist the results become a prerequisite for future scientific research so that reactive hypoglycemia jumps to the forefront of medicine, where it belongs.
I am also excited to announce that the HSF will hold its first ever fundraising gala, “Hypoglycemia Takes Center Stage,” on October 14, 2011, at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. Specific details will be posted shortly on our website, new Facebook page and Twitter. In the meantime, a Save The Date will be posted. Hope many of you can attend!
For the past 31 years, the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation has been the world-renowned leader in providing support, advocacy and information about the causes, prevention and management of hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar. Let’s put a human face on a silent disorder that, for too long, has been ignored.
In closing, Pat, please check out the links on our website. There is a list of foundations/organizations with referrals in your area. Two that have proven to be especially beneficial are the websites of The Life Extension Foundation at www.lef.org and Dr. Al Sears at www.alsearsmd.com. Their referral lists are extensive and include foreign countries.
Good luck — and please continue to keep me posted on your progress.
Here’s to your health,