May 2012 – Information Overload

Do we have information overload about hypoglycemia?

I was sick for 10 years before I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia. Upon hearing the results, I was ecstatic! I finally had a diagnosis, a name and a cure. Unfortunately, what I hoped to be an “overnight” remedy turned out to take several years of sorting through a mass of confusing and complicated information. Due to the unfamiliarity with the stages of hypoglycemia, the controversy surrounding its treatment and acceptance, I found myself with the feeling of being the only person in the world suffering from this baffling condition.

Now, almost 40 years later, it should be different. But is it? We literally have more information at our fingertips than ever before–more books, CD’s, videos, blogs, and of course, the Internet. However, with all this extra access, I ask myself…what is better…too little or too much information? Today, the field is wide open and the Internet has taken the lead. Plug the words “hypoglycemia” or “low blood sugar” into a search engine, and hundreds of links come up. But how do you know which ones to choose? How do you know which sites are credible and which are not?

Before using any information, you should consider the following: make sure the information is up-to-date, accurate and useful. Checking the last revision of the material and the source of the information can do this. Most importantly, is it helpful to you as an individual in answering your questions and concerns?

Through the HSF’s website, Facebook page and my monthly blog, I aim to help guide you through the varied and often confusing information about hypoglycemia. I updated my book in October 2012 with the latest information available at that time and this website serves to complement that publication.

I personally feel that if you are newly diagnosed or still struggling to get on the right path, you should have a small library of books—at least three—by leading authorities in the field of hypoglycemia. Then make it a habit to reread them occasionally. You may find it more enlightening and informative on the second or third reading. And remember, you do not have to read these books all at once. Read a chapter, a page or a few paragraphs at a time. Just be consistent. Learning takes time, energy, patience and commitment—and it is you that will reap the benefits!

It is very important that while you seek medical advice from your doctors, you also play an active role in the choices and decisions you make. You are your best advocate.

Here are some books to get started:

  • I suggest you read my book, The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low blood Sugar, not just because I wrote it, but because I wrote it with you in mind. I wanted to give people suffering with hypoglycemia an easy-to-read guide to help them on their path to wellness. It has almost 300 do’s and don’ts and 60 questions and answers by the experts on this subject. Please be assured that all revenue from the sale of my book will go to further the work of the HSF.
  • Hypoglycemia: The Classic Healthcare Handbook (formerly Hypoglycemia: The Disease Your Doctor Won’t Treat) by Jeraldine Saunders and Dr. Harvey M. Ross. I highly recommend this book because Dr. Ross clearly explains the stages of hypoglycemia—a very crucial point that many need to know. He writes in chapter seven that there are three stages of hypoglycemia, each with its own characteristics. A must read!
  • Carlton Fredericks’ New Low Blood Sugar and You by Dr. Carlton Fredericks—excellent graphs and information on the GTT. Although my book has a fantastic list of do’s and don’ts that will help you before you take the GTT, Dr. Fredericks explains in detail the importance of why and how the GTT results are interpreted.
  • Suicide by Sugar by Dr. Nancy Appleton–everything you wanted to know about the dangers of sugar. Dr. Appleton lists 143 reasons why sugar is ruining your health. Visit her website at www.nancyappleton.com for a preview.

Treat yourself. Take the time to go through whatever form of information you choose. Once it is available to you, love yourself enough to take the final step, commitment and application.

Here’s to your health,

Roberta

 

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