A new book by Dr Sarah Myhill examines the harmful effects of sugar on the modern diet
For decades, dietary advice for diabetics has concentrated on alleviating immediate symptoms rather than addressing the underlying disease mechanisms. This has led to a culture of managed decline for diabetics, resulting in multiple illness complications and an early and unnecessary death for many sufferers.
It does not have to be this way. A recent combined report by the National Obesity Forum and Public Health Collaboration has, at last, seen a schism within the medical establishment’s status quo on guidance for diabetics. (www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/22/official-advice-to-eat-low-fat-diet-is-wrong-says-health-charity)
Dr Aseem Malhotra, consultant cardiologist and founding member of the Public Health Collaboration, has stated that dietary guidelines promoting low-fat foods are, “Perhaps the biggest mistake in modern medical history, resulting in devastating consequences for public health”.
He continues, saying that, “Sadly this unhelpful advice continues to be perpetuated. The current Eatwell Guide from Public Health England is in my view more like a metabolic timebomb than a dietary pattern conducive for good health. We must urgently change the message to the public to reverse obesity and Type 2 diabetes.”
In her new book, Prevent and Cure Diabetes – delicious diets not dangerous drugs, BMA award-winning author, Dr Sarah Myhill addresses these issues head on.
Dr Myhill, known for her accessible, easy writing style, informs the reader of what this metabolic timebomb is, and why modern diets and lifestyles are leading us all there. She goes on to give detailed guidance on how to prevent and reverse this progression into disease.
The book follows a logical progression as Dr Myhill explains clearly why sugar is a dangerous and non-essential fuel and how it damages our body. She explains the addictive nature of sugar and simplifies the biochemistry of the normal mechanisms by which the body controls blood sugar levels so that the lay-reader gains a full understanding.
From here, Dr Myhill goes on to show how these normal control mechanisms become overwhelmed by modern diets and lifestyles and how this leads to the development of metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes.
In clear language, Dr Myhill lays out how to diagnose that you have, or are on the way to developing, metabolic syndrome, or even undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes. Finally, Dr Myhill provides all the tools that you need to prevent, treat and reverse the progression of metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes.
Dietary advice and conveniently laid out meal plans provide a key part of the ‘Myhill Protocol’. Type 1 diabetics could also gain by employing the various elements of the protocol, resulting in minimal use of insulin. You are empowered to take control of your own health and the tools and interventions recommended by Dr Myhill can all be done by you, on your own, in your own home.
In the words of Dr Damien Downing MB BS, MRSB president, British Society of Ecological Medicine,
“Dr Sarah Myhill provides a clear, and often entertaining, explanation of how sugar poisons us, how we become addicts, and how to get out of this ‘jail’ free.”
Prevent and Cure Diabetes by Dr Sarah Myhill is published by Hammersmith Press