Are you maintaining a healthy blood sugar level?

Let’s talk about sugar handling – not too high of sugar, which is diabetes, but something that is equally as important and what used to be called hypoglycemia. I think the better word is neuroglycopenia, which is a fancy way of saying if your blood sugar is too low, your nerves freak out. This is really important if you get hyperirritability, mood swings, or are one of those afternoon yawners. It usually means that your pancreas isn’t working right. What happens is, if you stabilize the pancreas and your blood sugar levels you have a lot more energy in the afternoons and you don’t have the tanking feeling around three o’clock.

One of the biggest reasons why we have blood sugar problems is the high consumption of the terrible poisons known as refined white sugar and high fructose corn syrup. In 1821 we were typically consuming 10 pounds of sugar per year. In 1999, we were having 170 pound of sugar, so 17 times what we were having before, per person, per year. If you think about that for kids, that’s 170 pounds for kids and 30 pounds of that comes from candy. If you don’t think you eat very much sugar, you may not, but I want you to be aware and check labels because it might be hiding in foods you don’t even realize. Products like soda, chocolate cake, fig newtons, life savers, and processed foods all have a large amount of sugar.

The glucose metabolism and blood pressure is also a factor. If you get too much sugar in your system, it really increases your hearts output capacity and causes a lot of problems with blood pressure.

Many patients ask me, what about the sugar in fruits and vegetables? The main difference is, the sugar in vegetables and fruits is mixed in with fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and beneficial phytonutrients, all which moderate any negative metabolic effects. So, be careful what you eat and drink. Choose to eat fruits and vegetables over candy bars and chips.

The way to take control and handle this is by having everything balanced in your body chemistry, particularly with pancreatic function. Also, eat consistently at the same times every day and don’t skip meals. If you need a snack in between meals, reach for some veggies instead of a candy bar. This will really help boost your mood, increase energy levels, end mood swings, and help increase your afternoon performance.

There are some things that we can do to prevent a burned out pancreas, which could lead to diabetes down the road.


Dr. J recommends:

Blood Sugar All-In-One – This is a wonderful sugar metabolism product I take daily.     

Chromium – Included in Blood Sugar All-In-One

Essential fatty acids – typically 2,000-4,000 mg per day – My favorite is Ultimate Omega Balance because it absorbs really well and doesn’t give you those awful fishy burps.

We also have a wonderful Low Blood Sugar Program at The West Clinic. For those that are interested, call us at 208-232-3216 for more information.



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More about Jason West

World renowned clinic in Pocatello, Idaho has patients from every state and from every continent. The West Clinic was started in 1916 and has four generations of doctors and six generations of patients. Dr Jason West has two doctorates and a fellowship in health care disciplines. At the Southern California University of Health Sciences, he was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award (from the students) and the Presidential Leadership Award (from the president). It’s the first time a doctoral candidate was selected for this recognition by the students and the faculty. In 2012, in his home state of Idaho, Dr West was selected as Chiropractor of the Year. He uses his education in bio-mechanics (chiropractic), bio-chemistry (naturopathic medical doctor) and energy medicine (acupuncture and homeopathy) to develop comprehensive treatments plans for chronic pain, degeneration, and to restore patients to optimal health. Dr West loves attending continuing education seminars and it has been his goal to attend at least one seminar per month and has been doing so since he started practice in 2000. Dr West is a published author in the scientific literature on headaches. He currently has three other studies pending publication. Dr West has participated in many media events including his own radio show, “How to Save Money Medically,” a video blog, and multiple documentaries. In 2011, a film maker decided to make a film on alternative medicine. They went out and visited hundreds of clinics and selected the six of what the producers considered the top alternative medical clinics in the United States. Dr West’s office was selected and in 2012 he was profiled in the medical documentary, “Doctored.” This documentary is available online and on Netflix. They are making a sequel to this documentary called “Undoctored” which will release in March of 2015. Dr West plays an integral role in this documentary as well. He has been invited to participate in the video series, The Last Stop, a nine-part video series about the health care system. This will start filming in late 2015 or early 2016. Dr West has lectured all over the world at conferences in United States, Canada, and Australia. He has presented at chiropractic, naturopathic conferences, and the American Academy of Ozone Therapy, and has taught over 50 individual seminars for doctors on topics such as clinical nutrition, blood chemistry, chronic disease, and energy deficits, motivating staff members and educating to patient base and provides personal consulting with doctors that wish to excel in health care. He continues to teach regularly and has eight seminars scheduled in 2015. Dr West is married to his sweetheart, Maxine and has five sons. He loves technology, computer uses in medicine, snowmobile, motorcycle riding, and loves the study relationships and communication. Achieving his goal of Eagle Scout gave him a great love of the outdoors and being self-reliant.

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