Type II Diabetes is a chronic disease that is characterized by imbalances between the various systems in the body. This causes changes in insulin and blood sugar levels which cause an increase in inflammation. If these are not caught in time, they can cause serious damage that is very difficult to repair. Our goal is to bring balance into the different systems in the body as all of these are implicated in the development and progression of Type II Diabetes.
Statistics new patients diagnosed with Type II Diabetes each year are staggering. The complications that many patients suffer from make it apparent that what conventional medicine is doing is not working. There are many complications that can occur when Type II Diabetes goes unchecked. When seeking treatment for diabetes, it is important to know you have the best doctors and medical options available to help you in getting the proper treatment and making the right decisions
Diabetes Assessment at Sanoviv
At Sanoviv we have established protocols for the early detection of Diabetes in order to avoid and prevent the acute and chronic complications of this disease, such as:
Peripheral or central neuropathy
Peripheral vascular insufficiency
History of conventional treatment for diabetes has shown the “one doctor, one drug” approach is unsuitable in dealing with this chronic systems imbalance. Unchecked, diabetes can lead to early aging and chronic degenerative diseases like those listed above.
When you arrive at Sanoviv, you will have a professional team who will assess all systems to find everything that may be contributing to a partial or permanent elevation of the levels of blood sugar. We will also be looking for contributing factors such as genetics, environment, and life style influences such as diet and exercise.
We will first take a clinical history to learn:
What precursors predisposed you to the development of this disease.
What problems might have triggered the imbalance.
How to find the root cause of the different symptoms that you experience.
Other assessment can include:
Routine testing such as EKG, Spirometry, chest imagery, and ultrasound.
Bio Impedance Analysis: We evaluate your metabolic rate which helps us find if your diet is right for your type. In addition, it gives us your actual level of body fat and lean mass.
Laboratory testing: We verify markers that are related to diabetes such as thyroid function, your insulin release and Vitamin D levels, among many others.
Biofeedback devices: We can evaluate the presence of food allergens that can trigger inflammation or the presence of any other blockages in your body.
Sleep study: We can do testing for sleep apnea which is often related to obesity and is a trigger for general inflammation.
Vascular integrity study: We can test your response to stress and measure the release of Nitric Oxide as an indicator.
Diabetes Type II Treatment
Type II Diabetes is a multifaceted disease that no one health professional can fully treat. The Sanoviv team is led by a medical doctor and will also include a dentist, psychologist, chiropractor, nutritionist and fitness expert. After all assessments are completed they will meet together and come up with the treatment plan that is perfect for you. These treatments will be designed to restore and improve insulin sensitivity and treat resistance to glucose disposal. To reach this goal, a comprehensive plan of treatments, environmental changes, and dietary modifications will be created specifically for you. While addressing the various causes of the imbalances we will work on reducing damage through therapies that supply your cells with phytonutrients, bioflavonoids and enzymes. This will favor the elasticity of the walls of the blood vessels and allow for better transportation of vital elements to all the cells in the body.
Here is an overview of some of the most effective treatments we have found for TYPE II DIABETES:
Diet: At Sanoviv, food is medicine. We use a therapeutic hypo-allerganic, anti-inflammatory diet that will help detect any food allergens that can be contributing to inflammation. Our food has a very low glycemic load content to help normalize the BLOOD SUGAR . Our nutritionist will be available to help you raise your level of knowledge and consciousness for future diet habits.
I.V. Therapie: When the digestive system is compromised, vital nutrients are not assimilating into the body. We use specially formulated IV therapies that bypass the digestive system and deliver nutrients directly into the blood stream. For example, we may use high doses of IV Vitamin C and Glutathione to curb free radicals that can contribute to inflammation.
Supplements: Specific supplements will be used to support the treatment goal, either in nutritional form, herbal or homeopathic form. Intra-venous vitamins therapy could be used if judged appropriate.
Fitness program: Our fitness trainers will work with you here to start you on a fitness routine to bring you back to an improved physical health in a balanced way.
Well being Training: During your stay you will learn and experience many ways of releasing stress, such as meditation, relaxation and yoga.
Structural therapy: Our chiropractic department will focus on treating the various structural imbalances, if present, which could be sources of inflammation, stress and might stop you from exercising with ease.
Spa Therapy: Our Spa offers soothing and rejuvenating treatments that will relax and detoxify you, further improving your ability to have a greater balance.
Hyperthermic therapy: We will use infrared saunas to promote weight reduction and detoxification. In some cases, our state-of-the art hyperthermia devices may be used to create a controlled environment. Heat therapy
lowers blood glucose, increases caloric expenditure and enhances excretion of Heavy Metals and pesticides through the skin.
To support your way to recovery, you will receive an individualized program which you will incorporate as part of your daily lifestyle . We will continue to support your progress with our 6 month ‘After Care’ program.
Diabetes Type II FAQ
1. Can I get off my medications?
In most cases, yes. We have seen that with health challenges that have evolved from years of bad lifestyle choices, full compliance to lifestyle and dietary recommendations can lead to a reversal of these unhealthy processes.
2. What contributes to the onset of Diabetes?
There are various factors that could contribute to the onset of diabetes. Some of these include genetics, environment, lifestyle, eating habits, structural imbalances, toxins in your surroundings, how much exercise you do, etc. There can be a different triggers for different people but most of the time it’s a combination of hormonal imbalances, inflammation in the body, free radical damage, toxicity. high-glycemic index food and sedentary lifestyle.
3. Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome runs in my family. Can you help me prevent it?
We are experts at preventing these types of health issues. When something “runs in the family” it’s a sign of 2 things. First, it can be a consequence of environmental exposure. For example we tend to learn how to cook from our mothers so if we have been exposed to bad food habits and being sedentary from childhood, there are high chances that we will continue these habits into adulthood.Second, we can have small genetic predisposition for diabetes. In a study done with identical twins, they found that only 10% of genetics influenced the development of the disease. It’s our environment that plays the most important role in development of the disease If we make the proper changes, we can stop the perpetuity of the disease lineage even when there is a genetic predisposition.
4. What is different from your approach in the treatment of Metabolic Syndrome or Type II Diabetes?
Since we focus on treating the cause, the treatment can vary from one person to another and from what we find out from each person’s diagnostic tests.
5. What tests do you do at Sanoviv that my conventional doctor does not know about for those conditions?
Our way of doing the assessment might be different than what your MD has done. We look thoroughly into what factors predisposed you to the development of this disease, what problems might have triggered the imbalances and what is the root cause of the different symptoms that you experience.
Then we perform some traditional testing such as EKG, Spirometry, chest imagery and ultrasound. We perform a Bio Impedance Analysis which evaluates your metabolic rate. This will help us find if your diet is right for your type. Plus, it gives us your actual level of body fat and lean mass. The lab work will tell us such things as your thyroid function, insulin release and the levels of vitamin D in your body and much more. We use biofeedback devicesto evaluate the presence of food allergens that can trigger inflammation or the presence of any other blockages in your body. We do a sleep study for the testing of sleep apnea which is often related to obesity and is a trigger for general inflammation. We evaluate vascular integrity and test your response to stress by measuring the release of NITRIC OXIDE . Then, our integrated team of health professionals will thoroughly assess and confirm where these imbalances are coming from and find the root causes that are contributing to your disease.
6. What do you mean when you say you practice “Functional Medicine”?
Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Sanoviv was the first hospital in the world to be certified in the Functional Medicine approach by the highly regarded Functional Medicine Institute located in Washington D.C.
7. What is the importance of the integrative team approach?
The importance of this approach is that you are assessed and treated as a whole human being. Many of the health issues that we face today are multi-faceted; there is no one definitive cause and no one cure. When a whole team of health professionals come together, each bringing their area of expertise it is easier to evaluate your whole body health and come up with a customized plan for treatment.
8. I just saw the dentist recently, why do I have to see one again at Sanoviv?
In our integrated approach the assessment by all the health professionals is very important. Even though all our professionals are certified and licensed by their specific profession’s Board, we go above and beyond traditional care
practices. In regards to dental care, here we practice Biological Dentistry.
This form of dentistry takes into consideration many things that traditional dentistry would not. These different paradigms and assessment tools are what sets us apart from traditional care.
9. I have a wide range of issues and feel overwhelmed, what can you offer me?
We will help you organize your health priorities in the order of what will have the most profound impact on getting you healthy again. We will properly assess and treat the underlying causes through the use of specialized tools and prioritize those areas where we can have the most impact. You will leave Sanoviv with a detailed plan on how to approach healing in a functional way. Think of it as your personal owner’s manual.
10. How soon will I feel better?
It all depends on the duration and severity of your health issues. We would ideally love to cure everyone that we treat, and we know that this is not always possible. What is possible is to determine the right path to wellness through the combination of an integrative assessment and TREATMENT PLAN that will combine the best of allopathic and alternative medicine. We will work together to facilitate you being an active participant in your own health and healing.
11. Will I ever stop using medication if I follow your program?
The use of medication is mostly to block chemical reactions in the body and most of the time won’t address the root cause that is producing the imbalance in the body. Medication only makes it temporarily appear that our systems are in balance. At Sanoviv we will work together to find what the root cause is, then treat it. When this is done, over time the body will find its balance again.
For this reason, you might start seeing change and the doctor may have to start reducing the medication until you reach homeostasis.
12. Are you offering a cure?
It all depends on your capacity to comply and take responsibility for your health.
The degree of change towards health is proportional to your willingness to make healthier choices. This will be the real cure. Everybody is different and has his or her own biochemical individuality.
One guest can respond really positively to an approach but it might not work for his neighbor. We cannot therefore, guarantee or claim curing a disease. No hospital or clinic can. But we can offer two things, first to assess you as the
biochemically individual person that you are, and second, help you to go in the right direction for reversing these health challenges.
13. Can I bring someone to help me out at Sanoviv?
Yes, you can bring a companion to support your stay. Since our program is based on applying lifestyle changes to support your ongoing health, bringing your spouse or significant other can be helpful as both of you can learn firsthand about these recommended changes. We do require you bring a companion for support if you are very compromised and cannot get from appointment to appointmen without assistance.
14. What type of IVs do you use?
We use different types of IV therapy protocols depending on the type of health issues and the biochemical individuality of each guest. For a more detailed explanation of this please refer to our IV Therapy section.Our main goal with IV therapies is to providevital nutrients to the guest, bypassing the digestive system to allow a greater absorption by the body.
15. What does a typical day at Sanoviv look like?
Even though we have a set of daily activities, each schedule is different from guest to guest. We really hand tailor your treatment to best accommodate what you need to be well. Usually our days start with an hour of relaxation practices, like meditation and energy medicine class. Then a light stretching class after which you have breakfast. Afterwards, most of the therapies and consultations take place. Usually there is some time for a snack break before lunch. After lunch we have more classes or more therapies until dinner. After dinner we have the main class in our auditorium to end the day.
16. Do I need to comeback after the end of my treatments?
Usually it takes years of detrimental lifestyle choices and habits to start showing symptoms of imbalances in the body. Regaining your health is a process and we cannot expect to reverse all imbalances within a couple of weeks. What we can do is help you get on the road to recovery. For this reason, it’s ideal to come back after having APPLIED all recommendations suggested by our team so we can reevaluate your current state of health and help you continue on the path to optimal health. Of course, this is not mandatory but strongly recommended.
17. Do you do surgeries at Sanoviv?
Yes. Even though our approach is based on finding the most natural and least invasive course of treatment, we know that sometimes surgery is unavoidable and is a necessary step in your recovery. We offer a wide range of surgeries that can be combined with our innovative therapies and treatments to speed your recovery.
18. I have special dietary needs. Can Sanoviv accommodate these?
Yes. We are experts at accommodating special dietary needs. We know the importance of having the right food for your specific health needs in order for you to get well again. Our nutritionists and kitchen staff are highly proficient in adapting our meals to assist you in your healing process. Nutrition and eating properly for your biochemical individuality is one of the cornerstones of our treatments.
19. Am I going to be eating twigs and leaves all of my life?
The diet at Sanoviv is a whole-food Cleansing Diet that eliminates many of the common food allergens along with processed foods, sugar and damaged oils. Although you eat many vegetables (both cooked and raw) here, your nutritionist will provide you with a diet to follow at home based on your health condition, your access to certain foods, your ancestral heritage, and your desire to make positive health changes. Our goal is to provide you with a diet that will nourish you and improve your health, but also one that is realistic and works with your lifestyle. You may not be eating “leaves and twigs” all your life, but you will have been introduced to many
new and different foods during your stay here as well as how certain foods are used as medicine.