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What's the Scariest Threat to Diabetics (and Overweight People)?

"Without a doubt, it’s heart attack. Do you realize that 75% of all diabetics will perish from a surprise heart attack—including those on diabetes drugs who are following their doctor’s orders to a 'T' ?” – Dr. William Campbell Douglass

I couldn’t believe it either when I read this a number of years ago in a newsletter written by Dr. Douglass, one of my mentors, a medical doctor who was one of a number of health professionals who had influenced me to become a chiropractor. He had been my medical doctor before I moved to California to begin chiropractic college. Dr. Douglass wrote a newsletter that was read by many thousands of people throughout the world and he quoted a couple of medical studies showing that heart attacks were the number one killer of diabetics. 75% of diabetics to be exact. Since Type 2 diabetics are such a large part of my practice, and since being overweight or obese (2/3 of all Americans are overweight or obese) puts all of us at higher risk for a heart attack, I thought I would share some of this data with you and then give you some great advice on how to protect your heart. Here’s more from Dr. Douglass:

“Elevated blood sugar (glucose) is highly inflammatory to your arteries. So is insulin.  And together, they’re a highly deadly combination. Elevated levels of both are like a wildfire sweeping through your bloodstream, burning the delicate linings of blood vessels until they are raw and diseased. This extreme inflammatory response then triggers the formation of plaque to cover these artery burns. And it’s no secret that the more plaque in your arteries, the greater your chances of a heart attack or stroke. But what is a secret to most Type 2 (diabetics) is that… diabetes drugs don't stop this damage.

"In fact, most diabetes drugs can make things worse. Two large studies in America and in Australia demonstrated that using glucose-lowering drugs and insulin to control blood sugar provided no reduction in heart attack rates or death from diabetic complications.

Indeed, this approach significantly increased the number of deaths from heart disease and other causes. This finding was confirmed in 2008 by the famous ACCORD study of 10,000 Type 2 patients. Those in the group reducing blood sugar with aggressive drug therapy had a 22% higher death rate than the control group…" – Dr. William Campbell Douglass

The Only Real Solution to Type 2 Diabetes

"I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … There’s only one proven strategy that will reduce your risk of artery disease and heart attack if you have diabetes. That’s by shunning the foods and beverages that jack-up your blood sugar (so you can get off all these dangerous drugs entirely)…and switching to a diabetes-healing diet that can stabilize your blood sugar levels naturally and help your arteries repair themselves. In fact, Type 2 diabetes can be completely reversed in as little as 30 days with this drug-free approach. Thousands of people have already succeeded—and you can too. Doctors don’t tell you about this, (but you need to) discover the facts you’re not hearing from Big Medicine and Big Pharma…” – Dr. William Campbell Douglass

I mentioned that Dr. Douglass was one of my mentors, but it is the student’s job to take the teachings of the teacher, and then take it further. Experience with my patients has proven that drastic diet and exercise changes do not work well for the long run. Patients do the changes for a certain amount of time but they are not able to maintain any significant changes in their diet and exercise, they eventually go back to old habits. This is usually why people have so many losses on diet programs. They do them for a period of time, lose weight or control their sugar, but they can't stick with it for any length of time so they gain weight back and their sugar levels rise. That is why I work with patients to develop diet and exercise programs that are workable for them to maintain. Patients usually find my recommendations easy to do and maintain for the future.

Also, I have found in my research in some of the most prestigious medical journals that toxicity plays a huge role in a person’s becoming a Type 2 diabetic. Type 2 diabetes is also known to result from lowered oxygen levels, from a lowered metabolism (the ability of the body to turn your food into energy) and from reduced activity of your central nervous system that affects us all by the age of 45 or 50. I developed my Human Engine Approach™ specifically to address Type 2 diabetes. We talk about all of this in my Type 2 diabetes seminars. I encourage you to come to one of our seminars. They are monthly and free of charge.

There is one more thing that I found in my research that is extremely helpful in protecting your heart from heart attack.

Blood Viscosity* May Be a Major Factor in Heart Attack Risk

(*Viscosity-the state of being thick, sticky and semi-fluid in consistency, due to internal friction.)

Your heart is a pump. Imagine the difference in effort in pumping water vs. pumping ketchup. These are both fluids, but the ketchup is more viscous and the heart would have a harder time pumping it.  The vast majority of first heart attacks come with no warning signs. The person had no symptoms that might have indicated the need to be checked. 50% of these first heart attacks are fatal, so an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

You would think that the answer to this problem of viscosity would be blood thinners. Blood thinners (drugs) have one major problem, they account for more visits to the emergency room for seniors than any other class of drugs. (And by the way, this includes aspirin.)

There are other ways to reduce viscosity:

  1. Lowering cholesterol naturally reduces blood viscosity. Lowering cholesterol with statins (the most common type of cholesterol medication) does not reduce viscosity and increases risk for heart failure. These drugs also increase your blood glucose levels which is a major problem for diabetics. Cholesterol can be lowered naturally and safely without medications.

  2. Lowering your blood sugar levels reduces the viscosity of the blood. Lowering glucose levels with medication doesn’t reduce heart attack risk (see above), but lowering it naturally with diet, supplements and lifestyle changes can greatly reduce viscosity and heart attack risk. Most Type 2 diabetics know that their blood glucose levels are above healthy levels even with the medications they take. (This is also true of Type 2 diabetics who control their glucose levels with insulin.)

The nutritional work-up that we do for Type 2 diabetics helps us to know what nutrients are needed to improve your body’s ability to turn your food into energy (boost your metabolism), reduce inflammation, thin your blood, etc. Our Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments also aid greatly in boosting your metabolism.

Make 2024 the year to handle your Type 2 diabetes and put more life in your years and more years in your life!

We want to help you achieve your health goals in 2024. The offer below is meant to get as many people as possible on the road to "reverse" Type 2 diabetes.

If you purchase a program to handle your Type 2 diabetes in the next 30 days:

  • We will roll back our prices to 2017 levels. Since the pandemic, the price of almost everything is up about 40%. To help you, as we know this inflation has made it tougher on all of us to take care of our health, we are going to roll back our prices to the levels they were at in 2017. This alone would be a dramatic savings level for you.

  • Then we are going to take another 15% off of those prices! Holy cow! 25% off of our 2017 prices. We really want to help you get better and not have to wait.


February is Heart Health Month

Cardiovascular problems are the number one cause of death in the USA. We hope you will take action to protect your heart in order to protect yourself and therefore your loved ones from the devastating effects of heart attacks.

Call our office today at 408-984-7444 and make an appointment to see me. We can discuss any concerns you may have, and take preventive actions for the future. Small changes can make a big difference to your heart health, and your health in general.

Here's to your health!

Dr. Richard F. Gringeri, DC


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