Chronic Medical Conditions; Vanadium; Chromium; Diabetes; Diabetes; Insulin

Common medical conditions can sometimes be treated by what we eat and through the addition of nutritional supplementation. The main reason for the supplementation is that we are not getting it in the food that is being presented to us.

One of the problems is processed foods. They are cheaper; it makes them more available. It makes everybody somewhat healthier, but it does cause untoward consequences.

Why in the world did we start developing elevated cholesterol? This is not something that really is new to our species. When did this happen and why did it happen?

Why aren’t we born with Osteoporosis. Why is it that you develop osteoporosis as you get older, but you think that you are smarter about what you eat? You find very few women that do not know they are supposed to eat calcium, so they dump it down their system. They still develop osteoporosis. Then you take a 20-year-old kid who eats nothing but junk, and their bones are growing. What’s the difference? Why does this happen?

Diabetes, why is that the incidence of diabetes is going up every year? Every year it gets worse, every year we moan and groan about it. Why is that? It has to do with what are eating and what we are not including in our diet.

If we educated things or educated people, or at least educated the educators, they could help out with regards to preventing these problems. They’re very easily prevented and they’re really not very expensive diseases to treat.

Diabetes, for instance: What causes diabetes? If you ask the average doc they will come back with an incomplete answer. The difficulty lies with insulin. Better question is, too much or too little insulin and it’s never the right amount. They go, well you know it depends with children too little with adults I don’t really know.

The answer is that most diabetics have too much insulin, yet the blood sugar gets out of control. If there’s too much insulin, but the blood sugar goes up, what’s the problem? Do we give more insulin? The issue is the cells response to the insulin, which is something called insulin-resistance. Sometimes the docs will charge you more if they can call it “metabolic syndrome X.”

It is a matter of dysfunction in the way the body reacts to insulin. Why does this occur? People are lead to believe that insulin hits a cell, and the cell kind of “wakes up” and takes in blood sugar.

It is a far more complex cascade of chemical events that occur when insulin hits the receptor. A cascade of events happen inside the cell. If any one of those receptor proteins is not working, the insulin does not work.

Like a series of switches– the signal comes in, but it may have to go through 50 different switches before anything happens. If any one of those switches is broken, it doesn’t work.
Where are the most common switches found? That’s the question of the day. What can we do to fix this switch? The most common of all the deficiencies that leads to this involves chromium.

What does chromium do? Chromium itself does nothing. Chromium is necessary to be present in a particular form in order for the insulin respector to work at all. You can take the wrong chromium, it will not work because it’s the wrong chromium valence, or it’s in the wrong chelated form.

You can take a proper chromium chelate, and it will work for a period of time and bring your blood sugar down, you will then bring your weight down. But you are missing something called vanadium. Vanadium is a mineral, chromium is a mineral, and they’re both metals.

When you don’t have enough of either or both of these elements diabetes will occur. Vanadyl sulphate is the one that comes to mind, people say well the doctors I’ve never heard of vanadyl sulphate. It was actually the first diabetes medicine ever produced. It was the first one 1902 or 1903, it’s been around over a 100 years and you didn’t hear about it because you don’t study history, certainly not medical history.

It worked then, it works now, but it works for a reason. If you are vanadium deficient, it will fix the diabetes. If you’re not vanadium deficient, it doesn’t do anything.

We have weaned patients off of exogenous insulin, insulin injections, by giving them these 2 chelates. They just cost very little. There’s nothing in terms of expense, it might cost as much a dollar or two a day.

They are commercially available you can find it if you look. You have to know what you’re looking for in the label. Chromium in particular is kind of interesting. There are 2 commonly available chelates a chelates an organic salt that’s all it is.

The one that I prefer is the chromium picolinate because it tends to be a little bit better absorbed and the other one which is called chromium picolinate. The picolinate variety may be a problem in terms of causing some serious illnesses. I chose not to use the picolinate unless there’s nothing else available. Vanadyl sulphates cheap, and that’s the way you go with it.
Chelates should be taken in a particular ratio.

In my practice, I research and what the products are and how they work.

About David S Klein, MD 149 Articles
David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.