Diabetes is getting a lot of airplay with the ever-increasing obesity rates and subsequent diagnosis. However, is it all to do with genetics, sugar, junk food and perhaps a lack of movement?

When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s diabetes was little known, you generally didn’t tell people that ‘you had it’ and I definitely wasn’t at school with anyone who had been diagnosed with it. But according to the latest International Diabetic Federation figures (1) there are currently 415 million people living with diabetes and the total is expected to rise to 640 million by 2040.

I like to look at anything created in the body from a 10,000 ft view and diabetes is no different. When we create something “inside” there is always three parts to it – physical (move), chemical (eat) and emotional (think). Think of diabetes like a three-legged stool. If you only concentrate on two legs (eating and moving) what will happen? Well, there’ll be very little stability and you’ll forever be readjusting how you sit to create balance. The cycle repeats with you readjusting how you sit, until you become aware that a leg of the stool is missing and decide to address it.

Back in the 60’s, a few years before I was born, my dad was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. There are two types of diabetes Type 1 which is said to be genetic (insulin dependent) and Type 2 which is said to be lifestyle induced (sugar, junk food and lack of movement). My dad’s doctor was thought to be a ‘guru’ in diabetes at the time and when they asked him if it would be wise to have more children they were immediately told “No!” unless they wanted to pass the ‘diabetic gene’ onto their children. Saddened by the thought of passing diabetes onto any future children they made the decision not to have any more.

However, my sister and I have not expressed diabetes. So is Type 1 diabetes really all to do with genetics or is there is a missing piece of the diabetic three-legged stool that may help to explain why some people create diabetes and why others don’t?

It’s easy to blame the genes and say it’s ‘not your fault’ and therefore have you take no responsibility for it. If they blame the bad genes they can create an illusion and make you reliant on what they want you to take. From the 10,000 ft view here’s what I’ve come to know to be true…

Two years prior to my dad being diagnosed in 1962 with diabetes his brother died in a car accident. He was to be married only two days later. You can imagine the shock to my grandparents and their children of which there were three remaining. My dad was just 24 years old. Now he was the senior one and with that came a huge stress and responsibility. Not wanting his mum and dad to go and identify his brother’s body, he plucked up the courage as the ‘next in line’ and went to the morgue on his own.

I believe, as did my father, that this event was a turning point in his life. He believed the stress of this situation created his diabetes.

Your body is remarkable. It will create opportunities via your perceptions, your innate intelligence and your nerve system to awaken you, to help you work with what has been created in your life…for growth and change. And death is no different. The impact it can have on your body is immense if there is not an avenue for expressing whatever might be going on at the time.

I have this saying “what gets suppressed gets expressed.” Depending on the emotion being suppressed will depend on which organ will be expressed due to its symbiotic relationship with the emotion.

Let me share what I mean with you in this way. Below are the emotions my dad was suppressing at the time and the corresponding organ that was expressing it:

Suppressed Emotion

Expressed Organ
Felt sorry for his parents Pancreas
Didn’t feel good about himself identifying his brother Pancreas
Left his love of engineering to help his father in the family business but had no idea of what it involved Pancreas
Had ‘all the sweetness’ removed from his life Pancreas
Angry at the drunk driver Liver

Dad’s emotions were immediate however it was two years after this event that his pancreas decided to express what he was supressing. There is always a precipitating event to any kind of health expression created by the self. Those precipitating events along with the health expression are opportunities to change within oneself and the family nucleus. For instance breast cancer can be dormant in the body for five years and bowel cancer ten years each with a major precipitating event to set forth the internal change. ALL health expressions are an opportunity to change.

My dad’s body hadn’t got it wrong…in fact it did everything perfect to help him express what he was suppressing. To provide for him a consciousness to the stress he had undergone.

So what do we do? We make sure our bodies are consistently atuned to the world around us. And to do that we regularly do four things:

  • Chiropractic adjustments ever Friday: Neurological integrity is the corner stone of our health. Our children have been adjusted since they were 30 minutes old and every week (or more often) ever since. The nerve system is the master communicating system of the body and making sure that it is clear of nerve disturbance is integral to how we have chosen to live life and express health.
  • We move: we go to the gym, walk the wonderful nature trails and the beach too.
  • We eat: organic, local, whole and seasonal foods
  • We think: different to most. We have always enjoyed thinking outside the box and shinning a new light on health and where it comes from. And after 30 years of health industry experience (60 years between us) we have been able to tackle health and life topics simply by choosing to look in a different way.

Choosing to listen to your body takes courage and strength. Why? Because it is easier to numb yourself to your surrounds and ignore the messages you are receiving. Numbing yourself means you don’t have to take responsibility…you don’t have to change.

I encourage you to listen. With any change comes loss and gain.

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