Friday, June 13, 2008

Wii Boy

The Boy is diabetic. The doctors insist, but have no tests to prove, that it's type I. We think he's type II, because he's had the symptoms all his life. (Nobody ever connected the symptoms to Diabetes until he nearly went into a coma but he had them as an infant, even.)

In the weeks prior to setting out the Wii Fit board, he was having trouble controlling his blood sugar. It was consistently hitting the 200s (when normal is in the 70-150 range).

A few days of doing the Wii Fit and it dropped down below 70. He's had to lower his insulin. The only problem I see is that it won't last. The games are fun--and he's highly competitive--but he'll lose interest once he's mastered them.

We have a pool coming, too--the Boy loves to swim--and with luck he'll stay engaged with a physical activity and be able to get off the insulin altogether.


  1. My wife’s family has a history of diabetes and we have been monitoring her blood sugar for years. So far we have been able to control it through diet and vitamin therapy. Her brother had an incipient case and refused to go on medication. He totally changed his diet and lived on groats and salad until he broke his insulin resistance. What has really worked for my wife is an herbal treatment called Eleotin which you ingest at meals and before you go to bed. I don’t really know the science of it, or believe in it but it actually works. After two months of this treatment, her sugar demonstrably went down. She uses it religiously and it has been a godsend. You should check it out and consult with your doctor. It might help. Good luck and my prayers are with you and the boy.

  2. Groats and salad? Wow. When you say "insulin resistance", that's Type 1, isn't it? Has your wife been diagnosed with diabetes?

    One of the problems with Western medicine is that it often looks at disease as a binary: There's nothing wrong with you, right up until the point where you're diagnosably sick.

    We're looking into some nutritional solutions. Before we knew he had it, we used to "remedy" the problem with various cleanses. They worked wonders, really, but we tend to be more careful now because of the artificial insulin. If he were instantly cured, the insulin he's taking would kill him.

    I'll check out Eleotin. As I've written elsewhere, I'm a big fan of snake oil. I'll try anything whether it can be proven to work scientifically or not.

  3. Obviously you have to do the research. The medication that my wife's father takes only masks the problem but doen't cure it. He is refusing to go to insulin for as long as he can. The Eleotin is a vitamin based treatment that might not be indicated in you boy's case. I doubt that it would cure him, but a comibination of diet, excercise and Eleotin might be enough to wean him off the insulin. It does seem to do wonders. If you call them they will be happy to explain the whole treatment. I don't know if it's bullshit, but all I can tell you is it dropped my wife's sugar by 50points down to a normal range after about eight months. So give it a look.

  4. Oh, I totally will.

    This is my point: I don't care if it's BS as long as it works. Heh.

    My friend Karen died of cancer. As she was dying, I considered, on more than one occasion, doing a total witch doctor thing. Just getting a chicken and sacrificing it and dancing around the room with it.

    I didn't think I could pull it off, or I would have. A lot of people who won't try something are afraid of looking foolish or being swindled. I'd happily look foolish (or be swindled) to have my friend back.

    Likewise, if I can give The Boy a pill and say, "Here, this should help," I only care at that moment, if it works for him. If my belief in it convinces him and that has a placebo effect, so much the better.

    Life is not a double-blind study.

  5. Oh, do you get that stuff online or do they sell in local outlets?

  6. Online, but call up and talk to them. They are very helpful and will devise a program that will work for your boy.


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