Bipolar, depression, mania, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, psychotic-like episodes, brain-fog, temper outbursts, panic attacks, excessive mood swings. All of these symptoms are difficult to live with and even harder to diagnose. Most people struggling with these symptoms are often told it’s all in their head. Their test results come back normal, there’s “nothing” wrong with them, they may even be labeled a hypochondriac, but the truth is these symptoms can be extremely disabling.
All of these symptoms can also be experienced when a person has low blood sugar and the body releases “rescue” hormones. (1) A cycle of blood sugar highs and the resulting crash has come to be known as reactive hypoglycemia; a phenomenon discovered in 1924 by Dr. Seale Harris, a professor at the University of Alabama. (2) He also found that patients with low blood sugar symptoms had been treated incorrectly for all sorts of conditions like hysteria, epilepsy, mental disorders, allergies and alcoholism. It can be extremely difficult to diagnose because if the blood sugars do get too low the body “reacts” to make sure a person doesn’t experience seizures or coma.
At first glance it might seem that the answer would be to eat more sugar and refined carbs to keep blood sugar elevated, but that only makes the problem worse. The real answer lies in giving up sugar, candy, soft drinks, and refined carbs because the problem is not caused by a lack of sugar in the diet, but rather it is caused by failure of the body’s sugar regulating mechanisms. (1) Giving up refined and fast acting carbohydrates, adding in plenty of leafy greens, moderate exercise and getting enough sleep can reset the sugar regulating mechanism and thus eliminate the “crazy-making” symptoms as well, making you neither hypochondriac or hypoglycemic. (3)
- Bennet, Connie. Sugar Shock! How sweets and simple carbs can derail your life – and how you can get it back on track. Penguin Books. 2007
- Wikipedia contributors. “Seale Harris.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 6 Dec. 2020. Web. 29 May. 2021.
- Lipman, Frank. 10 Reasons you feel old and get fat. Hay House Inc. 2015