How Does Diabetes Start?

Does Diabetes Start in the Gut?

Many of the chemicals that exist in our environment today are completely new to this planet. They simply aren’t natural, and your body has no way of dealing with them.

Many of these substances have already been directly linked to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, stroke, liver and kidney damage, asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis.

But a new study suggests breathing dirty air increases your risk of diabetes by altering your gut microbiome.

Researchers at the University of Colorado tested 101 adults living in Southern California, which has some of the worst air pollution in the country.

They discovered those who were exposed to the highest levels of particulate matter had less microbial diversity overall — and much more of the “bad gut bugs” that are associated with obesity and diabetes.1

Some of the air pollution particles are so small, they penetrate deep into your lungs and bloodstream. Then they circulate to your organs and tissues, causing widespread inflammation.

This leads to insulin receptor damage in your cells and insulin resistance. Eventually, insulin resistance becomes so severe, your pancreas can’t pump out enough insulin to compensate and type 2 diabetes sets in.

Clear Dangerous Toxins From Your Body

I recommend a natural detox technique called chelation that is safe and effective. It’s the fastest way to eliminate the heavy metals and toxins that have built up in your body.

IV chelation is simple. Calcium disodium EDTA is administered by IV, and in about 90 minutes, it binds to the toxins in your bloodstream as well as those that have accumulated in the fat around your tissues and pulls them out.

Clear Dangerous Toxins From Your House

There’s not a lot you can do to rid the outside world of toxins. But you can improve the air quality inside your home. And that’s important because people with type 2 diabetes are consistently found to have higher blood levels from chemicals linked to common household products.

  1. Install a water filter. U.S. tap water contains more than 300 pollutants. I recommend an activated carbon filter that attracts contaminants like metals, chlorine, pesticides and organic compounds.
  2. Get rid of the source. Choose products that are low or zero VOC. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are found in many products we use inside our homes — paint, air fresheners and cleaning products. A recent study found that mothers exposed to these compounds during pregnancy have a high risk factor for diabetes — and so do their children.2
  3. Ventilate. Good ventilation lowers the concentration of toxins in your home. If you’ve installed new carpeting or vinyl flooring, or painted recently, open windows and use a house fan to move the air outward.
  4. Use salt lamps. Himalayan pink salt lamps can pull toxins from the air through an operation called hygroscopy, which attracts and absorbs contaminated water molecules from the immediate environment and locks them into the salt crystal.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD, CNS

1. Fouladi F, et al. “Air pollution exposure is associated with the gut microbiome as revealed by shotgun metagenomic sequencing.” Environ Int. 2020;138:105604.
2. Zheng T, et al. “Effects of environmental exposures on fetal and childhood growth trajectories.” Ann Glon Health. 2016;82(1):41-99.