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Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus, is a disorder of the endocrine system and occurs when there are hormonal imbalances in the pituitary gland, the thyroid glands, and the pancreas. This rapidly increasing disease affects between 10 million and 20 million people in the United States, and is the third leading cause of death in the US. Studies show that there are approximately five million adults with undetected Type II diabetes. Diabetes is brought on by imbalances of blood levels of insulin, a pancreatic hormone that helps the body convert blood glucose into energy. Without sufficient insulin, the body creates high levels of glucose in the blood and a low level of glucose absorption in the tissues.

Diabetes is generally divided into two categories: Type I - an insulin-dependent diabetes also referred to as juvenile-onset diabetes which typically occurs in children or young adults, and Type II - non-insulin dependent diabetes or maturity-onset diabetes which usually occurs later in life. People with Type II diabetes tend to have a family history of diabetes and a biological predisposition for the body to not process the insulin hormone effectively. The American Diabetes Association estimates that about 90% of people who have diabetes suffer from the maturity-onset type, which in many cases can be controlled by a change in diet and in weight loss.

There are many short-term and long-term implications from diabetes, so it is important to detect it in its early stages. The most common implication being blurred vision or the loss of vision. Another result of diabetes maybe hypoglycemia which occurs when the blood sugar levels are too low to fulfill the energy needs of the body or hyperglycemia which occurs when the blood sugar levels are elevated, which causes the blood to become increasingly acidic from the accumulation of the toxic by-products called ketones. Ketones are produced as the body breaks down fat into energy. When asked about a common contributor to Type II diabetes, Dr. J. Shan said, “People who develop Type II diabetes are not able to perceive sweet tastes, so this abnormality plays an important role in how food is perceived by patients and their compliance with diet therapy.” According to Dr. Shan, most people perceive a sweet taste with one teaspoon of sugar or less in an eight-ounce glass of water, whereas a person with diabetes will not perceive the sweet taste until they have added as much as two teaspoons or more of sugar to an eight-ounce glass of water. Because of this inability to distinguish when they are eating foods that are high in sugar, they tend to overindulge in diets that are sugar- laden without recognizing that what they are eating is sweet.

Here are some of the symptoms associated with diabetes: increased craving for sweets; inability to satisfy the appetite; excessive thirst, overall feelings of fatigue and weakness; weight loss even with an increase in the appetite; slow healing and skin infections; chronic yeast infections; loss of hair on legs, frequent need to urinate; irritability and severe mood swings; tingling and numbness in the feet and arteriosclerosis. It is recommended that people with diabetes change their diets and increase their exercise. A diet that is low in carbohydrate and high in fiber reduces the need for insulin and also lowers the fat levels in the blood.

Energy Analysis

Louise Hay, in her book, You Can Heal Your Life , attributes the creation of diabetes to the longing for what might have been, and states that this disorder occurs when a person feels that the sweetness of life is missing. I have found that working with diabetes energetically can be challenging because there are so many contributing factors that play into the origin of this illness. The first being the person's biographical history and how they were conditioned to perceive themselves, which directly affects how they feel about themselves. The emotional components of diabetes involve a myriad of emotions and beliefs that seem to feed off of each other, and tend to drain the person of the energy needed to move forward in their personal growth and spiritual development. Diabetes, and especially the Type II maturity-onset type, is an energetic disease that is created when we lose touch with who we are, and consequently become dissatisfied with our lives and ourselves. Here are the emotional components I may encounter when working with diabetes:

  • Strong Feelings of Guilt – The presence of this emotion signals that the person is feeling it necessary to give all of their energy away to others rather than keeping enough for themselves. They are experiencing the need to protect themselves from others, yet feel guilty for doing so.

  • Starved for Affection – Whenever I find the energy of this belief, I immediately try to gain insight into how the person feels about himself or herself. Do they believe they are worthy of being loved? Do they express their needs, wants and desires in a way that others can give them the emotional support they crave? Do they believe that they deserve to have their needs met?

  • Embittered – The presence of this emotion is a direct outcome of the person's conditioning and is the result of the belief that life has not treated them fairly. Looking deeper into this emotional charge, it is not uncommon to find the presence of resentment and strong feelings of being taken advantage of. Embitterment is what happens when a person loses control over their lives and allows other people make decisions for them. It is also what happens when there is the fear of survival because of the belief that others will try to take away what we have.

  • The Need to be a Martyr – Nothing takes away the sweetness from life faster than living the role of a martyr, nor does anything contribute to the dislike of self faster than putting the needs of others before our own. While it is true that being a caregiver and putting the emotional needs of others first is an admirable quality, it is certainly not in our best interest if it means that we spend our time compromising our own emotional needs. Being a martyr does not encourage the setting of healthy boundaries and leaves us wide open for other people to drain us of energy and take away the joy of life. It encourages us to commiserate with others and relate to their miseries, which ultimately perpetuates our feelings of inadequacy.

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness – The energy that feeds the soul and that keeps us moving forward on our evolutionary path even when the obstacles seem insurmountable is the energy of hope. With hope, we are energized, find joy in our experiences and feel spiritually nourished and satisfied. Without hope, we feel helpless, are unable to make choices that promote personal growth and become immobilized to the point that we feel that we are being spiritually starved. Helplessness and hopelessness creates victim energy.

  • Intense Sorrow Over the Loss of a Relationship – The presence of this emotion, specifically around the disease of diabetes, is not the result of the loss of a relationship with another person, but the loss of relationship with ourselves. With sorrow comes the emotion of despair, and we experience both when we feel that we have lost touch with who we are and have lost sight of the meaning of life. We find ourselves longing for what might have been, yearning to get back in touch with ourselves, and feel disconnected from life itself. Consequently, life lacks joy and the sweetness of life is gone.

Chakra System Analysis

The origin site of Type II diabetes is in the 2nd chakra, and the symptom sites are the 5th and 6th chakras. All three of these chakras play and integral role in how people feel about themselves and directly impact how they interact with other people. The energy of these chakras also attract experiences that encourage us to learn more about who we are and help us recognize the emotions and beliefs that are taking the sweetness from life so we can change them.

The 2nd Chakra
The second chakra is energetically associated with the pancreas. Any imbalance this physical site causes malfunction in the pancreatic output of insulin, which directly affects the body's ability to create the energy needed to sustain optimal physical activity. Emotionally, the 2nd chakra is where we house the emotions of worry, obsession, guilt, and sorrow. It is also what I call the human emotion chakra, and within its vibrational frequencies are stored all the emotional wounds associated with our interactions and relationships with other people. When a person is emotionally abused, or their conditioning leads them to believe that they are inadequate or unworthy of being loved, they broadcast through the vibrational messages of this chakra that they are a victim and that they need others to take care of them and make their decisions. Because of these   messages being broadcast, they tend to attract people who have a high need to control other people emotionally and who too have a history of being emotionally wounded. The outcome is that it feeds both people's need to commiserate with each other's miseries and perpetuates the feelings of helpless and hopelessness. Both of which takes away the joy that comes from when we make choices for our reasons and not others, and the sweetness of satisfaction we feel when we move forward in our personal growth and spiritual development.

The 5th Chakra
The 5th chakra is how we express ourselves to the outer world and how we choose to exert our personal will. Through our words, we tell others how we feel about ourselves and  express our emotional wants, needs, and desires. In the physical body, the 5th chakra is associated with the thyroid glands, which are responsible for overseeing the physical body's metabolic activities. This includes monitoring how effectively the body is at turning glucose into energy. Energetically, both the pancreas and thyroid are interdependent on each other for proper functioning. If the insulin output is low, then the thyroid must decrease its activities and allow the flow of hormones to match those of the pancreas. The outcome is hypoglycemia and a reduction in the body's metabolism which encourages weight gain, and if left unchecked contributes to the formation of obesity which is a major contributing factor in the cause of Type II diabetes.  Any energy depletion in the energy flows of the 5th chakra usually indicates that there are imbalances elsewhere in the physical body, and specifically in the pancreas. Psycho-energetically, depletion in the 5th chakra's energy is an indicator that the person is suppressing the expression of their true feelings and their thoughts. Chronic suppression of expression can lead to feelings of emotional starvation which physically is expressed in the craving of sugar and the foods that provide that emotional comfort. When we are unable to express our feelings, we begin the process of disconnecting from our emotional needs and from ourselves. Such disconnection affects all of the body's major systems and causes congestion, depletion and restrictions to occur throughout the whole chakra system.

The 6th Chakra

The role of the 6th chakra in Type II diabetes is associated with how effective we are at dealing with our thoughts and emotions. Its energy directly reflects the kind of energetic charges we are placing on our thoughts and emotions, i.e. positive or negative. The energy of the 6th chakras represents our ability to work with the power of the mind and how we are emotionally responding to our outer world experiences.  Its activities are connected to the soul, so it is continually offering us the opportunity to change the perception we have of ourselves and transmute any thoughts and beliefs that are keeping us stuck in patterns of thinking that are suppressing personal growth and starving us from experiencing the pleasures of the sweetness of life. Unfortunately, most people have belief systems that support feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness, and consequently, they continue to create situations, experiences, and relationships that feed how they feel about themselves. The 6th chakra becomes blocked when we hold onto perceptions of self that are unrealistic and self-defeating. Physically, the 6th chakra is associated with the pituitary gland which is the master gland of the endocrine system. The pituitary gland oversees and directs all of the activities of the other glands including the thyroid and pancreas. It depends on each of these glands to maintain their balance, and when they do not, the pituitary gland tries to overcompensate by increasing is hormonal output.

Personality Color Susceptibility

The personality which has the highest predisposition to developing Type II diabetes is the Orange. The reason is because they tend to suppress their emotional needs and will consistently put the needs of others before their own. They are also most easily influenced by emotional reactions of others and tend to base how they feel about themselves by how others feel about them.

Case Study – Angie (Orange)

The minute that Angie sat down in my office she announced that she had diabetes and asked if it was okay to snack during our session as she had to watch her blood sugar level. I assured her that it was fine. However, I was perplexed by her announcement that she had diabetes because I could not see the patterns of energy in her aura to support her actually having the disease. I asked her if she was working with a doctor on the diabetes, and she said , “Yes, however he is not any good because he said that I don't have diabetes.” That was my first clue that there were other issues that were feeding her need to be ill. Since, I am not a doctor nor licensed to diagnose, I talked about the energy and emotional patterns around diabetes and told her that I too did not find the energy imbalances to support the presence of this disease. I thought that she would be glad to hear that. Boy was I wrong. She immediately became defensive and boldly announced that I was as wrong as her doctor and that she did, indeed, have diabetes. I asked her if she could take me back to what event led her to believe that she had this disease. Here is how the story went. Twenty-five years ago, she went in for her annual check-up and on her follow up visit, her doctor at the time said that he wanted to watch her blood sugar levels because they seemed low. However, he assured her that she did not have diabetes and that his recommendations to change her diet were only precautionary measures since she has a family history of diabetes. By the time that Angie got home, she was fully convinced the doctor was lying to her and decided to take it upon herself to treat herself as if she was diabetic. The more she talked, the more clear it became that having this phantom illness was feeding some deep emotional inadequacies and was somehow serving her well. What she said next confirmed my suspicious. She continued that at dinner that night, she announced to her husband that the doctor told her she had diabetes and that it would be necessary for her to quit her job and stay home to take care of herself and the children. The reason for needing to quit her job was because she was so tired and weak that she could no longer put up with the stress or deal with her domineering and controlling boss. After hearing this, I suggested that we talk more about the underlying emotional patterns of diabetes. As I went through all of the beliefs and emotional elements associated with diabetes, she admitted that there were many that she could relate too. However, again in her defensive posture, she asked me, “You don't expect me to let go of the belief that I have diabetes do you? Why should I? I don't have to work or do any of the major things around the house. If I give up the belief around this disease then my husband and children will expect more of me.” I suggested that perhaps she should work with a psychologist who could help her better understand how these beliefs were affecting her perception of self.

After Angie left, I knew that if she continued to hang on to the beliefs that this illness was serving her well, it would just be a matter of time before she would physically develop the disease. Six months after our session, I got a call from her saying that she had just been diagnosed with diabetes. She said that she wanted me to know that the doctor was really surprised because it was not there six months ago when she saw him following our session. Then she said that what really perplexed him was the fact that her body was responding to the disease as if it has had it for many years. Four years later, she died of complications from diabetes.

Treatment Options:

  • Conventional Medicine:

    Change in diet, increase exercise, and whenever necessary, insulin injections.

  • Alternative choices:

Biofeedback Acupuncture Reflexology
Psychotherapy Hypnotherapy Chinese Herbs
Lifestyle changes Meditation Yoga
Vitamin/supplement therapy

This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical care. As a medical intuitive, I do not dispense medical advice or advocate the use of any technique as a form of treatment for physical or medical problems. If your have a medical problem, see your physician or other licensed practitioner. It is my intent to offer information of a general nature to help you in your quest for emotional, psychological and spiritual well being and good health. Should you choose to use any of the options offered or implied in this information, I assume no responsibility for your actions.

Carol Ritberger, Ph.D.

* In my book, Your Personality, Your Health, there is an explanation of chakras and the chakra system and an assessment to assist you in determining your personality type by color.

© Copyright 2009 by Carol Ritberger, Ph.D., Medical Intuitive, and the Ritberger Media Group.