The Basis of Mental and Emotional Health

With all the interest in finding answers to mental, emotional and physical health problems, there appears to be only one person who ever discovered the part that carbohydrate and calcium metabolism plays in these issues. This relationship was recognized and expanded upon over 75 years ago by Dr. Carey Reams, when he was led to discover what has become known as the Reams’ Biological Theory of Ionization (RBTI). Reams found that mental, emotional and physical health issues are directly connected to the body’s ability, or lack thereof, to handle the simple and complex carbohydrates that are consumed in the diet.

What he discovered provides vital answers to issues like:

• Why feeling sleepy can cause a strong craving for carbohydrates.

• Why depression can be a result of low blood sugar.

• Why emotional challenges can be complicated by carbohydrate problems.

• Why the majority of marital conflicts can result from carbohydrate problems.

• Why emotional and physical well-being can be directly affected by carbohydrate metabolism.

• Why women can experience more depression than men.

• Why mental health can be an issue of dietary problems.

• Why substance abuse can be result of carbohydrate problems.

Reams found that the only way to truly understand how the human body is handling simple and complex carbohydrates was not from testing the blood for only glucose, as it rapidly changed from moment to moment, rather testing the urine for the varieties of downstream sugars that result from the body’s upstream sugar digestive process. The downstream urine sugars, that result from the blood constantly throwing off varying amount of simple and complex sugars through the kidneys, were a more accurate reflection of how the body was dealing with the full spectrum of dietary carbohydrates.

Dr. Reams found that blood was unreliable, for determining downstream sugars as it is subject to the immediate and sudden changes during the initial moment by moment nutrient uptake during digestion, thus not reflecting the downstream result of the overall dietary metabolism. Dietary metabolism can only be understood from body fluids that reflect the end result of what happened during the totality of the digestive process. Urine was found to be that fluid. Reams stated it this way. “Your system patterns itself to throw out more sugar at times than it does at other times. It does not throw it out equally, consequently I did away with blood glucose tests early on because I couldn’t keep up with them as they changed so fast. I was at a loss to understand what those blood sugars meant when they changed so fast.” Reams learned further, that in monitoring blood glucose changes in an individual over a 24 hour period and comparing that to the total urine sugars, he found the urine sugar reflected the average of the blood glucose levels over that same period.

From his discoveries Dr. Reams found the best way to measure total urine sugars was using a refractometer. He learned that urine sugars range between the extremes of 0 to 13, depending upon the health of the person. The best measure for healthy sugar metabolism was found when the urine refractometer reading was maintained between 1.2 and 2.0 brix, since this is the range where the best levels of blood oxygen are maintained, as well. Since oxygen is key to brain function and mental health, maintaining ideal blood sugar, as determined by measuring urine sugars, is the requisite to optimum brain oxygen and function. Anytime there is either too much or not enough sugar, according to the urine brix reading, there is always too little oxygen to the brain.

Following is a list of the possible symptoms of oxygen deficiency that can be experienced when the urine sugar levels remain below the 1.2 to 2.0 brix range.

• Hypoglycemia, Carbohydrates carving, Depression, Headaches, Fatigue, Substance abuse, Emotionally fragile and unstable, Neurosis, Motion sickness, Morning sickness, Nausea, Falling asleep at the wheel, Forgetfulness, Mental confusion, Suicidal tendencies, Anger management issues, Fainting, Blackouts, Seizures, Subnormal body core temperature

On the other hand, the higher the urine sugar levels move above the 1.2 to 2.0 brix range, the following lists some of the issues that will be encountered due to the exaggerated oxygen deficiency that develops.

• Hyperglycemia, Allergies, Diabetes, Depression, Headaches, Cirrhosis, Low grade fevers, Poor tolerance to warm weather, Fluid retention, Glaucoma, Poor wound healing, Dehydration, Fatigue, Vitamin A deficiency, Subnormal core temperature, Cold hands and feet.

One good illustration, of the relation of carbs to brain function, was presented at the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Minneapolis, MN in 2011. The study demonstrated that the intensity of self-reported craving for carbohydrates increased in a linear relationship with the severity of subjective daytime sleepiness. The odds of having a strong craving for carbs were 50 percent higher among high school seniors with excessive daytime sleepiness.

In addition, the rate of depression was also higher among students who had a strong craving for carbohydrates (34 percent) than among students who had little or no craving for carbs (22 percent). Students experiencing strong depression were almost three times more likely to have a strong craving for carbohydrates.

What this study failed to consider is the intimate connection of carbohydrates to the brain’s oxygen levels. When the blood sugar is not maintained correctly, not only will there be cravings for simple and complex carbs, but the oxygen deficiency, that accompanies the sugar deficiency, will result in abnormal mental behavior that definitely commonly includes depression expressed in various ways.

Since the brain is the master controller and regulator for all of the rest of human body, the brain’s health has a direct affect on the body. Whenever the blood sugar is either deficient or excessive, the brain will not have its optimum oxygen needs supplied.  Without optimum oxygen, there are a host of potential behavioral problems that will manifest beginning with sugar and starch cravings but could progress to depression, substance abuse, anger management issues as well as even black outs or seizures.

Did you realize that statistically women experience more depression than men, but research is still at a loss to understand why? From the above, we know that a major part of the issue is certainly carbohydrate metabolism issues. However, there is another factor that contributes more to depression in women than men and that is calcium deficiency. You see, calcium is required by weight and volume in the nutritional chemistry of the human body more than any other mineral. In addition, women require seven times more calcium in their body chemistry, during child-bearing years than men do. Women generally exhibit symptoms of depression as being sad, crying, not sleeping well, guilt and issues of self-worth, while men’s depression is displayed in being irritable, angry and even abusive.

According to Dr. Reams, calcium is nature’s tranquilizer for both men and women. Combined with maintaining urine sugars between 1.2-2.0 brix, proper calciums in the diet hold the potential for the best mental and physical health. So, presented here is the Reams’ Biological Theory of Ionization perspective for the optimum way to know how to feed and care for your brain and body.

Thanks for considering another RBTI Perspective.

Dr. A. F. Beddoe, D.D.S.

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