Natural And Alternative Medicines

By Dr. Michael John Badanek, BS, DC, CNS, CTTP, DACBN, DCBCN, MSGR./CHEV

A recent patient was concerned that despite watching her diet and taking her diabetes medication, her hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) keeps going up.

Remember, HbA1c is a lab test that shows the average level of blood sugar (glucose) over the previous 3 months. It shows how well you are controlling your diabetes.

An elevated HbA1c greater than 5.7% indicates that the diabetes is not well regulated and is in fact accelerating aging, increasing your chances of getting painful neuropathies, kidney failure needing dialysis, cataracts, amputations, and retinopathy blindness.

What could possibly be missed by her primary doctor?

One major cause of the unregulated glycosylated hemoglobin is an unrecognized B6 deficiency.

An excellent “functional” test to check for a pyridoxine (B-6) deficiency is the xanthurenate organic acid test. An elevated xanthurenate test is a sensitive marker for a B-6 deficiency.

Because of a zinc deficiency.
When hidden zinc deficiency is present, the body cannot convert B6 to its active form, pyridoxal-5-phosphate or P5P, P5P, essential in normalizing the glycosylated hemoglobin and its deficiency, is an indicator that improperly metabolized sugars are accelerating aging, cataracts, kidney failure, heart disease, nerve damage and more.

This is the power of functional medicine. Seeking to find the cause of the cause of the cause.

I have never yet met a diabetologist who even orders the above much less knows how to interpret it.

To ignore fixing the chemistry in an overfly, metabolic disease is outright wrong.

Unfortunately, what I have seen from reading thousands of medical records is the fact that most doctors merely resort to the one size fits all approach and medicate the disease. Rarely if ever have I read where a doctor investigated why the HA1C was elevated.
This results in a tragic waste of life as well as incurring an enormous and unnecessary expense and suffering.

You may be interested to know that because of the phthalate load, many folks (even without diabetes) unnecessarily get multiple diseases. These can range from Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH ( a common often “silent” liver disease), heart disease or cancers to Parkinson’s disease, arthritis or Alzheimer’s.

Clearly they all lead to accelerated gaining because of the shared causes.
For a doctor to check your glycosylated hemoglobin A-1C every 3 months yet never know your zinc and B6 levels (among many others) is plain wrong in this sophisticated era.

Your life depends on the decisions you make. This information has a huge bearing on whether your diabetes blinds you in future years.

Dr. Badanek has been and currently is 37 years into active/private practice in the Ocala/Marion County, Florida region. Dr. Badanek practices Natural/Holistic Medicine through the use of Functional/Integrative Models for diagnostic and treatment protocols for the health challenged. Find him online at and, and see what the facility has to offer the sick and health challenged. To schedule an appointment call 352-622-1151


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