Dr. David Minkoff’s Health Blog

Diabetes & “The Virus” – OHR #424

Your blood sugar and your health.

What is the actual chance of survival if you get the dreaded virus and are not treated?

  • < 20 years old – 99.98%
  • 20-50 years old – 99.97%
  • 50-70 years old – 99.5%
  • > 70 years old – 95%

Those numbers are much better if your blood sugar is under control and your Vitamin D level is above 50 and you’re not very overweight.  Do those stats justify all the fuss?  Does the trumped-up fear underlie another hidden agenda?

In my old hippie days, if you were having a bad trip, The Jefferson Airplane band had the remedy: “Keep your head.”

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small,
And the ones that mother gives you
Don’t do anything at all.
Go ask Alice
When she’s ten feet tall.
And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you’re going to fall,
Tell ’em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call.
Call Alice
When she was just small.
When the men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go

And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low.
Go ask Alice
I think she’ll know.
When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead,
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen’s “off with her head!”
Remember what the dormouse said:
“Keep your head. Keep your head. Keep your head”

Have a great one,

Dr. David I Minkoff, MD

P.S. For those of you that know the song, the last line was originally written as “feed your head.” But I heard it as “keep your head.” So I am taking the liberty of using that version here. When things go crazy, like in these crazy times, keep your head.


For 2,000 years diabetes has been recognized as a devastating and deadly disease. In Roman times it was referred to as “sweet death.” Today, according to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 21 million people in the United States have diabetes, with about 90 to 95% having type 2 diabetes. In 2001, the most recent year for which US figures are posted, 934,550 Americans died from out-of-control symptoms of this disease.

If you are an American diabetic, you will probably have been told that you can consume sugary and sugar-producing foods multiple times daily as long as you take enough insulin to cover yourself. Sadly, when treating diabetes there has been little recognition of the fact that high levels of insulin are just as dangerous over time as sugar is.

Prolonged exposure to high levels of insulin can be very detrimental. Glucose-lowering drugs usually succeed in lowering blood sugar levels, but may increase the death rate from heart attacks. These drugs also are associated with weight gain, elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, drowsiness, and headache.

Click here to learn about the different types of diabetes and their causes.

How we treat Diabetes at LifeWorks

The most important clue to treating diabetes is for the patient to understand his disease. As one connects his lifestyle habits with his condition he begins to see how there might be a way out of the mess he is in. Over time, and with careful monitoring, it may be possible for him to reduce his medication and in some cases, cease it altogether.

Our practitioners and dieticians take the time to teach the basics of a healthy lifestyle, which is an important part of recovery from diabetes. You can regain your good health and not just be symptom suppressed. LifeWorks can help you do it.  For more information call 727 466 6789.

Patient Testimonial

“I am a severe diabetic from a third world country, where medical aid is poor and I couldn’t afford to buy insulin. However, recently I was lucky enough to be sponsored to travel to the US to seek medical attention.

On my first visit to LifeWorks, the level of glucose in my blood was over 400mg/dL (a good level is below 120mg/dL). Immediately, my practitioner put me on a combination of medicine and a diet which LifeWorks recommends.

I was monitored daily and within two weeks my glucose level was down to 128mg and I did not need insulin. I will have to watch the quality and quantity of the food I consume for the rest of my life, but it’s a small price to pay for good, drug-free health!”


“The body is a biological organism, it’s alive.”

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.