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The Low Blood Sugar Handbook: You Don't Have to Suffer 1st Edition

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A number of books have been written on low blood sugar but none as complete or up to date as The Low Blood Sugar Handbook. Edward Krimmel, the sufferer in this case, searched and discovered the root of his distressing symptoms. Patricia, his wife, a registered nurse, was "copilot" during his struggle to gain health and normalcy. Together they have developed what they call the Krimmel Program, which includes, diet, exercise, fun and laughter, and proper sleep and rest. Suggestions are also given on "choosing the right doctor," in view of Krimmel's sad experiences with the medical professionals.

This book provides a comprehensive guide for people suffering with low blood sugar and there are menus and schedules for eating plus a few recipes. There are numerous individuals who will benefit from the helpful ideas and information which this book contains. -- Provident Bookstores Newsletter, September 1989

From the Author

This edition is a result of new and improved concepts developed from talking with thousands of low blood sugar sufferers who have bought our books over the years. We wish to extend our appreciation to all those who have shared with us how their lives have improved by following the Krimmel Program in the handbook.

No longer do hypoglycemics have to be held hostage because they can't find out what is causing their problems. Through reading and studying they are discovering that what they put into their bodies can cause their lives to be disrupted and erratic or calm and controllable. The word has gotten out that the proper food is often much more beneficial to our bodies than medications. Even women with premenstrual syndrome often have trouble with hypoglycemia, states Dr. Ronald Norris, M.D., faculty member of Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

Throughout history, headaches, depression, alcoholism and sleep problems have been considered as being caused by something other than a body chemistry imbalance. Until recent years the alcoholic was considered to have a character flaw. Today's research is finding that the 11 million alcoholics, the 36 million depressed persons, the over 100 million suffering with headaches and the 50 odd million with sleep problems are often suffering with a body chemistry problem, which can be improved and sometimes even corrected by taking in the proper foods and their bodies being cared for with tender loving care (exercise, rest and relaxation, and fun and laughter).

Only recently is low blood sugar being recognized as the shadow behind many commonly known problems-many experts working with alcoholics believe the majority, if not all, alcoholics have low blood sugar; a great number of patients with mental conditions have improved immensely after being diagnosed and treated for low blood sugar; several institutions which work with juvenile offenders have tested them for low blood sugar and found a high percentage have the condition.

Aggressive behavior is another area where hypoglycemia shows up. Probably the most dramatic example of this is represented in the studies by Ralph Bolton, an ethnographer. He studied the Qolla, an Andean subculture near Peru, who have a culture with considerable violence and aggression. This is the direct opposite of what their moral code demands, which is charity, compassion and cooperation with all men. So why are they aggressive and violent? Mr. Bolton found a high rate, 55%, of the men he tested had hypoglycemia. Eleven of the 13 most aggressive men in the group had hypoglycemia. Dare we chance to think that hypoglycemia may be a contributing factor to the high incidence of crime and social problems in the United States?

The primary reason this book has been written is that I am a hypoglycemic (Low Blood Sugar sufferer) and my wife and I are anxious to share the many insights we have gained from living with the condition over the years. Although there are fine books written about hypoglycemia, to our knowledge this is the first to be written by a hypoglycemic. Our book is not so much about hypoglycemia as it is about the everyday nitty-gritty of living with the condition. We tell you the things you should and can do to end your suffering.

The insights we discuss in this book have been developed over years of personal experience. We have tested and retested the methods, not only on me but on other people we have helped to understand and regulate their own hypoglycemia.

On a scale of 1-10 for hypoglycemia severity, with 10 being the most severe, I would rate myself a 8-9. Before my hypoglycemia was regulated I regularly experienced approximately 40 of the common symptoms of the condition. Now that I am regulated by following the program we have worked out and outlined in this book, I would rate myself a 1 because of the infrequent occurrence of a few of the listed symptoms. Most times these few symptoms occur, it is because I am only human and eat something that tastes good to my tongue but isn't good for my body chemistry. It's the old battle of pain and pleasure that all hypoglycemics eventually have to face and deal with. At least now I know why I have the various symptoms and how to deal with them. Having these insights has given me the opportunity to enjoy a very beautiful life. We hope the insights will afford you a better life too.

The program outlined in this book is an optimum lifestyle for not only hypoglycemics, but for everyone who desires a healthy and productive life. Naturally it's called the Krimmel Program.

Had it not been for books on hypoglycemia we would still be wandering and staggering through the orthodox medical maze, looking for an answer to the many symptoms I was displaying. Only through the books did I learn what was really wrong with me. Now that I have a free mind and a healthy spirit, my wife and I are able to make our contribution to the social fabric which helped us.

Because of the many people we met who told us about their low blood sugar condition and difficulties in getting suitable information, we decided to put our ideas on paper so we could help people more effectively. So here it is, your personal handbook, the means by which you can readily establish whether or not you are hypoglycemic and the specifics of what to do and what not to do. If you find yourself using the material in our book on a day to day basis, then we have done our job well. We made a special effort to use a level of language that would be complementary to the subject and at the same time be folksy and easily understood by the lay individual. It is very important that your family and friends read this book so they will be able to understand hypoglycemia and how it affects all of you. Then they can be supportive and helpful.

God bless, and we love you too. Ed & Pat Krimmel


Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Publishers; 1 edition (January 21, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916503046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916503048
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jaegt on October 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
It's been 1 1/2 years since I wrote my first review of this book (different email address) and I'm still following this way of eating. It's become a way of life, and I still feel it's the best thing that ever happened to me. I remain free of the symptoms I was experiencing (excessive tiredness, nightmares, non-restorative sleep, excessive yawning, fibromyalgia, knee joint pain, irritability, inability to concentrate, mood swings, cravings for starchy foods, strong hunger pangs, shakiness, etc.). I have not even had a cold in the past 1 1/2 years (I used to get about 3 to 4 a year, typically accompanied by bronchitis). I continue to have lots of energy, and just feel great. My body has returned to a well-functioning state the way I had always suspected it should be. I can't imagine anymore to drink sodas, eat foods that contain nothing but starch, sugar, etc., and suffer the consequences of hypoglycemia. And, what I eat now tastes so much better, anyway. Yes it took some getting used to, but that's the same with any change. Buy this book, try it out, stick with it - you won't regret it.
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By A Customer on April 22, 2003
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This book saved my life. I bought it two years ago, and have felt 1000% better ever since. I had an array of symptoms on par with the author, including quick temper, numbness in extremities, lightheadedness, chest pains, social anxiety disorder, rashes, impotence, and what seemed like convulsions on some nights as I tried to sleep. I began to feel better after a few days on the Krimmel program. Some of these symptoms I had for over 20 years. Now they are all gone. Granted, if all you're feeling is a little sluggish, the book might be a bit extreme. I strictly followed the diet for a couple months, and then developed my own variations through tinkering and common sense. After 2 years, I consider my diet to be a whole foods diet, very similar to what the book advocates. It's also really a low glycemic diet, the fancy term people use nowadays. It basically means don't eat simple sugars and refined food, such as fruit juice, soda, white bread, wheat bread (unless 100% whole), multi-grain bread (most are white bread with a few seeds), white flour, pasta (unless 100% whole), chips, cookies, starches, packaged products with corn starch & corn syrup, etc.
Since my life has been changed so much by this, I would like to share the most common components of my diet:
whole grains with nuts & fruit (steel cut oats, quinoa, spelt, etc.
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By A Customer on February 9, 2000
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After years of wondering, I finally confirmed I am a hypoglycemic with a three hour glucoce tolerance test, going down to 49 the third hour. Reading this book I found it to be quite helpful in many areas, but very strict in the diet portion. I decided to formulate my own "diet" and feel a 100 times better. The most important points are, giving up all obvious sugars(tiny amounts in regular products are okay for me) limiting or giving up caffeine, eating breakfast when you get up(even if not hungry), planning(extremely important) and eating snacks every one and a half to two hours(a must!)BEFORE you get hungry, and never eat large meals. If you wait to eat until you are hungry, it's TOO LATE! Also, eat a snack before bed. Try this and you will feel very energetic and wish you would have done this sooner. This book gives great pointers, but the regular diet is not realistic or satifying for many people including me.
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By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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I suspected I may have LBS because I have many of the symptoms. After a fasting blood test, my doctor told me my blood sugar fell right in the middle, but that wasn't to say I didn't have LBS. I would feel so tired, even after getting a full night's sleep. Driving home was horrible - I couldn't concentrate! It felt as though the bottom would drop out! Then I read this book, and it put low blood sugar in laymen's terms. It also touched me, because some of the testimonials really hit home. At first, I thought there was something really wrong with me, or I was going nuts! But, I've been following the plan for two weeks and I really do feel great. I've lost five pounds, but more importantly, my stomach is not as bloated, I don't get shaky all the time, I can concentrate better, I'm not as irritable and I have more patience towards my family (not yelling at them all the time). It has been difficult giving up certain foods (like ice cream and candy),but the immediate and long term results of feeling good are certainly well worth it! A must read for anyone who feels run down but thinks they are doing all the right things!
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By A Customer on January 13, 1998
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If you know you are hypoglycemic, suspect it or fall into the category of people who are always tired, experience non-restorative sleep or other sleep problems, are irritable, have unexplained joint pains, have unexplained muscle pains, are always hungry and crave sweet or starchy foods (bread, pasta, grains, etc.), to name but a few of the symptoms of hypoglycemia, you must read this book. It provides you with all the information you need to feel great again. It includes the health history of the author, and you might find that it's like looking in a mirror and seeing yourself. Besides explaining the underlying reasons for hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) episodes, the book provides a symptom check list that you can use to see how much the disease profile fits your own health profile. If you decide that you match the disease profile, you are provided with a list of foods to eat and to avoid, sample menus with suggested meal timing as well as many other useful tips for life with hypoglycemia. For me, this book has made all the difference in the world. When I bought the book, I suspected I was hypoglycemic, but didn't really know what to do about it. 4 months later, following the Krimmel plan, I feel like a new person with lots of energy and none of the pain I used to have. By the way, this is not magic, but requires adherence to a food plan that eliminates certain types of food. Plenty of foods to choose from, but some definately have to be avoided for the symptoms to be eliminated. It isn't magic, but if you've been suffering for a long time it'll feel like it and is well worth the foods you give up. Read it, follow it, you won't regret it.
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