Question from therapist/physician on 16. february 2011
We have very many patients who we treat with the FaceFormer method. Some of them also suffer from diabetes. Diabetic patients who have used the FaceFormer therapy for completely different reasons have informed us that during the treatment their blood glucose level has been reduced within a few days. We should make a statement. Spontaneously we could not name any reasons and therefore turn to you – Dr. Berndsen – since you have noted diabetes on the list of indications of FaceFormer therapy. Our question is whether you know the reactions described and can explain causal relationships.
Answer from Dr. Klaus Berndsen
Dear sir or madam,
Thanks for the very interesting question. First of all, I would like to point out that the connections are by no means scientifically confirmed. We and other practitioners have received many similar feedbacks. Therefore, in our list of indications for FaceFormer therapy (following FFT), you also find the recommendation for the adjuvant use of the FFT in diabetes: Indikationen
In diabetes mellitus, the sugar that is important for the cell metabolism is only inadequately absorbed from the blood into the cells and correspondingly in the blood. The cells of the muscles, liver, kidneys, adipose tissue do not have enough sugar available for their energy production. For the exchange between blood to the cells, insulin is required. Also in this way the sugar arrives in the cell. Insulin docks to the corresponding cell receptors and activates the cells for sugar uptake. If insulin is lacking, the cells can not be sufficiently supplied with sugar, thus degrading fat. It comes to over-acidification.
Red blood cells and brain cells do not need insulin for sugar intake.
Type 1 diabetics usually produce no or only small amounts of insulin. Insulin must always be added to the blood.
In type 2 diabetics, there is a deficiency of insulin. Sugar is not sufficiently absorbed by the cells. Most people affected can already positively influence the process of insulin production by changing their lifestyle (e.g. by diet or exercise).
Our explanation of the effect of FFT on diabetes
We believe that the FFT affects at least four areas that can affect diabetes.
- Improvement and habituation of nasal breathing is an important aim of the FaceFormer therapy. Regular and physiological nasal breathing ensures an optimal supply of the lungs (alveoli) with respiratory air. Through the alveoli oxygen diffuses into the red blood cells, from which it is transported to the body cells, where it determines the primary cell supply and the metabolism. Overall, an improvement cell metabolism within optimizes the cell activity and the receptivity of the blood present in the blood.
- Activation of cranial nerve function has an impact on the functions of the brain and the brain stem as well as on the formation of neurotransmitters. Brain functions which are located in the vicinity of the brain stem, are rhythmically stimulated by FFT. From this region all vital functions and vital organs are controlled. The FFT can apparently optimize these influences. Regulatory effects on the insulin production and other metabolic processes may be the result.
- Beneath numerous visceral functions, the N. vagus also controls the activity of the pancreas. The beta-cells of the pancreatic islets of Langerhans are responsible for this. The interactive stimulation on the Nervus vagus in the oral and pharyngeal region could positively influence the visceral functions (affected by stimuli on muscles and mucuous membranes through kinetical interactions plus the formation of air underpressure) and thus favor insulin formation.
- During the FaceFormer training, salivation and swallowing activity are significantly increased. As a result, much more enzymes (amylase) are available, which are involved in the degradation of polysaccharides, corresponding to the sugar metabolism. The enzymes may also alter the formation of glucose in the small intestine in such a way that a beneficial effect on the metabolism and insulin formation occurs.
Impact on diabetes
The above explanations of the relationship between FFT and bettering in diabetes are plausible, but still hypothetical. The influences are probably complementary, or others are adjoined. Results from follow-up visits and examinations carried out by various practitioners using the FFT could provide further assistance to affected patients.
We are pleased about user observations which we are gradually assembling and evaluating. The control of the procedures is uncomplicate, because diabetic patients regularly perform and usually loog blood tests per se.
Possibly, there may also be interested observers and scientists, such as neurologists, internists, diabetics, doctoral students, or scienfrom related disciplines, who would contribute to the clarification of the correlations and derive relevant results from their investigations.
Dr. Klaus-J. Berndsen