Reactive Hypoglycemia, as a result of chronic Neuro-Lyme disease


It has taken me a while to understand hypoglycemia. Many people, myself included, often confused this with diabetes, and these are two very different conditions.

When you have diabetes, as I am understanding it, the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin (insulin is a hormone that helps your body process the glucose), so there is too much sugar in your blood.

Hypoglycemia occurs when the pancreas is making too much insulin, and there is not enough sugar in your blood, and you can experience a sudden system crash.

Several years ago Donald developed reactive hypoglycemia, rather suddenly: he started ‘falling asleep’ on the couch right after eating dinner, especially if we had pasta, or potatoes, or other starchy foods (carbohydrates). After much research, I found that his symptoms fit perfectly as reactive hypoglycemia. But there wasn’t much guidance out there on how to manage it at the time.

It wasn’t until Donald got a diagnosis of Lyme disease this past March (after eight years of lots of other distressing symptoms), in particular neuro-Lyme, that we found out Lyme disease can create hypoglycemia in its host.

We also found out last March that Donald had developed gluten-intolerance, which is another thing that Lyme disease will create for its host. The lab that did the test wrote on the report that Donald should not ever consume anything that contains gluten for the rest of his life.

For someone who has Italian blood (on his father’s side) this is very upsetting. Donald loves pasta, and bread, and misses the taste of these foods. Gluten-free pastas, breads, crackers, etc., do not yet have the satisfying taste of wheat flour, and are unconscionably expensive.

Regarding hypoglycemia, there is not a lot of information out there, on the Internet or from doctors, to help people cope with this very frightening condition. Donald’s neurologist casually said, “Just eat several smaller meals during the day.”

Donald’s Lyme-Literate doctor didn’t have any suggestions on how to manage or control the reactive hypoglycemia. And his primary care doctor just goes, “Um hmmm….” when we mention it to him.

As Donald goes through the various treatment protocols for eradicating Lyme disease from his body, the herxes are quite strong (herxes are the body’s reaction to the toxins released by the bacteria as they die off, the symptoms worsen as the toxins migrate through and out of the body), and the hypoglycemic crashes can be very severe and can come on very suddenly.

One of the disconcerting things about reactive hypoglycemia is that you can’t always tell when you are crashing. You feel tired, and naturally you just want to take a few minutes and take a nap, and can’t understand why your loved one is bugging you, asking if you are crashing and need some food. But once you eat something, in Donald’s case protein and/or high-fat foods, and you recover, you realize that it was indeed a low-blood sugar crash coming on, and you are extremely grateful to your wife for noticing and addressing it (!)

I have, after much trial and error, found several things that can bring Donald back, fairly quickly. Since he is gluteRicotta Cheesen-intolerant, carbohydrates are out of the question. I give him only protein and fat-rich foods. For example, I keep lots of whole milk ricotta cheese in the refrigerator, and when I feel him beginning a low-blood sugar crash, I put a couple tablespoons or so of ricotta in a bowl, drizzle extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt onto it.

Since Donald is concentrating his time and energy, every single day, engaged in a comprehensive program for his full and complete recovery from Lyme disease, consisting of prayer, meditation, qigong systems and strenuous exercises I am devoting myself to the proper continual care, feeding and maintenance of Donald.

During the time we were traveling and teaching (the last few years), it could be challenging to keep Donald’s blood-sugar in balance to prevent crashes. I didn’t always have access to the proper foods, a kitchen to prepare home-cooked meals, or we made do with restaurant food.

Now that we have been blessed with a place of our own once again, I am finding my way, and keeping Donald’s blood sugar as even as possible throughout the day. Along with all the other things I do to support his recovery!

According to Naburo Muramoto’s excellent book, “Healing Ourselves,” (Mr. Muramoto was one of Donald’s healing arts teachers in San Francisco, in the 1970’s) diabetes and hypoglycemia results ‘from the organism’s inability to maintain a constant and proper blood-sugar level.’ I’ve recently returned to this book, and found the following suggestions to control diabetes and hypoglycemia:

  • Eat very little sugar
  • Whole grains – brown rice, buckwheat, etc.
  • Vegetables: onions, carrots, squash
  • Adzuki bean soup (for breakfast)
  • Miso soup (for breakfast, along with the adzuki soup)
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Adzuki beans

Here’s some food suggestions for small meals that I found have worked for us:

  • Lentil soup (prepared from scratch)
  • Tuna fish salad
    • Toasted Brown Rice porridge (known as jook, or congee in Chinese)
  • Caprese salad (fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and tomatoes
  • Chicken Salad (from leftovers from dinners)
  • Small portions of meat (beef and chicken) and sautéed vegetables (for the evening meal)

I had been preparing green smoothies for us, for a couple of months, with fresh and frozen fruit and fresh kale and protein powder, every morning, but I stopped about a week ago, to gauge whether they were adding too much sugar to Donald’s daily food intake.

We are having more and more success, each day, in keeping homeostasis for our bodies, minds and spirits, and all of these modifications, while life-saving for Donald, are also benefiting me!

Rubbo Purifying Elixir


Donald swears by this formula, he’s been doing it for more than 45 years, he started drinking this cleansing/detoxification beverage to enhance his health when he was a kid in New York.

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Lymph and blood purifier

It’s a lively brew with authoritative elements of spice and heat.

We include:

  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice to cleanse the lymphatic system
  • Fresh ginger to warm the body and help with restoring the digestive system (according to Classic Chinese medicine fresh ginger restores stomach chi), anti-inflammatory, promotes circulation
  • Cayenne powder for its warming qualities (increases metabolism) it is a blood purifier, a pain-killer and a nerve stimulant
  • Honey: to provide energy, it is also anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and supports the immune systems.

The ginger, lemon and honey mellow out the cayenne powder, and while the first sip is a bit warming in the mouth, you don’t notice it so much after that.

Feel free to adjust the amounts of all the ingredients to suit your tastes. More or less ginger, more or less honey, more or less cayenne powder, and more or less lemon juice. It really is a matter of preference, all these wonderful, natural materials will do their job to create a more harmonious environment in your body.

Ingredients
– ½ -inch piece of fresh ginger
– 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
– 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
– juice of one half lemon

  1. Boil water in the teakettle
  2. Peel ginger and slice thinly on the diagonal. You can chop it smaller if you’d like.
  3. Squeeze the half lemon into your cup.
  4. Add the cayenne and honey.
  5. Stir and sip!

Simple, quick, delicious and good for you. After you have consumed this delightful tonic, you can eat the ginger that is resting on the bottom of your cup!

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Another day of intense healing practices for Donald Rubbo, September 10, 2014……..


During this time of healing and recovery, Donald is focusing on spiritual principles and practices, including prayer, meditation, qigong, our Long Life Exercises, Taoist yoga, many hours sitting and/or exercising in the sun (heat kills bacteria), hot hot baths, detox protocols, home-cooked gluten-free meals, anti-parasitic herbals, chelation therapy and biofilm destroying herbals.

Donald is also doing clinical rotations of the Byron White Formula (A-L Complex) and a protocol of Chinese MedicineDonald healing 2 from Heiner Fruehauf. Every person who is dealing with Lyme disease presents with different symptoms, and treatment efficacy varies from individual to individual.  There are many things you can do to strengthen your body, mind and spirit and support the eradication of the bacteria and elimination of the toxins they release into the body as they die off. 

Donald has let loose his Warrior Within, and is active every day in building up the strength in his body and mind, and he is shifting the paradigm – thought by thought, and molecule by molecule – into wellness, vitality, repair, restoration and power.

We discovered that Modified Citrus Pectin not only removes heavy metals from the body, it is also a biofilm destroyer. It is vital to dissolve the biofilm within which the pathogens hide, so that the anti-parasitic agents can target the bacteria and destroy them.

Every day is a miracle, and we are grateful for the blessing of our lives.

Navigating the Path to Wellness, with wisdom, Divine guidance and love


As we take this journey to complete and total restoration of vibrant health, we’ll be documenting the steps we are taking. There is so much information out there on Lyme disease, and the co-infections that sneak in with the borrelia burgdorferi, some of it helpful, some of it not.

Lyme disease is an epidemic of immense proportions, and Western medicine is slow to catch up, slow to acknowledge this health crisis and slow to glacier in finding effective treatments for it.

After eight years of experiencing strange symptoms, cycles of debilitating flare-ups without knowing the cause of them, Donald was diagnosed with chronic Lyme and/or acute Lyme (the Lyme-Literate doctor says both, the neurologist grudgingly admitted acute Lyme). Getting a correct diagnosis depends on several factors, the doctor who orders the tests, the lab that processes the tests, and what form the bacteria are in at the time of the test (spirochette, cyst or cell-wall deficient).

Borrellia burgdorferi is a stealth organism. It has had millions of years to adapt to its hosts (ticks encased in amber from fifteen million years ago contain this bacteria!)

Lyme disease mimics many diseases and illnesses, and the symptoms can be confusing and overwhelming. 

Donald appears to have neuro-Lyme, years ago the bacteria damaged his central nervous system and he experiences such symptoms as Central Pain Syndrome, heart attack, stroke, etc. After arriving back in the Bay Area this past January after an extremely stressful six months (stress exacerbates the illness) with his family in New York, I had to take Donald to the Emergency Room at Marin General Hospital a couple of times. Donald had been experiencing severe flare-ups for years, but this was the first time he agreed to go to Western doctors to find help because the symptoms were worse than he’d ever had before. The first time I took him, he was exhibiting symptoms of a stroke. The doctors found nothing. The second time, about three week later, he was exhibiting symptoms of a heart attack. Again, the doctors found nothing. EKG normal, no enzymes indicating a heart problem, and a subsequent brain MRI showed no signs of a stroke.

On this blog, we will be documenting Donald’s journey back to wellness, listing the protocols he is using (clinical rotation appears to be an effective approach), the natural remedies, prayers, meditations and exercises he is using to bring his body, mind and spirit back into complete harmony, to inspire and give hope to others. 

Here is one of the things we are doing to cleanse our bodies, a lymph/blood purifier with immune enhancement: hot water, fresh lemon juice, cayenne powder and fresh ginger:

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Lymph and blood purifier

Although Donald is not yet back to his full strength, has herxes from the protocols he is taking, has ongoing symptoms and sometimes has serious days-long flares, he remains strong in faith, spirit and will, and he is still a power to be reckoned with in the healing realm for others. Recently three people have had life-altering experiences after he worked with them on the phone. Here is what a former student (he hadn’t talked with the guy for 20 years, and got a phone call last week from him) emailed us after his teaching session and prayers from Donald:

 “Thank you for giving me a teaching on the phone the other day, and for emailing me the life-changing affirmations. I had a profound experience the first time I uttered them. When I said, “I am one with the One,” I was instantly overwhelmed by a feeling of pure love and absolute compassion. I felt that I was in touch with the chi that animates the universe and gives consciousness and is a consciousness. I felt every plant and animal tuned to it, in my perception even flies have awareness. I was part of this vast web of an endless cycle of birth death and regeneration that the stars and planets are a part of and I felt everything pulsing in and out.

 Although I am a scientific realist about extra-terrestrials [I'm waiting for empirical evidence] I was aware of countless sentient beings experiencing the same thing. My eyes were closed and I saw total blackness with no racing thoughts for the first time. Yet the darkness was moving rapidly in all directions at once with a slight phosphorescent blue tint to it. I wasn’t afraid and embraced it and the only way to describe it was just total love and compassion. I tried to absorb that into my body and it was so warm. After that, it was over. This was as intense as any psychedelic experience I’ve ever had. I realized that the efficiency I was requesting was just a small part of the balance of the universe. I felt the relationship of predator to play, of plants and their environment, and I felt the stars spinning in harmony with each other. My needs were miniscule and yet so easily granted. Thank you so much.”

Art can Heal the Human Heart – Artwork to uplift and heal the human spirit


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Art can Heal the Human Heart Program

Have you been inside of a hospital, or doctor’s office, recently, and taken the time to notice the insipid artwork that is hanging on the walls? Or maybe you noticed the lack of any artwork at all, nothing to relieve the drabness and free-floating anxiety of the place? There may be a few plants here and there, but nothing inspiring and beautiful to rest your eyes upon, to allow yourself a few moments of peace, of spirit-lifting contemplation.

Donald and I are passionate about shifting this paradigm, and we intend, through PDP II Research Foundation, to provide RubboArt photo-paintings to inspire, heal, soothe, restore, regenerate and renew health and healing for millions, through our ‘Art can Heal the Human Heart’ program.

Donald and I are uniquely qualified to head this important program. We were among the first in this country to bring integrative health and wellness into hospitals, when Leslie Davenport, director of the Marin General Hospital’s Institute for Health and Healing, invited us in 1995 to start a Wellness Class at the Hospital, which ran as a free weekly class for the community for thirteen years. We were also invited to bring a Wellness program to Kaiser Hospital Novato, and to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in San Francisco.

We are very proud that today, many hospitals and doctor’s offices across the nation offer integrative care to their patients.

Drawing on his decades as an extraordinary healer, and visionary in the Health and Wellness fields, Donald is ‘returning to his roots’ (his father, Don Rubbo, was known as ‘the godfather of Pop Art, and was mentor to and business partner of Peter Max, and started Donald on his artistic path when Donald was eleven) and he is creating art that inspires, heals, soothes, restores, regenerates and renews.

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Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation’s ‘Art can Heal the Human Heart’ program will provide inspirational RubboArt photo-painting artwork to hospitals, veteran’s administration hospitals, health care centers, doctor’s offices, senior centers, youth centers, retirement residences, rehabilitation hospitals and where needed.

We have thousands of images, from our travels around the world, and it gives us great joy to look through our archives and choose the best images for this program. We will be inviting other artists to collaborate with us, and provide artwork for this inspiring program.

We are setting up our fundraising campaign, and we’ll be offering direct sales to doctors, health care professionals, banks, hotels, and restaurants to support this program. Think of the inner glow you will have when you purchase and hang an exquisite, framed, RubboArt photo-painting in your home or business: you are not only uplifting the spirits of yourself, your employees, patients, clients, customers and the general public, you are also making it possible for PDP II Research Foundation to place RubboArt photo-paintings where they will do the most good – and help us bring hope and healing around the country to those who need it.

‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946, signed by representatives of 61 countries.

“Implied in this definition (by WHO) is the tie to health outcomes or changes in health as a result of an action; in the present case, the connection between artistic engagement and the psychosocial and biological manifestations of that connection. More specifically, there is evidence that engagement with artistic activities, either as an observer of the creative efforts of others or as an initiator of one’s own creative efforts, can enhance one’s moods, emotions, and other psychological states as well as have a salient impact on important physiological parameters.” The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature. Heather L. Stuckey, DEd, and Jeremy Nobel, MD MPH.

‘….Medical professionals are now beginning to recognize the role that creative arts play in the healing process; surgery or critical care patients who participated in guided imagery or had a picture of a landscape on their wall had a decreased need of narcotic pain medication relative to their counterparts and left the hospital earlier…….’
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We would love your support for this important ‘Art can Heal the Human Heart’ program.
How you can bring the ‘Art can Heal the Human Heart’ to those who most need it:

•Purchase RubboArt photo-paintings for your home and/or office
•Make a donation
•Spread the word, and encourage your colleagues and friends to support this important program

And any other support for this program that you would be willing to offer, we would be honored and delighted to accept. Click here to support ‘Art can Heal the Human Heart’ program!

Gifts represent support to ‘Art can Heal the Human Heart’ program of Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation. We use your gifts to place inspirational RubboArt artwork in hospitals, retirement residences, senior centers, youth centers, and where needed, to enhance people’s moods, emotions, and other psychological states to encourage healing and wellness, and to transform entire communities. And, because you are helping Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation bring healing and hope to thousands of families and communities, your gift is tax deductible. Our tax ID number is 91-1770533

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The Veil Between the Worlds Thins………


I had known Bob Valadez (he was also known by his Free Family name, Bob Santiago) since I was 11, he was among the people from the ‘Free Family’ of the Red House (in Forest Knolls) who came to our funky family house in Lagunitas to visit with my father in 1967\68(?), and hang out.

There is a lot of history with this story, but I’m going to keep it short, as it is the dream I had in the early morning hours of November 10, 1997, that is what I am writing about.

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In early 1973, while we were living on Harrison Street, San Francisco, Bob and my brother, Owl (Paul D. Pickens II), started studying Shao Lin Chuan with Sifu Kuo Lien Ying in San Francisco’s Chinatown. I followed them there six months later. The three of us were among the best of Kuo’s Shao Lin Chuan students, enthusiastic, flexible and very talented. We became known as ‘The Three Musketeers,’ and we are legends to this day in the martial arts community.

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Paul understood the heart and soul of Shao Lin Chuan and he was flawless in his execution of the sets, Bob was known as ‘The Technician’ for his purity of form and attention to detail (and his audible snorts if someone messed up), and I was the Shao Lin princess: graceful and powerful with an envied limberness, and a favorite of Sifu Kuo’s.

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Years later, Bob married ‘Sam’ Eileen Ewing, and they had a beautiful baby girl, Miranda Rose, who has grown up to be a very beautiful young lady, and a very talented artist.

Although I had lost touch with Bob after the late 1980’s, I occasionally heard news of him through my sister, KayAnne. I knew that he had cancer in his hip, and that he had chosen to not have surgery (they would have amputated his entire leg and he did not want to have this done), and was pursuing the Native American medicine path.

On October 19, 1995, my beloved brother Paul passed away, an immeasurable loss to me and my family.

Two years after my brother died, early on the morning of November 10, 1997, I had a very vivid dream of my brother. I was always so happy to have dreams of my brother, I missed him so much (it took many years for me to stop grieving.)

In my dream, I found myself standing in a small, wood paneled room, and my brother was sitting in a chair to my left. I noticed that he was weak and frail, as he had been in the last months of his life.

As I was standing there, I looked over to my right and saw a large, open double-doorway into another wood paneled room. Against the back wall of this room was a couch, and I saw Bob Valadez sitting at one end of the couch.

Bob saw me, stood up, and started walking toward me and my brother. Paul stood up, and as he was standing I put my left arm around him to steady him and hold him upright.

Bob walked all the way to us and stood right in front of us, and then my brother put his left arm around Bob and I put my right arm around him. We stood that way for a few moments, the three of us holding each other.

And then I woke up.

I turned to Donald and said excitedly, “I just had a dream about my brother!” I treasured the dreams that my brother appeared in, although there weren’t many appearances in those two years since he had passed. I happily related the dream to Donald, not having a clue as to its significance, and then got dressed and went off to work.

A couple of hours later, Donald called me at work to tell me my sister had just called with the sad news that Bob had just passed away early that morning.

Bob Valadez died at almost the exact moment that I had been dreaming of him and my brother.

I found out later that Bob had spent the last year of his life on a couch, unable to walk because the tumor had grown so large that it dislocated his hip.

It was rather a shock to me to know that my brother and I, more important on a spiritual level to Bob Valadez than I had ever realized, had embraced him at the moment of his death, and helped him cross over.

Art can Heal the Human Heart – RubboArt heals………….


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“Art is capable of making visible our need to go beyond what we see and it reveals our thirst for infinite beauty, for God,” said Pope Benedict in August 2011.

‘There are many more things, between heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio.’ – Shakespeare, Hamlet

‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946, signed by representatives of 61 countries.

“Implied in this definition (by WHO) is the tie to health outcomes or changes in health as a result of an action; in the present case, the connection between artistic engagement and the psychosocial and biological manifestations of that connection. More specifically, there is evidence that engagement with artistic activities, either as an observer of the creative efforts of others or as an initiator of one’s own creative efforts, can enhance one’s moods, emotions, and other psychological states as well as have a salient impact on important physiological parameters.” The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature. Heather L. Stuckey, DEd, and Jeremy Nobel, MD MPH.

Art and health have been intertwined since the beginning of recorded history, and probably even going back to the dawn of time. Creative expression making a powerful contribution to the healing process has been embraced in many different cultures. Throughout recorded history, people have used pictures, stories, dances, and prayers as healing rituals, long before the advent of what is known as ‘Western medicine.’

Indeed, for centuries there’s been much philosophical and anecdotal discussion about the benefits of art and healing. Art helps people express experiences that are too difficult to put into words, thus releasing the negative emotions that can hinder profound healing.

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‘Medical professionals are now beginning to recognize the role that creative arts play in the healing process; surgery or critical care patients who participated in guided imagery or had a picture of a landscape on their wall had a decreased need of narcotic pain medication relative to their counterparts and left the hospital earlier.’

Drawing on his decades as an extraordinary healer, and visionary in the Health Wellness fields, Donald is ‘returning to his roots’ and creating art that inspires, heals, soothes, restores, regenerates and renews.

And, due to the passionate and enthusiastic response for Donald’s art, we’ve released a few pieces for sale on our website, 8’x10″ matted RubboArt photo-paintings, and RubboArt Greeting Cards (packets of five.)

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All of your purchases of RubboArt support the global healing work of Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation!

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Selected from Donald Rubbo’s vast collection of images, these stunning works of art are now available for you to purchase! You will find the perfect photo to hang in your home or office, and support the work of PDP II Research Foundation.