Thursday, April 03, 2008

Can Diabetes Type 2 Be Reversed Naturally?

Raw For 30 Days

Six McDonalds-munching Americans eat 100% vegan, organic, live, raw foods for a month in order to reverse diabetes naturally. In four days, they were off insulin and in 30 days, their diabetes was totally reversed. Medical results are fantastic. They are challenged to give up meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, soda, junk food, fast food, processed food, packaged food, and even cooked food – as well as go without their loved ones and many of their creature comforts – for 30 days.

"It's ridiculous," said David Wolfe, nutritionist and author. "How do you go from being insulin dependent for twenty years to no insulin at all in two weeks?" If you have diabetes type 2, has your doctor told you that you will be a diabetic for the rest of your life? Has he told you that you will always be on diabetic medicine and be dependent on insulin shots? Maybe it's time you got a new doctor.

Many medical professionals will disagree with this. They believe that once you are a diabetic, you will always be a diabetic. You might be able to control things a little better with exercise and diet but the diabetes will always be there and you will always be labeled a diabetic. Here is my question:
Well, what would you call it if they no longer take medications or insulin and their blood sugar is always normal?
I would call that REVERSED!

Doctors are trained very well by medical schools to treat the symptoms of disease. What about treating the cause? What caused us to get diabetes in the first place? A lack of drugs? Why is diet and exercise always an afterthought?

I'm not saying that you have to go to some "New Age" clinic or retreat in the deserts of New Mexico in order to reverse your diabetes. But isn't it interesting how all of these people reversed their diabetes in such a short amount of time? The question is whether or not they can keep it reversed. I must admit that I am a little skeptical. Can a 30 day program reverse a lifetime of poor lifestyle choices? What happens when they get back home to their old familiar environment? I hope they can stick with it and that there is some kind of follow up program with these folks. I look forward to watching the follow up video when they interview them again.
Dr. Julian Whitaker treats thousands of patients at the Whitaker Wellness Institute in Newport Beach, California. The clinic offers diabetic patients a "Back to Health Program." It teaches them about diet, exercise and nutrition. Click on the following link to read the testimonies and judge the results for yourself.

Whitaker Wellness Diabetes Testimonies

Sanoviv Medical Institute also treats those with diabetes in a similar fashion.

Not everyone can take the time or spend the money to go to California or Mexico. For those people, there are several programs out there that can help you and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Here are some tips to help you with your search.

  • Make sure the program has a multi-year track record of success and has had some clinical trials done on it that you can show to your doctor.
  • Look for a program that will help you to lower or eliminate your diabetes drugs or insulin dependence.
  • Make sure that it is science-based. The people that run the program should have the letters "M.D." after their name. Being a doctor of philosophy will not suffice.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Stay away from gimmicks that over promise and under deliver. We would all like a "quick fix" but that isn't always a reality.
  • Make sure it lasts more than 30 days. It is highly unlikely that your diabetes will be reversed and stay reversed in as little as 30 days without continued education and motivation. Changing lifestyle habits is not a quick fix.
  • Nothing is free. It will cost you something. Think about the cost of diabetes. What is it costing you now? What is the cost of amputation and blindness? What if you no longer had to pay for meds and doctor visits? What is the value of a program that could deliver you those kinds of savings?
  • Look for a program that will put the emphasis on educating you and holding you accountable. If they just want to sell you some magic pills or an exotic elixir, this is not what you want. Success is based on helping you to learn and reinforce a new lifestyle. Education and accountability are the main keys to success.
  • Staying motivated. Look for a program that has a human element. It is great to be able to talk with a real live human being every week. If you have questions or you are just discouraged with your progress, having a mentor can be a real life saver. If they have a group that you can be a part of, that would be even better. You can learn what is working and not working from others. Besides, being part of a group is more fun.
  • Find a program that uses the power of the Internet. Having tools like an on-line journal and a forum to read or post questions or comments to can be valuable. If you are having a problem, your personal lifestyle coach can read your journal for the week and pinpoint the changes you need to make. Educational emails and healthy on-line recipes and fitness tips are a plus too.
One such program is the "Healthy For Life" program developed by Dr. Ray Strand. He wrote the book,What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You Click on the following link to read about this program.

Healthy For Life Overview

Healthy for Life: Developing Healthy Lifestyles that Have the Side-Effect of Permanent Weight Loss


asithi said...

I am reading a book call the 'Hormonal Balance.' There is a chapter that mentioned insulin and food. Before I started reading the book, I never really thought too much about food and its impact on your body other than weight gain. The book mentioned that some of the health problems we have might be related to the imbalance of hormones in our body and that we can use food to correct some of these problems.

Mrs. Mecomber said...

Excellent article. Thanks for the information. It is horrific at how institutionalized and prepackaged our food supply has become (certainly a reflection of our culture, eh?). Time to get back to God's good earth and eat wisely! I'm stumbling this post-- good one!

Veronica said...

This is astounding news! I know several diabetics though, and sadly, I don't see many people giving up everything they love and eating 100% raw foods. I can't say that I would either, but it really is amazing what the body can do if given the chance.

JoLynn Braley said...

"What about treating the cause?"...exactly!! I am not at all surprised at this because I know people who follow the same program that I do (the 6-week body makeover plan, which is not a raw food plan but real, whole foods, some cooked, some raw) who have also gotten off insulin. Of course you have to stop your insulin under a doctor's care, but by changing your diet and adding in exercise, it can definitely be done.

The thing is if these people continue to eat and exercise as they did during the 30 days, they can maintain their "non-diabetic state", but like you said, if they go back to their old ways, they'll end up right back where they started.


Hi! I would like more information as my brother who is 35 has been insulin dependent since he was only 8 years old. I hate how the diabetes has ravaged every aspect of him and he would be open to any help. Very interesting and thanks for posting.

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Jackie said...

Thanks for visiting.

Good article. There is a lot on reversing Diabetes type 2 via a Vegan diet. Having never met a Vegan with diabetes there must be something in it :)

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rskirk55 said...

Your post contains a lot of sound advice. Whether you call it reversal or control, Diabetes can be managed. I was on Insulin shots 4 times a day and had begun to suffer some of the comorbidities associated with the disease. With serious weight loss (more than 100lbs) and strict diet control, I am completely off insulin and pills now for 5 years. It can be done. Steve Kirk blogs on aging and health care at Making Perfect Sense

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