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I'm a sucker for Google News on diabetes. Yes, I ask for it every day, unwavering. Today had an attention-grabbing headline: the diabetes miracle breakthrough revealed - the root cause for diabetes. Why not, right? Next stop - adLAND.
Alas, it's a focus on Type 2 diabetes and how the pancreas falls from grace under the nutritional insult of poor food choices. In more depth, the press release explains: the pa ncreas becomes diseased by acids: sugar, carbohydrates, excess fats and uric acid (all very Common in our modern diets) that constantly empty from the stomach directly to the pancreas. Because the pancreas is the next link in the digestion chain, whatever is eaten goes directly to this delicate organ, so instead of digesting food and producing insulin, it now becomes a shock organ.
As the eating habits continue, the pancreas is forced to continue to neutralize the toxins from the diet. This results, first, in pre-diabetes. If the toxics continue to build - Type 2 dia...
I recently had the opportunity to watch a film by Dr. Gabriel Cousens on reversing diabetes naturally and I was really inspired and blown away by the results. Even though genetics play a huge role in one’s chance of getting type 2 diabetes, most of us are also aware that diet and lifestyle play a huge role in the epidemic that we are experiencing today. Even so, most experts are hesitant to say that diabetes can be cured with diet alone. I think that Dr. Gabriel Cousens’s 21-day program, held at The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, does a great job at showing us how powerful a change of diet can be on diabetes, insulin needs, blood sugar, weight, and overall physical and mental health. For those who aren’t familiar, a raw-live food vegan diet consists of fresh unprocessed and uncooked whole plant foods such as vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, dried fruit and sea vegetables. What makes this way of eating unique is that none of the foods are cook...
Another diabetes myth just bit the dust: the idea that pre-meal (bolus) injections of regular human insulin should be given thirty minutes before eating. This is a myth that I grew up with, and one that I had religiously taught my insulin-using patients back in the days before insulin analogs became available. But it wasn’t just me: the ADA still says “Insulin shots are most effective when you take them so that insulin goes to work when glucose from your food starts to enter your blood. For example, regular insulin works best if you take it 30 minutes before you eat.”
Before continuing, let me add a few points of clarification about types of insulin and when they became commercially available. Insulin progressed from initially being “animal insulins,” which were obtained (ever since the 1920’s) from beef or pork pancreases. All insulins were short-duration-of-action, with their effects on glucose levels lasting only a few hours, un...
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