Diabetes Deception Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month (again) -- which means you'll hardly be able to flip on the TV or open a newspaper without being reminded of it.

You'll also be bludgeoned by the horrible health statistics as diabetes continues its epidemic spread across America and the world.

To kick off the month, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is sounding the alarm (again) in nationwide press releases that remind us:

"With nearly 24 million children and adults in the US living with diabetes, and an additional 57 million Americans at risk, there is no time to waste. One out of every three children born today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue. Diabetes is not merely a condition. It is disease (sic) with deadly consequences. Drastic action is needed. From everyone."

This Certainly Sounds Urgent

From the ADA's tone, you'd think diabetes was some menacing new virus that just popped up on our shores and started infecting people by the millions.

But diabetes has been ever-mounting public health threat for decades, with rates steadily increasing year after year.

My research shows that the first "National Diabetes Month" was designated by Congress in 1986 as Public Law 99 - 460. Its stated purpose was "to increase public awareness about the dangers of diabetes and the need for continued research and education efforts."

Back then, a little over 5 million adults had diabetes -- but it was a menacing enough problem to declare a national proclamation.

That Awareness Didn't Seem to Help

By 1989, the ADA announced the rate of diabetes had doubled to more than 11 million Americans, or 6.5% of the adult population.

The following year, an Associated Press headline announced: "US diabetes rates soar in 1999." This article included a quote from then director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Jeffrey Koplan stating "this dramatic new evidence signals the unfolding damage in the US" with another CDC official chiming in that "the message is out there -- 'lose weight by increasing physical activity and changing diet.' But nobody's doing it."

Things Only Got Worse From There

There is no arguing with the fact that there's been a dramatic rise of diabetes in the US over the past three decades. It's utterly mind-boggling how diabetes has gotten out of hand.

Even worse are new CDC projections announced last week, which predicts that 33% of our adult population will be diabetic by 2050 "without more trips to the gym or a serious shedding of those extra pounds."

What really got me was the CDC's solution to this serious epidemic:

"The treatment for this kind of diabetes is: Bringing weight down, and eating a better diet, in many cases. And health apps can help, although we're not really using them much."

So that's the answer. Shame on all you diabetics for not using your iPhone apps.

Yes, They're Really Serious About This

It would be laughable if it weren't for the tragic amount of human suffering these cold statistics fail to reflect.

Equally sad is the failure of the medical community to halt the diabetes juggernaut -- and of current medical treatments to contain it.

It's heartbreaking to think of the millions of people struggling to afford diabetes medications and test strips in the mistaken belief that these will improve their condition -- or protect them from the horrible complications that the vast majority of diabetics eventually succumbed to.

Yes, I'm saying that monitoring your blood sugar levels is practically useless for people with Type 2. This was proven by both the ESMON study and the Diabetes Glycemic Education and Monitoring (DiGEM) Trial.

The conclusion of these studies is summed up by report in the medical journal Endocrine Today which states: "High costs and reports of decreased quality of life make self-monitoring more of a hindrance than a help." (A polite way of saying "worthless.")

Yet, despite this well-published research, doctors continue to instruct Type 2 diabetics to test their blood sugar levels regularly.

More Diabetes Mistakes

But what about lowering your blood sugar with diabetes drugs? Surely that helps, right?

Hardly. The medical community was shocked by results from the 2008 ACCORD study which found that Type 2 diabetics who use drugs to lower their blood sugar to normal levels (6%) actually suffered more heart attacks and deaths than those who allowed their levels to float higher (7%-7.9%).

The findings were so stunning that the study was halted early to save the lives of the remaining participants.

More Drugs, More Deaths

Then there are all those other drugs that many diabetics are taking to protect against the nasty complications of their condition, such as heart attack, stroke, hypertension, and kidney failure. Are they effective?

Nope. Another part of the ACCORD study showed that this intensive drug therapy failed to reduce heart attacks, strokes or death from cardiovascular causes.

In effect, zero protection -- and then there were all those drug side effects. For what?

This Is "Awareness?"

Despite all this reliable research, the ADA and most doctors continue to advise Type 2 diabetics to test their blood sugar regularly ... drive down their glucose numbers with drug therapy ... and take various "protective" drugs to guard against diabetic complications.

These studies show that current conventional therapy for diabetes is ineffective, dangerous, expensive, diminishes the quality of life for the average patient, and fails to improve ultimate outcomes.

What it does do is make billions of dollars for the Diabetes Industry ($174 billion in 2009), for which the ADA is the prime cheerleader.

Can't we do better?

We Absolutely Can.

We've had research since the 1980s showing that insulin resistance (prediabetes) and Type 2 diabetes can be completely reversed with simple diet and lifestyle modifications. (Incredibly, this research appears in the ADA research archives!)

Numerous subsequent studies have confirmed that reducing the consumption of those refined carbohydrate foods and beverages which trigger spikes in blood sugar and insulin is the simple solution to the Type 2 diabetes "epidemic."

This not only prevents the occurrence, but also reverses its presence. It is prevention, treatment, and cure rolled up into one neat, inexpensive bundle.

If there is to be a Diabetes Awareness campaign, these little-know points should be its focus.

Is This Really a Cure?

It certainly appears to be. At least it's the most successful option we have so far.

Diet and lifestyle modification dramatically lowers blood sugar levels and reverses the insulin resistance that underlies Type 2. Patients are able to withdraw from medications entirely and remain symptom-free as long as they keep eating sensibly.

Critics contend this is not a true cure because the patient can't resume eating the junk that caused their diabetes in the first place. (Who in their right mind would want to do that?) They maintain that diet-and-lifestyle merely "controls" symptoms.

This Is Splitting Hairs Unnecessarily

If a Type 2 or prediabetes patient is able to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, lower their risk of heart attack and other complications to that of non-diabetics, and stay off diabetes medications, then that's "cure" enough for me.

It also should be convincing enough for the ADA and the medical community.

But it isn't. And I believe the reason for their skepticism has everything to do with money.

You see, that $174 billion spent for diabetes treatments every year pays a lot of executive salaries, employs a lot of workers, generates healthy stock dividends for investors, and basically transfers money from the pockets of patients to the balance sheets of drug companies, manufacturers, and suppliers. (Less than 1% of that $174 billion is spent for public education.)

Total expenditures for diabetes treatments worldwide were $400 million last year. By the end of this decade, that figure will spike like your blood sugar after downing a pint of Ben and Jerry's to one trillion bucks annually. This is a very big "industry" indeed.

It's Simple Freakonomics, Folks

If we even put an end to diabetes, most of that diabetes revenue would dry up.

The shameful fact is: There's more money in treating diabetes than curing it -- which is why I believe we'll never see the long-awaited medical cure in our lifetime.

That's why the ADA and the medical community pay lip service to diet-and-lifestyle by castigating diabetics for not losing weight or using their iPhone apps, while continuing to push its high-carb, low-fat diet and drug treatment as the mainstays of their strategy.

If they really wanted to wipe out diabetes as their new Stop Diabetes® implies, they could do it in a single generation.

How? With an aggressive campaign that made people truly aware of the foods and beverages that elevate blood sugar and spike insulin. (No more of that vague "eat a better diet" jazz.) If more people realized the direct influence that our current high-carb diet has on diabetes and obesity, we'd see dramatic improvements in both conditions.

It's not only cowardly not to point fingers at the food products that are directly responsible for bad blood sugar and bulging waistlines, but it's irresponsible -- especially for physicians who have taken an oath to protect the public well-being.

And telling patients to "lose some weight" passes the buck entirely (as if it were the real solution anyway). This puts the blame squarely on the patient without us ever having to look at the roles our food, agricultural and medical systems play.

Don't Fall for the Hype

If the ADA was serious about taking the "drastic action" its November press release called for, we'd see them proposing mandatory posting of calorie content on menus ... a health tax on the foods and beverages that are overburdening our healthcare system ... regulation of junk food ads that target our kids ... incentives and payments for physicians who take the time to educate their patients about diet and other non-drug treatments for diabetes ... and reform in our agricultural policy so taxpayer dollars no longer subsidize Big Corn, Big Sugar, and Big Grain, while penalizing vegetable growers.

And that's just for starters.

In short, we'd see a real diabetes awareness campaign, not the hype you'll be swimming in for the rest of this month.

End Diabetes? Fat Chance.

This won't happen because, despite its feel-good smokescreen campaign, the ADA makes big money by selling their "seal of approval" to food manufacturers that market high-carb products and beverages that cause blood sugar problems. (It recently inked a $1.5 million deal with the global candy-maker, Cadbury.) The New York Times reveals that it costs a minimum of $500,000 to even qualify for the ADA seal.

In fact, the ADA received more than $23 million in support in 2005 from the food and pharmaceutical industries. There's no mystery why.

While the lion's share of the ADA's $210 million budget is spent promoting "treatments" (in other words, drugs), very little goes toward prevention, genuine awareness campaigns, and patient education. (More about the ADA's connections and roots next week.)

"Don't Look At That Man Behind the Curtain!"

Remember that line from The Wizard of Oz when Toto the dog pulled back the curtain to reveal that the Grand and Glorious Oz was only a man -- and a deceitful one at that?

That what Diabetes Awareness Month reminds me of: One Grand Distraction.

So get ready for a tsunami of TV programs, newspaper articles, and special reports, which subtly blame diabetics for their condition.

Which cajole them to quit being so lazy.

Which saddle them with the burden of losing weight in order to save their lives (but never explain exactly how to go about it).

Which chide them to eat less (while, at the same time, bombarding them with ads for the very foods that are upsetting their blood sugar).

 

Which continue to advocate a high-carb, low-fat diet that is proven to be unhealthy.

And which will push the medical solution down our throats as the only alternative, while enticing us to believe we don't have to change our diet or habits -- just as long as we take out medicine.

Here's What They're Not Telling You

A true awareness campaign would inform the public that...

Too much insulin, not overeating, makes us fat. It isn't how much we eat that packs on the pounds. Rather, it's the type of foods we're eating. Refined carbs and sweeteners hit your bloodstream immediately as blood sugar and trigger a surge of insulin. Insulin turns that glucose into fat (triglycerides) and stores in it your fat cells. Limiting the foods that trigger the insulin response will solve your weight problem without dieting or exercise.

Obesity doesn't cause diabetes. It's just the other way around. When your bloodstream is always flooded with insulin, your cells become resistant to it -- so even more is required to move glucose out of your bloodstream. More insulin means more weight gain. Cut the insulin and you body will start burning its fat reserves for fuel.

Losing weight is a misguided goal. Sure, shedding pounds is healthy -- but it's like taking the long way home. The direct route to reversing Type 2 diabetes is to quit eating insulin-provoking foods. This will begin to repair your metabolism instantly. The pounds will fall off automatically as a result. Make "healthy eating" your goal, not weight-loss. That's a goal you can live with forever!

Exercise is a poor way to lose weight. Changing your diet is far more effective. Example: It takes an hour to walk off 100 calories. Eliminating one soda subtracts 150 calories. Which has greater impact? Which is easier?

Drugs won't save you. Some diabetes drugs stimulate insulin production, which actually increases your weight. Drugs won't save you from diabetic complications, either (and these are what's killing people with diabetes). Your greatest, best hope is to lower you insulin response by rejecting the foods that spike your blood sugar. This way, your doctor can withdraw your drugs as soon as possible.

Reversing Type 2 and prediabetes is easy. You don't need a weight-loss diet or a gym membership. You won't have to go on a weird diet or swallow expensive supplements. Yes, you can return to a normal, drug-free life and have a "second chance." Plenty of people already have. Now it's your turn.

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Jim Healthy™ is a noted health reporter and author. During his 35-year writing career, Jim has helped break the news about the biggest healing discoveries of the past 30 years, including glucosamine-chondroitin, fish oil, omega-3 foods, and olive oil, as well as the inflammatory effects of eating refined carbs and processed food products. He also is the owner and editor of MyHealingKitchen.com, where he shares his discoveries about research-proven ways to reverse prevalent health conditions without drugs or painkillers. Jim is the co-author of The Healthy Body Book (Penguin, 1991) and The Fast Food Diet with Stephen Sinatra, MD (Wiley, 2005). His most recent book is The 30-Day Diabetes Cure (co-authored with Dr. Stefan Ripich).

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Joseph Putnoki

An excellent article! Jim you deserve that I share some of my thoughts with you: I disagree with one of your points namely home monitoring. I read the same opinion elsewhere too. The error is: how would we know if we don't test? Waiting for the yearly, half yearly blood test HbA1c component results is not intelligent as a lot of change can and do occur in shorter time periods. I also speak from experience of self and others.
During the sugar spikes and insulin spikes is when the damage occurs. Suspect food items we can test for and know. A year ago my fasting readings started to creep up and the next HbA1c reading confirmed it. My lifestyle needed only little modification mainly to increase activity I lapsed with, but not eating after my dinner around 6 and disciplining myself that was not all that hard now I drink a glass or two filtered water if get mildly hungry before bed.
I ate only meat, vegetables, a glass of red wine or two, no carbs. If some carbs I did ate I also had some pickles and at least 50 mls apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Testing after 2 hours the readings were well in range whereas before they were past the upper cut-off progressively.
The morning fasting readings improved and within a month stabilized both fasting and after meal 2 hrs. I tapered off the vinegar and readings held the same. On odd dys when I can't avoid eating carbs for dinner next morning is still O.K.
I investigated suspect food items and took my meter with me where ever I went and tested after the meal. I found Chinese rice especially high in starch increased my
post- prandial readings to alarm me. To a lesser extent rice noodles also an offending food. I don't eat cakes or sweets by choice, eat some fruits sparingly, and now can drink a mug of tea I like with 4 flat teaspoon of sugar and readings are normal. Some dinners I ate 100 grma whole meal flat bread with the meal and next morning is all well. HbA1c also holds healthy.
Here in Australia the cost of test strips are affordable and diabetics get subsidized on doctors scripts. LABELLING THE "CHORE" OF HOME MONITORING is rubbish and makes me angry! I have a friend (who needs enemies!?) who is lazy to test his blood pressure and blood sugar I picked up his doctor didn’t despite being overweight! He argues and defend his doctor who lets him down in serious way about he’s many risk factors, instead advising him of lifestyle changes he tells him to take Metformin he himself is taking, (last month this doctor had a stroke), my friend is interested in easy solutions like a pill for all ills, don't care about side effects and the damage they cause. Thos who can ill afford the strips should band together and get some in bulk, As to the needles also, but I found using the same lance for a year just dipping it into alcohol no infection. There are affordable meters like the Optium Xceed which can be used by others then the owner by the option of pressing the center button after inserting the test strip then the reading will not be recorded in the memory as a blood test but if it was a test solution reading. This meter can be downloaded to a computer and the owner may want his/her record installed, The extra readings of other people still there as data but not the owners downloaded readings so his parameters are unaffected. (Again speak from experience). Others can record their reading in a small pocket diary date, time, fasting or other reading , any comments like food, illness, activity whatever. This would help their doctor to glean a clearer picture. +People who are lazy to monitor their health aspects deserve what comes to them. Medical writers who write rubbish should be censored and made to eat their PRINTED WORDS!

Be well! Joseph.

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John Wagoner

" Jim Healthy " makes some good points, but I find it hard to take anyone seriously who writes under a pseudonym . Why not give use a real name , bio, etc ????

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Anonymous

"Too much insulin, not overeating, makes us fat"

epic fail

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Steve

Stop eating the rich refined flour and sugar products. They starve the body of nutrients! Go read "Back to Eden" by Jethro Kloss.

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Cordier

I have diabetes 2.
Thank you for this stirring and exciting article.
What do you think of chromium efficiency?
Best regards.

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Jim Healthy

(Response to comment #5) Hi, Cordier... I'm glad you appreciated my article. Chromium is one of many substances which help reduce blood sugar levels because they possess insulin-like properties. If you are taking medication for Type 2, make sure you consult with your physician because chromium may lower your glucose too much, leading to hypoglycemia. We find that, in most cases, when patients stick to a low-GI diet, supplementation is not necessary. And in many cases, neither are drugs. The majority of Type 2 patients can become completely drug-free in a short time simply by modifying their diet and lifestyle. To see how, check the book The 30-Day Diabetes Cure by Dr. Stefan Ripich. Good luck! Jim Healthy

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Jim Healthy

(Response to comment #2 ) Hi, John… I hear this occasionally from people and I understand where you're coming from. I'm not hiding anything. It's just that I made the decision a few years ago to become "Jim Healthy" because I wanted to dedicate myself to helping others heal themselves the way I turned my own health around. The old me is no more (he "died") – and Jim Healthy feels like my true identity. To me, this IS my real name now. I read lots of baloney from highly-esteemed "experts" with lots of initials behind their names and a long curriculum vitae. Some of these people are on the payroll of drug companies and other agents of special-interest propaganda, what they say is poison. I don't want anyone to take my word for anything just because of my "background." You yourself said "my article made some good points" and I provided the research backup for you to check my claims. What more do you need? I want everyone to apply their own critical thinking to the issues of the day and not follow the herd just because some well-credentialed leader said so. I want to be judged on the logic of my arguments and the facts that support them. Would you not listen to a song by Madonna or Cher or 50 Cent just because they didn't use their real name? Each of us has the right to create the identity we choose, rather than the one we inherited which has little to do with we truly are deep within. I hope you can understand and accept this. Good luck in all your endeavors! The "real" Jim Healthy

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Jim Healthy

(Response to Comment #4 ) Right on, Steve… Jethro nailed it. Fortunately, we now have tons of research that explain WHY he was correct. We need this new info in order to convince doctors and the medical establishment by using science. (Plus a healthy dose of prayer that they'll become more open-minded.) Jim Healthy

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Jim Healthy

(Response to Comment #3 )
Hi, Anonymous (whoever you may be)...
I'm not sure if you're agreeing or disagreeing with me when I wrote:"Too much insulin, not overeating, makes us fat," so let me explain what I mean…

You can literally stuff yourself with low-GI vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains (with lesser portions of high quality animal protein and healthy fats) and never become overweight because these foods won't trigger your body's insulin response. So it isn't how MUCH you eat that causes obesity – rather, it is WHAT you eat. High-GI foods that spike blood sugar trigger the body's insulin response. Insulin's job is to clear glucose out of the bloodstream by either opening receptor sites on cells so it can enter and be burned as fuel, or by turning excess glucose into blood fats called triglycerides and then storing them in fat cells. Does this make sense? Therefore, losing weight (and for that matter, reversing Type 2 diabetes) isn't a matter of eating less food. Instead, the key is eating more of the right foods. That's why dieting (calorie restriction) rarely works, because you can never defeat hunger by eating less. A smarter strategy is to focus your diet on foods that don't trigger the insulin response. This way, you'll find that the pounds fall off naturally and effortlessly. For more about this, I encourage you to read The 30-Day Diabetes Cure. Jim Healthy

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Jim Healthy

Response to Comment #1)
Hi, Joseph… I'm glad you enjoyed my article. In response to your doubts about glucose-monitoring being "useless," let me remind you that these are not my opinions. Rather, this was the conclusion of two well-published clinical studies (both cited in my article, so you can look them up). If you want to test your blood sugar every time you stick something in your mouth, that's your choice. But it's unnecessary if you adhere to a diet of low-GI foods and beverages. These will always keep your blood sugar within normal bounds. I find that people who feel the need to constantly test their blood sugar are sometimes looking for ways to cheat on their diet. For instance, I'm not surprised that your Chinese restaurant meal spiked your blood sugar – especially if you're ate white rice and had some gooey sweet-and-sour sauce. My point is, there's a great body of knowledge already gathered about the foods that spike and stabilize blood glucose. Why reinvent the wheel? Why waste the money and time to make these discoveries for yourself? And why continually place your blood sugar and insulin levels at risk just to gather information that already exists? If you're not sure which foods are diabetes-friendly, may I suggest you read The 30-Day Diabetes Cure? There is a wealth of education in its pages. The whole idea of metering is part of the "medicalized" approach to diabetes. (Of course, it IS necessary for people Type 1 -- but definitely NOT Type 2s.) The vast majority of Type 2s can get off their drugs entirely and toss away their glucose meters by devoting themselves to a low-GI diet and a little more physical activity. Monitoring your blood sugar and then reducing your glucose levels with drugs supports the "magical thinking" presented by the medical industry that you really don't have to modify your diet because medications will make everything okay. But the results of the 2008 ACCORD study clearly demonstrated just how fallacious this line of thinking is. I urge you to take a look at it. The trillion-dollar Diabetes Industry wants you to believe otherwise, but there is no loophole with diabetes – no matter how frequently you test your blood sugar levels. There's only one way to deal with this manufactured "medical condition" and that's by changing your diet and lifestyle. That's not my opinion, either. That's the conclusion of numerous clinical studies. Wishing you the best of luck. Jim Healthy

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Anonymous

Excellent article, Jim! Have forwarded it to several contacts.

As a type-2 diabetic I was blessed to receive the education and coaching to reverse the disease through nutritional lifestyle modification in combination with strength-aerobic-stretching training regimen. Got off metformin & statin & lisinopril more than two years ago....no more side effects and cost. Plus I believe that metformin over time will kill what beta cell production you have left, driving you to permanent insulin.

Completely agree that taking glucometer readings is a huge waste of time and money for all the reasons you covered PLUS the inherent inaccuracies of the meters and the fact that many other factors(sleep, stress, etc.) besides nutrition and exercise impact the reading.....literally "chasing a number" with expensive strips. My MD and I track my results through lipids and HbA1c three times a year.....much better.

Many MDs are joining the functional medicine movement to promote lifestyle change versus traditional treatment. One "wellness evangelist" MD I particularly like is Dr. Peter Weiss at www.morehealthlesscare.com. As a former practicing physician AND health plan CEO Dr. Pete has a unique perspective on people taking charge of their own health and forming a support team to do it.

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Matt4321

Hello! Regarding chromium deficiency, I know some people who have Type-2 diabetes, one who is a Type-1 diabetic, and a few others who were diagnosed as being pre-diabetic. I am none of these though, but just like to attend the Health Freedom Expo in Chicago every year to learn about natural cures to the people I know are too busy to find themselves.

This year, in April, I had the chance to meet Christopher Barr from Not A Doc (dot) org and he was giving a seminar titled "You Don't Have to DIabetes". And it was fascinating! Basically, he was talking about supplementing with 100 micrograms three times daily of 100% whole food GTF (glucose tolerance factor) Chromium. He recommends two brands, Innate Response ($22 for 90 small tablets), which I know is sold on the Health Truth Revealed (dot) com website (and which I bought for my mom's boyfriend at the expo, along with his $7.95 book he sells that gives more detail about this), and also the MegaFoods brand, which my mom's boyfriend bought at the Vitamin Shoppe store nearby after he had great results with the Innate Response but doesn't have a computer to order online. The VS website has it for $14.86 for 60 tablets right now. He is pre-diabetic and his blood sugar was always over 250, and now his doctor just asked him what he was doing because his blood sugar was at a normal level!

So it's worked for him and he's thankful for it, but Christopher Barr gave a caveat that if you are insulin dependent that the chromium won't kill you, but the chromium lessens your need for insulin and the insulin could kill you if you don't decrease it accordingly with the assistance of your doctor.

He also talks about how the processed white sugar, white flour, and table salt all have between 92% and 95% of the chromium removed in processing. And you need chromium in sugar to help your body digest sugar, so if the chromium is removed, you cannot process white sugar effectively. That's why the comment above from someone who puts 4 flat spoonfuls of sugar in his tea seems like a bad suggestion, unless he's talking about raw, organic sugar. But even that is sugar, and I'd definitely take the advice of Dr. Betty Martini, Dr. Russell Blaylock, and Dr. Leonard Coldwell to look into Just Like Sugar at Just Like Sugar Inc (dot) com. It's made from chicory root, vitamin C, orange peel, and maltodextrin, and if those three giants in natural health recommend it, I would assume they have done all of the research and have firsthand knowledge of its effectiveness at not spiking blood sugar.

By the way, I've seen Dr. Blaylock at the Health Freedom Expo before, but I haven't seen the other two yet, even though I knew they were conducting seminars. I will see them in 2011 though! :)

Finally, it's the processed sugar, flour, and salt in so many foods that is leading to the depletion of chromium in adults' bodies. By the age of 40, many people are completely deficient in chromium, which helps explain why women who give birth later in life have so many babies with birth defects and why their children are being born extremely deficient in chromium. According to Mr. Barr, children from age 7 to 12 (I lent out his book and DVD right now, so I can't confirm the exact age range) are the highest growing diabetic population in the United States right now.

It's because of his research over the last 30 years and firsthand knowledge of people being cured of their diabetes that I consider him to be in the same league historically as the other three doctors mentioned above and I hope to help him get his message out to those in need.

Good luck to all of you! :)

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Jim Healthy

(Response to Comment #18)
Hi, Matt... Thanks for your excellent comments. Chromium deficiency is indeed a widespread problem in the US, due largely to our overconsumption processed foods. What you say about insulin-dependent diabetics needing to consult their physicians before taking chromium is absolutely true. Chromium's insulin-like action can reduce the need for synthetic insulin and the patient's dose must be modified accordingly. A meta-analysis published in Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics reviewed 15 different studies on the effect of chromium on all types of diabetes. In every instance, chromium stabilized blood glucose and improved insulin sensitivity. Regarding your comment about "raw organic sugar," all I can say is sucrose is sucrose and it will spike blood sugar levels whether it's organic or not. The same is true for maltodextrin. Stevia, in my opinion, is still the sweetener of choice for people with diabetes – but I also like lo han. Thanks for taking the time to write and share these resources. Jim Healthy

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Jim Healthy

(Response to Comment #17)
Hi, Anonymous… Thanks so much for your comments and for sharing your story. I'd like to hear more about it. If you care to, please contact me personally at jimhealthy@myhealingkitchen.com. We have quite a few Type 2 patients who have gotten entirely off their meds by following The 30-Day Diabetes Cure plan which is basically what you did on your own. (You can view their video testimonials at www.30daydiabetescure.com). Unfortunately, the average diabetes patient doesn't realize this is even possible. And, despite tons of credible research confirming, the medical community and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) aren't breathing a word of this to their patients or the public. The excuse they give is that diabetes patients are too lazy to change their diet and lifestyle. I think the real reason is that there's too much money involved. The ADA makes millions every year by selling its Seal of Approval to companies like General Foods -- and by stubbornly upholding the "drug solution" (which of course is no solution at all). My most recent editorial explores the cozy relationship that the ADA has with the drug and processed food industries. You can read it at:http://myhealingkitchen.com/featured-articles/your-thanksgiving-diabetes-gift/. If the medical community was really serious about wiping out Type 2, it could do it in a single generation with aggressive public education and public awareness, in addition to reforming US agricultural policy which pays taxpayer subsidies to agribusiness corporations growing the very foods that are driving the diabetes and obesity epidemics. How convenient of them to ignore the research and put the blame on the patient. The Diabetes Industry will be worth one trillion dollars per year by the end of this decade – and those riding this gravy train certainly don't want it sidetracked, regardless of how many lives hang in balance. Talk about hypocrisy. Thanks for your mention of Dr. Peter Weiss. I will look into his work. Congratulations on kicking diabetes and being a role model and an inspiration for others. People like you are changing the world! Jim Healthy

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Cordier

Thanks for your reply, Jim Healthy.
Moreover, all the comments are very useful.
Cordier
France

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Tom

I disagree with your assertion that Stevia and Xylitol should be the sweeteners of choice for diabetics. Yes, they do not raise blood sugar levels, but the body does not know the difference and produces insulin in response to the sweet taste.

The rise of diabetes in the world parallels the advent and marketing of sugar substitutes. Ever seen a skinny person drinking Diet Coke? Diet drinks and sweet-tasting diet foods make you fat, because they trigger the release of insulin.

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filmmakr40

You're article doesn't mention one very important point. If I eat healthy foods such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread or other complex carbs, my blood sugar spikes. I have to eat only protein and vegetables if I want my blood sugar under control. So your info, along with so many other articles I've read about Type 2, is wrong. How can we eat healthy and at the same time not have spikes? Please help.

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Chris R

I have to take issue with your "Is it a cure?" comment. No it isn't, by what you've said. It appears to be an effective maintenance regime, but not a cure. Saying diabetes is cured by "eating sensibly" is like saying that a nut allergy is cured by not eating nuts. Or that diabetes medication "cures" because it lowers your blood glucose or decreases your insulin resistance. Unless you're saying that your regime will decrease insulin resistance and regenerate pancreatic beta cells?
Like filmmakr40, my blood sugar spikes even when I eat complex carbs. Goodness knows what it would do if I ate white bread and rice...
I can't "resume eating junk" because I never ate it in the first place. Unlike some (but not all, by a long way) type 2 diabetes sufferers, I am not obese, I take reasonable amounts of exercise and I try to eat a healthy diet, without sugary or high GI foods. My Mom has diabetes, and she's as thin as a whippet, so I guess that genetics may have something to do with it.
I'm not the only one like this. What you are offering may be effective while you follow it, but please don't claim a "cure", Jim, when you don't have one.

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