Helpful herbs & supplements for diabetes:

Eliminate white starch and sugar. Using Stevia not only benefits you by replacing sugar, but it is also an herb that reduces serum glucose! It's about 100 times stronger than sugar, so if you use too much, instead of tasting sweet it may taste somewhat bitter; if you use the proper amount, you cannot tell it from regular sugar -- you can even bake with it, also. I get steam-distilled stevia from www.emperorsherbologist.com

Exercising, and losing weight (if you are over-weight) will also help.

Ezekiel sprouted grain bread (available in the freezer section of Whole Foods and other health food stores) has less carbohydrates than conventional bread. Whole grains, such as brown or wild rice, or steel cut oats (which you can soak overnight in the refrigerator in pure -- not chlorinated or fluoridated -- water in order to reduce cooking time, are much better. Try to replace some of the grains (which should all be whole grains) with healthy oils, such as  Now brand molecularly-distilled, lemon-flavored fish oil; cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil, freshly-ground organic flaxseed (from www.flaxseedpro.com), Evening Primrose Oil, raw almonds, raw pumpkin seeds, and some organic coconut oil. Note: keep all oils in refrigerator, and add ground rosemary, lemon juice and some good quality, full-spectrum vitamin E to keep it from oxidizing, once opened. (See my Cholesterol and Cancer pages for more information).

Some herbs and supplements for diabetes:
*A good multivitamin/mineral, such as NSI GlucoPower (http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-Synergy-GlucoPower-Multi-Vitamin-Version-2) Note: this contains many of the following, although you're free to add extra banaba, ampalaya, gymnema, etc. as needed for extra blood sugar support.
*Vitamins, including C & E (Swanson SWU156 Full-Spectrum E)

Bioflavonoids (Mixed) TNMp485 1000-1400mg/day. Avoid grapefruit juice with Bioflavonoids or Statins (www.drmurray.com)  2-6g/d p330ENS (Was: 1,0,1) J: 1/wk (0.5 on ea of 2 days) Take 70% as much bioflavonoids as Vit C - 700Club web article

*Swanson, SW128, $8.99, qty250 capsules, 750mg, Bioflavonoids

*Vitamin C (buffered; mix powder in your green drink with Now brand organic barley grass, if you'd like. You need to take bioflavonoids with vitamin C in order to make it complete, as found in nature)

http://www.luckyvitamin.com/p-7755-now-foods-magnesium-ascorbate-powder-8-oz [56976, $11.43]; www.iherb.com [NOW-00756, Now Foods Magnesium Ascorbate, 8 oz (227 g), $15.52*.84=$13.04,  Serving Size 1/4 Level Teaspoon (1.0 g) = 870mg Vitamin C (from Magnesium Ascorbate) + 75mg Magnesium (from Magnesium Ascorbate). Servings Per Container: 227];

Ampalaya/Bitter Melon is available inexpensively at Asian Markets and lowers blood sugar, and helps also in cancer treatment (since cancer feeds on sugar).
*Ampalaya/Bitter Melon/Momordica (Swanson SWH053 -- Once you go to Swanson, just type in the stock# in the search box to pull up the item)

iHerb also has a tea made from it:
http://www.iherb.com/Charantea-Ampalaya-Tea-Bitter-Melon-30-Tea-Bags/11477#p=1&oos=1&disc=0&lc=en-US&w=ampalaya&rc=1&sr=null&ic=1

Banaba (Crepe Myrtle leaf extract; Lagerstroemia speciosa) helps lower blood sugar, and has been used in Asia along with Ampalya and a good diet (no sugar, white starch, increase healthy fats including CP EV olive oil,EV coconut oil, EV palm oil; organic raw vegs, etc.) to completely cure Type-2 diabetics who were previously on metformin or insulin.

Banaba Extract 2% Corosolic Acid, SWH140, 60mg, qty 180 or 90 caps (for diabetes, blood sugar control) [also Bitter Melon extract]; [Wright Oct13 Diabetes - Niacinamide + Gymnema regrow pancrease beta cells; add Ampalya/Bitter Melon, Banaba/Crepe Myrtle tree leaves, Cr, EGCG/Green Tea (or White) ext, Cinnulin, and proper diet, exercise and weight];

*Banaba/Lagerstroemia speciosa L./(active ingredient: corosolic acid) (www.swansonvitamins.com Prod# SWU042 or High Potency Banaba Extract 2% Corosolic Prod# SWH140 or www.iherb.com [PAR-77783, Paradise Herbs Banaba Leaf, 180 Veggie Caps];

http://www.iherb.com/Paradise-Herbs-Banaba-Leaf-60-Veggie-Caps/4624#p=1&oos=1&disc=0&lc=en-US&w=banaba&rc=46&sr=null&ic=1

http://www.iherb.com/search?kw=banaba&x=0&y=0#p=1

*Gymnema Sylvestre (www.swansonvitamins.com, Swanson  NA201, Natrol 300mg Gymnea Sylvestre + 120mg Pullulan, qty90, 300mg]; www.vitacost.com [NAT 9007720]; www.iherb.com [NTL-00772];

*Chromium (http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-Chromium-GTF-ChromeMate-200-mcg  (qty300, 200mcg chromium polynicotinate -- bound with niacin))

R Lipoic Acid (stronger and better than Alpha Lipoic Acid, but more expensive):
http://www.nutritiongeeks.com/p-9483-r-lipoic-acid-300mg.aspx [2554, Genceutic Naturals R Lipoic Acid 300mg, 60 Vcap, $33.99; Free S&H >$75];
http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-R-Lipoic-Acid  [NSI 3001637, NSI R-Lipoic Acid Stabilized RALA, 100mg, 60 Capsules, $10.99; contains 100mg R-Lipoic Acid (standardized to 70% active R-lipoic acid) stablilized RALA];
*Alpha Lipoic Acid (Swanson SWU190, to help prevent diabetic neuropathy) or Double-Str R-Fraction Alpha Lipoic Acid (SWU250) 100 Mg 60 Caps

*Bilberry (to help prevent diabetic retinopathy; www.iherb.com  J-14028)
*Gingko Biloba (Swanson SW893)
*L-Methionine (500mg/d protects pancreas) iherb NOW-0117
*Cinnamon, water-based extract because Dr. Wms says that higher amounts of Cassia cinnamon can damage kidneys and liver over time (http://www.vitabase.com/supplements/split/diabetes/cinnamon.aspx, 250mg, qty60, Cinnulin-PF -- great prices, especially when you combine them with Vitabase's specials, such as buy a certain number and get some free, and emailed discounts, such as take 10 or 15% off all Vitabase brand items.)
*Fenugreek (Swanson NW135)
*Biotin (Swanson SW877, 9-10mg/d)

*Magnesium http://www.vitacost.com/Source-Naturals-Magnesium-Ascorbate (900mg/d in divided doses)
*Grape Seed Extract(OPC's) Swanson SWH081

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Fish Oil
Take Astaxanthin with Calamari or Fish Oil in order to keep it from oxidizing in your body.
 
* iherb [DRB-00261, Doctor's Best Astaxanthin Featuring BioAstin, 180 Softgels, $28.59, UPC: 753950002616]; Astaxanthin, natural (minimum) (Solvent-free extract from Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae) 3mg/capsule; Canthaxanthin, beta-carotene, other carotenoids (minimum) 0.5mg; Other Ingredients - Extra virgin olive oil, high-oleic safflower oil, natural mixed tocopherols, glycerin, gelatin (capsule)]; Note: once you open this, keep it refrigerated and add some powdered Rosemary, lemon juice and/or full spectrum vitamin E to keep it from oxidizing in the bottle.

* www.iherb.com [NTA-26137, Nature's Answer, Liquid Omega-3 Deep Sea Fish Oil EPA/DHA, Natural Orange Flavor, 16 fl oz (480 ml)]; Swanson [NAT069];

*Swanson [SWE062, Swanson EFAs Super DHA 500 from Calamari, 30 Sgels; Calamarine® EE Marine Oil 1.22grams; Total Omega-3 Fatty Acids (as ethyl esters) 675mg; DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) 500mg; EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) 125mg; Other Omega-3 Fatty Acids 50mg; Other ingredients: Gelatin, glycerin, purified (deionized) water, natural lemon flavor, proprietary antioxidant blend [natural tocopherols (from soy), rosemary extract, ascorbyl palmitate]; iherb [DRB-00260, Doctor's Best DHA 500 from Calamari, 500mg, 180 Softgel Capsules; Other ingredients: Gelatin, glycerin (capsule), natural lemon flavor, mixed tocopherols]; Swanson [DB130, Doctor's Best DHA 500 from Calamari, 500mg, 180Caps]; iherb [HFS-17091, Health From The Sun, Eco DHA, Calamari Oil Concentrate Plus Vitamin D-3, Orange Flavor, 4 fl oz (118 ml)];
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Manuka Honey helps greatly on wounds (along with diet and supplements, such as Chromium, Bitter Melon, Banaba, Gymnema, Green Tea Extract/EGCG, R-Lipoic acid, Cinnulin, Activite Sport multivitamin [www.vitacost.com], to help control blood sugar).:
http://www.iherb.com/search?kw=manuka+honey&sug=ampule&x=0&y=0#p=1

The above are in addition to some listed in the following book, available from Amazon, B&N, etc.:
Reversing Diabetes by Julian M. Whitaker
http://www.amazon.com/Reversing-Diabetes-Eliminate-Dependence-Insulin/dp/0446676586
The author of the bestselling Reversing Heart Disease returns with a proven program that allows diabetes to reduce or eliminate dependency on insulin or drugs and control their condition--naturally and effectively--with diet and exercise. 

FROM THE PUBLISHER
Since it was first published over a decade ago, REVERSING DIABETES has enabled hundreds of thousands of people with type 2 diabetes to control their condition, naturally and effectively, with diet and exercise. Now thoroughly revised and updated with new material, this classic guide will show you how to reduce, or even eliminate, your dependence on insulin or oral drugs-while losing weight and lowering your cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and risk of heart attack. Easy-to-follow, with a step-by-step program to keep you on course for the rest of your life.

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Here are some links that might be helpful in healing diabetic wounds:

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has helped; there may be a practitioner nearby.

Manuka Honey helps greatly on wounds (along with diet and supplements, such as Chromium, Bitter Melon, Banaba, Gymnema, Green Tea Extract/EGCG, R-Lipoic acid, Cinnulin, Activite Sport multivitamin [www.vitacost.com],   to help control blood sugar).:
http://www.iherb.com/search?kw=manuka+honey&sug=ampule&x=0&y=0#p=1

Herbal Treatment for Diabetic Foot Problems
http://www.livestrong.com/article/370403-herbal-treatment-for-diabetic-foot-problems/

Certain herbal remedies may help treat the nerve damage that reduces sensation in your feet -- a condition called diabetic neuropathy. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that helpful herbs for neuropathy include cayenne and evening primrose. Oats and Saint John's wort may also be helpful for this purpose. Herbs that improve peripheral circulation include ginkgo, cayenne, burdock, goldenseal and ginseng. [Also, I use Butcher's Broom extract, and Horse Chestnut Extract from www.swansonvitamins.com  Note that it's best to get standardized extracts (e.g., "standardized to contain 15% of <some active ingredient>) when you buy herbs; otherwise one batch might be potent and the next just dried leaves. ]

Cayenne is an effective herb for diabetic foot problems because it treats both nerve and blood vessel disorders that are frequently experienced by diabetics. The fruit of the cayenne plant is used in herbal preparations. According to the University of Michigan Health System, cayenne is helpful in treating a variety of ailments, including Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, pain, psoriasis and shingles. The cayenne plant is indigenous to South America.
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Can Traditional Herbal Medicine Help Heal Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcers?
http://www.podiatrytoday.com/print/3156
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Natural Therapy And Herbs For Diabetics Wounds / Foot Ulcers; A Mindset Change
http://www.articlesbase.com/alternative-medicine-articles/natural-therapy-and-herbs-for-diabetics-wounds-foot-ulcers-a-mindset-change-1881712.html
Our Alternative Treatment Center for Diabetics Wounds in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia has been operational since 1996 and has proven to diabetes world that diabetic wound and foot ulcers can be treated and can be avoided from being amputated... (excerpt: see full article at above link)
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Malaysia Alternative Treatment for Diabetes
http://sakit-kencing-manis.blogspot.com/

They have many other products for diabetes at this site, including Ampalya/Bitter Melon, besides the following information:

CURE4U Diabetes Treatment Centre
Alternative Treatment Center for Diabetes

Majority of diabetes patients or diabetics with neuro-infectious diabetes foot would seek medical treatments at government hospitals, private hospitals or even private clinics to diagnose their foot ulcer hoping that it would be healed and they could resume life normally.

However, after weeks or months of treatments, these sufferers found all hopes diminished and expectation for a complete recovery becomes unrealistic. Instead, the wound worsen – oozing brown smelly pus, leading to putrefaction of the tissue with visibly no signs of recovery.

To control the spread of this infection, specialist doctors would generally suggest amputating the infected foot which otherwise would be fatal and life threatening. With no other option available, diabetics or their family members would eventually conceded to the specialist’s suggestion. As a result, patients with diabetic foot, which can be treated with alternative medication, are often amputated.

Now, through traditional treatment with modern approach at CURE4U Alternative Treatment Center for Diabetes, we are confident to treat diabetics with foot ulcers and provide them an option against amputation. Without exaggeration, we can even heal diabetic wounds in a much shorter period than conventional treatment method.

To date, there are significant numbers of diabetics from all walks of life receiving treatment at CURE4U Alternative Treatment Center for Diabetes successfully returned to their normal routine and no longer depended on conventional medication or CURE4U alternative medication. Simply speaking, they have fully regained their lives but this time much aware of the importance of healthy lifestyle to avoid future recurrence.

More info : http://www.biodiabetes.com/

Traditional & Complementary Treatment Center Diabetes Wounds
http://biodiabetes.com/
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Alternative Treatment Services For Diabetics Wounds In Kuala Lumpur Ma
http://www.tradekey.com/product-free/Alternative-Treatment-Services-For-Diabetics-Wounds-In-Kuala-Lumpur-Ma-1261484.html
Mr.Ahmad Yaakob: contact at above link
The center provides options to diabetics suffering from diabetes wounds and foot ulcers to solve their problems naturally and economically. The centre provides complete alternative treatments and therapies together with its natural and halal medication besides ensuring no amputation needed although the conventional doctor has recommended it to be done. Kindly visit us at http://***** if you have any query. We will reply to you within 24 hours and will do our best to help you.
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http://www.articlesbase.com/authors/ahmad/362813

http://www.articlesbase.com/alternative-medicine-articles/treatment-of-foot-ulcers-and-diabetes-wounds-at-alternative-treatment-center-1825023.html
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How to Heal Foot Ulcers
http://www.ehow.com/how_5017208_heal-foot-ulcers.html

Flush the ulcer with a saline solution to keep it clean. Avoid hydrogen peroxide or antiseptic rinses on your foot ulcer unless you doctor specifically prescribes it. Using these products to clean your wound may delay healing and dry out the tissue. Foot ulcers heal more quickly when they are kept moist.

Stay off your foot as much as possible until the foot ulcer is completely healed. When no infection is present, your doctor may cast the foot temporarily to prevent you from putting pressure on the wounded area. According to Columbia University Medical Center, special shoes may also be prescribed to use both during recovery and in the future to prevent a recurrence of the ulcer.
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http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Tibetan-herbal-Wound-Healing-Cream-for_1429862962.html

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A New Approach to Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers
http://diabeteshealth.com/read/2013/10/24/8031/a-new-approach-to-healing-diabetic-foot-ulcers-/
Oxygen therapy relies on the premise that increased oxygen concentration in tissues enhances cell division and fibrous tissue deposition, thereby reducing the risk of bacterial infection and promoting healing. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), as the name suggests, exposes the patient to 100 percent oxygen at a pressure two to three times greater than the ambient pressure. It is delivered in special hyperbaric chambers. HBOT has been shown to be effective in treating DFUs...
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Simple Plant Kills Up to 98% of Cancer Cells -- And Stops Diabetes
From Dr. Robert Jay Rowen's Second Opinion newsletter
Vol. XXIII, No. 8, August 2013

"I'm always looking for natural substances that throw a "monkey wrench" into the peculiar metabolism of cancer cells. It's vital these substances heal cancer cells and leave normal cells untouched. I've told you about some of my discoveries in the past. They include resveratrol, green tea, Alginol, and others. But today I'm going to tell you about another plant that safely starves cancer cells as efficiently as a powerful chemo drug. In fact, it even works on pancreatic cancer cells, which are particularly difficult to kill. This plant is a common vegetable from Asia called "bitter melon." It is popular among the long-lived population of Okinawa, Japan.

Bitter melon juice diluted to just 5% in water showed remarkable potency in severely damaging all four pancreatic cancer cell lines researchers tested. The bitter melon reduced the viability of two cancer cell lines by 90%, while it knocked off the other two lines by a staggering 98%. And it did so after just 72 hours of treatment! In the past, I've told you about apoptosis. That's nature's way of dealing with wayward or old cells. They simply kill themselves. Bitter melon juice induced this programmed cell death along several different pathways. And even better, it also activated a pathway which knocks out the cancer cells' metabolism of glucose. In other words, it literally starved them of the sugar they need to survive.

Do these lab-dish studies apply to living animals? A resounding yes! University of Colorado researchers gave mice bitter melon at doses easily achievable in humans. The animals had a 64% reduction in pancreatic tumor size without side effects! This level of effectiveness beat the most commonly used chemo drugs for this lethal cancer.

The dose used in mice translates to 6 grams of powder for an average-sized adult (75 kg). Big Pharma is rushing to find patentable petrochemicals to achieve what God put into the bitter melon fruit. You don't need any fancy chemicals to treat cancer.

What's more, the actions of bitter melon may help diabetics as well. Researchers recently found that bitter melon ameliorates metabolic syndrome by its beneficial effects on glucose metabolism. Healing cancer must be multifocal. Eliminate dental infections and toxic dental materials, alkalinize your body, avoid chemical and heavy metal exposure, detoxify, forgive, oxidize the body with oxidation therapy, and give specific nutrients to throw a monkey wrench into cancer's peculiar metabolic pathways.

You can find bitter melon extract at most health food stores and online. Better yet find a grocery store (many Asian markets) that sells it, buy a lot and freeze it. Eat it raw in a smoothie/coleslaw or cook it with coconut oil and curry. Eat ¼ (1/4) of a melon twice a day. Pregnant or lactating women probably shouldn't overdo this veggie. Please visit www.youtube.com/ user/RobertRowenMD for some incredible videos featuring patients with cancer. REF: Science News, March 12, 2013."

I highly recommend subscribing to Dr. Rowen's newsletter:
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For Diabetes, along with Bitter Melon (www.iherb.com sells an extract in capsules, but fresh organic would probably be better) I would also take Banaba extract from www.iherb.com (unless you're fortunate enough to live in an area in Asia where Banaba trees grow naturally, in which case you can make a tea from the leaves); plenty of organic cayenne/habenero, garlic, ginger, curcumin, quercetin (all oil-soluble, so mix in CP EV olive oil); Chromium; Gymnema; EGCG (green tea extract); vitamin D3 5000iu/d (Country Life brand is mixed in oil) -- don't use dry powder form; Alpha Lipoic Acid (or the more expensive R-Lipoic) to help with neuropathy and retinopathy; imagery (see my main cancer protocol page); specific Vitamix-blenderized vegetables (with pulp -- see my Raw Food & Cancer page); avoid GMO, pesticides including Roundup (see my Chemtrails page and main cancer page and search for shopper's guides, GMO, Roundup, pesticides, etc.); pure air (IQ Air Filter removes chemtrails); pure water (Waterwise Distiller -- www.gulfcoastjuicers.com or http://www.harvestessentials.com); other specific herbs and supplements that you can read about and choose on my cancer pages; see my Raw Food & Cancer, main cancer, and Metabolic Typing pages for guidance about what to eat and what to avoid. Avoid all sweeteners except a small amount of either steam-distilled stevia (www.emperorsherbologist.com) or Erythritol (www.iherb.com sells 5lb bulk). The reason you have to use even these safe sweeteners judiciously is that when your tongue tastes something sweet, it tells your pancreas to churn out insulin in preparation for sugar, and when comes, you get hypoglycemia (low blood sugar, dizziness, weakness, etc.)

The following article, "Sugar is Slow Suicide" is by Dr. David Williams (http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/nc/August2000_article_pop.html, website and newsletter available at: http://www.drdavidwilliams.com):

It's hard to believe, but summer is almost gone--again. Once again, my plans for taking a relaxing summer vacation somehow didn't materialize. On the positive side, however, I've uncovered several remarkable remedies that you will soon be able to enjoy.

Currently, I am finishing up my investigations on two very special products that can knock out flu and cold symptoms in a matter of hours. One formula comes from Israel and the other is a special formulation from Australia. Never before have they been used together, and the results I've been seeing are nothing short of miraculous.

One of the benefits of commuting and working in two different parts of the world (the U.S. and Australia) is the fact that the seasons are exactly opposite. While you have been enjoying nice warm summer weather for the last several months, I've been able to test both of these cold and flu products in Australia where their winter season is in full swing. Early this fall, I will have all the exciting details on these remedies--just in time to help prevent the problems with colds or flu that will surely surface this coming winter.

To illustrate a point, the Australian product alone contains about a dozen different herbs, most of which have been used by the Aborigines. Like most of the remedies I investigate and report on, it hasn't been an overnight "discovery." I've now spent over three years on just this one remedy. It has taken that long to transform the ancient wisdom and anecdotal stories of several Aboriginal medicine doctors into a simple formula you can use in the comfort of your own home. During that time I can't tell you how many dozens of so-called cures I've investigated, sometimes for months at a time, that have proved to be worthless.

There was the foul-smelling, leaking jar covered with duct tape that was shipped to me from Peru. It was supposed to cure cancer. And there were the crudely made tablets from the interior of Mexico that could cure diabetes. I tracked down dozens of supposed cures all over Australia, with no results, plus a tea from China that promoted weight loss and another from India that cured hepatitis. The list goes on and on.

For every remedy that actually works, there are probably a hundred that fail the test. And even when I do finally find a natural remedy that works, chances are it's not being made commercially or it's not available in the United States. A good example is Joint Advantage, the herbal arthritis and pain formula I've been writing about for almost two years now. Some of the Aboriginal herbs in that product had never before been imported to the United States--or even outside of Australia, for that matter. The same is true for this new cold and flu product.

Rainforest Rxs Are Not So Easy

After over 15 years of scouring the jungles and most remote parts of the world in search of valid cures, I can tell you it's not an easy task. Drug companies are just now starting to realize this. A few years ago, there was a lot of publicity about how drug companies were starting to look to the rainforests and traditional medicine men for new breakthrough drugs.

Not surprisingly, little has materialized from these efforts. The "breakthrough" products the companies hoped for are not coming fast enough to satisfy profit-hungry shareholders. As a result, pharmaceutical companies are rapidly beefing up their marketing efforts to compensate for their inability to introduce new drugs. And make no mistake; the pharmaceutical giants are some of the most savvy and well-financed marketers on the planet. Their latest efforts are focused on ways to treat blood sugar and diabetes problems. And millions of people in this country are starting to suffer needlessly because of their efforts. I don't want you to fall into this trap.

Sugar Isn't as Sweet as It Seems

When you consider that the average American intake of added (non-naturally occurring) sugar is 20.5 teaspoons per day, it's obvious that Americans have a serious sweet tooth. That rate of sugar consumption adds up to 68.5 pounds per person, per year, and is suspected to be even higher. (USDA CSFII Survey) If sugar is such a serious health concern, as so many of us have been saying for so long, a rate of consumption like that is nothing short of slow suicide.

For decades "health nuts," including yours truly, have been warning about the dangers of increased sugars and/or refined carbohydrates in the diet. Let me tell you, it has been a real uphill battle trying to convince the public that consuming too much sugar could eventually lead to diabetes--especially when conventional medicine kept asserting that sugar is totally harmless. Even today, as diabetes reaches epidemic proportions in this country, most doctors continue to preach that dietary sugar has no connection to behavior problems, mood swings, depression, or the increased incidence of adult onset diabetes.

Our FDA says that the only problem sugar causes is dental cavities. And with the support of the American Dietetic Association, the Sugar Association has stuck to the position that at only 15 calories per teaspoon, sugar is a healthy, low-calorie sweetener that is no different than any other carbohydrate. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, decades of research supports the fact that a "sweet tooth" will invariably lead to a lifetime of poor health and a premature death.

In fact, even if sugar weren't so harmful on its own merits, people who consume the highest amounts of sugar also tend to take in the lowest amounts of many important nutrients. Vitamins A, C, B12, and folate, as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and iron are typically lacking in the diets of those who eat lots of sugar. These deficiencies arise from the fact that high-sugar diets tend to be higher in calories, but lower in important fruits, vegetables, and meats than healthy diets. (Agricultural Research, June 2000, 17.)

The bigger problem, however, is that sugar causes harm at an even more fundamental level. To understand why, you have to understand a little about how your body works.

The Gears Behind the Clockwork

The carbohydrates we eat are converted by the body into a simple sugar called glucose. This glucose, or "blood sugar," enters the bloodstream to be transported throughout the body. Blood sugar is the primary energy source used by the brain, the nervous system, and the muscles. To be utilized, the blood sugar must get from the blood- stream into the nerve and muscle cells. This is where insulin comes into the picture. As I'm sure many of you recall from high school biology, insulin is the pancreatic hormone that opens up the cell walls so blood sugar can enter. It is the key to the whole energy process.

Insulin is secreted in two phases. A surge of insulin is initially released immediately following a meal, or when sugar or sweetness is detected in the mouth and digestive system. A second round of insulin is released shortly after a meal and continues to be released gradually for several hours.

For insulin to work properly, it must be present in sufficient quantities, and the cells in your body must be "sensitive" to its effects. When cells don't react to the effects of insulin by allowing sugar to enter through their cell walls, a condition called insulin resistance exists. Insulin resistance isn't fully understood at this point. However, we do know that insulin resistance is often directly related to obesity. This is especially true when a person has a fat build-up in the waist or abdominal area.

Studies have shown that obese, non-diabetic individuals can reduce their levels of circulating insulin simply by losing weight. This reduction in the amount of insulin occurs without any changes in blood sugar levels. In other words, by losing weight, one can often overcome insulin resistance. This is true because, with less fat to complicate the picture, existing insulin levels become more effective at lowering blood sugar levels.

On the flip side of the coin, excess abdominal fat and fat that has accumulated around the liver increase the amount of circulating free fatty acids in the blood. As these fatty acids break down, they increase toxicity levels. In turn, increased toxicity has been shown to do two things: First, it inhibits the production of insulin; and second, it makes muscle cells less sensitive to the insulin that is available. Muscle tissue is crucial in helping to balance blood sugar levels. Under normal circumstances, over 80 percent of the blood sugar released immediately following a meal is taken up by muscle cells.

A Wrench in the Works

It should be obvious from this simple biology review that the regulation of insulin is a very important part of staying healthy and alive. Unfortunately, an increasing percentage of the American population cannot maintain this balance. And when their insulin and blood sugar regulation capabilities get seriously out of whack, their condition is referred to as diabetes.

There are two types of diabetes. Type I diabetes, often referred to as Juvenile Diabetes since it occurs early in life, involves the complete failure of the body to produce any insulin. Type I diabetes is also referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes because insulin injections are required to provide adequate levels of this hormone. It accounts for only about 5 percent to 10 percent of all diabetes. I suspect that the use of the term "juvenile" in reference to this disease will shortly be changed since younger and younger children are now developing type II diabetes.

Type II has historically been referred to as adult-onset diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes. It is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 90 percent to 95 percent of all diabetics. It develops over a longer period of time and is generally diagnosed in adulthood, hence the name.

Type II begins with the insulin resistance I described earlier, where it takes higher and higher amounts of insulin for the cells to open up and let blood sugar in. This resistance generally continues undetected for years, since the pancreas is usually able to compensate by producing ever-increasing amounts of insulin. After a time, however, the quality of the insulin lessens. Eventually, the pancreatic cells start losing their ability to produce insulin. When the insulin levels drop to the point where they can't reduce blood sugar levels to normal, the individual is diagnosed as having diabetes.

The recently published UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) suggests that before most patients are actually diagnosed with type II diabetes, the pancreas has lost its ability to properly control post-meal blood sugar levels for over 8 years and insulin resistance has been present for up to 12 years. Until recently, the earliest Type II diabetes was seen in those in their 40s or older. That has changed, however.

In the last few years, an alarming number of children has been diagnosed with type II diabetes. Type II is appearing more frequently in pre-pubescent children, and has even been documented in children as young as four years old. (American Diabetes Foundation)

Getting Worse Slowly Is Not the Same Thing as Getting Better

Most doctors fail to tell their patients that, even if they use the best conventional therapies available, type II diabetes will only get progressively worse. If your doctor has led you to believe that taking your prescription medication will either fix your diabetes or keep it from getting worse, you've been terribly misinformed. When you look at the current treatment programs, this shouldn't come as any surprise.

The whole idea in treating diabetes is to bring fluctuating blood sugar levels back to normal as quickly as possible. This must be done immediately after eating and then gradually continue for several hours, as food is being digested. In non-diabetic individuals, this process occurs very smoothly because the body constantly adjusts its secretion of insulin depending on the levels of blood sugar. The body uses a feedback system to monitor and adjust insulin levels. Therein lies part of the dilemma with the use of supplemental insulin--and other hormones, for that matter. Supplemental hormones flood the body and essentially shut off the feedback system. In an effort to compensate for this problem there have been two basic forms of drugs used to treat type II diabetes.

The older class of drugs, called sulfonylureas, are longer-lasting agents (Diabenese, for example), which stimulate the production of insulin from the pancreas.

The newer drugs do several things, like 1) block the liver from producing extra glucose (or blood sugar), 2) increase insulin sensitivity, and 3) reduce the absorption of glucose in the intestinal tract.

Unfortunately, without a feedback system in place to determine the exact dosage needed for each meal, using either of these drug types is a shotgun approach at best. When too little insulin is released, blood sugar levels rise, causing the formation of triglycerides and fat storage. When there's too much insulin, blood sugar levels begin to fall (hypoglycemia), triggering a feeling of hunger and the constant need to eat, which also causes weight gain and fat storage.

Hypoglycemia is a term for low blood sugar. Diabetes is high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. Hypoglycemia from too much insulin can be a very serious problem with diabetics. Almost 2 percent of diabetics die as a result of hypoglycemia. Thousands more (15 percent to 20 percent) experience the problem during treatment and 60 percent of those require hospitalization for 12 to 72 hours in an attempt to get the problem stabilized. Five percent of those die. Hypoglycemia is particularly a problem in diabetics who: 1) are over 60 years of age; 2) have cardiovascular or kidney problems; 3) practice inconsistent eating habits; and 4) take other medications.

These problems explain why diabetics treated with oral medications such as those I've described generally have a weight gain of anywhere from 6 to 12 pounds or more. And, as I explained earlier, this weight gain and the extra deposits of fat become part of the vicious cycle that causes diabetes to progressively worsen.

Additionally, the roller-coaster effect from constantly fluctuating blood sugar levels contributes to increased blood fats, high blood pressure, increased stickiness of the blood and clot formation, heart failure, poly-cystic ovary disease, nerve pain and degeneration, and damage to the small blood vessels, especially those in the eyes, the kidneys, and the lower limbs.

Before you place complete trust in your medication to take care of your diabetes problem, take a look at this list of complications linked directly to progressing diabetes. It comes from the American Diabetes Foundation.

Diabetes is now:

  • the leading cause of blindness in people age 20 to 74

  • the leading cause of kidney failure

  • the leading cause of amputation of the lower limb

  • responsible for 50 percent to 60 percent of the impotence problems in males over the age of 50

  • responsible for severe nerve damage in 60 percent to 70 percent of all diabetics

  • the major cause of stroke in the United States

  • known to increase the risk of heart disease by 2 to 4 times over normal. (In the UKPDS study I mentioned earlier, researchers found that even when intensive efforts were made to control blood sugar levels in diabetics, the risk of developing heart problems was not affected. Diabetics without any previous history of heart attack had the same high heart-attack risk as non-diabetics with a previous heart attack.)

Diabetes is one of those diseases that can make the treating doctor look like an absolute genius. After placing a patient on diabetic medication, the doctor can predict with uncanny accuracy the chain of health problems that will begin to develop like clockwork in the upcoming years. Keep in mind, the chain of events will happen even if you comply perfectly with the therapy. In essence, the doctors can predict the progressive decline--but do nothing to prevent it.

An Epidemic in the Making

The increasing incidence of diabetes creates a perfect marketing target for pharmaceutical companies. Just look at the facts--and the trends.

Diabetes is a growing epidemic in this country, with no end in sight. Adult-onset diabetes has increased between 600 percent and 1,000 percent in the last 60 years. It is currently increasing at a rate of 6 percent a year, and that rate is expected to accelerate.

Currently, one in every five American kids is obese. And since obesity is directly linked to diabetes, the target population for diabetic pharmaceuticals now extends clear down to four-year-olds. Yes, diabetes is a pharmaceutical company's dream come true.

As I said before, pharmaceutical companies are the best marketers in the world--but don't get caught up in believing that they have the magic bullet for diabetes. That would be a fatal mistake. Diabetes is a disease in which you have to address several underlying factors.

Muscle Up to Help Control Blood Sugar

First and foremost, the most important factor is to get your weight down. In almost every case of type II diabetes, the body can control blood sugar fluctuations naturally when the obesity problem is taken care of. Obviously, this will require both changes in the diet and at least moderate amounts of exercise.

Exercise provides you with four important benefits. It

  • increases lean body tissue

  • burns fat

  • increases the sensitivity of insulin, enabling the pancreas to produce less, and

  • raises the metabolic rate.

Whatever exercise you choose, it needs to be done for at least 30 minutes, three times weekly. Brisk walking, jogging, swimming, and bicycling are all good programs. If possible, I would also highly recommend that you add weightlifting to the exercise program. I'm not implying that you need to strive for the Arnold Schwarzenegger look. But even a very limited amount of weight training has been shown to increase muscle mass, which routinely begins to decline between the ages of 40 and 50.

An important benefit of muscle tissue is that, unlike fat tissue, it constantly uses energy. The more muscle tissue you have, the higher your metabolic rate will be. While you burn a certain amount of calories during exercise, more importantly, your muscle tissue continues to burn calories for hours after the exercise is discontinued.

When you consider that muscle tissue is responsible for 80 percent of the blood sugar uptake following a meal, every little bit of extra muscle helps. Professional body-builders are keenly aware of the muscle/blood sugar connection. They understand that to build the maximum amount of muscle tissue, insulin and blood sugar levels must be carefully regulated. They accomplish this by eating several smaller meals throughout the day and restricting or eliminating refined carbohydrates (sugar) from their diets. By eating foods higher in protein and complex carbohydrates in small amounts six or more times a day, they minimize their need for insulin. Diabetics should follow a similar routine.

The French Have Us Confused

In an effort to lose weight, people in this country have become obsessed with trying to eliminate fat from their diet. Unfortunately, that obsession is misguided. Fat elimination isn't the total solution.

There's been a lot written about what has been called the "French Paradox." Researchers have been trying for years to figure out why, despite their diet, the French have significantly less heart problems and other diseases associated with dietary excess and aging than Americans. The French are healthier and live longer, even though they smoke more, eat four times more butter, three times more cheese, and two times more animal fat than Americans. If you look at the recommended dietary guidelines suggested in this country, the French appear to be doing everything wrong.

The truth of the matter, however, is that when you follow the guidelines promoted by our American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, the food industry, and other "authorities" in this country, you're almost certain to suffer and/or die from heart disease, cancer, or diabetes.

Part of the French people's protection appears to come from their increased consumption of wine, particularly red wine. Wine, as you know, contains several potent antioxidants that have been shown to protect the heart and blood vessels. But a closer look at the French diet reveals some other very important differences.

The French eat fewer snack foods and more vegetables, whole grains, other complex carbohydrates, and fish. They consume only half as much milk as Americans do, and most of that is not pasteurized and homogenized like it is in this country.

One of the biggest differences, however, is that the French eat only one eighteenth of the amount of sugar that Americans eat.

Additionally, they eat only about half the amount of fruit that we do, which would give them a lower consumption of the fruit sugar fructose.

Based on these findings, I can't help but believe that the dramatic difference in sugar consumption is responsible for much of the so-called French Paradox.

How to Eat When Your Diet's Too Sweet

As I've said many times in the past, the best way to prevent a disease is to eat as if you have the disease. The diet for a diabetic is essentially a diet for anyone concerned about their long-term health and survival. Several points to remember include:

  1. Split the food you eat into several smaller meals throughout the day. If you normally eat a sandwich at noon, split it and eat half at your normal lunchtime and the other half in the middle of the afternoon. You should also eat something mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Other "snacks" at these times might be a cup of vegetable soup, a handful of nuts, several spirulina tablets, half of cup of cottage cheese, raw vegetable slices, or half an avocado.

  2. Don't skip meals, especially breakfast. Skipping meals signals your body that you are going into a starvation mode. Your body will automatically reduce your metabolic rate.

  3. Avoid artificial sweeteners. The sweet taste in your mouth triggers the release of insulin, even though there might not be any sugar that needs to be dealt with. Candies and gum trigger the same reaction.

  4. Avoid soft drinks and all fruit juices, regardless of whether they have been sweetened naturally or with sugar.

Supplements Provide the Edge

In addition to diet changes and exercise, certain nutritional supplements can help stabilize blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity and help rebuild and/or repair the pancreas. I have yet to find a product on the market that properly addresses either diabetes or less advanced blood sugar problems, so, unfortunately, most of these supplements will have to be taken individually.

(Incidentally, because of the widespread nature of the blood sugar problems I've described, and the current lack of a product to deal with them, I'm working on a diabetes/blood sugar supplement that can be used in conjunction with Daily Advantage. Unlike anything on the market, it will contain several important nutrients (those that I'll discuss below), in addition to a supporting combination of international herbs and glandular compounds. Hopefully, this product will be available in the next few months. However, due to its uniqueness, I'm having some difficulty in sourcing large enough quantities of some of the components. That's another interesting story maybe I can share with you another time.)

In discussing the necessary herbs and nutrients for dealing with diabetes and blood sugar problems, it's difficult to recommend exact dosages. Daily dosages will vary from one individual to another, depending on the severity of the problem. If you have diabetes or blood sugar problems that have necessitated the use of medication, don't stop your medication abruptly or on your own. Also, don't make any changes to your nutritional or dietary program before discussing them with your doctor, so he or she can help monitor the situation.

The foundation for dealing with blood sugar problems is a good multivitamin/mineral. On top of that foundation, the following foods and supplements have been proven to be helpful.

  • Onions and garlic (These should be eaten liberally, both raw and cooked.)

  • Gymnema Sylvestre (400 milligrams daily)

  • Vanadium (as vanadyl sulfate, 7.5 mg two to three times daily)

  • Turmeric (1/4 teaspoon 3 or 4 times a day)

  • Blueberry leaves (Vaccinium myrtillus) 1 gram per day

  • Ginger root, cinnamon, fenugreek seed powder, nutmeg and bay leaf have also been found to help reduce the need for insulin. (I personally add a teaspoon or so of one of these to my morning protein shakes to help stabilize blood sugar levels.)

    You'll find all of these in health food or grocery stores. The gymnema sylvestre and vanadyl sulfate are also available from Mountain Home Nutritionals at 800-888-1415, code C719E, or www.drdavidwilliams.com.

  • Note: Dr. Williams also recommends brewer's yeast, but it is high in aspartates and MSG, which are excitoxins that are bad for everyone, especially diabetics and cancer patients (see: http://www.truthinlabeling.org/organicP.html).

Also, be sure to to check the activity of your thyroid gland. You can do this by taking your basal body temperature. I have give instructions for this procedure many times in the past. A good place to review them, as well as read up on the thyroid, is the November 1999 issue of ALTERNATIVES. The thyroid gland is often underactive in people with diabetes, and almost always so in cases of obesity. The refined nature of the American diet tends to suppress thyroid function. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is loaded with foods that combine simple carbohydrates with fats. This combination is found in most fried foods, candy, cookies, cakes, sweet rolls, etc. When simple sugars and heated fats are consumed together, not only will you experience dramatic increases in blood fats, but also fat storage, weight gain, and a decreased metabolic rate.

Drugs Won't Solve the Problem

Over the last decade or so, the public has been lured into a false sense of security when it comes to diabetes. The pharmaceutical companies and conventional medicine have promoted the idea that diabetes is a "controllable" problem. Most people now think that diabetes is something about as serious as high blood pressure. Simply by taking a few pills each day, everyone can go on their merry way without any additional consequences. Don't you believe it. Although the general public will never realize it, the pharmaceutical companies will conduct one of the biggest marketing scams of all time over the next five or ten years.

Millions of younger and younger individuals in this country will begin to develop diabetes. In fact, thanks to things like soft drinks, or "liquid candy," it's already happening. The average teenage boy now drinks 3.5 twelve-ounce sodas a day (one out of ten drinks 7 cans a day). Each of these sodas has the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar. Girls in the same age group drink an average of 2.5 cans a day. Overall, each American drinks over 54 gallons of soda per year. And sodas are just one source of sugar.

Statistics show that average yearly consumption of total (not just added) sugar in this country is now over 152 pounds per person. Over 16 percent of our calories now come from refined sugar and that doesn't include the sugar which naturally occurs in things like milk, fruit juice, fruit, etc.

The handwriting is on the wall. Diabetes is going to be a huge problem in the years to come. And by downplaying its seriousness and marketing a magic pill instead of lifestyle changes, the drug companies are going to make billions. Meanwhile, the average person on the street won't have a clue that there was a connection between his morning soda and sweet roll and his heart attack until it's way too late.

The Cure for Slow Suicide Is Fast Change

Earlier in this century, most of the deaths from diabetes resulted from comas triggered by elevated blood sugar levels that couldn't be controlled. Today, due to the discovery of insulin, deaths from diabetic coma are more rare. Today death from diabetes is usually more subtle.

Uncontrolled blood sugar levels interfere with fat metabolism. As blood sugar levels rise unabated, the body converts these sugars into fatty compounds called triglycerides. Triglycerides slow the blood flow in the smaller arteries and arterioles by making the blood thicker and stickier. As the oxygen-carrying blood fails to reach various parts of the body in time, the damage begins to mount. The areas supplied by the smallest blood vessels begin to suffer first. The vision deteriorates. Strokes occur. Kidneys begin to fail. Cardiovascular disease becomes evident. Numbness, tingling and pain begins to occur in the lower extremities followed by the necessary amputation of the toes, feet or lower limbs.

Diabetes is a slow, quiet, progressive disease. It's not something that will go away on its own, and you must understand that it can't be cured using conventional medications. To prevent or treat the disease, you have to make some changes in both your diet and lifestyle. The half-dozen or so I've spelled out in this issue will do the trick--if you start them soon enough. If the nutrition "authorities" adopted these simple guidelines today, diabetes could be prevented, reversed, and/or eliminated. Best of all, it doesn't require some rare, outrageously expensive magic bullet or treatment program to stop diabetes. Lifestyle and diet changes are a cure we can all afford.


Bitter Melon Is a Safe and Effective Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes (especially when combined with Banaba (corosolic acid), gynema sylvestre, Cinnulin (www.vitabase.com), chromium, and a good diet containing adequate healthy fats (35-40% of calories), limited carbs (even whole grains have to be extremely limited: e.g., a serving of 1-2 slices of Ezekiel bread with a little organic, grass-fed butter; or a small amount of steel-cut oats with 2TBS freshly-ground organic golden flaxseed; or 3TBS of brown rice). Most carbs should be from vegetables, and no white starches, sugar, agave nectar, fructose, artificial sweeteners (except stevia, lo han guo or erythritol). Protein calories should be determined by your metabolic type (see the Cancer Protocol page and search for "metabolic typing").
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Individual vitamins taken alone, without a good multivitamin/mineral containing the necessary cofactors and helper vitamins, can be harmful instead of helpful.

·A multivitamin/mineral supplement without iron in a powder form, either in a capsule or in bulk -- Because most foods are so depleted in nutrients, I (Dr. Blaylock) think people should supplement, especially if you have a pre-existing disease. Key vitamins include: vitamin B6, pyridoxine (also as pyrodoxal-5-phosphate), 25 to 50 mg vitamin B12, 1,000ug sublingual methylcobalamin (not cyanocobalamin) and folate 800ug. Make sure the capsule is a vegetarian-based powder or powder in a non-gelatin capsule; soft-gels contain gelatin. The minerals should not contain iron or copper over 1 mg. (http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-Synergy-GlucoPower-Multi-Vitamin-Version-2 or Jarrow Multi Easy powder from http://www.iherb.com/ProductDetails.aspx?c=1&pid=242&at=0 (JRW-01019) or http://www.luckyvitamin.com/790011010197.html -- the Jarrow also has 500mg Calcium, so I don't take extra calcium with it, but I would take 500mg Calcium Citrate with the NSI).

The antioxidants, especially flavonoids such as green tea extract, grape seed extract (OPCs), quercetin, luteolin and kaempferol (found in artichoke extract and ginkgo biloba), prevent cholesterol from oxidizing.

Vitamin C, E (as mixed tocopherols — not artificial E), the carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, etc.), D, K and the mineral magnesium also strongly protect against arteriosclerosis.

Swanson Ultra Carotenoid Complex, http://www.swansonvitamins.com/, SWU260, 4mg, qty30Sgels, $8.89

Policosanol, a waxy extract of sugar cane, has been shown to safely lower cholesterol just as well as the statin drugs, but without any toxicity whatsoever. The most effective dose for policosanol is 20 mg a day. Higher doses have no additional benefit. Combining this supplement with an array of antioxidants and a healthy diet can provide even greater protection. These include:

·Magnesium ascorbate (buffered vitamin C): 1000 mg three times a day on an empty stomach between meals (http://www.luckyvitamin.com/733739007568.html ($7.45/8oz)

·Magnesium citramate: 500 mg twice a day with meals

·L-carnitine: 500 mg twice a day on an empty stomach (improves heart strength)

·CoQ10: 150 mg a day (in olive or rice brain oil) (alternative is Idebenone, 50 mg twice a day)

·Quercetin: 500 mg three times a day with meals

·White or Green tea extract (decaffeinated): 100 mg a day (see Rooibos tea is naturally slightly sweet, which I think makes it taste better than green or black tea. Because the antioxidants in the three forms of tea are different, I usually mix the three in a cup of hot distilled water. The advantage of rooibos tea is that it contains no caffeine. Safety studies have shown no harmful components at all.)

·Grape seed extract: 100 mg a day

·Vitamin D3: 1,000 IU a day

You should have your cholesterol level rechecked by http://www.atherotech.com/  after three months and six months to see the results. Perhaps your doctor will be surprised by the result and he or she will recommend this approach to other patients.

Basically, metabolic syndrome is a combination of type-2 diabetes, hypertension and abnormalities in blood lipids (which are diagnosed using a blood test known as a lipid profile). Metabolic syndrome is the result of feeding the body too many of the wrong things and too few of the right ones.

Type-2 has generally affected adults, causing them to secrete TOO MUCH insulin. Excess glutamate also increases free radical production. And processed foods are packed with MSG and similar glutamate-containing additives. Manufacturers often sneak MSG into many broths, bouillons and “natural” beef or chicken flavorings, as well as seasonings and spices. Amounts of these glutamate additives in foods have increased dramatically over the last few decades. Ironically, most are added to foods that target children and teenagers.

Instead of too little insulin, type-2 is often the result of having too much of the stuff. The problem lies with insulin receptors on the surface of cells throughout the body. Insulin’s job is to drive glucose into the cell so that energy can be produced. When insulin cannot plug into its receptor, glucose is locked out of the cell. And without glucose, the cell will starve — this is what kills diabetics outright. We call it insulin resistance. When the body senses this starvation, it panics and tells the pancreatic insulin cells to make more insulin. But the insulin receptors are closed. No amount of insulin can make them work. The harder the insulin-producing cells have to work, the sooner they will become exhausted and stop making insulin altogether.

Then the person becomes insulin-dependent. That means that even after the insulin receptors are working again, there is no insulin available. It must be given by injection. In time, a number of type-2 diabetics will become insulin-dependent.

We recently discovered that obese people produce more inflammatory chemicals (called adipokines) than thinner people do. But all fat cells are not to blame.

The major culprit is what we call internal fat — or visceral fat — which is found inside the abdomen. However, the fat just under the skin (subcutaneous fat) has little to do with the problem. The fat inside the abdomen is what we refer to as a “beer gut.” Recent studies have shown that these particular fat cells are producing all kinds of chemicals known to cause diabetes, hypertension and abnormal blood lipids (high LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides with low HDL). And they are doing so in large amounts.

We need to remember that the location in which fat is stored is what is most important. To measure fat distribution, doctors have looked at their patients’ hip-to-waist ratios. This is a good way to determine internal fat. A higher ratio increases the likelihood of the metabolic syndrome and all its complications. In general, men should have a waist measurement of less than 40 inches, while a woman’s should be less than 35 inches.

Essiac tea has been shown to have beneficial effects on blood sugar.

Avoid smoked or cured (nitrates/nitrites, and other chemicals): they damage the pancreas, making diabetes worse, and also cause cancer. Check even chicken and turkey luncheon meats for nitrates, because manufacturers have started adding them to even these meats.

Dr. Whitaker: Exercise at an intensity that elevates heart rate at least 50% for 1/2 hr at least 3 times a week.

Whitaker: 45-100mg/day of Vanadyl Sulfate. Take with food, as some people report slight stomach upset. Closely monitor blood sugar when you begin taking this and adjust dosage, as Dramatic drops in blood sugar may result.

Proper Nutrition Is Vital

Studies show that it is not just high glucose in the blood that is the problem — it’s high glucose over too long a period of time.

Damage Control — Fighting Diabetes

Fish Oil is Key

Statin drugs reduce heart attack and stroke risk because they are antioxidants that improve blood flow and help prevent LDL from oxidizing. But they do a lot more — and it isn’t very good. They are dangerous because they can produce serious side effects, including dementia and a potentially fatal muscle disorder. There are better ways to accomplish the same goal. (Read my Heart Saver newsletter to learn more about that).

The omega-3 fats dramatically reduce this inflammation. While the EPA part directly cuts down on inflammation, the DHA portion does so as well using another mechanism.

Diabetics are also known to have far too much saturated fat in their cells — and this might explain the blockage of insulin receptors that produces insulin resistance. However, a combination of DHA and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) — a special substance derived from borage oil — has been shown to correct the problem with insulin receptors.

You should avoid red meats, eat at least five servings of vegetables, stay away from fruits and other sugar-containing foods and drink only purified water. You can eat skinless chicken, turkey, and line-caught wild fish (e.g., Alaskan salmon, sardines in water -- but not packed in soybean or other oils).

When God created us, He gave us a miracle known as the antioxidant network — a vast complex of antioxidant systems that includes vitamins, flavonoids (from fruits and vegetables), special antioxidant enzymes and unique substances called thiols (glutathione and alpha-lipoic acid). We refer to all of these as a “complex” because each of the systems works together.

The vitamins are basic, and because people with the metabolic syndrome have more free radicals than normal, they need higher doses of antioxidants than their diet can supply.

A combination of vitamins C and E is especially effective. I generally recommend 1,000 mg. of vitamin C as magnesium ascorbate three times a day between meals. Note that this is not a major source of magnesium, so you still need to take magnesium citrate or magnesium malate.

Vital Steps to Avoid Developing Diabetes
·Cut MSG out of your diet
·Exercise regularly
·Lose the fat around your waist area
·Use your diet and supplements to reduce free radicals and inflammation
·Consume at least 3 grams omega-3 fats a day
·Use aged garlic extract to lower bad cholesterol levels
·Take advantage of natural antioxidants in fruits and vegetables
·Lower your homocysteine levels ·Use vitamin supplements to prevent cholesterol oxidation and nerve damage
·Add plenty of fiber to your diet to lower blood sugar
·Avoid eating foods that are high in absorbable iron

Vitamin E should be taken as 400 IU vitamin E succinate and 800 IU natural-form vitamin E. In fact, the best type of vitamin E is one containing high gamma- E fraction, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory (Full Spectrum E, http://www.swansonvitamins.com/, qty120, SWU209, $44.79).

Bioflavonoids Fight Diabetes
Quercetin, hesperidin, curcumin, luteolin, proanthocyanidin, naringenin, white (green is second-best, because it contains more fluoride) tea extract, catechins, artichoke extract, luteolin, apigenin and many others will lower blood sugar in both diabetics and normal people and were among those found to be effective. All of these can be purchased as supplements. They also protect every tissue in the body, including the brain.  Apparently, they do so by improving insulin function at the cell level. That is, they fix the broken insulin receptor.

Another major problem associated with the metabolic syndrome and diabetes is microvascular damage, which results in heart, kidney and nerve damage, brain injury and loss of vision (retinal damage). Several flavonoids — including curcumin, quercetin, fisetin, apigenin, vitamin E succinate, myricetin and luteolin — and vitamins inhibit protein kinase C and can either be purchased as supplements or found in most vegetables.

You should also avoid drinking coffee and smoking.

One of the strongest and most versatile antioxidants in the body is called alpha-lipoic acid. The most effective and potent form of alpha-lipoic acid is R-lipoic acid, which can be purchased without a prescription. I generally recommend 100 mg 30 minutes before each meal. You can increase the dose in 50 mg. increments until you reach the desired blood sugar level. It has no toxic side effects and is a natural compound found in the body. I have had quite a few type-2 diabetics who were able to get off all medications after taking R-lipoic acid along with other supplements, and improved diet and lifestyle. R-lipoic acid has been shown to be especially effective in preventing or treating the neurological complications of diabetes.

Fiber and Diabetes
Fiber can aid diabetics in lowering their bloodsugar levels. During one particular test, diabetics were given water plus 50 grams of flaxseed mucilage. Researchers found a 27% reduction in their blood sugar levels. Soluble fiber is most effective. Vegetables and some seeds — such as pectins, gums and mucilages — are good sources of soluble fiber. Flaxseed has one of the highest levels of both soluble and insoluble fiber content, and it also contains an anticancer substance called lignan.

Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy
·Tingling and burning pains (pins-and-needles feeling)
·Lightning-fast shooting pains
·Numbness
·Cannot feel temperature of bath water
·Ulceration
·Skin burns when touched
·Mostly affects feet and legs
·Prevented by controlling blood sugar

I (Blaylock) recommend “blenderizing” a mixture of vegetables and adding 15 grams of flaxseed fiber (organic flaxseed freshly ground first in a coffee grinder sold at http://www.flaxseedpro.com/, or equivalent) to the mix. This not only provides fiber, but it also delivers the highly absorbable flavonoids from your vegetables. Beans and lentils contain a lot of fiber as well.

In addition to an overall multivitamin/mineral, taking a high-dose supplement of B vitamins help prevent diabetic nerve damage. Also, acetyl-L carnitine, CoQ10, N-acetyl-L cysteine (NAC).

Magnesium deficiency is common among the general population, but diabetics are especially at risk. Low magnesium levels dramatically accelerate atherosclerosis, increase the risk of heart arrhythmias, stroke and heart attacks and make the brain vulnerable to a number of diseases. If a person with low magnesium levels suffers a heart attack, the risk of death is dramatically increased. Likewise, damage potential and the risk of death following a stroke are both magnified when magnesium is low.

Statin drugs lower both magnesium and CoQ10 levels, and these substances are both essential for diabetics.

Magnesium supplementation has been proven to dramatically reduce the risk of all disorders associated with diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. I recommend that you take 250 mg of either magnesium citrate or magnesium malate (with each meal, plus 250 mg. at bedtime). It will also help you sleep.

Exercise plays a major role in preventing and improving type-2 diabetes — this has been shown in a number of studies.

It is also important to avoid omega-6 fats.

Fats and Oils

Vegetable Oils: There are numerous vegetable oils used for cooking, such as corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, canola oil and soybean oil. These oils are extracted from various vegetables. Canola oil contains a mixture of saturated and polyunsaturated fats, whereas the other oils are mostly polyunsaturated fats. These fats, called omega-6 fats, are harmful when eaten in excess. Most baked goods, breads, cakes, pastries and chips are made with these oils.

Animal Fats: These are all saturated fats, harmful because they accumulate toxins from the environment such as industrial chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and mercury.

Trans Fatty Acids: These are artificial fats created when polyunsaturated oils are partially hydrogenated; very bad for you. 

Tropical Oils: These are from tropical plants like the coconut and palm trees.

Soy Oil: This oil is from the soybean and is polyunsaturated. It is bad for your health.

Coconut Oil: This oil is saturated and does not produce atherosclerosis. Both coconut and palm oils (if not hydrogenated) have high concentrations of medium-chain fatty acids. Burned for energy and not stored as fats, they also enhance immunity and reduce the risk of cancer.

Olive Oil: Olive Oil is a good vegetable oil. It is graded according to how carefully the oil is extracted. Extra virgin olive oil is extracted at a lower temperature in a press. This preserves the flavonoids in the olive, making the oil much healthier. Extra virgin olive oil has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, as well as lower the risk of cancer.

Fish Oils: These oils are either extracted from fish, especially the larger cold-water, ocean fish, or from algae. Fish in fact get their omega-3 oils from eating algae. These oils are also polyunsaturated, but unlike the polyunsaturated vegetables oils (omega-6 oils), reduce atherosclerosis risk, improve immunity, improve blood flow and are essential for normal brain function. It is important to buy highly purified omega-3 oils and not take it in gelatin capsules. When highly purified, omega-3 oils have no bad taste and can be taken as a liquid.

Your Medical Exam

With your blood work, ask your doctor to give you:
1. A complete breakdown of your cholesterol, specifically the measure of the two types of LDL cholesterol — large, buoyant LDL and small, dense LDL. High levels of LDL cholesterol, especially when mostly of the small, dense type, indicate a significant risk of heart attack and stroke, whereas high levels of HDL cholesterol reduce heart attack and stroke risk. LDL levels should be below 100 mg/dl and mostly composed of the larger molecule. The small, dense LDL level should be less than 20 mg/dl. HDL cholesterol levels should be over 55 mg/dl. The higher the level, the greater the protection. This should be mostly of the HDL2 type, which should be greater than 15 mg/dl.
2. Lipoprotein(a). This is a hereditary factor. If your father’s or mother’s level, for example, was high, yours will also likely be high. Some studies have shown that an elevated Lp(a) increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke by 70 percent. Levels should be less than 10 mg/dl.
3. C-reactive protein. This test is more indicative of heart and stroke risk than cholesterol. This test measures inflammation, a key factor in atherosclerosis. The most accurate test is the highly sensitive CRP, called hs-CRP. Your level should be less than 1.69 mg/l.
4. Homocysteine. This measures a breakdown product found during the metabolism of the amino acid methionine. Even levels that are in the higher ranges of normal put you at a high risk of a stroke or heart attack. Your level should be between 4.72 and 7.0 umol/L.
5. Fibrinogen. This tests measures how easily your blood coagulates. A high level means your blood clots very easily, increasing your risk of a heart attack. Your level should be between 180 and 350 mg/dl.

(http://www.atherotech.com/ is the best lab that will check LDL and HDL subclasses and other factors that doctors don't check for, and at no extra charge. They'll work with your doctor, mail him the blood collection tubes and explain the results to him.)

Heart Tests: CRP More Important Than Cholesterol

One of the big secrets of the cardiology world is that elevated cholesterol plays no part in over 50 percent of heart attacks and strokes.

Recent studies have shown that four factors play a major role in risk in these individuals: lipoprotein( a), C-reactive protein, homocysteine and fibrinogen. Your doctor can test all of these factors with a blood test. Any doctor worth his salt will test you for these. The presence of any of these in elevated levels means increased risk of a heart attack or stroke even when the cholesterol is low.

Should more than one of the factors be elevated — for example, C-reactive protein (CRP) and homocysteine — your risk will be even greater and you most likely will face a heart attack or stroke at an early age.

When you have your physical, you should ask your doctor to do a complete cholesterol check that includes all the types of cholesterol, including both types of LDL cholesterol, HLD levels and all of the independent risk factors, specifically the ones noted above. This will give you the most accurate picture of your risk.

It also should be understood that, despite what your doctor may say, an elevated CRP is a better predictor of heart attack and stroke risk than is the LDL cholesterol level. This is because chronic inflammation is the cause of atherosclerosis and not high levels of LDL cholesterol. Even normal levels of homocysteine in the upper range can substantially raise your risk. 

Studies have shown that diabetics have very high homocysteine levels — and this substance is closely associated with atherosclerosis, heart attacks, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Elevated homocysteine levels can cause atherosclerosis even when cholesterol levels are perfectly normal, but homocysteine levels can be very effectively lowered with weight reduction through proper diet, along with supplementation of the proper amounts and forms of vitamin B6, folic acid and vitamin B12 as sublingual methylcobalamin is extremely effective. 1,000ug (ug=mcg) folate; 1,000ug B12; 200mg B6 daily to protect against high homocysteine levels.

Perhaps the sudden rise in blood triglycerides following a high-fat meal is why so many people suffer a sudden heart attack or stroke right after eating. Omega-3 oils also thin the blood, improve the strength of the heart muscle, improve blood flow through arteries, reduce inflammation and improve immunity.

One especially important effect is preventing arrhythmias, or irregular heart beats. This is a leading cause of death among heart attack victims. Magnesium, when combined with omega-3 oils, adds tremendous protection as well.

One study shows that eating fish just once a week can reduce the incidence of sudden cardiac death by 52 percent, perhaps due to omega-3 oils’ anticoagulant properties and ability to prevent arrhythmias. I would not recommend eating seafood because of the high content of mercury, especially in crustaceans like shrimp, crab and lobster. (Wild-caught -- not farmed -- Alaskan salmon is lower than other types of fish, but pharmaceutically-distilled fish oil contains none). Rather, take high-quality omega-3 supplements, but not in the form of gelatin capsules since they are high in fluoride and glutamate and considered a high-risk product for mad cow disease.

Another way to get your omega-3 oils is by eating eggs from chickens fed a diet high in these oils. I have found that the Christopher eggs (available at Kroeger's) have the highest EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) omega-3 fatty acids, close to 600 mg per egg. The owners told me that they plan to increase this level even more. Other brands include Gold Circle Farms, Pilgrim’s Pride and The Country Hen. Two eggs a day will supply the full complement of omega-3 oils for adults. In addition, eggs contain phospholipids that are essential for the brain. Ignore warnings about high cholesterol in eggs; the brain needs cholesterol for normal function. Note: do not break the yolk and fry it, because this will oxidize the cholesterol in the egg. Boiled is best.

Vitamin C (especially in the ascorbic acid form) greatly increases iron absorption and should not be taken with meals, since the major source of iron is red meat. Flavonoids from fruits, vegetables and teas inhibit iron absorption, even from red meats. This is why meals should contain plenty of fresh vegetables. The inhibition of iron is not complete, except for teas; drinking tea with every meal can lead to anemia in some individuals. Avoid cooking in iron skillets as well. The iron leaches out of the skillet into the foods.

We should be drinking at least two 12-ounce glasses of pure water three times a day with meals and two more between meals. This means purified water, but not the water in plastic containers. While this water is superior to tap water, it does contain xenoestrogens from the plastic, which have been linked to increased breast cancer rates in women and prostate cancer in men. Opt for harder-grade plastic (about 5 to 7), as it releases far fewer xenoestrogens. A solution is to use a reverse osmosis filter. The filters are expensive and must be changed every three months, but most contaminants and fluoride will be removed. (or Waterwise Distiller -- filters are cheap).

Avoid Smoking and Smoke-Filled Places: Second-hand smoke has been shown to significantly
increase free radical generation and lipid peroxidation in non-smokers.

Remember to avoid foods in aluminum cans, aluminum cookware, iron skillets and Teflon-coated cookware (when heated, Teflon releases toxic fluoride compounds, thus associated with the “Teflon flu”). Use only stainless steel or glass cookware. Avoid all products containing MSG, soy extracts, hydrolyzed proteins, aspartame (NutriSweet, Equal) and Splenda.

Here are a few supplements to help reduce atherosclerosis, heart attack and strokes:

Some studies have shown little protection with vitamin E, which led to news stories of the vitamin’s ineffectiveness. The truth is that the wrong form of vitamin E was used. The most commonly sold form of vitamin E is alpha-tocopherol acetate, a very ineffective and poorly absorbed form of vitamin E. In addition, most are dissolved in vegetable oil. The type of vitamin E you should take is natural vitamin E, which is a mixture of four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma and delta). Take 400 to 800 IU of mixed tocopherols a day, but not in a gelatin capsule. Either remove the vitamin E from the capsule by puncturing it with a safety pin or buy liquid forms of vitamin E. Gelatin, high in fluoride and glutamate, is considered a product at high-risk for mad cow disease.

I would recommend vitamin C as ascorbate (calcium or magnesium ascorbate), 1,000 mg three times a day, taken between meals to prevent excess iron absorption. This form is also referred to as buffered vitamin C. There is no need to take the expensive Ester C forms, since they add nothing of value.

Garlic is known to slightly thin the blood, is a powerful antioxidant, prevents platelet stickiness, is anti-inflammatory and, most important, is a powerful antibiotic against viruses and bacteria. Take two capsules of aged garlic extract once a day for prevention and two capsules twice a day for those at highest risk or those with existing coronary or carotid disease. Because it is an anticoagulant, you should not combine it with aspirin, other anticoagulant medications, Ginkgo biloba, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen.

Dark green, yellow and other highly colored fruits and vegetables contain some of the most powerful flavonoids.
 
One additional effect of CoQ10 is that it helps prevent arrhythmias, as do magnesium, carnitine and omega-3 fats. 

L-carnitine is a protein and should be taken on an empty stomach, about 45 minutes before a meal. It can be taken at the same time as CoQ10. 

Taurine, like L-carnitine, should not be taken with meals, since other amino acids will compete for absorption. The suggested dose is 500 mg twice a day.

Natural Ways to Naturally Control Hypertension
· Hawthorne
· DHA
· Flavonoids (quercetin/hesperidin)
· Aged garlic extract
· Coenzyme Q10
· L-carnitine
· N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC)
· Alpha-lipoic acid (R-lipoic acid)
· Ginkgo biloba
· Magnesium/potassium/calcium
· Green tea extract
· Five to ten servings of vegetables
· Avoid dairy products
· Increase intake of Omega-3 oils
· Limit salt intake to 3,000 mg./day
· Avoid all excitotoxic food additives (like MSG)
· Complex carbohydrates with fiber only
· Avoid all sugar
· Avoid all Omega-6 fats
· Drink only purified water


Intense diabetes treatment found to increase death risk
Rob Stein, Washington Post

Thursday, February 7, 2008

(02-07) 04:00 PST Washington - --

Aggressively driving blood sugar levels as low as possible in high-risk diabetes
patients appears to increase the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, according
to a major government study that stunned and disappointed experts.

The discovery, announced Wednesday, prompted federal health officials to immediately
halt one part of the trial so thousands of Type 2 diabetes patients in the study
could be notified and switched to less intensive, less risky treatment.

"As always, our primary concern is to protect the safety of our study volunteers,"
said Elizabeth G. Nabel, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute,
the study's sponsor. "We will continue to monitor the health of the study
participants and will seek to determine the cause."

Although the reason for increased risk remains a mystery, Nabel and other experts
stressed that the benefits of blood sugar control have been well-established for
diabetics and that patients should not make any changes in their care without consulting
their doctors.

But the findings cast doubt on a major assumption about diabetes treatment - that
pushing levels as close to normal as possible would necessarily be better - and
will force experts to reassess their thinking about how to treat one of the nation's
leading health problems.

"It's profoundly disappointing," said Richard Kahn, chief scientific
and medical officer for the American Diabetes Association. "This presents a
real dilemma to patients and their physicians. How intensive should treatment be?
We just don't know."

The findings are the second major blow to fundamental assumptions about how to protect
against heart disease - the nation's leading killer. Another recent major study
found that driving blood cholesterol levels as low as possible did not necessarily
slow the progression of heart disease.

"This suggests that there are things drugs do that we don't understand,"
said Steven Nissen, a Cleveland Clinic cardiologist. "We have to really ask
the question: 'How low do you go?' "

An estimated 21 million Americans suffer from Type 2 diabetes, the most common form
of the disease, and the number has been increasing because of the obesity epidemic.
Diabetes patients' blood sugar levels rise abnormally high, causing a host of
serious complications, including nerve damage, amputations, blindness and increased
risk for heart attacks and strokes.

Many earlier studies had shown that tightly controlling blood sugar significantly
reduced the risk for many complications. The new study, known as the Action to Control
Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes, or ACCORD, trial was designed to convincingly test
whether various aggressive treatment strategies reduce the risk for heart disease
- the main cause of death among diabetics.

The study involves 10,251 Type 2 diabetes patients ages 40 to 82 at 77 sites in
the United States and Canada at high risk for heart disease for any reason, such
as having high blood pressure, high cholesterol or being obese.

About half the patients were placed on an regimen combining diet and exercise with
drugs designed to lower their blood sugar levels to that of the average person with
diabetes, while the other half was put on a more intensive regimen designed to drive
it closer to that of someone without diabetes. The patients were also divided further
into those who also received blood-pressure-lowering medication or drugs to improve
their cholesterol levels.

After about four years, about half of the participants in the intensive treatment
group achieved blood sugar levels close to normal and about half the patients in
the standard treatment group achieved levels close to the average diabetic.

But a special 10-member panel that was monitoring the study alerted the organizers
that 257 patients receiving the intensive treatment had died, compared to 203 receiving
standard treatment, a difference of 54 deaths - or 3 per 1,000 participants, officials
said. About half the excess deaths were from heart disease.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/07/MNKGUTAG9.DTL


A Very good book, "Reversing Diabetes" by Dr. Whitaker
http://www.amazon.com/Reversing-Diabetes-Eliminate-Dependence-Insulin/dp/0446676586/
Diabetes and Cancer: How bread increases your risk of these deadly diseases

One of the great joys in eating for most people is bread. I know, I used to eat a lot of it. Bread is a dietary staple for many cultures. But if you're interested in staying healthy and living a long life, you may have to put your bread on the chopping block. Not only can it increase your risk of diabetes and weight gain ... it can also increase your risk of cancer.

A new study on 2,300 bread-loving Italians revealed some disturbing news for bread eaters. The researchers discovered that the group with the highest bread consumption had nearly double the risk of kidney cancer compared to the lowest. A weaker association with pasta and rice was found as well. They also discovered a reduced risk with meat, chicken, and both cooked and raw vegetables.

Some of the greatest flak I take for my vegetarian Living Foods Diet is from vegetarians who love to eat bread. You see, bread is vegetarian, but it sure doesn't qualify for the Living Foods Diet because it's cooked. However, it's not only cooked and therefore absolutely dead, it's highly refined. This study finds cancer rates increase with processed foods and even rice.

Now some authorities will tell you to load up on meat. True, meat didn't show up on this study. But if you take the latest data from the Nurses Health Study, you'll find that eating more than 1.5 servings of red meat per day nearly doubles your risk for hormone receptor positive breast cancer. The relationship of this cancer to meat consumption was almost linear - the more meat you eat, the more cancer you'll get. [Plus, eating too much meat for your metabolic type can harm your kidneys.]

Now, if you look at the worldwide studies on diet and cancer, you'll find the only foods that don't show up on any cancer-causing list are living foods. These include fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds.

I won't deny that once every few months, I'll get a loaf of heavy organic bread [sprouted-grain Ezekiel bread]. You can too! But please keep it down, especially if you are heavy. The researchers speculate that bread (and the other carbs) is related to the cancer because it causes high insulin levels. If you have any kind of weight problem, bread will make your insulin problem even worse. And insulin promotes cancer!

Do yourself a huge favor. Make bread your uncommon treat. Don't eat it daily, or even weekly. It's just too dangerous to your health.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert Jay Rowen, MD


Dr. Blaylock re Fats and Oils
Notes for Healthy Living

Good Fats
• Extra-virgin olive oil
• Omega-3 fats (fish oil, DHA and flaxseed oil)
• EPA- eicosapentaenoic acid
• DHA- docosahexaenoic acid
• Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) — borage oil
• Conjugated linolenic acid (CLA)
• Extra-virgin coconut oil

Bad Fats
• Omega-6 oils (corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, canola and soybean)
• Trans-fatty acids (partially hydrogenated oils)

The Skinny on Fats
Since vegetable oils must be avoided, what is left for cooking? The best alternative is coconut oil. It is a very heat-stable oil, and it is extremely healthy — a point I mentioned in the newsletter on heart health (Heart Saver: Protect Yourself From Heart Attack and Stroke, Oct. 2004).

Coconut oil contains a special type of oil known as a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT). This substance — which in extra-virgin form contains numerous anticancer flavonoids — is processed by the body the same way it uses glucose, but without the bad effects. I would suggest eating a tablespoon of it each day, as several studies have shown that MCT oils inhibit cancer growth and prevent weight loss associated with cancer.

Extra-virgin olive oil is another interesting cancer fighter. It is what we call a monounsaturated oil, meaning it will not go rancid. You can cook with it, but I would use coconut oil instead. If you do use it, you need to add turmeric to the oil to keep it from being damaged by the heat.

A number of studies have shown that extra-virgin olive oil prevents cancer in both laboratory animals and people. People living on the island of Crete consume great quantities of the stuff, and shockingly, despite being one of the heaviest-smoking populations in Europe, they have one of the lowest lung cancer rates. The oil contains a number of cancer-inhibiting flavonoids, as well as oleic oils.

A recent study found that extra-virgin olive oil not only prevented new cancers but could also be used to fight those that had already developed. Researchers found that the principle fat in olive oil, oleic acid, inhibited a gene (Her-2/neu) known to make some breast cancers extremely aggressive. Oncologists use a drug called Herceptin to do the same thing, but it produces a significant number of complications.

They also found that the oleic acid, when combined with even a small dose of Herceptin, could dramatically suppress this aggressive gene. Extra-virgin olive oil contains more of this oil than almost any other substance.

Another special oil of interest is conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). This unique fat dramatically reduces breast and colon cancer and possibly that of the prostate. Another advantage is that it causes a loss of body fat, making it a great weight-loss tool. About 1,000 mg. a day is optimal.

Fats and Oils

Vegetable Oils: There are numerous vegetable oils used for cooking, such as corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, canola oil and soybean oil. These oils are extracted from various vegetables. Canola oil contains a mixture of saturated and polyunsaturated fats, whereas the other oils are mostly polyunsaturated fats. These fats, called omega-6 fats, are harmful when eaten in excess. Most baked goods, breads, cakes, pastries and chips are made with these oils.

Animal Fats: These are all saturated fats, harmful because they accumulate toxins from the environment such as industrial chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and mercury.

Trans Fatty Acids and Interesterified Fats: These are artificial fats created when polyunsaturated oils are partially hydrogenated; very bad for you.

Tropical Oils: These are from tropical plants like the coconut and palm trees.

Soy Oil: This oil is from the soybean and is polyunsaturated. It is bad for your health.

Coconut Oil: This oil is saturated and does not produce atherosclerosis. Both coconut and palm oils have high concentrations of medium-chain fatty acids. Burned for energy and not stored as fats, they also enhance immunity and reduce the risk of cancer.

Olive Oil: Olive Oil is a good vegetable oil. It is graded according to how carefully the oil is extracted. Extra virgin olive oil is extracted at a lower temperature in a press. This preserves the flavonoids in the olive, making the oil much healthier. Extra virgin olive oil has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, as well as lower the risk of cancer.

Fish Oils: These oils are either extracted from fish, especially the larger cold-water, ocean fish, or from algae. Fish in fact get their omega-3 oils from eating algae. These oils are also polyunsaturated, but unlike the polyunsaturated vegetables oils (omega-6 oils), reduce atherosclerosis risk, improve immunity, improve blood flow and are essential for normal brain function.

It is important to buy highly purified omega-3 oils and not take it in gelatin capsules. When highly purified, omega-3 oils have no bad taste and can be taken as a liquid.

The tropical oil market was shattered and the American public was convinced to consume polyunsaturated vegetable oils including those derived from soy, which actually promote heart attacks and strokes. Health officials, scientists and experts on oils and fats attempted to inject some truth into the barrage of media reports by showing that some of the tropical oils, such as coconut and palm kernel oil, are actually powerful inhibitors of atherosclerosis. A study of the health and dietary habits of natives living in the Pacific islands by nutrition pioneer

Dr. Weston Price shows those who ate the traditional diets rarely suffered from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, arthritis and other degenerative diseases. Their diet consisted of large amounts of saturated fat — fat from the coconut, such as coconut milk, meat and oils. They also ate a large amount of omega-3 oils from fish, as well as fruit flavonoids. Interestingly, Dr. Price found that the natives had almost perfect teeth, despite the fact that they never brushed, flossed or used mouthwash. In fact, the tooth decay rate for the islanders eating a traditional diet was substantially less than those eating a Western diet.

Despite claims that coconut oils are bad for people, recent studies show coconut oils being used in hospitals for gravely ill adult patients, as well as for infants.

Despite propaganda by the ASA, palm oil (oil from the palm plant) contains a very powerful group of antioxidant components of vitamin E, known as tocotrienols, which has been reported to protect against atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

Trans Fatty Acids: Check Your Food Labels

A recent study in the 2004 issue of the Journal of Nutrition illustrates the severity of having a high trans fatty acid level in the body.

Fat tissue from 79 participants who had had heart attacks was compared to matched controls free of the disease.

Those who had the highest trans fatty acid levels in their fat tissue had more than two times the risk of developing a heart attack than those with the lowest levels.

Trans fatty acids are created when polyunsaturated fats are hydrogenated in a food processing plant. Because trans fatty acids are not found in nature, they interfere with normal metabolism.

It is important to realize that fat does more than make your feet disappear. Fats form many of our hormones, allow our cells to communicate, make up cell membranes, compose 60 percent of the brain and enhance immunity, just to name a few of their benefits.

Interfering with fat metabolism can have devastating consequences. Fortunately, stopping the consumption of trans fatty acids quickly reverses their harmful effects.

The amount of trans fatty acids in processed food has increased enormously over the past 20 years. Trans fatty acids can be found in abundance in items throughout the supermarket — including cakes, pies and other processed foods.

Here are some of the adverse effects of trans fatty acids:
• Lowered HDL (good cholesterol)
• Elevated LDL (bad cholesterol)
• Increased lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] — a heart attack and stroke risk factor
• Elevated total cholesterol
• Interference with mother’s milk production
• Increased risk of diabetes (insulin resistance)
• Impaired immunity
• Lowered testosterone in males and increased abnormal sperm
• Impaired detoxification
• Production of essential fatty acid deficiency
• Increased risk of heart attacks and strokes
• Increased risk of asthma attacks in children

Studies have shown that the amount of these harmful fats in processed foods can be as high as 45 percent of the fat content.

The amount of these polyunsaturated fats in processed foods has increased 800 percent since 1982, mainly because of the propaganda published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which claims itself to be the watchdog for our food supply.

Fortunately, health officials and researchers are exposing the truth.

Keep the Omega Ratio!

Now we know that simply changing the type of fat we consume can drastically improve our health and even help treat some deadly diseases. And we now know that these same fats can profoundly affect depression, bipolar disorder and our overall behavior and ability to think and learn.

Critics will undoubtedly counter my assertions by proclaiming that Omega-6 fats are also essential and not all bad — and that is true. They do support many essential functions in the body, but in excess, they become a major cause of disease. Americans are now consuming 50 times more Omega-6 fats than are essential for health, while their intake of healthy Omega-3 fats is terribly lacking.

I told you in the introduction that at the turn of the 20th century, the ratio of Omega-6 fats to Omega-3 fats in the typical American diet was somewhere between 2-to-1 and 1-to-1.

Today the ratio hovers between 20-to-1 and 15-to- 1, and one study even shows women having a staggering 45-to-1 ratio. Experts now know the brain works best at a 1-to-1 ratio.

At first glance, it might seem that you simply need to increase your Omega-3 intake and otherwise continue your present diet. But studies tell us that’s just not enough. Doing so will reduce the healthful benefits of Omega-3. You must eliminate as many Omega-6 fats as possible, replacing your present vegetable oil with either extra-virgin olive oil or extra-virgin coconut oil, and you should check all of the processed foods you eat, to determine which oil was used to make the product. Virtually all foods use Omega-6 oils. This is especially true of breads, cakes, pies, cookies, chips, French fries and other fried foods. Remember that Omega-3 fats are easily oxidized and must be kept in the refrigerator. Taking 800 IU of oil-soluble vitamin E in natural form will protect the oil from oxidizing and thereby enhance its effectiveness (note from Chuck: the succinate form is water-soluble and is necessary, but won't help neutralize free radicals in oils).

Vegans are at special risk and many assume that taking flaxseed oil will protect them. Unfortunately, small children, the elderly and many with chronic illnesses cannot convert the flax oil into EPA and DHA. In that case, they can take pure DHA, which is derived from algae.


The nutrient that stops heart disease, cancer - and now diabetes

Some months back, I told you how capsaicin, which is in cayenne, can kill cancer cells. But that's not all this super nutrient can do. Researchers have even used it intravenously to reverse type-1 diabetes. Now, this super nutrient can reduce inflammation caused by obesity!

Inflammation is necessary to protect you from invaders and for injury repair. But in today's world, we have too much inflammation. And, in this case, more is not better. Toxins, bad diet, lifestyle, and obesity itself raise inflammation in your body when your body doesn't need it. This can cause heart problems, cancer, and many other illnesses.

In this study, the researchers found capsaicin reduces several inflammatory pathways in fat tissue in mice. This is really good news. Visceral (abdominal) fat ratchets up inflammation in your body. This is a major cause for the increase of vascular disease and cancer in the obese.

Capsaicin reversed type-1 diabetes by knocking out inflammation in the pancreas that damaged, but did not destroy insulin release. Capsaicin could be a way to blunt the inflammatory damage caused by hard-to-lose weight. Of course, I don't recommend capsaicin over cleaning up your diet. But sometimes it's very difficult to let go of "foods" you know are no good. If that describes you, consider taking capsaicin. You can add it to the growing list of protective plant chemicals (such as resveratrol and Seanol) that can offer protection regardless of what you eat.

You can find capsaicin at any health food store and on the Internet. It's inexpensive, easy to take, and very good for your health - even if you don't have any health problems.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert Jay Rowen, MD

"Capsaicin, a spicy component of hot peppers, modulates adipokine gene expression and protein release from obese-mouse adipose tissues and isolated adipocytes, and suppresses the inflammatory responses of adipose tissue macrophages," Kang JH, Kim CS, et al, FEBS Lett, 2007 Aug 14.


Herbs & Nutrients for Glycaemic Control in Diabetes
http://www.zedweb.co.uk/n16health/aboutus.html

Diabetes affects about 3% of the UK population and its incidence is increasing rapidly in all age groups. Type 1 diabetes is increasing in children, and type 2 diabetes is increasing particularly in black and minority ethnic groups. People of South Asian, African, African-Caribbean, and Middle-Eastern descent are at greater risk of type 2 diabetes, compared with the white population, as are the obese, those who are inactive or have a family history of diabetes.

Effectively controlled Type 2 diabetes can reduce the risk of heart disease by 44%, stroke by 46%, kidney disease by 33%, and eye disease by 33%. It could give people up to 10 years of additional life.

Blood sugar control can be best achieved with diets that are restricted in sugar, artificial sweeteners and refined carbohydrates with increased intakes of soluble fibre, together with increased levels of physical activity.

The preoccupation with fat over the last few decades is largely responsible for today’s obesity/diabetes crisis as people have substituted fat with sugar and refined carbohydrates. The average American now consumes 3 pounds of sugar a week.

Together with the right dietary and activity strategy, the natural therapist has a number of tools to help control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.

Chromium
In its trivalent form chromium is required for the maintenance of normal glucose metabolism. Deficiency is associated with impaired glucose tolerance which can be improved with supplementation.

Its action is linked with glucose tolerance factor, and has been shown to increase the number of insulin receptors, to enhance receptor binding, and to potentiate insulin action.

In one large trial following 833 diabetics for 10 months supplementing with chromium picolinate, investigators reported a decrease in fasting and postprandial glucose and a decrease in fatigue, excessive thirst and frequent urination. In another study of 180 people, 1mg of chromium picolinate a day for 2 months stabilised blood sugar.

Biotin
Biotin aids in the management of blood sugar by enhancing the effect of enzymes involved in processing glucose.

There is limited evidence that high intakes of this vitamin can be therapeutically beneficial in diabetics and in rodent models of diabetes. One small study demonstrated a marked improvement in diabetic neuropathy after a few months on 5-10mg a day.

Biotin “might have considerable potential for promoting vascular health and preventing or managing diabetes.” (Med Hypotheses. 2006;66(2):323-8)

Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is believed to be able to improve glycaemic control through various mechanisms, including a decrease in oxidative stress. Two earlier randomised controlled trials using 100 to 200 mg of coenzyme Q10 in patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes found no difference in glycaemic control and insulin requirement. A more recent randomised controlled trial of 74 patients using 200 mg per day for 12 weeks found modest improvements in measurements of glucose control.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Data from a number of studies and trials have shown that different conjugated linoleic acids (CLA's) may produce beneficial effects in many areas including insulin resistance.

The mechanisms of action of CLAs are not fully clarified at present, because in vitro and in vivo studies are not always in agreement, and possibly because CLAs act in different ways and with different consequences when administered in the diet to different species.

“It may now be feasible to target specific supplemental nutrients to each of the key dysfunctions which conspire to maintain hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes: bioactive chromium for skeletal muscle insulin resistance, conjugated linoleic acid for adipocyte insulin resistance, high-dose biotin for excessive hepatic glucose output, and coenzyme Q10 for beta cell failure. The nutrients and food factors recommended here appear to be safe and well tolerated, and thus may have particular utility for diabetes prevention.”
(Med Hypotheses 2000;54(3):483-7)

Magnesium
Low levels of magnesium are common among diabetics. Deficiency can potentially cause states of insulin resistance. It is a cofactor in various enzyme pathways involved in glucose oxidation, and it modulates glucose transport across cell membranes. It may improve insulin sensitivity. Dosage 300-600mg/day.

Vanadium
In animal models vanadium has been shown to facilitate glucose uptake and metabolism and to enhance insulin sensitivity. Human studies indicate it can greatly reduce the needs for insulin and hypoglycaemic medications. Dosage of vanadium sulphate is from 20mg/day.

Zinc
Assists in insulin manufacture, may protect receptor sites on cell membranes that allows entry of the hormone, and helps balance blood sugar. May need 90mg/day or more.

Alpha Lipoic Acid
A potent antioxidant and cofactor in many enzyme complexes, it may also play a role in glucose oxidation. One trial of 74 patients reported positive effects on glucose uptake and insulin sensitivity with 600-1,800mg/day for 4 weeks. Particularly useful for treating polyneuropathy.

L-Carnitine
Glucose tolerance is improved with L-carnitine and diabetics eliminate much more L-carnitine than healthy people. Human trial data is very limited but one small short-term trial showed that intravenous administration can possibly affect insulin sensitivity and
enhance glucose uptake and storage.

Vitamin E
Blood platelets of diabetics contain less vitamin E. Risk of acquiring diabetes is much greater among those with low levels of the vitamin. It improves sugar metabolism and supplementation can reduce the severity of diabetic complications.

Of 6 controlled trials, 4 were positive for glucose control with doses ranging from 100mg to 1,600mg a day for 2 to 4 months.

Vitamin B6
Elevated glycosylated haemoglobin is an indicator of diabetes-related harm. Vitamin B6 can reduce this indicator. It helps stabilise blood sugar, encourages cells to metabolise blood glucose and fights eye damage and vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. Dosage requirement is from 75mg/day.

Calcium, Vitamin D & Vitamin C
Calcium and vitamin D may help preserve insulin sensitivity by preventing secondary hyperparathyroidism. Vitamin C offers some protection against the effects of high blood sugar on the tissues and can also help control blood sugar levels in amounts over 2000mg/day.

Coccinia Indica (ivy gourd)
This plant grows in many parts of the Indian subcontinent and is used in Ayurveda. It appears to have insulin-mimetic properties.

The only randomised controlled trial of this herb reported significant changes in glycaemic control following 6 weeks use among 32 patients with poorly controlled or untreated type 2 diabetes. Anther trial found the magnitude of change seen with the herb was similar to a conventional drug. Two other trials offer supporting evidence of a hypoglaecemic effect

American Ginseng
Reported mechanisms of action include decreased rate of carbohydrate absorption, increased glucose transport and uptake, increased glycogen storage and modulation of insulin secretion.

Two trials incorporating 24 and 36 patients for 8 weeks reported decreases in fasting blood sugar and better glucose control. Three other short-term trials in healthy volunteers found decreases in postprandial glucose. May need up to 200mg/day.

Gymnema Sylvestre
Another herb that grows in India and is used in Ayurveda. Animal studies have reported a glucose-lowering effect, regeneration of islets of Langerhans, and increases in serum insulin. Mechanism of action is unknown but a number of theories have been put forward.

Little trial data is available but 47 patients with type 2 diabetes showed improved glycaemic control in combination with conventional treatment. May need 100mg 3 times a day.

Aloe Vera
The dried sap of this plant is a traditional remedy for diabetes in the Arabian peninsula, although this form is also a laxative. Aloe gel may be a better tolerated choice. The gel contains glucomannan, a hydrosoluble fibre which may in part account for its hypoglycaemic effects.

Research in diabetes is sparse but two trials reported improved fasting blood glucose after 6 weeks of drinking juice made from the gel. There are also case reports of individuals with decreases in fasting blood glucose and improved glucose control.

Momordica Charantia
This vegetable, also known as balsam pear, karela and bitter melon, is found in tropical areas of the world. Its active components include an insulin-like protein similar to bovine insulin.

Theoretical mechanisms include increased insulin secretion, tissue glucose uptake, liver muscle glycogen synthesis, glucose oxidation and decreased hepatic gluconeogenesis. Animal studies suggest hypoglycaemic effects.

Human studies are limited but report acute effects on blood glucose in the short term and positive effects on glycaemic control after longer term use.

Opuntia Streptacantha
Also known as prickly pear cactus, it is commonly used for glucose control by people of Mexican descent. It has a highly soluble fibre and pectin content which may affect intestinal glucose uptake, partially accounting for its hypoglycaemic actions.

Human studies reported improvements in patients with type 2 diabetes with decreased fasting glucose and decreased insulin levels, suggesting enhanced insulin sensitivity.

Garlic
Animal experiments have shown moderate reductions in blood glucose and one high quality randomised controlled trial found significant decreases in fasting serum glucose. Another trial did not find consistent glucose or insulin responses.

Other herbs used for glycaemic control include holy basil, fenugreek, fig leaf, milk thistle and cinnamon.

One researcher concludes: “Nutraceuticals featuring meaningful doses of combinations of these agents would likely have substantial diabetes-preventive efficacy, and presumably could be marketed legally as aids to good glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity.”
Med Hypotheses. 2005;64(1):151-8



Grape Skin Compound (Resveratrol) Fights the Complications of Diabetes
by Leslee Dru Browning
(see all articles by this author: http://www.naturalnews.com/Author63.html)

(NaturalNews) Research carried out by scientists at the Peninsula Medical School in the South West of England has found that resveratrol, a compound present naturally in grape skin, can protect against the cellular damage to blood vessels caused by high production of glucose in diabetes, according to a recently published paper in the science journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.

The elevated levels of glucose that circulate in the blood of patients with diabetes causes micro- and macro-vascular complications by damaging mitochondria, the tiny power plants within cells responsible for generating energy. When they are damaged they can leak electrons and make highly damaging 'free radicals'.

Complications that can result when this happens include nephropathy (kidney disease), heart disease and retinopathy (which if left untreated can lead to blindness).

Resveratrol stops the damage by helping cells make protective enzymes to prevent the leakage of electrons and the production of toxic 'free radicals'.

As well as being naturally present in grape skins, resveratrol is also present in seeds, peanuts and red wine.

Dr. Matt Whiteman, Principal Investigator and Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, Peninsula Medical School, commented: "Resveratrol's antioxidant effects in the test tube are well documented but our research shows the link between high levels of glucose, its damaging effect on cell structure, and the ability of resveratrol to protect against and mend that damage."

He added: "Resveratrol or related compounds could be used to block the damaging effects of glucose which in turn might fight the often life threatening complications that accompany diabetes. It could well be the basis of effective diet-based therapies for the prevention of vascular damage caused by hyperglycemia in the future."

Resveratrol has been used for other health issues as well. For instance, individuals suffering from influenza, also known as the flu, Resveratrol has been shown to prevent the continued reproduction of the flu virus if taken within six hours of infection. Furthermore, resveratrol has demonstrated anticarcinogenic activity. There is also growing evidence that resveratrol has cardioprotective effects through a variety of mechanisms: it inhibits platelet aggregation, the proliferation of smooth-muscle cells, and the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol.

Sources:
The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (2008, March 20). Grape Skin Compound Fights The Complications Of Diabetes (http://www.pms.ac.uk/pms/) .

Resveratrol May Be a Longevity Molecule ((http://www.life-enhancement.com/article...) .

About the author
Leslee Dru Browning is a 6th generation Medical Herbalist & Nutritionist from the ancestral line of Patty Bartlett Sessions; Pioneer Mid-Wife & Herbalist. Leslee practiced Medical Herbalism and Nutritional Healing for over 25 years and specialized in Cancer Wellness along with Chronic Illness. She now devotes her career to teaching people, through her writing, about Natural Healing from An Herbal Perspective.

http://www.vitacost.com/Doctors-Best-Best-Resveratrol [100mg, qty60, $12.99]



Latest Issue:  February 2006  / Volume  XVI , No.  2 
5 Natural "Magic Bullets" for Diabetes 
 
I’ve written a lot in the past about how you can successfully treat diabetes by avoiding refined carbohydrates and eating less fat. Diet is definitely the best way to permanently reverse diabetes. Unfortunately, there are times when diet isn’t enough.

When diet doesn’t bring your blood sugar down low enough, most doctors will put you on drugs. These drugs all have side effects, they don’t fix the problem, and they’re expensive. But you can avoid drugs with these five natural “magic bullets” I’ve discovered that can work miracles in many cases.

They work so well, in fact, that they have become an important part of my treatment program for everyone with diabetes. Along with diet changes, they can bring blood sugar under control much quicker than with diet changes alone.

The Ordinary Houseplant Cure

The first natural “magic bullet” for type-2 diabetes that works better than drugs comes from an ordinary houseplant. And it’s quite possible you already have this plant growing in your living room.

Just ask Tom about the amazing abilities of this plant. He came to see me five years ago with a blood sugar level of 400. I like to see blood sugar levels under 90, so you can see how bad off Tom was. His endocrinologist told him he would be on drugs for the rest of his life. But I knew better.

However, two things were odd about Tom’s case. First, he’s slender. Type-2 diabetes is unusual in slender people. And, second, he wasn’t eating foods that normally produce diabetes. So I couldn’t change much about his diet.

That meant I had to look elsewhere.

I had just read of an Indian study on 5,000 patients. Interestingly, the study wasn’t done on diabetes, but on angina. The researchers were looking for a way to reduce angina pain, but they found much more.

At the end of five years, here’s what happened:

*  The patients had a significant reduction in their need for drugs, while their angina attacks likewise significantly decreased.

*  Total cholesterol and triglycerides fell, while HDL cholesterol increased.

*  And, surprisingly, there was a marked reduction in their fasting blood sugar levels — and even in their blood sugar after eating.

*  Diabetics benefited most, without the addition of any diabetic drugs, and there were no side effects.

These are absolutely stunning results. So what was it that the participants were taking?

They were given what has since become one of my favorite treatments for adult diabetes — aloe vera. That’s right! The same plant that does wonders for burn pain also treats angina, lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, raises HDL cholesterol, and significantly reduces blood sugar levels.

But this wasn’t the only study confirming aloe’s use in diabetes treatment. One study on 40 patients saw aloe drop fasting blood sugar levels from 250 to 142 after just 42 days. The dose they used was one tablespoon of aloe gel per day. The placebo group saw their blood sugar increase from 251 to 257.

Since all this was fresh in my mind, I decided to give it a try on Tom.  I suggested a daily dose containing 1,200 mg of MPS(mucopolysaccharides). MPS is a key ingredient in standardized aloe products (look for it in product descriptions).

In four weeks, his blood sugar was normal and has remained so for the last five years. Needless to say, his endocrinologist was speechless and lost lots of expected office visits. Aloe is now a staple of my diabetes protocol. And it can be part of yours, too.

My favorites are Aloe Immune (available from Longevity Plus - 800-580-7587 or www.longevityplus.com), Aloe Master (comes in concentrated liquid or capsules — 800-934-2563 or www.aloemaster.com), and Dr. David Wheeler’s MPS Gold (800-760-3530 or www.0disease.com). You can find these products in many health food stores.

Add Some Spice

The second natural “magic bullet” is cinnamon, which is one of the most researched herbs in diabetes treatment. Many companies are trying to process cinnamon into a drug they can patent. But you don’t need to wait for a drug. The cinnamon you buy at your grocery story has everything you need. 

Researchers proved this in a randomized trial with 60 type-2 diabetes patients. They divided the participants into four groups. Then they gave each group one, three, or six grams of cinnamon four times daily. And the fourth group received a placebo. All of the cinnamon groups experienced a dramatic fall in fasting blood glucose levels. Their blood glucose levels fell from 205-234 to 157-169. The placebo group didn’t see any change.

Moreover, total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL (bad) cholesterol also dropped in the cinnamon groups. Dr. Shane McWhorter, a certified diabetes educator at University of Utah, says the data are so good that she recommends patients use one-half to one teaspoon of cinnamon per day on cereal or other foods. I agree. Feel free to eat as much cinnamon as you like.

The Sugar Destroyer

Next is Gymnema sylvestre. Gymnema is an herb from India. It’s name means “sugar destroyer” and that’s exactly what it does. Regular blood tests show this herb can work wonders with glucose levels.

If you’re diabetic, you know that a test called hemoglobin A1c is a measure of your average blood sugar level over several weeks. Lower levels indicate better blood sugar control. High levels mean long-term damage to your body.

A recent study showed the herb works well even in type-1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). In the study, researchers gave 400 mg per day of the herb to each participant. They saw the participants’ hemoglobin A1c decrease from 12.8% to 8.2% in 26-30 months. (That’s unheard of! According to most doctors, the only treatment that works for type-1 diabetes is insulin.) In type-2 diabetics, it dropped from 11.9% to 8.5% at 20 months.

This study also found that the Gymnema extract reduced insulin requirements by about 50%. Each of the 27 type-1 patients in the study was able to reduce their insulin dose by an average of 15 units. Five of 22 type-2 diabetics were able to discontinue their oral drugs.

There is one caution with this herbal extract: If you’re on oral diabetic drugs, Gymnema is so effective your drug dosage will likely need to be adjusted. So take it under the care of an integrative physician.

Reduce Pain From Diabetic Neuropathy

The fourth natural “magic bullet” is alpha lipoic acid (ALA). A placebo-controlled study of 72 adult diabetics found that oral ALA improved insulin sensitivity up to 25%. The researchers used daily doses from 600-1,800 mg for four weeks. Similar effects have been seen in mice.

Leading antioxidant authority Lester Packer has studied ALA extensively in his antioxidant research facility at Berkeley. Dr. Packer believes that ALA works against insulin resistance by increasing the permeability of cell membranes. In diabetics, elevated glucose levels decrease membrane permeability, preventing the body’s ability to handle glucose.

What I really like about ALA is its ability to reduce pain and debility in diabetic neuropathy. Many well-conducted studies have shown such a reduction is significant. Most of these studies gave patients large doses (600 mg) of ALA intravenously. But Ibeen using it orally at a dose of 300 mg for 15 years with satisfactory results.

Emerging animal research science suggests that R-lipoic acid may be far superior. It is the biologically active form of ALA, similar to “L” amino acids being the biologically active form. I'm switching my patients to this breakthrough supplement. You can get R-lipoic acid from your local health food store.

Improve Glucose Tolerance

The fifth natural “magic bullet” is chromium picolinate. This nutrient is well known for its ability to improve glucose tolerance.

The results of a four-month study demonstrated that daily supplementation with 1,000 mcg of chromium picolinate significantly enhanced the action of insulin. The trial involved 29 overweight individuals with a family history of diabetes. The chromium half completed the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial with 40% reduced insulin resistance compared to the placebo group. A smaller dose of 200 mcg was less effective at 2.8% and placebo reduced the test by only 0.5%.

A chromium dosage of 50-100 mcg daily is high enough to correct a deficiency, but not sufficient to improve blood sugar control. Dr. Richard Anderson (a biochemist and nutritionist with the Department of Agriculture) recommends that diabetics and anyone with impaired glucose tolerance take 400-600 mcg of chromium daily. I suggest that anyone with poor glucose control take a full 1,000 mcg daily until they see signs of improved insulin function.

All of these nutrients can make a dramatic difference in your diabetes treatment. And they are all readily available at your local health food store.

Family Practice News, September 15, 2005

Liu, J., et al. “Memory loss in old rats is associated with brain mitochondrial decay and RNA/DNA oxidation: partial reversal by feeding acetyl-l-carnitine and/or R-alpha-lipoic acid,” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2002 February 19;99 (4):2356-61

Hagen, T.M., et al. “Feeding acetyl-l-carnitine and lipoic acid to old rats significantly improves the metabolic function while decreasing oxidative stress.” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2002 February 19;99(4):1870-5;  Diabetes Med. 2004,21; Diabetes, 1997,46; Angiology, 1985 August;36(8):485-92  Phytomedicine, 1996;3.



5 Natural "Magic Bullets" for Diabetes
by Dr. Robert Rowen

I’ve written a lot in the past about how you can successfully treat diabetes by avoiding refined carbohydrates and eating less fat. Diet is definitely the best way to permanently reverse diabetes. Unfortunately, there are times when diet isn’t enough.

When diet doesn’t bring your blood sugar down low enough, most doctors will put you on drugs. These drugs all have side effects, they don’t fix the problem, and they’re expensive. But you can avoid drugs with these five natural “magic bullets” I’ve discovered that can work miracles in many cases.

They work so well, in fact, that they have become an important part of my treatment program for everyone with diabetes. Along with diet changes, they can bring blood sugar under control much quicker than with diet changes alone.

The Ordinary Houseplant Cure

The first natural “magic bullet” for type-2 diabetes that works better than drugs comes from an ordinary houseplant. And it’s quite possible you already have this plant growing in your living room.

Just ask Tom about the amazing abilities of this plant. He came to see me five years ago with a blood sugar level of 400. I like to see blood sugar levels under 90, so you can see how bad off Tom was. His endocrinologist told him he would be on drugs for the rest of his life. But I knew better.

However, two things were odd about Tom’s case. First, he’s slender. Type-2 diabetes is unusual in slender people. And, second, he wasn’t eating foods that normally produce diabetes. So I couldn’t change much about his diet.

That meant I had to look elsewhere.

I had just read of an Indian study on 5,000 patients. Interestingly, the study wasn’t done on diabetes, but on angina. The researchers were looking for a way to reduce angina pain, but they found much more.

At the end of five years, here’s what happened:

*  The patients had a significant reduction in their need for drugs, while their angina attacks likewise significantly decreased.

*  Total cholesterol and triglycerides fell, while HDL cholesterol increased.

*  And, surprisingly, there was a marked reduction in their fasting blood sugar levels — and even in their blood sugar after eating.

*  Diabetics benefited most, without the addition of any diabetic drugs, and there were no side effects.

These are absolutely stunning results. So what was it that the participants were taking?

They were given what has since become one of my favorite treatments for adult diabetes — aloe vera. That’s right! The same plant that does wonders for burn pain also treats angina, lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, raises HDL cholesterol, and significantly reduces blood sugar levels.

But this wasn’t the only study confirming aloe’s use in diabetes treatment. One study on 40 patients saw aloe drop fasting blood sugar levels from 250 to 142 after just 42 days. The dose they used was one tablespoon of aloe gel per day. The placebo group saw their blood sugar increase from 251 to 257.

Since all this was fresh in my mind, I decided to give it a try on Tom.  I suggested a daily dose containing 1,200 mg of MPS(mucopolysaccharides). MPS is a key ingredient in standardized aloe products (look for it in product descriptions).

In four weeks, his blood sugar was normal and has remained so for the last five years. Needless to say, his endocrinologist was speechless and lost lots of expected office visits. Aloe is now a staple of my diabetes protocol. And it can be part of yours, too.

My favorites are Aloe Immune (available from Longevity Plus - 800-580-7587 or www.longevityplus.com), Aloe Master (comes in concentrated liquid or capsules — 800-934-2563 or www.aloemaster.com), and Dr. David Wheeler’s MPS Gold (800-760-3530 or www.0disease.com). You can find these products in many health food stores.

Add Some Spice

The second natural “magic bullet” is cinnamon, which is one of the most researched herbs in diabetes treatment. Many companies are trying to process cinnamon into a drug they can patent. But you don’t need to wait for a drug. The cinnamon you buy at your grocery story has everything you need. 

Researchers proved this in a randomized trial with 60 type-2 diabetes patients. They divided the participants into four groups. Then they gave each group one, three, or six grams of cinnamon four times daily. And the fourth group received a placebo. All of the cinnamon groups experienced a dramatic fall in fasting blood glucose levels. Their blood glucose levels fell from 205-234 to 157-169. The placebo group didn’t see any change.

Moreover, total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL (bad) cholesterol also dropped in the cinnamon groups. Dr. Shane McWhorter, a certified diabetes educator at University of Utah, says the data are so good that she recommends patients use one-half to one teaspoon of cinnamon per day on cereal or other foods. I agree. Feel free to eat as much cinnamon as you like.

The Sugar Destroyer

Next is Gymnema sylvestre. Gymnema is an herb from India. It’s name means “sugar destroyer” and that’s exactly what it does. Regular blood tests show this herb can work wonders with glucose levels.

If you’re diabetic, you know that a test called hemoglobin A1c is a measure of your average blood sugar level over several weeks. Lower levels indicate better blood sugar control. High levels mean long-term damage to your body.

A recent study showed the herb works well even in type-1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). In the study, researchers gave 400 mg per day of the herb to each participant. They saw the participants’ hemoglobin A1c decrease from 12.8% to 8.2% in 26-30 months. (That’s unheard of! According to most doctors, the only treatment that works for type-1 diabetes is insulin.) In type-2 diabetics, it dropped from 11.9% to 8.5% at 20 months.

This study also found that the Gymnema extract reduced insulin requirements by about 50%. Each of the 27 type-1 patients in the study was able to reduce their insulin dose by an average of 15 units. Five of 22 type-2 diabetics were able to discontinue their oral drugs.

There is one caution with this herbal extract: If you’re on oral diabetic drugs, Gymnema is so effective your drug dosage will likely need to be adjusted. So take it under the care of an integrative physician.

Reduce Pain From Diabetic Neuropathy

The fourth natural “magic bullet” is alpha lipoic acid (ALA). A placebo-controlled study of 72 adult diabetics found that oral ALA improved insulin sensitivity up to 25%. The researchers used daily doses from 600-1,800 mg for four weeks. Similar effects have been seen in mice.

Leading antioxidant authority Lester Packer has studied ALA extensively in his antioxidant research facility at Berkeley. Dr. Packer believes that ALA works against insulin resistance by increasing the permeability of cell membranes. In diabetics, elevated glucose levels decrease membrane permeability, preventing the body’s ability to handle glucose.

What I really like about ALA is its ability to reduce pain and debility in diabetic neuropathy. Many well-conducted studies have shown such a reduction is significant. Most of these studies gave patients large doses (600 mg) of ALA intravenously. But Ibeen using it orally at a dose of 300 mg for 15 years with satisfactory results.

Emerging animal research science suggests that R-lipoic acid may be far superior. It is the biologically active form of ALA, similar to “L” amino acids being the biologically active form. I'm switching my patients to this breakthrough supplement. You can get R-lipoic acid from your local health food store.

Improve Glucose Tolerance

The fifth natural “magic bullet” is chromium picolinate. This nutrient is well known for its ability to improve glucose tolerance.


The results of a four-month study demonstrated that daily supplementation with 1,000 mcg of chromium picolinate significantly enhanced the action of insulin. The trial involved 29 overweight individuals with a family history of diabetes. The chromium half completed the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial with 40% reduced insulin resistance compared to the placebo group. A smaller dose of 200 mcg was less effective at 2.8% and placebo reduced the test by only 0.5%.

A chromium dosage of 50-100 mcg daily is high enough to correct a deficiency, but not sufficient to improve blood sugar control. Dr. Richard Anderson (a biochemist and nutritionist with the Department of Agriculture) recommends that diabetics and anyone with impaired glucose tolerance take 400-600 mcg of chromium daily. I suggest that anyone with poor glucose control take a full 1,000 mcg daily until they see signs of improved insulin function.

All of these nutrients can make a dramatic difference in your diabetes treatment. And they are all readily available at your local health food store.

Family Practice News, September 15, 2005

Liu, J., et al. “Memory loss in old rats is associated with brain mitochondrial decay and RNA/DNA oxidation: partial reversal by feeding acetyl-l-carnitine and/or R-alpha-lipoic acid,” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2002 February 19;99 (4):2356-61

Hagen, T.M., et al. “Feeding acetyl-l-carnitine and lipoic acid to old rats significantly improves the metabolic function while decreasing oxidative stress.” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2002 February 19;99(4):1870-5;  Diabetes Med. 2004,21; Diabetes, 1997,46; Angiology, 1985 August;36(8):485-92  Phytomedicine, 1996;3.


 


 
 
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