Before you do anything, please watch this 9 minute trailer below from the documentary film called Raw for 30 Days. It’s a remarkable piece of work that follows six people with diabetes and their recovery, I highly recommend you view it before reading on. Plus towards the end of this trailer you will hear the surprised reaction of a conventional doctor who followed up with his patient now cured from diabetes.
We all seem to know someone who has diabetes. But lately it seems as if I am hearing more and more about it. So just what is diabetes?
The two types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2. Both cause blood sugar levels to become higher than normal but do so in different ways.
Type 1 diabetes (formerly called insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes) occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin producing Beta cells of the pancreas that produce insulin. There are many environmental factors that have contributed to the rapid growth of this disorder. Healthy lifestyle factors play an enormous role in preventing and treating this form of diabetes.
The other form of diabetes (Type 2) is one that sneaks up on you slowly, taking many years to develop into full-blown diabetes. Type 2 diabetes (formerly called non-insulin-dependent diabetes) is different. Unlike someone with type 1 diabetes, a person with type 2 diabetes still produces insulin but the body doesn’t respond to it normally. Glucose is less able to enter the cells and do its job of supplying energy (this is called insulin resistance). This causes the blood sugar level to rise, making the pancreas produce even more insulin. Eventually, the pancreas can wear out from working overtime to produce extra insulin and may no longer be able to produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal.
According to Dr. Bruce Fife ND, “Diabetes is all about sugar — the sugar in our bodies known as blood sugar or blood glucose. Every cell in our bodies must have a constant source of glucose in order to fuel metabolism. Our cells use glucose to power processes such as growth and repair. When we eat a meal the digestive system converts much of our food into glucose, which is released into the bloodstream. The hormone insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas gland, moves glucose from the blood and funnels it into the cells so it can be used as fuel. If the cells are unable to get adequate amounts of glucose, they can literally starve to death. As they do, tissues and organs begin to degenerate. This is what happens in diabetes.”
Diabetes was noted as far back as Ancient Greece. The name comes from two Greek words meaning the siphon and to run through, which describes the diabetic symptom of excess urine. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, where over twenty-three million, almost eight percent of the population, have been diagnosed with the disorder.
The number of cases of diabetes doubled from 1990 to 2005 and is expected to double again by 2050. Side effects of diabetes include kidney disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, blindness and hearing loss.
But most troubling is the number of children who will develop diabetes. Statics say that 1 out of 3 children born after 2000 will develop diabetes. Those are pretty sad statistics.
But the story does not have to end here. As you saw in the video above, there is hope for people suffering from diabetes.
Lately I have received several comments and questions from LCO followers around the world concerning fruits, vegetables and herbs.
It’s important to note that Vegetable juices do not raise insulin levels like fruit juices do. The only exception to this is carrot and or beet juice which are similar in makeup to fruit juice and can raise insulin levels. As a rule of thumb root vegetables such as carrots and beets tend to be higher in sugar content than leafy greens. You may try a juice with wheat/barley grass, celery, cucumber cabbage and half of an apple, one sm carrot and 1/4 of a small beet to make it palatable at first then cut out the carrot and apple. Another great option, aloe vera juice (containing 80% aloe gel) helps lower blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes.
There are also certain herbs that have been used by diabetics:
Ginkgo biloba is used by herbalists to treat the side effects of diabetes, particularly by increasing blood flow to the limbs and the eyes. Because of Ginkgo’s effect on blood vessels, it is used to prevent diabetic retinopathy. Research has also confirmed Ginkgo’s effect on depression in diabetes and non-diabetes sufferers. The active ingredient is called ginkgo flavoglycoside, and the daily dosage is 0 to 80 mg three times a day to treat diabetes symptoms.
Bilberry is also of the commonly used herbs to treat diabetes. Also known as European Blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). The leaves of this plant have been shown to lower blood sugar. Traditional usage was a few handfuls of leaves in three to four cups of water simmered for a half hour. A few cups of Bilberry tea lower blood sugar. Extracts of Bilberry are now available and a dosage is between 80 to 160 mg three times a day to treat diabetes.
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Below is another clip for the Raw for 30 days documentary.
Until next time, may God richly bless you and yours.