Type I diabetes and the near-epidemic levels of
Type II diabetes are a cash cow for the doctors and drug companies,
and they will do and say almost anything to keep that cow alive.
For example: I asked a relative who had Type II
diabetes if her doctor recommended that she take a good multivitamin/multimineral
with at least 200 mcg of chromium, along with her diabetes
medication. She said that she had specifically asked him that
question, but he told her not to take a multivitamin/multimineral, and
especially not to take chromium because it would interfere with her
You'd feel pretty safe thinking her doctor
meant it would either reduce the effects of the medication or cause an
adverse interaction with it right? WRONG! What he meant was,
"Diabetes and its prescription medication are a cash cow for the
medical industry; so don't take an inexpensive supplement like
chromium and expose the hoax of diabetes treatment! I make lots of
money from this, and so do the pharmaceutical companies!" You see,
chromium wouldn't interfere with her diabetes medication; it would
improve the effectiveness of the medication. It helps regulate blood
sugar levels so she could take LESS medication. But taking chromium
would hurt the cash cow, so he told my relative not to take it. As
someone once said, if you want to understand why some things happen
the way they do, "Follow the money." I sometimes paraphrase it as
"Follow that cash cow": It describes this situation perfectly.
I have Crohn's disease and arthritis that I
control with nutrition and natural supplementation this after
finding out that for 8 years EVERY pharmaceutical drug they gave me
marginally addressed the symptoms while actually making the disease
worse. For example, sulfasalizine, for Crohn's inflammation, also
needlessly kills the good flora and fauna in the gut, exacerbating the
disease. Taking aspirin for arthritis and its joint inflammation is
another example because it inhibits the growth of new cartilage. This
makes the pain worse in the long run, requiring stronger, more
expensive painkillers. Just more evidence of milking the cow at the
I don't have diabetes but I do take everything
I have listed here because the beauty of a single herb or supplement
is that it can safely have a positive effect on a multitude of
ailments. So, even though I take flax seed because the Omega-3 &
the Cadillac of FIBER is good for my Crohn's and Arthritis, it is also
extremely effective for Diabetes. It doesn't matter if you are sick or
healthy; the following things are a blueprint for getting healthy and
then staying that way.
Be sure that you check with your doctor or
pharmacist for any contraindication, and insure that you check your
blood sugar regularly. If the doctor dismisses any of these
suggestions don't stop there. Investigate to see if it is true
he has the ax to grind. I don't.
So instead of asking your doctor try telling
your doctor. If he can't help you, try a new approach then ask him to
do your lab work and then get out of your way. I'm lucky to have an
HMO doctor from a very poor country with a long tradition of herbal
remedies. He understands and appreciates where I'm coming from even
though he officially must toe the medical party line. He does any lab
work that I want and will even make recommendations that he feels
won't make me mad. For example, he would never recommend prednisone
to me for ANY reason.
The first eight items are for ANY and
EVERYTHING to include, of course, diabetes. So if you're young and
healthy, and do these eight things, you might even live to see the
1. COLOSTRUM Magic stuff that maintains
your first line of defense against disease and toxins, your gut!
However, I no longer recommend it for any disease other than Crohn's
because of the slim (slim!) possibility that you might contract Johnes'
disease (read Colostrum section in "How I Beat Crohn's Disease" paper
for a full explanation of the warning concerning Johnes.
2. FRESHLY GROUND FLAX SEED & FISH OIL This
seed, ground fresh in a coffee grinder, is a very cheap way to get
some of the required amount (almost nonexistent in the US diet) of
"Omega-3" fatty acids. Especially if you also consume 2 to 8 grams of
the superior forms of Omega-3 found in fish oil. With regard to Flax
Seed, always eat it immediately in something cold because air and heat
degrade Omega-3. The research that I've done indicates that if
healthy people ate 2 or 3 tablespoons of freshly ground flax seed
every day, with some fish or Krill Oil, they would probably NEVER
develop ANY kind of bowel disease, cancer, or MS. This is because
the Omega-3 (and the superior form of fiber found in ground flax)
promotes good flora and fauna for a healthy gut. One of these "good"
bugs converts Omega-3 into two of the strongest cancer inhibitors
known to science (particularly good for breast cancer)! Additionally,
Omega-3 supports the structure and the function of the myelin sheath
to combat MS, and protects us from heavy metals and other toxins (MS
sufferers average 7 times the mercury content as others!). Remember,
eating the actual cold-water fish is not a safe way to get Omega-3
because of too many toxins, lead, and mercury, and cooking the fish
destroys much of the heat-sensitive Omega-3. The improvement in the
gut not only inhibits cancer and MS, it also protects us from
virtually every other ailment to include diabetes. (Remember: almost
every disease comes through the gut or is because of a sick gut).
3. TRACE MINERALS Many of the 70-plus trace
elements like chromium and selenium have been leached from the soil we
grow our food in. 90% of the population is deficient in chromium,
which is by far the most beneficial supplement for diabetes. I
recommend a liquid Plant-derived Colloidial minerals or a second
choice is an ionic trace mineral supplement. I would avoid those
brands that contain lead and mercury.
4. OLIVE OIL Use it for everything. Stay
away from hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) It is a toxic non food.
Homo erectus evolved eating animal fat but never saw poison like
hydrogenated vegetable oil.
5. DIGESTIVE ENZYME FORMULA This is
essential for a healthy gut and good digestion.
6. A GOOD MULTIVITAMIN/MINERAL (without
iron) You need to spend just a little bit more at a health food
store or on the web and get a good multi-vit/mineral your body can use
instead of wasting money on a cheaper brand with some ingredients that
are difficult or impossible to absorb. Almost all the popular brands
of multi-vits/mins at your local grocery store have major problems.
Here are just a couple:
Grocery store multi's often contain the
synthetic form of vitamin E, "DL" Alpha tocopherol. The "L" in the
"DL" cannot be used by the human body and appears to inhibit the
absorption of the natural "D" portion of Vitamin E. Always use the
natural form, "D" Alpha tocopherol. ("D" means "dextro" or
right-handed molecules; "L" means "levo" or left-handed molecules. In
the case of Vitamin E, the body recognizes only dextro Vitamin E, or
the right-handed kind, "D". You can't fool Mother Nature, although the
drug companies try.) For Vitamin E, use the "D" kind, or just look for
the phrase "Natural Vitamin E" on the bottle. Natural Vitamin E is the
"D" kind. Use "D" or natural mixed, which is even better!
Grocery store multi's often contain minerals in
the wrong forms - namely, as inorganic salts such as carbonates,
phosphates, and oxides. They have the wrong electrical charge so are
extremely difficult to absorb. In particular, watch for the inferior,
however ubiquitous, calcium carbonate and magnesium oxide. Instead,
always use organic chelates like citrate, malate, amino acid, Krebs
cycle, etc. In other words, use calcium citrate, calcium malate,
magnesium citrate, magnesium malate, etc.
7. CALCIUM/MAGNESIUM I recommend 800mg to
1000mg mg CAL and 800mg to 1000 mg MAG daily. Always take at
this one-to-one ratio (1:1 calcium to magnesium). Additionally, take
a multi-vitamin with vitamin D and vitamin B6: both are necessary for
CAL/MAG absorption. The multi-vitamin will have a small amount of
CAL/MAG; however, you need the additional amount mentioned here. This
is why the top of the line multiple vitamins have either no CAL/MAG or
a tiny amount because they know you are going to want to personally
choose a larger dose of a particular form. Citrate & Amino-Acid are
the preferred form of chelate, but there are many other good forms, as
long as you avoid the following inferior (even dangerous) sources.
Avoid the following forms of calcium and magnesium: Carbonate,
phosphate, oxide, dolomite, bone, coral or clamshell. These forms are
not good for you and are poorly absorbed.
Note on Vitamin D: The natural form, D3
(cholecalciferol), is the preferred kind which is obtained from sun
exposure, fish oils (such as cod liver oil), eggs, and supplements.
D2 (ergocalciferol) is the plant-derived kind converted from the
ergosterol found in plants. Vitamin D2 does not work NEARLY as well as
D3, and is not as good for you. D3 is VERY good for you!! Articles and
news items sometimes refer to "Vitamin D" without mentioning which
kind they're talking about. If you read an article about the dangers
of overdosing on Vitamin D, they're talking about massive doses of
Vitamin D2. A short exposure to the sun can easily produce 10,000 to
25,000 iu of Vitamin D3, so there's no danger of overdosing on Vitamin
D3 from the sun but it is probably safer to limit your Vit.D3 to about
1000iu. D2 in the quantities present in plants and vitamin pills, is
perfectly safe, and is certainly better than getting no Vitamin D at
all. Your bones and your nerves will thank you for it.
8. PROBIOTIC like ACIDOPHILUS I recommend A
'heat-stabilzed" broad spectrum Probiotic that is sill good at room
The following foods, drinks, and supplements
can be taken for just about ANY illness; however, these things work
especially well for diabetes.
1. CHROMIUM Polynicotinate or Amino-acid
Chelated Your "multi" will have anywhere from Zero to 200 mcg of
chromium, so you shold take an additional dose to total 400 mcg to
600mcg, daily. Some doctor might try to tell you that studies show
that taking chromium supplements has harmful side effects. This is
true if you are a mouse and take 5000 times the recommended daily
2. STEVIA Non-caloric, non-carbohydrate
natural sweetener from the South American rain forest. It's the
sweetener answer to a diabetic's prayer. However, the people who have
axes to grind are doing everything possible to prevent stevia from
becoming popular. It's a little bit expensive but the price will
start coming down when we hog-tie a few of the devils running amuck.
The other sweetener I like is Xylitol.
3. VITAMIN B-12 This vitamin helps to
prevent diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage). A good multivitamin will
have a small amount (10 to 25 mcg) of Vitamin B-12 in the most popular
form (cyanocobolamine) which is fine; however, in addition, you should
take a large dose (1000mcg to 5000mcg) of Vitamin B-12 in the
preferred form, methylcobolamine. It will aid digestion and repair
nerves, and it comes in a very cheap sublingual form. It is
synergistic to take with 400mcg of folic acid. So, if taken with your
multivitamin, it probably has the 400 mcg of Folic acid but check.
(Only use the "SUBLINGUAL" form - under the tongue)
4. L-GLUTAMINE You can find the inexpensive
jumbo size of pure pharmaceutical grade L-Glutamine for about $55
which is less than $5 a month for a nice large 2 to 8 gram daily
dose. Be careful for moisture contamination for the year it will take
to use it up. For this reason I spend a dollar or two more and
purchace a 4 to 6 month supply. L-Glutamine promotes the growth of
intestinal mucosal cells, and reduces the craving for sugar.
5. L-CARNITINE This mobilizes fat, is good
for your heart, and is considered essential for diabetes.
6. COENZYME Q10 This stabilizes blood sugar
while protecting your heart. It can be a little bit expensive, but
try to take at least 50mg daily if you can afford it.
7. GARLIC This stabilizes blood sugar and
boosts the immune system. Many herbalists recommend aged garlic;
however, the latest research indicates, the closer to fresh the
better as it causes a much higher rise in a person's HDL (the good
8. SPIRULINA This micro algae is truly an
extraordinary, multi-purpose nutrient. It stabilizes blood sugar,
boosts the immune system, reduces cholesterol, and fights cancer. For
two or three days every month when I go on a detox fast, I consume
extra large amounts of spirulina. Everyone would be healthier if they
went on an intelligent 1 to 3-day fast every month. It's not as
difficult as you might think.
9. FILTERED TAP WATER Get a good water
filter, preferably reverse osmosis (RO), to trap the bad stuff in your
tap water. The chlorine adversely effects digestion by killing the
good bugs in your gut, and the fluoride accelerates the onset of
osteoporosis. If you want to hear a sad but scary story, read up on
how and why we have fluoride in our drinking water. It's not about
teeth. Never use distilled water because it leaches minerals right
out of your bones. If you use RO or distilled you must remineralize the
water with trace mineral drops.
10. TEA Avoid Green and Black tea because
even though it is actually beneficial for diabetes, it has many times
the safe limit of fluoride. Only drink herbal tea. OR a tea that says
on the label..."No Fluoride or Fluorine".
If you have any questions be sure to send me an
E-mail, ESPECIALLY if your Doctor dismisses any of these suggestions.
"Doctors" indeed. I don't think that historians of the future will
treat kindly the non-holistic doctors of the present time for their
obvious duplicity and will find their performance in direct conflict
with the Hippocratic Oath.
Contact Alan Graham:
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Phone - 334-774-0395