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 medication.
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 consumer's
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 because remember
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 next century.
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
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:
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!
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
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
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 temp.
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