Raw Food Explained: Life Science
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The word diabetes is from the Greek word meaning to siphon and refers to the marked loss of water by urination, polyuria. The word mellitus is derived from the Latin word for sweet and thus diabetes mellitus—sweet urine disease.
Diabetes mellitus ranks among the leading factors of death in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 10 million Americans have diabetes. It is regarded as a metabolic disease of unknown cause resulting from a deficiency of the pancreatic hormone insulin and an irregularity in the release of glucagon, a polypeptide hormone, and other hormones.
When you become enervated due to unhealthful living habits, a state of toxicosis develops. This situation will result in a lowered function of all cells and organs of the body. Certain tissues or organs may be more noticeably affected than others if they are inherently weaker, but the fact still remains that the entire system is affected.
Diabetes is a symptom of toxicosis. Often, the sufferer of this "disease" has been consuming large amounts of refined sweets such as cakes, pies, ice cream, candies, pastries, refined wheat products, etc. Under these conditions, the pancreas is continually stressed to secrete its hormone in order to eliminate the excess glucose from the blood.
This results in enervation of the gland and exhaustion leads to decreased insulin output. The fact still remains that all organs are involved and this is seen in the many other symptoms manifested by the diabetic such as arteriosclerosis, blindness, etc. One problem with refined sugar is that it goes immediately into the blood without digestion. This flood of sugar is very enervating to the pancreas.
Diabetes mellitus was first described in an ancient Egyptian papyrus dating from the second millennium B.C. An Egyptian priest had observed that the urine of people afflicted by a disease of weight loss and excessive urination attracted insects, particularly bees and ants. Over the centuries, various other authors described a similar phenomenon without completely characterizing the disease or naming it.
It was the Greeks who characterized the excessive urination and the siphoning effect, or “the melting of the body through the loins” (weight loss and polyuria). A few centuries later, the Romans added the name mellitus, presumably because some enterprising physician gave the urine the taste test, discovering for sure its sugar content.
There were few developments that advanced our understanding of diabetes over the next millennium and a half. In more modern times, various diets were tried, some of them quite horrible. The rancid fat diet, popular in France in the 18th and 19th centuries, is one such example.
Scientific progress in our knowledge of diabetes began in the 18th century with the development of the microscope and Langerhan’s description of the beta cell containing islets in the pancreas. Subsequent pathologists such as Virchow (1821-1902) and others then described the lesions of the pancreas, leading Minkowsky (1858-1931) to hypothesize that the pancreas was somehow involved in diabetes.
Minkowsky then performed pancreatectomy in animals and produced diabetes. This experiment led to the speculation that the pancreas continued an internal secretion whose deficiency was responsible for the disease. Many experienced investigators searched in vain for the internal secretion of the pancreas. All efforts were thwarted because the enzymes of the exocrine pancreas digested the beta cells.
In the summer of 1921, Dr. Fredrick Banting devised a way of ridding the body of the exocrine pancreas while preserving functioning beta cells. Charles Best, a young graduate student working with Dr. Banting that summer, developed the alcohol techniques for extracting the hormone from the remaining pancreatic tissue and for measuring blood glucose. In August 1921, after several failures, an extract of pancreas produced a dramatic drop in blood glucose in a diabetic dog, thus the internal secretion of the pancreas had been isolated.
The National Diabetes Data Group from the National Institutes of Health distinguishes five subclasses of diabetes mellitus:
- Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or Type 1Persons with this type of diabetes are supposed to be
more prone to ketosis. This type is associated with an incompatibility of certain antigens with islet cell antibodies.
This is the usual medical approach and is based on an erroneous “immunity” theory. Diabetes (like all other “diseases”) is developed over a certain period of time due to unhealthful habits resulting in enervation and toxicosis. We cannot create “immunity” from the effects of eating wrong foods or procuring insufficient sleep. Ketosis is a symptom of general bodily enervation and toxicosis.
- Noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or Type IIThis is a type of diabetes that is said not to be associated
with ketosis or any other disease. However, people are not suddenly stricken down by diabetes. It is not an affliction that involves only the pancreas and no other tissues, glands or organs. An individual who is ill and shows symptoms of diabetes has a systemic toxicosis but the major sign of this toxicosis has demonstrated itself outwardly in the malfunction of the pancreas. In these cases, the pancreas is still secreting insulin but not in normal amounts. Physicians, therefore, do not necessarily prescribe insulin but usually control the diabetes through specially devised diets or with
oral drugs. In so doing, they are still not removing the cause for the diabetes. (More about diet later.)
- Diabetes associated with certain conditions and symptoms such as pancreatic disease, changes in other hormones besides insulin, the administration of various drugs and chemical agents, insulin receptor abnormalities, genetic syndromes, and malnourished populations.In this type of diabetes, other symptoms of toxicosis are recognized. It becomes especially clear that many bodily functions are also deranged when severe symptoms of diabetes are diagnosed. The body is a unit and works as a unit. If one organ is deranged, all are more or less functionally below par. The body will heal once the cause for toxic accumulation has been removed. In other words, if the cause of enervation and toxicosis is removed and the body is given a rest, healing will commence.
- Gastrointestinal diabetes, where glucose intolerance develops or is discovered during pregnancy and disappears afterwards.This is not a common type of diabetes. During pregnancy, the body makes a number of adaptations. More research should be done in this area but it may be incorrect to diagnose diabetes in this incidence.
- Impaired glucose tolerance is present when individuals have plasma glucose levels intermediate between normal and those considered diabetic.Blood glucose levels fluctuate and many factors may affect the outcome of glucose tolerance tests. A stressful situation may elevate blood glucose levels, plus diet, exercise and a number of other factors even though a person fasted 10 to 16 hours before the tests. Just because a person’s glucose levels are a little higher than normal does not necessarily mean that his insulin secretions are not normal.
Derangement Of Function
There are several major areas where functional derangement is especially evident in diabetes.
A partial or absolute lack of insulin secretion results in excess glucose in the blood. Glucose is the primary fuel for all body tissues. The brain utilizes 25% of the total body glucose. Because brain energy stores are very small, a constant supply of glucose must always be available to maintain adequate brain function. It is, therefore, imperative that the blood glucose level be maintained in the 60 to 120 mg/dl (deciliter) range to prevent central nervous system impairment. The body has special homeostatic devices to maintain this required range.
Insulin is the primary hormone for regulating blood glucose levels and does so by controlling the rate that blood glucose is taken in by muscle, fat and liver cells. Each of these three types of cells utilizes glucose in a different way, as determined by specific enzyme systems.
The primary function of the fat cell is providing storage. It contains unique enzymes that convert glucose into triglycerides as well as enzymes that convert triglycerides to fatty acids. These fatty acids are released and converted to ketones in the liver, when needed.
The conversion of glucose to triglycerides and the breakdown of triglycerides to free fatty acids take place continuously and simultaneously within the same fat cell, and both processes are regulated by insulin. High blood insulin levels stimulate the uptake of glucose by fat cells to form triglycerides; thus there is a net gain of storage fat. During low blood insulin levels, glucose uptake into the fat cell is poor; thus less triglyceride is formed. Triglyceride breakdown then exceeds formation, resulting in a net loss of the storage fat. Thus, by regulating glucose uptake into fat cells, insulin can influence net fat metabolism.
Insulin also inhibits the enzyme lipase, which breaks down storage fat into fatty acids and glycerol. When insulin is high and lipase is inhibited, there is also a net increase in storage fat. There is a net decrease in storage fat when insulin is low, because lipase becomes activated and a fat is then broken down.
The muscle cell has two primary functions: it converts glucose into energy needed for muscle function, and it serves as a reservoir for protein and glycogen. During starvation, the protein of the muscle itself can be made available in the form of amino acids. These amino acids can then be converted in the liver into glucose in order to maintain blood glucose at an adequate concentration for brain function.
In the muscle cell, as in the fat cell, insulin promotes the uptake of glucose. The muscle cell, however, has different enzymes that control two metabolic pathways for glucose. First, glucose can be converted into “contractile energy.” Second, glucose can be converted to glycogen, a storage form of glucose that is more readily available than triglycerides in times of glucose insufficiency.
When blood glucose levels are normal, insulin also affects the enzymes of the muscle cell to maintain muscle mass by promoting the uptake of amino acids and preventing the breakdown of protein.
Liver glycogen is another storage form of glucose. Glycogen is more readily available for use than are triglycerides, which first have to be converted to free fatty acids and then converted to ketones. The liver monitors these conversions and also converts amino acids to glucose when necessary. The conversion of amino acids to glucose is called gluconeogenesis.
Although insulin is not required for the transport of glucose into the liver, insulin directly affects the liver to promote the uptake of glucose by reducing the rate of glycogen breakdown, increasing glycogen synthesis, and decreasing the rate of gluconeogenesis.
Insulin is secreted by the beta cells of the pancreas. The beta cells function first as a sensor of blood glucose levels. The beta cells then secrete enough insulin to regulate the carbohydrate load, maintaining the blood glucose level within a very narrow range. A feedback system exists whereby a small amount of carbohydrate stimulates a small amount of insulin release. The liver responds to increased insulin secretion by suppressing glycogen release (glycogenolysis).
The formation of new glucose is likewise suppressed. A large carbohydrate intake stimulates a greater insulin response, and the peripheral and liver cells take up glucose. When glucose levels are low, insulin release is suppressed and glycogenolysis and gluconeo-genesis occur in order to feed glucose into the system and maintain the blood glucose levels.
When the body is enervated and a state of toxicosis exists, all bodily functions will be impaired. This may effect the pancreas and its secretion of insulin. When insulin secretion is abnormally diminished, glucose will not be utilized by the fat and muscle cells and the liver will continue to break down glycogen to glucose to further add to the blood glucose levels. Hyperglycemia is then present.
Other hormones contribute to the release of glucose in the blood and further complicate the situation when insulin secretion is diminished. Stress stimulates epinephrine release and the hormone then serves to mobilize glycogen to yield a higher blood glucose level. Epinephrine also suppresses insulin release to further enhance blood glucose levels. Glucagon and cortisol also increase levels of blood glucose.
Large Vessel Disease
Diabetics have an increased incidence, earlier onset and increased severity of atherosclerosis and calcification of the arterial wall. Peripheral vascular disease is 50 to 100 times more common in diabetics than in healthy individuals. More fat is broken down when insulin is low and enters the bloodstream. Excess fat in the blood may then accumulate in the large vessels of the heart or elsewhere.
It is likely, however, that there is already some arteriosclerosis in diabetic patients, not because of the diabetes, but it is due to the same conditions that resulted in the diabetes in the first place. That is, a diet too high in fats and sugars, lack of exercise, and a generally unhealthful lifestyle.
Many diabetics demonstrate a thickening of the capillary membrane in major areas of skin and skeletal muscles. This is most obvious in the retina of the eye and the renal glomeruli of the kidney and this situation may eventually lead to blindness or kidney failure. It becomes clear that diabetes is not a “one-organ disease” but does indeed involve the entire system. Suppressing one symptom, such as hyperglycemia, certainly does not produce health.
Neuropathy involves injury to nerves, associated with destruction of the myelin sheath of nerve tissue and nerve cell degeneration. This involves sensory and motor nerves, nerve roots, the spinal cord, and the autonomic nervous system. Affected nerves show basal membrane thickening similar to the capillary abnormalities.
Did the diabetes cause this nerve degeneration? No, diabetes is merely a symptom of a systemic disorder. Again, this “disease” that is associated with diabetes is another indication of systemic involvement.
The fat cell attempts to provide fuel in the absence of insulin by mobilizing fat stores. The free fatty acids are initially utilized for energy production, but the majority reach the liver where three strong acids are found: acetoacetic acid, beta-hydroxybutyric acid and acetone. The keto-acids are ultimately excreted by the kidneys along with sodium bicarbonate. The combination ketoacid accumulation and bicarbonate excretion causes a fall in plasma pH, resulting in acidosis.
A diet high in acid-forming foods further complicates this problem. This would include such foods as meat, dairy products, dry beans, most cereals (especially wheat) and all refined sugars.
Early symptoms are polyuria (excessive elimination of urine), polydipsia (excessive drinking of water), polyphagia (excessive eating), loss of weight and a lack of energy. The extremely high extracellular osmotic pressure, caused by the excessive amount of sugar in the bloodstream, causes dehydration of the body cells. As the sugar is then eliminated by the kidneys, it carries water with it, thereby dehydrating the bloodstream and other extracellular fluids. Both the extracellular and intracellular dehydration cause excessive thirst and water drinking.
Since the diabetic cannot store glucose or glycogen, nor use it for fuel and energy, he has a tendency to lose weight. He is lacking in energy, despite the inordinate eating. The lack of energy may also be due to the fact that muscles respond better when using carbohydrate for energy than when using fat, which the diabetic must do. It is thought that the loss of proteins from muscles also causes part of the energy lack. Much of the energy lack is also due directly to the lack of insulin, for it is necessary for regulation of the oxidative reactions in the cell.
In children the classical symptoms may come on very quickly, as if the disease develops overnight. Of course, we know that it doesn't. In most cases, even in children, there is a slow development of the symptoms, lasting months or years. It takes a period of unhealthful living to accumulate the toxins that result in these symptoms. Sugar may be present in the urine occasionally or even continuously for years and never produce symptoms enough to cause alarm. In so-called latent diabetes, there is usually a slight hyperglycemia, discoverable only by special tests.
Other early symptoms are generalized itching, or itching of the female genital organs, boils, carbuncles, eczema, sometimes steatorrhea due to inflammation of the pancreas, and neutritis. Retinitis, acidosis, coma and gangrene are symptoms that usually belong to the later stages of the disease, but occasionally the disease is not realized until these dire consequences arise. Symptoms and clinical manifestations occurring that arise from a condition of acidosis are air hunger, coma, ketone bodies in the urine and lipemia.
Diabetes is thought to be hereditary. If any disease were truly hereditary, it would manifest itself early. If not, and it takes years to develop it, then we must assume that something else must be responsible for its development. You may inherit a tendency to diabetes, but whether or not you develop it depends upon your mode of living.
Most cases of diabetes occur in people over 40. It often takes many years of unhealthful living to develop the conditions for diabetes to exist. It takes a lot of abuse to bodily organs and systems to result in the degeneration of the pancreas and other organs intimately involved in this abnormal condition. There are no "miracle cures" that will eliminate all those years of abuse. However, if all of these errors are corrected, the body will heal as long as there is not permanent damage. At any rate, a change to a more healthful lifestyle will result in better, if not perfect, health.
The physician has several diagnostic methods for diabetes and none are foolproof. The most widely-used methods are the serum blood glucose test and the urine test. The presence of glucose in the urine indicates that the body is attempting to maintain balance. When glucose levels reach a certain point in the blood, excess will be eliminated by the body through the urine. This is a bodily mechanism to keep itself in a stable condition and is a positive sign of self repair. However, this homeostatic mechanism can be exhausted if causes are not removed.
Testing of the urine for levels of glucose is one of the most common but least effective methods of screening for diabetes. The urine test will be positive for glucose only after the blood glucose values have become sufficiently elevated to allow glucose to spill into the urine, usually a blood glucose value of 180 mg/dl or more.
Thus the urine test will be positive in advanced states of disease. However, there is also the possibility of obtaining a false positive indication. If an individual has recently eaten a breakfast of sugar-coated cereal, this would be enough sugar to cause a false positive test. A false negative can also result and does not outrule diabetes.
The fasting blood glucose test is probably the most frequently-used laboratory test for diabetes. It is still not totally reliable. A patient is given a sugar-type drink after fasting 10 to 16 hours and his blood is tested after 1, 1 1/2, 2 and 3 hours. If the glucose level rises and remains high, diabetes is suspected.
There are other tests utilized but they are meaningless here. Diabetes or any disease cannot be corrected by suppressing one symptom. The total person must be considered since the total organism is involved. Insulin will get rid of the glucose in the blood but it does not correct the condition and does not remove the underlying cause (toxicosis).
Diagnosis is a useful tool if diabetes is detected early and he person becomes aware of the results of his wrongdoing. and can then remove the need for disease and regain health without using insulin or any other drugs. The diabetic can then completely regain health. If nothing is done and the unhealthful lifestyle is persisted in, diabetes may progress and ketoacidosis may result. The possibility of ketoacidosis is suggested by
- confusion or coma, the person becoming extremely ill with changes in sensory mechanisms;
- air hunger (this is an attempt to compensate for metabolic acidosis through rapid breathing in order to eliminate as much carbon dioxide as possible to increase alkalinity);
- fruity acetone odor on the breath (acetone is produced in excess in diabetics when the fats are not properly oxidized, due to inability to oxidize glucose in the blood);
- nausea and vomiting;
- abdominal tenderness;
- extreme thirst and dry mucous membranes, reflecting water depletion due to loss of sodium and potassium as the body tries to buffer the acid condition with these base minerals;
- weight loss.
Do the above symptoms indicate anything other than systemic involvement? No. Then we should consider the body as a whole and not as separate units.
Medical Treatment Of Diabetes Mellitus
According to the Merck Manual, “The primary objective is to achieve the patient’s optimal health and nutrition.” If this truly were their primary objective, physicians would discontinue looking to drugs for palliatives and begin to search for the underlying cause behind this “disease.” If they were to discover that depressed function of the pancreas of insulin secretion is really only a symptom of general toxicosis, they would begin to teach their patients how to live so as not to create these conditions that result in ill health.
Merck Manual further states, “Whether treatment of asymptomatic hyperglycemia decreases morbidity and mortality is unknown, and there is significant risk of hypoglycemia in elderly patients given oral hypoglycemic agents or insulin therapy.” It is known that drugs and insulin can harm and whether they do any good is questioned even by the physician.
People with improperly-diagnosed diabetes have been placed on insulin. Because of the presence of this insulin in the blood, the pancreas ceased to secrete normal insulin, atrophied and eventually ceased to work even when needed. Thus, diabetes was created where it was not formerly present.
Scientists have come up with a new form of insulin that is supposed to simulate functions of the pancreas in that it supplies insulin constantly at low doses. It is called an insulin pump and is worn on the belt. It constantly infuses a low dose of rapid-acting insulin subcutaneously or intravenously with additional boluses of insulin pumped in immediately prior to meals.
It is hoped that these attempts to emulate normal pancreatic function may be associated with a clearly demonstrable improvement in the morbidity and mortality from the vascular and neural manifestations of diabetes. However, this cannot be possible with this approach. The physicians are looking at the situation too narrowly. The entire person must be considered and not only the pancreas. Palliating one symptom of ill health does not procure overall health.
According to the physician, the objectives of symptom control are twofold: (1) to avoid ketoacidosis, and (2) to control symptoms resulting from hyperglycemia and glucosuria. Symptom control involves constant monitoring of urine glucose levels and plasma glucose levels by laboratory determination. As stated, symptom control does not procure health.
Effects Of Insulin
There are seven forms of insulin currently in use and they are grouped into three classifications according to their duration of action. They are fast-, intermediate-, and long-acting. Most insulin is made from beef or beef/pork pancreas. Some is now being made from only pork.
All of these insulins contain pancreatic impurities including glucagon, somatostatin, pancreatic polypeptide, and proinsulin. Experiments with purer strains are now being tested since many patients have had adverse reactions from the impure type of insulin. The body rejects what is not normal and foreign protein injected into an organism is treated as a poison and eliminated as quickly as possible. Other complications may arise from insulin treatment.
Insulin shock (hypoglycemia) may occur if too much insulin is taken. Local reactions to insulin injections, often occurring during the first few weeks of insulin therapy, most commonly consist of stinging or itching at the injection site followed by heat, induration, erythema, and an urticarial reaction. Systemic reactions may include hives, urticaria, cardiopulmonary or gastrointestinal symptoms, and rarely, anaphylactic reactions. In this case, higher doses of insulin are given or more purified types are given.
All of these symptoms are indications of a bodily response to unwanted agents outside of the normal constituents. Concerning this palliation, Dr. Vetrano writes, “Medical treatment for diabetes is insulin. Symptoms only are treated with no effort to eliminate the cause. This does not help the patient to regain health. On the contrary, besides the side effects of foreign protein, it perpetuates the disease.
If normal functioning cells were left before beginning insulin treatment, these soon atrophy from lack of function. The diabetic of today may live longer than diabetics of the past; but nothing constructive has been done to eliminate toxemia, so he is doomed to live the life of a vampire, because the death of other animals is necessary for his life. The toxemia which caused his first disease is not eliminated and he lives only to suffer from the effects of his drugs and toxemia.”
It has been said that the rise in the death rate in diabetes is “in spite of insulin.” Dr. Shelton says that it is because of insulin. He states that insulin is, both directly and indirectly, the cause of a large part of an increased death rate and is a big factor in preventing thousands of diabetics from recovering.
It has been proven that insulin does not “cure” diabetes and that it does not even improve the condition. According to Dr. Shelton, insulin is presented to us as a crutch. He explains that insulin is something the diabetic can lean upon and it will enable him to “live a normal life” in spite of diabetes but it is still employed as a crutch. But by “living a normal life” is meant eating and drinking and living in a conventional manner—in the manner that produced the diabetes and other troubles in the first place.
The employment of a crutch always leads to ignoring causes. The use of insulin encourages patients to continue doing things that are known to make diabetes worse. If more enervation, or added toxemia, or continued overeating results in an increase of symptoms, the physician quickly sets matters right by increasing the dose of insulin. Insulin reduces the sugar in the urine and blood but it has no effect on the causes of diabetes. While it aids in controlling one symptom, it constitutes an added cause.
Dr. Shelton says, “Insulin is a powerful drug. A slight overdose causes a light insulin shock; a little more produces coma; a little more results in death. The continued use of this drug produces damage of its own, not the least of which is the added impairment of the function of the pancreas.”
Oral Hypoglycemic Agents
Often, oral medication is given to diabetics instead of insulin to control the symptoms. It is said that some sulfonylureas lower the blood glucose levels when given orally. These include tolbutamide, chloropropamide, acetohexamide and tolazamide.
The University Group Diabetes Program attempted to evaluate various types of therapy, in noninsulin-dependent diabetic patients, comparing tolbutamide or phenformin treatment with diet alone. They concluded that these two drugs were no more effective in controlling diabetes than diet alone.
There has been some evidence that the use of these drugs increases cardiovascular mortality but this has not been proven conclusively and more research needs to be done. However, acute toxic effects have been known to follow the use of these oral hypoglycemic agents. There is no doubt that these agents are poisons and should not be employed.
The Diabetic Diet
The conventional diabetic diet is calculated in terms of the total requirement for calories and a ratio of these calories in grams of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
Calorie specifications are based on “ideal weight,” with allowances for physical activity or added stress, such as growth. If the patient is obese, as many adult diabetics are, then the diet prescription would indicate a sufficient reduction in calories to effect a gradual weight loss—no more than 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day. If the patient is a fast-growing, lean, adolescent boy, the calories may be as high as 4,000.
Weight will normalize on a diet that is compatible with our biological requirements. That is a diet of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. “Ideal weight” charts are invariably too high and not accurate guides. Calculating diets based on preconceived numbers of calories per day is tedious and unnecessary. Furthermore, few diabetics will adhere to such a diet.
It is generally recommended that 5% of total calories of the diabetic be protein. In a 1,500-calorie diet that would mean 75 grams of protein. This amount of protein greatly exceeds the needs of even the most active man. The average person cannot utilize more than about 20 to 25 grams of protein daily.
Any protein in excess of this is either stored in fat or muscle or eliminated from the body. This is an expenditure of vital energy that should be used for healing and repair—a situation that will result in enervation. Such excess protein accumulated in the tissues eventually results in impaired function.
The body periodically makes great efforts to eliminate these excesses through such eliminative endeavors as colds, flu, skin eruptions, etc. If the body is greatly enervated, such vital eliminations may not occur and degenerative diseases will begin to develop.
Every item of food that we eat has some protein when it is consumed in its natural state. Even fruits and vegetables contain some protein. In fact, it is in this form that protein is most easily utilized and requires the least amount of vital energy to digest and assimilate. Also, we do not clog our system with excess toxins as we do when we consume the protein of flesh, dairy products or eggs. It is important that the diabetic consume foods that require little vital energy to digest and also contain little or no toxins. Energy is needed for healing and further toxins will impair this process.
There is less emphasis now upon strict carbohydrate control than in past years for the diabetic. As a general rule, the carbohydrate grams recommended are 10% of the total number of calories. Refined carbohydrates certainly should never be consumed such as cookies, pies, cakes, candy, etc.
However, the simple carbohydrates as found in ripe fruits and vegetables should form the bulk of the diet. The carbohydrates of fruits are easily assimilated and also contain many of the base minerals that are so important in the diabetic’s (and in everyone’s) diet. You can be assured that all your needs will be met.
As a general rule, the grams of fat in the diabetic diet are recommended to be 5% of the number of total calories. (In a 1,500-calorie diet, there would be 75 grams of fat.) This is entirely too high. You cannot utilize that amount of fat and the excess adds to toxicosis. All the fat that you require is found in nuts and avocados. If these items are eaten moderately a few times a week, your fat requirements will be met. Remember that your fruits and vegetables also contain small amounts of fat.
While it may be necessary to continue insulin therapy to a certain extent, a diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds will provide the body with the proper conditions to heal and repair. The pancreas will no longer be stressed with large amounts of glucose in the blood due to refined sugars in the diet and healing will take place.
Food Exchange Groups
The conventional program for diabetic diets utilizes a food-exchange system where foods of like proteins, fats and carbohydrates are grouped together. The patient is assigned a certain number of units that he may have per day from each group and he may exchange them for certain foods within that group. This is a tedious procedure that is slowly being abandoned even by the physicians and most dietitians. It is unnecessary if the general dietary program is correct. As stated earlier, a diet of ripe fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, all in a raw state, provides us with all our dietary requirements without excesses or deficits.
“Anything Goes Diet”
Another approach that is now being taken is to let the diabetic eat anything that he wants. Sometimes refined sugar is eliminated but not always. S/he is then closely monitored and insulin doses adjusted accordingly, as needed. This is certainly unwise and cannot produce health.
People need to be educated in regard to the proper diet and not let them grope on their own. If a person stays on his conventional meat, potatoes, bread and sweets diet, more ill health will result. Causes must be removed in order to regain health and an improper diet is a major cause of diabetes and other chronic disorders. That is, the toxicosis that resulted from the improper diet.
Why You Have Diabetes
It is your total way of living that causes you to develop diabetes—your excesses, deficiencies and poison habits. Excesses include: overeating, overworking, wrong emotions, worry, anxiety, tension, etc. Deficiencies are: lack of sleep, lack of rest, lack of exercise, demineralized foods, lack of fresh air, lack of sunshine, and lack of emotional poise.
Finally, by your poisonous habits, you add to the total toxic load of the body. You poison your body with alcohol, coffee, tea, soft drinks, cigarettes, poisoned articles passing for food, the many drugs thrown into your system daily to suppress the discomforts arising from a way of life that is destructive to health. The real cause of diabetes came before the deficiency of insulin.
Dr. Vetrano says that most writers on the subject think that there is a definite link between diabetes and civilization. In more primitive atmosphere it would naturally follow that there would be fewer cases of all varieties of diseases, including diabetes. In primitive conditions food is more natural, working hours fewer, more sleep and rest can be obtained, air and water are purer, there is less tension and worry, and the way of life more simple in general. More sunshine and exercise are incorporated into each day. Primitive living is more healthful, hence, fewer diseases develop.
Dr. Shelton says, “Diet and drink, sleep, work and play, and many other factors enter the cause of every so-called disease. Any form of overstimulation—mental, emotional, sensory, physical, chemical, thermal, electrical—may give rise, first to functional, and, finally, to organic disease. Diabetes is a functional disturbance at its beginning.”
Diabetes is more prevalent in those countries where sugar consumption is highest—United States, France, Germany and Great Britain. Every fat person is a potential diabetic. Overeating results in overwork of the pancreas and as overwork of any organ results in impairment of the function of the organ, pancreatic failure results. If its causes are not corrected, functional impairment gradually passes
into organic disease.
Carbohydrate excess (in refined form) places a strong stress on the pancreas and when this gland is overworked by too great an intake of starches and sugars, there will be first, irritation and inflammation, then enlargement, followed by degeneration. The body then loses control of
However, overeating of refined carbohydrates is not the sole contributor to pancreas impairment. Anything that produces enervation—tobacco, tea, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, alcohol, cola, loss of sleep, overwork, general overeating, emotionalism, etc., impairs organic function in general, including pancreatic function.
How You Can Improve Your Overall Health
Many people think that once they are diagnosed as a diabetic they are doomed to a life of dependency upon drugs, and forced into a life of suffering from the general toxic effects of those drugs. However, this is not the case. The adoption of a healthier way of life would permit them to live to a ripe old age without drugs and their poisons. But the choice rests with the individual.
A fast is important to allow the body to rid itself of toxins. If you have been on insulin for more than two years, however, great care must be taken. The insulin dosage must be cut down very gradually. If there is a complete degeneration of the islets of Langerhans, you may be compelled to take minute doses of insulin for the rest of your life, but living healthier will keep you in better condition than the average diabetic. You will be able to escape the degenerative diseases that usually complicate diabetes.
Dr. Vetrano states, “For those who still have good functioning tissue, health can be regained and maintained. It is amazing what the human organism can do for itself in the way of rejuvenation of sick cells when poisoning is discontinued and toxemia is eliminated and a plan of care is instituted that provides the body with the primordial requisites of life.”
Dr. Shelton explains that once a person has become enervated, recovery of nerve energy needed for healing requires conservation of energy and removal of all enervating influences. He further says that improper eating is undoubtedly an important factor in the causation of diabetes, but most diabetics have many other unhealthful habits besides wrong eating, and all these habits must be corrected.
For those who cannot fast, recovery is still possible. While fasting is of great value in diabetes, it is more important that the diabetic learn how to live, learn what foods he can take, learn his limitations and learn to live within these, and that he fast. Recovery can occur only after cause has been removed and fasting is but one part of the process of removing cause.
The diet of the diabetic should be the same as for a healthy person. That is, raw ripe fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. At first, it may be necessary to eliminate dried fruits and some of the sweeter fresh fruits until a higher degree of health is achieved. On this diet, physiological functions will normalize and health will be restored as long as there is not any permanent destruction of tissues. In any case, a much healthier overall condition will be attained.
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