The international press was buzzing last week with the news that UK researchers had finally found a cure for Type 2 diabetes.
After just one week, blood sugar levels were normalized in 7 of the 11 the diabetics in the study. By the end of the eight-week trial, their bodies regained the ability to manufacture insulin at normal levels.
This discovery surely would have been headline news on every newspaper on the planet had the British cure been a new wonder drug. So you could practically hear a global groan of disappointment when readers discovered the cure was in fact a diet — and not a particularly glamorous one at that.
You see, the British cure was achieved with a strict, 600-calorie-a-day diet consisting of bland smoothies and a few non-starchy vegetables. This is as close to a starvation diet as you can get and still remain breathing. Think of a marooned and bearded Tom Hanks in the movie Cast Away.
“To have people free of diabetes after years with the condition is remarkable,” said Dr. Roy Taylor, professor of medicine and metabolism at Newcastle University in the UK, commenting on the impressive results.
One of the study participants, 67-year-old Gordon Parmley agreed. Speaking of the diabetes drugs he used to take, “Still today, 18 months on, I don’t take them,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “It’s astonishing really that a diet — hard as it was — could change my health so drastically.”
Still, I don’t see the British solution catching on here — or anywhere.
Even Dr. Roy Palmer, the professor behind the 600-calorie study, admits that the regimen is so torturously difficult that only 5% of people who try it would stick with it — even though the reward is a drug-free and diabetes-free life.
A 600-calorie diet can feel brutal, considering that most adults consume about 2,000 or more calories per day. Gordon Parmley said his hunger was so severe that he had to continually distract himself to take his mind off food.
This just isn’t a diet that anyone can put up with for very long.
Thousands of people have already achieved these same results by eating three meals and day, plus two snacks. They haven’t had to go vegan … eat raw food … give up carbs … follow Dr. Atkins … or slave away at the gym.
The real cure for Type 2 isn’t calorie deprivation. Instead, it’s as simple as giving up the foods that cause diabetes in the first place.
But confusion sets in because so many health “experts” disagree about which foods are the culprits.
Vegetarians blame meat. The American Diabetes Association claims it is fat. Atkins followers accuse carbs. Fitness gurus and the CDC say no single food group is responsible, because it’s our weight that causes diabetes: We eat too much and don’t exercise enough.
Dr. Stefan Ripich and I unmask the real cause of (and easy cure for) Type 2 diabetes in our book, The 30 Day Diabetes Cure — and you’ll be surprised to learn it’s the very same factor responsible for our weight problems … our current epidemic of heart disease … high blood pressure … Alzheimer’s and dementia … and many cancers.
These are the health conditions that are breaking the back of our medical system and sending millions of Americans to early graves. And they all have one thing in common: insulin.
As far as research studies go, the British experiment was poorly designed. While the experiment did indeed seem to cure Type 2, we now are stuck with wondering “why?”
Was calorie-restriction responsible? Or was it that the participants consumed no meat or dietary fat? Or was the absence of sugar or refined carbohydrates the reason?
Indeed, one can posit assumptions all day long because the Dr. Palmer’s study wasn’t designed to isolate any individual factors.
But based on a wealth of previous research trials studying Type 2 diabetes — and on Dr. Ripich’s extraordinary success in reversing Type 2 in every patient he’s worked with — I’m sure I know why Dr. Palmer’s participants emerged from his study free of diabetes and their diabetes drugs.
In Type 2 diabetes, the body no longer responds well to insulin, in particular, it’s role of lowering your levels of blood sugar (glucose) when they get too high. One way it does this is to escort glucose into your muscle cells so it can be burned as fuel.
But if your muscle cells are already “filled” with glucose because you’re not physically active, they will resist insulin and not let glucose in (this is the condition called insulin resistance).
In order to get this glucose out of the bloodstream, insulin diverts it to the liver where it is converted into fats (called triglycerides). This fat is then stored in fat cells (foremost, around your belly) where it can be called upon as a fuel source later.
The problem for most people is that “later” never comes because we are continually noshing and drinking throughout the day. And the foods/beverages we consume tend to be those which convert easily into blood glucose (i.e., sugar, sweets, and refined carbohydrates top the list). Continuing to consume these foods repeatedly triggers the insulin response over and over, which triggers more and more insulin.
This repeated filling of our fat cells rapidly increases our weight — and insulin is the reason because…
Insulin’s presence guarantees that sugary foods and beverages plus refined carbs will be converted into fat and stored on your body.
Normally, this stored fat is called upon as a fuel source during exercise, between meals, or during sleep. But if insulin remains present in the bloodstream (which it does because of our food choices), it blocks the release of stored fat from your fat cells.
Thus, continually eating foods that trigger insulin makes you fat, keeps you fat, and leads directly to Type 2 diabetes. Without insulin in the bloodstream, stored fat breaks down into fatty acids as is used as fuel.
By suspending the continuous call for insulin in his participants, the blood sugar levels in Dr. Palmer’s study participants naturally normalized. Their stored fat was then burned as fuel — and because there was no new demand for insulin, the pancreas (which produces insulin) was able to rest and restore itself, returning to normal output again.
What really happened in Dr. Palmer’s study was that the human body, quite simply, healed itself. Since the dietary abuse in those people hadn’t proceeded to the point where permanent damage to the pancreas had occurred, normal function was restored once the abuse ceased. In order words, it produced a “cure.”
This is the miracle that takes place within us every single day (if we allow it and help it) — but not a single headline is ever written about it the mainstream press.
Dr. Ripich’s patients and the many readers of The 30 Day Diabetes Cure achieved the same cure — but without the hunger and deprivation of a 600-calorie diet.
They simply avoided the foods that trigger the insulin response, and feasted on the ones that don’t require insulin to be metabolized. Food examples here
At 306 pounds, immobilized by his weight and painful diabetic neuropathy, Doug had all but given up hope until his brother gave him a copy of The 30 Day Diabetes Cure.
Diagnosed with Type 2 at age 18, his life had been a medical hell. When we met, Doug was 59 and taking 32 different prescription drugs … had endured 7 eye surgeries to save his vision … suffered two heart attacks, open heart surgery, and had two stents inserted.
Since none of his doctors ever mentioned anything about diet or nutrition to him, he continued eating the typical American diet. He also had a powerful sweet tooth and drank seven cans of soda, ate doughnuts and munched candy throughout his day.
After 6 months on The 30 Day Diabetes Cure, Doug lost 50 pounds, and his A1C numbers went back to normal. “This book gave me my life back,” he told me with tears in his eyes. After 8 months, he lost 64 pounds. His goal is to lose 100 pounds total, and he only has 36 pounds to go.
“Your plan worked for me because it was different,” Doug explained. “It didn’t make me lose weight or exercise like those others did … and I really liked the food.”
“Every day I just made one little change in my diet, just like your book says. It wasn’t hard at all.”
Despite hundreds of success stories like Doug’s, have received almost no publicity for The 30 Day Diabetes Cure. Google has refused to accept our advertising — and even has threatened to blacklist us. With rare exceptions, reporters and TV networks refuse to interview Dr. Ripich or myself.
Why the cold shoulder? Because of a four-letter word that Dr. Ripich and I use profusely: “Cure.”
The medical community in this country, it seems, hates the word — and every time they encounter it, they equate it with it quackery. This is so ironic because they spend billions seeking cures for heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. But when anyone suggests there might be a cure for one of these killers, their immediate response is skepticism instead of scientific curiosity.
When a Type 2 patient of Dr. Ripich has ceases to experience any diabetes symptoms … is off all medications … shows blood sugar levels consistently in the normal range … and no longer displays risk factors for diabetic complications (heart disease, hypertension, poor circulation, vision problems, and nerve pain) — why isn’t this considered a cure?
The answer I most frequently get is: “If this patient returned to his old eating habits, his disease would return. So he can’t be cured.”
This strikes me as ludicrous — and a capricious double standard.
After all, bariatric surgery is officially hailed as a “cure” for Type 2. Yet, many patients see their weight and diabetes return when they go off the post-surgery diet (which is far more restrictive than ours).
I’m beginning to doubt it.
Several very good clinical trials have demonstrated that lifestyle changes such as those utilized by our approach are able to reverse Type 2 in a relatively short time, while dramatically reducing the risk of diabetes-related conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and vision loss.
Compared to the dismal outcomes produced by current drug therapy, it’s no exaggeration to say that lifestyle modification is the best treatment we have for Type 2 diabetes. So why isn’t this the preferred therapy of choice in official treatment guidelines?
The excuses routinely offered are that, despite the overwhelming evidence, the AMA and ADA remain “unconvinced” that diet and exercise can produce significant improvements.
And that doctors don’t have time to properly educate patients.
And that insurance providers won’t compensate doctors for education programs, so the doctors have no incentive to try.
And that patients are just too lazy to stick with any program of diet and lifestyle changes.
The bottom line, they say, is that our medical system isn’t set up for lifestyle changes and education — no matter how effective they may be.
This certainly hasn’t been Dr. Ripich’s experience. He’s often told me that he’s never met a patient who didn’t want to get better — or to get off as many drugs as he or she possibly could.
These are all lame excuses. If the medical community really had the will to defeat diabetes, it would find a way to reform the system so it could provide the most effective treatment we have today. And that’s diet and lifestyle modification.
Let’s not forget we are talking about a disease that is raging out of control all over the globe.
More than 30 million Americans already have it — and this number is expected to grow to one-in-three soon. Another 60-75 million Americans are walking around on the threshold of Type 2, undiagnosed and unaware. Every minute, six people die from its nasty complications somewhere in the world.
There’s another number to consider here, and it’s all about money. Globally, diabetes is currently a $400 billion “industry” (yes, that’s actually how insiders refer to it) — and this figure will mushroom to one trillion dollars annually by the end of this decade.
Call me cynical, but this is a huge incentive not to cure diabetes. Too many people are making a “killing” from this disease, so don’t expect it to disappear any time soon — if at all.
What you can expect is more drugs … more medical procedures … more diabetes supplies … more diagnostic testing … and more lip-service about “defeating diabetes.” Just don’t look for any substantive action to be taken about prevention … better diet and nutrition … or public programs that use lifestyle modification to reverse diabetes.
Why? Because there’s far more money to made by treating diabetes than in curing it. And the people who are profiting most like things just the way they are.
Type 2 diabetes is caused by one thing: Over-consuming foods and beverages that spike your blood sugar and trigger your body’s insulin response.
Once you stop eating and drinking them, your levels of insulin will be kept to a minimum, your body will stop storing fat and start burning it, and your entire metabolism will begin to re-regulate itself.
As a result, your blood sugar will normalize. You’ll lose weight without trying. Your energy levels will perk up. And your overall health will improve.
Freedom from dependence on doctors and drug companies in order to make it through the day.
Freedom from worrying when you’ll have a heart attack or stroke … an amputation … the loss of your vision or crippling nerve pain.
Freedom from being overweight, out-of-shape, and feeling bad about yourself.
Freedom from constant food cravings.
Freedom from the junky foods, beverages, and products that promise to cheer you up … to add satisfaction to your life … top help you cope with stress … and to make you feel “special.”
Freedom from the forces and people that profit from your unhappiness, weakness, and poor health.
And freedom to create a better life and brighter future for yourself and your family.
How would your life be different/better if you had improved health? What freedoms do you now enjoy as a result of having good health?
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