How a Doctor Reversed Type 1 Diabetes With Raw Foods Diet; Is it possible to reverse type 1 diabetes (T1D, previously known as insulin-dependent diabetes or IDDM) simply by enjoying a raw food diet? According to Dr. Kirt Tyson, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Arizona, eating a diet that primarily consists of raw foods can dramatically reduce blood sugar levels in type 1 diabetics, perhaps even stopping their insulin dependency.
Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy. The far more common type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn’t make enough insulin.
Various factors may contribute to type 1 diabetes, including genetics and exposure to certain viruses. Although type 1 diabetes usually appears during childhood or adolescence, it also can begin in adults.
Despite active research, type 1 diabetes is said to have no cure. But it can be managed. With proper treatment, people with type 1 diabetes can expect to live longer, healthier lives than did people with type 1 diabetes in the past.
A healthy diet plays a critical role in diabetes treatment – having the potential to slow and even reverse the course of the disease. Eating healthy helps by regulating blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy weight. The Standard American Diet (SAD) consists largely of fast food, processed foods, sugar, dairy, and meat. We eat too much of the bad stuff and not enough of the good stuff. If you are challenged by diabetes, you may not have to completely overhaul your diet to regain your health. In many cases, gradually adding raw fruits and vegetables every day, along with exercise and weight management, will help tremendously.
How a doctor reversed his type 1 diabetes
Dr. Tyson speaks from experience. A former self-proclaimed fast food junkie and a type 1 diabetic himself, he now believes in the amazing power of eating raw.
During an interview with Robyn Openshaw, also known as Green Smoothie Girl and author of “12 Steps to Whole Foods,” he revealed that, prior to starting a raw food diet, his blood sugar level was extremely high (diabetic ketoacidosis) at around 300 mg/dL. Anything above 240 mg/dL is cause for concern.
However, within 2-3 weeks of eating raw foods – nuts, seeds and vegetables with no dairy, meat or fruits – he checked his blood sugar again. The unbelievable result? His blood sugar level dropped to an acceptable, safe range: 76 mg/dL. Today, he says he only needs insulin if he becomes sick (which causes blood sugar levels to rise).
How a Doctor Reversed Type 1 Diabetes With Raw Foods Diet
6 Tests Approach Which Reversed Diabetes In 30 Days
In the film, Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days, six test subjects were used, all of whom had varying lifestyles and conditions but were all diabetic – five were type 2 and one was type 1. Each subject was taking insulin.
Before we get into the results of this film, let’s take note of what is established about type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This information is from The National Diabetes Education Program:
Type 1 diabetes – The body does not make insulin. Insulin helps the body use glucose from food for energy. People with type 1 need to take insulin every day.
Type 2 diabetes – The body does not make or use insulin well. People with type 2 often need to take pills or insulin. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes.
The participants of the program were as follows:
- Austin (age 25) was not only a type 1 diabetic, but he also had a drinking problem.
- Kirt (age 25) had a blood sugar reading of 1200. Normal is below 100. His doctor told him, “You should be dead.”
- Bill (age 58) was seeing a cardiologist and had neuropathy. He could not feel his feet.
- Michelle (age 36) was quite obese.
- Henry (age 58) took insulin plus 9 pills daily. Blood sugar was at 464.
- Pam (62) was quite obese. Her father, brother, and sister are also diabetic.
The Approach and Procedure
The approach Gabriel Cousens takes to cure people of diabetes is all about changing their diet. According to him, research shows that in terms of health, meat eaters have 4 times more breast cancer, 3.6 times more prostate cancer, 4 times more diabetes, and much higher rates of chronic disease in general, than their vegan counterparts. If you’re just having milk, that’s 3 times more leukemia.
Given his position on diet, he believes in taking a mainly raw approach to eating and consuming a plant-based diet. His team prepares raw, well-balanced and whole meals for the test subjects throughout the 30 day period. The food becomes their medicine.
With medical supervision, all of the subjects took their medication as needed and ate the food that is provided to them by Gabriel and his team at the Tree Of Life Rejuvenation Center.
By Day 3 of the program Kirt, Bill and Henry were able to stop taking insulin and medication. Their blood sugar levels had already dropped to the normal range after just 3 days of changing their diet. Pam was able to cut her insulin intake by 1/3. Austin, the type 1 diabetic, was able to cut his insulin intake down to half. And Michelle saw her blood sugar at around 362. This discouraged her to the point where she didn’t want to stay in the program any longer, although she did.
By day 12 of the program, Henry’s blood sugar had dropped 256 points compared to day 1. He was not using medication to lower his blood sugar levels. Although he was seeing great results, Henry felt he was too old for the program and requested to go home. His family arrived on day 17 and he went home. By that time, he was no longer taking 17 medications, he had lost 30 pounds, and his blood pressure had decreased. In Henry’s case, his addiction to the food he used to eat was too difficult to overcome.
By the very last day, day 30, incredible results were seen that significantly challenge the current belief that diabetes has no cure.
- Kirt no longer needed medications. His blood sugar had dropped 214 points to as low as 73 (normal) without medication. It was later found out he was type 1 diabetic since the beginning.Status: Within normal range.
- Bill stopped taking 19 medications and lost 32 pounds. His blood sugar dropped 214 points to 74 (normal) without medication or insulin.Status: Within normal range.
- Michelle stopped taking all of her medications and lost 23 pounds. Her blood sugar dropped from 291 to 109 without the use of medication.Status: Within normal range.
- Pam lost 26 pounds while her blood sugar dropped 167 points down to 112 without medication.Status: Within normal range.
- Austin, who is type 1 diabetic, lost 20 pounds and reduced his insulin from 70 units down to 5.Status: Drastic improvement in diabetic condition.
As you can see, all participants had drastic turnarounds in their health and all had their diabetes either completely reversed or brought well under control. A type 1 diabetic (Kirt) had his diabetes completely cured – something that is considered impossible. All type 2 diabetics no longer needed insulin.
What’re best raw foods for diabetics?
The American Diabetes Association’s website lists top super foods for diabetics. Among them are nuts and seeds such as walnuts and flax, as well as vegetables – the darker and leafier, the better. These suggestions align with the raw food diet lifestyle that worked for Dr. Tyson.
Other diabetics following a raw food diet often share their food suggestions in forums. Some of their preferences include:
– Hemp Seeds
– Fenugreek leaves
– Dandelion leaves
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 20 million people worldwide have T1D.
What Does This Indicate to Us?
Like many things in modern medicine, we don’t have all of the answers and in a lot of cases, we have a difficult time admitting that what is currently mainstream isn’t always the best course of action.
People everywhere are taking alternate routes to achieve results equal to and sometimes better than what is made available to them through mainstream voices like doctors and government appointed professionals. I feel it’s important that people know their options and have a fair chance of hearing them out. I know many people with diabetes who aren’t aware of the power of food in transforming their condition yet are taking insulin and following mainstream ideas as if they were the only truth.
It isn’t to say that the mainstream is bad, it’s simply that we are missing out on other options in a big way. After all, the American Diabetes Association makes claims about there being no cures yet the above results would suggest there is more to that story.
Have you ever tried raw food to cure your diabetes? We are curious to hear some real live results from others.
Other Ways raw food diets help
The following health benefits have been reported by people using a raw food diet.
- Higher energy levels
- Stabilised blood glucose levels
- Improved skin appearance
- Better digestion
- Weight loss
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Reduced risk of diabetes
- Reduced risk of cancer
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