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                         What Allopathic Medicine Says About Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a degenerative disease characterized by either lack of insulin or a resistance to
insulin, a hormone which is crucial for metabolism of blood sugar. In a healthy person, the pancreas
produces insulin to help metabolize sugar in the blood and maintain blood glucose (sugar) levels within
their normal range. Diabetics are unable to produce insulin or are resistant to insulin, and consequently
cannot remove glucose from the bloodstream. Whether there is inadequate insulin or insulin resistance,
glucose levels in the blood increase and cause severe health problems.

There are two major types of diabetes. Type 1, or insulin-dependent juvenile diabetics, is genetic in origin
and is characterized by the body's inability to produce insulin, and the resulting buildup of glucose in the
blood. It usually occurs during puberty or adolescence but can occur during adulthood. Symptoms include
extreme hunger and thirst, frequent or excessive urination, and weight loss. The ultimate effects of
diabetes include heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, hypertension, gangrene, infections, blindness,
strokes, and death.

Type II, or non-insulin-dependent adult-onset diabetes, is the more common form and is characterized by
the body’s resistance to insulin. About 90% of diabetes are type II and 80% of them are overweight when
diagnosed, generally during middle age. Most obese diabetics have elevated insulin levels, but it doesn't
control their blood sugar because of the deficit in insulin receptor cells and insulin resistance. Obesity
and excess calories create a resistance to insulin - that is, the pancreas continues to produce insulin in
response to blood glucose, but the body's cells resist the action of insulin. The combination of obesity
and high blood sugar lead to a decrease in the number of insulin receptors, sites to which insulin attaches
to initiate conversion of glucose to glycogen or fat for storage. Weight loss and decreased caloric intake
cause an increase in the number of receptor cells leading to more efficient insulin metabolism.

 Symptoms of Type II diabetes are the same as symptoms of Type I, but weight loss is rarely experienced
in a type II diabetic without a change in diet. Unlike Type I diabetes, which generally requires regular
insulin injections, Type II diabetes can usually be controlled by natural methods, including diet, weight
control, hormonal balancing, enzyme therapy and herbal supplements. In general, physicians consider a
fasting plasma glucose level above 140 mg/gl as excessive. The optimum range is actually 85 to 100, and
I like to see it around 100 in my clients.

                          What Dr. Raymond Peat Says About Diabetes

Peat takes a fresh look at diabetes, one that seems far more hopeful than the standard medical textbooks.
Although diabetes is defined by an elevated blood sugar (greater than 140) plus glucosuria (spilling sugar
in the urine), Peat says that an elevated blood sugar by itself has no biological meaning because so many
factors can raise the blood sugar level. Among these factors are a fever, such as those that occur during
viral infections, a cortisone shot, and even puberty. See a complete list below. For example, young
children are often diagnosed with diabetes following the rise in blood sugar after a fever. Insulin
continues this so-called diabetes, causes insulin dependence and raises the cortisol level, which
exacerbates the problem. Even eating a large amount of pure protein, such as 6 or so eggs alone without
some carbohydrates causes a surge of insulin and cortisol, which is stressful, so Peat recommends that
everyone combine protein with some carbohydrates, such as potatoes or orange juice, etc. So much for
food combining.

Peat says that Type I (juvenile diabetes) with low insulin production is rare compared to cortisol-induced
high blood sugar. Because of the frequent occurrence of elevated cortisol levels with elevated blood
sugar, Peat recommends that the levels of both cortisol and insulin be measured, but many doctors
measure only the blood sugar. The most common physiological cause of elevated blood sugar is high
cortisol, a direct outcome of hypothyroidism, and most of these people have a normal insulin level.
Cortisol causes the liver to produce estrogen (Peat, Ray, Ph.D., Nutrition For Women, p. 38) and excess
estrogen desensitizes the skeletal muscles to the action of insulin. Thyroid therapy will normalize blood
sugar by normalizing the cortisol and the adrenalin levels. Pregnenolone also lowers cortisol levels. Dr.
Broda Barnes had very good results treating diabetics with thyroid glandular therapy and found that it
protects the patient from diabetes, even in insulin-dependent diabetes.

It was only recently that doctors began measuring insulin levels in patients with high blood sugar. This
showed that the majority of “diabetics” had plenty of insulin. Therefore, most diabetics are not insulin-
deficient but insulin-resistant. The two most common causes of insulin-resistance are estrogen
dominance and excess unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). The estrogen-insulin-resistance connection
explains why menopausal women have five times more diabetes than men. But the signs of insulin-
resistances sets in at puberty. Again, this is more prevalent in women than men, because estrogen
increases during the reproductive years and the effect of estrogen dominance worsens at menopause
because progesterone decreases more than estrogen at menopause. This situation worsens in women
given “estrogen replacement therapy” during menopause in doses that are twenty times higher than the
amount of estrogen produced by a woman at the peak of her fertility.

I have observed the onset of diabetes following menopause and especially surgical menopause in women
who did not have not prior symptoms. Peat explains this in his book, Nutrition For Women. He says
that menopause is similar to Cushing’s syndrome (overactive adrenal cortex) leading to increased cortisol.
This would be exacerbated with surgical menopause. Diabetes following hysterectomy is largely due to
the loss of progesterone in addition to increased cortisol.

In diabetics whose blood sugar hops up and down from 300 to 90 after just walking a short distance, peat
says that thyroid therapy would prevent the blood sugar from dropping. Also, DHEA, derived from
pregnenolone rejuvenated the beta cells in rabbits whose beta cells were destroyed by drugs. In addition,
he suggests trying Brewer’s yeast (several ounces) in juice daily for about two weeks because it can help
correct the blood sugar. Long term use of Brewer’s yeast is not recommended because it is high in
phosphorous which can lead to loss of calcium from the bones.

Diabetics tend to be overly acidic because a major energy cycle in the body – the Krebs or Citric Acid
Cycle, which produces carbon dioxide – is faulty and this causes formation of acidic compounds (fat
byproducts such as ketobutyric acid and related ketones). So, if you are low in carbon dioxide, your
body makes acids. Thyroid hormone causes the body to make carbon dioxide and allows glucose to go
into the cells. Exercise has the same effect (but not endurance exercise). Thus, the failure of good
thyroid function causes decreased carbon dioxide and the failure of glucose to get inside the cells. This
leads to the products of acids instead of carbon dioxide, which, in turn, leads to poor circulation.
In summary, Peat says that thyroid glandular support, DHEA and pregnenolone support is the best way to
correct the hormonal causes of diabetes. In drug induced diabetes, such as taking Prednisone or cortisone,
weaning oneself from the drug is usually self-corrective.

               What Dr. Howard Loomis Says: The Lipase-Diabetes Connection

Diabetics are deficient in lipase which is required for the metabolism of insulin and optimum cell
permeability, which includes the transport of insulin inside the cell. Insulin is suppressed in proportion to

the amount of undigested fat (triglycerides) in the blood. If fat can be digested, insulin metabolism can be
improved. Lipase deficiency (fat intolerance) leads to the inability to utilize glucose. The enzyme
formula for fat intolerance (diabetes) is very high in lipase (in addition to other plant enzymes) and is
called VSCLR (vascular).

                                Summary of Major Causes of Diabetes

       The use of Prednisone (synthetic cortisone)
       The production of excess cortisone, which occurs in all hypothyroid people.
       Stress, which exacerbates hypothyroidism and suppresses the immune system in general
       Genetic defect (juvenile diabetes) - much more rare than hypothyroidism - induced high cortisol
       Certain viral infections
       Chemical poisoning from substances such as pesticides, and certain chemical additives such as
        alloxan, which is present in bleached white flour and is used in commercial wheat products as
       Allergic triggers.
       A zero-enzyme, refined, junk food diet. In particular, diabetics are deficient in lipase, which is
        required for optimum cell permeability, which includes the production of insulin and its transport
        inside the cell. Insulin is suppressed in proportion to the amount of undigested fat (triglycerides)
        in the blood. If fat can be digested, insulin metabolism can be improved. Lipase deficiency (fat
        intolerance) leads to the inability to utilize glucose.

                                            Diet And Nutrition

As noted above, most cases of Type II diabetes can be controlled by diet, and many cases of Type I will
benefit from proper diet and nutrition as well. First, let’s discuss foods for diabetics to avoid: white flour
and all commercial flour products (including bleached and unbleached). Bleached white flour is a poor
excuse for food. Not only have the bran and germ been stripped away, but bleached flour also contains a
substance from the flour bleach (alloxan) which causes diabetes in animals. And if animals get diabetes
from white flour, I sure wouldn't eat it. Avoid unbleached white flour as well. It's still white flour, and is
devoid of nutrients.

Avoid white sugar, and all refined sugars, which include white sugar, fructose, corn syrup, and dextrose.
Diabetics must generally be careful about their use of natural sweeteners as well, including honey, maple
syrup, and molasses. Avoid artificial sugars like the plague. NutraSweet is especially bad for insulin-
dependent diabetics because it makes controlling blood sugar more difficult. Also avoid saccharin, which
has been shown to cause tumors in animals. This means excluding drinks such as regular and diet sodas,
juices with added sugar, and concentrated foods such as dried fruits.

Unsaturated oils - those that are liquid at room temperature (except olive oil) should be avoided. This
includes soybean, corn, safflower, sesame seed, flaxseed, Canola, flaxseed, Evening Primrose, Borage
and fish oils. Also, avoid all partially hydrogenated oils, including margarine, which are toxic for
everyone--not just diabetics. In general, the diet must be low in fats, even if they are healthy fats because

of the lipase deficiency associated with diabetes. The only fats I recommend are coconut oil, organic or
even better, raw butter, and extra virgin olive oil but in very limited amounts.

Most diabetics, either Type I or Type II, benefit from the same diet: whole, unprocessed foods, complex
carbohydrates in the form of whole grains and vegetables, fresh fruits, raw cow or goat milk and cultured
milk products such as yogurt, low fat raw cheeses, cottage cheese and lean organic meats, especially
lamb, fish, and poultry. Some diabetics can tolerate whole fruits and some cannot. It depends on the
severity of the case.

If you eat grains, make sure they're whole grains, preferably organic. Get organic whole-grain breads
from the health food store (wheat, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, brown rice, rye, barley, and so on).
Grain-sensitive people should eat the heirloom grains, which have never been hybridized or treated with
pesticides. About 70 percent of wheat-intolerant people can tolerate these. They include Kamut, spelt,
quinoa, and amaranth. You can buy them as whole grains, flour, and in many products, including cereals,
bread, and crackers.

High-fiber foods are excellent for stabilizing blood sugar. Dietary fibers (especially oats) lower blood
sugar levels, reduce insulin requirements, and decrease the rate of absorption of foods from the intestines
into the bloodstream. I do not recommend fiber which has been isolated from the whole food but the
whole food itself. High-fiber foods include fresh whole vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and whole
fruits. Zero-fiber foods include all refined carbohydrates (flour, sugar, pasta, bread, etc.). Foods rich in
fat and sugar activate intestinal bacteria which produce estrogen, as does fat tissue. Too much estrogen
desensitizes the skeletal muscles to the action of insulin. Garlic and onions have been reported to have
blood sugar-lowering action The active ingredients are reported to be sulfur-containing compounds,
although other constituents, such as bioflavanoids, may play a role as well.

Certain nutrients are required to metabolize glucose in the body, including the trace minerals chromium
and manganese, zinc, B-complex vitamins (including pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5), inositol, and
vitamin C. Glandular secretions (thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, pancreas and liver) and the green foods
(green Kamut, wheat grass, and blue green algae) - available in supplement form--are also excellent
nutrients which help modulate the blood sugar.

Here are some foods which contain the above nutrients, but remember to avoid those to which you are
sensitive. This list is not complete, but they'll give you an idea of the varied food sources containing the
desired nutrients. Foods are listed in descending order of the particular nutrient. You can see from
reading this list of foods how important it is to eat whole foods, direct from Mother nature.

Chromium: Brewer's yeast, whole wheat and rye bread, bovine liver, potatoes, and green peppers, eggs,
chicken, apples, butter, parsnips, cornmeal. Many diabetics have reported to me that taking small
(microgram) amounts of chromium picolinate has helped reduced their insulin dosage. Large amounts of
chromium can be toxic.

Manganese: nuts, barley, rye, buckwheat, spilt peas, whole wheat, spinach, oats, raisins, beet greens,
Brussels sprouts, cheese, carrots, broccoli, brown rice, whole wheat, corn, cabbage, peaches, butter.

Zinc: fresh oysters, ginger root, lamb chops, pecans, split peas, beef liver, egg yolk, whole wheat, rye,
oats, lima beans, almonds, walnuts, sardines, chicken, and buckwheat.

B-complex: Brewer's yeast, torula yeast, beef and chicken liver, mushrooms, split peas, blue cheese,
pecans, eggs, lobster, oats, buckwheat, rye, broccoli, turkey (dark meat), brown rice, whole wheat, red
chili peppers, sardines, avocado, chicken (dark meat), and kale.

Inositol: navy beans, barley, whole wheat (the wheat germ), brewer’s yeast, oats, black-eyed peas,
oranges, lima beans, green peas, molasses, split peas, grapefruit, raisins, cantaloupe, brown rice, orange
juice, peaches, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, sweet potatoes, watermelon, strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes,
eggs and milk.

Vitamin C: acerola, red chili peppers, guavas, red sweet peppers, kale, parsley, collard leaves, turnip
greens, green sweet peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, watercress, cauliflower, red
cabbage, strawberries, papayas, spinach, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, turnips, mangos, asparagus,
cantaloupes, swiss chard, green onions, tangerines and oysters.

                 Nutrients And Supplements Which Help Control Blood Sugar

Hormonal Balancing:

Pregnenolone Powder or tabs: In insulin-dependent diabetics, certain cells in the pancreas, called beta
cells, do not function properly to produce insulin. In animal studies in which diabetes was induced by
destroying the beta cells of the pancreas, DHEA was found to reverse the damaged beta cells. Although
no human studies have been reported, I recommend pregnenolone for all diabetics, young and old alike at
a dosage of 100 to 150 mg (about 1/16th tsp) daily or 3 tabs of the 25 mg pills. Dr. Peat uses DHEA and
brewer’s yeast to lower insulin dosages in diabetics. A case history is described at the end of this article.
However, DHEA is contraindicated in cancer patients because it can convert to estrogen which
exacerbates the condition.

Thyroid glandular: Most diabetics are hypothyroid, have high cortisol and really need thyroid glandular
therapy. This was proven by Dr. Broda Barnes, M.D., who discovered that thyroid glandular protects
diabetics from the side effects of insulin.

Natural Progesterone (10%) in natural vitamin E: I recommend this in diabetic women. It stimulates the
release of the thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland.


        VSCLR: a high lipase multiple digestive enzyme formula is used as the multiple digestive
         formula, 2 to 4 caps with each meal three times daily. Insulin-dependent diabetics must monitor
         insulin and glucose levels.
        PAN: multiple digestive enzyme formula for sugar, grains and fruits. Dosage: 2 caps per meal

Other enzymes may be indicated according to the Loomis 24-hour urinalysis, the Loomis palpation test
and patient history.


Gymnesyl (gymnema sylvestre): Gymnesyl is an Ayurvedic herb from India used in the treatment of
diabetes. It has been shown to reduce the insulin requirement in Type I diabetes, and there is some
evidence that it may regenerate or revitalize the cells of the pancreas that are responsible for producing
insulin. It has also shown positive results in Type II diabetes. In fact, some patients were able to
discontinue their oral drugs and maintain blood sugar control with gymnesyl alone.2 In one study of non-

insulin dependent diabetics given gymnesyl along with their oral blood sugar lowering medication, all
patients showed improved blood sugar control. Twenty-one out of 22 type II diabetics were able to reduce
their drug dosage considerably, and five subjects were able to maintain blood sugar control with
gymnesyl and diet alone. The dose for gymnesyl is 400 mg daily in both type I and type II diabetics.
(Murray, Michael, N.D., “Are Botanical Medicines Useful in Diabetes?” American Journal of Natural
Medicine, 1:3, Nov. 1994, pp. 5-7)

Stevia: This herbal sweetener is excellent for diabetics and helps stabilize blood sugar while not requiring
insulin for its metabolism.

Fenugreek seeds (Trigonella foenumgraecum): Fenugreek contains several active ingredients in the
defatted portion of the seed. These include trigonelline alkaloid, nicotinic acid, and coumarin. Defatted
fenugreek seed powder, given twice daily (50 gram dose) to Type I diabetics resulted in lowered fasting
blood sugar and a 54 percent decrease in 24-hour urinary glucose excretion. In Type II diabetics, the
addition of 15 grams of powdered fenugreek seed soaked in water significantly reduced postprandial
glucose levels (Murray, ibid.)

Pterocarpus (Pterocarpus marsupium): has historically been used in India as a treatment for diabetes. It
contains a flavonoid called epicatechin, which has been shown to prevent and rejuvenate beta cell damage
in rats. Epicatechin is also found in green tea (cammelia sinensis). Since pterocarpus is not available in
the United States, green tea may be a good alternative. Dr. Michael T. Murray recommends at least two
cups daily. Green tea is available in health food stores and from health care providers. (Chakravarthy,
B.K. et al. “Pancreatic beta-cell regeneration in rats by epicatechin,” Lancet, 2:759-60, 1981; Murray,
Michael., N.D., ibid.)

Huereque: This is derived from the root of the huereque cactus from the northwestern Mexican desert. It
has a profound effect on lowering blood sugar levels. Dr. Daniel Dunphy of the San Francisco
Preventive Medical Group, has used this botanical on 15 patients who presented with insulin-dependent
adult-onset diabetes. All 15 are now almost or entirely off insulin. Dunphy reports that the only
drawback to huereque is that after about six months, its ability to control blood sugar starts to wear off, as
if the body has developed a tolerance to it. Still, he maintains that huereque is a very helpful aid in
modulating blood sugar IF it is used with other important nutrients and IF all factors that triggered the
diabetes are addressed. Please contact Dunphy for more information. (Daniel Dunphy, N.D., “Diabetes,
It’s reversible,” Alternative Medicine Digest, Issue 12, p. 44; Source: Daniel Dunphy, N.D., San
Francisco Preventive Medical Group, 345 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127. Phone: (415)

                                              Case Histories

The diabetic who ate junk food:

A 45-year old male presented with type II diabetes requiring oral diabetic drugs. Although he took his
drugs, his diet was a diabetic’s nightmare, consisting of fast foods, junk foods, refined sugar and little
whole organic foods, fruits or vegetables or organic meat or poultry. His urine test revealed the drastic
effects of his diet on his health. It showed a large amount of urinary glucose, a very toxic colon, sugar
and fat intolerance, severe allergies and an overly acidic condition with low calcium and low vitamin C.
Even though there are enzymes for all of his conditions, I emphasized to him that popping enzymes
without dietary changes was a waste of money. As a prerequisite to recommend enzyme support, I

extracted a promised from him that he would indeed change his diet. He told me, “I have no choice, I feel
terrible.” Even with this promise, I minimized his regimen, because he was so toxic. Here is what I
gave him:

       VSCLR, a multiple digestive enzyme for fat intolerance, 2 caps per meal
       PAN, a multiple digestive enzyme for sugar intolerance, 2 caps per meal
       Challenge Powder, a colon cleanse powder which reduces colon toxicity from high indican
        (which is a poison that forms from undigested food) and is also for parasites.
       Kdy, an allergy relief formula
       Thyroid glandular, important in all hypothyroid diabetics

I told him that I would hold off on formulas containing calcium and vitamin C and would wait one month,
ample time for him to change his diet and then see what the second urine revealed. My lecture on diet
worked. This man totally changed his diet, eliminated his fast foods, junk foods and processed foods. I
was very impressed with his next urine test. Not only was there no urinary glucose, his doctor told him to
delete his oral diabetic drug because his blood sugar was now normal, and his colon was no longer toxic.

The Woman Who Hated Insulin:

This is a true story from Dr. Peat. He has had many cases like this but I asked him to be specific and to
tell me one individual case. A middle-aged, slightly overweight woman presented with “insulin-
dependent diabetes.” She asked Peat if he could help her reduce her dosage of insulin which she had been
taking for ten years. Peat recommended the following:

       Thyroid glandular
       DHEA, 10% in natural vitamin E oil: 10 mg (3 drops) daily for 2-4 weeks
       Brewer’s yeast: up to 4 ounces daily added as a paste to chicken broth or other soups
       A diet high in animal protein (eggs, milk, yogurt, chicken, fish and so on), plus coconut oil and a
        raw carrot daily

In three to four days, she had to decrease her insulin dosage. In two-three weeks, she was off insulin

The Old, Blind Diabetic Man:

Another true story from Peat about a friend of his, a 78-year old man who had been an acrobat and was in
the Spanish Civil War who became diabetic. After being on insulin for 50 years, he became blind and his
feet were totally numb, making walking difficult. He was so blind that he drove down the left side of the
street, but he never admitted his blindness. He was so numb that he had trouble getting from his bed to
his easy chair. Peat put a plate beside his bed which contained eight ½-grain tablets of a good thyroid
glandular. He told his friend to take one of these pills daily. In about two weeks, Peat came to visit his
friend and found him out walking. I asked Peat what happened to his blindness but since he never
admitted it, Peat couldn’t answer my question.

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