This is chapter 11 of my book “DIABETES. A world of possibilities”, which I’m publishing here for free. You can access all chapters of the book published until now here.
This is a subject of much controversy, especially between proponents of allopathic medicine and alternative medicine advocates.
These differences are based on the experience of each of them, and their intentions.
Allopathic medicine, with its treatments, has never been able to cure someone with diabetes, nor return sugar levels to normal without medication (type 2 diabetes) and they say that this disease has no cure.
Alternative medicine—more natural and holistic—on the other hand, has always been more open to treat the disease in different ways, and in many cases they did reverse diabetes in patients with the disease (especially type 2, and to a lesser degree type 1).
These “cures” are usually denied by allopathic medicine practicioners or they say that it was a misdiagnosis—that the patient actually did not have that type of diabetes.
But the key here is to define what is considered “cured.”
In 2009, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) published a document that contained the definitions agreed on by a number of experts (according to their knowledge and understanding of diabetes) of the terms “partial remission,” “complete remission,” and “prolonged remission” related to diabetes. These definitions are considered the official definitions on the subject of curing diabetes.
According to that document:
- A partial remission is given when the A1C (glycated hemoglobin) is below 6.5 (fasting glucose 100–125 mg/dl or 5.6–6.9 mmol/l) for a year without using medication.
- A complete remission will be achieved after one year without medication with normal blood glucose levels (fasting glucose <100 mg/dl or 5.6 mmol/l.)
- And prolonged remission could be considered a cure after five years of complete remission.
There you go. If you want to cure diabetes, or at least be considered officially cured, either partially or completely, these are the goals that you have to pursue and reach.
The question then arises: what kind of healing is more appropriate? Or, for some, what type of healing is officially accepted?
After five years of writing on my website about diabetes and moderating the comments within, I have read comments from skeptical or critical people (I consider that quality positive to some degree) mentioning the lack of scientific studies or official texts coming either from the health authorities or associations and organizations related to the topic that confirm the treatments used by different types of natural therapies are helping many people restore their health.
I will address now the two types of cures most commonly used by different types of medicine.
Ways to get to healing
If we go deeper on the subject, we will conclude that there are two ways to achieve the “cure.” I do not know if the names I will provide for such concepts exist or not, but it is the simplest way to understand it that occurred to me.
The first way is the biological healing (or internal cure). This type of healing refers to the internal change (biological) that needs to be accomplished for the body to regain its original healthy state, or at least to get very close to it. For this, the different treatments rely on a change in lifestyle (especial diet, exercise, avoiding stress, quitting smoking) so that the body gets rid of the causes that make the symptoms appear.
From this point of view, diseases and symptoms are perceived as the body’s attempts to heal itself. That is, the symptoms are not the cause but the effect—the result of a disorder (physical, mental, or emotional) that is causing these symptoms.
Therefore, from this point of view, a change in lifestyle that addresses the physical, mental, or emotional disorder will alleviate and reorganize the biology of the body to get back to work as it was created and, if appropriate, make symptoms disappear.
In other words, biological healing goes to the root of the problem.
Normally advocates of these kinds of treatments affirm that you can restore the health of those with type 2 diabetes, although a doctor, Dr. Robert Young, also claims to have cured type 1 in a few cases with his treatment (like the amazing Roman brothers case.)
Under this type of healing, we find treatments such as:
- The theory of the pH (acidity/alkalinity) by Dr. Robert O. Young.
- The vegan and organic diet. One of the best known authors successfully practicing this treatment is Dr. Gabriel Cousens. Another author who follows the same way is Dr. Schnitzer.
- Holistic treatment by Dr. Ripich and Jim Healthy (in his book, “The 30 Day Diabetes Cure”)
- Ayurvedic treatment
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- The German New Medicine
- Paleo Diet (Paleolithic or ancestral diet)
Now, these treatments for a biological cure usually involve a lot of discipline, self-control, taking responsibility for our own health, and having willpower to carry out the change of lifestyle and, most importantly, keep it. But the rewards can be immensely enjoyable if practiced long enough.
This type of biological healing is usually conditioned upon continuing with that lifestyle (being able to make an exception from time to time). That is, if you go back to your earlier lifestyle or diet, your symptoms will probably return.
The other type of healing would be the Assisted Healing (or external cure). As its name suggests, in this case it is a cure that comes from something we put into our body from the outside in the form of medicine, pill, injection, transplantation, vaccine.
This is what we are used to in our Western culture: “give me the magic pill that will remove these symptoms or this disease, and it has to work now, without me having to do anything extraordinary.”
It’s normal to want a treatment that is quick and painless, and with which the effects are immediate and do not require us to have to change anything in our life. But, as Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” That is, even if you get a magic pill for treating your illness, if you still keep the same lifestyle that possibly created the disease, the body will continue fighting and complaining, in the form of symptoms or illness, to try to stay safe.
(Note: Although this affects most people with diabetes, there are cases, especially in type 1 diabetes, in which the cause might not be an improper lifestyle.)
But, taking responsibility for your own health is essential, whether you have type 1 or type 2.
It’s not that I’m against this type of assisted cure. In fact, it is what everyone has been waiting for decades for. For many years, there has been more and more research and clinical studies in mice and humans that ensure that in five or ten years there will be on the market a treatment in pill form, or transplantation vaccine, available to everyone. These statements have been there for too many years, and I am pretty skeptical about them. I can’t believe them anymore. And then they accuse naturopaths and alternative healers of giving false hope to people.
Hopefully, one day soon, the values that guide governments and the pharmaceutical industry will change to allow research to go all the way to find the definitive cure for diabetes and make such treatment available to the public, healing us all with a pill or vaccine, so that we can go back to enjoying a healthy life without complications.
But until then, the question is: what do we do? Do we not do nothing and wait for the pharmaceutical industry and governments (controlled by that industry) to approve a transplant/vaccine kind of cure? Or do we try to take the best care of ourselves—for example, with biological or internal treatments—to try to be as healthy as we can until that definitive cure is made public?
That is a personal decision that only you can answer.
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