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This is chapter 13 (part II) 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. There are a variety of diets and treatments, from hundreds or thousands of years ago to the present day, to treat diabetes. Some have been more studied than others, and others have been passed from generation to generation by word of mouth and collective experience. Now I will mention the different ways of understanding and treating diabetes which I have been studying and applying during these 15 years of research. I will summarize very briefly what each one is about, since explaining each of them in depth would make this book twice as long. Let me start with the diets for diabetes mentioned in the comparative table from last week: Dr. Stefan Ripich and Jim Healthy holistic diet (book […]

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This is chapter 13 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 chapter has been the one where I struggled most with deciding how to approach it and what to write. Surely, because I know that it’s the topic where you might be most interested. This can be a long one, so if you want to reach the comparative table with the different diets for diabetes, go ahead to the bottom of this post. Since I am not a nutritionist, biologist, nor chemist, and I have not yet had the experience of having cured my type 1 diabetes with some particular type of diet, I cannot (and, I think, I should not) recommend a specific diet as the better one. I thought of working together with an expert in nutrition for diabetes […]

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I have already written about the Roman’s family here before. Since I found the case of their two sons with type 1 diabetes and how they have approached it very interesting, I interviewed them. You can read the answers here below…I hope you can get inspired or learn something that you can apply to yourself or your children if they have diabetes. Please, share briefly with us who you are and why are you involved in the diabetes world. What type of diabetes do your children have/had and when were they diagnosed? We are Dan and Sally Roman, the parents of two type 1 diabetic children. Dan was the former Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a specialty pharmacy and disposable medical supply company, and Sally was a Registered Nurse before becoming a full time mother to 6 children. Together, we are co-founders of Health-e-Solutions. After quickly experiencing the limits […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2013

20th June marked 15 years since I was hospitalized and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. On the one hand, it seems like yesterday. On the other hand, it seems long ago, as if it had happened to another person. It seems as if the young person I was (23 years old) when I made my debut was quite different from the person that I am today. And indeed, I’m quite different. I want to take this opportunity to do a little summary of the past 15 years and give you an update about my diabetes, what I’m doing, and the results I’m getting. From young, insecure man to parent and author I have several theories as to what caused my diabetes. Although I’m not one hundred percent sure which one was the trigger, I have an intuition that makes me believe quite securely in one or two of these hypotheses […]

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Just in case you didn’t heard about the one million ex-diabetics campaign organized by Jim Healthy, I wanted to write a quick shout out for you. What is the 1 million ex-diabetics (“1MILX”) campaign? Type 2 diabetes is the fastest-spreading medical condition on the planet today – and the largest financial burden on the world’s health care systems. Currently, at least 10 percent of the world’s population has been diagnosed with this condition. But the scarier statistic is that three times as many people are walking around with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes unaware. Even worse: Type 2 is now attacking children in unprecedented numbers (this used to be an adults-only condition.) This explosion of Type 2 among children is the reason why some experts afirm that kids born after the year 2000 will be the first generation in the history of humanity to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. That’s […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2013

Review of The Matrix Assessment Profile showing you how to finally address the root cause of your chronic symptoms from type 2 Diabetes, naturally Whenever I find someone focusing on the root cause of a disease, I start to pay attention… and you should too! In this article, I will take you through what The Matrix Assessment Profile is, and how it can help you finally put an end to your diabetes symptoms naturally. Not long ago I attended a webinar that told me all about The Matrix Assessment Profile (MAP) treatment for diabetes. I got hooked up and stayed until the end of the webinar. What I heard was very different to what we usually hear from doctors. The MAP is aiming at discovery of the root cause of your Type 2 Diabetes symptoms instead of just managing the symptoms of diabetes and its medications. What is causing your […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2012

Today, November 14, as many of you may know, the calendar marks the World Diabetes Day. It is a day in which people and organizations try to raise awareness of the problem of diabetes and organize many activities around the world to prevent and control the disease through information, testing blood sugar to detect in time if you have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, fundrising marathons, etc. Although all these activities are ok and have to be done, from my point of view, there is very little emphasis in curing diabetes. According to my perception (and other sources researching on funding to diabetes causes), 95% of the effort is spent on prevention and control, and almost nothing to try to eliminate the disease. I guess this big mismatch is because “modern” medicine considers diabetes an incurable disease. What would happen if we would adjust that proportion to 50% in control and […]

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I just stumbled upon a great video that explains in a very simple way why type 1 and type 2 diabetes occur. It helps you have a mental picture of what’s happening in your body when your pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the insulin receptors are desensitized. I already knew how this works, but I thought that many people with diabetes still don’t know it, and this is the simplest way I found to explain it. The video is called “Glucose Insulin and Diabetes: The basics of Type I and Type II diabetes”. Kudos to the auhtor of this video!    

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By Charlie G ❘ 2012

Following with my series of posts dedicated to the people new to the diabetes world, this time I wanted to write about the most typical diabetes symptoms. This doesn’t necessarily mean that if you are having one of these symptoms you have diabetes. But, specially if you are experiencing several of these symptoms at the same time, you could decide to visit your physician just to check. If your doc does mention the word “diabetes” don’t panic (I know it’s easier said than done). I remember when I was told that I had diabetes. I didn’t know anything about it and was completely lost. Now, almost 14 years later and a lot of research and experimenting different treatments, I feel I know a lot about the topic and confident that I can control this diabetes. I post all I know and experience here in this blog, so that people like […]

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Recently I realized, that people visiting this blog come from different backgrounds and are in very different stages regarding of how long they’ve had diabetes and how much do they know about it. So, what for some of us may seem basics, for other recently diagnosed may be essential to know. That’s why I decided to put together a list of the most common terms and vocabulary related to diabetes that you’ll find over and over again during your years with diabetes. I’ll try to define the terms as clearly and shortly as possible so that anyone can understand it. I classified them into several categories to be easier to access, as well as sorted alphabetically. If you happen to stumble upon a term or jargon not listed here, please let me know it in the comments section below, and I’ll do my best to find the answer and add it […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2011

Throughout the 18 years that I have lived with Type 1 Diabetes, I read a lot about the subject, visited different types of physicians, and tried different diets and alternative treatments. My research and experience made it clear to me that there are many possible causes for diabetes and, therefore, there are many types of therapies or treatments for it. I am providing a list of all possible causes (of either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes) that I’ve heard of or read about. Many of them will not be “officially” recognized as causes of diabetes, but if you know me you also know that “official” matters little to me! Since no one seems to know the exact causes, the list is more of a collection of hypotheses of possible causes. Many doctors and websites say that the main cause of diabetes is the body’s inability to produce insulin or […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2008

Tomorrow, November 14, 2008, we will “celebrate” World Diabetes Day. For another year the opportunity has come to announce with fanfare that it’s a special day, dedicated to diabetes. I wrote “celebrate” in quotes because I do not think it is an occasion to celebrate. It is a very sad thing that there are more and more people with diabetes, and especially that the number of cases of children with diabetes is dramatically increasing. For me, personally, and with all due respect to those who strive to change things, this seems like a failure on the parts of our health system and government. Why else, since we have a technology thousands of times more advanced than 50 years ago, would the number of people suffering from diabetes increase exponentially? Isn’t it supposed to be the opposite: improving technology and science = improving health? Apparently not. In this case the technology […]

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Perhaps some of you are familiar with the name Denise Faustman. For those of you who have no idea who she is, Dr. Denise Faustman is director of the Immunobiology Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2001 her exciting research in BCG therapy in mice resulted in the first totally natural cure of type 1 diabetes, without needing anti-rejection drugs. This healing therapy has been successfully replicated in 7 other laboratories in other parts of the globe, reaching the same results. Seven years later, they started to move on to clinical trial in humans. You can’t imagine the amount of money needed to carry out such research. As this potential cure uses medicines already approved and patent-free, pharmaceutical companies do not fund this project. Although the first phase of the project was fully funded, Dr. Faustman needs 25 million dollars to complete Phase 2. Therefore, we are talking about scientific […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2008

Today I found an article on the internet that can give a bit of hope to those who suffer from diabetes, either type 1 or type 2, about a possible future treatment of this disease. It’s an investigation being carried out in Mexico (9th city in the world with the highest rate of diabetes), by a group of Cuban specialists to find a definitive cure for diabetes. According to the article, the treatment uses hemotherapy, a modern technique developed after almost half a century of research, which involves repeated use of a vaccine made with the patient’s own blood, designed to cure this and other autoimmune diseases. This vaccine stimulates the patient’s immune system, producing normal antibodies that block and destroy permanently and definitively abnormal antibodies that cause diabetes. Although I am not very fond of vaccines personally, and it is yet to be seen how this research evolves, according […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2008

Here I am again after one more day drinking just vegetable juices in order to cure my diabetes. First of all, thanks a lot for the comments I am receiving supporting or encouraging my will to get rid of the diabetes. I am learning from those comments as well and trying to “take it easy“. This third day was one of those where I had to apply that suggestion. Since the day before I had my blood sugar levels quite low (specially when I woke up), with no fast-acting insulin during the day, I decided to put 4 units less of slow-acting insulin for the night (that is, instead of 8 units, 4 units). Although when I woke up the glucose level was ok, afterwards it kept increasing until dinner time (150), having put 2 units of fast-acting insulin for lunch and 1 for dinner again. I don’t complain about […]

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