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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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This is chapter 12 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. “All disease begins in the gut.” Hippocrates You have probably already heard that our gut is our second brain. If the brain is our main control center, having a second brain indicates the importance of the gut to our health. The gut is the first line of defense of our immune system, since the digestive system represents almost the only access point to the human body and, therefore, the main road for viruses and germs looking to enter the body and blood. To combat this, our digestive system begins, when we are born, with a wall of defenses, such as enzymes and good bacteria, to fight the bad bacteria via a defense wall that should only be permeable to molecules having […]

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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 […]

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This is chapter 9 of my book “DIABETES. A world of possibilities”, which I’m publishing here for free. You can access all the chapters published until now here. Although I try to keep this book motivating and positive, I think it would be misleading not to warn about the potential consequences of having poorly controlled diabetes. I hope this chapter does not get you down or discourage you. Rather, I hope you take it as the greatest motivation to be as healthy as possible and do everything in your power to control your diabetes and avoid all those health complications that can derive from diabetes. Because diabetes affects the blood vessels and nerves, it can affect any part of the body. However, certain parts of the body are affected more than others: Heart: Diabetes contributes to high blood pressure and is linked to high cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol), which is considered […]

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This is chapter 6 of my book “DIABETES. A world of possibilities”, which I’m publishing here for free. You can access all the chapters published until now here. The topic of sleep seems to be more important than one might think in relation to diabetes. According to researchers from Chicago Medical Center University, suppression of slow wave sleep in healthy young adults significantly decreases their ability to regulate sugar levels in the blood and increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. Deep sleep, also called “slow-wave sleep,” is thought to be the most restorative sleeping phase. This study found that, after only three nights of selective suppression of slow-wave sleep, healthy young people were less sensitive to insulin (25 percent less sensitive), resulting in an increase of 23 percent in blood glucose levels, comparable to older adults with impaired glucose tolerance. Although they needed more insulin to metabolize the same amount […]

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This is the first part of chapter 5 of my book “DIABETES. A world of possibilities”, which I’m publishing here for free. You can access all the chapters published until now here. If you have read other books, or online articles, on how to treat diabetes, you have probably seen that in most of them, if not all, exercise or sport plays a major role. In fact, exercise is one of the three pillars recommended to manage diabetes; the other two being diet and insulin or medication, accordingly. Although traditional allopathic medicine generally considers the drugs as the main pillar, most naturopathic medicine puts more weight on diet and exercise. Some of you might think now: “oh no, more of the same!” Yes, more of the same. If exercise is something recommended in virtually all types of diabetes treatments, from allopathic to naturists, vegan diets, low-carb diets, Paleo diets, etc. and […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2013

This is chapter 4 of my book “DIABETES. A world of possibilities”, which I’m publishing here for free. You can access all the chapters published until now here. In health, as in any other sphere of our lives, the first thing we must have clear is why we want to be healthy, or lose weight, or overcome a disease, because that motivation is what will give us the strength to continue forward every day, and is what we use in moments of weakness. Many productivity theories teach that, in order to reach something, we have to set goals and write them down on paper or a computer, read them each day, and stay focused on the achievement of those objectives. While I agree with these theories, I believe that having a clear goal does not help much without having clear reason why you want to get it. Maybe it has something […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2013

This is chapter 3 of my book “DIABETES. A world of possibilities”, which I’m publishing here for free. You can access all the chapters published until now here. Several people asked me to write something positive about diabetes in my book, because usually all that you read is negative and hopeless. I will devote this chapter, although I have tried to write all of this book with a positive approach, to bringing hope and practical advice to potential “benefits” of diabetes. Surely, many are now wondering: Benefits of diabetes? Is there anything positive in diabetes? Diabetes, like any other disease or health condition, has the potential to make us grow. For me, this is the most positive thing that health discomforts bring. That does not mean that it is not sometimes very hard to live with diabetes, or that we do not feel kind of depressed, moody, angry, sad, etc. The […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2013

This is chapter 2 of my book “DIABETES. A world of possibilities”, which I’m publishing here for free. You can access all the chapters published until now here. When I had written about half of this book, I came across a book (Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars) that, until then, had not called my attention. I remember reading years ago, when I started with diabetes, the name Dr. Bernstein. I think I read something, but I did not investigate further. There is a saying or proverb that says “the teacher appears when the student is ready.” That’s exactly what happened to me with Dr. Bernstein. Years ago, I was not prepared for his theory or treatment. Now, I am. For those who do not know who this doctor is, I put it here in a nutshell. Richard K. Bernstein was diagnosed with Type 1 […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2013

This is chapter 1 of my book “DIABETES. A world of possibilities”, which I’m publishing here for free. You can access all the chapters here. 1998 was a rather stressful year for me (although at that time I didn’t perceived it as stressful). I was 23 years old, in the last year of college. In the afternoons, I worked at the computer room of the university to pay the cost of my studies. The last few weeks of the course, I also had to study for finals. I did perceive those last weeks as more stressful. I remember that, from the date of the finals until prom, there were two or three weeks inbetween. During those days, I was at my parents‘ house while looking for a job, at least for that summer. I think I was worried that I wouldn’t like my first job after university or that I […]

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This is the first part of my book “DIABETES. A world of possibilities”, which I’m publishing here for free. You can access all the chapters here. It’s seven in the evening, and I’m on my way home after a long day working in the office, located an hour away. I try to take advantage of the time in the train reading a magazine or checking my emails on the smartphone in order to have it done when I get home. But something will not let me continue with the task. My eyes are closing, as if they weigh 20 pounds each. I try to keep them open, because I want to use that time. My body is stronger, and wins. I close the magazine or turn off the phone, and I surrender to the demands of my body. I close my eyes all the way to the station. When I […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2013

Just the fact that a doctor (Peter Attia) is asking this question is very promising. The problem is, that it seems to be one of the very few ones with this attitude: a combination of humility, profound respect for the life of his patients and curiosity and an open mind to question the dogma. I loved this TED Talk and I can imagine you will as well. Peter Attia just gave me hope again, that one day the medical community will embrace an attitude similar to this one. He is dedicating his life now to find out what’s the connection between obesity and insulin resistance (and therefore type 2 diabetes as well) You can find more about Peter Attia at The Eating Academy, and at the Nutrition Science Initiative. And here the video. Prepare some tissues for the end!

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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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