By Charlie G ❘ 2012
Book by:
Franklin House, M.D., Stuart A. Seale, M.D. and Ian Blake Newman

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On June 29, 2012
Last modified:July 14, 2012

Summary:

This book is a complete guide to help you transition to a new and healthier lifestyle and probably avoid many of the dangerous conditions associated with diabetes.

Some weeks ago I purchased the book “The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle” by Franklin House, M.D., Stuart A. Seale, M.D. and Ian Blake Newman and recently finished reading it. Since my last review seems to have helped many people, I wanted to review this one as well in hopes of helping improve even more people’s lives.

Both books have basically the same title or message but approach the diabetes treatment from different perspectives (although in many aspects they agree).

The basic difference between “The 30 Day Diabetes Cure” by Dr. Ripich and this book is that the first allows you to eat meat, milk, eggs etc. while this one reviewed here is based on a plant based diet (vegetarian). Both are backed up by research and present convincing arguments. And both of them are getting excellent results, such as getting diabetics off drugs (or reducing them) and improving outstandingly their overall health.

So, I encourage you to continue reading this review. However, if you already know that you could never be a vegetarian, I suggest you to read my review of Dr. Ripich’s book.

 

About The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle

 

This book is a summary of the Lifestyle Center of America’s program to stop diabetes, restore your health and build natural vitality before diabetes will stop you.

The 30-day diabetes miracle bookA word about the Lifestyle Center of America (LCA): it’s a non-profit health resort in southern Oklahoma with an 18-day program that trains diabetics to develop new and healthier habits that will help them gain more quality of life. Instead of trying to fix the symptoms of various conditions, they help individuals to get to the root of their problems – their lifestyle – using the power of diet, physical activity, stress management as well as intensive, personal medical supervision.

The book starts by distinguishing between healing and curing (since this is a hot debate topic that get forums filled with critics to books and programs that use the words “diabetes cure”, I think it’s a very good way to start the book).

From their point of view, curing is what physicians do in an acute medical setting, where the patient is a passive recipient of the doctor’s skills. Healing, on the other hand, can come only from within each individual (a doctor cannot do this for a patient). So, according to the authors of this book, healing would be the “physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual process of becoming whole again.

They have an interesting question to help solve the cure/not cure dilema: What would you call it if your doctor were eventually unable to detect any evidence of diabetes, or see any sign of the disease process at work?

Would that be a “cure” for you? You can answer that question for yourself.

Who is this book for?

As with other lifestyle medicine approaches, they focus on people with type-2 diabetes, but the information can be very relevant for type-1 diabetes as well.

This book is also for people who don’t believe that diabetes is a death sentence, that it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have awful complications or that you need to take large doses of medicine for the rest of your life, and for those who know that they are responsible for their own health, not just their doctors. Actually, the book provides a great set of questions to consider how well your doctor’s advice has been working.

What patients are experiencing after only 18 days in the LCA program

  • nearly 20% drop in triglyceride levels
  • 16% reduction in total cholesterol
  • decrease in “bad” cholesterol levels by 22%
  • a 17% reduction in fasting blood sugar
  • weight reduction equal to 4.6% of body weight
  • more than a 5% reduction in resting heart rate
  • nearly 6% drop in systolic blood pressure
  • 18% increase in flexibility

and this is just after 2 weeks into the program. In order to achieve this, you’ll be required distance from the way you’ve been thinking about healthcare, disease, food…

In the book you’ll find…

Top 10 reasons this program substantially differs from others (textually from the book):

  1. it actually works
  2. it’s all-inclusive
  3. it’s about lifestyle choices
  4. medications, including insulin, are secondary
  5. it’s based on a diet that’s very different from the standard American diet
  6. it gives you the complete truth
  7. it promotes the health benefits of a physically active lifestyle without unpleasant side effects
  8. it helps you achieve your goals by helping you train your brain
  9. it will improve nearly all facets of your health, not just your diabetes
  10. it helps you address the key question of, “Good health – for what?”

As I already mentioned, The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle diet is plant based. This means, that if you embrace this program, from now on you’ll eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts (in moderation) and seeds.

Thanks to high fiber, this diet is filling, naturally low in fat, provides lots of good-quality protein and it’s high in complex carbohydrates.

Good health – what for?

At the end of the day, the most important questions you should ask yourself are: Why do I want to feel better? Why do I want good health? Why do I want to live? Your answer to this question could be the key determinant to your level of success in changing your life for the better. And you are the only one who can answer that question, not your doctor, not your spouse or children or friends, just you.

The book gives you some helpful ideas to think about when answering these questions.

 

I like the simplicity of their explanation of the insulin resistance condition leading to higher blood sugar levels and type-2 diabetes. In a nutshell: “Too much energy (sugar) in, not enough energy (physical activity) out”.

Another useful thing that I also learnt from this book is that a normal healthy adult pancreas secrets 20 to 30 units of insulin a day, and that people with type-1 diabetes shouldn’t take more insulin than that because any excess of insulin can easily lead to insulin resistance, worsening the diabetes condition.

 

Diabetes medication

You’ll find a list of the most prescripted drugs for diabetes, with an explanation of what they are, what should be their effect and the actual side-effect on the body. Patients following the diet of this book tend to be able to reduce and even drop completely some or all of their meds thanks to this change in lifestyle.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) vs a Plant Based Diet (PBD)

There’s a whole chapter dedicated to the horrendous statistics and effects that the standard American diet is having on our society. The “SAD” thing is that this diet is still the one recommended by the American health system. After this chapter you’ll get to one of the most important parts of the book: the diet and how to set your goals when planning your diet, with tips to help you avoid the great imitators of whole grain products, to detect the right kind of carbs to eat, a list with 14 lifestyle recommendations for controlling cholesterol, tryglicerides, blood sugar and weight, a strategy for a low glycemic-index (LI) diet…

Of course, the authors also explain why the myth of vegetarians not getting enough protein is just that, a myth and why people with diabetes should be particularly cautious about ingesting too much protein.

Menus and recipes

The book also includes a week’s worth of menus (breakfast, lunch and dinner), with some recipes and the nutritional information (how many carbs) for each meal. More recipes can be found on their website.

Physical activity

Another important part of the program is physical activity, exercise, sports or whatever you want to call it. There’s a whole chapter about this issue, where they explain and show how the LCA activity program, tailored for weight loss, insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control works.

The four main concepts on which this exercise program is based on are strolling, stretching, strength training and intermitent training.

But don’t worry. You won’t have to suffer while doing exercise, since this program rejects the myth of “No pain, no gain”.

There is one tip that personally helped me a lot in controlling my blood sugar level after having exercised (somehow my blood sugar level usually rose during the exercise): 1 hour of activity requires an extra 15 gr. of carbs, so you can eat a slice of whole grain bread with light smear of nut butter. Fat, protein and fiber cause the carbohydrates to be absorbed gradually during the physical activity.

Another thing that I liked about the book is that there are plenty of pictures to show how you should perform the stretching and strength training exercises.

Again, if you need more exercises you can visit their website.

Stress management

The following chapter is dedicated to stress management, the motivators that we have that trigger our actions and some ways to change our way of thinking in order to avoid depression (over 30 million Americans suffer from depression!) and get what we want in life.

In reference to stress management, the authors of the book also made an interesting discovery – in particular for type 1 diabetics: extrem stress and pancreatic trauma (such as car accidents) seems to be one possible culprit in the onset of type-1 diabetes. Quite some of their type-1 patients report having gone through traumatic events in their lives usually just a few months before their diagnosis (that’s also what happened to me!).

 

In the last chapter the authors present a 30-day prescription for a personal diabetes miracle, as they call it. Here you’ll find exact steps to help you embrace and succeed with your new lifestyle: how and what to eat, which vitamins you need, foods to avoid, a summary of the activity program, when to get the best sunshine light for vitamin D, when to visit your doctor…

 

If you think your doctor won’t support you with this plan, you could give him/her the “Guidelines for Physicians” that you’ll find on the book’s website. It will give him/her the information needed to coach and monitor you.

Since your medicine needs can change quickly following this program, it is important that you find a like-minded physician that can guide you in this journey (there’s a list of resources on how to find an appropriate doctor for you).

 

Drawbacks: 

The one thing that I don’t like about this program is that some of the resources mentioned in the book are supposed to be found on their website. However, the site is outdated; some of the links don’t work and you can’t find the resources mentioned.

 

As you can see, this book is a complete guide to help you with your transition to a new and healthier lifestyle and probably avoid many of the dangerous repercussions associated with diabetes.

If you have already read other lifestyle medicine resources, you won’t find much new here (well, maybe the chapter on activity will be the best one for you in that case). If the concept of “healing” or revearsing diabetes with healthier lifestyle choices is new to you, The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle can help you a lot. You just need to know that this program requires discipline, courage and will force (the opposite of a magic pill).

If you don’t want to start this process by yourself, you can apply for the 18-day retreat at Lifestyle Center of America.

And again, if you think you’ll never be able to be vegetarian, I recommend you the other book I reviewed: “The 30 Day Diabetes Cure”.

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This book is a complete guide to help you transition to a new and healthier lifestyle and probably avoid many of the dangerous conditions associated with diabetes.

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1 Comment on “The 30 Day Diabetes Miracle” review

  1. Beata says:

    Hippocrates said long time ago ,Let the food be yours medication