|Written by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.|
|Friday, 23 September 2005 19:32|
In spite of this huge dose of insulin and six other medications, Jim’s glucose readings averaged between 350 – 400. This was the case “no matter what I eat,” he said. Jim was already following the precise dietary recommendations of a dietician who worked in the office of his endocrinologist.
At his first visit with me, when he began following my nutritional program for diabetics, I reduced his insulin dose down to 130 units per day. We spoke over the phone over the next few days, and I continued to decrease his insulin gradually.
Within five days, his glucose was running between 80 and 120, and he had lost ten pounds. At this juncture, I put him on 45 units of Lantus insulin at bedtime and 6 units of Humalog regular insulin before each meal for a total of 63 units per day.
At his two week visit, he had lost 16 pounds. I was already stopping some of his blood pressure medications and he was taking a total of 58 units per day of insulin.
After the first month on the program, I was able to stop all his insulin and start Jim on Glucophage (one of the safer oral medications). He lost 25 pounds in the first five weeks and his blood glucose readings were well controlled without insulin. His blood pressure also came down to normal and he no longer required any blood pressure medications.
I had also found that Jim had an elevated homocysteine when we checked his blood tests. With the appropriate supplementation of a specific form of folate that he required (methyl tetrahydrofolate), his homocysteine returned to the normal range.
Five months later, Jim was off medications for diabetes, he no longer had high cholesterol or high blood pressure, and he was over 60 pounds lighter. His kidney insufficiency had normalized as well.
This case illustrates not merely how powerful eating high-nutrient, natural foods can be at reversing diabetes, but how disease-promoting the standard dietary advice given to diabetics from conventional physicians and dieticians is. The standard nutritional advice given to diabetics is not just insufficient — it is dangerous. Jim Kenny would likely be dead by now had his nephrologist not referred him to me for nutritional management.
More and more physicians call me expressing their support and enthusiasm for my Eat To Live message. Unfortunately, many say, “Don’t tell anyone I called and support you 100 percent; I do not want to be ostracized by the other specialists.”
I invite other physicians to come to my office and observe the spectacular results first hand. Those who have taken me up on the offer have often commented that the experience was more fruitful than anything they did in their residency training.
The human body is a marvelous healing machine. We only have to establish an optimal nutritional environment for healing and let the body do the “fixing.”
Reprinted from Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times newsletter. Visit DrFuhrman.com for more information. by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
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