REVERSING TYPE 1 DIABETES
Written by Slawomir Gromadzki, MPH
Autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 Diabetes cause immense suffering and pain. In people who suffer from various autoimmune conditions, the immune system produces antibodies that attack the body’s own tissues. There are over 80 types of autoimmune diseases categorized by the different parts of the body that are affected.
NORMAL BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS
There are many different opinions about the ideal blood sugar level but usually it is believed that normal or healthy level before meals should be between 3.5–5.5mmol/l (millimoles per litre), and less than 8mmol/l, 2 hours after meals.
Individuals with diabetes are encouraged to maintain their sugar levels between 4-7mmol/l before meals, and less than 8.5mmol/l two hours after meals.
Diabetics develop certain following characteristic signs:
– They are often thirsty because they pass more urine as they cannot effectively reabsorb water from the blood due to damaged small blood vessels in kidneys.
– They are hungry because they lose a lot of protein and because of the higher levels of insulin in the blood.
– Diabetics experience fatigue (tiredness) because glucose (which is the key source of energy) can’t get into the cells. As a result cells do not have sufficient amount of key “fuel” to generate enough energy in mitochondria.
– People with high blood sugar levels experience dry mouth because they are dehydrated as they lose too much water with urine.
COMPLICATIONS CAUSED BY PROLONGED HIGH BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
– Please check your blood glucose level from time to time as it is very dangerous if you are not aware of the fact that your sugar levels in the blood are chronically high as it can damage small blood vessels anywhere in your body leading to the following problems:
– Visual loss and blindness.
– Immune system suppression resulting in increased risk for infections.
– Erectile dysfunction.
– Poor blood circulation to the legs and feet and very slow wound healing.
– People with diabetes also have tendencies to experience frequent urine infections as well as overgrowth of candida albicans caused again by high sugar levels in the blood. And these infection also contribute to kidney damage.
– Kidney failure. In diabetics the high sugar levels in the blood damage small blood vessels in kidneys causing them to leak out toxins which accumulate in the body instead of being removed. At the same time the damaged capillaries in kidneys also allow beneficial proteins to move to the urine with which they are removed from the body.
– Strokes and heart attacks. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “High blood glucose levels over time can lead to increased deposits of fatty materials on the insides of the blood vessel walls. If you have diabetes, you are at least twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke.” It means that too much sugar in the blood, like free radicals, can damage the interior lining of larger blood vessels causing cholesterol plague to build much faster in those places leading to heart attacks and strokes.
– Peripheral nerve damage leading to severe pain, tingling, numbness in the feet, legs, and/or hands. Another dangerous effect of prolonged high blood sugar levels is a painful condition called peripheral neuropathy. According to medical dictionaries, peripheral neuropathy is defined as a “nerve damage caused by chronically high blood sugar and diabetes. It leads to numbness, loss of sensation, and pain in feet, legs, or hands.” The nerves in feet are damaged because due to high blood sugar levels the small blood vessels are damaged too and are unable to provide nutrients to the nerves. Apart from chronic high blood sugar levels also extremely popular cholesterol lowering drags statins greatly contribute to the development of peripheral neuropathy. There are many studies that proved it. The title of one of them which was published in 2011 says, “Cholesterol Lowering Statins Found to Damage Peripheral Nerves!”
find out how to recover from PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY >
– Too much sugar in the blood also reduces the levels of the beneficial and powerful vasodilator gas – nitric oxide in our blood vessels. As a result the blood vessels are narrowed elevating blood pressure and risk of heart attack or stroke. Amino acid L-arginine, on the other hand, is converted in our body to nitric oxide and therefore it is very effective in relaxing and dilating arteries in our heart and brain thus preventing heart attacks and strokes. One of the authors expressed this idea in the following way: „By converting into nitric-oxide (vasodilator), the amino acid, L-arginine, has changed the paradigms of cardiovascular health forever!” The highest nutritional source of L-arginine are nuts, especially wall nuts, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, and cashew nuts.
– Vitamin D3 deficiency. There is a growing amount of research which suggests that a lack of vitamin D could be an important factor in causing autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes. Almost every person in England is deficient in vitamin D which is very important for human nervous and immune system.
In his bestselling book “China Study” Prof Colin Campbell wrote that, “Autoimmune diseases in general become more common the greater the distance from the equator. This phenomenon has been known since 1922.” This statement leads us to a simple conclusion that type 1 diabetes has a lot to do with vitamin D (“sun vitamin”) deficiency as well as the modern unhealthy lifestyle. Read more about vitamin D >
– Magnesium, Zinc, and Selenium deficiency.
– Toxins: Mercury (from dental fillings, tap water, fish, flu shots, etc.) lead, fluoride, and other toxins.
– Food intolerances: Gluten and A1 Casein Allergy.
– Hormonal Imbalances: Too much Cortisol (from stress).
– Harmful effect caused by free radicals has also been implicated in the development of type 1 diabetes.
– Stress, anxiety and depression. A number of published papers have shown that stress and negative emotions contribute to all autoimmune diseases.
– Consumption of trans fats, margarine and bad oils (high in pro-inflammatory omega 6) and deficiency of omega 3 healthy fats high in foods such as Flax seed, Chia seed, etc..
– Bad lifestyle, unhealthy diet high in sugar, processed refined foods, nutritional deficiencies, artificial sweeteners, lack of exercise, stimulants, drugs, medication, and in particular excessive stress, depression and pessimism may lead to the oversensitivity of the immune system which changes its nature and starts attacking own body.
– Consumption of meat and dairy products (can trigger autoimmune response and causes hormonal imbalance), refined, junk and processed foods, refined sugar, white flour products, high glucose (high fructose) syrup, stimulants (including coffee, tea, green tea, cola, etc., nutritional deficiencies, white pasta, white rice, processed foods, stress, lack of exercise, etc.
– According to Dr Michael Greger, “Alkylphenols, flame-retardant chemicals, and perfluorochemicals, industrial pollutants found mostly in fish and meat, may be associated with thyroid disruption in young children and adults. Alpha-gal antibodies in meat may result in autoimmune conditions, including thyroid disorders. The artificial food coloring Red No. 3, too much seaweed of any type, and processed meat consumption may be linked to an increase risk of thyroid cancer. Poultry workers often have thyroid disorders.
Autoimune conditions are treated with harmful medication, which have bad side effects. Fortunately it is possible to recover from autoimmune diseases by practicing healthy lifestyle and using natural remedies. The most important element of the treatment is implementing principles from the HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN >
Since prescribed medication leads to very bad side affects you need to improve your lifestyle and use natural remedies as they are harmless. However, I do not recommend replacing medication with herbal remedies but using them both simultaneously for certain time and then gradual reduction of medication (only when you see that sugar level is normal without medication).
Also remember that listed below natural remedies and principles are very effective in lowering high blood sugar levels. Therefore, if at the same time you are taking medication you must regularly check your blood sugar level and if you see that it goes down, gradually reduce medication as otherwise sugar level may go too low and you will experience symptoms of hypoglycaemia.
NUTRITIONAL AND LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS
Autoimmune diseases can be reversed by practicing the following guidelines:
– Avoid all animal foods including cheese, meat products, all dairy, stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.).
– Go on vegan unrefined diet as it gives best results. Eat especially with lots of raw vegetables salads and raw vegetable juices.
– Proper stress control and positive thinking – extremely important!
– Eliminate all junk food, processed food, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and anything with bad preservatives and chemical.
– Eating whole, unprocessed foods, and choosing as many organics as possible.
– Getting adequate sun exposure if possible (20 minutes a day during summer time between 10 am and 2 pm) to maintain vitamin D levels.
– Avoid gluten (wheat products, etc.). The molecular structure of thyroid tissue is almost identical to that of gluten and therefore the immune system may start sending antibodies not only against gluten proteins but against proteins found in different organs causing autoimmune diseases . In this way gluten can increase the autoimmune reaction. Many people with autoimmune diseases have an autoimmune reaction to gluten, and it usually goes unrecognised. Gluten can cause gastrointestinal system to malfunction, so foods aren’t completely digested. These food particles can then be absorbed into bloodstream where body misidentifies them as antigens and then produces antibodies against them.
– Avoid all dairy products as heated dairy protein (especially A1 casein) often irritates the immune system stimulating it to produce antibodies against different internal organs. The most common allergies and food intolerances today are from wheat and dairy products because of the hybridized proteins of gluten and a1 casein. These proteins can cause Leaky Gut Syndrome which leads to inflammation.
– Use glass bottles as Bisphenol A (BPA) which is found in plastic bottles and cans (they are lined up with plastic) disrupt endocrine system.
– Avoiding chlorine, fluoride (toothpastes with fluoride, etc.), and bromine as they also contribute to autoimmune diseases.
– Avoid hydrogenated fats and trans fats (margarines, doughnuts, cakes, etc.) and pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids (soy oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, etc.).
Ray Peat Ph.D., a physiologist who has worked with progesterone and related hormones since 1968, says that the sudden surge of polyunsaturated oils into the food chain post World War II has caused many changes in hormones. He writes: “Their [polyunsaturated oils] best understood effect is their interference with the function of the thyroid gland. Unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion, its movement in the circulatory system, and the response of tissues to the hormone. When the thyroid hormone is deficient, the body is generally exposed to increased levels of estrogen. The thyroid hormone is essential for making the ‘protective hormones’ progesterone and pregnenolone, so these hormones are lowered when anything interferes with the function of the thyroid. The thyroid hormone is required for using and eliminating cholesterol, so cholesterol is likely to be raised by anything that blocks the thyroid function.”
– Increase consumption of omega 3 fatty acids in the form of ground flax seeds, chia seeds. Omega 3s are the building blocks for hormones that control immune function and cell growth.
– Detoxifying body from heavy metals by using combination of: Chlorella, Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Cilantro.
– Remove any dental fillings containing mercury.
– Increasing intake of healthy fats such as raw coconut oil, coconut milk, avocado, chia seeds (soaked for at least 30 minutes or overnight), ground flaxseed, and hemp seeds as they will balance hormones. Coconut oil is one of the best foods for thyroid. Coconut oil is a saturated fat comprising medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are known to increase metabolism and promote weight loss. Coconut oil is very stable (shelf life of three to five years at room temperature), so body is much less burdened with oxidative stress than it is from many other vegetable oils.
– Increase consumption of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene found in carrots, apricots, green leafy vegetables, etc.
– Eliminate stimulants (anything with caffeine or other similar harmful alkaloids: coffee, tea, green tea, mate, yerba mate, cola, chocolate, etc.).
– Exercise at least 30–60 minutes per day.
– Get enough sleep.
– Practice deep breathing.
– Address adrenal fatigue. A prolonged stress response can lead to adrenal exhaustion (also known as adrenal fatigue). Find out more about ADRENAL FATIGUE >
– Treat unresolved emotional issues as a source of stress. Autoimmune diseases reflect emotions and mental attitude. When people with autoimmune diseases make progress in treating unresolved emotional issues, their symptoms subside. Stress, anxiety or depression are often key culprits. It is important to identify the stressors and learn use ways such as prayer that can help to control stress and negative emotions.
– Read about the DEADLY CONSEQUENCES OF UNFORGIVENESS >
– Drink and use for cooking only distilled or at least filtered water. Not all water filters remove fluoride, so make sure the one you have does or use only distilled water (buy a water distiller). Taking chlorella and turmeric help to get rid of fluoride and heavy metals such as mercury.
HERBAL REMEDIES & SUPPLEMENTS
– You must take Vitamin D3 because almost all patients suffering from autoimmune diseases patients are deficient in Vitamin D! While using vitamin D3 supplements always remember to take also well absorbed magnesium (such as citrate) as vitamin D supplements are useless in the body which is deficient in magnesium (almost all people are deficient today) and lead to magnesium deficiency over time. Take at least 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day with meal. But since deficiency of this vitamin is so widespread (especially in the UK) it would be better to take 10,000 to 30,000 IU a day with meals with appropriate doses of magnesium. Another requirement for proper absorption of vitamin D is 200 mcg of Vitamin K2 MK-7 (Derived from Natural Natto) per 4,000 IU of vitamin D a day. Read more about vitamin D >
– Black Seed Oil. Scientists from the Indian Council of Medical Research concluded that Nigella sativa oil, “causes gradual partial regeneration of pancreatic beta-cells, increases the lowered serum insulin concentrations and decreases the elevated serum glucose.” (>) It means that Black seed is one of the few remedies that could help prevent and treat not type 2 but also type 1 diabetes in which own immune system destroys insulin producing pancreatic beta cells!
In addition, according to the same study, Nigella sativa “improves glucose tolerance as efficiently as metformin; yet it has not shown significant adverse effects and has very low toxicity.”
Research has shown that Black Seed Oil supplementation improves insulin sensitivity and helps maintain normal blood sugar levels. According to the results of a 20016 systematic review on clinical trials, “Fasting blood sugar was reduced significantly in 13 studies. In addition, Nigella sativa reduced levels of glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c)… Our systematic review revealed that N. sativa supplementation might be effective in glycemic control in humans.” (>)
– Ashwagandha lowers increased blood sugar levels and improves insulin sensitivity (>).
According to the results of a small study, participants with type 2 diabetes who were taking Ashwagandha for 30 days managed to lower fasting blood sugar levels as effectively as diabetes medication (>).
– Apart from Ashwaganda you can use other herbal remedies and adaptogens such as Rhodiola and Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea or capsules.
– Boost Glutathione levels which is a most powerful of all antioxidants and strengthens the immune system and is one of the most effective remedies against autoimmune diseases . It boosts body’s ability to modulate and regulate the immune system. It is also important to provide body with ingredients that increase glutathione production in the liver by taking turmeric, milk thistle, NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), bioactive whey protein, Glutamine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, bilberry, vitamin C, asparagus, broccoli, peaches, avocado, spinach, garlic, squash, grapefruit.
– Taking selenium supplements and increasing consumption of foods high in selenium (Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, garlic, onions, etc.).
– Supplement magnesium (800 mg of magnesium citrate a day).
– Vitamin B12: 1,000 to 2,000 mcg a day under the tongue (must be sublingual Methylcobalamin!). Many people with autoimmune diseases have low levels of this most important vitamin. Read a fascinating article on B12 >
– Zinc (helps produce thyroid hormone) – 30 to 50mg a day after breakfast.
– Take good quality probiotic formulas as 20 percent of thyroid function depends on a sufficient supply of healthy gut bacteria.
Apart from implementing principles from the HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN you also need to do the following at the same time for at least one month:
– Every day consume Barley fibre (high in Beta glucan which is 6 times more effective than oats in lowering blood sugar level): 1 tablespoon with meals 2 x a day. Researchers at the Creighton Diabetes Center in Nebraska discovered that when participants ate a cooked whole barley or unrefined (high in fibre) barley flakes for breakfast, their blood sugar was 600% lower than when they ate oatmeal — which is proved to be one of the best complex carbohydrates and type of fibre to consume for diabetics! Barley is so effective in regulating blood glucose because it is very high in a particular type of fiber called beta-glucan which is most effective in slowing the conversion of complex carbohydrates to glucose.
– Include cooked and raw onion and garlic in your diet. A study conducted by pharmacologists demonstrated that diphenylamine found in onion was more effective in lowering blood sugar than popular drug Tolbutamid.
– Eat 1 or 2 tablespoons of ground flax (lean) seed with breakfast. In June 2008 British Journal of Nutrition published an article which says that, “Flax seeds stabilized blood sugar levels, flaxseed oil had no effect on fasting blood glucose, while fish oil increased fasting blood glucose levels”.
– Every day have at least two tablespoons of soaked overnight in water (or plant milk) chia seed with meal as it regulates blood glucose, increases energy, helps to reduce appetite and lose weight, and increases energy. Chia seed is also one of the highest plant sources of the very beneficial and anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids.
– Avoid meat products. If you only reduce consumption of animal foods, bad fats, sugar, and refined foods you may not see positive results quickly and get discouraged as a result. Go to RECIPES > in order to learn how to substitute animal foods.
There are numerous studies which clearly demonstrated that the unrefined strictly plant-based diet gives the best results in not only preventing but also treating diabetes as well as obesity and metabolic syndrome (combination of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, and excess weight around waist).
The results, demonstrated that vegan diet was the most effective nutritional approach.
– According to Dr. John McDougall, also fish is not a good food to consume in case of diabetes: „Fish is high in fat which is effortlessly incorporated into a person’s body fat – leading to obesity. Fish fat is known to paralyze the actions of insulin and increase the tendency for high blood sugars and eventually diabetes.”
– Avoid all dairy products and any food containing cow’s milk because lactose (type of sugar) in milk increases insulin resistance. Don’t trust new studies which claim cow’s milk and eggs do not contribute to diabetes (or that they not increase bad cholesterol) as many of those studies are sponsored by dairy and egg industries. The independent studies demonstrate that eggs and dairy increase risk of type two and type one diabetes.
– Eliminate the following from your diet: Animal fats, margarines (high in dangerous trans-fats), and bad oils (sunflower oil, soya oil, corn oil, vegetable oil, etc.) as they are high in pro-inflammatory polyunsaturated fatty acid that contribute to diabetes. Instead use only raw organic coconut oil. For salad dressing you may use cold pressed flax oil (but not for cooking).
In the book “The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil”, Bruce Fife, N.D. states that, “The biggest culprit, however, seems to be polyunsaturated oil. Studies have shown that when polyunsaturated fats from the diet are incorporated into cellular structure, the cell’s ability to bind with insulin decreases, thus lowering their ability to get glucose. In other words, the ‘locks’ on the cells which open the door for glucose to enter degrade when too much polyunsaturated oil is consumed in the diet. Insulin is then unable to open the door.”
The polyunsaturated fats are especially harmful because they have two or more double bounds, while monounsaturated fats (olive oil) have one double bond and saturated fats (coconut oil) have no double bonds. The more double bonds in a fatty acid, the more reactive it is. It means that the polyunsaturated fats tend to react with oxygen, leading to overproduction of free oxygen radicals which cause a lot of damage in the body and contribute to diabetes.
– Use only raw organic coconut oil. According to Dr Oz, „Iceland people have consumed large amounts of coconut oil for many generations without ever encountering diabetes, but when they abandoned it for other foods and oils, the results were disastrous. The connection between coconut oil and weight loss is interesting too. Farmers in America discovered this early last century when they tried to fatten their cattle by feeding them coconut oil. Instead of gaining weight, their cattle lost weight!” Not long ago a new form of coconut oil appeared in the market. The difference is that this oil is not solid but liquid in room temperature.
But when I checked how this oil is made I realised that it is not as healthy as the solid one. In coconut oil it is the lauric acid which makes coconut to be solid because lauric acid requires more than 24 degrees Celsius in order to melt down. That is why in hot countries coconut oil is always liquid. So in order to make coconut oil solid, they remove almost all lauric acid and therefore, the oil stays liquid even if the temperature is below 24 degrees. But the problem is that lauric acid is regarded as the most valuable medium chain fatty acid in coconut oil. Coconut oil is about 50% lauric acid, making it nature’s richest source of lauric acid. Very effective even in killing virus and bacteria.
– Do not consume foods high in trans-fats as they greatly contribute to diabetes because they lead to systemic inflammation. Trans-fats are formed when oils goes through the process called hydrogenation (hardening), which makes the oil solid. This type of fat is high in many margarines and is one of the main ingredients in many processed and very unhealthy foods such as biscuits, cakes, doughnuts, buns, popcorn, French fries, chicken wings, pizza, desserts, etc.
– Avoid: Gluten (wheat, etc.), any foods or drinks with sugar (read labels), high glucose/fructose syrup, desserts, artificial sweeteners, white flour products, hot spices, stimulants (coffee, cola, black tea, green tea, chocolate, etc.)
– Avoid fruit juices. Only grapefruit juice is beneficial in case of diabetes but not if you are on medication as it may increase or decrease absorption of medication.
– Unfortunately, for many years people with diabetes were suggested to avoid fruits because of their high sugar content. But according to a title of one of the studies dealing with the problem it is a wrong idea as it says, „Fruit Restriction Advice for Diabetics Proven WRONG”.
Whole fruits do not contribute to diabetes nor even elevated blood glucose levels simply because sugar in whole or dried fruit is bound to fibre. And since it is in the form of complex carbohydrates it takes a long time for the gastrointestinal tract to break it down to glucose. As a result the sugar gets into the blood stream very slowly and the blood never gets too high. For this reason insulin doesn’t have to be produced and released in excessive amounts thus preventing diabetes.
– Exercise 1 to 2 times for 30 to 60 min every day. Fast walk outside is the best.
Physical activity is also the best way to prevent and treat diabetes. And it is quite easy to explain why physical activity helps diabetics, as well as healthy people, to maintain proper sugar level. When we walk or exercise, what do our muscle cells need? They need energy! Where do they get the energy from? From sugar called glucose, which is in our blood. So, when we exercise the cells in our body are eager to open the door for the sugar and absorb it. Because of that the elevated after meals blood sugar level easily goes down and is normal. Apart from that, since exercise makes body cells to absorb more sugar from the blood the pancreas is very happy as it doesn’t have to overwork making so much insulin necessary to lower blood glucose. But, when we don’t move, the sugar comes to the special “door” for the sugar found in every cell of your body and “knocks on the door”. And, the cell asks: “Yes! Who is it?” – “It’s me, sugar! Let me in, please!” – answers the sugar. But, how would the cell in your body react, when you don’t exercise but instead, you seat all the time in front of the TV or computer? The cell in your body says: “I am sorry sugar! But our body doesn’t move too much and we don’t need any additional energy supply now. Try another time please!” And because of that the poor sugar has to stay in the blood resulting in high blood sugar levels which eventually may lead to type two diabetes.
According to the title of the study conducted in 2007 by Nikolaos Adoglou, MD, and Despina Perrea, Phd, “Exercise Reduces Resistin and Inflammatory Cytokines in Patients with Diabetes!” It means that regular physical activity is one of the most effective ways to reverse diabetes as it deals with the cause of the problem which is resistin. Another study conducted by Brunilda Nazario, MD in 2012 demonstrated that fast walking (or energetic exercise) for at least 30 minutes every day is the best treatment against type 2 diabetes. This great benefit can be explained by the fact that regular energetic exercise is the most effective way of encouraging muscle cells to dramatically increase their sensitivity to insulin. In addition fast walking releases many beneficial anti-inflammatory chemicals.
HERBAL REMEDIES AND SUPPLEMENTS
– Nettle capsules or tea: 3 times a day between meals. Plus nettle capsules or tablets: after every meal. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, „Studies indicate that nettle can lower blood sugar and blood pressure”.
– Do not use omega 3 fish oil as unlike plat omega 3 sources (flax seed, chia seed) it tends to elevate blood glucose. If you want the same omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) which are found in fish oil there are some very good plant sources available such as Opti 3, etc. Just google “plant EPA & DHA” and you will find more supplements.
– Examples of other excellent herbs and foods lowering blood sugar levels: Neem, turmeric, karela, spirulina, alfalfa, fenugreek, olive leaf, garlic, onion, oats, raw vegetables, grapefruit, beans, lentils and other pulses. The more of them you use the better results you will see.
– A 2001 study proved that, „treatment of diabetic rats with karela fruit extract over a 10-week period returned glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides levels close to normal… These results suggest that karela extract exhibits hypolipidemic as well as hypoglycemic effects in diabetic rats.”
– In another trial with diabetic patients published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1990, those who consumed powdered fenugreek had significantly lower blood levels of both glucose and cholesterol compared to others who took a placebo.
– Also olive leaf extract increased insulin production by almost 30% and lowered insulin resistance by an average of 15%!
– Alpha lipoic acid: 200 to 600mg a day. According to Dr. Mercola, “People with diabetes or metabolic syndrome tend to do much better when taking lipoic acid, as it enhances insulin sensitivity. This antioxidant (lipoic acid) can smash insulin resistance and autoimmune disease”. One of the studies also says that, “Alpha lipoic acid has a curative effect on peripheral neuropathy in type 2 diabetes”.
– Bio chromium (Pharma Nord). Bioavailability of this chromium is 10 times higher than regular chromium formulas: 2 x a day 100mcg with meals. Chromium is necessary for insulin production and regulating blood sugar levels. It also helps to reduce sugar cravings. Chromium and biotin supplementation improves glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes.
– Vitamin B6: 50mg a day with breakfast.
– Zinc – 15-30mg a day after meal.
– Raw fresh vegetable juices 3 x a day 2 to 3 glasses before meals or instead. About 5-7 cups or raw vegetable salad a day.
– Fresh raw sprouts every day (especially alfalfa as it lowers sugar in the blood).
– Vitamin B12 is the best way to boos energy in diabetics, to detoxify their bodies, and reverse neurogical damage caused by high blood sugar levels. Vitamin B12 must be taken in the form sublingual methylcobalamin (not cyanocobalamin): 1000-2000mcg under the tongue a day only with breakfast. Read whole very interesting article about vitamin B12 >
– Chlorella or Spirulina – 10 tablets (500mg) 30 min before breakfast and 10 before lunch with water or vegetable. Start taking 3 tablets of chlorella 2 x a day and increase every day by 1 until you rich the above mentioned dose.
– Good probiotic formula with meals.
LIST OF FOODS, HERBS & SUPPLEMENTS THAT ARE VERY BENEFICIAL IN LOWERING BLOOD SUGAR AND REVERSING DIABETES WITHOUT SIDE EFFECTS
– Take care of your liver also by avoiding stimulants, meat, fried foods, bad fats, medication, toxins, sugar, etc. and using milk thistle and NAC to detoxify and regenerate this very important organ! Milk Thistle Extract, N-Acetyl Cysteine and Methionine, are the three factors known to be essential for the production of glutathione, which is a potent free radical scavenger that also plays a critical role in maintaining the body’s and liver’s normal elimination of toxins. You also need to detoxify liver by eating at least 7 cups of raw vegetable salad a day! Yes, that is the amount of raw vegetables you should consume every day if you want to be healthy and provide proper amounts of antioxidants.
Also Chlorella is known as an ‘intelligent detoxifier’ because it contains over 20 different peptides which bind with dangerous toxins from the body and liver effectively eliminating them while leaving all the beneficial nutrients. Apart from that, chlorella is also very effective in removing heavy metals from our bodies (and liver) resulting in amazing cognitive and physical benefits.” And here you have another proof that chlorella prevents insulin resistance which is the cause of type 2 diabetes. This is the title of a study published at the end of l2013: „Chlorella modulates insulin signalling pathway and prevents high-fat diet-induced insulin resistance in mice.” Also Prof. Klinghardt wrote in 2002 that Chlorella not only removes neurotoxins from our brains but „Chlorophyll in chlorella normalizes insulin resistance and much more.”
HERBAL REMEDIES, SUPPLEMENTS AND SUPER FOODS WHICH ARE VERY EFFECTIVE IN DETOXIFYING AND REGENERATING LIVER
– Avoid artificial sweeteners! People who struggle with body weight and high blood sugar levels often use artificial sweeteners such as aspartame but it is a very bad idea as according to Carly Harrill, „There are 92 reported side effects of ASPARTAME (Equal, NutraSweet), including: birth defects, diabetes, arthritis, severe PMS, migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, aggression, severe depression, and suicidal tendencies. Also the newest artificial sweetener, neotame is chemically similar to aspartame, and like aspartame, it metabolizes into formaldehyde when consumed. But there is one big difference: neotame contains 3-dimethylbutyl, which according to the Environmental Protection Agency is one of the most hazardous chemicals.”
There is another problem which may be the result of using artificial sweeteners. Whenever we consume them, our brain still thinks that we’ve just eaten something with sugar, even though artificial sweeteners contain no sugar. So, assuming that the blood sugar level is going to be higher, the brain still sends signals to the pancreas to produce insulin. Pancreas, therefore, quickly release some insulin to lower the sugar level, in spite of the fact that it wasn’t needed as the food didn’t contain sugar. The problem therefore is that when you keep on eating foods with artificial sweeteners the pancreas may eventually stop releasing insulin as soon as it ‘realizes’ that the sugar level is always normal. But when after some time you again start consuming foods which contain ‘true’ sugar the pancreas may refuse to produce insulin, although now it is needed. If this is true then using isolated sweeteners that chemically can’t be classified as sugars may lead to a kind of chaos and confusion in our body and disturb the proper communication existing between brain and pancreas.
– Use only Erythritol (does not elevate blood sugar), Stevia (lowers blood glucose) and Xylitol (does not elevate blood sugar) instead of artificial sweeteners.
– According to the Life Science, also laughter improves glucose levels and gene expression in type 2 diabetic patients.
– Too little sleep increases the risk of serious health problems including insulin resistance, obesity, and type II diabetes.
– Ideally all the above should be used at the same time if possible. The more you include the faster you will recover.
– Please remember that using this treatment is very effective in lowering high blood sugar levels so if at the same time you are taking medication you must regularly check your blood sugar level and if you see that it goes down slowly and gradually reduce medication as otherwise sugar level may go too low and you will experience symptoms of hypoglycaemia.
Please read this extremaly important part (LINK) very carefully as it reveals the secret of finding true source of strenght necessary to overcome bad habits and will help you to gain a powerful motivation to not only practice but also enjoy the new and very healthy way of life.
– If you are overweight and need to learn best ways to lose weight read also: OBESITY & OVERWEIGHT >
AN ATTEMPT TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF AN AUTOIMMUNE RESPONSE
Autoimmune diseases are becoming extremely common nowadays, especially among women. Researchers have proved that all autoimmune disorders basically reflect the same strange phenomenon: The irritated and weakened by different factors (including unhealthy diet, dairy, gluten, toxins, stress, or vitamin D deficiency) immune system, mistakes healthy tissue or organs as foreign and begins to attack them. The only difference between numerous autoimmune diseases is the type of organ or tissue which is attacked. In case of vitiligo, eczema or psoriasis it is skin; in Parkinson’s disease it is dopamine producing brain cells; in lupus it can be different parts of the body including joints, skin, liver, etc. When leukocytes attack pancreas they cause type I diabetes. With ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, it is the colon; and with multiple sclerosis, it is the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. In case of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and Graves’ hyperthyroidism, the thyroid is the target of the immune system.
It is very interesting that Hashimoto’s disease (the most common cause of underactive thyroid) as well as Grave’s disease (the most common cause of overactive thyroid) are both an autoimmune conditions. However, there is an important difference between these two diseases with regards to the role and influence of the immune system: In Hashimoto’s leukocytes, instead of protecting the gland, strangely treat thyroid cells as if they were some dangerous invaders and destroy thyroid cells making them unable to produce enough hormones. In Grave’s disease, on the other hand, white blood cells go into another extreme, and although there is no physiological need to do this, they stimulate thyroid to make way too much of its hormones.
It means that in both cases the immune system gets “crazy” and instead of protecting thyroid cells it behaves in a very strange way and either decides to kill thyroid gland or cause another harm by forcing overproduction of thyroid hormones!
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to find a medical website or a scientist that would at least attempt to explain this extremely weird behaviour of human immune system. They are unable to do it probably because scientists look for a very complex scientific answers while the solution may be surprisingly simple and logical. Apart from that, for them the immune system is just a bunch of unintelligent cells that came into existence as a result of evolution and only mechanically perform their physiological functions.
Fortunately, back in Poland I was very lucky to have a privilege of translating a series of health lectures by American physitian Dr. Sang Lee who developed a very interesting explanation of this phenomenon. So let me try to share with you a few thoughts I still remember from his fascinating and unique health seminars.
When we carefully study the physiology of our immune system we quickly get an impression that somehow our immune system behaves in an incredibly intelligent way. It is also clear that the immune system is very closely connected to the brain and nervous system and that white blood cells respond to different physiological and even psychological needs. One scientist trying to express this idea even suggested that leukocytes behave like “pieces of brain scattered all over the body”.
There is no doubt brain is the most important part of human body. Brain in our organism is like a “king” or a “boss” and because of that, no cell, including the immune system cells ever question any information, signals or anything coming from the brain. That is why the placebo or nocebo effect (a positive or negative attitude of the brain) can impose such a powerful effect on body’s physiology and health.
Knowing this we can draw some very important conclusions which will help us to understand how mental attitudes and emotions can influence the immune system cells to either destroy thyroid or stimulate it to make more hormones.
We know that great majority of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are caused by abnormal and harmful response (behaviour) of the immune system. The autoimmune form of hypothyroidism is called Hashimoto’s disease and in case of hyperthyroidism it is Graves disease.
Another fact we need to take into consideration is that autoimmune diseases (including both thyroid autoimmune conditions) are much more prevalent among women than man, even if their diet and lifestyle are similar. Now, that doesn’t mean bad diet, and lack of exercise do not contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, but that there is another cause which should be regarded as even more significant.
The simple conclusion, therefore, is that it is anxiety, depression, worrying and negative mental attitudes that must greatly contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, simply because poor mental health is also much more common among women than men.
Taking into consideration all those facts Dr Lee suggested that when a woman suffers from chronic anxiety or depression, when she has negative attitude toward life, keeps on thinking about death or suicide, or if she is overwhelmed by any other negative thoughts and emotions, her intelligent and closely connected to the brain immune system gets a clear impression that the “boss” (which is the brain) doesn’t want to live. Therefore, like obedient soldiers the white blood cells feel obliged to fulfil the desire of the “boss”, so they turn against its own body and begin to attack different organs. In case of Hashimoto’s disease it is thyroid.
The whole situation is made even more dangerous when a depressed woman does not exercise, and since only dead body does not move, the leukocytes draw a conclusion that she is already dead so why they should protect the dead body? If she is dead it is more reasonable rather to attack the body and accelerate the decaying process!
But, someone may argue that, if pessimism, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, how to explain that sometimes babies or small children are diagnosed with autoimmune diseases such as lupus, eczema, or type 1 diabetes? They couldn’t trigger these conditions through their pessimism.
The answer is obvious, they either inherited overreacting immune system or their immune system was negatively influenced by mother’s nervous system (depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, etc.) when they were in their mother’s womb. There are many women who during pregnancy were depressed or even attempted to commit suicide and gave birth to children who sooner or later were diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. In addition babies are very often deficient in Vitamin D ad are fed with cow’s milk and it is scientifically proved that both factors also contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases in children.
There are also some nutritional ways to trigger an autoimmune reaction. We already know that heated animal protein, especially the one found in cow’s milk and dairy, is often treated by human immune system as a foreign invader. Because of that leukocytes send antibodies against those heated proteins which get into human body with milk and dairy products. The problem however is that in our bodies there are certain proteins which look exactly like those heated milk proteins so the weakened immune system often mistakenly and simultaneously attack also those body’s own proteins, causing different autoimmune problems.
Apart from pessimism and sedentary lifestyle there are still other “death signals” that may “inspire” the immune system to attack own body. For instance, using stimulants such as alcohol, smoking, illegal drugs, coffee, tea, cola, sugar, etc. could be discerned by the immune system as the “death wish” (“death signals”) of the brain and thus “inspire” the immune system with the idea that the “boss” wishes to die (due to the suicidal lifestyle and diet). The immune system may get this impression because stimulants are harmful and toxic chemicals which slowly contribute to the death of the body.
Also regular consumption of meat products may trigger similar reaction because meat comes from dead animals.
In addition, any heated (cocked, boiled, fried, grilled) animal protein always triggers immune reaction causing leukocytes to start mobilising and thus leading to increased number of leukocytes in the blood. This phenomenon is called leucocytosis and has bad influence on the immune system. As a result of frequent consumption of heated animal proteins (cooked dairy, meat, poultry, fish, or eggs) the immune system is frequently alarmed, has to overwork and may change its nature. Eventually it often turns against its own body causing numerous autoimmune diseases, including thyroid problems.
In case of the Graves hyperthyroidism, however, the behaviour of the immune system seems to be very opposite than in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or other autoimmune conditions because in Graves hyperthyroidism instead of attacking and destroying the tissue leukocytes just stimulate thyroid to make even more hormones! Now, why on earth in this case the immune system changed its tactics and instead of killing thyroid gland it just decides to “help” it to work very hard?
Well, also in this case Dr Lee got a very interesting explanation. He suggests that if a woman lives a very stressful lifestyle, always tries to do her best in performing her duties at home and work, often in a hurry, dealing with many different things at the same time, if she doesn’t rest and sleep long enough at night, gets often nervous or irritated, drinks coffee or uses other stimulants to increase her energy so that she could be more efficient, then guess what the “intelligent” immune system, which responds to the physiological and psychological needs, do? The immune system says, “Ok, the boss is very restless, wants be more energetic and efficient in performing different duties, let us then go to thyroid and stimulate it to make more hormones, and in this way we will fulfil the wish of the boss.” When over a decade ago I heard this idea for the fists time I said, “Wow! It is so fascinating how our immune system works and how it can be influenced by mental attitudes!”
Well, if this idea is true, and to be honest I personally like it very much, then the best way to prevent and treat autoimmune diseases (including Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and Graves hyperthyroidism) is by stress control, positive thinking, laughter, frequent smiling, taking care of others, helping people in need, going for a walk and enjoying life and the beauty of the nature. It can be done by avoiding “death signals” (stimulants, meat products and other heated dead foods, etc.). In this way you will show the immune system that you want to live and actually enjoy life. As a result those smart and intelligent invisible tiny soldiers (the white blood cells) will never attack your own body (or will stop doing that) but will protect and fight for you like Kamikazes.
Unfortunately, from my long experience I know that for many of us it is very difficult and often even impossible to become a positive thinking person because those negative emotions and fears seem to be part of our nature. Sometimes we even feel like slaves of pessimism.
And that sad truth is the very reason I included on my website a very special, unique and even most important section called “EMPOWRNMENT”. So please read it carefully and then study the even more significant article titled the “GOSPEL OF FREEDOM“, as it reveals the secret of finding the only source of true inward “peace” which according to Apostle Paul “surpasses all knowledge” and which can “guard (protect) our hearts and minds (emotions)”.
Combined with true strong faith this message will lead you to freedom from negative emotions such as anxiety or existential fears (one of the key source of deadly free radicals). It will empower you with moral strength necessary to overcome long-cultivated bad habits or addictions, often impossible to defeat on our own. This unique and most wonderful good news of the gospel will also give you a powerful motivation to not only practice but also enjoy the new and very healthy way of life.
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Chapter 9 from the book “China Stydy” by T. Colin Campbell
TYPE 1 DIABETES
In the case of Type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks the pancreas cells responsible for producing insulin. This devastating, incurable disease strikes children, creating a painful and difficult experience for young families. What most people don’t know, though, is that there is strong evidence that this disease is linked to diet and, more specifically, to dairy products. The ability of cow’s milk protein to initiate Type 1 diabetes 12–14 is well documented. The possible initiation of this disease goes like this:
• A baby is not nursed long enough and is fed cow’s milk protein, perhaps in an infant formula.
• The milk reaches the small intestine, where it is digested down to its amino acid parts.
• For some infants, cow’s milk is not fully digested, and small amino acid chains or fragments of the original protein remain in the intestine.
• These incompletely digested protein fragments may be absorbed into the blood.
• The immune system recognizes these fragments as foreign invaders and goes about destroying them.
• Unfortunately, some of the fragments look exactly the same as the cells of the pancreas that are responsible for making insulin.
• The immune system loses its ability to distinguish between the cow’s milk protein fragments and the pancreatic cells, and destroys them both, thereby eliminating the child’s ability to produce insulin.
• The infant becomes a Type 1 diabetic, and remains so for the rest of his or her life.
This process boils down to a truly remarkable statement: cow milk may cause one of the most devastating diseases that can befall a child. For obvious reasons, this is one of the most contentious issues in nutrition today.
One of the more remarkable reports on this cow’s milk effect was published over a decade ago, in 1992, in the New England Journal of Medicine. 12 The researchers, from Finland, obtained blood from Type 1 diabetic children, aged four to twelve years. Then they measured the levels of antibodies that had formed in the blood against an incompletely digested protein of cow’s milk called bovine serum albumin (BSA).
They did the same process with non-diabetic children and compared the two groups (remember, an antibody is the mirror image, or “mold,” of a foreign antigen). Children who had antibodies to cow’s milk protein must have previously consumed cow’s milk. It also means that undigested protein fragments of the cow’s milk proteins had to have entered the infant’s circulation in order to cause the formation of antibodies in the first place.
The researchers discovered something truly remarkable. Of the 142 diabetic children measured, every Single one had antibody levels higher than 3.55. Of the seventy-nine normal children measured, every single one had antibody levels less than 3.55.
There is absolutely no overlap between antibodies of healthy and diabetic children. All of the diabetic children had levels of cow’s milk antibodies that were higher than those of all of the non-diabetic children. This implies two things: children with more antibodies consumed more cow’s milk, and second, increased antibodies may cause Type 1 diabetes.
These results sent shock waves through the research community. It was the complete separation of antibody responses that made this study so remarkable. This study,12 and others even earlier,15-17 initiated an avalanche of additional studies over the next several years that continue to this day. 13. 18. 19
Several studies have since investigated this effect of cow’s milk on BSA antibody levels. All but one showed that cow’s milk increases BSA antibodies in Type 1 diabetic children,18 although the responses were quite variable in their magnitude.
Over the past decade, scientists have investigated far more than just the BSA antibodies, and a more complete picture is coming into view. Very briefly, it goes something like this 13, 19: infants or very young children of a certain genetic background,2o,21 who are weaned from the breast too early22 onto cow’s milk and who, perhaps, become infected with a virus that may corrupt the gut immune system,l9 are likely to have a high risk for Type 1 diabetes. A study in Chile 23 considered the first two factors, cow’s milk and genes. Genetically susceptible children weaned too early onto cow’s milk-based formula had a risk of Type 1 diabetes that was 13.1 times greater than children who did not have these genes and who were breast-fed for at least three months (thus minimizing their exposure to cow’s milk). Another study in the U.S. showed that genetically susceptible children fed cow’s milk as infants had a risk of disease that was 11.3 times greater than children who did not have these genes and who were breast-fed for at least three months. 24 This eleven to thirteen times greater risk is incredibly large (1,000-1,200%!); anything over three to four times is usually considered very important. To put this in perspective, smokers have approximately ten times greater risk of getting lung cancer (still less than the eleven to thirteen times risk here) and people with high blood pressure and cholesterol have a 2.5-3.0 times greater risk of heart disease (Chart 9.2) .18 So how much of the eleven to thirteen times increased risk of Type 1 diabetes is due to early exposure to cow’s milk, and how much is due to genes? These days, there is a popular opinion that Type 1 diabetes is due to genetics, an opinion often shared by doctors as well. But genetics alone cannot account for more than a very small fraction of cases of this disease. Genes do not act in isolation; they need a trigger for their effects to be produced. It has also been observed that after one member of identical twin pairs gets Type 1 diabetes, there is only a 13-33% chance of the second twin getting the disease, even though both twins have the same genes. l3, 20, 21, 25. 26
If it were all due to genes, closer to lOO% of the identical twins would get the disease. In addition, it is possible that the 13-33% risk for the second twin is due to the sharing of a common environment and diet, factors affecting both twins.
Consider, for example, the observation shown in Chart 9.3, which highlights the link between one aspect of environment, cow’s milk consumption, and this disease. Cow’s milk consumption by children zero to fourteen years of age in twelve countries 27 shows an almost perfect correlation with Type 1 diabetes. 28 The greater the consumption of cow’s milk, the greater the prevalence of Type 1 diabetes. In Finland, Type 1 diabetes is thirty-six times more common than in Japan. 29 Large amounts of cow’s milk products are consumed in Finland but very little is consumed in JapanY Cow Milk Consumption (liters/person/year)
As we have seen with other diseases of affluence, when people migrate from areas of the world where disease incidence is low to areas of the world where disease incidence is high, they quickly adopt the high incidence rates as they change their diet and lifestyle.
This shows that even though individuals may have the necessary gene(s), the disease will occur only in response to certain dietary and/or environmental circumstances. Disease trends over time show the same thing. The worldwide prevalence of Type 1 diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate of 3% per year. This increase is occurring for different populations even though there may be substantial differences in disease rates. This relatively rapid increase cannot be due to genetic susceptibility. The frequency of anyone gene in a large population is relatively stable over time, unless there are changing environmental pressures that allow one group to reproduce more successfully than another group. For example, if all families with Type 1 diabetic relatives had a dozen babies and all the families without Type 1 diabetic relatives died off, then the gene or genes that may be responsible for Type 1 diabetes would become much more common in the population. This, of course, is not what is happening, and the fact that Type 1 diabetes is increasing 3% every year is very strong evidence that genes are not solely responsible for this disease. It seems to me that we now have impressive evidence showing that cow’s milk is likely to be an important cause of Type 1 diabetes. When the results of all these studies are combined (both genetically susceptible and not susceptible), we find that children weaned too early and fed cow’s milk have, on average, a 50-60% higher risk of Type 1 diabetes (1.5-1.6 times increased risk). The earlier information on diet and Type 1 diabetes was impressive enough to cause two significant developments. The American Academy of Pediatrics in 1994 “strongly encouraged” that infants in families where diabetes is more common not be fed cow’s milk supplements for their first two years of life. Second, many researchers have developed prospective studies-the kind that follow individuals into the future to see if a careful monitoring of diet and lifestyle could explain the onset of Type 1 diabetes. Two of the better known of these studies have been underway in Fin land, one starting in the late 1980 and the other in the mid-1990s. One has shown that cow’s milk consumption increases the risk of Type 1 diabetes five- to six fold, while the second tells us that cow’s milk increases the development of at least another three to four antibodies in addition to those presented previously. In a separate study, antibodies to beta-casein, another cow’s milk protein, were significantly elevated in bottle-fed infants compared to breast-fed infants; children with Type 1 diabetes also had higher levels of these antibodies. In short, of the studies that have reported results, the findings strongly confirm the danger of cow’s milk, especially for genetically susceptible children.
Imagine looking at the front page of the newspaper and finding the following headline: “Cow’s Milk the Likely Cause of Lethal Type 1 Diabetes.” Because the reaction would be so strong, and the economic impact monumental, this headline won’t be written anytime soon, regardless of the scientific evidence. Stifling this headline is accomplished under the powerful label of “controversy.” With so much at stake, and so much information understood by so few people, it is easy to generate and sustain controversy. Controversies are a natural part of science. Too often, however, controversy is not the result of legitmate scientific debate, but instead reflects the perceived need to delay and distort research results. For example, if I say cigarettes are bad for you and provide a mountain of evidence to support my contention, the tobacco companies might come along and pick out one unsolved detail and then claim that the whole idea of cigarettes being unhealthy is mired in controversy, thereby nullifying all my conclusions. This is easy to do, because there will always be unsolved details; this is the nature of science. Some groups use controversy to stifle certain ideas, impede constructive research, confuse the public and turn public policy into babble rather than substance. Sustaining controversy as a means of discrediting findings that cause economic or social discomfort is one of the greatest sins in science. It can be difficult for the layperson to assess the legitimacy of a highly technical controversy such as that regarding cow’s milk and Type 1 diabetes. This is true even if the layperson is interested in reading scientific articles. Take a recent scientific review of the cow’s milk-Type 1 diabetes association. In ten human studies (all case-control) summarized in a paper published as part of a “controversial topics series,” the authors concluded that five of the ten studies showed a statistically Significant positive association between cow’s milk and Type 1 diabetes and five did not. Obviously, this at first seems to demonstrate considerable uncertainty, going a long way to discredit the hypothesis. However, the five studies that were counted as “negative” did not show that cow’s milk decreased Type 1 diabetes. These five studies showed no statistically significant effect either way. In contrast, there are a total of five statistically significant studies and all five showed the same result: early cow’s milk consumption is associated with increased risk of Type 1 diabetes. There is only one chance in sixty-four that this was a random or chance result. There are many, many reasons, some seen and some unseen, why an experiment would find no statistically significant relationship between two factors, even when a relationship really exists. Perhaps the study didn’t include enough people, and statistical certainty was unattainable. Perhaps most of the subjects had very similar feeding practices, limiting detection of the relationship you might otherwise see. Maybe trying to measure infant feeding practices from years ago was inaccurate enough that it obscured the relationship that does exist. Perhaps the researchers were studying the wrong period of time in an infant’s life. The point is, if five of the ten studies did find a statistically significant relationship, and all five showed that cow’s milk consumption is linked to increasing Type 1 diabetes, and none show that cow’s milk consumption is linked to decreasing Type 1 diabetes, I could hardly justify saying, as the authors of this review did, that the hypothesis “has become quite murky with inconsistencies in the literature. “38 In this same review, the authors summarized additional studies that indirectly compared breast-feeding practices associated with cow’s milk consumption and Type 1 diabetes. This compilation involved fifty-two possible comparisons, twenty of which were statistically significant. Of these twenty significant findings, nineteen favoured an association of cow’s milk with disease, and only one did not. Again the odds heavily favoured the hypothesized association, something that the authors failed to note. I cite this example not only to support the evidence showing a cow’s milk effect on Type 1 diabetes, but also to illustrate one tactic that is often used to make something controversial when it is not. This practice is more common than it should be and is a source of unnecessary confusion. When researchers do this-even if they do it unintentionally- they often have a serious prejudice against the hypothesis in the first place. Indeed, shortly after I wrote this, I heard a brief National Public Radio interview on the Type 1 diabetes problem with the senior author of this review paper. Suffice it to say, the author did not acknowledge the evidence for the cow’s milk hypothesis. Because this issue has mammoth financial implications for American agriculture, and because so many people have such intense personal biases against it, it is unlikely that this diabetes research will reach the American media anytime soon. However, the depth and breadth of evidence now implicating cow’s milk as a cause of Type 1 diabetes is overwhelming, even though the very complex mechanistic details are not yet fully understood. We not only have evidence of the danger of cow’s milk, we also have considerable evidence showing that the association between diabetes and cow’s milk is biologically plausible. Human breast milk is the perfect food for an infant, and one of the most damaging things a mother can do is to substitute the milk of a cow for her own.
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