Diabetes is an epidemic of vast proportions around the world.  It costs millions of lives each year, and it costs many of the world’s nations billions in medical care and disability.  Most of this is totally preventable.  A recent study indicated that one in every four Americans age 60 or above has diabetes.  Many go undiagnosed for years, which only makes correction more difficult when the disease is discovered.

Diabetes is defined by the medical profession as elevated sugar in the blood.  In reality, however, diabetes is an advanced derangement of the glucose metabolism system that goes far beyond just the level of glucose in the blood or in the urine.


we distinguish three types of diabetes. All three can respond well to nutritional balancing science, especially Type 2 diabetes or so-called adult-onset diabetes.  Often blood sugar levels will decrease within days, or a week or two at the most, when one starts a properly designed nutritional balancing program. A key is a very low carbohydrate diet and plenty of cooked vegetables.  Type 1 diabetes may be slower to respond in some cases, but can also respond well.  The third type also responds well.  In most all cases, insulin and oral drug therapy can be reduced, and often eventually eliminated. Let us discuss diabetes in more detail.




In fact, diabetes is just the endpoint for a number of mineral imbalances, infections or other problems.  This is a very important concept because if one can notice the problems developing early in life, then it is much easer to stop and reverse it quickly.  Once it reaches the later stages that are called diabetes, correction is a much longer process because it has really been going on for a long time and the imbalances are deeper.


In most cases, diabetes begins with hypoglycemia.  As this condition worsens, the doctors give the condition different names such as dysinsulinism, which is a type of intermediary dysfunction between hypoglycemia and diabetes. Metabolic Syndrome is the name given to a set of risk factors for diabetes. They include abdominal obesity, elevated cholesterol and/or triglycerides, other lipid abnormalities, high blood pressure, and perhaps other serum abnormalities such as a high C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation.  Metabolic syndrome is very common, and usually due simply to overeating on carbohydrates, and especially simple carbohydrates and sugars.  It is discussed in a separate article entitled Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X.




Medical science usually divides diabetes into two basic types, called Type 1 and Type 2.


Type 1 Diabetes. This occurs more often in children or younger adults.  It may be due to an infection of the pancreas that stops or reduces insulin production, and seems to have less to do with the diet, dehydration or lifestyle.  It is much less common and not as easy to handle because one must work with the infection, which runs deep in the body and does not respond to regular drugs or even many natural healing methods.  Overcoming it takes some time for this reason, as the entire body must be strengthened significantly.


Type 2 Diabetes.  This is also sometimes called adult-onset diabetes because it usually occurs in adults, and often later in life.  In fact, among the elderly, many if not most have some degree of high blood sugar. It is much less related to low insulin output. In fact, insulin levels are often high in these people.  It has more to do with what is called metabolic syndrome and with insulin resistance.  This means that while plenty of insulin is present, the insulin is unable to do its job of lowering the blood sugar in the body.  In other words, the body exhibits insulin resistance or resistance to insulin for some reason.


This type of diabetes has more to do with diet, dehydration, and iron toxicity in the pancreas.  It may have to do with infection in the pancreas, but less often than Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 usually corrects much faster on a nutritional balancing program, perhaps in part because it is more recent, or because it does not involve an infection.


Type 3 Diabetes. we are giving this name to diabetes whose cause is more of a pure iron toxicity problem.  Iron replaces zinc and other metals in the pancreas and the blood sugar starts to rise.  It can easily become over 400 mg/dl and this type can be a so-called brittle diabetes, in that it can be hard to control. This type is less common, and seen more in men and more in the African-American population.  Those who have it are often slender, have a good build, and are often careful eaters.  They often have cardiovascular disease as well.  They usually have not overeaten on carbohydrates, although some have.


They may have eaten a lot of red meat or other sources of iron, although their problem is handling the iron they have, not necessarily eating too much iron.  They are often diagnosed with diabetes because they start to lose weight.




Physicians often blame genetics for diabetes.  This, we believe, is a total lie with nothing to support it.  It does not explain why there are millions of diabetics worldwide, when this was not the case 100 years ago, for example.  Let us examine some deeper causes.


Causes for Type 1 diabetes.  In our experience, Type 1 diabetes is usually due to a chronic infection. Usually, this type of diabetes starts after a mild cold or flu, or some other innocuous infection, and it can develop suddenly.


Is the problem in Type 1 diabetes, or any type, just low insulin?  In fact, insulin deficiency is not the only problem in all cases. we know this because if it were, then insulin replacement therapy, which is the standard treatment, would entirely cure the problem, which it does not.  These individuals must still watch their diet carefully and are still prone to a variety of complications, such as peripheral neuropathies, kidney failure, ulcers that won’t heal, blindness and more. we would not call these complications as much as they are part of the deeper pathology of diabetes.


Causes for Type 2 diabetes.  As mentioned earlier, in Type 2 diabetes insulin levels are often normal or even high, at least at first.  However, the body does not respond to insulin, or said differently, one’s insulin is not as effective as it should be in lowering the blood sugar.  This is called insulin resistance in the medical world.
we reject this term, and prefer to seek the possible causes.  These include low levels of chromium, manganese, zinc, and perhaps vanadium and other vital minerals or other nutrients.  As a result, either the insulin the body produces is defective in some way and cannot do its job, or chromium deficiency, in particular, prevents the body’s insulin from attaching to the cell walls and enabling sugar to pass out of the blood and into the cells.

Type 2 diabetes is intimately related to metabolic syndrome and overeating on carbohydrate foods of all kinds, including fruit, dried beans or legumes, grains and even starchy vegetables like potatoes and others.  These should all be eliminated from the diet and the condition often goes away quickly.  Instead, the person should live on cooked vegetables with a small amount of animal protein daily.

Dehydration plays a major role in this type of diabetes. It is often due to drinking coffee, which diabetics love, for some reason, or just not drinking enough water.  Alcohol, sugar or any caffeine worsens all cases of dehydration.  When this is corrected, the problem often goes away fast.


Causes for type 3 or high-iron diabetes. High-iron diabetes is usually due to a particular form of biounavailable iron that accumulates in the pancreas, and everywhere in the body.  It builds up in the kidneys and arteries and causes cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and more.




Correcting Type 1 diabetes. This is often a long, slow process of increasing the vitality of the body enough so that it will reactivate and bring up the infection that originally caused the diabetes, and eliminate from the body.  Since it may be viral, it may not respond to remedies of any kind.  Instead, one must balance the body, use a sauna and the process takes a while in some cases.


Correcting Type 2 and Type 3 or high-iron diabetes. We find that Type 2 diabetes responds within a week or two to the correction of the causes below.  Most are very simple measures which anyone can do at home without medical supervision. High iron diabetes requires removing the iron, which occurs naturally and easily with a nutritional balancing program.  Restricting red meat and eggs is helpful for a while, focusing more on chicken and turkey as protein sources.  All need a lower carbohydrate diet with no sweets, no fruit, no fruit juices and no wheat. Here is more on dietary suggestions, particularly for the Type 2 diabetics:


Reduce carbohydrates of all types. This is the most important single factor causing Type 2 diabetes in most cases.  This should be evident because changing the diet to reduce carbohydrates drastically, as was advocated by Dr. Robert Atkins, MD and others, tends to cause a sharp decline in the blood sugar, often within days. Carbohydrates include all starches, particularly breads, as well as all sweets and sugars. This may include items such as honey, maple syrup, chocolate, all milk, fruits, fruit juices, food bars and other sugars which are less refined, but nevertheless very sweet. Wheat, among the grains, is also about the worst and all of it should be stopped in all cases.


Carbohydrates and alcohol force the insulin mechanism to secrete greater quantities of this hormone.  This has the effect of depleting the pancreas and other glands, and even other systems of the body of their vital nutrients such as zinc, chromium, molybdenum and others.


Sadly, the standard diabetic diet is an insult and an abomination. Diabetics are told they may drink some coffee or tea, and eat some so-called “junk” and chemically processed foods.  These include soft drinks, and other questionable “foods”, especially if made with artificial sweeteners. Yet these chemical sugar substitutes such as aspartame or EqualÒ are worse, in some cases, than consuming sugar.


The standard diabetic diet also includes other terrible products such as refined carbohydrates in the form of cake, cookies and ice cream as long as they do not contain sugar. This is inexcusable, in my opinion. The diabetic needs the highest quality and most nutrient-dense foods to rebuild and replenish a depleted body.


A Better Diabetic Diet. The proper diet should be built around cooked vegetables in large quantities, especially steamed ones to get the most minerals from them.  Salads are too hard to digest and should be eaten only minimally.  Also, eat free range meats, wild game and other meats that are not fed corn, if possible.


Vitamin D. This vitamin is often helpful for diabetics.  It is found naturally in raw dairy products and fish, mainly.  However, we only recommend sardines and other very small fish due to the mercury content of most fish.  Most people need a supplement of about 1000 iu daily for adults and somewhat less for children.


Trace mineral deficiencies. Eating too many carbohydrates drastically depletes the body of zinc, magnesium, chromium, manganese and some other trace elements and other nutrients.  This is certainly a part of the cause of some diabetes, especially Type 2 or adult onset, since mineral deficiencies tend to worsen with age.


Carrying excessive weight. This is a factor for many, though not all diabetics.  When the body carries excessive weight, the pancreas and other organs may need to work harder to supply the body with all of its necessary hormones, including insulin.  Many Type 2 diabetics have an “apple-shaped” body that seems to be associated with hormone imbalances linked to diabetes and heart disease.


Dehydration. This may sound like an unusual cause, but many diabetics, we find, are dehydrated.  Drinking water problems are rampant among diabetes. Problems include not drinking 3 quarts of pure water daily, drinking reverse osmosis water or some other type of water that does not hydrate the body well, or using caffeine, alcohol or eating sugar.  These actually dehydrates the body.


Water filter problems. We have found that many under-the-sink and other water filters damage the water and make it less suitable for hydrating the body.  Activated carbon or a carbon block is fine. However, KDF filters, fluoride filters and other types are not good at all and should not be used. Read more about this in the article called Water For Drinking on this site.


Many diabetics seem to love coffee and drink a lot of it.  Coffee slowly dehydrates the body, and for some reason this can cause the blood sugar to rise very high.  Also, many diabetics and others do not drink enough spring, steam-distilled or carbon-filtered tap water.


Often, just quitting coffee and tea, and switching to distilled or spring water – 3 quarts every day - can reduce the blood sugar in a few days or less.


Metal toxicity.  As stated above, iron can replace zinc in the pancreas, and is commonly involved in diabetes.  Other toxic metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium, primarily, often also play a role by interfering with zinc, manganese and calcium metabolism.  This can have profound effects on blood sugar.


Iron in the Diet. Too much red meat can be a source of iron.   Far worse, however, is eating white flour, almost all of which is “enriched” with iron, even if it is not stated on the label. This iron is poorly absorbed, but can accumulate in the body because the flour is stripped of its trace minerals, so there is little to compete with the iron for absorption.  The result is significant absorption of iron because most bodies are hungry for minerals.  Thousands of products contain enriched wheat flour such as breads of all kinds, pastries, cakes, cookies, dressings, sauces and canned soups.


High-iron diabetes can also occur in people who do not eat a lot of meat or white flour, but less so. Iron toxicity may be a hidden reason why diabetes is now a worldwide epidemic, even if people do not eat large amounts of sugar.  For more information about iron, read  Chronic Acquired Iron Toxicity.


Genetic and congenital factors. Doctors often discuss the genetic factor in diabetes.  However, this cannot account for the epidemic rise of diabetes this century.  Perhaps more correct is to say that if your family lives on sugar, you are more likely to do so as well.


Also, if one’s mother is deficient in specific trace minerals such as zinc or chromium, her children are often born deficient in those nutrients.  This will make them more prone to illnesses such as diabetes.  This situation is not genetic, however, but instead is called congenital.  This word means present at birth, but not inherited in the genes.  In other words, it is something that is passed on from the mother during pregnancy due to nutritional imbalances in the mother. The evidence from the current diabetes epidemic around the world basically argues against the genetic argument and in favor of a congenital or environmental and nutritional causes for diabetes.


Age as a factor. Many develop diabetes as they age.  However, we do not think it is fair to say that aging alone is a cause of diabetes.  What occurs is that as one ages, in almost all cases digestive fire and digestive enzyme secretion decreases, chewing is worse, and often dietary habits worsen.  This leads to more nutritional deficiencies and more toxic metal accumulation in every organ, including the pancreas.


Today, people are developing diabetes at younger ages.  This is probably due to more severe mineral deficiencies developing at an earlier age, and perhaps it is due to even worse diets than in the past.




If you believe you may have diabetes, the definitive test is a 5-hour glucose tolerance test or GTT.  No other blood or urine test will work as well.


Diabetes is not always easy to detect because the blood sugar can fluctuate.  However, we would suggest that a fasting blood sugar level on a simple blood chemistry should remain between about 80 and 90 mg/dl. Anything higher than this is suspicious of diabetes.


Doctors sometimes disagree on the parameters to use to assess diabetes on a 5-hour glucose tolerance test. we don’t use this test, which is somewhat unpleasant and costly.  Instead, we assume that most people have some degree of diabetes and we proceed from that assumption.


Symptoms of hidden diabetes.  Millions of Americans and others around the world have diabetes who are never diagnosed with the disease because their symptoms are subtle.  They include fatigue and hypoglycemic symptoms such as sweet craving, irritability before meals, and inability to skip meals.  Other signs are frequent urination, especially at night, and unexplained weight gain or weight loss.


These people can often benefit from a properly performed and properly interpreted hair mineral analysis to identify their blood sugar abnormalities, hopefully before they develop full-blown diabetes.






The standard medical approach to diabetes is the use of insulin shots or glucose-lowering oral medications.  Diet is also part of the program, but usually it not nearly strictly enough.


Weight loss is also part of the treatment, but again the recommended diets will not reduce weight by enough to make a difference in most cases.  Stress reduction and rest are usually not even mentioned, but they should be.  Nutritional supplements are usually not recommended, and this is a crime, in our view.  Let us discuss these methods in more detail.


Oral anti-diabetic drugs. This class of drugs we do not think ever need to be used. They include drugs such as Glucophage or Metformin, Precose or acarbose, Glyset or miglitol, Avandia, Actos or thiazolidinediones, and an older class of drugs that are sulfonylureas with names like Diabinase, Tlinase, Tolamide, Glucotrol, Glucamide, Micronase and many others.


In our view, these are dangerous drugs.  Some are associated with heart attacks and other fatal ‘side effects’. They are also purely temporary fixes and do not address the cause of diabetes at all.


Some may stimulate the insulin-producing cells until the cells ‘burnout’ nutritionally. Then the drugs stop working and one must take insulin. This does not heal the person’s health at all.


For example, Metformin or glucophage, a common anti-diabetic drug, inhibits gluconeogenesis.  This is the process whereby the body converts some protein, starch or fats to glucose in the liver.  It is a normal process of the body.  By reducing it, the sugar level of a Type 2 diabetic may drop somewhat.  However, the drug does nothing for one’s underlying health condition.  Meanwhile, most drugs upset the digestion and may deplete other minerals such as zinc, effectively making the underlying health of the patient worse.


Insulin. Insulin replacement therapy will lower blood sugar, and can save one’s life.  However, it is not natural to take insulin from outside the body.  It slowly damages the body and does not prevent the complications of diabetes in many cases.  In contrast, if a person works with a nutritional balancing program, we have seen diabetic complications reverse themselves quite easily.


NOTE: The standard “diabetic diet” prescribed by doctors and the American Diabetic Association is so poor it is shocking.  It is much too low in cooked vegetables and other high-quality foods such as raw cheese and raw milk yogurt.  Meanwhile, it allows fruit, coffee, and too much and poor-quality carbohydrates such as white bread and white rice.  It also allows some chemicalized foods or junk food.


It also does not include individualized, targeted nutritional supplements such as zinc and chromium that can be most helpful. The medical treatment of diabetics is therefore of very poor quality in our view, and we can do much better at very low cost and with almost no inconvenience to the client.


Diet. The diet must be extremely healthful to restore many nutrients to the body. It should consist of mainly cooked vegetables, with some animal protein daily, especially raw dairy products, chicken. Pork and all pig products should be avoided, as many contain hidden trichina worm eggs.


Avoid or eliminate completely all wheat product, and most gluten-containing products. A little brown rice,white rice, barley, millet or quinoa seem to be okay, but not more than three to four times weekly.  Blue corn chips once in a while are fine.  Also, eliminate all fruits, fruit juices and natural and refined sugars.  It may be best to also avoid red meat and egg for a few months, perhaps, to reduce iron in the body.






One reason for success with diabetes with nutritional balancing, as compared with other nutrient regimens, is that a goal of nutritional balancing is to restore the body’s entire energy producing system.  This means restoring every step in the production of adaptive or cellular energy from digestion of food to nutrient transport into the cells, and final energy production inside each cell.

This very complex system requires hundreds of nutrients.  Fixing it also requires removing hundreds if not thousands of metal and chemical toxins that can inhibit normal enzymatic activity.


No herb or vitamin can do this by itself, although many can help. The process also takes a few years in every case.  This does not mean that symptomatic improvement is slow.  Often symptoms improve rapidly.  However, with nutritional balancing science, and few others, the entire system of energy production, which includes insulin function but is really much more than this, can be restored in most cases, provided the person is diligent with the program and providing that old age or other factors do not interfere too much with the process.


Among the most important hormones and nutrients involved in the energy pathway are:


1. Hormones.  These include those produced by the adrenal glands such as cortisol, cortisone, aldosterone and others. These convert fats and proteins to glucose, raising blood glucose levels. Insulin from the pancreas is required to move sugar out of the blood into the cells.  Thyroid hormones are essential to burn glucose in the cells to produce energy.  Others may be important as well, such as ovarian and testicular hormones.  Vitamin D is a hormone-like substance that is also important in some way.


2. Minerals, vitamins and other micronutrients. Manganese, zinc, chromium, most of the vitamins and other micronutrients are all essential for the activity of the adrenal glands, thyroid, pancreas and other organs and glands.


Calcium and magnesium balance.  Plenty of bioavailable calcium is needed for insulin secretion and regulation of many body functions.  Most diabetics have too much biounavailable calcium or simply deficiencies of these minerals.  Too much calcium in biounavailable form hardens the cell membranes and interferes with transport of nutrients and hormones into the body cells.  This is a very common problem.


3. Other nutrients. We have already mentioned the importance of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, iodine supplements in the form of kelp and other phytonutrients found mainly in cooked vegetables.  Most people cannot absorb nearly enough nutrition from raw vegetables, even if they take a digestive aid to assist the process.


4. Balancing the oxidation rate is also critical for energy production.


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