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Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is the inability to metabolise blood sugar correctly. The ‘Islets of Langerhans’ in the pancreas do not produce enough insulin to trigger conversion of food into energy. High blood sugar levels are simply excreted in the urine. This leads to low blood sugar levels, energy drops and even coma. Hypoglycaemia can be a precursor and taken as a warning to act before the more serious condition of diabetes develops. Under the age of 25 this disease is classified as Juvenile diabetes and after 40 as late-onset, when it is usually caused by a poor diet rich in refined sugars and carbohydrates. As these foods are increasingly consumed, so late-onset diabetes is becoming more common, affecting 1% of the Western population and killing 1 in 7 Americans.

Classic symptoms are frequent urination, excessive thirst and appetite – generally for sweet foods and drinks.

Nutrition

  • Three to six large cloves of garlic per day would be a minimum requirement to balance the amount of sugar in the blood by producing more insulin (check that your stomach can cope with this, it is okay for the majority).
  • Eating enough of the right things at the right time is important in the control of diabetes. At no time should the person ever go without food. Diabetes is all about maintaining correct carbohydrate metabolism. Food should be high in fibre and complex carbohydrates. Six small and easily digestible meals a day may be better than three large ones.
  • Do not drink tea, coffee, alcohol or fruit juices.
  • All sugars are to be totally avoided. Use rice syrup instead in minute quantities, barley malt, unrefined cane juice, but stevia herb is really the best of all. It is an African shrub which is 300x sweeter than sugar and it repairs the pancreas. Very occasionally you can use very small amounts of raw unheated honey. Also avoid fructose, dextrose and molasses.
  • Nourishing 'earthy' foods will be invaluable: seaweed's, wholegrains like rice, millet, quinoa, oats and barley are all good. Avoid all processed grains. Try the sweeter vegetables like Jerusalem artichokes, pumpkins, burdock root, onion and parsnips. Avoid potatoes, yams and carrots. Avoid bread but, if necessary, eat rye bread.
  • Oats are rich in many vitamins and minerals, they are generally very nourishing. They can slow the rate of sugar metabolism, thus aiding the work of the pancreas. Organic oats are best and they can be soaked overnight in spring water and cinnamon powder, and eaten for breakfast.
  • Seaweed's, especially hijiki, normalise blood sugar levels. Cook them with wholegrains and add to salads and soups.
  • Drink one cup of home-made barley water daily.
  • At least one or two apples per day are the best fruit for diabetics. Wild fruits like blackberries, bilberries, quince and pomegranate with their naturally sharp and bitter flavours are also suitable. Do not drink fruit in it’s 'juiced' form, the sugar content will be too high. Other suitable fruits would be; pears, grapefruit, grapes (in small quantities), and bananas. Bananas are known to lower blood sugar levels, but only use over-ripe (nearly black) ones and only have two or three a week. Diabetics due to their high sugar content best avoid dried figs, dates, raisins and other dried fruits. If they are eaten they must be soaked for at least 12 hours.
  • Cut down or cut out meat, especially red meat. Use vegetable protein sources instead.
  • Avoid milk and cheese.
  • All vegetables raw and steamed are helpful, particularly those that are opposite to sweet in taste, i.e. sour and bitter like chicory, dandelion leaves, artichokes and olives.

    Natural Healing

  • Liver, kidney and colon cleanses, and herbs will be necessary.
  • Hot and cold showers will help but longer on the cold than hot. Juniper essential oil in bath water or added to a massage oil.
  • If the pancreas is swollen, then try hot castor oil packs held over the area with a hot water bottle on top once the initial heat has cooled. You can wrap cling film around this to keep it in place. Construct a muslin or flannel pack and soak it in warmed castor oil. After placing on the body and taping in place; cover with plastic. The castor oil pack may need baking soda to help to remove it in the morning. Be aware that the pack may become stained and dirty with the toxins drawn out by the castor oil. (Sometimes, though not always, the toxins go 'in' and are taken away via the lymph system). Therefore wash or replace the pack nightly.
  • Stress and shock (past and present) are a huge factor in diabetes. Work on enjoyable exercise, relaxation and meditation.
  • More detailed advice must be given to every patient in order to address their particular details needs, be they overweight, underweight or have any other important and individual trait.

    Herbs

  • To nourish and keep blood sugar levels steady consume ‘The Green Stuff vitamin & mineral Food Concentrate and drinks containing nettles and alfalfa amongst others are invaluable giving almost instantaneous energy, and provide good nourishment between meals.
  • Fenugreek seed and burdock root contain insulin: Make strong teas (simmered for twenty minutes) of these and drink one to three cups daily. Herbal advice should also be sought, but herbs like dandelion root, fenugreek seeds (1 month on, 1 month off), Siberian ginseng root, garlic bulb, cayenne peppers, juniper berries, wild yam root, burdock root and barberry root bark all help balance insulin levels.
  • Liquorice rhizome strengthens digestion and associated organs improving energy levels at the same time and regulates blood sugar levels and balance pancreatic function. Liquorice is 5 - 6 times sweeter than sugar and a few drop of liquorice tincture will calm, balance and avert a blood sugar crash. Keep it handy, in your handbag, office drawer or whatever. Only take 5ml of liquorice or stevia a day in total.

    Herbal Formulae Suggestions

  • Sugar Flux Formula Boil off the alcohol before using this formula
  • Supportive Formula Boil off the alcohol before using this formula
  • Stevia herb – to sweeten foods in cooking, and to regulate blood sugar levels (please enquire)
  • ‘The Green Stuff’ Herbal Vitamin & Mineral Food Concentrate
  • Barberry & Fennel Capsules for regular bowel function.
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