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Diabetes Without Drugs: The 5-Step Program to Control Blood Sugar Naturally and Prevent Diabetes Complications Paperback – November 9, 2010

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About the Author

Suzy Cohen, RPh, has been a licensed pharmacist for more than 20 years and writes the syndicated health column "Dear Pharmacist." She has made guest appearances as "America’s Most Trusted Pharmacist" on many network shows, including The View and The Dr. Oz Show, and hosts a medical minute on the syndicated TV health show, Know the Cause. Suzy is a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine, American College for Advancement in Medicine, and The American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605296759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605296753
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"America's Pharmacist" -- Passionate about natural medicine

I've been a licensed pharmacist for 24 years, and a Functional Medicine practitioner for 15 years.

In particular, I love Mother Nature's medicine cabinet and think our planet Earth provides every "drug" we need. Do I ever advocate the use of pharmaceuticals? Absolutely, medications can be a blessing at certain times.

I'm a syndicated columnist and started in 1999 with one paper in Lake City, Florida writing to 10,000 people. Today, my column reaches approximately 20 million people each week. I am also a Huffington Post blogger.

My mission is to teach you about natural options that work as well, or better than medications. I give it to papers at no charge. Why would I do that when other syndicated columnists charge for their work? Because I consider my articles a 'gift' for your health.

I want to empower you to learn as much as you can so I allow papers to print my work for free. At 49 years old, I now totally 'get' that vibrant health is our most important blessing and feel like we're in this together.

I host a medical minute on "Know the Cause" television, and have appeared on the Dr. Oz Show 5 times, as well as The View, The Doctors, The 700 Club and Good Morning America Health.

It's rare for a pharmacist to be an author too. I've always been a leader, and a "nerd" if that's the right word. I LOVE to write, and it's my greatest joy to create works of art for your health.

My books are the most unique you'll ever read. They are unique because my writing style ensures "I never talk above your head," but instead feels as if you have me right there with you!

Because I have intense training in human biochemistry and metabolic pathways, I know exactly how natural herbs and drugs affect your body. The Functional Medicine perspective married with my pharmacy background and combined with 20 years as a caregiver gives me incredible perspective on ways to get YOU better!

My Books Include
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- "Headache Free": Relieve Migraine, Tension, Cluster, Menstrual and Lyme Headaches

- "The 24-Hour Pharmacist": Advice, Options and Amazing Cures from America's Most
Trusted Pharmacist

- "Diabetes Without Drugs", The 5-Step Program to Control Blood Sugar Naturally and
Prevent Diabetes Complications

- "Drug Muggers": Which Medications are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients and
How to Restore Them

- "Eczema: Itchin' for a Cure" (Kindle only)

- "Understanding Pancreatitis & Pancreatic Cancer" (Kindle only)

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168 of 175 people found the following review helpful By B. French on July 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am not overly impressed with this book, but to be fair, I'll break it down.

On the plus side, there is some interesting information on supplements, as well as research in the area of regenerating beta cells. This (preliminary) research is quite encouraging, but it may be too early in the process to really pack the kind of punch Cohen suggests in the title of her book. I wouldn't be expecting to reverse my diabetes just yet, if I were you, but some supplements may indeed have promise in a treatment regime. I would certainly try a few of her recommendations.

The dietary recommendations are sometimes a hit and sometimes a complete miss. She is right on the money when she steers everyone away from wheat, snacking, eating late at night, and soy products, for instance. On the other hand, she misses the mark completely when it comes to sugar in the diet. She doesn't like refined sugar, which is good, but calls 'natural' sugars such as muscavado "best" choices and encourages high carb fruit intake. Muscavado comes straight from the cane, she tells us, and is "more nutritious". Sugar is nutritious? What nutrients, exactly, are in this sugar that can't be found in a few berries or a handful of spinach leaves (which won't cause a blood sugar spike)? Sugar in any form is going to raise blood glucose and cause problems. I don't care if it comes from raw molasses or a banana. It's bad news for someone who produces little or no insulin or is insulin resistant.

She is way behind in nutritional science when it comes to fat, cholesterol and heart disease, as well. There is absolutley NO evidence that fat (I'm not speaking about trans fats and vegetable oils here; they are dangerous) clogs arteries or causes heart disease.
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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful By EOS on January 18, 2011
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There is a wealth of advise and information in Diabetes Without Drugs. Suzy Cohen does an excellent job of breaking it all down into sensible material--the section on "drug muggers" alone has made a huge difference for me on a daily level. I've been on Metformin for 3 years and have suffered intense gastro-intestinal problems on a daily basis. This left me exhuasted and depleted of energy.

I realized through this book that the artificial sugars hidden in virtually all low-fat, non-fat or no added sugar products was contributing to my propblems and actually didn't help my blood sugar levels. After dumping all of those products and returning to eating the real thing--just less of it, I feel so much better.The real flavor of foods with no hidden artificial sugars is much more satisfying.

Within the first few days, I stopped having the gastro-intestinal issues that I have suffered through for so long. The super green drinks of the first part of the program has energized me as I have not felt for years. I feel so much better and I'm eating real food--all day long. No more lows and highs-- My blood sugar levels do not spike throughout the day and my fasting levels came down 25% after the first week alone. I haven't felt this good in years. For the last few years, exercise made me exhuasted, now I feel energized and I've already lost weight without really trying.

I was never a tea drinker before trying out the different teas she recommends. Now I drink pots of the stuff because the teas have made such a difference in my energy levels during the day (Yerba Mate) and soothe me to sleep before bedtime (Tulsi). I still enjoy my coffee in the morning, but Yerba Mate gives me a great amount of energizing clarity as oppossed to coffee jitters from too much of the bean.
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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Michael Czajka Jnr on January 26, 2011
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Being a pharmacist gives Suzy a lot of credibility with many people. Few doctors or pharmacists bother to list side effects of medications. If they did a lot of people might be put off.

Suzy informs you about the difference between natural and synthesised medicines in a balanced way:
It's nice to see a pharmacist pointing out when natural therapies are superior to prescribed medications.

Suzy also discusses the link between natural products and medicines
i.e. Medicines are usually just synthesised natural products and this synthesis is usually just for purposes of profit (you can't patent a natural molecule).
The beauty of many natural approaches is that they often lack the side effects of the synthetic version (Suzy explains some of the reasons why this may occur).
This kind of stuff is worth knowing.

Equally useful is knowing which things to supplement with if you are on medications.
Suzy does a first rate job listing the vitamins and minerals that are depleted in the body by certain medications and suggests you supplement with these.
This is sensible advice.

If you have diabetes then you owe it to yourself to read books like this which are research based.
They will give you strong insights into the causes and treatment of diabetes.

This book suffers from a few too many typo's. Please fix some of them?

There are also a couple of factual errors that Suzi ought to correct.
It was annoying to find the entire book referring to EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids) as fish oils (EPA/DHA) and various other types of oils:

EFA's are defined as oils the body can not produce.
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