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Ruth Walther Reviews,
This review is from: There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Paperback)
See the You Tube Video Raw for Thirty about diabetics using this program to cure their diabetes.
I find it amazing that of the reviewers that say they have diabetes- every single one said this program lowered their blood sugars and it works. Yet, people give the program a lukewarm review because it is too hard, or there aren't enough recipes, nor an exact diet given. Do you want a program that will help you cure your diabetes or not? This program gets you perfect blood sugar.
I am also a fan of Dr Richard Berenstein's Diabetes Solution. Berenstein says eat enough meat to feel satisfied. I see a lot of overlap between what these doctors are saying- yet one is a vegan rabbi and the other is an advocate of meat eating. That should tell you something. (Eat tons of vegetables, avoid most fruits and starches. Coffee is bad. You need to exercise to control blood sugar and build muscle. All those fake sugars are very bad. Berenstein says most of them don't work to control blood sugar, and Cousins sees them as toxic. )
But Dr Cousins program also brings in a spiritual dimension. You will be physically healthier if you don't eat meat, but especially you will be doing the ethical thing.
The raw foodists might hate my bringing in Berenstein because they believe that cooking food itself is bad (and Cousins gives a lot of research to that effect.) (And most raw foodists are vegan.) But both of these doctors will tell you that as a diabetic you cannot consume the starches, sweet fruits, sugar-free drinks and candies, coffee, etc that the American Diabetes Association recommends. Both will tell you there is big business profiteering on your diabetes. Both will tell you the standard medical approaches to diabetes care usually do more hard than good.
OK- the program is hard. Follow it only if you want to live a long healthy life.
As for not giving a specific program: he gives you formulas and patterns because then you can create endless menus and variety in your meals. He tells you which foods to eat, and which to avoid. He tells you how to juice-feast, four ways to get more greens, how to make green soups, how to make crackers and pates and wraps. He gives some recipes. There are tons of recipes online once you have these guidelines.
And- if your friends think this diet is too "extreme" then please consider that you deserve more support from the people you love. (My friends and family have given me complete support.)
This book is NOT an ad for his workshops. There are about 450 pages and only 10 describing the workshops. Those ten pages explain something that I think is very true- to live on a raw vegan diet, you need to learn about more than just food. (Honestly, to commit to curing your diabetes through any diet, one would probably need to learn about a lot more than food. It is a spiritual journey.)
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Initial post: Sep 27, 2008 9:11:01 AM PDT
Here's the deal - most of the people reviewing this book positively here are not diabetics. You can find a group of people practically anywhere where some weird plan worked for them. The thing about diabetics is we are all different and we all respond differently to different foods. I can drink coffee and it doesn't spike my sugar - in fact, my fasting blood sugar is my highest of the day and coffee with cream brings it down. I can eat blueberries till they come out my ears (and I do) and my blood sugar doesn't spike. We are all different. Type 2 diabetes caught early can be controlled by diet and exercise - bottom line - find out what works for you and stick with it....drop weight, exercise - you'll get your blood sugar under control. (try bitter melon, too - it works wonders for me)
Posted on Oct 29, 2009 1:20:52 PM PDT
J. Blum says:
I would be VERY interested to know, both from the doctor who wrote this book and the people reviewing it, if it is meant for/has targeted type1 or type 2 diabetics. There is a HUGE difference. They are not the same disease, they simply exhibit the same symptoms and have unfortunately been given misnomers. Sounds to me like this book is targeted at Type 2's and it would be great to have that clarified, as a Type 1, before buying this book.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2010 10:33:08 AM PST
Loey D says:
My thought is read and practice this diet ad you will not become Type II Good luck
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2010 9:38:06 AM PDT
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Johannas Mikenberg says:
In the 30 day raw food diet documentary, two of the people were Type 1. One of them (unknowingly until after the whole thing was over and he saw his doctor again) was completely cured, free of medication, insulin.
The other one was a younger guy, more careless and didn't want to follow the rules he agreed to, so he took glucose pills whenever he wanted to, he drank alcohol, and near the end he hitchiked to Mexico (the place they stayed at was close to the border) and also got some burritos and heavy, fried food there. Even his blood sugar went down a ton, but he wasn't following the whole plan. If he had, it wouldn't have been surprising if he was off meds and insulin as well, since he was getting close even with his "offenses".
Posted on Jul 29, 2012 11:37:56 PM PDT
Elisabeth Price says:
Thank you for bringing up the comparison with Richard Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, which is probably familiar to most people who want to control their diabetes by diet and other lifestyle changes. Many people find it difficult to follow his recommendations, and Dr. Cousins' sound even more restrictive. You have a point when you say that a long healthy life is worth everything you can put into it. Apparently both programs work if implemented correctly, so it is an individual's choice which one is more effective in his or her case, and, either way, it should be possible to incorporate good ideas from the other. You are especially right that taking control of one's disease is a spiritual journey that claims all the resources a person can muster.
Posted on Jul 11, 2013 10:55:00 AM PDT
I was considering getting the book, but you described enough in your review that I have the "tools" to get started. and with access to endless info online....well my future good health is at the tip of my fingers and the tip of a glass. txs. saved money...now use it to a new cd!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2013 7:56:27 PM PDT
Two of the 6 individuals had type one diabetes, young guys.
I showed the dvd to our next-door neighbor (in her late eighties at the tine) with type 2 diabetes. She let me make her food afterward for almost 2 weeks (and she cheated some) and her insulin use went down to 0. Then she didn't want to do it anymore. However, at 92, she's getting more discerning and down to very little meat, yesterday we walked a mile and a half! Diet does make a giant difference. (I'm a long long time vegan and raw for almost 10 years. and run every day, and I'm a grandmother. No aches or pains.
Vegan is great; raw vegan even greater!
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