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There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program Paperback – January 8, 2008

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“With this book, Gabriel Cousens, MD, takes his place among the world's leading physician-healers. A synthesis of his thirty-five years of clinical experience, There Is a Cure for Diabetes presents a practical, comprehensive, and highly effective holistic approach for treating and curing one of our most common diseases.  It is the greatest contribution to the treatment of diabetes I've encountered in the forty years since I began my medical training.”
—Dr. Rob Ivker, DO, ABHM, co-founder and past president of the American Board of Holistic Medicine and author of Sinus Survival
“Gabriel Cousens, MD, has clearly established himself as the world's leading medical authority on diabetes. His Tree of Life program is proven to completely reverse Type-2 diabetes and markedly improve the condition of those suffering from Type-1 diabetes.”
—David Wolfe, author of Eating for Beauty and The Sunfood Diet Success System and founder of Sunfood Nutrition and The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
“There is abundant evidence that people with even long-standing diabetes can improve their health dramatically—and practically reverse their condition. Gabriel Cousens, MD, shows you how to tackle this disease through lifestyle intervention, explaining how a low-fat, vegan diet could save your life. There Is a Cure for Diabetes is an extraordinary tool that will guide you in your journey to fight diabetes and regain your health.”
—Neal Barnard, MD, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
“As a doctor who has treated diabetes for nearly thirty years, I can tell you with certainty that the standard medical protocols and management of this illness are not only inappropriate, they’re absurd. In sharp contrast, Gabriel Cousens, MD, has developed a protocol for successfully restoring the health and well-being of diabetics, sparing them the pain and agony of unnecessary and inevitable amputations, obesity, blindness, and premature death. If followed, his advice in There Is a Cure for Diabetes provides diabetics freedom from their illness and enriches the quality of their lives.”
—Daniel Nuchovich, MD, director of Jupiter Gardens Medical Center and Jupiter Institute of the Healing Arts
"The beauty of Gabriel's work is that he's not just putting forward an interesting theory—the people he's cured of diabetes are living proof that it works. The truths in [There is a Cure for Diabetes] go behind diabetes—they're a sensible lifestyle choice for all human beings."
The Mother magazine
"There is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program by Gabriel Cousens, M.D., prescribes fasting and a low glycemic, low insulin scoring diet."
Publishers Weekly
"Massively packed with information and references to studies and other scientific papers that can make your head spin. [Cousens'] years of tireless scientific research for the living foods community is a precious gift for those of us seeking a much healthier lifestyle. All in all, There Is A Cure For Diabetes is an excellent book for a raw foodist library."
—Raw Food Right Now!
"Gabriel Cousens’ book, There is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program, is a comprehensive guide—not to living with diabetes but for learning how to live without it. It is, as the author explains, about embracing a culture of life rather than a culture of death. In reading this book, do not expect an approach of moderate changes to your lifestyle—adding this, or subtracting that—this is about total physical and spiritual transformation."

About the Author

Gabriel Cousens, MD, MD(H), DD, is a holistic medical doctor, best-selling author, and founder-director of the Tree of Life Foundation and Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona. The host of the radio programs “Physician of the Soul” and “Creating Peace by Being Peace,” he is the author of numerous books including Conscious Eating, Spiritual Nutrition, and Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556436912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556436918
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Ball on February 27, 2008
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I received this book about 6 weeks ago and have been following the suggestions by Dr. Cousens. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 6 years ago with an A1c of almost 14. I tried vegetarian diets, all the way to Atkins, with little success. I was taking 30u of Novolog and 40-50u of Lantus daily. At my previous doctor's visit my A1c was 8.4 (with my lowest ever at 7.4) and my cholesteral was 324! I tried Lipitor but gave it up because of how it made me feel. Now, I'm shooting about 10u of Novolog and 20-25 of Lantus daily. I just returned from my appointment today and my A1c is 6.8! And my cholesteral is 164!!! I am a believer! I am probably only 90% raw and I still do put a little feta/parmesan in my salads, but I am so committed to this new way of being! I also do not use soy products, wheat or breads... My new goals are to have an A1c <6 and maintain healthy cholesteral levels. All in all this is a great book and is full of helpful ideas!
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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.
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I bought this book 3 weeks ago and I devoured it. I was totally inspired to convert my kitchen to raw foods and within 5 days I was off my oral meds following Dr. Cousens protocol. 3 weeks later, my FBS's are reliably under 80 and I feel like I am 25 again. Plus I am LOVING the food! There are some good starter recipes, but I would also get Dr. C's other book which has more recipes.
This book is FULL of great information that I found both empowering and accurate. I work in alternative health and appreciate Dr. Cousen's sane approach- he is not just talking about raw foods, but about mitigating mycotoxins that create disease. I have not found other raw food authors who understand and/or address this aspect of the disease cycle and I believe it is critical to maintaining/reclaiming vibrant health.
Although converting to raw IS a commitment of time and can feel isolating because it seems extreme to some, the benefits are undeniable, the food is fabulous and I can't understand why anyone would NOT want to eat this way, unless of course, they are OK with being unhealthy for the rest of their lives, going from medication to medication, injecting, and ultimately suffering the downstream consequences of chronic disease, amputations, blindness, and more. I know- I watched my brother die of diabetes complications. For me, that was an unacceptable future and I am so grateful to have found a key to turning my course around.
I feel like someone just handed me my drug free, healthy future on a silver platter. And THAT is indeed delicious!
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I am a Pharmacist at a large medical clinic in northcentral Wisconsin. I make it a point to try and review new breakthroughs in medical treatment. Dr.Cousens book is full of great practical information for everyone who wants to live healthy. However, if you have depression, are pregnant, have infants, are overweight, have high blood pressure or cholesterol, or especially if you have diabetes and any symptoms that go with that disease, you need this book! It will open your eyes to the fact that your disease can be cured.
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I got this book the day it came out and read it cover to cover in a weekend. I'm now on my second read thru. In my opinion, it contains a lot of thoroughly researched information about diabetes and how it is becoming an epidemic for everyone. I don't have diabtes but I know lots a people who do. This book gives you steps to prevent and cure this disease. It also outlines the good and bad foods that will raise insulin levels and supplements to take that help with this regimine. The allopathic doctors don't have a clue on how to stop or prevent this diease but this book will tell you how to cure diabetes and stop or lower your meds within 30 days. Yes, following a raw food diet can be a challenge but it is do-able. Start slow and add to it everyday. It takes 21 days to change or create a habit.

There are lots of great raw food recipes in this book and if you buy his other book "Rainbow Green Life Food Cuisine" you could be on your way to stopping or preventing diabetes.
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