Review of "Reversing Diabetes" by Julian Whitaker
I thank God every day for antibiotics, polio vaccines and eye glasses. But
let's be honest: the standard protocols of Western medicine sometimes just
look downright silly and diabetes is a case in point. Julian Whitaker, in
his must-read book
Reversing Diabetes, confronts common medical wisdom with a
bold statement on p. 54: "90% of diabetics should be treated with diet,
exercise, weight control and targeted nutritional supplements."
Dr. Whitaker backs up his claims and in his practice he almost always "gets his
man". He finds that he can dramatically reduce the medications of almost all of his diabetic
patients who undergo his all-natural program. This is incredibly important
because of the many complications of insulin therapy incluing hypoglycemia and
weight gain. (Insulin promotes fat storage!) Plus, many of the oral
medications are rife with even nastier side effects.
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Dr. Whitaker's program, which of course he outlines in this book, is entirely reasonable and includes such common sense
strategies as ample fiber, lots
of plant foods, emphasis on a low glycemic index along with relatively low total
and almost no saturated fat. Some lean protein and low fat dairy are allowed and so many
Westerners would be relatively comfortable with the diet.
The book has many miraculous stories, including a patient scheduled for leg
amputation, which is quite common among diabetics, who avoided that completely
once normal glucose levels were restored. Another patient had bleeding of the
eyes - retinal problems are also common amoung diabetics - that was completely
eliminated upon entrance into his program. Some on insulin therapy are able to
The bottom line is that those fairly recently diagnosed with diabetes can much
more often than not completely reverse their condition. And even veteran
diabetics get dramatic symptom relief and medication reduction through these
common lifestyle principles.
Notice that the title of this book,
Reversing Diabetes, espouses another principle that I emphasize often
on this site: the body can almost always do a significant amount of
self-healing through the lifestyle changes of diet and exercise. If you
throw in sleep, sex (healthy of course), supplements and a few other powerful
principles such as mediation and laughter - well, there's usually not much that
can stop you from becoming a completely new person altogether. (You can also check out his web site Dr. Whitaker for
lots of interesting articles.)
One of the best aspects of the book is an extensive list and analysis of
glucose-aiding and weight loss-assisting supplements packed with studies and
references. This is a must read for almost modern, urban dweller as, even
those of us who are not yet diabetic, are likely dealing with some insulin
resistance and pre-diabetic conditions.
This is a must-read in my opinion for health professionals and anyone with a
family member who is diabetic. There are almost 30 million diabetics in
the U.S. alone and imagine if 25 million of them could dramatically improve
their life just by reading and practicing the contents one book alone.