April 15, 2011

109 Diabetes Tips [11 April 2011]

I’m reading a book called “Diabetes without Drugs – the 5-Step Program to control blood sugar naturally and prevent diabetes complications” by Suzy Cohen RPh, 2010. Suzy is a pharmacist with more than 20 years experience and writes a syndicated health column “Dear Pharmacist”.

In Chapter 1 the book explains how chlorine bleaching of wheat flour creates a byproduct called alloxan which is a powerful toxin that kills Beta pancreatic cells (the ones which produce insulin). I always knew that white flour baking was bad for us because of the high glycemic index value, meaning that it quickly converts to sugar spiking our blood glucose levels. But I had no idea that it was actually killing our pancreas cells! Animal studies confirm that alloxan consumption increases the risk of diabetes. Lab animals are deliberately injected with alloxan to make them diabetic, but we do it to ourselves with doughnuts and muffins. Unbleached white flour, or better yet whole grain flour (with more of the original nutrients left in), is a healthier alternative. The author also recommends 400mg of mixed natural Vitamin E to counter oxidative damage by past consumption of bleached flour products.

Step 1 of the program is a green drink. Ideally, you should juice and drink your own organic raw veggies every morning, but if that’s not possible there are many great tasting healthy green products at your health food store. These nutritious tonics are loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, chlorophyll, enzymes and antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase. This should be in addition to your recommended servings of fruit and vegetables (see The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention veggie calculator at www.fruitandveggiesmatter.gov).

Avoiding bleached flour and adding a green drink are only two ideas out of the 5 steps described in Cohen’s book. If you or someone you love has diabetes (or doesn’t want to ever get it), I recommend this book. You can read reviews and excerpts from the book here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1605296759/optimalwellnessc

This article is intended for educational purposes only; for medical advice consult your licensed health practitioner.

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