But although nutritarian solutions to disease are proven with solid research, they remain unappreciated. They aren’t taught as the core of medical education; instead, medical students are lucky to get one course in nutrition. These solutions will remain as unproven, experimental and even unfounded (hint – read that as unfunded, and you’ll begin to understand the problem here) to the medical community at large.
And to most people in general.
Still, where positive outcomes are consistent, there is real power and truth at work. You just have to understand how to interpret truth. There is a substantial body of well researched, peer reviewed evidence, to help anyone understand where the real truth lies.
I want to make that very clear. Nutritarian eating can be healing all on its own. It ought to be the first thing people do, not the last. But for serious chronic conditions, and to be on the safe side, and even on the effective side, there are other measures.
For example, my wife’s diabetes. We changed how we ate, but continued to have her medically supervised, including a program of blood sugar monitoring. That way we knew there was healing taking place. We also had complete confidence that what we were doing was not just effective, but safe.
Plus we had medical confirmation for our claims. We knew when all symptoms were reversed. We had full support for the fact that there was never any need for medication. We even knew that after a long period of no symptoms, we could consider her healed.
Along the way we gained some valuable support that made the long-term outcome much easier and more certain.
The support came from a book, recommended by our naturopathic MD friend, Jerry Taylor. He described it as focused, specific advice on recovery from diabetes, and said it would be information that would add to what we’d already accomplished.
Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes* provided the strong backup we needed. It told of amazing recoveries from diabetes, time after time, in the great majority of Type II diabetics. Because it’s written by an MD, backed up by research, with the medical justification for the approach well detailed (his chapter he says only your doctor will understand is right on the money), it was exactly what we needed to keep moving forward in the face of all-but-total ignorance from almost everyone we knew.
Dr. Barnard recommends a diet that has three important components:
- No animal source calories. Fats, protein, milk, cheese, fish, everything animal based is goners.
- Low glycemic foods. High glycemic foods contain sugars, or carbohydrates that the body quickly converts to sugars.
- Low fat, with no added oils, fried food, etc.
Maybe I’m wrong.
But, I really don’t think so.
Healed from a supposedly impossible-to-heal disease. Medically validated. Nutritionally supported. Long term solution. Medication free. Well understood principles. A fabulous support network, strong enough to overcome all reservations, lack of knowledge, support or sympathy from any doctor or other source, including friends, family and culture.
That’s amazing healing power.
Miraculous? Not really.
But the circumstances that made it possible are rare.
It’s actually much, much better than miraculous. It’s repeatable. It’s something anyone can do, at any time of life, that will help powerfully prevent and treat so many disease conditions. It has the potential for massively improving life span, quality of life, productivity, financial stability and so much more.
Imagine that. Worldwide positive outcomes from disease-free people voluntarily making good nutritional choices based on solid, true information.
Now that would be a miracle.
*As much as I appreciate Dr. Barnard's book, if I were looking for an even more effective and relevant book I'd check out Dr. Fuhrman's 2012 book, The End of Diabetes. Nothing against Dr. Barnard, I think he's also a visionary in the best sense, but I find Dr. Fuhrman's approach more complete and effective, with Dr. Barnard's book as great validation, not the other way around.