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Diabetes: Food for Medicine

19.09.2012

In treating adult diabetics I have been able to control sugar in the urine by diet alone... I place the patient on a cleaner diet. The most valuable regime for the diabetic is a vegetable diet-cooked, non-starchy vegetables and vegetable soups. My aim is to aid the depleted pancreas, whose chief chemical element is a potassium-compound. So the potassium rich vegetables are of special value. If the potassium level can be built up, this not only rebuilds the pancreas but neutralizes a great deal of the acidity which is always in the background in diabetes.

The best way to handle a diabetic case, I have found, is to take him off insulin and to put him to bed. If the patient will not accept this and the rather rigorous diet, then I am powerless to help. The diet consists of lightly cooked non-starchy vegetables, like celery, parsley, zucchini and string beans, liquefied in a blender and used as a soup. The patient remains on this until the urine becomes sugar-free by test. He stays in bed to conserve his energy in order to give the liver and the pancreas every possible chance to do their work unmolested from the acids of exertion. It may take from one day to four days or more to get the patient sugar-free.

He is allowed then to resume his normal activities while following a fairly careful diet; he is watched to see how long it takes to develop sugar again. When this happens, he is once again "fasted" in bed on the vegetable soup. Generally then it takes half the length of time to get him sugar-free. What I work for is an ideal diet for his particular case which will maintain him sugar-free and still give him enough energy to do a certain amount of work."


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