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Type 2 Diabetes Cure -- Don't Hold Your Breath!

Updated on November 26, 2012

The Money's In Symptom Management, Not Cures

Don't expect a type 2 diabetes cure to be announced by the multinational pharmaceutical industry. Why not? because 1) it already exists; and 2) our modern, profit-driven drug developers are not interested in telling you about it because...there's no money in it for them.

If you want to be healthy in today's world -- you need to understand that the pharmaceutical industry controls about 90% of the flow of information about how we, individually, can regain our health. If a natural, inexpensive remedy competes with their profits off the sales of drugs, diabetes test-kits, syringes, dialysis, etc., they don't want us to know about it.

Not only is diabetes a major threat to the continued solvency of the U.S. and other health care systems, but the way it is "managed" is revealing of how our high-tech medical industry milks us all like a herd of cash cows.

Fortunately, we don't have to put up with this!

You see, before people started eating the rich high-fat, high-sugar diet that we in the USA are encouraged to eat, type 2 diabetes was rare. Something in our culture has led us to believe that the thin, hard-working people in rural Africa, Asia, and south of our own border are malnourished or perhaps genetically destined to be thin. What many Americans fail to see is that the secret of a diabetes cure lies in adopting a simpler, more plant-based, additive-free diet.

People in Japan, for instance, who eat the traditional diet of mostly rice, soybeans, vegetables, and a variety of seafood used to have a 1-5% rate of type 2 diabetes. They and the Chinese who ate a similar, mostly plant-based diet, had little to worry about from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Now that McDonald's and KFC and other Western innovations have begun to infiltrate their culture, the diabetes rates in Japan are skyrocketing. According to diabetes expert Dr. Neal Barnard, Japan's rate of type 2 diabetes was up to 11-12% by 1990 from only 1-5% prior to 1980. This is not due to any change in genetics in such a short time. (This just happens to coincide with the introduction of fast foods and an increasingly Westernized diet.)

In looking through the International Diabetes Foundation's Diabetes Atlas, we find that urbanized populations have far more type 2 diabetes than rural ones. If we were willing to return to the simpler plant-based diets of rural parts of the world, where physical activity was also still common, we could get back to enjoying those low rates of type 2 diabetes here.

There are many documented cases where a few doctors who are using dietary changes to reverse the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, but the pharmaceutical industry does not want us to get excited about this possibility, nor does the processed food industry want people to stop eating the foods that cause diabetes.

Dr. Neal Barnard on "Breaking the Food Seduction"

To Change the Conversation, Change the Definition of the Terms

The practical definition of the term "cure" has changed. We are now given the hope that a cure for type 2 diabetes, for example, will be found...someday...if we all donate enough money to pay the fundraisers and the research scientists find a drug that can be patented and sold for whatever price the market will bear.

However, doctors who practice nutritional medicine cannot claim to cure diabetes, although they often remove all the symptoms with their diet-based prescriptions.

So, the pharmaceutical industry and, therefore, the media who depend on all the ads Big Pharma places in their publications, are not the least bit interested in any conversation about natural remedies for diabetes.They are only interested in developing treatments they can patent and control. Organic vegetables don't qualify for patent protection.

And so, money not only talks, it also determines who has the right to be heard on the channels they can control.

(Have you seen the article in the Sept. 3, 2012 issue of Newsweek Magazine, entitled, "How Much Would You Pay For Three More Months Of Life?" Scanning it will give you a better idea of what level of ethics and compassion the pharmaceutical industry operates on.)

The pharmaceutical industry is not motivated by compassion, nor bound by the Hippocratic Oath as medical doctors are. No, they would never admit it, but I suspect they are pressured by their shareholders who expect higher profits every quarter. Drug industry CEOs know the big money lies in treating diabetes symptoms, not curing the disease. And they want to keep their cushy jobs.

Only Fundraisers Can Dangle the Carrot of "Diabetes Cure" Legally

Dr. Barnard and others who are counseling their diabetic patients to get on a vegan, low-fat diet -- and causing all diabetes symptoms to vanish, along with the need for medications -- cannot, by law, call this a cure. ( looks just like a cure to me -- same end results.)

You see, widespread promotion of a vegan, low fat diet would upset the applecarts of the processed foods industry(which uses lots of oils and animal fats for flavoring), the meat-fish-dairy and egg industries, and also the pharmaceutical industry.

Redefining the Concept of "Cure"

So, the NEW definition of the word "cure" appears to be: a pill, vaccine, or other expensive treatment that can allow us to eat whatever we think tastes good in whatever quantity we like, and not get "diabetes symptoms". With this definition, the public is less likely to become suspicious that perhaps the way they are eating and living is unnatural and could be the cause of their many illnesses. It also keeps the class action suits at bay.

Modern medical science is not above the hubris of rewriting the human genetic code -- if it is possible without unimaginable side-effects -- so we can continue to eat a diet that typically makes us obese, gives us diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer and THEN, the pharmaceutical industry can sell us their ineffective remedies for these conditions!

The good news is that this approach to running a society in total denial of natural laws of human dietary needs is unsustainable. At the rate diabetes is growing, it will bankrupt the health care system of the United States sometime in the next twenty years, according to one estimate I read

The millions of residents of poor countries who are now becoming type 2 diabetics will not get the expensive (and ineffective) drugs we get here -- drugs that only slow the progression of diabetes, though like Avandia and Actos and many others, they may speed the arrival of death by heart attack. ("Ooops! Sorry about that!" say the pharmaceutical hacks.)

If it seems that our present method for curing diabetes is not to your liking -- and you don't want to be among those our society can no longer afford to provide lifesaving measures such as dialysis when Medicare's bankruptcy forces us to establish the Kervorkian Option, it may not be too late to reverse your diabetes symptoms with a simple change of the way you eat.

Could diabetes symptoms be telling us that we might be doing something wrong?

Naw...Nothing to see here, folks! Keep moving! Scientists are working on a diabetes cure -- It'll be here any day now.. Keep those donations rolling in!

P.S.: To their credit, the American Diabetes Association is prodding Congress for more funding for the Diabetes Prevention Program, which is promoting a healthier diet, more physical activity, and diabetes education for those most at-risk for the disease -- the pre-diabetic 79 million Americans. Bless their hearts, they are not pushing drugs like Metformin, which adds more cost and is only about half as effective compared to their lifestyle intervention program. This would be a step in the right direction toward a healthier diet for Americans -- and, by example, for the rest of the world.


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      Paul Kemp 2 years ago

      Thanks for your comment, Donna. I'm glad to hear that an RN, sees the same problems that I do with our medical system. I'm sure with auto accidents and wars we will still have plenty of work for nurses and doctors to do.

      I don't like gene therapy because it is an expensive way to (maybe) avoid a problem that we, ourselves, could get rid of with a bit more education, supplementation, and discipline over what we choose to eat.

      My Naturopathic Doctor tells me that most overeating is caused by our body trying to get enough minerals -- which are deficient in our soils due to farmers trying to get maximum production without feeding the soil. This search for essential nutrients, plus certain sweeteners(HFCS) and flavor enhancers (MSG, et al.) cause us to eat too much, then we don't get enough exercise.

      Anyway, Type-2 Diabetes is inexpensively prevented by learning what not to eat/drink, plus mineral supplements(to make up for what isn't in our diet), plus exercise (to counteract our generally lethargic lifestyle). I have some genetic tendencies toward Diabetes, but I have used these commonsense methods to keep my genetics from running my life (I am 66 and not diabetic, nor on any medications.).

      So, on gene therapy, I see it as one more way to encourage Americans to not do what they should to preserve their health. It will be an expensive experiment that will probably make us lazier and less healthy and definitely poorer.

      I bet the pharmaceutical companies will buy the "Gene Therapy" technology and start promoting it as the latest and greatest development in medicine, which will turn out to be another blow to our natural ability to heal ourselves when we live right, eat right, and supplement scientifically.

      Thanks for following me. I need to write some new Hubs! I'll visit your page to learn from your perspective, Donna.

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      Dona Riley 2 years ago from Maryland

      Hi My name is Donna Riley, I am an RN, I really applaud you for talking about this problem, we know that the pharmaceutical industry put money and profits ahead of cures. People like me may have a hard time finding a job, if all diseases are cured, lol. But if people take charge of their own health, by eating right, and exercise, they will decrease their chances of chronic conditions like diabetes. Medication like Metformin have a lot of side effect, and after a while they do not work, so the doctor have to increase the dose, putting more strain on the liver and kidneys. When the medication do not work the doctor might put the patients on insulin. You are a testimony to all of us that know this problem does excise. I know better and sometimes I do go over board and eat what I am not suppose to eat. What do you think about the scientist that are trying very hard to get rid chronic condition such as diabetes, with gene therapy? Do you think the pharmaceutical industry will fight them? I wrote a hub about gene therapy and diabetes. I really enjoyed reading your hub, and I intent to follow you. Thanks for such an inspiration and information hub.