Sunday, August 18, 2013

Juice Recipes that Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

The following recipes will help to reverse your Type 2 diabetes, especially when these juices are combined with the Death to Diabetes plant-based Super Meal Protocol; and, you avoid eating pasta, rice, potatoes, corn, and processed foods made with flour, wheat, gluten, sugar, corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats).

Spinach and Celery Juice

Spinach and Celery Juice Reverses Diabetes

3 Handfuls of spinach
2 celery stalks with leaves
1 carrot
1 green apple
1 cucumber (optional)

Wash and peel the carrot and green apple and remove the apple seeds.  Juice the carrot and green apple together with spinach and celery.

Note: Carrots and lemon contains potassium which can help to counter balance the high sodium levels associated with high blood pressure and hypertension. Carrot is a good blood regulator and is excellent for helping eye problems in diabetics.  Spinach contains calcium, beta carotene, vitamins A and C, which provide multiple health benefits. Celery is rich in potassium and magnesium which are again so essential in the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure.Celery contains sodium and minerals that help to regulate blood pressure. Green apples contain mallic acid which helps in bringing down your sugar level.
Brussels Sprouts and String Bean Juice
Brussel Sprouts and String Bean Juice Reverses Diabetes

10-12 Brussels sprouts
2 cup string beans
1 cucumber (optional)
1 peeled lemon

Juice the Brussels sprouts, then, the string beans, then the lemon.
When completely blended, stir.

Note: The Brussels sprouts and the beans supply you with key minerals and energy through the creation of vitamin B6 and are a great source of insulin.

Spinach, Celery and Parsley Juice
Spinach, Celery and Parsley Juice Reverses Diabetes 
2 Handfuls of spinach
1 stalk celery
1 Handful of parsley
3 carrots
1/2 green apple

Juice 2 carrots first, then, the spinach, parsley, the celery, and the last 2 carrots.

Note: The potassium, sodium, and other minerals will help you manage your blood glucose naturally and will also help to lower your blood pressure.

Health Tip: Instead of taking a drug such as a diuretic (i.e. water pill) to lower your high blood pressure, try a vegetable that acts as a natural diuretic, i.e. asparagus, cucumber, parsley, lemon juice.
Watercress, Tomatoes and Parsley Juice Reverses Diabetes
Watercress, Tomatoes and Parsley Juice

6 sprigs watercress
1 handful of parsley
2 tomatoes
2 apples

Cut the apples into wedges and remove both the core and the seed.
Place all ingredients into a juicer and blend well.

Note: This is a great heart healthy juicing recipe effective in helping to prevent heart disease and strokes. It has been found that daily consumption of green apples or apple juice can greatly lower cholesterol levels that are the causes of inflammation and plagues the blood artery walls and greatly increasing the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Tomatoes contains lycopene which can help in reducing LDL which is the bad cholesterol by at least 10% if consumed daily. In fact consuming 1/2 liter of tomato juice daily can help to protect against heart disease. Watercress is packed full of beta carotene and antioxidants which are crucial in reducing the risk of heart disease, cataracts and certain types of cancers.

Food Sources for Vitamins and Minerals for Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

The following is a list of the key vitamins and minerals that can be found in raw vegetables, raw fruits, and their corresponding raw juices to help reverse Type 2 diabetes as well as provide other health benefits for the cells, blood, bones, skin, nerves, heart, brain, liver, kidneys, pancreas, and other organs.

Instead of taking vitamin/mineral supplements (which may be synthetic and not provide the same level of health benefits), consider modifying your diet to drink more raw juices and eat the following raw foods that contain these vitamins and minerals.
Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamins and Their Food Sources
Vitamin A is key for good vision, a healthy immune system, and cell growth. Vitamin A keeps skin and mucous membrane cells healthy and moist and resistant to cell damage. The moistness inhibits bacteria and viruses from "putting down stakes" and starting infectious diseases.

Vitamin A fights cancer by inhibiting the production of DNA in cancerous cells. It slows down tumor growth in established cancers and may keep leukemia cells from dividing. 

Vitamin A (i.e. alpha and beta carotene) can be found in kale, parsley, carrots, spinach, chard, beet greens, watercress, broccoli, and Romaine lettuce.

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) is an important coenzyme that helps the body convert food into energy. It also assists in manufacturing fat and metabolizing protein. Thiamin is necessary to maintain normal function in the nervous system. Thiamine plays a part in the chain of reactions that provides energy for the body. It is thought to be beneficial for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and older adults with mental impairment. It may also improve the mental function of epilepsy sufferers who take the drug phenytoin. 

Vitamin B1 is found in fruits and vegetables thatinclude garlic, sunflower seeds, and buckwheat sprouts.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)  works together with the family of B-complex vitamins to provide the body with energy by metabolizing carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It also helps in the regeneration of glutathione, an enzyme that rids the body of free radicals. Riboflavin may be able to decrease the number of migraine headaches a person has. It might also help to prevent cataracts. Riboflavin has helped to increase iron levels for those suffering from iron-deficiency anemia.

Vitamin B2 is found in broccoli, kale, parsley, beet greens, and prunes.

Vitamin B3 (niacin) works with other B-complex vitamins to metabolize food and provide energy for the body. Niacin was first discovered by researchers looking for a link between diet and the disease pellagra. They determined that pellagra was common among people with a corn-based diet, and they were able to treat the disease with nicotinic acid, a form of niacin.
Niacin is very effective at correcting high cholesterol and preventing or reversing heart disease. It can be used to treat insulin-dependent diabetes. It might also be effective in treating arthritis and migraine headaches. However, taking niacin supplements in high doses can be dangerous to your health.
Vitamin B3 is found in brewer's yeast, mushrooms, wheat bran, and peanuts.

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), like other B vitamins, helps the body extract energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It also helps to metabolize fats and produce red blood cells and hormones from the adrenal gland. Pantothenic acid is necessary to maintain good health.

Vitamin B5 might be useful in treating rheumatoid arthritis. It could also be used to lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Pantothenic acid is commonly found in "anti-stress" formulas because it works with the adrenal glad to produce stress hormones.
Vitamin B5 is abundant in broccoli, kale, and cauliflower.

Vitamin B6 is effective against more than 100 health conditions. It's used against maladies as serious as heart disease and everyday aggravations such as premenstrual syndrome and sensitivity to MSG. It can even help prevent the formation of kidney stones.

Vitamin B6 is abundant in spinach, turnips greens, bell peppers, prunes, and kale.

Vitamin B7 (biotin) acts as a coenzyme in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, the breakdown of proteins to urea, and the conversion of amino acids from protein into blood sugar for energy. In addition to its metabolic properties, biotin also has some health benefits. When normal intake of biotin is supplemented, it strengthens fingernails, relieves a scalp condition in newborns, and is very effective at controlling blood sugar levels in diabetics.

Vitamin B7 is found in swiss chard, carrots, nuts, halibut, vegetables, berries and other fruits.

Vitamin B12 keeps your nerves and red blood cells healthy. It is responsible for the smooth functioning of several critical body processes. Vitamin B12 helps maintain a healthy digestive system. Vitamin B12 also protects against heart disease by curbing and improving unhealthy cholesterol levels, protecting against stroke, and high blood pressure. It is essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails. It helps in cell reproduction and constant renewal of the skin. In addition, Vitamin B12 helps protect against cancers including breast, colon, lung, and prostrate cancer.
Vitamin B12 is found in liver, meat, eggs, milk, cheese, soy, tempeh, and some varieties of fish.

Vitamin C  strengthens our immune system, helps detoxify our bodies, promotes healing of all of our cells, and allows us to better deal with stress. It also supports the good bacteria in our gut, destroys detrimental bacteria and viruses, neutralizes harmful free radicals, removes heavy metals, protects us from pollution, and much more.

Vitamin C's antioxidant properties protect cells and their DNA from damage and mutation. It supports the body's immune system, the first line of defense against cancer, and prevents certain cancer-causing compounds from forming in the body. Vitamin C reduces the risk of getting almost all types of cancer. It appears that this nutrient doesn't directly attack cancer that has already occurred, but it helps keep the immune system nourished, enabling it to battle the cancer.

As an antioxidant, vitamin C helps to prevent cataracts -- the clouding of the lens of the eye that can lead to blindness in older adults. The lens needs a lot of vitamin C to counteract all the free radicals that form as a result of sunlight on the eye. Vitamin C is concentrated in the lens. When there's plenty of this vitamin floating through your system, it's easy for the body to pull it out of your blood and put it into the lens, protecting it from damage.

As with the other antioxidants, vitamin C helps to prevent heart disease by preventing free radicals from damaging artery walls, which could lead to plaque formation. This nutrient also keeps cholesterol in the bloodstream from oxidizing, another early step in the progression towards heart disease and stroke. 

People with diabetes can benefit from eating more vegetables and fruits to obtain some extra vitamin C. This nutrient can help regulate blood sugar levels. Since insulin helps vitamin C, as well as glucose, get into cells, people with diabetes may not have enough vitamin C inside many of their cells. Just like glucose, vitamin C can't do its work if it's not inside of a cell. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits that contain vitamin C can force it into body cells, where it can protect against the many complications of diabetes.

Vitamin C can be found in all vegetables and fruits, especially berries and citrus fruits. Vitamin C is abundant in oranges, guava, red peppers, kiwi, grapefruit, and strawberries; and, can also be found in Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, tomatoes, and cantaloupe .

Vitamin E provides protection against toxins such as air pollution, premenstrual syndrome, eye disorders such as cataracts, neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.

Vitamin E's antioxidant properties strengthen the immune system and remove free radicals. It also reduces cholesterol and the risk of developing cancer. Vitamin E thins the blood, reducing the risk of coronary artery disorder or heart disease. Vitamin E also helps alleviate fatigue and strengthen capillary walls while nourishing the cells.

Vitamin E is abundant in mustard greens, spinach, swiss chard, broccoli, wheat germ, walnuts, olive oil, and tropical fruits; and, can be found in tomatoes, carrots, watercress, and asparagus.
Minerals and Their Food Sources
Calcium is important for strong bones and teeth. Too little calcium can lead to the bone conditions rickets and osteoporosis. Calcium also has a role in blood clotting and the regulation of muscle contractions including the heartbeat. There is some evidence calcium has a role in managing blood pressure and preventing breast and colon cancer.

Calcium is found in carrots, celery, broccoli, garlic, spinach, beet greens, lettuce, string beans, and watercress.

Manganese is a benefit to healthy bone structure, bone metabolism, and helping to create essential enzymes for building bones. It also acts as a co-enzyme to assist metabolic activity in the human body. Apart from these, there are other health benefits of manganese including the formation of connective tissues, absorption of calcium, proper functioning of the thyroid gland and sex hormones, regulation of blood sugar level, and metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.

Manganese is found in cruciferous vegetables, carrots, celery, garlic, parsley, beet greens, and spinach.

Potassium provides relief from stroke, blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, anxiety and stress, as well as enhanced muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and nervous system.
Potassium, the third most abundant mineral in human body, is a powerful element in improving health. It contains the components for maintaining a high level of well-being and an improved lifestyle.

Apart from acting as an electrolyte, this mineral is required for keeping the heart, brain, kidney, muscle tissue and other important organ systems of the human body in good condition. Potassium chloride is the main variety of this mineral, and it works in association with sodium to perform a number of critical body tasks.

Potassium is found in cruciferous vegetables, celery, radishes, garlic, asparagus, bananas, and chard. 

Iron provides health benefits that include its job of carrying life-giving oxygen to human blood cells. About two-thirds of the bodily iron is found in hemoglobin. Other health benefits of iron are the reduction of iron deficiency anemia, anemia of chronic disease, cough, anemia in pregnancy, predialysis anemia and many other varieties.

The health benefits of iron relate to the proper growth of human body and maintenance of robust health. It is an essential protein component for metabolism, and the human body needs iron to produce red blood cells. The human body is capable of preserving 15 % of iron for future use, especially in the case of inadequate diet intake. 

Please Note: However, as we get older, excess iron in the blood that migrates to our organs can lead to insulin resistance, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Iron is found in pineapple, blackberries, strawberries, parsley, cruciferous vegetables, beets with greens, parsley, and chard.

Sodium is an extremely important electrolyte and an essential ion present in the extracellular fluid (ECF). One of the health benefits of sodium is the pivotal role it plays in enzyme operations and muscle contraction. It is very important for osmoregulation and fluid maintenance within the human body. Some other health benefits of sodium include improved heart performance, nervous system and glucose absorption.

Sodium is the primary ion and electrolyte within the body, and it is needed for blood regulation. Serious impairment of bodily function is caused due to the absence of sodium. It is a versatile element and occurs in more than eighty different forms. As an electrolyte, it regulates the bodily fluids and transmits electrical impulses in the body. Unlike other vitamins and minerals, heat has no effect on sodium. Therefore, it can be used in different ways and preparations without losing its effects. Also, it is an important constituent of nerves and helps regulate muscle contractions.

Although sodium is an essential nutrient in any balanced diet, it can also cause stomach cancer and hypertension. People suffering from kidney problems or edema should restrict their intake of sodium to protect against those health risks.

Sodium is found in celery, spinach, beets with greens, cabbage, garlic, sunflower seeds, turnips, and watercress.

Zinc supports proper functioning of the immune and digestive systems, control of diabetes, reduction of stress levels, energy metabolism, and an increased rate of healing for acne and wounds. Also, zinc is helpful in terms of pregnancy, hair care, eczema, weight loss, night blindness, colds, eye care, testosterone production, appetite loss and many other minor conditions.

Zinc, being an important mineral, plays a vital role in protein synthesis and helps regulate the cell production in the immune system of the human body. Zinc is mostly found in the strongest muscles of the body and is found in especially high concentrations in the white and red blood cells, eye retina, skin, liver, kidneys, bones and pancreas. The semen and prostate gland in men also contain significant amounts of zinc.

In the human body, there are more than 300 different enzymes that require zinc to function normally. Researchers believe that 3,000 proteins out of the approximately 100,000 in the body consist predominantly of zinc.

Zinc is found in turnips, parsley, carrots, cucumbers, spinach, garlic, ginger root, and lettuce.

Vitamins and Minerals

Best Raw Vegetables for Reversing Diabetes

Vegetables add bright colors, flavors and textures to your diet. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, water, dietary fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants and contribute to a healthy diet. Vegetables are generally low in calories and carbohydrates, making them an excellent option for diabetics.

Vegetables fall into two groups: starchy and non-starchy. Starchy vegetables (i.e. potatoes) are higher in carbohydrates and raise blood glucose levels more easily. Non-starchy vegetables (i.e. broccoli) are the best choice for a diabetic meal plan.

Dark Leafy Greens. Rich in calcium, vitamins A, B, C and K, magnesium, iron, protein, potassium and dietary fiber, dark leafy greens are perfect for a diabetic diet. Leafy greens include spinach, kale, broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, arugula, mustard or collard greens, romaine lettuce and chard. Each of these vegetables contains approximately 5 g of carbohydrates per serving, with a serving equal to 1 cup raw or a ½ cup cooked vegetables. Eating a mixed green salad before or with your meal is a good way to incorporate leafy greens into your diabetic meal plan.

Allium. Although not brightly colored, members of the allium family are pungent and flavorful. Garlic, onion, leeks, chives, scallions and shallots are allium vegetables known for their antibacterial properties. Containing only 5 g of carbohydrates per serving, these vegetables reduce inflammation, boost immunity and fight off disease. Allium vegetables are best used to add flavor to other foods when cooking.

Bell Peppers. Bell peppers are available in a rainbow of colors, including yellow, red, orange, green and purple. Containing only 3 g of carbohydrates per ½ cup serving, peppers are sweet, juicy and bursting with flavor. Bell peppers are packed with vitamin A and C, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and dietary fiber. Add them to a stir fry, flavor your favorite food with them, grill for a colorful side dish or simply munch on crisp peppers for a low-carb snack.

Cruciferous Vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables contain sulfur compounds that make them pungent and bitter. Sulfur compounds confer potential carcinogen-fighting effects in the body. Cruciferous vegetables include red or green cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, artichoke and Brussels sprouts. Cruciferous vegetables provide 5 g of carbohydrates per serving and are rich sources of vitamin C and K, iron, potassium, folate, calcium, dietary fiber and phytochemicals. Eat them raw or lightly steamed.

Carrots. Rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, vitamin A, B, C and K, magnesium, folate, and dietary fiber, carrots are bright in color and provide a sweet taste. Carrots are a good choice if you have diabetes as their carotenoid and vitamin A content helps protect your eyes from diabetic retinopathy or damage to the blood vessels in the eye from long-term diabetes. Carrots are a great low-carb, crunchy snack.

Tomato. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a potent antioxidant known to help fight disease. Tomatoes are also rich in potassium, phosphorus, calcium, vitamin A, C and K, folate and dietary fiber. A ½ cup serving of tomatoes is equivalent to 4 g of carbohydrates. Eat them raw, pureed, stewed, juiced or in a sauce; all tomato-based products are low in carbohydrates. When purchasing tomato-based products, be sure to choose "no sugar added" or "low sodium" varieties.

Squash. Squash contains vitamin A, B and C, iron, calcium, dietary fiber, potassium and magnesium. While some varieties of winter squash tend to be higher in carbohydrates, summer squash and zucchini contain just 5 g of carbohydrates per serving. Add color to your stir fry, steam or grill for a low-carb side dish.

Meal Preparation
The vegetables should be eaten fresh, lightly steamed, roasted or grilled.

Avoid canned vegetables because they contain large amounts of sodium. Opt for the frozen vegetables instead.

Avoid boiling the vegetables! Avoid cooking the vegetables with added butter, cheese or sauce. Pickles and sauerkraut are ok only if you do not have high blood pressure.

Usually non starchy vegetables contain about 5 grams of carbs in 0.5 cup cooked or 2 cups raw vegetables. Most of the vegetables in the list below are full of fiber so unless you eat more than 1 cup at a time you may not need to count the carbs at all.

The best vegetables for diabetes:

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Bean sprouts
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Greens (collard, kale, mustard and turnip)
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Water cress
  • Spinach
  • Turnip
  • Mushrooms
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Chilies
And all other green leafy vegetables that are not on the list. When consuming vegetables high in sugars like beets, carbs should be counted.

Vegetables to avoid or eat in small quantities:

  • Beets
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yams
  • Tapioca

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The 3 Levels of the Program

The 3 Levels of the Death to Diabetes® Program            
The Death to Diabetes Wellness Program is very flexible, and has 3 levels of severity, depending on how long you've been diabetic, how many complications you have, your age, and how many medications you're taking. The more sick you are, the more reason that you need to follow the more strict level of the program , i.e. Level 3.

Level 1: This is the base level of the program that most Type 2 diabetics can follow unless they have major complications and other health issues. This level of the program does not require organic foods, but does require 40-60% raw foods, lightly-steamed; raw juicing at least 1-2 times a day; no animal meat; (lean, no skin) some "dead" processed foods (2-3 servings a day); 3-4 meals/snacks a day;  blood glucose testing 4-5 times a day; exercise 20-30 minutes a day, 4 times a week; detox at least once every 3-6 months; some emotional support; journaling, record-keeping.

Level 2: This level of the program is for diabetics who may have one or more additional health issues. This level of the program requires some organic foods, 60-70% raw foods, lightly-steamed; raw juicing at least 2-3 times a day; some animal meat; (organic, free-range); some "dead" processed foods (1-2 servings a day); 4-5 meals/snacks a day;  blood glucose testing 4-6 times a day; exercise 30-40 minutes a day, 4-5 times a week; detox at least once every 2-3 months; daily emotional support; detailed journaling, record-keeping.

Level 3: This is the most stringent level of the program, reserved for Type 2 diabetics who want to reverse their diabetes in less than 90 days. This level of the program is also for Type 1 diabetics; and, also for Type 2 diabetics who have multiple health problems and take a lot of drugs. Mostly organic foods, 70-95% raw foods, lightly-steamed; raw juicing at least 4-6 times a day; no animal meat; no "dead" processed foods; 4-7 meals/snacks a day;  blood glucose testing 4-7 times a day; exercise 50-60 minutes a day, 4-6 times a week; detox at least once every 1-2 months; daily emotional support; detailed journaling, record-keeping.

In general, most diabetics can follow the base Level 1 of the program in most cases. However, if you find yourself struggling or hitting a wall, then, you should move to Level 2. If you still struggle and as long as finances are not a concern, you should move to Level 3 of the program. Once you reach Stage 4, you can dial it down to Level 2 as long as you are able to maintain proper blood glucose stabilization.  Once you reach Stage 6, you can dial it down to Level 1, again as long as you are able to maintain proper blood glucose stabilization.

Simply Raw?
The Simply Raw videos have awakened many people to the power of eating raw to help heal their bodies. But, not everyone can eat raw foods every day for the rest of their lives! And, there's more to defeating diabetes than eating raw foods.

The Death to Diabetes Program goes beyond "eating raw" as there are multiple therapies for reversing Type 2 diabetes. Eating raw is one way to address the nutritional component of reversing your diabetes.

Although nutrition is one of the most important components, there are several other wellness components that a diabetic has to address beyond just "eating raw" -- if they truly want to reverse their diabetes permanently.
Some of those wellness components and activities that the Death to Diabetes Program addresses includes the following:
  • The other foods can that a diabetic can eat besides "raw"
  • How to shop for groceries properly
  • How to safely wean off the drugs
  • How to buy test strips (for free!)
  • How to perform blood glucose testing the right way and without the pain
  • How to get your doctor to work for you
  • How to detox properly
  • How to select nutritional supplements properly and not waste your money on the wrong supplements
  • How to use spirituality to fight the stress of being diabetic
  • How to deal with your family and friends who judge you for being diabetic, and don't really understand the frustration, fear, and anxiety of being diabetic
  • How to juice properly (many diabetics juice the wrong foods!)
  • How to make smoothies the right way
  • How to build a support system
  • How to perform meal planning effortlessly
  • How to save money. Diabetes leads many people to bankruptcy and homelessness because of the medical debt created by Western Medicine.
  • Please Note: This is unfortunate, but some of our senior clients struggled with going raw. So, we had to provide other options for them in order to reverse their diabetes, i.e. lightly-steamed vegetables, vegetable juicing, green smoothies, detox, etc.

The Death to Diabetes 6-Stage Program

The Diabetes Medical Wellness 6-Stage Model

Mr. McCulley admits that it was very intimidating when he realized everything that he would have to do to manage his diabetes. Trying to navigate through the various activities every day was very intimidating and confusing at times. There was a lot to remember: from pricking his finger 6-8 times a day, to recording the blood glucose readings, analyzing the readings, injecting himself with insulin 4 times a day, taking other medications (i.e. Coumadin, Lipitor), planning meals, preparing the meals, shopping for groceries, making doctor appointments, recordkeeping, and finding time to exercise.

Mr. McCulley was surprised to discover that there was no structured, systematic step-by-step process that would guide him through managing his diabetes on a daily basis. As a result, once he got well and decided to write the book, he decided to develop a structured step-by-step process and a set of charts and templates so that other diabetics would not be as overwhelmed as he was. This led him to develop the 6-stage model, the 10-step process, and his train-the-trainer program for health advocates and other healthcare professionals. The 6-stage model provides an overall guide of what to do on a monthly basis. The 10-step model provides a guide of what to do on a daily basis. The training program explains how to train and educate others.

Later on, he developed several meal planning diagrams, charts  and journal templates that would make it easier for diabetics to track their daily activities and monthly progress.

The Solution to Your Problem: Stop the Rot!

You have a problem: diabetes, a rotting disease.
Mr. McCulley has the solution to your problem (to stop the rot): his Death to Diabetes Wellness Program.
That's the way engineers think -- give them a problem, and they give you a solution.

They use their engineering skills, analytical skills, test data, clinical research, their experience, and their understanding of diabetes pathology, medical sciences, and how the body works (physiology), to design a unique solution to your health problem that actually works -- to reverse your diabetes!

And, if you don't believe that Type 2 diabetes is reversible, then, read this web page for a list of the new studies and reports, and what some medical doctors are now saying!

But, Mr. McCulley did more than find a solution to Type 2 diabetes. Because he focused on how to strengthen the immune system and several other wellness principles (based on how the body repairs, heals, and fights disease), he developed a program (and a 3000-page book) called "Death to All Diseases". However, he couldn't publish a 3,000-page book, so he extracted his wellness strategies and diabetes-specific information to develop the book called "Death to Diabetes". 

Consequently, his program (and his book) can be used to address most systemic diseases and illnesses, i.e. i.e. heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer prevention, arthritis, fatigue, kidney problems, eye problems, nephropathy, neuropathy, etc.
[FYI: About 23% of our clients are non-diabetics].

Did You Know That?:  The "Death to Diabetes" book has become one of the top-selling diabetes books in the country while helping thousands of diabetics. "Death to Diabetes" has recently been rated as one of the top-rated medical books and top-rated health books in the country, by several medical groups and health groups! The book is now being sold internationally in countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, South Africa, India, China, Australia, and Brazil. 
The Death to Diabetes Wellness Program (documented in the book) is based upon a well-structured  and results-driven 6-stage medical and integrative wellness model, based on the wellness principles  of Western Medicine, Alternative Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM).
This 6-stage medical wellness model is designed for the diabetic and his/her doctor to better track their progress. This model is also designed to allow the diabetic to go beyond just controlling the disease to help repair/heal the body and possibly reversing the disease by utilizing multiple alternative therapies, i.e. nutrition, detox, juicing, meditation, exercise, spirituality, etc. 

This wellness model utilizes the medical standard for blood glucose testing combined with superior nutrition, proper exercise, frequent blood glucose testing/analysis, spiritual health, periodic doctor visits and physical exams.

This model takes the best from Western Medicine, Alternative Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) to develop an optimum and user-friendly program for the diabetic, and for the doctor.

This model includes a superior nutritional model (called the Super Meal Model for Diabetics) that encompasses attributes of several well-known diets, including the South Beach Diet, Mediterranean Diet, and Raw Food Diet.

As a result, the Death to Diabetes Wellness Program is more than a diabetes program! It is a wellness program that both diabetics and non-diabetics can use to improve their health.

The Death to Diabetes program is not a weight loss program. As previously mentioned, this program is a wellness program. This program focuses on how to improve the wellness and overall health of your body. Your body will either lose weight (or gain weight) in order to achieve overall wellness. Unfortunately, most diabetes programs focus strictly on weight loss instead of how to either prevent the disease or how to attack the disease and improve the body's overall health.
Even if you're only pre-diabetic, the Death to Diabetes program can still help you prevent your body from becoming full-blown diabetic. In addition, the Super Meal Model diabetic diet is very flexible and customizable so that you can adjust the macronutrient balance and percentages to gradually increase muscle mass, maintain your current weight, or lose weight (if you're overweight).

The creator of this Super Meal Model has used his engineering prowess to  integrate several powerful engineering methodologies with various medical sciences to take integrative and alternative medicine to an entirely different level of effectiveness. This has dramatically increased the success rate of the Death to Diabetes program for thousands of diabetics, improving the quality of their lives physically, emotionally, and financially.

Note: The purpose of this model was not to reinvent the wheel, but to use the best that medical science has to offer, and frame it in a structured model that would allow for easier tracking and identification of the need for corrective actions -- to achieve sustained blood glucose stabilization, reduced insulin resistance, reduced inflammation, increased energy production, and optimum health.

Note: The "heart" of this wellness program is a true diet for diabetics, that is more than just a diet for diabetics. This diet is truly the most comprehensive diet available to diabetics and others (non-diabetics) fighting diseases such as heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, nerve disease, eye disease, obesity, arthritis, and osteoporosis. This diet is anti-inflammatory,  anti-heart disease, and anti-cancer. This diet is an overall wellness diet that focuses on how to improve your overall health and wellness -- since most of these diseases are driven by poor eating habits and the lack of critical nutrients for the body. As a result, this diet will help to prevent many diseases beyond just Type 2 diabetes.

Note: If you're ready to get started to improve your diabetes, go to our Get Started web page to begin reversing your diabetes.

The Death to Diabetes® 6-Stage Model (Roadmap)         

   Death to Diabetes: The 7 Wellness Factors to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
The Death to Diabetes® Management, Control & Reversal Model

The foundation of this diabetes wellness program is a six-stage model that guides the diabetic through diabetes management, control and possible reversal.

Note: This is the only known wellness program that provides such a well-structured blueprint from illness to wellness that any layman can follow.

Stage 1 No BG Control: is the stage where the majority of diabetics usually find themselves in the beginning, with an average fasting blood glucose (BG) level that is greater than 126 mg/dl or an oral glucose test measurement greater than 200 mg/dl. During this stage (and the next 2 stages), you must avoid all of the 5 "dead" foods as much as possible. 

Stage 2 BG Control with Drugs: is the stage where most diabetics transition to when they underestimate the disease and are unable to improve their cell health and control their blood glucose level with nutrition and exercise. During this stage the diabetic and his/her doctor are trying to use drugs to help lower the diabetic’s blood glucose level and eventually bring it within the normal range.

Warning! This is the stage where most diabetics fall in love with their diabetic drugs, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, and high blood pressure drugs. Why? Because these drugs actually work as advertised! They lower your blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure! So, most diabetics think that they're actually getting healthier!! But, you're not! The drugs create a false sense of security and a strong belief that the drugs are the answer. Eventually, you'll find yourself taking even more drugs! Have you ever heard of anyone getting better from taking more diabetic drugs?

Stage 3 BG Control with Reduced Drugs: is the next stage for a diabetic to reach after he/she realizes that drug therapy is not the long-term answer. Most diabetics are able to lower their blood glucose level and reduce some of the dosage levels for their prescription drugs during this stage.  In fact, many diabetics experience weight loss and consistent lower blood glucose readings during this stage. 

But, it actually becomes a more difficult battle because the cells  still have to deal with the disease and the drugs, even though the diabetic is taking less drugs. The drugs continue to fuel the diabetes and create an impedance to the body’s healing process.

Stage 4 BG Control with No Drugs: is the most difficult stage for most diabetics  to reach. But those who embrace the program and follow the steps outlined in Chapters 14 and 15 reach this stage by being able to consistently control their blood glucose with nutrition and exercise and the need for no drugs. They are able to reduce the amount of insulin resistance and inflammation in their cells, enabling their body to repair the cells and the cellular/tissue damage caused by the diabetes.

Unfortunately, some diabetics relax during this stage because they are not aware that there is still work to be done to actually reverse and eradicate the disease, or, at least, sustain blood glucose stabilization. As a result, they regress back to Stage 1 when their average glucose level eventually rises above 126 mg/dl and remains there.

Stage 5 BG & HbA1C Control: indicates that the average blood glucose level and hemoglobin A1C are both consistently within the normal range without the need for any drugs. This stage is easier to achieve once you've reached Stage 4 because your body is no longer fighting the disease and the drugs!

Stage 6 BG & HbA1C Tighter Control+: indicates that the cells are healthy as the average blood glucose level and hemoglobin A1C are consistently within a tighter range without the need for any drugs; and, the disease is totally reversed – no insulin resistance and no inflammation. In addition, other critical health parameters are within their normal ranges, e.g. blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), minerals, enzymes, homocysteine, cholesterol.

Note: In order to reach the final stage, you must have completed all 10 steps of the program as explained in Chapter 16 (Page 329). In most cases, this requires the use of (some) raw foods, raw juicing, periodic cleanse/detox, targeted wholefood nutritional supplementation, regular exams/blood tests, and emotional support as explained in Chapters 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, and 15.

Note: You'll know that you have reached Stage 6 (and your diabetes has been completely reversed) when you are able to eat  (some) "dead" foods without experiencing any blood glucose spikes. In addition, your average blood glucose must be under 100 for 6 consecutive months, post-meal blood glucose must be under 110, A1C under 5.4%. In addition, your blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and cardiac risk inflammation markers must be in the normal range. By maintaining these metrics, you will prevent the onset of diabetic complications with the eyes, nerves, kidneys, and cardiovascular system.

Based upon the etiology of Type 2 diabetes, the analysis of its pathogenesis, and the sciences of disease, including pathophysiology, pathological anatomy, biochemistry, and psychopathology, the above diagram provides a high level overview of the six stages and the eight “living” elements of Type 2 diabetes control and reversal. This model is very flexible and can be customized to suit your health needs and lifestyle; and, can be used by you and your doctor to better track your progress.

In general, it will take more time to get from Stage 1 to Stage 4 than from Stage 4 to Stage 6 because it will take more time for the body  to overcome the effects of the drugs and repair the cells and reduce the insulin resistance/inflammation during the early stages. Once the body has started to heal, you can accelerate the timeline by utilizing multiple therapies, i.e. raw foods, juicing, detox, nutrition.

As you progress through each stage of the wellness program, your average blood glucose level will gradually return to the normal range, and your body will repair and rebalance itself, while preventing further damage and complications.
How long it takes for the body to repair and heal from the damage  caused by the diabetes is dependent on several key factors including:
  • How long the person has been diabetic
  • How many medications the diabetic is taking
  • The amount (dosage) of each medication
  • Avoidance of processed foods, and other "dead" foods
  • The number of Super Meals and Super Snacks that the diabetic consumes on a daily basis
  • The age of the diabetic
  • The frequency of blood glucose testing/analysis
  • The number and types of other complications, i.e. high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, eye health issues, nerve health issues, cardiovascular health issues, kidney health issues, etc.
Accelerating the repair process is especially important for people who want to wean off the drugs as soon as possible.

Author's Perspective about the 6 Stages of his Program:
Most diabetics are happy to reduce their blood glucose to the normal range and lose some weight -- but, they're still dependent on the drugs to keep their blood glucose in the normal range!

Remember that the primary goal of my program is to get healthy with blood pressure and blood tests readings in the normal range (Re: Chapters 3, 11, 14, 15).

When your body is healthy, the weight comes off as a by-product of being healthy! When your body is healthy, it no longer needs the extra fat or the drugs.

Eating healthy is more than reducing your calorie intake! I reduced my calorie intake to 1200 calories a day but my blood glucose didn't come down, I couldn't lose any weight, and I still required 4 insulin shots a day! After some research and self-testing, I realized that it was more about the quality of the food than the calories.

Note: The over-focus on calories is misunderstood and misapplied with most diet s and diabetes programs -- that's why they don't work! Reducing one's calorie intake does not stop the diabetes pathology from progressing in the body. The key is the quality and types of food that contain the missing nutrients that diabetics need for their bodies to address the underlying root causes of their diabetes. These missing nutrients help to initiate the healing and repair processes in the body and repair the damage caused by the diabetes. That, in turn, allows the diabetic to get the disease under control, stop its progression, and stop the spread of cellular damage. Once the progression of the disease is stopped, this provides the diabetic with the opportunity to reverse the disease pathology.

Besides eating properly, most people overlook some of the other key components of my program -- assuming the diabetic's objective is to get off the drugs and achieve Stage 4. [Re: Chapter 3 (the science of diabetes), Chapter 9 (how to detox properly), Chapter 11 (the critical blood/hormone tests), etc.]

Don't expect your doctor to support you and lower your drug dosage during Stage 2 and Stage 3. It's up to you to take responsibility. Unless your doctor is unique, he/she won't be happy to see you get off the drugs. 
If you can afford it, increase your BG testing -- you can project your A1C if you test frequently enough.

As explained in Chapters 11 and 14, the real litmus test is two-fold: (1) What is your blood glucose 2 hours post meal; and, (2) What is your blood glucose without the drugs. That will give you a better sense of what you need to focus on.

Remember, the drugs artificially lower your blood glucose! The diabetes is still wreaking havoc on the inside! The drugs are just a cover-up to give you a false sense of security! Don't fall into that trap! Re-read Chapter 3 especially; and, also Chapter 12 -- about the drugs and what they really do.

For more information about the drugs, read the following web pages, which go beyond what's in the book:

Once you reach Stage 4, your doctor may never speak to you again. But, who cares? You're healthier now. So, keep moving forward on your journey to wellness -- you're on the road to repair, recovery, and reversal (The 3 R's).

More About the Program
There are some misunderstandings about this program. First of all, this program is not a traditional diet or weight-loss program. It is a "get-well" program. If a person is overweight, they'll lose weight as a byproduct of "getting well". If a person needs to gain weight, they'll gain weight -- again, as a byproduct of "getting well". However, we do recommend that such a person get a complete physical exam to ensure that they're not losing weight because of some serious medical condition.

Also, the Death to Diabetes program is a relaxed and flexible program, not a strict, regimented program. It may appear to be overly strict because of the structured approach and the live/dead foods. But, this program gives you some flexibility by including some of your favorite foods (i.e. pasta, steak, mashed potatoes, French fries, apple pie) and still maintain blood glucose stabilization. The Death to Diabetes program is the only program that  actually explains how to enjoy your favorite foods  and still maintain proper blood glucose control.

The Death to Diabetes program is also a customizable program, not a one-size-fits-all program. Consequently, you can modify and customize the program to fit your specific health needs and lifestyle.

In addition, the Death to Diabetes program is a multi-faceted program. That is, the program uses multiple therapies to help you defeat your diabetes.

Raw Juicing

Author's Perspective: Raw juicing can help accelerate your body's repair process so that you can reverse your diabetes within 30 days -- as long as you adhere to all 10 steps of the Death to Diabetes program. Raw juicing is also an excellent way to transition to a raw food diet program.

FYI: Most people are aware of the obvious health benefits of raw juicing. However, due to TV infomercials, various health and nutrition books, and the Internet, there are some major misunderstandings and misuses of raw juicing. As a result, most people who try juicing give it up within 3-6 months! I also found myself answering an excessive number of questions about juicing via emails and workshops.

Consequently, I decided to do some research into various juicing books and juicing philosophies.  Interestingly, I discovered that a lot of assumptions about how the body functions when you juice was based on a healthy body, not an unhealthy body! -- such as a diabetic's body or someone who is overweight.

As a result, I decided to write an ebook about raw juicing that answered a lot of the misconceptions about raw juicing; and, provided additional information that the other juicing books overlooked or didn't think was important, i.e. how to make your juice taste scrumptious, how to properly store your vegetables and fruits.

Update 2010: Everyone loved Mr. McCulley's Power of Juicing book because it provided a lot more information than other juicing books (see below for details), plus, the recipes actually work! However, some of our clients stopped juicing after several months because they got tired of cleaning their juicer!  During one of the author's workshops, a young woman asked whether there was another way to get the benefits of juicing without having to deal with a juicer. Mr. McCulley mentioned that green smoothies could provide some of the same benefits, but most of the audience didn't know about green smoothies for diabetics. So, Mr. McCulley expanded the juicing book to include recipes for making green smoothies for diabetics and for people who wanted to lose weight.

Benefits of raw juicing and green smoothies include accelerated body repair and healing, reduced insulin resistance and inflammation, better blood glucose and insulin control, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, detox, healthier liver and kidneys, weight loss, reduced cravings, stronger immune system, the need for less medications, and the ability for diabetes reversal.

Note: If you bought the old juicing book (without the smoothie recipes), just contact our office with your Invoice number, and we will send you the updated juicing book free of charge.

The Power of Raw Juicing, Green Smoothies, & Raw Diet

Raw juicing works, but only as part of an overall superior nutritional program, such as the Death to Diabetes Super Meal Model. Most people who do not reap the benefits of raw juicing are juicing improperly!Reverse Type 2 Diabetes with Raw Juicing -- by juicing the wrong foods and/or by using the wrong type of juicer.

Juicing is a very powerful nutritional therapy, but most people misapply this therapy by preparing mostly fruit juices. Vegetable juicing is more powerful than fruit juicing, especially for people fighting diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, or any other degenerative disease.

If eating raw vegetables, salads and soups are not appealing enough to acquire the minimum 6 to 9 cups (5 to 7 servings) of vegetables and fruits each day, then, juicing may be an effective addition to your nutritional program. Even as a diabetic, juicing can be very nutritious as long as you drink mostly green vegetables/grasses and avoid drinking too many of the fruits.

Green juices (and green smoothies) have an alkaline reaction in the body and help protect against acid build-up as well as stimulate the body to manufacture hemoglobin. Green juices contain organic water, the purest most natural water available to us, and they cleanse the body of the waste within the cells and tissues.
Reverse Type 2 Diabetes with Raw Juicing
Green juices (and green smoothies) contain an abundance of chlorophyll, which is a molecule whose structure is almost exactly the same as the hemoglobin molecule of the human blood. Chlorophyll helps to repair tissue and is very important in helping to remove toxins from the body.

As a result, raw juicing can help to accelerate your body's repair process and help to reverse your diabetes in less time. In fact, you should notice your blood glucose level starting to come down during the first week of the Death to Diabetes Program! -- as long as you are following the entire program, not just the juicing component.

Juices are a perfect medium in which to mix and dissolve nutritional powders that will enhance their healing powers. The nutrients and herbs in powders are better absorbed than tablet forms of the same ingredients, and mixing them in juices enhances their solubility, digestion and absorption.

The juices bring the healing nutrients to the cells in the surface of the mucous membrane of the gut in an easily absorbed form. This requires much less energy to assimilate than solid tablets, especially in people with inflamed mucous membranes in the intestines.

Juices can be combined in so many ways to make them palatable and delicious. Their diverse colors and taste enable huge variety so that you will not get bored. For those who feel they need an extra boost there is nothing better than drinking 2 cups of raw vegetable juice everyday. It will brighten up your day by providing extra energy and endurance.

Raw juices are packed with living enzymes to assist the digestive process, which means your gut, liver and pancreas do not have to work very hard to extract almost 99% of the nutrients within the raw vegetables and fruits.

Raw Foods & Juicing Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
This conserves vital body energy, which means that the body does not feel heavy or weighed down after drinking raw juices.

For example, two cups of carrot juice (16 ounces) is approximately equivalent to eating one pound of raw carrots. Eating so many carrots at one time would be hard on the jaws and teeth and would take a long time to eat and digest. Juices are unique because they allow the gut to receive very concentrated amounts of phytonutrients that could not be obtained by eating a normal amount of raw vegetables and fruits.

Raw juices contain natural medicinal nutrients that provide antioxidant, antibiotic, and hormonal balancing benefits. For example, Brussel sprouts and string beans are known to contain insulin-like substances that can be beneficial to Type 2 diabetics, and especially Type 1 diabetics. In addition, phytonutrients needed by the pancreas to produce insulin are present in cucumber and onion juices; and, the phytonutrient properties of broccoli, carrot, celery, lettuce and spinach are also beneficial to diabetics.

For example, broccoli is an excellent source of chromium, which helps to regulate insulin usage in the body. Fresh juices of garlic, onions, radish and tomatoes contain various antibiotic properties. Alfalfa, olives, asparagus, lettuce, mustard greens, radishes, cabbage and cucumbers contain silicon, which works to support the pancreas. Wheat/barley grass, celery, kelp, cucumber and cabbage juice are excellent to reduce acidity and blood pressure.

Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach help to cleanse and heal the gastrointestinal tract. The phytonutrient properties of carrot are also beneficial to diabetics once they have their blood glucose level under control.

In general, to help improve the health of your heart, nerves, kidneys, and eyes, drink daily 2-4 cups of raw vegetable juices and smoothies.  Drinking as little as 3 cups of fresh vegetable juice each day will help the body detoxify and regenerate through the assimilation of the earth’s life-giving nutrients.

Note: Although fruits and vegetables do not contain large quantities of protein, their juice can be a convenient carrier for other sources of protein. Simply add some freshly-ground flaxseed powder, Brewer's yeast,  or wheat germ to whatever you're juicing. These will provide quality protein that is quickly and easily absorbed by the body without the fat that meat contains.

The raw juice is obtained using a device called a juicer. It works by feeding raw vegetables, grasses and fruits into a chute that pushes the food into a high-speed rotating blade that shreds the food, extracting the juice from the pulp. Use Juicer to Reverse Diabetes

This extraction process breaks down the cellulose barriers in the cells of the vegetables, grasses and fruits, allowing the release of powerful enzymes and other nutrients. Juicers are very powerful but are not as popular as blenders because they tend to be more difficult to use and to clean.

Consequently, it is important that you purchase a juicer with fewer parts, a powerful motor and a wide chute. This will prevent you from spending a lot of time cutting up the vegetables/fruits to fit down the chute of the juicer. Use Juicer to Reverse Diabetes

Depending on your needs and finances, purchase the appropriate juicer, e.g. twin gear press (vegetables and wheat grass), mastication, centrifugal ejection, single/dual auger (for wheat grass), or manual press (for fruits only).

Note: If you don't like to use a juicer, use your blender to make scrumptious "healthy milkshakes" known as smoothies. Use a Super Blender to Make Smoothies to Reverse Diabetes

But, make sure that you use a high-powered blender that can pulverize nuts and break down the cell walls of the vegetables without overheating the vegetables.

Note: To learn how to juice properly for blood glucose stabilization, insulin control, reduced insulin resistance, reduced inflammation, accelerated cell repair, and increased weight loss, get the Power of Juicing & Smoothies ebook. Also, get the Raw Food Diet ebook to help you get started with your raw food diet.

Note: Benefits of raw juicing and green smoothies include accelerated body repair and healing, reduced insulin resistance and inflammation, better blood glucose and insulin control, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, detox, healthier liver and kidneys, weight loss, reduced cravings, stronger immune system, the need for less medications, and the ability for diabetes reversal.

Drink raw juices (or smoothies) to reverse your diabetes.

Raw Food Diet (Guidelines)

Raw Food Diet Eating Guidelines

Foods you can eat include:
Unprocessed, preferably organic, whole foods such as:

    * Fresh fruits and vegetables
    * Nuts
    * Seeds
    * Beans
    * Grains
    * Legumes
    * Dried fruit
    * Seaweed
    * Unprocessed organic or natural foods
    * Freshly juiced fruit and vegetables
    * Purified water
    * Young coconut milk

At least 75% of food consumed should not be heated over 116 degrees F.

Cooking techniques for a raw food diet include:

Specific cooking techniques that make foods more digestible and add variety to the diet, such as:

    * Sprouting seeds, grains, and beans
    * Juicing fruit and vegetables
    * Soaking nuts and dried fruit
    * Blending
    * Dehydrating food

Equipment you need for a raw food diet include:

    * A dehydrator, a piece of equipment that blows air through food at a temperature of less than 116 degrees F.
    * A good-quality juice extractor for juicing fruit and vegetables
    * A blender, food processor, or chopper to save time
    * Large glass containers to soak and sprout seeds, grains, and beans
    * Mason jars for storing sprouts and other food

Side Effects of a Raw Food Diet

Some people experience a detoxification reaction when they start the raw food diet, especially if their previous diet was rich in meat, sugar, and caffeine. Mild headaches, nausea, and cravings can occur but usually last for several days.

The raw food diet may not be appropriate for certain people, such as:

    * Children
    * Pregnant or nursing women
    * People with anemia
    * People at risk for osteoporosis - A Washington University study found that people following a raw food diet had lower bone mass. Bone turnover rates, however, were similar to the group that ate a standard American diet.

Considerable time, energy, and commitment is needed to be healthy on the raw food diet. Many of the foods are made from scratch. Some ingredients may be hard to find, such as Rejuvelac (the fermented liquid drained from sprouted grains), sprouted flour, date sugar, young coconut milk, carob powder and Celtic sea salt.

People must be aware that certain nutritional deficiencies can occur on the raw food diet, including:

    * Calcium
    * Iron
    * B12 – The Journal of Nutrition study found that a raw food diet increased levels of homocysteine due to vitamin B-12 deficiency.
    * Protein
    * Calories

Critics of the raw food diet say while it’s true that some enzymes are inactivated when food is heated, it doesn’t matter because the body uses its own enzymes for digestion. In addition, cooking makes certain phytochemicals easier to absorb, such as beta-carotene in carrots.

Another critique is that the human body has changed in response to eating cooked foods. Some of these changes are that are jaws and teeth have become smaller, our stomachs have shrunk, and our small intestines have grown longer, lengthening the digestive surface area.

According to other alternative diet theories, such as macrobiotics, Ayurveda, and traditional Chinese medicine, a raw-only diet may not be appropriate for people living in colder climates or for people with certain constitutional types.

Get the Raw Food Diet and Power of Raw Juicing ebooks to help you with your raw food diet. Get the Death to Diabetes paperback book or ebook to help with the overall management and control your diabetes.

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