Healthy Eating

Jul 19, 2006

Diabetes Defeated

It appears that a movement is underway in this country. People disappointed with the lack of progress in our health care are beginning to try something new. No prescriptions, just common sense and a determination to fix the problem. With improved eating habits and using the available monitors introduced to health-conscious people, many are measuring their successes with the determination of a scientist. They are not willing to accept the magic bullet of the pharmaceutical industry, nor do they accept the fear instilled in them by their doctors. Intelligent people are finding that eating healthy can prevent and, in some cases, reverse the effects of diseases - once considered incurable.
The latest issue of New Health Digest featured an article, "Diabetes Disappears" in their July-August 2006 publication. The article about DeWayne McCulley is one of inspiration for people who believe we can do a better job of improving our health.
McCulley went into a diabetic coma with a blood glucose level of 1337 — more that 1000 points above normal. The doctor said Dwayne didn’t have long to live. The type 2 diabetes was advancing and he was shooting insulin into his veins four times a day. He was offered medications that would slow the decline and was invited to group meetings where he could see others who shared his eventual fate of amputated limbs and debilitated health, ending in death.
Today, McCulley has normal blood sugar and a properly functioning pancreas and kidneys that respond properly to insulin secretions. What changed is his diet and lifestyle. What’s different is that instead of being on a declining path to death, McCulley is enthusiastically speaking and lecturing to church groups, support groups and individuals about how he found his path to wellness.
What saved McCulley’s life are not the procedures of industrial medicine but the precise discipline of an engineer and an understanding of biochemistry obtained while he attended the University of Pennsylvania. He had earned a degree in engineering and took classes in biochemistry. With an understanding of basic biology and the mind of an engineer, McCulley made meticulous notes of his symptoms and treatments and took notice of how and when his body felt better or worse. Little ‘accidents’ became momentous learning opportunities and knowledge accumulated into a re-engineering health project.
One day the kitchen cupboard was empty of his favorite cereal. As a substitute, McCulley prepared Brussels sprouts with some salmon. In his routine blood sugar check he noticed the blood sugar had gone down instead of up as expected because he had not had the prescribed carbohydrate/sugar cereal that was prescribed as a sugar balancing diet.
He called his doctor to ask how this could be. While the endocrinologist said this was an anomaly, the engineer’s mind kicked in, "Ah, this is a data point," McCulley recalled thinking, "I need to collect more data." He continued to eat a diet of Brussels sprouts, baked salmon, extra virgin olive oil and filtered water for the next seven days, monitoring sugar and the limit of this ‘anomaly’, his blood sugar kept going down and personal energy was maintained. While the doctor encouraged increased insulin, he accidentally reduced his insulin injection. When this was discovered, another data point was added to the engineer’s mind.
Against the advice of a medical edict that a diabetic’s life can be maintained by lifelong injections of insulin or he will die, McCulley continued his bioengineering studies, eating more green vegetables, fresh virgin olive oil, salmon and bottled water. He gradually lowered his insulin injections, while monitoring sugar levels six to eight times a day or more to monitor how blood sugar reacted to foods. "I did not really know what I was doing," McCulley said. "As an engineer, I was enthralled by the data that I was gathering from my body. I was fortunate to have a disease I could monitor."
After almost four months of monitoring his diet, sugar levels and reducing insulin, McCulley reached the zero point. He no longer needed industrially manufactured insulin to maintain his body’s sugar levels. "My endocrinologist was never happy or supportive of my self directed health maintenance." McCulley said. "He refused to accept the data I was collecting. When I stopped insulin all together, he said I’d be back on insulin in three months." Four years later, McCulley is happy, healthy and free from a life of external insulin injections. The institutional diabetes doctors still predict that it won’t last, that eventually McCulley will return to insulin injections because it is written that there is no cure for diabetes.
In his final visit with the endocrinologist, July 2002, McCulley was told that the reversal of his condition was an anomaly and that he should be careful not to tell other people as he would only be spreading false hope. In October 2005, McCulley self published his book "Death to Diabetes" detailing his personal story of investigation, discovery, experimentation and restored health and vitality. Today he visits churches, clinics, support groups and talks to anyone who is interested about how a disciplined healthy lifestyle can restore vibrant health, free from drugs and industrial interventions.
In the September issue of New Health Digest, they will publish an extensive review of McCulley’s journey from the injunctions of industrial medicine to the success of a disciplined, data drive, science supported, professionally monitored self-directed return to vibrant health and happiness. For a preview of the story you can visit McCulley’s website:
In many ways my experience parallels that of McCulley’s, except that I was encouraged by my physician, Dr. Ralph J. Argen, M.D. to continue what I was doing and write a book, "Make Eating A Lifestyle Change." His encouragement along with the results of quarterly blood tests proved to me that this was a worthwhile effort. I continue to monitor my blood pressure, glucose, weight and overall energy while reading labels and preparing foods which reduce cholesterol, lower triglycerides and keep me away from prescription drugs. No blood-pressure pills and no cholesterol-lowering drugs - just eating healthy and enjoying sharing this information with those who dare to make a lifestyle change in what they eat and how they live.


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