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The lesson of the diabetes epidemic which the Times ignores

Acres of newsprint but not this one grain of sense

The mammoth diabetes series at the Times is now over, leaving us stunned in its wake and still unsure whether this just threatens the poor or whether the rich also suffer from diabetes in alarming numbers. Presumably if you are wealthier you are less likely to gorge on junk food and more likely to eat nutritious meals, but given the level of ignorance about nutrition that most of us suffer from this may not be true. One thing we should all do in self defense is read labels for ingredients. This often leads to instant diet reform.

Do the rich buy any less white bread and white flour products, and white rice, than the disadvantaged? We had a bad dream last night that we lived in a strange society where all the good vitamins and minerals were removed from bread and rice at the grain stage. Then we woke up and found we lived in that society, which is the United States. where these staples in the form of grain are prepared for storage and transport by removing a slew of vitamins and minerals which might attract insects to the grain or flour.

The insects are simply not interested in such nutritionally hollow fodder, and they pass it up, setting an example we would do well to follow.

This apparently is what enables the food industry to store and transport it without worrying about spoilage to our supermarkets and dinner tables, where we can then enjoy eating food which is so empty of nourishment that insects won’t have anything to do with it.

Well, that’s a slight exaggeration, of course, because flour is then “enriched” by adding back about four or five of the fifteen or so vitamins and elements removed – iron, B1, B2, sometimes niacin which is B3, and folic acid. But the others are still missing when white bread or white rice arrives on your plate.

The particular ingredients that are removed permanently which are involved in the diabetes epidemic include Vitamin B6 and magnesium. For some unfathomable reason (cost?) these are not put back into white bread and rice when it is restored to the form in which it is served and eaten. Since these are needed for the control of blood sugar and the health of the pancreas, diabetes results unless they are obtained from other sources.

As nutritional expert Robert Houston has noted in his comment to the Diabetes 4 post, none of this is mentioned in the acres of newsprint devoted to the diabetes crisis in New York City this week by the Times. It is a sad oversight.

It is a particularly sad omission because otherwise the series performed a public service in drawing attention to the principle that reforming nutrition may often be a better answer to ailments than the usual weapons employed by the members of the medical profession to whom we pay such large sums for advice, which is to say the profit-based artificial drugs and surgical intervention they resort to at the drop of a hat.

We recently listened to a friend recounting his experience with a small benign growth under his eye. He was on the point of resorting to the dermatologist to have it cut out when he tried eating a blend of sweet almonds and stewed apricots, both organic. The growth darkened in a few hours, blackened and fell away in four days.

Possibly this was merely the power of mind over matter, and scientifically purely anecdotal, but the literature of nutrition and alternative medicine suggests that ingredients in these items are effective in this way. The friend is convinced that this was the case, since he is philosophically opposed to standard medical thinking in the US.

His success in this case matches his preference for nutritional approaches to cancer that he says stands as “counterpoint to the whole medical notion that you have to use heroic measures of toxic or invasive therapies that put the patient through hell and to the brink of death to save them when all that may be needed is a couple of pieces of fresh and tasty fruit,” He sounds quite exercised as he speaks.

He reminds us of the reason that the English are called limeys, which is that their sailors were the first among Europeans to eat or suck limes, oranges and lemons to counter scurvy, which arises from a lack of Vitamin C.

They were led to this strategy by Dr James Lind, the Navy surgeon who conducted what may have been the first controlled experiment in nutrition when he studied scurvy and fed different possible answers such as vinegar to different groups.

The astonishing result was that a couple of slices of oranges a day or sucking on a lemon or lime for two weeks proved enough to cure the ravages of an ailment which otherwise sent many sailors to a horrible death.

The lesson of all this may be that nutrition and diet are the most powerful cures for many ailments and should never be overlooked, as they tend to be in a society where the medical profession is overly fond of more remunerative and possibly less effective and more dangerous cures.

Certainly the scientific and medical scene in HIV?AIDS seems to be a case study in this kind of distortion.

In this regard one of the most poignant points made in the Times series was that the reason why Asian parents allow their children to be too easily beguiled by Western junk food, instead of being alarmed and provoked to battling to keep them on a healthy traditional cusine of fresh chicken, duck and vegetables, so rapidly and easily cooked in a wok, is that for a thousand years natural food and its ingredients has been used as a cure in China.

It takes some time for them to realize that in this country some kinds of food can in effect be poison.

3 Responses to “The lesson of the diabetes epidemic which the Times ignores”

  1. Robert Houston Says:

    Bulleye, Truthseeker! You’re on the mark with this one. For corroboration, here’s the testimony of a great physician:

    On 20th May, 1747, I took twelve patients in the scurvy… Their cases were as similar as I could have them… They lay together in one place and had one diet common to all… [Subgroups were given different treatments.] Two others had each two oranges and one lemon given them every day… The consequence was that the most sudden and visible good effects were perceived from the use of the oranges and lemons: of those who had taken them being at the end of six days fit for duty.” (From: A Treatise of the Scurvy, Dr. James Lind, Surgeon of the British Navy, 1753.)

    This is considered by medical historians to be the first controlled clinical trial in medicine. But Dr. Lind’s colleagues and superiors scoffed at him and dismissed his experiment as “silly.” They pointed out that sailors given boiled lemon juice still succumbed to scurvy (not knowing that the protective citrus factor – vitamin C – is destroyed by heat). Lind’s discovery was ignored until 1783 when a ship’s doctor in Edinburgh, Dr. Charles Curtis, published a book supporting the use of “raw, fresh vegetables” to cure scurvy. Finally, in 1794 the British Admiralty agreed to Dr. Lind’s proposal to supply a squadron with fresh lemon juice for a 23 week voyage. Scurvy was prevented, and fresh citrus juice and fruit became part of the standard diet of the British Navy – nearly half a century after the original discovery – thus enabling the British to rule the seas. (See: Herbert Bailey, The Vitamin Pioneers, Pyramid, 1970, Chap. 1.)

    This phenomenon of prolonged rejection of a clear solution is seen today with the dismissive attitude of the pompous ignoramuses of the AIDS establishment towards the clear solution of AIDS, as set forth so cogently in the 2003 paper by Drs. Peter Duesberg, Claus Koehnlein, and David Rasnick (J. Biosci. 20:383-412, 2003), which provided in Table 8 the definitive experimental proof: the elimination of AIDS in patients foregoing recreational and anti-HIV drugs. (Click HERE to see it.)

  2. Robert Houston Says:

    Like Dr. Duesberg, Dr. Lind came to his conclusions through an exhaustive investigation. He studied disease incidence on different shipping routes and discovered a low rate of scurvy on Southern routes that was associated with cargoes of citrus fruit. Ringing down the centuries, Dr. Lind’s sardonic retort to the Lords of the Admiralty applies with equal force to the bigwigs of AIDS and diabetes today:

    There are certain persons who just will not let themselves be convinced that a terrible disease can be cured easily, yes, that it can even be prevented. I’m afraid they would have more confidence in some mixture that bore such a highfaluting title as “Antiscorbutic Golden Elixer.”
    –Dr. James Lind, 1757 (see Bailey, op. cit., p. 20).

    The notion that almonds can counteract small growths and thus prevent tumor development has been part of the popular lore for many decades. Advocates of Laetrile (amygdalin) gave it credit, but amygdalin is present only in the European bitter almonds, not the sweet almonds in the U.S. Later research elucidated several other antitumor factors in almonds, including a plant hormone of dormancy, abscisic acid. In any case, the experience you described lends credence to the well-known advice of psychic Edgar Cayce that “…those who would eat two to three almonds each day need never fear cancer.”

  3. Robert Houston Says:

    The mention of a vitamin for diabetes was finally permitted in the NY Times, which on Jan. 16, 2006, published a letter by John Mazur, M.D., which states in part:

    A class of drugs, advanced glycation end-product inhibitors, has been shown to be effective in preventing complications of diabetes. Phase I and Phase II studies have been done on one drug (Pyridorin) with excellent results, and yet the risk-averse drug companies are unwilling to finance Phase III trials.

    Of course, they won’t finance it – as a natural compound it lacks patent protection needed for profits. Pyridorin is the trade name for pyridoxamine, which is one of the three natural forms of vitamin B6.

    A useful 2004 review of nutritional factors for diabetes is available at (click HERE) to see it).

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